San Bernardino Police Department’s Briefing Room Podcast has taken the community and world by storm

On March 23, 2021, San Bernardino Police Department debuted its community acclaimed SBPD Briefing Room Podcast, and has since taken the world by storm. With topics ranging from human trafficking, female police, to law enforcement job interviews, and everything in between…its hosts Lieutenant Michele Mahan and Sergeant Jose Castro have profoundly hosted, produced and edited each episode themselves, amidst their many other daily job responsibilities. But, as of late the podcast has paid off, tremendously, as it’s made its way around the inland region and international countries…while most recently becoming somewhat of a pillar to law enforcement job seekers. “Last week we released a podcast called “Law Enforcement Job Interviews” regarding tips on how to prepare for this type of oral interview and this morning our personal training officer said two candidates came in and aced the interview. Both candidates shared that they listened to our recent podcast and that the law enforcement job interview advice we provided was helpful to them,” said Mahan. In a world where people are seeking new ways to connect, this podcast has truly become a vehicle for the department…

San Manuel celebrates 35 years of continued growth, prepares to hire a thousand more

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is continuing its hiring push as it prepares to open phase one of its casino expansion project on July 24th. This date is significant as it is also the 35th anniversary of San Manuel Casino. The opening of phase one includes a larger gaming space, a 24-hour restaurant, a high-end dining venue, and new retail shops. The casino expansion includes an additional 1300 slots making it the most slot machines under one roof on the west coast. Later this year, San Manuel will open its first on-site hotel, featuring 432 luxury rooms and suites, premium dining venues, and a best-in-class event venue. San Manuel is well on its way to filling nearly 2500 new positions needed by the end of 2021. Recruitment continues for Cooks, Cashiers, Custodians/Janitors, Groundskeepers and more, while efforts to fill Hospitality jobs will begin in mid-July. There are $1,000 welcome bonuses and up to $300 in perks for cooks, kitchen workers and custodial staff. Job seekers can visit www.sanmanuelcareers.com to view the current list of opportunities. As San Manuel Casino celebrates its 35th anniversary, it has a fascinating story to tell…

SB Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools Committee receives ACSO’s MVP Volunteer Award

The Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) announced today that the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools Committee is a recipient of the 2021 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Volunteer Award. Launched in 1996, the Most Valuable Player Volunteer Award was created to recognize exemplary volunteers, volunteer projects, and volunteer organizations and to thank a few of the hundreds of dedicated, hardworking, and committed volunteers that orchestras and classical music organizations depend on every day. “The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra is proud to nominate the Music in the Schools Team for this year’s MVP Award,” said Anne Viricel, Executive Director. “Meeting our mission over the past months has required creativity, collaboration, and the utilization of current technology unlike at any time before. The Team has demonstrated all these things in a way that both meets current needs and provides an outstanding foundation for future music education. This project team furthered the Symphony’s relationship with the local university and memorialized this partnership by ending each video with the logos of participant organizations. Every student who sees the videos will see these logos and, we hope, recognize…

Bank of America announces Inland Empire 2021 Student Leaders

Bank of America recently announced that four Inland Empire high school juniors and seniors have been selected as Student Leaders (#BofAStudentLeaders). They have started their paid summer internship experience with local nonprofits KVCR, Inland Empire Community Foundation, One Future Coachella and Riverside Art Museum and will earn $17 per hour and receive a Chromebook as part of the internship. Similar to last year, the program has been adapted to a virtual format. Without access to career skills-building opportunities like the Student Leaders program, many young people may be left behind from a fast-changing job market, leading to higher rates of youth unemployment. As part of its commitment to workforce development as a pathway to economic mobility, Bank of America is connecting 500 teens and young adults to paid jobs, job training and internships across the Inland Empire through additional programs such as Youth Action Project, Athletes for Life and Goodwill Industries of Southern California. “Bank of America remains committed to supporting young adults by connecting them to jobs, community engagement opportunities and leadership development,” said Bansree Parikh, Inland Empire president, Bank of America. “We recognize young adults are…

City leaders emphasize need for Violence Intervention Program funding

Following another shooting in San Bernardino leading to the arrest of a 15-year-old and the death of a 14-year-old, over 40 people gathered at a press conference to demand that city leadership increase funding to the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) which has been proven in other cities to drastically lower gun violence in communities similar to San Bernardino. Councilmembers Kimberly Calvin and Damon L. Alexander spoke in support of funding an alternative to reactionary policing.  “I will back anyone up doing the right thing, this is the right thing.” said Councilmember Alexander of the city’s 7th ward.  Community and faith leaders from San Bernardino Common Ground for Peace organized a press conference Wednesday, July 14, to make public the request of $1.5 million from the city’s Measure S tax to increase the program’s efficiency. Those who work within the multifaceted program spoke about the need for strategic office space in different wards and to increase the employment of former gang members of all genders to help respond to violent shootings in San Bernardino.  Dr. Sigrid Burruss, who serves as the head of Loma Linda University…

KVCR to continue broadcasting with investment from State of California

In response to community outcry against significant funding reductions to KVCR, the San Bernardino Community College District Trustees reached out to their state representatives for assistance.   The State Legislature came through to save this icon of the Inland Empire.  With the passage of AB 132, a state budget trailer bill dedicated to education funding, KVCR, the broadcast arm of SBCCD, will continue as the only Inland Empire operated public media outlet.  Earlier this year, Majority Leader Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Assemblymember James Ramos (D-Highland), and Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-Chino) sent a letter to the Assembly Budget Committee requesting funding that would continue the operations of KVCR.  Due to the fiscal challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic that impacted California’s community colleges, KVCR was at risk of funding cuts that would have resulted in the loss of flagship programs that serve the largest audiences and heavily incorporate local reporting, such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as PBS Kids. “This funding ensures that KVCR can continue to operate for the benefit of Inland Empire residents through continued coverage of our diverse region and communities.” …

Sizzling Concert Series has landed in the City of San Bernardino

San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department celebrated and introduced summer with its Sizzling Concert Series on Friday, July 9. The concert series kicked off with an electrifying performance by Top-40 band TEASE (old school, R&B, and Latin) at San Bernardino’s Fiscalini Filed to an audience who looked happy to step out of the house, converse with neighbors and enjoy some solid tunes. “Admission is free at our Sizzling Concert Series. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert festivities and fans are invited to arrive early to enjoy dinner and dessert from vendors like La Bufadora or Snowie Shaved Ice, and have the opportunity to visit the information fair featuring local social service agencies,” said Tanya Romo, City Manager’s Office Neighborhood and Customer Service Operations Manager. If you missed the first concert, mark your calendar because the city’s next concert is being held on Thursday, August 5th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, featuring an Inland Empire Favorite, the Best of Everything Band, who specializes in playing a little bit of everything. Again, there will be free admission, food trucks, live music and an opportunity to engage and…

Garcia Center for the Arts granted $1 million for expansion, community garden

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) joined supporters and leadership of the Garcia Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 10 at the Center in San Bernardino for a “check” presentation of $1 million, symbolic of 2021-22 state budget funding that Ramos helped secure for the cultural and community hub. “Getting monies in the state budget was a collaborative effort in Sacramento that resulted in a big win for San Bernardino,” Ramos said. “Assemblymember Eloise Reyes and I teamed up on this state budget request to make sure we could further the work of this important city and regional treasure.” The funding will be used to build a community garden that will help improve air quality, offer a source of fruits, vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, a Zen garden, and expand art programs in creative fields such as photography, glass blowing, and theater. “The Garcia Center for the Arts is an established community presence and the only art center in the City of San Bernardino, making it a hub of youth and community engagement,” said Majority Leader Eloise Reyes. “This state budget funding will…

If approved by Senate, $20 million will be allocated to local transportation, infrastructure projects

On Thursday, July 1, the House passed the INVEST in America Act. The landmark transportation and infrastructure bill included $19,988,630 in funding for Inland Empire projects requested by­­ Rep. Pete Aguilar. Proposals for these projects were submitted by the community through the Member-Designated Transportation Projects process before being approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and passed by the full House. “I’m proud to have supported these surface transportation and water infrastructure programs in the INVEST in America Act, and grateful my colleagues and I were able to pass this bill to rebuild America. This is a great first step toward a transformational investment in our infrastructure that will lead to good-paying jobs, cleaner air, less traffic, and a stronger economy in the Inland Empire,” said Aguilar.   “Reche Canyon Road Extension to Hunts Lane Project is a critical project for the City of Colton. It is expected to relieve excessive congestion to one of the most impacted intersections in the city during morning and afternoon peak rush hour traffic. Approval of the much-needed funding and completion of this project will not only benefit…

Danny M. Negrete

Born in San Bernardino, CA, passed away in Colton, CA. Danny is survived by his mother, Carmen Negrete; his 4 siblings, Jimmy Negrete, Tina Morales, Bonnie Sanchez and Barbara Torrez. Services to be held on July 19th at 10 a.m. at Hermosa Chapel in Colton. Special thank you to his good friends Dan and Al for always being there for him and for the family. The post Danny M. Negrete appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Arroyo Valley Army JROTC team earns spot in National Academic Bowl Championship

The Arroyo Valley High School (AVHS) Army JROTC Leadership Team is 1 of only 40 such teams in the nation to win an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the prestigious 2020-2021 JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl (JLAB). JLAB is a nationally recognized competition created exclusively for JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) students. Participating cadets learn the values of citizenship and academic competition as they are tested on their knowledge of current events, leadership skills, and leadership values. The four members of the AVHS JROTC Leadership Team, Isaiah Cruz, Dayana Duran, MaKayla Keeme-Anweiler, and Francisco Mondragon-Avila, earned top scores in the first two rounds of leadership and academic competition. After beating out 1,471 other Army JROTC teams to land in the top 40, the team will head to Washington, D.C. to compete in the championship event at the Catholic University of America, which starts Monday, July 19. The five-day event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and is conducted by the College Options Foundation. “I am very happy for our proud cadets and their recent success. They faced many tough challenges this past…

San Bernardino County Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. highlights progress made in part to the American Rescue Plan

On June 23, San Bernardino County Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. held a special roundtable to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. During the roundtable discussion, the county provided insight into how the $423 million funds have assisted the county in its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, welcoming dialogue from Congressman Pete Aguilar, and accepting questions from community panelists. “Our special virtual roundtable on the four-year American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make critical investments in our county. The last 16 months have been extremely difficult for all of us; we’ve been living through unwarranted times due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Baca, Jr. Some of those investments include homeless services and housing, testing, vaccines, and department response, economic development strategy, infrastructure improvements, and county system improvements. Baca, Jr. continued, “I’ve been serving as your supervisor for the past 6 months and the entirety of my time serving has been through the pandemic. Responding to COVID-19 and creating pathways has been my top priority for my office since my first day as supervisor.” Back in December, when Baca,…

Time for Change Foundation founder Kim Carter to be portrayed by Jennifer Hudson in movie directed by Taraji P. Henson

Founded in San Bernardino, California in 2002, and expanded into the Bay Area in 2018, Time for Change Foundation’s (TFCF) mission is to empower disenfranchised low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs, and housing to create self-sufficient, and thriving communities. Academy Award winner Taraji P. Henson will direct Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson in ‘Pepcy & Kim,’ a part of Iervolino Entertainment’s star studded anthology project ‘Tell It Like a Woman’. This project is seen by the non-profit as a means to expand on their mission. “If Kim could do it, so can other women,” says Time for Change Foundation Executive Director Vanessa Perez, “Kim Carter’s life story is will inspire women as it speaks to our mantra, ‘we call it home, others call it hope.’” As told by Variety Magazine, Hudson, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Effie White in 2006’s ‘Dreamgirls,’ will take on the role of both Pepcy and Kim in the piece, which is inspired by Kim Carter, a former addict who rebuilt her life, founded Time for Change Foundation, and has helped…

How $37 million in state funding will modernize Crafton Hills, San Bernardino Valley Colleges

The San Bernardino Community College District secured $37 million in state funding to build a new workforce training center at San Bernardino Valley College and a performing arts education center at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa. Governor Newsom and the legislature included these campus infrastructure projects in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. SBCCD will match the state dollars from Measure CC money voters approved locally in 2018. “These two campus projects will directly serve Inland families by expanding career advancement opportunities and a better quality of life,” said Dr. Anne L. Viricel, chair of the SBCCD Board of Trustees. “We are grateful to our state policymakers who made our students and community colleges a state budget priority.” Chancellor-Designate Diana Z. Rodriguez said the state investments are welcome and an essential boost for the region’s future. “Whether through hands-on career training or inspiring creative thinking, we envision building our community colleges into vibrant places of learning and intellectual stimulation for our local students, families, faculty, and staff,” she said. The construction projects will strengthen the local economy, said Interim Chancellor…

Crafton Hills College Foundation receives $10,000 grant from Bank of America

The Crafton Hills College (CHC) Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support the community college’s public safety and allied health program. The funds will go to help train more than 300 future first responders in the fields of emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighting, and respiratory care givers as well as provide financial support for more students impacted economically by the pandemic. “The very best training can only be accomplished by providing quality education with the equipment, gear and supplies that the industry demands, along with the support services needed to ensure our students are successful,” said Michelle Riggs, Director of Institutional Advancement, CHC. “These funds are especially important as we continue to move forward following the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely impacted our students who have had to learn to navigate courses and services online, many while facing financial hardships.” According to a recent survey conducted at the College, 63 percent of students have reported a reduction in employment, which includes reduced hours or a complete loss of employment. The CHC Foundation raises funds to support the institution’s programs and…

With eyes to the future, Rosa Maria’s remembers what got them here

Rosa Maria’s Mexican Food has been serving the Inland Empire for over 40 years. Rosa Maria’s story is as fresh and delightful as their food. “My grandmother would send my uncle and grandfather burritos for their lunch. Their co-workers would always want some of the burritos – they even started to buy them off my grandmother. Many of the co-workers encouraged my grandparents to open up a restaurant. My grandparents thought about it, then decided to open up their first restaurant Rosa Maria’s on Sierra Way in San Bernardino,” shared Mary Seager, granddaughter, Social Media Representative, and Human Resources. Since opening their first restaurant in 1975, Rosa Maria’s has stayed true to themselves and their customers. Many of the items on the menu today were there since they opened. There are some exceptions though, they have added sour cream, chicken, breakfast burritos, and menudo to name a few. “We’ve been able to grow organically. The changes that we’ve made, have been because of our customers’ requests,” explained Seager. Rosa Maria’s has a loyal customer base, and in return, they have been loyal to them. Hearing…

Two nursing students will be student voice for San Bernardino Community College District

In a year when college campuses reopen after a global pandemic, two nursing students will be the student trustees on the Board of the San Bernardino Community College District. Cosmic coincidence? Probably. Lauren Ashlock, 19, will represent Crafton Hills College and 19-year-old Elena Sanchez Paez will represent San Bernardino Valley College. They were elected by a vote of their peers, and they were sworn in on June 10, via Zoom, for a one-year term. Their job is to speak for students at the public meetings of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, who decide the big picture issues of financial aid, new buildings, campus safety, and just recently, hiring a new leader. Last month the trustees voted to appoint Diana Z. Rodriguez as the district’s 16th Chancellor. She has been president of San Bernardino Valley College and on August 1 she will lead the system that serves 20,000 students through two campuses, a workforce training facility, and KVCR TV/FM. Both of the new student trustees said they will be learning from more experienced board members as they go, trying to stretch themselves…

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