Inland Empire Weekly

Activist discusses the issues of using Native American mascots

Native American activist, artist, educator and lecturer Charlene Teters spoke about the issues of using Native American mascots in the 21st century as part of Cal State San Bernardino’s Conversations on Diversity series, presented by the University Diversity Committee, on Nov. 12. Teters’ talk was co-sponsored by CSUSB’s Native American Speaker Series in celebration of Native American Heritage Month and was held at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. Teters discussed the harm that comes with stereotypes and how Native nations must compete with mass media imagery, such as Disney and the military’s use of their historical heroes as code for the country’s enemies. “There are more than 500 Indian nations within the United States,” Teters said. “We all have our rich history, language and culture. To turn us into stereotypes is to stop seeing us as individuals and traps us in someone else’s mistaken idea of who they think we are. These images are so powerful that non-Indian people do not see us as modern people with a valued history, a living culture and language, and a future.” Teters also discussed the issues that…

Cal State San Bernardino celebrates formal opening of Center for Global Innovation

Cal State San Bernardino celebrated the formal opening of its newest building, the Center for Global Innovation, during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 14. Located across from the John M. Pfau Library and constructed at a cost of $55 million, the three-story, 71,000-square-foot building is the new home of the university’s College of Extended & Global Education. CSUSB President Tomás Morales called the CGI “a magnificent structure that adds to the beauty of this campus,” in addressing the more than 150 people in attendance for the ceremony, “This building’s location did not occur by accident. It is near the center of campus, close to both the library and the student union, placing the students it serves in the heart of day-to-day activity,” Morales said. “This center is now the hub for international education at CSUSB. It is a one-stop shop for international students and those seeking a global learning experience through our study abroad offerings.” The center will play a vital role in the university’s international education programs, said Morales, who is a staunch advocate of study abroad programs. “Studies have shown (study abroad…

High school divers place 1st, 2nd in competition

Nathan Derry of Redlands and Camille Kilian of Yucaipa competed in the 2019 Glenn McCormick Memorial Diving Invitational last weekend in Palm Desert. Derry, who has only been diving for the last six months, placed first and second in the Boys 14-18 Novice 1 Meter and 3 Meter Diving competitions – his second competitive meet. In addition to diving, Derry serves as Freshman Class ASB Treasurer and is a member of the Debate Club at Redlands East Valley High School. Courtesy photo: Riverside Elite Diving Coach Jimmy Adams and Team Member Camille Kilian. Kilian placed first and second in the Girls 14-18 Novice 3 Meter and 1 Meter Diving competitions. Kilian, a sophomore at Yucaipa High School, has been diving for two years after switching from 8 years of gymnastics. A student in the Health & Biomedical Science Academy preparing to study medicine, Kilian volunteers at the Loma Linda VA Hospital when she isn’t diving or in school. Derry and Kilian are members of the Riverside Elite Diving Team, the Inland Empire’s only club diving program based out of the Riverside Aquatics Complex located at Riverside…

Redlands Community Hospital earns “A”Grade for patient safety in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report

November 12, 2019 – Redlands Community Hospital has earned an “A” grade in patient safety by the Leapfrog Group for the fall 2019 report. The group rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade is compiled by The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit patient safety watchdog, assessed patient safety among more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States. “Patient safety is a prime mission at Redlands Community Hospital,” said James Holmes, president and CEO of Redlands Community Hospital.  “We owe this excellent safety grade to our clinical team and staff’s commitment to deliver exceptional quality patient care to our community.” The safety scores consider factors such as how often a hospital gives patients recommended treatment for a given medical condition or procedure; assesses the environment in which patients receive care, such as whether a hospital uses a computerized physician order entry system to prevent medication errors; and what happens to a patient while receiving care, such as whether care teams left foreign objects in patients while undergoing surgery. “The findings of the Institute of Medicine’s report, published two…

Cardiologists use nation’s first alternative access point for heart device to save a veteran

In a first of its kind in the United States, cardiologists at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute have performed a pioneering coronary intervention with an Impella heart assist device and stent placement through single access from the axillary artery in the shoulder. The new procedure offers surgeons another option to help save the lives of people suffering from severely calcified coronary heart disease, which kills more than 370,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran David Quiett presented at Loma Linda University Medical Center with a heart attack. Physicians quickly learned that he had severely calcified coronary artery disease in his major arteries. He was in need of stents and a heart-saving pumping device. But surgeons were unable to insert both interventions in separate vascular entry points because of the patient’s calcification. The pumping device is usually inserted through the femoral artery near the groin, and stents are placed through a separate artery. Due to the patient’s condition, there were no viable traditional arterial access points. With no options left, Loma Linda University Heart Institute interventional…

First hydrogen-powered train in U.S. to be introduced as part of Redlands Passenger Rail Project in 2024

A contract signing Wednesday, Nov. 13 between Stadler U.S. and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) clears the way for the first hydrogen-powered passenger train to operate in the United States. The agreement marks a major milestone in bringing zero-emission passenger rail technology to the U.S. The hydrogen-powered FLIRT H2 vehicle will be introduced in 2024 as part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project, a nine-mile connector between Redlands and San Bernardino’s Metrolink station.  Under the agreement, Stadler will develop the first hydrogen-powered train. The ordered vehicle consists of two cars with a power pack in between that holds the fuel cells and hydrogen tanks. The train is expected to seat 108 passengers in addition to generous standing room. The FLIRT H2 is projected to transport passengers at a maximum speed of up to 79 mph (130 km/h). The predicted delivery will be in 2023; the train is scheduled to enter passenger service in 2024. “Implementing innovative solutions like this first-of-its-kind passenger train is an excellent example of how we are demonstrating our commitment to the next generation in San Bernardino County,” SBCTA President…

Loma Linda University Health nurse honored for donating 113 gallons of blood, inducted into national Donation Hall of Fame

Dexter Emoto, RN, a post-anesthesia care unit and recovery room nurse at Loma Linda University Health, has been inducted into the national Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame for his blood donations. Emoto started donating his blood 45 years ago while he was attending Pacific Union College (PUC) in California’s Napa Valley. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people, and at the time, I simply hoped someone could benefit from my donation,” he said. Emoto has donated more than 113 gallons, making him one of the highest blood donors in the western United States. That blood has helped nearly 1,500 individuals, estimates Lifestream. Representatives from Fresenius Kabi, an organization that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies, inducted Emoto into its national Donation Hall of Fame Wednesday for his contributions. Emoto began routinely donating blood at Lifestream in San Bernardino, California, in 1982 after transferring from PUC to Loma Linda University School of Nursing. “I realized I could benefit the patients in my local hospital by donating,” Emoto said. “Almost all of my donations have come to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where it goes to…

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Exhibits, Theater, Workshops, Classes:Now to December 7 – the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) presents “Made in California.” This exhibit is a collection of Wayne Shimabukuro’s portrait photographs of nearly 40 renowned California artists alongside their iconic works. The exhibition features artworks of different genres and mediums, all made in California from the mid-1970’s through today. RAFFMA is located at the Visual Arts Center on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway. For information and Museum hours call (909) 537-7373 or email raffma@sbusb.edu. November 15, 16, 21, 23 & 24 – the Chaffey College Theatre Department presents “Voices: Past and Present,” directed by Christa El-Said. The two act play features the work of American playwrights Susan Glaspell, Luis Valdez, and Amiri Baraja as well as original pieces by Chaffey students. The play examines gender roles, cultural stereotypes, race inequality, human struggles and more. Audience members may participate in a “talk back” with cast and crew after the performance. This production is not suitable for young audiences due to language and subject matter. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on…

Redlands Community Hospital honors Emergency Department Founder, the late Dr. Stephen Lazarus

More than 50 colleagues, family and community members gathered at Redlands Community Hospital this week for a plaque dedication ceremony to honor the memory of Dr. Stephen Lazarus, who founded the Redlands Community Hospital emergency department. Dr. Lazarus was the department’s director for more than 20 years.  He passed away in January of this year.  “Dr. Lazarus was a leader and an innovative healer who recognized the value of an emergency department and its impact on the community,” says Jim Holmes, president and CEO of Redlands Community Hospital. “His contributions to the hospital and community will continue to be remembered on honored.” Lazarus established the emergency department at Redlands Community Hospital in 1973 after a non-traditional path to medicine.  Originally admitted to the University of Michigan to study nuclear physics, Lazarus lost interest and headed west where he dealt blackjack, craps, and roulette at 14 different casinos in Las Vegas before being drafted to serve in the military. After completing his service in the military, Lazarus enrolled in the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). Upon graduation, he was accepted to the University of Oregon Medical…

Aguilar announces $720,000 to establish new Tribal Health Program for I.E.

Rep. Pete Aguilar joined Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (RSBCIHI) to announce $720,000 in federal funding to establish a services program for victims of crime on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The funding will allow RSBCIHI to hire a Victim Services Project Director, a Victim Services Support Specialist and a full-time Mental Health Clinician to establish a victims’ services program within the organization. The program will help members of tribal communities within the Inland Empire area connect with necessary mental and physical health services. RSBCIHI provides high-quality health services to tribal communities throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Too often, our tribal communities aren’t granted the resources they need to access high-quality medical care, including mental health care. The establishment of a victims’ services program through RSBCIHI will allow more Inland Empire residents to access the care they need in the wake of traumatic events,” said Aguilar. “The $720,000 in Federal Funding would provide a severely needed resource to the San Bernardino Native community and to Native American Victims of crime. The funding would assist in hiring a…

Paralympians in the making: California Classic spotlights disabled athletes

Austin Olive hopes to make the Paralympic swimming team in 2024. The 18-year-old Yucaipa resident is working hard to improve his time in the water and build his muscles. But along the way, Olive will have to qualify for a chance to make the team during events like the recent California Classic at Crafton Hills College. Held October 26 and 27 in CHC’s Aquatics Center, the Classic – hosted by US Paralympic Swimming – put a spotlight on para-athletes looking to showcase their abilities as they compete against their peers in several events. The meet was open to swimmers from all over the United States with any physical, visual or intellectual impairment. Several will move on to the Paralympics next year in Tokyo, while others like Olive are focused on future Games. Olive – or Auggie as he’s known – found swimming after he found it difficult to keep up with his peers on the baseball field. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, swimming opened several doors for Yucaipa High School alumnus, particularly when it came to addressing his competitive spirit, said a family member at the…

Over 1,000 teachers receive over $1 million in free school supplies

Over one thousand teachers got extra help for their classrooms at the first I.E.’s Largest Teachers Appreciation Day event held at Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Teachers from all over San Bernardino County chose from over $1 million in new school supplies donated by the Family and Kids Foundation. The event was open to elementary school teachers from all school districts. CAPSCB and Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy provided warehousing, sorting, and distributing the items, as well as publicizing the event to teachers and lending a hand as attendees browsed through the materials and chose items for their classrooms. Assemblymember Eloise Gomez-Reyes stopped by to support the event and presented certificates of appreciation, saying, “This event celebrates the joy of teachers who work tremendously hard to provide the best learning experience that will prepare all students to have successful futures.” Photo CAPSBC: San Bernardino City Unified School District and CAPSBC board member Dr. Margaret Hill peers into a bag full of supplies. CAPSBC board member Dr. Margaret Hill said, “These items go a long way in helping…

City Council appoints Charles M. Duggan Jr. as City Manager

The Redlands City Council voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to appoint Charles M. Duggan Jr. as the new Redlands City Manager effective Jan. 13, 2020, concluding an extensive recruitment process that included 44 applicants, resident and business participation and multiple community interview panels. “This has been a thorough, deliberative and collaborative process with our residents, our labor partners, the business community and my Council colleagues to identify the best candidate, one who will provide effective, efficient leadership and who will guide our City staff as we embrace the opportunities and the challenges that are opening before us,” said Mayor Paul Foster. “We are looking forward to Mr. Duggan engaging with our community, connecting with all our civic stakeholders and beginning a dialogue with our residents as we move forward into a bright future.” “I would like to thank the City Council for entrusting me with this responsibility. I am excited about the opportunity to work with such an engaged citizenry and capable staff,” Duggan said. “The great pride exhibited by the residents, elected officials and city staff is what first drew me to this wonderful community,…

Rep. Norma Torres announces legislation protecting students’ access to basic needs

Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) was joined Wednesday by local students, as well as advocates and experts focused on combatting student hunger and homelessness, to announce new legislation to ensure college students – particularly Pell Grant recipients and attendees of community colleges and minority-serving institutions – are able to meet their basic needs while pursuing their education. The Basic Assistance for Students in College (BASIC) Act provides $500 million for grants to ensure institutions of higher learning have the resources they need to support their students’ day-to-day needs, and directs the federal government to streamline data sharing across agencies to help students who qualify for aid access it. Courtesy photo: Mt. San Antonio College student, Merlin Diaz, fights back tears as she speaks at the podium with her son, Matthew. “Higher education is an invaluable asset in the 21st century workforce, but students can’t go broke trying to pay for it,” Rep. Torres said. “The legislation I announced today will ensure the federal government is coordinating assistance efforts across agency lines, empower colleges and universities to identify students in need of support, and provide resources…

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Exhibits, Workshops, Classes:Now to December 7 – the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) presents “Made in California.” This exhibit is a collection of Wayne Shimabukuro’s portrait photographs of nearly 40 renowned California artists alongside their iconic works. The exhibition features artworks of different genres and mediums, all made in California from the mid-1970’s through today. RAFFMA is located at the Visual Arts Center on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway. For information and Museum hours call (909) 537-7373 or email raffma@sbusb.edu. Saturday, November 9 – Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino presents Growing Your Art Career and Business from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Garcia Center for the Arts, 536 W. 11th Street, San Bernardino. This is a free workshop. Tuesday, November 12 – the Second City Training Center Hollywood will be offering Adulting 101: Public Speaking Basics at 6:00 p.m. at the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th Street, San Bernardino. Attendees will learn tips and tricks to calm anxiety and to communicate more effectively. This workshop is suited for ages 16…

Asm. Reyes, Dolores Huerta convene leaders to end child poverty

Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, Dolores Huerta and Conway Collis, co-chair of the state Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force and leader of the EndChildPovertyCA.org campaign, convened community leaders on Thursday, Oct. 31 to discuss child poverty in San Bernardino to work together to urge state lawmakers to finish implementing the Task Force plan to end deep child poverty in California. Participants met at the headquarters at the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. “We all know that poverty doesn’t happen by chance. It’s a direct result of public policy and generational poverty,” Assemblymember Reyes said as she called for further action on the Task Force Plan. “In San Bernardino County, 345,000 people live in poverty, and children are the most vulnerable population.”“I know when you think of the ‘IE,’ you think of ‘Inland Empire.’ From now on, I want you to think ‘Inclusion and Equity,” she added. “California allowed this to happen in part because there has never been a comprehensive plan,” said Collis of the state’s worst-in-nation child poverty crisis. “Now we have a plan that’s science based and data based.” “This…

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