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Monthly Archives: October 2018

ARMC names new chief medical officer

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Dr. Varadarajan Subbiah as chief medical officer. In this position he will oversee the delivery of all medical services to meet ARMC’s health care goals.

Dr. Subbiah brings more than a decade of experience in internal medicine care, health care quality, and hospital operations to his new position. Prior to joining ARMC, he most recently served in several leadership roles at Christiana Care Health System, one of the country’s largest health care providers located in Wilmington, Delaware. These include Medical Director of Patient Access and Flow, Medical Director of Care Management, Senior Physician Advisor for Utilization Review, and Clinical Assistant Professor/Inpatient Hospitalist.

Prior to joining Christiana Care Health System, he was Director of Academic Programs for Crozer Hospitalists at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania; and prior to that he was Attending Physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States.

“Dr. Subbiah has superior experience in internal medicine, and a track record as a physician leader focused on improving quality and efficiency of a large health system,” said ARMC Director William Gilbert. “Combined with his passion for education these qualities support ARMC’s commitment as a learning organization and we are honored to have him join our dedicated team.”

Dr. Subbiah earned his medical degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University Of Massachusetts. He has presented at several medical conferences and special sessions, and last year authored “Effectiveness of Multiple Observation Units in Reducing Length of Stay,” which appeared in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health, operated by the County of San Bernardino, and governed by the Board of Supervisors. The hospital, located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, operates a regional burn center, level II trauma center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, five primary care centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information about ARMC visit Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at

Mail ballot application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 30

The deadline is Tuesday for San Bernardino County voters to sign up to receive a mail ballot in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.

Voters may submit an online application at, fill out the Mail Ballot Application found on the back cover of their Voter Information Guide, or call the Registrar of Voters at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Voted mail ballots may be returned:

  • By mail so long as it’s postmarked on or before Election Day, Nov. 6, and received no later than three business days after the election,
  • To any mail ballot drop-off location,
  • To any polling place on Election Day, or
  • To any early vote site.

To find a mail ballot drop-off location, voters can use the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map located on the office’s website at

  • Voters can find their assigned polling place:On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide.
  • By using My Elections Gateway or the Polling Place look-up tool located on the office’s website at
  • By calling the offices at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Children’s Fund Celebration of Giving gets underway

Children’s Fund is now seeking support of its 30th Annual Celebration of Giving Holiday Toy/Gift Drive. 

You are invited to join Children’s Fund, individually or as an organization, to donate toys for children 0-18 years old this holiday season..  Children’s Fund’s goal is to collect and distribute more than 33,000 gifts – the number of gifts collected last year.  Donation drop-off is December 1-15, 2018.

Please visit their website, call 909-379-0000, or email for more information.

County Museum announces 2019 Dome Talks Speaker Series

The San Bernardino County Museum announces the speakers confirmed for the 2019 Dome Talks series. The lineup of national authors and thought leaders address timely, serious, quirky, and critical issues. These evening discussions are scheduled monthly from January through June. Full Series Passes, which include a ticket for each evening, are now on sale. Individual tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 14.

Museum Director Melissa Russo remarked “Dome Talks has been a tremendous success bringing notable speakers to the San Bernardino County Museum. This upcoming third season of fascinating individuals promises discussions that will be stimulating, entertaining, and hopefully deeply thought provoking.”

Dome Talks commences on the evening of Jan. 17, with Kirk W. Johnson, author of The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, his investigation into the true crime story of the theft of 299 rare bird skins from a British natural history museum. Johnson brilliantly traces a narrative from the 19th century to present day about exotic bird exploration, ornithological research, the obscure and quirky world of Victorian fly-tying, and rare bird trafficking.

On Feb. 28, Richard Rothstein, discusses his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein, a former New York Times columnist, is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that documents the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, “The Making of Ferguson.”

On Mar. 28, Heather David, cultural historian and advocate for the preservation of mid-century modern architecture, art, and signage, speaks about her book Motel California. The story of the rapid rise and subsequent decline of the individually owned mom-and-pop motel in The Golden State, Motel California is a celebration of sparkling blue pools, flashing neon signs, automatic ice machines and bleached white towels. It is an exploration of theme-based marketing and a documentation of American culture at perhaps what was the most prosperous time in United States history.

On Apr. 25, Francis French, co-author of  Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon, discusses his career co-writing four bestselling space history books and  interviews with astronauts Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Pavel Popovich, and Al Worden. Currently the Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum,  French is a regular presence on PBS, The Discovery Channel, History Channel and Science Channel.

Rue Mapp speaks on May 30 about the organization she founded, Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit social community reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. The evening is co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio and San Bernardino County Regional Parks. Through Outdoor Afro, Mapp shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition including The Root 100 most influential African Americans in the country, the Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, the National Wildlife Federation Communication award, and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms.

June 20 is the final speaker in the series, Danna Staaf, author of Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. The Inquisitive Biologist’s review noted “This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you write a good popular academic book.” Anyone who enjoys the undersea world—along with those obsessed with all things prehistoric—will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs.

All Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Presentations start at 7 p.m. and include book sale and signing where applicable. Books are available for sale in the Museum store starting in November.

Full Series Passes are on sale for $130 ($105 museum members) and include all six evenings. Tickets for individual evenings will go on sale December 14 for $25 each evening ($18 museum members, no discount applies for May 30) and are subject to availability as the Dome Talks theater has limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at or may be purchased at the Museum’s Guest Services Desk. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as walkups are not guaranteed. No refunds can be made for ticket purchases, but unused tickets may be donated to the nonprofit San Bernardino County Museum Association in advance of the date.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, including Dome Talks reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

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 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Today, Oct. 22, is the deadline to register to vote

Today, Oct. 22, is the deadline for citizens to register to vote for the 2018 Statewide General Election. Voters who are already registered should re-register to vote if they have changed their signature, name, address, or party affiliation.

Voters can check their registration status by visiting and logging into the My Elections (M.E.) Gateway application. Registered voters can also use M.E. Gateway to find their polling place, voting districts, and other personalized election information.

Citizens may register to vote online at Voter registration applications are also available at the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters and throughout San Bernardino County at post offices, city clerks’ offices, county libraries, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. A map of these locations is available on the Registrar of Voters website.

Citizens who miss the Oct. 22 voter registration deadline still have an opportunity to register and vote in this election. A new California law allows for this conditional voter registration option beginning Oct. 23 through Election Day.

A conditional voter registration application must be submitted in person on or before Election Day at the Registrar of Voters or at one of the five other early vote sites. After completing a voter registration application, the voter will be provided with a provisional ballot to vote at that location. Visit to view a complete list of these locations, addresses, and hours.

For more information about this election, including the locations and hours of the additional early voting sites that open on Oct. 30, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.

Get ready for the Great California Shakeout on October 18

Join more than 600,000 people who live and work in San Bernardino County by practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

What can you do to get ready for the ShakeOut?
Click here for a flyer to know what to do when the shaking starts.
If you, or a member of your household, are a person with a disability or have access or functional needs, click here for other tips and things to consider during an earthquake.

Your family and friends can also participate from work or home:
Register your family here as ShakeOut participants.

Watch this video to learn how to respond appropriately during an earthquake.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Klinkhart has more earthquake safety tips for you in this video.

What’s new this year?
The Great California ShakeOut supports the Countywide Vision’s public safety campaign Vision4Safety by helping people make their homes, workplaces and communities safer. Visit for more earthquake safety tips and information.

Share your ShakeOut day photos and videos using the hashtags #SBCShakeOut and #Vision4Safety and we’ll share them on the County’s social media accounts.

Early voting opens for the Statewide General Election

Voting in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election began Tuesday at the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office.

Early voting hours at the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may also cast their ballots at the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Five additional early voting sites will open in Apple Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Montclair, Victorville, and Yucca Valley beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30.

To assist San Bernardino County voters, County Voter Information Guides were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service beginning on Oct. 3 and continue through this week.

Inside the Voter Information Guide, voters will find a sample ballot, as well as information about candidates, local measures, and how elections are conducted in California. On the back cover of the guide, voters will find the address of their assigned polling place. Voters are encouraged to hold on to their guide until Election Day so that they can easily find their polling place.

Voters may also access personalized election information, including their Voter Information Guide and their assigned polling place, using the My Elections Gateway application by visiting the Elections Office website,

Mail ballots for voters on the permanent mail ballot list were delivered to the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday. Deliveries will continue as additional mail ballot requests are received.

For more information about this election, including the locations and hours of the additional early voting sites that open on Oct. 30, visit the Elections Office website,, or call (909) 387-8300.

Prevent the Flu, Get a Flu Shot

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health will be providing free flu shots on Oct. 10, 24 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The flu shot clinic will be held in the Public Health parking lot at 351 N. Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino — look for the colorful Public Health van. On Oct. 17 the flu clinic will be in the parking lot of the Child Support Services building on 10417 Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Flu shots are the first step in protecting against influenza virus and its potentially serious complications,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer, “I encourage residents to get their flu shot every year.”

Flu shots will be provided to all adults, men, women, senior citizens, pregnant women and children who are six months old and older. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18 years old. Children under 9 years old may require two doses of flu vaccine, four weeks apart, based on prior vaccination history.

A yearly flu shot can reduce the risk of severe flu illness and its potentially serious complications. Getting the flu shot can also reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school day due to flu illness. Last flu season (October 2017 to September 2018) there were 11 flu-related deaths in San Bernardino County. Nationally, CDC early estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season (CDC These new estimates are record-breaking, and emphasize the seriousness and severity of flu illness and serve as a strong reminder of the importance of flu vaccination.

In addition to getting vaccinated, it’s crucial to practice good health habits always. If you become ill, you should take actions to stop the spread of germs, including:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap/water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

For more information on the seasonal flu visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page or for information on where to get a flu shot, visit the San Bernardino County, Department of Public Health events calendar or call at 1-800-722-4794.

A celebration of life & resiliency for Las Vegas tragedy survivors

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services will host two forums next week for victims of last year’s Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy.

The forums will include a group discussion facilitated by licensed clinical therapists, one-on-one counseling, educational resources, help in navigating one’s own health care services, and assistance with applying for the State of Nevada and California Victim Compensation programs. Services will be provided by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services, the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and The Counseling Team International.

All Services are provided free of charge. No insurance is needed.

The forums will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Victorville and on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Ontario. Click here for locations and more details.

For more information, please call the Bureau of Victim Services at (909) 382-3846.


Affordable housing units for veterans available in Loma Linda

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino and the San Bernardino County Community Development and Housing Agency invites military veterans to apply for spots on the waiting list for 36 brand-new 2- and 3-bedroom apartments at Loma Linda Veterans Village.

Apartments come with refrigerators and dishwashers, while the community includes a club room with kitchen, basketball court, swimming pool, volleyball court, laundry facilities, computer lab and on-site management. Mobility-impaired households will have priority for nine units designed for their needs and hearing/sight-impaired households will have priority for five units designed for their needs.

Income and other restrictions apply. Applicants will be referred from the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino waitlist. Once qualified by the Housing Authority, applicants who are offered a unit will receive a Project-Based Voucher rental subsidy. Tenant rent will be up to 30 percent of the total household gross income as determined by the Housing Authority.

Applications are available for download at the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino website,, or for pickup at any Housing Authority office.

Up-to-date information is available by calling 909-992-0931. Click here for more information about Loma Linda Veterans Village.



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