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News ImageHomeowners Can Receive Up to $3,000 for an Earthquake Retrofit

Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) was developed to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake. A residential seismic retrofit strengthens an existing house, making it more resistant to earthquake activity such as ground shaking and soil failure. A typical retrofit may cost between $3,000 and $7,000 depending upon the location, the size of the house, and the amount of work involved.

HOW TO QUALIFY - Open to zip codes 92404 and 92405
In order to participate in the program EBB requires homeowners to pre-qualify through a series of questions, to determine whether their house can be retrofit in accordance with Chapter A3*. To find out if your house qualifies, go to Registration is open through Feb. 20.

( Program Flier )

SB City Library Foundation Announces Purchases of Books and Overdrive Collection

The San Bernardino City Library Foundation announced it will purchase $20,000 of library books for the San Bernardino Public Library (SBPL) and continue its sponsorship of the Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks subscription for this calendar year.

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Council approves tentative global settlement with fire union

Today, following closed session, City Attorney Gary Saenz announced the Common Council’s approval of a tentative global settlement between the City and the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters (SBCPF) union, resolving all pre and post-bankruptcy litigation claims and disputes. The Common Council will vote whether to adopt the final settlement agreement during the Feb. 1 Council meeting. The final agreement will be available to the public in the agenda packet set to be released no later than Thursday, Jan. 28.

The proposed global settlement will bring a close to nearly nine years of legal disputes between the firefighters and the City. It will also assist in preventing future litigation and will save the City substantial legal costs and liabilities which would have otherwise been incurred.

( To read more about it, click here. )

San Bernardino Public Library Receives $15,000 Grant from State Library for Coping Books

The California State Library has provided a $15,000 collection development grant to the San Bernardino Public Library to help the city’s residents in coping with the tragic violence in early December.

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#SBReady - City's Flood Safety Plan 2015/2016
Want to learn more about the city's flood safety plan? Here is our 2015/2016 plan, development by our emergency preparedness planning team. The team consists of multiple departments such as San Bernardino Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreations and more. The plan will be updated as we make further progress in our safety preparedness program.

Visit for more information.
( City of San Bernardino Flood Safety Plan )

City Manager Update - Mark Scott appointed effective Feb. 8
Today the Council approved the appointment of Police Chief Burguan as interim city manager effective January 1 through February 7, 2016. Thereafter, Mark Scott, a 35 year city management veteran, will take the helm. See Mayor's office press release for more information.
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December 2 Victim Support Resource

Please visit for more information on support for the December 2 shooting victims. Including how you can donate and share information.

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Bankruptcy update presentation from tonight's Mayor and Common Council meeting
Tonight the bankruptcy team provided the Mayor, Common Council and public an update on the revised plan of adjustment as submitted to the bankruptcy court. Click on the link below to see tonight's PowerPoint presentation.
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City to pursue service contract negotiation with Burrtec Waste Industries

On Monday, Nov. 16, the Mayor and Common Council gave City staff the green light to move forward with negotiating a 10-year service contract with Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.
A contract consistent with Burrtec’s proposal and the terms of the request for proposal is expected to be presented to the Council, for final approval, no later than January 2016. Staff’s analysis report and presentation are posted on

( Link to full news release )

News ImageOpenGov, financial transparency portal launches

We’ve launched a financial transparency platform powered by OpenGov that makes it easy to explore how your tax dollars are collected and spent visit to learn more!

( News release )

Mayor and Common Council Take Initial Steps to Redevelop The Carousel Mall and Downtown Area

On Monday, Nov. 2, the Mayor and Common Council unanimously approved a resolution to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with AECOM and The Fransen Company to redevelop the downtown area. See attached news release.

( Full news release )

Application for Fine Arts Grants 2015-16
Click here to view the application for Fine Arts Grants 2015-16.

Mon., February 8, 2016
6:30 PM
  Board of Police Commissioners Meeting
Tue., February 9, 2016
All Day Event
  Civil Service Board Meetings
2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
  Bingo for Adults
4:00 PM
  Bureau of Franchises
5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
Wed., February 10, 2016
10:00 AM
  Handicap Accessibility Appeals Board
6:00 PM
  Neighborhood Association Meeting - Ramona-Alessandro
Thu., February 11, 2016
10:00 AM
  Development Review Committee Agendas
3:00 PM
  Library Board of Trustees Board Meeting
6:30 PM
  Neighborhood Association Meeting - Muscupiabe
6:30 PM
  Neighborhood Association Meetings
Fri., February 12, 2016
No entries for this day.
Sat., February 13, 2016
10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
  San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum
Sun., February 14, 2016
No entries for this day.
Mon., February 15, 2016
5:30 PM
  Library Foundation Board Meeting