Third District Newsroom
Twenty-Eighth Edition
June-July 2016

County Fire County Fire welcomes SB and 29 Palms Fire Departments

On July 1st, the San Bernardino City Fire Department (SBCFD) and the Twentynine Palms Water District Fire Department (TPWFD) officially became a part of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (SBCFPD).

SBCFD had been in service for 138 years and TPWFD had served for 57 years providing the highest level of fire protection to residents. The TPWFD was specialized in hazardous materials, technical rescue, and terrorism response – essential qualities that will continue on with SBCFPD. San Bernardino County Fire is honored to continue that level of service moving forward.

The newly branded fire engines will bear both the SBCFPD logo and the logo of the fire department from which it was annexed. SBCFPD provides services to more than 60 communities/cities and all unincorporated areas of the county.

Comfort Quilt heads to Orlando Comfort Quilt heads to Orlando

Following the horrific terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino County received a handmade Comfort Quilt to help our County Family as we continue to recover from our grief.

The Comfort Quilt was created by first graders from St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, Ohio for the purpose of bringing comfort to the children at St. James School in Redbank, New Jersey who suffered great losses as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City. Since then, the quilt has journeyed across the nation, passed along from community to community as a symbol of peace and healing and to bring comfort to those suffering.

The Comfort Quilt last traveled from Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon where nine people were killed in a mass shooting on Oct. 1, 2015. San Bernardino County received the Comfort Quilt from the college after the Dec. 2 terrorist attack that took the lives of 14 people, 13 of them County employees. Twenty-two County employees were also wounded in the attack.

The Comfort Quilt is now on its way to Mayor Teresa Jacobs in Orange County, Florida with San Bernardino County’s love, support and condolences for the heartbreaking tragedy that occurred at Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Speaking about the Cradle to Career Imitative to the Community Cabinet of CJUSD

Grand-opening of the Wildlands Conservancy’s Falling Waters Preserve

Grand-opening ceremony for the BMX Track in Yucaipa

Promoting the County’s Vision2Read Campaign with Bernie

Graffiti removal and clean-up day in Coyote Hole
"Coffee with your Supervisor" in Oak Glen

Progress in the Third District

Family Service Association Senior Meals Program gets extension

At the June 14th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board approved a contract extension with Family Service Association (FSA) to provide elderly nutrition program services in the Morongo Basin.

The approved action extends the county’s contract with FSA in the amount of $9,060,000 over a three year period. FSA will continue to service meals to seniors in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms. Meals will be offered through in-home delivery services and senior centers in each of the specified areas.

Supervisor Ramos was pleased with the Board's action. He commented “It is important to support programs that protect our seniors most in need. With this approval, seniors in the Morongo Basin as well as throughout other parts of the county will continue to receive these necessary services.”

Garnett Bridge construction to begin soon Garnett Bridge construction to begin soon

The Board of Supervisors has awarded KEC engineering the construction contract for the Garnett Street Bridge on Mill Creek in Mentone in the amount of $4,053,725.50.

The Board had previously given direction to the Director of Public Works to advertise bids for the bridge project.

The project consists of removing the existing steel truss bridge and constructing a new bridge on a two span, cast-in-place, pre-stressed concrete box girder superstructure, including new abutments, a pier wall support, and spread footing. It will also include roadway reconstruction north and south of the bridge, partially grouted stone rip rap on side slopes, installing false work, constructing a temporary non-asphalt detour road, and constructing both temporary and permanent waterlines. All work for the project will be done within the existing right-of-way and no additional right-of-way will need to be acquired.

The construction is anticipated to commence at the beginning of July 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2016.

Third District Community Forum

Preschool Services Community Resource

Preschool Services now enrolling for the 2016-17 school year

The Preschool Services Department (PSD) is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year. PSD has openings for children ages 0 to 5 and pregnant mothers, but hurry because spots are filling up fast.

Children who are homeless, in foster care, or in families receiving CalWORKs cash aid are automatically eligible. Children with disabilities or special needs are given priority for enrollment.

PSD offers free or low cost high quality child development services for low income families.

Full day classes start Thursday, July 7. Visit the site nearest you to enroll your child. Sites are accepting applications Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call 1-888-KIDS-025 or 1-888-543-7025.

Don’t delay, enroll your child today!

Adopt a Pet: Meet Joker
Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Joker

Joker is a 6-month old male Hound. He is brown in color. He is very energetic and looking for a caring home. Please stop by and adopt him today. His ID # is A653493.

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

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