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Fifteenth Edition September 2014

September 26th is California Native American Day!

California Native American Day was established in 1998 as an official state holiday to teach people of all ages about the tribal cultures, histories and heritage of California’s Native American Tribes. There are more than 100 recognized tribes in California; more than any other in the nation. On September 26th, I encourage you to take a few minutes to learn about the rich history right here in our own backyard. Visit to learn more.

Supervisor James Ramos

Reflections on War- Korea Ex-POW Dave Villafana

Dave Villafana, a native of Barstow, born May 5, 1932, was raised in a family of seven siblings; two brothers and five sisters. In his senior year at Barstow High School, he enlisted in the United States Army on August 29, 1949 at the age of 17. Following basic training at Fort Ord, California, Private David Villafana was assigned to the 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Division. On December 23, 1949, he came home on leave for 20 days, later reporting for duty at Camp Stoneman, Ca. In January of 1950, he was shipped to Japan. After four months in Japan, he was replaced with the 24th Infantry Division and shipped to Korea.

Arriving in Korea on July 9, 1950, he learned of the Korean War outbreak and within a week, David’s division was one of the first groups in the war. His unit fought in the Battle of Pusan for eight days. Outside of Taegon, his platoon got lost and the next day, it was completely surrounded. David and a fellow soldier found a jeep and tried to make it back to friendly territory but were soon captured by North Korean soldiers. On July 20, 1950, at the age of 18, David became a prisoner of war and was held for three years.

National Suicide Prevention Week

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The week of September 8th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Every day, friends, family and co-workers struggle with pain that is not always obvious to us and is often too difficult to talk about.

In 2009, there were 238 document suicide deaths and 938 nonfatal self-inflicted injuries in San Bernardino County according to the California Department of Mental Health, Office of Suicide Prevention. While that number is far too large, we also know that number is not truly reflective of all those affected by suicide.

It is important to know that while the warning signs may be subtle, they are there. Supervisor Ramos would like to encourage everyone this month to become educated on the warning signs, learn how to start the conversation, and reach out for help for yourself or for a loved one in need. Visit to learn more.

If you, or someone you know, are having thoughts of suicide, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Let’s work together to prevent another loss of life due to suicide.

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Grand Terrace Chamber of Commerce Dinner


Reception for John Laird, CA Secretary of Natural Resources.

Supervisor Ramos had the opportunity to tour the TAD Call Center in San Bernardino. Remember you can complete many tasks online, just visit to fill out an application, check benefits and more!

Progress in the Third District

Barstow to the Morongo Basin: Another day in the 3rd District

In his continued efforts to reach the more remote areas of his district, Supervisor Ramos spent August 6th and 7th meeting with constituents and working on issues in the desert regions. He started by visiting the City of Barstow to meet with local residents and his Field Representative in the area to discuss the damage of the recent flash floods.

The drive along Highway 247 is a favorite of the Supervisor’s as he says it provides him with beautiful scenery as he reflects on the current issues facing the county. Arriving in Twentynine Palms, the Supervisor met with members of the City Council before touring the Miracle Field in Yucca Valley. The Miracle Field provides children and adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in sports such as baseball regardless of their physical ability.

Water is the issue

Supervisor Lovingood and Supervisor Ramos held a meeting in Lucerne Valley to hear from constituents regarding issues with water hauling. Ramos’ office continues to work with these residents to resolve these issues.

Alabama Bridge Grand Reopening

On August 20th, the Alabama Bridge between the City of Highland and the City of Redlands was officially reopened. Around 12,000 motorists rely on this thoroughfare every day. Alabama has been closed 7 times since the end of 2013 due to flooding. Something had to be done. And we did it. On time and under budget! It has been a long 9 ½ months since we closed Alabama but now we have a road that can withstand a 100-year storm event. This project has been a model of cooperation and collaboration with the County Flood Control District, the cities of Redlands, Highland and San Bernardino, and the Inland Valley Development Agency all working together. The federal government provided $2.7 million of the $3.3 million needed to fund this project. That meant the rest of us only had to come up with $120,000 each. We now have two arch culverts that can handle 600 percent more water than what we had before. Please take a drive over the bridge and see the results for yourself!

Third District Community Forum

Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Ginny

Ginny is a 1 and ½ year old black and tan, female German Shepherd. Her ID # is A605909. She is very sweet and is located at the Devore Shelter.

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
Countywide Vision

Do you know what the countywide vision is for San Bernardino County?

We envision a complete county that capitalizes on the diversity of its people, its geography, and its economy to create a broad range of choices for its residents in how they live, work, and play.

We envision a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce that attracts employers who seize the opportunities presented by the county’s unique advantages and provide the jobs that create countywide prosperity.

We envision a sustainable system of high‐quality education, community health, public safety, housing, retail, recreation, arts and culture, and infrastructure, in which development complements our natural resources and environment.

We envision a model community which is governed in an open and ethical manner, where great ideas are replicated and brought to scale, and all sectors work collaboratively to reach shared goals.

From our valleys, across our mountains, and into our deserts, we envision a county that is a destination for visitors and a home for anyone seeking a sense of community and the best life has to offer.

Learn more about the exciting vision for our County at

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