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Monthly Archives: October 2014

County Mock Trial competition to start Nov. 4

DALOGOSBCSS-4Line-colorThe 33rd annual San Bernardino County Mock Trial competition begins on Nov. 4, and approximately 450 students who represent 30 teams from 27 high schools are scheduled to take part in the event.

The Mock Trial competition simulates a criminal case where students portray the principal courtroom characters on both sides of a case before a real judge. This year’s case is People v. Shem, an art theft
trial that features a pretrial argument on the Fourth Amendment.

The preliminary trials of the competition will be held at the Foothill Law and Justice Center in Rancho Cucamonga, the County courthouse in Victorville and the civil courthouse in San Bernardino. All four rounds of the preliminaries will be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 12 and 18 and Dec. 2.

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office are co-sponsors of the competition.

After the prelims, the top four teams will advance to the semifinals on Dec. 9 and 10 at 5 p.m. The semifinals will be held at the San Bernardino Civil Court House at 303 W. Third St.

The finals are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 13, at the Foothill Law and Justice Center, 8303 N. Haven Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.

The winner of the county competition will advance to the state finals on March 20-23 in Riverside.

This year’s competing high schools and their respective districts are: Apple Valley and Academy of Academic Excellence (Charter), Apple Valley Unified; Barstow, Barstow Unified; Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga, Chaffey Joint Union; Colton and Grand Terrace, Colton Joint Unified; Encore (two teams) and Hesperia, Hesperia Unified; Citrus Valley, Redlands (Blue and White teams) and Redlands East Valley, Redlands Unified; Carter and Rialto, Rialto Unified; Cajon, San Bernardino and San Gorgonio, San Bernardino City Unified; Serrano, Snowline Joint Unified; Upland, Upland Unified; Adelanto, University Preparatory and Victor Valley, Victor Valley Union High; and Yucaipa, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified. Also participating are private schools Aquinas, Arrowhead Christian, Ontario Christian and Upland Christian Academy.

Last year, Redlands defeated Redlands East Valley in the finals.

For more information about the Mock Trial program, contact David Maya of the County Schools’ office via email at

San Manuel to make $100,000 contribution to Alliance for Education

Alliance_for_Education san manuel indiansOnce again, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is making a big investment in education by providing resources to help support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in San Bernardino County. San Manuel has made a $100,000 contribution to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance For Education to fund the Cultivating Innovation in STEM Schools (CISS) program for one year.

Cultivating Innovation in STEM Schools will strengthen the regional STEM network and culture throughout the county and support major events that serve large groups of middle school students, including the Auto Club Speedway STEM Day and STEMapalooza. This program will also provide supplemental funding to strengthen and enhance several existing or emerging middle school STEM programs that connect to both elementary and high school programs and/or pathways.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with San Manuel, and appreciate their longstanding contributions to the work of the Alliance in developing STEM education opportunities for students across our county, ”  said Ted Alejandre, Deputy Superintendent of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

For more information concerning the Alliance for Education, contact Debra Mustain, interim director of Alliance for Education at County Schools, at (909) 386-2636 or visit the website at

Join Community Vital Signs and transform your community

communityvitalsignsCommunity Vital Signs is working on a Community Transformation Plan that includes goals to address over the next three to five years to make improvements in education, economy, access to health and wellness, and safety. By addressing these areas, we can transform the health of San Bernardino County.

You can be a voice for your community and take part in shaping the Community Transformation Plan County during a live webinar on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon.

A recorded version of the webinar will be available on the Community Vital Signs website – you can provide your feedback until Friday, November 21st!

Please join Community Vital Signs for an Online Forum to help transform San Bernardino County into a healthier place to liveworklearn, and play.

Click here to RSVP

Click here to visit the Community Vital Signs Website to download a English or Spanish version of the Online Community Forum flyer.

Community Vital Signs:
Visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what we are doing and how you can join us in transforming the County of San Bernardino into a healthier place to liveworklearn, and play.

New drought regulations and state laws topic of Water Element Group meeting

waterelementmeetingLeaders of water and municipal agencies met today with members of the local business and development sectors to discuss how new state laws and regulations related to the drought may impact community planning and growth in San Bernardino County.

About 70 people convened in Rancho Cucamonga to learn about the state drought measures, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 and Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

The meeting was hosted by the Countywide Vision Water Element Group, the SANBAG City-County Managers Technical Advisory Committee Water Sustainability Subcommittee and the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association.

Since their first meeting in January 2012, the Water Element Group has been working to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for the county’s future. The Group consists of leaders representing public and private water agencies, regulators, planners, education, and business.

This effort by the Group marked the first time that San Bernardino County endeavored to address its water needs in a comprehensive, collaborative environment that incorporated multiple watersheds.

The Countywide Vision Water Element Group has produced:

  • A countywide water inventory that revealed the County has enough water to supply residents, business, and agricultural needs through 2035, if there is a commitment from the whole community to invest in capital projects and programs to store new water supplies, protect current water supplies, and increase water conservation efforts.
  • A countywide inventory of water conservation programs.
  • A map that identified land recommended for protection for future local water recharge projects.

During the past year, the leaders of the Water Element Group have met with County and city managers, County and city planning directors, and the Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association (BIA) to discuss how they can all work together to ensure there is a sufficient, sustainable water supply to accommodate expected population and economic growth.

At BIA’s Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference in August, water, city and BIA leaders discussed the benefits of collaboratively working on regional 2015 urban water management plans that closely link to County and city general plans.

When Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act on September 26, 2014, which in part advocates for coordination of water management and land use planning, the water, city and BIA leaders saw a chance to continue the dialogue they started earlier this year to improve their growing partnership.

To view presentations and other materials from today’s meeting, click here.

Workshop presenters needed to help guide youth interested in health care careers

inland coalitionThe Inland Coalition is looking for for young, dynamic speakers under the age of 30 who reflect the diversity of the region and can actively engage youth for the 2015 Health Professions Conference on Feb. 25, 2015.

Prospective presenters must apply by Nov. 1.

The Inland Coalition provides an adult-type of conference for high school and middle school students to learn more about health care professions. The conference is free for high school and ROP healthcare pathway students in San the San Bernardino, Riverside county areas and the Pomona Valley.

This year’s theme is “Plan Now, Live Well, Serve Here,” which reflects the goals of the Countywide Vision.

The Inland Coalition is specifically seeking professionals to speak on the following topics:

•Primary care careers (nurse practitioners; clinical nurse specialists; physician assistants; and physicians specialized in family medicine, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, pediatric medicine and obstetricians and gynecologists.)
•Allied health professions
•Community College healthcare pathways
•A-G requirements
•Nursing careers
•Working in a clinic
•Medical needs in a medically underserved area
•How to begin your health career in middle school
•Make high school count toward your healthcare career
•The many aspects of health careers
•Financing your health career
•What is a public health career?
•The future of mental health careers

The conference will be held at Cal State San Bernardino in the San Manuel Student Union.

For more information and an application for prospective presenters, click here.

Contact Carol Allbaugh with questions or comments at





Volunteer on Make A Difference Day this Saturday

makeadifferenceThe Inland Empire United Way and local nonprofits are encouraging residents to get involved in helping their communities on Saturday, Oct. 25, which is National Make A Difference Day.

Make A Difference Day began in 1990 and is held the fourth Saturday of October.

The Inland Empire United Way suggests volunteering time at a nonprofit near you.

For a list of volunteer opportunities, visit To read more about National Make A Difference Day, visit


Help fight hunger Sunday at the Monster Charity Run/Walk

sowingseedsforlifeSowing Seeds for Life, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 6,000 people through their food pantry is holding their second 1K-5K Monster Run/Walk on Sunday.

The event is being held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.

The 1K fun run is for children beginning at 7 a.m. The 5K Monster Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The registration fee is $30. Kids ages 3 to 8 are free with a registered runner, limit two per runner.

The proceeds will benefit Sowing Seeds for Life and Hearts of Lala’s Rainbow.

If one registered runner can raise $120, it will allow two families to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

For more information and registration, visit




You’re invited to the 8th Annual Homeless Summit on Nov. 5

Homeless Summit Electronic Invite PIO revised 10 7 14The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership invites the public to attend the 8th Annual Homeless Summit held in conjunction with the Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Homeless Provider Network.

Homeless service providers, faith-based organizations, city governments, and other public and private agencies involved in providing services to chronically homeless individuals and families are encouraged to attend.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.

This year’s event is entitled “Collaboration is KEY”, and is geared to inspire faith-based and community-based homeless providers and government agencies to become more informed and active in forming practical solutions and policies to end homelessness. The summit will include a variety of targeted workshops including:

  • A new law enforcement approach to homelessness;
  • The role of WIA and EDD Employment programs, as well as the veteran program in helping people become employed;
  • Funding opportunities for homeless service providers;  and
  • Progress on ending veteran homelessness

This year’s Homeless Summit is provided free of charge through the Partnerships continued commitment to provide quality services and salient resources to homeless service providers – our essential partners in our joint effort to end chronic homelessness.

Registration for this event is available through the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership website at

There are four workshops to choose from, so please pick one workshop from each section.  You may also contact Deanna Luttrell from the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8225 or via email at if you need assistance with summit registration.




San Bernardino County to get 40,000 books

FirstBook1A total of 40,000 books will be distributed from First Book, an organization that provides books to children in need, on Friday and Saturday, October 17-18 at the Inland Empire United Way.

Teachers, child care providers and other child-serving professionals will select their quantity of books designated for the needs of their children and students.

Ted Alejandre, deputy superintendent, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Tomás Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino will be in attendance to experience the County receiving these much needed books.

“County Schools is pleased to participate with First Book in this very important event for the children of San Bernardino County,” Alejandre said. “Research shows that early literacy is essential to a student’s academic success. Providing children with books early on helps to develop a love of reading they will carry through their academic and adult life, contributing to life-long learning and future success.”

San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department, Children’s Fund, First 5 San Bernardino, Inland Empire United Way, Child Care Resource Center, County of San Bernardino Library, National CORE and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools have joined together as an Advisory Board to form “San Bernardino County First Book (SBCFB).  First Book provides access to new books for children in need, transforming the lives of children and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis

Learning to read is critical to a child’s success – both in school and in life.  Literacy is one of the best predictor’s of a child’s success. For children who are growing up in poverty; books are scarce. Only 42% of third graders in San Bernardino County are proficient in reading.

Through grassroots efforts and networking, the Advisory Board worked to get several schools and organizations registered (more than 675 registrants) to be eligible to receive books through First Book.  The books will be given to 20,000 children (each child will receive two books) to take home.

First Book President, Kyle Zimmer, founded First Book with two friends in 1992 to create an organization dedicated to providing new books to children in need.  In that first year, First Book distributed 12,000 books in three communities – and now deliver more than 35,000 new books on average per day.

Volunteers install new playground at San Bernardino park

playgroundThis week, more than 200 volunteers showed up to Ninth Street Park in San Bernardino to install a new playground.

The nonprofit group, KaBOOM led the project in the park after noticing the old playground had deteriorated.

Tony Munoz, one of the volunteers who installed the new playground, told The Sun newspaper: “I remember that big steel slide that was hotter than heck in the summer. It was a steel merry-go-round that was there. They did fix it up, but it sort of went to pot, you know. Now, all these guys working together, I think we’re making something better.”

According to the newspaper, the city of San Bernardino helped organize the event along with the Home of Neighborly Services and the BNSF Railway. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group also contributed to the project.

This project helps achieve the Countywide Vision by improving the quality of life for residents and their children.

Read more about the event in The Sun newspaper.




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