Rialto’s Farmers Market Today Wednesday

Beginning January 9th, every Wednesday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm,

Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Ave.


(Grass Area off South Parking Lot)!

For more info, please contact the Rialto City Clerk’s Office at

(909) 820-2519 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (909) 820-2519     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

or cityclerk@rialtoca.gov.

Rialto Farmers Market

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Host Open House for Constituents

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Host Open House for Constituents


SAN BERNARDINO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) invites the public to attend her District Office Open House on Friday, February 8 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at her new office in downtown San Bernardino.


The Open House will give the community an opportunity to meet Assemblymember Brown and her staff as well as ask questions and share concerns.


Assemblymember Brown represents the 47th District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.


The District Office is located at 290 North “D” Street, Suite 903, San Bernardino, 92401. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Lisa.Blacksher@asm.ca.gov or call (909) 820-5008.

This is a great opportunity for people from the community to make a face to face contact with your local legislator and bend her ear to issues in your neighborhood, city or regional issues.


Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

Statement from Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on President Obama’s Immigration Reform Speech

Statement from Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on President Obama’s Immigration Reform Speech


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama’s speech in Las Vegas, Nevada on immigration reform:


“I commend President Obama on his decision to move forward with a comprehensive immigration reform plan. This is the most critical step toward de-criminalizing undocumented workers. I know I am not alone in having a family member who has personally experienced the struggles of undocumented workers as they navigate the complicated path to citizenship. It’s exciting to see the United States take a major step toward an immigration policy that unifies our nation. During this legislative session, I urge Congress to move the President’s plan forward and establish a system that promotes fair and equitable immigration reform policies.”


Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.


Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown:http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Swear-in New Sacramento NAACP Executive Committee Members

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Swear-in New Sacramento NAACP Executive Committee Members


SACRAMENTO– Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will swear-in thirteen new executive officers of the Sacramento NAACP branch including the new president, Tyrone Netters, on Wednesday, January 30 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. As a former executive officer of the San Bernardino NAACP branch, Assemblymember Brown said she’s honored to be a part of the experience.


“As a former branch president, I’m proud to support the NAACP. I’m excited to participate in the ceremony as the officiator, it’s a true honor. I am sure the leadership and advocacy of the new executive committee members of the Sacramento Chapter will have an immense and vital impact in the Sacramento community,” said Assemblymember Brown.


This is the second time in history that a former NAACP executive officer in the State Legislature will swear-in an executive committee. The Honorable Mervyn Dymally was the first executive officer in the State Legislature to hold this honor.


The following officers will be sworn-in by Brown on January 30: 


Tyrone Netters, President

Stephen Webb, 1st Vice President

Betty Williams, 2nd Vice President

Velma Sykes, Treasurer

Joell Reed, Secretary

Aliane Murphy-Hasan, Asst. Secretary

Dale McKinney, Chair, Education

David Clements, Chair, Criminal Justice

Peter Brixie, Attorney, Legal Redress

Malachi Smith, Chair, Veteran Affairs

Natasha Drew, Advisor Youth Council

Stacey Drew, Freedom Fund Committee

Dr. Nate White, Chair, Membership


The ceremony will take place in Room 127 from 5:00 – 7:00p.m. A light reception will follow in Room 125.


For more information, contact (909) 820-5008.


Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana , Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.


Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

Steve Johnson, Rialto Eisenhower Shot in Apparent Car Jacking

Coach Steve Johnson was shot in what is being called a car jacking when he pulled over to use a phone more details coming………

Steve Johnson, Rialto Eisenhower

I received word today that the basketball coach for Eisenhower HS – Steve Johnson was shot in San Bernardino. Information is that Mr. Johnson is at Loma Linda and in critical condition.
As we get more information I will update you. I have no other information however, it appears to have been a random a ttack….but this too is not confirmed.

Reports are coming in from Law Enforcement officials in San Bernardino that Coach Steve Johnson’s statements have lacked consistency. His stories have had holes in them.

Something we find interesting is that the coach would choose such a Dangerous place to stop to use the restroom. Second is why he choose to drive to the police station verses calling for help on his cell phone. Remember reports are that the robbers left with none of the victims personal property.

There were reports also that a rumor was being spread that he was shot and school those rumors were quickly squashed.

More details will come in the following days……………

Below is the report From NBC:


A high school basketball coach who was shot multiple times drove himself to a nearby police station and was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, police said Tuesday.

“The student athletes were, as expected, in shock, very quiet,” said Rialto Unified School District spokeswoman Syeda Jafri.

Steve Johnson stopped near Seccombe Lake Park (map) in the 500 block of N. Sierra Way on Monday about 7:45 p.m. to use the restroom. The 47-year-old Yucaipa resident was driving to the south end of San Bernardino to fuel up his car, police said.

While in the parking lot, three men approached the coach and tried to steal his wallet.

“During this time one or more of the suspects fired a handgun at the victim, striking him several times in the upper torso. The suspects fled on foot with no property,” according to a statement from the San Bernardino Police Department.

Johnson drove himself to the police department.

Statement from Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on the Shooting of Steve Johnson, an Eisenhower High School Basketball Coach

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) issued the following statement on the shooting of Steve Johnson, an Eisenhower High School basketball coach:

“I am saddened and shocked by the attempted robbery and senseless shooting of Eisenhower Coach Steve Johnson.  We, as a society, cannot remain inactive to the consistent increase in violence in our country.  We just celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose mission was to promote nonviolence and the power of love. Every day, we are informed of a tragedy as the result of someone mindlessly shooting innocent people.  We must all engage in putting a stop to the violence in our communities.  This can only happen when a community decides to do something to create an atmosphere of safety.  Laws and regulations alone cannot accomplish it.  During my tenure, I will do everything I can to promote a safe environment that advocates resolving our differences, issues and problems by nonviolent means.”

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

Columbine Student’s Father 12 Years Later

What you read below cuts to the very nature of the problems plaguing our society. Our legislators refuse to listen to the fact that the people who commit these horrible crimes have reverence for OUR LAWS. The moment they pull the trigger they show you that.

As a Security Officer I went through a training academy like no other. Its purpose was to train and prepare us for any type of work that we may come across. One of the largest portions of this 3 week training was Campus Security. There are 3 versions of the Surveillance footage from the Columbine shooting massacre.

  1. Is complete roll of footage nothing cut out it shows everything – This is meant for Sworn Law Enforcement.
  2. Slightly edited but shows the way an active shooter would move about a campus it shows people pleading for their lives and hiding looking for cover – This is meant for school Security and Public Safety personnel.
  3. Then there is the footage for the media it is scrubbed of anything inside the school just outer images but it still makes your skin crawl.

Reading this transcript of Mr. Darrell Scott a father of a dead daughter and traumatized grieving son addressing the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee, I feel moved and saddened. Moved because this father refused to allow evil elected officials with dirty agendas to pressure him into a failed sense of decorum our elected officials deserve no more respect than any other man or woman. Sad because even though these were the most moving words I have ever read our elected officials and the lame mainstream media clearly gave this moment little to no airtime.

Columbine Father Darrell Scott Echoes Sentiments Over Sandy Hook ShootingsRead more at http://www.inquisitr.com/442192/columbine-father-darrell-scott-echoes-sentiments-over-sandy-hook-shootings/#zYKBKPBFRQO8dB3f.99

Columbine Father Darrell Scott Echoes Sentiments Over Sandy Hook Shootings
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/442192/columbine-father-darrell-scott-echoes-sentiments-over-sandy-hook-shootings/#zYKBKPBFRQO8dB3f.99

Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of …the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee.
What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal.
There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart. “In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves.
I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,

Your words are empty air.

You’ve stripped away our heritage,

You’ve outlawed simple prayer.

Now gunshots fill our classrooms,

And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere,

And ask the question “Why?”

You regulate restrictive laws,

Through legislative creed.

And yet you fail to understand,

That God is what we need!

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation?
We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. “As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right!
I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!” – Darrell Scott

First Council Meeting of 2013

https://twitter.com/RialtosNowThis is the link to click on Twitter to get a play by play of Rialto City Council meetings we try to attend all of the meetings.

Current sitting Council from left to right. Shawn O'Connell, Ed Plamer, Mayor Robertson & Joe Baca Jr.

Current sitting Council from left to right. Shawn O’Connell, Ed Plamer, Mayor Robertson & Joe Baca Jr.

The meeting held January 8th 2013 was not long but it was full of interesting items.

Rialto PD Community Officer Cpl. Cameron Nelson is giving a presentation on the dangers of synthetic drugs

http://youtu.be/3BArWvTjysI opens his presentation.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/latest-videos?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6714960 Dangers of “Spice” video.

http://youtu.be/-mil_VdTabk After the Video

http://youtu.be/mDbQRyhLL1g Continued presentation

http://youtu.be/BWea3iMX0Io Ends with a Question from Councilman Joe Baca Jr.

Councilman Palmer is asking questions about park cleanliness. This was in reference to Item D2 on the Consent Calendar. Councilman Ed Palmer raised concerns over park cleanliness and the quality of work being done by the outside contractors. His solution for one of the biggest and most used parks is Jerry Eves Park is to allow the Soccer League who uses that park the most to have the responsibility of keeping it clean and getting paid for it.

This is a good idea it raised allot of concerns from other council members of not including other sports leagues and giving them the opportunity, what about changes in the Volunteer ranks of sports leagues and what about parks that had no sports field. They approved the allotment of $39,661 to Azteca Landscaping for Landscape Maintenance District and Grounds Maintenance Services from now until June 30th 2013. In that time Public Works Director Marcus L. Fuller will put together a plan to include community partnerships with groups in Rialto. City Manager Mike Story suggested that the sports teams caring for their own fields could be used to eliminate some of the lighting fees the city has began asking the teams to pay with cuts in revenue.

June Hayes lambastes council over confusing utilities concession agreement. There are businesses and homes outside the city limits that are tied into our waste water system. These individuals are charged 3 times the amount a waste water customer is charged inside the city limits. With the new connection agreement the talk was if the rates would be necessary or fair. The justification of the higher rates remaining was to allow a buffer to exists to help bridge any unseen accounting issues over the next year.

At the last council meeting Councilman Shawn O’Connell asked the city staff to go over the figures and better pin down what was needed and if they could do with a smaller buffer in an effort to bring outside customers in line or close to that of customers inside the city. June Hayes argument was the councils apparent lack of foresight and continued damage to potential businesses by charging the external businesses at such a higher rate. They made a decision to lower the rates for the residential customers from 3 times what Rialto Residents pay to 1.3 times the rate. The rate for the businesses effected outside the city would remain at the rate of 3 times. The reason was to make sure that if Veolia the outside contractor running the wastewater systems number were incorrect the Rialto Rate payers would be in jeopardy of having to fill in the gap with even higher rates. Council echoed the notion you feed the family (Rialto Residents) first. After a year they will re-evaluate the charges. City Attorney Jimmy Gutierrez stated they can legally (in his opinion) charge outside customers higher rates and make a profit.

Councilman Palmer asks for true transparency no more wasting tax dollars on veiled vacations. City Council in an effort to show that they will do whatever they can to show they are sharing in the cuts. This was done by a Motion Councilman Joe Baca Jr. that all trips, conferences and trainings would be frozen for the remainder of this year’s budget ending June 30, 2013 if someone thought there was a reason to attend an event or travel they would have to bring the item before the council and let the people hear what the money was being spent on. Staff reported that there was $22,343 left in the council’s budget and $6,400 for supplies.



Josh Dulaney of the San Bernardino Sun Newspaper called this an attempt to look in the couch cushions for spare change in a effort to balance the budget. If Mr. Dulaney ever spent any real time at council meetings or even getting to know the city he would have known the reasoning for Councilman Ed Palmer to bring this up as a TAB item. Councilman Palmer stated that when he first became a Council Person that he was told the trips were vital, after a few though he began to see it was more vital for city staff to attend conferences and such since they were the ones getting the deals done. He also stated that trips to Washington were more like tax payer vacations because if he wanted to speak with (then) congressman Baca he could see him when he was here in the district.

Mayor Robertson objects to councilman Baca’s motion to eliminate council travel budget and vote on each instance as needed it appeared she saw it as an attack on her the vote passed 3-1 with Mayor Robertson voting No. Two of the amounts highlighted in the budget report were $25,203 for membership in the League of Cities and 5,200 for Mayors League of cities registration.

We move from council travel budget to slurry seal contracts. According the Public Works Director Marcus Fuller in the past the contractors have failed to cover the amount of area they promised so the city is behind their scheduled Slurry Seal plan. American Asphalt was the chosen bid and they came in well under the amount that Mr. Fuller had calculated. Mr. Fuller hoped to be able to extend the scope of work and catch up on the places they have fallen behind.

Visit this web link to learn what Slurry Seal is and what it is used for http://amasphalt.com/services/preventative-maintenance.asp

Moving right along to discussing how to fill the empty council seat the debate over filling the empty council seat was more how to appoint the person and less about if an election was even in the discussion. Mayor Robertson wanted the process to be identical to when she was appointed. With the mayor attending some events in Washington DC this month and the looming deadline of the Utility Tax ballot measure and the further city debt to deal with the councilmen O’Connell, Palmer & Baca decided to have interested parties submit a letter of reference to the city clerk’s office and the Mayor forced a 3 day deadline of last Friday 1-11-2013 at 5 pm. The word around is that 9 people submitted letters for the council to look over. We know that Joe Britt, Ed Scott & Raphael Trujillo were confirmed to have included their letters, the other 5 remain a mystery. Council will spend the following week to make a decision and will make it public on 1-22-2013. To hold a special election it will cost $285K for open council seat that made this avenue a dead issue.

Something confused me at this meeting & I plan to obtain clarification. I requested to speak on 2 issues at this council meeting. I submitted my intentions on the communications form and submitted it. For some reason Mayor Deborah Robertson chose to ignore this intent and force me to wait until the end at the Oral Communications portion of the meeting. It was my understanding that people were directed to this point when they were speaking on an issue not on the current agenda. Under the Oral communications section Council, staff or the Mayor are under no obligation to respond or address your comments. Is it Mayor Robertson’s intent to ignore the will of the people?

In the Oral Communications I (David Phillips) and Rafael Trujillo spoke out. I spoke on the need to be quick, fair & wise with the council appointment as well as highlighting more wasted money that was allocated to the rails to trails project in the amount of $14,500 through heavily populated gang area.

Rafael Trujillo spoke out on the large amount of graffiti that plagued our city over the holidays. Mr. Trujillo was so much calling out the city as he was pleading with them to take care of the graffiti in a timely manner. He said that his community takes care of graffiti inside his community (Elm Park) but he needed the city to pick up the slack on the outskirts of his community.



Join us and help Rialto Rid itself of dangerous thugs and tagging crews by attacking their markings go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rid-Rialto-of-Graffitti/216882198324244

Join us and help Rialto Rid itself of dangerous thugs and tagging crews by attacking their markings go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rid-Rialto-of-Graffitti/216882198324244

Interstate 10 Citrus & Cherry Interchange Projects – January 16 & 17, 2013

Good evening:


The Interstate 10 Citrus Avenue Interchange Project will require freeway lane and ramp closures. For more details on these closures, please view the attached traffic advisory.


To receive email updates, visit our project website: www.fontana.org/citruscherry

To receive email updates, visit our project website: http://www.fontana.org/citruscherry

Safety is very important, soplease drive safely through the construction area, watch for workers and vehicles, follow posted signs, remember toSlow for the Cone Zone and Move Overa lane when it is safe to do so.


Thank you,


Jane Dreher

Public Information Officer

San Bernardino Associated Governments


Call our toll

free project helpline: 1855INFO1010 (185546361010)

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To receive email updates, visit our project website: http://www.fontana.org/citruscherry


Interstate 10 Citrus & Cherry Interchange Projects Helpline: 1-855-INFO-1010 (1-855-463-6101)

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Camp Diva’z Empowerment Workshop Camp

Diva & Fabulous Youth Foundation Event

Saturday, August 10, 2013
  • 12:00pm until 5:00pm

  • Rialto, California 92377
  • I’m a Diva and Fabulous Youth Foundation will be hosting its First Annual “Loving Yourself First” Girls Empowerment Workshop Camp Saturday, August 10, 2013 12pm-5pm … Rialto Community Center 214 N. Palm Avenue Rm. 101 Rialto, Ca 92376. The “LOVING YOURSELF FIRST” Girls Empowerment Workshop will be a 5 hour mentoring and leadership camp. This camp is offered to young girls between the ages of 8-13yrs of age.  Girls have amazing capabilities if they are empowered and given the opportunity to shine. Our young girls are very active, imaginative and unique that is what we want to bring out of each girl in our camp. We are looking for motivational speakers to speak to the girls on different topics at the workshops. If you are interested in being a motivational speaker, donate items/products, or sponsoring this event. Please call Kimberly Woods @ 909.200.7591 or email her @ divaandfabulous@yahoo.com. More information and details coming to you soon. Thank You! Kimberly Woods Founder/CEO I’m a Diva and Fabulous Youth Foundation (DFYF) Phone: 909.200.7591 or 909.609.7144 Website: http://www.divaandfabulousyf.org/ LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/kimberly-woods

Golf with a Cop Clinic

Rialto Police Department is holding a Golf Clinic. This clinic is with a Cop & a Former Golf Pro.

It’s a great opportunity to get our youth involved while allowing them to learn that our Police Officers are not always there to arrest but to help people and make Rialto a great place to live.

Events like these remind me of when I was a kid and the Police and Fire would hand out baseball cards with their info on it. They would sign them give you a thumbs up as driving by or stop by the park to say hello to the community and kids.

Even though budget reductions have changed how our Public Safety officials reach out to the public I’m glad they still look for ways to reach out.

Let’s get our Children invovled!

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