San Manuel celebrates 35 years of continued growth, prepares to hire a thousand more

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is continuing its hiring push as it prepares to open phase one of its casino expansion project on July 24th. This date is significant as it is also the 35th anniversary of San Manuel Casino. The opening of phase one includes a larger gaming space, a 24-hour restaurant, a high-end dining venue, and new retail shops. The casino expansion includes an additional 1300 slots making it the most slot machines under one roof on the west coast. Later this year, San Manuel will open its first on-site hotel, featuring 432 luxury rooms and suites, premium dining venues, and a best-in-class event venue. San Manuel is well on its way to filling nearly 2500 new positions needed by the end of 2021. Recruitment continues for Cooks, Cashiers, Custodians/Janitors, Groundskeepers and more, while efforts to fill Hospitality jobs will begin in mid-July. There are $1,000 welcome bonuses and up to $300 in perks for cooks, kitchen workers and custodial staff. Job seekers can visit www.sanmanuelcareers.com to view the current list of opportunities. As San Manuel Casino celebrates its 35th anniversary, it has a fascinating story to tell…

SB Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools Committee receives ACSO’s MVP Volunteer Award

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) announced today that the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools Committee is a recipient of the 2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Volunteer Award. Launched in 1996, the Most Valuable Player Volunteer Award was created to recognize exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer organizations and to thank a few of the hundreds of dedicated, hardworking, and committed volunteers that orchestras and classical music organizations depend on every day. “The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra is proud to nominate the Music in the Schools Team for this year’s MVP Award,” said Anne Viricel, Executive Director. “Meeting our mission over the past months has required creativity, collaboration, and the utilization of current technology unlike at any time before. The Team has demonstrated all these things in a way that both meets current needs and provides an outstanding foundation for future music education. This project team furthered the Symphony’s relationship with the local university and memorialized this partnership by ending each video with the logos of participant organizations. Every student who sees the videos will see these logos and, we hope, recognize…

Bank of America announces Inland Empire 2021 Student Leaders

Bank of America recently announced that four Inland Empire high school juniors and seniors have been selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders). They have started their paid summer internship experience with local nonprofits KVCR, Inland Empire Community Foundation, One Future Coachella and Riverside Art Museum and will earn $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook as part of the internship. Similar to last year, the program has been adapted to a virtual format. Without access to career skills-building opportunities like the Student Leaders program, many young people may be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment. As part of its commitment to workforce development as a pathway to economic mobility, Bank of America is connecting 500 teens and young adults to paid jobs, job training and internships across the Inland Empire through additional programs such as Youth Action Project, Athletes for Life and Goodwill Industries of Southern California. “Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Bansree Parikh, Inland Empire president, Bank of America. “We recognize young adults are…

City leaders emphasize need for Violence Intervention Program funding

Following another shooting in San Bernardino leading to the arrest of a 15-year-old and the death of a 14-year-old, over 40 people gathered at a press conference to demand that city leadership increase funding to the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) which has been proven in other cities to drastically lower gun violence in communities similar to San Bernardino. Councilmembers Kimberly Calvin and Damon L. Alexander spoke in support of funding an alternative to reactionary policing.  “I will back anyone up doing the right thing, this is the right thing.” said Councilmember Alexander of the city’s 7th ward.  Community and faith leaders from San Bernardino Common Ground for Peace organized a press conference Wednesday, July 14, to make public the request of $1.5 million from the city’s Measure S tax to increase the program’s efficiency. Those who work within the multifaceted program spoke about the need for strategic office space in different wards and to increase the employment of former gang members of all genders to help respond to violent shootings in San Bernardino.  Dr. Sigrid Burruss, who serves as the head of Loma Linda University…

215 Freeway stretch to be renamed for fallen CHP Officer Andre Moye Jr.

California lawmakers have approved an Inland state senator’s bill to rename a stretch of the 215 Freeway in Riverside after a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer who was killed in the line of duty. Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside’s bill to dedicate the stretch as the CHP Officer Andre Maurice Moye, Jr. Memorial Freeway was signed into law Friday, July 16, state records show. It passed the Assembly on July 8 and the Senate on May 10. The newly renamed stretch runs from the 60 Freeway to the Eucalyptus Avenue overcrossing, near where Moye, 34, was shot and killed on Aug. 12, 2019 by the driver of a pickup truck he pulled over. Two other CHP officers were wounded in a gunfight with the suspect, who fired at least 100 rounds before police shot and killed him. Related links Bill would rename part of 215 Freeway for fallen CHP Officer Andre Moye CHP officer dies after Riverside gun battle, 2 others hurt and suspect killed CHP Officer Andre Moye Jr. praised as hero by officers, community ‘Unparalleled heroism’: Inland CHP officers presented Medal of Valor Slain…

Montclair approves 58,836-square-foot warehouse in southern part of town

After months of delay, the Montclair City Council this week approved a site for a warehouse project in the south part of town that will be built on vacant land. Baldwin Park Homes LLC received approval to combine two pieces of property into one, 3.18-acre plot of land and received the go ahead to build a 58,836-square-foot warehouse building located at 10680 Silicon Ave., south of Holt Boulevard, bounded by the Union Pacific Railroad on the south, San Antonio Creek Channel on the west, a water basin on the east and existing industrial buildings to the north. The new building will include 20 industrial condominium units for individual businesses. The site is located in the city’s limited manufacturing zone. No description of what kind of tenants would occupy the building was available. “The new project improvements would enhance property values in the area and offer new business opportunities not present on the site and that contribute to additional tax revenue to the city,” according to the city staff report. The project will be known as The Orange Grove Business Park. “The lot has been vacant…

Upland scraps plan to limit sizes of warehouses and distribution centers

Like many cities in the Inland Empire, Upland continues to wrestle with how to limit the effects of trucks, noise and air pollution on nearby residents stemming from logistics warehouses. A most recent attempt — a sweeping zone change that would have prohibited larger-sized warehouses in some areas near residential properties and required Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) on others — was soundly rejected by the City Council last week. After moving ahead with a set of specific warehouse restrictions on Jan. 25, the City Council scrapped the plan on July 12, agreeing with the Planning Commission, which called the set of new zoning regulations “overreaching,” “not business friendly” and “a bad idea.” Although agreeing with the Planning Commission, the City Council said it still wanted to find ways to keep trucks serving warehouses off residential streets and address concerns of residents in the southwest portion of the city about too many trucks spewing diesel-pollution, making too much noise and causing a safety hazard. As a side motion, the council asked staff to study less-sweeping ways to surgically examine the issue on a project-by-project basis. “I…

No-sex beds at Tokyo Olympics debunked by Irish gymnast

An Irish gymnast is giving the Olympic beds a 10. In an Instagram segment he called “today’s episode of fake news at the Olympic Games,” Rhys Mcclenaghan bounced as if he was on a trampoline atop a cardboard bed in the Olympic Village in Toyoko. It held up fine. He called the social media rumor that the anti-sex beds would collapse under any hanky-panky rubbish. “Anti-sex” beds at the Olympics pic.twitter.com/2jnFm6mKcB — Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) July 18, 2021 “They’re made out of cardboard, yes, but apparently they’re meant to break at any sudden movements,” McClenaghan says in the video, while jumping up and down on the bed. “It’s fake, fake news!” The official Olympics Twitter account thanked McClenaghan for “debunking the myth,” noting “the sustainable cardboard beds are sturdy.” The games could use some positive news. A few athletes at the Olympic Village in Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19, with the Czech Republic team reporting the case Monday of a beach volleyball player who could miss his first game. He is the third athlete who was staying at the village to test positive. Two…

Cancer survivor who grew up in Temecula aspires to be a screenwriter

There’s a belief among creative types that tons of stress can produce great art. If true, Taryn Hillin is going to be an awesome screenwriter. In her 20s, like many aspiring artists in L.A., she and her brother Daemon worked as bartenders while each tried to make it in the film industry. Challenging for sure, but not life threatening. A rare cancer with a 7% survival rate is. Hillin was diagnosed in 2019 with neuroendocrine cancer. After a radical hysterectomy and too much chemo and radiation, she and her ravaged body moved back to her childhood home in Temecula that same year. Her parents moved there in 1986, so she knows the place. Taryn Hillin, a cancer survivor who grew up in Temecula and now aspires to be a screenwriter.(Courtesy of Taryn Hillin) “In order to survive, I felt I needed to drastically change everything about my life,” she recalls. Hillin quit her writing job, switched to a plant-based diet, cut out added sugar and alcohol, started meditating, did acupuncture and tried energy healing. “I really, really, really didn’t want to die,” she says. She…

La Verne leaders declare no confidence in LA County DA Gascón

La Verne has become the latest city to issue a vote of no confidence in Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. In a 3-2 vote Monday, July 19, the City Council agreed to condemn directives from the District Attorney’s Office, calling the policies a risk to public safety. Councilmember Wendy Lau and Muir Davis vote against the resolution. La Verne becomes the 24th city in the county to pass a no-confidence vote targeting the DA. Last week, the San Dimas City Council voted 4-0 to approve a similar resolution, joining cities including Walnut, Norwalk and La Habra Heights that have recently taken no confidence votes. Many of these cities have cited the DA’s polices — eliminating cash bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses, taking the death penalty off the table in all cases, and eliminating sentencing enhancements — as reasons for their votes of no confidence. The votes are symbolic and do not impact the DA’s office. Monday’s vote in La Verne came after a plea from Lau and Davis to table the decision until after a potential community meeting with Gascón’s office. The…

Proposed Val Verde School District police budget cut draws protest from Riverside County law enforcers

MORENO VALLEY — The Val Verde Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday will consider a resolution to slash its police budget by 30% and apply available funds to increasing its staff of counselors, a proposal that the Association of Riverside County Chiefs of Police & Sheriff criticized for its “de-fund the police” implications. “The Board of Education was guaranteed that the Val Verde Police Department was not to significantly exceed the budget of the formerly contracted law enforcement agency,” according to the board resolution on the Tuesday agenda. “This guarantee has been significantly broken and has doubled the cost of law enforcement within the district.” In 2018, the school district ended its contract with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and formed an independent police agency, composed of five officers and the chief. According to the resolution on which the three-member board is scheduled to vote, the annual cost of maintaining the police force had originally been projected at $570,000 to $725,000 annually, but the next fiscal year budget is $1.2 million. The board wants to cap the amount by eliminating one full-time officer…

$703,000 grant to Pomona aimed at improving street access and safety

The streets of Pomona are set to see some changes over the next few years thanks to a $703,500 grant aimed at improving roads and supporting active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. Awarded by the Southern California Association of Governments this month, the grant would cover completion of a comprehensive plan for designing streets and sidewalks in future developments. The “complete streets ordinance” would allow the city to reimagine the public rights of way for all, making Pomona more walkable and safe, according to Anita Gutierrez, development services director. Initially, the city will set aside $300,000 for quick-build projects such as traffic-calming measures, protected bike lanes, closed-off streets, and parklets, which have already been used through the city’s Activate Pomona program. As opposed to paying for a long-term projects, quick builds test whether infrastructure improvements are viable, improve safety and/or achieve the intention of the project and can be removed. A couple walk along Second Street in the Pomona Arts Colony in downtown Pomona on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Cars drive through the intersection of Garey…

Redlands researching how to rename Oriental Avenue

For more than 100 years Oriental Avenue has marked the location of Chinatown in Redlands, or, for most of that time, where it was. City leaders are looking to change that. After an amateur historian with an expertise in local Asian communities wrote to council members calling “Oriental” a “racist and insulting ethnic label,” the City Council on July 6 unanimously directed staff to research new street names and bring them back for a vote. The Redlands City Council on Tuesday, July 6, agreed to look into renaming Oriental Avenue near the city’s former Chinatown area to a name that “respects and pays tribute to the heritage of the area.” A sign identifies Oriental Avenue where it meets Eureka Street in Redlands on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Redlands City Council on Tuesday, July 6, agreed to look into renaming Oriental Avenue near the city’s former Chinatown area to a name that “respects and pays tribute to the heritage of the area.” A sign identifies Oriental Avenue on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) View…

City Council may pursue steps to censure San Bernardino mayor

San Bernardino leaders will decide Wednesday, July 21, whether to have a report brought back on how to censure Mayor John Valdivia. Should the City Council direct staffers to return with such information, the item will be discussed comprehensively at a future meeting. Wednesday marks the governing body’s first in-person meeting since March 2020. Councilman Fred Shorett, the elected official who submitted the item for inclusion on the evening’s agenda, declined to comment Monday, July 19, on the impetus behind his decision to take the first step toward censuring the mayor. “This is Mr. Shorett acting out again, trying to measure my drapes, count my paper clips, how many pencils I’ve sharpened,” Valdivia said by phone Monday. “This city is dying for leadership and Mr. Shorett should stay focused on the real issues in our community.” After learning of a VIP reception scheduled to follow the June 15 virtual State of the City address, city leaders unanimously agreed to refer Valdivia’s alleged misuse of public funds in organizing the event to the appropriate administrative and law enforcement authorities. The council last month also directed the…

Indigenous children who attended American Indian boarding schools honored at Riverside event

Sherman Indian School Cemetery in Riverside on Sunday, July, 18, 2021, hosted a caravan put together by AIM of Southern California from Riverside’s Sherman Indian High Schoo. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A man sits in silence during a ceremony on Sunday, July, 18, 2021, honoring Indigenous children at Sherman Indian School Cemetery in Riverside. More than 100 came to pay their respects at the solemn event to those who attended Indian boarding schools in the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) “I got each one,” said Dan Romero, or Walking Bird of the Ute Tribe, under the hot sun on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Sherman Indian School Cemetery in Riverside. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The marker at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside is photographed on Sunday, July, 18, 2021, by Anthony Ortega, a Rancho Cucamonga civil rights historian, before the 40-car caravan leaves for the Sherman Indian School Cemetery in Riverside. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Parts of the ceremony held on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Sherman Indian School Cemetery…

KVCR to continue broadcasting with investment from State of California

In response to community outcry against significant funding reductions to KVCR, the San Bernardino Community College District Trustees reached out to their state representatives for assistance.   The State Legislature came through to save this icon of the Inland Empire.  With the passage of AB 132, a state budget trailer bill dedicated to education funding, KVCR, the broadcast arm of SBCCD, will continue as the only Inland Empire operated public media outlet.  Earlier this year, Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Assemblymember James Ramos (D-Highland), and Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino) sent a letter to the Assembly Budget Committee requesting funding that would continue the operations of KVCR.  Due to the fiscal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted California’s community colleges, KVCR was at risk of funding cuts that would have resulted in the loss of flagship programs that serve the largest audiences and heavily incorporate local reporting, such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as PBS Kids. “This funding ensures that KVCR can continue to operate for the benefit of Inland Empire residents through continued coverage of our diverse region and communities.” …

Inland Empire Resource Conservation District awards $10,000 in scholarships

The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, based in Redlands, recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to five Inland Empire students who are looking to pursue higher education in environmental sciences, natural resources management, agriculture and related fields. The winners are from Cal State San Bernardino and high schools in Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands. The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District has been offering the Conservation Scholarship annually since 2017 to high school seniors and college undergraduates living within the district’s boundaries who are committed to the preservation of natural resources. Recipients are selected based on academics, leadership roles, extracurricular activities, financial need and passion for preserving and protecting natural resources, according to a news release. This year’s applicants included students from Beaumont to Rancho Cucamonga with interests in careers from architecture to zoology. Following are this year’s scholarship winners. • Damien Solares is a graduate of Rancho Cucamonga High School who was recently accepted into UC Davis to study environmental engineering. As publicist for his high school’s environmental club, he helped organize school cleanups, gardening events and educational meetings. • Joo Won Son, a graduate of Etiwanda High…

Memorial service for former Rep. Jerry Lewis set at University of Redlands

A memorial service has been scheduled for former Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, who died last week. The service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the University of Redlands Chapel, 1200 E. Colton Ave. in Redlands. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, shared the news July 19. Lewis, who died July 15 at age 86, spent nearly 50 years in elected office serving Inland Empire communities. He was first elected in 1964 to the San Bernardino City Unified School District board, then to the state Assembly in 1969 and the House of Representatives in 1979. When he retired in 2013, Lewis was the longest-serving House Republican in California history, at the time. When he was elected, the 41st congressional district included portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Lewis’ congressional district includes what are now the 8th and 31st congressional districts. As an assemblyman, he was the author of the bill that created the South Coast Air Quality Management District, which is credited for greatly improving the air quality throughout Southern California, helped drive similar legislation to reduce the dangers of floods in Southern…

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