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Thirteenth Edition July 2014

Happy Independence Day, America!

First 5 San Bernardino- Investing in our most precious resource...Our Children

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during their first five years of life.

First 5 San Bernardino has invested nearly $200 million to improve the lives of children from prenatal to age 5 in the County of San Bernardino to ensure that children are healthy, safe, nurtured, and eager to learn in those very first years.

Investments include free access to parenting classes, oral health services, preschool classes, early literacy programs, healthy cities programs, and health insurance access for families with children ages 5 and under.

In addition to programs and services, First 5 also invests in community engagement, presenting media campaigns, activities and special events. This fall, First 5 San Bernardino will host All Aboard the Reading Railroad, an early literacy event, encouraging parents to “Read Early, Read Aloud” with their children. Giveaways include books and backpacks, with entertainment and literacy activities for children to enjoy.

If you are expecting or have a child up to five years of age, check out First 5 San Bernardino programs! These investments are dedicated to enriching your child’s most valuable years of life.

To view investments and upcoming events from First 5 San Bernardino, visit or call (909) 386-7706. Follow First 5 San Bernardino online at Facebook (, Twitter (@f5sb), and LinkedIn.

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

The ribbon cutting was held for the Yucaipa Sheriff Station on June 19th.

Supervisors Lovingood, Rutherford and Ramos enjoyed the cook off at the Sheriff’s Seat Heat BBQ on June 7th.


Supervisor Ramos was proud to participate with Sheriff McMahon in the Old Miners Association Parade in Big Bear on June 14th.

Boxing Champion Mia St. John breaks down stigma at the Department of Behavioral Health's Evening of the Stars event.

Supervisors award two Give BIG donation pledges

Supervisor Josie Gonzales and Supervisor Ramos presented their personal checks of $1,500 to the Lighthouse Project of the Big Bear Valley on June 10th in reward for reaching out to garner the highest number of individual donors during Give BIG San Bernardino County.

Ramos personally pledged an additional $1,500 to the third district nonprofit with the highest number of unique donors. Gonzales pledged $1 for each Facebook “like” she received before the end of the Give BIG campaign to the nonprofit with the highest number of unique donors. She received 505 likes but doubled her donation to give a total of $1,000.

Both donations went to the Lighthouse Project, Inc. of Big Bear which received donations from 222 individuals. The Supervisors were happy to present their checks to Tim Wood, founder of the LightHouse Project.

Overall, the Lighthouse Project raised a total of $27,478 during the Give BIG San Bernardino County online day of giving.

Progress in the Third District

First 5 Funders Forum

First 5 San Bernardino awarded $5,000 to eight nonprofit capacity building graduates at their annual Funders Forum held June 26, 2014. Panelists from grants divisions of Annenberg Foundation, The California Endowment, Citizens Business Bank, Inland Empire United Way, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Riverside Arts Council and Riverside Community Health Foundation served as judges for the graduating class of the academy, as nonprofits presented funding needs ranging from tractors upgrades to assist in food distribution to paying for 100 foster kids to take a trip to Disneyland.

The Capacity Building Academy is a 10-month program facilitated by Social Entrepreneurs, Inc. and funded by First 5 San Bernardino. The program assists nonprofits to improve and establish sustainable practices in funding and operations. This years’ consortium included City of Montclair, Town of Apple Valley, Latino Health Collaborative, High Desert Outreach Center, Family Man Ministries, K.E.Y.S., Colton Christian Church and A Coming of Age.

As a conclusion to their intensive curriculum, nonprofits culminate at the Funders Forum for first-hand insight from a corporate perspective on how to approach funding opportunities and increase chances of a successful pitch.

For more information about the Capacity Building Academy, visit or contact (909)386-7706.

Board Adopts Synthetic Drug Ordinance

On July 8th, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance making it unlawful for any person to possess any synthetic drug for the purpose of providing, distributing, or selling the synthetic drug.

The ordinance was designed by the Sheriff’s Department to establish what the department calls a multi-pronged approach to eliminate the sales of these substances which have been documented to cause hallucinations, agitation, psychosis, aggression, suicidal and homicidal ideations, cannibalism, and death. Recreational use of these substances, also known as “bath salts”, has gained popularity at an alarming rate among high school and college-age individuals as well as among parolees and probationers.

The purpose of this ordinance is to provide the County with the means to address the dangers to the community posed by synthetic drugs that are not regulated by state or federal law. “I am pleased that the Board of Supervisors adopted a strong policy on these dangerous substances,” stated Supervisor Ramos. “I hope the community of Barstow takes pride in the fact that their efforts in dealing with these dangerous substances were highlighted at the meeting today.”

Sheriff McMahon commended the efforts of the community members who worked closely with the Department in dealing with this issue. “These dedicated community members have been a driving force in garnering awareness of this problem and opening law enforcement’s eyes to the extent of possible sales in the county,” McMahon said.

More information can be found at

Third District Community Forum

Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Karloff

Karloff is a male 1 year old Terrier mix. He is black and brown in color. Karloff is very loving and is looking for a caring home. Please stop by and adopt him today. ID# A592229.

Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

24 hour help line 1-800-472-5609

Accessing Your Government
Immunization Services

Timely immunizations help prevent the spread of communicable diseases among children, adolescents and adults. The Department of Public Health Clinics provide accurate and timely immunization information for the general public. As the beginning of the new school year grows near, please remember California law requires children entering kindergarten and child care to be appropriately immunized to protect themselves and others. To learn which vaccinations are required, please visit

The Department of Public Health offers immunizations at each Public Health Clinic throughout the County. To find a Public Health Clinic near you, please visit the Department of Public Health website.

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