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Inland Empire Weekly Features, Lifestyle & News You Can Use!

Vol 12, NO. 05


Gloria’s Corner and Words To Think About

9th annual Believe Walk in Redlands is a ‘blessing’



October 6, 2016


Program available to assist with vet services

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Alejandre: “We are a community bonded through education.” A7


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more than 13,000 walkers helped raise more than $261,000 during the 9th annual Believe Walk in redlands oct. 2. By Yazmin Alvarez

lessed — Not only was that the word behind this year’s ninth annual Believe Walk, but it was also the feeling carried on as thousands

took to the streets in Redlands in Montgomery’s mother, Seyneda support of loved ones affected by Claro, said. cancer. The mother-daughter duo from “I’m blessed to have my mom at my side right now,” said Celia Montgomery. Believe, cont. on next pg. “I’m blessed to be here,”

Northside Impact Committee honors youth, community leaders Bing Wong Elementary invites the community to tinker in high-tech lab


he Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley currently has funding available for low income families to assist with the cost of veterinary services for the care and treatment of their animals. These funds, made possible by a grant from The Banfield Foundation are available to residents of the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. Applicants for this program will need to provide proof of eligibility by providing their photo ID and most recent tax 1040. Families or individuals who qualify include: those on unemployment, social security, disability, WIC (or whose income meets WIC guidelines), or families/individuals whose income and household size meet the state low income guidelines. For more information on this program or to see if you qualify please call 909-386-1400. Applications for the program are also available online at



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Kiran rawtani, a student at redlands high School, was among the recipients of the northside impact committee’s outstanding youth awards.

By Yazmin Alvarez

he Northside Impact Committee spotlighted more than a dozen youth and community service leaders Saturday during its annual Recognition and Scholarships

Awards. Held at the University of Redlands Orton Center, the group celebrated “25 years of making a difference” in the Redlands community and featured Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), as special guest speaker, along with San

Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos. “The purpose behind our awards is to give encouragement to students that have not walked the traAwards, cont. on next pg.

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Fontana were among the more than 13,000 walkers who trekked through Downtown Redlands Oct. 2. It was their first year participating after Claro was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I’m a survivor and I’m blessed to be among so many others today,” she said. “This is what support means and I’m so thankful for it.” The Believe Walk is made possi-

ble through a partnership between Inland Women Fighting Cancer and Stater Bros. Charities. Nancy Varner, Cathy Stockton and Annie Sellas, founders of the organization, spearhead the event to help raise funds for local programs and services for men and women battling all types of cancers. This year’s event raised more than $261,000 in online donations, and funds will continue to be accepted throughout Dec. 31. To learn more, or to donate, visit

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more than 13,000 walkers helped raise more than $261,000 during the 9th annual Believe Walk in redlands oct. 2.

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northside impact committee awarded scholarships to eight high school students from the redlands Unified school District during the group’s 25th annual awards ceremony oct.1 Awards, cont. from front

-ditional path in their education and to remind them that even though they’ve had barriers, they’ve overcome those roadblocks and have continued toward success,” said Ed Flores, chairman of the Northside Impact Committee. “We want to help them achieve their future and higher educational goals.” Earning top honors this year as the group’s Outstanding Youth were Ryan Ordaz, a 17-year-old Redlands East Valley High School senior who plans to pursue a career in the medical field as an anesthesiologist, and Kiran Rawtani, a 16year-old Redlands High School senior, who is on the road to pursuing her dream as cardiothoracic surgeon. Also awarded for their educa-

tional success were Redlands East Valley students Claire Muller, 17, and Emmanuel Monroy, 17; Orangewood High School student Candy Valley, 17; Citrus Valley High School student Cameron J. Smith, 17; and Redlands High School students Lerina Alvarez, 17, and Mallory Flanagan, 17. “This room is filled with people that believe in you,” Ramos said to scholarship awardees. “We want to make sure that you can succeed and follow your dreams.” Scholarships in the amount of $600 were granted to the students with Outstanding Youth awardees receiving $800. Outstanding Youth Awards were sponsored by the Redlands Professional Firefighters and the Redlands Police Officers Association. Scholarship funds are made possible through yearlong fundraising efforts.

The group also recognized 13 members of the Redlands Police Department— Detective Kelli Bishop; Sgts. Andrew Capps and Jeremy Floyd; Officers Patrick Estrada, Patrick Estrada, Joseph Aguilar, Matt Knudsen, John Manly, Ryan Steinhaus; dispatchers Kathy Ramirez and Jenna Heusterberg; Operations Manager Shayna Walker; and Community Service Officer Kimberly Howard — for their service in responding to the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack. Redlands Police Chief Mark Garcia received this year’s Police Officer Recognition award. “The committee made a unanimous decision to honor these men and women for their bravery and valor,” Flores said. “They all deserve to be honored for their service.”

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redlands police chief mark Garcia received northside impact committee’s police officer recognition award during the group’s 25th annual awards ceremony oct.1

Gloria’s Corner

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(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 Fullerton Museum of Art presents "Volcanos, Wrecks, Riots, Nudes and Mythology: The Art of Edward Hagedorn" at the Friday, October 14 - the San San Bernardino California State Bernardino Valley Community University campus, 5500 Uni- College Foundation presents its versity Parkway. The exhibit 90th Anniversary Gala at the presents the major themes im- new SBVC Athletic Complex. portant to the artist, many of For information and sponsorship which still resonate today, in- opportunities visit: www.sbvccluding his reflections on land- scape and the horrors of war. For information call: 909.537.7373 Friday, October 14-ballots are mailed out - VOTE!!! or visit: Save the Date:

Friday, October 7 – October 9, 2016 – San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians present their 21st Annual Pow Wow at California State University, San Bernardino. The event is free to the public. There will be Native American singers, dancers and drummers in North America and Canada. In addition there will be Foundation enhances public arts and crafts vendors and tastes use: from across Indian Country. For information call 909.425.3450 Congratulations to the San Bernardino City Library FounSaturday, October 8 - Arts dation for their donation of over Connection and the Arts Council $300,000 to purchase 24 new of San Bernardino County prescomputers and software for pubent "From Competition to Collic use at the Cosand Computer laboration" a conference aimed Learning Center in the Norman at strengthening communities Feldheym Central Library. Pathrough the arts by bring totrons need only a library card to gether participants from a wide have free access to computers, variety of disciplines, sectors software and the Internet. There and perspectives. The conferis a minimal cost for printing. As ence will be held at the UniverLibrary Director Ed Erjavek sity of Redlands Orton Center stated, "these new computers are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For the first step in replacing public information and sponsorship opcomputers throughout the library portunities visit: info@artsconsystem. We hope they help to bridge the "digital divide" meaning those who have access Saturday, October 8 - Generto current technology and those ations Church presents Car & who don't - in our community". Bike Show from 2:00 to 5:00 Again kudos to the hardworking p.m. at 6245 Palm Ave, San Foundation! For membership Bernardino. This family event and donation information call features kids games, music, raf(909) 381-8211. fles and drawings. There is free entry for participating cars and bikes. To register call: Art Exhibits, Theatre & 909.533.0806 Seminars:

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Friday, October 14 - the Rialto Democratic Club presents the annual WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards Recognition Dinner at the Rialto Senior Center, 1411 S. Riverside Ave at 6 p.m. This community outreach event will recognize the contributions of local citizens in small business, education, volunteerism and veterans affairs. For information contact El Kilgore at or 951.662.3653 or or call 909.717.2083

Saturday, October 15 - The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties presents its 75th Anniversary Gala at the Riverside Convention Center at 6 p.m. For information and sponsorship opportunities call: 951.241.7777 or visit: www.the community

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: Saturday, October 9 - the Vol- 909.381.5388 or visit: www.sanunteers for Veterans Foundation present the 26th Annual Veterans Memorial Car Show from Saturday, October 15 - the 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sylvan Knights of Columbus Colton Park, 601 N. University Street, Council 4017 present Grapes Redlands. For information on and Grains, a Wine & Beer Fest this free event call 909.350.9816 to benefit local charities from or visit: www.volunteersforvet- 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at 740 Pennsylvania Ave., Colton. For mation call: 909.370.2981

Saturday, October 8, 2016 July 31, 2017 - the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art presents Journey To The Beyond: Ancient Egyptians In The Pursuit Of Eternity at the Cal State Campus, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino. Museum hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm., Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., closed on Sunday and Friday. Tuesday, October 11 is This focus of this exhibit is the the Last Day to Register ancient Egyptians' attitude to- to Vote!! ward life and death. For information call: 909.537.7373 or Friday, October 14 - the City visit: of San Bernardino presents Art Night Community Showcase Saturday October 8 - Decem- from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the ber 10 - the Robert and Frances Court Street Square Parking lot

Wednesday, October 19 - the Salvation Army Advisory Board presents its annual fundraising luncheon, Doing The Most Good from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 2626 Pacific Street, San Bernardino. The San Bernardino Corps serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto and San Bernardino.

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Friday, October 21 - Montecito Memorial Park & Mortuary and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside present Mansion Masquerade, a Halloween themed costume ball to benefit the Boys & Girls Club from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Burrage Mansion, 1205 W. Crescent Ave., Redlands. This is a 21 and over event and a Halloween costume is required. For ticket information call: 888.822.6535, ext. 206

Wednesday, October 26 - the Colton Main Library, 656 N. 9th Street presents Kid's Fall Fiction Costume Party at 3:30 p.m. This free event encourages kids to dress up as their favorite fictional character and enjoy the many activities. For information call: 909.370.5083

Saturday, October 29 - a Kids Safe Trick or Treat will be held at the Garcia Center for the Arts, 536 W. 11th Street, San Bernardino from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This event is free. For information call: 909.693.2371 or m a i l Friday, October 21 - Gerrards e presents Craft Beer & Wine Tasting Festival at the Esri cafe and outdoor area, 380 New York Monday, October 31 - Colton Street, Redlands from 5:30 to Community Services presents 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this Halloween Festival from 4:00 to event benefit the Redlands Fam- 7:00 p.m. at Fleming Park, 525 ily Services Association. Partic- La Cadena Drive. This event ipants must be 21 years of age or features crafts, games, activities, older. Tickets may be purchased costume contests and candy. For at Gerrards Market or the ticket information call: 909. 370.6153 office at the University of Redlands. Sunday, October 23 - the Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino presents the 16th Annual Binational Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Consulate of Mexico office, 293 N. D Street, San Bernardino. The fair will offer health screening, dental, nutrition information and much more.

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OPINION&LETTERS Page A4 • October 6, 2016 • Inland Empire Community Newspapers

By Anthony Victoria

Young people: Nothing can change without your input

Two years ago a change in leadership occurred that motivated young residents to revitalize the San Bernardino community. City officials and community advocates poured into city hall to witness what many called the beginning of a “new era.” “I look forward to working with our education, religious, business and community leaders to overcome our challenges and build a more prosperous city,” Mayor Carey Davis told the dozens of residents who witnessed his oath to office on March 1, 2014. An array of organizations--the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), San Bernardino Generation Now, the Time for Change Foundation, and many others--have worked alongside Davis and other city leaders in hopes of reducing violence, eliminating blight, and providing support services for residents. “We have the power to create this community we want — right now,” Generation Now member Jennica Billings said during a press conference held the day of Davis’ inauguration. “Stop focusing on our problems, our deficiencies, and focus on our gifts. It’s about tapping into those gifts. Despite those claims and efforts, the City of San Bernardino continues to be plagued by bad decision-making and petty grievances. The aforementioned groups have done their best to persuade city leaders to implement programs to reduce gun violence and help homeless and substance abusers. Yet, besides a few roundtable discussions, “peace” walks, the creation of murals on city walls, and the construction of a homeless access center at Seccombe Lake Park, there has been little headway in addressing socioeconomic issues. As a result, now young residents feel restless and frustrated that San Bernardino continues to remain stagnant. Worse, most young people are apathetic because they feel that, “nothing will make a difference.”

As one of an estimated 112,000 frustrated young residents in our region, I think it’s time that we demand inclusion and take swift action on our goals. The city will fall into deeper uncertainty if our leaders continue to fight for political and economic interests. It’s imperative that youth become concerned about our city’s situation. It’s important that we believe in improving our city’s plight. Together--young and old--can work together to eradicate trifling conflicts and develop long term plans for social and economic development. A good place to begin is by encouraging younger residents to be a part of the electoral process. We need to remind them that they too are affected by city problems. Young people also have the right to hold leaders accountable. In 2013, the voter turnout was at 14 percent, meaning of 78,000 of registered voters, less than 12,000 residents made it out to the polls. Many young leaders are devoted towards raising that percentage. ICUC, Generation Now, the San Bernardino League of Women Voters, and the League of United American Citizens Latin (LULAC) have recruited young people to speak to high school and college students about voting. In the process, these groups have encouraged youth to become involved in park cleanup events, art gatherings, and political functions to generate community participation. In addition, young people need to be treated with respect and be reminded that their input in social and political affairs does matter. Elders have the right intentions when providing guidance to a young person, though sometimes that advice comes as a result of a reprimand. For example, an at-risk youth cannot thoroughly provide an explanation as to why they are considering joining a gang if we scold them about it. Instead, we should empathize with their situation and provide counsel. The more we try to understand the problems affecting younger residents, the better we will become at providing them with solutions and helping them improve. Although we strive to live in a perfect world, it’s evident that it’s not possible. Nevertheless, as young people we strive to transform San Bernardino into something greater. All we ask of our city leaders to include us in that process.

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Speed Hump Requirements

If a candidate for city council comes to your door and says they will get speed humps installed on your street be careful. You may not be getting the whole story. There are many requirements to have them installed. There are five pages of requirements listed in the policy and all have to be met. It's not just a matter of a council member candidate saying they will get them installed. Of the many dozens of requirements I will list only a few that affect you that you may not have been told.


one of us are immune from the possibility of ending up with less than what we woke up with. Homelessness has become a chronic issue in many communities throughout our nation, the State of California and most specifically, here in the County of San Bernardino. Inland Empire communities have witnessed growing populations of homeless individuals, ranging from children and families, to youth, and even military veterans. In one way or another, we have all been impacted by this growing reality and it’s time to work together to end it.

Last year, the Board of Supervisors took the initiative to address homelessness by finding ways to house identified homeless veterans within the County of San Bernardino. The outcomes of this initiative were successful; 401 identified homeless veterans were housed before Thanksgiving and an additional 162 have been housed since then. This was due to the fruitful collaboration of an advisory board composed of several county departments, and community and private partners. Within a year we have confirmed the benefits of working together, planning strategically and imple-

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ume shall be more than 500 but less than 2500 through vehicles per day. This is just a small list of the requirements, aside from a traffic study, that MUST be met. You can check the SPEED HUMP POLICY at the City of Colton Engineering Department to see how in depth the requirements are, and there are many. Ronald H. Lawrence Colton, Ca. 92324

Addressing Chronic Homelessness in San Bernardino County

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menting tactics to address veteran homelessness. We learned many lessons in our efforts to house homeless veterans and we want to use that knowledge to expand our goal to include other homeless populations within our county.

On August 16th, the Board of Supervisors voted to expand last year’s initiative and target chronic homelessness, particularly among chronically homeless youth. We were encouraged by the results brought forward by the Countyled initiative that we moved forward to expand the advisory board’s goals and strategic initiatives to focus on chronically homeless individuals. A chronically homeless person as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is either (1) an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, OR (2) an unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years. Currently, the County has identified 376 individuals as chronically homeless within our boundaries, 31 of them are youth ages 18 to 24. I strongly believe we can break some of the cyclical and chronic patterns of homelessness, especially when we start fo-

cusing on our youth.

As Co-Chair of the Homeless Youth Taskforce for San Bernardino County, I continue to advocate for additional resources to serve our most vulnerable populations. Our homeless youth face increased risks of chronic homelessness, including victimization, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD and suicide. Too often, youth turn to a life on the streets because they do not have access to resources, adequate support systems or skills to live independently. By providing better support and additional resources we can help reduce the risk of our homeless youth becoming homeless adults.

By taking action today we can continue to be proactive to this issue and finally put an end to homelessness in San Bernardino County. I thank the Board of Supervisors for helping me expand these efforts and I would also like to thank all of the organizations and individuals who fight every day to end homelessness. Ending homelessness in our County is no easy task but by addressing the issue one day at a time we know that we can definitely get there. James Ramos, Chairman San Bernardino County, Third Supervisorial District

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Words to Think About: “No one knows enough to be a pessimist”


By G. W. Abersold Ph.D.

r. Norman Cousins is one of my literary mentors. He influenced my views about medical care and human health. He survived a terminal illness even when doctors described him as terminally ill. He did so by laughing, taking mega doses of vitamin C and de-

veloping positive attitudes. As editor of the Saturday Review for forty years as his platform, he revolutionized the medical profession that previously believed that there was no connection between the mind and the body. I was a student of his and heard him speak many times. He was also a major source for the contents of my doctoral dissertation. I have one complete editorial by Dr. Norman Cousins that I have kept and cherished for about 35 years. I summarize it with great pleasure. There is a date on it, and was written in May, 1982. It deals with his favorite subject; human health and medical care; or the absence therewith. For the previous three years Cousins had been studying 40 patients who had illnesses. They included malignancies, cardiac infirmities and diseases of joints and muscles. He wrote that all the cases were more severe than those he had. The first fact that tied the cases together was all the illnesses were preceded by an emotional crisis.

They invariably produced severe worry and depression. Second, when the patients were told of their illnesses, all were told that their case didn’t have much of a chance for healing. Third, their illnesses became worse as soon as they learned how bad it was. Fourth. All of the patients experienced panic. Fifth, and this was very important. When their panic reached a level of desperation, a conscious decision was made to reject all notion of inevitability. And Sixth, they all decided they were not going to rely exclusively on treatment provided by others. Also, they would take an active part in their own recovery. Cousins describe the underlying philosophy, as he saw it. All the patients decided they wanted to live. They were prepared to make a great effort to that end. They would not be deterred by expert opinion. The rest of the editorial is an expose of a case history in the group of 40. It concerns a 42 year old man with a wife and two children.

He had lost his job; it was the first time he was unemployed in 16 years. He lost self-confidence, tension within the family and was severely depressed. After three months he developed cancer cells in his left hip. It was indeed cancer and it had metastasized. The report was emotionally devastating. Chemo caused dizziness and nausea. Radiation caused the loss of his hair. His savings were rapidly being depleted. The pit of despair was his. He accidently heard about an L.A. based group, We Can Do. It was made up of cancer survivors. The most important thing he learned is that members of the group had decided that they wanted to live and they would not allow themselves to be defeated. They were going to experience joy and all the things that made life worth living. They were going to show the experts they were wrong. This decision had some immediate results. First, on receiving chemo he visualized the process by which his body would derive

maximum benefits from the medication. Nausea was reduced. Then, he took genuine pleasure in his family. He forced himself to do physical things. His appetite was better; as well as sleep. Amazingly, after two monthly xray reports indicated his cancer was in retreat. His oncologist predicted a sustained remission. After this Cousin wrote that scenes like the above indicate that treatment for any disease has two requirements. One is the availability of the best that medical science has; and to involve oneself in the recovery effort. Brain research is now giving evidence that attitudes have biochemical effects. Negative attitudes of defeat and pessimism will have a debilitating effect on the endocrine system. Attitudes of confidence and determination activate therapeutic secretions in the brain. In my opinion, the most important statement that Norman Cousins ever wrote or said was: “No one knows enough to be a pessimist.” Amen. Selah. So be it.

ation members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymu- The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

nity about the importance of earthquake preparedness, and to promoting the annual Great California ShakeOut so everyone is ready for the inevitable Big One,” said Melissa Russo, museum director. The Great California ShakeOut is an annual drill, this year scheduled at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20. Schools, business, govern-

ment agencies, and individuals will Drop, Cover, and Hold On to practice how to react during an earthquake. The County Museum is holding “Get Ready for the Great ShakeOut” on the Saturday before the statewide drill to increase awareness. Get Ready for the ShakeOut and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Associ-

Get Ready for the Great California ShakeOut at the County Museum


he San Bernardino County Museum will host “Get Ready for the Great California ShakeOut,” on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, featuring the county’s Seismic Simulator and other earthquake preparedness activities and vendors. “The county museum is committed to educating our commu-

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Alejandre: “We are a community bonded through education.” cation and student advisory panels. According to the Superintendent, more than 150 students from 41 schools participated and collaborated in workgroups to address the County’s issues with economics, education, health, and safety. “Our students are going to be our next leaders,” Alejandre said. “By seeing how they can make an impact by working together in collaboration, they are inspired to reach their dreams.” The County’s Cradle to Career Roadmap, which Alejandre said focuses on a higher education and professional employment trajectory for students, will transform

the region. Twenty five of the County’s 33 school districts have adopted Cradle to Career. The City of Colton became the first municipality to adopt the Roadmap last December. “Communities that foster such an environment experience greater school/community partnerships, increased educational attainment, attract homebuyers and employers, and become places where young people want to stay once they have become established,” said Alejandre. Alejandre also promoted the County’s partnership with the American Council on Education,

the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Council, the University of California, the California State University, and 23 high schools to create a schoolwide college application. The Superintendent said the partnership is part of the American College Application and Success Campaign that focuses on increasing college and financial aid applications and enrollment to higher education institutions. The County Superintendent will give a second State of Education address on Oct. 21 at the High Desert Church in Victorville.


San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre.


By Anthony Victoria

ommunity collaboration, college readiness, and student wellness were among the themes discussed by San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre during his second State of Education at the California Theatre last Thursday. “In a world of complexity, challenges and change, ours is a com-

munity with a roadmap for success...a community that fully embraces the mantra that, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together,” Alejandre said to hundreds of educators in attendance. “We are a community transforming lives through education. Alejandre, who became County Superintendent in January 2015, began his address by speaking on the importance of alternative edu-


The Upland High School choir performing the Star Spangled Banner during San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre State of Education address on Sep. 29.

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Senator Leyva's landmark bill could soon help San Bernardino residents breathe better


By Harvey M. Kahn

ears of rallying has finally paid off for some residents of San Bernardino who have seen health hazards increase as their property values have decreased. Relief could come from Senate Bill 1000, designed to add equity to the city's general planning process. Reports from state agencies indicate those living near the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe (BHSF) rail yard and the Omnitrans fueling station on the Westside of Mount Vernon Avenue have been exposed to well above safe levels of air pollution. SB 1000 authored by Senator Connie Leyva (Chino) is written to lessen the impact of pollution on those living in neighborhoods with a disproportionate amount of industry. Leyva's bill will mandate an eighth component to all future growth in the state. Known as the environmental justice element, it will be required before any development along with land use, circulation, open space, noise and safety. SB 1000 is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. It will take effect Jan. 1, 2017. "This is the most important environmental bill enacted in years and Senator Leyva deserves a great deal of credit," said Penny Newman, executive director for the environmental action group who has offices in San Bernardino. "It has never been an accident that those who are least able to defend themselves are targeted for the most hazardous developments." Leyva could not be reached for comment but her communications director Sergio Reyes referred to a prepared statement. Leyva thanked Gov. Brown for approving her bill she says will protect vulnerable residents who are exposed to high amounts of pollution and other environmental hazards. Leyva says that communities are often forced to address environmental justice issues such as air pollution or drinking water contamination after the fact. Her's is designed for "front end" study. "SB 1000 will statutorily require that local communities proactively evaluate and address these potential impacts in the general plans." Leyva feels that inappropriate land use remains a leading cause of environmental inequities, "From the lack of basic infrastructure in rural areas to the exposure of residential and other sensitive land uses to toxins from industrial facilities. Consequently, residents in these communities often suffer higher rates of asthma, birth defects and cancer." In a phone interview, Newman said SB 1000 is written so that it can be readily enforced. "Every city has a general plan that is updated every five years. This bill provides a mechanism for identifying those who have been neglected and provides an institutional way to remedy the problem," said Newman. She says Leyva's landmark measure lays a foundation whereby cities like San Bernardino can apply for a portion of the $1.2 billion in

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State Senator Connie Leyva (Left) authored environmental bill that could bring relief to San Bernardino's most vulnerable. Penny Newman (Right) and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice co-sponsored Leyva's landmark SB 1000. state Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds. A map provided by the state environmental protection agency shows most of San Bernardino's city limits along I-215 is determined to be disadvantaged. Leyva's release shows roughly 20 percent of California's population living in areas that contain high concentrations of pollution,

equating to about 7.4 million people. A study by Loma Linda University School of Public Health and other air quality agencies, show measurable levels of diesel fuel from BNSF polluting air within a mile radius. High numbers of respiratory problems have been reported at Ramona Alessandro Elementary School, where nearby residents were also

concerned about Omnitrans flammable liquefied and compressed natural gas storage tanks located in their neighborhood. When reached for comment about SB 1000, San Bernardino City Planning Manager Oliver Mujica said no one in his office knew about the bill and that he was not prepared to comment. Mujica said San Bernardino last conducted an update on its gen-

eral plan in 2007 but an update would be conducted in a few years. In response to its neighbors concerns, Omnitrans officials have said it could possibly change to a pipeline type of delivery system instead of storing its natural gas in two large tanks. Omnitrans had plans to eventually switch to electric powered buses. Likewise BNSF says it plans to change to low emission trucks and cleaner natural gas fueled locomotives. But long time neighborhood spokespersons Susana Negrete and Erika Flores have said they can't wait until 2020, when those promised changes start going into effect. Newman is confident SB 1000 will fast track plans to reduce environmental threats to their vulnerable neighborhood. "Their neighborhood is among the 5 percent that has already been targeted for the Green Gas Reduction funding," said Newman. "Yes. This bill is very enforceable." Newman acknowledged that planning departments are always looking to work around the law by way of zone changes, amendments, and ordinances. "We have a number of watchdogs but you just can't make laws and walk away. It takes local citizens to get involved."

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Technical Employment Training, Inc. hosts Manufacturing Day, dispels misconceptions of industry

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Technical Employment Training, Inc. hosted Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The event, established five years ago, aims Photo/MJ Duncan to dispel those misperceptions and promote the industry. Each year, manufacturers have the opportunity to open their doors and show the community, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing Cody Funk, a TET student, is obtaining high-tech skills that really is. enable him to utilize this stateof-the-art $250,000 CNC manity, in a coordinated effort, what chine. There is a shortage of By MJ Duncan manufacturing really is. qualified candidates who are Technical Employment Train- skilled to work such a machine. anufacturing suffers ing, Inc. in San Bernardino from a dated and mishosted MFG Day on Tuesday, conceived portrayal as Oct. 4, and had a healthy turnout an industry that is low-paying work.” of representatives from Califorand low-skilled affording little in A typical manufacturing plant is nia Steel Industries, Haas Factory the way of career growth. The reclean and technologically adOutlet, Walker Corporation, and ality is that manufacturing today vanced. San Bernardino County Transiis a high-tech industry that offers New technologies such as 3D tional Assistance Department. better wages than many other emrobotics, and advanced printing, Students from Indian Springs ployment sectors. Manufacturanalytics underscore the reality School were scheduled to High ing, as one of the leading about careers in manufacturing attend the event. contributors to U.S. gross domesthat are highly skilled and offer “With the elimination of vocatic product, is invaluable to ecoupward mobility. tional training in schools, stunomic growth and contributed to “A significant benefit of Manudents have no idea they can make pulling the country out of the facturing Day is that it gets peoa lucrative career out of making Great Recession of 2009. ple interested in the industry,” things,” said Technical EmployNational Manufacturing Day said Kim Victorine, Director of ment Training, Inc. President Dr. (MFG Day), established five Operations at Plastics Plus TechBill Clarke. “Manufacturing Day years ago, aims to dispel those nologies in Redlands. “This is a opens a lot of eyes and changes misperceptions and promote the well-paying career that does not their notions of the industry in industry. Each year, manufacturrequire an extensive educational person, dispelling the misconcepers have the opportunity to open background and offers possibilitions that manufacturing is dirty, their doors and show the commuties of career advancement.” low-paying and backbreaking


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Former TET student Daniel Rojas, Maintenance Supervisor at California Steel Industries, explained the challenges of hiring people to meet the demands of the manufacturing sector because there is a lack of highly skilled and qualified candidates.

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ARMC to Host 10th Annual 5K Walk/Run & Health Expo


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Participants enjoy Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s annual 5K Walk/Run and Health Expo. The free event includes activities for adults and children. rrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will host its 10th Annual 5K Walk/Run on Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m. to promote the fight against obesity and other health conditions. The 3.1mile race and health expo will take place on the ARMC campus. The free event will include activities for adults and children. The race route interlaces

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New VA Loma Linda Ambulatory Care Center


he VA Loma Linda Healthcare System will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) part of the flagship facility, the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center, on Oct. 7, 2016, at 9 a.m. Healthcare System Director Barbara Fallen will be joined by local dignitaries and Veterans advocates in showing off the new 271,000 square-foot center at 26001 Redlands Blvd, Redlands, CA 92373. Services offered in the ACC will include primary care, registration, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, dental, women’s clinic, patient education, and limited lab and imaging services. Other services available at the ACC will include Patient Advocates, and representatives of Veterans Service Organizations who can assist with VA claims and accessing other benefits at federal, state and local level. ACC will see its first patient on October 12, 2016. In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, tours will be offered on the first floor of the building until Noon. The ceremony is open to the public.

through roads in the neighborhood adjacent to the hospital. The best method of registration is advanced online registration at Participants who arrive at the event un-registered will be required to complete identification and liability paperwork before the race. Day-of registration begins at 7 a.m. and no registration will be accepted after 8:15 a.m.

(Please arrive early enough to find parking and get to the registration area.) The Health Expo will include free flu shots (while supplies last), free basic health screenings (height, weight, BMI analysis, and blood pressure) and diabetes educational materials. Numerous booths will offer information, giveaways and fun activities for the entire family.

Free T-shirts are offered to the first 500 who register online. Tshirts will be available for purchase on race day for $10 each. Children age 10 and under get a free T-shirt (while supplies last).

Early Registration Packet PickUps

* Oct. 15: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Frank A. Gonzales Center, 670

Colton Avenue, in Colton.

* Oct. 21: from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Frank A. Gonzales Center, 670 Colton Avenue, in Colton.

For more information, visit, or call 909-580-3142.

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Bing Wong Elementary invites the community to tinker in high-tech lab

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Bing Wong Elementary School invited parents and the community to its first Community Maker Night on Monday to observe the skills being taught to students and its various applications. Participants had the opportunity to design their projects using CAD (computer-assisted design) 3D design software, 3D scanners and laser cutters.


By MJ Duncan

training, ocational specifically in manufacturing, is making a strong comeback in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. After years of consultations and strategic planning, a manufacturing career pathway was completed this school year with a state-of-the-art high-tech STEM lab at Indian Springs High School, and its feeder schools Curtis Middle School, Norton and Bing Wong Elementary Schools. The pathway offers students real world experience, training in high-tech manufacturing utilizing 21st century skills. “There is a shortage of highly skilled people in our area which is why this manufacturing pathway is so important,” said Dr. Bill Clarke, President of Technical Employment Training, Inc. and consultant to the school district. “We need to equip students with skills and credentials to fill that employment vacuum, and work toward a future where each high school graduate will be employed. That is what will ultimately reshape the economic landscape of San Bernardino.” Bing Wong Elementary School hosted its first Community Maker Night on Monday when parents and the community were invited to its iSTEAM lab to observe the skills being taught to students and its various applications. Participants had the opportunity to design projects using CAD (computer-assisted design) 3D design software, 3D scanners and laser cutters. Sarah Emerson, who teaches in the lab, seeks to promote manufacturing among the community through monthly Maker Mondays, where they can tinker with ideas and learn from each other. “I myself learn alongside my students, and the lab empowers students, and now the community, to make things,” Emerson said. “The benefits of the lab shouldn’t be reserved for a select number of students, that’s why we created Maker Mondays.” The high-tech equipment is among the many items that Bing Wong Elementary students regularly use as part of their school day. The iSTEAM lab, as it is known, is a main component of Bing Wong Elementary School’s efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, art, and math and to prepare students for the careers of today and tomor-

row. “The manufacturing pathway exposes students to different career options,” Emerson said. “Most of my sixth graders didn’t know what an engineer was, but

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This high-tech laser cutter producing a computer generated mask. The project for the first Maker Monday event was a Dia de los Muertos mask. after they found out during a recent field trip, most of them wanted to become one.” To participate in future Maker Monday events or for more information, please call Sarah Emerson at (909) 888-1500.

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Bing Wong Elementary School hosted its first Community Maker Night on Monday and the first project was to design and manufacture a Dia de los Muertos mask utilizing CAD 3D design software and laser cutter.

Inland Empire Weekly 10 06 2016  
Inland Empire Weekly 10 06 2016