San Bernardino

Community Action Partnership hosting 2020 Census and Free School Supply Giveaway September 26

On Saturday, September 26 Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County (CAPSBC) is hosting a 2020 Census and Free School Supplies Giveaway at San Bernardino Valley College, from 9 a.m. until all items are distributed. “The 2020 census is crucial for our communities. The data collected will be used for the next 10 years,” said Darrell Frye, CAPSBC program manager. “This data will determine our elected officials that represent us, street repairs, healthcare funding, educational opportunities, and employment. These are all services that our community desperately needs.” Anyone interested in attending the drive through school supply giveaway is only required to bring along a screenshot of a 2020 census confirmation code. “If an individual or family shows up without a confirmation code, no worries. We can quickly assist them in completing the census here on-site or if they do not have a confirmation code because a numerator visited their home to collect this data, we will take their word,” continued Frye. He went on to share reasons why it’s extremely difficult to get people to fill out the census, and the reasoning is simple, there…

Andrew James Gomez, Jr.

Andrew James Gomez, Jr. is survived by two children, Andrew and Autumn, 7 and 4; Mother / Father Jaime and Jacqueline Gomez; siblings Jaime Jr., Nicole and Jessica; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and many friends. Andrew was a San Bernardino resident who participated in baseball and bowling; he also loved cooling and mechanics. Andrew will greatly be loved and missed. Viewing will be at Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery, 570 E. Highland Ave San Bernardino, 92404, on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, from 4 – 8 p.m. Services on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1 – 2 p.m. The post Andrew James Gomez, Jr. appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Ferrer, deemed legally blind, returns to career in photography

Gary Ferrer of San Bernardino enjoyed a successful career in fashion photography until he contracted meningitis in 2016 that cost him his eyesight. After weeks of battling depression and coming to terms with his new normal, Gary emerged with a newfound passion in dance, and soon created a youth folklórico group, teaching neighborhood kids the art of cultural dance in the nearby church for a couple of years until the parish evicted him without a specific reason. Monse Mena, 13, was the other model during the photo shoot. Fast forward four years, Gary, deemed legally blind, has come full circle when he embarked on a renewed journey into photography, this time with a darker, deeper perspective resulting from loss and near death experience, with an emphasis on culture. Gary conducted the first in a series of six photo shoots on Sunday, Sept. 6 at his dance studio in San Bernardino with the help of husband Ivan Resendez, models Nitzia Chama, a TV anchor on Envisión, and folklórico student Monse Mena, 13, dress designer Adan Terriquez, makeup artist Chona Mua, and assistants Blanca Sylva and Rosa…

Mary’s Mercy Center and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians commemorate opening of Mary’s Village

An intimate group of tribal citizens and leadership from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, as well as representatives from Mary’s Mercy Center, San Bernardino County, San Bernardino City and Crestwood Communities came together to commemorate the completion of Phase I of Mary’s Village – San Bernardino’s first transitional housing complex for men experiencing homelessness, on Tuesday, Sept. 16. This four-phase comprehensive project will make a significant impact in the lives of homeless men by not only providing short-term housing, but providing vocational education, job training, comprehensive case management and other customized services to put them on the path to self-sufficiency. This first of its kind project is a collaboration between Mary’s Mercy Center, Crestwood Communities, Southern California Edison and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The support of Southern California Edison allowed this development to be built zero net energy, which means it is an energy-efficient building that is designed to generate enough solar energy to offset its energy costs over the course of a year. Mary’s Mercy Center President Father Mike Barry and Vice President Mike Hein opened the celebration with a prayer and by offering…

Cal State San Bernardino celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Cal State San Bernardino will hold a number of virtual events to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, to honor the heritage, contributions and culture of Hispanics and Latino Americans. Many of the monthlong series of events will be virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the university to suspend all face-to-face classes and business operations on campus in favor of online and virtual classes and business operations in March, through the spring quarter, summer session and the fall semester. The university has also banned large gatherings on campus. The university will launch the monthlong celebration on the evening of Sept. 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. with an observance of Mexican Independence Day with El Grito, the cry for patriotism and the ringing of the bell by the Consul General of Mexico Itzel de León Villard. The event will be held virtually and can be seen by clicking Facebook Live or visiting the Consulado de México en San Bernardino, California Facebook page. The event will feature speakers, including CSUSB Vice President for Advancement Robert Nava, singers, the recognition of the Ohtli Award winner CSUSB College…

Former Riverside County executive officer hired as San Bernardino’s new city manager

On September 2, in a 6-2 vote (Sandra Ibarra and Henry Nickel dissented), San Bernardino City Council authorized an employment agreement for the city manager position, which will be filled by former County of Riverside Assistant Executive Officer Rob Field. The base salary of the city manager is $285,000 per year and the position may receive management confidential benefits; the city manager will also receive a vehicle allowance. “I understand the public is very interested in what we’re doing here. It’s not possible to make this a public forum for hiring a city manger. I feel extremely confident in this person and I’m looking forward to his abilities being utilized in our city, especially in the area of redevelopment,” said Councilmember Fred Shorett. “I’m excited about the opportunity, he’s actually had a status with us and he came out with the highest score during our deliberation.” One council member who respectfully opposed the employment agreement was Henry Nickel. “Mr. Fields is going to be the highest paid city manager San Bernardino has ever hired and in the top 10 percent of the highest paid city…

Inland Empire school districts commit to increasing financial aid application completion rates

Inland Empire high school students will be fully informed of college financial aid resources available to them through the “Leave No Money on the Table” campaign spearheaded by BLU Educational Foundation, to eliminate barriers around college affordability and access to financial resources in regards to disadvantaged students in the inland region. The launch was announced on Friday morning, Sept. 4, at Carter High School in Rialto, where leaders from various school districts throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties came together to commit to the goal of increasing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Dream Act application completion rates among high school students. According to BLU Foundation President / CEO and Rialto Unified School District Board member Dina Walker, the nonprofit organization has strived to make the conversation of financial aid imperative for the past 10 years; the movement started to gain traction two years ago across California. “I want to thank Assemblymember Eloise Reyes because two years ago we came to her and said ‘this is an opportunity for us to do something big,’ and she did not hesitate (to work with us),”…

San Bernardino Valley College changes name of its radio, television and film program

Since inception of the program over 40 years ago, the San Bernardino Valley College Radio, Television and Film program changed its name ahead of the 2020-2021 school year. The program, which is now titled Film, Television and Media, was initiated to encompass a full range of inclusivity for all areas of media. “We changed the name of the program because we needed to broaden our program’s scope, to evolve with the landscape of the media industry. When the program started over 40 years ago, it focused heavily on radio and today radio has been, in a sense, replaced with platforms such as podcasts and music streaming services,” said Lucas Cuny, program co-chair. Today, the hands-on program is focused on film, media and production, with an array of equipment for students to reserve and use at home. “With the upgrades that our department has received in the past year students have the ability to come in and make a short film, a documentary, a podcast, or even shoot a live sporting event,” continued Cuny. “If a student wants to take three cameras out into the field,…

CSUSB launches School of Entrepreneurship – first in California

With the start of the 2020 fall semester, California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) will launch the School of Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in California. The unique program, one of less than 15 existing worldwide, will boost the university’s already highly successful entrepreneurship program. The School of Entrepreneurship, housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, further places CSUSB as a leading entity in the growing field of entrepreneurship education, said Mike Stull, a professor of entrepreneurship and director of the university’s Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship, who will serve as the school’s director. “Establishing the School of Entrepreneurship is an important step for CSUSB and the Jack H. Brown College as it evolves and innovates to meet the needs of students and the local community,” said Stull. “We envision a substantial positive impact, as it will further cement the JHBC reputation as a leader in the field of entrepreneurship education and increase the college’s ability to engage with the local business community in terms of relationships, collaboration, and resources.” As a school of entrepreneurship, it will oversee and…

San Bernardino Valley College receives $75,000 in grants to support Clean Vehicle Technology Program, STEM scholarships

Edison International recently awarded the San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) Foundation $75,000 to support SBVC’s Clean Energy Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (EV) Technician Program and STEM scholarships for SBVC students. SBVC’s Clean Energy Hybrid/EV Technician Program grant award totaled $50,000. The goals of the program are to increase the availability of electric vehicle (EV) training, reach additional students who are interested in the training, and give students sought-after clean energy/EV skills that makes them more competitive for higher-wage job opportunities. The program also includes campus outreach activities, which consists of faculty attending career fairs at local high schools and community events, developing informational materials about the program, and disseminating the materials to promote electric/hybrid clean technology programs. Led by SBVC faculty chair of the Diesel Department, Berchman “Kenny” Melancon, faculty conducted community outreach in Winter 2019 and Spring 2020 at Redlands High School, Pacific High School and an event at the Fontana Speedway to promote SBVC’s clean energy programs. This outreach prioritized meetings with community members, high school counselors, students, and parents. One of the degree offerings being promoted through the program is the Heavy/Medium…

Aguilar visits USPS San Bernardino Processing and Distribution Center to call for action to protect postal service

Today, Representative Aguilar visited the USPS San Bernardino Mail Processing and Distribution Center with local postal union leaders to call on the Senate and President Trump to pass the Delivering for America Act into law. The bill, which would fund the $25 billion requested by the USPS to address their funding shortfall and would ban the Postal Service from making any changes to their operations or service levels, is set to pass the House of Representatives on Saturday. “The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services. Seniors and veterans need the USPS to deliver prescriptions, taxpayers need the USPS to mail and receive their tax returns, small businesses rely on USPS to reach their customers and voters across the country need the USPS to cast their ballots. But the Trump Administration, led by the new Postmaster General DeJoy, are waging war on the postal service by eliminating overtime, pulling mail sorting machines out of service and cutting or reshuffling experienced USPS leadership. That is why I am returning to Washington to cast my vote for the Delivering…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino welcomed three sets of healthy twins in one day

On Friday, August 7, Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino had an unusually busy birthing day. Three sets of twins were born within a matter of hours. June Collison, Hospital President, shared, “During such a difficult and trying time for our country, it is wonderful to celebrate such beautiful moments of welcoming new life to our San Bernardino community.” Grateful parents Shania Moody and Nicholas Vargas of San Bernardino welcomed twin brothers, Jo’Ziah and Jacob, at 2:07 and 2:09 p.m. weighing 3.6 pounds and 4.8 pounds. Big sister, Zakia, 4, can’t wait for her little baby brothers to come home from the hospital. The boys, born at 33 weeks, are being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Just hours later, twin brothers Enrique de Jesus and Emiliano de Jesus were born at 5:05 and 5:06 p.m. weighing 6 pounds and 5.9 pounds, respectively. The healthy pair is home resting with family in Fontana.   Last but certainly not least, baby brother and sister, Kaevon and Kevia, were born at 8 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. weighing 3.2 pounds and 5 pounds. They are…

CSUSB awarded grant to offer criminal justice Spanish certificate

As the Inland Empire’s Hispanic population continues to grow, so has the urgent demand for linguistically and culturally prepared criminal justice professionals. Cal State San Bernardino will offer a new Criminal Justice Spanish Certificate program for students majoring in criminal justice professions beginning fall 2021, thanks to a U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program grant of nearly $340,000. The UISFL program provides funds to plan, develop and implement programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. “This is a much-needed project that will benefit so many students and have a great impact on the Hispanic community in the Inland Empire and beyond,” said Carmen Jany, CSUSB professor of Spanish and linguistics in the World Languages and Literatures Department, who oversees the grant. The three-year grant was written by Jany in collaboration with Nerea Marteache Solans, an associate professor in the CSUSB Criminal Justice Department, as well as María Mayberry, a professor of Spanish at California State University, Sacramento, with whom CSUSB partnered to develop the certificate program. “I am thrilled that we have received grant support to carefully…

San Manuel awards SB Valley College nearly $300,000 to support Valley-Bound Program

The San Bernardino Valley College Foundation has been awarded by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (San Manuel) a grant in the amount of $299,925. The funds are designated to enhance and expand support of the Valley-Bound Commitment Program, a student success program created to eliminate economic barriers that might prevent low-income students from attending college. San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a transformative partner for San Bernardino Valley College and Valley-Bound students. Since Valley-Bound’s inception in 2008, over 1,700 students have been served through the program. San Manuel has generously contributed nearly two million dollars to support the Valley-Bound program over the past twelve years. Valley-Bound is designed to assist Inland Empire students with their educational journeys and to eliminate financial barriers for students who do not have the financial means to continue their education beyond high school. “Not only did we help students who were struggling in high school, but students who believed that they could not attend college,” Carmen Rodriguez, SBVC Dean of Student Equity and Success, explained. “It has been amazing to see the students become successful professionals and…

Gilbert Valdivia

Gilbert Valdivia went home to be with the Lord, and passed away peacefully on August 10, 2020 at the age of 81. Gilbert was born­­­ on December 17, 1938 in San Bernardino, CA to Manuel and Pola Valdivia, and was married to his wife, Ramona Valdivia. Gilbert leaves behind four children: Valerie Valdivia, Gilbert Valdivia, Anna (Frank) Escobar, and John Valdivia (Bethany). He is preceded in death by seven brothers, along with his wife, Ramona Valdivia. Survivors include: sisters Irene Arriaga (Danny) of Colton, CA, and, Rosemary Valdivia of Santa Rosa, CA; and, many nieces and nephews. He had 9 nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Gilbert enjoyed history and current events, friends and reminisced about the “good old days.” He loved the outdoors, gardening, fruit trees and nature and will be missed by all. We will see you soon, Dad. Private services are pending at this time. The post Gilbert Valdivia appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

League of Women Voters will honor Citizens of Achievement virtually

The League of Women Voters, San Bernardino Area, celebrating its 65th Anniversary, will be honoring ten individuals and one community organization in the League’s annual Citizen of Achievement and Civic Engagement Awards Ceremony on August 23rd. This is the 45th year that the League has honored those who have contributed in an outstanding way to their communities. Usually this is a reception and presentation of the awards; however, for the first time, the event will be virtual. Those who wish to be invited as guests to the award ceremony need to contact Scott Starbuck, vermin92346@gmail.com before August 8th. Honored in the 2020 presentation will be the following: Stephanie Argentine has served as a volunteer coordinator for the San Bernardino International Airport Festival for the past four years. She serves on the Highland Chamber of Commerce Board, and has been a fund-raiser for the Highland Senior Center. Ruth LeBarre Chafin has been a business woman in the communities of Loma Linda, San Bernardino and Redlands for many years, and has served on the Boards of the Assistance League, the San Bernardino Symphony Guild and for fourteen…

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