Registration open for 2018 Fatherhood Breakfasts

San Bernardino County men are invited to attend two breakfasts that aim to inspire, educate and better equip them to tackle the challenges of fatherhood.

The free San Bernardino County Fatherhood Breakfasts will be June 9, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Burning Bush Church, 14849 Seventh St. in Victorville and June 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Westside Christian Center, 785 N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino. The breakfasts will feature community resources, words of encouragement, awards, music, networking and prizes. Keynote speakers Samuel Mahan and Jake Tarpley, will be recognized as Fathers of the Year. Justin Sayre, Armin Alverado, Justin Smith, and Eduardo Marin will also be honored. To register free for the breakfast, visit

“Fathers are a strong part of the family unit and for them to be not involved in their children’s lives puts their kids at a deficit,” said Clyde Stewart, Pastor of Westside Christian Center, who hosts the San Bernardino breakfast and is a key sponsor of the Kinship program. “This time is set aside to get dads involved and to let them know they are important to our community and their children need them. “

Now in its seventh year, the effort is a collaboration with Children and Family Services (CFS), County agencies, community and faith-based organizations and individuals from various professions working to reduce father absenteeism and the negative effects of fatherlessness.

“We are proud of the contributions fathers make in their children’s lives, “said Marlene Hagen, Director of San Bernardino County CFS. “We know fathers who attend our breakfasts will be uplifted, encouraged and empowered to be positive and engaged fathers. “

Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Preschool Services Department, Probation Department, Child Support Services, Department of Behavioral Health, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

CFS is dedicated to the protection of abused, neglected, and dependent children in San Bernardino County and the promotion of their well-being. CFS is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at

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Published June 8, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (22)

Big Trucks & Engineering Focus of Museum Public Works Day

The San Bernardino County Museum hosts the popular annual Public Works Day on Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day features a wide variety of hands-on activities related to engineering and science, in partnership with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Works.

Started by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week is a celebration of the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works.

“’The theme for the 2018 National Public Works Week, ‘The Power of Public Works,’ gives voice to the impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization,” said Kevin Blakeslee, director of County Public Works. “From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges and removing snow on roadways, to the construction of dams, channels and levees to control flooding, or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters, public works services play a significant role in a society’s quality of life. The Department of Public Works expresses its sincere thanks to the County Museum for hosting this event that will provide some fun, hands-on education to our residents as to how the Department of Public Works serves them.”

“Our Public Works Day continues to be a popular event,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “The big trucks and equipment are an obvious draw, and it’s a great opportunity for the public to learn what these regional projects involve, and how quality of life in our county is dependent on the thoughtfulness and quality of these infrastructure developments.”

Activities and demonstrations at the museum are especially designed to engage children and families with hands-on learning: create a glider, conduct experiments, explore with a storm drain robot, find yourself with the County Surveyor, learn to keep storm drains clean with Environmental Management, and recycle with Solid Waste Management, have your photo taken in a giant snow blower.

Hands-on learning activities related to science and technology and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits 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). EBT cardholders are admitted for $1. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. All activities are included with museum admission. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Published May 24, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (48)

County wins 42 awards from National Association of Counties

San Bernardino County programs that enhanced services for children and seniors, promoted civic engagement and encouraged literacy are among 42 groundbreaking initiatives that won 2018 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The Department of Public Health won five awards from NACo for working with cities to develop a Healthy Communities plan, helping restaurants reduce food-borne illnesses, and improving monitoring of mosquito-borne diseases throughout the county. Aging and Adult Services won four awards for streamlining services for seniors and their families. The San Bernardino County Library won three awards for a collaboration with Baker’s Drive Thru to provide a read-for-rewards program to promote literacy, for developing a popular collection of new materials with input from customers and for a new Digital E-Card for patrons who choose to view e-books and other electronic resources online.

“It is an honor to be recognized by NACo for the work our employees do to provide top-notch services and to help empower people who live and work in our communities,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert A. Lovingood.

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has won 284 awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. San Bernardino County won awards in 11 categories judged by NACo. This year, NACo recognized 615 entries from 116 counties and state associations in 29 states.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming public meeting:

Category: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation


Assessor-Recorder-Clerk – Historical Archives #ThrowbackThursday Video Series


Category: Children and Youth


Children and Family Services – After-hours Response Center

Children and Family Services – Collaborative Initiative for Foster Parent Recruitment and Support

Children and Family Services – Resource Family Specialists (RFS) Program

San Bernardino County Museum –Curious CITY at the Victor Valley Museum

Preschool Services Department – Footsteps 2 Brilliance


Category: Civic Education and Public Information


Registrar of Voters – Election Selfie Program


Category: Community and Economic Development


Community Development and Housing – Horizons at Yucaipa Housing Project

Housing Authority – Transitioning out of the Traditional Public Housing Business

Land Use Services – Community Plans Continuum

Preschool Services – Apprenticeship Training Program

Preschool Services Department – Online High School Diploma Program


Category: County Administration and Management


Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures – Reducing Water Usage and Time In The Inspection Of Water Sub-Meters

Housing Authority – Successful Transfer of the Upland Housing Authority Affordable Housing Programs

Registrar of Voters – EC File – An Automated Candidate Filing Program


Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety


Department of Behavioral Health – Corrections To A Safer Community Program

Probation Department – Five Keys Educational Program at Probation Adult Day Reporting Centers


Category: Health


Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – Behavioral Health Service Delivery Model Program

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – Maternal Mental Wellness Program

Department of Behavioral Health – Military Services and Family Support program

Department of Behavioral Health – Psychiatric Partnering Program

Department of Public Health – An Innovate Approach to Healthy Communities – Evaluation and Strategic Plan

Department of Public Health – Elevated Risk Plan

Department of Public Health – Invasive Aedes Surveillance Program


Category: Human Services


Aging and Adult Services – APS Prepaid Card Program

Aging and Adult Services – In-Home Supportive Services Quality Improvement Initiatives

Aging and Adult Services – Optimizing Services for Conservatees

Aging and Adult Services – Public Guardian Reading Room

Children’s Network – Engaging and Connecting Volunteer Mentors with System Involved Children

Child Support Services – Call Center Expansion and Holistic Case Management

Transitional Assistance Department – Self-Service Options Campaign

Transitional Assistance Department – Supervisor Academy

Veterans Affairs – Incarcerated Veteran Project


Category: Information Technology


Department of Airports – QR Reporting Signage Program – Department of Airports

Department of Public Health – HealthStat – Open Performance Dashboard

Department of Public Health – Web-based Tracking and Reporting of Strategic Plan Objectives

Information Services Department – EZ Online Permitting (EZOP) Website

Purchasing and Information Services departments – Temporary Employee Portal


Category: Libraries

County Library – Baker’s Drive Thru Fall Read for Rewards Reading Initiative

County Library – E-Content Library Card: A Digital Library Card

County Library – Library Collection Development Evolution Strategy


Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training


Department of Public Works – Public Works 4 You Day

To view specific information about each program, visit

Published May 21, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (48)

Set Sail For Adventure with the Summer Reading Program

The San Bernardino County Library invites residents to Set Sail For Adventure and celebrate the summer season at the Library Summer Reading Program. Enjoy an amazing ocean-themed experience, meet some favorite characters, and earn some awesome prizes for meeting reading goals.  Enjoy a variety of fun-filled crafts, informative activities, performers and more.

The Summer Reading Program is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read.  All activities are free and open to all ages.

The San Bernardino County Library Summer Reading Program begins June 11 and runs through August 4 at all San Bernardino County Library branches.

For more Summer Reading Program information, please visit or contact your local branch library.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit or call (909) 387-2220.

Published May 21, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (29)

Call for artists opens for December 2 Memorial project

The December 2 Memorial Committee invites artists, designers and architects locally and internationally to submit their ideas to create the December 2 Memorial project.

The Board of Supervisors retained Community Arts Inc. to assist the committee by issuing an invitational call for submittals to artists, designers, architects and creative teams. More information about the invitational call can be viewed here.

The Memorial Committee selected the east side of the San Bernardino County Government Center campus at 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino, as a site for the memorial. According to the committee’s mission statement, the artwork must:

  • Permanently honor and celebrate the innocent souls taken from us by a brutal and cowardly act of terror on December 2, 2015 and provide enduring recognition of the county employees who witnessed the attack, many of whom were physically injured and all of whom were spiritually wounded.
  • Acknowledge those who bravely and selflessly provided protection, comfort, and support to the loved ones of those who were lost, the wounded, our San Bernardino County Government Family, and our county community on the day of the attack and in the days, weeks, and months that followed.
  • Ensure that our efforts focus on life, love, peace, tolerance, and San Bernardino County’s historic and enduring tradition of strength, determination and resiliency.

The call is open to everyone. Artists or their representatives are asked to submit documentation including a statement of interest, examples of past projects or artwork, a resume, three professional references, and the availability to start the project in January 2019.

Submittals will be evaluated based upon:

  • Artistic vision
  • Examples of past work
  • Suitability of materials
  • Past experience or the ability to team with experienced architects and engineers
  • Evidence of the artist or team completing past projects on time and within budget

Materials can be submitted online through Slideroom at Alternately, submittals can be mailed to: Community Arts, Inc., 15 Douglass Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Please email questions to:

Submittals of interest from artists are due by 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018. Five artists will be chosen from the submissions and selected artists will be commissioned to develop and submit detailed proposals and maquettes. A finalist will then be chosen to produce the memorial.

The December 2 Memorial Committee, led by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales, is comprised of employees from the Environmental Health Services division and family members of the county employees who were taken from us on that day along with representatives from appropriate county departments.

Published May 15, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (82)

Board of Supervisors honors 41 outstanding County employees

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recognized 41 County employees today during the Public Service Recognition Award for Excellence ceremony at the San Bernardino County Government Center.  The annual event recognizes the everyday work of public servants. One employee from each County department is selected for an Award for Excellence, based on outstanding service to the county and its citizens.

The County’s honoree selection is based on specific criteria including customer service, initiative and leadership, accomplishments, and the commitment to the realization of our Countywide Vision.  Following the awards presentation, honorees were recognized with a private reception in the government center rotunda, sponsored by the San Bernardino County Human Resources department.

This year marked the 29th year the County has participated in this national Public Service Recognition Week event.  Public employees in the United States and around the world take part in the annual celebration honoring the men and women serving America as federal, state, and local government employees.

The following County employees were recognized as part of Public Service Recognition Week:

Brooke Bradshaw, Aging and Adult Services

Bradley Bush, Agriculture/Weights and Measures

Nicole Leyden, Airports

Anna Marie Johnson-Earls, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

Theresa Valdes, Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk

Scott Reed, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector

Jacqulyn Pringle, Department of Behavioral Health

Julianne Torres, Board of Supervisors

Jessica Poche, Department of Child Support Services

Pierre Duong, Children and Family Services

Janki Patel, Children’s Network

Mariela Barrera, Clerk of the Board

Alberto Jasso, Community Development and Housing

Laura Crane, County Counsel

Jill Gregory, District Attorney

Richard Vaughn, Economic Development Department

Tom Forster, Finance and Administration

Yvonne Robbins, Fire

George Potts, First 5

Jeff Lawver, Fleet Management

Michelle Bell, Human Resources

Debbi Ming, Human Services Administration

Chu Le, Information Services

Mindy Enriquez, Land Use Services

Beth Djonne, Library

Jennifer Dickerson, Museum

Damita Starling Jointer, Preschool Services Department

Jessie Comereski, Probation

Naz Sial, Public Defender

Dale Parker, Department of Public Health

Dellan Nicdao, Public Works

Axel Colin, Purchasing

Dorney Chamberlain, Real Estate Services

Mary Sheehan, Regional Parks

Yvonne Harmon, Registrar of Voters

Leslie Livingston, Risk Management

Sergeant Matt Yost, Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator

Cyndee Martin, Special Districts

Georgina Noriega, Transitional Assistance Department

Anja Otuafi, Veterans Affairs

Yesenia Olague, Workforce Development Department

Published May 10, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | 2 Comments | Number of Views (65)

County Fleet Management among the best on the continent – again!

For the 13th time in the past 14 years, San Bernardino County Fleet Management has been named one of the 100 Best Fleets in North America, coming in 23rd place this year.

The 100 Best Fleets competition recognizes fleet operations that perform at a high level using industry recognized processes and procedures, key performance indicators and best practices. The 100 Best Fleets results are announced every year at the National Association of Fleet Administrators Institute and Expo conference.

The approximately 100 men and women of San Bernardino County Fleet Management provide acquisition, maintenance, repair, modification, and disposal services for the majority of county vehicles and equipment. Fleet Management’s main garage in San Bernardino includes four shops: automotive, heavy duty, welding/metal fabrication, and generator services, as well as a parts room and fueling station. The department also operates five smaller service centers in Barstow, Hesperia, Needles, Rancho Cucamonga and Twentynine Palms and 60 strategically located fueling sites.

Additionally, Fleet Management operates a motor pool, which has ownership and/or maintenance and replacement responsibility for approximately 1,940 vehicles and pieces of equipment assigned to or used by county departments.


Published May 2, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (68)

Free workshops on housing rights and responsibilities

Learn about federal and state fair housing laws, how to recognize and report discrimination, the protections provided for individuals living with disabilities or families with children, new HUD guidelines on tenants with criminal backgrounds, evictions, deposits, habitability problems, notices and much more during a series of free workshops being offered by the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board.

The board is conducting 10 workshops throughout San Bernardino County through the end of the month in Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Upland, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake, Needles, Rialto and Barstow, and an additional two in El Centro. Click here for details in English, and here for details in Spanish.

RSVP to attend one of the sessions here, email or call 909-984-2254, ext. 150.



Published May 1, 2018 | By Administrator | Leave a comment | Number of Views (65)

Mega Pet Adoption Event returns to Yucaipa April 28 and 29

Homeless pets in need of loving homes return to the 7th Annual Mega Pet Adoption Event at Yucaipa Community Park on Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Animal shelters and rescue groups from throughout the county will have cats and dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds available for adoption at the two day event. In addition to pet adoptions, there will also be a low cost vaccination clinic offered both days. On-site licensing will be available for residents of Yucaipa and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Merchandise and food vendors will also be participating.

Members of the Inland Empire Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion will be in full trooper regalia on Sunday during the event on Sunday.

“The Homeward Bound Mega Adoption Event is a great way to bring pet rescues and people together for successful adoptions,” stated Annette Florez, executive director of the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS). “Rescues working together with local agencies is important to address the homeless animal problem. We look forward to many successful adoptions over the weekend.”

“Hundreds of animals have been adopted at previous Mega Pet Adoption Events” said Brian Cronin, division chief of San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control. “We are happy to return with our partners to Yucaipa for the seventh year to find loving, furever homes for homeless animals.”

Yucaipa Community Park is located at 34900 Oak Glen Road in the city of Yucaipa.

For information about the event please call the San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control Program at 1-800-472-5609 or visit


Published April 26, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | Leave a comment | Number of Views (57)

May the 4th Be With You returns to the County Museum

Event will Feature the IE Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion

The San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate their third annual May the Fourth event, Friday, May 4, 6 to 8 p.m. in honor of what popular culture has dubbed “International Star Wars Day.” The science-based, hands-on party underscores the imagination and fun of the Star Wars science fiction phenomenon and will feature an exciting appearance by members of the Inland Empire Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion in full trooper regalia. Guests are encouraged to arrive in their own creative costumes.

May the 4th is informally recognized as Star Wars Day, as the date provides an easy pun, first coined in 1979, on the Star Wars phrase “May the Force be with you.” The museum’s third annual event will also feature StarLab, a portable planetarium with views of the galaxy, DJ Eturnal spinning space and Star Wars themed dance music throughout the night, a photo booth, and themed scavenger hunts. Light refreshments for the whole family will be hosted by the San Bernardino County Museum Association.

The Inland Empire Squad of the Southern California Garrison, 501st Legion is part of an all-volunteer group of Star Wars fans formed for the purpose of bringing together talented costume enthusiasts to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work. According to the group’s mission, “Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there’s nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.”

Museum Director Melissa Russo said, “Over the last two years we’ve had increased attendance at this event, not just because it relates to a beloved movie series, but because the innovation and storytelling in the series is profoundly engaging to a broad community of sci-fi enthusiasts. We’re honored, and a little terrified that the 501st Legion will be joining us this year, which includes the likes of Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers and possibly Darth Vadar himself.”

Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for children age 12 and under and Museum members.

May the Fourth and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits 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. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Published April 26, 2018 | By County of San Bernardino | 1 Comments | Number of Views (66)

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