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Regional Leadership Academy moves forward

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership this month welcomed its inaugural Regional Leadership Academy class of future business and government leaders. During the yearlong program, students will learn about quality of life issues affecting the region and opportunities to make improvements through collaboration across sectors. The Academy addresses a priority identified by a group of business leaders attending a Countywide Vision meeting last year – local businesses should regain their tradition of civic engagement and help train the next generation of business and community leaders.

ARMC mentors Colton High School students

ARMC JPG logoArrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) health care professionals spoke this month to about 100 ninth-graders at Colton High School’s new Health Education Academy of Learning program at the school’s career day. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals discussed the required education and skills for a career in health care. ARMC developed a partnership with the high school to help address a critical shortage of health care professionals in the county. The collaboration also helps 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.

Educators and government officials attend Nashville conference

ChildrenThe San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education sent a small group of educators and government officials to 2013 Alignment Institute conference in Nashville this week to learn about collective impact successes in other communities throughout the United States. The information they gather will help guide the development and implementation of strategies for achieving 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.

Community Vital Signs completes Summer of Engagement

community vital signsCommunity Vital Signs completed its Summer of Engagement, holding more than 23 regional and community-based meetings in July and August. More than 1,000 stakeholders participated from all sectors of the community, including local businesses, education, planning and transportation, health/human services, public safety, elected officials, and community and faith-based organizations.  “We brought together wonderful people and organizations working to improve health in our communities to discuss and develop effective strategies to meet our shared goals,” said Janice Rutherford, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Community Vital Signs is a community partnership with county government to assess and address the health of the county in support of the Countywide Vision Project.

Vision group reveals progress in long-range plans for County’s water supply

waterelementONTARIO – The Countywide Vision Water Element Group today presented progress made toward a comprehensive water management plan that ensures sustainable water supplies in the County for future population and economic growth at the 7th Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference.

The plan aims to enhance the County’s water portfolio through greater conservation efforts; investment in improved infrastructure for local, imported and recycled water supplies; and environmental stewardship.

The Water Element Group is comprised of public and private water agencies, regulators, planners, educators and business people who are working together on solutions to a potential imbalance between population growth and water supply.

The group has determined that the County has enough water to supply residents, business and agricultural needs through 2035 if there is a commitment from the community to invest in capital projects and programs to store new water supplies, protect current water supplies and increase conservation efforts.

At today’s conference, County Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux said the work the group has done so far is crucial to determining how and where to invest in future growth. In the past, water resources and infrastructure were not always a part of planning and developing projects.

“If we conserve our water and if we invest our resources and infrastructure differently, we have enough water to support our future growth,” Devereaux said.

The Water Element Group is developing two documents: a countywide inventory of water conservation programs and a countywide inventory that identifies land to protect for water recharge projects.

The group will evaluate the impact of water use efficiency programs to identify and promote best practices before publishing the water conservation programs inventory online.

In the next few months, the County and the San Bernardino Associated Governments will assist the Water Element Group by holding discussions with business, residents and land use planning agencies to review the need for water conservation, landscaping ordinances and the protection of land for stormwater and imported water recharge sites.

For more information about what the Water Element Group is doing, read the

Executive Summary and view the presentation at

Cities and school district win first Vision awards

VisionLogoThree groups were presented with the first Vision in Action Awards for their exemplary efforts to partner with members of the community to accomplish the goals of the Countywide Vision.

The Vision in Action awards were presented to the groups on June 20 by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford during the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) General Assembly.

“The Countywide Vision is more than just a statement of what we want our County’s future to be; it’s a challenge to all of our community partners to develop innovative and bold new approaches to make that future possible,” Rutherford said. “I applaud all of our award winners for their creativity and hard work, and I encourage all of our stakeholders to continue working to achieve our shared Vision for the County of San Bernardino.”

The Board of Supervisors and SANBAG have established two regional goals toward achievement of the Countywide Vision: Partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career; and establish San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.

The following are the recipients of the first Vision in Action Awards:

  • Colton Joint Unified School District – “Purposeful Community Initiative”


This award recognized progress toward achievement of the cradle-to-career regional goal. The district created partnerships with local businesses and community groups to provide internship opportunities for students. As part of their duties, students from the Virtual Enterprise Program at Bloomington High School created a website for Leno’s Ricos Tacos and gained valuable experience in web design, graphic arts and public presentations while providing a website for a local business. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center also got involved in the Purposeful Community Initiative by adopting three elementary schools in the Colton Joint Unified School District to educate them about the careers available in the health care field.

Accepting the award were Colton Unified School District School Board President Roger Kowalski, School Board Member Patt Haro, Superintendent Jerry Almendarez, Assistant Superintendent Mike Snelling, Leno Moreno from Leno’s Rico Tacos, Bloomington High School-Virtual Enterprise Instructor Elena Hernandez, and Jorge Valencia from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

  • City of Chino – “Jump Start Meeting”


This award recognized progress toward achievement of the business-friendly regional goal. The City of Chino created a “Jump Start Meeting” process to help businesses through the development process. The informal meeting brings together all departments involved in the development process and helps identify any potential problems with a business before they spend money on a formal application. The meetings have led to more complete development applications, a more efficient process and business able to open quickly at a lower cost.

Accepting the award was City of Chino Business Development Manager Cruz Esparza.

  • Cities of Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville and the Town of Apple Valley – “Opportunity High Desert”


This award recognized the importance of collaboration. City managers from Adelanto, Barstow, Hesperia, Victorville and Apple Valley joined to discuss how they could bolster economic development in the High Desert. They realized that any major development in the region benefits all of them because of increased employment and impacts on the regional economy. The cities decided to market the region together at the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in an effort to bring new business to the area.

Accepting the award were city managers Jim Hart from Adelanto, Curt Mitchell from Barstow, Mike Podegracz from Hesperia, Doug Robertson from Victorville, and Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson.

For more information about the Countywide Vision, visit

Employees honored for work toward Countywide Vision

County Seal No BackgroundSAN BERNARDINO – The county today honored 43 of its approximately 19,000 employees for their work exemplifying the organization’s efforts to help the community achieve its Countywide Vision.

The recognition took place during the county’s Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence ceremony. The annual event recognizes the everyday work of public servants. One employee from each county department is selected for an award based on outstanding service to the county and its citizens. This year, the criteria were focused on the Countywide Vision,

“It is important to take the time to recognize those who consistently perform above and beyond the call of duty to serve our residents and contribute to the realization of our Countywide Vision,” County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux told the honorees, many of whom were accompanied by family and co-workers. “You are the employees who I believe we can count on the most as we do our part to help the county community achieve the Vision.”

Selection is based on specific criteria including customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and the commitment to the realization of our Countywide Vision. Following the awards presentation, honorees enjoyed a reception in the County Government Center Rotunda sponsored by the San Bernardino Public Employees Association.

This year marks the 24th year the County has participated in national Public Service Recognition Week. Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the men and women serving America as federal, state, and local government employees.

Mr. Devereaux today announced plans to expand the program in San Bernardino County next year.

“Future honorees will include not only employees nominated by their departments, but we will also provide the opportunity to recognize employees through the launch of a new Employee

Showcase,” Mr. Devereaux said. “Employees will have the opportunity to present innovative ideas, share successful initiatives and outcomes, and gain valuable feedback from top county administrators.”

The following County employees were recognized today:

  • • Debra Lunt, Aging and Adult Services
  • • Robert Martus, Agriculture/Weights & Measures
  • • Vince Corona, Airports
  • • Robert Coutts, Architecture & Engineering
  • • Adrian Martinez, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • • Stacey Wilson, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk
  • • Lupe Perez, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • • Erica Porteous, Behavioral Health
  • • Daniel Flores, Board of Supervisors
  • • Bradley Davis, Child Support Services
  • • Hugo Castellanos, Children & Family Services
  • • Anne-Michelle Ellis, Children’s Network
  • • Lynna Monell, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
  • • David Van Diest, Community Development and Housing
  • • Jessica Brown, County Administrative Office
  • • Beth Steigerwalt, County Counsel
  • • Christopher Lee, District Attorney
  • • Soua Vang, Economic Development
  • • Connie Hall, Facilities Management
  • • Ken Munsey, County Fire
  • • Lucretia Dowdy, First 5
  • • Bob Grisham, Fleet Management
  • • Veronica Rodriguez, Human Services Administration
  • • Kathleen Frink, Human Resources
  • • Christopher Starbeck, Information Services
  • • Daniel Avera, Land Use Services
  • • Stacy Cliff, Library
  • • Eric Prien, Museum
  • • Victoria Bucchino, Preschool Services
  • • Sharon Jaques, Probation
  • • Lisa Slade, Public Defender
  • • Bonnie Flippin, Public Health
  • • Tom Williams, Public Works
  • • Claudia Walker, Purchasing
  • • Jeff Wellcome, Real Estate Services
  • • Robert Fontaine, Regional Parks
  • • Terry Kouba, Registrar of Voters
  • • Eileen Egland, Risk Management
  • • Jennie Hernandez, Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator
  • • Lorie Judd, Special Districts
  • • Elizabeth Lepe, Transitional Assistance
  • • Claudia Frye, Veterans Affairs
  • • Nilda Mireles, Workforce Development

Countywide Vision water inventory wins Good Government Award

waterPOMONA – Mark Twain is credited with saying whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting. For more than a century, California water purveyors have been notorious for warring over and hoarding their supplies, oftentimes to the detriment of the public.

San Bernardino County’s Vision effort bucked that image in a big way in August when it unveiled the first-ever Countywide Water Inventory. The Water Inventory was honored in a big way Thursday night when it earned the 2012 Good Government Award from the Building Industry Association Baldy View Chapter.

The Countywide Vision’s Water Element Group, which includes leaders from many of the county’s water agencies, conducted a complete inventory of the county’s water resources and determined that, acting separately, the county would not have enough water through 2035. But that is only if water users step-up conservation efforts and the public and local government leaders are willing to invest in projects that will store and protect additional water supplies.

County leaders have stressed the importance of conservation and support for new infrastructure as a key element for economic prosperity.

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Vision group unveils historic first-ever countywide water inventory

waterelementONTARIO – More than enough water will exist to meet the needs of San Bernardino County residents and businesses through 2035 only if water users step up conservation efforts and the public and local government leaders are willing to invest in projects that will store and protect water supplies.

That was the conclusion of the first-ever complete inventory of the county’s water resources unveiled today at the Sixth Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference in Ontario. The inventory is a product of the Countywide Vision’s efforts to bring together the leaders of all county water agencies and other experts to work cooperatively on solutions to a potential imbalance between population growth and water supply.

Board of Supervisors Chair Josie Gonzales and Vice-Chairman Bread Mitzelfelt, who co-hosted the conference, both stressed the importance of conservation and support for new infrastructure in their remarks to attendees. Economic prosperity as well as life itself is impossible without an adequate water supply.

The Countywide Vision Statement, adopted in June 2011, calls on community leaders to work collaboratively to reach shared goals, and water agencies throughout the county had to work together and share information to create the inventory. This created a process that suggests the revolutionary prospect of agencies eventually sharing resources and supplies to meet the needs of county water users.

“This is the year of ‘we’,” said Kirby Brill, general manager of the Mojave Water Agency and a member of the Vision Water Element Group. “There will be much more of an emphasis on working together in the context of the Countywide Vision…Silos are being destroyed.”

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