Gloria’s Corner



Gloria Macias Harrison

Gloria’s Corner

Community Colleges:

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law bill SB 850 that will allow a pilot program in 15 community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees in job related fields. Locally, Crafton Hills College continues work on its draft proposal for a Bachelors degree program in Emergency Services and Allied Health Systems. The campus will apply once the process is determined by the Community College State Chancellor’s office. Crafton has good chance of being one of the 15 colleges chosen since this unique degree is not offered at local California State Universities or University of California.

Food Trucks:

Part of the Rediscover the City of San Bernardino effort is the launching of a regular Food Fest during lunch hour in the center of downtown San Bernardino. Gourmet food trucks will be stationed next to City Hall in the Court Street parking lot between E & D Streets from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month starting Thursday, October 16. So far the names of the food trucks participating sound interesting – BACON MANia, Mangia Ristorante on Wheels, My Delight Truck, Piaggio on Wheels, The Greasy Wiener, and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Let’s check it out!

New playground:

The Home of Neighborly Service is getting a new playground for the children in the neighborhood. Through a community partnership with Let’s Play, and the national non-profit KaBOOM, more than 200 volunteers will build a new playground on Wednesday, October 15. Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) group that Works to keep children active. It provides the tools, places and inspiration to make play a daily priority for families. Through Let’s Play, DPS has committed $26 million since 2011 to support programs that encourage fit and active lifestyles. This year over 900 grants and 100 playground projects have been funded. It partners with KaBOOM, which has a like goal of physical fitness for children and families. Congratulations to the Home of Neighborly Service, still a vital center for families and children in San Bernardino’s Westside.

Freedom Fund Dinner:

The Honorable Willie Brown will be the keynote speaker for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Freedom Fund Dinner on October 30. This year the event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This historic legislation prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin. In her letter announcing the dinner, Patricia Small, president of the NAACP states, “the local NAACP led the way to the Supreme Court in the landmark Desegregation of Schools case seeking equal access to quality education for children. This case integrated San Bernardino schools and served as a precedent for San Francisco and Los Angels County school districts.”

For sponsorship and ticket information call 909.887.7411 or

Save the Date:

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 or

Saturday, October 18 – Priscilla’s Helping Hands Inc. Project Outreach – will hold a Rummage Sale at 1235 E. Date Street. For information call: 909.881.2800

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,

Thursday, October 30 – the San Bernardino Branch of the NAACP presents the Freedom Fund Dinner at the Hotel San Bernardino at 6p.m. The Honorable Willie Brown is the keynote speaker. For ticket and sponsorship information contact Patricia Small at 909.648.7728 or

Thursday, October 30 – John M. Pfau Library and LEAD present a free screening of the movie Cesar Chavez at 5:30 p.m. in PL-5005 at California State University, San Bernardino. A discussion will be led by Chavez’s grandson, Andres P. Chavez. Free parking is available (see Kiosk). For information contact Iwona Contreras 909.537.3447 or

Thursday, October 30 – the Latino Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association present the 8th Annual “Dia de Los Muertos” social gathering from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gresham Art Gallery, San Bernardino Valley College. For information call: 909.384.8287

Favorite Quote:

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.”

Margaret Mead, American Cultural Anthropologist 

Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspapers and can be reached at

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