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Etiwanda/San Sevaine Flood Control Project

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Puts Stimulus Dollars To Work For Youth

The Gas Company Customer Assistance Programs

Chino Hills Community Forum

Eleventh Anniversary Senior Barbeque

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14010 City Center Drive
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Staff Members:
Mark Kirk,
Chief of Staff

Joy Chadwick,
Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Johsz,
District Director

Annette Taylor,
Executive Secretary

Michael Delgado,

Burt Southard,
Media Relations

Anthony Riley,
Special Projects Coordinator

Roman Nava,
Small Business Liason

Grace Hagman,
Field Representative

Naseem Farooqi,
Field Representative

Jeanna Pomierski,
District Secretary

June 2009

Etiwanda/San Sevaine Flood Control Project

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More than 50 years in the making, the $150-million Etiwanda/San Sevaine Flood Control Project was formally dedicated, recently, by a host of public officials during a ceremony in Rancho Cucamonga. The project had been in the works for the past 25 years.

The project, officially known as the San Sevaine Creek Water Project, will safely convey storm runoff 13 miles from the San Gabriel foothills above Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana to the Santa Ana River in Riverside.

The project, construction began in 1997, will protect more than 100,000 property owners in western San Bernardino County from floods the type of which occur on average once in 100 years. The channel starts in the foothills north of Rancho Cucamonga and runs through Fontana and unincorporated areas of the county before reaching the Riverside County line.

Catastrophic floods, which occurred in the early 1900s and in 1938 and 1969 wiped out bridges, roads, business and homes.

Prior to this project, the unimproved sections of the channel have led to flooding that in turn caused severe damage to both roads and private property. With the project improvements having been completed, the storm flows will be contained to help prevent property damage and improve public safety on the roadways.

The San Sevaine Creek Water Project is a major achievement for the County of San Bernardino because water resource management is so important for Southern California due to the ongoing challenges of receiving water from the Delta. This is a great example of the County of San Bernardino working as part of a federal-state-local partnership for critical infrastructure projects.

The project has undergone several revisions and refinements to address comments received on the original proposal. Environmental and recreational enhancements were added as significant components of the reformulated design. The locations of the debris basins at the mouths of Etiwanda and San Sevaine Canyons were modified to preserve sensitive plant and wildlife habitats, preserves and conservation areas were established along the length of the project and adjacent creek beds, six miles of area for use as recreational parkways were provided to complement regional plans. Over 360 acres are being set aside as preserve and Conservation Easements to protect a sensitive plant community, wet lands and wildlife enhancement.

In addition, several water conservation basins will percolate an estimated 25,000 acre-feet of storm water runoff per year into the Chino Groundwater Basin benefiting residential, agricultural, municipal and industrial water used in the valley. This increased water conservation will occur as the result of an additional 5400 acre-feet of water storage, which will help reduce the need to purchase imported water.

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Puts Stimulus Dollars To Work For Youth

As part of a $15 million allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County will apply $7 million toward work readiness training for 1,600 county youth this summer.

Qualifying participants between the ages of 14 and 24 will be taught work readiness skills and placed into paid positions to help them gain work experience. Wages for these jobs will be paid with ARRA dollars administered by the Workforce Investment Board.

Stimulus funds are being provided by the federal government and allocated toward specific workforce programs in local areas nationwide, with the goal of creating opportunities for youth job skills training.

This age is a critical time for youth to learn basic job skills such as proper dress and etiquette, showing up on time, providing customer service and other job skills. With this economyís decreasing job opportunities, the federal government made a priority of funding work experience opportunities for youth.

A variety of employers, including city and county offices, private companies and community-based organizations were evaluated and selected to participate in the program based on each organizationís ability to provide work sites where youth can learn and develop their skills.

Each participant will be placed into a paid job, where they can continue to reinforce the soft skills learned and begin to develop skills specific to that job. The types of jobs in this program include clerical, maintenance, grounds work, restaurant, retail, security and more. Positions available are in a range of fields including veterinary, medical, dental, insurance, weatherization, auto mechanics, hospitality and more. The program will run from May to September of 2009. The jobs can range from 10 to 40 hours per week. The jobs may pay minimum wage or more, based on the skills of the participant and requirements of the job. Some year-round work experience positions will also be available for qualifying youth.

These young people are our countyís future workforce, so our focus is to teach them how to be a great employee. These early work experiences are critical to the young personís transition into adulthood, and provide the opportunities they need to hone their skills and build the confidence they need to become productive members of our countyís economy.

Youth entering the program must meet qualifications including San Bernardino county residency, right-to-work documentation, and selective service registration for males over 18. Youth eligible to participate must also qualify as low-income according to ARRA, or qualify as youth who would benefit from the program.

The Workforce Investment Boardís youth service providers have been recruiting participants for this program and many slots are filled. But, there are still a few open positions, and as some participants complete their programs, more spaces will become available. Youth can apply for the program by calling (800) 451-5627.

The Gas Company Customer Assistance Programs

Need help saving money and energy? The Gas Company offers qualifying limited-income customers a 20% discount on monthly gas bills, free energy saving home improvements, and one-time bill assistance of up to $100. Households with a family member or occupant that is seriously disabled or has a life-threatening medical condition may qualify for gas at a lower rate. For more information, please go to www.SoCalGas.com/public.

Chino Hills Community Forum

In April, I began hosting community forums throughout the district. On June 8, I held the second forum at the James S. Thalman Chino Hills Library. Over 40 residents of Chino Hills attended the event. It was a great opportunity for me to hear the concerns of Chino Hills residents.

These community forums are designed to give the residents of the community an opportunity to voice their concerns to me and other county offices attending including representatives from the Assessorís Office, Aging and Adult Services, and Workforce Development among others. In addition, I like to take the time to meet people I represent at the County level. In the coming months, I will host additional community forums in the Cities of Chino and Ontario. For additional information, please contact my district office at (909) 465-1895.

Eleventh Anniversary Senior Barbeque

We continued our tradition of holding Senior Barbeques on Saturday, May 30, 2009. Over 225 seniors enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, and a day of bingo. Most attendees walked away with either door or bingo prizes. The barbeque took place at the Chino Senior Center.

I was there to greet guests as they arrived. My staff, event sponsors, and the Mayors and City Council Members from Chino and Chino Hills served the attendees. Everything was free of charge. Over three-dozen businesses and individuals provided prizes for the event. A good time was had by all.