San Bernardino County

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For the first time, San Bernardino County is using goats in their fire prevention measures. The animals are used to clear dry grasses in undeveloped areas that put hundreds of nearby residents at risk. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson went to see the animals in action in the city of San Bernardino.

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San Bernardino County is offering a free testing event for first responders and their families Friday June 12.

First responders and their families will have the opportunity to get tested at a free event in Rancho Cucamonga Friday, June 12.

The San Bernardino County sponsored event will be at the Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is only open to these families and is by appointment only. No symptoms or insurance is required.

SB County Offices Close Early Due to Unrest

Jun 1, 2020

On Monday, San Bernardino County offices closed their doors at 3:00pm so local law enforcement can focus on any public safety issues that may arise in their respected communities given the unrest that has taken place locally and throughout the country.

According to SB County officials there currently is NOT a countywide curfew, like neighboring counties Riverside and Los Angeles. Several cities in the county have enacted their own curfew and residents are urged to check with their own cities to determine if there are curfews.

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Some foods are still in short supply due to the coronavirus crisis so the California Department of Health program for Women, Infants and Children, most often referred to as WIC, has temporarily expanded food benefits. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson has more on how this will affect local participants.

Inland Empire recipients of WIC food benefits will be receiving a new California WIC card in the mail. It will allow participants to buy from an expanded food list due to some items being difficult to find during the coronavirus crisis.

5/13/20 - Dr. Joe Chaffin Discusses Blood Donations

May 13, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Joe Chaffin, Chief Medical Officer for LifeStream Blood Bank. Dr. Joe Chaffin explains the process of donating blood, why it's so important, and how blood donation centers are keeping facilities safe for donors and staff during the pandemic. 

For more information, visit lstream.org

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Tomas Morales, President of California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Morales shares how the university is doing after several weeks in session during a pandemic and what plans they have for the future.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, visit CSUSB.edu

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Lisa Kistler, Director of Special Education for the Beaumont Unified School District. She discusses challenges some teachers and parents are having with virtual classrooms. Also on the show, KVCR's Benjamin Purper has a conversation with Curt Hagman, 4th District Supervisor of San Bernardino County and Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. He talks about forumulating a plan for when society moves into the new normal.

SB County Face Covering Clarification

Apr 8, 2020
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On Wednesday, the County of San Bernardino gave clarification on Tuesday's order for mandatory face coverings effective April 8th, 2020. 

"We recognize the need to act quickly to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout San Bernardino County," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. Additionally, San Bernardino County District 1 Supervisor Robert Lovingood spoke to KVCR over the phone, ensuring that there will not be any overreach and the goal is to keep as many people safe from harm. 

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor of California Community Colleges. He talks about how the community colleges are transitioning during the pandemic. Also on the show is Dr. Stephanie Houston, Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Engagement with San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. She shares how resources from the county are ready to support students with more than At-home lessons.

For more information about the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, visit SBCSS.net

KVCR's Lillian Vasquez sits down with Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, to discuss the resources and services that San Bernardino County is providing to meet the needs of the community. Listen to this episode and more here.

For more information, visit SBCSS.net

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Residents from two San Bernardino neighborhood associations gathered yesterday to protest a proposed Transitional Assistance Department building near their neighborhood.

The protest was held by residents of two different neighborhood associations – Blair Park and Muscupiabe.

The demonstrators were protesting a proposed welfare office across the street from a residential development, on the corner of 27th Street and Little Mountain Drive in San Bernardino.

10 of California’s 58 counties are losing a portion of their state funding because their mental health workforces aren’t up to snuff.

San Bernardino County is one of them.

The lobbying organization for county health directors says county health departments need help hiring more providers. 

SAN BERNADINO COUNTY, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California jury has awarded more $113 million to a 10-year-old boy and his mother in a lawsuit alleging a social worker ignored abuse that left the child severely brain damaged.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that jurors last week found San Bernardino County's child welfare agency mainly liable for the harm to Noah Reed.

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In San Bernardino County, an organization called the Freedom Foundation is alleging that the local Teamsters Union is obstructing their efforts to inform union members of their right to opt out of their union.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Last year, the Supreme Court issued a decision called Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees which ruled that workers in public sector unions can opt out of paying union dues.

San Bernardino County will pay about $1 million to LGBT inmates incarcerated in the so-called "alternative lifestyle tank" lock-up facility in a Rancho Cucamonga jail.  KVCR's Ben Purper filed this update for The California Report.

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The local political advocacy group IE United is suing the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors over the process that four superviors used to appoint a fifth supervisor to a vacancy.  IE United contends the process supervisors used violated state law.  Who is this group, IE United?  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has this profile.

A San Bernardino County gang prosecutor has resigned after backlash to his racist rants on social media.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

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Some residents of Bloomington say they're devastated after the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors ignored their concerns about health and safety, and used a "greatly flawed" developer's impact report to approve a warehouse in a residential area near a high school.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more in this feature report.

I’m at the house of Thomas and Kim Rocha. They live in a cul-de-sac next to 17 acres of empty land in the unincorporated area of Bloomington.

Paychecks for nearly 22,000 employees that were scheduled to be desposuted in the banks at the start of January 2 arrived several hours late, causing frustration for teachers and other employees who expected to see money in their accounts. 

The San Bernardino Sun reports that an email to the districts was sent, noting there had been a delay in trasnmitting funds and that the delay would result in money showing up late in employee bank accounts. 

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We conclude our series of reports this week on why many of the San Bernardino County employees who survived the 2015 terror attack at the Inland Regional Center have been further traumatized by a years-long battle with San Bernardino County government for disability compensation.  San Bernardino County has repeatedly denied many of its employees’ compensation claims for physical, psychological and emotional injuries, even when they have been ordered by medical professionals.  In the final segment in our series, reporter Benjamin Purper speaks to politicians trying - or not - to address the

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We continue our series of reports this week on why many of the San Bernardino County employees who survived the 2015 terror attack at the Inland Regional Center have had to hire lawyers and take on a years-long battle with San Bernardino County government for disability compensation.  San Bernardino County has repeatedly denied many of its employees’ compensation claims for physical, psychological and emotional injuries.  The following segment - part 3 in our series by KVCR’s Benjamin Purper - begs the question: why is San Bernardino County government resistant to helping its employees who

A top San Bernardino County prosecutor has been placed on administrative leave after making offensive social media comments.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Even though the votes in the 2016 election have been cast, they haven't all been counted yet.  There are still hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be processed by Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and some races won't be decided until the counting is done.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

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One of San Bernardino County's top administrative officials was arrested earlier this year on a prostitution charge.  While the incident happened in March, San Bernardino County Supervisors didn't hear about the arrest until recently.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on county officials' response to the revelation. 

SB County Nurses Plan Two-Day Strike This Week

Dec 8, 2014
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Hundreds of nurses who work for San Bernardino County are planning to walk off their jobs at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and other county health facilities.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains the disputes behind the planned two-day nurses strike.