Third District Newsroom
Twenty-fifth Edition
December 2015-January 2016
Hello 2016
2015 in Review, a message from Chairman James Ramos:

My first year as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors has been filled with both challenges and successes. It was our hardworking employees, administrators, countywide elected officials, and the Board of Supervisors all working together as a team who accomplished many great things in 2015. We adopted a balanced budget for the year that included at 14% reserve or “rainy day fund” out of our 20% goal, showing that the county is slowly restoring itself back to the way it was before the recession began. The county has also begun to focus on using technological advances to streamline services to people doing business in the county. By downloading a special application, permit applicants will be able to show county inspectors their projects and exchange information using their smartphones or tablets.

We also prioritized putting an end to homelessness. We conducted the first ever county unaccompanied youth survey in April and also held a special study session on homelessness in July, to discuss proven practices that can help us put an end to homeless in our county. We analyzed the severity of the situation and agreed that to end homelessness we cannot continue to tackle the problem as a whole but rather we need to break it down to address it piece by piece. To that end, we set the goal of housing 100% of our identified homeless veterans by December 31st, 2015.

The county also re-invested in its vision for education in the Cradle to Career initiative and its Vision2Read literacy campaigns. We want all children to be better prepared for school, to be supported inside and outside the classroom, succeed academically, enroll in post-secondary education, graduate and enter a career. It is critical to have the collaboration of students, parents, educators, businesses, the community and elected leaders for our vision for education to succeed. Only through collective community action will we be able to build a better future for our children.

As we move into 2016, the County of San Bernardino will forever look back on 2015 with sadness for the good people we lost and those who were wounded during the December 2 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

While I am excited about the year ahead, my thoughts continue to be with the community and members of our county family - many of whom are still grieving and still healing from physical, emotional and psychological wounds. This year will be dedicated to those we lost, to those who continue to recover from their wounds, and to all our employees who make San Bernardino County better every day. We will get through this together and achieve more successes in 2016. As always, I remain committed to serve you, Third District residents, with great honor.

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

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Progress in the Third District

Garnett Bridge Garnett Bridge Restoration Project receives approval

The Director of Public Works has been given direction by the Board of Supervisors to advertise bids for the bridge replacement project on Garnet Street at Mill Creek in Mentone. The project consists of removing the existing steel truss bridge and constructing a new bridge while also conducting roadway reconstruction north and south of the bridge. Chairman Ramos believes the Garnet Avenue Bridge replacement project is a necessary upgrade to a one way bridge that does not adequately serve the needs of today’s traffic flow. The bridge has been a concern for local residents for some time now, so he was pleased to be able to bring some resolve to this pressing issue and move forward with this project. The Board of Supervisors agreed, and approved to proceed with the modernization of the current infrastructure to accommodate both future traffic needs and a 100 year storm event.

Third District Community Forum

Seed Survivor
Community Resource

Seed Survivor

Seed Survivor is a free curriculum-based program that teaches elementary children about plants and the importance of agriculture. Multiple displays travel across North America year-round.

Seed Survivor has 5 displays: One large exhibit; two mobile classrooms and two community displays. In the displays, students explore multi-media and virtual reality games, a sunflower seed planting station, talking walls and much more. The content is perfect for grades 3 and 4 but all ages can have fun at Seed Survivor.

For more information visit or to request Seed Survivor contact Sustainability Stakeholder Relations at or by calling 1-403-225-7000.

Adopt a Pet: Meet Severus
Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Severus

Severus is a 1 year old male, black Labrador Retriever. He is very energetic and looking for a caring home. Please stop by and adopt him today. His ID # is A640357.

Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way San Bernardino, CA 92407

Hours of Operation:

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

Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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

24 hour help line 1-800-472-5609

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