Inland Empire Weekly

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians awards nonprofit news organization Indian Country Today $1 million grant

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has awarded a grant of $1 million to Indian Country Today, LLC, and will be the Founding Partner for a national news broadcast for and about American Indian and Alaska Native issues. The two-year grant will be used to hire talent and support production costs for a weekly, 30-minute national newscast that will be produced by the nonprofit news organization.  “We are excited about this partnership with Indian Country Today, a news organization that has been a positive presence and influence throughout the country for decades,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “Indian nations have a duty to help shape news and information about Native communities.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Indian Country to participate in this important endeavor.” Indian Country Today’s television program will be a weekly look at the news and include reports from tribes across the country as well as from ICT bureaus in Washington, D.C., and Anchorage, Alaska. In preparing for the weekly newscast, Indian Country Today has been producing short video stories on its platform IndianCountryToday.com. Indian Country Today…

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announces applications for summer meal programs

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Friday that applications are available for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), both federally funded, state-administered programs that serve free meals to children eighteen and younger when school is out of session. “Food insecurity is a daily struggle for some of our students and their families and that struggle can become even more critical during the summer months,” said Thurmond. “Summer Meal Programs provide children in poverty with the nutritious meals necessary to help them strive physically and mentally. A child who is not distracted by hunger is a child ready to learn.” According to the California Association of Food Banks, 85 percent of children who benefit from the federally funded free or reduced-price lunches during the school year miss similar lunch programs available during the summer. Every summer, 17 of 20 low-income students fall into the summer nutrition gap. In 2019, the Summer Meals Programs served over 14 million meals at close to five thousand sites throughout the state. “This type of effort could not exist if it weren’t for the…

Fontana Unified students earn certifications in Construction Career Tech Pathway

Nine Citrus High School students are on their way to mastering a trade, equipped with a core certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Citrus High, one of Fontana Unified’s continuation schools, offers the certification as part of its Building and Construction Trades career tech pathway, which launched in 2017. Students complete hands-on construction projects, employing safety strategies, using hand and power tools and applying mathematics and measurement skills, all of which help them emulate careers in construction trades. “We are proud to offer a pathway that addresses a need in the community and prepares students to graduate as employable professionals,” Citrus High School Principal Mike Bunten said. “Congratulations to the students who have worked hard to earn their certifications and to those who will earn them later this year.” Photo FUSD: Citrus High School’s Building and Construction Trades pathway students gain hands-on experience in the school’s workshop. The pathway, which can be completed in one to two years, contains two parts – one unit of core curriculum from NCCER and one unit of instruction in industrial maintenance electrical and instrumentation…

Global leader and entrepreneur, Janice Bryant Howroyd, delivers powerful speech at CSUSB

Motivated by her family, and particularly her husband, Janice Bryant Howroyd, businesswoman, educator and one of America’s most successful female entrepreneurs, talked to an audience at Cal State San Bernardino about the importance of gratitude of those around you and the balance needed in one’s life, which she says cannot be done alone. “Balance isn’t levered by you alone,” Howroyd said on Jan. 30 in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. “You got to be thoughtful that somebody else is winning along with you.”  And one of those people in her life is her husband, Bernie, who may be in the sixth of seven phases of Alzheimer’s disease, but is “very present in her heart and her spirit.” “My husband, Bernie Howroyd, has loved me well for over 41 years. He has supported everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” she said of her husband. Howroyd offered life advice and suggestions for success, which can be found in her newest book “Acting Up: Winning in Business and Life Using Down-Home Wisdom.” In particular, she highlighted the importance of practicing gratitude, repeating daily affirmations and creating vision…

Fire Chief to attend State of the Union, promote county support

San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Chief Dan Munsey will attend the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as the guest of San Bernardino County Congressman Pete Aguilar. Chief Munsey said he sees his attendance as an opportunity to build upon the good working relationships the County has with federal agencies and lawmakers. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent our region and San Bernardino County Fire at the president’s State of the Union address,” Chief Munsey said. “Our county depends on the relationship we have with our federal partners to ensure the safety of our residents, and I look forward to the chance to reinforce that relationship.” “The County is proud and fortunate to have Chief Munsey represent us and the public safety needs of our residents in Washington and at the State of the Union address,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “When disaster strikes our county, the men and women of County Fire stand bravely on the front lines. It is appropriate to have their organization stand as a symbol of the value in partnerships with the federal…

County Honor Bands, Orchestras to perform in February, March

In February and March, two regional San Bernardino County honor bands and a countywide orchestra will hold their annual performances. The events, which feature musicians at the elementary, middle and high school levels, are organized by the County Music Educators’ Association, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. The first performance — featuring three honor bands representing the San Bernardino Basin region of the county — will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel. On Feb. 15, the honor bands representing the High Desert will perform at 7 p.m. at Barstow Community College. The final performance will take place at 7 p.m. on March 7 with the countywide honor orchestras playing at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel.             Several hundred county students at the elementary, middle and high school levels participate each year in the performances, and guest conductors work with the students to perform their music selections. The post County Honor Bands, Orchestras to perform in February, March appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

What Kobe means to me & basketball fans everywhere

On Sunday morning the NBA lost a piece of its history. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna – often called Gigi – and 7 others (John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah and Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan), passed away in a helicopter crash. As a Laker fan and just a basketball fan in general, I am so upset to see my basketball idol pass away at only 41. This is what he meant to me and to many other basketball fans out there. Growing up, I’ve always been a Laker fan. I wasn’t alive for Kobe’s three-peat with Shaq, and I vaguely remember his last 2, being I was so young.  However, I did get to see him play once, the year before he retired.  But the amount of videos I’ve watched make me feel like I was there the whole time. Kobe’s career and his game in general will never be replicated. His ability to score in any way – post ups, jumpers, slam dunks can never be matched. My generation and the generation’s to come will always admire his game and his…

CSUSB criminal justice and MBA online programs ranked among best in the nation

Cal State San Bernardino’s criminal justice and MBA online programs have been listed among the best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings of online academic programs. The university’s criminal justice program, which is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was listed 35th of 80 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was tied with St. Joseph’s University. CSUSB’s MBA program, which is housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, was listed 112th of 321 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was also tied with five other institutions: Arkansas State University – Jonesboro; Louisiana Tech University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Portland State University; and the University of Texas-Tyler. The deans of both colleges that each house one of the programs said the rankings recognized the commitment and dedication of faculty and staff. “This ranking is a tribute to the outstanding work and accomplishments of the faculty and staff in our criminal justice program,” said Rafik Mohamed, dean of the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where the criminal justice program is housed. “Our…

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Exhibits, Theater, Workshops, Classes:Now to March 14 – the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Fashion Conscious” an exhibit on the social, economic and formal framework of fashion, including issues of labor, gender, power and more. Artists included in the exhibit are: Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Libby Black, Pilar Gallegos, Bean Gilsdorf, Anthony Lenore, Manny Llanura, Dr. Fahamu Pecou, the Rational Dress Society, and the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms. The Wignall is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. For information call Roman Stollenwerk (909) 652-6490 or email roman.stollenwerk@chaffey.edu Tuesdays – free Ballroom Dance Classes are offered to all ages from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Highland Senior Center, 3102 Highland Ave, Patton (just inside Patton Hospital). Instructors Ricardo & Teri Tomboc teach foxtrot, waltz, rumba, tango, swing, hustle and other nightclub dances. For information call (909) 862-8104 or (909) 289-0044. 4th Thursday of the Month – the Garcia Center for the Arts and Partnership with the Mexican Consulate of San Bernardino presents Mexican Movie Night. This free event screens Mexican films…

San Bernardino County monitoring Novel Coronavirus; reports no local cases

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate mostly among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Common symptoms in an infected human include a fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.  “There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County to date,” states Dr. Erin Gustafson, San Bernardino County Assistant Health Officer. “DPH will keep citizens informed as more information about the coronavirus is made available. At this time, we urge the public to remain calm, as it is very unlikely to be at risk of contracting the virus.” As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you: Washing hands with soap and water. Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoiding close contact…

Empire KVCR’s “Uncovered in the Archives” gives voice to Inland Empire

Paintings lost and neglected in the catacombs of the Mission Inn are the subject of an award-winning episode of “Uncovered in the Archives,” a documentary show aired on EMPIRE | KVCR. One of 13 episodes in the first season, it took third place for short documentaries in the 12th National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards for the Los Angeles Press Club. “We are proud to be honored among such a fine group of journalists,” said Brad Pomerance, who hosts and produces the series along with CJ Eastman and Glenn Grant for Empire EMPIRE | KVCR, the public TV and radio station for the Inland Empire, operated by the San Bernardino Community College District.    The honored episode tells the story of paintings by Henry Chapman Ford of the California Missions, images credited with inspiring the Mission Revival architectural movement. Purchased for the Mission Inn, they were damaged in a flood and left to rot until a housekeeper tried to throw them away.  Citizens formed the Friends of the Mission Inn, as well as a Mission Inn Foundation, and they had the paintings carefully restored. They now…

Ontario Airport may serve as repatriation point for U.S. citizens heading back from China

The County has been notified by the State Office of Emergency Services that Ontario International Airport may serve as the repatriation point for up to 240 U.S. citizens, including nine children, arriving from the Wuhan region of China in a U.S. State Department-chartered aircraft. County departments and personnel are working closely with our state, city, and ONT partners to prepare for this possible repatriation, focusing on ensuring the arriving citizens are free of any illness before clearing them to proceed to their respective U.S. destinations, and protecting the San Bernardino County community from the possibility of exposure to any contagions. ONT was designated by the federal government as the official repatriation center for California about a decade ago, and various County departments have participated in numerous comprehensive repatriation exercises with state and federal agencies during the past several years to ensure the County and all other agencies are prepared for this type of event. The occupants of the aircraft will consist entirely of U.S. State Department employees, U.S. contractors who have been working in China, and other U.S. citizens. The aircraft will first arrive in…

The Afro exhibit opens at the County Museum

San Bernardino County Museum is pleased to present “The Afro, a historical view: From the Afro Comb to the Crown Act.” The show opens Thursday, Jan. 30 and runs through March1, 2020. A museum member reception takes place on Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Curated by Leah Goodwin, the exhibit tells the story of Dr. Willie L. Morrow, barber, creator of the Afro Pick comb, and author of 400 years Without a Comb. The exhibit includes artifacts that document the story of this beauty phenomenon, and features artworks by renowned African American artists Ernie Barnes and Albert Fennel. Morrow, born in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1940, became a barber at age twelve. He relocated to San Diego, opened his own barber shop, and quickly began inventing tools, formulating products, developing techniques, writing, and teaching. At just 22 years old, Morrow carved his first Afro Pick comb out of wooden dowels. Shortly thereafter, he produced a plastic injection version of the Afro Pick comb, the first commercially produced in the United States, which became a household item and recognized political icon the world over. Several years…

26th Chocolate Fantasy raises support for Boys & Girls Clubs

Community members can enjoy desserts, champagne, and live music while supporting local kids and teens on Feb. 8, 2020. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside’s 26th annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser is the Saturday before Valentine’s Day at the historic Mitten Building in Redlands. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event is 7 to 11 p.m. Attendees can enjoy savory and sweet treats from local businesses while giving back to Inland Empire youth. The event will include live and silent auctions, a live band, a photo booth, and a raffle. “We’re grateful for the long-time support of the community for our kids through Chocolate Fantasy,” said Club CEO P.T. McEwen. “We hope everyone can celebrate this great event with us.” Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available. Attendees can vote for Chocolatier of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and Decorations of the Year. Chocolate Fantasy is open to guests 21 and over, and black tie attire is preferred. Event and pre-sale raffle tickets can be purchased at www.BeGreatIE.org, at Boys & Girls Clubs’ administrative offices at 1251 Clay St., Redlands, or by calling…

Respect the I.E. or lose California

By Darrell Peeden, Vice President of the Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education and the Southern-Vice Chair of the Children’s Caucus of the California Democratic Party and a city of Rialto Commissioner. The democratic primary is at our doorstep, and only two Democratic presidential candidates recognize how important voters in the Inland Empire are to winning the democratic nomination and the presidency. There are well over 1 million eligible voters in the I.E., which is enough to make a considerable impact in this election  –  an election that will see record breaking voter turnout. It’s great to see presidential candidates come to the Inland Empire. However, it’s much better for the I.E. when these candidates actually take the time to sit down and have personal meetings with local leaders and community activists to discuss the issues that our workers and community are facing. On December 20th, I sat down with Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders right before his campaign rally in Moreno Valley. Sitting directly across from Bernie, we discussed the major issues impacting our community: poverty, worker’s rights, air quality, economic…

10th annual CASE event raises awareness of human trafficking

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) held its 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Saturday morning, Jan. 25 at the Children’s Network office on Hospitality Lane where over 200 people participated in marked solidarity. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about this sordid modern day slavery that is occurring in our communities.  The average age a child in the U.S. enters the commercial sex industry is 12. “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.” Two speakers from Los Angeles County shared their personal experiences: Sylvia Miller, whose daughter fell victim to sexual human trafficking, and Angela, a victim of labor trafficking. “You have to be aware and look for signs,” said Sylvia, whose daughter, 14 at the time, started making new and older friends…

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