S.B. County draws businesses as millennial workforce grows

San Bernardino County’s young and growing population will continue to attract growing businesses far into the future. That was the message during the recent “State of the County” presentation.

“From the trades to professions, the County is leading the way, Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Lovingood said. “Take a glimpse into the next two decades and the opportunities our region has to offer. It’s my belief that if you’re between the ages of 15 and 50, the opportunities in front of you are just incredible.”

Kevin Klowden, executive director of the Milken Institute’s Center for Regional Economics and California Center agreed. “Out of the 200 largest metros by population in the United States, (the Inland Empire) metro has risen to the top 25,” Klowden said. “What’s wonderful about this ranking is that it’s not just driven by housing and construction. But it’s actually being driven by a greater variety of different jobs.”

In 2017, San Bernardino was the No. 1 region for millennial growth, according to Forbes Magazine. San Bernardino County was the only region in California that added millennials last year.

Spring 2018

Sheriff’s crime suppression efforts yield 660 arrests

After the County Board of Supervisors allocated $1 million in supplemental funding for a series of countywide crime sweeps, the effort has resulted in 660 arrests between Sept. 1, 2017 and March 4, 2018. “The strategy moving forward includes proactive enforcement by the Sheriff’s Gang and Specialized Enforcement teams,” said Supervisor Lovingood, who successfully advocated for the supplemental funding.

Of the 660 arrests so far, 466 were felonies, 144 misdemeanor and 50 were warrant arrests. The Sheriff’s teams served 285 search warrants, completed 239 gang cards and recovered 35 stolen vehicles during the six-month period. The teams also seized 68 pounds of marijuana, 18 pounds of cocaine, 200 pounds of methamphetamine and 6 pounds of heroin.

Under the program, the Sheriff’s Department is focusing on active gang members and career criminals. Teams will also focus on felony arrests, gang enhancements and repeat offenders to keep them off the street and in custody. The FBI reports nationwide violent crime increases in 2015 and 2016 each represented the largest single-year increases in the violent crime rate since 1991.

Sheriff’s crime suppression efforts yield 660 arrests



3,000 students turn out for “Made in the High Desert” career showcase

Career showcase Supervisor Lovingood recently hosted the third annual “Made in the High Desert” manufacturing career showcase. Some 3,000 students attended the event with the chance to meet with manufacturers to learn about their business, careers they offer and the training required to secure jobs.

“This event really helps students look at their future and what the opportunities are,” said Apple Valley Unified Schools Superintendent Tom Hoegerman.

“This also brings in the business leaders in manufacturing and industry so they can see the students. It allows them to see not only what the high school programs are and what we offer, but it builds the relationships to build further partnerships so that our curriculum is aligned with industry standards as we prepare students for their future.”

Initiated in 2015 by Supervisor Lovingood, the “Made in the High Desert” event is a collaboration between San Bernardino County and Victorville Motors.

Inland Empire business activity continues upward climb

Business activity in the Inland Empire maintained its upward trajectory in the 4th quarter of 2017, growing at an annualized rate of 3 percent and outpacing economic growth in the nation overall, according to UCR School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development.

While the overall outlook for the region’s business activity remains positive, slower growth in the labor force will eventually constrain economic output.

Business Activity Index

“The Inland Empire economy performed well last year fueled in part by faster job gains as compared to the rest of Southern California,” said Robert Kleinhenz, executive director of research at the Center for Economic Forecasting and one of the index authors. “Looking ahead, the local economy will continue to grow throughout 2018, but the pace of expansion will depend on the extent to which its labor force increases. Fortunately, labor force growth accelerated late in 2017, which is definitely a good sign for 2018.”



World’s biggest jet engine takes to the skies at SCLA

World’s biggest jet engine The world’s biggest jet engine took to the skies for the first time at Victorville’s Southern California Logistics Airport. The test flight comes ahead of its planned maiden commercial flight in 2020. The huge GE9X powerplant is being built for the latest version of the firm’s long-haul 777, the 777X ‘megaplane’, The Daily Mail reported. General Electric’s flight test facility in Victorville has now begun flight trials of the prototype. The GE9X was attached to the plane alongside smaller engines to allow engineers to put it through the motions of flight without risking the safety of passengers onboard.



Supervisor Lovingood to host 5th annual Veterans Resource Fair May 31

Veterans Resource Fair Former members of the U.S. military are invited to the fourth annual High Desert Veterans Resource Fair on Thursday, May 31. The event will highlight information on veterans’ benefits, job openings and personalized claims assistance.

Hosted by Board of Supervisors Chairman Lovingood, the event will include local employers, health care services, financial services and information on veterans’ benefits. Veterans will have opportunities for one-on-one consultations with representatives for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Los Angeles Regional Office.

“Serving veterans is a priority in San Bernardino County,” said Lovingood, an Air Force veteran. “Our County Department of Veterans Affairs served 28,101 veterans and family members last year. The County department also filed service connected disability claims, resulting in veterans receiving more than $45 million last year – legal benefits these veterans earned. That’s the highest amount received by any county in California.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs will be available to assist with compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education, insurance and other services available to veterans. Veterans who require assistance with claims are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD-214 and identification. The San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs Department will also be issuing Veteran ID cards to veterans who bring a copy of their DD-214.

Elected officials or representatives from the office of Congressman Paul Cook, Sen. Scott Wilk, Assembly Member Jay Obernolte and County Assessor/Recorder Bob Dutton will also be on hand. Supervisor Lovingood’s Veterans Resource Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 at the Apple Valley Conference Center, 14975 Dale Evans Road in Apple Valley.

President Trump presents Medals of Valor to San Bernardino County law enforcement

President Trump presents Medals of Valor to San Bernardino County law enforcement
President Trump presented Medals of Valor on in February to six law enforcement officers who responded to the Dec. 2, 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino. The White House ceremony honored a total of 12 first responders from around the nation. “The 12 patriots we honor come from many places, and serve in many different roles, but they all share one thing in common: When faced with danger, they each put the lives of others before their own,” President Trump said. He continued: “Finally, when terrorists attacked defenseless employees of the San Bernardino Department of Public Health, six of the heroes with us today chased them down and put an end to their sinister rampage, which was going to get a lot worse. During the attack, (Redlands Police Department) Officer Nicholas Koahou was shot in the leg. But he continued to fight back, despite a really horrific wound. Today, we are fortunate to honor him and the rest of that amazing team — (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s) Corporal Rafael Ixco, (Sheriff’s) Detective Bruce Southworth, (Sheriff’s) Deputy Shaun Wallen, (San Bernardino Police) Detective Brian Olvera, and (San Bernardino County District Attorney’s) Investigator Chad Johnson. Thank you all very much.”

Video of the ceremony is posted on YouTube.com.

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Sheriff adds 80 deputies and looks to hire more

Sheriff adds 80 deputies and looks to hire more Congratulations to the 80 brand-new Deputy Sheriffs who graduated in Sheriff’s Academy Class 209. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is always seeking well qualified people who want to serve their community and truly make a difference. For career opportunities, visit http://sheriffsjobs.com/



Supervisor Lovingood’s Youth Advisory Council presents findings on homelessness

Youth Advisory Council The 2017-2018 First District Youth Advisory Council concluded a successful year by briefing Supervisor Lovingood on their findings regarding homeless youth. Their recommendations included information on successful programs in place including Job Corps and the Family Assistance Center. The presentation also covered threats to homeless youth including human trafficking and drug/alcohol addiction. The First District Youth Advisory Council is hoping to present the information to the Full Board of Supervisors in June or July.

The Youth Advisory Council is comprised of students from First District High Schools. They meet twice monthly during the school year. They research topics of interest for the District and participate in local volunteer activities. The 2018-2019 Youth Advisory Council applications will be accepted in September 2018. For additional information please contact 760-995-8100.

New medical school founded by the Prime Healthcare Foundation wins preliminary accreditation

The California University of Science and Medicine, School of Medicine announced its approval for preliminary accreditation. The University will welcome its first incoming medical school class this August, 2018. Prem Reddy, MD, founder of Prime Healthcare and the Prime Healthcare Foundation, believed that the establishment of a medical school could provide the greatest positive impact on healthcare for generations by addressing growing health disparities, disease burden and the national physician shortage. Dr. Reddy, through the PHF and his family foundation, has committed more than $60 million towards the establishment of CUSM.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center contributed $10 million. “This public-private partnership with the County of San Bernardino addresses the need for a medical school in one of the most economically challenged, underserved communities in Southern California. This partnership is another step forward for the future of our County and a great pathway to success for our children,” said Supervisor Lovingood.


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Housing shortage hits Inland Empire

Since 2012, homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties had Southern California’s biggest loss of affordability. It was the fifth largest dip nationwide — with 37 percent of homes sold deemed “affordable” by the opportunity index in the past year vs. 75 percent five years ago. That drop moved the Inland Empire to 10th worst today from the 23rd least affordable big metro in 2012, according to Orange County Register columnist Jonathan Lansner.

The “why” is relatively obvious: The current $323,250 median price in Riverside-San Bernardino is up 84 percent while the median household income is down 1 percent from 2012.

San Bernardino County’s housing shortage is projected to grow to 65,000 homes by 2019, the Building Industry Association reports. Without adequate and affordable housing, businesses will have trouble retaining and recruiting workers. A resurgence of well-paying construction jobs will strengthen our economy and grow prosperity. If two-thirds of the new homes needed were built, it would create an estimated economic impact of $2.1 billion in San Bernardino County.