In This Issue
Mountain/Desert Funding Allocations
New Appointees by BOD
Cold Weather Needs - 211
Best Practices
Reaching Out during the Holidays
Mark Your Calendars
HERO by the numbers
Quick Links
About Us
San Bernardino Associated Governments, known as SANBAG, is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SANBAG serves the 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
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Mountain/Desert Projects Receive Funding Allocations

Two projects in the Mountain/Desert region received funding allocations at the January SANBAG Board of Directors meeting. The first was the allocation of $1,240,465 from the Measure I Victor Valley Local Highway Program funds for the Yucca Loma Corridor - Green Tree Boulevard Extension project. This project is in its third phase and will provide a connection between the Yucca Loma Bridge/Yates Road improvements currently under construction and the existing Green Tree Boulevard/Hesperia Road intersection in the City of Victorville. This project design is expected to be completed in mid-2015 and the project is ready to then move into the right-of-way phase. The January allocation fully funds the next phase of this important project for this region.


The second project was an additional allocation of $215,000 to complete the funding needed for the SR-62/Dumosa Avenue Traffic Signal Project in the Town of Yucca Valley. This $686,000 construction project will include a new traffic signal and raised median on Dumosa Avenue south of SR-62, as well as modifications to the existing turn pockets for eastbound and westbound traffic on SR-62. Construction is expected to begin in early 2015 and take approximately 90 days.


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Board of Directors Identifies New Appointees

At the January Meeting, the SANBAG Board of Directors noted the following appointments to both external boards and committees, as well as SANBAG Board of Directors subcommittees. 


Appointments by the SANBAG Board President:

SANBAG Commuter Rail and Transit Committee

Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto

Dick Riddell, City of Yucaipa

Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority

Paul Eaton, City of Montclair


Appointments made by the SANBAG Board of Directors:

Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Committee

Mayor Larry McCallon, Primary Member 

Council Member Ed Graham, Alternate Member


Additionally, openings are noted on the following boards and committees for Members of the SANBAG Board of Directors. 


Appointed by the SANBAG Board of Directors:

Metro Gold Line Phase II JPA - Alternate Member

SR-91 Advisory Committee - Ex-Officio Member

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Cold Weather Brings Awareness of Need

As the weather turns colder this time of year, we would like to remind San Bernardino County residents to be mindful of the needs of, and resources available to, our homeless population. The San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health has a San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership which aims to help connect homeless and near homeless families and individuals to services and/or resources in San Bernardino County.


Many of the resources provided through this partnership can be accessed through the website: http://www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/HomelessResources.aspx or by calling the Inland Empire United Way 211 Center by dialing "2-1-1", 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The caller is connected to a live, bilingual call specialist who will help assess the caller's situation and provide information and referrals for health and social services in their area. This service is free and confidential.


We encourage you to provide donations and support to the organizations participating in this initiative to support their missions, rather than providing one time handouts to individuals you may encounter. It is through these larger programs that we can help put homeless individuals on the long-term path to employment and housing.



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Best Practices Shared by Countywide Vision Group    



During last year, the Housing Element Group of the Countywide Vision picked up on the Business Friendly Best Practices document that was compiled by SANBAG. This Best Practices Inventory was created by the Jobs/Economy Element Group of the Countywide Vision who has been working with the Housing Element Group because of the overlap on the issue of development processing. The Housing Element Group has used the Best Practices Inventory as a basis for conversations that took place between cities and the county about how best practices are being implemented by local government.


SANBAG's member agencies have stepped up by contributing to the Business Friendly Best Practices Inventory and by participating in these continuing conversations on development processing to help achieve the Countywide Vision goal to "establish San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business friendly." Each city may be contacted by representatives of the development community to invite key staff to participate in focused discussions on development processing. These detailed discussions will help lead the way to even more improvements and the cities' continued participation is important to the continued success and progress.





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Staff "Reaches Out" to the Less Fortunate

In the spirit of the holiday season and remembering that there are many less fortunate children in San Bernardino County, many SANBAG employees and staff from on-call project management consultant, Parsons Transportation Group, donated toys, bikes, and games to Reach Out's Nurturing Parent Program in Upland.


Reach Out envisions thriving, safe, drug-free communities where young people have equal access to networks of support, quality education, career options, and opportunities to develop the skills to succeed in their lives.


to read the 'thank you' letter from Reach Out highlighting how the kids were able to enjoy the holidays and generosity of the staff who participated in this opportunity.



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Mark Your Calendars - Interchange Openings   



On January 30th, SANBAG, the City of Fontana, the County of San Bernardino, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will come together at the southwest corner of Cherry Avenue and Slover Avenue in the shadow of the newly constructed Interstate 10/Cherry Avenue Interchange to celebrate another significant milestone in transportation for San Bernardino County.  The completion of this complex project marks the second interchange opening in the past year for the City of Fontana.



On February 20th, SANBAG, the City of Hesperia, and Caltrans will cut the ribbon for the much-anticipated Interstate 15/Ranchero Road Interchange project that will serve as the new gateway to the High Desert. Following an unfortunate construction-related fire, crews were required to rebuild bridge falsework as well as the concrete formwork for the bridge and tied in new reinforcing steel to resume progress on the new structure that spans Interstate 15 in Hesperia.  Through cooperation and teamwork among all the agencies and the contractor, the new interchange is nearing completion despite the setbacks realized last summer. 


The public is invited to join in both events.  Check the SANBAG website at www.sanbag.ca.gov for all the details as they are finalized.





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HERO by the numbers     




7,603 approved projects

6,129 completed projects


$108,544,970 value of completed projects


38.4 million KWh saved

10,515 tons of GHGs reduced


HERO investments stimulate direct economic opportunity in San Bernardino County.




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