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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.…

Joanne Louise Bender

Joanne Louise Bender, 82, of Calimesa, CA formerly of Rialto CA passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019. She has joined the Love of Her Life, Bud, after being on her own for the past 18 months. She was the daughter of the late Lewis H. Beard and Helen Parsons Beard. She is survived by her three sons, Harold (Sharon), Mike (Pam), Doug (Lisa); eight grandchildren, Jason (Tammy), Krystle Hammond (Jeff), Brian (Nicole), Ian, Dougie Jr., Ashlyn Kyle, Drew; seven great-grandchildren, Nathan, Aubrie, Micah, Bella, Levi Logan, Isabella; her brother’s children Diane Leonard (Mark) and Chris Beard (Lisa). She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, Jake, Ron, Larry (Pat), Tom (Susie), Bruce (Kim), and sister-in-law Shirley (Bob). She was preceded in death not only by her beloved husband in 2018 but her only brother Lewis Beard in 2015. The Memorial Service to celebrate Joanne’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Rialto United Methodist Church, 1230 North Lilac Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376. A reception will be held immediately after the service in the Church Hall. The post Joanne Louise…

Rialto City council receives housing element update

On October 22, Rialto City Council accepted a status update on the mid-cycle update to the fifth cycle housing element. During the status update, provided by Rialto’s consultant Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc., Representative David Vargo provided the significance of what a housing element accomplishes. “A housing element will establish Rialto’s goals and policies related to housing. It will identify housing needs in the city for all income groups, including special needs groups. It’ll also define initiatives and programs to achieve city-wide housing goals,” shared Vargo. It was also stated that a housing element does not require a city to build housing …the city itself is still the facilitator of all forthcoming housing. The city council expressed concern when it was recommended that Rialto add an additional 2,700 homes to the area. “In regard to compliance is this just to ensure that we have adequate land and zoning in place to allow the building of these houses?” asked Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Scott. “The fact that in most cases is that if you built these 2,700 homes they could not sustain themselves in regard to city services.…

West Valley Water District users have an election Nov. 5

Over the last six years the West Valley Water District has gone through some turbulence and power changes. Those changes included long term Director and President Betty Gosney leaving after her last term, Linda Gonzalez losing a contentious election and former Water Director Don Olinger running and winning a seat back on the water board. Director Olinger was once on the board and then left only to come back four years ago, “To restore harmony and the luster to the small water district,” he said, due to a series of decisions that have not rubbed certain ratepayers the right way. Things were so bad that late Rialto City Councilman Shawn O’Connell got involved in what he saw were questionable practices by the board. Fast forward to today the board is looking down the barrel of audits conducted by the office of the California State Controller, ethics questions over campaign materials and a reported $1 million in spending on lawsuits stemming from actions taken by the current board. Some say it is time for a change. With regards to the 4th District seat many see incumbent…

Escape the Vape event provides information, discussion, resources on youth vaping epidemic

MHS Central Valley Prevention Program and Community Coalitions for CHANGE hosted the first annual 2019 Escape the Vape event on Monday, Oct. 21 . Community members from Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Rialto, Muscoy, and San Bernardino gathered at the San Bernardino Valley College Business Center to attend the event held in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order to Confront the Youth Vaping Epidemic. The executive order states that the Department of Public Health (CDPH) is to launch a $20 million statewide digital and social media public awareness campaign to educate youth and parents about the risks associated with vaping nicotine and cannabis products. CDPH will also be developing media that discusses those risks, specifically where these products are being sold as well as on any smoking product advertisements. According to the office of CA Governor Newsom, “Vaping devices are the most commonly used tobacco product in California and more than 80% of high-school teens who consume tobacco use a vaping device. Of the California teens who consume tobacco products, 86.4% report using a flavored tobacco product. There are over 15,500 e-liquid flavors, some…

Escape the Vape event provided information, discussion, resources on youth vaping epidemic

MHS Central Valley Prevention Program and Community Coalitions for CHANGE hosted the first annual 2019 Escape the Vape event on Monday, Oct. 21 . Community members from Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Rialto, Muscoy, and San Bernardino gathered at the San Bernardino Valley College Business Center to attend the event held in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order to Confront the Youth Vaping Epidemic. The executive order states that the Department of Public Health (CDPH) is to launch a $20 million statewide digital and social media public awareness campaign to educate youth and parents about the risks associated with vaping nicotine and cannabis products. CDPH will also be developing media that discusses those risks, specifically where these products are being sold as well as on any smoking product advertisements. According to the office of CA Governor Newsom, “Vaping devices are the most commonly used tobacco product in California and more than 80% of high-school teens who consume tobacco use a vaping device. Of the California teens who consume tobacco products, 86.4% report using a flavored tobacco product. There are over 15,500 e-liquid flavors, some…

Radial will bring 2,359 seasonal jobs to the city of Rialto

Radial, leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, will bring 2,359 seasonal jobs to Rialto and beyond this upcoming holiday season. Premier brands around the world confidently partner with Radial to deliver on their promises, anticipate and respond to industry disruption, and compete in a rapidly evolving market. “We are looking for candidates to fill warehouse fulfilment positions in our Rialto center. Job duties will often include: Working in a team environment to efficiently package required orders, operating carts, dollies, and other equipment to move large quantities of merchandise, picking orders and placing items on conveyors, and handling finished materials and moving packages to storage areas within the warehouse,” said Esteban Gutierrez, senior director of fulfilment operations at Radial. “The typical hire we find is someone that is a detail-oriented person, with a passion for problem solving and enjoys working as part of a team in a fast-paced, fun environment. While these positions are seasonal, Radial does frequently promote from within and long-term employment may be available for seasonal employees who are interested in kick-starting their careers,” continued Gutierrez. Radial strives to keep employees engaged…

Colton Yellowjackets football team takes win over Bloomington Bruins 47 – 32

On Friday night the Colton Yellowjackets take the win over the Bloomington Bruins 47-32. #28 RB Jose Torreo had a big game with 5 touchdowns, one two-point conversion, and one interception. #16 WR Matthew Alanis had a big game with two deep passes from quarterback Samson Rodriguez who had a great game with the help of great offensive line protection during the game led by Anthony Llanes, Vincent De La Rosa, Jesus Castillo, Francisco Rizo, Jacob Hernandez starting off the night with Ricardo Olivas and Mark Gutierez getting in there as well. Photo Rich C. Richpics: #55 Vincent De La Rosa made key tackles during the game. Also pictured is offensive line backer Christian Panameno. #8 Alex Zamora had a couple of big runs and a few great tackles. RB #1 Robert Rodriguez had some big runs of the night to set Colton up with great field advantage, also running in a two-point conversion. In addition, #21 Norman Zapata made a few great catches to march the Yellowjackets down field. Defensively the Yellowjackets had a lot of key tackles by #52 Llanes, #55 De La…

Rialto Unified School District students earn over $2 million in scholarships

At the end of September, Rialto Unified School District students made history by earning over $2 million in scholarships to four-year universities. “We are here with over 30 colleges and universities that will be conducting on the spot admissions and granting scholarships. Today we hope to see around 1,000 students from the Rialto Unified School District and surrounding districts come out to experience this opportunity. This year we are anticipating getting 200 to 300 students accepted into a university. We are confident we will have 2 million dollars in scholarship offers,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, United Action College Network (U-CAN). On September 17, A.B. Miller High School hosted a U-CAN college fair to provide leadership services, college preparation assistance and award scholarships to qualifying students throughout the district. “Our students have worked hard in preparing their resumes and preparing their communication skills for interviews. What is unique about this college fair is that students receive on the spot scholarships, full ride admissions, and it really helps them get excited about the college admissions process,” said Dr. Edward D’ Souza, math and science lead academic agent.…

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…

Doctor presents at local schools to warn students on dangers of vaping

Loma Linda University Health physician Laren Tan, MD, this week begins a regional tour to speak with junior high and high school students about the dangers of vaping. The issue has stepped into the national spotlight as nine deaths have been confirmed in connection with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, more than 500 cases of a new vaping-related disease have been reported since April. Tan is one of many doctors concerned with the health risks of vaping. The founder and director of the Loma Linda University Health Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases treats the most severe pulmonary cases — everything from non-reversible asthma to dangerous high-blood pressure of the lungs to emphysema. Vaping, he says, has served as a gateway for teens to smoke rather than a tool for adults to quit. Starting with a school in Riverside, Tan spoke to students about the dangers of both the substance being vaped and the lesser-known hazards of the activity. Research has shown that the heated coils are releasing metal particles — such as lead…

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…

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