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Supervisor Gary Ovitt Authored Ordinance Bans Registered Sex Offenders’ Activities on Halloween

Animal Care Community Outreach Commission Created

County Stormwater Program Offers Car Wash Discount

County Services Spotlight - Pet Adoption

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August 2012

Supervisor Gary Ovitt Authored Ordinance Bans Registered Sex Offenders’ Activities on Halloween

“Parents should know this is another commonsense measure to attempt to protect children,” Supervisor Gary Ovitt said. “Registered sex offenders will simply be prohibited from handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.”

This amendment to Ordinance Number 3993 requires any registered sex offender on October 31st of each year to do the following:
  • Leave all exterior residential, decorative and ornamental lighting at his or her residence off between 5:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
  • Not decorate or maintain Halloween decorations on the exterior or any interior portion of his or her residence that is visible to the public.
  • Be prohibited from answering the door of his or her residence to children who are engaging in the practice of asking for treats on Halloween, commonly called “trick-or-treating.”
Recently, local governments including the City of Ontario and Riverside County have passed similar bans. Residents can find the location of registered sex offenders through the Megan’s Law online database www.meganslaw.ca.gov and through San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department webpage www.sbcounty.gov/sheriff which offers email updates on sex offenders in their neighborhood.

Animal Care Community Outreach Commission Created

Supervisor Gary Ovitt and the Board of Supervisors have voted to create this commission that will serve as a conduit between the public and the Board of Supervisors regarding animal control related matters.

This commission will facilitate community involvement and awareness, provide opportunities for citizen participation in support of animal care related issues, and work to assure that the public is informed of the County’s programs and services available to residents and pets of the unincorporated areas of the County.

Supervisor Ovitt would like to encourage residents to express their desire to serve on this commission by filling out an application through the County Clerk of the Board. This application to serve on a County Board or Commission and a list of current vacancies on other committees can be found here.

County Stormwater Program Offers Car Wash Discount

San Bernardino County’s stormwater pollution prevention program recently launched a car wash discount campaign to encourage residents to wash their cars at commercial car washes rather than in their driveways.

Commercial car washes send their wastewater into sewer systems, from where it is eventually treated. Washing your car at home sends detergents and other toxins directly to storm drains, which flow directly into streams and rivers.

Between now and August 31, any San Bernardino County resident can download a free discount coupon from the program’s website (www.sbcountystormwater.org/carwash) and redeem it at any of the participating car washes.

The program has partnered with 11 car wash facilities in Upland, Ontario, Colton, Highland, Redlands and Yucaipa to offer deals and discounts to residents in an effort to reduce water pollution caused by residential car washing. The program is currently enlisting additional car wash partners to participate in this effort. To find a full list of car washes and deals they offer, visit www.sbcountystormwater.org/carwash.

Wash water from residential car washing contains toxins like oil, grease and detergents that can be harmful to the environment if they enter the storm drain as the water eventually flows into our streams and rivers. Washing the car in a professional car wash is the best way to prevent water pollution because commercial car wash facilities will send the wash water to a wastewater treatment plant preventing it from entering the storm drain system.

The campaign is part of the San Bernardino County Stormwater Program, a public education program working to educate residents and businesses about stormwater pollution prevention in San Bernardino County. To learn more about the program visit sbcountystormwater.org.

County Services Spotlight - Pet Adoption

Interested in adopting a pet? There are a few ways you can go about finding the perfect pet for you. You can visit the one of the San Bernardino County Animal Shelters with locations in Apple Valley, Big Bear, Devore and San Bernardino all serving residents of San Bernardino County.

San Bernardino County shelters accept all animals within the service area (i.e. strays, lost, owner turn-in, sick, injured, etc.), maintain clean and healthy surrounding for the animals in their care, provide humane housing, vet care, and feeding of animals received, provide security for quarantined (confined) animals, attempt to reunite lost pets with their owners, try to find homes for all of the homeless animals and/or animals not retrieved by their owners and actively promote the spaying/neutering of all animals.

About Adoption Fees: The current set of fees to adopt a dog or cat includes the adoption fee ($10.00 to $20.00 based on breed and age), the first vaccination and spay or neuter cost of the animal. The adoption fee is waived for senior citizens. Below is the total adoption cost of the animal.

Dogs 8-16 weeks: $85.00
Dogs over 16 weeks: $95.00
Cats 8-16 weeks: $53.00
Cats over 16 weeks: $48.00

To inquire about pets available for adoption through the shelters, please call the San Bernardino Animal Care and Control Program toll free at 1-800-472-5609 or visit their website at www.sbcounty.gov/acc to view the pets currently available for adoption.

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