Opinion

San Bernardino needs a real leader

By T. Elliott, former Sun Editorial Board member and current Chairman of the San Bernardino City Public Safety Commission For nearing 2 years, The City of San Bernardino has operated without stable leadership at the top of the Police Department. Unfortunately, the former chief was ill and ultimately retired. This City owes a debt of gratitude to Interim Chief Eric McBride who has chosen to remain vigilant and keep our Police Department not only functioning, but steadily improving. Chief McBride has the overwhelming support of the community, the Public Safety Commission, the POA, Neighborhood Associations, business and ecumenical leaders and  residents, just to name a few. Mere casual conversations with the rank and file officers prove they not only respect Chief McBride but comment how the departmental structure has improved several times over, as a result of his steady hand and experience. The San Bernardino Police Officers Association President, Brian Lewis said,“When we have been asked to opine on the selection of a new Chief, we are normally discussing with the City Manager why we might disagree with a decision to hire a certain leader for…

Aboard Flight AA 2270 amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

American Airlines flight 2270 – Tampa, FL to Dallas, TX is the flight I just boarded, before heading to my destination, Ontario International Airport in the next connecting flight. I understand the airlines are taking precautions and deep cleaning the seats, but I also just finished wiping down the space around me; which is not new. My family and I have been wiping down the seats since we began flying, but one thing we did notice is that our wipes are no longer dirty after wiping the space down…which is alarming. Did they not clean airplanes before, after each flight? However, I just spent 3 days in Tampa Bay…yes, during the Covid-19 craze that has rocked the entire globe. A day or two before the trip, I highly considered cancelling, in order to do my part and protect the elderly, those whom may be underinsured or uninsured; but ultimately decided to board the flight on March 14 in San Diego. With numerous precautions in place, such as continuously washing hands, avoiding touching eyes, mouth and nose, utilizing hand wipes and hand sanitizer…the stress was still…

Aboard AA 2270 amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

American Airlines flight 2270 – Tampa, FL to Dallas, TX is the flight I just boarded, before heading to my destination, Ontario International Airport in the next connecting flight. I understand the airlines are taking precautions and deep cleaning the seats, but I also just finished wiping down the space around me; which is not new. My family and I have been wiping down the seats since we began flying, but one thing we did notice is that our wipes are no longer dirty after wiping the space down…which is alarming. Did they not clean airplanes before, after each flight? However, I just spent 3 days in Tampa Bay…yes, during the Covid-19 craze that has rocked the entire globe. A day or two before the trip, I highly considered cancelling, in order to do my part and protect the elderly, those whom may be underinsured or uninsured; but ultimately decided to board the flight on March 14 in San Diego. With numerous precautions in place, such as continuously washing hands, avoiding touching eyes, mouth and nose, utilizing hand wipes and hand sanitizer…the stress was still…

Connect SoCal helps assure IE’s opportunities are well within our reach

Guest Op-Ed by Bill Jahn, City Councilmember from Big Bear Lake and President of the Southern California Association of Governments. As one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the United States, the Inland Empire is dependent on an efficient and effective transportation network. With it, the opportunity for sustainable prosperity and an even better quality of life for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren is well within our reach. Without it, congestion will worsen, the health and well-being of our communities will suffer, and our efforts to attract more businesses – and high-quality jobs – will fall short. Enter Connect SoCal, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy released in draft form by the Southern California Association of Governments. SCAG, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization serving six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million people, has spent the past four years analyzing data and working with local communities to develop a regional strategy to improve mobility, meet air-quality goals, create economic opportunities and enhance quality of life. Connect SoCal provides a long-term vision for transportation investments throughout the six-county SCAG region –…

A city wrecked by those drunk with power

A Letter to the Editor by R.A. Contreras, longtime San Bernardino resident San Bernardino has been in the dumps for far too long. Homelessness is rampant. Crime is rife. Downtown is uninviting, if not downright dangerous. The quality of life here sucks. At many city establishments patrons cannot sit down outside at a table to enjoy a drink or eat a meal in peace without being pestered by vagrants. I refer not to those homeless who are simply down on their luck but the ones who don’t want help and are out to cause problems for folks — this is the vagrancy that brings its own set of pressing issues: trash, disease, and crime. The few restaurants and business located downtown are not immune to this problem. Travel the Baseline and Waterman corridors and you’ll easily see more of the same: encampments, trash, drug use, prostitution and the requisite police activity. These issues, of course, are not new but in recent years they’ve become magnified. Years ago, you wouldn’t see what you see now: panhandlers brazenly walking up to your car in heavy traffic demanding…

San Bernardino destined for greatness

A Letter to the Editor by Keith S. McCarter, B.S., J.D. San Bernardino will always be my home.  SB has seen some very low points but it has weathered the storm as best as it could.  Now we must start to look to the future.  I am absolutely convinced that SB is destined for greatness.  Each and every person who loves SB must now start to conduct themselves as if we come from greatness-residents, workers, professionals and politicians alike. Let us begin by creating a rubric to choosing our future politicians.  Politicians are very important because they make the decisions which dictate whether or not our city prospers.  In order for our city to be great we must start by having strong and competent leadership. From here on, this is how we need to choose the leadership associated with our great city.  The old guard has had ample opportunity to make San Bernardino what it is destined to be.  They have failed.  We must refrain from electing anyone who has held an elected office in or near San Bernardino within the last 15 years. When…

For 100 years, Inland Career Education Center has been helping improve lives through education, career development

By Corina Borsuk, public relations technician, Communications/Community Relations, San Bernardino City Unified School District and Leticia Villa, principal, Inland Career Education Center, SBCUSD Nationally, about 2.8 million adults enrolled in for-profit colleges and technical schools during the 2014–2015 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For some, the benefits outweigh the large sums of money they pay for just the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate. But for many of the low-income adults who flock to these for-profit schools, the costs continue to mount until they are even deeper in debt. Sadly, most never learn they have other options in the form of adult education. Several years ago, the San Bernardino Adult School embarked on a strategic planning process to raise awareness of adult education and its lifechanging opportunities. As part of that, we changed our name to the Inland Career Education Center (ICEC). Regardless of the name we’ve used, ICEC has been providing opportunities for career advancement and a better life for 100 years. We offer free and low-cost courses that lead to a high school diploma or GED. According…

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…

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