Free & Accepted Masons of California Make a Massive Donation to Rialto Literacy

Raising A Reader (RAR) is an early literacy and family engagement program for children ages 0-8 that helps families develop book-sharing routines with their child.

The Video above shows David Phillips owner of Rialto Now with the Grand Master of Free & Accepted Masons of California, John Heisner along with Victor Key of I.E. Lodge 306 at Dunn Elementary School in Rialto, discussing the Raising a Reader program and how CA Masons helped contribute $85,000 to this literacy program.

Fontana business man Lou Worthy who is also a Free Mason had this to say about the Raising a Reader program, “For those not in attendance, the mother of one of the kindergarten students (see video below) participating in this program shared an amazingly heart warming story of how her kids LOVE to read to Grandpa and there was not a dry eye in the auditorium during her heartfelt and tear producing Thank You to CA Masons for helping bring this program to her school.

Schools up and down the state of CA participate in this program. This program brings literacy to young students in the early stages of their Elementary School Education. Providing books and special Raising a Reader red book bags students are given another example of the importance of reading in their lives. As of now the program is only in a few schools but Superintendent Dr. Avila pledged to make that program a district wide initiative.

To learn more about this program:

Raising A Reader National Office
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits — Redwood Shores
330 Twin Dolphin Dr., Suite 147, Redwood City, CA 94065
T 650.489.0550 | F 650.489.0551 | http://www.raisingareader.org

Public Safety takes a Break from Regular Duties to Attend Mayors Jazz Festival

So it appears that police from three different cities will be hanging around Jerry Eves Park in North Rialto. Mayor Robertson has brought back her failure of a Jazz Fest event once again to the city of Rialto. This time instead of just wasting our resources three cities are wasting valuable public safety resources on yet another failed event.

Whoever the Mayor has running her ticket sales they should have learned from the last failed event that dropping ticket prices at the last minute tells people WE CAN’T SELL THESE TICKETS. Normally you give early birds a great price then the general admission price kicks in, but Mayor Robertson not having a business bone in her body just can’t seem to learn how to course correct for the life of her. As you can see the price never went back up it stayed at the $45 price event at the day of the event.

Like it or not our Mayor has once again took it upon herself to spend YOUR tax dollars on a PRIVATE event without any outside oversight, here is a list of what DA Ramos and his staff are refusing to look into:

  • City Commissioners say that Pam Kennedy the Main office Manager was passing out a stack of what looked to be at least 200 tickets out to city staff and commissioners. Who paid for these tickets?
  • Police from Rialto, Fontana and San Bernardino are being used to “Police” the event. Watching Mayor Aquenetta Warrens FB live videos the police are partying right along side the event guests.
  • Nobody else has ever been allowed to completely shut down a public park EVER!!!! Let alone break park rules allowing Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana to be consumed in public park property.
  • Leveraging against local vendors forcing them to purchase large ticket purchases to keep getting lucrative contracts with the City of Rialto. Burrtec, Rialto Water Services LLC, Rialto’s Grant Writers and many more are constantly used to try and make these events successful.
  • Giving preferential treatment to one ride sharing company over others. Mayor Robertson not only excluded Uber drivers from working the event, some drivers have been told to remove their Uber sicker if they drive for both Uber and Lyft. Lyft is the only company allowed to work the event.    

There is nothing wrong with helping a non profit.

There is nothing wrong with helping kids.

There is A LOT wrong with making special rules for yourself, allowing people to speed and drive drunk. There is also something wrong with not following the rules laid out for our PUBLIC parks. Some of the most restrictive rules the mayor supported herself. There are people every weekend using our parks and they get into trouble if they drive cars onto the grass, bring alcohol into the park, smoke tobacco or marijuana in our parks or restrict others from using a PUBLIC PARK.

If people that were previously cited for breaking these rules were smart they would get their citations reversed off of the cities double standard when it comes to enforcing their own municipal code.

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Rialto is Set to Put on the Ritz once again this weekend.

Rialto Unified School District response to the lack of funding for Art Programs is set to once again take the stage. The 13th Annual Puttin’ on the Ritz Fine Arts Gala Fundraiser is this Saturday at Carter High School and once again the ever popular and energetic Jimbo from KCAL 96.7 FM Radio will be the night’s EMCEE.

The Puttin’ on the Ritz Fine Arts Gala Fundraiser has raised over $450,000 dollars for Rialto Arts Programs and has even paid for schools to be exposed to art like field trips to see popular plays. This is made possible by ticket sales but it is also made possible by the highly coveted Silent Auction for the awesome gift baskets that are donated to help raise funds.

Sad to say last year was my first time at the Puttin’ on the Ritz Fine Arts Gala Fundraiser and I was blown away by the talent Rialto students posses. If you miss it this year please follow us as we will be doing a lot of posting and streaming of this wonderful content.

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2nd Annual San Bernardino Art Night this Weekend

two days + two venues + you = great time

Fri., April 21, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. + Sat., April 22, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come and enjoy two days of art, crafts, music performances and food trucks in downtown San Bernardino. The Carousel Mall will feature art displays, crafts and dance performances, while Court Street Square will host bands, DIY chalk art activity, food trucks and spray paint art.  See the Google map below for location details and click here to download the event flier.

Building upon last year’s student showcase, this year with include community artists from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino Valley College, California State University, San Bernardino and the Art Institute of the Inland Empire will be here in full force with a large variety of artwork. From sculptures to films to amazing spray paint work, Art Night has something for everyone to enjoy. DON’T MISS IT.

Food Trucks

Do you continue to miss the City’s Third Thursday Food Fest lunchtime food truck event? No worries, TTFF’s most popular trucks will be here!

Piaggio Argentine Cuisine
Jojo’s Grill-a-Dog
Street Kitchen
Baby’s Badas$ Burgers
Belly Bombz
Smoke ’em if you Got ’em
Made In Brooklyn (MIB) Pizza

Food trucks will be stationed in the Court Street Square parking lot, located just across the street from the Carousel Mall.

Chalk Activity

Last year the do-it-yourself (DIY) chalk activity was such a hit, we’re bringing it back and dedicating more space for visitors to come and show us their skills. This program will take place once again in front of the Route 66 Wall of Fame adjacent to the Court Street Square parking lot.

Court Street Square

Located on the corner of E Street and Court Street, just north of City Hall, Court Street Square’s performance stage will feature local bands of all ages and music styles. This outdoor venue will have temporary seating available and also features a small lawn, great for picnics so bring the family and enjoy some live music in downtown. Special thanks to San Bernardino’s Teen Music Workshop for providing the awesome sound system and for bringing such talented kids to the show!

Kids Activities

San Bernardino’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services department and the San Bernardino City Unified School District will be hosting art workshops for the kids. Workshops will be taking place inside the Carousel Mall. More details to follow.

Parking

Free general public parking will be available at the Carousel Mall parking lot along 2nd Street, just across from Starbucks.

Artist Application window closed on February 2.

The two-day event is open to student and community artists. Artists will be able to both display and sell their original artwork on-site. We recommend setting up the ability to accept credit card purchases to ensure opportunity for success. There is no booth fee; however, if an artist plans to sell artwork, they must have a California State Seller’s Permit and obtain a one-day sales permit($12.00) from City of San Bernardino Business Registration Office. Permit must be displayed at your space on the evening of the event. Note: All transactions must take place directly between the artists and the customer.

Contacts

Vendor/Artists – For more information, please contact Stephanie Sanchez in the Community Development Department at Sanchez_Stephanie@SBCity.org or call 909-384-5057.

Media inquiries – Please contact Monica Lagos, manager of communications at 909-384-5115 or Lagos_Mo@SBCity.org.

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Eisenhower Sings the Praises of 2017 Senior Class

Photo taken by Career Center Teacher Nancy Samir Ibrahimi

Eisenhower has been on a big push to honor and push their students great accomplishments into the spotlight. If you get the text message updates from the schools ASB Department you would have been bombarded by not only updates on upcoming events but a constant flow of celebration messages on students being excepted into a wide variety of colleges. Some schools “say” that college is a desired goal of every student. At Eisenhower the embody the very traits that send a clear message that the school is proud of every students accomplishments.

30 students from Eisenhower High will be going to one of the largest colleges in the Inland Empire UCR Riverside. The top majors by a majority of the 30 UCR accepted student are: PreMed, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Nutritional Science, Biology, Business and Marketing.

Now the goal is to find ways to keep our young people in Rialto or at least keep them close to home. You see while these bright young people are off to seek higher learning in some awesome popular fields of study, what are we doing to provide great opportunities to bring their education and skills to businesses close to home. As it stands now Rialto leadership only cares to open opportunities for our young people to work in warehouses or at Super Walmart.

The question is how far will these parents allow the leadership of Rialto to sell away any opportunity for these young people to return home?

Congrats to all of the Graduating Seniors in Rialto.

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Easter event comes to Rialto

Rialto’s Spring Eggstravaganza April 15th. JOIN US for the Tea Cups Ride, Magic Show, Egg Hunt, Photos with the Easter Bunny and MORE!

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Internal Affairs Investigation Ruins K9 Partner “Jordy’s” Career

Initial reports are that the city has paid over $6000 in boarding fees for former officer Glen Andersons partner Jordy. He was kept at Adlerhorst in Jurupa for ten months at $25.00 per day. This poor hardworking police dog is one of the greatest victims of whatever the Police Chief had an issue with former officer Glen Anderson.

The department purchased a new dog costing around $11,000 from Adlerhorst using money from the police department that could have been spent elsewhere if the Police Chief had not cut ties with the Friends of Rialto Police K9 program. Reports are that K9 Jordy was given back to Adlerhorst for another dog the a new K9 officer choose. Rialto Police added two officers since officer Glen Anderson was fired. These officers will be going through the basic class which cost is approximately $5,000 each costs that the Friends would have normally paid. Due to the length of time Jordy sat at the kennels he was no longer desirable for purchase by any other police agency and was sold to a private party.

This awesome police dog and a former Military Veteran (K9 Military Dog) was locked up, had to spend his birthday in a cage all because of an issue our Police Chief had with one of his officers. Whether officer Anderson was fired for a good reason or for a power struggle the Dog paid the ultimate price for something that was out of his control. The blame falls to Chief Deanda since his actions against former officer Anderson led to Jordy’s lockup.

It’s not just Rialto Now that is worried about Jordy one of our biggest critics since we began writing about the issues at the PD commented this on one of our last articles:

“The only person i feel sorry for is the dog Jordy. woof woof. Free Jordy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Mark Peterson

The people of Rialto have the added burden of costs that are not needed because of the chief’s actions against the Friends of Rialto Police K9’s.

We have received some heat for these stories. These stories are not meant to be done put of spite but to inform the people of Rialto about what is going on in your city. Lets look back at some of the things we have highlighted that if we didn’t write about our failed leaders would have been able to hide their failures and get away with the consequences we the people have to pay:

  • Selling off Rialto’s water – We were key in trying to shut this action down working to highlight that the cities scare tactics were nothing more than just that scare tactics. We also pointed out that NONE of the improvements would ever be made. Five years later we keep electing the same people and all that has been done is our rates are skyrocketing and some of the water meters have been replaced. Almost every single improvement is YEARS behind schedule and our leaders could care less.
  • Money moved around to pay for pet projects – We have been harping on the money movement game for years. It wasn’t until former councilman Shawn O’Connell saw it for himself did it come to a stop temporarily. Were now doing it again and allowing our leaders to get away with it.
  • Councilman Trujillo & Sanctuary Cities – Had it not been for this blog newly elected Councilman Trujillo would have held his sanctuary city meeting and Fontana Herald reporter would have reported it in a much different light. If not for this blog we would be in jeopardy of loosing MILLIONS in federal dollars.

So when we write about these actions it is up to you to dig into them for yourself and look at each situation with clarity and not allow personal relationships to cloud your judgement.

 

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