Muscoy

Community Action Guide

In 2016, the community embarked on a planning process to develop a new community plan. Three public workshops were held over the course of the year (March 1, March 29 and July 19, 2016). These workshops, open to any Muscoy resident, business or property owner, addressed strengths and weaknesses of the community, the community’s values, and what Muscoy aspires to be in the future. Workshop participants brainstormed areas of focus and actions to help the community move forward to achieve its aspirations.

This Community Action Guide is a framework of actions identified by the community and supports implementation of the actions by the community. The goals and policies from the previous Community Plan were used to inform the guide and the Policy Plan portion of the Countywide Plan.

Who We Are

Muscoy is a diverse community with a strong appreciation for a rural lifestyle and the natural environment. Muscoy values community involvement, community diversity, respect, local ownership, and the spacious lifestyle and tranquil environment throughout the community. Muscoy strives to improve a sense of community ownership, expand local input throughout the county, build upon local amenities existing in the community, and increase the recreational infrastructure available to residents.

  • Strengths and Opportunities

    Community workshops were conducted in each community as part of the engagement process. In addition, input was gathered through the Countywide Plan website. As part of the process, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises and served as part of the base information utilized to develop the Focus and Action Statements of the Community Action Guide. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the guide. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud. The full results of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats gathered as a part of the engagement process is found in the Community Profile.

  • Community Values

    The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgement of the community, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.

    As a community we value:

    • Local Services and Resources. Muscoy residents value the available local services and urban resources that enrich the community.
    • Community Involvement. Muscoy residents value the friendly atmosphere and level of commitment of community members.
    • Health and Safety. Muscoy residents value a healthy and safe community with opportunities for recreational enjoyment.
    • Community Diversity. Muscoy residents value the diverse backgrounds, knowledge, and experiences of community members.
    • Community Integrity and Respect. Muscoy residents value respect, individual rights, and the integrity of the local people.
    • Spacious Lifestyle. Muscoy residents value large lot sizes and open spaces to enjoy their homes and property.
    • Tranquil Environment. Muscoy residents value the calm, tranquil environment while being near urban resources.
  • Community Profile

    The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic, and historic dimensions of Muscoy. It presents data collected through secondary sources to inform future actions. The profile, together with future studies and information gathered from residents highlights essential facets and “tell the story” of the Muscoy Community.

    2019 Community Profile (opens in a new window)

The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating how the community desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are accomplished. This is a long term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Focus Statements and Action Statements.

  • Expanded Local Input

    Our community enjoys a larger voice in matters impacting Muscoy through increased communication with officials from the County of San Bernardino. We have a clear and efficient path to collect and pass on local input from all residents, making sure that everyone feels heard and respected. This process allows the community to be more self-sufficient.

  • Sense of Community Ownership

    In conjunction with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Muscoy residents came together to create a formal neighborhood watch program that continues to increase safety within the community and unify residents through a joint effort. This increased communication and coordination creates stronger bonds between neighbors and a heightened sense of pride in the appearance and character of the community.

  • Cultural and Volunteer Opportunities

    Local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and volunteer groups collaborate to increase the number of community festivals and celebrations for residents to attend. These events include workshops and informational classes that teach useful skills such as gardening or cooking, volunteer cleanup days, and holiday festivals that help residents get to know one another while also learning and benefiting the community.

  • Expanded Local Amenities

    Increased access to and awareness of the educational programs and business development materials available to small business owners help them to run their businesses more efficiently and successfully, leading to a small influx of diverse stores to serve the community’s needs. Our parks also benefit from the addition of public art programs, which showcase the talents of local artists and provide safe spaces for residents to enjoy.

  • Improved Recreational Infrastructure

    Local community interest-based organizations continue to increase recreational opportunities in Muscoy through fundraising and volunteer efforts. Infrastructure improvements and signage updates continue in areas designated for walking, biking, and riding horses, contributing to the spaces’ functionality and safety. Additionally, educational programs are organized regularly to teach residents the best way to properly use these areas.

The Action Plans consists of:

Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)

Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)

Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)

FOCUS STATEMENTS

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  • A. Increase recreational opportunities to enhance the quality of life in Muscoy
    Action Statements
    1. Conduct a community-based asset inventory to identify physical assets like vacant lots and spaces to be used for parks, open spaces, and community activities.

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    2. Coordinate with nonprofits, local business, and institutional partners to identify resources to purchase adjacent vacant lots and convert them to parks.

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    3. Establish joint-use agreements with Muscoy Elementary School and the PAL Center for the community to utilize existing soccer fields and green spaces.

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  • B. Encourage community involvement in civic beautification and maintaining the community’s rural character
    Action Statements
    1. Establish a community cleanup program utilizing local youth organizations to clean up trash, debris, and weeds in the Muscoy community at least four times a year.

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    2. Coordinate and implement a large item trash pickup and dump day quarterly.

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    3. Encourage safe animal keeping through educational programs and partnerships.

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  • C. Improve public and equestrian safety within Muscoy
    Action Statements
    1. Increase participation in the neighborhood watch program throughout the community.

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    2. Coordinate with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to establish a Citizen Patrol.

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    3. Partner with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, County Fire Department, local safety experts, and insurance companies to educate property owners on securing homes and businesses.

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    4. Establish a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.

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    5. Identify existing and potential horse and pedestrian trails with a community-sponsored wayfinding program.

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    6. Construct traffic calming measures on State Street and major arterials.

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    7. Install additional lighting on streets and in other public spaces.

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  • D. Encourage home-grown businesses and small enterprises that provide jobs and economic development opportunities to Muscoy residents
    Action Statements
    1. Establish a community-based economic development initiative that promotes the development of small businesses through mentorship programs and other outside resources.

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    2. Encourage the establishment of microenterprise loan programs to improve access to capital providing small affordable loans to entrepreneurs and new businesses that may not be eligible for traditional business financing.

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    3. Encourage means and champions to develop a food-based small businesses support system with links to capacity building and training on issues such as compliance, health and safety, business planning financial management, and marketing.

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  • E. Create opportunities for community connectedness where residents of Muscoy know their neighbors, are connected to their community, and have diverse opportunities for social interaction
    Action Statements
    1. Engage local churches and faith-based institutions in Muscoy to sponsor local events, activities, and community cleanups.

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    2. Promote events and activities that celebrate Muscoy’s cultural heritage and connect diverse resident groups within the community.

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  • F. Increase educational opportunities for youth and adults in Muscoy
    Action Statements
    1. Coordinate with local and regional nonprofits and community development groups to offer English language classes for youth and adults at the Baker Family Learning Center and local elementary schools.

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    2. Enhance after-school programs for youth in elementary school, middle school, and high school through partnerships with local nonprofits and youth development agencies.

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    3. Coordinate with the San Bernardino City Unified School District and the Baker Family Learning Center in further developing existing parent engagement classes.

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