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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut at the Museum

Annual event features ways to prepare for earthquakes and other natural disasters

Every October, California stages the “Great California ShakeOut,” an opportunity to practice knowledge and skills to handle earthquakes calmly. October 17, 2019 marks the fifth annual statewide event, and the San Bernardino County Museum wants to help residents prepare to “Drop, Cover, and Hold on,” in case of an actual earthquake or natural disaster. Join museum partners on Sunday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut.

The event features the very popular San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services earthquake simulator, so visitors can experience the strength of an earthquake. Emergency preparedness demos will be given throughout the afternoon. Participating partners include San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services, Redlands CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and Red Cross of San Bernardino. LifeStream of San Bernardino will be accepting blood donations. Participants will also get to experiment with tabletop demonstrations about the science of earthquakes and test their knowledge by making their own fault art with clay.

“Earthquakes are on their own schedule, and they can occur at any time wherever we work, live, or travel within the region and beyond,” said Museum Director, Melissa Russo. “Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves from an earthquake. We hope this museum event is an annual reminder to our visitors about the need to prepare.”

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. Prepare for the Great California ShakeOut is included with general admission: $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.

Statement regarding Inland Empire United vs. Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s status as a member of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors has not changed as a result of Wednesday’s lower court decision. The County appealed the decision this morning and maintains the judge’s decision was in error. The appeal stays the ruling until it can be scrutinized by a higher court.

The Dec. 18 appointment of Supervisor Rowe was legal, proper, and conducted with full transparency and multiple opportunities for full public participation, including public testimony, opportunities for all applicants to publicly address the Board of Supervisors, public interviews, and the inclusion of a seemingly endless amount of mail and email correspondence from residents. The County considers Wednesday’s action as the latest step in a lengthy legal process.

“Our appointment of Dawn Rowe to the Board of Supervisors was conducted openly and honestly, and for the past nine months she has served the people of this county very well,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Supervisor Rowe represents the Third District with integrity, intelligence, compassion and fairness. We should not have to defend the appointment, but we will do so every step of the way.”

San Bernardino County has a longstanding tradition of serving as perhaps the most open and transparent local government agency in California. For example:

  • The County was the first in the state to post Board of Supervisors agendas and all supporting materials, including contracts, on the Internet.
  • San Bernardino County was among the first to require the online posting of statements of economic interests by its elected and appointed officials.
  • The County was the first, and is perhaps the only, county to establish Board of Supervisors meeting videoconferencing to allow people in remote locations to participate in meetings and address the board.

The County has won more than 300 state and national awards for innovation and efficiency since 2010 – more than any other county in the nation.

Community volunteers needed!

The California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation will be providing dental services at no cost at the National Orange Show Event Center in the city of San Bernardino from Sept. 27-28.

During this event, CDA will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance finding a source for ongoing dental care.

To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected people, CDA is in need of community volunteers to assist with patient registration, clinic setup, data entry, guiding patients and translating.

Please visit the CDA event page today to sign up and help us spread the word to other individuals and organizations that may be interested in supporting this incredible event.


20th Anniversary of the San Bernardino County PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo

It’s time to dust off your boots and hats for the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the San Bernardino County PRCA Sheriff’s Rodeo scheduled for September 27th – 29th at Glen Helen Park in Devore.

Are you rodeo ready?

Go to a local Boot Barn, purchase two Wrangler products and receive your “FREE” voucher to Friday or Sunday’s performance and redeem your ticket at the ticket booth.

For more information – Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @SheriffsRodeo    #SheriffsRodeo

Santa Ana River Trail Bike Day and Open House

San Bernardino County Regional Parks invites families and riders of all abilities to come and ride at your own pace along the Santa Ana River Trail, Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There will be three access points on the trail with community information, resources, water and bike-related goods and services.

Registration is open and this event is free to the public.

For more information or to register, visit


County wins top statewide award for reports on 2015 terror tragedy

San Bernardino County’s Terrorist Attack Legacy Report & Organizational Review created following the December 2, 2015 tragedy won a prestigious California Counties Innovation Award on Monday from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and was considered one of the top two projects in the state by CSAC’s judges out of 284 entries.

One report is an organizational review documenting County government’s response to and recovery from the attack. The other is a first-of-its-kind legacy report designed as a resource for other agencies coping with or preparing for a similar incident.

“Our County suffered a terrible tragedy when our employees were attacked on December 2, 2015. There was no guidebook for us to follow to help us deal with an endless array of unprecedented immediate and long-term challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.  “We hope that something like this never happens again, but we knew that we had a duty to commission these reports to help other public agencies navigate the circumstances no one ever hopes to face. We are deeply honored by this recognition.”

The legacy document can be viewed here and the organizational review is available here. Both reports can be found at in the “Where to Find” section under “December 2 Legacy Report and Organizational Review.” The County also provided the reports to leaders at CSAC, the National Association of Counties, the League of California Cities, the National League of Cities, and the International City/County Management Association as a resource to them and their members.

The reports were created by CPARS Consulting which assembled a team of experts in emergency management and response, communications and public information, and human resources and employee services to interview hundreds of County employees and review documents.

CSAC also recognized the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services with two awards – a Challenge Award for their Mobile Health Outreach – Anatomical Models program which helps educate older and disabled adults on self-examinations and identifying potentially life-threatening health issues; and a Merit Award for their Coordinated Care Collaborative program, which ensures low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, who qualify for both Medicare and Medi-Cal, receive optimal case management services.

The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services also received a CSAC Merit Award for their Service of Process program, which expedites service of summons and complaints for child support and reduces costs by utilizing certified mail for child support customers residing outside of California.

Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received 284​ entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino won five CSAC Awards in 2018, four in 2017, four in 2016, three in 2015 and 2014, five in 2013, three in 2012, two in 2011 and one in 2010.

The County has won more than 300 state and national awards for innovative and cost-saving programs since 2010, including 52 awards from the National Association of Counties in May.

“Our County is proud CSAC and other organizations consistently recognize the commitment to public service and work ethic our employees exhibit on a daily basis – whether it be another community impacted by violence, or seniors and children who need and deserve services in our county,” Hagman said.

CSAC will present the awards to the County at an upcoming San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Census address canvassing has started in county neighborhoods

You may have noticed or will soon see U.S. Census employees in your neighborhood. It’s not 2020 yet, but in preparation for the 2020 U.S. Census, these locally hired workers are on foot throughout San Bernardino County and the nation checking addresses to help ensure next year’s decennial count is as accurate and as complete as possible.

Funding to support and improve our communities depends on a successful census, so please cooperate with anyone carrying a Census I.D. badge as they might have some very simple questions for you. For more information and a helpful video, please click here.

The San Bernardino County and Riverside County boards of supervisors have joined forces to create the Inland Empire Complete Count Committee, a leadership body that draws on representatives from the nonprofit, government, education, business and philanthropic sectors to focus energy and leverage various resources toward ensuring a complete and accurate count in our region. Why? Because, Together, We Count.

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