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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Employees celebrate the Countywide Vision in unique Christmas tree

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Gail Joe and her fellow employees in the County’s Special Districts Department decided to celebrate and promote the Countywide Vision during their department’s Christmas decorating contest this year.
She and Michael Wildes, Shar Perez, and Mona Montes  – who all work in the Fiscal/Budget division – were the clear winners when they unveiled the tree complete with a “Vision” topper and cutout arrowheads portraying the County’s iconic seal.
The Countywide Vision statement is printed across paper ornaments adorning the tree. What a wonderful celebration of the Vision as the County heads into 2014!
The Countywide Vision states:
We envision a complete county that capitalizes on the diversity of its people, its geography, and its economy to create a broad range of choices for its residents in how they live, work, and play.
We envision a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce that attracts employers who seize the opportunities presented by the county’s unique advantages and provide the jobs that create countywide prosperity.
We envision a sustainable system of high‐quality education, community health, public safety, housing, retail, recreation, arts and culture, and infrastructure, in which development complements our natural resources and environment.
We envision a model community which is governed in an open and ethical manner, where great ideas are replicated and brought to scale, and all sectors work collaboratively to reach shared goals.
From our valleys, across our mountains, and into our deserts, we envision a county that is a destination for visitors and a home for anyone seeking a sense of community and the best life has to offer.

Water element group discusses sustaining water supply with cities and towns

Washing Hands Under FaucetThe Countywide Vision’s Water Element Group met with city and town planning directors today to discuss working with city and towns to incorporate the sustainability of our water supply into planning for future population and economic growth.

Celeste Cantú, General Manager of Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, and Bob Tincher, Manager of Engineering and Planning for the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District described how they believe a partnership between water agencies and the County and cities and towns will help ensure we can reach the level of prosperity we envision for our county.

It is expected the County’s water needs for residents and businesses can be met through 2035, but only if water users step up conservation efforts and the whole community is willing to invest in projects that will store and protect additional water supplies.

Cantú and Tincher proposed at the monthly meeting of the San Bernardino Associated Governments Planning and Development Technical Forum to work with the County and cities and towns to identify:
• opportunities to reduce water consumption by promoting or requiring a greater use of drought-tolerant landscaping
• vacant land that can be preserved to capture rain water to recharge our groundwater basins so that the water can be stored until it is needed

The planning directors will form a subcommittee to work with water agencies on the Water Element Group’s proposals.


Community Vital Signs awarded coaching sessions from health institute

community-vital-signsSan Bernardino County’s Community Vital Signs Initiative was chosen to receive free coaching from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Roadmaps to Health Coaching Program which will help continue to lead our local residents on the path to wellness.

Community Vital Signs was one of 12 teams selected to participate with a community coach from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The coach is expected to provide specific guidance and tools focused on community health improvement goals.

“This is an incredible opportunity for San Bernardino County,” said Trudy Raymundo, Director of the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health. “I look forward to working with Robert Wood Johnson and our incredible partners as we move one step closer to achieving our goals for improving the health of our county’s communities and residents.”

Community Vital Signs was selected because the group has completed a community assessment, set priorities and is in the process of taking action to improve the health and wellness of our citizens.

The coaching process focuses on achieving goals co-developed by the team and the community coach, based on the community’s needs and the specific content the Roadmaps to Health program has to offer. It includes up to eight 60-90 minute team coaching calls over a nine-month period and an optional community visit. Coaching will begin in January and continue through September 2014.

Participating community teams can expect to build their capacity to do work together to impact health, choose and implement effective policies and programs that impact health and evaluate health improvement efforts.

In November, Community Vital Signs unveiled results of community engagement meetings and community indicator data which identified education, the economy and access to healthcare as the most urgent issues that affect the health and well-being of county residents

The Community Vital Signs initiative is a key component of the Countywide Vision Wellness Element and effort to achieve the Vision. Community Vital Signs is a community health improvement framework developed through the collaborative efforts of county residents, community organizations, and government agencies. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.

Action plans underway to improve student academic and career success

educationelementcoltonColton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington community members this week discussed potential action plans for improving the academic and career success of every child in the Colton Joint Unified School District.

The dialogue at the monthly meeting of the District’s Community Cabinet focused on how parents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government could best support students in four key areas – Early Preparation, Literacy, Academic and Career Readiness, and Mental and Physical Health Awareness.

Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships to support the education system. The Community Cabinets are a model for how each of the 33 school districts in the county might help to achieve the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

Considering input the Colton Joint Unified School District Community Cabinet received from teachers and principals in October and students in November, the community members brainstormed possible action items, including providing resource libraries, job shadowing opportunities, community service opportunities, and life skills classes to students.

In January, the Colton Community Cabinet will work to expand their ideas into strategic action plans with a goal to start implementing approved plans by April.

Local leaders receive ‘Good Government’ awards at building industry gala

The Building Industry Association Southern California Baldy View Chapter honored local leaders and government entities that help make San Bernardino County more business-friendly during their Holiday Charity Gala on December 5.

The recipients of the awards recognize the array of economic and quality of life benefits that housing provides and continuously work with the building industry to promote sound policies that ensure more families attain the dream of home ownership.

The recipients are:

    • Senator Norma Torres – for her support of the passage of Assembly Bill 116, legislation that provides an automatic 24-month extension to existing and unexpired tentative tract and parcel maps and builds upon the previous extension granted in 2011.

Bill Jahn, Terry Kent, Carlos Rodriguez, Good Government Award Recipient Senator Norma Torres, CBIA President Dave Cogdill

    • City of Hesperia – To help attract new home development and job creation the City of Hesperia reduced development impact fees by 25 percent or $6,200 per unit for 18-months through October of next year.
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Carlos Rodriguez, Good Government Award Recipients on behalf of City of Hesperia, Councilmembers Bill Holland, Russ Blewett , Terry Kent and Bill Jahn

    • City of Upland – This year the City of Upland launched a Blue Ribbon Committee to help increase the efficiency of the city’s development process. The BIA worked with the committee to provide the city with recommendations for procedural changes, development code and department structural changes to help streamline the entitlement/development processes for applicants. Moving forward in 2014, the BIA anticipates improvements to the City’s Planning, Engineering and Off & On-site Inspection policies.
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Terry Kent, Bill Jahn, Good Government Award Recipients on behalf of City of Upland, Mayor Ray Musser, Councilmembers Glenn Bozar, Gino Fillippi

  • City of Highland – The BIA seeks to ensure there are housing options for all families at all socioeconomic levels. The BIA staff has worked with the City of Highland since October 2012, to reform their current inclusionary housing ordinance as part of an update to their Housing Element. Under this ordinance, a homebuilder has been required to build at least 15 percent affordable units into every project or pay a $3,750 in-lieu fee per unit. Working together with the BIA, the city identified a strategy whereby a market-based approach can produce workforce housing and keep Highland’s Housing Element in compliance with state requirements. As a result, the City of Highland voted unanimously on November 26 to suspend their housing ordinance.
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Good Government Award Recipient on behalf of City of Highland Mayor Larry McCallon, Terry Kent, Carlos Rodriguez

Colton students learn practical math skills from electricians

Schoolboy Struggling with Math ProblemsFrom the Press-Enterprise: 

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/ National Electrical Contractors Association opened its San Bernardino training center to Colton sixth, seventh and eighth-graders for a special boot camp teaching students about a promising career field and the real-life importance of mastering math lessons in their classrooms.

The Boot Camp formed through a special partnership between the district and IBEW/NECA Riverside/San Bernardino Electrical Apprenticeship Program. The sixth grade boot camp took place on Nov. 18, with middle school students scheduled for Nov. 25.

At each boot camp, about eighty students rotate in groups between classes covering topics such as math relevancy, electrical safety, tool handling, first aid/CPR and mock interviews.

In the math relevancy session, students try out math equations needed to complete an electrical task, then perform the job to see if they got it right.

In the job skills portion, they learn to assemble metal framing, taking measurements and checking angles.

Students said they like the event because of all the hands-on activities.

Keep reading this story at the Press-Enterprise.

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