Crestview Terrace is investing in human capital in the heart of San Bernardino

On January 20, National Community Renaissance (National CORE) and the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino hosted an opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Crestview Terrace, a new affordable housing community providing 184 market-rate apartments in the heart of San Bernardino.  The transformational affordable housing project is part of the 300-unit-plus Arrowhead Grove community and part of the citywide reinvestment initiative Uplift San Bernardino.  “This project recognizes that it’s not just housing that residents in San Bernardino are struggling with, it’s also economic development. This initiative is ensuring that people in this city develop skills for the future, garner financial education, they’ll be encouraged to follow their dreams as small business owners, and there are even after-school programs and tutoring resources for children in elementary, middle, and high school,” said Greg Bradbard, senior vice president for National CORE & president of Hope Through Housing. The affordable housing community, which moved in first phase residents in early 2021, is said to be a space where economic development is not just offered to adults, but students are also encouraged to stay in school, given the…

SBVC Film, Television and Media department set to launch MTV Unplugged-type show, calls upon local musicians

San Bernardino Valley College’s (SBVC) Film, Television, and Media (FTVM) Department is set to launch their own version of the iconic show, MTV Unplugged. Students in the FTVM department will be producing, shooting, and editing the entire series and will earn an IMDb (Internet Movie Database) credit to their name.  Via live acoustic performances, similar to MTV’s Unplugged, bands, artists and musicians are being asked to perform two to four songs, live, in front of an intimate audience (as permitted by COVID-19 protocols). “We’re looking forward to providing this opportunity to all the great bands and artists in the region who rarely receive the chance to have their music spotlighted and broadcasted across a large platform, like KVCR-TV,” said FTVM Co-chair Lucas Cuny. “Our students and staff are looking forward to putting their own spin on an iconic show, like MTV Unplugged, here on campus in the San Bernardino KVCR studios.”  Taping is set to begin in late January and will run through May 27, 2022 — the duration of the College’s Spring 2022 semester. Interested bands and artists should contact FTVM Department Co-chair Lucas Cuny for booking…

Eloise Gómez Reyes announces re-election run

Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes announces her re-election run in the newly-numbered Assembly District 50. Reyes has represented the Inland Empire since 2016 and has been a champion for the environment, education, equity, and increasing access to healthcare and other services for residents.“I am excited to announce that I will be running for re-election in Assembly District 50 this year. I am proud to represent most of these communities now, and I look forward to 2022 and the work we’ll do together for Assembly District 50 and for the Inland Empire,” said Majority Leader Reyes.  Eloise Gómez Reyes was first elected to represent the Inland Empire in 2016. In her first two terms, Eloise championed bills and issues that increase equity and inclusion in vulnerable communities throughout the state.  Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. The lack of access to quality legal services in her community led her to become the first Latina to open her own law firm in the Inland Empire in order to provide necessary representation to her community.  Eloise graduated…

Dr. Margaret Hill’s legacy will live on through community

Education and community icon Dr. Margaret Hill left an indelible mark on the community and hearts of many with her love, compassion, and strength, especially when it came to her devotion to children and young adults for whom she fiercely advocated, empowered, and mentored over the past 50 years she spent in education. Over a dozen individuals gathered virtually Saturday morning to share personal stories and memories of Dr. Hill, known fondly as “Community Mother,” during Coffee and Community Conversation, a casual monthly meeting created by Dr. Hill, who served on the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Board of Education for 10 years, and SBCUSD Board member Gwen Dowdy-Rodgers. “This is different for me today because I have never done Coffee and Community alone; the wonderful, irreplaceable Dr. Hill was always here,” Rodgers noted. “(Coffee and Community Conversation) was a vision to come to open up to the community to be able to have conversations with us as board members. We’re not here to talk, we’re here to listen.” According to Rodgers, the sessions were created purposefully to hear from the community and…

Rep. Aguilar welcomes Vice President Harris, Governor Newsom to the Inland Empire

On Friday, Rep. Pete Aguilar welcomed Vice President Kamala Harris to the Inland Empire, alongside Governor Gavin Newsom, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to highlight the local benefits of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Following an aerial tour of fire scars from the 2020 El Dorado Fire and Apple Fire, the Governor, Vice President and Secretary Vilsack joined officials including Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) at the USFS Del Rosa Fire Station for a briefing by state and federal fire officials. USFS Chief Randy Moore, USFS Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien, California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and CAL FIRE Acting Director Michael Richwine provided an overview of this year’s fire outlook, current drought impacts and the extreme weather conditions that are driving catastrophic wildfires in the Western U.S. The Vice President announced at Del Rosa Fire station that the new bipartisan infrastructure law will invest in wildfire prevention by creating a 10-year, $50 billion national strategy, with roughly $84 million coming to California over the next five years. Nearly 25 percent of the…

CSUSB center awarded a $200K grant from Bank of America to aid underserved, minority-led businesses

A $200,000 grant to primarily help underserved Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) businesses in the inland Southern California region disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been awarded to the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino by Bank of America. The grant will go toward funding three new programs for minority entrepreneurs designed to help the region’s small businesses recover from and prepare for any future economic challenges. The Bank of America grant is expected to enable the IECE to help approximately 250 business owners — a majority of which are BIPOC — to create or sustain about 650 jobs and create an economic impact of nearly $4 million. The year-long grant is designed to help area small businesses recover and build more resiliency into their operations so that any future economic challenges are possible to withstand, said Michael Stull, program director of the IECE, director of the CSUSB School of Entrepreneurship and a CSUSB professor of entrepreneurship. “BIPOC small businesses are among the fastest-growing segment of our local economy but were disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Google invests in digital skills for San Bernardino Hispanic college students

Today San Bernardino Valley College, California State University, (San Bernardino), California State University (Stanislaus), Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Mission College announced their participation in the Grow with Google Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Career Readiness Program. The initiative will help Latino students at over 20 HSIs prepare for the workforce through digital skills training and career workshops. Through Google’s $2 million investment in the Hispanic Association of Community Colleges and Universities (HACU), the program will train 200,000 Latino students by 2025. Google.org, Google’s philanthropy, will also provide $5 million dollars in grants to three Latino-serving workforce organizations—UnidosUS, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Hispanic Federation—to help workers upskill for in-demand jobs while providing wraparound support. “Students in the Inland Empire deserve access to the best-available resources to help them prepare for their careers and become active members of our community,” said Congressman Pete Aguilar. This type of investment in our students is crucial, and is especially significant in historically-underserved communities. I’ve been proud to support additional funding for HSIs like San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State San Bernardino, and I’m excited to see these new opportunities…