For a high school student, learning practical work skills can become an afterthought
when you’re juggling academics, social life, parents, and don’t forget prom! But
for Yucca Valley High School (YVHS) senior Kendra Kuns, she made hands-on training
part of her education before college thanks to her school’s Regional Occupational
Program (ROP), provided through the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
“It’s fun, we learn so many things. We learn new recipes all the time and it’s helping
me come closer to achieving my goals,” said Kuns.
Kendra is an aspiring culinary chef. She decided to enroll in the ROP restaurant
course after her friends and family insisted how delectable her cooking was. Once
completing school, she hopes to open her own restaurant that features tastes from
around the world.
Outside of class, Kendra took her goals into her own hands. After learning some
kitchen basics and practicing her skills at home, Kendra applied for and was granted
participation in The Art Institute’s Culinary Scholarship Competition.
Kendra competed against two other young chefs in preparing and plating a chicken
entrée with rice pilaf and sautéed broccoli, accompanied with a Vegas-style shrimp
cocktail. Two days later, the panel of judges chose Kendra Kuns as the first place
winner. As part of her prize, she was awarded a $4,000 scholarship in tuition to
The Art Institute.
“I was surprised and humbled. When I found out that I won, it reassured me that
this was the career I wanted to go into,” said Kuns. “I now know that I can do these
things and I can go far with this career.”
YVHS is proud to see Kendra’s talents blossoming into the public arena.
“Kendra’s attentiveness to detail and her imagination relative to food preparation
will afford her many opportunities for even greater success in pursuit of her future
aspirations of opening her own restaurant. We are happy for her and extremely proud!”
said Principal Carl Phillips.
The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools provides ROP courses to 16 school
districts throughout the county in an array of subjects, ranging from advanced game
design and 3D animation to nursing and emergency medical responder training. The
courses give students the hands-on experience and entry-level training needed to
take the next step toward their career goals.
For more information on County ROP courses, including adult classes and schedules,
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) hosted its first weekly farmers’ market
on May 21 as part of its ongoing commitment to health and wellness. Approximately
800 visitors, patients, and ARMC staff made healthy shopping decisions on its opening
day, perusing over 14 vendors offering a variety of organic fruit, vegetables, baked
goods and other market delicacies.
The weekly market, open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., reinforces the healthy
choices ARMC wants its patients to make. The market is directly outside the main
entrance, providing an immediate opportunity for patients and others to purchase
foods that are nutritious and can act as preventative medicine.
“The farmers’ market is another service that ARMC provides as part of its commitment
to health and wellness and its adherence to the Countywide Vision of helping provide
for the health need of county residents,” said ARMC Associate Administrator, Professional
Services, Deborah Pease.
“It is important to be healthy,” said William Rubio, an ARMC employee who stopped
by the farmers’ market on his lunch break. “I picked up some fresh vegetables for
my two children.”
The market comes to ARMC in a partnership with the Southland Farmers’ Market Association
(SFMA). In April, the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors approved a one-year
agreement with SFMA to establish the market.
“Partnering with ARMC provides an opportunity for us to introduce individuals to
their local farmers and extend the benefits of health eating to our community,”
said Howell Tumlin, SMFA executive director. “We have found that patients at the
various medical centers we serve sometimes schedule their appointments to coincide
with Farmers Market day.”
SFMA represents 22 farmers’ markets and over 400 growers in Southern California,
making it the largest trade association of certified farmers’ markets in the state.
“The ARMC Farmers’ Market is an innovative and unique opportunity that increases
the wellness of our residents while complimenting local farmers and businesses.
This is the type of initiative that will move San Bernardino County forward in sustaining
the healthy communities,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales.
For more information on the ARMC Farmers’ Market, contact Staci McClane at 909.580.2198.
Learn more about the Southland Farmers’ Market Association at www.sfma.net
ARMC Farmers' Market Video
Larry Walker Auditor-Controller/
Larry Walker is the county’s chief fiscal officer. Elected by residents, he is responsible
for protecting county assets and promoting the sound financial management of the
county, and performs budgetary control as required by law.
Q. Throughout your tenure as an elected official in San Bernardino County, what have
you learned about our County that stands out most to you?
A. It starts with the people of the county. They want a government that provides
services in a cost effective manner, and they want information that enables them
to make good choices about county finances and decision making. In my experience,
the vast majority of county employees are capable people who respond well to effective
leadership, and work hard to provide those services. As a County Supervisor, I personally
experienced the frustration of being given inaccurate financial data, so I make
the extra effort to assure that my office generates accurate, open, and transparent
Q. You’ve been a County elected official for 28 years, how has the County held your
A. With all the different systems and services in the county, there are always opportunities
to improve service to our constituents, and I enjoy that challenge. As Auditor-Controller,
I have pioneered electronic recording of documents in the Recorder’s office, and
moved the entire county payroll to electronic payment. We now have electronic property
tax payment and billing systems in place, and are currently in the process of building
a new county enterprise financial system. In each of these systems, the challenge
is to take advantage of the opportunity to increase the level of service we provide
to our citizens, while reducing costs and also reducing the environmental impact
of our systems.
Q. Describe yourself in five words.
A. Thoughtful, Faithful, Reserved, Thankful, Optimistic
Q. What motivates you?
A. I am motivated to serve, and I enjoy learning how things work, and how to make
them better. When I can identify and accomplish improvements in how government serves
its constituents, it gives me a sense of fulfillment.
Q. In your positional capacity, what ways do you look to improve how we do business
at the County?
A. My office is in most cases not a direct provider of service to county residents.
However, we carry out the financial processes that make the service possible. My
job is to manage and improve those processes to be as helpful and efficient as possible,
to enable our entire organization to maximize service to the community.
Q. You’re a local resident of Chino where you raise sheep. How did your sheepherding
A. Before I married my wife, Carri, in 1989, she had raised and shown sheep her
entire life. Over time, we maintained and grew her flock, and our sons showed at
4H and FFA events. The flock is smaller now, but we still have a new lamb or two
each year. However, our current passion is our urban forest. We have planted close
to 200 trees on our small ranch in the past 15 years, and most of them are doing
well. This fall we’ll plant acorns from the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, England,
and see how they do in Southern California.
Q. What specific moments stand out to you during your county career?
A. a. I’m proud of the work we did in fixing the Chino Hills Specific Plan – we
built Grand Avenue and Chino Hills Parkway, installed 15 or 20 traffic signals in
5 years, built the first Chino Hills Community Park, and acquired the site for the
first City Hall.
I led the formation of the Chino Valley Independent Fire District, and founded the
Southern California Agricultural Land Foundation, which led the preservation of
around 300 acres of open space in the county’s Dairy Preserve.
As Chair of the Metrolink Board during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, I had the
opportunity to lead the doubling of Metrolink service, including extension to Lancaster/Palmdale
and the addition of evening and weekend service.
And although it wasn’t county business, I’m proud of the time I spent in the US
Naval Reserve, working in various Naval Legal Service Offices, and aboard the USS
As County Recorder, I was founding Chair of the California Electronic Recording
Transaction Authority (CERTNA), a statewide agency that connects Title Companies
and state agencies to County Recorders around the state.
As Auditor-Controller, I was involved in the initiation of lawsuits that led to
major financial recoveries from many individuals and companies involved in the scandals
of the late 90’s. We established the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline, and my office
provided substantial financial information to the Administrative Office in the early
years of the recent downturn (2007-09), helping the management of that financially
In the Treasurer division, we assisted school districts facing non-payment of promised
state funds by managing the County Treasury Pool to assure funds would be available
according to schedule even if state payments were delayed. And at the County Retirement
System, I have been involved in reforms that have improved the funded status of
the plan, benefiting all county residents.
Q. What’s something unique about being the Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
that most people don’t know?
A. a. As a result of my earlier service as County Clerk/Registrar of Marriages,
I am legally authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in California.
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