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Bloomington residents protest San Bernardino County supervisors about proposed warehouse plans

Concerned parents and residents from Bloomington have gathered outside the San Bernardino County Government Center this morning to protest what they say are plans to build a warehouse near two schools in the area.
The residents plan to give speeches and carry homemade signs during today’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.
Bloomington residents gathered outside the San Bernardino County Government Center Tuesday morning to protest what they say are plans to build a warehouse near schools in their community. (Jim Steinberg/The Sun/SCNG) Bloomington residents gathered outside the San Bernardino County Government Center Tuesday morning to protest what they say are plans to build a warehouse near schools in their community. “Our lungs are not for sale,” said Thomas Rocha, a Bloomington resident and community organizer. (Jim Steinberg/The Sun/SCNG) Bloomington residents gathered outside the San Bernardino County Government Center Tuesday morning to protest what they say are plans to build a warehouse near schools in their community. Jessica Rodriguez, a mother of an asthmatic son whose episodes of attacks she says are the result of truck traffic in Bloomington, attended the rally. (Jim Steinberg/The Sun/SCNG) Bloomington residents gathered outside the San Bernardino County Government Center Tuesday morning to protest what they say are plans to build a warehouse near schools in their community. (Jim Steinberg/The Sun/SCNG) Show Caption of Expand
The group of residents and parents will “demand the board protects the health and safety” of Bloomington High School and Ruth O’Harris Middle School students, according to a news release from Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, which is working with the residents.
“Our lungs are not for sale,” said Thomas Rocha, a Bloomington resident and community organizer, at the rally.
The newest warehouse is planned for construction near Slover and Laurel avenues, in the unincorporated community of Bloomington.
The proposed warehouse would be constructed less than 1,000 feet from Bloomington High School, less than a mile from Ruth O’Harris Middle School, and less than 10 feet away from homes, the news release states.


Bloomington resident Jessica Rodriguez, the mother of an asthmatic son whose episodes of attacks she says are the result of truck traffic in Bloomington, attended the rally. “Josie (Gonzales, the supervisor representing Bloomington), I call out to you. Please stand against these warehouses and do what’s right,” she said.
“Hey hey, ho ho, warehouses have to go… the people united will never be defeated,” the crowd chanted.
The group hopes to put pressure on San Bernardino County officials not to approve the warehouse which group organizers say is under environmental review prior to going to the county’s Planning Commission.
Jesse Fernandez, 19, a San Bernardino Valley College student from San Bernardino, carried a sign that says “Clean air now” in Spanish.
Bloomington residents have also opposed other warehouse projects in their community. Last August, a group of residents spoke to county planning commissioners about a 680,000-square-foot warehouse to be built near Zimmerman Elementary School. In July, the residents took a  similar message to the Colton Joint Unified School District board.
More to come.
 

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