It seems our town is the subject of many, many stories both locally and nationally. Recently a friend mentioned hearing our bankruptcy story on National Public Radio (NPR) and asked why is your city so dysfunctional. As someone who was born and reared here with business and career roots in this city and area, I didn’t have a simple answer. I could say our charter is not functional, we are held hostage by a couple of unions, we have high unemployment, homelessness, a dwindling middle class, a high level of poverty and an apathetic citizenry who does not vote. Those actually are the easy answers because it would seem that with some effort there could be solutions.
There is a basic distrust of our city officials. With the recent recall there was hope there would be positive change. Recently, the mayor was basically given a vote of “no confidence” by the council when they did not approve the renewal of a consultant’s contract to provide services as chief of staff. Not only is there is a lack of civility and respect among the council members, there are also wide spread rumors of strong threats of recall if votes are not in tune with some would be political bosses. All of this adds to the distrust of elected officials by the citizens of this city. The only glimmers of hope are the efforts of neighborhood groups and youth groups that have organized for safety and to clean up and fix up our neighborhoods. I know they worked very hard to get the vote out and are continuing those efforts. I still have hope and continue my civic involvement. I encourage others to stay and continue their efforts to improve the quality of life in our city.
The Alcoa Foundation announced a $30,000 grant to the Alliance for Education project under the San Bernardino County Schools. The Alliance, started and nurtured by then county superintendent Herb Fisher, is the premier partnership between businesses and education communities working to foster Science Technology Education Math (STEM) learning both in and out of the classroom. The Alliance is focused on supporting strategic work in three areas: education, family involvement, and economic and workforce development.
The funds will be used to engage diverse, and underrepresented students in rigorous real-world academies and educational events. Also approximately 2,500 students from 10 schools will learn about post secondary and career opportunities in STEM-related fields.
The Alcoa Foundation, established six decades ago, focuses on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in STEM studies. Since 2000 the Foundation has invested more than10.3 million in Southern California, partnering
Save the Date:
Saturday, December 6 – Inlandia Literary Laureate Juan Delgado joins The Storytellers to tell his story El Rip during Holiday Stories for the Multicultural Soul, part of Riverside’s Day of Inclusion celebration. The event is sponsored by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside Museum Associates, and the Multicultural Council and will start at 1 p.m. at the Box, Fox Entertainment Plaza. The event is free and open to all ages. Juan Delgado is a professor of creative writing, Chicano Literature, and poetry at California State University, San Bernardino.
Saturday, December 6 – the Westside Action Group (WAG) presents a all day Community Forum to discuss economic development, education,and election strategies. The event opens with breakfast and networking at 8 a.m. at San Bernardino Valley College, S. 701 Mt. Vernon, San Bernardino. Many speakers and round tables for discussion are featured along with a catered lunch. For information call: Stan Futch at 915.313.1844
Saturday, December 6 – Friends of Santa Claus, Inc. present The Glory of Christmas Traditions luncheon and fashion show starting at 10a.m. with tree preview and shopping with luncheon at 11:30 a.m. This day of celebration includes: Holiday Specialty Boutiques, Silent Auction Gift Baskets, Live Auction, Macy’s Holiday Fashion Show, and Designer Tree Raffle. For ticket information call: 909.862.07 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 12 – the Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce presents Holiday Installation Dinner Gala honoring leaders in legislative, corporate, community, non-profit, small business, media, veteran, and youth categories. A special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to 90-year-old Graciano Gomez. The event is slated for The Hotel San Bernardino, 285 Hospitality Lane. For ticket information call: 951.213.9916 or email email@example.com
Friday, December 12 – the Colton Wilson Alumni present the 10th & Final Wilson Scholarship Holiday Dance from 5 p.m. To 10 p.m. At the American Legion Post 155 Hall, 1401 N. Veterans Way, Colton. Food by Rosie catering and music by Grupo Neblina are features of this scholarship fund raising event for Colton High. For information on reservations call: 909.794.0601
Saturday, December 12 – the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. – Delta Rho Chapter presents the “4th Annual Educators’ Prayer Breakfast” at the National Orange Show, Valencia Room, 689 South E Street, San Bernardino. Keynote Speaker is Ted Alejandre, Superintendent elect, San Bernardino County Schools. For ticket information, call: 909.864.3267 or 909.991.6422
Saturday, December 20 – the San Bernardino Symphony presents Home for the Holidays concert at the California Theatre 562 W. 4th Street. The program will include many holiday favorites with selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah and Anderson’s A Festival of Carols. For ticket information, visit www.sanbernardinosymphony.org or call 909.381.5388
Something to remember:
Seven Dangers to Human Virtue
1. Wealth without work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Business without ethics
5. Science without humanity
6. Religion without sacrifice
7. Politics without principle
Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org