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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.


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

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


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


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


Route 208 map and schedule:

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Caliber Collision Food Drive in San Bernardino County Part of Nationwide Goal of 5 Million Meals for Children

SAN BERNARDINO, CA (April 21, 2017) – In its ongoing commitment to fight childhood hunger, Caliber Collision is raising the bar with a goal to collect 5 million meals during its 6th Annual Restoration Food Drive, now to May 19.

Locally in the San Bernardino County area, food and cash donations collected by Caliber will benefit Feeding America Riverside-San Bernardino.

As the largest collision repair company in the U.S., Caliber is partnering with its network of teammates, customers, business partners, schools and local communities to increase the number of meals collected in 2017 by 60%.

Caliber’s annual Food Drive is a grassroots effort driven by teammates nationwide who challenge each other in friendly competitions while hosting a wide variety of fun activities that engage and encourage their local communities to donate cash and food items.

According to Feeding America, while most kids and parents eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and vacation, nearly 18 million children in the U.S. who depend on school lunches will go hungry during the summer.

“With an army of 10,000 dedicated and passionate teammates across the country, we know we can make a significant impact on childhood hunger,” said Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Chief Executive Officer. “The continuing success of our Food Drive is a tribute to our teammates who are inspired to serve and our customers and partners, who generously support our efforts to restore the rhythm of regular meals during the summer months for kids in need.”

Grimshaw added that Caliber Collision has committed to a corporate matching contribution for local food banks based on the amount of cash donations and food items collected by Caliber teammates in each local community.

Collection centers are set up at all Caliber store locations throughout the Inland Empire for food and cash contributions. Donations can also be made online at


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Myrell re-elected Chairman of WDB; Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair also re-elected

Tony Myrell has been re-elected Chairman of the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB), and will once again lead the county’s nationally recognized efforts to develop a well-trained labor force that meets the needs of businesses.

Myrell, President and owner of Premier Medical Transportation in Colton, has served on the WDB for more than six years. He holds one of just 25 spots on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Boards which selects chairs from the top-performing regions around the country to work closely with legislators to influence national policy and support partnerships in education, business, economic development and labor.

“Tony Myrell is one of the most recognizable national figures in workforce development, and we’re fortunate to again have him leading our board,” said Robert Lovingood, Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “Continuing the leadership of our workforce efforts is critically important, especially now with the economic opportunities San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire have in front of us. All roads lead here, and we have the pieces in place to take full advantage of that – an excellent quality of life, affordability, a great transportation network and a workforce system that supports our business-growth and economic development efforts.”

San Bernardino County is home to more than 82,000 businesses and has an existing labor force of more than 900,000. A new study by Chmura Economics & Analytics forecasts employment growth across all 21 major business sectors in the Inland Empire over the next 10 years. The report cites business and workforce partnerships, career pathway and training initiatives, and young population mix as factors in building a strong pipeline of workers and trainable job seekers.

“The opportunity we have is unlike any in California, and we’re poised – as a county and as a region – to become a business, economic and job-creation hub for the state,” Myrell said.

Phil Cothran has also been re-elected as Vice Chairman. He has served for over 23 years on the WDB, serving as chair three times and has chaired numerous committees. He owns the Phil Cothran Agency, a State Farm Insurance brokerage in Fontana.

William Sterling has also been re-elected Second Vice Chairman. He has served for six years on the WDB, serving as Second Vice-Chair and on various committees. He is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Sterling Synergy Systems Inc. providing technical and business consulting services throughout the United States.

The San Bernardino County WDB has consistently ranked among California’s highest-performing workforce boards over the years, most recently gaining recognition for its achievements in January 2017. The WDB operates three America’s Job Centers of California and works with partner organizations to provide a multitude of free business solutions and career-development services.


Youth and Law Enforcement Listening Sessions in San Bernardino April 25 & 26

Participants will receive a $50.00 Gift Card

Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy in collaboration with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Police Training Institute (PTI) has launched an exciting new endeavor to help police and the communities they serve work together to build trust and make communities safer places to work and live

This opportunity is for high school and college students (ages 15-22) from Inland Empire who would like to actively participate in this groundbreaking event.

We have 10-15 slots available each day for this learning opportunity, "Connecting Youth, Communities and Law Enforcement (CYCLE)" which is purposed with educating communities and law enforcement officers on how to better interact with each other. The work done on both sides will improve relationships between law enforcement and community members, and build trust thus making communities safer places to live, play and work.

In recent years, Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and other police-related incidents have sparked a national dialogue on how police officers interact with youth-especially youth of color. In an effort to improve interactions between young people and police, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids' Police Training Institute aims to teach police officers how to deescalate conflict effectively and have safe, positive interactions with at-risk young people. By coaching police officers and academy recruits, the Police Training Institute will improve public safety, cut violence, and decrease negative experiences for youth that can contribute to long-term health problems.

There is no cost for registration and meals will be provided.


CSUSB Staff Member Receives National Recognition For His Work With Students

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Anthony Roberson of Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union will receive the Association of College Unions International’s highest honors, the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award, given to members committed to multicultural education in the field of college unions and student activities.

“We are so excited for Anthony,” said Brian Haynes, vice president for the CSUSB Division of Student Affairs. “Anthony personifies what the Revis A. Cox award represents in student services.”

Roberson, who is the facilities coordinator for the student union, was honored at the ACUI’s annual conference in Philadelphia on March 21.

“I am truly humbled to receive the Revis A. Cox Award.” Roberson said. “Every day I strive to make sure students’ voices are heard and valued. I do not do this work for accolades or even awards. I have a passion to help students excel and achieve their goals while they attend California State University, San Bernardino. It truly brings me joy to have the best job in the world working with incredible minded students, which drives me to provide inclusive and safe places for students to engage and achieve all the necessary resources we provide in the SMSU.”

Aaron Burgess, the Santos Manuel Student Union executive director, praised Roberson.

“I am extremely proud to have Anthony as a colleague. His dedication to the success of our students has always been one of his top priority,” Burgess said. “The Santos Manuel Student Union, as well as CSUSB, is a better place because of his amazing contributions to higher education. It is only fitting that Anthony receives the prestigious Revis A. Cox Memorial Award.”

Roberson, who joined CSUSB in 2007, previously served as interim scheduling coordinator and maintenance custodian, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in career and technical studies at CSUSB. He has also served as adviser the Student African Brotherhood, is chair of the Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association annual Pioneer Breakfast, and serves on a number of CSUSB campus committees.

The Revis A. Cox Memorial Award was established as a lasting tribute to Revis Cox and his contributions, commitment, creativity, and relentless support of multicultural education. Through his leadership, he was able to touch both students and staff, not only on his own campus, but also within ACUI. The award recognizes ACUI members committed to multicultural education in the field of college unions and student activities.

Revis A. Cox, the late director of student activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, was an extremely active member of ACUI. He served as a member of the regional conference and steering committees as well as a presenter at the regional and international levels. His most important contribution was his work with the Community of Practice for Multi-Ethnic Professional and Allies (COMP), formerly the Committee on Minority Programs. Cox was instrumental in coordinating and chairing the For People of Color: Strategies for Success seminars as well as other COMP-sponsored programs.

Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. The association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.


Jonathan Isaiah Rodgers, Dub as 2017 Sir Knight at the 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball

The Social-Lites Inc., recently hosted their 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball on Saturday March 11, 2017, the event was very well attended at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

“Men of Tomorrow Pushing Forward” is the theme for the 2017 Beautillion Scholarship Program. The Beautillion Chairwoman Miss Lisa Blacksher stated, “On this 50th Anniversary of the Beautillion, the Class of 2017 will continue the tradition of becoming Great Leaders”. Also working by her side was Beautillion co-chair Cynthia Wilhite. The keynote speaker was Pastor Ollie Jackson Jr., past Sir Knight of 1968.

Mr. Jonathan I. Rodgers, senor at Cajon High School earned a GPA of 4.24 was Dub as 2017 Sir Knight at the 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball. Mr. Rodgers was awarded and received various scholarships and gifts; he will be attending a College of his choice. Mr. Rodgers received a Mr. Congeniality award in the amount of $200, which was voted by his peers, he also received the first annual “ Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader Scholarship Essay” award in the amount of $6,000. He received an Academic Scholarship award in the amount of $1,000, a Beautillion Scholarship award in the amount of $5,000, and a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship award in the amount of $1,000. He also received various gifts such as a Mac Book Pro Laptop, Printer, Luggage, and a personal fitted Men Suit of his choice.

Mr. Steven Henderson was recognized as first runner up for the Sir Knight title and was awarded and received various Beautillion Scholarships awards and gifts, Mr. Akil Cooper was recognized as second runner up for the Sir Knight title and he received the first annual “Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader Scholarship award in the amount of $700. He also received various Beautillion Scholarship awards and gifts. Mr. Christopher Fulton, Mr. Julian Houston, and Mr. Vonte Walker Sir Knight Candidates received various Beautillion Scholarship awards and gifts.

The Social-Lites Inc. wants to congratulate all the participants in the 2017 Beautillion Scholarship Program….


State of the County Business Forum to Feature Forbes Publisher Karlgaard and ESRI Founder Dangermond, Among Other County Business Leaders

San Bernardino County, CA (January 23, 2017) -- San Bernardino County will present its annual State of the County and Business Forum themed “Where Vision & Opportunity Meet” on March 8, 2017 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The presentation will bring together more than 1,000 business professionals, government leaders and community stakeholders to hear from significant local business leaders and the County Board of Supervisors on factors impacting economic success today.

This year’s event will feature a powerful message for the business community along with valuable networking. Featured speakers include Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard along with local business executives that include: Ben Cook, Owner and President, Hangar 24 Brewery; Chris Ma, CEO, Vantage LED; Joe Gavigan, Flight Test Engineering Manager, GE Aviation; Kim Snyder, President, Southwest Region, Prologis; and Jack Dangermond, Founder, Esri.

“Our County is filled with outstanding business success stories, across a number of industries. This year, we are going to hear from them on what drives success, and gain insight from the global perspective of the publisher of Forbes, who has a front row seat on the impact on business today of trends such as disruption and innovation,” said Robert Lovingood, Chair, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The collection of speakers encompasses global and local firms involved in digital mapping, manufacturing, restaurant, aerospace, and commercial real estate. Many of these firms are at the leading-edge of innovation and handling market disruption by creating new markets, discovering new categories of customers, harnessing new technologies, developing new business models and exploiting old technologies in new ways, providing strong content for this year’s audience.

The State of the County event will begin at 4:30 pm. Prior to that, the NAIOP Inland Empire chapter will present a panel on “Innovation in the Inland Empire Real Estate Market.” This panel will feature Joe Cesta, CBRE; Myron Galchutt, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Bill Heim, Lee & Associates; Scott Kaplan, JLL. Terry Thompson, Director of Real Estate San Bernardino County will be the moderator.

Information and tickets for State of the County 2016 and the NAIOP IE panel can be found at

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