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County Approves Program to Address Foreclosure Crisis

Ovitt Leads Effort to Promote Safe and Healthy Schools

Ontario's Chaffey High Scores High in Academic Decathlon

Local Students Participate in 'Read Across America' Event

Montclair Community Forum

Kickin' It Old School at Prado Regional Park

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April 2009

County Approves Program to Address Foreclosure Crisis


Click the following link to view Supervisor Ovitt's Video:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/bosd4/multimedia/ViewVideo.aspx?vid=139

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on March 17, 2009 approved a plan to use nearly $23 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to address the County’s high number of vacant and abandoned properties resulting from the current foreclosure crisis. A primary objective of the program is to provide financial assistance to qualified families to encourage them to purchase vacant or foreclosed homes.

The County’s program includes six programs: Down Payment Assistance, Rehabilitation Loan Assistance, Affordability Assistance, Partnering with For-Profit/Non-Profit for Acquisition and Rehabilitation of Single Family Homes, Rental Property Acquisition and Rehabilitation, and assisting the Department of Behavioral Health to house qualifying clients.

The program is funded by a one-time-only grant and funds must be committed within 18 months. The County has until February 2013 to expend the funds.

Another effort initiated by the County to address the regional foreclosure crisis is the Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corporation, a public-private partnership recently formed to stabilize the regional economy through local oversight and management of foreclosed homes. The non-profit corporation is composed of representatives from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties and includes members from the public and private sectors.

For further information regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, contact Paul Herrera of the County’s Economic Development Agency at (909) 387-9809.

Ovitt Leads Effort to Promote Safe and Healthy Schools

The Board of Supervisors on March 17, 2009 voted to apply for a $9 million grant from the federal government to foster safe, healthy, and drug-free schools in San Bernardino County.

The grant funds from the U.S. departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative would be spread over four years, from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2013.

Taking advantage of these funding opportunities allows the county to provide services that might otherwise be unavailable during these difficult economic times.

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative would provide funding to implement a comprehensive community-wide plan designed to create safe, respectful, and drug-free school environments, promote social skills and healthy childhood development, and prevent youth violence and the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. It would also provide early childhood social and emotional learning programs.

Ontario's Chaffey High Scores High in Academic Decathlon

Ontario's Chaffey High School in San Bernardino County scored very well in the state's 30th annual Academic Decathlon competition held in Sacramento recently.

Chaffey High, which knocked out longtime rival Redlands High to represent San Bernardino County, took ninth place out of 60 teams.

More than 500 students competed in the Academic Decathlon, which tests students' knowledge in 10 subject areas.

Among individual scores, Michael Rollins, of Chaffey High, took second place in the math competition.

In 27 years of competition at the national level, a California team has placed first or second every year.

Local Students Participate in 'Read Across America' Event

We all know, reading books to children ignites their imagination and helps them build on their oral language skills. The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America. Now in its 12th year, the program focuses on motivating children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills.

Read Across America was celebrated on March 2 in the City of Montclair and Ontario. This year's theme is "Reading is Cool."

The City of Montclair celebrated at Barnes and Noble Book Store at Montclair Plaza. More than 100 participants jammed the Montclair Plaza bookstore to watch the Montclair school students perform to music and listen to teachers and city officials read to them.

Mayor Paul Eaton took part by reading "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" to the students, and on March 3 he visited El Camino Elementary School and read books that were written by students.

During the week, Montclair Fire Chief Troy Ament and Fire suppression personnel also took part in Read Across America reading to students at Barnes and Noble and Lehigh, Montera, and Howard Elementary schools.

The City of Ontario celebrated Read Across America at Arroyo Elementary School. But officials at Arroyo Elementary decided to do things a little bit differently this year. Rather than hosting the event at the Ontario school during the day, they held it in the evening to allow more parents to attend.

Those participating included Mayor Paul Leon, Ontario Reign hockey players, and law enforcement officials who read Dr. Seuss stories to students at the annual Read Across America event.

The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Montclair Community Forum

Montclair Community Forum

This past month, I began hosting community forums throughout the district. On March 31, I held the first one at the Montclair Police Department. Over 60 residents of Montclair attended the event. It was a great opportunity for me to hear the concerns of Montclair residents. Some of the attendees included: Mayor Paul Eaton, Mayor-Pro Tem John Dutrey, Councilmember Bill Ruh, City Manager Lee McDougal, Police Chief Keith Jones, Fire Chief Troy Ament and other community leaders.

These community forums are designed to give the residents of the community an opportunity to voice their concerns to me and other county offices attending including representatives from the Assessor’s Office, Aging and Adult Services, and Workforce Development among others. In addition, I like to take the time to meet people I represent at the County level. In the coming months, I will host additional community forums in the Cities of Chino, Chino Hills and Ontario. For additional information, please contact my district office at (909) 465-1895.

This is County Supervisor Gary Ovitt encouraging you to attend a community forum in the near future.

Kickin' It Old School at Prado Regional Park

San Bernardino County Regional Parks is hosting an Active Outdoors Fitness Day and Kickball Tournament at Prado Regional on Saturday, May 2 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Challenge your family, friends and co-workers to form a team and enjoy a day of fun and exercise. Cheering sections are also welcome for a day of picnicking, encouraging your team and relaxing in the park. Team registration is required by April 17.

For more information, please contact Prado Regional Park at (909) 597-4260.