El Chicano

Bakery has deep roots in Berdoo

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<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…



Assemblymember, organizations call for more action on health care

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<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

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<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

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<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

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<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

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<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

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<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

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<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

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<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

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