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Funding to Help Keep Senior Meals Hot, Cool
04/28/2010 - A nonprofit group that provides lunches to seniors in Second District communities will receive additional funding to purchase equipment to keep those meals at the right temperature, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

The Steelworkers Oldtimers Foundation will receive $71,789 to purchase equipment that will keep food hot or cool while it is being transported to centers where senior meals are served, including the George White Senior Center in Fontana and the James Brulte Senior Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

The funds come from unspent Older Americans Act funding allocated to the County Department of Aging and Adult Services by the federal government.

In addition to funding provided to the Oldtimers Foundation, the Board of Supervisors also allocated $2,427 to the Crest Forest Senior Citizens Club to increase the number of senior lunches the group serves at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline.

“The Oldtimers Foundation and the Crest Forest Senior Citizens Club do an outstanding job providing warm, delicious lunches to hundreds of local seniors, and I look forward to continuing to partner with them and other nonprofit community organizations to meet the needs of our seniors,” San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane said.

Call the Oldtimers Foundation at (909) 829-0384 for more information about the senior meals program, including home delivered meals for homebound seniors. For more information about the meals served at the San Moritz Lodge in Crestline, contact the Crest Forest Senior Citizens Club’s senior meals at (909) 338-5036.
Supervisor Biane Acts to Enhance Code Enforcement in Second District
04/28/2010 - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will allow San Bernardino County code enforcement officers to do more proactive work in the Second District communities of Crestline and unincorporated Fontana.

San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane requested $50,278 from the Second District’s CDBG allocation to provide enhanced Code Enforcement in the communities.

“Oftentimes a concerned resident has to report a code violation before it’s investigated and action is taken,” Biane said. “This funding will allow Code Enforcement officers to be proactive in their efforts to remove blight and clear up other code violations that impact residents’ quality of life.”

The funding will pay for additional Code Enforcement officers to work in the communities between May 2010 and June 2011.

Code Enforcement officers will hold community meetings to speak with home and business owners about code issues. They also plan to work with volunteer organizations and government agencies such as the San Bernardino County Department of Community Development and Housing to help homeowners bring their properties into compliance with county codes.

“We want to empower residents by providing them with resources they can use to clean up code violations such as junk cars and unsafe structures,” Biane said.
Board of Supervisors Must Continue Focus on Preserving Local Jobs
04/23/2010 - Attracting new businesses to San Bernardino County so they can provide new employment opportunities for our residents is essential to our economic recovery, but I firmly believe that protecting existing jobs is an even more critical and urgent task for the County in this economic climate.

Since 2007, the San Bernardino-Riverside County area has lost more than 168,000 jobs – mostly in the construction and manufacturing industries. Each lost job represents a County resident without a paycheck and money to spend on eating out, movie tickets, clothes, kitchen appliances, home improvements, or other goods and services.

Like dominos falling, job losses lead to more job losses as out-of-work residents cut their discretionary spending and business owners who rely on that spending are forced to close their doors for lack of customers.

At the direction of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the County’s Workforce Development Department and Economic Development Agency are working to stop the job-loss cycle by providing local businesses with free workshops and other assistance that can help them avoid layoffs and grow their operations.

Workforce Development, for example, is offering one-on-one professional consulting services designed to help businesses operate more effectively and efficiently under a contracted approved by Supervisors in February.

The idea is simple. Teach businesses to cut unnecessary costs and increase their profitability, and they won’t have to cut jobs. Instead, businesses can grow and create more jobs once they unlock their full potential.

Workforce Development is also hosting Business Excellence Workshops geared toward our County’s small businesses. The workshops will teach business owners about “Lean Six Sigma” – an internationally recognized business management strategy used by many successful companies to streamline operations and improve customer service.

The San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency has focused its efforts on helping businesses find new customers in both local and international markets. In addition, the agency is helping local businesses secure valuable employment tax credits, recruit new employees, and teach current employees new skills.

There have been some positive signs lately that point to the beginnings of a national economic recovery, but it will take time for the Inland Empire – an epicenter in the foreclosure crisis – to fully rebound from this recession.

In the meantime, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors must continue placing its focus on providing businesses with assistance programs and resources that preserve local jobs because that will set the stage for new businesses to arrive and for our County’s economic recovery.
Board Approves Cooperative Agreements for Cherry Avenue Interchange
03/23/2010 - On Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved three cooperative agreements that keep a new interchange at Cherry/I-10 moving forward.

The agreements spell out the roles of the three agencies involved in the $76-million freeway interchange reconstruction project including the County of San Bernardino, City of Fontana, and San Bernardino Associated Governments (Sanbag). The project includes expanding the bridge over I-10 from five to eight lanes, adding an additional lane at each ramp, and improvements to the Cherry Avenue/Valley Boulevard intersection.

The County Department of Public Works will display a video rendering of the new interchange in addition to other planned improvements on Cherry Avenue during the “At Your Service” Community Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. The display will also include static before-and-after photos.

“This is a really good opportunity for people to get a look at what these improvements are going to look like and how they will enhance traffic flow and improve aesthetics on Cherry Avenue,” San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Paul Biane said.