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Tenth Edition March 2014

March is Women’s History Month

This month is nationally recognized as Women’s History Month. It is important to reflect on the significant accomplishments of the strong female leaders throughout our history.

While we reflect on the past, we must examine the present and plan for the future. We have made significant progress from the time when women were denied the right to vote. However, the right to vote did not settle all the challenges and obstacles women face. There is much work to be done. In 2012, female full-time workers made only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, creating a gender wage gap of 23%. We must continue to fight the struggle until women’s rights and equality are truly accomplished.

Quick Quiz:
  1. Who became the first female Secretary of State of the United States?
  2. Who was the first black woman and the youngest poet laureate in American history when she was appointed in 1993?
  3. Who introduced America to French cooking in her books and television series from 1963 through the 1990’s?
  4. Who wrote “The Feminine Mystique” in 1968 and became a leading figure in the Women’s Movement?

(Scroll to bottom of the page for the answers.)

To learn more about the accomplishments of these strong female leaders, please visit

Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st

The recognition of this day is not only to honor the life and work of Cesar Chavez but to promote community service and civic engagement. Chavez was a prominent leader in the American labor movement and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union) with Dolores Huerta.

Chavez has left a legacy of a tireless community activist and civil rights leader. We must continue to educate our youth about his accomplishments and dedication to the cause of farm workers and laborers across America.

Although this holiday is officially recognized in just California, Colorado and Texas, grassroots organizations continue to advocate to create a national holiday. In the words of Cesar Chavez, "Sí, se puede!"

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Yucaipa Coffee with the Supervisor

Supervisor Ramos thanks the residents of Yucaipa
for joining him for coffee on March 21st!

California’s First Cultures

Youth learn about the Serrano culture at the Mission Gables House in Redlands

Grand Terrace Update

Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz and Supervisor Ramos met to discuss issues affecting the City of Grand Terrace

DRNAG Meeting

Del Rosa Neighborhood Action Group President Evelyn Alexander and Supervisor Ramos stop for a photo at the group’s meeting where the Supervisor was honored to be their guest speaker!

Progress in the Third District

Lenwood Grade Separation Groundbreaking Ceremony

The County of San Bernardino, in partnership with the City of Barstow, developed the Lenwood Grade Separation Project in response to commercial and industrial development in the area. This project will construct a grade separation crossing along Lenwood Road over the existing Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks, allowing the uninterrupted flow of both vehicular and freight rail traffic. Lenwood Road currently carries approximately 4,200 vehicles per day, including a high percentage of trucks, serving commercial, light industrial and residential developments. The project is now in the construction phase and plans to separate Lenwood Road over the BNSF railroad tracks are currently underway.

For more information, please contact Tim Watkins at (909) 884-8276 or

Big Bear Zoo Relocation

On March 25th, the Board of Supervisors approved the adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration as part of the process for the relocation of the Big Bear Zoo. This was the final step required in the environmental review of the proposed relocation which allows the Special Districts Department to proceed with development of the relocation site.

The Big Bear Zoo, the only one of its kind in California and only one of two in the nation, offers a safe haven for injured, orphaned and imprinted wild animals. The current facility is not conducive to fulfilling its mission of enhancing human understanding and respect for the value of our ecosystem.

The relocation of the Zoo will improve the facility’s image and visibility; upgrade the animal care facilities; and provide an educational and entertaining environment for visitors. The new site will provide a larger space covering approximately 5 acres, improve the health of the animals, and increase the rehabilitation capacity. Relocating the Zoo also achieves the goal of operating in a fiscally-responsible and business-like manner by moving to a property that is currently owned by Special Districts, thereby eliminating lease costs on the current site.

Having completed the final step in the environmental review process, Supervisor Ramos looks forward to moving forward with the development of the new location. “I would like to thank my colleagues for their support of this project. Relocating the Big Bear Zoo will create a more dynamic and visitor-friendly park for residents throughout the county, the region, and the nation to enjoy while also providing a larger and improved space to nurture the injured animals who come to call it home.”

Nonprofits: Sign up for Give BIG San Bernardino County!

The Give BIG San Bernardino County website has launched! If you work for or run a local nonprofit, please make sure to register for this 24-hour fundraising web-a-thon and raise money and awareness for your nonprofit!

Third District Community Forum

Time for Change Foundation

Women and children continue to make up an alarming percentage of the homeless population. More than 1,200 homeless individuals are women with children living in unsheltered conditions. Many of these women are struggling with issues relating to substance abuse, incarceration, family violence, and mental illness. There is a significant gap between the needs of these women and the services available to them.

….That’s where Time for Change comes in.

Time for Change provides programs and services to help provide the women and children they serve with the necessary tools to recover from homelessness, drug addiction, family separation, mental and physical abuse, and the effects of incarceration. The children in their program are the priority. The early childhood development activities and consistent love and support help break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and addiction and pave the way to successful futures.

“I know now that I matter and I have a voice.”
–a Time for Change Participant

The success of the Time for Change Foundation is evident throughout the community. Kim Carter, the Founder and Executive Director of the TFCF, has brought hope to the most vulnerable women and children in our community. We applaud Kim and her staff as well as the many women who have had the courage to take their life back and create opportunities for their children to thrive!

Accessing Your Government

Workforce Development Department

Attention job seekers! Need help preparing your resume? Don’t know where to go?

The San Bernardino County Department of Workforce Development has the assistance you need at no cost!

The WDD offers free help in selecting a new career, finding jobs, locating suitable training, and help in resume building and interview skills. Whether you are new or reentering the workforce, WDD can assist you!

Please visit to learn more or stop by one of the following locations near you and start your career search today!

East Valley AJCC, 658 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92415

First Institute, 14755 Foothill Blvd., Suite M, Fontana, CA 92335

High Desert AJCC, 17310 Bear Valley Rd, Suite 109, Victorville, CA 92395

WDD Administration, 215 North D Street, Suite 201, San Bernardino, CA 92415

West Valley AJCC, 9650 9th St., Suite A, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Behavior Health Commission Opening

The Behavioral Health Commission advises the Board of Supervisors and Director of Behavioral Health on aspects of local mental health programs. Supervisor Ramos is looking for an individual to serve as a Third District Commissioner. To learn more about the Behavioral Health Commission and the responsibilities of the Commissioners, please visit, If you are interested, please visit and fill out the application.

Make sure to check out my newly redesigned website for more information on events throughout the County, latest news, and additional resources.

(Answers to Women’s History Quiz: 1. Madeleine Albright; 2. Rita Dove; 3. Julia Child; 4. Betty Friedan)