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Twenty-first Edition May 2015

Community Action Partnership Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Community Action Partnership Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On May 15th, the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino (CAPSBC) celebrated five decades of providing services to address poverty in San Bernardino County. Since 1965, CAPSBC has worked diligently to improve communities and assist residents to achieve economic stability. With the help of over 2,500 volunteers and community supporters, CAPSBC serves about 800,000 persons each year.

The night of celebration included Supervisors Ramos and Lovingood as the Masters of Ceremonies and a keynote address by Julie Borlaug of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M. CAPSBC also recognized agencies and individuals who share the goals of CAPSBC of helping low income individuals achieve self-reliance. Among those recognized was Frances J. Grice who was awarded the Venny H. Newman Humanitarian Award for her advocacy for diversity, promotion of civil rights and equal opportunity in education, employment, and economic and community development.

Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health matters for everyone, 1 in 5 adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. About 50% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life and half of those people will develop conditions by the age of 14. Mental Health Awareness is of critical importance among young adults and having advocates who are pushing education and awareness is a key factor in reducing stigma.

Support early identification, prevention, and intervention. Here are some daily wellness tips:

  • Give yourself a break! Take 10 minutes out of your day for a walk. Small breaks (and exercise) improve your ability to deal with stress.
  • To deal with a difficult task, write out steps you can take to complete it. People facing stress feel less depressed after problem-solving.
  • Aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. People who get enough sleep are more likely to succeed at their daily tasks.
  • Make a list of activities you enjoy. Set aside time each week to focus on yourself and what makes you happy.

For more daily wellness tips visit

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Memorial Day at Veterans Park in Big Bear

Memorial Day at Veterans Park in Big Bear

IE Caucus in Sacramento

Presenting the County’s legislative priorities to the IE Caucus in Sacramento

Redlands Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

Redlands Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
coinciding with the National Day of Prayer

Glen Helen Grade Separation Ceremony

Glen Helen Grade Separation Ceremony

Copper Mountain College Graduation

Served as Keynote Speaker at Copper Mountain
College Graduation

SBPD K-9 Unit

Dollars for Dogs at the Mexico Café to
support SBPD K-9 Unit

Progress in the Third District

Solar Project Board declares intent to deny Landers Solar Project

On a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt a declaration of intent to grant an appeal which would reject a solar-project planned in Landers.

During the May 5th Board meeting, a hearing was conducted regarding the appeal of a San Bernardino County Planning Commission’s action to approve a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to establish a 3 megawatt photovoltaic solar power generating facility on 35 acres of land in the unincorporated community of Landers.

The Planning Commission had previously held a hearing to discuss the project’s proposal and voted 3-2 in favor of approving the project. Shortly thereafter, Landers Association, Inc. and 12 property owners filed an appeal. The appellants cited the placement of commercial solar in residential neighborhoods, decreased property value, impact on scenic views, and impacts on desert landscape.

The Board heard staff presentations from Bowman Solar (applicant) and Landers Association, Inc. (appellant) as well as public comment. After asking a series of clarifying questions and offering closing remarks, the Board voted 3-2, on a motion to adopt a declaration of intent to grant the appeal and to deny the project.

Further discussion will continue during the June 2nd Board meeting, at which time, staff will present formulated findings for denial of the project. Chairman Ramos voted against the project along with Supervisors -Lovingood and Hagman.

“I felt this project did not fit the criteria of the solar ordinance. I believe the land is undisturbed land and that is the reason I voted against the project,” Chairman Ramos stated. “It is important to find the balance between solar developers and the desert community.”

Community Clean-Up in Lucerne Valley Community Clean-Up in Lucerne Valley

Supervisor Ramos together with San Bernardino County Code Enforcement and Solid Waste Management Divisions, provided trash and tire collection containers for the free removal of trash in the Lucerne Valley area. Lucerne Valley residents were able to bring trash and tires to the designated containers at the drop-off center in Lucerne Valley Market.

Peace Officer Memorial Peace Officer Memorial video nominated for Regional Emmy Award

The Board of Supervisors presented a resolution to Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer to the District Attorney’s Office, during the May 19th Board meeting recognizing his nomination for a Regional Emmy Award. Mr. Lee directed and edited the video titled “Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony” which was recently nominated for the 2015 Regional Emmy Awards.

The video is a 4-minute segment covering the San Bernardino County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony hosted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department May 22, 2014, at the Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.

The 41st Annual NATAS-Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards will be presented Saturday June 20, 2015, in Palm Springs. To view the nominated video go to

Third District Community Forum

Adopt a Pet: Meet Mad Max
Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Mad Max

Mad Max is a 1 year old Dachshund mix. He is chocolate in color. He is very sweet and looking for a caring home. Please stop by and adopt him today. His ID# is A625339.

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

Children and Family
Accessing Your Government
San Bernardino County Network of Care

The website is a resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about behavioral health services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

Regardless of where you begin your search for assistance with behavioral health issues, the Network of Care helps you find what you need - it helps ensure that there is "No Wrong Door" for those who need services.

This website can greatly assist in our efforts to protect our greatest human asset - our beautiful minds.

To visit the San Bernardino County Network of Care go to:

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