SB Symphony returns to live performance on October 23

Following a hybrid season that included three digital performances viewed around the world, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra is preparing to return live with “Home,” an inspiring and uplifting celebration of the American spirit.   Returning on October 23, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. to the historic California Theatre of the Performing Arts – their home for the past 93 years – the concert will include excerpts from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” the spiritual “Going Home” by William Arms Fisher, the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Yip Harberg’s original orchestrations for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and Scott Bradley’s virtuosic cartoon music from “Tom and Jerry.” Shared Maestro Parnther, “We are going to breathe life into music that has either been inspired by America or written by historic figures who have contributed to our rich culture and vast musical heritage.” The San Bernardino Symphony will pay tribute to music that is specifically “American” from many genres; symphonic, jazz, film score, popular music, Broadway, opera, and cartoon music. Maestro Parnther has also commissioned a new work called “Impermanence” by composer Chanda Dancy to pay tribute to loved…

San Bernardino Police Dept. has come a long way in its diversity

By Terry Elliott, Chairman, Public Safety & Human Relations Commission For years, the citizens of San Bernardino have been vociferously advocating for diversity and homegrown roots in the San Bernardino Police Department. In a time where certain of our citizen’s desire to highlight issues with any Police authority, manufactured, perceived or realistic, and specifically within our department, we thought it appropriate to take a breath of fresh air and celebrate the long-awaited, over-looked achievements in diversity that the public has been long advocating for. We celebrate the first Hispanic Assistant Chief in a decade (Francisco Hernandez), the second African American Captain (Nelson Carrington) in the department’s 116-year history, and the most senior female lieutenant (Jennifer Kohrell), all of whom reside in the Inland Empire. Former Chief Eric McBride seems to have kept his promise to the citizens of San Bernardino, albeit quietly. He promoted from inside the ranks, a diverse team of qualified leaders all of whom are not only minorities but settled roots, living and raising their families right here in the Inland Empire. According to San Bernardino Police Officer’s Association Vice President Jon…

Kohrell is SBPD’s most senior female lieutenant

By Terry Elliott, Chairman, Public Safety & Human Relations Commission Lt. Jennifer Kohrell grew up in the Inland Empire and spent much of her young life in the northeastern part of the City. She was fascinated by her DARE officer in school who thought she would make a great police officer one day. She completed her formal education locally. At 19, she did her first Ride-A-Long with the Department and immediately knew this was the place for her. In 2003 after completing college in San Bernardino, she began her career with the San Bernardino Police Department. Jennifer quickly maturated through the department. Her assignments have included Patrol Officer, CITE team member, Problem-Oriented Policing, Field Training Officer, District Resource Officer, Narcotics/Vice Officer and was cross-sworn with the FBI Human Trafficking Task Force. She was named, “Officer of the Year” in 2011. In 2012, Jennifer was promoted to the rank of Detective and assigned to the Specialized Enforcement Bureau until she was transferred to the Personnel and Training Division, where she completed background investigations and updated the Field Training Officer guide. She was promoted to Detective for Professional Standards.…

Hernandez is SBPD’s first Hispanic Assistant Chief in a decade

By Terry Elliott, Chairman, Public Safety & Human Relations Commission Francisco Hernandez was raised locally by a single mother. He has lived here with the exception of the time he served his country in the Military. After fulfilling his voluntary military service, he returned back to the area determined to make a difference, where he and his family still reside. As a child of humble beginnings, Francisco found a role model in a friend’s father who then worked as a police officer. At a young age, Francisco decided that he wanted to be a police officer. After high school, Francisco joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division and stationed in Georgia. After being honorably discharged from service, his family ties led him to come back home. He worked in construction for a bit, before realizing his dream of becoming a police officer for the City of San Bernardino. Francisco began his career as an officer for the San Bernardino Police Department in December 2004. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute (SLI) Class 413 and Session 80 of the…

Carrington is SBPD’s second African American captain in its 116-year history

By Terry Elliott, Chairman, Public Safety & Human Relations Commission Nelson Carrington comes from humble beginnings, he was raised in an apartment complex in Western San Bernardino; as a youngster, he played on the streets of this city. Nelson attended San Bernardino Valley College where he completed the Police Academy. Nelson was sworn in as a Police Officer with the San Bernardino Police Department in February 2005, where he has spent his entire career. As an Officer, Nelson worked on a variety of assignments that included patrol, CITE team, Crime Impact Team, and Gang Enforcement Officer. In 2014, Nelson was promoted to the rank of Detective. As a Detective, Nelson served as a Gang Detective, Patrol Corporal, Field Training Officer, Department Recruiter, and Training Corporal. Nelson is a recognized expert in Defensive Tactics, Taser, Less Lethal Munitions, and firearms. In 2018, Nelson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he served as a Patrol Supervisor, and Personnel and Training Bureau Manager. During Nelson’s time in Personnel and Training, he and his team hired over 40 new police officers, selecting many whom were born, raised, and still…

LLU School of Pharmacy sends mobile vaccine teams to vulnerable neighborhoods in San Bernardino

Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy has received a $20,000 grant to mobilize vaccine teams, delivering COVID-19 vaccines to minority populations living in Southern California. The award was presented during the 26th annual National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation Scholarship Program, held earlier this month. The NACDS Foundation promotes diversity and innovation in pharmacy education in under-represented populations. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to shed light on the health inequities and disparities that exist in our country and disproportionately affect some of the most at-risk populations facing health threats and limited access to health and wellness — and these upcoming educational initiatives are helping to serve as solutions to these critical issues,” said NACDS Foundation President Sara Roszak. Michael Hogue, PharmD, FAPhA, FNAP, dean of LLU School of Pharmacy, has played an integral role in establishing clinics in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California state guidelines and says the grant funds will be used to organize interprofessional teams of students, staff, and faculty to administer COVID-19 vaccines in vulnerable communities throughout Southern California. “We anticipate immunizing approximately 100 people per week through these mobile teams; and while this number does not sound significant,…

San Bernardino City Manager Rob Field threatens future stability of police department, public safety

The safety of San Bernardino’s residents and families is always the top priority of the men and women of the San Bernardino Police Officers Association. The commitment has been demonstrated repeatedly during the last decade as we worked collaboratively with the City to keep the Police Department intact through the bankruptcy, supported the revised City Charter, and successfully worked to pass Measure S last November. Unfortunately, this collaborative relationship we’ve built to improve community safety throughout San Bernardino is now being undermined by City Manager Rob Field. Instead of working cooperatively with our association, Mr. Field has continually rebuffed our attempts to provide him with our professional insights on how to make San Bernardino a safer city. Most recently Mr. Field refused to even hear our input as he seeks to find the next police chief for the city. San Bernardino is a city with unique challenges that we as police officers are directly familiar with. Many of our police chiefs in the past did not understand these challenges. Not only did they fail to move the department forward, but it made San Bernardino much…

New ‘Center for Community Organizing’ to provide training, education for future Inland Empire leaders

The Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) is proud to announce the official Grand Opening of the Inland Empire Center for Community Organizing (IECCO) on Saturday, October 2. The IECCO will house various community service organizations that will focus on providing education and leadership training for Inland Empire residents dedicated to community organizing. Since the beginning of the pandemic, ICUC has used the IECCO as a central base of operations to distribute over 250,000 pounds of food and 200,000 face masks to residents in low-income communities while conducting voter registration drives and directing people to housing services. Organizers say that the IECCO will be used by ICUC and partner organizations to continue providing services, host community events, and train future leaders.  “In the last year, youth and parent leaders have helped transform the Inland Empire Center for Community Organizing from a neglected space to a much more positive place for social interaction and political education,” says Miguel Rivera, Events Coordinator for ICUC. “This will be a place where aspiring organizers can help ignite the change they want to see.”  In the three decades since its founding…

Probation brings hygiene kits, resources to reentry and at-risk population

FAX TRANSMITTAL In a continued effort to alleviate COVID-19 within the at-risk and reentry population, the San Bernardino County Probation Department distributed another 176 hygiene kits this weekend. Probation Officers also offered housing services and program resources to those in need. On Saturday, Oct. 2, Probation staff contacted probationers living at parks and hotels through the West Valley. Unlike a routine Probation compliance operation, the objective of this event was to distribute hygiene kits, provide resources to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, and improve the overall wellness of probationers who were at-risk or recently released back into the community from prison or jail. “Our goal is to hand out as many enhanced hygiene kits as we can to the at-risk and reentry population. We are very aware of the daily challenges they face and we want them to know that this Probation Department is working with the County to help in every way we can,” Chief Probation Officer Tracy Reece said. The enhanced hygiene kits included a first aid kit, blanket, water, gloves, light sticks, masks, sanitizer, a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, a washcloth, and…

Tayba re-entry services helps formerly incarcerated reintegrate into society

Tayba is a re-entry social service center that helps formerly incarcerated individuals get reincorporated into society after release. “We have client-centered care here, that means they’re the boss and whatever they need we’re here to help,” explained Tabari Zahir, Mental Health Specialist at Tayba. Tayba offers a bevy of services that range from providing food to teaching social skills and counseling. Their new program they’re excited to implement is called STEFF – Soft skills, Technology literacy, Employability skills, Family unification, and Financial literacy. Photo courtesy Tayba: Case managers Valerie Bolden, left and Jeniffer Hernandez-Curtis, right in their office assisting clients remotely. “Soft skills, like effective communication and conflict resolution are traits most of our members don’t have and are sort of the reason for many incarcerations, so this is a necessary skill,” explained Zahir. Technology literacy is one skill that many organizations don’t teach. By offering this, Tayba is one of the early organizations to tap into technology literacy for their members. “We just partnered with Google, now we can deliver our members over 400 hours of technology literacy like turning a computer on all…

San Bernardino City Unified Class of 2021 earns over $11 million in scholarships

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students in the Class of 2021 spent their entire senior year in distance learning, having to overcome difficulties such as distractions at home, slow internet, and a host of other issues. But despite all of that, the SBCUSD Class of 2021 walked away with $11,031,077 in scholarships and grants, and many of them have already started college. A total of 209 Cajon High School seniors earned $3,713,914 in scholarships and grants, which includes $1.5 million in military scholarships and enlistment bonuses. Arroyo Valley High School seniors also showed their academic chops with 385 graduates, or 73 percent of their graduating class, earning $3,266,600 in scholarships, including a four-year military scholarship. “San Bernardino City Unified graduates have a distinct advantage over many other area graduates when it comes to earning scholarships,” said Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer Ginger Ontiveros. “In addition to competing against seniors of area private and charter schools for the many scholarships available to graduates across the state and nation, SBCUSD graduates are eligible for hundreds of scholarships just for seniors in our District.” At…