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Dan Flores: ‘I have the most experience in county government’

Dan Flores is no stranger to residents of the county’s 5th Supervisorial District, the Chief of Staff to Supervisor Josie Gonzales is driven by the determination to advocate for policies and deliver services that will improve the quality of life for residents, and his commitment to the community is what inspired Dan to run for the office for which he has worked 15 years, since 2005. “I feel most myself when I get to listen (to the community), talk with them, and, driven by our values, make decisions on what we believe,” Dan shared. “I know the community, and I want to speak for them – the decisions are based solely on what’s best for the community. I’m not interested in anything other than that.” Dan, a third generation Colton resident and Colton Joint Unified School District board member since 2012, expressed an obligation he feels to protect the community, one in which his wife and three young children reside. “I’m not going to let anyone take advantage of this place; corruption tends to victimize low income and working class communities, and I refuse to…

Children Deserve Success holds holiday celebration for homeless students

The Children Deserve Success program for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office held its annual holiday celebration for 165 students from four surrounding school districts. The event was held on Dec. 11 at the Elks Lodge No. 836 in San Bernardino for homeless students from Fontana, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino school districts. Photo SBCSS: Santa delivered 165 gifts to students at the annual Holiday Celebration organized by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Children Deserve Success program for homeless students. “This is a wonderful, annual event for students and their families,” County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “The sponsors for the event and the individual donations do so much to help support the needs of students.” Brenda Dowdy, project manager for Homeless Education for County Schools and the organizer of the event that she started in 2004, said sponsors provide donations to purchase new coats for all of the students attending the celebration. In addition, individual sponsors chose children to provide gifts, such as clothing and toys, which are handed out during the banquet. Photo SBCSS: Students at the event were supported by…

Fontana Unified named PBIS District Of Year

Fontana Unified School District was named Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) district of the year for the West End and East Valley regions of San Bernardino County during an awards ceremony on Nov. 14. The district also had two platinum award-winning schools – the highest honor bestowed by the California PBIS Coalition – and 14 other silver and gold medal schools at the event. Harry S. Truman Middle School and Citrus Elementary School were Fontana’s platinum-winning schools. The districts’ other gold and silver schools honored during the ceremony were: Alder (silver);Cypress (gold); Date (silver); Fontana High (gold); Dolores Huerta International Academy (gold); Juniper (silver); Jurupa Hills High (gold); Live Oak (silver); Mango (silver); Randall Pepper (silver); Sequoia (gold); Sierra Lakes (silver); Southridge Tech (silver); and West Randall (silver). They were among a record 186 schools and programs from the West End and East Valley regions of San Bernardino County that received recognition for their platinum, gold and silver awards at the ceremony, which was held at the Way World Outreach Church in San Bernardino. The event was hosted by San Bernardino County Superintendent of…

Sushi Miguel Style owner served Sayaka customers for over 25 years, expanding to Moreno Valley

Miguel and Anabel Aguirre, owners of Sushi Miguel Style in Colton, have a lifetime of dedicated customers and success to their name. Although Sushi Miguel Style has only been open for about six years, Miguel Aguirre forged a connection with guests at Sayaka’s in Colton, where he worked for over 25 years. “My Uncle Miguel started his career as a dishwasher at Sayaka’s, then he became a cook and started moving his way up,” said Paola Aguirre, Sushi Miguel Style Manager (Moreno Valley). Not only did Aguirre learn to make sushi at Sayaka’s, but it’s where he generated a legion of dedicated customers who enjoyed his zest for creativity, through sushi. “He started making a special chili sauce which is a chili oil, he invented this special sauce, along with pickled onions and offered it to customers and that’s how he started getting known around town. He had his own customers at Sayaka’s,” continued Aguirre. After studying and working so many years at Sayaka’s, Miguel felt it was time to move on and create a Sushi restaurant with a Latin twist. “I would say that…

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…

Fontana High School showcases AVID success to local educators

Nearly 50 local educators on Oct. 22 visited Fontana High School classrooms, met with administrators and learned from students about the school’s highly successful Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. The showcase provided teachers, principals, superintendents and school board members with a look at the inner workings of an AVID National Demonstration School – a status Fontana High School has held since 2006. “AVID boosts achievement by initiating and supporting all students in their efforts to become college and career ready,” Fontana High School AVID Coordinator Jo Sisk said. “AVID students make up more than a quarter of our students, and their work in academics and goal setting has helped to shift the culture of our entire campus in a positive way.” AVID aims to narrow the achievement gap between the lowest- and highest-performing students and ensure more students enroll in four-year colleges and universities. The showcase was held in response to a large number of requests to learn about Fontana High School’s AVID success. In addition to the meetings with administrators, visitors joined AVID students to tour elective classes and sit in on tutorials.…

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