American Legion Post 155 holds community event

Last Saturday, members of the public were invited to the American Legion Hall @ 1401 Veterans Way to take part in one of their community outreach events. Over 20 vendors came from the region, a dozen bikers brought their custom motorcycles, and the women’s auxiliary cooked up their best spaghetti recipes, all which provided plenty of opportunities for curiosity seekers, interaction and engagement. According to the organizer, Matthew Hernandez, this was a “community gathering.”  For the last two years, Hernandez has been the Bar Manager for the American Legion and during that time, has earned a growing reputation of community outreach in order to bring “synergy” to the American Legion Post 155. This event did not disappoint. Commander Steve Mestas celebrated the event as a complete success, and welcomed those who came to visit. He also encouraged them to take part in the activities, including the sampling of the eight delicious spaghetti dishes on display for the annual spaghetti tasting competition. The entire gathering brought many people together and included the vendor booths, the bike show, the spaghetti competition, and of course the bar, where dozens

Manufacturers Partner with Contract Education

San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) presented resources available to manufacturers through local community college programs to help manufacturers with staffing shortages. SBCCD team members Deanna Krehbiel, Interim Executive Director for Economic Development & Corporate Training and Wendy Lester, Interim Manager of Workforce Development for Economic Development & Corporate Training (EDCT) presented opportunities provided by the Contract Education program. The post Manufacturers Partner with Contract Education appeared first on InlandEmpire.us.

Redlands’ Lincoln Pilgrimage is returning after pandemic cancellations

Redlands’ Lincoln Pilgrimage, which was canceled in 2021 and 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is back this year. The parade, with youth groups and Civil War re-enactors participating, will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Redlands High School football stadium and end at the Lincoln Memorial Shrine, where there will be a short program before the Lincoln Shrine’s open house, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Lincoln Pilgrimage is hosted by the Gray Arrow District of the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America, in cooperation with the city of Redlands, and has been sponsored by the Redlands Noon Kiwanis Club for more than 40 years, according to a news release. This year’s pilgrimage, the 82nd, also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants will include Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from San Bernardino and Riverside counties, plus other youth groups and a Civil War re-enactors’ color guard with elements from Marine Detachment, Brooklyn Navy Yard 1861-1865, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Colton High School Cheerleading places fourth in the CIF’s Traditional Cheer Championships

On January 21, Colton High School (CHS) Cheerleading placed fourth in the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) 2023 Traditional Cheer Championships, which was held at MLK High School in Riverside.  The team made history by registering for the D-3 Co-Ed Section, and becoming the first team from CHS and the district to participate and place in the competition.  “In 2018, the CIF finally started recognizing cheer as a sport. So I started coaching at CHS in 2019 and as we were going to compete in the CIF Championship during the 2019-2020 school year, COVID-19 shut everything down. So this was the first year we were able to compete at the CIF level where out of seven teams, we placed fourth,” said Cheer Advisor and Coach Gevina Parra.  Colton High School Cheerleading competing at the California Interscholastic Federation’s 2023 Traditional Cheer Championships on January 21 at MLK High School in Riverside. Parra, who is a CHS alumnus herself, said she is proud of the team’s accomplishment, as they only began practicing for the championship on November 15, 2022.  “Colton High School Cheerleading is a new freshman team

I-10 Cedar Avenue Project expands interchange to 10 lanes and Rialto City Council issues moratorium on truck traffic

Good news for residents in Rialto, Bloomington, Fontana, and travelers visiting these cities as the three municipalities along with San Bernardino County and its transportation authority broke ground on the I-10 Cedar Avenue Interchange Project on January 13.  The project’s scope of work includes widening Cedar Avenue from six to 10 lanes, along with integrating new bridge railings and sidewalks, replacing Cedar Avenue over the train tracks, and adding additional lanes at the on and off ramps.  “With 104,000 residents living in Rialto and our region being a hub for the logistics industry, this project is long overdue (almost 10 years in the making). Not only will this project improve our traffic congestion and air quality, but it’ll also greatly elevate our resident’s quality of life in the long run,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson.  When asked how this project may improve air quality in the future, Robertson said with less idling truck traffic on the interchange, fewer emissions would be discharged, thus elevating the quality of life of residents in the City.  “Mitigating traffic congestion could also lead to less stress on the roads for

Thanks to the community, SB High School student raises enough money to fly to Texas to play in All-American Bowl

In November 2022, San Bernardino High School student and football player Raymond Ortega (position: center) called upon the community to help raise funds so he could compete in the Dream All-American Bowl at AT&T Stadium, in Texas between December 19-22.  Thanks to the community, Ortega’s dream came true and not only did he raise enough funds to compete in the showcase, but he also raised enough funds to bring his dad along, so he did not have to go at it alone. “It was Raymond and I’s first flight. It was an awesome experience for both of us. Raymond played his heart out on the AT&T Stadium field and had the opportunity to speak with multiple scouts from colleges from across the United States,” said Father Daniel Ortega.  Daniel said the pair’s schedule went something like this: December 18th: Landed at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and checked into hotel December 19th: Attended meeting with the organization and practiced  December 20th: Practiced in the morning and attended a seminar at night  December 21st: Practiced in the morning, attended a seminar at night, spoke with recruiters 

Omnitrans CEO/GM named Woman of the Year

Omnitrans CEO/General Manager Erin Rogers has been named “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) – Inland Empire chapter. “It is an honor to be acknowledged for my work in the industry I have dedicatedmy career to and have Omnitrans recognized for the strategic and importantwork the agency is doing,” said Rogers. “I am proud of Omnitrans’ initiatives toconnect our community, and of our team.” Rogers was nominated and selected by WTS member voting for her leadership intransit service innovation and effectiveness, and her development of women inkey roles. Omnitrans’ senior leadership team is 50 percent female, including theagency’s first female director of maintenance. The agency also partners withWTS on events such Classroom to Career days to expose students toprofessional possibilities in the industry and build the next generation of transitleaders. WTS’s mission is to attract, sustain, connect and advance women’s careers tostrengthen the transportation industry. “[Rogers] is inspirational,” said WTSInland Empire Chapter President Stephanie Blanco.

GIA among six organizations receiving $100M to accelerate institutional transformation

On Sept. 15, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) would be one of six intermediary organizations in the nation to lead transformation efforts at more than 250 U.S. colleges and universities in the next five years. The post GIA among six organizations receiving $100M to accelerate institutional transformation appeared first on InlandEmpire.us.

Oak Valley College Receives WASC Accreditation

Oak Valley’s WASC accreditation will become official on February 24th. Oak Valley is innovative, focused, community-centered, and practical. Faculty, administration, and staff are dedicated to teaching and mentoring students. Oak Valley’s mission is to educate you to think critically, solve complex problems, write effectively, and present information with sound reasoning, clarity, and conviction. The post Oak Valley College Receives WASC Accreditation appeared first on InlandEmpire.us.

Has The Internet Finished Transforming Business?

In a complete reversal from the last several years, and especially the Covid years when small businesses went out of business in a wholesale way, they are up in a huge way now. The Census Bureau reported that more than 4.4 million new businesses were created during 2020. The post Has The Internet Finished Transforming Business? appeared first on InlandEmpire.us.

CSUSB “Augie” awarded to staff member Lisa Gordon

Lisa Gordon, who serves as the administrator support coordinator for the marketing department at the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, was named the recipient of the Augie Award for her work and volunteer efforts as a member of the campus community member.  The Augie was named for the late Augie Hartung, who served as associate director of Facilities Services from 2001-2006. The university created the Augie Award in 2006 to recognize one person at CSUSB who best emulates Augie’s caring spirit, unquenchable enthusiasm for assisting others, and warmth in thoughtfully reaching out to friends and strangers alike. The Augie Award (The Augie) has become among the most coveted prizes the university offers. The Augie is in the shape of a popsicle because Augie was well known for giving out free popsicles on hot summer days, just to show that he cared and to see people smile. Gordon, who joined CSUSB in 2004, was described as “a friend of Augie and strives to have a positive impact on those around her,” said Jaime Espinoza, chair of the CSUSB Staff Council Executive Board.

The West Valley Water District (WVWD) Board of Directors today announced that the agency has earned the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR Award) by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for fiscal year ended June 30, 2021. Last year, WVWD issued its first PAFR, a document that provides the public with easy-to-understand information that describes WVWD’s organizational structure, operations, finances and water sources. The GFOA, which encourages and assists federal, state and local governments in financial efficacy and transparency, sets strict standards for PAFRs. The organization also issues the PAFR award to government organizations that meet its stringent guidelines. “This award for our first PAFR submission to the GFOA is a significant achievement for the West Valley Water District. It reflects our strong commitment to financial transparency and accountability,” said WVWD Board President Greg Young. “On behalf of the board, I commend our finance department for their excellent work on the report and their continued efforts to build public trust through publishing transparent and accessible information.”  The GFOA requires that PAFR Award recipients submit

‘Mymy was our biggest cheerleader’

My Nhan was a regular at the Star Ballroom for more than a decade, choosing the Los Angeles-area dance hall popular with older Asian Americans as the place to “start the year fresh” with Lunar New Year celebrations, her niece said. Complete coverage: Monterey Park Mass Shooting Her family now takes some solace knowing that Nhan, one of 11 people shot and killed in Monterey Park by a gunman Saturday night, died after an evening of doing what she loved. “It is comforting to know that she enjoyed her last dance, even though it was her last dance,” said her niece, Fonda Quan. Nhan, 65, was a regular at both of the dance halls Tran targeted. The spots were popular places for older Asian Americans to socialize and dance. It was where Nhan chose to celebrate the new year, which came three weeks after the passing of her mother. Nhan, who had been her mother’s caretaker, was ready to “start the year fresh” and to celebrate with friends, Quan said. She immigrated from Vietnam in the 1980s and ended up making the San Gabriel Valley her

Rep. Aguilar announces $1.4 million to restore the Historic Roosevelt Bowl

This week, Rep. Pete Aguilar presented the City of San Bernardino with $1,400,000 in federal funding he secured to restore the city’s Historic Roosevelt Bowl. These federal resources will reignite the Roosevelt Bowl as an important cultural landmark and economic catalyst for the region. “It is my privilege to announce that I secured $1,400,000 to restore this historic venue,” said Rep. Aguilar. “I will always prioritize our community and our economic growth, and I’m looking forward to working closely with our local government officials to secure more funding for San Bernardino.” “For 90 years, the Roosevelt Bowl has been a treasured venue that has brought musical performances, plays, and cultural events to the residents of San Bernardino,” said Mayor Helen Tran. “Thanks to the work of Congressman Aguilar, we will be able to restore, renovate, and upgrade the historic Bowl for generations to enjoy.” “On behalf of all our residents who live in the 2nd ward and citywide, ‘Thank You!, Congressman Aguilar for securing a much needed $1.4m to help our city revitalize the Roosevelt Bowl at Perris Hill Park.’ Our citizens have been patiently waiting for