Supervisors Rutherford and Hagman begin new terms

Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Curt Hagman began new four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors today, each taking the oath of office during ceremonies at the County Government Center in San Bernardino.  

In June, Supervisor Rutherford was elected to her third term and Supervisor Hagman to his second.

Supervisor Hagman was sworn in by his son, Second Lieutenant Jonathan Hagman with the California Army National Guard. Supervisor Rutherford was administered her oath of office by the Honorable Martin R. Barash, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California and a high school friend of Supervisor Rutherford.

In remarks following their oaths, both supervisors thanked their constituents, families, and the county’s employees.

Supervisor Hagman spoke about the opportunities facing the county spurred by growth and technology. “What’s really great is to have the family of county employees, more than 20,000 of you. I am very honored to serve with you, side by side, taking care of the needs of our residents,” Supervisor Hagman said.

Supervisor Rutherford spoke about a recent tour she took of the county’s Fleet Management Department.

“The people there serve with such pride and integrity, such creativity, such out-of-the-box thinking on problem solving. And they are not unique in this county. We have folks in every department that serve the public with those attitudes, and they don’t get recognized enough. They do the work every day, and I appreciate them,” Supervisor Rutherford said.

“Our community is strong. We can do amazing things when we set aside our differences and just serve one another from the heart. And this is county is full of people who do that,” Supervisor Rutherford said.

Supervisor Rutherford represents the Second Supervisorial District, which includes all or portions of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Crestline and Lake Arrowhead. Supervisor Hagman represents the Second District, which includes all or portions of Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Montclair and Upland.







Published December 3, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (15)

A Message from Board Chairman Robert A. Lovingood

Sunday marks the third anniversary of the December 2, 2015 attack in San Bernardino. On that horrific day, 14 people including 13 members of our County family were taken from us in an evil act of terror.

We will always remember the people we loved and cherished and we will continue to support those who are still healing from physical and emotional wounds.

The County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors are asking all County employees, their families, and the public to join us wherever you may be for a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Sunday, December 2.

At that time, the County will pay tribute to those who were taken from us and the survivors on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. We have also arranged to have full-page memorial messages printed in the Sun, Daily Bulletin, Daily Facts and Daily Press newspapers and on their websites on Sunday.

If you fly an American flag at home, we ask that you lower your flag to half-staff on Sunday in honor of those who were taken from us on that tragic day three years ago. We have asked the same of everyone in our county community.

If you are experiencing trauma due to the events of December 2, 2015, resources are available to help you. Please click here for more information.

Please continue to support those who are still hurting and healing and continue to look out for each other.


Robert A. Lovingood
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

Published November 29, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (37)

Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement Unit heroes to be featured Sunday on NBC

Sunday night, after the Sunday Night NFL Game on NBC Channel 4, Corporal Travis Vessells, Deputy Brian Weck, and Deputy William “Billy” Poe of the Colorado River Station’s – Marine Enforcement Unit will be recognized as the “Roggin’s Hero: Heroes of the Night” on Fred Roggin’s show, “The Challenge.”

NBC chose these three individuals from our Sheriff’s Department for their continued efforts in seeking out individuals operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Our Marine Enforcement Unit annually leads the state in arresting impaired boating operators.

Take time to watch and support them for having a Vision4Safety for San Bernardino County.


Published November 16, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (54)

Applications being accepted for impending vacancy on the Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors has invited qualified residents of the Third Supervisorial District to apply for an appointment to fill the remaining two years of Supervisor James Ramos’ term.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 6 election indicate Supervisor Ramos has been elected to the State Assembly. The voter-approved County Charter requires the remaining board members to appoint a resident of the Third District to serve the remainder of Supervisor Ramos’ term, which expires in December 2020.

An applicant for this appointment must be a resident of the Third Supervisorial District and legally registered to vote in the district at least 30 days prior to filing an application. Persons with felony convictions are not eligible.

The Third District includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed here.

Persons interested in being considered for this appointment must submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application to the Clerk of the Board’s office before 2 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018. The Clerk of the Board is located at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., Second Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415. Applications are available at the Clerk of the Board’s Office and on the clerk’s website. Applications are also available at County Library branches in Barstow, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Big Bear Lake, Twentynine Palms, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, Highland, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, and Joshua Tree. Library locations can be viewed here.

Prospective applicants should keep in mind that the position of County Supervisor requires a time commitment equal to, and usually exceeding that of, full-time employment.  In addition, the successful applicant appointed by the Board will be required to take an oath of office, file mandatory forms disclosing financial interests, comply with the County’s Ethics Ordinance, and participate in State-mandated ethics and sexual harassment awareness training.

Published November 16, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (89)

Deadline approaching to file a claim for unclaimed property tax refund

The last day to file a claim for Unclaimed Property Tax Refunds in San Bernardino County is December 18, 2018 for refunds that were issued prior to August 25, 2014.  These refunds are due to a reduction in assessed value after property taxes have been paid.  Taxpayers were previously mailed refund claim forms that were never returned to our office for processing, or were mailed warrants that stale dated.

State law allows for property tax refunds that remain unclaimed after four years to be transferred to the County’s general fund if ordered by the Board of Supervisors.  The unclaimed refunds that have exceeded the four year time limit will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on December 18, 2018 to obtain such approval.

Taxpayers have the ability to search for property tax refunds by the parcel number or property address and request a claim form at or may contact the San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector at 909-382-3090.

Published November 13, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (118)

Board schedules public meeting to discuss likely vacancy

The Board of Supervisors will hold a special public meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to discuss the process for filling a likely vacancy on the board.

Preliminary results of the Nov. 6 election indicate Third District Supervisor James Ramos has been elected to the State Assembly and, as a result, a vacancy for the remaining two years of his current term on the Board of Supervisors will occur. The voter-approved County Charter requires the board to appoint a qualified elector (individual residing in the Third District and registered to vote 30 days prior to the application period) to fill the remainder of the unexpired term, otherwise the responsibility for the appointment transfers to the governor. The charter does not specify a process for the board to follow in making an appointment.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss and determine the process it will follow in making an appointment assuming the vacancy occurs in the Third District, which includes all or portions of the cities of San Bernardino, Grand Terrace, Colton, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands, Yucaipa, Barstow, Big Bear Lake and Twentynine Palms, the Town of Yucca Valley, and surrounding unincorporated communities and areas. A detailed map can be viewed at The public will have an opportunity to comment on the process the Board of Supervisors will follow for making an appointment.

Tuesday’s special meeting will be held in the Covington Chambers on the first floor of the County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino.


Published November 9, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (73)

ARMC names new chief medical officer

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has announced the appointment of Dr. Varadarajan Subbiah as chief medical officer. In this position he will oversee the delivery of all medical services to meet ARMC’s health care goals.

Dr. Subbiah brings more than a decade of experience in internal medicine care, health care quality, and hospital operations to his new position. Prior to joining ARMC, he most recently served in several leadership roles at Christiana Care Health System, one of the country’s largest health care providers located in Wilmington, Delaware. These include Medical Director of Patient Access and Flow, Medical Director of Care Management, Senior Physician Advisor for Utilization Review, and Clinical Assistant Professor/Inpatient Hospitalist.

Prior to joining Christiana Care Health System, he was Director of Academic Programs for Crozer Hospitalists at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania; and prior to that he was Attending Physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the United States.

“Dr. Subbiah has superior experience in internal medicine, and a track record as a physician leader focused on improving quality and efficiency of a large health system,” said ARMC Director William Gilbert. “Combined with his passion for education these qualities support ARMC’s commitment as a learning organization and we are honored to have him join our dedicated team.”

Dr. Subbiah earned his medical degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University Of Massachusetts. He has presented at several medical conferences and special sessions, and last year authored “Effectiveness of Multiple Observation Units in Reducing Length of Stay,” which appeared in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health, operated by the County of San Bernardino, and governed by the Board of Supervisors. The hospital, located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, operates a regional burn center, level II trauma center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, five primary care centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information about ARMC visit Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at

Published October 30, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (59)

Mail ballot application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 30

The deadline is Tuesday for San Bernardino County voters to sign up to receive a mail ballot in the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.

Voters may submit an online application at, fill out the Mail Ballot Application found on the back cover of their Voter Information Guide, or call the Registrar of Voters at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Voted mail ballots may be returned:

  • By mail so long as it’s postmarked on or before Election Day, Nov. 6, and received no later than three business days after the election,
  • To any mail ballot drop-off location,
  • To any polling place on Election Day, or
  • To any early vote site.

To find a mail ballot drop-off location, voters can use the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map located on the office’s website at

  • Voters can find their assigned polling place:On the back cover of their Voter Information Guide.
  • By using My Elections Gateway or the Polling Place look-up tool located on the office’s website at
  • By calling the offices at (800) 881-VOTE (8683) or (909) 387-8300.

Published October 29, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (59)

Children’s Fund Celebration of Giving gets underway

Children’s Fund is now seeking support of its 30th Annual Celebration of Giving Holiday Toy/Gift Drive. 

You are invited to join Children’s Fund, individually or as an organization, to donate toys for children 0-18 years old this holiday season..  Children’s Fund’s goal is to collect and distribute more than 33,000 gifts – the number of gifts collected last year.  Donation drop-off is December 1-15, 2018.

Please visit their website, call 909-379-0000, or email for more information.

Published October 29, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (49)

County Museum announces 2019 Dome Talks Speaker Series

The San Bernardino County Museum announces the speakers confirmed for the 2019 Dome Talks series. The lineup of national authors and thought leaders address timely, serious, quirky, and critical issues. These evening discussions are scheduled monthly from January through June. Full Series Passes, which include a ticket for each evening, are now on sale. Individual tickets go on sale beginning Dec. 14.

Museum Director Melissa Russo remarked “Dome Talks has been a tremendous success bringing notable speakers to the San Bernardino County Museum. This upcoming third season of fascinating individuals promises discussions that will be stimulating, entertaining, and hopefully deeply thought provoking.”

Dome Talks commences on the evening of Jan. 17, with Kirk W. Johnson, author of The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, his investigation into the true crime story of the theft of 299 rare bird skins from a British natural history museum. Johnson brilliantly traces a narrative from the 19th century to present day about exotic bird exploration, ornithological research, the obscure and quirky world of Victorian fly-tying, and rare bird trafficking.

On Feb. 28, Richard Rothstein, discusses his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of how Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein, a former New York Times columnist, is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. The Color of Law expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that documents the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, “The Making of Ferguson.”

On Mar. 28, Heather David, cultural historian and advocate for the preservation of mid-century modern architecture, art, and signage, speaks about her book Motel California. The story of the rapid rise and subsequent decline of the individually owned mom-and-pop motel in The Golden State, Motel California is a celebration of sparkling blue pools, flashing neon signs, automatic ice machines and bleached white towels. It is an exploration of theme-based marketing and a documentation of American culture at perhaps what was the most prosperous time in United States history.

On Apr. 25, Francis French, co-author of  Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut’s Journey to the Moon, discusses his career co-writing four bestselling space history books and  interviews with astronauts Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, Scott Carpenter, Pavel Popovich, and Al Worden. Currently the Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum,  French is a regular presence on PBS, The Discovery Channel, History Channel and Science Channel.

Rue Mapp speaks on May 30 about the organization she founded, Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit social community reconnecting African Americans with natural spaces through outdoor recreational activities. The evening is co-sponsored by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio and San Bernardino County Regional Parks. Through Outdoor Afro, Mapp shares opportunities to build a broader community and leadership in nature. Her important work has generated widespread national recognition including The Root 100 most influential African Americans in the country, the Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, the National Wildlife Federation Communication award, and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms.

June 20 is the final speaker in the series, Danna Staaf, author of Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight’s menu. The Inquisitive Biologist’s review noted “This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you write a good popular academic book.” Anyone who enjoys the undersea world—along with those obsessed with all things prehistoric—will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs.

All Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Presentations start at 7 p.m. and include book sale and signing where applicable. Books are available for sale in the Museum store starting in November.

Full Series Passes are on sale for $130 ($105 museum members) and include all six evenings. Tickets for individual evenings will go on sale December 14 for $25 each evening ($18 museum members, no discount applies for May 30) and are subject to availability as the Dome Talks theater has limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at or may be purchased at the Museum’s Guest Services Desk. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged as walkups are not guaranteed. No refunds can be made for ticket purchases, but unused tickets may be donated to the nonprofit San Bernardino County Museum Association in advance of the date.

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs, including Dome Talks reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Published October 29, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (63)

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