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Karma and Blessings brings Friendsgiving and clothing closet to Bloomington High

Angel Guerra-Chagolla, founder of Karma and Blessings, has brought a clothing closet and a Friendsgiving event to Bloomington High School. Just last month, in November, Guerra-Chagolla introduced the first ever clothing closet to the high school. “I bought out Kmart in Redlands before it closed down. I was able to purchase and donate $6,000 worth of clothing. We donated brand new shoes, clothing and jackets,” said Guerra-Chagolla. She shared that the goal is to keep the closet open year round. “The closet is currently managed by The Parents Center, a community liaison hub. We currently offer school clothing to make students feel confident at school and business attire for college and job interviews,” continued Guerra-Chagolla. As for the Friendsgiving, also a new initiative brought forth by Karma and Blessings, will host 130 students from Bloomington High School on December 8. “A local meat company is donating all of the chicken to us that we will be providng. At the Friendsgiving we will be giving students a full lunch, giving out stocking stuffers and raffling items such as new shoes, table top pool tables and lots…

West Valley Water District users have an election Nov. 5

Over the last six years the West Valley Water District has gone through some turbulence and power changes. Those changes included long term Director and President Betty Gosney leaving after her last term, Linda Gonzalez losing a contentious election and former Water Director Don Olinger running and winning a seat back on the water board. Director Olinger was once on the board and then left only to come back four years ago, “To restore harmony and the luster to the small water district,” he said, due to a series of decisions that have not rubbed certain ratepayers the right way. Things were so bad that late Rialto City Councilman Shawn O’Connell got involved in what he saw were questionable practices by the board. Fast forward to today the board is looking down the barrel of audits conducted by the office of the California State Controller, ethics questions over campaign materials and a reported $1 million in spending on lawsuits stemming from actions taken by the current board. Some say it is time for a change. With regards to the 4th District seat many see incumbent…

Colton Yellowjackets football team takes win over Bloomington Bruins 47 – 32

On Friday night the Colton Yellowjackets take the win over the Bloomington Bruins 47-32. #28 RB Jose Torreo had a big game with 5 touchdowns, one two-point conversion, and one interception. #16 WR Matthew Alanis had a big game with two deep passes from quarterback Samson Rodriguez who had a great game with the help of great offensive line protection during the game led by Anthony Llanes, Vincent De La Rosa, Jesus Castillo, Francisco Rizo, Jacob Hernandez starting off the night with Ricardo Olivas and Mark Gutierez getting in there as well. Photo Rich C. Richpics: #55 Vincent De La Rosa made key tackles during the game. Also pictured is offensive line backer Christian Panameno. #8 Alex Zamora had a couple of big runs and a few great tackles. RB #1 Robert Rodriguez had some big runs of the night to set Colton up with great field advantage, also running in a two-point conversion. In addition, #21 Norman Zapata made a few great catches to march the Yellowjackets down field. Defensively the Yellowjackets had a lot of key tackles by #52 Llanes, #55 De La…

State utility officials should stay committed to retiring gas-fired plants, Inland Empire residents and California communities argue

Inland Empire residents expect to join community members from Los Angeles, Oxnard, and Northern California on Thursday October 10 to speak out against the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) proposed decision to allow four ‘once-through-cooling’ plants set to retire to continue operating and polluting communities across the state.  The CPUC recommended in September that four gas-fired plants in Southern California, slated to be retired in 2020, be allowed to keep operating up to three additional years. They are also considering procurement that might include the development of new gas plants beyond these four power plants.  Gas pollution is one of the leading contributors to climate change and poses alarming health and safety risks, especially to working families and vulnerable communities. Just this week, warnings of power outages signal the beginning of wildfire season in California which further threatens the integrity of the grid and urgency to improve our infrastructure’s resilience with renewable energy sources.  The state has a choice in choosing local clean energy over dirty fossil fuels, explains CCAEJ Executive Director Allen Hernandez. Doing so could help communities like South Colton, which has three…

Karma and Blessings make outreach to nearly 400 students in Bloomington

Angel Guerra-Chagolla, founder of Karma and Blessings, has provided over 400 Bloomington students with essential necessities including shoes, clothing and school supplies, in 2019 alone. Previously, before becoming a 501C3 nonprofit this year, the Bloomington native operated the organization independently for over 13 years, serving over 3,500 students. “I was Inspired to give back to students because when I was young my mother was ill and much of what we received was from our teachers and the community. I always said when I was able to give back, I would do so,” said Chagolla. “Our mission is to plant seeds of empowerment and community kindness by providing new clothing, educational seminars and school supplies to children in the Inland Empire,” continued Chagolla. On Saturday, August 17 Karma and Blessings held its second full day workshop, which was met with much success. “Last Saturday I held a workshop for Bloomington teenagers called Empowering the Next Generation. We had 70 students from Bloomington and Slover Mountain High Schools in attendance. Speakers were Bloomington High School alumni and we discussed budgeting, business etiquette, stress management and we were…

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital performs first pediatric robotic fundoplication in Inland Empire

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital performed a robotic-assisted Nissen fundoplication surgery in July on a young patient, ridding him of lifelong painful reflux issues and further extending the hospital’s use of robotic surgery for children. Edward P. Tagge, MD, pediatric surgeon at LLU Children’s Hospital and Victoria Pepper, MD, pediatric surgery fellow, performed the procedure. Tagge said the robot surgical system allowed for a more precise, seamless surgery for the physician  and a better recovery for the patient. “The robot provides improved dexterity, tremor filtration, greater degrees of freedom and improved optical magnification,” Tagge said. “Patients who undergo robotic-assisted procedures have more precise surgical procedures and potentially shorter hospital stays.” The procedure involved wrapping the upper curve of the stomach around the esophagus. The patient — 5-year-old Daniel Velasquez from Bloomington, California — was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux or GER a few months after his premature birth and soon developed severe gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. He went through hundreds of tests, medications, sleepless nights, food restrictions, allergies, near-constant burning throat pain and ear pressure discomfort. In his five years, he had never slept a full…

Nearly 700 backpacks given out to Lewis Elementary students on first day of school

Best Best & Krieger LLP handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to every student at Mary B. Lewis Elementary School in Bloomington on the first day of school, Aug. 7. Along with local and school officials, BB&K gave out 675 backpacks to the transitional kindergarten through 6th grade students. Photo Best Best & Krieger LLP: Best Best & Krieger LLP Attorney Henry Castillo and Chief Talent Officer Danielle Sakai are joined by Colton Joint Unified School District Board Members Israel Fuentes and Patt Haro at Mary B. Lewis Elementary School. BB&K donated backpacks filled with supplies to all 675 students at the school.  This is the 10th year that BB&K has participated in Operation Backpack. Through donations from the firm’s attorneys, staff and vendors, the firm has helped more than 5,000 California families by giving away the backpacks and supplies. Many of the students at Lewis Elementary come from low income families, and the school is a Title One school. Last year, the school, its students and staff faced challenges, including vandals that left the school without power and telephone service. Then, a few days…

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