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Rialto’s Pride Platoon Program transforms lives of at-risk youth

Rialto Police Department has teamed up with the City to transform the lives of at-risk youth, in Rialto, through the Pride Platoon Program. The program is available for 14-17-year-old juveniles who have been recommended by the court, parents, probation, and schools. The program utilizes and implements innovative techniques and activities to assist the youth in forging a positive relationship with law enforcement role models and get the youth further away from the culture of gangs, violence and criminal activity. “The program is specifically designed to deal with teenagers in need of leadership skills and altering negative behavior. It utilizes proactive and innovative techniques for positive redirection. Overseen by Rialto Police personnel, the 14-week program offers physical training, prevention, disciplinary components, and counseling,” said City Administrator Rod Foster. According to a Rialto Police Department press release, “The objective of the program is to identify problems within a family that have surfaced through juvenile delinquency. Juveniles in high school and in junior high school with antisocial behavior such as truancy, incorrigibility, minor law violations, etc., may be considered for the program. Through the leadership role of the…

Meditation Garden at Carter High School promotes wellness, provides support to Rialto students

After a year of development, Carter High School’s Meditation Garden opened to both students and staff on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Meditation Garden, an extension of its on-campus Wellness Center, gives students a space to clear thoughts, cope with life stresses and feel safe. “When entering the Meditation Garden, first you have to walk in through the Wellness Center. Inside it’s a very calm environment, there’s no fluorescent lighting, and it’s nicely painted. It brings your anxiousness down. When entering the garden, you open the door and hear the fountain right away,” said Principal Greg Anderson. Photo RUSD: Carter High Principal Dr. Gregory Anderson, was among the students who took the opportunity to meditate after the garden’s official opening. Over the past three years, the Wellness Center has provided support to students with both low and high levels of stress, and the Meditation Garden is an expansion that will allow more students to utilize the various wellness services. “There are trees all around and even the bark scent and nature of the Meditation Garden is filled with serenity. It brings your anxiousness level down naturally.…

Former Carter High Principal Dr. Patricia Chavez honored with Champions for Character award

Former Carter High School principal, now serving as Rialto Unified School District’s director of education, Dr. Patricia Chavez, was awarded with the “Champions for Character Award” by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), on September 23. Chavez was recognized at the Grand Ballroom in Long Beach for exemplifying the very finest in sportsmanship, character, and integrity. Photo RUSD: Dr. Patricia Chavez and Commissioner Rob Wigod at the CIF Champions for Character Awards Ceremony on September 23. “I nominated Chavez for this award because she is a true advocate of athletics and showcases integrity of sportsmanship. She is a true champion of character,” said Joe Paluba, Carter High School Athletic Director. Paluba also shared that Chavez has been present in the success of the high school’s CIF in wrestling and showed support even when the school faced difficult seasons in football. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Mr. Paluba and especially our students because they are the ones on the ground running and doing the work. They are the reason why I was recognized,” said Chavez. “I’m passionate about the high school level because it has…

Rialto City Council approves $3 million construction contract for Fire Station 205

On September 24, Rialto City Council approved a $3,147,000 construction contract to Robert Clapper Construction Services, Inc. for the construction of Fire Station 205. During the meeting it was stated that the construction company will have 250 days to complete the project and that it should be complete by October 2020. “This will be your first new first station in 25-plus years. It will serve the nearly 20,000 residents that live south of the metro link tracks. Completion in October 2020 is a realistic timeline for the 250 working days, but as we know there will be rain and some other challenges, so anticipate a grand opening of the station around Christmas 2020,” shared City Administrator Rod Foster. “On July 25 we received nine bids for phase two of the permanent fire station. Robert Clapper Construction Services Inc. was the lowest bidder at $3 million…they are the same company renovating the Frisbee Park Edition; they are located right here in Rialto,” continued Foster. The city council also awarded a contingency to retain its construction management from phase one of the fire station project. “In addition…

Report determines 6-county region needs to produce over 1.3 million units of housing over next eight years

On Tuesday, September 10 Kome Ajise, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Executive Director, visited Rialto City Council to discuss housing needs in the city. “I would like to say welcome and thank you for coming to our city. We had the benefit of giving him the opportunity to see what goes on in Rialto and some of our emerging technology. I would like to thank Sean Grayson and Tom Crowley for making this happen,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. Ajise began his presentation by sharing that Mayor Robertson has done a great job at making sure SCAG does not forget about the city of Rialto. “We’re working on the regional housing assessment, we do this every eight years. We are charged by state law to do this and it’s intended to provide housing for our folks. Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) has found that we have not produced as much housing as we could,” said Ajise. “In the regional determination process HCD provides a regional determination in consultation with SCAG and the department of Finance. During 2006 to 2014 the fourth regional cycle determination was…

Report determines Rialto needs to produce over 1.3 million units of housing over next eight years

On Tuesday, September 10 Kome Ajise, Caltrans Chief Deputy Director and Southern California Associated Governments (SCAG) Planning Director, visited Rialto City Council to discuss housing needs in the city. “I would like to say welcome and thank you for coming to our city. We had the benefit of giving him the opportunity to see what goes on in Rialto and some of our emerging technology. I would like to thank Sean Grayson and Tom Crowley for making this happen,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. Ajise began his presentation by sharing that Mayor Robertson has done a great job at making sure SCAG does not forget about the city of Rialto. “We’re working on the regional housing assessment, we do this every eight years. We are charged by state law to do this and it’s intended to provide housing for our folks. Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) has found that we have not produced as much housing as we could,” said Ajise. “In the regional determination process HCD provides a regional determination in consultation with SCAG and the department of Finance. During 2006 to 2014 the fourth…

Hot Pink High Heel Steel Toe Boots Walk in Rialto cancelled

Fighting 4 the Tatas was scheduled to host its second annual Hot Pink High Heel Steel Toe Boots Walk on Saturday, October 5 at 8 a.m., at Rialto City Park. Following the three-mile walk, a free family friendly festival in the park featuring vendors, food, drinks and a kid’s zone was scheduled. “The Breast Cancer Awareness Festival in the Park was designed to educate and support those dealing with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Triple Negative IBC, Invasive Ductal, Locally Advance and all other breast cancers,” said Fighting 4 the Tatas Ceo Joshlyn Earls. The walk was cancelled due to permit issues. After last years’ walk was met with tons of support in the city, over 400 community members attended, the 501c3 organization decided to expand and bring the walk back in 2019, before the cancellation. “Regardless, with the walk being cancelled, we are continuing to fight for more recognition so that our communities can be aware of all types of breast cancers, especially the more aggressive ones, like Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) and Triple Negative (IBC),” said Earls, who is currently fighting the disease. Not only…

27 Rialto Unified School District schools earn state PBIS honors, including Gold Level

An unprecedented 27 schools in the Rialto Unified School District will be honored by the California State Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) coalition. Three RUSD schools (first for the District) earned Gold Level, sixteen RUSD schools earned Silver Level, and eight schools earned Bronze Level. Representatives from the District will officially be honored at the end of October in Sacramento. The PBIS frameworksupports schools to address the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students using multi-tiered supports before misbehaviors manifests. The framework is designed for adults to develop their skills to better addressthe sources of the issues affecting students in a positive and constructive way, rather than addressing the symptom (e.g. poor behavior) with punitive measures. “I know how hard Mrs. Melissa Rubio, PBIS Coordinator, and our school site PBIS Teams have worked, over the years, to continue to press forward with ongoing efforts to improve the implementation process,” said Angela Brantley, who oversees PBIS as part of her responsibility as the Lead Agent for Student Support Services. RUSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, credits the RUSD Board of Education for initiating the…

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