Third District Newsroom
Twenty-Sixth Edition
February-March 2016
Reading Hero
Celebrate Literacy with the Third District Reading Hero

A love for reading must be taught at a young age. Children who develop a passion for reading, and are proficient by the end of 3rd grade, are more likely to graduate from high school and be successful and happy adults. Unfortunately, 69 percent of San Bernardino County 3rd graders do not meet the new California English language arts/literacy standards. As a community, we can change that statistic – and it all begins with a “Vision2Read” and the help of Reading Heroes.

A Reading Hero is someone who has gone above and beyond to combat our county’s challenge with illiteracy, and inspire successful reading in the community. Chris Wilson, a 2nd grade teacher at Fairfax Elementary, is a Reading Hero of the Third District. For 18 years, Chris has helped students improve their reading skills. He and his wife Angela built a Reading Room in his classroom and filled it with donated books. The Reading Room is a comfortable environment for students to delve into the world of reading -- and offers the resources underprivileged students need to be successful. He works with the students individually to help overcome any learning and reading disabilities they have. What’s more, Wilson lives with Multiple Sclerosis and uses this personal challenge as an important life lesson to illustrate how anyone can overcome a disability, especially in the classroom.

Literacy is a top priority in the Third District and through engagement with CSUSB, the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center and our local community colleges, Supervisor Ramos is committed to helping others succeed and read. To learn more about how you can support the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read program, visit www.vision2read and get connected by searching #Vision2Read on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Black History Month: “Honoring the past, present, and future.”
Black History Events

Prayers for Belgium
Prayers for Belgium

In light of the recent attacks in Brussels, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium. It is unfortunate that these attacks continue to happen. We know what it is like to go through these difficult and trying times. The attacks on Dec. 2nd hit so close to home that we realized these attacks are no longer just happening in other parts of the world, they are happening everywhere and are affecting us all. San Bernardino County stands united in solidarity with the people of Belgium.

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Speaking to the Yucaipa Rotary

Working on water issues in Pioneertown

Unforgettable Hearts Awards Luncheon

2016 Big Bear Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Breakfast with the Kiwanis Club of Highland

Celebrating the 20th Annual Citrus Harvest Festival

Progress in the Third District

Graffiti Removal in Joshua Tree Graffiti Removal in Joshua Tree

Mojave Desert Land Trust received $5,000 in discretionary funds from the Office of Supervisor Ramos to help them purchase a graffiti removal tool called “elephant snot”. This tool will help facilitate the removal of graffiti from various projects around the Morongo Basin.

Third District Municipal Advisory Councils have gone digital! Third District Municipal Advisory Councils have gone digital!

The Morongo Basin MAC and the Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley MAC have active web pages in the Third District website. Residents can view agendas and minutes for current or past meetings as well as information about location and meeting times for each MAC. To view each MAC site go to and click the “Open Government” tab.

Visalia Park Ribbon Cutting Visalia Park Ribbon Cutting

The Third District is excited to announce the ribbon cutting celebration for Visalia Park in Lucerne Valley. Funding from the Office of Supervisor Ramos along with funds from the Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley MAC and the Mojave Water Agency helped complete the park restoration. The celebration will take place on April 8th at 11am. Visit for more details.

Third District Community Forum

Community Resource

Community Plan Workshops

Countywide plan public outreach efforts have begun giving county residents and other community stakeholders an opportunity to play a key role in the development of the first-of-its-kind countywide plan. Public input will be sought at both the community and countywide level through workshops, meetings, events, and through the project’s website,, where a timeline of the outreach schedule will be maintained. Workshops are available in the following third district communities: Big Bear, Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, and Oak Glen. For more information on meeting dates and locations visit
Countywide Plan

Adopt a Pet: Meet Gryphon
Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Gryphon

Gryphon is a 1 year old male, white Dachshund. He is very energetic and looking for a caring home. Please stop by and adopt him today. His ID # is A644709.

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.