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March 4, 2016

First Annual Happy Hearts Health Fair
Ends American Heart Month for
Hagman's Office

Happy Hearts Health Fair February 26th saw the launch of the First Annual Happy Hearts Health Fair, co-hosted by Supervisor Hagman and the City of Ontario. Supervisor Hagman has eagerly supported this effort in light of concerning heart health statistics in San Bernardino County, where the age adjusted death rate for coronary artery disease is currently 120.9 deaths per 100,000 people; which falls far short of the Healthy People 2020 goal of 103 deaths per 100,000.

Many other elected officials joined Supervisor Hagman in the fight to prevent heart disease. Senator Connie Leyva personally attended the fair and advocated for the women in the community to increase their awareness of heart disease. She also provided a video in which she talked about the American Heart Association guidelines for diet and exercise for prevention of heart disease. Assemblymember Rodriguez also showed the community the importance of CPR in a heart related context, with a brief video illustrating how using CPR at the scene of a heart attack can save a life. Our local officials here in the Fourth District stepped up to join the fight in a significant way, with Mayor Leon of Ontario serving as the master of ceremonies. Upland Mayor Ray Musser also attended to show support for the Happy Hearts Health Fair.

Happy Hearts Health Fair The highlight of the fair included an informational presentation by a reputed Cardiovascular professional, Dr. Vangala, a cardiologist, who was invited to make a presentation about preventing heart disease. Indeed, the Happy Hearts Health Fair provided many sources of education for the community to learn about simple lifestyle changes of diet and exercise that they could adopt to reduce their risk of heart disease. The Inland Empire Health Plan, Hearts of Color, San Bernardino County’s own Department of Public Health, Stronger Hearts Helpline, Chino Valley Medical Center, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Pomona Community Health Center and People’s Care provided many educational resources in the form of posters, pamphlets, and health educators to aid in this effort to help the public learn about ways to prevent heart disease.

Happy Hearts Health Fair Supervisor Hagman said it best, “If by sharing my own experience, I can convince one member of the community to follow my lead, and become heart healthy, it will have been worth it. No matter how long it takes, we won’t stop in our fight to prevent heart disease.” Supervisor Hagman remains committed to preventing heart disease, one step at a time, and this fair is just the first of many.


Hagman Commemorates
Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is an annual observance held since 1998 promoting reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the United States participate in the day by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Various reading activi-ties and events are held across the country on this day. For example, some students take part in a Read Across America channel designed to showcase student and educator videos around the country. Others make reading pledges, organize book fairs, or read aloud to groups of people.
Read Across America Day
The event is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and coincides with the March 2nd birthday of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. He is the famous author of children's books including Green Eggs and Ham, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Cat in the Hat.

"Reading is the foundation of education," said San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman. "I encourage everyone to read a book today and celebrate the fundamental importance of reading."

Additionally, in support of the Countywide Vision and the Vision2Read literacy campaign, the San Bernardino County Library will partner with In-N-Out Burger again this year to promote reading among children this spring. The Cover to Cover program kicks off on Saturday, March 5 and will run through Saturday, April 16. This program will encourage students to read in all communities across the County.

To participate in this program, visit any of the 32 San Bernardino County Branch Libraries to sign up. Participants must be between the ages of 4 and 12 and a parent or guardian will need to sign to acknowledge reading accomplishments. For every five books read an achievement award and voucher for a free hamburger or cheeseburger will be issued. Each child may earn a total of three awards and vouchers for the duration of the program. For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib/org/ or call (909) 387-2220. circles

Spring Forward

Sunday, March 13, is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. At 2:00 a.m. the time will automatically jump to 3:00. This means you should set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to sleep on Saturday night; so you won’t wake up late for anything you need to do Sunday morning. Many electronic devices adjust the time automatically these days such as computers, cable television and smartphones, but many clocks and devices will still need to be adjusted.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) was advocated by Benjamin Franklin while he was an American envoy in Paris when he published a letter suggesting Parisians could save on candles by rising earlier to take advantage of morning sunlight and going to bed earlier to avoid burning candles as long in the evening. Many European countries first implemented DST during World War I to save coal. It was almost universally abandoned after the war, but DST became popular throughout the world during World War II; it finally became widely adopted in the 1970’s due to the energy crisis. The U.S. Uniform Time Act became law on April 13, 1966 and it mandated that DST begin nationwide on the last Sunday in April and end on the last Sunday in October, effective in 1967. DST has lengthened over time so that it now starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on first Sunday of November.
Finally, here are a couple points to keep in mind about DST. The proper term is Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time. DST was implemented in industrial societies to save energy; it was not done to save daylight in agrarian societies as plants, animals, and farmers don’t really care what time is on the clock. Lastly, Firefighters recommend that it is a good time to change your smoke detector batteries so that you don’t forget.

Maguire Next Up for Adoption

Maguire First there was Toby, now there is Maguire – not the actor, but the new furry friend. Supervisor Hagman has made his pick for Pet of the Month for March, his name is Maguire. Maguire is a Maltese/Terrier mix with a long coat. He was found as a stray with his brother and sister and a larger dog who was their adopted “momma.” The rest of the family has been adopted, and now it’s Maguire’s turn. He gets along with dogs and all people and is small enough that anyone can walk him. He is very friendly and sweet, and he needs a family of his own to dote on him. He has a high energy level and should have access to a yard. Maguire is crate trained.

Toby, one of the Supervisor’s Pets of the Month from a few months back, has been adopted. Greta, the choice for February, is still available. Come in to Priceless Pets to see these furry friends, along with many other cats and dogs looking for their forever home. Their orphanage is located at 2587 Chino Hills Parkway, Suite C, Chino Hills, CA 91709.

For more information, visit the Supervisor’s website or contact Priceless Pets directly at (909) 203-3695 or visit their website at

Preparing for Zika

Mosquito Warmer weather means that mosquitoes will soon be buzzing around again. With the highly publicized spread of the Zika virus and the ongoing threat of the West Nile virus, controlling the spread of mosquitoes becomes even more important. “Even though no immediate threat to county residents exists, I would like to remind county residents to protect themselves and family members from mosquito bites, especially if traveling to Zika-affected countries,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, County Health Officer.

The six confirmed cases of Zika virus in California were all acquired in other countries. The Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that can transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses. These mosquitoes are not native to California, but have been identified in 12 California counties. In San Bernardino Coun-ty they were found in October of 2015, but the risk of transmission in California is still low. These mosquitoes are strong fliers and persistent biters. They will bite during the day as well as at night or dusk.

West Nile virus (WNv) is also transmitted by mosquitoes; the Culex Tarsalis is the primary vector for WNv. This mosquito generally bites only at night or dusk. WNv is also very rare. The first cases in California were reported in 2003; since then San Bernardino County has had a total of 427 human cases with 15 deaths.

Some steps that people can take to protect themselves from being bitten include:
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol for long lasting protection. If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent. Pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding can and should choose an EPA-registered insect repellent and use it according to the product label.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants; mosquitoes are generally attracted to dark colors.
  • Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.

Within the Fourth District, the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District provides service to Ontario, Montclair, Chino and Chino Hills. Upland receives its vector control service from the County Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services. If you have questions or concerns, or to report a Mosquito problem call these agencies:
In Upland - Mosquito and Vector Control Program: (800) 442-2283.
In the remainder of the 4th District – West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control: (909) 635-0307.

Stop Mosquitoes Before They Stop You!

Danger! Mosquitoes Take these steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property:
  • Keep pools/spas filtered, cleaned, and chlorinated
  • Report neglected or abandoned pools and spas
  • Empty containers with water in them and turn them upside down to prevent water build up
  • Discard water in bird baths weekly
  • Place mosquito fish in ponds or fountains
  • Remove excess vegetation from your property
  • Ensure all septic tank covers are tightly in place
  • Clean out rain gutters to prevent water pooling
  • Don’t over water lawns and remove standing water from low areas on your property
  • Repair any leaking plumbing fixtures


Supervisor Hagman in the Fourth District

Sheriff Volunteers Hagman Salutes Police Volunteers
Chino Hills held its 23rd Annual Volunteer Awards and Installation Dinner at the Chino Hills Community Center on February 24, 2016. The event was held to recognize volunteers for the Chino Hills Police Station. A total of 48 volunteers were recognized, including 22 from Citizens on Patrol, 18 Explorers, and 8 Reserve Deputies. Together, these fantastic volunteers worked 10,297 hours for the community. Captain Guillen, the Chief of Police in Chino Hills, stated that they cumulatively did work equivalent to replacing five full-time employees.

Supervisor Hagman again took the Oath of Office as a Police Volunteer. He has been volunteering with the Sheriff’s Department and its Chino Hills Station for more than 20 years. Supervisor Hagman gave welcoming remarks at the festivities, reflecting upon his own service. Hagman noted, “I am very proud of the service I have contributed to the Department. I appreciate what all the volunteers and Sheriff’s personnel have done over the years to keep our community safe, and am honored to been a small part of it.”

They’re Counting On Us
2016 Point-In-Time Count Suzette Dang, one of Supervisor Curt Hagman’s Fourth District representatives, participated in the Point-In-Time Count conducted early this year. The Point-In-Time Count (PITC) is required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and it is conducted every two years in order to count and survey the homeless population throughout America, including the County of San Bernardino. The County of San Bernardino elected to vol-untarily have cities participate in order to be proactive on behalf of our County’s residents and produce accurate data.

The PITC was held January 28, 2016. Suzette participated with the City of Upland, which was chosen to test out a new pilot program using an electronic geographic information system (GIS) in real time. If proven effective, this new system will be used countywide and it will be an essential tool in locating homeless veterans who in turn will be able to get immediate help. When a volunteer encounters a homeless veteran and enters in key information, this system will instantly drop a geo pin on the exact location which alerts the Veteran Base of Operation. Once alerted in real time, an Outreach Team is immediately dispatched to the veteran’s location where he/she, if they choose to, will be escorted back to the Deployment Center where they can verify their qualification and start an immediate process of receiving services.

Numerous officials from Upland participated in the count including: Mayor Ray Musser, Councilmember Carol Timm, the Upland Police Community Resource Officers Team and various non-profit representatives and faith-based leaders.
About 25 volunteers in teams of 2-4 set out carrying clipboards, hygiene kits, and smart phones loaded with the new application. They were able to engage with many homeless individuals, who were very open and honest with the survey.

One of the last individuals they encountered was a veteran who gratefully accepted help. Suzette and her companion called in to the Veteran Base of Operations which was on standby at the Mercy House in Ontario. They stayed with the veteran until a deployment van came with the Outreach Team (which included Veteran volunteers) which then escorted the Veteran back to the base to start the application process.

The Upland team collected 72 surveys, of which 6 were veterans. Three veterans and one significant other, including the one that Suzette had surveyed, have qualified for services. Two have received VASH Vouchers which includes a Case Manager and a Housing Navigator. One has qualified to receive supportive housing for veterans. The Board of Supervisors recently announced that they have met their goal of housing all homeless Veterans countywide.

2016 Point-In-Time Count Supervisor Hagman has made it clear that housing homeless veterans is very important, saying “Veterans are one of my highest priorities as your County Supervisor. It is a disgrace that some of those who paid the price for serving our country in uniform, and suffered mental, physical and/or emotional hardships that last their entire lives, are not honored and protected by the people they served at the risk of death. I will end veteran homelessness in our county and do my best to see that every veteran receives the respect and dignity they have earned from the various branches of our government.”

Easter He is Risen
March 27 is Easter Sunday in 2016. This is the time Christians celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the grave to join God the Father in Heaven as a living sacrifice for all men and women who believe in Him to receive eternal life.

In addition to the religious festivities and observances that will be ongoing throughout the week, cities within the Fourth District will be having fun events for the children. Here is a list of some events in our communities.

Ontario: Brunch with the Bunny
Saturday, March 19th 10:00 a.m. Westwind Community Center 2455 E Riverside Dr., Ontario

Chino: Lunch with the Bunny
Thursday, March 24th 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Chino Youth Museum 13191 6th St., Chino
Members $8 Public $10

Chino Hills: Easter egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, craft fair, activities, and food. For the egg hunt schedule (divided into age groups), please see the city’s website.
Saturday, March 26th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Chino Hills Community Park 3280 Eucalyptus Ave., Chino Hills

Upland: Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26th 10:00 a.m
Ray Baker Field & Rotary Field - Memorial Park, 1100 E Foothill Blvd., Upland
For children age 7 & under
Sponsored by the Upland-Foothill Kiwanis Club and the Upland Recreation Division.
For more information, please contact the Upland Recreation Division Office at (909) 931-4280.

Montclair: Easter Eggstravaganza and Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 26th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Montclair Community Center 5111 Benito Street, Montclair

“My family and I, along with two billion Christians around the globe, will celebrate Easter with thanks and praise for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” said Supervisor Hagman. “No matter how you celebrate it, we wish you joy, peace and happiness on this special day”.