San Bernardino

Marion Schick of San Bernardino celebrates 102nd birtday

On Monday, November 16th, Marion Schick celebrated her 102nd birthday with a small group of friends and family.  Finding one of the few indoor seating restaurants in town, the Pepper Steak Restaurant in Highland was a choice location for this event.  Marion has been a resident of San Bernardino for over 75 years.  Marion moved to San Bernardino in 1945 when she moved from Summit, Illinois at age 27 to be closer to her uncle.  Marion worked 35 years at Sears, Roebuck and Company that was at one time located at 543 3rd Street, behind the Harris Company.  Marion starting pay was 67 cents an hour, where she worked in the Sporting Goods Department and was able to develop an expertise with shotguns, handguns, ammunition, and all the other sporting goods.  Marion and her 102nd party guests, (front row, from left) Beverly Swanson (niece), Marion Schick (birthday girl), Joan Cismowski (stepdaughter), (back row, from left) Doug Sloney (friend), and Yvonne Dandurand (friend). Marion attended Central Christian Church on 16th & G St. for 25 years, and in 1950 started volunteering at the Valley Light House…

SB Symphony welcomes new board

The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra recently welcomed seven new members to its board of directors as part of a strategic board expansion initiative. The Symphony was founded in 1929, but did not formally establish a board until 1963 when founding president of California State University San Bernardino John M. Pfau was the first to be elected to that office. Currently, the position is held by Dean McVay, a partner with Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP. The seven new members join a who’s who of the region’s leadership, both currently and historically. Previous Board Members have included civil attorney and San Bernardino Community College District’s longest-serving elected trustee Allen Gresham; former publisher of the San Bernardino Sun and founder of Century Group Media Gerald Bean; philanthropist/real estate developer Edward G. Hill; and former San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles. The new members come from across the region and across the career spectrum. Damon L. Alexander, Th.M, MPA, a retired federal law enforcement officer, was recently elected to serve on San Bernardino’s City Council 7th Ward. An active community leader, Alexander is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Founding…

City of San Bernardino generates donation fund for new animal shelter, earns no-kill status

On November 4, San Bernardino City Council voted to approve the establishment of a special fund to benefit the San Bernardino Municipal Animal Shelter. These donations will provide the shelter the ability to offer relief to low income residents’ pets, off-set medical costs, provide care and treatment of animals at the shelter to increase adoption probability and revitalize the dated building. “We have a lot of community interest in providing additional funding resources to the new animal shelter. There are some potential donors out there. We have a donation fund for animal services…people are able to donate their time, treasure or talent to the city, it is a tax deductible donation,” said City Manager Rod Foster. “It’s the fastest mechanism we can create to receive funds from constituents who are interested in donating to our animal services department.” On average, the city’s animal shelter costs an estimated $2.6 million to upkeep per year, leaving them with zero funds to repair the facility. “Thank you to our Animal Services Director Kris Watson and her staff, they do a lot with a facility that is in pretty…

Open Arms Youth Drop-in Center transforming lives in San Bernardino

On October 27, Open Arms Youth Drop-in Center opened its doors in San Bernardino. Open Arms, a branch of Family Assistance Program, strives to transform the lives of youth facing homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQ+ inequality and more. “Open Arms Youth Drop-in enter offers the youth in our community a plethora of resources such as drug prevention classes, domestic violence programs, youth shelters, human trafficking advocacy and workforce preparation assistance,” said Chloe Diaz, outreach coordinator. Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, Outreach Coordinator Chloe Diaz, Family Assistance Program Executive Director Darryl Evey, and Assemblymember James Ramos touring the brand new youth drop-in center in San Bernardino. The program also offers its youth participants resume building workshops, job interview preparation, enrichment activities, free wifi, laptops and computers. “My vision for the youth drop-in center was to create a space where youth can be heard, supported and empowered. Open Arms Youth Drop-in Center Manager Levi Deathridge and I have been advocating these issues for our youth since we were about 16 years old and in the shoes of those we are assisting today,” continued Diaz. Diaz and Deathridge…

San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education votes to remain in distance learning through June 2021

The Board of Education of the San Bernardino City Unified School District on Tuesday voted to keep all students in distance learning for the remainder of the current school year, which ends in June 2021. The governing body of California’s eighth largest school district took action on November 17 after carefully weighing local COVID-19 figures that show the virus is spreading at alarming rates and families living in its attendance boundaries are especially at risk. San Bernardino County is among those in the state that have experienced drastically increasing COVID-19 cases, forcing it to remain in the purple tier. The Board’s decision is consistent with its steadfast commitment to safety for students and employees. This decision will enable District staff to focus greater resources toward strengthening distance learning while also allowing families to better plan. As part of their decision, in-person accommodations for small groups of students with specifically identified educational needs will be offered when the Board deems it safe to do so. This in-person support is allowable under public health guidance from the state. This is the second time since the March statewide…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino offers drive-thru Thanksgiving dinner

Each year, Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) welcomes hundreds of community members to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional holiday meal. This year, although the event will look a little different, CHSB hopes the community will still feel its heartfelt gratitude to serve the great people of San Bernardino. Grab-and-Go traditional Thanksgiving Meals will be available for drive-thru patrons and walk-up guests. Flu shots will also be available for anyone 18 years and older, plus a special gift will be provided to youth in attendance. The San Bernardino Police Department will be participating along with Explore Scouts, the IEHP Superhero, and the 501st Legion Southern California Garrison Storm Troopers. Monday, November 23, 2020 from 3 – 6 p.m. Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino 1800 Western Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411 (drive-thru) 1725 Western Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92411 (walk-up/flu shots) All guests must wear a face covering, and socially distance as appropriate. If you have questions about the event, please contact the Community Health Education Center at 909-806-1816. The post Community Hospital of San Bernardino offers drive-thru Thanksgiving dinner…

Grounded Self Care Studio provides healing space for black and brown communities

Grounded Self Care Studio is located near the Breezeway in downtown San Bernardino and its ribbon cutting was held on Sunday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to limit the number of visitors at any given time. The self care studio is groundbreaking for the city, as it is one of the first in the region to provide a space for the healing of mind, body, and soul through therapeutic experiences.  “Sometimes our black and brown communities are neglected and often forgotten in the healing process, because our healing may look different than others,” said CEO / Founder Destiny Frye. “I wanted to create our own space, to heal in our own way through artistic and therapeutic experiences that cultivate healing, human connection and transformational moments. Grounded was intentionally curated to serve as a proactive solution to the lack of innovative mental health resources within San Bernardino.” Aria, Destiny and Darrell Frye celebrating Grounded Self Care Studio before a successful 12-hour COVID-19 compliant grand opening, attended by 120 guests. Frye detailed how she initially wrote the self care studio idea down in a…

Cal State celebrates Native American Heritage Month

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, this November, Cal State San Bernardino will hold a number of virtual events to honor and celebrate Native American culture, traditions and contributions. The kickoff event, which will be Friday, Nov. 6, will feature CSUSB alumnus and Assemblymember James Ramos ’02, the first California-born Native American elected to the state Assembly who represents the 40th Assembly District. This year’s Native American Heritage Month events include: Nov. 1-Nov. 30: The Coyote Series Celebrates: Native American Heritage Month. Associated Students Inc., and the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) First Peoples’ Center will conduct a social media campaign featuring student stories and student art. @asi_csusb @csusb.smsu @smsu.ccc Nov. 6: Join the Campus Native American Heritage Month Kickoff with Assemblymember James Ramos during Coyote Hour from noon-1 p.m. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/nahmstart Nov. 10: The John M. Pfau Library and History Club will host a special presentation by Dr. Andrés Reséndez, professor of history at UC Davis, who will discuss the causes and reverberations of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, also known as Po’pay’s Rebellion, one of the most significant events in the…

San Bernardino City Unified School District conducts Operation Recovery with COVID precautions

The year 2020 has brought many changes, but what hasn’t changed is San Bernardino City Unified School District’s (SBCUSD) dedication to making sure students are learning every school day. That is why SBCUSD held its longstanding Operation Student Recovery on Tuesday, October 13 and is planning another event on December 1. Operation Student Recovery takes a personal approach to making sure students are in class, learning. Several times a year, usually near the start of the school year and the start of a new semester, teams of SBCUSD administrators and community volunteers make personal visits to the homes of students who have not been regularly attending school. Due to COVID concerns, October 13 was the first Operation Student Recovery for the 2020–2021 school year. “We took great care in planning this year’s Operation Student Recovery so we could still make those attempts to personally reach out to our students and families in need while making sure that we took precautions to protect everyone from COVID-19,” said Positive Youth Development Director Marlene Bicondova. A total of 39 participants, who went out in teams of two or…

San Bernardino Valley College to receive historic donation for emergency scholarships

San Bernardino Valley College has been invited to apply for part of a historic $100 million donation to California community colleges by the Jay Pritzker Foundation, along with 34 fellow colleges in the Inland Empire, Central Valley and Far North of the state. The unprecedented donation—the largest ever made to a community college system—will be distributed over a 20-year period and is intended “to help eliminate regional educational gaps through distribution of emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected hardships and scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish line goal of transferring to a college or university or completing a certificate or degree.” Dan and Karen Pritzker, trustees of the Jay Pritzker Foundation, said in a virtual press conference that they have seen the outstanding benefits of a community college education firsthand through their own daughter, who completed her first two years of undergraduate education at a community college before transferring to UC Berkeley. “We are immeasurably thankful to the Jay Pritzker Foundation for their generosity to our students and community,” said SBVC President Diana Z. Rodriguez. “Although many barriers…

San Bernardino 7th Ward Councilman James Mulvihill and Candidate Damon Alexander discuss issue of homelessness

On September 29, San Bernardino’s 7th Ward Councilmember and 7th Ward candidate Damon Alexander participated in an hour-long debate, hosted virtually by League of Women Voters. Topics ranged from crime, to the revitalization of Highland Avenue corridor, code of conduct and homelessness. “There are currently 823 unsheltered people, and we continue to have the same number every year. My plan is called Wrap Around 360. It will bring in all the resources of the city, county, churches and non-profits. I want to bring them together and formulate a strategic plan for the city of San Bernardino; with deliverables every 6 months to measure achievement,” said Alexander. “My vision would also add a non-profit social worker. Reports say you cannot go out and change a homeless, you have to make contact 17 times to gain their trust. So if you have a social worker, they have the ability to go out there to make contact and monitor them. You cannot arrest your way out of this issue and you cannot just throw money into this issue,” concluded Alexander. Homelessness has been a key focus in Mulvihill’s…

Councilmember Henry Nickel and Candidate Ben Reynoso face off in San Bernardino 5th Ward debate

On October 2, City of San Bernardino 5th Ward Councilmember Henry Nickel and 5th Ward candidate Ben Reynoso participated in the League of Women Voters San Bernardino City Election 2020 Fifth Ward Debate. The civil debate covered topics such as crime, homelessness, public safety, small business struggles, code of conduct, fire and flooding, and more. “I was born, raised and educated in San Bernardino. I’m a homeowner in this city and I am employed in the city of San Bernardino. With that being said, I bring an array of experience to the job that lends to an ability to understand some of the significant challenges and solutions that are available to us,” said Nickel. Nickel has been the 5th Ward councilman since 2014, he joined the council when the city was bankrupt and had zero reserves; since then, the city has recovered from bankruptcy. “I entered this race as a community organizer, just as I entered the city of San Bernardino when I was 15 years old. I am deeply concerned about the culture of San Bernardino because a lot of the things I saw…

Assembly Agriculture Chair Rivas, Assemblymembers Reyes, Medina tour Inland Empire agriculture entities

On Monday, Oct. 26, recently appointed Assembly Agriculture Chair Robert Rivas visited the Inland Empire on his statewide tour of the agriculture industry, meeting with local industry leaders and elected officials, including Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside). “The Inland Empire was a must-stop for me on my ag tour of California,” Asm. Rivas said. “Riverside and San Bernardino have a rich history of innovation and food production going back over a century, and I want to ensure this region remains a vital component of California’s agriculture industry, which brings in $50 billion a year to our economy. COVID-19 has introduced numerous concerns and issues to our industry, including an economic recession which has devastated many local farms in the region and throughout the state, and I’m here to learn and listen on how best to protect our farms, ranches and workers as we head into the new legislative year.” “The sustainability of California’s agriculture industry is critical to California’s economy. With many small businesses participating in this economic sector in the Inland Empire, it is important that we hear their voices…

Healthgrades Honors Dignity Health Inland Empire hospitals for top performance in Critical Care, Neuroscience and Orthopedics

Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino and Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center announced today that the hospitals are named 2021 Five-Star Recipients in Critical Care, Heart Care, Orthopedics and Pulmonary procedures by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* “We’re honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for the outstanding quality care we provide to the San Bernardino community,” states Douglas Kleam, Hospital President, St. Bernardine Medical Center. “These awards reflect our high standards of providing safe, compassionate care with excellent clinical outcomes.” Specifically, Healthgrades recognized St. Bernardine Medical Center as a: Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery for 5 Years in a Row (2017-2021)Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 9 Years in a Row (2013-2021)Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2021Five-Star Recipient for Sepsis Treatment in 2021 A Five-Star rating indicates that statistically the hospital’s clinical outcomes are significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. According to June…

Ruben Raymond Gonzalez

Ruben Raymond Gonzalez, 76, passed away surrounded by his loving family on October 7, 2020 in Modesto, CA. He was born in San Bernardino, CA to the late Angel and Fortunata Gonzalez on September 18, 1944. He joins his parents and siblings, Jovita Jimenez, Socorro Dancoe and Rosa Karrer. Ruben leaves the love of his life, wife Beatriz Gonzalez, his children, Marina Mitchell (Jason) of Salida, Veronica Gonzalez (fiancé Marcus Parker) of Manteca and Christopher Gonzalez (Justine) of Manteca. Ruben was blessed with 7 grandchildren, Xavier Mitchell, Janessa Mitchell, Alexander Parker, Tegan Gonzalez, Thomas Gonzalez and a baby grandson due in November. In addition Ruben has three surviving siblings Richard Gonzalez of Riverside, Dolores Sanchez (Frank) of Redlands, and David Gonzalez (Janice) of Valley Center. Ruben was a Manteca resident since 1990. He retired from PG&E as a Senior Estimator of Electrical Engineering, where he worked for over 40 years. He was a 30-year member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was involved with the music ministries, playing the guitar and singing. He loved performing at assisted living facilities and Sister Ann’s Senior Luncheons at…

Music Changing Lives ‘Spreads Paint, Not Hate’ in response to nationwide social injustices

Music Changing Lives is taking control of the narrative by leading a “Spread Paint, Not Hate” initiative across San Bernardino County, in response to the social injustices nationwide. After the worldwide protests against police brutality was brought to San Bernardino and resulted in looting, Music Changing Lives Founder Josiah Bruny strategized a method to raise the community’s voice through art; to mitigate any protest backlash and to divert energy into an initiative that could bring real change to the country. “Together, Music Changing Lives, Viva La Boba, local artists Ana Cervantes and Duan Kellum, mainstream artist Christopher Perez and many volunteers painted a mural depicting social injustices in downtown San Bernardino, in an alleyway about 50 feet west of the Breezeway,” said Bruny. “We were getting frustrated with the scenarios that we were in during the recent protests. There were in-fact peaceful protests and then participants were still getting hit with pepper spray and rubber bullets. So I knew we had to figure out a new route to get our voices heard and messages across,” continued Bruny. Photo Manny B. Sandoval: Every color under the…

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