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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…

CSUSB criminal justice and MBA online programs ranked among best in the nation

Cal State San Bernardino’s criminal justice and MBA online programs have been listed among the best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings of online academic programs. The university’s criminal justice program, which is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was listed 35th of 80 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was tied with St. Joseph’s University. CSUSB’s MBA program, which is housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, was listed 112th of 321 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was also tied with five other institutions: Arkansas State University – Jonesboro; Louisiana Tech University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Portland State University; and the University of Texas-Tyler. The deans of both colleges that each house one of the programs said the rankings recognized the commitment and dedication of faculty and staff. “This ranking is a tribute to the outstanding work and accomplishments of the faculty and staff in our criminal justice program,” said Rafik Mohamed, dean of the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where the criminal justice program is housed. “Our…

Joe Baca Jr. announces run for County Supervisor

Rialto City Councilmember Joe Baca Jr. announced earlier this month his run for San Bernardino County Supervisor, 5th District. He starts his race off strong with large support from the local community. Rialto Professional Firefighters, Local 3688 Rialto Police Benefits Association Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto Grace Vargas, Former Mayor of Rialto Ed Scott, Mayor Pro Tem City of Rialto Andy Carrizales, Councilmember City of Rialto Edward Carrillo, Treasurer City of Rialto Barbara McGee, Clerk City of Rialto Frank Gonzales, Former Mayor of Colton Rikke Van Johnson, Former Councilmember City of San Bernardino Edgar Montes, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Nancy O’Kelley, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Joe Ayala, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Joanne Gilbert, Former Rialto Unified School District Board Member San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Dr. Scott Wyatt San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Dr. Barbara Flores Joe Baca Jr. had this to say about his endorsements: “I am deeply honored by these endorsements, especially so many from my home city.” Baca continued, “They have seen first-hand the work I have done for the city of…

San Bernardino Police Department recognizes Reserve, Citizen Patrol units

On Friday, January 24th the San Bernardino Police Department’s (SBPD) Police Reserve and Citizen Patrol units held their annual Awards Recognition Banquet, recognizing members for their dedication, loyalty, and service to the Police Department and the communities they serve.  The banquet was held at The Mexico Café in San Bernardino, which has been a long-time supporter of local law enforcement. Many of the Police Reserve Officers have been with the SBPD for several years.  Reserve Officers predominantly maintain regular jobs and careers outside of the Department, but there are a few who are retired full-time officers who continue their service to the SBPD in this capacity.  Photo Ricardo Tomboc: Two special retired SBPD dispatchers Sharly Eckley (left) and Ricki Riley (right) were recognized for their participation with the department’s DUI Checkpoints.  For several years Sharly and Ricki coordinated the meals served at the checkpoints including food purchase and preparation. Reserve Captain Warren Scheibe has been a Police Reserve Officer since 1983 and currently leads both the Police Reserve and the Citizen Patrol units, coordinating their work and training with regular police officers.  Captain Scheibe recalled…

San Bernardino County monitoring Novel Coronavirus; reports no local cases

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to respond to recent reports of a novel (new) coronavirus. No cases have been reported in San Bernardino County. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate mostly among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Common symptoms in an infected human include a fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.  “There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County to date,” states Dr. Erin Gustafson, San Bernardino County Assistant Health Officer. “DPH will keep citizens informed as more information about the coronavirus is made available. At this time, we urge the public to remain calm, as it is very unlikely to be at risk of contracting the virus.” As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you: Washing hands with soap and water. Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Avoiding close contact…

The Afro exhibit opens at the County Museum

San Bernardino County Museum is pleased to present “The Afro, a historical view: From the Afro Comb to the Crown Act.” The show opens Thursday, Jan. 30 and runs through March1, 2020. A museum member reception takes place on Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Curated by Leah Goodwin, the exhibit tells the story of Dr. Willie L. Morrow, barber, creator of the Afro Pick comb, and author of 400 years Without a Comb. The exhibit includes artifacts that document the story of this beauty phenomenon, and features artworks by renowned African American artists Ernie Barnes and Albert Fennel. Morrow, born in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1940, became a barber at age twelve. He relocated to San Diego, opened his own barber shop, and quickly began inventing tools, formulating products, developing techniques, writing, and teaching. At just 22 years old, Morrow carved his first Afro Pick comb out of wooden dowels. Shortly thereafter, he produced a plastic injection version of the Afro Pick comb, the first commercially produced in the United States, which became a household item and recognized political icon the world over. Several years…

10th annual CASE event raises awareness of human trafficking

The San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) held its 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk on Saturday morning, Jan. 25 at the Children’s Network office on Hospitality Lane where over 200 people participated in marked solidarity. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about this sordid modern day slavery that is occurring in our communities.  The average age a child in the U.S. enters the commercial sex industry is 12. “Human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children are often thought of as only occurring in foreign countries, but it happens here and we’re all responsible for educating ourselves and others about the realities of trafficking in our own neighborhoods and communities,” said CASE Coordinator, Angel Magallanes. “Commercial sexual exploitation affects children in all parts of our county– all children are vulnerable.” Two speakers from Los Angeles County shared their personal experiences: Sylvia Miller, whose daughter fell victim to sexual human trafficking, and Angela, a victim of labor trafficking. “You have to be aware and look for signs,” said Sylvia, whose daughter, 14 at the time, started making new and older friends…

San Manuel shows appreciation to Inland Empire wildfire first responders

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted first responders from San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa and Loma Linda at the Bear Springs Hotel Event Center for a special thank you brunch on Thursday, Jan. 23. In 2019, the nearest fire, police and paramedics were on-scene to face down threats from the Hillside, Old Water and Sandalwood Fires. These brave men and women are not only heroes here at home, but across the region as they jumped in to help with the 46, Hill and Tick fires among others. To show their appreciation, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino treated first responders to breakfast burritos from local favorite Rosa Marias and a BBQ lunch provided by San Manuel Casino’s Just Barbeque. The gathering was an open house-style reception from 9 -2 p.m. “We want to thank all of the first responders for always putting the Inland Empire community and the safety of its residents first,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “It does not go unnoticed that these brave men and women sacrifice time with their…

Dan Flores: ‘I have the most experience in county government’

Dan Flores is no stranger to residents of the county’s 5th Supervisorial District, the Chief of Staff to Supervisor Josie Gonzales is driven by the determination to advocate for policies and deliver services that will improve the quality of life for residents, and his commitment to the community is what inspired Dan to run for the office for which he has worked 15 years, since 2005. “I feel most myself when I get to listen (to the community), talk with them, and, driven by our values, make decisions on what we believe,” Dan shared. “I know the community, and I want to speak for them – the decisions are based solely on what’s best for the community. I’m not interested in anything other than that.” Dan, a third generation Colton resident and Colton Joint Unified School District board member since 2012, expressed an obligation he feels to protect the community, one in which his wife and three young children reside. “I’m not going to let anyone take advantage of this place; corruption tends to victimize low income and working class communities, and I refuse to…

Birtcher Development LLC acquires $17.6M, 20-acre site adjacent to San Bernardino Airport

Birtcher Development LLC, an industrial real estate developer with five generations of family ownership, announced Monday, Jan. 20, the acquisition of a 20-acre land parcel fully entitled for the development of a spec 406,710-square-foot regional fulfillment and distribution center. Birtcher Development purchased the asset from 6th Street LLC for $17.6 million. It anticipates breaking ground on the project in spring 2020, and construction is slated for completion in Q4 2020. The industrial project is three blocks away from the San Bernardino Airport and is accessible to Interstates 10 and 215, key transportation routes throughout the Inland Empire and across the country. With record-low vacancy rates – currently 3% in the Inland Empire as of Q3 2019 – this project is designed to satisfy the high demand for new and advanced high cube industrial warehouse space in the submarket. “Given the logistics opportunities presented by the airport, convenient access to major trucking thoroughfares and excellent labor market, the demand for new, modern industrial space in the San Bernardino Airport submarket is incredibly high,” said Brooke Birtcher Gustafson, Birtcher Development LLC’s Managing Director. “Once delivered, standing at…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s President June Collison serves as Grand Marshal in MLK Day parade

June Collison, Hospital President for Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal in the 2020 Martin Luther King Day Parade in San Bernardino. “Today means so much to so many people, and to be selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the San Bernardino community has been a privilege,” stated Collison. For Collison, Dr. Martin Luther King Day signifies working together to achieve something better for all. “As the Hospital President for Community Hospital, I am committed to the people of San Bernardino, to finding ways to change and improve the cultural and economic factors that can have an impact on our health and wellness. Together, we can achieve better health outcomes, and my dream is for a healthy community.” The post Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s President June Collison serves as Grand Marshal in MLK Day parade appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Los Osos High To Host Annual Academic Decathlon Competition

Los Osos High School in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District will be the site for the 37th annual San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon competition, which will be held over two weekends – Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. Approximately 450 high school students have signed up to compete in this year’s event that features teams representing 25 high schools. Both weekends of the competition will take place at Los Osos, located at 6001 Milliken Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga. There are 10 academic events for students to compete, including written tests in the areas of math, economics, music, art, language/literature, science and social science. Students also write an essay, face a panel of interviewers and give impromptu and prepared speeches. For the final event on Feb. 2, teams compete in a Super Quiz, a college bowl-style event consisting of multiple-choice questions. This year’s overall competition theme is “In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness.” Rancho Cucamonga High School from the Chaffey district is the defending county champion of Academic Decathlon. Teams consist of nine students, three from each grade-point category: “A”…

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