County supervisors restore inmate crew funding

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to restore funding for inmate fire crews in the coming fiscal year. In May, Board Chairman Lovingood underscored the value of the inmate crews. During the Board’s June 13 budget hearing, Chairman Lovingood again spoke out in support of the crews.

“Inmate crews logged 84,894 hours last year, saving taxpayers more than $2 million,” Chairman Lovingood said. “These crews spent nine days on the Blue Cut Fire and helped collect 578 tons of trash around the High Desert. Clearly, this is an outstanding program that is making a major impact on our communities.”

In 2016, inmate crews responded to 738 emergency calls, with that number expected to top 1,000 calls this year. Inmate crews also logged 10,560 hours of work in Victorville, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Needles and unincorporated County areas, including chipping operations in Wrightwood and illegal dumping operations throughout the High Desert.

Summer 2017

Lovingood secures $1 million for crime sweeps

Lovingood secures $1 million for crime sweeps San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood secured $1 million for a series of law enforcement sweeps and other operations to both combat crime and set the stage for expanded economic investment.

Lovingood has been a key proponent of increasing public safety funding, particularly to beef up law enforcement operations. He thanked fellow Supervisors James Ramos and Josie Gonzales in backing his request for crime sweeps.

“I’m simply stating the fact that there’s a need,” Chairman Lovingood said. “It’s a conversation that we’ve all touched on over the past several years and how we look at public safety. If we don’t shift this conversation, not only today but next year and every year following until we turn the tide (of crime), we’re at great risk.”

Sheriff John McMahon and District Attorney Mike Ramos said the additional funding will make an impact.

“With Supervisor Lovingood’s help, we’ve made a huge impact on crime specific issues in the high desert,” Sheriff McMahon said. District Attorney Michael Ramos echoed those sentiments. “Thanks to the efforts of Supervisor Lovingood we are going to be able to more effectively combat crime in the High Desert region,” Ramos said.

Lovingood backs children’s asthma program

Lovingood backs children’s asthma program

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has approved funds for a children’s asthma program administered around the County, including service at 14 High Desert schools, Board Chairman Lovingood announced.

“Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Breathmobile program has been proven effective in sharply reducing emergency department visits, hospitalizations and school absenteeism,” Chairman Lovingood said.

The Breathmobile is 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.

The Breathmobile staff consists of a pediatric specialty practitioner, a licensed vocational nurse and a respiratory therapist who are specially trained in asthma case management. ARMC currently operates two Breathmobiles, one visiting schools in the Inland Valley and the other in the High Desert area of the county. To contact the Breathmobile for an appointment, call (909) 498-6277.

Family summer movie series at the Victor Valley Museum

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment this summer in the air-conditioned comfort of the Victor Valley Museum in Apple Valley at the Summer Movie Series. Movies will screen on selected Saturdays in July and August. The film, along with popcorn and refreshments, are all included with museum general admission. Each PG-rated movie will be shown at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Finding Dory
July 22 - “Finding Dory” is an undersea adventure featuring unforgettable characters and dazzling Pixar animation.

August 5 - “The BFG” is about an orphan girl who makes friends with a Big Friendly Giant.

August 19 - “The Jungle Book” features a mixture of live action and CGI and follows the story of an orphaned human boy and his animal guardians.

The Victor Valley Museum, a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum, is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior/military), $2.50 student/child under 5 free. For more information, call (760) 240-2111 or visit

Mobile app program helps parents teach reading at home

San Bernardino County has launched an innovative early learning mobile technology platform that provides free access to early literacy activities to all families with children birth through pre-K who reside in San Bernardino County. The Footsteps2Brilliance program provides a comprehensive curriculum of more than 1,000 English and Spanish books, songs and games that are fun for children and address the vocabulary gap.

“This organization is a nationally recognized learning platform that digitally links schools and homes with free access to early literacy activities in English and Spanish,” Supervisor Lovingood said. To sign up for the app, visit

Stirling lease creates 200 jobs at SCLA

Stirling lease creates 200 jobs at SCLA As a testament to the continuing economic growth in the High Desert, Stirling Development has executed a three-year 195,508-square-foot industrial lease with Newell Brands at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville. This lease with Newell renders the 370,023-square-foot Distribution Center 18 fully occupied. The remainder of the building will be occupied by Plastipak Packaging, Inc., which signed a five-year 174,515-square-foot lease.

Distribution Center 18’s tenants are anticipated to generate approximately 200 new jobs and an estimated total of 700 ancillary jobs within the region.

Economist bullish on High Desert

Dr. Chris Thornburg, director of the University of California Riverside’s Center for Economic Forecasting, said he is optimistic about the region during the 2017 High Desert Economic Summit. The High Desert is well positioned in terms of labor, personal income and retail sales. Over the next five years, Thornburg said the sectors leading in job growth will be medical, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, education and leisure/hospitality.

Need help finding a job?

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department offers help finding a job and building a career. The Department offers help with skills assessment, identifying career paths, updating your resume, preparing for job interviews, finding training programs and finding funds to pay for training. The High Desert America’s Job Center of California is at 17310 Bear Valley Road, Suite 109 (near Industrial Blvd.) in Victorville. For more information, call 760-552-6550 or email
Property values top $200 billion with strong growth

Property values top $200 billion with strong growth

San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Bob Dutton announced the signing of the 2017 Annual Property Assessment Roll reflecting steady property value growth in the region. The assessment roll contains 810,304 taxable parcels valued at $206,576,804,207, which is a 6.1% net increase as compared to the 2016 assessment roll. Notably, this is the first time in the county’s history that total valuation of property surpasses the $200 billion mark.

Taxpayers wishing to see their personal assessed values may visit the Assessor’s website at and select Online Services, Property Information Management System link. The public can also call the Assessor’s toll-free number at 1-877-885-7654.

Lovingood blocks steep rate hikes

Lovingood blocks steep rate hikes The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors opposed a series of proposed water and sewer rate hikes, some more than 80 percent, saying the increases were not justified and would cause unnecessary hardships on many residents of unincorporated areas.

The proposed 5-year water rate increases would have increased bi-monthly water rates by an average of 63 percent (or $122) in CSA 64 Spring Valley Lake; 70 percent (or $117) in CSA 70 Oak Hills and 81 percent (or $116) in CSA 42 Oro Grande.

“I have serious concerns about the significant cost First District constituents could incur as a result of these drastic fee increases,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood said. “The 5-year increase would be 71.6 percent, and that’s just for water.”

Postal Service program lets you see your mail before it arrives

Postal Service program The U.S. Postal Service is offering a new service that sends email images of mail to postal customers, making it easy to detect mail thefts. The Postal Service digitally images the front of mailpieces that run through automated equipment. Now the Postal Service is using those images for a second purpose: to provide digital notifications to users in advance of the delivery of physical mail. Informed Delivery is an optional notification service for residential consumers that sends an email to users containing grayscale images of the outside of letter–sized mailpieces that are arriving soon. For more information, visit Vacation hold requests can be done at a post office or online at

Sheriff’s Department is recruiting now

Sheriff’s Department is recruiting
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the region – foremost in many areas of technology, and on the cutting edge when it comes to advanced community policing techniques. Its training facilities rank with the best, and our employee family is second to none. For information on becoming a Deputy Sheriff, visit

Supervisors save fire station funding

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has restored $1.5 million for a County fire station that serves stretches of Interstate 40 to the Arizona stateline. The Wonder Valley Fire Station 45 was on a list tentatively slated for elimination in the 2017-18 draft budget. But the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to restore funding for the fire station.

The restoration of funding for the fire station was one of a series of public safety measures backed by Supervisor Lovingood.

Supervisors save fire station funding

Rebates available

Residential customers installing new toilets, shower heads, bathroom faucets and irrigation equipment may be eligible for rebates under a program in County Service Areas. CSA areas include Spring Valley Lake, Oro Grande, Oak Hills. For details, visit


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