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Monthly Archives: February 2020

County continues to monitor coronavirus; No local cases

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of coronavirus (COVID-19) as it is quickly evolving. No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County.

As of today, California has reported seven travel-related cases of COVID-19 in the state, one close contact case and one case from community transmission. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public remains low at this time. Although COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate.

“There still have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County thus far,” states Dr. Erin Gustafson, San Bernardino County Acting Health Officer. “(The County)  is working closely with state and federal partners to continue gathering as much information as possible about this virus and preparing to respond. At this time, we urge the public to remain calm, as the health risk to the general public in our county remains low. Our top priority is ensuring that residents of San Bernardino County remain safe and healthy.”

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.

To learn more about COVID-19, visit the Communicable Disease Section’s Emerging Diseases webpage at or call (800) 722-4794.

Early voting expands for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters will open five additional early voting sites throughout the county next week, making it easier for voters to cast their ballots in the March 3 Presidential Primary Election.

The Registrar of Voters has been accepting votes since Feb. 3 by mail and from voters who come into the Registrar’s office. As of Thursday, 73,162 ballots had been cast.

Doors will open Tuesday morning at early voting sites in Apple Valley, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Ontario, and Victorville.

The locations and operating hours of each early voting site are:


Location Hours
San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters

777 E. Rialto Ave.

San Bernardino

Monday, Feb. 3 – Tuesday, March 3
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Town of Apple Valley Recreation Center

14955 Dale Evans Parkway

Apple Valley

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Joshua Tree Community Center

6171 Sunburst Street

Joshua Tree

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Arrowhead Fire Station #91

301 S. State Highway 173

Lake Arrowhead

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ontario Conference Center

1947 Convention Center Way


Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Victorville City Hall

14343 Civic Drive


Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Eligible citizens who missed the voter registration deadline on Feb. 18 still have an opportunity to exercise their right to vote through the conditional voter registration process.

To qualify, individuals must complete and submit a voter registration application in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or an Early Vote site on or before Election Day, or at a polling place on Election Day. The voter will then be given a provisional ballot to cast. It is recommended that individuals complete the conditional voter registration process before Election Day.

For more information about this election or early voting sites, visit the Registrar of Voters website, or call (909) 387-8300.

SBA offers disaster assistance to San Bernardino County small businesses impacted by severe storms and flooding

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the severe storms and flooding in San Bernardino County that occurred Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2019, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced Wednesday. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Feb. 12, 2020.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist California small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator Carranza.

“Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Garfield added.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.875 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact Vincent McCoy by emailing, calling (951) 781-2345 (office) or (951) 757-7086 (cell), or by visiting the Small Business Development Center at 603 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA,  91762, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call first for an appointment.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 13, 2020.

Applicants sought for retirement board vacancy

The County invites qualified members of the public to apply to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Retirement.

The Board of Retirement’s primary role is to have the sole and exclusive fiduciary responsibility over the assets of the retirement system and to administer the system in a manner that will assure prompt delivery of benefits and related services to the participants and their beneficiaries. For more information regarding the Board of Retirement, visit

Those seeking appointment should possess:

  • At a minimum, a bachelor’s or equivalent degree in economics, business/public administration, finance, accounting or other closely related field. Advanced degrees in these fields or other related fields such as law, or certifications in finance, accounting or other closely related fields shall be desired qualifications;
  • A minimum of two years of recent experience performing budget/financial analysis or managing financial investments in a public agency or private institution. Prior knowledge or experience with fiduciary responsibility is desirable;
  • Advanced communication skills to express ideas with conviction and clarity;
  • Strong analytical skills to understand investment policies and concepts;
  • A strong forward-thinking visionary approach to recognize the value of present-day decisions and their impact on future plan benefits and investments;
  • The ability to clearly articulate SBCERA’s general policies and concepts to various audiences;
  • A demonstrated ability to work well with a board, commission, committee or other deliberative body.

Those interested in being appointed as a Board of Retirement member must submit a resume before 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2020 to or at the following address:

San Bernardino County Human Resources Department

157 West Fifth St., First Floor

San  Bernardino CA 92415-0440

Attn: Silvia Zayas

For more information, see legal notice at

Victor Valley Museum hosts Arthropolooza: Ultimate Bugfest

Live insect encounters and hands-on activities include the “Dare Box”

Arthropolooza: the Ultimate Bugfest buzzes into the Victor Valley Museum on Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum and local partners present demonstrations and hands-on activities with live insects, insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, backyard conservation, composting demo, and more to engage and educate visitors participants about the Mojave Desert’s creepy crawlers, and an emphasis on established and endangered arthropod species in our region..

Featured are live arthropods including hissing and cave cockroaches, a Desert Hairy Scorpion, tarantulas, millipedes, and more from the main museum’s Exploration Station live animal collection and mounted insect displays from the Education Collection. Visitors will get to test their sense of touch and bravery to discern concealed insects in the “Dare Box.” Facilitated cockroach races are scheduled during the event. Kids will get to create their own bug accessories and pose in front of a large scale bugface selfie station.

Joining the event are BeeRooted; UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners; Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District; and San Bernardino County Environmental Health Mosquito and Vector Control; Mojave National Preserve;  Rivers & Lands Conservancy;  Mojave Desert Land Trust; San Bernardino County Agricultural Weights and Measures.

Jessika Vazquez, Curator of Integrated Sciences said, “California is home to many arthropod species, some that are considered endangered due to environmental pressures like the Delhi Sand Flower-loving fly, a nectar feeding fly, that can be only be found in small sections of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Come spend a weekend with our partners and their many legged guests for this popular event!”

The Victor Valley Museum and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating the arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Regular museum days and hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student), EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and the San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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