Rialto

Los Osos High To Host Annual Academic Decathlon Competition

Los Osos High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District will be the site for the 37th annual San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon competition, which will be held over two weekends – Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Approximately 450 high school students have signed up to compete in this year’s event that features teams representing 25 high schools. Both weekends of the competition will take place at Los Osos, located at 6001 Milliken Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga. There are 10 academic events for students to compete, including written tests in the areas of math, economics, music, art, language/literature, science and social science. Students also write an essay, face a panel of interviewers and give impromptu and prepared speeches. For the final event on Feb. 2, teams compete in a Super Quiz, a college bowl-style event consisting of multiple-choice questions. This year’s overall competition theme is “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.” Rancho Cucamonga High School from the Chaffey district is the defending county champion of Academic Decathlon. Teams consist of nine students, three from each grade-point category: “A”…

West Valley Water District Board conducts public meeting to scrutinize consultant contracts

Under the authority of the Board President, President Channing Hawkins initiated a special meeting to review and scrutinize professional services contracts. The direction by the Board President is the next step of strengthening transparency and accountability at West Valley Water District. President Channing Hawkins stated, “As President, I will continue moving forward in ensuring our community and ratepayers are given the opportunity they deserve to review, scrutinize, and provide input on how their funds are spent.” He added, “This is an additional step I have directed towards achieving the Transparency Certificate of Excellence.” The special meeting held by the Board was live streamed for the public view. It provided the public and ratepayers an opportunity to review contracts approved by the Board or within the $25,000 authority allowed by the General Manager per district policies. Fifteen contracts were reviewed or considered by the Board, which included professional services for software integration, engineering, and employee recruitment among others. Vice President Kyle Crowther stated, “Together, our Board of Directors are moving to develop new policies and procedures to ensure the ratepayers funds are spent wisely. We will…

Longtime Rialto educator, resident Rod Campbell passes too soon

Shockwaves were felt throughout Rialto when word got out that longtime educator, husband and father Rod Campbell passed away at the age of 65. On November 29th, 2019 Rod Campbell passed away due to a heart attack. Many knew Rod Campbell and his family and if you are one of the few people that find yourselves scratching your head at his name it is almost a guarantee that someone you know was touched by this kind and caring man. Rod Campbell served the education community 33 years that you can document. He was a ROP teacher for Food Services serving all of Rialto Unified School District high schools, coordinator over Adult Education, and a teacher at Rialto Middle School. Most recently Rod Campbell showed us his passion for STEM and showing kids the power of robotics through the Lego Robotics Competitions. Many people may not know it but Rod Campbell recently retired in May of 2019 and a lot of people wouldn’t have noticed because his dedication to Rialto’s kids went farther than a paycheck. Rod was passionate about helping students learn. Courtesy photo:  …

West Valley Water District Board takes steps toward transparency, accountability

During the first-ever live-streamed meeting of the West Valley Water District (WVWD) Board of Directors, the group took several steps towards meeting transparency and accountability standards recognized by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). Board President Channing Hawkins stated, “The Board of Directors is moving in a new direction towards earning the public trust of our customers and community stakeholders.” President Hawkins added, “Our Board will continue taking action towards attaining the Transparency Certificate of Excellence. Our commitment as an organization is to earn the trust of our customers and continue providing safe, high quality, and reliable water.” “Tonight we began demonstrating to our ratepayers and public that we will operate in a sound, responsible manner, with the ratepayer’s best interests in mind,” said Vice President Kyle Crowther. “We are going to move forward together as an organization in restoring integrity, accountability, and transparency. This is my commitment to our community.” Recognizing the need to make serious changes to provide transparency and accountability for ratepayers, the WVWD outlined steps to increase accountability and transparency for ratepayers. These steps include: • applying for a Transparency Certificate…

19 San Bernardino County elementary schools earn Distinguished Schools Status

Nineteen elementary schools from 10 San Bernardino County districts have been named California Distinguished Schools, according to a news release from the California Department of Education. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced a total of 323 elementary schools being honored under the 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award Program. Sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance. “We are very proud of the outstanding academic achievement and culture of collaboration that theses schools have exhibited as California Distinguished Schools,” County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “Congratulations to the teachers, administrators and staff, as well as the parents and community members, who support these terrific schools.” A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees…

Four Rialto soccer athletes represent USA at soccer game in Mexico, invited back to camp

18 Top local players from the Inland Empire were picked to represent the United States of America at the International Soccer Game on November 4. Out of the 18 athletes, four of them were from the city of Rialto – Gabriela Ramirez, Natalie Cardona, Valerie Moctezuma, and Geavanna Flores were the four soccer athletes who represented not on the country, but the city. “There were four girls from Rialto picked to play out of 65 that showed up to the tryouts. 18 girls were picked to participate in this exhibition game overall. The other 14 were from San Bernardino, Riverside, Moreno Valley and Bloomington,” said Lio Mejia, So Cal Select head coach. The soccer team played in Tijuana, Mexico, at the Cholas of Tijuana Soccer Facility. “We all met up in Temecula and then drove to Mexico together. It was the first time many of these athletes were traveling internationally,” continued Mejia. Mejia detailed how important it is for soccer players in the Inland Empire to shine, due to underrepresentation. “In Mexico you can become a professional soccer player at 14 years old. In the…

Children Deserve Success holds holiday celebration for homeless students

The Children Deserve Success program for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office held its annual holiday celebration for 165 students from four surrounding school districts. The event was held on Dec. 11 at the Elks Lodge No. 836 in San Bernardino for homeless students from Fontana, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino school districts. Photo SBCSS: Santa delivered 165 gifts to students at the annual Holiday Celebration organized by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Children Deserve Success program for homeless students. “This is a wonderful, annual event for students and their families,” County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “The sponsors for the event and the individual donations do so much to help support the needs of students.” Brenda Dowdy, project manager for Homeless Education for County Schools and the organizer of the event that she started in 2004, said sponsors provide donations to purchase new coats for all of the students attending the celebration. In addition, individual sponsors chose children to provide gifts, such as clothing and toys, which are handed out during the banquet. Photo SBCSS: Students at the event were supported by…

Blink Fitness slated to open this month in Rialto

Residents in Rialto will soon enjoy the Feel-Good Experience® taking Southern California by storm. Blink Fitness (Blink), a premium-quality, affordable fitness brand with its unmistakable Mood Above Muscle® philosophy, is slated to open in Rialto in December. The new gym, which offers monthly memberships starting at $15, will be situated at 1205-12099 W. Foothill Blvd. conveniently located near the Denny’s and El Pollo Loco. When it opens, Blink Fitness Rialto will span more than 14,200 square feet, and stands to be the brand’s 8th gym in California. Blink Fitness has popular gyms throughout Southern California, including Ontario, Burbank, Gardena, Huntington Park and Anaheim. The gym is offering a limited time pre-opening discount on memberships, as well as the chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a free one-year membership. Local residents and area commuters can purchase pre-opening memberships on the location’s website. Blink Fitness is a firm believer that exercise isn’t just about looking good, it’s also about how it makes you feel. In its commitment to putting Mood Above Muscle®, Blink Fitness gyms are brightly lit and feature colors that are scientifically proven to…

Thanksgiving dinner served to City of Rialto’s homeless

Each Thanksgiving for the last seven years the Center for Effective Life Transitions (CELT) hosts a dinner for the city’s homeless population. This year, in collaboration with Peculiar Treasures Inc., 250 plates were handed out, as well as 200 hygiene kits put together by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to CELT Director Catrina Johnson-Green, the community-based organization established in Rialto 10 years ago provides counseling to individuals, families and couples to improve family functions and reunification. The philanthropic aspect of the organization is fulfilled through the annual Thanksgiving outreach event. Over 30 volunteers were on-hand to pack to-go boxes filled with turkey and gravy, sweet potato pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes and a roll to community members. For those who couldn’t travel to the event, the city donates a van every year to pick them up and take them home after. Volunteers also venture to the wash, parks and the rear of living spaces to deliver food. The CELT will start to collect beanies, blankets and socks beginning in January to pass out next Thanksgiving. The organization is located at 238 N. Riverside Ave.,…

SCGA Hall of Fame welcomes Eisenhower alum Brandie Burton

The SCGA Hall of Fame inducted its 13th class last month at Brookside GC in Pasadena in front of more than 200 guests. Brandie Burton, five-time Solheim Cup member and two-time LPGA Major Champion, and Joe Novak, an integral name within Bel-Air CC’s history, were honored and inducted into the prestigious hall of fame. From the beginning of her career in the SoCal junior golf circuit to her success on the LPGA Tour, Burton set the bar high with no shortage of accolades.  Before graduating from Eisenhower HS in Rialto, she was already the 1988 PGA National Champion, the 1989 U.S. Girl’s Junior Champion and a two-time winner of the San Diego Junior World Championships. With that resume, Burton proved to be Sun Devil material, joining the Arizona State University women’s golf team in the Fall of 1989. As a freshman, Burton quickly rose to the top. She won six of her first seven tournaments, capped off by a Pac-10 title, an NCAA Team Championship and a No. 1 U.S. collegiate ranking. That season alone, Burton proved she could compete with the best in the…

Breakfast for every student at Eisenhower High School in Rialto

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, on August 5, Eisenhower High School rolled out its Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program. Since then, the school has gone from serving 400 meals per day, to serving 2,000 meals – during breakfast alone. The BIC program has received much critical acclaim from local dignitaries, district superintendents and the community. “Breakfast in the Classroom provides every student at Eisenhower High School a quick breakfast at the beginning of second period, every day of the week,” said Kristina Kraushaar, program innovator for Rialto Child Nutrition. Every morning each second period class has a designated student who is responsible to go and grab the prepared breakfast cart. “We’re bringing the cafeteria to the classroom. The rolling cart consists of one red bag and one blue bag. One of the bags is filled with the main meal item and the other is filled with the drinks,” continued Kraushaar. Photo RUSD: Pictured from left – Agent: Nutrition Services Fausat Rahman-Davis, student Steve Paez, Assistant Principal Gilbert Henriquez Pulido, Principal Frank Camacho, student Juan Galvez, Custodian Carlos Flores, and student Daphne…

Greater Faith Bible Church, Sic Psycles partner for Thanksgiving dinner giveaway

On Sunday, November 17 Greater Faith Bible Church in Rialto and members of the Sic Psycles Empire Chapter Motorcycle Club came together in a joint effort to provide about 50 families with all the turkeys and fixings for Thanksgiving dinners. Church Volunteer Erly Patterson said the small church of about 140 members reach out daily to people in need providing food for a full belly as well as a heart full of spiritual wellness.  One day she saw the motorcycle group in Rialto handing out school backpacks and decided to stop and see what they were all about.  She was thrilled to find that the group existed solely for the purpose of helping others.  “That day,” said Patterson, “they were passing out school supplies, backpacks, shoes, baby formula and diapers.  They told me how they helped raise money for different causes and had even helped repaint a classroom.  I realized they were in unity with us and what we were trying to do for others with their needs.” Sic Psycles Club President Allen “Kozy” Kozakobsky shared that the club had been established 11 years ago…

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.…

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