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Sixth Edition November 2013

First 5 celebrates 15 Years

On November 6th, First 5 San Bernardino held a special celebration in honor of its 15 year anniversary. Supervisor Ramos presented a resolution from the Board of Supervisors to Executive Director Karen Scott and the First 5 Commissioners recognizing them for their efforts in providing services to the youngest members of our County.

More than 500,000 families have been touched by First 5 San Bernardino funding for direct intervention and access services,
early education for children, training for providers, parent and
community education, public information campaigns, referrals and resources, community collaborations and networks to promote, support and enhance the health and development of children prenatal through age 5.

First 5 San Bernardino continues to pursue its vision that all children are healthy, safe, nurtured, and eager to learn and ready to succeed in school. Here are some of First 5’s investments: over 300,000 children have received primary health care services, 202,677 kits for new parents have been distributed, more than 1,500 children have received early education preschool-related sessions, and $336,930 has been invested in capacity building efforts for organizations countywide. For more information about First 5 programs, please visit

Rialto Preschool Children and Potter
the Otter sing Happy Birthday to First 5

Live Well, Age Well Summit

What defines healthy living, wellness, and aging has expanded over the past decade. The 2013 Live Well, Age Well Summit was held on November 14th to empower community members to generate a framework for sustainable health improvement in our communities. The summit brought together key leaders in the community to discuss different approaches to addressing health priorities, moving health from the clinic into the community and the economics of good health.

This summit was part of the Community Vital Signs Initiative’s effort to move the needle on key quality indicators in San Bernardino County. What is the Community Vital Signs Initiative? This project was started by the San Bernardino County Departments of Public and Behavioral Health as well as Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to establish a health improvement framework by using data to help set goals and priorities for action to improve the quality of life in the county.

During the past summer, 23 community engagement meetings were conducted throughout the county. Over 1,000 community members-a rich mixture of professionals, community leaders, and residents-reviewed data on a broad range of topics with the intent to prioritize the most urgent issues that impact the health and well-being of County residents. The top seven priority indicators were education, economy, access to health care, mental health, nutrition and access to healthy foods, community safety, and safety at school. For a full list of indicators, please visit

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

City of Redlands Celebrates 125 Years

This year marks the City of Redlands’ 125th year anniversary since its incorporation on November 26, 1888. The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution congratulating the City for 125 years of rich history and exciting opportunities for its residents.  Supervisor Ramos extended his own congratulations to the City of Redlands for 125 years of preserving culture and inspiring innovation.

Supervisor Ramos presents resolution celebrating
the City of Redlands to Mayor Pete Aguilar

Big Bear Village Grand Re-Opening

The grand re-opening of the Village was held on October 31st to mark the completion of construction for this capital improvement project. The project was made possible through the partnerships between the City, SANBAG, San Bernardino County, Caltrans and others. Supervisor Ramos encourages you to make a visit, shop local and enjoy a hot cocoa next to the new fire pits in the Village.

Big Bear Village Grand Re-Opening

Supervisor Ramos visits with veterans in Barstow on Veteran’s Day

Angelus Oaks Fire Station Ribbon Cutting

More than 100 community members and dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting for the new San Bernardino County Fire Station 98 in Angelus Oaks. This station serves over 400 residents of Angelus Oaks, Barton Flats, and Seven Oaks, along with State Highway 38 from Valley of the Falls Drive to Onyx Summit. On average, Station 98 firefighters respond to 175 calls a year, mainly medical calls and traffic collisions. The station includes an apparatus bay, a community/training room, living quarters, and an approximate 1,200 square foot mezzanine area that can be used for storage and other future needs. Station 98 houses a fire engine, a brush engine, a brush patrol, a snow cat and a skid steer.

County Fire previously served the Angelus Oaks area out of an aged and substandard fire station that was constructed over 40 years ago as a storage facility for fire apparatus. “This is a great day for the community of Angelus Oaks. This is really the community fire station,” stated County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig.

Progress in the Third District

7th Annual Homeless Summit

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership brought together organizations dedicated to ending homelessness at the 7th Annual Homeless Summit on November 20th. Attendees heard from Matthew Doherty of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness who said he was pleased with the progress our county has made. The summit offered four key workshops that gave participants insight into how to be successful in grant writing, what the San Bernardino Reentry Collaborative has been able to accomplish, and what the new Affordable Care Act means for the families we serve.

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Board Recognizes Native American Heritage Month

On November 5th, the Board of Supervisors adopted a proclamation honoring Native American Heritage Month, a nationally recognized honor which has been issued each year since 1994.

This month, the ancestry and time-honored traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in North America are celebrated. From the American Revolution to combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have fought valiantly in defense of our Nation as dedicated servicemen and women. Their native languages have also played a pivotal role on the battlefield. During World War I and II, Native American code talkers developed unbreakable codes to communicate military messages that saved countless lives. Native Americans have distinguished themselves as inventors, entrepreneurs, spiritual leaders, and scholars.

The Board of Supervisors encourages Americans of all backgrounds to celebrate the month through appropriate ceremonies and activities.

“I would like to thank my colleagues for acknowledging Native American Heritage Month. I am proud that San Bernardino County is a leader in recognizing and honoring the significant contributions Native Americans have made to the nation,” stated Supervisor James Ramos.

Third District Community Forum
Accessing Your Government

Save the Date: Give BIG San Bernardino County

What is it?

Give BIG San Bernardino County is a 24 hour fundraising web-a-thon benefitting San Bernardino County nonprofit organizations.

Who benefits?

Money raised through Give BIG San Bernardino County will benefit participating nonprofit organizations and the people they serve.

What do the nonprofit organizations receive by participating?

Participating nonprofit organizations will receive training in the use of social media, marketing, and donor cultivation and follow-up. Nonprofit organizations will expand their fundraising capabilities through participating in the Give BIG San Bernardino County campaign.

What is the goal of the campaign?

  1. Involvement of 150 nonprofit organizations
  2. $300,000 raised from donors

Why is this important for San Bernardino County?

  • Improve sustainability and capability for nonprofits
  • Improve community philanthropy
  • Develop next generation of donors
When will this take place?

The 24 hour fundraising web-a-thon will begin on May 8, 2014 at 7 am and will continue to May 9, 2014 at 7 am.

Who is leading this project?

The Community Foundation, in coordination with the County of San Bernardino, will plan and implement the campaign.

How can you participate? We need you:

  • To engage as a nonprofit organization
  • To participate as a sponsor
  • To participate on a regional subcommittee
  • To share your expertise in media/marketing, nonprofit engagement and/or sponsorship by participating on a subject-matter expert committee.
  • To promote the event amongst friends, business associates and employees.
  • To donate to your favorite nonprofit(s) on May 8, 2014!
For more information contact:

Third District Community Highlight

Morongo Basin Haven

Morongo Basin Haven works to help homeless families in the Morongo Basin. They are a one-stop resource center that continues to provide the broadest possible array of human service resources and information for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Haven is a new, not for profit organization and sponsored affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation, providing local services for all families and individuals in need.

Please check out Morongo Basin Haven’s newly launched website!

Make sure to check out my newly redesigned website for more information on events throughout the County, latest news, and additional resources.