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Use caution during times of extreme heat

Social Hosting Ordinance Approved by the Board of Supervisors

The County Preschool Services Department – A Success Story

Twelfth Annual Senior Barbeque

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Chino Hills District Office:
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Chino Hills, CA 91709

Staff Members:
Larry Enriquez,
Chief of Staff

Joy Chadwick,
Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Johsz,
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Annette Taylor,
Executive Secretary

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Jeanna Pomierski,
District Secretary
July 2010

Use caution during times of extreme heat

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As we start the summer season of protracted heat, be aware of heat advisories that will be issued during periods of high temperature forecasts for inland and desert regions. Residents are urged to take precautions that will prevent heat-related illness. Some health conditions such as obesity, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool in hot weather. While the heat advisory is in effect, be sure to:
  • Get plenty to drink
  • Drink more water, juice and sports drinks
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) and alcohol
  • Stay cool indoors
  • Stay in an air-conditioned area, if possible
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, go to a public building or shopping mall for a few hours
  • A cool shower or bath is also a good way to cool off
  • Wear light clothing and sunscreen
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • A wide-brimmed hat will keep your head cool
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and reapply every two hours while in the sun (all skin types)
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully
  • Try to be less active during the late afternoon, the hottest part of the day
  • Rest often in a shady area
  • Never leave kids or pets in a parked car
  • Pace yourself
  • Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks
  • If your heart pounds, you become out of breath, lightheaded, weak, or feel faint, stop your activity and rest in a cool or shady area
  • Use a buddy system
  • Check on your friends and family and have someone do the same for you
  • Check on the elderly and people with health conditions twice a day during a heat wave
Heat-related illness can be prevented by taking precautions while the heat advisory is in effect. Pace yourself if you work in a hot environment. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity. Get into a cool area or at least in the shade, and rest.

Warning signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting. Take steps to cool the body. Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages, take a shower, bath, or sponge bath. Seek an air-conditioned place. Wear lightweight clothing.

For a list of cooling centers in San Bernardino County, call 2-1-1, or go to the website link at www.coolingsb.org. For more information about extreme heat, visit www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov.

Social Hosting Ordinance Approved by the Board of Supervisors

Past research by the American Medical Association, shows that alcohol is the leading cause of death among teenagers. Easy access to alcohol, especially at parties, remains a threat to the health and safety of our youth.

Social gatherings have been shown to be the primary source for alcohol for underage youth and higher incidences of “binge drinking” occur at these gatherings.

Recently, the Board of Supervisors adopted a social hosting ordinance that will make it a crime for adults to allow minors to consume alcohol in their homes. Under this ordinance, adults who allow underage drinking in their homes could now be liable for providing alcohol to underage youth.

Underage drinking is a factor in nearly half of all teen crashes and about the same percent for youth suicides. Some other adverse consequences include injuries and accidents, unplanned or unprotected sex, fights, sexual assault or date rape, and other violence.

Under this Social Host Ordinance, people hosting unruly underage drinking parties will be fined the cost of law enforcement intervention if law enforcement is called to break it up. And if they are called again to the same property with the same host within a year, the host can be forced to pay a lot more.

We can’t arrest away this problem—parents and adults need to be part of the solution. This Social Host Ordinance will force parents to think twice before they decide to host an underage drinking party.

In fact, any time a young person has alcohol, an adult sold it, gave it or provided a place to drink it. These adults are part of the problem, but we can be part of the solution by holding these individuals accountable for underage drinking.

The County invites the cities of San Bernardino County to join in the effort to shut off the main source of alcohol to minors.

The protection of our young people will be ineffective if we crack down on such parties on one side of an invisible county-city line, but not on the other. Kids are smart; the parties will simply move.

The County Preschool Services Department – A Success Story

The County of San Bernardino Preschool Services Department (PSD) has operated the Head Start and State Preschool programs since 1965. PSD provides comprehensive child development and family services to over 5000 children (ages 0-5) and their families at 42 locations countywide.

In addition, PSD gives priority to children living in poverty, foster care, homeless shelters, and those with special needs. Our programs offer comprehensive child development and family support services that are designed to address developmental goals for enrolled children and support for parents in fulfilling their parental role and becoming self-sufficient.

We are proud of both our challenges and our strengths. We feel that both have made our program stronger. By far our largest challenge is the vast geographic size of our county. At 20,000 square miles, the County of San Bernardino is the largest county in the United States by area, and if you combined the square mileage of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the County of San Bernardino is still larger. In fact, we are bordered by 5 other counties and two states.

Besides our dedicated staff, our greatest strength is our status as a County department. As an actual County department, PSD has access to resources, oversight and services that be largely unavailable to other Head Start or State Preschool Programs. In this way, we may be one of the most unique programs in the country. Our County partners include the departments of Behavioral Health, Public Health, Children and Family Services, Transitional Assistance, First 5 and many more. All these agencies are partners in ensuring the best possible services to children and families and maximizing our value to communities.

Twelfth Annual Senior Barbeque

We continued our tradition of holding Senior Barbeques on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Over 175 seniors enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers and a day of bingo. Most attendees walked away with either door or bingo prizes. The barbeque took place at the Chino Senior Center.

My wife Sue and I were 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.