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Homelessness is on the rise in San Bernardino County

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(Best Syndication News) The number of people left without a home increased 66 percent in 2011 compared to 2009, according to a survey release by San Bernardino County.

There were 2,876 homeless people in 2011, up from 1,736 homeless in 2009. This number includes people in homeless shelters and those found residing in areas not meant for human habitation.

The survey, dubbed the 2011 Point-In-Time Homeless Count (PITC), is conducted every two years to qualify for federal funding. The findings were published in the California State of Homelessness 2011 Report released earlier this year.

High Desert Nursing Program Expanded

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(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors expanded the Victor Valley College nursing program this week.

An additional $160,000 will be allocated, according to David Zook. Zook, the spokesperson for First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, tells Best Syndication that the funding is provided by the federal Workforce Investment Act and is administered through the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.

San Bernardino County Firefighters Headed South to San Diego to Fight Eagle Fire

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(Best Syndication News) Fire fighters from San Bernardino County have headed to northern San Diego to help fight the Eagle Fire. The fire is 45 percent contained but still burning near Warner Springs.

Cal Fire reports that the Eagle Fire has burned 12,700 acres near the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, Warner Springs. There are 2,133 personnel on-hand with six injuries.

Tracy Martinez with the San Bernardino County Fire Department tells Best Syndication that the Gel Task Force is providing structure protection. Currently they are protecting structures near the historic Borrego Palms campground.

County to erect Markers along Historic Route 66

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(Best Syndication News) Route 66 signage will be getting a facelift, thanks to County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

This week the County of San Bernardino announced a program to install county route marketers along one of the world’s most famous highways. Mitzelfelt got the idea after visiting some other counties.

"Marking specially designated roadways will help motorists navigate the largest county in America by creating route numbers that won't change as drivers enter and exit city and county areas," the 1st District Supervisor said. "Signage along the route will highlight and celebrate sites of cultural and historical interest, generate tourism, and promote the county's image.”

San Bernardino County Placed on CreditWatch Negative after Lawmakers Fail to Reach Agreement

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(Best Syndication News) The San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/ Treasury and Tax Collector, Larry Walker, tells Best Syndication that the county investments have been placed on CreditWatch with Negative Implications by the Standard and Poor’s ratings agency.

This CreditWatch comes after the rating agency place the U.S. government on CreditWatch Negative. Tracy Calentti, with the Auditor’s office said that other local sovereigns were also placed on Negative CreditWatch.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services placed its AAAf long-term rating for the San Bernardino County Investment Pool on CreditWatch with Negative Implications leaving the S1+ volatility rating unchanged. This action was directly related to the CreditWatch Negative issued by Standard & Poor’s on the AAA/A1+ credit ratings of the United States of America (its agencies and instrumentalities).

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