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San Bernardino to Seek Cargo Transfer Station for Needles

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(Best Syndication News) A new law going into effect in January of 2012 has prompted the County of San Bernardino to call for regulatory changes to allow for a freight transfer station in Needles California. Other Transfer stations, also called “bump stations”, are being planned for the state.

New laws may limit heavy diesel trucks from other states. Although the implementation begins in 2012, by January 1, 2023, nearly all vehicles would need to have 2010 model year engines or equivalent. First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt sees a problem; out-of-state trucks will be unable to enter the state to deliver their loads.

School Supplies for the Needy

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(Best Syndication News) The Grace Resource Center in Lancaster has begun a program to help children in families that can’t afford backpacks, paper, pencils and school supplies. They are asking for the supplies before school starts this fall.

State Senator Sharon Runner tells Best Syndication that people who want to help can do so by purchasing an extra item for a child in need. “They are asking for your assistance if you can afford to help”, the Senator said.

The Grace Resource Center will also accept gift cards. These cards can be used by the center to purchase the supplies that are in short supply.

Local County Hospital Receives Accreditation

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(Best Syndication News) The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s main laboratory has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The laboratory performs more than a million tests annually helping doctors diagnose and treat illnesses.

The certification process, which took two years, included examining the labs records and quality control procedures. The accreditation also includes an examination of staff qualifications, the safety program and the lab itself.

“Laboratory services play a critical role in our ability to provide quality care to our patients, and we are very pleased to have received accreditation from the CAP,” said ARMC Director Patrick Petre.

Gang Member Stats reported by San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office

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(Best Syndication News) Since the inception of the county’s Gang Program in July of 2005, the San Bernardino District Attorney’s office has filed 6,343 cases and made 3,902 state prison commitments against gang members.

There were 229 cases were filed from all divisions in the second quarter of 2011, according to Christopher Lee with the DA’s office. They were able to get 129 state prison commitments with 83 gang enhancements. That is total of 738 years of state prison time, according to Lee. The DA’s office was able to convict 12 via a jury trial.

Contractors with County will need to use E-Verify

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(Best Syndication News) New county employees are already checked for citizenship, but now even contractors working for the county will need to use the e-Verify system. In August the county purchasing department will begin notifying vendors and contractors that the need to use the federal e-Verify system.

Contractors and vendors will need to comply by September 1st 2011. “E-Verify establishes that those who work on, and benefit from, taxpayer-funded projects have the legal right to employment in the United States,” said 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

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