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Bernie Sanders receives support from Riverside organizers, residents

Photo/Anthony Victoria 
Elizabeth Ayala (left) and Esther Macias (right) lead Bernie Sanders supporters in a “Go Bernie” chant during a fundraiser for his U.S. presidential campaign at the Mexicali Bar and grill in Riverside on July 18.Community organizers and supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders overcame the odds of rain to hold a fundraising event at the Mexicali Bar and Grill in Riverside on Saturday July 18. The event was sponsored by the “We Want Bernie Campaign” and the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). According…


Organizations hold vigil and demonstration in protest of prison expansion

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p> <p>Christina Fialho of the Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) speaking to organizers during a vigil held at the Adelanto Detention Center on July 9.  Pro-immigration organizers gathered at the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) Detention Facility in Adelanto on Thursday July 9 to show support for detained immigrants and demonstrate opposition against further expansion of the prison. The prayer vigil saw organizers from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU),…CONTINUE READING

Resource Center now home to Inland Latino organizations

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p> <p>The Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Coalition (IEIYC), Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Southern California (JFIC), and UNITE Local 11 were given the opportunity to set up headquarters at the Warehouse Workers United Resource Center, located at 601 N. Euclid Avenue in Ontario.  Three of the Inland region’s top Latino serving organizations now have a place to call home. Labor employee advocates Warehouse Workers United (WWU) has given the Inland Empire-Immigrant Youth Coalition (IEIYC), Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Southern California (JFIC), and UNITE Local 11 the opportunity to set up headquarters…CONTINUE READING

Rawls and Williams announce candidacies for sixth ward seat

Photo Courtesy: Robert PorterFormer San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Teacher of the Year Roxanne Williams and entrepreneur Rafael Rawls formally announced their candidacies for San Bernardino City’s sixth ward council seat last week. Both candidates held meet and greet events to allow residents and supporters to learn more about their platforms…CONTINUE READING

Assemblywoman holds meeting to discuss Prop. 47 efforts

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /> <p>Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) counselor and compliance officer Dwayne Robinson (right) speaking to two men about Prop. 47.  Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) asked community organizations and clergy groups to be patient with the state’s efforts to fund Proposition 47 during a stakeholders meeting on Friday June 26. Brown said the meeting’s purpose was to clarify any concerns and develop ideas to help spur efforts to assist…CONTINUE READING

San Bernardino Public Library offers activities to combat “summer slide”

photo courtesy/<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Summer slide is a phenomenon that occurs during summer break when children lose approximately two months or 22 percent of the academic year.  The San Bernardino City Unified School District has made three recommendations for parents and guardians to combat summer slide.While kids are enjoying summer break there is a proven phenomenon many parents are unaware of: summer slide. This is what happens when young minds sit idle for three months. Parents may be thinking of family vacations or how to keep children engaged in activities, but what they may not…CONTINUE READING

Youth Conference focuses on business, financial opportunities

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>NLBWA-IE president Cecilia Bolbolian (center) with Ruben Mata and Cesar Vargas.The Inland Empire Chapter of the National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) held their first annual Youth Business Conference on June 29 at the Shandin Hills Golf Club in San Bernardino. Over 30 adolescents were informed on several topics that related to higher education, entrepreneurship, and employment opportunities. According to…CONTINUE READING

SBCUSD board members commit to changing suspension policy

(Photo: Fabian Torres) San Bernardino City Unified School Board Members Abigail Medina and Michael J. Gallo attended a town hall meeting that addressed the district's suspension policy.San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) board members Abigail Medina and Michael Gallo formally committed to supporting changes relating to student suspensions during a town hall meeting organized by the Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), the Youth Action Project (YAP), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and several…CONTINUE READING

First Phase of Waterman Gardens redevelopment project begins

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Housing development, city, and county officials take part in the ceremonial “digging” of the dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Waterman Gardens redevelopment project on June 15.Housing developers, as well as city and county officials held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 15–officially marking the beginning of the first phase of the Waterman Gardens redevelopment project. Seventy-six apartment units on Valencia and 9th Streets in San Bernardino are set to be completed by Summer of 2016, according…CONTINUE READING

Jail Expansion plan to move forward despite opposition

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>A young girl holding a poster that demonstrates opposition to the Indio County Jail expansion.Despite staunch criticism from residents and community organizations across the region, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday June 16 approved a $331 million plan to expand the size of the county jail in Indio. The expansion will add 1,200 beds to the 353 bed, 516,000 square foot facility.…CONTINUE READING

Anti-Human Trafficking rallies continue to take place in San Bernardino

11536453_818421991586872_1044202487899142947_oA group of community organizers, school district officials, and residents marched through G Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday June 10 to shed light on the issue of human trafficking. The demonstration– the second that has taken place in the city in 2015–was led by San Bernardino City Unified School…CONTINUE READING

Pro-immigration advocates remain optimistic about “Health for All” bill

From left to right: Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition (IEIYC) organizers Elizabeth Ojeda, Dianey Murillo, and Saira Murillo.  The California Senate on June 2 approved a health care bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to receive health care benefits similar to Medical, despite facing opposition and undertaking amendments due to concerns over state costs. The legislation is currently being reviewed by the Assembly. Senate Bill 4 (SB-4),…CONTINUE READING

Puentista launches #operationsnacksack to feed homeless in San Bernardino

Courtesy Photo</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>David Gonzales with San Bernardino Valley College counselor Laura Gomez and English professor Alma Lopez.  Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) student David Gonzales, 24, said he was walking through Seccombe Lake Park one afternoon when he noticed two children and their mother stuffing a bed into a vehicle. “It hit me hard,” Gonzales explained. “These are homeless individuals. No one is born homeless so…CONTINUE READING

Westside store owner’s life celebrated during prayer vigil

_MG_4923    Nanka El Hassanieh spoke during a prayer vigil held at the Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino on Friday June 5 of her late husband’s skill of making people smile and his capability to bring people of all ethnic backgrounds together. “My husband–he was a character,” she…CONTINUE READING

SBCUSD board member announces push for Assembly seat

Photo/Fabian Torres</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) board member Abigail Medina sitting next to Cal State San Bernardino president Tomas Morales during a San Bernardino City Strategic Planning meeting earlier this year.San Bernardino Unified School District board member Abigail Medina has decided to run for the California State 40th Assembly seat in the 2016 elections. The seat is currently held by Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga). Among her main goals, if elected, is to improve educational opportunities for youth. Hailing from a…CONTINUE READING

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District announces conservation plan

San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District's display of 15 55-gallon drums symbolizing the amount of water the average consumer uses daily.June 1 was the first day Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order to reduce water usage across the state took effect. Water used for irrigation will need to be cut by half in the next nine months. San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (SBVMWD) officials during a press conference on Monday…CONTINUE READING

Children of Casa Blanca to tell stories on screen

Courtesy Photo</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Cinema Culturas Inland Empire founder and chief executive officer Dr. Cony Martinez (center) with children of the Casa Blanca neighborhood of Riverside.Dr. Cony Martinez, founder and chief executive officer of the Cinema Culturas Inland Empire, is helping the youth of Riverside’s Casa Blanca neighborhood learn the cinema arts in order to develop their critical thinking skills. Three workshops are scheduled to take place on June 6, 20, and 27 at the…CONTINUE READING

Second Annual CommUnity Fest scheduled for June 20

  After last year’s event, San Bernardino Generation Now (SBGN) community relations representative Jorge Heredia has the utmost belief that the continuing success of the CommUnity Fest can provide another foundation–one that will instill much-needed motivation into San Bernardino residents. “There’s something worth fighting for here, and that’s the community,”…CONTINUE READING

Devore bridge to ease traffic flow

Photo/Louis Penna</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>From left to right: Sup. Janice Rutherford, Chairman James Ramos, SANBAG Pres. Dennis Michael, and Sup. Josie Gonzales. All spoke during  the Glen Helen Grade Separation Dedication Ceremony on Friday May 22.  Devore residents will now be able to drive more quickly through Glen Helen Parkway thanks to the completion of a $31.7- million- dollar bridge project with its namesake. San Bernardino County Supervisors, San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) personnel, and Burlington Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) representatives held a ceremony on…CONTINUE READING

Bakery has deep roots in Berdoo

Courtesy Photo</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Tedra Rose (left) and Dorothy Rose (right) with former professional basketball player Shaquille O’Neal.Helen Williams was a woman who was adored by the community for her hospitality and dedication to her children. After living in Texas for the first part of her life, she made the trek to San Bernardino with her husband to find employment at the Santa Fe Railroad during the…CONTINUE READING

Assemblymember, organizations call for more action on health care

Photo/Erika Paz</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Riverside and San Bernardino County organizers united on May 15 to speak about their concerns over Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revise budget.The Wall of Poverty–the phrase used by some to describe the lack of government investment into social programs –has caused social action organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino County to raise concerns over Governor Jerry Brown’s state budget proposal. On Friday May 15, members of the California Partnership (CAP), the…CONTINUE READING

SBVC forum addresses prisoner sentence reductions

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>San Bernardino County Public Defender Steve Bressmer speaking to a San Bernardino Valley College student about Prop. 47 during the Hope for Change forum on April 29.  The theme at the Hope for Change forum at San Bernardino Valley College on April 29 revolved around the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC)–the term sociologists and prison abolitionists use to describe the interests of government and industry in viewing imprisonment as a solution to economic, social and political problems.…CONTINUE READING

Mosaico Music and Arts Festival attracts hundreds to Roosevelt Bowl

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Ana Gonzales and Gustavo Hernandez performing a duet at the Mosaico Arts and Music Festival at Perris Hill Park on May 3.Perris Hill Park’s Roosevelt Bowl was filled with enthusiastic followers of Mexican and Latin American music on Sunday May 3. The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, with the financial support of the James Irvine Foundation and assistance from the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation department, Dr. Ernest and Dorothy…CONTINUE READING

Access Center available to homeless on May 4

Photo/Fabian Torres</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>San Bernardino councilmember, along with San Bernardino Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Mayor Carey Davis, and Mercy House executive director Larry Haynes cutting the ribbon, officially opening the Homeless Access Center on April 23.  A service access center was opened on the northeast corner of Seccombe Lake Park in San Bernardino on April 23, marking the beginning of an Intervention Plan that aims to reduce homelessness. The center will provide various services at the Butler Building—previously used to store equipment for the city’s…CONTINUE READING

SBVC opens center to assist undocumented student population

Henry Vasquez and SBVC student Hector Guzman conducting an indigenous ceremonial blessing during the grand opening of the Dreamer's Center on April 14.  Undocumented students at San Bernardino Valley College no longer have to stand in the shadows, reluctant to seek assistance and advice from counselors and other staff. With the opening of the Dreamers Resource Center on April 14, Dreamers, undocumented students, who migrated to the U.S. at an early age,…CONTINUE READING

Mural project aspires to turn Seccombe Lake Park into symbol of hope

San Bernardino artist, mixed martial arts fighter, and musician Lafonte “Te” Smith, 30, painting the wall of the restroom located on the northwest end of Seccombe Lake Park.Seccombe Lake is under a unique transformation due to the mural project led by San Bernardino Generation Now in collaboration with CSUSB’s Coyote Care Day. The youth-led movement for over a year has committed to picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks, raking the playground area, and removing debris from the lake…CONTINUE READING

SBPD Citizens Academy provides insight on police experience

Photo/Ricardo Tomboc</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>SBPD Lieutenant Travis Walker hands over a duty belt (equipped with a taser, gun, and handcuffs) to Francesca Hillman, as her husband John looks on, during a simulation session on April 8.  Residents participated in a six-week session that taught them the ins and outs of being a San Bernardino Police officer. This culminated Wednesday April 8 when approximately 40 community members received certificates recognizing their graduation of the Citizens Academy from the police department and from California Assemblyman Marc Steinorth…CONTINUE READING

Community leaders, students paint mural in San Bernardino neighborhood

Students from Jerome F. Lederer High School, San Bernardino Generation Now, and the Taking Back Our Neighborhood Streets (TBONS) painted a mural on E.19th St and Sepulveda Ave. on April 11 with the support and encouragement of the Institute for Public Strategies.  A few months ago, a vacant lot sat on the intersection of East 19th Street and Sepulveda Avenue that was filled with trash. It resembled a dumping ground. Although dead grass still stands, the walls of the lot are now livened because of murals that were painted by neighborhood…CONTINUE READING

LGBT awareness imperative to Gay student leader at SBVC

Richard “Lance” Velis was a teenager when former San Francisco Supervisor and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) organizer Harvey Milk was assassinated, along with Mayor George Moscone, in 1978. “It was then that I realized that people could hate me because of my sexuality,” the…CONTINUE READING

Easter egg hunt event gathers community at Indian Springs

San Bernardino youngsters scavenged for some 30,000 eggs during the Kingdom Culture Worship Center’s (KC) fifth-annual Easter Egg Hunt that took place at Indian Springs High School on Saturday April 4. Hundreds of people attended the event where residents also munched on free food and beverages, and…CONTINUE READING

Community Breakfast honors the great Cesar E. Chavez

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>The group "Danza Azteca" performs for attendees of the Fourth Annual Cesar Chavez Memorial Breakfast that took place at the Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino on March 28. The event was organized by the Inland Empire Chicano Latino Caucus.Inland Empire Chicano Latino Caucus (IECLC) member George Aguilar remembers when Chicano icon Cesar Chávez would stop by his family’s La Esperanza market on the westside of San Bernardino in the 1970s to indulge in talk with railroad and farm workers. Later as an adult, he recalled…CONTINUE READING

Non-profit holds festival to help people of Del Rosa neighborhood

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Priscilla's Helping Hands Project R.E.A.C.H. public relations director and event coordinator Araceli Fosado thanking the public for attending the Spring CommUnity Fest on March 27. "These are resources that are very important," Fosado said. "I hope residents took advantage."Residents of the Del Rosa neighborhood in San Bernardino were able to learn more about various community resources and services during the Spring CommUnity Fest that took place on Friday March 27 at the Ecclesia Fellowship Church in San Bernardino. The festival—which gathered approximately 150 people—featured speeches…CONTINUE READING


SBVC students confront and support President Fisher

San Bernardino Valley College president Gloria Fisher provided some clarity about the school’s accreditation dilemma and insight regarding her qualifications as the school’s chief executive during a student forum at the community college campus on Thursday February 19. However, the event did little to quell the tensions…CONTINUE READING



Community Road Shows give public chance to influence change

As the community “road show” events come to an end, school and city officials in the city of San Bernardino will gather input provided by residents and implement it into a long term strategic plan to get the city out of bankruptcy. The first two events on…CONTINUE READING

Mysterious creatures wow Bradley students

Photo/Anthony Victoria</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <p>Bradley Elementary School teacher Paul Prado brings animal mounts (received through a loan program at the San Bernardino County Museum) into his Fifth Grade classroom at Bradley Elementary School every year to give students the chance to present research to their parents.Long time teacher Paul Prado’s favorite academic lesson revolves around animals. The 27-year-veteran of the San Bernardino City Unified School District opted to bring animal mounts (received through a loan program at the San Bernardino County Museum) into his Fifth Grade classroom at Bradley Elementary School to…CONTINUE READING

Lunar Fest Celebrates Korean Veterans

KoreanWarVet1Boy Scout troop leader Rebecca Shin gazed at retired U.S. Army soldier John Chavez, 85, of Highland in admiration. She proceeded to greet him and thank him for his courage in defending South Korea from communism as the former 11th Airborne Division parachutist received commemoration from local…CONTINUE READING