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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Red Rock Canyon presentation at Victor Valley Museum

Red Rock Canyon 2Two hours north of Los Angeles, Red Rock Canyon State Park in Kern County preserves spectacular rocky vistas made up of ancient stream and river deposits, volcanic flows, and ash beds dating to the Miocene Epoch. These colorful panoramas are prominent locales in numerous movies and television shows, but the fossils are Red Rock’s real reason for fame. On Saturday, January 24, 2015, join San Bernardino County Museum Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott as he discusses the ancient animals that dwelled in this part of the Mojave Desert from 7 to 12 million years ago. The 2 p.m. presentation at the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley is included with paid museum admission.

The rocks exposed in Red Rock Canyon preserve a rich and varied history of paleontology and geology dating back millions of years. Like San Bernardino County’s own Barstow Fossil Beds, Red Rock Canyon is a treasure trove of Miocene animals. Extinct elephants, rhinos, three-toed horses, giraffe-like camels, saber-toothed cats, and bone-crushing dogs all inhabited this region millions of years ago, and their fossils continue to inform scientists today about their lives. Nor is that the whole story, for Ice Age animals also roamed here near the end of the Pleistocene Epoch, less than 20,000 years ago, and their remains have been discovered as well.

Scott’s lecture will discuss the significance of the fossil record from Red Rock Canyon State Park, including personal recollections of his early years collecting fossils as a young volunteer. The lecture will explore both the Miocene and the Pleistocene fossils from the park, and will compare the animals found therein with other sites throughout southern California.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Museum admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior and active military), and $2.50 (student and child), under age 5 free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

County Museum open on Monday

shakeoutmuseumThe San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Monday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission fees apply.

Visitors will see exhibits about the cultural and natural history of inland Southern California and the southwest, including minerals and fossils, Native American artifacts, birds and mammals, and historical objects. “Fossils Underfoot” is held over in the Hall of Geological Wonders.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Board adopts plan to revitalize County Museum

sbcmuseum entryThe Board of Supervisors today took an important step toward revitalizing the County Museum system by unanimously directing staff to begin implementing a series of recommendations made by a consultant, including filling the vacant director position with someone adept at business and management, and forging a more productive relationship with the independent nonprofit Museum Association.

“Today marks a new beginning for the San Bernardino County Museum,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “We are on our way to build upon the great facilities we have today and create a modern, fiscally healthy, and respected educational and cultural institution that will attract and engage visitors in record numbers, compete with all other Southern California museums, and responsibly preserve our county’s heritage.”

“I look forward to working with the San Bernardino County Museum Association, my fellow Board members, County staff, and the community to make our County Museum second to none,” Chairman Ramos added.

The County’s immediate focus will be on recruiting a director and developing a short-term action plan to set the Museum on the right track as soon as possible, until a long-range strategic plan can be developed under the leadership of the new director.

The Museum includes a main facility in Redlands, the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley, and historic sites in Chino, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and Yucaipa. The Museum has struggled in recent years with drops in attendance, revenue, and association membership, as well as economy-driven budget cuts and staff reductions.

A County-commissioned study by San Francisco-based Museum Management Consultants concluded that the San Bernardino County Museum has tremendous potential and could benefit greatly from business-minded management provided by the County and a greater focus on fund-raising by the Museum Association.

The study pointed out that the country’s best museums survive not primarily on government support, as has been the case with the County Museum, but rather on robust and consistent fund-raising by non-profit associations.

The recommendations adopted by the Board of Supervisors today include:

• Recruit a Museum director who is competent in business and management.

• Develop a public-private partnership between the County and a re-energized Museum Association focusing on fund-raising, grant acquisition, and Museum management and services.

• Prioritize programs that attract visitors and revenue, such as Museum summer camps.

• Complete the Hall of Geologic Wonders, which broke ground in 2007.

• Consider bringing in an attendance-building temporary exhibit.

• Redesign the Museum website.

The consultant also advised the Museum Association to partner with a fund-raising consultant, increase the size and scope of its board, and consider assisting the County in funding key staff positions.

Solar panel company gets help from Workforce Investment Board

Solar PanelThe growth in demand for green energy has been good news for Yucaipa-based Smart Solar Power.

The electric solar power installer has seen a 40 percent increase in sales since 2013 resulting in the need to hire more staff.

Owner Don Young was alerted about the no-cost recruitment and training services offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and made inquiries.

“I was surprised to hear that my company would be reimbursed for the cost of training new employees during their first three months of employment.  That is a huge benefit for a small company like ours, both from an operational and financial point of view.”

Within the last year, Don has hired two solar panel installers and two office processors through the WIB’s On-the-Job Training program.

The federally funded On-the-Job Training program provides partial wage reimbursement for the designated training period, usually the first 90 days of employment. The goal is to help alleviate the financial burden that often accompanies hiring new employees, thereby supporting company growth.

Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director for the Workforce Investment Board commented, “It is wonderful to see small companies like Smart Solar Power enjoying a sales increase in a difficult competitive market and we are glad to be helping Mr. Young expand his business.”

Smart Solar Power employs a total of 12 staff and installs solar panels on both residential and commercial properties across the Inland Empire. Don Young credits the company’s success to its friendly, family-approach and passion for good customer service, instead of the hard sales strategy that many solar electric firms take. “The business is doing well and I feel we have been blessed,” said Young.

For information about the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board’s no-cost programs for businesses and residents, contact (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

County confirms measles cases, potential public exposure

DPH_Version2_FullColorThe County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health has confirmed two cases of measles within the County as of January 12, 2015. These cases are in conjunction with the recent outbreak associated with California Disneyland theme parks that occurred between December 15 – 20, 2014. It is possible that San Bernardino County residents may have been exposed to measles since one of the confirmed cases visited public places while infectious.

Potential exposure locations and times:

  • Casino Morongo, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230

o  Sunday, January 4, 2015 6 p.m.– 11:30 p.m.

  • Magic Wok, 12029 Central Avenue Chino, CA 91710

o  Tuesday, January 6, 2015 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Jimmy’s Warehouse Sportscard (Swap meet in Westminster), 12327 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90602

o  Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

  • Pomona Valley Health Center- Urgent Care, 3110 Chino Avenue Suite #150 Chino, CA 91709

o  Thursday, January 8, 2015 3:56 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. Measles spreads very easily by air and by direct contact with an infected person. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears.

The Department of Public Health has been working with the places listed below to contact people who may have been exposed to these cases. As a precaution, people who were in the below locations around the same time as the individual with measles should:

  • Monitor themselves for illness with fever and/or an unexplained rash from 7 days to 21 days after their exposure (the time period when symptoms may develop); if symptoms develop, stay at home and call a health care provider immediately or the Department of Public Health at 1-800-722-4794.
  • Do not visit a healthcare provider without first notifying them of your potential exposure.

Measles is a rare disease in the United States and in regions of the world where vaccination coverage is high. Maintaining high vaccination rates is vital to prevent outbreaks of disease in our community. Given the recent cases identified here and in other jurisdictions in Southern California, additional cases are expected and vaccination is key in preventing infection from future exposures.

For more information about measles, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/faqs.html, California Department of Public Health at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Measles.aspx http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Measles.aspxor call the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All Aboard for Train Days!

Train_DAYS_WBRailroad fans of all ages are invited to visit the San Bernardino County Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18—it’s All Aboard for Train Days!

The museum will be filled with large and small model train layouts, real railroad artifacts, and activities for the whole family. The Orange County Modular Railroaders, Antelope Valley N-Scalers, and many other groups and individuals will install modular layouts with running trains, beautiful scenery, and miniature buildings. Family activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

“If you love trains, these are the days to be at the museum,” said Jolene Redvale, curator of education. “Visitors will enjoy a vast variety of model train sizes, styles, and gauges. We’ll have so many trains and layouts that Train Days will fill several museum galleries and outdoor activity areas.”

“Inspect real train artifacts and enjoy making special train related crafts, with some especially for young visitors ages 3 to 6,” said Carla Rosenkild, museum educator. “Watch as model trains and trolleys steam past country scenery or zoom through tiny cities. You can talk to real engineers and other railroad workers. There will even be special train-related educational items and memorabilia for sale in the gift shop.” Young visitors can also build and play with several wooden train sets.

“This event is one of the museum’s most popular every year”, said Redvale. “People of all ages enjoy the trains. We see people new to the hobby as well as those who have been at it for years. We see many grandparents sharing their love of trains with their young grandchildren. It’s a very special thing to share, and our visitors seem never to get their fill of trains!”

The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 (adult), $8 (senior or military), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12); children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Participate in the Walk Against Human Trafficking

CASEEveryday, people in San Bernardino County are forced into a life no one would choose–sold into the sex trade, locked up and forced to work in sweatshops and made to work for little or no pay. Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and we, as a community, must do all we can to bring light to this important issue.
Please join us for the Fifth Annual County of San Bernardino Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Saturday, Jan. 24. We’ll be starting the morning with a walk from the Children’s Network, 825 East Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino, then west to Waterman and back around to our starting point.
Schedule
9 a.m.–Check-in/Registration
10 a.m.–Speakers
11 a.m.–Walk Begins
12 p.m.–Event Ends
A special gift will be given to the first 100 people to register via this Eventbrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-anti-human-trafficking-awareness-walk-tickets-15091375711
Registration is FREE so bring your family!
For more information, please contact Anne-Michelle Ellis, CASE Coordinator at (909) 383-9677 or anne-michelle.ellis@hss.sbcounty.gov

County’s 2013-14 financial reports available for review

AuditorcontrollerreportsThe Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector is pleased to announce the release of the County of San Bernardino’s fiscal year 2013-14 Annual Financial Reports.  Two separate reports are produced each year:

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  – This report presents a set of governmental financial statements comprising the financial report of the County of San Bernardino that complies with the accounting requirements promulgated by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.

Popular Annual Financial Report This report provides you an opportunity to learn about the County’s current financial condition and economic outlook in an easy-to-read format.  The report includes condensed and simplified information obtained from the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

We encourage you to view these reports and past reports here: http://www.sbcounty.gov/ATC/Services/Documents.

County, Omnitrans offering discount veteran fare passes

omnibusOmnitrans celebrated its special discount fare for veterans during a ceremony at the Veterans Medical Center in Loma Linda on Monday.  The Veterans Fare and Passes will allow those who have served their country to ride for half price on all Omintrans bus routes, OmniGo, and sbX.  Omnitrans is now among nearly 1,000 San Bernardino County businesses, including Victor Valley Transit Authority and Mountain Transit, offering discounts to veterans as part of the County’s Veteran Friendly Business and ID card program. With the County-issued cards, veterans can get discounts at participating business.

Honorably-discharged veterans can apply for an ID card from the County’s Veterans Affairs offices in Hesperia, Rancho Cucamonga or San Bernardino. The identification cards make veterans easier to identify to any area merchant that offers benefits to veterans such as discounts on purchases, free items, or preferred status. With the card, the veteran will not need to carry a copy of their military discharge papers to prove their veteran status.

To apply for a Veteran ID Card https://hss.sbcounty.gov/va/Veteran_ID.htm

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