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EDITORIAL: Trump’s Obsession with discrediting Barack Obama is what caused “Trumpcare” and other campaign promises to fail

Trump’s objective as it relates to repealing “Obamacare” was never in the interest of the taxpayers, it was to satisfy his desire to destroy Obama’s signature legislation. After failing to minimize Obama’s academic achievements at Harvard, he was desperate to find an issue he could lean on.

Trump just could not accept having a “Black” man in the “White” house especially in light of his having gone to great lengths to de-legitimize and discredit him. The envy grew and grew. In a television interview he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he has been a better leader than U.S. President Barack Obama. There is no limit to what he will do and or say to reduce the public image and credibility of Barack Obama.

From entering politics as the chief promoter of the birtherism conspiracy—complete with claims of mysterious calls coming in to him with new information, to detectives he claimed he sent to Hawaii but were never heard from again—to waking up one Saturday morning tweeting, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones.”

If we learned anything about Trump since June of 2015, is that “if his lips are moving, he’s lying.” Trump’s claim of Barack Obama placing a “Tap” on his phone in Trump Tower was nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the connection between Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Here’s a laundry list of birther declarations Trump made:

“He’s spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.”

“He doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now, somebody told me — and I have no idea if this is bad for him or not, but perhaps it would be — that where it says ‘religion,’ it might have ‘Muslim.’ And if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion, by the way.”

“I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding ... I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility ... then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.”

“His grandmother in Kenya** said, ‘Oh, no, he was born in Kenya and I was there and I witnessed the birth.’ She’s on tape. I think that tape’s going to be produced fairly soon. Somebody is coming out with a book in two weeks, it will be very interesting.”

“He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said ... He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia ... Now they’re saying it was a mistake. Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her, she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break.”

“A lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate. ... Many people do not think it was authentic. His mother was not in the hospital. There are many other things that came out. And frankly if you would report it accurately I think you’d probably get better ratings than you’re getting.”

“An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

**Note: Swahili is the national language of Kenya. It is taught in schools all over the country. It is the second language for students – their first language is their tribal language.

Trump thinks the Oval Office is equivalent to the Mafia Board Room where the negative description and criticism of one’s opponent is a deadly weapon and will eventually result in the opponent’s demise. Blinded by racism and envy, Trump fails to realize that Barack Obama is one of the most popular US presidents in recent history and his insults, lies and criticism has little effect.

Trump On the Affordable Care Plan:

“I think Obamacare is a Disaster and I’ve been saying it from the time before they even voted for it. I said this plan can’t work, it’s going to be a disaster, it was a Big Lie, that is how he got it passed. President Obama said keep your doctor, keep your plan, that turned out to be a lie. He said It 28 different times. It’s a terrible plan. It’s a disgrace that we have to talk about it. Frankly, it should be repealed and replaced, and if i’m elected we’re going to repeal it, replace it with something much better, much better and much less expensive.”

President Trump likes to make outlandish promises in the moment, and then worry about actually delivering on that promise at some much later date. Prior to pulling the “Trumpcare” legislation, he promised congressional Republicans the world if they pass his health-care bill. He needed to back up his promise to America: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.”

Paul Ryan and his far-right colleagues have assured Americans for nearly six years that Republicans will unveil a plan for “a more affordable, higher-quality, patient-centered system.” The plan they had could not pass their own party members.

Trump never takes responsibility for his mis-steps or failures, it’s always someone else’s fault. He blamed the Democrats for their lack of support of “Trumpcare” while he had the White house and Congress on his side. He was defeated by his own party.

“We had no Democratic support,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “They weren’t going to give us a single vote.” “The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is let ObamaCare explode”.

Trump’s criticism of Obama’s ACA flies in the face of his support for the Republican AHCA. He went as far as threatening to campaign against any Republican who voted against the plan which was far inferior to Obama’s ACA, so much so his own party rejected it. His objective was not in the interest of the American, people, it was in the interest of his ego.

Trump made several promises to the American people on his way to the White house: Repeal and Replace Obamacare, reverse the Iran Deal, Build a wall on the southern border, Ban all Muslims from America, and rid America of illegal immigrants.

Thus far, because of his obsession with discrediting Barack Obama, none of these promises have materialized.

He now has set his sights on tax reform. Make no mistake he will take dead aim at those tax codes that support the ACA.

Too much emphasis on discrediting Obama and too little put on leading and governing.

President Trump, you are no Barack Obama. The accomplishments of President Obama is etched in history and cannot be minimized, eradicated, or duplicated by you. Abandon the obsession and create a positive legacy of your own. The humiliation you suffered at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner does not merit this self-destructing effort. Let it go.


Dr. Ben Carson – is a classic example of the Mis-Educated Negro and a misleader.

Publishers Corner

Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

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Dr. Ben Carson – is a classic example of the Mis-Educated Negro and a misleader.

Carter G. Woodson said in his book, “The Mis-Education of the Negro” that “No people can go forward when the majority of those who should know better have chosen to go backward, but this is exactly what most of our misleaders do.”

By: Darwin Campbell
Author of column series “The Black Whisperer

Dr. Ben Carson – is a classic example of the Mis-Educated Negro and a misleader.

In his first speech to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Secretary Carson erred terribly when he said. “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’’ he said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

What planet does Dr. Carson live on?

He either is not Black or never ever studied African-American History.

The Man

Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson Sr. is a highly lauded and respected American neurosurgeon, author, and politician, who currently serves as the 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, under the Trump Administration.

Allegedly an intelligent and bright man, but despite his great accolades and accomplishments and being selected HUD Secretary, the lone African-American in President Donald Trump’s cabinet has proven how uninformed and ignorant he really is when it comes to Black people, African-American history and struggles.

I have written numerous stories from the oral histories of Blacks who lived 100-years plus years for two decades, including the oral history of my own great-grandfather and great-grandmother who shared their experiences with me about the challenges they faced in America back in the day.

Many described what their parents had to do to make a living and protect them living in the racist South. – Immigrants they were most certainly not!!!

Carson’s account of Black life in America is a gross mishandling of African-American history and truly disrespectful to every Black person who lineage is linked back to the plantations in the South and slave ships that crossed the Atlantic. There is a great deal Ben doesn’t know.

He Doesn’t know Definitions

By definition an Immigrant – is a person who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence. people who come to one country from another country, in hopes of having a better life

A Slave– is one in bondage and servitude. It is associated with and emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master. Bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity, often involving burdensome and degrading labor or being in bondage to a cruel master.

If Carson or others don’t understand those basics or fail to acknowledge slavery. Let’s go deeper.

He Doesn’t Understand Times & Conditions

From the writings, American Abolitionist has recorded a host of information on the typical day in the life of a slave – YOU BE THE JUDGE.

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According to the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool England, slaves were captured in Africa, traded, stolen and ripped from their families and put on slave ships – far far from Carson’s description of immigrants making the choice to come to America and see America as a great land of opportunity.

Slaves were not so lucky.

Conditions on board ship during the Middle Passage were terrible and appalling.

The men were confused, gripped with fear and packed together below deck and were secured by leg irons.

The space was so cramped they were forced to crouch or lie down.

Women and children were kept in separate quarters, sometimes on deck, allowing them limited freedom of movement, but this also exposed them to violence and sexual abuse from the crew.

The air in the hold was foul and putrid. Seasickness was common and the heat was oppressive and the lack of sanitation and suffocating conditions meant there was a constant threat of disease.

The combination of disease, inadequate food, rebellion and punishment took a heavy toll on captives and crew alike.

Surviving records suggest that until the 1750s one in five Africans on board ship died.

Those who died were thrown overboard.

The Diaspora took millions of people from Western and Central Africa to different regions throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

Happy Days at The Cracker Resort

According to the historical account, once sold, settled and located to a plantation, the typical day of a plantation slave was generally not very good.

Frankly, many different sources would describe the slave’s day as “Hell”.

The workday for a slave consisted of 15-16 hours per day; 6 days out of the week.

One aspects of a slave’s day were to experience the all-to-common “Hard Driving.”

Hard Driving was when slaveholders pushed their slaves beyond their physical abilities that were regarded as normal.

In the South, the schedule was on a continuous loop as there was no rest season.

The weather was always considered to be good enough for working. All of them were active all year round. Slaves even faced punishment many times for no reason at all.

Punishment of slaves was not just limited to physical discipline, but also consisted of sexual and mental abuse from the slaveholders.

The adult slaves were given one pound of salted cod fish every Sunday by the owner of the plantation. On special Christian holidays, slaves would receive a small amount of rum and some sugar along with possibly some pork or beef.

Slaves were issued new clothes and blankets once a year and children generally went without issued clothing until they were around 9 years of age.

The typical housing on a slave plantation were that 80-90 men, women, and children were crammed into slave quarters.

In some cases, slaves didn’t even have quarters. They lived in small, crappy huts and huddled together even sleeping on the cold, dirty ground as the huts didn’t have any flooring with one blanket.

Also, at any time, a slave men and women had no rights.

Women were raped by White men at will and Black men were sold and some were beaten and even lynched for disobedience.

Other Immigrants who have come to America have always been treated better than a Black slave stolen from their original Motherland– Whether Jews, Germans, people from Syria, Poland, The Irish, Mexicans or Muslims – All of their immigration experiences combined are nothing compared to what Blacks have endured and survived here in America!!!

Carson Talks Like an Idiot and Sounds Like a Fool

How can you equate voluntary immigration with involuntary servitude Secretary Carson!

Whoopi Goldberg was right when she responded to Carson by suggesting he at least read or watch “Roots”.

Most immigrants come here VOLUNTARILY, can’t’ really say the same about the slaves. They were stolen,” Goldberg said in a Twitter post. – She is absolutely right.

All of the information shared by my ancestors in in line with written and collected history of the Black experience in America.

Immigrant huh? Mr. Carson

Tell that to my deceased great grandmother and great grandfather, who shared with me many detailed, accurate and true stories about their experiences and their post slavery parents lives.

Shame on You Mis-educated Negro!!!

You Just Can’t Trust Mis-educated Negroes like Ben Carson and so many others like him!!!


Aguilar Holds Immigration Town Hall with San Bernardino Valley College Dreamers

San Bernardino, CA — Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) held an Immigration and Dreamers Town Hall at San Bernardino Valley College to give a federal update on immigration actions and to hear form Dreamers and staff at the college’s Dreamer Resource Center.

“Dreamers and many in the immigrant community are terrified—so it’s my responsibility to be here to answer any questions they have, provide additional information and to remind them that I am their advocate. And I’m not going anywhere,” said Rep. Aguilar. He continued, “President Trump’s vilification of the immigrant community has caused real harm both in terms of policy and practice. Rather than focus on creating jobs or investing in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure – as he promised – he has prioritized mass deportations. This has to stop. Solving our immigration crisis is about keeping families together, not demonizing parents for wanting to give their children a better life.”

Representatives from the Mexican and Guatemalan consulates were also present to provide students with additional information about their rights and how the respective countries have been working with the United States government in light of new immigration protocol.

Rep. Aguilar is a stalwart supporter of comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and is an ally for the immigrant community. He has opposed President Trump’s xenophobic actions and rhetoric and is committed to working with Democrats and Republicans on a solution to our nation’s immigration crisis that keeps families together.


The Sweet Trials: Dr. Ossian Sweet

The year 1968 was a sad year of dismay. In April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Then two months later in June, presidential candidate Robert Kennedy met the same tragic fate. It was during that time, at age 14, that I learned of the history of the house on the opposite end of the block from where we had recently moved in at 3091 Garland on Detroit’s eastside. The house at 2905 Garland had once been the home of Dr. Ossian Sweet who was the center of what came to be known as The Sweet Trials. After reading his story, I remember thinking how violent the world was. I felt despair!

Dr. Sweet was a graduate of Howard University and Wilberforce University. His practice was internal medicine. Born October 30, 1895 in Bartow Florida, Sweet and his wife settled in Detroit, and this is where the story unfolds.

[Sweet knew friends and acquaintances who had suffered attacks after buying houses in white neighborhoods. The social volatility of the time resulted in the formation of the Waterworks Park Improvement Association; it was based on opposition to blacks moving into formerly all-white neighborhoods. These people were afraid that allowing blacks into their neighborhoods would lower property values. This was important because at this time, buying a home was a very difficult and lengthy process. The idea of buying land free and clear was no longer an option for most blacks, forcing them instead to take out multiple mortgages to buy a home, leading to even more debt. Working-class whites who lived in the neighborhood and made less money than Sweet resented his success.

Fearing an attack after he moved in, Sweet had nine other men at his house on the night of September 9, 1925, to help defend his family and property. The men included Charles Washington (insurance man), Leonard Morse (colleague), William Davis, Henry Sweet (Ossian's brother), John Latting (Henry's college friend), Norris Murray (handyman), Otis Sweet (Ossian's brother) and Joe Mack (chauffeur). Gladys was with them inside the bungalow. Police inspector Norton Schuknecht and a detail of officers had been placed outside the Sweet's house to keep the peace, and protect Ossian and Gladys from any angry neighbors. When a hostile crowd formed for the second consecutive night in front of his home, Sweet felt that “somewhere out there, standing among the women and children, lounging on the porches, lurking in the alleys were the men who would incite the crowd to violence”. As the crowd grew restless some, possibly children or teenagers, threw stones at the house, eventually breaking an upstairs window. Several of Dr. Sweet’s friends were waiting upstairs, armed with guns that Sweet had purchased prior to moving in. Shots were fired from upstairs, hitting two men. One of them, Eric Houghberg was wounded in the leg. The other man, Leon Breiner, was killed. The eleven African Americans inside were later brought to police headquarters and interrogated for five hours. Interrogations would last for an extended period of time and the men were held at the Wayne County Jail until the trial was over.] (Source: Wikipedia)

Sweet’s defense attorney was the famous Clarence Darrow. The home is now a historical landmark of the State of Michigan.


Ron Buttram, Aging and Adult Services Director, passes away

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-Ron Buttram, a director whose career spanned more than 25 years of public service in San Bernardino County, has passed away.

Buttram, 58, served as the director of San Bernardino County's Department of Aging and Adult Services since 2013. The department, which includes Adult Protective Services and the Office of the Public Guardian, provides services and resources to the county’s seniors and adults with disabilities and their families.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California Baptist University and a master’s degree in social work from Loma Linda University. His career with San Bernardino County began in1991 as an Eligibility Worker for the Transitional Assistance Department. He joined DAAS in 1999 and quickly rose through the ranks as a Social Worker, Social Service Practitioner, Supervising Social Service Practitioner, and District Manager. He promoted to a Deputy Director in 2010.

Known for his sense of humor, Buttram was well-respected for his knowledge and dedication.

Assistant Executive Officer for Human Services CaSonya Thomas praised Buttram’s life of public service to the residents of San Bernardino County.

“For more than 25 years, Ron was dedicated to helping others. He truly cared about the well-being of those he served,” said Thomas. “We will miss his dedication and the joy that he brought to those of us who had the honor of working with him over the years.”

County leaders echoed Thomas’ praise.

“Ron devoted an admirable career to fighting for our county’s seniors and helping other county residents when they were desperately in need,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman and First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. Ron will be missed.”

“It is with sadness that we learn of Director Ron Buttram’s passing. I send my most heartfelt condolences to Ron’s family and wish to express how much we appreciated Ron,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fourth District Supervisor Curt Hagman. “Our county was better as a result of his faithful service, Ron will be missed.”

“Ron was a guardian angel and voice for the elderly in San Bernardino County. Every day Ron worked to improve the quality of life for seniors and individuals with disabilities by giving back to them their independence and ability to make their own decisions,” said Fifth District Supervisor Jose Gonzales. “May the outpouring of love received by our senior community serve as a testament to his passion and dedication to his job. He will be greatly missed.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron’s family at this difficult time,” said Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford. “His leadership and his compassion for the senior community will be greatly missed in the Department of Aging and Adult Services.”

“I am saddened to hear of Ron’s passing,” said Third District Supervisor James Ramos. “I extend my deepest condolences to his family and coworkers.”

Details of Buttram’s funeral services are pending.


Publishers Corner: California court: Grand juries can probe police shootings

Publishers Corner, Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A California appeals court tossed out a law that banned grand juries from determining whether police officers involved in fatal shootings should face criminal charges.

The 2015 law sought more transparency in shooting investigations by shifting charging decisions from closed-door grand juries to prosecutors.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that lawmakers can’t restrict grand juries’ constitutional authority to issue criminal indictments.

“To allow the Legislature to restrict this constitutional role in part would be to concede the power to restrict it in its entirety,” Justice M. Kathleen Butz said in the ruling.

The California Legislature adopted the law after grand juries in New York and Missouri declined to indict officers who fatally shot unarmed black suspects, decisions that led to nationwide protests and unrest.

Supporters of the law said the secret nature of grand jury decisions can create the impression that the process is unfair and erode trust in law enforcement, particularly when the outcome seems to conflict with witnesses or cellphone video.

The law left the decision to file charges in deadly police force cases to prosecutors, who have been accused of using grand juries to avoid political fallout from their charging decisions.

The office of the state senator who wrote the law, Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, did not immediately have comment.

The appeals court said the Legislature could seek a constitutional amendment banning grand juries from investigating deadly police force cases or revise the procedural rules that make those grand jury investigations secret.

Prosecutors who challenged the law said grand juries gave them power to force witnesses to testify and could involve more thorough investigations.

Grand juries are composed of community members who weigh evidence presented by prosecutors behind closed doors.

Instead of banning the use of grand juries in deadly police force cases, transcripts of their investigations should be made public, said Mark Zahner, CEO of the California District Attorneys Association, which opposed the law. He said that could make the process even more transparent than an investigation by a prosecutor.

“Our position was always that there’s no backroom, sneaky skullduggery going on in these things,” he said.

The ruling came in the case of a fatal June 2015 shooting by South Lake Tahoe police. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson challenged the law by seeking a grand jury investigation of the shooting.


EGP Announces the Passing of Associate Publisher and COO Jonathan Sanchez

Eastern Group Publications (EGP) Associate Publisher and Chief Operating Officer

Surrounded by his family, Eastern Group Publications (EGP) Associate Publisher and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Sanchez passed away Dec. 23 at his home in Highland Park, California, his family has announced.

Jonathan’s comes following a short battle with cancer. He was 64,

Jonathan was very private and never wanted to burden his family or friends with his illness, so his passing comes as a shock to many who knew and loved him all these years.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and confident to many, an advocate for the Latino community he loved so much and for the Latino-owned small businesses he worked so hard to give a voice to.

Jonathan left us too early and will be sorely missed.

One of nine children, Jonathan was born Aug. 31, 1952 to Juanita Beltran Sanchez and Jose Vicente Sanchez. He was a lifelong Angeleno who spent most of his childhood and adult life in the Northeast Los Angeles communities of Highland Park and Mt. Washington.

Together with his wife of three plus decades, EGP Publisher Dolores Sanchez, they established a highly respected chain of 11 bilingual (English/Spanish language) community newspapers serving East, Northeast and Southeast Los Angeles County. In 2015, the venerable Mexican-American Sun, ELA Brooklyn-Belvedere Comet, Wyvernwood Chronicle and Monterey Park Comet were folded into EGP’s flagship newspaper, the Eastside Sun. EGP’s other publications are the Northeast Sun, Bell Gardens Sun, Montebello Comet and Commerce Comet.

Before joining EGP in 1979, Sanchez was art director at the Bloom Agency, a full service advertising agency that also published monthly magazines. In addition to overseeing the layout and design for the various publications, Sanchez also doubled as a photographer, shooting covers for many magazine covers.

Photography would remain a passion for much of his life. Jonathan was an avid collector of vintage cameras.

Jonathan attended UCLA and completed journalism programs at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

In his capacity as EGP associate publisher and COO, Sanchez oversaw the business side of the family-owned and operated newspaper group, including advertising, client and government relations. He also directed EGP’s special advertising and public relations contracts, such as a multi-year statewide outreach project for California’s former Healthy Families Program that included advertising, public relations, community engagement, enrollment and other elements, and dozens of other contracts.

Shortly before taking ill, Sanchez was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Newspaper Association (CNPA). As a member of the CNPA, Sanchez advocated strongly and successfully against a plan to change California’s public notice laws that would have endangered the public’s ability to know what its government is doing and how taxpayer dollars are being spent. In a letter to state legislators opposing the legislation, Sanchez wrote:

“The changes this legislation would make will severely hamper the community’s right to know, making it more difficult for citizens, taxpayers, property owners and others to access information that could pertain to them, whether in the form of notices about local public works projects, land use and environmental issues, delinquent taxes that could result in property seizure, termination of parental rights, contracting opportunities or ways to mitigate issues arising from government action.” He pointed out that it’s “a step to further disenfranchising Latinos.”

His past professional affiliations include:

– Founding Member and Board Member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce

– Founding President of the California Hispanic Publishers Association (CHPA), a statewide organization of Hispanic owned newspapers that during his term in office reached more than four million readers a week.

– Vice President and founding member of The National Federation of Hispanic Owned Newspapers (NFHON).

– Member of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP)

– Member of the National Newspaper Association

– Founding member of The New California Media, which later became New America Media

– Member of the California Newspaper Publishers Association

– Founding member of The California Free Press Association

– Member of the Latin Business Association

– Member of the Board of Latino Journal

– Member of the Latino Health Coalition

– Member of the Latino Peace Officers Association

Jonathan was appointed by former Gov. Pete Wilson to the Small Business Development Board of the California Trade and Commerce Agency; and California Inspection/Maintenance Review Committee (Department of Consumer Affairs/Bureau of Automotive Repair.)

He was the founder and president of the Eastern Group Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “Family Literacy and Community Volunteerism.” The EGP Foundation’s Letters to Santa program benefited more than 90,000 disadvantaged children and their families. The Foundation also provides internships for college and high school students pursuing a career in journalism, and has previously worked with grammar school students helping them publish their own mini newspapers.

Active in community service, Jonathan also served as a member of:

– Board of Governors of the Crippled Children’s Society.

– Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America.

– Member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Advisory Board.

In May 2016, the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club honored Jonathan and Dolores Sanchez for their support of programs that enrich the lives of children.

Jonathan has received many other recognitions and honors over the years from nonprofit groups, elected officials and the cities where EGP newspapers circulate.

In addition, he has served on numerous boards and committees for community based organizations, law enforcement agencies and educational entities.

Jonathan is survived by his wife Dolores, daughters Deana and Bianca Preciado and her husband Arturo Preciado; brothers David, Miguel, Juan and Pedro and sisters Maria Teresa, Delia and Rose; Dolores’ children Gloria Alvarez and husband Mike Alvarez, their four children and two grandchildren; Michael Sanchez and wife Christine and their five children and four grandchildren; Sarah Ramos and her husband Jon Ramos and their three children and; Joe Sanchez III and his wife Carla, their 8 children, spouses and nearly two dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A Christian Memorial Service will be held Friday, Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Pillar of Fire Church: 4900 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA. 90042.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Jonathan’s name to the nonprofit Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in Lincoln Heights: 2635 Pasadena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90031, (323) 221-9111, or another program supporting children. For more information, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information will be posted on the EGP website: and/or Facebook page .

For more information, email Gloria Alvarez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message at (323) 221-1092.


Publishers Corner - Operation HOPE CEO and Founder John Hope Bryant

January, 2008 — At the request of John Hope Bryant, and inspired by the on-the-ground work of Operation HOPE, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the first ever Executive Order establishing financial literacy as the policy of the U.S. Federal government in the nation’s history.January, 2016 — At the request of John Hope Bryant, and inspired by the credibility and track record of Operation HOPE, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the decision to change the name of the U.S. Treasury Annex Building to the Freedman’s Bank Building.This was the first time in American history that a building has been renamed on the 18 acre White House complex. On March 3rd, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation ‘creating a bank to teach freed slaves about money and the free enterprise system.’January, 2016 — John Hope Bryant and his team organized the largest gathering of leaders in the world for the empowerment of the poor and the underserved. More than 3200 Delegates from 25+ countries gathered for the HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting of Operation HOPE. MSNBC broadcast and webcast the Annual Meeting nationally.The Freedman’s Bank story is now the Operation HOPE narrative, and emerged out of Bryant’s storytelling about the bank in his last bestselling book, “How The Poor Can Save Capitalism. The Solution for the 100%.””How The Poor Can Save Capitalism” has now been translated into four languages (Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Greek), and Bryant is today one of the only bestselling authors on economics in the world, who happens to be of African-American descent.Operation HOPE, founded by John Hope Bryant, is today the nation’s first nonprofit financial services network for the underserved.John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur who, through his network of philanthropic organizations, isresponsible for raising and directing more than $2.5 billion in capital in urban, inner city and underserved communities since the 1992 Los Angeles riots.Bryant has done this with a laser-like focus, using the global economy to help people help themselves. Bryant calls this a “silver rights” movement, utilizing the power of open-source capitalism, and making the free enterprise system work for all.Operation HOPE is building an economy for all.


John Bryant is a 41-year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out.’”

President Bill Clinton


A natural entrepreneur, John Hope Bryant became a businessman early in life with a modest, but life changing, $40 investment from his mother in his first business idea at the age of 10.

John Hope Bryant is a ‘silver rights’ entrepreneur and businessman, author, thought leader, philanthropist and the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures. Bryant has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, whose work has been recognized by the last five (5) U.S. presidents.

On February 26, 2014, Bryant was appointed by President Obama to serve on his new U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, focused on the next generation of young leaders.

Mr. Bryant is one of the only bestselling authors on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American. How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding The Path to the Middle Class (Barrett-Koehler) was selected as the Best Business Book for Economics & Finance for 2014 by 800-CEOREAD, the Best Business Book for Sustainability in 2014 by Business+Strategy and as one of the Essence Magazine Top 10 Best Books for 2014

Bryant is a TIME Magazine 50 (Leaders) for the Future (1994' cover story), and an Oprah’s Angel Network award recipient.


Bryant founded Operation HOPE, HOPE Global Forums, HOPE Global Initiatives, Operation HOPE, South Africa, Operation HOPE, Saudi Arabia, Operation HOPE, Morocco, Operation HOPE, United Arab Emirates, HOPE Inside, HOPE Business In A Box Academies, Banking on Our Future, Banking on Our Future, College Edition, HOPE Coalition America, (Disaster Financial Recovery Score), EFFAK (Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for FEMA), Project 5117, 5 MILION KIDS Initiative, HOPE Corps, HOPE FILE (Fellows, Interns & Loaned Executives) Program, HOPE Office of Innovation, Research & Assessment.

Bryant co-founded Wikia-HOPE Global Money Initiative, Gallup-HOPE Index and Global Dignity.


Bryant created Bryant Group Ventures, Bryant Group Companies, Bryant Speaks, Bryant Group Real Estate, Bryant Group Africa LLC, Bryant Group Motorsports Group (in development) and Bryant Group Racing (in development).


Bryant directly inspired the creation of the City of Los Angeles loan fund (Administration of Mayor Tom Bradley), financial literacy as U.S. federal government policy, circa 2008, (George W. Bush Administration), U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Entrepreneurship Education (George W. Bush Administration), emergency financial disaster preparedness, response and recovery federal policy framework for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA (George W. Bush Administration), commitments for 100+ local financial literacy councils across the U.S., and formalized the inclusion of FEMA into federal financial capability policy (a seat on the U.S. Financial Literacy & Education Commission for the Obama Administration).


Bryant co-founded The New Leaders organization (Los Angeles) and Just Brothers (Atlanta).

Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Bryant is today responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship and community development investments in under-served communities across the U.S. Operation HOPE operates on-the-ground partnerships in more than 300 U.S. cities, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and has served more than 1.5 million clients, recruited and mobilized more than 22,000 HOPE Corps volunteers, enjoys more than 5,000 partners from government, community (including faith) and the private sector, and is the global leader in financial dignity.

Operation HOPE, founded as America’s first non-profit social investment banking organization immediately following the Rodney King Riots of 1992, in South Central Los Angeles, today operates as a global non-profit software company, specializing in the software of human development. Reverse engineering poverty.

Published in 2009, Bryant is the author of business bestseller LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), which remained on the business bestseller list for a total of 18 months. Bryant was at the time one of the only bestselling business authors in America who was African-American.

Published in 2014, How The Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class. The Solution for the 100% (Berrett-Koehler), has already been licensed for Arabic, Korean, Portuguese and Greek languages. The book has also been widely recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek, TIME Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Black Enterprise Magazine and Essence Magazine, and has been featured in numerous media interviews, including CNBC Squawk Box, CNBC On The Money, Fox Business News, and a host of others nationwide.

Mr. Bryant served U.S. President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Underserved and Community Empowerment, and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. In this role Bryant represented the broad interest of approximately 100 million American citizens who struggle at the margins. Under President Obama.

Prior to this, Mr. Bryant served U.S. President George W. Bush as Vice-Chairman of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, and Chairman of that Council Committee on the Underserved as well. Operation HOPE’s work led then President Bush to sign an Executive Order establishing financial literacy as federal policy for the first time in U.S. history.

Raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles, California and homeless for 6-months of his life by age 18, John Hope Bryant has traveled to more than 100 countries, tirelessly promoting the virtues of hope, self-esteem, love leadership, dignity, empowerment and opportunity for all.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton described Mr. Bryant in his bestselling book GIVING saying, “John Bryant is a 41 year-old whirlwind of ideas and action. Lean, intense, focused, and completely positive in his belief in the potential of poor people to prosper, with ‘a hand up and not a hand out.”

In his private business, Bryant leads Bryant Group Cos., and serves on the corporate board of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE), an NYSE publicly traded company and a division of $90 billion private equity firm Ares Capital Management. Bryant serves as chairman of the ACRE Compensation Committee.

Bryant also serves on advisory boards for the Gallup Government Leadership Academy, the Kaplan University Business School, and the Desmond Tutu Center. Bryant is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post and LinkedIn Influencers.

Bryant is a former UN goodwill ambassador to the U.S., a partner with former U.S. President Clinton and his foundation teaching financial literacy, and working with HOPE global spokesman Ambassador Andrew Young, is bridging civil rights to silver rights.

Bryant has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Legacy Award, and was People Magazine’s “Community Hero,” on the 10th anniversary of the worst urban civil unrest in U.S. history.

Bryant’s work has been recognized with the 11th ever John Sherman Award for Financial Education Excellence from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and has received National Community Service Awards from both Spelman College and Livingstone College, and the CUNY/Queens College President’s Award. The USC School of Social Work annually awards an endowed USC John Bryant Scholarship to a deserving student. Mr. Bryant has received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Paul Quinn College of Dallas, Texas, and in April 2008, Bryant completed the Harvard University John K. Kennedy School of Government, Global Public Policy and Leadership Program, as a Young Global Leader.

In the backdrop of the Great Recession of 2009, Mr. Bryant joined Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, Archbishop-Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Global Dignity co-founders HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland, for the closing session of the Annual ‘Davos’ Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on the subject “dignity for all.” Global Dignity is now active in 55 countries.

Connecting civil rights with a 21st century vision for silver rights, Operation HOPE operates its flagship HOPE Inside location at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Ebenezer Church was Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.’s pastoral church, and the Center itself was built in honor of Martin Luther King, Sr. Daddy King

Bryant is a co-founder of Global Dignity, a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a founding member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, the founding curator of the Forum of Global Shapers, Atlanta Hub (World Economic Forum), a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and a member of Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2015, Bryant created Bryant Group Motorsports to advance his passion for auto racing, as a sport, and a vehicle for greater social inclusion. He holds a full competition-racing license. In April 2016, Bryant took a 3rd place overall podium finish and a 1st place win in his class during the Phakisa 2-Hour Endurance Race in South Africa. This was his first official race ever. Bryant now races in South Africa as a member of the Fantastic Racing Team, as their U.S. driver.

Bryant launched a live “silver rights” video series on Facebook in early 2016. The impactful channel has received approximately 4 million views in the first three months!

John Hope Bryant was born on February 6, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Professor Natasha Bryant.


A Note In The Snow

Last week, I flew to Detroit with my team at the request of a major west coast publication. When I landed, they got cold feet; assignment cancelled. Without funding to continue, I should have headed home. But I was getting tips of nasty doings with the ballots in Motown. I could get the evidence that Trump’s victory was as real as his tan.

So I tucked my long-johns under my suit, put on my fedora, and headed out to meet the witnesses, see the evidence and film an investigative report on the Theft of Michigan. With almost no sleep (and no pay), my producer David Ambrose and I put together an investigative film—and donated it, no charge, to Democracy Now! and several other outlets.

As to the airfares, hotels, cars, camera batteries, sound equipment, local assistants and the rest, the bills have piled high as the snow and uncounted ballots. So, here I was, literally out in the cold, hoping you’d see the value of top-flight investigative reporting.

So, buddy, can you spare a dime? Or $100 or so? For that, I’ll send you my new film, the one that, back in September, told you exactly how Trump would steal it. Or a signed copy of the book that goes with it: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, a tale of billionaires and ballot bandits.

I want to thank all of you who donated to get me to Washington DC to testify at the ad hoc Congressional hearing and to speak with the Justice Department about the suppression of minority votes.

(On Monday, I was joined at the Washington Press Club by the nation’s top voting rights attorney, Barbara Arnwine; civil rights legend Ruby Sales; Muslim activist Sameera Khan. They announced plans to take legal and political action against Crosscheck, the Trumpistas’ latest Jim Crow tactic, the one our team uncovered for Rolling Stone. Khan joined me at Justice to present them 50,000 signatures (we unloaded reams of paper on them) gathered by 18 Million Rising, the Asian American advocacy group, to light a fire under Justice.

On Tuesday, I joined the presidents of the NAACP chapters of Michigan and Wisconsin and other front-line voting rights leaders, to plan next steps for this week, for this year, for this decade.

My presentation to Justice, to Congressmen and rights advocates, to the press, was so much more powerful because I arrived in DC with the goods, the evidence, the film, the facts from Michigan, from the scene of the electoral crime.

So, in the end, my assignment wasn’t cancelled: I went to work for YOU. Because I have faith that my readers agree that this work is important, that I’m not on some fool’s errand.

The US media doesn’t want to cover the vote theft—because, hey, the count is over—and we should get over it. I am not over it. I am standing my ground. Let me know if you think I’ve made the right decision. Feed the team. I have nothing to offer you in return except some signed discs and books (or the Combo)— and the facts.

Continue Supporting the 2016 Stolen Election Investigation because it ain’t over and we’re not done. – Greg Palast


Anaheim Man Arrested On Fraud Charges

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - An Anaheim man was arrested today for submitting false or fraudulent documents to a government agency stating that he was in compliance with environmental laws.

Amgad Abdelmassihe, 41, is charged with one felony count of Submission of False or Fraudulent Documents to a Government Agency, and one felony count of Forgery.

Abdelmassihe owned and operated the MA Food and Gas, formerly known as the Valero 7th Street Gas Station located at 15603 7th Street in the City of Victorville.

According to Lead Deputy District Attorney Doug Poston, who is assigned to the case, gas stations are required by law to have annual inspections to confirm proper maintenance and compliance with environmental laws.

"The laws and regulations are in place to ensure that underground storage tanks do not leak toxic and flammable automotive fuels into the water tables, which in some cases lie a short distance from the surface of the earth," said Poston.

Gas station owners are required to supply legitimate documentation of proper facility maintenance to the San Bernardino County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Division, which recently took over the responsibility from the City of Victorville for the regulation of all facilities which handle hazardous materials or wastes.

"Our office remains committed to the protection of our natural resources, and if a regulated business falsifies documentation or tries to avoid compliance with the rules designed to protect our communities from poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink, they can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said District Attorney Mike Ramos. "It's simple, follow the rules or go to jail."

District Attorney Investigators arrested Abdelmassihe at his place of business and he was booked into West Valley Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 12 in Victorville Superior Court. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

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