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Orange County Reports 1,051 New COVID-19 Cases, 10 Additional Deaths

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 10 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,051 additional cases Tuesday. To date, the county’s totals now stand at 41,578 coronavirus cases and 734 deaths. Of the county’s total death toll, 285 were skilled nursing facility residents, 38 were assisted living facility residents and one was homeless. Of the latest deaths to be reported, one was a skilled nursing facility resident, and one was a staffer at a skilled nursing facility. Since Sunday, case counts have steadily risen which officials attribute to the state catching up on a backlog created by a glitch in the electronic reporting system from laboratories. “Because of the technical issue at the state level, the case rate and testing positivity rate were lower than we anticipated they should be,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, Orange County Health Care Agency director and interim chief health officer. “Clearly, there was something wrong with the system,” Chau told the Board of Supervisors. “The state said it would be resolved by the end of the week at the latest.” Currently, 441 confirmed coronavirus patients in Orange County are hospitalized,…

Cal State San Bernardino professor awarded 2020 Brilliancy Prize of the Reacting Consortium

The Reacting Consortium, which spearheads the Reacting to the Past pedagogy, has awarded its 2020 Brilliancy Prize to Terri Nelson, professor of French at California State University, San Bernardino. The Brilliancy Prize is awarded for singular “genius or creative ingenuity” in advancing the Reacting pedagogy. It includes a $1,000 honorarium. The Reacting Consortium is an alliance of colleges, universities, and individual faculty committed to developing and publishing the Reacting to the Past series of role-playing games for higher education, and providing programs for faculty development and curricular change. Reacting to the Past consists of elaborate games, set in the past, in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas.  The jury for the Brilliancy Prize of the Reacting Consortium was tasked this year with making two awards: (1) for “a particularly ingenious or creative idea or pedagogical practice that advances reacting games,” and (2) in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, “for a similarly brilliant idea or practice, but one that specifically advances reacting games run via remote learning.” Among a number of strong nominations, both awards were given to…

San Bernardino City Council hosts sidewalk vending study session, discusses ordinance amendments

On August 5, San Bernardino City Council held a sidewalk vending study session to discuss potential amendments to the city’s 2019 street vending ordinance. “Today we’re only going to study the street vending ordinance and its implications. We’re going to allow city staff to go through the presentation and we’ll follow it by all of our questions. We’re not making any decisions tonight,” said Mayor John Valdivia. Before discussion, 10 public comments were shared via voicemails and emails, which were read by city staff. “I’m requesting city council to table this item on street vending because there is no attempt to reach the people most affected by the proposed changes. I request the city of San Bernardino to stop its enforcement operations until a complete accessible outreach and education strategy is established that includes input from vendors and community organizations. I ask that the city council and staff work with vendors and the Inland Coalition for Justice to ensure that we are all on the same page as we move forward,” said Jessica Hernandez, resident. In 2019, the State of California adopted an ordinance to…

Pomona council and school board violating open meeting laws, ACLU says

The Pomona City Council and the Pomona Unified School District board are violating California law requiring live public comment during open meetings, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. In two letters sent Friday, Aug. 7, the ACLU claimed both the City Council and district Board of Trustees have failed to adhere to the Brown Act and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20. The act requires that open meetings “provide an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the legislative body,” though Newsom’s order relaxed those rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings. Requests for comment from the city of Pomona and Pomona Unified were not returned as of Tuesday afternoon. Since March, both the council and the school board have held public meetings virtually in line with public health orders prohibiting large gatherings. In its letters, the ACLU says that while it’s been common practice for other public agencies throughout the state to allow the public to use video or audio to make direct comment, both the Pomona council and the school board have…

Community Medical Centers unveils new equipment to assist homeless in San Joaquin County

STOCKTON — Community Medical Centers has a new tool to reach some of the most vulnerable residents of San Joaquin County.On Monday, CMC unveiled its new Mobile Health Van, which will enhance the ability of the organization’s Care Link unit to deliver medical services to the homeless in San Joaquin County.The Mobile Health Van was funded by a $100,000 grant from Health Net. The van is stocked with medical supplies and equipment, and customized with electrical […]

How to enter Riverside’s $10,000 Waterwise Landscape Makeover raffle

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful will give a $10,000 landscape makeover to the Riverside homeowner who wins its Waterwise Landscape Makeover raffle. The drawing will be held Aug. 31 at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, 3985 University Ave., Riverside. Raffle tickets are $20 each, five for $50, 10 for $75 and 15 for $100 and are available at the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, 3985 University Ave. (951-683-7100, ext. 204) and Louie’s Nursery, 16310 Porter Ave., Riverside (951-780-7841). The winner does not need to be present at the drawing but must be a homeowner in Riverside. Proceeds from the raffle assist in funding tools and supplies for monthly beautification projects that help teach young people to care for the appearance of their community through volunteering at Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful cleanup events, according to a news release. The winners of last year’s raffle reduced the turf in a large front yard by 50% and added a small fruit orchard, colorful plant material with drip irrigation and a concrete pad for an outdoor sitting area, resulting in a 30% annual savings on their water bill, according to the news release. Sponsors,…

Here are this summer’s Bank of America Student Leaders for the Inland Empire

Four Inland Empire high school students were among more than 300 teenagers nationwide who participated in this summer’s Bank of America Student Leaders program. Teens chosen for the program work as paid interns for six weeks in the summer with nonprofit organizations, receiving a $5,000 stipend. The Inland Empire students who participated this summer are Tyler Kim of Temecula, a student at Temecula Valley High School; Katelyn Koeper of Murrieta, a student at Chaparral High School; Lizbeth Luevano of Indio, a student at La Quinta High School; and Alicia Ramirez of Highland, a student at San Gorgonio High School. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the program was converted to a virtual format, with students participating in online sessions on the role nonprofit organizations play in community health and the importance of public-private partnerships in driving social change, according to a news release. The Inland Empire students also participated in a collaborative, mentor-focused project working with OneFuture Coachella Valley, a nonprofit organization. With the other Student Leaders participants across the country, they took part in “Young America Together at Home,” a virtual dialogue on the role…

Astros Coach Gets 20-Game Suspension, A’s Laureano 6 After Benches-Clearing Brawl

OAKLAND (AP) – Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland, while Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was given a six-game suspension and a fine. Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005. “I accept MLB’s suspension and will learn from this,” Cintrón said in a statement. “Although I never referenced Ramon’s mother, my actions were inappropriate. I apologize for my part in Sunday’s unfortunate incident. As coaches, we are held to a higher standard and should be an example to the players. Hopefully, other coaches will learn from my mistake so that this never happens again in the future.” Laureano appealed, so his discipline won’t begin Tuesday night against the Angels, Major League Baseball said. Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory Sunday. He began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintrón then left first base, threw down…

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