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Party Retro Style at County Libraries

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to boogie on over to the library during the month of September for the first ever Retro Month celebration. Retro Month will be celebrated throughout the month of September and occur in all San Bernardino County Library branches.  Every 30 items checked out earns a choice of a plush Kermit The Frog keychain, Tamagotchi, or Mario themed lanyard (while supplies last), as well as an opportunity drawing ticket for a chance to win the grand prize: a Classic Nintendo Gaming system.

Throughout the month, there are also special events and storytimes at various library locations.

These events are another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.

The San Bernardino County Library Retro Parties will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia.
  • Sep. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., Lewis Library & Technology Center, 8437 Sierra Avenue in Fontana.
  • Sep. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m., Newton T. Bass Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley.
  • Sep. 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Running Springs Branch Library, 2677 Whispering Pines in Running Springs.
  • Sep. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m., Adelanto Branch Library, 11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto
  • Sep. 29 from 12 to 2 p.m., Chino Branch Library, 13180 Central Avenue in Chino.

The San Bernardino Library Retro Storytimes will take place in the following locations:

  • Sep. 6 from 12 to 1 p.m., Rialto Branch Library, 251 West 1st Street in Rialto.
  • Sep. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center, 7863 Central Avenue in Highland.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

County Schools Superintendent to hold 2018 State of Education address

San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre will deliver the annual State of Education address on Sept. 27 in San Bernardino and Oct. 19 in Victorville.

Both events begin at 3:30 p.m. with a reception following.

Alejandre will provide updates on the positive developments taking place in our public schools and collective impact efforts as part of the Countywide Vision.

He will also be showcasing outstanding students and programs for San Bernardino County Schools and the 33 school districts in our county.

To register, visit For more information, call (909) 386-2413.

Community Vital Signs launches redesigned wellness website

The San Bernardino County Community Vital Signs Initiative is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website. Community Vital Signs works in partnership with sectors across the county to support the wellness element of the Countywide Vision.

The redesign, which further reflects the vibrancy of San Bernardino County and its residents, is now easier to navigate, with improved functionality across all platforms and browsers. Visitors will experience a better user interface with intuitive streamlined menu operations that will direct visitors to community efforts, data, and information to keep them informed of the progress and the efforts of the initiative.

New features include:

  • Defined Priority Areas, Goals, and Strategies – to support the Community Transformation Plan
  • Access to Data Portal – to measure and track performance and to provide perspective
  • Interactive Community Events Calendar – to engage and mobilize community support and action
  • Better defined Quick Links – to enhance learning and to support knowledge acquirement

There are several entry points allowing residents to participate in helping make San Bernardino County a better place to live, work, and play. Users can begin by visiting the website at and take advantage of the site’s new features and benefits.

Vision group presents updated countywide water inventory

Adequate water will be available to sustainably meet the needs of San Bernardino County residents and businesses through 2040 only if water users continue to improve water-use efficiency efforts and the public; state; regional and local government leaders; and developers are willing to collaborate and invest in projects that will store, reuse, protect and convey water supplies.

That was the conclusion of a 2018 update of a complete inventory of the county’s water resources presented today at the Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference in Ontario. The inventory is a product of the Countywide Vision Water Element Group’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.

The inventory shows that the combined current and projected supplies of San Bernardino County water agencies will meet the demand of the county’s growing population in normal years and drought years through 2040. A projected increase of water supplies of 44,000 acre feet per year (afy) to a total of 819,000 afy by 2040 assumes substantial investment in enhancements to the State Water Project, stormwater capture and recycled water.

Per-capita water demand (total water use divided by population) is projected to decrease about 8% from 2020 to 2040 as more residents and businesses make conservation a way of life. As a result, while the population is projected to grow from 2.18 million in 2020 to 2.78 million by 2040, the combined Urban and Agricultural water demand within the county is expected to increase at a much slower pace – from a total of about 600,000 afy in 2020 to about 700,000 afy in 2040.

The complete presentation can be viewed on the Vision website at under “Elements.”

The Countywide Vision Water Element Group is made up of leaders from county water agencies, business representatives and other stakeholders. It was formed in January 2012 to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for San Bernardino County’s future.

The Vision Water Element group will continue to use the information contained in the inventory to promote partnerships among water agencies and other stakeholders within the county, improve water management and efficiency, protect and conserve water resources, and identify the most important next steps the group should take to embrace the environment in which we live.

The Countywide Vision was developed in 2010-11 in an effort to identify a common goal for all county communities and residents. The Vision was created from information received during 18 community meetings, an online survey, more than two dozen expert roundtables, and data from the county and all 24 cities and towns.

Board of Supervisors endorses Vision4Safety initiative

The Board of Supervisors today adopted Vision4Safety, a new campaign that aims to improve safety and emergency preparedness in San Bernardino County by connecting people to community policing, emergency response and disaster planning programs and encouraging them to follow professional tips to keep their families safe.

“We know that safe communities attract investment and opportunity to San Bernardino County and that’s why we support Vision4Safety,” said Robert Lovingood, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “I encourage residents to get to know their neighbors and form watch groups – in person or online, volunteer for community emergency response teams and make sure you and your family are prepared for disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes, which are all too common in San Bernardino County.”

The Vision4Safety campaign officially kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 7 on National Night Out, a community-building event that promotes partnerships between communities and police and emergency services. A listing of National Night Out events in San Bernardino County can be found at Participants in the Vision4Safety campaign are encouraged to post a photo or video or livestream on social media using #Vision4Safety. Posts will be shared on Facebook at San Bernardino Countywide Vision or on Twitter and Instagram @SBCVision.

The community-driven Countywide Vision project is focused on creating a safe, healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work, play and otherwise invest in the county. Public safety has a direct and profound impact on several elements of the “complete community” the public desires, especially jobs and the economy, education and wellness. Several studies have shown a correlation between a reduction in violent crimes and an increase in housing values. Such studies also find that exposure to violence and crime at school, home or in a neighborhood can impact a child’s emotional and cognitive development and cause depression, violent behavior and poor performance in school. According to a 2006 survey of more than 600 California youth ages 12 to 17 commissioned by “Fight Crime:  Invest in Kids,” teens left unsupervised three or more days per week are twice as likely to spend time with gang members after school and three times more likely to engage in criminal behavior than teens who are supervised.

Crime is not the only factor impacting the safety of the county. Earthquakes, wildfires and floods also occur in the county with the potential to disrupt communities and cause damage and casualties. While the public safety agencies are responding to an emergency, citizens are expected to provide for their own needs for at least 72 hours following a catastrophic event. It is important that every household and business have an emergency preparedness plan and supplies, and regularly practice the plan. A 2015 survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that only about 40 percent of American adults say they have developed an emergency preparedness plan for their home, discussed it with their household, or practiced a plan at home or work in the past year.

Throughout the campaign, will serve as a resource and provide residents with information about connecting with all the law enforcement and fire agencies in San Bernardino County, how to get involved in neighborhood watch groups, volunteering for emergency response and disaster planning programs, and signing up for local after-school programs.

The site will also serve as a one-stop shop for videos on emergency preparedness planning and safety tips for families and businesses. Links to download the Ready SB app are also available at

The Countywide Vision was adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments in partnership with the community in order to develop a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here. Vision4Safety is the third public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2BActive physical fitness initiative that began in December 2016 and the Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015.

Footsteps2Brilliance Summer Reading Challenge Underway

San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and the San Bernardino County Literacy Partners are encouraging the public to join the Footsteps2Brilliance (F2B) 5-Million Words Summer Reading Challenge 2018.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs until Sept. 7 with a goal for children to read 5-million words during the summer months. F2B is part of the San Bernardino County’s Vision2Read Initiative, a collective impact model involving multiple agencies working collaboratively to increase literacy rates among children and families.

F2B is an innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all families with children birth through pre-kindergarten who reside in San Bernardino County. Families with children aged 0-5 can download the app at:

Reading participation will be recognized at the end of the summer challenge. Additional summer reading programs and resources are available through the San Bernardino County Library and can be found at

Enter the San Bernardino County Library Reading Program 2018 to win prizes and earn tickets for a grand prize opportunity drawing.

Join County Superintendent Alejandre and the San Bernardino County Literacy partners to raise the bar for literacy and get involved with the 5-Million Words Reading Challenge today.


About San Bernardino Countywide Vision2Read:

Vision2Read is a collective impact initiative involving government, education, health care, public safety, business and labor, community and faith-based leaders, and parents and families. Vision2Read support the San Bernardino Countywide Vision and its regional educational goal of supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. It is designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs.


About San Bernardino Countywide Literacy Partnership:

The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), San Bernardino County Preschool Services, Children’s Fund, and First 5 San Bernardino are partnering to deliver the F2B program for free to all children ages 0-5 who reside in San Bernardino County.


About Footsteps2Brilliance: 

Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc. is the breakthrough early learning platform that accelerates early achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming technology with the latest in cognitive research. F2B provides enticing, interactive, 24/7 learning experiences that digitally link school and home to give students the edge they need for success in school today and the world tomorrow. This transformative literacy program supports the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Students and enables San Bernardino to become a Model Innovation County.


Sign up for this year’s Colton Joint Unified College and Career Fair

Applications are now being accepted from business, non-profit and government organizations wanting to participate in the Third Annual Colton Joint Unified School District College and Career Fair, to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Gonzales Community Center, 670 Colton Ave. in Colton.

This popular event is a collaborative effort of the Colton Joint Unified School District and City of Colton with sponsorship from the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Omnitrans, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and Horace Mann Insurance (Marcos Mata Agency).

Businesses, government organizations, and non-profits are invited to participate by sharing career pathway information with students. This is an informational-only opportunity and no sales of any kind will be allowed. A table and chairs will be provided to all accepted participants at no cost.

The fair has become a popular tradition in Colton, with the district’s first two annual events each drawing more than 3,000 in attendance. The College and Career Fair features more than 100 booths representing colleges, universities, technical/trade schools and career pathways. The event also features workshops on how to pay for college and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Fun, hands-on activities will allow younger students to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) fields.

Space is very limited, so those interested are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. To request a spot, please register using the Google form at

For more information, please contact CJUSD Communications Specialist Jacquie Paul at 909-580-6502 or



Arrowhead Grove affordable housing project receives $20m from California Strategic Growth Council

In a milestone decision on June 28, 2018, the state’s Strategic Growth Council (SGC) awarded San Bernardino $20 million through the California Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program – a first for the Inland Empire. The win reflects a longstanding and heralded public-private partnership to revitalize one of San Bernardino’s core neighborhoods called Arrowhead Grove, formerly known as the Waterman Gardens Public Housing site.

“This decision is paramount in the continued effort toward rehabilitating the Waterman Corridor in San Bernardino,” said City of San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis. “This is a testament to the power of community collaboration. With the support of our partners, we will continue to pursue safe and stable communities for our residents and families to thrive.”

The contribution via AHSC’s implementation of a statewide program uses Cap-and-Trade dollars for projects that improve public health and the environment in disadvantaged communities. The $20 million will help fund two upcoming phases of Arrowhead Grove at North Waterman Avenue and East Baseline Street, compromising 147 affordable housing units and 36 market-rate units, along with pedestrian and transit improvements that will benefit the community-at-large. Upon completion, Arrowhead Grove will include about 400 units as well as community amenities like a pool and clubhouse, upgraded infrastructure, walking paths, a community garden and a computer lab for residents.

National Community Renaissance (National CORE), one of the nation’s largest affordable housing developers and the general contractor for the project, is working in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino to transform the Arrowhead Grove neighborhood.

“None of this would be possible without the collective commitment of the City, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) and every stakeholder, funder and agency that have dedicated themselves to turning this dream into reality,” said Steve PonTell, president and chief executive officer of National CORE. “We are grateful for the SGC and the AHSC support and we are eager to move forward with the next stages of this transformative effort to rebuild San Bernardino block by block.”

“There is a critical need for affordable housing in San Bernardino County,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales, whose Fifth District includes Arrowhead Grove. “We owe a great deal of thanks to our legislative delegation, the HASCB, National CORE, other county agencies, and the City of San Bernardino for the hard work they put into acquiring this vital funding source.”

Two initial phases of the Waterman Gardens redevelopment have already been completed. Valencia Vista, the first phase with 76 units, opened to residents in December 2016. A little more than a year later, Olive Meadow, the second phase with 62 units, opened in September 2017. Both have earned recognition from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, among others, for the transformative impact on the lives of residents and the community at-large.

“This was a collaborative effort with so many partners,” said Housing Authority of San Bernardino County’s Executive Director Maria Razo. “We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to effectively invest and leverage our dollars to achieve the vision of affordable housing and active transportation options that improve the health and well-being of the residents who live in the area.”

Financing for the overall Arrowhead Grove plan is through a variety of private and public sources including low-income housing tax credit financing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and federal HOME-Investment Partnership funds.

With this advancement and the continued momentum of the developer, agencies involved are hopeful that Arrowhead Grove’s construction will break ground in late 2018 or early 2019.

ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM (AHSC) The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) builds healthier communities and protects the environment by increasing the supply of affordable places to live near jobs, stores, transit, and other daily needs. This program is administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) which coordinates the activities of State agencies and partners with stakeholders to promote sustainability, economic prosperity, and quality of life for all Californians. The AHSC Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap‑and‑Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.  For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:

ABOUT NATIONAL COMMUNITY RENAISSANCE (NATIONAL CORE) National Community Renaissance, based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit developers of affordable housing. CORE manages nearly 9,000 affordable, senior and market-rate units in California, Arkansas, Texas and Florida. Over its nearly two decade history, the Hope through Housing Foundation has provided more than 2 million hours of transformational social services such as financial literacy training, senior wellness, and preschool and afterschool programs. For more information on National CORE and Hope through Housing, please visit

ABOUT HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO (HACSB) The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino is one of the nation’s most progressive housing authorities in the Country. As the largest provider of affordable housing in the County, we proudly serve approximately 30,000 people, most of whom are seniors, veterans, disabled individuals, and children. We also work on connecting our families with additional needed to achieve their personal goals. For more information, please visit:

ABOUT CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO San Bernardino is a city rooted in rich history and cultural diversity. Located at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, this city is positioned for world-class excellence made possible with access to nearby deserts, mountain communities and beaches. San Bernardino is also situated along one of the nation’s busiest transportation corridors and thrives as a logistics hub. Currently under a major revitalization effort, the City of San Bernardino has endless possibilities for the future. For additional information about San Bernardino, visit or

Board of Supervisors honors 56 Vision2BActive Action Heroes

A blind dance and Zumba instructor, a Redlands police officer who created a CrossFit gym that helped improve fitness in his community, and a high school student who started a health movement in elementary school that has been expanded to the whole school district were among 56 Action Heroes honored today by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

“We are proud to celebrate the efforts of our fellow neighbors, friends and coworkers who are meeting the challenge to stay active, whether they’ve started a walking group at work or run a 5K race for the first time,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood.

Vision2BActive is a campaign of the Countywide Vision to improve health and wellness in San Bernardino County by encouraging residents to increase their physical activity and connecting them to existing recreational programs, amenities and activities in their communities.

Only 23 percent of San Bernardino County adults and 34 percent of our youth get the recommended amount of physical activity, according to the most recent data from the California Health Interview Survey. In its 2008 issuance of “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended adults get 150 minutes a week of physical activity and children ages 5 to 17 were encouraged to move at least 60 minutes a day.

Last year, the Vision2BActive campaign asked the public to nominate Action Heroes throughout the county who have made an impact on community wellness by participating in physical activity or promoting physical fitness.

To read the nomination of each of the 56 Action Heroes and their contributions to health and wellness, click here. is an interactive resource that provides residents with information about physical activity events, fitness tips and a GIS map featuring places to be active in the county.

The Countywide Vision was developed by the community in 2010-11 and adopted by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Council of Governments Board of Directors in June 2011 in order to create a roadmap for the future of San Bernardino County, which includes creating a healthy and prosperous future for all who live, work and play here.

Vision2BActive is the second public campaign of the Countywide Vision Project following the successful Vision2Read literacy initiative that started in September 2015.

World-conquering Redlands team wraps up its Destination Imagination career

A group of Redlands High School seniors recently wrapped up a world-class eight-year run in the annual international Destination Imagination science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics competition.

The team finished in the top 10 in all eight of their trips to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., including four world championships. This year’s tournament included 1,400 teams from 38 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and 19 countries, including Australia, China, Indonesia and Qatar.

Next stop for Devin Guevara, Nate Linares, Brian McBride, Harrison McDonald, Ian McMahon and Selorm Quarshie? College.

Destination Imagination is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) challenges.

“These students have worked so hard and accomplished so much this year in our annual competition,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, Interim CEO for Destination Imagination. “When you get more than 8,000 of the brightest young minds in the world putting their talents on display, it really is awe-inspiring. Every year, we get to see the future leaders in STEAM, and I’m always amazed with what they produce.”

The team from Redlands, working this year under the name Capital Funishment, finished ninth in their Technical Challenge, presenting a fully autonomous vehicle that could navigate a randomly selected maze using sensors, coding and mathematics.

For more information about Destination Imagination and what it does year-round to advance learning in the STEAM fields, visit


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