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Inland Regional Center Celebrates Employees


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Staff members Christian Vargas, Donna Esteban, Silvia Ramirez and Karon Wiggins recharge with a delicious lunch, compliments of IRC.

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nland Regional Center of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties (IRC) held their annual Employee Appreciation Day at

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their San Bernardino headquarters to honor and recognize its 600+ employees on Thursday, May 8, 2014. IRC’s dedicated team of professionals provide invaluable services, resources and support to

developmentally disabled people and their families throughout San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Services are focused on three core IRC cont. on next page

Aquinas High School sophomore makes stride in track and field



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May 15, 2014

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown’s Latino Education Advocacy Days Resolution is Chaptered


Ken Hubbs Awards 50th Anniversary Recap

Calendar Classifieds Legal Notices Opinion Service Dir. Sports



CR 109, authored by Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), declares the last week of March every year as a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education. ACR 109, introduced in February 2014, received unanimous support in both the Assembly and Senate and was chaptered by Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Cinco De Mayo, May 5, 2014. “The achievement gap among Latino students in K-12 and higher education is a persistent and serious problem, not only in the Inland Empire, but throughout the state,” said Assemblymember Brown. “I introduced ACR 109 to raise awareness about the educational issues that impact Latinos in California.” Since 1998, Latinos have become the largest minority student population in the United States. As a result, the success of California’s education system and its place in the global economy will largely depend on the educational outcome of Latino students. ACR 109 was presented during the Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit held on March 27, 2014 at California State University, San Bernardino. Approximately 1,000 stakeholders, including educators, academic scholars, administrators, students, parents, civic leaders and advocates attended the conference to address and discuss critical issues in Latino education. For more information, contact Ashley Jones at (909) 381-3238. Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: 7/


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Aquinas High School sophomore competes during the Ambassador League track and field competition.

sports at the tender age of 8. The years at Aquinas. Uche’s two youngest of five children, Uche brothers, Glenn and Charles, went quinas High School grew up watching each of his on to receive division one offers sophomore Uche Ohaeri brothers and sisters participate in Track cont. on next page became involved with sports during their high school

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IRC employees were treated to a selection of more than 40 health and wellness vendors including Farm Fresh To You organic produce.

IRC cont. from front values- independence, inclusion and empowerment, all of which are aimed at improving quality of life for those in their programs. This year’s event focused on employee health and wellness and provided several resources to IRC employees. Employees were pampered with free massages, beauty consultations and health and wellness related raffle prizes. Book and clothing retailers were also in attendance, along with a driving range courtesy of he Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Southern California for employees to get their share of rest

and relaxation. Over 40 health and lifestyle themed vendors offered employees health screenings at no cost, including glucose, cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings. “The strength of our team depends solely on the overall happiness, health and wellness of each IRC employee,” said IRC Executive Director, Carol Fitzgibbons. “Often times, the support that our employees provide to people with disabilities can mean the difference between mere survival and the satisfaction of a productive, fulfilling life. This is our chance to give back

to a dedicated team of professionals that gives so much of themselves each day.” Inland Regional Center (IRC), one of 21 Regional Centers in California serving adults and children with developmental disabilities such as with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy or autism. IRC is the primary provider of services for more than 28,000 developmentally disabled adults and children in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. For more information about Inland Regional Center, please call (909) 890-3000 or visit


Aquinas sophomore Uche Ohaeri (left) with his family (left to right) : Charles, Tracy, Glenn, Francis and parents Stella and Charles.


IRC Board members Marybeth Field, Theodore Leonard, Christina Benjamin, Leanett Loury-Smith and Rene Rojo volunteer their time for the center’s annual Employee Appreciation Day.


Uche’s older brothers Glenn (left) and Charles (center) have largely influenced the high school sophomore in his athletic goals. Track cont. from front

upon graduating from Aquinas, which motivated Uche to pursue sports early on. This past year, Uche decided to try his hand in track and field and fared remarkably well in boy’s shot put. “It took a lot of practice and constructive criticism,” says Ohaeri. “I noticed I was progressing a lot faster for my first year so I wanted to see where it could take me,” he continues. Uche went on to finish third in boy’s shot put at the Ambassador League finals, a competition for faith-based private schools. During the event, Uche also set the Aquinas High School boy’s record at 41 feet and 8.25 inches. As a result Ohaeri will be competing in the CIF Division Four track and field preliminary this upcoming Saturday, May 17,

2014. “I guess it runs in the family,” says Uche’s mother, Stella.”He’s a very good kid and I’m very proud of him.” Uche credits his entire team with supporting him in his efforts as a first-year track and field athlete saying, “They always believed in me, even at times that I didn’t believe in myself.” Ohaeri also looks to his mother Stella and father Charles for support in reaching his goals.“They know sports is a really big thing for me,” he says. “They support me in anything I do.” Uche is dedicated to continue on his path in track and field through his senior year and hopes to earn a scholarship. “I want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and hopefully continue to medical school and eventually become a pediatrician.”


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Words to think about: The Value of Gold Local author launches

By G. W. Abersold Ph.D

n one of her novels, Dana Stabenow gives a detailed analysis of number 79 on the periodic table. AU. Considered by many to be the most valued and prized of metals. It is more commonly known as “gold.” It became popular in the late 1800’s when gold was found in many places from Alaska down through California. The “gold rush” brought thousands of wouldbe-miners to the West Coast. Its history goes back 3000 years to ancient Egypt. After that every nation of dominance made gold their metal of choice for coins of high value. The aureus, the solidus, the ducat, the guilder, the sovereign, the double eagle, the krugerand. The use of gold was common among the Greeks, the Romans, the Aztecs, Mayas and the Incas. Gold is a soft metal and an ounce of it can be beaten into a sheet large enough to cover the roof of a small home. It doesn’t corrode, making it ideal for jewelry. It is tasteless and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Gold is rare, second only to mercury. Panning for gold is a favorite pastime for many, including Stella and myself. We got enough gold out of the Chena River in Alaska and Dawson City, Canada for two lockets of medium size. Gold is yellow, Ruby is red, Emeralds are green, Sapphires are blue, Pearls are white, Opals are black, Diamonds are transparent and Onyx is alternating colors. Next to gold, my favorites are diamonds, which are often smuggled in clear water; and pearls. At the center of every pearl is a grain of sand that is covered with a secretion in the oyster, thereby cre-

ating a pearl. As of today, gold is selling at $1313.30 per troy ounce on the market. The possession of gold has seduced many a person with its siren’s song. From Midas to the inhabitants at Sutter’s Creek. For my purposes I see gold as a metaphor. Projecting its physical and materialistic characteristics or to spiritual and philosophical values. For instance there is an intrinsic value to gold. Nothing has to be added to make it valuable. It doesn’t have to be cut-like diamondsto enhance its worth. Gold’s multiple uses increase its worth. For jewelry; for a conduit of electricity; for a cover-for example the gold roof of the Mosque of Omar in Jerusalem. Perhaps its most important use is as a measure of a person’s wealth. This has been true from antiquity. What does gold have in common with us? The value of we humans is similar to gold. Our value is intrinsicwith each one. Often various ethnic groups have minimized the value of others, determining their values by the color of the skin. But as people have become more educated, this observation has been put aside. Consider Einstein who was Jewish, consider Marconi, who was Italian, consider George Washington Carver, who was black, consider Braun, who was German, consider Pasteur who was French, and consider Edison who was American. As the uses of gold is varied, so is the potential of humans. Philosophers, scientists, explorers, teachers, religionists, inventors, miners, housewives, writers. The uses of gold are myriad. So are we humans. The metaphorical meaning of gold and mankind is similar in another way. To get maximum usage

both must be cultivated. Gold must be mined or panned. Left to its natural state, its value is limited. Without education, so are we humans. Another metaphorical usage of gold and humans is their misuse. All humans do not behave for their own good or for the good of humanity. The misuse of gold (money) is well known. The Bible says, “The love of money (gold) is the root of all evil. (I Timothy 6:10) This also implies the use of money. King Midas is popularly remembered in Greek mythology for his ability to turn everything he touched into gold. Thus, the phrase “the Midas touch.” King Midas was rewarded by the god Dionysus. Everything he touched was turned to gold. Midas was pleased at first until when he touched food and drink, they turned to gold. He loathed the gift. Another myth account has Midas’ daughter turning into a golden statue when he touched her. The demise of King Midas was not unexpected. A few years ago, J. Paul Getty, one of the richest men on earth at that time, had his grandson held for ransom. His ear was sent to Getty as a token of their seriousness. Getty’s response was unbelievable. He refused to pay and said, “We were never very close.” Warren Buffett and Donald Trump reflect the two basic approaches to the use of money. From what we know of them, Trump uses his money to get more money and for his own personal greed. Buffet uses his billions to benefit others, particularly the needy. The same goes for Bill Gates. Our world is better because of the Warren Buffetts. Amen. Selah. So be it.

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uthor G. W. Abersold, Ph.D. , recently launched his new book, “Words To Think About: Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often” and celebrating with a signing at Barnes & Noble in Redlands May 3. Abersold says his writing is “mundane” but motivation is twofold: for personal therapy and “to stimulate the readers to think.”

The themes in his writings cover inspiration subjects, seniors, controversy, travel, humor and religion. The book can be purchased at the Redlands store and on Amazon. Other titles written by Abersold include, “Words To Live By” and “The Magic of Humor.” All books are available on paperback.

Paakuma’ K-8 school groundbreaking marks end of successful campus building program for San Bernardino City Unified


School named after historic American Indian leader and namesake of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

he San Bernardino City Unified School District will break ground on its 15th and final new campus on May 16, capping an aggressive construction campaign that started in 2004. Paakuma’ K–8 School, named for San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ revered leader Santos Manuel, will break ground at 10 a.m. on May 16 at the campus, located at 17875 Sycamore Creek Loop Parkway near Devore. The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony, which will feature a blessing and bird songs by San Manuel Tribal Member and Santos Manuel’s great-greatgrandson Paakuma’ Tawinat and Kim Marcus, member of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians. Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena, great-great-granddaughter of Santos Manuel, will also speak during the ceremony. Paakuma’ is the Serrano Indian name of Santos Manuel, leader of the Yuhaviatam Clan of Serrano

Indians and namesake of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who is remembered as a community builder and as a person who, following years of turmoil, established a forward-looking relationship with the people of the San Bernardino Valley. He was known for his generosity, caring not only for his fellow tribal members, but also travelers who stayed on the reservation for ceremonies, celebrations or to work on the fruit groves in the San Bernardino valley. When it opens in the 2015–16 school year, the school will serve as many as 1,088 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Thirty-nine classrooms will span 18 acres adjacent to the Rosena Ranch housing development off Interstate 15. The school’s $25 million price tag is being paid through a 50/50 match between the District and the state. Since the District’s facilities capital improvement program began in 2004, 15 new campuses have

been built or are in the midst of construction, said Assistant Superintendent John Peukert, who oversees the District’s Facilities/Operations Division. The construction campaign cost in excess of $1 billion and will add 15,000 new classroom seats. “This has been a remarkable school construction campaign not only for San Bernardino but for all of California,” Peukert said. “Our guiding principle through the years has always been to create the best learning environment for the students of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.” For more information about or to RSVP for the Paakuma’ K–8 School groundbreaking ceremony, please call the District’s Communications/Community Relations Department at (909) 381-1250. The groundbreaking ceremony was originally scheduled for December 20, 2013, but it was postponed due to inclement weather.

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Women of Distinction: The Tenth Annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony and Dinner is slated for Friday, June 20th at the National Orange Show. Organizers of this event started by former Assembly member Bill Emerson and continued by Assemblyman Mike Morrell (now State Senator) are seeking nominations from the public. We all know of a woman who has inspired and touched our lives or the lives of others. Nominations must be made by May 19th. For information call 909.801.5040 or email or visit

Gloria Macias Harrison

Gloria’s Corner

George E. Brown:

I am very pleased to join a united community in support of the George E. Brown Jr. (Congress-man, 1962-71; '73-'99) archives at the University of California, Riverside. Many people who respect the life and legacy of the late Congressman continue their efforts to preserve and make publicly available the archives of the visionary Congressman, a world class leader and one of the best ever from California who dedicated his life and public service to the cause of equal justice under the law. George Brown played a key role in the passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, whose 50th anniversary we celebrate this year. He committed his entire career in public service to the cause of civil rights, from the early 1940s, when he helped integrate student housing for the University of California system, protested the interment of Japanese American during World War II, and in the 1960s supported the farm worker movement under Cesar Chavez, to the late 1990s when he moved to end discrimination against LGBT people. As both, a conscientious objector to war and later an Army veteran, he worked to make the justice system accessible for Americans of small means. Locally he pushed for creation of a federal courthouse for the Inland Empire. The reception in his honor and to raise funds for archives is Sunday, May 18th at the Federal Court House in River-

Grand Opening: The Grand Opening for the Children's Assessment Center of San Bernardino County will take place on Wednesday, May 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The new location of the Center is 700 E. Gilbert Street, San Bernardino. The Center is the project of the Children's Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to prevent child abuse in our community; to ensure that at-risk children who are abused, neglected, impoverished, or abandoned receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education; and to provide equal opportunity for social development, for these children. Since it's inception, Children's Fund has served more than 1.3 million children. The Children's Assessment Center treats children ages 0-18 from every area of San Bernardino County. Nearly half of the children seen at the Assessment Center are under the age of 5. Last year the Center treated more than 1,300 children from our communities. This is a very important resource and vital to children who do not have a voice and are victims of abuse.

Get Ready to Vote: On June 3, 2014, voters will decide on two proposed state laws (Proposition 41 and 42) and also choose which candidates get voted on in the November election. Whether you mail in your ballot or vote at a polling place read the candidates statements, look at their experience, read nonpartisan literature available through the League of Women Voters at This is a multilingual resource for new and busy voters in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. Also look at and

for comprehensive ballot coverage and for the Pros & Cons publication. Most importantly vote June 3, 2014. Save the date:

Friday, May 16 - Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County presents its 2014 Fundraising Gala featuring an Art Show & Silent Auction at 6 p.m. at the San Bernardino International Airport Terminal, 105 Leland Norton Way. For ticket and sponsorship information call 909.723.1514 or 909.723.1517.

Friday, May 16 - Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Redlands-Riverside presents "Field of Dreams, Celebrating Today's Youth As Tomorrow's Stars" at the San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino. For sponsorship and tickets contact Kimberly Stauffer at: 888.822.6535

Saturday, May 17 - the San Bernardino Symphony Guild presents "Come Fly With Us!" An Adventure of International Cuisine and Entertainment at the Terminal Concourse at San Ber-nardino International Airport, 294 S. Leland Norton Way. Proceeds to benefit the San Bernardino Symphony and the Guild's Educational Programs. For ticket information call 909.520.5887

Sunday, May 18 - the George Brown Legacy Project presents its Fourth Annual reception "Equal Justice Under Law" from 3 to 5 p.m. at the George Brown Federal Courthouse, 3470 12st. Riverside. For more information call Hans Johnson at or call 323.669.9999

Sunday, May 18 - University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens presents "Primavera in the Gardens", a foods and wine tasting event featuring some of Riversides best restaurants, local wines, craft beer, art and music. This event is from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Botanic Gardens of the university. For information call: 951.784.6962

Tuesday, May 20 - Young Visionaries presents a Scholarship & Awards Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cal State San Bernardino in the Santos Manuel Student Union Building. For information call: Karla Stone at 909.521.8621

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Bernardino County Superintend"No, no, we are not satisfied, and ent of Schools will hold a rededi- we will not be satisfied until Justice cation of the Roy C. Hill Education rolls down like waters and rightCenter at 601 North E Street at eousness like a mighty stream" 2p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King Saturday, May 31 - San March on Washington for Jobs Bernardino Community Festival and Freedom which called for from 10a.m. to 6p.m. At Perris Hill the passage of what became the Park. Open to the public this event 1964 Civil Rights Act features live art, local bands, dancers, games for all ages, vendors, fitness classes, prizes, and kid Gloria Macias Harrison is coactivities. Information available on publisher of Inland Empire munity Newspapers and can be reached at Favorite Quote:

IECN Endorsement Pete Aguilar for Congress

IECN endorses Pete Aguilar for the 31st Congressional District. He has the knowledge, values and commitment needed to serve the needs of the resident of the district. While the other candidates in the race are nice people, we as voters have to look at the experience and long-term involvement in order to get the best representative for the area. Pete's municipal experience with budgets, planning, and management of a city are excellent. Also his work with regional entities has garnered him the support of other elected officials in the area. The decision is clear - vote for Pete Aguilar for Congress.

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Will history repeat itself?

Will Democrats never learn is the question I keep asking myself, surely by now after losing elections in districts leaning toward a democrat, one would think that the party would have some discipline in place to prevent so many democrats running for the same office and splitting the vote. For example in the 2012 election in the 31st Congressional District, Pete Aguilar ran a very strong race and most agreed that he would make it to the primary against an un-named republican opponent. However due to change in the election law the two top vote getting candidates would be eligible for the general regardless of party affiliation. Due to a

massive influx of money for the two republican candidates and four democrats splitting the democratic vote, two republicans made it to the primary and a republican won the seat.

Now in 2014 due to the resignation of the republican congressman the seat is open again. Once more the field is crowded - two republicans and four democrats. Will history repeat itself? I hope not.

El Machete

Editor's note: El Machete has not appeared in our newspapers since the 1980's. We anticipate more political comment from this writer in the future.

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Larger facility to treat victims of child abuse opens Wednesday

San Bernardino City Unified School District 2014 High School graduation information

Arroyo Valley High School Baccalaureate: Friday, May 16, 6 p.m., AVHS Performing Arts Theater Graduation: Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m., AVHS Karen Craig Stadium Graduates: 552* Valedictorian: Robert Nguyen Salutatorians: Milly Rodriguez, Andrea Brito, and Raylene Perez

Cajon High School Graduation: Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m., Cajon’s Jack Wilkins Cowboy Stadium Graduates: 600* Valedictorians: Andrew Chamberlain, Vanessa Huerta-Navarro, Jesse Jacobs, Archibald Lai, and Julian Vera Salutatorians: Jessica Ajoku, Graciela Covarrubias, Anthony Gonzales, Josue Montoya, and Lily Sim


Children’s Fund President’s Circle will be hosting the grand opening of the Children’s Assessment Center on Wednesday in San Bernardino. This will replace a smaller facility to better serve children suspected of child abuse. Pictured is the cheerful playroom at the new CAC.


BY MJ Duncan

ver 1,300 children last year were victims of child abuse and nearly half of those children were under the age of 5. These astonishing statistics were provided by the County of San Bernardino, and the numbers could be even higher. The numbers reflect how many children between the ages of infancy to 18 were treated at the county’s Children’s Assessment Center (CAC) last year, up from 900 two years ago. The CAC will be moving to a new, larger location in San Bernardino to better serve the community. Children’s Fund President’s Circle is hosting the grand opening next Wednesday, May 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The new location is 700 E. Gilbert Street. According to Blanco a larger facility was necessary due to the in-

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crease in suspected victims of child abuse, not because of the increase in incidents, but more people are aware of such a facility and more are stepping forward. The new facility will boast three medical rooms as opposed to the single one at the old facility, and there will be four interview rooms with one-way glass for law enforcement officials to sit in observation. Across the nation there are only less than 300 trained pediatricians with forensic certification, and two of them are at the CAC. “We are very lucky to have them, they know what to look for,” Blanco explained. “If a child comes in with a broken arm the pediatrician will know how to look for signs to determine whether it was due to abuse or accident.” The CAC will also be offering support to young adults who find themselves pregnant, and lack parenting know-how, such as the fact that shaking a baby can and will

damage the brain. According to Blanco, some of the abuse happening to youngsters are committed inadvertently by inexperienced, young parents. “The CAC will provide therapy and training to young adults so we can get ahead of the curve,” Blanco said. Some of the featured speakers at Wednesday’s grand opening include county supervisors Janice Rutherford, James Ramos and Gary Ovitt, County District Attorney Mike Ramos, County Sheriff John McMahon and Children’s Fund cofounder and former San Bernardino City Mayor Pat Morris. Tours will include medical exam rooms, interview and observation rooms, children’s kitchen and playroom, therapy rooms and the garden area. A dedication and a special announcement will be made during the presentation.


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San Bernardino High School Salute to Seniors: Monday, May 19, 6 p.m., SBHS Auditorium Graduation: Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m., SBHS Stockton Football Field Graduates: 400* Valedictorian: Marina Duchesne Salutatorians: Rosa Garcia and Luis Bautista

San Gorgonio High School Senior Celebration: Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m., San Gorgonio’s Theater Graduation: Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m., San Gorgonio’s Phil Haley Stadium Graduates: 522* Valedictorian: Son Truong Salutatorian: Evelyn Batz

Middle College High School Senior Crossing: Monday, May 19, 6 p.m., Middle College High MU Room Graduation: Wednesday, May 21, 6 p.m., San Bernardino Valley College Greek Theatre High School Diploma Graduates: 47* (includes 14 students who also earned an A.A. degree) Sierra High School Valedictorians: Karla Gutierrez- Graduation: Wednesday, May 21, Alfaro and Flor Lorenzo 6:30 p.m., Cajon High’s Jack Salutatorian: Stephanie Mora Wilkins Cowboy Stadium Garcia Graduates: 250*

Pacific High School Graduation: Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m., Pacific’s Bailey Bowl Graduates: 465* Valedictorian: Maria Cruz Ramirez Salutatorians: Valerie Rose Trujillo and Carlos Jesus Meza

Approximately 3,486 San Bernardino City Unified School District students will receive their high school diplomas this year. This does not include those graduating from vocational programs.

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Waltz lessons will be held beginning Monday, May 5, through June 2 at the Redlands Community Center. The class runs Mondays from 6:45 to 8 p.m. (There will be no class on Monday, May 26, due to the Memorial Day holiday.) Registration fee is $8 per person for four weeks of lessons. Partners are not required. No dance experience is necessary. Walk-in registration is available at the Redlands Community Center or register onat line For additional information, please call instructor Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076. All classes are held at the Redlands Community Center multi-purpose room.


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Sunday, May 18- 3pm- Event to be held at Rodriguez Ranch, 11030 Nevada St., Redlands, CA 92373 and will feature the Big Band Latin Sounds of Latin Society. It will be an afternoon of music and a taco bar meal. Tardeada tickets and donor information can be obtained by contacting Sinfonia Members or call the office at 909.884.3228.

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Carter Aquatics finishes successful season at CIF-SS Championships, wins first trophy in eight years


BY Antony Victoria

espite not owning a pool, the Carter High School swimming program has managed to send a nine swimmers to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Swimming and Diving Championships in Riverside this week. The program also won their first trophy in eight years when they finished second in the Summit Spring Swim Invitational on April 12. And they have done it with class. They have broken 11 school records in the process in both the girls and boys circuits. Notably, senior Austin Edwards broke his personal and school record time against Pacific last month in the 500 Freestyle finishing with the time of 6:01.21 (previous best time: 6:44). In last week’s San Andreas League finals, they had four champions: two in the free relay and two in the individual medley. This is despite most of the swimmers coming into the program with no prior experience. Rialto Unified School District substitute teacher Nathan Harding has been put in charge of all Carter Aquatics, meaning he oversees both Water Polo and Swim teams. He believes he can mold his programs into a perennial contender in the


Carter Swimming program finished second at the Summit Spring Swim Invitational in April. They are pictured here with the trophy. It is their first trophy finish since 2006.

Inland Empire. “Since I’ve been coaching, I’ve probably had only four or five kids that have prior swimming backgrounds,” he said. “That’s the task I have at hand. I have to teach these kids the basics and then when they get to the junior-senior level, I can begin to expose them to the essentials. This is one of the reasons I want to start a competitive swim club so that kids can enter Eisenhower or Carter and

have at least a year or two of swimming experience. That would put this area so much further in being competitive with everyone else.” The difficulty of having to practice and host matches at a different school provides no hinderance to the Carter High School Aquatics program. In fact, Harding stated that holding practices at city rivals Eisenhower has been a positive experience.

“The coaches here have been very helpful,” said the 27-year-old Rialto Unified School District substitute teacher. “Astin Sparks has been a cool guy. If he wasn’t as helpful as he we wouldn’t have had this much success.” The team will be moving into the tougher Division 1 next season, jumping ship from the San Andreas into the Citrus Belt League. Harding believes the challenge of qualifying for CIF will be more

derson gave a presentation to youth basketball coaches at the Carl Johnson center on the importance of being a role model and teacher to youth. “Just so that you guys know,” Anderson said. “It starts with you guys. It’s important that we’re on the same page and that basically means that we’re all here for the kids.” In five years at Rialto, Anderson led the Knights to five league titles, a 123-21 record. He also won a CIF-SS title in 2011, finishing runner-up for the state title that same season. Anderson coached at the Johnson center for seven of his fifteen year coaching career. He was partly responsible for the repainting of the surfaces outside, replacing the backboards, and for the installation of a new floor inside

the gymnasium at the center. One of the biggest challenges of coaching at both the youth and high school levels according to Anderson, is dealing with the parents of players. He said it's critical that coaches lead by example and double as both an instructor and mentor. “What you teach these kids is probably going to follow them through their high school and possibly college careers,” he said. “For me it basically paved the way to have a superior career as a coach in the Inland Empire. Winning games here made it easy for me at the high school level to become a successful coach.” Ron Fleming, who serves as an assistant on Anderson’s coaching staff at Arroyo Valley, said he makes sure he is always involved

with youth or prep basketball because he knows the greater importance. “I’m always here, whether it’s as a referee or simply watching a game,” he said. “I am trying to make sure that our kids are being taken care of. As a coach we have a greater influence over a great amount of kids, teachers, and even parents. It’s not hard to behind somebody that’s doing something for our children.” Anderson said what he enjoys

difficult, but believes his returning swimmers have the determination to see out the challenge. “It’s a pretty steep goal to try to make CIF in Division 1. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and sacrifice, but it’s not impossible,” he said. “We’re trying to build this program up.” Junior swimmer Kailey Tometich said moving up divisions is a big step up and can be intimidating to some. However she thinks her teammates should ultimately swim for the enjoyment. “I swim because I love the sport,” she said. “It’s great that we compete, but when it comes down to it, we swim because we enjoy it.” Tometich also expressed the team’s appreciation for Harding’s “high spirit”. “We have confidence in him because he’s always been here for us,” she said. “He’s been there for us emotionally always pushing us to improve and physically. Sometimes the kids don’t enjoy it but they know that it is what’s best for their success.” “People put a lot on me but I think the kids are out here doing the work,” Harding said. “I’ve been blessed with some naturally gifted athletes, natural swimmers.”

AVHS head coach, Anderson provides coaching tips to Rialto youth basketball coaches


Arroyo Valley Girls’ basketball head coach Michael Anderson speaking to parents and coaches at the Carl Johnson center in Rialto.


BY Anthony Victoria

ialto resident Michael Anderson has been influential to the success of the city’s youth basketball league for many years. Many of the coaches at the league have begun to emulate the Arroyo Valley varsity girls basketball head coach’s style. In recent years Anderson has been successful in ensuring his players receive both accolades on and off the court. “A lot of kids don’t understand that college is a way out,” Anderson said. “Growing up around gangs was bad and I hate to see kids get into that. For me to me to pass on my teachings is a blessing.” On Saturday May 4, coach An-

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most about his coaching experience is speaking to the community and hearing their success stories on the court and in the classroom. “This is important for me because my family lives in the community,” he said. “For some people its a dead end, but it don’t have to be. It’s what you want it to be, it’s what you make of it. To be able to be successful and share successful stories and being in the place they are now is motivational to me. It’s all about giving back.”

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Forum provides SBVC students with outlook on California’s 31st congressional district candidates


BY Anthony Victoria

he forum held at San Bernardino Valley College on Thursday May 8 featured candidates from the California’s 31st congressional district receiving questions from students regarding the newly-implemented Affordable Care Act (ACA), benefits for military veterans, prison overcrowding, and tuition to name a few. All but one of the candidates, San Bernardino City Unified School District board member Danny Tillman (Dem.), were present at the event. Democrat Joe Baca Sr. of Rialto left early due to other arrangements. The candidates had the privilege of introducing themselves. They provided brief background on their careers and lives and explained why they aspire to win the congressional seat. City of Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (Dem.), 34, the father of two children and small business owner grew up in the city of San Bernardino. He said that he understands the difficulty that the city is dealing with. Aguilar said he chose to run because he believes congress is failing the middle class. “We see unemployment rising, we see families struggling to put food on the table, and we have difficulties in our communities and we just don’t see congress providing solutions,” he said. “I want to make sure that every Inland Empire resident has the same opportunity to climb into the middle class and realize the American Dream. That’s what we need.” As mayor, Aguilar said he’s addressed several issues by creating jobs, supported small business growth, invested in infrastructure, implemented a gun buyback program that removed 300 guns and ten assault rifles in Redlands, and has passed a climate action plan that has reduced pollution. “We can accomplish so much by working together,” Aguilar said. “Congressman Miller’s retirement offers us a tremendous opportunity for a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to elect a leader who will fight for the middle class, stand up for working families, support our students, create jobs, honor our veterans, and take care of our seniors.” Baca Sr. (Dem.), despite leaving early, wanted to make it clear to everyone in attendance that the big difference between himself and the other candidates is that he is a veteran having already served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013. For someone in congress, you want someone with experience,” he said. “That makes a big difference in dealing with a lot of the issues.” Ryan Downing (Rep.), 25, of Whittier is the youngest of all the candidates. He is running because he said politicians are failing the people. Downing said his experience in canvassing the San Bernardino area has provided that motivation to want to serve the people of the 31st congressional district. “I could use my skills to work for my people,” he said. “A congressman is supposed to be a civil servant. No more than a common fire chief or city police officer.” Compared to the average 25-


Calif. 31st congressional district candidates from left to right: Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Paul Chabot, and Ryan Downing.

year-old, Downing said he has the maturity to be a civil servant. “Our government has failed us and deceived us, but if we start to put the right people in office, we can provide change and it all starts with the people. Ryan Downing isn’t doing anything special, it’s the young people who stand up.” Eloise Gomez Reyes (Dem.) grew up in the area and began picking onions from the fields before school at the age of 12, along with her other siblings. As a teenager she started a drill team, the Smiling Faces of Colton that performed in parades all over the Inland Empire. She moved on to graduate from San Bernardino Valley College, the University of Southern California, and Loyola Law School. Gomez Reyes Today works as an Attorney and if elected, strives to guarantee equal pay for women, improve public schools, and create more jobs. “I’ve worked hard all my life and I appreciate the hard work that other people put forth,” she said. “That’s very important to who I am and why I am doing what I am doing because people are struggling. I think we need to do more to try to find jobs and engage youth. These are the things that corporations can and should do.” Paul Chabot (Rep.) served in Iraq and obtained the rank of LT Commander working with all the military services and later served in law enforcement. As a small business owner, he aims to reduce taxes and provide more services to military veterans. Leslie Gooch (Rep.) served as a Senior Policy director under Congressman Gary Miller. According to her biography on the voter information guide she has crafted and advocated for fiscal measures that promote economic growth and led initiatives that stabilized the housing market in the Inland Empire. In the question and answer portion of the event, students in attendance asked candidates questions regarding any topic of their choosing. A member of student organization “All of us or None” asked the candidates a question regarding incarceration rates in San Bernardino County. “Here in San Bernardino County we have the highest rates of incarceration per capita in the state of California,” the student said. “If

elected, what policies can you see enacted to better serve this population and their families?” “I did not come across folks that were there for minor crimes. When you look at our state prison system, we have some violent people there,” said Chabot. “That being said, I completely believe in redemption. People can change.” “Talking about second chances, we absolutely have to provide second chances,” said Gomez Reyes. “People make mistakes. If we

throw the key out, then we’re done. We need to invest in education not in prisons, that’s number one. I work with legal aid to try to expunge criminal records. Those are the sorts of things we need to do to help people get the jobs.” “In recent decades the explosive cost of health care have financially crippled millions of American families,” said Tim Forrest, VicePresident of the Associated Student Government (ASG) at SBVC. “What cost-cutting measures will

you advocate for when you assume office?” “The thing I’m concerned about with ACA is that it’s almost taken us back a few steps where we have needed to be,” said Gooch. “Now that we have ACA it’s no longer affordable for people. They need to choose a health plan that they can afford.” The forum came to fruition because of the influence of the student body said Legislative Affairs Director Omar Castro. “I pitched this idea out to ASG and they thought it was a great idea,” said Castro. “It’s a critical time in the Inland Empire and I’m glad students were able to hear from all the candidates. Now they have the opportunity to vote for whomever they please.” Rachel Kanakaole, a Justice in ASG and a member of community group San Bernardino Generation Now, said hearing the candidates respond to questions from students pushes her to do more research. “I think they responded well, but I want to make sure what they say is actually true,” she said. “I have to do the research to see which candidate is best suited for the position.”

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Fashion show fundraiser held in support of LLUCH


By Yazmin Alvarez


Student models from the Loma Linda and Redlands area donned gear from Le Roy’s Shoes & Clothing during the Big Hearts for Little Hearts fashion show May 7 to benefit the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.


Girls from local high schools helped model the latest spring fashion from Le Roy’s Shoes & Clothing during the Big Hearts for Little Hearts fashion show May 7 to benefit the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.

ozens gathered in support of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild’s first-ever fashion show held at the Centennial Complex at Loma Linda University Health last week in support of the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. The inaugural event--Carolyn’s Closet: An Evening of Fashion and Music--brought mother and daughter duos to arrive stylish to check out some of the latest trends and had men donning crisp suits all in the name of fashion. Students from local high schools as well as LLUCH patients modeled fashions from Le Roy’s Shoes & Clothing and women from the Inland Empire-area modeled designs from Chico’s. But the fashion show was more than just a focus on clothes. It was an opportunity to acquaint the community with the hospital and its teenage patients, as well as raise funds for some much needed items in the hospital’s pediatric emergency department. Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a fetal monitor and the addition of rocking chairs to the department. The chairs will hopefully serve as a compassionate factor for parents in an aim to rock their child in comfort, said Leigh Anderson, event coordinator for the event. The fashion show idea stemmed from wanting to try something different and new to reach families in the Inland Empire, Anderson said. The hospital periodically has fundraisers that encompass other walks in the community, she added. “This is for the parents of those children in the hospital. It’s for the teenagers and their moms. For the community, it was a chance to see what’s going on in the fashion world and support a place where so many medical miracles happen.” In an addition to the fashion show, members of the Loma Linda Brass Quintet and the Redlands East Valley Singers were also on hand to perform throughout the evening. Hospital officials said they hope to have the monitors and rocking chairs added to the emergency room by the end of the year. To learn more on how to donate toward the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, email Dixie Watkins at Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter for Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at


Local women hit the runway wearing fashions from Chico’s during the Big Hearts for Little Hearts fashion show May 7 to benefit the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. (above& right)

Obituary Manuel A. Ochoa (Banjo)

04/30/2014 He was a life resident of Colton, CA was living in Phoenix, AZ for the past five years. He attended Phoenix College and was scheduled to receive his AA Degree in Business in May 2014. He has two daughters Denise Aghuan in San Bernardino, and Dianne Arevalo in Colton. He has five grandchildren and his siblings are Carol O. Valencia from Colton, Edward Ochoa from Colton, Nancy Garcia from Grand Terrace, Rosemary Mazzella from San Jose, and Manuel A. Ochoa (Banjo) Frances Ochoa from Colton. anuel A. Ochoa Services with be held at Her(banjo) Born: mona Cemetery in Colton on Fri04/19/1950 Passed: day May 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.


Obituary Michael (Onebear) Cordova

Michael (Onebear) Cordova


ichael (Onebear) Cordova, passed away suddenly on April 14, 2014 at his home in Colton. Born on January 9, 1957, Michael enjoyed music, fishing, photography and drawing. Preceded in death by his parents, Larry )Lalo) Cordova and Nora DeLaRosa Cordova. Survived by 2 brothers, David Cordova and Lorence Cordova; 4 sisters, Carol Haley; Roberta Mercer; Cathy Palomera and Barbara Chavez and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 12;00 p.m. at Centerpointe Church, 170 West “F” Street, Colton, California. The Interment of ashes will be a private ceremony on a later date at Montecito Memorial Park.

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Redlands celebrates “Give BIG” with Broadway Block Party By Yazmin Alvarez

freebees as a “thank you.” “What we did was took one of our Broadway Block Party shows and gathered nonprofits from our region to celebrate “Give BIG” and promote the idea that people can give during this big campaign,” said Valerie Peister, who runs community programming for the Redlands Bowl. The Broadway-style musical event also showcased the talents of professional and elementary school singers, performing stage hits like “Dreamgirls” and students from Mariposa Elementary School’s chorus and members of the Redlands High School cast of “Oklahoma” also hit the stage of the Lincoln Shrine. Participating organizations included, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside, Crafton Hills College Foundation, Family Service Association of Redlands, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, Historical Glass Museum Foundation, Redlands Art Association, San Bernardino County Museum Association, The Wildlands Conservancy, KVCR, Arts Connection, Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS), KVCR, Boy Scouts of America - California Inland Empire Council, City of Redlands Recreation, Inland Temporary Homes and Micah House.

an Bernardino County gave big last week--more than $500,000 worth. Partnering up with the Community Foundation for its “Give BIG” campaign, about 2,500 unique donors gave 3,500 donations to 262 local nonprofits, according to a San Bernardino County press release. From 7 a.m. on May 8 to 6:59 p.m. on May 9, supporters of San Bernardino County nonprofits went online, connected with causes they cared about and made donations. "I want to thank each and everyone of the 2,500 donors that logged on and made a difference in our community. Nonprofits play a vital role in improving the quality of life and environment for our residents. I'm so very proud of the support shown from the community," said 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales in a news release. While efforts to support local charities came through the 24-hour fundraising blitz, several organizations partnered up and took to public places in hopes of gathering attention for their cause. As was the case for the Redlands Community Music Association, who brought crowds to Smiley Park Friday afternoon for their Broadway Block Party and GiveBig Kick-Off. The event brought together 17 area groups participating in the Yazmin Alvarez is a reporter for campaign to set up information Inland Empire Community Newsbooths, crafts and games, where papers and can be reached at Give BIG supporters were offered


The Redlands Community Music Association partnered up with 17 area nonprofits to hold a Broadway Block Party and Give BIG kick-off event May 8. Professional and student performers took to the stage performing Broadway hits such as “Dreamgirls.”


The inaugural “Give BIG” campaign kicked off with a Block Party in Redlands May 8.


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Mathewson, Padilla help San Gorgonio rebounds to beat Carter Kaiser clinch Sunkist League


Chris Mathewson struck out 12 during Kaiser's 3-0 win over Grand Terrace to clinch the Sunkist League title.


BY Richard Dawson

dominant pitching staff and high powered offense had made sure no team has come close to beating Kaiser in Sunkist League this season. Kaiser (22-1, 13-0 League) ace Chris Mathewson was in vintage form, holding the Grand Terrace offense scoreless as he has many offenses this season, striking out 12 in the process. What came as a surprise was Grand Terrace (12-10-1, 7-5-1) starter Albert Valdez matching zeros with him for six innings. This time, it wasn’t a home run, or even an extra base hit that sparked the Kaiser offense, instead it was a timely bunt single by Ray Padilla to lead off the top of the seventh and manufactured a hard fought 3-0 win over Grand Terrace. “All these seniors know how to bunt,” said Kaiser Head Coach Michael Spinuzzi. “They have been with me for four years, Ray

saw an opportunity, that was all Ray Padilla.” Padilla found himself in a pickle and was nearly thrown out in between first and second after a missed bunt attempt by Daniel Huizar, but the Titans couldn’t execute on the run down. “We had our bunt play on,” said Grand Terrace head coach Mike Reh. “We get the runner (Padilla) in a rundown, unfortunately for our side, he gets around our first baseman and is safe, that’s the winning run.” Huizar got a bunt down on the next pitch to move Padilla to second. Padilla then stole third and scored on a single by Joe Gonzalez for what would be the gamewinning run. Things unraveled a little bit for the Titans after that as an error and a single by Mathewson led to two more runs. Valdez had limited the Kaiser offense to four hits and two walks before the Padilla bunt single. The win clinched Kaiser’s fourth league title in five years.


Albert Valdez held the Kaiser high-powered offense to three runs, two earned, over seven innings.


Jason Atilano hits an RBIsingle for the Spartans in the bottom of the fourth.


Rainier Aguilar struck out 13 in a 2-1 win for San Gorgonio to hand Carter its first San Andreas league loss this season.


BY Richard Dawson

12-1 League) had its heart of the lineup coming to the plate. Aguilar battled, inducing a groundball from Marcos Castanon to third baseman Adan Alvarado, who touched his bag but couldn’t throw out Castanon at first. Still having the tying and goahead runs on base and cleanup hitter Jose Gonzalez batting, Lujan made a costly base running mistake at second. Aguilar caught Lujan leaning too far from the bag and threw a pickoff to second, resulting in a run down and after a few back-andforth throws, the Titans tagged him out for the second out. Aguilar proceeded to strike out Gonzalez on three-straight pitches and punctuate a strong performance. “We were playing for pride,” said

Eatinger. “They’re going to win league unless something reckless happens, but we want to end our season on a positive note and get a good draw in the playoffs.” The Spartans got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs off Lions starter John Landazuri. Two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with one out for San Gorgonio (19-3, 11-2). Landazuri issued another walk to Alvarado to bring in the first run and Jason Atilano added an RBI single to bring in the second run and end Landazuri’s day. Carter answered in the top of the fifth when an RBI single from Castanon scored Ryan Maestas, who had singled and stolen two bases to lead off the inning.

day after losing to Rialto Carter 2-1 despite pitcher Hazahel Quijada tossing a no-hitter, San Gorgonio got another strong performance from Rainier Aguilar to edge its rival 21. Aguilar, typically a catcher and making just his second start of the season, went the distance for the Spartans, striking out 13 and hand the Lions their first loss in San Andreas League action this season. “He didn’t have his first start of the year until last week,” said San Gorgonio Head Coach Bill Eatinger. “He is so valuable behind the plate, but we rolled the dice and gave him a start last week, because he can help us in the playoffs, and he threw a no-hitter.” It didn’t come easy, as Chris Lujan earned a lead-off walk to start the top of the seventh. Adam Lovell followed with a sacrifice bunt that was fielded cleanly by PHOTO/RICHARD DAWSON Aguilar, but his throw to second ended up in center field to put two on with no outs and Carter (18-5, Carter's Ryan Maestas beats a throw to steal third base.

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Ken Hubbs Awards 50th Anniversary called biggest of all

BY Harvey M. Kahn

ormer National Football League linebacker and 1997 Ken Hubbs Award winner Ryan Nece addressed the crowd of 400 family and well wishers at the 50th Anniversary of the Hubbs Award at a ceremony Monday in the Colton High School Gym. Nece pointed out that other honors and awards have come and gone but no single award has withstood the test of time like the Hubbs Award. The California Interscholastic Federation has handed out awards for 100 years, the Shriner's have named allstar teams and the defunct Helms Bakery sponsored division allleague teams for 40 years. Nece described the Hubbs Award


as one that lasted so long due to the legacy of its namesake and those willing to work to keep it alive. "Ken Hubbs was a professional baseball player but his off the field action are the reason we are here today. He was willing to risk breaking some rules in order to do the right thing," said Nece. He was referring to the habit that Hubbs had of signing autographs in violation of some Chicago Cubs rules. Nece commented that Ken Hubbs always spent time serving youth. Hubbs was baseball's National League Rookie of the Year in 1962 and died in a plane crash at age 22 in 1964. Nece noted that good parents are the one's whose sacrifices make good athletes he said the modernday mother is playing a larger role in the development of athletes. It

was an observation backed by the many mothers who stood up by themselves when their sibling was introduced Monday night. Nece said that was often the case with his mom, Kathy, who was also in the crowd of observers. He said that everyone knows who his father is (Ron Lott), yet in his case it was his mother who was the driving force. Nece told the 48 athletes who attended that in order to excel, one must "do the things that you don't want to do. Are you willing to make that sacrifice." Each athlete in attendance had already been selected as their school's Ken Hubbs Award winner. Uzoma Owuama and Loren Landrus were the overall winners. The Ken Hubbs Foundation is the only private athletic honor awarded in San Bernardino County. Other

my parents I wouldn't be up here talking because I don't feel like it." And "I wouldn't have gone to practice if my mom hadn't made me." And "Wow. This feels like the Grammy's. Hubbs Foundation President Ron Doty told the crowd that the best athlete or those with the best resume don't always win. "There's a lot of character involved in the choice." Keith Hubbs, the brother of Ken Hubbs, told how his brother was able to play football, basketball and juggle baseball and track at the same time at Colton High, being named a two-time prep All-American and 4-time All-CIF performer. Each of the 48 Hubbs individual winners were presented an engraved watch with 50th anniversary on the face.

Loren Landrus of Citrus Valley High named 2014 Girls Ken Hubbs Award winner

BY Harvey M. Kahn

eing a member of three CIF-Southern Section championship soccer teams at Citrus Valley High School, plus winning the 2013 CIF-SS Division 6 player-of-the-year award elevated Loren Landrus to the top of an impressive list of nominees

for the 50th Annual Ken Hubbs Award. For good measure, Landrus ranked No. 1 this season in the Mountain Valley League in four track and field events, where she advanced as a CIF-qualifier in the 400 Meters, 4x400, Long Jump and triple Jump. "This is amazing. I'm grateful to all my coaches. What a good way to go out on my high school ca-

reer," said Landrus. "There were eight of us who were on all three of those CIF championship soccer teams at Citrus Valley and they all had a chance to win this award tonight." With just a few weeks left in high school, Landrus can add still more honors at the CIF track finals. Off the track, Landrus was awarded for her civic contributions

Bloomington's Uzoma Owuama wins 2014 Ken Hubbs Boys Award COURTESY PHOTO/BHS WRESTLING


past winners in attendance were Scott Smith, Shaun Battle and Trevor Hoyt. NFL Hall of Fame member Ron Lott and Nece are the only fatherson team to win the Hubbs Award. Other's who progressed to the NFL after winning the Hubbs Award were: Charles Johnson, Mark Collins, Shelton Diggs, and Allen Bradford. Greg Colbrunn, the 1987 winner had a long MLB career and Kyle Kopp was an Olympic water polo coach and player. For most athletes on Monday night, it was their first shot at public speaking. If they had a planned speech, the script was lost the minute they took the podium and looked out at the large crowd. True to their form, the teens were short and brutally honest. "If it wasn't for

BY Harvey M. Kahn

loomington High School's Uzoma Owuama didn't just earn the 50th Annual Ken Hubbs Award because he was one of the best wrestler's in California. There were prep athletes with longer resumes. However, it was the accumulation of many of Owuama's qualities that were considered when the Ken Hubbs Foundation Board of Directors selected him over 23 others. In the first tournament that Owuama ever wrestled as a sophomore, he went 5-0, pinned four opponents and allowed only four points to be scored against him. Uzoma is called "Uzo" on the Bloomington campus and was a 4time member of that schools run of five consecutive CIF-Southern Section wrestling championships. Uzo accomplished the difficult task of qualifying twice for the state high school wrestling championship. His biggest accomplish-

Bloomington High School wrestler Uzo Owuama on right won the 2014 Ken Hubbs Boys Award for achievements as an athlete, scholar, and humanitarian. Pictured on left is former teammate Carlos Garcia.

ment was winning the nationally

acclaimed DOC Buchanan Tournament where he pinned the defending champion. He placed three times in the Section Master's Tourney and won five area tourney titles, including the respected Temecula Valley Battle for the Bell Championship. In 2014, he was once ranked as the state's number-2 wrestler at 138 pounds. He finished at number-5 among more than 2,000 California high schooler's in that weight class. Bloomington High officials say that it was Uzo's humanitarian efforts away from sports that helped him to the Ken Hubbs Award, affectionately called the "High School Heisman." Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said that it was what Uzo did when he thought no one was looking that made him stand out. In a joint comment, Brickley and BHS wrestling coach Gabriel Schaefer said that Uzo took advanced place-

ment classes and helped serve food on both lunch breaks. On weekends, he volunteered to help setup and breakdown stadium equipment in preparation of Pee Wee Football games. "Uzo encouraged teammates to get better, was a great leader with intangible assets. He set a high example both academically and athletically," said school officials. Schaefer said Uzo was often seen coaching younger wrestlers in his "spare time." He said Uzo was an extremely hard worker and seldom missed practice. "Omuama has a bright future ahead of him. His work ethic and charisma make him the type of individual others want to be like or around," observed Schaefer. "He simply represents what is best about being a Bloomington Bruin and what is paramount about being a wrestler." Omuama said afterward that he didn't think he had a chance at the Hubbs Award because nearly all Hubbs Award winners played multiple sports. "I thought I was out of the running. I'm realizing just how important this award is," said Uzo, as five reporters and ten photographers flocked around him. "I'm young and as time goes on I'll know more about this. Ten or 15 years down the line, I'll understand even more about its importance." Omuama will attend Grand Canyon University and wrestle next year on a full scholarship. He will graduate from Bloomington with a class academic rank of 35 among 466 seniors. He has a younger sister at Bloomington. His brothers, Ike and Ifay played football at BHS. Uzo has traveled to his family's Nigeria homeland on numerous occasions, saying it gives him a greater appreciation of life in America.

by Senator Barbara Boxer and from the San Bernardino City Council. Citrus Valley athletic director Boyd Lium said that in each of her four year's at Citrus Valley, Landrus made the Principal's Honor Roll, the California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society and won the Scholar-Athlete Award. "Our school motto is C.L.A.S.S. which stands for Character, Leadership, Attitude, Scholarship and Service. Loren exhibits exceptional character and leadership as well as an outstanding attitude through her participation in multiple sports on our campus," wrote Liam. "Loren has accepted the responsibility of being chosen as a captain on our soccer and track teams. Her

efforts to lead and earn the respect of her teammates have been acknowledged," said Liam, who added that Landrus will graduate among the top-50 in her senior class and will attend the University of Northern Colorado on a full scholarship. "She is truly a role model for our younger students." Her bio reads that she is the writer/photographer for the Citrus Valley yearbook, was an ASB representative, is a member of the Make A Wish Club, and works parttime at Basic Backflow. Landrus was also named first team soccer All-San Bernardino County and first team All-Area (Inland Empire).


2014 Girls Ken Hubbs Award winner Loren Landrus was a member of three CIF championship soccer teams at Citrus Valley High.

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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO NOTICE FOR “REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL” RFP #PC772 HEARING OFFICER SERVICES HACSB CONTACT PERSON: Angie Lardapide Procurement Officer Housing Authority of San Bernardino 715 E. Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408 HOW TO OBTAIN BID DOCS: 1. Access 2. Click onto “Business” 3. Click on link to Public Purchase website to complete RFP PC772. PROPOSAL SUBMITALL RETURN: All bid documents are to be uploaded to the Public Purchase Website. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DATE: June 5, 2014 @2PM PST CNS-2620572# PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 5/15/14 E-5718

PUBLIC NOTICE The 2014-15 Proposed Budget for the San Bernardino City Unified School District will be available for inspection from May 23, 2014 to June 3, 2014 at 777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410.

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LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to sections 503 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, the undersigned will sell at lien sale the following vessel(s) / Trailer(s) at said address(s) at said time(s) on: Thursday, May, 2014 to wit: YEAR MAKE HULL / VIN LICENSE STATE __ TYPE __ 82 CRUSADER CXNS04970182 9520NC CA BOAT CSTR CT001 RM5975 CA TRAILER To be sold by: BILL & WAG'S INC., 1516 S BON VIEW AVENUE, ONTARIO, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA 91761- (09:00 AM) Said sale is for the purpose of satisfying lien of the abovesigned for towing, storage, labor, materials and lien charges, together with costs of advertising, and expenses of sale. Clear Choice Lien Service, Inc. P.O. Box 159009 San Diego, CA 92175 CNS-2621147# PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 5/15/14 E-5721

LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to sections 503 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, the undersigned will sell at lien sale the following vessel(s) / Trailer(s) at said address(s) at said time(s) on: Thursday, May 29, 2014 to wit: YEAR MAKE HULL / VIN LICENSE STATE __ TYPE __ 91 KAW KAWA419430191 BOAT RSS 91 406B15101M1032955 TRAILER 90 ULTR WJWS60361990 BOAT To be sold by: CALIFORNIA TOWING & STORAGE LLC, 125 WEST BRYANT STREET, BLOOMINGTON, San Bernardino COUNTY, CA 92316 (10:00 AM) Said sale is for the purpose of satisfying lien of the abovesigned for towing, storage, labor, materials and lien charges, together with costs of advertising, and expenses of sale. Clear Choice Lien Service, Inc. P.O. Box 159009 San Diego, CA 92175 CNS-2621143# PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 5/15/14 E-5720

LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to sections 3071 and 3072 of the Civil Code of the State of California, the undersigned will sell the following vehicles at lien sale at said address(s) at said time(s) on: to wit: Thursday, May 29, 2014 YEAR MAKE VIN LICENSE STATE 05 GMC 2GTEC19V751336810 7W11253 CA 00 JAGU SAJDA01C2YFL13729 6KNN167 CA 06 TOYT 4T1BK36B86U147029 7AIU991 CA To be sold by: BILL & WAG'S INC., 1516 S BON VIEW AVENUE, ONTARIO, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA 91761 (09:00 AM) YEAR MAKE VIN LICENSE STATE 97 FRHT 1FUPCSEB5VL824201 To be sold by: BILL & WAG'S INC., 1516 S BON VIEW AVENUE, ONTARIO, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA 91761- (09:00 AM) Said sale is for the purpose of satisfying lien of the abovesigned for towing, storage, labor, materials and lien charges, together with costs of advertising, and expenses of sale. Clear Choice Lien Service, Inc. P.O. Box 159009 San Diego, CA 92175 CNS-2621132# PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 5/15/14 E-5719

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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE'S SALE T.S No. 1383785-31 APN: 0268107156 151-23-0000 TRA: LOAN NO: Xxxxxx8326 REF: Garcia, Rafael H. IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED November 22, 2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On May 14, 2014, at 1:00pm, Cal-western Reconveyance Llc, as duly appointed trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded December 05, 2005, as Inst. No. 2005-0909485 in book XX, page XX of Official Records in the office of the County Recorder of San Bernardino County, State of California, executed by Rafael H. Garcia, An Unmarried Man, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the financial code and authorized to do business in this state: Near the front steps leading up to the city of chino civic Center, 13220 Central Avenue Chino, California, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: Completely described in said deed of trust The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 2759 June St San Bernardino CA 92407-6413 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be held, but without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, condition or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to pay the remaining principal sums of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $106,899.82. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder's sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bid-

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der shall have no further recourse. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder's office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (619)590-1221 or visit the internet website, using the file number assigned to this case 1383785-31. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web Site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. For sales information:(619)590-1221. Cal-Western Reconveyance LLC, 525 East Main Street, P.O. Box 22004, El Cajon, CA 920229004 Dated: April 04, 2014. (DLPP-437464 Published El Chicano 4/24/14,5/1/14,5/8/14 E-5706

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County Schools Regional Occupational Program celebrates 40th anniversary


BY Cynthia Mendoza

n 2014 the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (County Schools) celebrates its 40th anniversary of equipping students with the skills and training they need to carve out successful futures after high school. Their mission is to help students gain career readiness skills and hands on training and to help them find their passion. In the 1974-75 school year there were 65 students in the program and an average daily attendance of 100, as some students were enrolled in more than one class. At that time the ROP served 10 school districts in the county and

its budget was $158,000. In 2014, the ROP serves 16 districts, plus juvenile court school, has an average daily attendance of 3,980 students and a total enrollment of a little over 17,000 students. While the programs are open to all high school students, priority is given to juniors and seniors. Through their tireless effort in serving students, the ROP has a proven track record of success; according to Kit Alvarez, the ROP administrator for County Schools, 90% of ROP high school seniors graduate from high school, 55% go on to continue their education and 40% go on to enter the workforce. “Our system is good for kids,” Alvarez said. “It helps reduce drop

outs, they explore careers and stay focused on their career path.” Alvarez shared just one story of many that show how the ROP can directly alter the life of young people; there was young man who was bragging to his friends about dropping out of high school but then came across the ROP program. He joined the automotive technology program, found he had a flair for it and went on to pursue a twoyear program after high school. He was the first in his family to graduate form high school and go college. It is this kind of life-impacting success that the ROP is celebrating. The ROP also firmly believes not only in its mission but in the role it plays in improving the quality of life in the Inland Empire through education. They also recognize the high PHOTO COURTESY/ROP value this region places on career and technical education and the The ROP’s 40th an- vital role it plays fostering a better niversary logo design economy by creating productive, was created by ROP taxpaying citizens. student Serenity “We want to keep that legacy Rogers, a senior at going strong,” Alvarez said. “We Apple Valley High help advance students to post secSchool. She was ondary education. We really want awarded first place in to build up our region, which is an the San Bernardino economic force that is coming of age. That’s what the anniversary is County Regional Ocall about.” cupational Program’s For more information on the 40th Anniversary ROP visit theme design contest as well as first place in the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers Program’s Southern Region In-service theme design contest.

County Supervisors award two Give BIG donation pledges


upervisors Josie Gonzales and James Ramos will each donate additional funds to Lighthouse Project, Inc. of Big Bear in reward for reaching out to garner the highest number of individual donors during Give BIG San Bernardino County. Supervisor Ramos personally pledged an additional $1,500 to the third district nonprofit with the highest number of unique donors. Supervisor Gonzales pledged $1 for each Facebook “like” she received before the end of the Give BIG campaign to the nonprofit with the highest number of unique donors. She received 505 likes and has now offered to increase her donation to a total of $1,000. Both donations will go to the Lighthouse Project Inc. of Big Bear which received donations from 222 individuals. The supervisors will deliver their checks in person to the Lighthouse Project at a later date. “I am so proud of my district for bringing over 130 nonprofits to the table. Lighthouse Project really stepped up under the leadership of Michael Perry,” said Supervisor Ramos. “While I congratulate you

for your hard work, I also challenge you to continue to cultivate new donors to support you in your efforts to create a child honoring community in Big Bear.” “Our local nonprofits and residents really came together and helped make the County’s first Give BIG year a huge success. Lighthouse Project earned every dollar by reaching out and spreading the message, my congratulations to them. I give my deepest thanks and appreciation to the over 2,400 individuals that gave and helped make a real difference in our community,” said Supervisor Gonzales. The Give BIG San Bernardino County web-a-thon raised a total of $582,000 548,214 (including $34,000 in sponsorships) from 2,465 individuals making 3,533 donations to the participating 262 nonprofits throughout our county, exceeding the goal of raising $300,000. The Supervisors thank the Community Foundation for its partnership in making this day of giving such a success. More information on the Give BIG results can be found at


Serenity Rogers, creator of the ROP 40th anniversary logo, was recognized on Wednesday, May 15 at the ROP’s 40th anniversary celebration at the National Orange Show. ROP student Brandon Hall (photo not available), a student at Rim of the World High School was also recognized for receiving the Bridgestone Automotive Technology scholarship to pursue an automotive career. His teacher is Dave Meigide. These students are just two of thousands of students in the county who benefit from the career and technical education programs offered by the ROP.

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