Rialto Record

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…

LULAC volunteers register Rialto area high school students to vote

Last week, volunteers from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of the Inland Empire Council 3163 registered and pre-registered about 650 high school seniors to vote.  They expect to register over 1,000 students by the end of their annual service project. “Civically engaging our community by registering them to vote has been a national service project of LULAC since its inception in 1929,” said LULAC voter registration coordinator and Councilmember Rafael Trujillo.  “Thousands of young Rialto voters have been involved in Rialto’s decision making over the years because of the hard work of our volunteers.  Voter registration is crucial to giving them a voice.  It’s a good model for other communities in the Inland Empire to follow.” Since 1993, the National Voter Registration Act, often known as the Motor Voter law, has helped millions of people register to vote or update their voter information during a driver license or ID card transaction at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “The California Motor Voter Law only gets you so far,” explained LULAC President and College of the Desert Trustee Mary Jane Sanchez Fulton. …

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…

Rialto Unified School District student Sergio Olmos earns international honor

Sergio Olmos, 13, a student at Rialto Middle School, competed in China’s Shenyang Peace Cup International Soccer League and won the championship on August 11. Olmos, a goalkeeper for Golden State Academy (Pasadena), flew to China for his first overseas trip on August 1 and returned back to the United States on August 12, as a champion. Photo RUSD: International soccer champ Sergio Alexander Olmos with coach Jesse Ochoa. “It was a very exciting moment for me and my teammates after playing seven games. We were not just Champions, we were International Champions,” said Olmos. Olmos’ mother shared that initially she felt nervous when her son left the country on a 13-hour flight to China. “When Sergio left I felt nervous because he hadn’t been away from me that much; and he’s a very picky eater. I was scared that he wasn’t going to eat, or get sick,” said Angelica Ruiz, mother. The Golden State Academy won the first place International Champions U13 Medal in the Shenyang Peace Cup International Soccer League Ruiz stated that while their son was away they kept in touch with other…

Karma and Blessings make outreach to nearly 400 students in Bloomington

Angel Guerra-Chagolla, founder of Karma and Blessings, has provided over 400 Bloomington students with essential necessities including shoes, clothing and school supplies, in 2019 alone. Previously, before becoming a 501C3 nonprofit this year, the Bloomington native operated the organization independently for over 13 years, serving over 3,500 students. “I was Inspired to give back to students because when I was young my mother was ill and much of what we received was from our teachers and the community. I always said when I was able to give back, I would do so,” said Chagolla. “Our mission is to plant seeds of empowerment and community kindness by providing new clothing, educational seminars and school supplies to children in the Inland Empire,” continued Chagolla. On Saturday, August 17 Karma and Blessings held its second full day workshop, which was met with much success. “Last Saturday I held a workshop for Bloomington teenagers called Empowering the Next Generation. We had 70 students from Bloomington and Slover Mountain High Schools in attendance. Speakers were Bloomington High School alumni and we discussed budgeting, business etiquette, stress management and we were…

Omnitrans rate hike, route changes set for Sept. 3

Omnitrans will raise fares for the first time in five years on September 3, 2019. The same day, the transit agency will add new Route 12, eliminate freeway express Route 208 due to low ridership, and implement additional route changes to enhance connectivity and efficiency. A single bus trip will increase from $1.75 to $2.00 while the 1-day pass rate will rise from $5 to $6.  A 31-day pass goes from $55 to $60 and a 7-day pass will be $20, up from $18. Single ride and one-day passes are also sold in discounted 10-packs. Persons with disabilities, seniors age 62 and up, military veterans, and youth age 18 and under are eligible for reduced fares.  Single rides and 1-day passes can be purchased with cash on board buses.  Bus passes are also available for advance purchased through the Token Transit mobile payment app, the Omnitrans online store,  and at various retail pass outlet locations. Fares also increase on Omnitrans’ Access service which transports persons with disabilities who qualify under Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines. The new Access base fare will be $3.75, up…

Fontana Mayor Pro Tem Jesse Armendarez announces bid for San Bernardino County Supervisor

Fontana Mayor Pro Tem and local small businessman Jesse Armendarez announced last Friday that he is running for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, Fifth District. The Fifth District includes all or portions of the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino, as well as the unincorporated communities of Bloomington, El Rancho Verde, Glen Helen, Arrowhead Farms, Muscoy, Little Third, and Rosena Ranch. “I ran for the Fontana City Council to improve the quality of life for my neighbors. Our Council has done just that, and Fontana is now one of the most thriving and prosperous cities in the county. We achieved this by investing in our infrastructure, including keeping our roads and streets pothole free and well maintained. We also hired more law enforcement officers which reduced crime rates overall. And, we attracted new businesses and convinced local businesses to expand, creating livable wage jobs for our region. We achieved this all while being fiscally responsible and balancing the city budget without new or higher taxes.” “While Fontana is moving in the right direction, I noticed that San Bernardino County isn’t doing…

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital performs first pediatric robotic fundoplication in Inland Empire

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital performed a robotic-assisted Nissen fundoplication surgery in July on a young patient, ridding him of lifelong painful reflux issues and further extending the hospital’s use of robotic surgery for children. Edward P. Tagge, MD, pediatric surgeon at LLU Children’s Hospital and Victoria Pepper, MD, pediatric surgery fellow, performed the procedure. Tagge said the robot surgical system allowed for a more precise, seamless surgery for the physician  and a better recovery for the patient. “The robot provides improved dexterity, tremor filtration, greater degrees of freedom and improved optical magnification,” Tagge said. “Patients who undergo robotic-assisted procedures have more precise surgical procedures and potentially shorter hospital stays.” The procedure involved wrapping the upper curve of the stomach around the esophagus. The patient — 5-year-old Daniel Velasquez from Bloomington, California — was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux or GER a few months after his premature birth and soon developed severe gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. He went through hundreds of tests, medications, sleepless nights, food restrictions, allergies, near-constant burning throat pain and ear pressure discomfort. In his five years, he had never slept a full…

Hundreds of San Bernardino residents speak out at FAA hearing on Eastgate air-cargo logistics project

On Thursday, August 8, hundreds of residents from San Bernardino and beyond spoke both in favor of and against the Eastgate Project, an air cargo logistics center, during a Federal Aviation Administration public hearing inside Norton Regional Events Center. Many attendees showed their support by carrying signs, wearing t-shirts, and by speaking out during public comment at the hearing. The hearing was well supported, and it was evident the amount of interest the project is continuing to garner, when the building reached capacity and over-flow seating extended outside. The forthcoming 750,000 square foot project has already been approved by the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) and is being developed by Hillwood, the same developer behind Amazon’s regional air hub in Ft. Worth, Texas. “The San Bernardino airport is located in the most ozone polluted part of the most ozone polluted basin in the nation! We do not even entirely understand how the current air quality is truly affecting our health. And we want to add a huge polluting development? We need a comprehensive, robust, deep dive look into what exactly this project is bringing…

Bobby Joe Johnson

Bobby Joe Johnson of Millry, AL, passed away on July 31, 2019, at the age of 76. Bobby was born on April 16, 1943 to Curtis Johnson and Lora Coleman Johnson in Jonesboro, LA. Bobby joined the United States Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam. After his service, Bobby worked for the Washington State Parks Department, Boeing, and later retired from the Rialto Unified School District. Bobby enjoyed building grandfather clocks, collecting and building model trains, gardening, music, cooking, and baking; he was famous for his chocolate pecan pie and chocolate pineapple cake. Bobby is survived by his 3 children: Melissa Gonzales of Lemoore, CA; Kwango Johnson of Millry, AL; and Chance Johnson of Boise, ID; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; his sister, Inez Lartheridge of Ruston, LA; his brother Ralph Johnson of Sylacauga, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews – All of whom will miss his smile and wonderful sense of humor. Services will be held at a later date at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort, AL. The post Bobby Joe Johnson appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Nearly 700 backpacks given out to Lewis Elementary students on first day of school

Best Best & Krieger LLP handed out backpacks filled with school supplies to every student at Mary B. Lewis Elementary School in Bloomington on the first day of school, Aug. 7. Along with local and school officials, BB&K gave out 675 backpacks to the transitional kindergarten through 6th grade students. Photo Best Best & Krieger LLP: Best Best & Krieger LLP Attorney Henry Castillo and Chief Talent Officer Danielle Sakai are joined by Colton Joint Unified School District Board Members Israel Fuentes and Patt Haro at Mary B. Lewis Elementary School. BB&K donated backpacks filled with supplies to all 675 students at the school.  This is the 10th year that BB&K has participated in Operation Backpack. Through donations from the firm’s attorneys, staff and vendors, the firm has helped more than 5,000 California families by giving away the backpacks and supplies. Many of the students at Lewis Elementary come from low income families, and the school is a Title One school. Last year, the school, its students and staff faced challenges, including vandals that left the school without power and telephone service. Then, a few days…

Bobby Joe. Johnson

Bobby Joe Johnson of Millry, AL, passed away on July 31, 2019, at the age of 76. Bobby was born on April 16, 1943 to Curtis Johnson and Lora Coleman Johnson in Jonesboro, LA. Bobby joined the United States Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam. After his service, Bobby worked for the Washington State Parks Department, Boeing, and later retired from the Rialto Unified School District. Bobby enjoyed building grandfather clocks, collecting and building model trains, gardening, music, cooking, and baking; he was famous for his chocolate pecan pie and chocolate pineapple cake. Bobby is survived by his 3 children: Melissa Gonzales of Lemoore, CA; Kwango Johnson of Millry, AL; and Chance Johnson of Boise, ID; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; his sister, Inez Lartheridge of Ruston, LA; his brother Ralph Johnson of Sylacauga, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews – All of whom will miss his smile and wonderful sense of humor. Services will be held at a later date at Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort, AL. The post Bobby Joe. Johnson appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Rialto City Council approves alcohol-free fuel station at former El Kiosco Restaurant location

On July 23, in a 5-0 vote, Rialto City Council approved a fuel station at the southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Randall Avenue. At the meeting, it was discovered that the forthcoming 10-pump fuel station would not be selling alcohol. “In terms of operations the fuel station will be a 24/7 operation; along with the convenience market. The car wash hours will be from 7 AM to 10 PM. One of the more important facts is that there will be no alcohol served at this location,” said Robb Steel, Assistant City Administrator / Director of Development Services. According to the council agenda, Beyond International, LLC, the applicant, proposes to construct a vehicle fuel station consisting of a 5,460-square-foot canopy, a 7,250-square-foot convenience market with drive-thru service for merchandise pick-up, a 1,750-square-foot automated car wash, and a 1,800-square-foot restaurant building with drive-thru service on the project site. “This project has been through an extensive review process, it began at the development review committee, where it received preliminary conditions of approval and comments; the applicant made all corrections as part of the final submittal. All of…

Rialto City Council modify landscape and street maintenance report, unhappy with city staff report

On Tuesday, July 23rd, Rialto City Council approved the Engineer’s Reports and Ordering of the Levy of Assessments for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 for Street Light Maintenance District No. 1, Resolution No. 7540 for Landscape Maintenance District No. 1, and Resolution No. 7541 for Landscaping and Lighting District No. 2; but with a modification. “The Landscaping and Lighting Act of 1972, beginning with Section 22500 of the California Streets and Highways Code, requires the City Council to order the preparation of an Engineer’s Report each year which details the levying of special assessments for the three separate Special Districts established within the City of Rialto,” said Acting Public Works Director Sean Grayson. “The City established SLD 1 throughout the entire city to fund the operation of the city’s street light system consisting of over 3,750 street lights, and to fund costs for tree trimming and maintenance. Proposition 218 limits the special assessments levied in SLD 1 to the historic maximum special assessment prior to November 1996,” continued Grayson. Another area explored in the report was possible savings in regard to converting landscape around the city from…

Awareness event highlights services for children, parents

August is Child Support Awareness Month and San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is reminding parents that they are here to offer a range of services to assist parents in supporting their children. DCSS invites parents to attend events aimed at celebrating the department’s purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of children, as well as supplying resources to provide help building stronger, healthier families. Thursday, Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., DCSS will hold its first-ever Back to School Health and Resource Fair. The department will hand out free backpacks (on a first-come, first-serve basis), offer free dental screenings, free vaccinations, free haircuts, CPR demonstrations, story time, cooking and much more through partnerships with local community agencies. The event will take place at DCSS office located at 10417 Mountain View Ave., Loma Linda. During Mondays with DCSS, the department will host representatives from social service agencies at its three offices in  Loma Linda, Victorville and Ontario. While child support customers wait to meet with their case workers, they will have the chance to meet with staff from other…

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