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Youth Grantmakers accepting proposals from nonprofits supporting youth in San Bernardino

Are you a nonprofit serving youth through unique projects or programs? The Youth Grantmakers of the Inland Empire Community Foundation might help fund it. The Inland Empire Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties is now accepting applications for grants from the San Bernardino Youth Grantmakers Fund through February 28, 2020. The San Bernardino Youth Grantmakers awards grants to nonprofits in San Bernardino for programs, projects and activities that support the well-being of youth and teens in the area. This year’s class consists of high school students from Aquinas High School, San Bernardino High School, Indian Springs High School, Citrus High School, San Gorgonio High School, and Pacific High School who review grant proposals, conduct nonprofit site visits and recommend grants for funding.  Started in 2009, the program was created to empower youth to address issues important to them by learning about and leading the grantmaking process. Not only do these young people become civically engaged, but better prepared for community leadership and more aware of the nonprofit sector. “We want to help nonprofits in the San Bernardino area for programs, projects and activities…

SBVC hosts first-ever Bowl Game before dominating conference selections

San Bernardino Valley College hosted its first bowl game in known history, as the SBVC football team went to the American Championship Bowl for the second year in a row. Though the Wolverines lost to Chaffey College 33-20, record-setting quarterback Jeremy Moussa led the team in all-conference selections. Moussa was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year after appearing in four conference games, amassing 1,177 yards passing and 14 touchdowns. Overall, the freshman finished the season with the second-best single campaign in school history. Two Wolverines were honored twice by the all-conference selections. Sophomore Darrell Turner Jr. was a unanimous pick for first team honors at running back, while freshman Ben Falck, who has already received a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was unanimously chosen as the first team kicker and punter by coaches. The Wolverines’ defense was also well represented in the first-team selections. Defensive tackle Jess Ybarra led the team with nine sacks, while defensive end Damen Studsill was third on the team with 48 tackles. Outside linebacker Montre Moore led the team with 58 tackles on the season, including five sacks…

Newborn twins born at Dignity Health hospital among thousands of babies celebrating Heart Month

Dignity Health Southern California is proud to continue its partnership with the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program to help build awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. Thanks to countless volunteers, more than 1,000 newborn babies born at Dignity Health hospitals throughout the month of February are receiving a knitted or crocheted hat, like these precious twin sisters, Selena and Serenity, born on February 5, at Community Hospital of San Bernardino. The healthy pair went home over the weekend and mom and dad say they feel blessed and overwhelmed with joy. Katie Valenzuela, the twin’s mom, shared that twins run on both sides of the family. The girls were born at 36 weeks and weighed 5 pounds 4 ounces, and 5 pounds 5 ounces. The post Newborn twins born at Dignity Health hospital among thousands of babies celebrating Heart Month appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

SB County Democratic Party files complaints against candidate Jesse Armendarez

On Tuesday, February 4 the San Bernardino County Democratic Party filed complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, and each of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors asking for a full investigation of Jesse Armendarez and Armendarez for Supervisor 2020 (ID# 1419589) for violating campaign finance laws. “Republican Jesse Armendarez has been caught hiding the source of his contributions in direct violation of California’s campaign finance laws,” said Chris Robles, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party, “we’ve caught him lying to voters about being a Democrat and now he’s intentionally hiding from voters who’s paying for his campaign.  Armendarez is another cynical, lying, corrupt politician backed by secret special interests hiding in the shadows.” Armendarez filed a campaign disclosure report showing a $31,000 transfer of funds from his Fontana City Council committee to his Supervisorial Committee without indicating the individual contributors of those funds purposely avoiding campaign contribution limits. Not counting Armendarez’s personal loan, this $31,000 transfer represents a significant portion—almost 20 percent—of the funds raised by his Supervisorial Committee to…

San Bernardino Police Department promotes Explorer Scouts

On Wednesday, Feb. 5 the San Bernardino Police Department (SBPD) held a promotional ceremony for eight Police Explorer Scouts advancing their ranks.  The ceremony was held at the San Bernardino Police Department where parents, family, friends, and staff members all took part.  The SBPD Explorer Post 303 is a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America and is available to young adults ages 14 to 20.  Out of 25 peers, these eight Explorer Scouts accomplished several prerequisites that awarded them their ability to move up their ranks.  SBPD Chief Eric McBride addressed the audience and congratulated each of the Explorers as they received their certificates and promotional pins.  The Explorers chose to have either a parent or a staff member pin their new lapel pins that designated their newly promoted positions.  Photo Ricardo Tomboc: Roxanne Velasco, a Records Technician with the San Bernardino Police Department, pins her son, Jose Velasco, with Lieutenant bars during the promotional ceremony. SBPD Sergeant John Echevarria is one of the advisors overseeing the Explorer Scout program, and emceed the event, announcing each of the candidate’s achievements, talents, and accomplishments. …

Dignity Health – Inland Empire Hospitals award over $250,000 in Community Health Grants to four local nonprofits

Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) and St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) granted a total of $254,727 to four, non-profit organizations who are making a difference for the local, underserved communities by addressing human trafficking, housing, legal services, and general health care offerings. CHSB Hospital President, June Collison and SBMC Hospital President, Doug Kleam hosted an awards luncheon for the grantees. Firstly, the Family Assistance Program received funding for their efforts towards aiding victims of human trafficking. The second grantee is the Legal Aid Foundation who provides legal services that help facilitate safety, stability, healthy home life, and access to health care. The Lestonnac Clinic was granted essential funds to increase the number of community members seen at the free clinic who are currently uninsured. Lastly, Mary’s Mercy Center – Veronica’s Home of Mercy, received funds for its housing programs to aid abused women, with or without children. “Through our Community Health Grant Program, we are able to work collaboratively to improve the well-being of the communities we serve,” shared Linda McDonald, Vice President of Mission Services, Dignity Health Southern California. “This…

Jesse and Vicki Lee the 2020 San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation Senior King and Queen

Vicki Lee is a native of San Bernardino, California.  She is a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist where she serves as the Director of the Drama Ministry and Children’s Church Instructor. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Redlands. She worked at Covenant House California as Evening Manager with disenfranchised and homeless youth and adults for ten years. She is currently the Homeless Liaison for the San Bernardino City Unified School District. She has been a business owner, community activist, church leader and has appeared in numerous drama productions.  She is Past Worthy Matron of Lily of the Valley Chapter #12, Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Oratress of the Golden State Grand Chapter PHRA, Past President of the Ruby V. Forsha Auxiliary Phyllis Chapter. Vicki is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist and the Screen Actors Guild of Hollywood, California.  As a community activist, Vicki is the Coordinator of the “Our Children Sing Program” which was founded by the late Alice F. Paige. She has served on numerous boards in San…

Donated aircraft makes its SBVC debut in spectacular morning crane lift

Thanks to a generous donation, San Bernardino Valley College students studying aviation maintenance and pilot training have a new aircraft to work with during classes. Dr. Javed Siddiqi, a local pilot and neurosurgeon, recently donated a Beechcraft B60 Duke, a twin-engine fixed-wing aircraft, to SBVC because he wanted it to go to a good facility. The aircraft, which was parked in a hangar at the Redlands Municipal Airport, will replace a 1940s/1950s Beechcraft B50 that SBVC has had for decades. Because of the age of that plane, it has been difficult to find parts for it, and that won’t be a problem with the new Beechcraft B60. The $200,000 aircraft was towed 11 miles from the Redlands airport, then hoisted by crane over the fence of the SBVC Technical Building.Ted Gablin, an instructor with the college’s Applied Technology Department who has been managing the donation, said to the Redlands Daily Facts that the plane will be used to train future aviation maintenance technicians and pilots in the aeronautics programs. The plane, he said, “will be a valued teaching aid.”To learn more about San Bernardino Valley…

A city wrecked by those drunk with power

A Letter to the Editor by R.A. Contreras, longtime San Bernardino resident San Bernardino has been in the dumps for far too long. Homelessness is rampant. Crime is rife. Downtown is uninviting, if not downright dangerous. The quality of life here sucks. At many city establishments patrons cannot sit down outside at a table to enjoy a drink or eat a meal in peace without being pestered by vagrants. I refer not to those homeless who are simply down on their luck but the ones who don’t want help and are out to cause problems for folks — this is the vagrancy that brings its own set of pressing issues: trash, disease, and crime. The few restaurants and business located downtown are not immune to this problem. Travel the Baseline and Waterman corridors and you’ll easily see more of the same: encampments, trash, drug use, prostitution and the requisite police activity. These issues, of course, are not new but in recent years they’ve become magnified. Years ago, you wouldn’t see what you see now: panhandlers brazenly walking up to your car in heavy traffic demanding…

San Bernardino destined for greatness

A Letter to the Editor by Keith S. McCarter, B.S., J.D. San Bernardino will always be my home.  SB has seen some very low points but it has weathered the storm as best as it could.  Now we must start to look to the future.  I am absolutely convinced that SB is destined for greatness.  Each and every person who loves SB must now start to conduct themselves as if we come from greatness-residents, workers, professionals and politicians alike. Let us begin by creating a rubric to choosing our future politicians.  Politicians are very important because they make the decisions which dictate whether or not our city prospers.  In order for our city to be great we must start by having strong and competent leadership. From here on, this is how we need to choose the leadership associated with our great city.  The old guard has had ample opportunity to make San Bernardino what it is destined to be.  They have failed.  We must refrain from electing anyone who has held an elected office in or near San Bernardino within the last 15 years. When…

San Bernardino City employees accuse Mayor John Valdivia of sexual harassment, hostile work environment

Two former San Bernardino City employees who resigned from their positions last week have retained legal representation to file a claim against Mayor John Valdivia for sexual harassment, hostile work environment and illegal financial activity, allegations their attorney Tristan Pelayes said are supported by “plenty of evidence” – text messages, electronic communication and witness accounts. The two victims, Mirna Cisneros and Karen Cervantes, shared their experiences during a press conference in front of City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 6 with their attorney. According to Pelayes of the Law Offices of Pelayes & Yu, Valdivia’s inappropriate conduct involved sexual advances, vulgar comments about women, talk of his own sexual escapades and repeatedly telling his clients that in order to be successful and secure professionally they had to spend time alone with him after business hours. Mayor John Valdivia, City of San Bernardino “Additional conduct of concern includes the mayor being drunk while serving in his official capacity, and repeatedly hiding and misrepresenting financial activities,” Pelayes stated. “All these incidents have been reported numerous times to city administrators yet nothing was done and they continued to be…

City Council approves funds towards Akoma Unity Center/Anne Shirrells Park Beautification Project

Akoma Unity Center/Anne Shirrells Park beautification project located in the heart of San Bernardino City’s Westside, is set to begin mid-March 2020 following the San Bernardino City Council’s vote to award the remaining $83,308 towards the project.   The beautification project has been in process for several months with Akoma, More Attractive Communities (MAC) Foundation and the City of San Bernardino. In August of 2019, Akoma was granted $135,000 from the MAC Foundation towards the beautification of Anne Shirrells Park. This beautification project aims to inspire and revitalize the community’s spirit, while boosting the financial resilience of this neighborhood —giving residents a sense of pride and ownership. “It gives me great joy to support and represent the community of Ward 6 along with other collaborative stakeholders such as; San Bernardino City, MAC Foundation, and San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). We will continue to bring forth economic development, community entertainment, and other vital resources in order to promote family and community engagement” says Kimberly Calvin, Akoma’s Executive Director. Revitalization plans include: the redesigning of the Anne Shirrells Community Garden, Zen Garden, and a multi-use volleyball…

Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair set for Feb. 29

Twenty-eight K-12 schools and districts, as well as institutes of higher education, are scheduled to participate in the annual San Bernardino Countywide Teacher Recruitment Fair that will be held on Feb. 29 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The event is a collaboration among the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools California Teachers Association and district superintendents with 23 K-12 schools and districts participating. In addition, five local colleges and universities will have representatives at the event, which will be held in the Valencia Room at the National Orange Show (930 S. Arrowhead Ave.) from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 29. Recruitment for applicant teachers is for all grade levels — as well as subject areas — of K-12 education, and districts may hold interviews on site. For applicants to register online for the event, go to: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/66-182092. The deadline for applicants to register is Feb. 28. Among the K-12 local educational agencies scheduled to have representatives at the event include: Adelanto; Apple Valley; Barstow; Chaffey; Chino Valley; Colton; Etiwanda; Fontana; Hesperia; Morongo; Mountain View; Ontario-Montclair; Oro Grande; Redlands; Rialto; Rim of…

California State Assemblymember Eloise Reyes hosts 2020 Campaign kickoff

On January 25, California’s District 47 Assemblymember Eloise Reyes held a campaign kickoff event in Colton on Saturday, Jan. 25. Over 250 elected officials, community members and volunteers attended the event in support of reelecting Reyes for assembly. “The campaign kickoff was an incredible success. When I was first elected into the assembly, I ran on being the voice of the community. We often hear that in our region, our voices are left out. It’s been my pleasure to bring the voices of the 47th district to Sacramento,” said Reyes. During the event, Reyes stressed two components: inclusion and equity. “This is about the importance of community. When we support one another, we are able to bring forth opportunities to constituents of the 47th district and beyond. Two words that are often used in my office and in the community are inclusion and equity. When we think of the Inland Empire, we think of inclusion and equity,” shared Reyes. Since November 2016, Reyes has been behind a large number of bills signed into law, budget proposals to benefit the 47th district and budget wins. “Some…

For 100 years, Inland Career Education Center has been helping improve lives through education, career development

By Corina Borsuk, public relations technician, Communications/Community Relations, San Bernardino City Unified School District and Leticia Villa, principal, Inland Career Education Center, SBCUSD Nationally, about 2.8 million adults enrolled in for-profit colleges and technical schools during the 2014–2015 academic year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. For some, the benefits outweigh the large sums of money they pay for just the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate. But for many of the low-income adults who flock to these for-profit schools, the costs continue to mount until they are even deeper in debt. Sadly, most never learn they have other options in the form of adult education. Several years ago, the San Bernardino Adult School embarked on a strategic planning process to raise awareness of adult education and its lifechanging opportunities. As part of that, we changed our name to the Inland Career Education Center (ICEC). Regardless of the name we’ve used, ICEC has been providing opportunities for career advancement and a better life for 100 years. We offer free and low-cost courses that lead to a high school diploma or GED. According…

Blair Park Neighborhood Association hosts 5th Ward City Council Candidate Forum

The Blair Park Neighborhood Association (BPNA) recently hosted a 5th Ward City Council Candidate Forum at Shandin Hills Golf Course where dozens of concerned and curious community members gathered to hear candidates state their platforms and strategies in addressing hot topic issues such as homelessness and infrastructure. Participating candidates were Mike Avellaneda, Marlo Brooks, Brian W. Davison, Councilman Henry Nickel and Ben Reynoso; Peter Torres was absent. The forum was moderated by BPNA Board member Frank Becerra who ensured candidates adhered to the predetermined structure that allowed each of them a five-minute opening statement, one-minute response to questions from the audience and a three-minute conclusion. The order in which candidates were presented was by their respective filing dates, as they too will be in this article. Marlo Brooks, a student at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) scheduled to graduate this spring with a degree in education, cited the prevention of further business closures and safety as priorities he would address. “We see a trend of things closing down around us, we want to keep more doors open, we want to improve their quality of…

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