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Ninth Edition February 2014

Black History Month
February marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time when we must recognize and celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to our nation and our local communities. Throughout the history of our nation, we have seen the amazing and positive impacts that members of the African American community have created.

“Black History Month gives us an opportunity to remember our glorious African past and honor it,” Wilmer Amina Carter commented. “The celebration of Black History Month asks us to imagine the future and forge it by working harmoniously with our community members to make our city, our country, and our nation a better place.”

The famous and inspiring Rosa Parks once said: “Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Parks is recognized as one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement and a notable advocate for equality. Even today, her powerful actions have a great impact. We should strive to embody Parks’ words.

During this time, it is important to remember the sacrifices that many have made in order to create equality and recognize the contributions African Americans have made to every aspect of American culture. Be it music, science, religion, health, examples of influence from the African Americans is very clearly seen. Each of us should enhance our knowledge of these impacts and share with others the richness of these many contributions.

California’s Drought Emergency: What you can do to help

What can you do to save our water? Governor Brown has declared a statewide drought emergency and is asking all of us to reduce our water use by 20 percent. We must all do our part to conserve our most precious and scarce resource. Here are some tips on what you can do to conserve water:

Indoor Tips:
  • Use the washing machine and dishwasher for full loads only to save water and energy.
  • Install a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher and save 3 to 8 gallons/load.
  • Install low-flow shower heads and save 2.5 gallons.
  • Take five minute showers instead of 10 minute showers and save 12.5 gallons with a low-flow showerhead and 25 gallons with a standard showerhead.
  • Turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving and save approximately 10 gallons a day.
Outdoor Tips:
  • Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and save 25 gallons each time you water.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants and save 30-60 gallons each time you water.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks and save 8 to 18 gallons/minute.
  • Wash cars with a bucket, sponge and hose with self-closing nozzle and save 8 to 18 gallons a minute.

Learn more about water conservation at

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

Downtown SB Passenger Rail Project and Transit Center Ground Breaking

The groundbreaking for the San Bernardino Passenger Rail and Transit Center illustrates the creation of intermodal connections between commuter rail, bus rapid transit, and local bus service to enhance public transit for our residents.

Learn more about how SANBAG is changing the way people travel throughout the Inland Empire at

State of the County of San Bernardino

Over 1,000 business professionals and community stakeholders attended the County of San Bernardino’s annual State of the County event held on February 26th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. If you missed it, you can watch the entire event here.

Pain Free Kids Fundraiser

The Pain Free Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children with chronic pain a safe environment where they can learn to deal with their pain through a holistic approach. On February 22nd, PFKF held an event where Supervisor Ramos had the opportunity to spend the day speaking with children who suffer from chronic pain. Following the event, these children spent time with therapy horses at the KN Ranch in Redlands.

Progress in the Third District

County Museum to partner with Google

The San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands will join with the Google Cultural Institute to make the cultural heritage of Southern California easily available worldwide.

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions and archives from 40 countries to host the world’s cultural treasures online. Through their Cultural Institute, partner museums can upload high quality images from their collections.
In addition, Google will develop “street views” inside the museum galleries to offer virtual tours of museum exhibits.

“Google’s project compliments the mission of the San Bernardino County Museum,” said Robert McKernan, Museum Director and Project Liaison with Google. “A member of the Google team has already visited our museum. Our collections are of worldwide significance, and this partnership will help spread the word, not only about the cultural richness and diversity of our county and surrounding regions, but about the educational and research opportunities offered through our museum.”

“It is my hope this online platform can be utilized by teachers and parents across the county and region to educate our students about the rich history of San Bernardino County.” stated Supervisor Ramos.

Sheriff HOPE Project Launched

The Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement program has been launched to better address issues related to the homeless population in San Bernardino County. This program utilizes the Community Oriented Policing philosophy in a comprehensive approach designed to link the homeless population with resources and service providers throughout the county. The objective is to stop the revolving door of arrest/incarceration/release of the homeless community for homeless related crimes. The H.O.P.E/ Team consists of four deputies who will be responsible for a region of the county in implementing this program. The H.O.P.E. Team has already seen great success for this program and they look forward to continuing their efforts in helping more homeless get off the streets and into permanent housing.

“We were able to assist a man named John who had been homeless for 24 years. For 16 of those years, he lived under a 215 overpass. Prior to the start of this program, we had approached John to offer him help. He told us he wasn’t ready on several occasions. As we prepared to implement this program, we approached him again and offered him help. This time, John decided he would like a warm shower. He has been in transitional housing for the last three or four months and he has not been using drugs. He enjoys fixing up his place and we hope to have him in permanent housing soon. It doesn’t matter how many approaches it takes, when an individual is ready to come off the streets, we will be there to help them.”

-Deputy Mike Jones, H.O.P.E. Team Member

For more information, please contact or call (909) 387-0623.

Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement
Housing Authority of San Bernardino County Releases 2013 Annual Report

The Housing Authority recently released its Annual Report for 2013. The mission of the Housing Authority is to empower all individuals and families in need to achieve an enriched quality of life by providing housing opportunities and resources throughout San Bernardino County.

Last year, the Housing Authority wrote to all saying “watch us now”. Since then, they have made great strides in improving their housing programs and services.

Nonprofits: Register for Give BIG San Bernardino County!

The Give BIG San Bernardino County website has launched! If you work for or run a local nonprofit, please make sure to register for this 24-hour fundraising web-a-thon and raise money and awareness for your nonprofit!

Third District Community Forum

Third District Community Highlight

Loma Linda University PossAbilities

Loma Linda University PossAbilities is a community outreach program developed by the Loma Linda University Health. Its goal is to offer disabled individuals who were born with or have suffered a permanent, physical injury, a sense of community and a healthy social educational interaction with their peers.

The PossAbilities program was originally developed in 2001 in response to the need for the continuum of care for our patients and their families after a lengthy hospital stay or a traumatic accident. As the program and its mission continued to grow, PossAbilities has gained the support of administrators, faculty, staff, the student body within the Loma Linda University system and the surrounding community.

On Sunday, March 16 the second annual “Power of Inclusion” event will kick off with a 5-K walk/run/roll that will benefit PossAbilities. Proceeds from the race will go toward the PossAbilities grant and scholarship fund. The grants include adaptive equipment, accessibility grants, educational scholarships, social outings to community events, and athletic grants for travel and participation in sporting events.

All are welcome, with and without disabilities, for a race around the city of Loma Linda. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. at Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, 25333 Barton Road, Loma Linda. For a full program agenda with dates and times, location, and registration details, please visit the website,

Accessing Your Government

Department of Human Services

Are you concerned about getting services for an elderly family member? Wondering about what kinds of resources there are for behavioral health? Looking for solutions to aid your family in hard times? Answers to these questions and many more can be found within the Department of Human Services. The 3rd District office often receives calls from concerned constituents about finding solutions to these kinds of issues. We want to ensure that you know how we can help.

The Department of Human Services oversees multiple departments that are all designed to provide you with the help you need to live a healthy, happy life. Through Human Services, you can find support for senior citizen living, children’s advocacy and education, public health, veteran’s support, and even services that assist constituents with processing income tax. The diversity of the types of programs that the Department of Human Services manages is amazing and they are committed to help locals gain access to the resources they need. There are even options for local residents to volunteer for the various events that Human Services puts on in the community.

If you’d like more information about what the Department of Human Services can do for you or you’d like to learn more about the specific programs that they offer, you can find them online at

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