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Los Osos High To Host Annual Academic Decathlon Competition

Los Osos High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District will be the site for the 37th annual San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon competition, which will be held over two weekends – Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Approximately 450 high school students have signed up to compete in this year’s event that features teams representing 25 high schools. Both weekends of the competition will take place at Los Osos, located at 6001 Milliken Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga. There are 10 academic events for students to compete, including written tests in the areas of math, economics, music, art, language/literature, science and social science. Students also write an essay, face a panel of interviewers and give impromptu and prepared speeches. For the final event on Feb. 2, teams compete in a Super Quiz, a college bowl-style event consisting of multiple-choice questions. This year’s overall competition theme is “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.” Rancho Cucamonga High School from the Chaffey district is the defending county champion of Academic Decathlon. Teams consist of nine students, three from each grade-point category: “A”…

The Shops at University Parkway celebrates grand opening of Phase 2

The community celebrated the grand opening of the second phase of The Shops at University Park on Saturday, January 11, located on Northpark Boulevard at University Parkway across the street from Cal State University San Bernardino. Developed by JR Watson & Associates Development Corp., the center celebrated the recent openings of Afters Ice Cream, FireWings, Asian Fusion Eatery, Poketology and VCA Northside Animal Hospital, which join eateries Wayback Burger, Jimmy Johns, Jamba Juice, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. It’s Boba Time will open in the near future. Photo Ricardo Tomboc: Gil Navarro, SB Valley Municipal Water District Director Division II, and SB Chamber of Commerce President Judi Penman. “We are very pleased with the businesses that are located here – they are a wide variety, very synergistic,” expressed James R. Watson, Chairman and CEO of JR Watson & Associates, who thanked the community for their attendance. “We’re very pleased to be involved with the City of San Bernardino and with the university, it’s a great place to do business.” Watson and his wife Judy established the Watson Literacy Center and the Judy Rodriguez Art Program on…

Over 500 local businesses join Teamster Advantage

Teamster Advantage, a shop local program, is a network of over 500 locally owned businesses and a part of Teamsters Local 1932, a union of 14,000 members across San Bernardino County. “Teamster Advantage is a program that began in November 2016 to promote local shopping. When residents shop local, it has been proven that our tax dollars can be better recycled, compared to shopping at bigger chains,” said Mario Vasquez, Teamsters Local 1932 Communications Coordinator. A great incentive provided by the program includes great discounts from the participating mom and pop businesses. “If you download the app Teamster Advantage…you will see all of our partners and see all of the businesses around you. We have small mom and pop restaurants, hardware stores, retail, go-carts, and so much more,” continued Vasquez. The free app acts as a directory and provides information on local business partners, discounts and directions. “The app has a map feature, we’re everywhere. Our businesses range from the west end and as east to Coachella, to Barstow and Riverside. The program is tailored to the entire Inland Empire,” shared Vasquez. Moving forward, the organization…

San Bernardino County Library celebrates Multicultural Month

Join the San Bernardino County Library System in celebrating different cultures and promoting reading among children throughout San Bernardino County. Multicultural Month will run the entire month of January, and this program will encourage children to read and learn about new countries and cultures in all communities across the County. Throughout the month, all 32 branch libraries will be offering multicultural programs, and revealing digital badge codes. To participate in this program, sign up using the Beanstack app at sbclib.beanstack.org. Digital badges for all seven continents can be earned by participating, and when all badges are activated, participants will automatically be entered into an opportunity drawing for a gift basket full of fun toys and books from around the world. All badges must be activated by January 31in order to be entered into the drawing. In support of the Countywide Vision’s Vision2Read literacy campaign, this program will help to improve literacy among children ages 4 to 17, with the help of incentives, by inspiring an excitement to read, providing achievement goals,  and encouraging a reading routine. The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic…

San Bernardino School Board honors November Outstanding Students

The San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education honored 11 students with Outstanding Student Awards at the November 5, 2019, Board meeting. Students were also recognized by the San Bernardino Symphony, which provided them and their families with free symphony tickets, and Assembly member James Ramos, who provided each student with a certificate of recognition. Outstanding Student Award winners are recognized for achievement in academics, athletics, fine arts, citizenship, or for showing significant improvement in these areas. Students are awarded and inspired to have hope for their future by thinking about long-term educational and career goals. Hillside Elementary School Outstanding Students Third-grader Dylan Molina is a model citizen with excellent PBIS skills who is always willing to help his peers. He is inquisitive and loves to share his knowledge with others. Dylan would like to play in the NFL someday. He also wants to be a police officer like his father. Fourth-grader Josiah Popper has shown a renewed interest in learning, and his motivation to succeed shows in his improved behavior and academic achievement. Josiah wants to attend Cal State San Bernardino and…

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County seeks nominees to its Board of Directors

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) is seeking new members to serve on its Community Action Board (CAB). Currently, there is one vacancy in the private sector and one in the low-income sector. All applicants requesting consideration to represent the private sector on the board must reside in San Bernardino County. Board members provide critical input, expertise and perspective to CAPSBC in the organization’s work of supporting, advocating for and empowering residents to achieve self-reliance and economic stability.   The CAB is a tripartite board comprised of fifteen members: five (5) represent the private sector; five (5) are elected officials to represent the public sector; and five (5) are representatives of the poor. CAB members are volunteers dedicated to serving the needs of low-income residents throughout our communities. All applicants requesting consideration to represent the low-income sector on the Community Action Board must reside in the Supervisory District 2 which includes the cities of Upland (including areas north of Foothill), Rancho Cucamonga, and portions of Fontana (areas west of Sierra Ave.). The Second District also includes the unincorporated communities of Devore, Lytle Creek, San Antonio…

Growing Inland Achievement receives $1.29 million to expand work in advancing educational, economic opportunities

Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) has received a $1.29 million grant to expand its efforts to create a more vibrant regional economy by improving educational attainment across San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Specifically, the grant, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used to create a blueprint for supporting institutional transformation on a greater scale – part of a longer-term strategy by GIA to link the region’s education to its workforce opportunities. ”We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity this funding affords us to build new linkages between the extensive network of individuals and institutions that impact post-secondary success for low-income and students of color in the IE,” said Carlos Ayala, GIA’s chief executive officer. “We’re confident this work not only can have a transformative impact on the Inland Empire, but become a model for other region’s facing similar challenges and opportunities.” The IE represents one of the most robust population and economic corridors in the United States, though historically low educational attainment levels have contributed to a continuous cycle of generational poverty. Research shows that the IE will need at least 121,000 additional college…

Wood Investments Companies acquires two-tenant Food 4 Less and Ross Retail Center in San Bernardino

Wood Investments Companies, Inc., a California commercial real estate investment and management company specializing in retail, announced today the acquisition of a two-tenant retail investment occupied by Food 4 Less and Ross Dress For Less totaling nearly 94,000 square feet on 7.45 acres in San Bernardino, California.  “This is a great value-opportunity for us in the Inland Empire,” said Managing General Partner Patrick Wood of Wood Investments Companies. “We plan to tear down the vacant Union Bank building and build supporting complementary retail and shop buildings. We look forward to offering a variety of retail, quick-serve food options and services for the surrounding community.” More than 221,000 live in the city of San Bernardino (2018) and the county of San Bernardino has over 2,174,000 people. The center is located at 505 and 555 West 2nd Street, in the heart of San Bernardino’s downtown. Built in 1973, the property enjoys excellent visibility being fronted by four streets and four signalized corners, and is easily accessible by Interstate 215 from the west and Interstate 10 from the south. The Carousel Mall, which is across the street, is…

San Bernardino Community College District announces new Board President, Dr. Anne L. Viricel, Executive Board Appointments

The San Bernardino Community College District has announced the appointments of Dr. Anne L. Viricel as president of the board of trustees, Dr. Stephanie Houston as vice president, and Gloria Macias Harrison as clerk. President Viricel has served on SBCCD’s Board of Trustees since 2015 when she was appointed to fill a vacancy and then elected as a trustee in 2016. Together with the board, chancellor, and executive leadership, she sets the vision for the district and ensures that quality, affordable education and career training programs are accessible to district’s 27,000 students through Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College.   “It is my belief that education is the greatest economic driver a community has and I cannot imagine what could be more inspiring than being part of an organization that uplifts our community by providing affordable education to its residents,” said President Viricel. “As board president, I have the honor of being part of the policymaking process that directly and positively affects the future of our community.” President Viricel has served as executive director of the San Bernardino Symphony since 2013 and has been…

Walk to raise awareness on human trafficking

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) will draw attention to the crime of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking one step at a time. The coalition will host its 2020 Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Jan. 25 in San Bernardino. Registration for the annual event, now in its tenth year, will begin at 8 a.m. at the Children’s Network office at 825 E. Hospitality Ln. in San Bernardino. There will be speakers at the event at 9 a.m. Walkers will leave the Children’s Network office at 10 a.m. and head east towards Tippecanoe and back around to the starting point. Participants can preregister for the free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-annual-case-human-trafficking-awareness-walk-tickets-79199653295?fbclid=IwAR2g-r2Tl9-qGVwg6lhtOGRvt4uubPaCEhEBvtflDx0Jwhm-b3EGZ2IKTgI “Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are often thought of as only occurring in foreign countries, but it happens here and we’re all responsible for educating ourselves and others about the realities of trafficking in our own neighborhoods and communities,” said CASE Coordinator, Angel Magallanes. “Commercial sexual exploitation affects children in all parts of our county– all children are vulnerable.” The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation formed in 2009 to address…

Concert to bring history to life

In honor of the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King and the region’s unique contributions to the American civil rights movement, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has prepared a tribute concert to be performed January 18, 2020 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts. “This concert is going to move our audience and reach out and touch their soul. The music is brilliant and powerful” said Symphony Board President Dean McVay, adding “That’s what this live symphonic experience is all about – transporting our audience to new and different places and experiences, and having them walk out of the concert hall having been moved and inspired in ways they had not considered before.” Inclusive of powerhouse vocalists Jacob Lusk, Lettrice Lawrence, Bradley Baker, and the Selah Gospel Choir, an accompanied by narrative from local education leader Dr. Margaret Hill, the concert will include electrifying renditions of anthems, hymns, and spirituals including Wade in the Water, Strange Fruit, Free at Last, City Called Heaven, and Lift Every Voice and Sing. “Our MLK tribute will be one of the most inspiring concerts this orchestra has even mounted,”…

Eastgate Air Cargo Facility gets green light at San Bernardino International Airport

The San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) Commission unanimously approved the final ground lease for the Eastgate Air Cargo Facility with Hillwood Enterprises during a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 30, one week after receiving clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Principal lease terms cited at end of article. The six SBIAA members who voted to approve the development are City of San Bernardino Mayor and SBIAA President John Valdivia, Loma Linda Councilman Obvidiu Popescu, Highland Mayor Pro Tem Penny Lilburn, County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, Colton City Councilman Jack Woods, and San Bernardino Councilman Theodore Sanchez. “The Eastgate logistics facility will help give our airport its much needed rebirth. Not only does it have a great economic benefit for our airport, but it also provides great benefits for the residents of San Bernardino,” said Mayor Valdivia. “I hope to inspire our local residents to take advantage of this great opportunity and apply for the jobs that will be created. This development will provide a great renaissance for our economy and help us move towards a better, more prosperous future in San Bernardino.” The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP), an organization focused…

San Bernardino County Homeless Point-In-Time Count and Survey

On Jan. 23, field teams of volunteers will canvass all of the county’s cities, towns and unincorporated communities in an effort to count, survey and assist the county’s homeless population. Volunteers will include members of the public, community groups, County employees, homeless service providers, and private-sector stakeholders. Volunteers who are able to engage with homeless individuals will ask specific survey questions, offer hygiene kits, and provide information on who to contact for homeless services.  Data collected during the Point-In Time Count (PITC) is critical to effective strategic planning and is the main source of data used by the federal government to track the number, demographics and needs of people experiencing homelessness throughout the county. These numbers are also used to determine federal funding allocations to address homelessness. For the second year, volunteers will conduct the entire unsheltered Point-In-Time Count by use of a web-based application designed specifically for the San Bernardino County PITC.  Volunteers will need to have an Internetwork Operating System (IOS-Apple) or Android “smart” phone in order to conduct the survey. The annual PITC, coordinated by the San Bernardino Office of Homeless Services…

Leaders yet again rush to trade lives for dollars

By Anthony Victoria – Communications Director for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice We’ve been promised by leaders that the logistics boom will help the Inland Empire recover from decades of economic downturn. But the lack of transparency and deprivation of community input provides a glaring depiction of how disinvested they really are. They are instead choosing to represent the shortsighted interest of companies like Amazon and Walmart. Take for example a recent development. The sudden decision by the San Bernardino Airport Authority to take up a vote on the Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center over the holiday break was negligent. It, like the dangerous environmental impacts to come, was hazardous to health. It deserved more than a quick skim through and baseless platitudes. Instead, resident worries and demands have been dismissed once more. Residents living in frontline communities–neighborhoods plagued by high unemployment rates, toxic pollution, and declining health rates–can attest to the lack of advancement they’ve experienced as a result of imprudent decisions made over the years. The growth of the logistics industry has coincided with worsening smog pollution, higher asthma and…

San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra to perform a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In honor of the birthdate of Dr. Martin Luther King and the region’s unique contributions to the American civil rights movement, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has prepared a tribute concert to be performed January 18, 2020 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts. “This concert is going to move our audience and reach out and touch their soul. The music is brilliant and powerful” said Symphony Board President Dean McVay, adding “That’s what this live symphonic experience is all about – transporting our audience to new and different places and experiences, and having them walk out of the concert hall having been moved and inspired in ways they had not considered before.” Inclusive of powerhouse vocalists Jacob Lusk, Lettrice Lawrence, Bradley Baker, and the Selah Gospel Choir, an accompanied by narrative from local education leader Dr. Margaret Hill, the concert will include electrifying renditions of anthems, hymns, and spirituals including Wade in the Water, Strange Fruit, Free at Last, City Called Heaven, and Lift Every Voice and Sing. “Our MLK tribute will be one of the most inspiring concerts this orchestra has even mounted,” said…

SBVC Foundation inducts newest Alumni & Athletics ‘Hall of Famers’

San Bernardino Valley College is proud to usher in distinguished graduates to the Alumni Association and Athletics Halls of Fame, each recognized for their prize-winning accomplishments and service to the community. SBVC Foundation Board President Beverly Powell said the Foundation is honored to partner with the Athletics department to laud the achievements of SBVC alumni and former student-athletes. “The opportunity to showcase some of Valley College’s best ‘success stories’ not only helps the Foundation raise funds necessary to help students achieve their dreams – but events highlighting our alumni also help inspire our current SBVC students to envision their own success and believe their own dreams are possible,” she said. Inducted into the SBVC Alumni Association Hall of Fame is Dr. Louie F. Rodríguez, interim dean of the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside. He received recognition for being a catalyst for many academic initiatives to benefit the community. He also serves as Bank of America chair in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Practice in the UCR Graduate School of Education. Among numerous awards and various posts, Dr. Rodriguez is also the Founding Director of the Center for…

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