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Monthly Archives: January 2019
Twenty-one African American artists featured in show recognizing Black History Month
The San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, Inland Cities, East, presents an exhibit featuring the fine art works of prominent African American artists from throughout Southern California to recognize Black History Month. “Images of Black Culture, Life, & History” opens at the Museum on Feb. 1 and continues through Mar 3. The Chamber hosts an exhibit reception at the Museum on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Guest curated by Charles Bibbs, who also has two works in the show, the artists participating include Adeola Davies-Ayeloja, Alva, Bernard Hoyes, Christopher J. Wesley, Derrick Dzine, Diana Shannon Young, Emmy Lu, Errol Cook, Keith Mikell, Kenneth Gatewood, Manuelita Brown, Michael Massenburg, Maurice Howard, Nathaniel Bustion, Rosalind McGary, Synthia Saint James, Shaz Taylor, Theresa Shellcroft, Viveca Mays, and Zeal Harris. The show includes paintings, watercolors, collages, ceramics, and quilts.
Curator of visitor engagement and exhibits, David Myers said, “these images are reflective of an array of experiences expressing power, beauty, provocation, hopelessness and hope. Charles Bibbs, with his immense talent and profile in the arts, brought together both established and emerging artists to weave a complex story of the African American experience. We are truly grateful to Charles and the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce for helping us ensure that our exhibits are representative and reflective of our community both during our Black History Month celebration and all year long.”
The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs 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). EBT card holders and families are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. This special exhibit is included with museum general admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.
On Feb. 12, more than 1,000 business, community and government leaders will come together for San Bernardino County’s annual Regional Business Summit and State of the County. For 2019, the event theme “Innovate. Transform. Grow.” recognizes the County’s economic strength, business growth and innovative ideas designed to further transform the region, including the recently launched Vision2Succeed campaign, designed to prepare county residents for the jobs we have and the jobs we want to attract.
For more information, registration and sponsorship information, click here.
Recognized as the largest regional business event in the County, the event will feature a message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman along with interviews to include Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur magazine along with leaders from the County’s top industries and businesses such as Garner Holt Productions, General Atomic, China Airlines, Federal Express UPS, NUUO, and Lennar Homes.
“The County continues to lead the state and nation in job and population growth. At a time when business and residents are being priced out of coastal markets, we continue to be a quality choice for business expansion and for a quality lifestyle,” Chairman Hagman said. “That’s why I encourage businesses to make plans now to be part of this event. We will share information to encourage business growth as well as provide a forum for valuable engagement with regional leaders. Bottom line, this event is about business expansion and job creation.”
The 2019 Regional Business Summit and State of the County is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the most influential business owners, presidents, CEO and other decision makers in both the public and private sectors because of the high level of content presented and attendees.
The NAIOP IE panel will begin at 3:30 pm. Registration for State of the County begins at 4:30 pm. The NAIOP panel will be led by moderator Terry Thompson, director of real estate, San Bernardino County with panelists: Bill Heim, principal, Lee & Associates; Doug Jorritsma, senior vice president, Land Advisors; and Val Achtemeier, executive vice president, CBRE and Greg Devereraux, Worthington Partners.
The event will be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena located at 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario. Sponsorship opportunities for greater business exposure are still available. For more information, visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com/About-Us/State-of-the-County.aspx.
This year local renowned artist Charles Bibbs is the curator for the 2019 Black Art Exhibit, which is themed “Images of Black Life, Culture and History.”
The exhibit will run from Friday, Feb. 1 until Sunday, March 3.
A reception will also he held on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. which will include the artists, local dignitaries along with business and community leaders.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.
Read this flyer for more information on the event.
San Bernardino County Code Enforcement officers will increase enforcement of illegal trucking operations in the unincorporated area of Bloomington to mitigate environmental hazards and public nuisances in residential areas.
There are more than 100 properties in Bloomington where the number of illegal operations involving truck storage, warehousing hazardous materials on properties, and unpermitted businesses is significantly higher than any other unincorporated area of the County.
“Bloomington is in the midst of designing its future as part of the new Countywide Plan and any illegal operations that currently exist there are not part of the vision,” said Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales whose district includes Bloomington. “The community definitely needs healthy businesses to thrive; businesses choosing to be good actors that comply with local, regional, state, and federal regulations enacted to protect all of our residents. County Code Enforcement will play a key role in ensuring Bloomington’s bright economic future.”
The Board of Supervisors allocated $400,000 in the 2018-19 County budget to address unpermitted truck operations in Bloomington which will allow a Code Enforcement officer to work on the issue full time.
In residential zones of Bloomington, only one tractor-trailer is allowed to be parked as long as the truck and trailer belongs to the owner-operator and is parked in an appropriate area on at least one acre of land.
Evelyn Duke, a longtime resident of Bloomington, lives across the street from a property where trucks were parked illegally before the operation was shut down. She complained about noise and plumes of smoke the trucks would give off when driving onto the property because she saw how it was negatively impacting her elderly neighbors.
“They had eight or nine trucks parked there and we couldn’t open our doors or windows because of the noise and they would leave their trucks idling out there at night,” Duke said. “One of the things that made me most angry was the sound of them changing tires at 10 o’clock at night.”
Code Enforcement currently has several open cases on suspected illegal trucking operations where as many as 20 tractor-trailers are located on one property in a residential zone. A significant number are next to schools. Illegal trucking operations negatively impact air and groundwater quality and increase odor, exposure to hazardous materials and the unsafe operation of trucks on neighborhood streets.
About 2,400 students attend Bloomington High School on Laurel Avenue, a street that has one lane of traffic going each way and several illegal trucking operations in the immediate area. Often right in front of the school, trucks on the narrow street must sit and wait for the oncoming lane to clear of traffic before they can make the left turn from Laurel. This is particularly a problem at crowded school arrival and dismissal times, according to Principal Sandy Torres.
“It does create traffic jams,” Torres said. “It makes it more hectic for our parents when they try to drop off and pick up their kids.”
The increased code enforcement operation has already led to criminal charges being filed against illegal operators who didn’t comply with County codes and other regulations.
A majority of the illegal operations are in areas zoned for single-family residences and must be relocated. A small number of the illegal operations could come into compliance if the owners who are in an appropriate zone applied for a permit to operate or applied for a zone change with Land Use Services.
The County is providing assistance for illegal trucking operators who want to come into compliance and/or relocate their business with the help of a commercial broker. For relocation resources, contact Matthew Mena at the Economic Development Agency at (909) 387-4552. People who need assistance with land use and zoning may contact Ignacio Nunez at Code Enforcement at (909) 948-5086.
Some news media have erroneously reported that the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element of the County General Plan this coming Tuesday, Jan. 29. The hearing had been rescheduled for – and will will occur on – Thursday, Feb. 28, not this coming Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The coalition will host its 2019 Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Jan. 26 in San Bernardino.
Registration for the annual event, now in its ninth year, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Children’s Network office at 825 E. Hospitality Lane in San Bernardino.
There will be speakers at the event at 9 a.m.
Walkers will leave the Children’s Network office at 10 a.m. and head east towards Tippecanoe and back around to the starting point.
Participants can preregister for the free event at https://tinyurl.com/ybds65p9
“Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are often thought of as only occurring in foreign countries, but it happens here and we’re all responsible for educating ourselves and others about the realities of trafficking in our own neighborhoods and communities,” said CASE Coordinator, Anne-Michelle Ellis. “Commercial sexual exploitation affects children in all parts of our county– all children are vulnerable.”
The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation formed in 2009 to address commercial sexual exploitation of children in the county. It’s a collaborative effort among child-serving county departments, service agencies and community members.
Quarterly CASE outreach & education meetings are the second Tuesday of the month. For locations or more information, contact CASE Coordinator Angel Magallanes at (909) 383-9677 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We look forward to the community coming together and joining us in creating awareness of this important issue that impacts our community,” said Magallanes. “With each step of the walk, we take a step toward ending human trafficking and modern day slavery.”
The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation is helping the community achieve the Countywide Vision by promoting the protection of children and promoting public safety and health. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.
It’s Nomination Time!
- Do you know an individual or organization that goes the extra mile for children while selflessly giving in order to make a difference?
- Someone who goes above-and-beyond their regular duties to ensure children are safe?
Please take a moment to nominate an individual, agency or program for their outstanding efforts in assisting at-risk children and youth in San Bernardino County.
The nomination form can be found on the Children’s Network’s website, http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN
The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8
Thank you for helping us honor those who deserve special recognition. Honorees will be recognized at:
The 21st Annual Shine a Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast
Thursday, April 4
7:30 to 9 a.m.
National Orange Show, Valencia Room
690 S. Arrowhead Ave.
Chairman Hagman, who served as board vice chairman from 2017 until today, succeeds First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood as chairman. Vice Chair Gonzales served as board chair from 2011 until 2013.
According to the voter-approved County Charter, the chairman serves as the board’s executive agent. The chair presides over Board of Supervisors meetings, acts as the signator for all contracts approved by the board, and works with the county chief executive officer to set the board’s agenda, among various other duties.
In December, Chairman Hagman began his second four-year term as supervisor for the county’s Fourth District, which includes Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair, the southern portion of Upland, and adjacent unincorporated areas. Vice Chair Gonzales, first elected to the board in 2004, is serving her final term on the Board of Supervisors under term limits representing the Fifth District, which includes all or portions of Fontana, Rialto, Colton, and San Bernardino, and adjacent unincorporated areas including Bloomington and Muscoy.
“It is an honor to have been unanimously selected by my colleagues to lead San Bernardino County into the future,” Chairman Hagman said. I’d like to say a special thank you to Supervisor Lovingood for doing such an amazing job over the last two years. In that time frame we have hired a new CEO, a new board member, the unemployment in the County is at a record low, and homeownership rates are up to say the least. Our region is an attractive place to live, work, and travel and I look forward to continuing to grow San Bernardino County. ”
“I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ontario Airport,” Hagman said. “It is San Bernardino County’s most important economic driver, and passenger and freight numbers continue to increase every quarter. Ontario is now in the number one position for exports and now we need to focus on imports.”
“I commend the board for selecting Supervisor Gonzales to serve as Vice Chair,” Hagman said. “Like me, Josie has made strengthening the economy of our County a chief priority. I am excited about working with Vice Chair Gonzales to continue our progress in pursuit of a stronger San Bernardino County. To my colleagues, on my board we should celebrate how far we have come as a County and continue to work together to achieve goals, address challenges and develop the strategies that will make a lasting, positive impact in our communities.”
Along with supervisorial duties, Supervisor Hagman also serves on the following boards and organizations: Board Director Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council; Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP); OmniTrans; San Bernardino County Associated Governments (SANBAG); Commissioner of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA); Chairman of SCAG FirstNet Subcommittees and California State Military Reserves.
Supervisor Hagman earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at UCLA. He and his wife Grace have two children: Jonathan, a recent graduate of UCLA and officer in the Army National Guard, and Elizabeth, a student at Ayala High School. Mr. Hagman’s experience in local and state government, and as a small business owner, has provided him insight into the issues facing his constituency.