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Chihuahua Cerveza quenching thirst in the Inland Empire and beyond

Chihuahua Cerveza, co-founded by Phil Jamison, former Rialto and Inland Empire resident, has found much success over the past two years. Jamison, a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino, has found a niche in beer that makes his product stand out from the rest by focusing on generating lagers. “Our two best-selling beers include the Rico-Mexican strong lager. It’s 6.5% by volume and it has a malt flavor. The other is the El Primero which is brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malt. It’s light and crisp at 5% alcohol,” Jamison said.   The Northern California brewed beers “Rico” lager is described as featuring a light cereal character and a subtle fruit note, without the bitterness. Jamison shared that his beer blends two cultures…Mexican and American. “We compete in the Mexican lager category. In the grocery store, we are located in the Mexican import section…but the beer is created here in the United States. We are not a craft brewery, our focus is simply Mexican lagers,” Jamison shared. Another special element that makes Chihuahua Cerveza so special is that it does not have to be…

Carter High School students present Activism Through Art Show

Homelessness, global warming and poverty were some of the social issues Carter High School 11th grade history students explored during the first Activism Through Art Show coordinated by U.S. History teacher Jessica Buckle. Projects were featured on campus on Friday, Feb. 7. According to Buckle the art show provided the opportunity for students to link history to current events and to get them active and involved with history. Photo MJ Duncan: One of the many social issues that were addressed by students. “Students are not apathetic, they’re uninvited,” is a quote that resounds with Buckle and has shaped the method in which she teaches. “My goal is to invite students to find their voices and share their voices,” Buckle imparted. Student groups, who were learning about the Great Depression and the photographers of the time who depicted the era, were tasked with selecting a social issue they wanted to raise awareness on and create an art installation around it. Components of the project consisted of 3 – 5 art pieces using an art medium of their choice, videos that explain their piece and its relation…

Rialto to send letter to California State Senate to oppose Senate Bill 50

On January 28, Rialto City Council approved the city manager to send a letter to the California State Senate and Senator Connie Leyva opposing Senate Bill 50. The bill, which limits local government enforcement of planning, zoning, and design standards, aims to significantly increase housing construction in areas well suited by transit and jobs opportunities. “Despite the recent amendment, SB 50 continues to pose a serious threat to local governments’ ability to control development within the high-transit or job-rich areas, even if the local government is taking steps to support affordable housing growth,” shared City Manager Rod Foster. In addressing concerns from cities across the state, Senator Scott Weiner recently moved forward with an amendment to the bill, called the “local flexibility plan.” The plan, which aims to implement more input and local flexibility on how to implement the legislation, still leaves many components undefined. “The recent amendment created an alternative planning process for jurisdictions to develop a ‘local flexibility plan’ that, if approved by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), would exempt cities from nearly all aspects of SB 50 with…

West Valley Water District hires HR manager to help implement best practices, mitigate employment issues

Under the direction of Board President Channing Hawkins and Vice President Kyle Crowther, the West Valley Water District (WVWD), announced the hiring of Martin Pinon as Interim Human Resources and Risk Management Manager on Feb. 4. President Channing Hawkins stated, “We are glad to have selected Mr. Pinion. He has the education, experience and skill set to assist West Valley at the critical time. The board and I look forward to working with him to develop and implement Human Resources policies and practices to move our organization forward.” Martin Piñon, Interim Human Resources and Risk Management Manager, stated, “I am truly excited about accepting this appointment to serve West Valley Water District. With the support and leadership of the board of directors, our senior administration, and department leaders, I know we can turn this place around and achieve even more. The District ratepayers deserve the best service and the employees deserve a good, engaging and respectful workplace.” On December 19, 2019, WVWD administered a temporary ban on recruitment and hiring of new personnel to address several human resources issues within the District. The ban included…

Redlands wins Academic Decathlon title for first time since 2011

Redlands High School is back on top in the San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon competition, winning its first title since 2011, after results were announced at the banquet for the 37th annual event on Friday, Feb. 7. With 45,395 points, Redlands (White) slipped past defending champion Rancho Cucamonga(Purple), which had 44,463.1 points. It was the second-closest finish in the competition in the past 12 years. For Redlands, which is coached by Donna St. George, this was the school’s record 14th Academic Decathlon crown, but first since the 2010-11 school year when it defeated Chaffey High School. By winning the county title, Redlands advances to the state championships for the sixth consecutive year. The state championships will be held March 27-28 in Sacramento. In this year’s county competition, the rest of the top five finishing schools behind Redlandsand Rancho Cucamonga included Etiwanda (42,173.2 points), Chaffey (41,860.1 points) and Rialto (38,647.7 points). Joining Redlands in qualifying for the state competition will be Rancho Cucamonga, Etiwanda and Chaffey. In this year’s county competition, there were 43 teams representing 25 high schools that participated. Teams, as well as about…

Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Feb. 29

Twenty-eight K-12 schools and districts, as well as institutes of higher education, are scheduled to participate in the annual San Bernardino Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair that will be held on Feb. 29 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The event is a collaboration among the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools California Teachers Association and district superintendents with 23 K-12 schools and districts participating. In addition, five local colleges and universities will have representatives at the event, which will be held in the Valencia Room at the National Orange Show (930 S. Arrowhead Ave.) from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 29. Recruitment for applicant teachers is for all grade levels — as well as subject areas — of K-12 education, and districts may hold interviews on site. For applicants to register online for the event, go to: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/66-182092. The deadline for applicants to register is Feb. 28. Among the K-12 local educational agencies scheduled to have representatives at the event include: Adelanto; Apple Valley; Barstow; Chaffey; Chino Valley; Colton; Etiwanda; Fontana; Hesperia; Morongo; Mountain View; Ontario-Montclair; Oro Grande; Redlands; Rialto; Rim of…

Joe Baca Jr. announces run for County Supervisor

Rialto City Councilmember Joe Baca Jr. announced earlier this month his run for San Bernardino County Supervisor, 5th District. He starts his race off strong with large support from the local community. Rialto Professional Firefighters, Local 3688 Rialto Police Benefits Association Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto Grace Vargas, Former Mayor of Rialto Ed Scott, Mayor Pro Tem City of Rialto Andy Carrizales, Councilmember City of Rialto Edward Carrillo, Treasurer City of Rialto Barbara McGee, Clerk City of Rialto Frank Gonzales, Former Mayor of Colton Rikke Van Johnson, Former Councilmember City of San Bernardino Edgar Montes, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Nancy O’Kelley, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Joe Ayala, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Joanne Gilbert, Former Rialto Unified School District Board Member San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Dr. Scott Wyatt San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Dr. Barbara Flores Joe Baca Jr. had this to say about his endorsements: “I am deeply honored by these endorsements, especially so many from my home city.” Baca continued, “They have seen first-hand the work I have done for the city of…

Rialto City Council moves forward with bus stop and sidewalk improvement projects

On January 14, Rialto City Council accepted the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s Transportation Development Act. An Article 3 grant was accepted in the amount of $226,000, specifically for the Easton Sidewalk Improvement Project. Another $14,432 grant was accepted for the city’s Bus Stop Accessibility Improvements. “The first application requested funding for construction of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk and curb ramps along the north and south sides of Easton Street,” said City Manager Rod Foster. “The proposed sidewalk improvements from Acacia Avenue to Sage Court will provide continuous pedestrian access and connectivity for neighboring residents to the Easton Commercial Center located at Riverside Avenue, and to nearby Frisbie Park located easterly of Acacia Avenue,” continued Foster. The second application will improve seven bus stops that are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bus stop improvements will consist of accessible sidewalks and paths for all; this project is slated to be completed in conjunction with the city’s annual curb, gutter and sidewalk project. “Area residents utilize the corridor for access to Frisbie Park, the Easton Commercial Center, churches, and nearby…

Dan Flores: ‘I have the most experience in county government’

Dan Flores is no stranger to residents of the county’s 5th Supervisorial District, the Chief of Staff to Supervisor Josie Gonzales is driven by the determination to advocate for policies and deliver services that will improve the quality of life for residents, and his commitment to the community is what inspired Dan to run for the office for which he has worked 15 years, since 2005. “I feel most myself when I get to listen (to the community), talk with them, and, driven by our values, make decisions on what we believe,” Dan shared. “I know the community, and I want to speak for them – the decisions are based solely on what’s best for the community. I’m not interested in anything other than that.” Dan, a third generation Colton resident and Colton Joint Unified School District board member since 2012, expressed an obligation he feels to protect the community, one in which his wife and three young children reside. “I’m not going to let anyone take advantage of this place; corruption tends to victimize low income and working class communities, and I refuse to…

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…

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