Chino lawmaker Connie Leyva makes bid for San Bernardino County supervisor

State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, won’t seek re-election to the state Legislature this November. Instead, she’ll run for an office much closer to home — a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino. Leyva, a former labor leader, was elected to represent state Senate District 20 in 2014 and reelected in 2018. She won handily both times — getting 62.4% of the vote in 2014 and 69.5% in 2018. But California’s legislative districts were redrawn in late December, splitting Leyva’s district in two. The new Senate District 29 includes most of the San Bernardino County side of her current district, while the new Senate District 22 includes her hometown of Chino, but otherwise is mostly Los Angeles County. On Dec. 24, Leyva announced on Twitter that she’d run for a third and final term (due to term limits) to represent Senate District 22. But less than two weeks later, she pulled the brakes, announcing Jan. 4 that she wouldn’t be running for the seat after all. “After redistricting, and doing some soul-searching, I realized my heart is in…

San Bernardino County tops 500,000 COVID-19 cases

More than a half-million San Bernardino County residents, or almost 1 of every 4, have now had a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to figures released Wednesday, Jan. 26. The county health department identified more than 33,000 new cases in the past two days, reaching a total of 513,418 cases since the pandemic began. Riverside County also has reached the half-million-case milestone. The California Department of Public Health says the county topped that mark a week ago and now has 540,723 confirmed cases. The Riverside County public health department is reporting a smaller cumulative total — 442,753 cases as of Wednesday — but the county’s chief epidemiologist said the state numbers are correct and a data issue is keeping it from showing a similar figure. The actual number of Inland Empire residents who have been infected is certainly much higher than any of the numbers being reported, as the official numbers only include people who took a kind of test known as PCR, and not those who never got tested or took other kinds of tests, such as rapid antigen tests that are becoming more…

Where should off-highway vehicle park be built in Riverside County?

Riverside County off-roaders often have to go off the county map to find public lands where they can roam legally. To fix that, officials want to build an off-highway vehicle park in the county’s western half. And they want the public’s help picking a suitable site. A virtual public meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, to gather input on where the park should go. An online survey to narrow possible sites from six to three is open until Friday, Jan. 28. A Riverside County park is needed, especially with the spike in off-road vehicle sales since the coronavirus pandemic, said Amy Granat, managing director of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association. “It’s really important to supply opportunities (for off-roading) that are well-managed and enforced,” she said. “We want to teach people to engage in the sport in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.” California state parks numbers show 19% of Riverside County residents might take part in off-roading, according to a feasibility study for the proposed county park. There are 75% more off-highway vehicle registrations in the county per capita than the rest…

Amy Schneider’s historic ‘Jeopardy!’ championship ends after 40 wins

Amy Schneider’s historic 40-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!” came to an end Wednesday when she was stumped in the final round and couldn’t correctly identify one of the world’s most populous countries whose last name ends in “H.” Although Schneider entered the final round ahead of the two other contestants, the Oakland engineering manager failed to answer “What is Bangladesh?” That left it to Chicago multimedia librarian Rhone Talsma to pull ahead with a first place score of $29,600. Schneider finished second with $19,600. Schneider, 42, finishes her time on “Jeopardy!” as one of its most beloved champions, racking up many accolades during her eight weeks on the iconic game show. She was the best woman to ever play the game and the first openly transgender person to make it to the Tournament of Champions. During a midday interview Wednesday on ABC7, Schneider acknowledged to Jobina Fortson that her run on the show had been “impactful,” appearing on the national stage and in such a “mainstream space.” “You know it’s a little hard to take in,” said Schneider. “I just went out there to play…

91 Freeway closure in Corona on again for this weekend

Driving west through Corona this weekend could be a nightmare. In a rescheduling of the closure canceled last weekend, all westbound lanes of the 91 Freeway are set to shut from McKinley Street to Main Street — all weekend long — for a construction project, a Riverside County Transportation Commission news release states. Last week’s planned work was canceled because of the heavy Santa Ana winds. Scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, and end at 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, the closure will allow crews to safely put up support structures to guide construction of a new $270 million ramp connecting toll lanes on the 91 and 15 freeways, the release states. The westbound 91 Express Lanes in Riverside County and westbound 91 off-ramp at McKinley also are scheduled to close. The closure was originally planned for Friday, Jan. 21, through Monday, Jan. 24. Drivers are urged to avoid the area by taking the 60 Freeway or other routes. Detours are set up, though long delays should be expected, officials said. The detours involve: Heading north on the 15, exiting at Hidden…

Manufacturing Day Celebrated With Virtual Tours

Inland Empire, CA – Celebrated annually, national MFG-Day has, in past years, opened factories to students and the public, to expose them to the advantages and activities advanced manufacturing careers. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, manufacturers are instead going to the students with videos. The post Manufacturing Day Celebrated With Virtual Tours appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Inland Empire Community Foundation Selects New Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs

Riverside, CA – Michelle Decker, President and CEO of Inland Empire Community Foundation, has appointed Julian Y. Cuevas to the position of Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs, effective Oct 1. The post Inland Empire Community Foundation Selects New Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Community Leaders to Jointly Address Inland Empire Educational and Economic Challenges

Inland Empire, CA (September 4, 2020) – Community leaders from education, business, government, and nonprofit sectors will gather on September 21–22, for the 4th Annual Toward a Shared Vision conference, working jointly to tackle some of the Inland Empire’s toughest challenges related to education and the economy. By the time the decade draws to a close, the Inland Empire will… The post Community Leaders to Jointly Address Inland Empire Educational and Economic Challenges appeared… For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Ontario driver honored by Penske Logistics

Saturnino Garcia, who works for Penske Logistics in Ontario, was recently inducted into the Penske Logistics Driver Wall of Fame. In a ceremony at the company’s global headquarters in Reading, Pa., Garcia was honored for his 20 consecutive years of safe driving without any preventable injuries or accidents. This is an accomplishment that fewer than 1% of Penske’s drivers achieve, according to a news release. The company employs more than 11,000 drivers across its North America operations. The Wall of Fame is a component of the Penske Premier Driver Recognition Program for its professional truck drivers in the United States and Canada. The program has four levels to honor consecutive years of safe driving: Diamond,  20 years; Platinum, 15 years; Gold, 10 years; and Silver, five years. Penske Logistics has operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia and provides supply chain management and logistics services to companies around the world. For information, go to penskelogistics.com.

San Bernardino County Awards $3.4 Million in COVID-Relief Grants to 216 Nonprofits

Riverside, CA – In partnership with Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF), San Bernardino County recently awarded $3.4 million to 216 nonprofits through the San Bernardino County Nonprofit Assistance Fund.  The post San Bernardino County Awards $3.4 Million in COVID-Relief Grants to 216 Nonprofits appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

How Changes to California’s Property Tax System Could Affect Reassessments

Changes are coming to Prop. 13, California’s paramount property tax limitation measure that caps taxable property value increases, and homeowners who are over the age of 55, disabled, or victims of a natural disaster stand to benefit the most. Transfers between family members will also be affected. The post How Changes to California’s Property Tax System Could Affect Reassessments appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Oak Valley College offers a Full Tuition Scholarship for Cal Grant award recipients

For low and middle-income California residents who are eligible for Cal Grant-A (3.0 GPA with some income requirements), Oak Valley College offers its Full Tuition Scholarship. New freshmen with a Cal Grant-A may attend all eight semesters at Oak Valley with no out of pocket tuition costs and without using any loans. The post Oak Valley College offers a Full Tuition Scholarship for Cal Grant award recipients appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

MSJC Art Gallery Presents Art Talk with Artist Emma Robbins

The Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Art Gallery will host an online art talk with Emma Robbins, a Diné artist and social justice fighter, from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. The post MSJC Art Gallery Presents Art Talk with Artist Emma Robbins appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Claremont Graduate University Partners with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Support Healthier Communities in the Inland Empire

Claremont Graduate University (CGU) announces one of the largest gifts in its nearly 100-year history—$14 million—from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in Highland, CA, to purchase the Huntley Bookstore building at the heart of The Claremont Colleges, a unique group of institutions in U.S. higher education. The post Claremont Graduate University Partners with San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Support Healthier Communities in the Inland Empire appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Crestview Terrace is investing in human capital in the heart of San Bernardino

On January 20, National Community Renaissance (National CORE) and the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino hosted an opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Crestview Terrace, a new affordable housing community providing 184 market-rate apartments in the heart of San Bernardino.  The transformational affordable housing project is part of the 300-unit-plus Arrowhead Grove community and part of the citywide reinvestment initiative Uplift San Bernardino.  “This project recognizes that it’s not just housing that residents in San Bernardino are struggling with, it’s also economic development. This initiative is ensuring that people in this city develop skills for the future, garner financial education, they’ll be encouraged to follow their dreams as small business owners, and there are even after-school programs and tutoring resources for children in elementary, middle, and high school,” said Greg Bradbard, senior vice president for National CORE & president of Hope Through Housing. The affordable housing community, which moved in first phase residents in early 2021, is said to be a space where economic development is not just offered to adults, but students are also encouraged to stay in school, given the…

Door Dash’s California Dasher Advisory Group enlists Rialto resident to elevate Dasher experience

Josue Alcaraz, Door Dasher, and now California Dasher Advisory Group member, recently joined the committee to lift his voice and bring positive change to other Dashers across the state. After Dashing for a year-and-a-half, Alcaraz says the food delivery platform has completely changed his life, for the better. “Door Dash has literally changed my life by giving me an opportunity to make more money when I choose to, due to its flexibility. In the past year or so I’ve had the opportunity to save extra cash — it happened by cutting down the amount of time I spent laying on the couch watching TV and going out,” Alcaraz said. The purpose of the new advisory group is to empower Dashers to provide direct feedback and create actionable recommendations on both the Door Dash platform and policy solutions across California. “I’m proud to represent my Rialto and Inland community because my feedback and experience as a Dasher have the opportunity to make the platform a better experience for all other Dashers. I’m happy to let my voice be heard and share any issues encountered with organizational…

SBVC Film, Television and Media department set to launch MTV Unplugged-type show, calls upon local musicians

San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Film, Television, and Media (FTVM) Department is set to launch their own version of the iconic show, MTV Unplugged. Students in the FTVM department will be producing, shooting, and editing the entire series and will earn an IMDb (Internet Movie Database) credit to their name.  Via live acoustic performances, similar to MTV’s Unplugged, bands, artists and musicians are being asked to perform two to four songs, live, in front of an intimate audience (as permitted by COVID-19 protocols). “We’re looking forward to providing this opportunity to all the great bands and artists in the region who rarely receive the chance to have their music spotlighted and broadcasted across a large platform, like KVCR-TV,” said FTVM Co-chair Lucas Cuny. “Our students and staff are looking forward to putting their own spin on an iconic show, like MTV Unplugged, here on campus in the San Bernardino KVCR studios.”  Taping is set to begin in late January and will run through May 27, 2022 — the duration of the College’s Spring 2022 semester. Interested bands and artists should contact FTVM Department Co-chair Lucas Cuny for booking…

County Schools, District Attorney’s Office launch county’s first Civil Liberties Pilot Project

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), in partnership with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, is launching a pilot project called “Civil Liberties: Know Your Rights.” The pilot consists of educational resources that will be offered to high school students at three County Schools sites. “I am excited that we are offering this extended learning opportunity for our students that strengthens communication, collaboration and community around their needs, opinions and experiences with government entities and law enforcement,” said County Superintendent Ted Alejandre. “This would not have been possible without San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson’s initiative to make the understanding of civil liberties more accessible. I thank the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office for our partnership.” The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office initiated the project and offered to lead conversations directly with students from designated school sites coordinated by SBCSS. San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson and other guest speakers will facilitate open dialogue through a framework that explains students’ rights, help them navigate interactions with government actors in a positive and affirming way, as well as explain the roles…