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May 6, 2016

Celebrating Armed Forces: Twice

Armed Forces Each year, Armed Forces Day, is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This year that day falls on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Years ago, President Truman led the efforts to establish a holiday inviting citizens to unite and honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America; and, in 1949, the United States’ Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, created Armed Forces Day to replace the separate Air Force, Navy and Army Days. The first Armed Forces Day was officially celebrated on May 20, 1950. It was a created as a day to educate the public about the jobs performed by the armed forces and their role in civilian life, as well as showcase “state-of-the-art” military equipment. The day was also intended to serve as a public reminder to pay tribute to those serving in the armed forces.

Our military members rightly deserve our appreciation and it’s essential that we celebrate Armed Forces Day accordingly. An excerpt taken from an article written in the New York Post on May 17, 1952, succinctly sums up the reason for Armed Forces Day’s importance: “It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, that those who have made exceptional sacrifices, yes, and those who are afflicted with plain drudgery and boredom, may somehow know that we hold them in exceptional esteem. Perhaps if we are a little more conscious of our debt of honored affection they may be a little more aware of how much we think of them.”

Each May we have another opportunity to honor our military on Memorial Day which is observed on the last Monday of May. This year Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30, 2016. Memorial Day commemorates all men and women who have died in courageous service to the United States. Many families visit cemeteries and memorials to remember their loved ones. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was later extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

The term “Memorial Day” did not come into use until after World War II. It used to be known as Decoration Day and was held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that from 1971, the Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.

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Planes of Fame Holds Air Show at Chino Airport

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Planes of Fame held its annual air show at Chino Airport from April 29 through May 1, 2016. During the three-day event, visitors were treated to fantastic aerial displays, static displays, food and fun. Each day the activities began with up-close viewing of static displays of the historic warbirds and the performing aircraft. After the opening ceremony and the National Anthem, spectators were treated to the air show, which lasted four to five hours. Friday’s events started in the afternoon and concluded with demonstrations after dark, which truly showed the amazing capabilities of some of the jet aircraft. The events on Saturday and Sunday started at 8:00 in the morning and went until 4:00 in the afternoon. Both days included the air show and static displays, as well as two panel discussions by veterans who spoke about their personal experiences in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

The show consisted of approximately 50 aircraft, with military aircraft spanning the 1930’s to the present. Planes of Fame has the only flyable original P-26 in the world. Known as the Peashooter, it entered service with the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1934. Most of the military planes were of WWII vintage, consisting of almost every fighter plane flown by the U.S.,
as well as a number of bombers and some Japanese aircraft. A jet aircraft flight demonstration, consisting of an American F-80, and F-86 and a Soviet MiG 15 from the Korean War era, was conducted.

Chino airport is a valuable asset to San Bernardino County. It is the largest non-commercial airport within a 20-mile radius in the region making it a leading general aviation airport of choice for independent pilots, students and trainers, and corporate users.

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Planes of Fame Air Museum is located at 7000 Merrill Ave. #17 Chino, CA 91710. For more information about the museum, or next year’s air show, visit their website at www.planesoffame.org or call 909.597.3722.

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California Voting Rights Act and the 4th District

Voting booth Big changes are coming to a city near you. City Councils across the state are receiving notices that they may be sued for holding at large council elections. Across the state, cities like Anaheim, Compton, Escondido, Palmdale and others are being pressured to change how their cities elect representatives. In the fourth district Upland and Chino have been put on notice to adapt or face a lawsuit.

The change being requested is to hold district-elections within a city where each portion of the city chooses a member to represent them on the council instead of selecting a city-council at-large. Pressure applied by the California Voting Rights Act is meant to eliminate election structure that “impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election.”

Discussions at the local level have led to the city of Chino to adapt its election practices to elect the Mayor at-large and select the rest of the city council by district. The City’s four city council electoral districts must also be formulated in accordance with federal and state law requirements. Standard criteria incorporating these requirements are reflected in the City Council resolution from their Special Meeting dated, April 6, 2016.

In Upland, as a result of a settlement agreement to a legal challenge, the council unanimously approved a decision to take voting by districts to the general public. The council is set to approve and adopt a final district map plan before August in order to include voting by district on the November ballot.

The California Voting rights act has cost cities across California millions of dollars. The funds lost in these lawsuits have had negative impact on city general funds and services. Recently, the City of Palmdale paid $4.5 million plus interest to lawyers who argued that the city’s at-large voting system deprived voters of opportunities to elect minority representatives.

What do you think about district vs at-large elections? Send your thoughts to Supervisor.Hagman@bos.sbcounty.gov.

Making your life BIGGER, BRIGHTER & BOLDER

Braille Mobile Macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions affect millions of people every year. But just because your vision isn’t as good as it used to be, it doesn’t mean you can’t live life to the fullest. Braille Institute provides Low Vision Consultations to maximize your remaining vision, and show you how to use high-powered magnification and other devices to help make your life BIGGER, BRIGHTER & BOLDER.

Braille Institute provides low vision wellness services to residents throughout Southern California. It has five regional centers located throughout the area, but none are located in San Bernardino County. Since transportation may be difficult for many people in need of low vision services, the Institute has a specially equipped Mobile Solutions vehicle. This vehicle will come to a location near you to conduct low vision appointments. A low vision appointment consists of a free 1-hour service conducted by a Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, and provides a chance to see demonstrations of the latest options in mainstreams and access technology, and an opportunity to select magnifiers, lighting and non-optical items for purchase. The Mobile Solutions staff also offers one-on-one assistance with technology, such as smart phones, tablets, or other mobile technology. The members of the Low Vision staff are not doctors. They do not give eye exams and they do not prescribe glasses.

Braille Institute also provides library services. Their library has tens of thousands of audio books available through the mail, as well as scores of reading materials in braille. The Mobile Solutions staff can sign you up for Library Services on the spot, and they can demonstrate how descriptive videos can enhance your movie viewing experience.

To find out when the Mobile Solutions vehicle will be in your area, call 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553) or visit Braille Institute’s website at www.brailleinstitute.org to check for the schedule for your area.


Lolita Next Up for Adoption

Lolita Lolita is looking to land into your heart and home. She is a total sweetheart, gets along with other dogs and would love to find a home to call her forever home. She has had to have a leg amputated due to an infection. Lolita is a big dog and should have a big yard with a six-foot fence. Despite only having three legs, she wanders around wonderfully and would make a unique addition to any family!

Come to Priceless Pets to see Lolita, along with many other cats and dogs looking for their forever home. Their orphanage is located at 2587 Chino Hills Parkway, Suite C, Chino Hills, CA 91709.

For more information, visit the Supervisor’s website or contact Priceless Pets directly at (909) 203-3695 or visit their website at www.pricelesspetrescue.org


May is Mental Health Awarenenss Month

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is proud to continue its tradition of celebrating “May Mental Health Month,” which began in 1949. This year they continue to build on the national theme of “B4Stage4,” addressing the importance of identifying symptoms of mental illness early, identifying potential underlying diseases, and planning an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall wellness. Mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process—before Stage 4.

In line with the Wellness element of the Countywide Vision, DBH has adopted this year’s national theme, and will encourage County residents to fully embrace mental health awareness, prevention and treatment before mental health concerns become mental health crises.

Activities planned this year to promote wellness and recovery for the residents of San Bernardino County include:

May is Mental Health Awarenenss Month MENTAL HEALTH MONTH ART SHOWCASE & MEET THE ARTIST
May 1-31, 2016, Fontana Art Center’s Koehler Gallery, 8536 Sierra Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335

Featuring the idea of promoting wellness, recovery and resilience through art, various modes of artistry will be collected from local talent living with mental illness and displayed at the Koehler Gallery during the month. One of the highlights of the exhibit will be on May 11, when many of the artists will participate in the Meet the Artist Art Showcase from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Artists will be available to greet the public and talk about the inspiration for their art, as well as how they use art in their recovery process. The Koehler Gallery will be open for viewing from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and Saturdays, from 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

PATTON STATE HOSPITAL MUSEUM HISTORICAL TOURS
Tuesdays in May, 10:00 -11:00a.m., registration required

DBH, in collaboration with the Department of State Hospitals – Patton, is coordinating exclusive tours during May Mental Health Month at the Patton State Hospital Museum. These tours will provide an inside look at the new museum, put together by staff and volunteers with artifacts chronicling the history of Patton State Hospital, established in 1889. The tours will provide participants historical knowledge on the local site, and a firsthand look at how mental health treatment has evolved over time.

These tours fill up fast, and there may not be any openings available by the time this edition goes to press. Contact DBH or Patton State Hospital for availability.

For additional information regarding other events scheduled for May Mental Health Month, please visit the Department’s website at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/May_Mental_Health_Month/index.html#1. For information about the Department, go directly to www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

For information on behavioral health services, community members can call our toll free access unit 1.888.743.1478.

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Supervisor Hagman in the Fourth District

Honoring Ayala High Boys Basketball Honoring Ayala High Boys Basketball
Supervisor Hagman, as well as the City of Chino Hills, presented Certificates of Recognition to the Ruben S. Ayala Varsity Boys Basketball Team at the Chino Hills City Council meeting on April 26. The team finished second in the State Division 3 tournament. On the road to Sacramento, they were the Palomares League Champions. They also won their First CIF –SS Division 2AA Championship, and the 2016 Division 3 Southern California Regional Champions. They set a school record with 33 games won for the season. Max Prep Sports showed them ranked as #41 in the Nation and #7 in the State at the end of the year. Head Coach John Mounce was named Head Coach of the Year.

In addition to the fantastic athletic results, these young men shine off the court with a team average GPA of 3.6!

The members of the team are: Austen Awosika, Marcus Cervantes, Evan Clark, Michael Davy, John Edgar, Jakob Gonzalez, Garrett Grommes, Joel Navarro, Sean Paul, Oscar Pina, Miles President, and Joshua Tan. The Head Coach is John Mounce, and the Assistant Coaches are: Luke Colias, Bryan Flores, Allen Hollis, Steven Maloof, and Dan Roche. The Manager is Sergio Velasquez. The School Principal is Diana Yarboi, and the Athletic Director is Warren Reed.

66ers Mascot with Supervisor Hagman 66ers Presenting Check SB Strong Night with the 66ers
On Friday, April 15, the San Bernardino 66ers hosted “SB Strong Night” to raise funds for the victims of the terrorist attack on December 2. Their SB Strong Campaign has evolved into much more for the 66ers; honoring the victims, and helping the community remain strong and grow together. Supervisor Hagman and his staff attended the game, along with more than 4,200 other fans. Fans received SB Strong baseball caps, and the players wore themed jerseys that were auctioned off with bids placed during the game. The fundraiser began in December with the sale of SB Strong T-shirts, and a portion of ticket sales from the game went into the donation. During the game, General Manager Joe Hudson presented the Arrowhead United Way with a check for $43,240. During the game, Supervisor Hagman commented, “This is great entertainment for the night, the home team is winning, and they are helping the whole region win.”

Chino Hills Volunteer Dinner Chino Hills Volunteer Dinner
The City of Chino Hills held its 23rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on April 21, 2016, at the Chino Hills Community Center. Over 115 people were in attendance, and all volunteers who have contributed their time to the city were recognized. Mayor Art Bennett and the City Council presented awards, along with Supervisor Hagman and representatives of Congressman Ed Royce. The volunteers of all committees, programs, and teams were recognized and received Certificates of Recognition. Ten Year Service Pins were awarded to Art Alderete, Mike Pettengil, Cub Scout Pack #393, Merry and Peter Rogers. Twenty Year Service Pins were awarded to James Johnson and Raul Rincon.