San Bernardino

San Bernardino needs a real leader

By T. Elliott, former Sun Editorial Board member and current Chairman of the San Bernardino City Public Safety Commission For nearing 2 years, The City of San Bernardino has operated without stable leadership at the top of the Police Department. Unfortunately, the former chief was ill and ultimately retired. This City owes a debt of gratitude to Interim Chief Eric McBride who has chosen to remain vigilant and keep our Police Department not only functioning, but steadily improving. Chief McBride has the overwhelming support of the community, the Public Safety Commission, the POA, Neighborhood Associations, business and ecumenical leaders and  residents, just to name a few. Mere casual conversations with the rank and file officers prove they not only respect Chief McBride but comment how the departmental structure has improved several times over, as a result of his steady hand and experience. The San Bernardino Police Officers Association President, Brian Lewis said,“When we have been asked to opine on the selection of a new Chief, we are normally discussing with the City Manager why we might disagree with a decision to hire a certain leader for…

San Bernardino Pastors United fills hunger gap

San Bernardino Pastors United (SBPU) distributed bags of groceries to residents at the Way World Outreach campus on Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino on Saturday morning. Due to the coronavirus epidemic SBPU canceled its quarterly block party but, on a smaller scale, still able to provide food to the hungry. 40 volunteers helped hand out food items to over 200 people that included beans, flour, bread, baby food, turkey patties and beverages. “We cannot neglect those in need, people are hungry,” declared Rev. RD Young of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship. Similar food giveaways will occur at the end of April and May during the time of month when families may experience food shortage as they wait for checks/food stamps. The Way World Outreach is providing grab and go lunches at 11:30 a.m. Monday – Thursday at 1001 N. Arrowhead Ave., and will be distributing food at 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Photo Rev. Young: Cruz Chacon Foundation President Dion Taylor, right, with one of many volunteers at Saturday’s event. “This is what I have to do because I was one of those people in…

Amid school closures, KVCR teams up with Riverside, San Bernardino county schools

As schools suspend classes to slow the spread of COVID-19, the local PBS and NPR member station, Empire KVCR, launched a partnership with the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) and the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) to support at-home learning. Empire KVCR is now offering students, families and teachers programming aligned to California’s state curriculum on TV Channel 24 and kvcr.org/education.   “Our children will be our future scientists, doctors, nurses, and first responders, and they’re at home right now, eager to learn and grow,” says San Bernardino Community College District Interim Chancellor Jose Torres. “Even though schools may be closed, we must continue working together – families and educators – to nurture the life potential of our students.”  San Bernardino Community College District owns the broadcast license for Empire KVCR. As part of the collaboration, the station is tailoring its weekday television schedule for students in Pre-K through high school. The Riverside County Office of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are developing additional at-home learning content for high school students.  “More than one million preschool to college-aged students in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have seen…

County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases by city

The County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 by city. The dashboard can be viewed on wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. “The number of cases by city provides a picture of community spread within our county,” stated County Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “However, residents of cities not listed or with low case numbers should assume and behave as if there are cases within their communities and comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Residents of cities that are listed should not panic and feel the need to go somewhere else. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of staying at home and practicing good hygiene to reduce further community spread.” The city data added today is intended to represent the places of residence for each confirmed case within the county, regardless of where they were tested or where they might be hospitalized. Cities and communities not listed have zero confirmed cases.Those who view the data should also keep in mind that residence data is based on information contained on lab slips that accompany test results. In some cases, that information might pertain the hospital where a…

Dignity Health offers free virtual Urgent Care visits for patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Dignity Health – Southwest Division today announced the launch of a free virtual urgent care service, Virtual Care Anywhere, for anyone in our community experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of the new coronavirus. Virtual urgent care visits are being encouraged as an initial care option for anyone who would like to discuss symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 with a health care professional. As ambulatory and acute care facilities across the country experience an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, virtual health care visits can help providers meet demand while reducing potential transmission of the coronavirus. The service is a safe and convenient way for people to speak with a medical professional for advice without needing to visit a physical care location. There are six Dignity Health hospitals in Southern California, including: Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center in the Inland Empire, California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Northridge Hospital Medical Center and St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. To use the service, people can simply visit dignityhealth.org/virtualcareanywhere, download the Virtual…

CSUSB MBA program named among best in the world

Once again, Cal State San Bernardino’s Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration has been listed among the top business schools in the world, according to CEO Magazine’s 2020 Global rankings of MBA programs from 27 countries.   The Jack H. Brown College was listed in Tier One of the MBA programs in the world, and ranked 46th out of the top 70 in online MBA programs in the world, according to CEO Magazine. “These rankings recognize the hard work and dedication of our amazing and talented faculty and staff to create and deliver exceptional and challenging MBA programs,” said Lawrence Rose, dean of the Jack H. Brown College. “It is through these innovative programs that help us develop and graduate the future business leaders and entrepreneurs in our communities.” According to its news release, CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programs.  The Jack H. Brown College has been listed among the top in the…

San Bernardino County school districts extend school closures through May 1

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and school district superintendents countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to extend public school closures at least through May 1. “Because of the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in our region and across the state, we are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities,” County Superintendent Alejandre said. “These are very difficult circumstances for our education leaders, since developments with this virus are happening so quickly,” he added. “I fully support our district superintendents’ collective decision to do what is best for our students, employees and families across our county.” Most districts in the county decided on March 13 to close schools as a preventative measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the closures, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County continue to rise. On March 17, the Board of Supervisors issued a countywide order to help stop the spread of…

CSUSB holds topping off ceremony to celebrate SMSU expansion

More than 150 Cal State San Bernardino students, staff and faculty on March 2 celebrated the placement of the highest beam of the three-story, 120,000-square-foot, $90 million expansion of the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union. University President Tomás D. Morales, now in his eighth year in leading the university, called the expansion an essential step in the growth of CSUSB, but added it is the progress that makes the topping off event “so exciting.”   “This building will expand upon the growth opportunities we afford our students. It will offer increased resources where they can ask questions, search for solutions, and share their joys and anxieties with classmates and experienced professionals,” Morales said. “It is a place where numerous and varied discussions will happen. Where friendships will be established. Where customs, beliefs and values will be shared and appreciated.  “This building, in conjunction with the existing union, will be the heart of a vibrant, engaged campus life, strengthening the Coyote spirit within all those who step inside it,” Morales said. The expansion is set for completion in September 2021 and will comprise of a multi-purpose ballroom,…

SB School District will feed, provide child care to students this week

Although classes are not in session from March 16-20 due to COVID-19 pandemic, San Bernardino City Unified Schools continue feeding and caring for children. To support working families with no other childcare options during the week of March 16-20, all SBCUSD elementary schools are offering free, emergency childcare for enrolled students up to age 11.  Childcare will be provided to District students from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Enrolled students can receive childcare at the school closest to them, even if that is not the school they regularly attend.  Parents and guardians are asked to complete an emergency information card on the first day the student receives child care and must sign in and sign out students daily. All children ages 18 and younger will receive free breakfast and lunch only March 16-20 and will not be asked to provide a student ID number or other identification.  Meals will be served during the following times: Elementary SchoolsBreakfast- 8:20 to 8:50 a.m.Lunch- 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.Middle Schools and High SchoolsBreakfast- 7:00 to 7:25 a.m.Lunch- 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The San Bernardino City Unified School District is…

SB School District closes all schools effective Monday, Mar. 16

Following a decision by the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Board of Education made during an emergency meeting on Friday, March 13, 2020, all SBCUSD schools will be closed and all classes cancelled effective Monday, March 16, 2020, in response to COVID-19 concerns. Schools will remain closed through the end of the regularly scheduled spring break, which ends Friday, April 3, unless conditions call for an extension. SBCUSD families and staff will be notified via announcements on the District’s webpage at www.sbcusd.com and www.sbcusd.com/ReadySBCUSD, the San Bernardino City USD app, social media platforms, and automated phone calls. It’s vital for families and employees to make sure SBCUSD has current contact information on file to ensure timely updates. During that time, all SBCUSD schools will be completely shut down There will be no activities at SBCUSD schools and no off-site activities of any kind. While school facilities will be closed, plans are in place for students to continue to learn during this time. SBCUSD will be sharing more detailed information as soon as possible about the continuity of learning, including how families can support student learning during school…

Dozens of low-income families evicted from San Bernardino apartment complex given four days’ notice

Almost 40 families have been evicted from their home on Monday, March 2, from Brentwood Apartments at 1415 E. Date St. Once the complex became managed by a new property management team, residents were served an eviction notice on Thursday, February 27, along with a $2,500 check…only allowing residents four days to find alternate housing. According to Assistant City Manager Rebekah Kramer, the apartment complex had been in trouble with code enforcement for a number of years; some of the issues residents faced were water leaks, lack of water, and sewage line cross contamination. Due to the unforeseen circumstances, in the interim, a number of the displaced parents and children slept in a U-Haul truck, other families slept in relatives’ garages, while one family was forced to move all the way to Arizona, to stay with family. Since the displacement, a number of San Bernardino County organizations, churches and residents have lent a helping hand to the families in need. “We are offering to waive our $42 application fees to all of the families that have been displaced,” said Collette Roach, SoCal Pacific regional manager. According…

SB School District hosts inaugural Literacy Day

The San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) celebrated its inaugural Literacy Day on Saturday, Mar. 7 at San Gorgonio High School with an estimated 3,000 in attendance that featured free books for every grade level, student displays, writing activities, student awards and more. According to Tasha Doizan, Director of Elementary Instruction, the purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of literacy and its effect on students’ future success. “We know that third grade is that key indicator as far as how kids are going to do, so we’re trying to bring awareness that reading and writing are important,” Doizan noted. “Our teachers and schools are working so hard, and if we can engage our parents in the process it’ll be great – so many parents ask how they can get involved, so this event will help everybody come together so that we can say this is important.” Students from each school site were recognized for their achievement, growth or creativity in reading, writing or both; SBCUSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Harold Vollkommer presented each deserving student with a certificate during the awards ceremony…

Project Boon, Inland Valley Recovery Services host free Easter event for local families

Spring is approaching, which means Easter will be here soon. For many people, Easter is a time for celebration with family. However, some underserved families in San Bernardino County are able to provide very little to celebrate the holiday. With the hope of giving these families an Easter to remember, Project Boon is partnering with Inland Valley Recovery Services (IVRS) once again for their annual FREE Easter event. Project Boon and IVRS partner to support underserved communities and those in recovery by providing a holiday meal, health services, The Easter Bunny, and Easter baskets. The Annual Easter Event will be on Wednesday March 25, 2020 from 12:00pm-4:00pm at IVRS, located at 939 North D St, San Bernardino, CA 92410. During the event, over 800 residents from local underserved communities will come together for a warm meal, needed resources, and Easter fun! The day includes: A hot meal Health and resource vendors Clothing for men, women, and children An opportunity for a photo with The Easter Bunny Easter basket and egg hunt for children Raffle giveaways For families with transportation limitations, OnmiTrans will be providing all…

Wang Family Excellence Award Winner Brian Levin honored at reception

Cal State San Bernardino criminal justice professor and director of the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism Brian Levin was honored for his work and winning the 2020 CSU Wang Family Excellence Award at a reception on Feb. 27. “Brian exemplifies Cal State San Bernardino’s mission to provide valuable and dedicated instruction to our students and in serving our community for the greater good,” said CSUSB Provost Shari McMahan, who hosted the reception. The Wang Family Excellence Award from the California State University is given annually to the university system’s outstanding faculty members and one outstanding staff member who, through extraordinary commitment and dedication, have distinguished themselves by exemplary contributions and achievements. Levin was honored in the Outstanding Faculty Scholarship category. Levin is the fifth CSUSB faculty member to receive a Wang Family Excellence Award, joining Diane Halpern (psychology, 1999), Robert Blackey (history, 2003), Alan L. Smith (geology, 2006) and Stuart Sumida (biology, 2008). For more than three decades, Levin has been doing more than just keeping an eye on people who inflict some of the worst harm humans wreak on each other. He takes…

Off road racing’s premier championship kicks off 2020 season with SoCal doubleheader

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO will bring its one-of-a-kind brand of high-flying, door-banging excitement to the off-road epicenter of Southern California for a weekend doubleheader that will kick off the 2020 season. On Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, the General Tire SoCal Shootout Presented by K&N Filters, will serve as the opening event of the world’s premier off-road racing series from San Bernardino’s famed Glen Helen Raceway. As the most competitive championship on dirt, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series pits the most talented off-road racers on the planet against one another across a increasingly dynamic collection of fan-friendly, pulse-pounding racetracks, establishing the preeminent form of off-road racing as we know it. For the past decade the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has set the standard for the sport of closed-course off-road by continuously expanding the footprint of this dirt-slinging sensation of speed, power, and precision. While the West Coast footprint brings hallmark events to the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada, the championship has also established a growing tradition on the shores of Baja, Mexico, and in the lush farmlands of…

Community Action Partnership provides free tax assistance, creates family experience for hundreds in San Bernardino

Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County generated a family experience on Saturday Jan 29, as they provided free Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to hundreds in San Bernardino County.  The 2020 VITA Day featured free tax assistance, a kid zone with face painting, a resource fair with free tacos and onsite childcare. “We received a grant from Golden State Opportunity. With that grant, we hired and trained our own tax preparers. We will be providing this assistance onsite in San Bernardino until April,” said Darrell Frye, program manager at Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County. A benefit of the program was inclusive of providing participants with tax literacy, and informing them of the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC), which was introduced in the 2019 tax year. “The VITA program has long been an important component in helping families in San Bernardino County maximize their tax credits and avoid unnecessary fees at tax time, which helps them keep more of the money they earn,” said CAPSBC President and CEO Patricia Nickols-Butler. “For our VITA DAY event, we wanted to make it easy for eligible…

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