City of Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson and the community celebrated the grand opening of the Rialto Community and Learning Center on Saturday, August 1 with a ribbon cutting and mural painting. Of the 4,250 square-foot space leased by Robertson to serve as her campaign headquarters for the next four months, she will only be using 250 square-feet, leaving the rest of the space for the community to use for free.
“We’re in a time of a pandemic where it’s tough and causing a lot of us to be scared… we have to figure how to go about being involved and engaged,” Robertson said during the grand opening. “But we’re always very creative, innovative people, and we have to figure a way where we can continue to stay in contact.”
The center, located at 150 W. Baseline, will serve as a place where the community can interact and engage safely.
During the grand opening celebration Music Changing Lives, a nonprofit geared toward youth access to music, academic assistance and community outreach founded by Josiah Bruny, helped kick off the Peace on Route 66 – an endeavor created by WIN (Women’s Inspirational Network) and Scene 360 Business, that aims to address racial diversity through peaceful means.
The mural depicts 11 members of the community, who have made substantial contributions to the local area.
“Those being depicted in the mural are unsung heroes that have made their mark on Rialto and the surrounding community,” said Selam Petros from Scene 360 Business.
Depicted in the mural are: Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, former Mayor Grace Vargas, Congressman and past City Councilman Joe Baca, Sr., college basketball Coach Jerry Eaves, State Assemblyman and former Rialto Mayor John Longville, former Rialto Board of Education Member and State Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, community activist and founder of the Inland Area Kwanzaa Group William Ratibu Jacocks, Grammy Award-winning music artists Bobby and IZ Avila, community activist and MCL founder Josiah Bruny, and entrepreneur Che Wright.
“The Peace on Route 66 Tour hopes to promote understanding and peace among the many diverse members of our communities in Southern California by opening up conversations about complex issues,” Bruny mentioned.