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Time for Change Foundation Hosts Grand Opening

San Bernardino, CA - September 22, 2017 Time for Change Foundation is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new location. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on September 22, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 2164 N. Mt. View Ave in San Bernardino, California. The community is invited to come out and celebrate this momentous accomplishment.

The celebration will be attended by distinguished guests and will include a short presentation, tours, and hors d'oeuvres.

Since 2002, TFCF has been at the forefront of eliminating homelessness through evidence based programs and housing. To date, it has helped over 1,020 homeless women and children in the San Bernardino County reach self-sufficiency in addition to reunifying 249 children with their mothers.

"We are overwhelmed with joy over this new addition to our agency, said TFCF Founder and Executive Director, Kim Carter. "This is another key self-sustaining layer to our overall operations."

The new location will allow TFCF to grow its evidence based programs and housing services which is currently serving 11 different cities.

"Without the support of our donors, this dream wouldn't have come to fruition," said Vanessa Perez, TFCF Associate Director. "It's so exciting to be a part of an agency that is truly impacting lives."

You must RSVP by emailing Lisa Moreno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note: there will be a strict adherence to the RSVP guest list.

The mission of TFCF is to empower disenfranchised low-income individuals and families by building leadership through evidence-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities. To learn more about Time for Change Foundation or to make a donation visit our website. The agency's contact information remains 909-886-2994 and www.TimeforChangeFoundation.org.

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SBCUSD Students Return To School Monday, August 7

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students return to school on Monday, August 7.

Monday is a regular school day. Late start and early dismissal schedules begin the second week of school.

A copy of the 2017–2018 school-year calendar is available for you to view and download at http://bernardino.ss13.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalI d=59953&pageId=360733.

Parents who need to enroll their child should do so at their child’s home school. Call Boundaries at (909) 388-6100 or use the School Site Locator program by visiting http://apps.schoolsitelocator.com/?districtcode=43985 to determine a child’s home school.

Parents of students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) should contact the Special Education department at (909) 880-6863 with questions or concerns about school enrollment.

CAPS Expanded Learning, the SBCUSD before- and after-school program, is not in session on Monday, August 7. Before- and after-school programs begin on Tuesday, August 8.

SBCUSD is focusing on student attendance in the coming school year. Every day your child attends school is an opportunity to learn and be successful. Every day your child misses school is a lost opportunity that puts him or her behind their peers.

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Search resumes for Southern California couple who went missing at Joshua Tree National Park, rescuers say

(August 1, 2017) Rescue teams in Southern California have resumed their search for a young couple who went missing last week at Joshua Tree National Park, according the National Park Service.

The couple, who were in their 20s, failed to check out of their nearby bed and breakfast Friday morning, Brian Rennie, a team member for the Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, told ABC News.

Authorities believe the couple vanished on Thursday night, he added. Their car was found in a dirt parking lot for the Maze Loop trail, and their tracks leading from the car indicate they were heading toward the North Canyon, Rennie said.

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Search Continues For Couple Missing in Joshua Tree National Park

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California – Searchers having been looking for 10 days for a couple who disappeared in Joshua Tree National Park with few leads or traces. Rachel Nguyen and Joseph Orbeso entered the park at approximately 6:45am on Thursday, July 27 and have not been seen or heard from since. An extensive search has been going on in the park since July 28 which has included resources from the National Park Service, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept., Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, San Bernardino County Search and Rescue, the Bureau of Land Management, Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept., US Border Patrol and the California Rescue Dog Association.

While resources have been scaled back, a special regional overhead team made up of investigators from Yosemite National Park and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park have arrived on scene as well as NPS drone specialists from the Grand Canyon. Canine teams from JOSAR are also continuing the search when the scorching temperatures will allow. Superintendent David Smith said, “Our search teams have put forth a tremendous effort for the rescue and recovery of these two young people. We can only begin to imagine just how difficult and painful this whole experience has been for the parents, family and friends of Joseph and Rachel. It has deeply affected the men and women involved in this search. Although we have had to scale back the active rescue, we continue to dedicate park resources to finding them.”

The couple’s vehicle was found at the trailhead of a popular hiking trail known as the Maze Loop. Anyone who might have been hiking or stopping in the area and recall seeing a couple in their early twenties, or having other pertinent information about the two are asked to contact San Bernardino Dispatch at 909 383-5652.

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More Than 1,000 Tax-Defaulted Properties Up For Auction

San Bernardino, CA —  San Bernardino County Tax Collector Oscar Valdez announced today that his office will hold its annual on-line auction of tax-defaulted properties beginning August 5th, with staggered closing times from August 7th through August 11th.
“The benefit of a tax sale is getting tax-defaulted properties back into tax paying status to fund key public services including education, police and fire protection, social and public health services,” Valdez said. “Winning bidders have the opportunity to buy real estate at potentially reduced prices.”
This tax sale auction consists of more than 1,000 properties that have been tax-defaulted for five or more years, and will include both newly-offered and re-offered properties.  Some bids start as low as $100, and the highest bid wins.  Tax information, maps and other due diligence material is available for viewing on-line at www.MyTaxCollector.com.  Property is sold “as is”, and purchasers are encouraged to complete a thorough due diligence review prior to bidding.
Auction properties include single-family residences, timeshares, commercial buildings and vacant land.  To participate in this auction, an advanced deposit of $1,035 is due by July 28th, and you must pre-register to bid.  For more information regarding this tax sale, please visit https://sbcounty.mytaxsale.com – it’s easy, secure and Simply A Better Way To Do Business®.

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San Bernardino City Unified Launches New Mobile App And Website

The new school year in August will bring several new communication tools designed to make it easier for parents and the community to receive information about San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) and its schools.
In August, the District is launching its first mobile application that brings detailed information about school events, news, student schedules, grades, and much more to users with a smartphone or tablet.  The SBCUSD app, available for iOS and Android systems, keeps users up-to-date on everything happening in the District, especially during an emergency.
The District has already launched a new, redesigned website at www.sbcusd.com with a uniform look and feel, consistent navigation, and information that can be accessed quickly, and in many cases, with fewer clicks. Website visitors who prefer to use a mobile device will appreciate the responsive web design, which automatically adjusts content depending on the device being used, allowing information to be easily accessed from any technology device—computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new website also meets all accessibility requirements for persons with disabilities and, thanks to an embedded link for Google Translate, is also more accessible to those whose native language is Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, or one of seven other languages.
These communication improvements are key to keeping parents engaged in the education of their children, according to Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden.
“We’re putting vital information in the hands of parents in a way that is accessible wherever they are,” Marsden said. “There are so many ways to use this information to stay informed and involved.”
The SBCUSD app, available for free download through Apple’s App Store or Google Play, provides a simple option for parents to access the District’s social media accounts, calendar of events, phone numbers, electronic flyers, and teacher pages, among other features.
The new website and app are part of the District’s improved parent communication strategy, including the addition of text and email alerts and a move to digital flyers.
The Communications/Community Relations Department, which oversaw the design of the new website and app, relied on input gathered from parents, teachers, and school administrators.  In a series of parent meetings after the events of April 10, 2017, at North Park Elementary, parents expressed a need to have information readily accessible and in a user-friendly format.
“We’ve listened to our parents and we’re glad to bring them new communication tools,” said Communications Director Linda Bardere. “Parents can now stay connected to all the great things happening in our schools.”
We invite parents, employees, and the public to join us at a special launch reception held on Tuesday, August 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Board of Education building, 777 North F Street in San Bernardino. District students will help you download the new SBCUSD mobile app to your smartphone or tablet. Spanish-language assistance will also be provided.
If you plan to attend the reception and require reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the SBCUSD Affirmative Action Office at (909) 381-1122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least five (5) business days before the event.

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Aguilar Announces $1.3 Million for San Bernardino County Terrorism Preparedness Funding

San Bernardino, CA – Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) announced that the Department of Homeland Security awarded San Bernardino County $1.3 million in federal funds to be used to improve the region’s ability to prepare for, prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks. The funding comes after more than 18 months of Rep. Aguilar advocating for the region to receive the funds and calling on the federal government to allocate additional federal dollars to the Inland Empire community, which is still recovering from the horrific terror attack at the Inland Regional Center on December 2, 2015 that killed 14 and seriously injured 22. The funding will be dispersed through the Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA).

“When the attack in San Bernardino occurred, we became the site of the worst terrorist attack since 9/11. Had it not been for the heroism of our local law enforcement and first responders, we would have lost more innocent lives that day. Their incredible response is an example of how critical preparedness is in situations like this, and that’s why I’ve continuously fought to ensure that our community has the resources it needs to prevent, prepare for and respond to extraordinary emergencies,” said Rep. Aguilar. He added, “I’m glad to see the Department of Homeland Security select our community for this funding and I’ll keep working to ensure our federal agencies step up and help our region as we continue to recover.”

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood commented, “During the Dec. 2, 2015 attack, we found that the cross-training among law enforcement agencies was of tremendous value. This grant will help us continue that work by enhancing security and increasing our counter-terror efforts. And on behalf of the County, we appreciate Congressman Aguilar’s assistance in receiving this grant.”

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said, “Here in San Bernardino, no one anticipated the unthinkable acts that were committed by the terrorists on December 2, 2015. I have always advocated preparedness for the unknown, and programs such as the CCTA will aid in our ability to collaborate with our partners in emergency services to better prepare and try to prevent future acts of terrorism.”

Rep. Aguilar began advocating for the CCTA funds immediately after the terror attack in San Bernardino, working with the Appropriations Committee and taking to the House floor with fellow Inland Empire Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona) to request the federal dollars. Over the following months, Rep. Aguilar consistently spoke with federal officials at the Department of Homeland Security about the grant and advocated on behalf of San Bernardino County to ensure his community would receive the necessary funds.

Since December 2015, Rep. Aguilar has worked tirelessly to bring federal dollars back to the community to help law enforcement offset the incredible costs incurred from their heroic response to the attack, and to help survivors and victims’ families get access to the assistance they need to recover. His efforts have helped the community to receive $1 million to help law enforcement and $4 million to support the short and long-term needs of the terror attack victims.

Rep. Aguilar has and will continue to work with local, state and federal officials on both sides of the aisle to ensure San Bernardino County has the resources it needs to recover and move forward.

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San Bernardino Superior Court Streamlines Operating Hours Countywide

Effective June 5, 2017

In an ongoing effort to ensure consistent access to justice throughout the county, all court buildings will be open to the public at 7:30 a.m. beginning June 5, 2017.

This action establishes a uniform opening time for all court facilities in San Bernardino County from the high desert communities through the central downtown area and the west valley. In addition to countywide uniformity in public access to court facilities, security screening will operate to coincide with these changes.

Clerk offices open at 8:00 a.m. Certain services, such as Self- help and Family Court, operate at different times. A complete list of court building and clerk office operating hours is attached and can also be found at www.sb-court.org.

For questions and additional information, please contact 909-807-8747.

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Redlands woman charged with murder in DUI crash that killed a 3-year-old child

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A 34-year-old Redlands woman has been charged with murder and multiple counts in connection with a DUI crash in San Bernardino that killed 3-year-old Michael Flores.

Crystal Fuentes was arrested Thursday after striking and killing the child who was crossing Base Line Street in a crosswalk with his family.

"This is every parent's worst nightmare, to lose a child," District Attorney Mike Ramos said. "When I heard about the deadly crash that took the life of 3-year-old Michael Flores, my heart broke for him and his family."

Fuentes is charged with one count of Murder, one count of Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, one count of Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol - Prior Convictions, one count of Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content - Prior Convictions, and one count of Driving When Privilege Suspended for Prior DUI Conviction.

Arraignment details are still pending (Case # FSB17001651). When arraignment information becomes available, it will be posted on the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Twitter account (@sbcountyda). No further information will be released at this time

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New Freeway Express Bus Route Connects Yucaipa, Redlands, San Bernardino

(San Bernardino, CA) Omnitrans will launch a new freeway express bus route on Monday, May 1, 2017. Route 208 will operate at peak commute hours on weekdays traveling between the Yucaipa Transit Center, downtown Redlands and the San Bernardino Transit Center.

“Route 208 will cut travel time in half compared to taking local bus routes,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams. “Express buses also have free Wi-Fi on board to help make commuting time more productive.”

At the San Bernardino Transit Center, passengers can connect with 12 other Omnitrans bus routes, the sbX rapid transit line, and routes operated by Victor Valley Transit Authority, Mountain Transit and Pass Transit. Metrolink commuter rail service will be extended to the San Bernardino Transit Center in fall 2017.

Omnitrans is offering free rides on Route 208 during the first week of service, May 1 - 5. Regular fares are $1.75 one-way or $5 for a 1-day pass. Discounts are available for youth 18 and under, senior citizens age 62 and up, military veterans and people with disabilities.

Omnitrans operates two other freeway express routes: Route 290 travels the 10 freeway connecting San Bernardino, Colton, Ontario Mills and Montclair; Route 215 travels the 215/91 corridor connecting San Bernardino, south Colton and Riverside. Ridership on Omnitrans freeway express service is growing with passenger boardings up about 5% year to date.

Personalized routing assistance is available at 800-9-OMNIBUS (800-966-6428) or online at www.omnitrans.org.

Links:

Route 208 map and schedule: http://www.omnitrans.org/schedules/route208/

Trip planner: http://www.omnitrans.org/getting-around/plan-a-trip/trip-planner

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