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Making It Easier To Search For Grant Funding Opportunities

County Is ‘StormReady’

Edison Brings Helicopters and Jobs To Chino Airport

County Breathmobile at Ontario City Library

San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands

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Main Office:
385 N Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Chino Hills District Office:
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,
Executive Analyst

Naseem U. Farooqi,

Burt Southard,
Media Relations

Roman Nava,
Small Business Liason

Grace Hagman,
Field Representative

Anthony Riley,
Field Representative

Jeanna Pomierski,
District Secretary
August 2009

Making It Easier To Search For Grant Funding Opportunities

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Both my wife Sue and I have worked with a number of church organizations and nonprofits over the years, to help them secure funding for worthwhile projects and help them navigate the processes and regulations of securing grants and understanding the nuances of various government and foundation programs. It wasn’t easy identifying the sources of support, timetables and application processes.

We have partnered with community service organizations dealing with such problems as domestic violence, housing, job training and single moms with children with no safety net. This current economy, the foreclosure crisis, and the ineptitude of our lawmakers in Sacramento have only made these problems worse.

There is one positive note to report however, as a result of a San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors action. As of July 1, 2009, San Bernardino County faith and community-based organizations are able to utilize GOStream, a daily updated stream of grant funding opportunities that can be accessed directly from the San Bernardino County Grants Office website at http://www.sbcounty.gov/grantsoffice/Gostream.

GOStream offers the most information on the most current federal, state, corporate, and foundation grant opportunities. This service will be available free of charge, allowing users to find and apply for funding on a more reliable real-time basis.

A study commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation in 2008 reported that San Bernardino County on average received $3 per capita per year in state, federal, and foundation funding compared to a statewide average of $102 per capita.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is aware of the lack of funding coming into our area and the high need for services. Since 2006, the Board of Supervisors has funded a Grants Research Database in which faith and community-based organizations are able to find grant funding opportunities. To improve the accessibility of this information in effort to increase sustainability during these tough economic times; the Board of Supervisors is contracting with a new provider, Grants Office, LLC, which will allow community based organizations to do this research more conveniently from any computer with internet access.

In order to have access to GOStream, San Bernardino County faith or community-based organizations must join the County’s Nonprofit distribution list online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/grantsoffice. Individuals that are currently receiving email notifications from the County Grants Office can log-in into GOStream to create their password starting July 1, 2009.

More information about the new grants search function can be found on the San Bernardino County Grants Office website. For questions please contact the Grants Office by email at GrantsOffice@cao.sbcounty.gov or at (909) 387-0281.

County Is ‘StormReady’

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service recognized San Bernardino County at the Board of Supervisors meeting on July 21, 2009 for earning its StormReady distinction. San Bernardino County is the largest county by area in the continental United States and the largest county to become StormReady thus far.

To earn the StormReady designation, county officials completed several steps to better prepare their residents for severe weather. StormReady requires implementation of a rigorous set of severe weather warning criteria and action plans to ensure public safety.

Jim Purpura and Michael Staudenmaier, meteorologists-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast offices in San Diego and Las Vegas respectively, presented a recognition letter and special StormReady signs to county officials. StormReady recognition will be in effect for three years, after which the county will go through a renewal process.

To earn StormReady designation, a community must:
  • Establish a 24-hour center for receiving National Weather Service warnings and an emergency operations center;
  • Have redundant ways to receive weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public;
  • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions;
  • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars;
  • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan for training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.
For more information visit http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

Edison Brings Helicopters and Jobs To Chino Airport

Southern California Edison, (SCE), will permanently house its fleet of six maintenance helicopters at the County of San Bernardino’s Chino Airport under an agreement with the County Board of Supervisors.

SCE is relocating its fleet of aviation workhorses from LA/Ontario International Airport to the less-congested Chino Airport, which features a unique location, access to Southern California’s skies, and a convenient location within a 10-minute drive of four other Southern California counties.

The 20-year lease with SCE is expected to generate revenue to the Department of Airports and add approximately 20 full-time jobs to the airport. The lease will bring even more indirect economic benefits to the County and the communities surrounding the airport.

Chino is one of six general aviation airports owned and operated by the County of San Bernardino.

Construction of the 40,485-square-foot facility consists of aircraft hangars and associated support space. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2010. Construction costs for the project are estimated at $7 million. SCE’s initial investment and ongoing presence at the 1,000-acre airport will bring a new vibrancy to the Chino Airport. The Airport is set to become a haven for general aviators, corporate and commercial users who are being turned away from other airports.

Director of Airports for the County Mike N Williams, A.A.E. said the County is in the early phases of updating Chino Airport’s master plan. Once completed, the comprehensive planning document will include plans for preserving the airport’s rich military history and developing it into a state-of-the-art aviation business and education airport, Williams said.

This update to the Airport Master Plan will explore opportunities for continued aeronautical development at the Airport, as well as potential non-aeronautical development and engage the surrounding communities in these discussions.

According to the 2002 Chino Airport Master Plan, the airport generates 238 on- and off-airport jobs and has an overall economic impact of about $145 million a year.

County Breathmobile at Ontario City Library

On July 29, 2009, my staff and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center staff, provided residents with a resource that will help to improve the physical conditions of patients combating asthma, Breathmobile. ARMC and the County of San Bernardino in association with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America have implemented a new approach to pediatric asthma management by establishing a program that provides care via an “asthma clinic on wheels”.

Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism as well as the number one reason children go to the emergency room. The prevalence of asthma within the County of San Bernardino is higher than many other Southern California counties. Since 2001, the Central Valley cities have encompassed the most dense area of population within the County of San Bernardino, and accounts for the highest portion of all asthma hospitalizations every year. The asthma related hospitalization rates in the County of San Bernardino for children between the ages of 0-14 years is 16.7% or 76,000 children.

The Breathmobile provides coordinated case identification, structured mobile office visits, diagnostic testing, physical exams, pharmacological therapy and patient/family education in asthma management. All services are provided at no cost to the patient. The Breathmobile travels to eighteen different school sites throughout the County of San Bernardino, rotating to each site every five weeks. During school hours, the Breathmobile staff sees patients that attend the school site as well as any child referred from the surrounding area. A complete evaluation, examination, care plan and extensive patient family education are completed at the time of the visit.

The Breathmobile healthcare model has proven to be very successful in overcoming the complex social and economic barriers that can prevent successful chronic disease management in children in lower socio-economic area. Seventy-five percent of the children participating in this program have their asthma symptoms under control by the third follow-up visit, regardless of the severity of their illness.

We are proud to be a part of such a worthwhile effort to help curb asthma related illnesses in our County and to help improve the quality of life for our residents.

San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands

Free Admission to the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands will be provided on Sunday, September 6, 2009. The museum will be open from 9:00 am through 5:00 pm and is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands.

Visitors will enjoy special exhibits as well as displays of specimens and artifacts that interpret local history, anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biological sciences in regional context.

From 3 to 4:30pm on Sunday, the San Bernardino Symphony Trio will perform in the Hall of Geological Wonders amphitheatre. Comprised of concertmaster Todor Pelev, principal cellist Ana Marie Maldonado and violinist Tom Sender, the trio will play a selection of engaging musical pieces ranging from the Baroque era to the 20th century.

For more information, please contact the museum at (909) 307-2669.