mourning bandMy dearest family,

We are all deeply saddened by the events that occurred this past week. We mourn the loss of our fallen friends and pray for those injured to recover. Some of us witnessed horrific scenes unfold in front of our eyes. This has shaken all of us. Yet, we are grateful for the many lives that were spared. We need to come together and strengthen one another other as we say goodbye to our beloved coworkers and seek to heal wounded hearts.This past week Corwin and I were able to visit many of our injured in various hospitals. We were amazed out how positive and upbeat our colleagues were despite their injuries. We were happy to see many in stable condition and others being released to return home.

Because this has touched us all deeply, please do not hesitate to access the counseling hotline at 909-421-9495 to help in the coping and healing process.

All county offices with the exception of Environmental Health Services will resume full operation on Monday, December 7th. Environmental Health will return on December 14th. In the meantime e-time will be taken care of for EHS employees by payroll and you will be paid as usual.

Security will be increased at public health buildings throughout San Bernardino to provide added peace of mind. In addition all Environmental Health staff from the Rancho and San Bernardino offices will report to 172 3rd St. on the 14th of December. Additional details regarding this relocation will be provided during the coming week.

Some have asked what they can do to help. Several charities have been established so there is an opportunity to donate to the charity of your choice. The County Board of Supervisors and the Arrowhead United Way also established the “San Bernardino United Relief fund” for all those affected by the December 2nd incident.

The FBI is planning to release vehicles and personal items within the coming week. You will be contacted by the FBI with details on when and where this will occur.

We are strong.  We will get through this together. Thank you for your courage during these difficult times. Should you have any concerns or needs, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Trudy Raymundo

Corwin Porter