Inland Empire Weekly

San Bernardino County to rescind 501C3 homelessness related funding, results in rally

Bright and early on May 19, several 501(c)(3) nonprofits and partnering agencies rallied together to elevate the voices of homeless youth across the region. On May 6th, numerous agencies received a letter from Assistant Executive Officer of San Bernardino County, CaSonya Thomas, explaining that promised funding to the 501C3 would be reduced to assist with the county’s response to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-32-20; which grants spending flexibility on COVID-19 homelessness-related efforts. On May 19, dozens of youth & agencies uniting to elevate the voices of homeless youth across the region. In total about $2 million of Homeless Emergency Assistance Program (HEAP) funding would be taken back from duly contracted 501C3’s and agencies who provide essential services to homeless youth in the county. “We’re here today to elevate our voices. On May 6, we received a letter from the county basically saying they were taking the money back, but the contract states that rescinding the funds should be in consultation with the 501C3,” said CEO of Family Assistance Program Darryl Evey. “Several San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors had no idea that a letter was…

Aguilar votes to provide additional coronavirus funding for Inland Empire residents, first responders

The House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act on Friday, May 15, a bill to provide relief to first responders, frontline workers and Americans affected by the spread and economic effects of the coronavirus crisis. The bill includes nearly $1 trillion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments to ensure first responders, police officers, teachers, and other key municipal and frontline workers avoid pay cuts or layoffs. The bill also establishes a Heroes’ Fund of $200 billion to give hazard pay to frontline workers, provides additional stimulus payments of up to $6,000 per family, and funds an additional $75 billion for coronavirus testing, treatment and prevention efforts. If the bill is enacted, the most recent estimates indicate that cities within California’s 31stCongressional District and the County of San Bernardino would be eligible for over $1.9 billion in combined federal funding over the next two years, with the following individual allocations: The post Aguilar votes to provide additional coronavirus funding for Inland Empire residents, first responders appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Local health plan donates 221,000 PPE units, supplies

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has sourced and donated more than 221,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to local government agencies, medical societies, associations and hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Receiving organizations include: • Allstar Health Providers • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center • Community Health Association of Inland Southern Region • Dignity Health • Hemet Global Medical Center • Illumination Foundation • Inland Empire Autism Center • Loma Linda University Health • Martha’s Village and Kitchen • Riverside County Medical Association • Riverside Department of Public Health and Emergency Operation Center • Riverside University Health System • SAC Health System • San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Emergency Operation Center • San Bernardino County Medical Society To date, the plan has provided 53,000 disposable masks, 13,000 N95 masks, 50,000 surgical gowns, 70,000 isolation gowns, 80,000 boxes of gloves and 3,000 containers of sanitizing wipes. Recipients have been very thankful for the supplies. “Thank you, IEHP, for providing safety and protection,” said Loma Linda University President Richard Hart. “IEHP’s gift for COVID-19 Clinical Care means critical…

“Shaq Life” a great show for everyone

As if an MJ documentary wasn’t enough, TNT recently aired the season premiere of “Shaq Life.” A show that covers Shaq’s life outside of working on Inside the NBA on TNT. We got to see Shaq’s relationship with his family, his MMA training, as well as his entrepreneur side and DJ career where he has made a name for himself as DJ Diesel. So let’s get into Shaq’s life.  The first couple episodes of the show highlights Shaq’s entrepreneur side. He joins the board at Papa John’s, who are recovering from the leave of their spokesman after racist comments he made went public. The episodes highlight the backlash Shaq got from joining the board, with some people saying some things that really got to him. But, he is Shaquille O’Neal, he got through it, established his own Papa John’s in Atlanta, and has helped get the company back on track.  Another highlight in the show is DJ Diesel. The show follows Shaq throughout his DJ world tour. And, it was a struggle for him at the start. His first couple shows in the EU did not go well, with…

Phase 2 San Bernardino County businesses can open curbside only

Unless designated as a Phase 1 “essential business,” San Bernardino County businesses designated as early Phase 2 can re-open as curbside pickup until further notice. The early phase of Phase 2 are “lower risk” workplaces, including but not limited to bookstores, jewelry stores, clothing and shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores, and florists. Supply chains supporting the above businesses can also open under this early stage of Phase 2, specifically in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. All businesses will need to modify operations to reduce contact, ensure proper distancing, and ensure proper PPE and sanitation equipment for all employees, preferably with outdoor breakrooms and physically distant seating.  “This is a key step in reopening our economy responsibly and safely,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “By beginning with mostly curbside operations for early Phase 2 businesses, we are giving business owners an opportunity to begin the process of ramping up their operations and ramping up our economy while ensuring the safety of their employees and patrons.” The ability to continue opening workplaces in Phase 2, and eventually higher risk…

Citrus Valley High School athlete Alex Sandoval honored as CBCA 2020 All Southern Section

Citrus Valley High School Blackhawks Senior and Pitcher, Alex Sandoval, was honored by California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA) 2020 All Southern Section Varsity for Division 5. On Friday, May 1, it was announced Sandoval is one of 25 athletes out of 66 varsity teams throughout the division to be honored based on career success. “I was excited to be recognized by the CBCA, even though our baseball season was cut short. As a pitcher, I felt as if I accomplished something I’ve been working towards for the last four years,” said Sandoval. Amidst the pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of the remainder of the baseball season, Sandoval still managed to throw 286 pitches within Citrus Valley Blackhawk’s 9-2 baseball season. “Thank you to my teammates for making it a great season. I will miss being on the field with all of you. Congratulations to everyone in Class of 2020. This is just the beginning,” concluded Sandoval. Sandoval’s career highlights include playing varsity for three years, participating in the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association Senior Showcase at San Manuel Stadium, and most recently pitching two…

Uninsured Inland Empire Residents Receive 24/7 Access to COVID-19 Medical Advice

Uninsured Inland Empire residents now have access to medical advice 24/7 through the Inland Empire COVID-19 Medline, thanks to a collaboration between Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), 211 Riverside and San Bernardino County, Riverside and San Bernardino County Public Health, and Carenet Health. This free resource is accessible to uninsured residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties who call 211’s social service line with COVID-19 related health questions. In addition to community resources, 211 can route callers to a health professional, staffed by Carenet Health. In weeks prior, COVID-19 medical advice was offered to uninsured Inland Empire Residents through 211 on a limited basis. Inland Empire COVID-19 Medline was created to expand upon the original service and to provide a sustainable source of care for the Inland Empire’s uninsured population during this pandemic. “Regardless of insurance status, residents need access to trusted medical advice so appropriate measures can be taken when they or their family are ill,” said Takashi Wada, IEHP vice president of population health. While the Inland Empire COVID-19 Medline is for residents who do not have insurance, residents with health insurance are…

National breast cancer prevention study seeks Inland Empire volunteers

The WISDOM Study, a groundbreaking effort to determine the best way to screen for breast cancer, just received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute to help increase the number of minority women who participate, including those who primarily speak Spanish. The study, founded by doctors at the University of California, seeks to improve the way breast cancer is screened in women, and hopes to improve the health of generations of women.  Amidst the stress and uncertainty we are all facing from the Coronavirus pandemic, enrolling in the WISDOM study is something empowering that women can do for their health, online from the comfort of their home.  Women who participate are followed over time to determine whether a personalized approach to breast cancer screening, based on each woman’s individual’s risk (including her family and health history, lifestyle and genetics), can improve cancer detection and health outcomes when compared to the current, one size fits all approach to screening that recommends annual mammograms. Participation is convenient, online, and free of charge. “We still don’t know whether annual mammogram screenings are the best way to…

Former Board of Supervisors Chairman Dennis Hansberger passes

The County today mourns the passing of former Board of Supervisors Chairman Dennis Hansberger of Redlands. Chairman Hansberger served on the Board of Supervisors representing the Third District for 20 years, from 1972 until 1980 and then again from 1996 until 2008. He was selected by his fellow Board members to serve as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors from 1975 until 1977 and again from 2002 until 2004. He counted among his greatest accomplishments the building of the Seven Oaks Dam, the San Timoteo Creek Project, securing federal funding to combat blight, his efforts to restore the public’s trust in local government, and the expansion of the San Bernardino County Museum, the board of which he served upon until his death. Chairman Hansberger passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 78. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Karen Gaio Hansberger, Chief Medical Officer of the Inland Empire Health Plan, and four adult children. “Dennis is a legendary figure in the history of San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We will remember him as a fearless and…

Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino announces blood drive

Showcasing its commitment to the San Bernardino community, Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino announced today it will be hosting a Blood Drive with LifeStream Blood Bank.  The Blood Drive will be located at 1755 S. Waterman Avenue; Appointments are required to maintain social distancing. Please make your appointment by going to: “This is our second year participating with LifeStream and we are so excited to partner with such a wonderful organization,” stated Shari Hurley, general manager. “We partnered with LifeStream to show that our Hilton Garden Inn Brighthearted Hospitality exists outside of our hotel. There is a shortage of blood donations, especially O positive and O negative; we are hoping the Blood Drive will help fill the hospital shelves with much needed blood.” The post Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino announces blood drive appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Inland Empire residents form COVID Mask Force, donate over 7,000 3-ply face masks

Zomy Hernandez of Rialto and Jacqueline Friedel of Covina have found much success within their selflessness, as they have formed the Inland Empire’s first COVID Mask Force and donated over 7,000 3-ply facemasks, thus far. Hernandez, a stay-at-home mother, was in a local grocery store on March 20 and recounts breaking down in tears after witnessing the lack of facemasks present. “I broke down in tears and when I went home I asked myself, ‘What can I do to help?’ I know that I can sew,” said Hernandez. She then logged into neighborhood social media platform NextDoor and asked if any healthcare professionals, front line employees, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems were in need of a facemask. “I sent out that message on NextDoor and I was instantly flooded with messages. It got to the point that I had to create a spreadsheet to track and log how many masks were needed, just to stay organized,” continued Hernandez. On March 21, Hernandez received a message from another community advocate, Friedel, who inquired about assisting in the operations of the initiative. “I just…

County Superintendent Ted Alejandre Appointed to K-12 High Speed Network Advisory Board

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre has been appointed by California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to the K-12 High Speed Network Advisory Board. Alejandre’s appointment to the board is effective immediately through June 30, 2022. The K-12 High Speed Network is a state program funded by the California Department of Education to provide the California K-12 community with network connectivity, teaching and learning application coordination, and videoconferencing support. The mission of the K-12 High Speed Network advisory board is to enable educators, students and staff across the state to have access to reliable high-speed networks that have the capacity to deliver high quality online resources to support teaching and learning, and promote academic achievement. Alejandre expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment saying, “This is an exciting time of transformation in K-12 education. The impact new technologies are having on education across the state is tremendous-particularly as we shift to distance learning. I look forward to helping our public schools stay on the forefront of these exciting innovations.”        Thurmond remarked, “I am confident that you will be a valuable member of the…

Creative writing workshops continue online

The Creative Writing Workshop Series that is offered by the Inlandia Institute in partnership with the San Bernardino Public Library will be continuing this spring. While the workshops normally take place in the Rowe Branch Library, in response to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the workshops are being offered virtually. We are using Google Classroom and Zoom for the workshop. The dates for the next series of workshops will be May 12th, May 26th , June 9th, and June 23rd .  Led by professional writers and writing instructors, the Inlandia Institute Creative Writing Workshops are designed to meet the needs of writers working in all genres at all levels. Romaine Washington will be leading this series of workshops in San Bernardino. Romaine Washington is the author of Sirens in Her Belly, an Editor’s Choice top ten must-read for 2016. She is a Fellow of The Watering Hole, South Carolina and Inland Area Writing Project (IAWP) University California Riverside (UCR). She served as poet-in-resident for educators at the Riverside Mission Inn for three years. Romaine has presented her poetry on community television programs in Georgia and on a variety of radio programs…

Riverside County death toll higher than 17 states… and our Supervisors have a plan to make it worse

By Darrell Peeden, Moreno Valley Unified School Board Vice President You can’t operate a business without humans – yet. So, why are the Riverside County Board of Supervisors putting workers’ lives at risk for short-term economic gain they can’t even guarantee will materialize? That’s right. Our Supervisors are taking a page out of Georgia’s playbook and breaking with the most basic of recommendations by medical experts – no facemasks, no social distancing, and sending our kids back to school in the midst of an uncontained, uncontrolled, and highly contagious pandemic. The responsible choice would be a methodical and scientific approach to lifting these guidelines. Instead, our Supervisors are willing to disrespect the sacrifice we have all made the last two months because their donors are getting antsy.   This is typical Riverside County politics. Do what your corporate campaign donors say, regardless of the body count. As of 11PM Friday night, that number stands at 156 of our neighbors lost, 85 more fighting for their lives in intensive care units, and 4079 afflicted by COVID-19. Riverside County has the second highest number of confirmed cases and…

First responders parade past Loma Linda University Health, thank healthcare workers in show of solidarity, support

First responders from 13 local police and fire departments showed up in full force at Loma Linda University Health on Wednesday, April 29, parading their vehicles past the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital during the morning and evening shift changes. Sirens blaring, lights flashing and hands waving, the responders expressed their support and thanks to healthcare workers at the organization.  Hundreds of Loma Linda University Health employees, including doctors, nurses, clinical staff and administration, watched from sidewalks and windows as the parade drove by. There were photos, selfies and even some tears as hospital staff felt the love and support from the first responders. The departments who participated included CHP Inland Empire Division, Colton Fire Department, Fontana Police Department, Loma Linda Fire Department, Loma Linda University Health Public Safety, Ontario Police Department, Redlands Fire Department, Redlands Police Department, Riverside Police Department, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, San Manuel Fire Department, and San Manuel Public Safety.  The post First responders parade past Loma Linda University Health, thank healthcare workers in show of solidarity, support appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Project Boon, Hitch Burger host Mother’s Day drive-thru grocery distribution event

The Hitch Burger Grill in Rancho Cucamonga will, once again, be partnering with Project Boon to host a drive-thru FREE grocery distribution for underserved families in the Inland Empire area. On May 10 at 2:00pm, Project Boon will be handing out bags of groceries to those in need at the Hitch Burger drive-thru (10789 Arrow Rte., Rancho Cucamonga). The event on Easter Sunday was an incredible success! Project Boon and Hitch Burger handed out over 200 bags of groceries and cases of water to families in need and hope to serve 300 families on Mother’s Day!    Families in need can come to Hitch Burger on Sunday, May 10 at 2:00pm for this free grocery distribution. Hitch Burger and Project Boon do ask that you do not line up early and distribution is limited to ONE bag per car. Groceries will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. In order to maintain social distancing and follow all CDC guidelines, this will be drive-thru only. Project Boon and Hitch Burger look forward to helping underserved families make ends meet during the particularly difficult time. Rach G.…

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