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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Workforce Investment Board gives support to our youth

EDAAn article in the Victorville Daily Press highlights the mentoring the Workforce Investment Board is doing for young people in the County.

Fabian Mujica, 21, who came from poverty and working in the fields picking vegetables has improved his life by obtaining his education and learning job skills from mentor Werner Von der Heide, who runs the Workforce Investment Board teen program in the Hesperia Unified School District.

Mujica told the newspaper: “Without the help of the Workforce Investment Board, I would not have had these opportunities,” Mujica said. “I gained valuable experience in computer skills, customer service, administration and telemarketing.”

To read the article, click here.




Newspapers praise County’s progress

County government earned some well-deserved praise from The Sun and Daily Bulletin newspapers over the weekend. In an editorial, the newspapers said:

“Residents have regained faith in their county government.color seal small

“Supervisors have wisely ceded much of their former power to the county CEO. They now rely on him to carry out their policies — rather than shady old practices like directing staff members to move a favored project ahead of others, for example — and they have given up the massive discretionary funds — slush funds, if you prefer — that they used to control.

“As the economy has slowly improved, the county has been able to build its reserves while reducing its projected budget deficit. Most of the county employee unions have agreed to pick up the employee portions of their pensions costs, as they all should.”

The editorial also mentioned how other counties are now looking to emulate San Bernardino County’s good government practices.

It was encouraging to see the news media so clearly acknowledge the efforts made by the Board of Supervisors and all County employees to create a county in which those who reside and invest can prosper and achieve well-being, as articulated in the County’s Job Statement.


Heat advisory issued for San Bernardino County

Rising TemperatureCounty Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare has issued a heat advisory for San Bernardino County, due to high temperature forecasts for the inland and desert regions. Residents are urged to take precautions that will prevent heat-related illness.

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.

Take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

For more information on the extreme heat visit the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health website at

Or visit the California Department of Public Health website at:

Love reading? Love writing? Don’t miss the Festival of Authors

typewriterThe San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate International Museum Day on Sunday, May 18 with a Festival of Authors. The event, which features more than a dozen authors, will run from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is included with paid museum admission.

“Our Museum Store specializes in books about our local area,” said Judith Fulton, the Museum Store manager. “This Festival of Authors will give museum visitors a chance to meet some of the many authors who have written about the cultural history of the area. They can even purchase books and have them signed by the authors.” A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit County Museum programs and operations.

 Dr. Donald Prothero, author of Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future, will give a keynote address at 2:00 p.m. Prothero is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of 33 books and more than 250 scientific papers. Other authors will be stationed throughout the museum to give informal talks or chat with visitors throughout the event. These authors include Joan Hedges McCall, Redlands Remembered; Don D. Christensen, Jerry Dickey, and Steven M. Freers, Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region; Scott Klemm, Unlocking the Portals of History; Rhea-Frances Tetley, Images of America: Lake Arrowhead and Crestline Chronicles; Dr. Vicki Wedel, Broken Bones: Anthropological Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma; Dr. Ann Cordy Deegan and Maria Y. Carillo, Images of America: Early Redlands; Mark Landis, Arrowhead Springs, California’s Ideal Resort; Thomas McGovern and Juan Delgado, Vital Signs; A. L. Rodriguez, R. S. Hanks, and R. A. Hanks, The Harris Company; Cathy McNassor, Los Angeles’s La Brea Tar Pits and Hancock Park; and Mary Ruth Hughes, Tishomingo, Willow Flower’s Gift, Native American Recipes, and Memories of a Farmer’s Daughter. Illustrator Kathryn Hewitt and storyteller Robert Mardis will also join the event.

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Give BIG raises more than $500,000 in 24 hours

givebigbannerGive BIG San Bernardino County raised more than half a million dollars today for 262 local nonprofits during a 24-hour web-a-thon, surpassing a $300,000 goal set by the campaign.

The County of San Bernardino congratulates and thanks the Community Foundation, who organized Give BIG San Bernardino County for their hard work in making the online fundraiser a success. A BIG thanks to the community who also stepped up, opening their hearts and wallets with extraordinary generosity.

Online donations and other monies raised during the campaign totaled $548,214 to help support a variety of services for children, seniors, families, veterans and animals throughout the county. About $33,000 of the total amount raised was provided by sponsors for prize money awarded to the top 10 nonprofits that brought in the most new donors and the top five nonprofits that raised the most money.

For the first time, Give BIG San Bernardino County brought nonprofits, sponsors and community members together to raise money, but to also encourage a culture of philanthropy among a new generation of donors. Nonprofits also received valuable training and structure to help market their causes, particularly through the use of social media.

“Our county came together in a way it never has before.  Raising this amount of money in just one day is an incredible task. I’m so proud of the 400 volunteers, the 262 nonprofits and the residents of San Bernardino County,” said Supervisor James Ramos when he learned of the final results. “We asked and you answered. We truly have amazing people who are doing remarkable things and when these people are called upon to deliver, they go above and beyond anyone’s expectations. Our County gave big and in a big way.”

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Give BIG starts BIG!


UPDATE 7a.m.: Who raised more than a half million dollars? You did! You Gave BIG! You are GREAT! Stay tuned for a final total later today!
UPDATE 9p.m.: Wow! You have raised $375K. Way way over the goal. Let’s go for more. Just under 10 hours left. 

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Give BIG raised $250,000, just $50,000 away from the goal. Let’s smash it!

UPDATE 12:45 p.m.: Give BIG is halfway to the $300,000 goal with more than $150,000 donated. We’ve got to keep it going!

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Give BIG is a third of the way to the $300,000 goal. We’ve raised $100,000 so far. Keep it moving!

SAN BERNARDINO – Donations for Give BIG San Bernardino County have already reached an incredible $85,000 in just over an hour.

If you are interested in donating to your favorite nonprofit, you have until 7 a.m. Friday.

If you’d like to donate, track the progress of donations to a particular nonprofit or if you just want to see how successful Give BIG is so far, visit

We are well on our way to reaching the $300,000 goal! Help us get there with your generosity.

County Fire responded to Ranchero Road bridge collapse


On May 5, San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to multiple reports of a fire at the construction site of the Ranchero Road overcrossing and Interstate 15 in the City of Hesperia. Callers stated that flames were visible on the underside of the bridge in center divider area.

First arriving units discovered a well-established fire that carried across the entire bridge project which spans the interstate. They also noted debris falling onto the freeway and immediately requested a full closure of the north and southbound lanes for commuter safety.

Suppression efforts were hampered at many points during the extended attack. Falling debris and ongoing collapses prevented crews from fighting the fire from beneath the structure. Once personnel pulled back out of the collapse zone, constant winds of 25 mph with 35 mph gusts kept hose streams from penetrating deep into the bridge and to the seat of the fire. These same winds contributed to the quick spread as flames were pushed through the construction area much like a wildland environment. Being on the interstate, access to fire hydrants was reduced, therefore a number of water tenders were brought to scene to support the large volume of water being utilized to combat the blaze.

In all, 11 engines, one truck company, one patrol, six water tenders, and one hand crew totaling over 60 personnel were assigned to the incident as well as multiple chief officers. An additional strike team of engines was deployed to the High Desert to backfill committed resources and provide uninterrupted service for additional 911 responses which included a structure fire in the City of Hesperia.

Cause of the fire was determined to be from a rebar cutting operation in which blowtorches carried fire into the falsework of the bridge thus igniting the fire. Workers reported that initial extinguishment efforts were unsuccessful due to the high wind.

There was a single reported injury to a civilian who suffered minor smoke inhalation and was treated and released at the scene.

County Fire remains in Unified Command with the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans.

Northbound I-15 was reopened at 5 p.m. on May 6th and Southbound I-15 was reopened at about 1 a.m. today. County Fire personnel will remain on scene until the fire hazard is mitigated.

Watch a video of the first partial bridge collapse.



Supervisors team up to support Give BIG on May 8

givebigbannerThe San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have joined together to promote Give BIG San Bernardino County, a historic online giving campaign.

Give BIG San Bernardino County is a 24-hour online web-a-thon beginning at 7 a.m. on May 8, 2014 and ending at 7 a.m. on May 9, 2014 with a goal of raising $300,000 for local nonprofits and inspiring donors to become lifetime philanthropists.  As they prepare for the campaign, charities and nonprofits throughout the county are learning new skills in marketing and how to use social media to enhance their fundraising efforts.

Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales will give $1 for every Facebook fan page “like” she receives from now until the end of May 8  at Third District Supervisor James Ramos is giving $1,500 to the nonprofit in his district with the highest number of donors. He will also be traveling throughout the Third District on May 8 to spread the message, “Give BIG!”

Fourth District Supervisor Gary Ovitt is promoting Give BIG on Twitter @SupervisorOvitt. First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood spoke to nonprofit leaders on Friday and promoted the campaign in his newsletter.

Board Chair Janice Rutherford has been promoting Give BIG on Facebook, in her electronic newsletter, and at her speaking engagements in the county. She also made Give BIG the theme of a breakfast event she held in Crestline in April.

Donors don’t have to wait until May 8 to log on at and schedule a contribution. Donors can choose from more than 250 San Bernardino County nonprofits representing children, families, veterans, seniors and animals, just to name a few.

Watch this video of the Give BIG San Bernardino County launch event to learn more about this campaign.

Online auction of more than 2,500 tax defaulted properties begins May 17

House and Keys in Female HandsSan Bernardino County Tax Collector Larry Walker announced today that his office will hold its annual on-line auction of tax-defaulted properties beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, with staggering closing times lasting through Friday, May 23.

This tax sale auction consists of over 2,500 properties that have been tax-defaulted for five or more years, and will include both newly-offered and re-offered properties.  Some bids start as low as $900, and the highest bid wins.  Tax information, maps and other due diligence material is available for viewing on-line at Property is sold “as is”, and purchasers are encouraged to complete a thorough due diligence review prior to bidding.

“The benefit of a tax sale is getting tax-defaulted properties back into tax paying status to fund key public services including education, police and fire protection, social and public health services,” Walker said. “Winning bidders have the opportunity to buy real estate at potentially reduced prices.”

Auction properties include single-family residences, timeshares, commercial buildings and vacant land.  To participate in this auction, deposits are due by May 9th, and you must pre-register to bid.  For more information regarding this tax sale, please visit – it’s easy, secure and Simply A Better Way To Do Business®.

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