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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ramos new Board Chairman and Lovingood new Vice Chairman

James Ramos official portrait

Chairman James Ramos

The Board of Supervisors today unanimously elected Supervisor James Ramos to serve as Board Chairman and Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood to serve as Vice Chairman for the next two years.

“I am honored my colleagues have chosen me to lead the Board over the next two years. It is truly humbling to serve as the first Native American Supervisor and now Chairman of the Board of Supervisors,” Chairman Ramos said.

Robert Lovingood Official Portrait Web

Vice Chairman Robert A. Lovingood

“As Chairman, I plan to continue our work in bringing job growth to our region, programs to assist the homeless youth in our county, the development of innovative endeavors at the County Museum, and many other projects,” Chairman Ramos said. “The Board remains committed to working together as a team for the betterment of our San Bernardino County family, including our many residents, employees, and fellow elected officials. I look forward to working with our Vice Chairman Robert Lovingood and my colleagues to continue to bring positive change to the County of San Bernardino.”

Chairman Ramos and Vice Chairman Lovingood are both midway through their first terms on the Board. Chairman Ramos
represents the Third District, which includes Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, the Morongo Basin, the Big Bear Valley, Barstow, and portions of San Bernardino. Vice Chairman Lovingood represents the First District, which takes in most of the High Desert, including the cities of Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Adelanto, and Needles.

“I want to thank Supervisor Curt Hagman for making the motion as well as my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for placing their trust in me. I look forward to working closely with Board Chairman Ramos in advancing goals that will make San Bernardino County an even better place to live, work and do business,” Vice Chairman Lovingood said.

The Board also thanked outgoing Chair Janice Rutherford for her two years of service at the Board’s helm. Supervisor Rutherford commended her colleagues for working well as a team for the good of the county and tackling a list of key issues, including property tax relief for seniors, court funding, underwater mortgage relief, resolution of a divisive lawsuit against other public agencies, discussions on charter reform, and improving the County’s working relationship with neighboring Riverside County on issues of common concern. The two boards of supervisors conducted a joint meeting on September 16.

The voter-approved County Charter requires the Board to elect a Chair at its first meeting in January following an election of supervisors. The Chair serves as the Board’s general executive agent by presiding over meetings of the Board, signing contracts approved by the Board, and working with the Chief Executive Officer to set the Board’s agenda.

Covering more than 20,000 square miles and serving more than 2 million residents, the County of San Bernardino is the largest county in the United States in terms of area and the fifth largest in California in terms of population. The County’s 39 departments provide a wide range of vital public services to residents, visitors, and businesses in the areas of public safety, health care, land planning, recreation and culture, elections, airports, economic development, and aid to children, the elderly, veterans, and the poor.

County Government worked closely with San Bernardino Associated Governments, the county’s 24 cities and towns, residents, and community leaders to create a Countywide Vision, www.sbcounty.gov/vision. Elected leaders and other stakeholders are now focused on achieving the Vision by setting and working toward regional goals.

County Government is also focused on stabilizing the County’s ongoing fiscal health by achieving sustainable budget solutions, including making allowances for all potential liabilities and working with employees to reach compensation agreements that are fair to workers while ensuring long-term fiscal stability.

Elected County leaders sworn in today

Larry WalkerLarry Walker was sworn in today as the County’s Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector. Walker has served in this office since December, 1998, following his election in June 1998. He was re-elected in 2002 and 2006, 2010, and 2014.

Walker also served as County Recorder and County Clerk from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that, Walker was elected to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in 1986, 1990 and 1994, and served as Chair of the Board from 1991 to 1993. Walker has also served as elected Mayor of Chino from 1980 to 1986, and as a City Council member from 1978 to 1980.

Bob Dutton was sworn in today as the County’s Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk.

Dutton won his first election to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000.

In 2002, Dutton was elected to the State Assembly. In 2004, he successfully ran for the State Senate where he represented portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

mikeramosswearinginMichael A. Ramos was sworn in today as the County’s District Attorney. Ramos’ government service began in 1980, where he started as a group counselor with the Probation Department and then later became a Probation Officer. He started his career with the District Attorney’s Office in June 1989 as a Deputy District Attorney.
In addition to his work in general prosecution and the narcotics unit, he served with the Major Crimes Unit for four years, until 2002, when he was first elected District Attorney for San Bernardino County.

Museum curator to discuss Ice Age horses

ericscotticeageHorses are icons of the American West. Whether it’s prospectors, cowboys, natives, or settlers in their covered wagons, one can’t help but imagine horses alongside them all. But horses have a connection with the west that goes far deeper than just human history, reaching back to the Ice Ages and beyond. On Saturday, January 10, join Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands for his illustrated lecture, “Ice Age Horses of the American West”. The presentation is included with paid museum admission.

“Much of the land beneath our feet is rich in fossils from the Pleistocene Epoch, or the ‘Ice Ages’,” said Scott. “Horses are among the most common animals we find in the rock record here. The remains we find locally are important for understanding Ice Age horses all over the continent.”

Native to North America, horses have been key players in ancient ecosystems for over fifty million years, and were mainstays of large mammal communities throughout the Ice Ages. Because of this success, Pleistocene horse fossils are extremely abundant throughout the American west. Scott’s research focuses on these remains. His studies have taken him to tar pits, frozen caves, and blistering southwestern deserts. His lecture will showcase some of his recent work at a variety of these sites, notably the Tule Springs site in southern Nevada and Natural Trap Cave in northern Wyoming. He’ll also discuss his research in museum collections throughout the US.

TurnLeftAnticipating the museum’s planned February opening of the new exhibit “Turn Left at the Rockies: Mountain Men in San Bernardino County”, Scott’s lecture will touch also on the historic aspect of horses in our region. “Redlands and San Bernardino – in fact, our whole county – were built on the backs of horses,” says Scott. “Our regional geology even contributed to a few escapades involving horses, including the largest episode of ‘horse rustling’ in history!”

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.

Volunteers sought for Museum’s Live Animal Gallery

ExSta_bearThe San Bernardino County Museum is recruiting volunteers to work in the popular Exploration Station Live Animal Gallery. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age, and must be able to commit to two shifts and eight hours per month. The museum seeks youth and adult volunteers for shifts on weekday mornings and weekend afternoons.

“We need serious, committed volunteers to continue making the Exploration Station a popular attraction for visitors,” said Jolene Redvale, curator of education and live animal collection manager. “Our volunteers not only care for the animals, but also interact with the public, making a visit to the County Museum extra special.” Those who are retired, interested in careers working with animals, or personally committed to learning more about live animal husbandry are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on January 16. Mandatory training workshops begin on January 24. A standard volunteer application and a mandatory supplemental application are available by contacting Ms. Redvale at 909-798-8610 or jredvale@sbcm.sbcounty.gov.

Redvale emphasizes learning among volunteers, and supports their work with on-going training and skill development that will help volunteers seeking careers working with live animals. “Volunteering here has been a rewarding opportunity to meet and greet both animals and visitors alike,” said Jill Quinnell, Exploration Station volunteer for 18 months. “It’s really enhanced my retired life. Everyone should have the chance to make such a worthwhile contribution to their community.”

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.

Registration open for County Museum volunteer training

sbcmuseum entryThe San Bernardino County Museum has several openings for weekday volunteers in the Education Division. Those interested in volunteering can fill out an application online at the museum’s website, www.sbcounty.gov/museum, or can stop by the museum during normal business hours to fill out an application in person. The Education Division will hold new volunteer training January 14 and 15, so prospective volunteers need to submit their applications by Thursday, January 8.

“Volunteers are an important part of the visitor experience because of their own experiences and knowledge,” Jolene Redvale, curator of education/volunteer coordinator said. “We offer basic and on-going training to all our volunteers so they can enhance their personal knowledge base. We invest a lot of time in our volunteers.”

Education volunteers receive training in public speaking, interpretation and non-formal education standards. Volunteers engage visitors in informal conversation about museum exhibits, participate in creative projects and facilitate family activities like the upcoming Train Days event January 17 and 18. Train Days also offers new volunteers an opportunity for on-the-job training in addition to the mandatory basic training.

“We appreciate volunteers from every part of the community like retirees and college students,” Redvale said. “If some people are nervous about working with the public, they can provide great support in general office and clerical tasks.”

“Being a volunteer has been a real eye-opening experience for me,” Gisele Kirtley said. “Not only have I learned surprising new skills like caring for snakes and lizards, but I’m having fun at the same time.”

For more information contact Redvale at 909-798-8610 or e-mail jredvale@sbcm.sbcounty.gov

The San Bernardino County Museum, in Redlands, California, is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, the Exploration Station live animal discovery center, extensive research collections and public programs for adults, families, students and children are all part of the museum experience. The museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Free income tax preparation and e-filing available

IRS_efileYou earned it.  Claim it!  The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide FREE Tax Preparation and e-filing services for low to moderate income taxpayers throughout the county.  The free service is available to all eligible taxpayers if you or your household made less than $53,000 in 2014!  Federal and California state returns are prepared and e-filed by IRS certified tax preparers beginning January 26, 2015.  There are day and evening appointments Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday appointments available.  For more information, and to schedule your appointment at our various County locations, please call (909) 252-4903 or (760) 552-6175.
*Bilingual services are also available

Click here for more details in both English and Spanish.

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