Guadalupe Perez, Accounting Technician, Isabel Morales, Fiscal Assistant, Wendy Sieruga, Banking and Settlement Compliance Manager, Parth Bhatt, Investment Officer, Damani Brown, Investment Analyst, Robin Dixon, Assistant Investment Officer, John Johnson, Chief Deputy Treasurer, Missing from photo: Ian Capule, Investment Analyst
County Investment Pool Reaches All-Time High
The County Investment Pool, a vital source of support for the County, K-12 schools, community colleges, and special districts, reached a new all-time record high cashbook balance of $11,618,111,682.21 on April 21, San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector (ATC) Ensen Mason announced last week.
The pool balance has increased by approximately $1 billion compared to just five months ago. A healthy Inland Empire economy, along with robust growth in housing prices, contributed to the increase in the pool’s value. The increase in interest rates during the first quarter of 2022, along with prudent liquidity and interest rate risk management, will greatly benefit future pool earnings, Mason said. The pool’s yield increased from 0.69% to 0.88% during the same five-month period. Higher pool value combined with higher earnings will augment services provided to county residents.Record property tax installment receipts from rising property values and the receipt of federal stimulus and CARES Act funds for the County and school districts catapulted County Investment Pool balances, Mason said. The County Investment Pool cashbook value has increased by $4.64 billion since January 7, 2019.
“Local government agencies rely on these funds to fund public safety, public schools and the local government safety net so critical to county residents in difficult times,” Mason said. “A higher yield means that ATC is making taxpayer dollars we already have work harder for all our residents. The more money we earn ourselves, the less we need from other sources.”
Mason gave credit to his ATC Treasury Division staff. “Much of our continued success belongs to our outstanding Treasury Division team. They are doing a great job during a very challenging investment environment,” Mason said.
The San Bernardino County Treasurer’s Office is the official custodian of investments for the San Bernardino County Investment Pool. The office provides banking services for the County, K-12 Schools, Community Colleges, and Special Districts. The Treasury adheres to conservative investment policies that have maintained an AAAf/S1 rating from Fitch Ratings, the highest attainable ratings assigned by the agency for an investment pool of its type.
Visit www.SBCounty.gov/ATC and follow ATC on social media, @SanBernardinoCountyATC, for the most up-to-date information.
County Named Nation’s No. 1 Fleet – Again!
San Bernardino County vehicles are a common sight working for you on the roads of America’s largest county. Now, when you see those clean white cars and trucks with the County logo on the doors, you’re looking at part of a fleet that has been named the nation’s best twice in the past six years.
The hard-working and highly skilled men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management, who acquire and care for the vast majority of the County’s vehicles, have been named the top fleet in the “100 Best Fleets in the Americas” contest by the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA). San Bernardino County Fleet Management was also named the nation’s #1 “Leading Fleet” by Government Fleet Magazine and the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 2017.
Only 11 other California fleets were named among the 100 best in the nation for 2022: Sacramento County at No. 3; UC Davis, No. 14; City of Ventura, 43; City of Riverside, 45; City of San Diego, 52; Thousand Oaks, 54; Anaheim, 72; Ventura County, 76; UC Irvine, 78; Oceanside, 79; and Alameda County, 100.
The approximately 100 men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management provide acquisition, maintenance, repair, modification, and disposal services for the majority of county vehicles and equipment. Fleet Management’s main garage in San Bernardino includes four shops: automotive, heavy duty, welding/metal fabrication, and generator services, as well as a parts room and fueling station. The department also operates five smaller service centers in Barstow, Victorville, Needles, Rancho Cucamonga and Twentynine Palms and more than 60 strategically located fueling sites.
Additionally, Fleet Management operates a motor pool, which has ownership and/or maintenance and replacement responsibility for approximately 2,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment assigned to or used by county departments.
NAFA is the world’s largest membership association for individuals who manage the vehicular fleet and mobility responsibilities for their employers. NAFA propels the fleet and mobility profession through world-class certification, education, advocacy, and peer-networking programs.
College and Career Day Held for San Bernardino County High School Seniors in the Fifth District
Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. hosted his first “College and Career Day” for over 200 high school seniors that are a part of San Bernardino City, Rialto, and Colton Joint Unified School Districts.
The event took place at the East Valley America’s Job Center of California in San Bernardino to assist seniors in exploring their options after high school. The event had over 20 vendors that had informative and interactive information regarding both jobs and college education opportunities after high school for students who were interested.
The students were taught how to create a strong resume, how to dress for an interview, and explored career options with our County Fire, Sheriff, emergency departments, and dozens of other workforce departments.
“Not every student knows what their future is going to look like after high school,” Baca said. “Not everyone has a set plan and that is okay. But to sit and have no plan is what is not okay. Opportunities for personal growth in our community, especially in our youth are endless.”
Baca said he hosted the event because he wanted students in the Fifth District to know there are opportunities out there for them no matter what they choose to do.
“Success after high school is possible for these young adults and all they must do is work hard and set their minds to any goal that they want to personally achieve. This event opened doors for lots of students in our district and let them know that our County is always right behind them every step of the way,” Baca said.
Chief of Victim Services, Flerida Alarcon, embracing a mother whose son was murdered 40 years ago in Ludlow.
District Attorney Holds Memorials to Commemorate National Crime Victims Week
In commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 24–30, 2022, the District Attorney’s Office is hosting its seventh annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Memorials. The memorials are held to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.
Crime victims are our family, friends, neighbors, and community members. While we can never truly understand the depth of their trauma and the impact on their lives, we can ensure that equitable, inclusive, culturally appropriate, and gender-responsive services are available to help them. By enforcing victims’ rights, expanding access to services, and upholding principles of equity and inclusivity for all, we can enable crime victims to find the justice they seek, in whatever form that might take.
The District Attorney’s Office will commemorate the advancement of victims’ rights and highlight issues surrounding victimization by hosting a West Valley Memorial on Monday, April 25 at Central Park in the City of Rancho Cucamonga, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. They will also host a High Desert Memorial Wednesday, April 27 at the Civic Center Park Amphitheater in the Town of Apple Valley from noon to 1 p.m.
For additional information about this year’s NCVRW and how to assist crime victims in your own community, please contact the Public Affairs Office at (909) 382-3665 or visit the website at www.sbcountyda.org. For additional ideas on how to support all victims of crime, visit the Office for Victims of Crimes website at www.ovc.ojp.gov.
Adopt Our Pets of The Week – “Salad” And “Wisk”
Meet our lovable pets of the week Salad and Wisk!
Salad, ID#A762543, is a 1-year-old retriever mix and Wisk, #IDA762502, is a 4-year-old shepherd mix.
Both dogs are lovable and energetic and waiting for their new homes.
For more information, visit animalcare.sbcounty.gov/pets/ or call (909) 386-9820. The Devore Animal Shelter is located at 19777 Shelter Way in Devore.
County Fire Celebrates National Public Safety Telecommunications Week and Volunteer Week
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
Dispatch Supervisor Vanessa Meyer at #Confire Communications takes you behind the scenes of a 911 call. They are #ProudToServeYou as your first connection to #FirstResponders when disaster strikes. All of us at #SBCoFD thank you for your dedicated service to San Bernardino County.
National Volunteer Week
We celebrate our volunteers today for National Volunteer Week by highlighting #CERT! We CERT-ainly can become overwhelmed during large catastrophic disasters (pun warning) but the members who join are trained to safely care for themselves, their families and their communities. With CERT-itude, they spring into action to help people who need help all because they themselves love to help. Un-CERT-ain about weather or not you should join? Click the link! https://sbcfire.co/37Mtyhk
Children and Family Services Records Podcast on Child Abuse Prevention
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Jeany Zepeda, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services Interim Director, joins the DBH podcast Resilient and Real to talk about the importance of child abuse prevention and about the stigma surrounding reporting child abuse. Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music, Facebook or online!
Job Openings and Hiring Events in San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County has jobs that will be opening on Saturday, April 23.
We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval. Check sbcounty.gov/jobs for the most up- to -date recruitments.
For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines, and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.