Libreria del Pueblo, Inc. and The California Partnership and former Fontana resident Virginia Macy filed suit in Sacramento on August 12, 2014 challenging the city of Fontana’s illegal commitment to pay a $1.5 billion debt to a private developer with County property taxes. According to the suit the City of Fontana, in order to finance the infrastructure development in the Jurupa Hills Area, agreed to pay developer Ten-Ninety, Ltd. 15.5% interest on a principal debt of 174 million, increasing the total debt to $1.5 billion. Fontana then illegally pledged to pay the debt with property tax revenues that would otherwise be used for much needed County services.
The suit alleges that the financing structure violates new restrictions imposed on former redevelopment agencies. The plaintiffs have requested a court order preventing Fontana from using property tax revenue to pay the Ten-Ninety’s debt.
The case is being handled by the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles. According to Lynn Martinez, an attorney for the Center, ” In 1987, Fontana promised its citizens that it would only spend $135 million to develop Jurupa Hills. It now owes $1.5 billion and that amount is increasing. Fontana is siphoning over a billion dollars away from Fontana residents, many of whom would benefit greatly from the legal use of these tax dollars.”
Libreria del Pueblo and its’ co-petitioners also are represented by the Public Interest Law Project and Kirkland and Ellis, LLP.
Women’s Equality Day (August 26) was designated by the U.S. Congress in 1971 at the behest of Democratic New York Congress Representative Bella Abzug. It commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment, to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. Women full voting rights in 1920. It is the 43rd anniversary of the Day and the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Medicare is celebrating its 48th anniversary. Congress created Medicare under Title XVII of the Social Security Act and is administered by the U.S. Government. Medicare guarantees access to health insurance to Americans 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system. Since it’s inception there have been changes to include younger people who have permanent disabilities and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and those who have end stage renal disease.
The Social Security Act was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14, 1935 and 2014 marks its 79th anniversary. Social Security evolved as a reaction of the depression poverty rates among seniors of over 50%. The original Social Security Act and the current version due to several amendments provide coverage for the poor as well as dependent children, spouses, survivors and the disabled. By 1937 Social Security cards were issued which became necessary for employment and tax contributions. In 1939 spouses and children were included for coverage and in 1954 the disabled were added. Medicare coverage became part of Social Security in 1965 and ten years later Cost of Living (COLA) was mandated. An increase in retirement age to 66 or 67 happened in 1983 and prisoners were denied Social Security in 2009.
Social Security is estimated to keep approximately 20% of all Americans, age 65 or older above the federally defined poverty level.
Thursday, August 28 – California State University, San Bernardino presents the third free summer movie – The Amazing Spider-Man2 on the South Library Lawn: 5500 University Parkway. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket and enjoy the movie. Donate a book to the library and have your picture taken with movie characters. Free parking available in Lot D. For information call: Iwona Contreras at 909.537.3447 or email@example.com
Saturday and Sunday, August 30 & 31 – the Downtown Summer Festival will feature live music, food, kid activities. From 1 p.m. To 7 p.m. both days at Court Street Square, San Bernardino.
Friday, September 12 – the San Bernardino Black Cultural Foundation Inc. presents the 25th Annual Black Rose Humanitarian and Community Service Awards Banquet at the National Orange Show Valencia Room, 689 South E Street. The event starts at 6 p.m. with dinner and program at 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 – the San Bernardino Arts Connection presents Arts Connection Conference 2014 with the theme of “Professional Practices for Visual and Performing Artists and Administrators”. The conference will be held at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center, 1205 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For sponsorship and registration information visit: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 909.537.5809
“I am sure that everyone of my colleagues – Democrat, Republican, Independent – agrees with the statement. That in the voting booth Every One is equal.”
Barbara Boxer California U.S. Senator
Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at email@example.com