Gloria’s Corner




The San Bernardino Symphony earlier this month presented Musical Genius In America, a musicale to celebrate and recognize the contributions by the Honorable Cheryl Brown & Hardy Brown, Sr. Guests at this event enjoyed themed food stations and listened to the smooth sounds of the Cal State San Bernardino Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Bob Knop.

At the annual meeting of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEEP) chairman Brett Guge and IEEP CEO Paul Granillo presented the following awards: Educators of the Year – Dr. Thomas Morales, CSUSB and Dr. Kim Wilcox, University of California, Riverside (UCR); Business of the Year – Loma Linda University, Dr. Richard Hart; Public Partner – City of Corona, Eugene Montanez; Non-Profits of the Year – California Emerging Technology Fund and Ontario Montclair Promise Scholars; Chairman’s Award – Watson Land Company; and President’s Award – Dr. Pamela Clute, UCR.

Who may run for elected office?

In the city of San Bernardino there is the possibility of another large turnover in city leadership. Up for election this November are council seats from Wards Three (incumbent John Valdivia), Five (incumbent Henry Nickel), Six (incumbent Rikke Van Johnson), and Seven (incumbent James L. Melville) and City Clerk (incumbent Georgiann “Gigi” Hanna), City Attorney (incumbent Gary D. Saenz), and City Treasurer (incumbent David C. Kennedy). So far only Rikke Van Johnson has said he will not seek reelection and it is rumored the James L. Mulville may also step out of the running, but I seriously doubt it.

Another local election to look at is the San Bernardino Unified School District School Board. There will be four seats to fill by the voters. Long-time Board member Lynda Savage has confirmed that she will not seek re-election.Mike Gallo, Margaret Hill, and Bobbie Perong are expected to launch campaigns for re-election.

On the state, when U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer announced she would not seek re-election, there was intense speculation as to who might consider running for the office. So far Kamala Harris, Antonio Villaraigosa, Loretta Sanchez, Xavier Becerra, and Tim Donnelly are among the names being discussed as potential candidates.

Save the Date:

Friday, February 27 – the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce presents its 107th Installation of Officers and Business Expo with Casino Night at 1680 South E Street, Suite A. from 6 p.m. to 11p.m. This event will feature food from local restaurants, games, prizes and a Margarita Bar. For booth information and tickets call: 909.885.7515

March is National Women’s History Month

Friday, March 6 – the San Bernardino City Unified School District with the San Bernardino and Highland Chambers of Commerce invite interested community members and business leaders to participate in the Eighteenth Annual Principal for a Day Program. Interested individuals will be asked to fill out a business/community profile by February 6, 2015. For information and forms call Nettie Kaseno (school district) 909.381.1250

Saturday, March 7 – Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, Rialto City Clerk Barbara McGee, Women’s Club of Rialto and NCNW, Inland Empire Section present the 9th Annual The State of Women, Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives. This women’s history month event will be held at 1920 W. Baseline Rd., Rialto, CA starting at 10 a.m. To RSVP call: 909.820.2519 or email

Saturday, March 7 – Rialto Unified School District presents Puttin’ on the Ritz a talent program featuring talented Rialto students. Proceeds go to the District’s Arts Programs. The event will be held at Wilmer Amina Carter High School, 2630 N. Linden from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For ticket information –

Sunday, March 8 – Redlands Community Hospital and Kiwanis present the 32nd Annual A Run Through Redlands. Runners, walkers and wheelchairs are welcome in all events. There are three routes for the 5k, 10k and half marathon courses that wind through Redlands streets as well a 2k for families. The walk starts at 6:15 a.m. And ends around noon at the Redlands Mall. For information and registration contact the Race Director: 909.748.0637 or email or visit the website

Saturday, March 14 – the Redlands Sustainability Network (RSN) and the students of the University of Redlands present the 3rd Annual Redlands Sustainability Festival on the campus grounds.

Sunday, March 15 – the Kiwanis Club of Cooley Ranch present the 3rd Annual Scholarship 5K Fun Run/Walk/Roll to benefit graduating seniors from the Colton Unified School District. Start and finish is at Cooley Ranch Elementary School, 1000 S. Cooley Drive. To register: https:/

March 17 is the 60th Anniversary of the San Bernardino Area League of Women Voters!

Thursday, March 26 – Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino presents its 4th Annual Gala “Keys to the Future” which will honor community partners for their leadership. The event will be held at the National Orange Show, Valencia Room starting at 6 p.m. For sponsorship and ticket information call: 909.799.6738

Saturday, March 28 – the Crafton Hills College Foundation presents its Annual Dinner and Auction, Students Rock Tours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino. For ticket and sponsorship information call: Michelle Riggs – 909.389.3245.

Saturday, March 28 – the Chicano Latino Caucus presents the 4th Annual Cesar Chavez Memorial Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at the Arrowhead Country Club 3433 Parkside Drive in San Bernardino. Featured speaker is Richard Polanco. For sponsorship and ticket information call: George Aguilar 951.906.3130 or email

Saturday, March 28 – the Hispanic Inland Empire Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Open House at the Technical Employment Training Center, 194 N. Leland Norton Way, San Bernardino. For information call: 951.213.9916 or 909.579.7556

Saturday & Sunday, March 28 – 29 – the University of California Botanical Gardens present the Annual Spring Plant Sale from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For information: 951.784.6962 –

Thursday, April 2 – Hispanic Lifestyle presents the Latina Conference at the Ontario Airport Hotel from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. The all day event includes panel discussions on Latinas in business, entertainment, and in the community. For sponsorship or exhibitor information contact: or call 951.940.9099

Friday, April 17 – Time for Change Foundation presents Life’s Precious Jewels Awards Dinner at the National Orange Show Events Center at 6 p.m. For sponsorship and ticket information call: Nicole Wolfe at 909.886.2994 or email

Wednesday, April 22 to Saturday, April 25 – The San Bernardino Orange Show Fair.

Saturday, April 25Mayor Deborah Robertson and the Rialto Youth Collaborative present Rialto Drop In Jazz Festival at Frisbie Park, 598 Easton Street, Rialto. The event is free to the public.

Saturday, April 25 – the Assistance League of San Bernardino presents its 54th Annual Signature Headdress Ball ” Circus Dreams.” This annual event sponsors two major programs, Operation School Bell and the Dr. Earl R. Crane Children’s Dental Health Center. The matinee and an evening gala will be held at the National Orange Show. For sponsorship and ticket information call: 909.862.0732

Tuesday, April 26 – Arrowhead United Way will hold its Annual Meeting and Community Awards, “Planting the Seeds of Hope” from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the National Orange Show Valencia Room

Monday, April 27 – Colton Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Golf Tournament at the Arrowhead Country Club, 3433 Parkside Drive, San Bernardino. For information and RSVP call: 909.825.2222

~Gloria Harrison is publisher of the Inland Empire Community Newspaper Group and can be reached at 909-381-9898 Ext. 209 or