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THIS WEEK Morales honored with Ohtli award,
Gloria’s Corner and Words To Think About A3 & A5
Community cleanup day at Wildwood Park A8
By Anthony Victoria
al State San Bernardino Tomas President Morales received one of Mexico’s highest honors during the Mexican Independence Day celebration at Cal State San Bernardino last Thursday.
Eunice Rendon Cardenas, head
Independence cont. on next page
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
eccombe Lake Park will have a new playground come November. With the help of nonprofit organization KaBoom! and Target, the City of San Bernardino will be installing new slides, swings, and other equipment for the area’s children to enjoy.
“This park needs to be revitalized at some point,” said city PHOTO/ANTHONY VICTORIA spokesperson Monica Lagos. “If an investment is put into it, it will Cal State San Bernardino Tomas Mórales, right, received the get the city back on track.” Ohtlí award on Thursday for his work in helping Mexicans and A little over a dozen fourth, Latinos in higher education. fifth, and sixth graders from neighboring Leland F. Norton Elementary School were included in the planning process during a meeting at their school site on Tuesday. They sketched up plans for the playground using measurements and art supplies.
“We wanted to hear from the experts--the kids,” said KaBoom lead coordinator Jacob Stachler. “We tell them that no idea is too crazy.”
An adult session--meant to brief community partners and the Parks and Recreation Department about the playground build--took the children's ideas to select the theme and design of the playground. Committees were also formed to delegate responsibilities among those interested in helping build the playground on November 4.
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“I dedicate this award to continuing the efforts to provide access to affordable educational opportunities for all – including immigrants,” Morales said. “This university will continue to help increase the education level within the local workforce and strive to improve the quality of life for all who call the Inland Empire home.”
Every year the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives out Ohtli awards to individuals who provide assistance to Mexican nationals in the United States, particularly in the social and educational sectors.
Members of the Baile Folklorico Nueva Esperanza.
In recent years, Seccombe Lake Park has been the center of controversy and concern among residents and city leaders due to homeless encampments and large debris present. Norton
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KaBoom! project leader Jacob Stachler playing Simon Says with the students from Norton Elementary School.
Independence cont. from front
While Fontana resident Genesis Godinez agrees that it's important to learn about Mexican culture and enjoy celebrations, she believes it's also important to have an understanding of the country’s social and political issues.
of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad under the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed her admiration for Morales’ educational work in helping Mexican and Latino stu- Her and a close friend, Frandents succeed in the classroom. cisco Zepeda, held signs with the message, “Exijo tu renuncia En“He has distinguished himself rique Pena Nieto (I demand your working in the educational com- resignation Enrique Pena Nieto)” munity for over 40 years,” Car- and “Libertad a [Jose Manuel] denas said. “He has helped open Mireles (Free Mireles)” to send a the doors for young Mexicans message to Mexican officials and Latinos to succeed at the uni- present at the event. versity." Godinez said the ongoing vioAfter honoring Morales, Mexi- lence between drug cartels, vigican Consul Enrique Salomón lante groups, and Mexican law Rosas Ramírez performed the enforcement has killed thousands “Grito de Dolores”--honoring of people in the state in the past Mexican independence leader year. Miguel Hidalgo’s rallying cry for freedom in 1810. “In Michoacan there are murders everyday with women and Mexicans say Independence children,” she said. “Why act like Day should be time for reflec- we’re dumb? We should be tion ashamed of the cowards in our government and of the people Mexican folk music and dance who have sold out to power.” was on display for the hundreds of residents in attendance at Alexander, who decided to apCSUSB’s Lower Commons. Per- proach Godinez and Zepeda to formers wore colorful and vi- ask questions, appreciates their brant costumes--showing the efforts to raise awareness of the country’s Spanish and indigenous violence. influence. “We cannot forget that we still “It’s good for our community to do not have a free and just Mexenjoy its culture and have pride ico,” Alexander said. “We all can for their roots,” said Diocese of recount stories of hardship and San Bernardino Director Petra struggle.” Alexander.
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Target District Team Leader Jen Olson interacting with students during a playground build planning meeting at Norton Elementary School on September 20.
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Principal Elizabeth Cochrane Benoit said parents expressed similar concerns during meetings.
“Many parents and children are longing for a safe space to go to that isn’t on school grounds,” she explained. “These kids haven’t had the same opportunity to experience a park like we did as children. Unfortunately, many parents have to travel to other cities to enjoy themselves at parks.”
Norton, considered as a projectbased learning school, is more than willing to take the challenge of revitalizing its neighboring park. “Our motto is, ‘One student, one family at a time--dedicated to saving our community.”
lieve this is something that will help boost the morale of residents.” Corinthia Williams, whose 8year-old grandson Wayne helped formulate ideas for the build, said the project has given her some much needed enthusiasm.
Target District Team Leader Jen “Wayne came to me,” Williams Olson said she’s excited to be a chuckled. “There is no limit in part of an “inspirational” effort to their little minds. These young help a community in need. children are using their imagination to build skills and help their “When we heard about the build, community.” we were excited,” she said. “I be-
hanks for covering the Prop 55 coalition effort in your area. While I understand the imperative for a balanced point of view, you might have fact checked Kersten's "statistics". There is absolutely zero evidence for any of his whoppers. Do you really believe 40% of business owners left the state in 2013?
By way of contrast, the California Budget and Policy Center crunched the numbers of millionaires filing tax returns before and after passage of Prop 30, and found that by 2014 there were ten thousand MORE millionaires in California after Prop 30 passed, and there were 1.4 million MORE
jobs in the state.
Would these verifiable events have occurred if 40% of businesses left the state?
As for 23% tax increase on small businesses, do the math. The income tax portion of Prop 30 was 1% more on people making $250K, 2% on people making $300K, and 3% on people making $500K. How do you get to 23% that way?
If you cover the Prop 30 campaign in the future, I would be happy to connect you with people who have access to legitimate numbers that rely on data analysis instead of ideology.
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Congratulations to Dr. Michael Neeki recipient of the very prestigious Arrowhead Vanguard Award. This emergency medicine physician is well known for his caring and compassion. He also is the Medical Director for the Rialto Fire Department and is the Chief Medical Officer for San Bernardino County Department of Probation. The award will be presented at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Foundation Autumn Extravaganza 2016 Gala & Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 6. Other awardees include: Martha L. Melendez M.D. - Physician of the Year, Erin McMeans, BSN, RN - Nurse Leader of the Year, Rorey Walker, RN, CCRN Nurse of the Year and Eric J. Arnott - Employee of the Year. Proceeds from this event benefit the Cardiac Clinic Program at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. For information on the event contact Patty Holohan at 909.580.3135 or HolohanP@armc.sbcounty.gov Exhibits & Theatre:
Saturday, September 16 - 25 the Redlands Footlighters present Noodles by L. Don Swartz, a delightful comedy about a zany family. Directed by Lance Christiansen, the play presents the Boodles and their crazy antics, guaranteed to make everyone feel better about their own situation. 8 p.m. performances are on September 23, & 24. 2 p.m. performances are on September 25. The cast includes Norma Ferrales, William Shaw, Kimi Palacios, Paul Martin, Henry Nickel, Michelle Johnson, Dan Baldwin, Gail Walker, Jillian Goddard, Eleanor Hastings and Dennis Johnson. Tickets may be purchased at www.redlandsfootlighters.org/buy-tickets or call: 909.793.2909. Redlands Footlighters is located at 1810 Barton Road, Redlands. Save the Date:
Saturday, September 24 - the San Bernardino High School Miss Cardinal City Pageant at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 N. E Street. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. For sponsorship opportunities contact Jamie Rios: 909.881.8217
Saturday, September 24 #FightBlight Cleanup Day! Will start at 7 a.m. at the Jerry Lewis Swim Center, 1135 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino in the Highland Ave. and Windsor Parking lot. Focus of the cleanup is Highland Avenue and Perris Hill Park. Volunteers are urges to wear a hat and sunglasses. Vests, gloves, water and trash bags will be provided. For information visit: www.SBCity.org/KeepSBClean or FightBlight@SBCity.org
Inland Empire Community Newspapers • September 22, 2016 • Page A3 Saturday, October 1 - the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Bernardino present the 4th Annual Rendezvous Back to Route 66 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown San Bernardino. This free event to the public features custom cars of any year, CARoberfest " Beer Garden", food vendors, merchandise vendors, kids' games, Open Header Contest, People's Choice Awards and a poker run. For information call: 909.885.7515 or visit: rendezvousroute66.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, October 1 - the San Bernardino Symphony Guild presents its 7th Annual Bach to Boots fundraiser at the Old Glen Ranch in Lytle Creek. This years’ event features a gourmet chuck wagon dinner, hayrides, silent and live auctions, line dancing and entertainment. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best western wear. The Guilds primary function is to raise funds to aid the Symphony and to promote an appreciation of fine orchestral music in our schools and community. For ticket information call: 909.520.5887
Saturday, October 1 - the Herbivore Festival will be held at Crafton Hills College, 11711 Sand Canyon Road, Yucaipa from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Featured will be vegetarian and vegan food vendors, information booths on healthy eating and living vendors, music, and classes on exercise and preparation of food. This event is free to the public. Come get informed and help people, animals and the planet.
Thursday, October 6 - the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Foundation presents Autumn Extravaganza 2016 - Gala & Awards Dinner at the National Orange Show Valencia Room at 5:30 p.m. This charity event benefits the hospital's cardiac clinic and will feature live music from The Art Of Sax - Will DoSaturday, September 24 - the nato. For ticket information call: San Bernardino Public Library is Patty Holohan at 909.580.3135 holding a Grocery Bag Book Sale for $2. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 Saturday, October 8 - Arts p.m. at the Feldheym Library, Connection and the Arts Council 555 W. 6th St. For information of San Bernardino County prescall: 909.381.8251 or visit: ent "From Competition to Colwwwsbpl.org or www.face- laboration" a conference aimed at strengthening communities book.com/SBPLfriends/ through the arts by bring together participants from a wide Friday, September 30 variety of disciplines, sectors Liberia Del Pueblo presents Legacy of Exemplary Service and perspectives. The conferAwards from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. ence will be held at the Univerat the National Orange Show's sity of Redlands Orton Center Renaissance Room. This year from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For the honorees honored are all law information and sponsorship openforcement personnel for their portunities visit: info@artsconservice and contributions to the nectionnetwork.org
Now to September 30, 2016 the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino presents Nuestro Mexico, a photograph exhibit by photographer Nicole A.S. Pellegrino commemorating Mexico's El Mes de La Patria featuring Mexico and its people. The Mexican Consulate Office is locommunity of San Bernardino. cated at 293 N. D Street, San To RSVP and ticket information Bernardino. call: 909.888.1800 or email mar- Saturday, October 8 - Generations Church presents Car & email@example.com
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Bike Show from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 6245 Palm Ave, San Bernardino. This family event features kids games, music, raffles and drawings. There is free entry for participating cars and bikes. To register call: 909.533.0806
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Friday, October 14 - the City of San Bernardino presents Art Night Community Showcase from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Court Street Square Parking lot (corner of E and Court Streets). Art Night is a series of pop-up galleries showcasing the creative and artistic abilities of local artists. It is a collective effort to bring art, music and entertainment to downtown. For information on how to participate in this event artists should contact Stephanie Sanchez in Community Development at: 909.384.7272 X 3343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Saturday, October 15 - the San Bernardino Symphony presents Autumn Magic at 7:30 p.m. at the California Theatre of Performing Arts, 562 W. 4th Street. This performance features the Southern California premiere of Libby Larson's Dancing Man Rhapsody, Camille Saint-Saen's Danse Macabre, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture featuring the Inland Valley Repertory Theatre Company, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor. For ticket information call: 909.381.5388 or visit: www.sanbernardinosymphony.org
Saturday, October 15 - the Knights of Columbus Colton Council 4017 present Grapes and Grains, a Wine & Beer Fest to benefit local charities from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 740 Pennsylvania Ave., Colton. For information call: 909.370.2981
Friday, October 14 - the San Bernardino Valley Community College Foundation presents its Favorite Quote: 90th Anniversary Gala at the "The purpose of human life is new SBVC Athletic Complex. to serve, and to show compasFor information and sponsorship sion and the will to serve othopportunities visit: www.sbvc- ers." - Albert Schweitzer foundation.org Saturday, October 15 - The To submit an event or info for Community Foundation serving Gloria's Corner please email Riverside and San Bernardino email@example.com counties presents its 75th Anniversary Gala at the Riverside Also visit: www.iecn.com for Convention Center at 6 p.m. For online news. information and sponsorship op-
OPINION&LETTERS Page A4 • September 22, 2016 • Inland Empire Community Newspapers
By Anthony Victoria
Despite victory, push for Ethnic Studies must continue
ndividuals have devoted a substantial amount of time calling state legislators, visiting with teachers, and site administrators to discuss the implementation of Ethnic Studies in schools. Last week, these men and women--organized through statewide coalitions, parent groups, and student organizations--received inspiring news regarding the future of multicultural curriculum. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2016 into law, mandating the creation of Ethnic Studies classes for middle and high schools. "We did it! Sí, se puede! Sí, se pudo!," José Lara, the coordinating committee member of the Ethnic Studies Now! Coalition, expressed in an email. While the law is a giant step towards making education more inclusive for marginalized people, the U.S. has a formidable challenge ahead. As we have seen in Arizona and Texas, there are people who still frown upon the instruction of courses in Mexican-American (Chicano) History and Critical Race Theory. Many will claim that these courses promote division, teach racism, and incite hatred towards Anglo and Euro-Americans. Others will question the validity of Ethnic Studies, and whether it will be of any benefit to students looking to compete in a global economy. I respectfully disagree. The
widespread implementation of Ethnic Studies in our public schools will only contribute to further inclusiveness among all cultural groups. Just as we learned about prominent figures in conventional American history courses, it wouldn’t hurt to learn more about distinguished members of multicultural communities. It will help students of all backgrounds understand one another and help formulate more constructive conversations about race and identity. Data demonstrates that there is a need for further multicultural curriculum. The Press Enterprise’s Alejandra Molina reported last year that only 66 of about 3,500 children’s books were about Latinos. Even though Latinos represent about 17 percent of our nation’s population, they continue to be shunned in the academic literary sector. Only 5 percent of books are about African-Americans. Reading Victor Villasenor’s Rain of Gold, a nonfiction novel about the socioeconomic struggles of Mexican and Mexican Americans in the early Twentieth Century, is just as rewarding as reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. Both books highlight our nation’s past struggles with unemployment, discrimination, and migration while also promoting the notion of family unity and strength in times of hardship. Similarly, taking a course in African-American or AsianAmerican history allows students to understand the role these ethnic groups took part in shaping our nation’s economy and the adversity they continue to overcome. Most importantly, students will be able to feel a sense of self-empowerment by learning about their own cultures. A student who learns of W.E.B. Dubois, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Larry Itliong, Angela Davis, and Dolores Huerta will see themselves in their stories. After all, the aforementioned Civil Rights leaders paved the way for them to have greater liberties. Ethnic Studies will serve as a motivation for adolescents to become scholars, professionals, and leaders in their community. As Cesar Chavez said, “We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation.” It’s the duty of those who feel passionate about this movement to continue to inform others about the significance of Ethnic Studies.
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Charting a Course for a New San Bernardino: An Open Letter to San Bernardino Residents
f there is one theme that has dominated our chaotic presidential election, it is that of the political revolution—a roiling wave of change that will sweep the nation, for better or for worse. But for all the talk of national politics, perhaps it is time to turn an eye inward towards politics of a smaller scale, though of no less importance, and discuss how we can bring a much-needed political revolution to our own San Bernardino. Due to the efforts of a small group of hardworking and impassioned citizens, we finally have a rare opportunity to lead such a revolution by reforming San Bernardino’s charter—our city’s constitution. The reasons behind reforming the current charter are varied and substantive, ranging from its confusing and often contradictory language to its outdated and impractical provisions. But most tellingly, the charter was identified as one of the key factors that brought about San Bernardino’s bankruptcy in 2012, a devastating turn of events that sent shock waves across the city. Since then, the Bankruptcy Court Recovery Plan has determined that until “fundamental government and management issues are resolved,” it will be difficult to restore San GUEST EDITORIAL submitted by Susan Lien Longville and Rikke Van Johnson who served on the San Bernardino City Council representing the 2nd and 6th Wards for a combined total of 22 years from 1998-2016. We are endorsing Measure L that the City Council has placed on the November ballot. We strongly encourage all residents of our City, whom we had the honor and privilege of serving, to join with us in fixing what clearly is not working at City Hall. Measure L was developed by a committee of volunteer citizens after two years of study and count-
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Bernardino to some semblance of its former glory. Of the many positive changes Measure L (the new charter) would bring about, some of the most notable are: • Moving towards economic stability and transparency. New requirements include a balanced budget, a long-term financial plan, and an annual, independent, and publically shared audit. This would help ensure that our bankruptcy remains a relic of the past rather than a prophecy of times to come. • Getting out the vote. Elections would be held on the same dates as regular state and federal elections, meaning that you would be able to vote for your city councilmember or mayor on the same ballot as your congressman or the president. It would not only save taxpayers’ money, but also increase our typically dismal voter turnout rate—which hovers around 15%—by over 40%. In any city, such a small fraction of the population should not have total control over how their city is run and who should be entrusted with the power to make big decisions. But in a city in as precarious a state as San Bernardino, the need for sustained and meaningful public engagement is even
more pressing. • Keeping our cops for ourselves. Instead of being contracted out to the county, our police department would continue to be run by the city. Now more than ever, we need our cops to stay our cops and not be outsourced, so that they can be our first line of defense against the simmering violence and crime that threatens to spill its way into our streets. The time for anxious handwringing and empty promises is over. After seeing our city run aground by bad policies and antiquated laws, we, its citizens, have been presented with a rare chance to take things into our own hands and enact true reform. When you flock to the polls on November 8 to vote for the direction in which you wish this country to travel, consider also your city. Vote for Measure L, and be a part of the movement to create a San Bernardino we can be proud of—a San Bernardino that eschews a troubled past for a storied future. Will you join us?
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YES on Measure L less public meetings involving residents, the League of Women Voters, civic groups, and Cal State San Bernardino government experts. Then the City Council had the opportunity to amend it—and they did. Measure L will replace the 1905 City Charter that was written when the population was less than 10,000. Today, with more than two hundred thousand residents, San Bernardino simply needs a new charter for City Hall to do a better job of meeting the needs of our residents and our struggling business community. Measure L streamlines the City’s 111-year-old bureaucratic governing structure by providing clear lines of authority and accountability for the City Council, the Mayor and the City Manager. It is modeled after successful charter cities that are providing public services to their residents, overcoming problems, and moving forward competitively in a robust regional economy. Measure L also writes strict requirements into the charter for a public, annual independent financial audit, and a balanced City budget. All of these fiscal and management changes will lead to more accountability and transparency at City Hall as was called for in the Bankruptcy Court’s Recovery Plan. Measure L will also increase voter turnout by combining City
elections with those for state and federal offices. In the November 2012 Presidential election turnout was 61% but a few months later, turnout for the 2013 San Bernardino Mayor’s election was less than 16%. That means only a small fraction of registered voters are making critical, quality of life decisions for our neighborhoods. Combining elections will even save San Bernardino taxpayer dollars—money the City can spend on reducing crime, improving parks and libraries, and fixing our roads. Measure L protects what residents like about San Bernardino. The new Charter ensures that our City will have our own local police department instead of contracting for services with the County. Our city library will remain under the authority of the Library Board. The Water Department will remain independent of the City Council and the Board of Water Commissioners will gain the authority to repair our crumbling sewer system. We believe that Measure L will get San Bernardino back on the right track. Look for Measure L at the bottom of your ballot and join us in voting Yes. Rikke Van Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Words to Think About: Suggesting Alternative Viewpoints
By G. W. Abersold Ph.D.
he purpose of this article is to isolate certain concepts normally accepted as litmus tests for being a Christian and suggesting an alternative viewpoint. Isaiah 7:14 states in the King James Version of the Bible, “A young virgin will conceive.” A belief in the “virgin birth” of Jesus has long been accepted as a fundamental Christian belief. Even in the light that most Roman Emperors believed they were born of a virgin. The same goes
for Mithra and Attus. The word for virgin in the Hebrew language is Bethulah. Deuteronomy 22:13-15, 17, 1920; Leviticus 21:13, 14 and Exodus 22:16. But in Isaiah 7:14, the word ALMAH is used and it means, “young woman.” Therefore, the KJV is incorrect in its translation of Isaiah 7:14. While the word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible, its description does –TWICE- in I John 5:7 and Matthew 28:19. However, in the baptism of Jesus, reference is made of the Spirit, of Jesus and the voice of God. They are one. It seems reasonable that Jesus’ promise to return-the Second Coming-has already occurred at Pentecost. If the three are one, then the manifestation of the Holy Spirit is the same as Jesus. The best known Bible verse in the New Testament is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall never perish but have everlasting life.” I contend that the antecedent of the verse is GOD. Therefore, it is belief in God that brings everlasting life.
There are many synonyms for the three letter word: Jehovah, Yahweh, Elohim, Father, Abba, Allah, Creator, the Ground of Our Being, the Essence of life, the Origin of Life, etc. This opens the door to anyone who believes in a Super-natural Power. And to Universalism. The bestselling book by Carlton Pearson, “The Gospel of Inclusion” documents several interesting insights. The basic one, in my mind, is the quotations by many of the Patristic Fathers, William Barclay, Leslie Weatherhead-all Biblical scholars- in the belief of Universalism. That everyone will inherit eternal life (heaven). In regard to the Patristic Fathers, almost without exception they believed in Universalism. The Bible continuously speaks of God’s love for the world. It’s only been the last 2-300 years that preachers like Jonathan Edwards preached sermons like, “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God.” Perhaps the most controversial Christian belief is identified as “Original Sin.” Basically it offers that mankind is born evil. A basic Scripture is found in Psalm 51:5 and Psalm 58:3. “In sin my
mother conceived me” and “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” I have a book in my library by Dr. Samuel S. Cohan of the Hebrew Union College. The title is simply “Original Sin.” He presents the Hebrew view in the first paragraph. “The Bible exalts man as the child of God, stamped with His image and likeness.” He credits the Apostle Paul and Augustine as the instigators of the concept. He contends Judaism, including Jesus, as the opposite of these two. One of the most provocative verses in the Bible is Galatians 4:24. The Apostle Paul, is discussing the role of Abraham, refers with the words, “Which things were an ALLEGORY.” Webster defines it as symbols that carry moral or spiritual meanings. A good example would be the Greek myths of Oedipus and Narcissus. The ancient civilizations of Sumerian, Egyptian, Babylonia, Assyrians all had stories similar to the Bible. For example the Garden of Eden. It was not told to reveal the Fall of Mankind, but
rather that mankind has the power of choice, as Adam and Eve did. My last confrontation with Biblical ambiguity is based on an event in my graduate days. A professor indicated that the love chapter in I Corinthians 13 was plagiarized by Paul. For years I tried to get the answer to, “From Whom?” One day I asked Dr. Doug Eadie, a friend and former professor at Redlands University if he knew the answer. He didn’t, but he told me that a colleague of his wrote his doctoral dissertation on that subject. I traced his dissertation down and made a copy of it. This dissertation was by J. Gordon Hynes, submitted to New York University in 1936 for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The title is “Idealistic and Stoic Backgrounds of the Philosophies of the Apostle Paul.” In it he identifies over 200 identical or paraphrases in Paul’s writing that are parallel to the words of one of the Greek, philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Philo or Seneca. The love chapter is identical to what Plato said. Obviously it was plagiarized by Paul. Amen. Selah. So be it.
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ooking for an easy way to brush up on your gardening skills? The website, bewaterwise.com, has a link to online gardening tutorials and classes in your neighborhood where you can rake up ways to keep your drought resistant garden looking sharp year-around. Are you new to gardening or eager to learn the basics? There are four short, 15-minute tutorials that cover the key points of water-wise gardening: getting started; plant selection; irrigation system; and planting and maintenance.
Want more information? Residential gardeners can dig into four 60-minute tutorials: landscape design; efficient irrigation; plant selection; and plant care. If you are an expert or landscape professional, there are four classes to learn more about landscape irrigation systems, fine tuning controller, irrigation scheduling issues and more. There’s a Spanish language professional tutorial, too. There are many ways for your and your garden to love water and save water.
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Blessing of the Animals ceremony at Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley
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pastor Woody hall will offer pets individual blessings following a special ceremony at the humane society of san bernardino valley oct. 4 in celebration of the annual ‘blessing of the Animals.’
By Yazmin Alvarez
urry companions and their humans seeking a moment of prayer and benediction are invited to the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s annual Blessing of the Animals Oct. 4. The service begins at 6 p.m. inside the Joyce Martin Education Center, 374 W. Orange Show Road and is open to the public. Pets must be leash-trained or brought in a kennel. This year’s ceremony will be led by Pastor Woody Hall as he deliv-
ers a message of kindness through readings, song and prayer toward all creatures. A moment of remembrance will be offered for those pets that have passed. Following the service, Hall will offer individual blessings to pets. Those who have lost a pet may bring a collar, toy, photo or other reminder for a blessing of memories. Community members who cannot attend are also welcome to email messages to firstname.lastname@example.org or post a message to the HSSBV Facebook page to be added to a Remem-
brance Board, which will be shared during the ceremony. The blessing is held each year in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, and designed to give thanks for the role pets and beloved animals have had in the lives of people. The annual event is free to attend and drinking water will be available for pets. To learn more call 909-386-1400 ext. 218 or visit the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hssbv/.
A remembrance board will available to honor pets that have passed.
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Leashed pets of kinds are invited to attend the humane society of san bernardino valley’s annual blessing of the Animals oct. 4.
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Inland Empire Community Newspapers • September 22, 2016 • Page A7
Vandalism, theft fails to thwart POW-MIA remembrance
Vietnam War veteran David Smith performing the national anthem. Members of the VFW Post 6476 in Colton are in the background
By Anthony Victoria
oe Moseley scurried to get things prepared for an event to honor Prisoners of War and soldiers missing in action early Monday. Hours after he and a couple of
colleagues successfully installed the American and POW/MIA flags on a 30-foot pole on the top of the Andreson building for the ceremony, Moseley returned to find the building vandalized and the flags gone. “I didn’t know this event was
going to happen until 9:00 today,” he explained. “My heart dropped when I saw the rope dangling.” Nonetheless, Moseley said he was determined to continue on with the event to honor fallen and missing men and women in action. Dozens of veterans and commu-
Educators, community begin push for Prop. 55
have computer labs,” she said. “It was a great economic hardship for us.” SBCUSD officials said the Board of Education adopted a resolution to support Propositions 51, 55, and 58 to continue to have “great things” happen with students. “What do we expect from our system if we’re not doing the right thing,” Medina exclaimed. “These children are in need of services.” ICUC Parent Organizer Elizabeth Romero is urging the community to speak to parents about the proposition and its impact. “This is a great opportunity for us to receive further funding” Romero PHOTO/ANTHONY VICTORIA explained. “It’s a great opportunity for us to continue to learn about California Teachers Association representative Robert Ro- our educational system to help our children.” driguez, center, speaking to supporters during a Prop. 55 rally at the San Bernardino City Unified School District on September Opponent argues tax may hin17. der business community
By Anthony Victoria
coalition of community organizers, educators, and students convened at the San Bernardino City Unified School District on Saturday to launch the Yes on 55 campaign. Proposition 55 is aiming to extend the Proposition 30 Income Tax Increase Initiative that was passed by voters in 2012 to 12 years to help fund education and health care. According to the state’s Department of Finance, Prop. 30 has generated approximately $31.2 billion since 2013 by increasing the tax on personal incomes greater than $250,000 a year. The coalition, comprised of the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), the San Bernardino Teachers Association (SBTA), and SBCUSD board members, are all hoping to prevent what they say might be a $4 billion
setback if Prop. 55 fails. California saw a 25 percent budget shortfall in a four year span, according to a statement made by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson in 2012. SBTA President Ashley Bettas Alcala said many teachers were laid off as a result. “We don’t want to go back to those days,” said Alcala. According to the California Secretary of State’s Official Voter Information guide, an estimated 89 percent of revenue generated from the tax increase would go towards K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. About $2 billion would be allocated to MediCal and other health programs. Fairfax Elementary Teacher Christine Marquez explained that before 2013 many resources--computer technology and up to date books--were a luxury. She also said classrooms were overcrowded and curriculum was outdated. “Some schools were lucky to
David Kersten, a professor of public policy at San Francisco University, explained why the passage of Prop. 55 may be bad for business. “It will be a big hit on small business,” he said. “There’s little accountability. It’s not smart.” Kersten claims that Prop. 30’s passage led to approximately 40 percent of business owners to leave the state in 2013. He believes Prop. 55 represents a 23 percent tax increase on small business. “For many small business owners this may mean cutting of hours, laying off employees, and cutting back on benefits,” Kersten said. “This is a good deal for special interests, but a bad deal for everyone else.” Kersten also said the state needs to ensure the money going towards education and health care demonstrates adequate results. “They should have the ability to reduce [taxes],” he said. “We need to save money for fiscal emergencies.”
nity supporters joined Moseley on the roof of the Andreson building to commemorate POW/MIA National Recognition Day by singing along to Amazing Grace, standing for the 21-Gun Salute, and hearing speeches from veteran groups. Moseley, an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, spoke about the importance of honoring those who have “pushed themselves to the brink” for the U.S. “This means something to those who can’t be here today,” he said. Moseley’s distant relative, Frederick Collins, died of dysentery in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. The 23-year-old U.S. Army corporal and Bataan Death March victim was buried along with 14 others inside a mass grave at Camp Cabanatuan in the Philippines in November of 1942, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The 36-year-old expressed it only made sense for him and other veterans to do whatever it took to honor Collins and the others who haven’t made it back home. “I realize how important this is,” Moseley said. “I knew we had to do this event no matter what. There are still U.S. personnel missing and we must never forget them.” San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs Director Frank Guevara told those in attendance that the national day of recognition symbolizes America’s concern and commitment to its military servicemen and women. Guevara also hailed Moseley for
establishing Veteran Joe's--a nonprofit that is slated to help Inland veterans with an array of social and employment services. “I have a great deal of respect for what he’s done,” Guevara said. “He’s a hard working, driven guy.” Monday’s event resonated with U.S. Army veteran David Smith, who served during the Vietnam War. “I’m proud to be here,” Smith said. “This touches my heart.”
The American and POW/MIA flags flying over Downtown San Bernardino.
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Community cleanup day at Wildwood Park
Photo/MJ Duncan The San Bernardino Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department partners with various neighborhood associations to Members of the Wildwood Park Neighborhood Association gathered at the park Saturday morning improve public spaces such as the installation of cameras and for a community cleanup event. Pictured from left: WPNA Board Member Patty Pruitt, San LED lights. Pictured is Parks & Rec. Interim Director Jim TickeBernardino Mayor Carey Davis, WPNA President Tony Marzullo, and WPNA Treasurer Terrie John- myer, right, with 4th Ward City Parks Commissioner Darren Espiritu. son.
By MJ Duncan
The younger volunteers on Saturday morning contributing to the park’s beautification, pictured from left: Elder Davis, Chloe Melendez, Albert Chavez and Elder Sitton.
Parks & Rec. provided a tractor for Saturday morning’s cleanup effort at Wildwood Park. Pictured hard at work is life-long San Bernardino Ken Pruitt, left, a dedicated and frustrated resident who visits Tom Gould Park every morning before work to pick up trash, and Parks & Rec. Landscape Inspector Luie Cisneros.
ne measure of a city’s quality of life is its open spaces that promote social inclusion and interaction among the community. It behooves a city to maintain those green open spaces, and the city of San Bernardino is working diligently with neighborhood associations to improve its park infrastructure. On Saturday morning members of the Wildwood Park Neighborhood Association, with support from the North End Neighborhood Association and the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, convened at Wildwood Park with shovels and rakes to clean, beautify and reclaim their space. “The parks belong to the community and it’s important as residents to participate in events such as these to make it nice and be proud of,” said Patti Pruitt, WPNA board member. “This
park, in particular, is the last stop before motorists go up the mountain, and it showcases San Bernardino, which is why it’s important to maintain it.” According to WPNA President Tony Marzullo, the park has deteriorated in the years, but they have recently reclaimed it by partnering with the city to install 10 LED lights that flood the park throughout the night, and 10 surveillance cameras to discourage nighttime mischief and vandalism. Ken Pruitt, a life-long resident of San Bernardino, expressed frustration of the litter in city parks. In particular Tom Gould Park which he drives by each day. Pruitt has taken it upon himself to visit the park each morning before work to pick up trash. “It’s no good to complain when you don’t do anything, like a lot of people do,” Pruitt said. “If we don’t take charge of our own community, no one will.” Parks & Rec. Interim Director Jim Tickemyer, well acquainted with the neighborhood association
members, and his team worked alongside the community in the cleanup effort. “It’s great to see the public get involved with Parks and taking pride in their park,” Tickemyer said. “It’s evident here the effect that events such as these have to the overall presentation of the space.” According to Tickemyer, when improvements are completed at Wildwood Park, which is expected to be in the near future, the Parks department will focus its revitalization efforts on Seccombe Lake Park. Some of those may include a brand new playground set courtesy of KaBOOM, a vegetable garden overseen by Norton Elementary, and a new fence for added security. For more information on current and future projects of the Parks & Rec. Department, please call (909) 384-5233 or visit the city’s website at www.ci.sanbernardino.ca.us.
Inland Empire Community Newspapers • September 22, 2016 • Page A9
Friends of the SB Public Library hold book sale, need books in good condition
at the Paul Villasenor Library at 515 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 – 5:30 p.m.; and at the Feldheym Central Library at 555 W. 6th St. on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 – 5 p.m. For more information call (909) 381-8205.
By MJ Duncan
book sale was held Saturday afternoon at the Feldheym Central Library in downtown San Bernardino to raise funds for Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library, a non-profit group formed in 1972 that provides funding to areas not underwritten in the budget, and to publicize events that would entice people to the library. According to Guillermina Williams, book sales chair, an average of $2,000 is raised during the presale, bag and book sales. “Our greatest need is donations in good condition in the form of books, DVD’s, CD’s and audio books,” Williams said. “We also need books in Spanish.” There are over 15,000 items for sale, 10,000 of which are $1. Friends volunteers reorganize after each sale, unloading the thousands of items from shelves. The next bag sale is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and the public is invited
Indie Author Day – Saturday, Oct. 8, 1 – 5 p.m. at Feldheym Central Library. Local authors will be selling and signing their books, and there will be readings and workshops in the Kellogg Room and Bing Wong Auditorium. For information call (909) 381-8238.
The Friends of the San Bernardino Public Library held its bi-monthly book sale on Saturday, proceeds of which help fund library necessities not underwritten in the budget. An average of $2,000 is raised during the presale, bag and book sales. Pictured are Friends committee members, from left: Book Sales Chair Guillermina Williams, Gaye Brierley and Pat Puetz. to attend. A bag can be purchased for $2 and filled to the brim. Annual membership fees are $5 for individuals and $10 for fami-
lies, which provides entitlement to presale events. Teachers can select reference materials for free. Below are some activities pre-
Garcia-Tolson, Jessica Long bring back medals, records from Rio Paralympic games
TEAM USA PHOTO
Rudy Garcia Tolson (above) set a new American record in 200meter Individual Medley at Rio Paralympics. Jessica Long (below) earned her 13th overall Paralympic gold medal at Rio de Janeiro.
By Harvey M. Kahn
wo of the nation's most recognized swimmers have returned from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic games with more medals to their already impressive count. Bloomington High School graduate Rudy Garcia-Tolson set a new American record by winning the
Silver Medal in the 200-meter Individual Medley. He also set a new American record in the 100m breast stroke. USA teammate Jessica Long earned her 13th Paralympic gold medal by capturing the women's 200-meter IM. Like Garcia-Tolson, Long is well known locally due to her record setting performances at two California Classic Tournaments held at the Crafton
Hills College Aquatics Center. Long, who lives in Baltimore, set a world record last fall in the 1500m at Crafton's Olympic-size pool. Long won a total of six medals in Rio and now owns 23 Paralympic medals overall making her the second most decorated Paralympian in U.S. history. The first Paralympics were held in Rome in 1960. Garcia-Tolson earned his fifth overall Paralympic medal this year in Rio after previously winning gold and setting world records in games held in Athens and Beijing. He won Silver at the 2012 London games and added a bronze at Beijing. Garcia-Tolson and Long are the higher profiled Paralympic athletes and are credited with helping elevate their discipline. Garcia-Tolson feels that both the Olympics and Paralympics will soon eventually commence at the same time. Garcia-Tolson, who had 15 surgeries before he was 5, considers the USA lagging behind the rest of the world in its treatment of Paralympic athletes. Arguably considered the best overall Paralympic athlete, Garcia-Tolson was the first above the knee double amputee to finish an Ironman competition. To be an official finisher an athlete must complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112mile bike ride, and a full 26.2 mile marathon in succession within 17 hours. Garcia-Tolson came in at 16 hours at the 2009 Arizona Ironman. Garcia-Tolson, who celebrated his 28th birthday in Rio, is the spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. He worked for 15 years with the late Robin Williams through their Braveheart organization. He will appear Nov. 16 on a CBS special 25th Anniversary, "Courage in Sports" episode.
sented by the SBPL:
Homework Club – Students K – 8 receive free help in completing their weekly homework packets
Inlandia Creative Writing Workshops – Every other Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m. The next meeting will be on Sept. 27 at the Rowe Branch, 108 E. Marshall Blvd. Free workshops are led by professional writers and writing instructors. Participants are entitled to submit work for the annual Writing from Inlandia anthology. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Inland Institute at (951) 790-2458.
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Chris Shiley made long gains while Citrus Valley's short quarterback; ran for memorable TD run track at Riverside Community College for coach Jim McCarron. He moved into a dorm style apartment and will get his general ed classes out of the way and then weigh his options. "It was a tough decision especially after my break out senior year. For right now, I decided track was the best decision." Shiley said no one from RCC's football program has approached him. In a phone interview, Shiley said he realized there are few opportunities for smaller quarterbacks. With his blazing speed, he thinks a try at another position could work in the future. Shiley leaves his long term career goals open as well. "I'm not sure, maybe sports science, nutrition, or law enforcement." In his bio prepared by CVH athletic director Boyd Lium, Shiley ranks high in community service skills as well. He agreed to be a part of the Read Across America program, whereby
high school students travel to elementary schools and read to kids grades 1-4. "The kids got excited when I wore my football jersey into their rooms. We read Dr. Seuss stories to them and listened to their crazy little questions. I remember it was cool when the big boys came to visit and I wanted to do the same." Shiley also was one of 25 volunteers picked to council other students and teachers at CVH's Synergy event. "I met some cool people through the all day event. Basically, it taught me to be a good listener. I heard some unbelievably difficult stories that students and teachers were going through. Some were getting bullied because of their looks and what they wore. It showed me how people are judged by certain standards. It gave me a new perspective and it gave me some new friends."
PHOTO COURTESY/CHRIS SHILEY
Chris Shiley pictured front/center set five school track records at Citrus Valley High and now runs sprints at Riverside Community College.
By Harvey M. Kahn
hris Shiley says it's easy to overlook a 5foot-9 quarterback who weighs 160 pounds. What Shiley lacked in height, he made up for in stature after he finally won the starting quarterback position at Citrus Valley High School five game into his junior season. In his first start in that 2014 season Shiley posted the most remarkable play in the school's nine-year history. With six seconds left in the game against crosstown rival Redlands, Shiley took the snap and raced 85 yards, crossing the
goal line as the gun sounded to end the game and a 34-28 win. "It was our first year in the Citrus Belt League and we went into the game with Redlands at 0-5. Citrus Valley had been playing in the Mountain Valley League and there were no teams in that league as big, strong, and fast like Redlands," recalled Shiley. "Yes. I would have picked Redlands to win, too. I remember coach (Pete Smolin) calling our last time out and asking if we should just take a knee to keep from injury. We agreed to go for it. He drew up a running play for me. There were so many people screaming and hollering, we couldn't hear
anything in the huddle. All I remember was crossing the goal line and thousands of fans running onto the field. By far it was the highlight of my high school career." Shiley had a lot of highlights to pick from. He was the school's Ken Hubbs Award nominee. He holds the CVH track records in six categories. Was first-team All-CBL and two-time team MVP in football and track. Was homecoming king senior year. Shiley said he had some offers to run track or possibly play football at Portland State, Idaho State, or D-III Luther College (Iowa). For now, Shiley decided to
Chris Shiley set records on the grid and on the track at Citrus Valley High School.
Inland Empire Community Newspapers • September 22, 2016 • Page A11
Page A12 • September 22, 2016 • EC • IECN NOTICE INVITING BIDS
Notice is hereby given that the RIALTO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ("DISTRICT") of San Bernardino County, California, acting by and through its Governing Board ("Board") will receive at the Purchasing Services Office located at 260 S. Willow Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376 bids for: EISENHOWER H.S. STADIUM RECONSTRUCTION - TRACK & FIELD Bid No. 16-17-005
up to, but not later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016
There will be a mandatory prebid conference on Monday, October 3, 2016 OR Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Eisenhower H.S. 1321 N. Lilac Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376 (meet at south student parking lot near marquee on Baseline).
Failure to attend one of the conferences will result in vendor being automatically disqualified from submitting a bid. There will be no exceptions.
Award of this bid by the Rialto Unified School District Governing Board will be contingent upon one hundred percent (100%) eligible funding of this project by The DISTRICT. Even after award of the contract, the Rialto Unified School District may or may not proceed with the project, in whole or in part. Execution of the project, in part or in whole, is solely at the discretion of Rialto Unified School District. CONTRACTORS wishing to bid, do so solely at their own risk. The Rialto Unified School District is not liable or responsible for any costs, loss, fees, or expenses, of any kind, associated with bid and/or a decision not to proceed with the project, even after award of the contract. By submitting a bid, each Bidder agrees to bear all of its own costs, fees, expenses, and losses, of any and all kind, should the Rialto Unified School District cancel the project.
Licenses: The DISTRICT requires that Bidders possess the following classification(s) of CONTRACTOR’S license:
Category ; 26 - Stadium Track & Field License : B
Work in this Category includes all work as required to complete the entire project as noted anywhere within: the Project Manual, the drawings, or issued addenda.
All bids shall be prepared and submitted on the bid forms furnished by the DISTRICT. Each bid shall be accompanied by the security referred to in the contract documents. All Bids must be sealed and clearly state on the Lower Left Side of the bid envelope the Bid Title and Bid Number.
Sealed bids will be received at the Purchasing Services Office located at: 260 S. Willow Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376 up to, but no later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016, and will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Purchasing Services Office.
Each bid must conform with and be responsive to all pertinent Bidding and Contract documents. Copies are on file and open for public inspection at the DISTRICT’S Facilities Planning Office. The DISTRICT’S Project Planholder List will be generated exclusively from the roster of CONTRACTORS securing Bid Documents from the DISTRICT’S authorized reproduction firm, A & I Reprographics, or the CONSTRUCTION MANAGER via download. CONTRACTORS may, at their expense, obtain the documents necessary to submit a bid (“Bid Documents”) from A & I Reprographics at (909) 5140704, or e-mail a request to email@example.com. Additionally, CONTRACTORS may secure the Bid Documents via free download by e-mailing a request to Karen Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Bids must be submitted to the DISTRICT on the Contract Bid Forms, which are part of the bid package for the Project. Reference bid documents will also be placed in the CONSTRUCTION MANAGER’S office, and can be viewed at McGraw-Hill Construction’s website at www.construction.com/projectcenter. For information regarding this project, prospective Bidders are requested to contact Doug Worrel, Neff Construction, Inc., email@example.com, 1701 S.
Office (909) 381-9898
Bon View Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761, (909) 947-3768.
The DISTRICT has obtained from the California Department of Industrial Relations the general prevailing rate of per diem wages and the general prevailing rate for holiday and overtime work for the San Bernardino County area for each trade, craft, classification, or type of work needed to execute the contract. Holiday rates shall be paid as specified in the collective bargaining agreement applicable to each particular trade, craft, classification, or type of work employed on the project.
Copies of schedules of rates so determined are available on the Internet (http://www.dir.ca.qov/DLSR/P WD) and are on file and available at the Purchasing Services Office address noted above. In accordance with Section 1773.2 of the California Labor Code, the CONTRACTOR and any Subcontractor(s) shall post a copy of the determination of prevailing rate of wages at each job site. The schedule of per diem wages is based upon a working day of eight (8) hours. The rate for holiday and overtime work shall be at time plus one-half. The CONTRACTOR and any Subcontractor(s) shall pay not less than the specified prevailing rates of wages to all workers employed by them in the execution of the contract.
Pursuant to Labor Code sections 1725.5 and 1771.1, all CONTRACTORS and subcontractors that wish to submit proposal or, be listed in a bid, or enter into a contract to perform public work must be registered with the California Department of Industrial Relations. No bid will be accepted nor any contract entered into without proof of the CONTRACTOR’S and subcontractors’ current registration with the California Department of Industrial Relations to perform public work. If awarded a Contract, the Bidder and its subcontractors, of any tier, shall maintain active registration with the Department of Industrial Relations for the duration of the Project. This Project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. It shall be the proposer’s sole responsibility to evaluate and include the cost of complying with all labor compliance requirements under this contract and applicable law in its proposal. –SB 854.
Rialto USD has determined that this project is subject to the prequalification requirements set forth in Public Contract Code Section 20111.5 and/or 20111.6. Accordingly, bids shall not be accepted from any person or entity not previously prequalified by the DISTRICT.
The master list of prequalified CONTRACTORS and subcontractors can be found on the DISTRICT’S website.
If this Project includes work that will be performed by mechanical, electrical or plumbing (“MEP”) subcontractors (CONTRACTORS that hold C-4, C-7, C-10, C-16, C-20, C-34, C-36, C-38, C-42, C-43 or C-46 licenses), such MEP CONTRACTORS must also be prequalified. It is the responsibility of the Bidder to ensure that all MEP subcontractors holding any of the licenses listed above are properly prequalified before submitting a bid. This prequalification requirement applies even if the subcontractor is designated to perform work that does not require one of the licenses listed above, but the subcontractor holds one of the licenses listed above. Prequalification packets must be returned to the DISTRICT Facilities Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016. Contact the Facilities Office for an application packet, or download from the DISTRICT’S website. Completed packets are to be delivered to Rialto USD Facilities Department at 625 W. Rialto Avenue, Rialto, CA 92376, attn.: Cheryl Decker.
In accordance with provisions of Public Contract Code Section 22300, substitution of eligible and equivalent securities for any monies withheld to ensure performance under this contract would be permitted at the request and expense of the CONTRACTOR.
Each bid shall be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check or bid bond executed by an admitted surety insurer in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid price, payable to the DISTRICT. A Payment Bond and Performance Bond will be required prior to the execution of the Contract. The Payment
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No Bidder may withdraw their bid for a period of one hundred and twenty days (120) calendar days after the date set for the opening of bids.
The DISTRICT reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to waive any irregularities or information in any bid.
Rialto Unified School District is an "Equal Opportunity" employer.
First publication: Thursday, September 22, 2016 Second publication: Thursday, September 29, 2016 Pre-Bid Conference: MANDATORY Monday, October 3, 2016 OR Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Deadline for Final Written Questions: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Response to written questions, issue last addendum: Friday, October 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Bids Due: Thursday, October 27, 2016 2:00 p.m.
The awarded bid shall be determined on the base bid listed in the “Information for Bidders” of the Project Manual.
Published El Chicano 9/22/16,9/29/16 E-7499
SAN BERNARDINO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 777 NORTH F STREET SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92410 REQUEST-FORPROPOSALS RFP No. 16-06 MULTIFUNCTION COPIERS, DIGITAL DUPLICATORS, RENTAL, AND MOVES
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the San Bernardino City Unified School District of San Bernardino County, State of California, acting by and through its Governing Board, hereafter referred to as the “District”, is soliciting sealed proposals in response to RFP No. 16-06 MULTIFUNCTION COPIERS, DIGITAL DUPLICATORS, RENTAL, AND MOVES.
Proposals may be received up to but not later than: October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Vendors who are desirous of securing a copy of the RFP documents may do so by download from the District's website at: http://sbcusd.com/bids.aspx. Proposal responses must conform and be responsive in accordance with the RFP Documents that are on file for examination at the District’s Purchasing Department and posted on the District’s website. Proposals must be received at the PURCHASING DEPARTMENT, BID BOX, SAN BERNARDINO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, 777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410,and shall be opened on the date at the below stated time and place. All responses must be clearly marked on the outside of a sealed envelope with the Vendor’s company name and the RFP number. It is the Vendor’s sole responsibility to ensure that its proposal response is received at the correct location and by the time of opening. No Vendor may withdraw its RFP for a period of 60 days after the date set for the opening of proposals. Contract award is contingent upon availability of funds. Minority and Disabled Veterans Businesses are specifically encouraged to respond. The Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, and to accept or reject any item, to withdraw a line item or entire bid, or to waive any irregularities or informalities in the bids or in the bidding. The District may award any, all, or none of this bid. Purchase is contingent upon availability of funds. Local and minority bidders are specifically encouraged to submit bids. By: Selene Ahumada Tirado Purchasing Services-Buyer
Publication date: September 22nd, 2016. RFI DUE DATE: Monday, September 26, 2016 Bid Opening Date: October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. CNS-2924681# PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 9/22/16 E-7498
NOTICE INVITING TRADE CONTRACTOR BIDS San Bernardino City Unified School District
Indian Springs High School Performing Arts Center – Phase 2 Bid Deadline: October 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Place of Bid Receipt: San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education Administration Building Lobby 777 North “F” Street San Bernardino, CA 92410 Project Identification Name: Indian Springs High School Performing Arts Center Project Location: 650 North Del Rosa San Bernardino, CA 92410 Project Description: Performing Arts Center
A non-mandatory Job Walk will be held at Indian Springs High School, September 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Plans Available From: - McGraw Hill Dodge - CMD Group - Kern County Builders Exchange - Blue Book Building & Construction Network - C2 Reprographics - S. C. Anderson, Inc. Drop box (download only)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT S.C. Anderson, Inc. has been designated as Construction Manager to represent the San Bernardino City Unified School District, hereinafter referred to as “DISTRICT” for the construction of Indian Springs High School PAC. As such S.C. Anderson is seeking Trade Contract Bids for the work noted below on behalf of the DISTRICT. The DISTRICT will receive bids for the award of Trade Contracts for the above project up to, but not later than, the above-stated time. Method of Bid Receipt: Personal Delivery, Courier, UPS, Fed-Ex, or mailed via United States Postal Service.
Trade Contractor bids will be received for all trades in the form of Bid Packages including:
BP 00 – Project Requirements BP 04 – Site Utilities BP 06 – Structural and Site Concrete and Reinforcing Steel BP 07 – Concrete Unit Masonry and Reinforcing Steel BP 08 – Structural and Miscellaneous Steel BP 09 – Plumbing BP 10 – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning BP 11 – Electrical Systems and Low Voltage BP 12 – Fire Sprinkler BP 13 - Curtainwall/Storefront/Entrances/Aluminum Doors & Windows/ Glass/Glazing and Stainless Steel BP 14 – Roofing and Flashing BP 15 – Building Insulation BP 16 - Waterproofing BP 17 - Metal Stud Framing and Gypsum Wallboard BP 18 – Ceramic and Porcelain Tile BP 19 – Wood Flooring BP 20 - Carpentry/Doors/Frames/Hardware BP 21 – Custom Casework BP 22 - Floor Covering BP 23 – Painting/Concrete and Masonry Sealers/Anti Graffiti Coating BP 24 – Acoustical Ceiling/Acoustical Wall and Ceiling panels/Tectum BP 25 – Overhead/Sectional/Coiling Doors BP 26 – Limited Use, Limited Access Lift BP 27 – Wheelchair Lift BP 28 – Toilet Partitions and Toilet Accessories BP 29 – Landscaping and Irrigation BP 30 – Theatrical Rigging BP 31 – Theatrical Draperies BP 32 – Theatrical Lighting Controls BP 33 - Theatrical Light Fixtures BP 34 – Stage Filler BP 35 – Orchestra Enclosure BP 36 – Theatrical Seating BP 37 – Audio Visual BP 38 - Interior and Exterior Signage BP 39 - Scaffolding
Pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 20111.6, some bidders on all public projects using funds received pursuant to the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998 or any funds from any future state school bond that involves a projected public project expenditure of one million dollars ($1,000,000) or more. Any bidder intending to perform work on this project under License Types A, B, C4, C7, C10. C16, C20, C34, C36, C38, C42, C43 or C46 must be prequalified prior to submitting a bid. NOTE: In addition to the licenses noted above, the District is requiring prequalification for anyone submitting a proposal to perform work under Bid Packages 06 “Structural and Site Concrete”, 07 “Concrete Unit Masonry and Reinforcing Steel”, and 08 “Structural and Miscellaneous Steel” regardless of the licensing requirement. All bids shall be made and submitted only on the forms furnished by the District. Bid Forms, together with all required attachments to the Bid Forms, shall be delivered to the DISTRICT in a sealed envelope with a copy of the completed required bid cover sheet affixed to the outside of the envelope and placed in the Bid Box in the Lobby of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education Administration Building (“BOE”). Bid submission documents shall include Bid Form, Bid Bond, Non-Collusion Declaration, Site Visit Certification, Designation of Subcontractors, Certification of Compliance with DVBE Policy, Bidder References and Responsibility Information, Contractor’s Certificate Regarding Workers’ Compensation, and Acknowledgement of Bidding Practices Regarding Indemnity. Bid forms received by the stipulated times will be promptly opened in public and read aloud immediately after sealed envelopes are collected at the time, date, and location stated above in the Conference Room. Bid Forms and Attachments thereto received after the stipulated time will be rejected and returned to Bidders unopened.
IMPORTANT DATES • First Publication – Friday, September 9,2016 • Second Publication – Friday, September 16, 2016 • Pre-Bid Conference/Job Walk – Wednesday September 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. • Pre-qualification deadline – Friday September 30, 2016 • RFI Due – Monday October 3, 2016 • Addendum Due – Wednesday October 5, 2016 • Bid Opening – Wednesday October 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. • Tentative Board Meeting – Tuesday, November 1, 2016 • NOA Issued (Tentative) – Wednesday, November 2, 2016
REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION OR CLARIFICATION All requests for information and/or clarifications must be submitted in writing and sent via email to both Gary Fullerton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and John Pellico (email@example.com). The deadline to submit Requests for bid information is August 30, 2016. Responses to Requests for bid information will be issued no later than September 2, 2016 and be issued to plan holders or registered plan reviewers only by posting at the (C2 Reprographics Public Plan room website www.c2repro.com)
Prevailing Wage Project Pursuant to Labor Code Section 1776, Trade Contractors and subcontractors are required to keep accurate payroll records showing the name, address, social security number, work classification, straight time and overtime hours worked each day and week, and the actual per diem wages paid to each employee, owner, journey person, apprentice or other employee hired in connection with a public works project. Each payroll record shall contain or be verified by a written declaration that it is made under penalty of perjury; That the payroll record is true and correct and complies with Labor Code §§ 1771,1811, and 1815. No Trade
contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for public works projects (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 [with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code section 1771.1(a)]. No Trade contractor or subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project (awarded on or after April 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations. All Trade contractors and subcontractors are required to submit certified payroll records (CPR’s) using the DIR’s online system. Information regarding prevailing wage rates is available at http://www.pd.dgs.ca.gov/smbus/default.htm.
Miscellaneous Information Plans and Construction Manual will be provided via download or CD only, printed copies will not be provided. Each bid shall be submitted by a licensed Trade Contractor pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code, and be licensed pursuant to California law for the trades necessary to perform the work called for in the contract documents and associated bid packages. Please note: pay particular attention to the Pre-qualification requirements as they will be strictly enforced. Bid bonds are required for ALL bids in excess of $100,000.00 in favor of the DISTRICT, executed by the Bidder as principal and a California admitted surety company as Surety, in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the Base Bid submitted by the Bidder. Bids in excess of $100,000.00 will also require a Payment and Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the bid amount or contract amount, from a California Admitted Surety acceptable to DISTRICT and not less than AM Best Arating. See Contract Documents for Bond Forms and individual Owner requirements and/or Liability Insurance (not less than AM Best A- or better rating). All Trade Contractors are required to sign the DISTRICT’S Contract and Owner Option Assignment Agreement and provide Waiver of Subrogation. Each bid must strictly conform with and be responsive to the contract documents as defined in the General Conditions and Construction Manual. The DISTRICT reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any irregularities or informalities in any bids or in the submission of bids. No submitting participant may withdraw any bid for a period of ninety (90) calendar days after the date set for the opening of bids. Bidders must adhere to the DISTRICT’S Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) participation goal. Any request for substitutions pursuant to Public Contracts Code Section 3400 must be made on the form set forth in the contract documents and included with the bid. All substitution requests shall be submitted ten (10) days prior to the bid submission date. It is each submitting participant’s sole responsibility to ensure its bid is timely delivered and received at the location designated as specified above. PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 9/15/16, 9/22/16 E-7495
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: Thursday, October 6, 2016 to wit: YEAR MAKE VIN LICENSE STATE 10 CHRY 2A4RR5D11AR350932 7POY163 CA 11 HYU 5NPEB4AC4BH098665 PQT7982 GA 12 NISS 3N1CN7APXCL885580 6UXU871 CA 06 TOYT JTKDE177360066376 6HBA406 CA To be sold by: BILL & WAG'S INC., 1516 S BON VIEW AVENUE, ONTARIO, SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA 91761- (06:00 PM) 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
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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: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 to wit: YEAR MAKE VIN LICENSE STATE 15 FORD 1FADP3F27FL294369 7NCJ234 CA To be sold by: WILSON TOWING, 2310 E. 3RD STREET, SAN BERNARDINO, San Bernardino COUNTY, CA 92410 (10:00 AM) Said sale is for the purpose of lien of the satisfying 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-2924906# PUBLISHED EL CHICANO 9/22/16 E-7497
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Inland Empire Community Newspapers • September 22, 2016 • Page A15
San Bernardino pastors unite to heal, restore faith in dispirited city
In an unprecedented move 15 churches banded together to form San Bernardino Pastors United in response to the city’s swell in homicides and to rally unity, heal and restore faith in a community rattled by 48 murders this year. A block party took place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at La Placita Park on Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino with a turnout of nearly 3,000 residents.
By MJ Duncan
an Bernardino suffered its 49th murder this year late Tuesday night. At this rate the city is on track to record its highest homicide total in more than 20 years. In response to the spike in violence and to rally unity, heal and restore faith among a community still recovering from the Dec. 2 terrorist attack, over a dozen faith-based organizations joined forces in an unprecedented move to form San Bernardino Pastors United. The organization’s goal is to identify and meet the essential needs of the community that would effect positive change through drug counseling and rehabilitation, job placement and strengthening families. After five weeks of planning, the block party culminated late Saturday afternoon at La Placita Park on Mt. Vernon Avenue with a turnout of nearly 3,000 residents. A murder took place in front of the park’s gazebo on the eve of the event. “Those murders were not in vain because we’re here now, today, together,” said Pastor Rick Alanis Jr. of Victory Outreach clutching a microphone, perched on that same gazebo. “Because of those mur-
ders the churches are finally coming together and putting their own names down and the name of Christ above.” San Bernardino City Councilmembers Virginia Marquez (Ward 1), Benito Barrios (Ward 2), and Parks, Recreation & Community Services Interim Director Jim Tickemyer were in attendance, as well as Assembly member Cheryl Brown (D – San Bernardino). The theme “You Can Come To Us” was inspired by the biblical verse “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28. Pastor Joshua Beckley of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship emphasized the churches’ open door policy and their commitment to provide support and relief. “You can come to us and we will make sure that your needs will be met,” Beckley promised the captivated crowd. “Whatever challenges or difficulties you are going through, go to the nearest church and you will be helped.” Pastors David and Rick from Victory Outreach shared their personal experiences of gang affiliation and drug addiction, giving the audience hope that they, too, can overcome their vices through faith in God and a fervent commitment
San Bernardino City 1st Ward Councilmember Virginia Marquez, left, and Assembly member Cheryl Brown (D – San Bernardino) showed their support during Saturday’s anti-violence and unity event. “I am amazed by how many people are here, and the energy in the crowd is so positive,” Brown said.
to change. “I am the son of a preacher who used to sell drugs just to do drugs,” admitted Pastor Rick. “Today I am no longer a gang member or oppressed by my drug addiction, today I am free of the chains of depression and drugs, and you, too, can triumph as we have.” An abundance of hotdogs, chips and beverages were there for the taking; residents also received free health check-ups and groceries. People were pampered with a foot wash and massage courtesy of volunteers prior to receiving free, brand new shoes. “Today was an introduction to love and hope, and building the bridge to church, families and jobs,” said Senior Pastor Marco Garcia of The Way World Outreach. “Today we have planted the seeds of hope, change and the promise of new beginnings.” Children were entertained by Suzie Zavala from The Way World Outreach who led them in song and cooled them off with water guns, as well as bounce houses and face painting. Four children’s bicycles, a refrigerator and 50-inch flat screen television were raffled off to participants who held a collective breath while numbers were read. Michell Davis held the winning ticket for the refrigerator, very opportune since his recently went out of commission. “This is a big step for the city in bringing some unity to this community, and we can bring about positive change through a united effort,” said Pastor Marco. “People are asking for help, a sign that they want to better themselves, and we will continue to follow up on those needs to support them on their paths to self-improvement.” San Bernardino Pastors United is comprised of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, The Way World Outreach, First Baptist Church, San Bernardino SDA Church, Victory Outreach, New Life Church, Church of the Living God Temple 208, Life Center Church, Life Changing Ministries, Westside Christian Center, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre, Catholics of African Descent, Spirit of Love Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, St. Timothy Community Church, San Bernardino 16th St. SDA Church, and Treasure of the Heart Ministry.
Four children’s bicycles, a refrigerator and 50-inch flat screen television were raffled off on Saturday. Pictured is 3-year-old Arianna Cortez, the happy recipient of one of the bikes, along with her mother, Marina Cortez, and Pastor Robert Cuencas of The Way World Outreach.
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