Inland Empire Weekly

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Exhibits, Theater, Workshops, Classes:Now to Sunday, January 26 – Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church Street, Redlands, presents “Women Warriors,” a one-woman performance by author and actress Annette Hubbell who brings to life the extraordinary stories of women who transformed themselves, paved the way for others, and left the world a better place. Among the women portrayed are Corrie ten Boom, Gladys Aylward, Amy Carmichael, and Sojourner Truth. Performances are Friday’s at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday’s at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. (except opening night); and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will also be a special performance on Thursday, January 23 and the Friday, January 24th performance will feature an interpreted presentation for the deaf. Tickets available at www.boxoffice.lifehousetheater.com or call (909) 335-3037. Saturday, January 25 – the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, C.A.S.E., and the County Of San Bernardino Human Trafficking Task Force present the 10th Annual C.A.S.E. Human Trafficking Awareness Walk from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at Children’s Network, 825 Hospitality Lane. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-Annual-case-human-trafficking-Awareness-Walk-tickets-79199653295 Saturday, January 25 – the San Bernardino County Regional Parks presents Junior Fishing Workshop-Narrows at 8:00 a.m. at the Mojave Narrows…

Aguilar announces $525,000 for Inland Empire First-time Homebuyers Program

Rep. Pete Aguilar announced Wednesday, Jan. 22 that Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS), a Rancho Cucamonga-based non-profit, received a federal grant of $525,000 from the US Department of the Treasury. The new funding will allow NPHS to provide down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers across the Inland Empire with low-to-moderate incomes. Through its Opportunity Down Payment Assistance Program, NPHS will provide up to $25,000 per household to assist eligible first-time homebuyers in purchasing a home. The funding for this grant comes from the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) fund. In 2019, Rep. Aguilar used his position on the House Appropriations Committee to successfully increase funding for the CDFI program. “As housing costs continue to skyrocket, it’s become more and more difficult for Inland Empire residents to purchase a home while still making ends meet. I was proud to advocate for this funding because it will help more people in our community become home owners and provide financial stability for their families,” said Aguilar. “We are grateful for the ongoing support of the CDFI Fund,” said Clemente Arturo Mojica, President and CEO of Neighborhood…

Ontario International Airport welcomed 5.5 million passengers in 2019, most since 2008

Ontario International Airport (ONT) continued its run of impressive growth in 2019, welcoming 5.5 million air travelers for the year, the highest level in more than a decade. America’s fastest-growing airport also drew more cargo activity with shipments of commercial freight up 5.1%. “Ontario International Airport is fast becoming the hub of economic activity we believed it could be when we assumed control three years ago,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). “Ontario’s evolution as a viable option for air travel in Southern California is no longer a dream, but a reality. And the reality is that airlines, air travelers and freight shippers recognize Ontario’s value as a first-rate airport with the infrastructure, services and amenities that appeal to customers.” During calendar year 2019, ONT passenger volume increased 9.1% from 5.1 million in 2018 to more than 5.5 million. Domestic travel rose 8% from 4.8 million travelers in 2018 to more than 5.2 million. The number of international passengers increased 33.4% from 227,883 to more than 304,000. Ontario closed 2019 with nearly 515,000 passengers traveling through the airport…

Redlands wins record 16th County Mock Trial championship

Redlands High School extended its record for San Bernardino County Mock Trial championships to 16 on Jan. 18 as it defeated Rancho Cucamonga in the 38th annual competition.        The victory marked Redlands’ fifth title in the past seven years as it advances to the state competition in March in Los Angeles.        For Rancho Cucamonga of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, it was the team’s first time reaching the finals in the competition.        Presiding Superior Court Judge Michael Sachs congratulated both teams for their knowledge and determination during the two rounds of the finals held at the Foothill Law and Justice Center. County Superintendent Ted Alejandre also congratulated both teams for their spirited competition.           Approximately 450 students representing 32 high school teams have participated in the Mock Trial competition this year. This year’s case was the People v. Matsumoto, a murder case. The county Mock Trials competition is co-sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office.           Under the direction of coach Donna St. George, team members for Redlands include: Julia…

County Mock Trial Finalists Are Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands

Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands high schools will battle for the championship of the 38th annual San Bernardino County Mock Trial title on Jan. 18. The two schools survived two days of semifinals that ended today. The finals will take place at the Foothill Law and Justice Center in Rancho Cucamonga (8303 Haven Ave.). Redlands, a finalist in the competition since 2010, is looking to win its record 16th county title and fourth in the past six years. Rancho Cucamonga is seeking its first county title. Photo SBCSS: Rancho Cucamonga is seeking its first county title. For the finals, there will be sessions in the morning and the afternoon with both schools playing the roles of defense and prosecution. In the semifinals that took place on Jan. 15-16 at the San Bernardino Courthouse, Redlands defeated Los Osos while Rancho Cucamonga edged Oak Hills of Hesperia. The Mock Trial competition simulates a criminal case where students portray the principal courtroom characters on both sides of a case before a real judge. This year’s case is People v. Masumoto, a murder case. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of…

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”…

Neuropathic Therapy Center seeking participants for diabetic peripheral neuropathy study

Loma Linda University Health is seeking volunteers with moderate to severe below-ankle neuropathy for a graduate student research study titled The Effect of Intraneural Facilitation Therapy on Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy.The study hypothesizes that Intraneural Facilitation therapy (INF) — a treatment that uses three physical holds to stretch specific nerve areas and bring pressurized blood flow to damaged nerves — may relieve patients with diabetic neuropathy of pain and discomfort. The study will be done in conjunction with Loma Linda University Health Neuropathic Therapy Center, Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions’ Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, FACSM, CHES, CLS, and graduate student investigator Kyan Sahba DPT, PhDc.  To be considered for the study, individuals must be between 50-75 years old and diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. These individuals may regularly experience moderate to severe neuropathy below the ankles that includes feelings of burning, numbness, tingling, sharp pain and sensitivity of the feet.  Participation will be required for a total of five weeks, with only one visit required in the first week for baseline measurements. The study requirements are as follows: Three visits a week for four consecutive weeks…

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…

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…

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…

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Exhibits, Theater, Workshops, Classes:Saturday, January 11 to Sunday, January 26 – Lifehouse Theater, 1135 N. Church Street, Redlands, presents “Women Warriors,” a one-woman performance by author and actress Annette Hubbell who brings to life the extraordinary stories of women who transformed themselves, paved the way for others, and left the world a better place. Among the women portrayed are Corrie ten Boom, Gladys Aylward, Amy Carmichael, and Sojourner Truth. Performances are Friday’s at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday’s at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. (except opening night) ; and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There will also be a special performance on Thursday, January 23 and the Friday, January 24th performance will feature an interpreted presentation for the deaf. Tickets available at www.boxoffice.lifehousetheater.com or call (909) 335-3037. Friday, January 10 – the Inland Empire Coverage and Health Initiative (IECHI) presents the 8th Annual Legislative Forum: Challenges w/ Prescription Drug Costs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Molina Healthcare, 550 E. Hospitality Lane (first floor conference room), San Bernardino. This free annual event brings together elected officials, non-profit representatives, healthcare providers and networks, members of the business community and…

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…

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