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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Holiday events at museum historic sites in Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga

Rains_House asistenciaSan Bernardino County Museum historic sites in Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga will celebrate the holiday season with special events on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The Asistencia in Redlands is joining with their neighbors for the Redlands Heritage Park Christmas Celebration on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Asistencia was established in 1819 as part of the Mission San Gabriel’s Rancho San Bernardino. The ranch buildings were in ruins when they were acquired by San Bernardino County; restoration as an asistencia took place between 1926 and 1937. It is recognized as California State Historical Landmark #42. During the celebration, admission to the Asistencia (regularly $5/adult, $4/senior or military, and $2.50/child) will be half price. Visitors will enjoy tours, decorations, music, hot mulled cider, and crafts and games for children. The Asistencia is at 26930 Barton Road in Redlands; for information, call (909) 793-5402.

The John Rains House in Rancho Cucamonga will have its annual “Old-fashioned Christmas at the historic Rains House” on Dec. from 3 to 7 p.m. Guests can tour the Civil War-era house, which will be decorated for the holidays, and enjoy traditional refreshments. A donation of $3 per adult and $2 for children ages 5 to 11 is suggested. Tickets are available at the door. John Rains and his wife, Maria Merced Rains, built this fired-brick house from local clay in 1860. It is located at 8810 Hemlock. For more information, call (909) 989-4970. The Rains House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reserve now for Santa’s pajama parties at Redlands, Apple Valley museums

Santa ClausSanta will visit families at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands at two pajama parties, Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday Dec. 6, from 6-8 p.m. A third pajama party is scheduled for the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 6-8 p.m. Advance reservations are required for each party.

Pick one evening to bring your family to play holiday games, hear holiday stories, make winter crafts, enjoy refreshments, visit with some live animals (at the main museum), and have a photo op with Santa. You can wear your pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear to keep you company. Please arrive by 6 p.m. to enjoy the whole party.

“Families love this program and return year after year,” said Jolene Redvale, curator of education. “Our relaxed, seasonal atmosphere gives everyone a chance to enjoy each other’s company while they take part in long-held holiday traditions including story time, snacking, craft-making and, best of all, the thrill of talking to Santa Claus himself.”

Cost is $10 per person. Under age 1 is free with paid adult. Each admission includes all holiday crafts and activities, a chat with Santa, and refreshments. Space is limited and fills quickly—only reservations with payment received by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 3, will be eligible to register for either party at the museum in Redlands. Reservations must be received by Thursday, Dec. 11 for the event at the Victor Valley Museum. No payments will be accepted at Santa’s PJ Party, and the museum is unable to give refunds for this program. Call (909) 798-8611 with questions about the Redlands events or (760) 241-2111 for the Victor Valley Museum party. Registration forms are available at the museums or on-line at

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museums are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Human resources employer forum for businesses on Nov. 12

Executive BusinessmanThe San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will host “Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace,” an employer workshop designed to provide solutions to businesses with human resources issues.

Many employers find themselves confused by what is considered a reasonable accommodation and what is a reasonable request by an employee or group of employees. In this interactive presentation the Workforce Investment Board will discuss:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
  • Religious Accommodations
  • Dress Code Accommodation
  • Reasonable Accommodations for different leave laws
  • What to do when an employee requests a reasonable accommodation

The  workshops are from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 12 at the East Valley America’s Job Center of California, 658 E. Brier Drive, Suite 100 in San Bernardino. Check-in is at 9:45 a.m. All employer forums and parking are free of charge; seating is limited. For more information, please contact: Maryann Acuna at 909-383-9932 or email at

To register visit

The Workforce Investment Board has partnered with the California Employers Association to provide employers in San Bernardino County with access to a free human resources hotline for questions at 1-800-399-5331.

For more information call: 1-800.451.JOBS (5627) or visit or fax your completed job order to 909-387-9880.


Veterans invited to adopt cats and dogs at no cost

veteransadoptionsSan Bernardino County Animal Care and Control invites veterans and active duty members of the military to adopt a cat or dog at no cost during Pets 2 Vets week from Saturday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16.

No cost adoptions includes microchipping. The licensing fee is not included.
Limit two animals per veteran. The discount applies to the first 50 animals adopted.

Come to the Devore Animal Shelter, 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino, CA 92401 or to the Big Bear Animal Shelter, 42080 Northshore Drive, Big Bear City, CA 92314.

For more information, call Animal Care and Control at (800) 472-5609.

Sheriff announces arrest in McStay family homicides

McStay arrestOn Wednesday, November 5, 2014, investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail arrested Charles “Chase” Merritt for the murders of Joseph, Summer, Gianni and Joseph M. McStay. 

Over the past 12 months, investigators have conducted an extensive investigation which included the service of 60 search warrants and over 200 interviews. Investigators received about 250 tips and followed up on every one; including e-mails, Crime Stoppers, We-Tip, America’s Most Wanted, National Center for Missing/Exploited Children and anonymous telephone calls. 

Homicide investigators worked with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and Special Agent Kevin Boles with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. 

Chase Merritt, 57, of Homeland, was arrested without incident and transported to the West Valley Detention Center. He was booked for murder and is being held without bail. The District Attorney’s Office filed four counts of murder against Merritt. 

Chase Merritt was a business associate of Joseph McStay. 

The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. Based on the entire investigation and the evidence obtained, investigators believe the murders occurred at the family home in Fallbrook. Investigators are not disclosing the motive for the murders.

Watch the press conference here:

Section of National Trails Highway to reopen

nationaltrailshighwayPublic Works is planning on reopening the section of National Trails Highway from Hector Road to Crucero Road, in the Newberry Springs/Ludlow area, by Friday, November 7.

Severe thunderstorms blasted the Mojave Desert September 7 and 8 triggering flash floods throughout the desert regions.  Closure of I-95, I-40, National Trails Highway (Route 66), Needles Highway, and various other desert roads occurred due to washouts and bridge damage.

The most extensive damage was along National Trails Highway where approximately 40 bridges were damaged along with major portions of the roadway.  Sections between Hector Road to Crucero Road (Newberry Springs/Ludlow, area), Crucero Road to Amboy Road, and Cadiz Road to Mountain Springs Road at I-40 have been closed pending roadway repairs, shoulder repairs and bridge evaluations.

Public Works crews have been working diligently to make these repairs.  This is the first stretch of the road to be reopened since the storms occurred.

It is anticipated the section of roadway between Crucero Road and Amboy Road will be open by the end of December 2014 and the section between Cadiz Road and Mountain Springs Road at I-40 by the end of January 2015.  All of these timeframes could vary depending on the weather.

For further questions please contact the Department of Public Works Operations Division at (909) 387-8063.

Want to fish but don’t know how? Regional Parks has workshops!

fishRegional Parks invites you to participate in their award winning and nationally recognized Fishing Workshops. Whether you are a first time fisherman or already know the sport but would like a few extra tips, this program is for you!

Participants begin the morning by traveling through stations lead by volunteer fishing specialists to learn the basic fundamentals of lake shore fishing. These stations include knot tying, casting, cleaning, cooking and more. Immediately following the educational stations participants can choose to partake in a two hour open fishing session where all tackle and equipment is provided.

Regional Parks offers two programs, our Junior Fishing Workshop for children ages 7 to 15 years old and our Adult Fishing Workshop for those participants 16 years of age or older.

Click here for details and an application for the Junior Fishing Workshop and the Adult Fishing Workshop.

County honored with state, national awards in 2014

Members of the County Sheriff and Fire departments accept their award from CSAC.

Members of the County Sheriff and Fire departments accept their award from CSAC.

Teaching homeowners to prevent fires around their homes, training inmates to fight wildfires and working to end human trafficking are three innovative County programs honored today by the California State Association of Counties.

California State Association of Counties Associate Legislative Representative Cara Martinson appeared at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting to deliver the three 2014 CSAC Challenge Awards to the Land Use Services Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the County Fire Department, and the District Attorney’s Office.

“These awards demonstrate our County’s commitment to developing new and innovative approaches to enhancing public safety,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford said.

The CSAC Challenge Awards are part of a highly competitive recognition program that honors the best and most innovative among California’s 58 counties.

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2014 Statewide General Election is today

voteThe polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters can find their assigned polling place:

  • On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide,
  • By using the Elections Office Polling Place Look-up Tool, or
  • By calling the Elections Office at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Mail ballot voters have already received their ballots. Those voters who have not already returned their voted mail ballots can drop them off between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at one of 56 mail ballot drop-off locations or at any one of 413 polling places in the county.

To find a mail ballot drop-off location, search the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map on the Elections Office website, To find a polling place, search the Polling Place Look-up Tool.
Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. today in order to be accepted. A voted mail ballot postmarked today, but not received by 8 p.m., will not be counted.
For more information about this election, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.

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