Register to Vote:
All elections are important but when there are very local issues involved it vital that every eligible citizen vote. This November 4th we, the citizens, of this region must cast our vote for both federal and state offices as well as local positions in city government and school governance.
Right now there are many groups out there registering people to vote with the hope that these citizens will actually vote. I am especially pleased to see younger groups such San Bernardino Generation Now registering young potential voters to make their voices heard. And I applaud the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women that valiantly register, educate and provide voter information to general public with the hope of increasing the voter turnout. The last day to register to vote for the November 4th election is October 20.
Because of the severe drought in our state, Governor Brown is asking Californians to do their part by using 20% less water and preventing water waste. The state and our local water departments have some easy to implement water saving tips. For the outdoors, replace grass with drought tolerant landscaping; use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway, sidewalks and patio; and water only late in the evening or early in the morning to minimize water evaporation. For indoor, run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full; check for leaks in the kitchen and bathroom; and when possible replace toilets and appliances with water efficient models. These are just a few tips, your water department will have more and some agencies like the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department offer rebates for qualifying resident to replace toilets and regulators for outdoor watering systems. Call 384-5141 or visit the website at www.sbcitywater.org for more information.
This week the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) rate for the Class of 2014 was 95.5 percent – matching the high rate from last year. The CAHSEE is administered each year in the ten grade and students who do not pass the exam have opportunities in grade eleven and twelve to pass the test. This exam measures competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. Congratulations Class of 2014.
Also this week the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University released a report that is critical of charter school oversight but does offer recommendations to make corrections. The report states that lack of oversight has led to too many cases of fraud and abuse and too little attention to equity. The largest problems are the lack of transparency and having school mangers serve on governing boards.
Former San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles, a woman of many talents and a trailblazer for so many of us, has published a book that honors her mother whose wisdom guided her life. Como Decia Mi Mama – As My Mother Would Say is filled with dichos (proverbs) that those of us coming from traditional Mexican families will recognize. As I read this book it made me remember my grandmother who taught, as did Judith’s mother did, life lessons through her stories and sayings. Thank you Judith for this book. It has made realize that how much wisdom I have had at my disposal throughout my life.
Save the Date:
Saturday, September 27 – The Unforgettables Foundation presents the 1st Annual Battle of the Badges car wash and vendor showcase at the 66ers Stadium, 280 South E Street, San Bernardino. Police, firefighters and paramedics will be raising money for The Unforgettables by competing to see who can wash the most cars, trucks and bikes in a four-hour period. For information call 909.335.1600
Saturday, September 27 – Friends of the UCR Botanic Gardens present a lecture with dinner with Joseph Cahill, President of the Venture Botanic Garden on the topic A New California Botanic Garden for the 21st Century. The event starts at 5:30 with appetizers and dinner and lecture to follow. For information on the Friends Fall Dinner call 909.784.6962 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 28 – Rialto Mayor Deborah Robinson’s 5K Around The Rock hosted by Susan Patane. The event starts at 8 a.m. at the Cemex Lytle Creek Plant, 3221 N. Riverside Ave. Proceeds will benefit Athletics for Life. Register at www.miningawareness.com
Monday, September 29 – the So CA Black Chamber do Commerce will host a Business Mixer from 6:30 to 8:30 at the San Bernardino Community Hospital, 1800 Western Ave.
Friday & Saturday October 10 & 11 – the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce, Members of the Over The Hill Gang, and the City of San Bernardino present ” Rendezvous Back to Route 66″ at the San Manuel Baseball Stadium, 280 South E Street. For information call 909.885.7515 or contact rendezvoustoroute66.com or email@example.com
Thursday, October 23 – University of Redlands presents Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. This event is open to the public. For ticket information visit the University website, www.redlands.edu/offices-directories/campus-events/2669.aspx#.VBDR7X10wy8
Favorite quote in Honor of International Day of Peace (September 21):
“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be one.”
Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org