AARP State President to Present Assemblymember Brown Capitol Caregiver Award

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), chair of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, will be honored with The Capitol Caregiver Award by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) on Friday, February 27, in Fontana. The award will be given by AARP California State President Patricia Perez.

Now serving in her second term, among her greatest priorities have been addressing senior care issues. Her key legislative victories among senior care issues include the passage of AJR 29, which memorialized the Congress and president of the United States to restore federal funding cuts made to senior nutrition programs, and AB 1899,  which ensures that a licensee who abandons residents and their residential care facility be prohibited from operating in California indefinitely.

“I’m extremely honored and privileged to receive The Capitol Caregiver Award by AARP,” said Assemblymember Brown. “This award is special to me because I am a caregiver and I understand the significance of this enormous responsibility. It requires a lot dedication to the people who depend on us. I am truly grateful for this recognition and will continue to support the needs of caregivers across the state.”

The Capitol Caregiver Award recognizes elected officials who advance and support policies that make it possible for older Californians to live independently in their homes.

Assemblymember Brown was selected for the award based on her leadership in introducing AB 1744, also known as the California Caregiver Act of 2014, which was vetoed by the Governor.

AB 1744 would have required the California Department of Aging (CDA) to establish a blue ribbon task force committee on unpaid family caregiving and long term care support services. The blue ribbon task force, consisting of 13 members, would have been responsible for identifying and compiling an inventory of resources and programs available for family caregivers and provide to the Legislature a report of its findings and recommendations.

“On behalf of AARP’s more than 3 million California members, I want to thank Assemblymember Brown for authoring and championing AB 1744, the Family Caregiver Taskforce bill,” said AARP California State President Patricia Perez. “Had it not been vetoed by Governor Brown, AB 1744 would have represented an important step toward easing some of the burdens that face California’s family caregivers. That’s why I am so pleased to present Assemblymember Brown the inaugural Capitol Caregiver award in acknowledgment of and appreciation for her leadership in helping to make life better for California’s family caregivers and their loved ones.”

The award presentation honoring Assemblymember Brown will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fontana Senior Center in conjunction with her senior scam event.

For more information, contact Ashley Jones at 909-381-3238

Officer Mastaler Family Needs Your Support

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Reports from ABC 7 News are reporting that a son of a Rialto Police K9 officer was attacked by his dog in his home. Reports from the ABC 7 News report that the officer had just let the dog out of his kennel and shut the backyard slider and went upstairs. After that his son went into the backyard looking for his mom when the dog attacked him. Neighbors and Officer Mastaler removed the dog from the boy but not before doing enough damage to cause doctors to amputate his foot at the ankle according to ABC 7 News. Read the ABC 7 story here http://abc7.com/pets/4-year-old-attacked-by-dads-police-dog-in-hesperia/515232/

We found the officers name through a Go Fund Me account set up for the boy shared by fellow officers. We urge everyone to give to this account if even $5 its money this boy will need for a long road ahead of him. Here is the link to the account http://www.gofundme.com/HunterMichael?fb_action_ids=10202095886477307&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_ref=fb_g_my_t&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B791343867626071%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%22fb_g_my_t%22%5D

We recently saw these powerful dogs in action and knowing the officer very well I feel sorry for everyone involved.

Rialto PD K9 Demos(2): http://youtu.be/2ceFtZtosU8

We would like to say Thank You

When I first started this blog I didn’t have a real clear idea where it would go or how big it would get. We started this site because of the massive gap that the local and regional media left when covering rialto. This site has morphed into a growing powerhouse of information and dialogue. We have had some awesome support from some awesome people and what is funny is most of the support has come from outside the city of Rialto. Below is a list of some of the supporters that agreed to be listed:

  • Lisa Sparks Watson – Realtor at Nations Realty in Rancho Cucamonga find her at http://www.realtorwatson.com/
  • Rejuvenate Chiropractic – Dr.Kirk and his team offer our fans a $49 special $300 value just go to http://www.drkirkpromo.com/
  • Covered California – If you don’t have insurance don’t miss out open enrollment ends on 2-15-15

We have a large number of silent supporters they know who they are and read and follow the blog regularly so thank you to the SILENT PARTNERS.

Here is a fun fact did you know that Rialto Now has had 3 offers to buy this site? Yet we didn’t sell for these reasons:

  • Each buyer wanted to buy complete control of content but not tell the readers who was behind the content. Meaning they wanted you to believe I agreed with their thoughts on any given topic.
  • Loss of the ability to be straight forward and honest with the community.
  • Evil desires would have won out.

We now can embed video in our posts so get ready to not have to read everything and get to see people recorded reactions to any given situation. Here is a video of my friend Chris Seals who wrote a song back when we had an actor running for Governor.

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Rialto City Council Meeting Tonight

jersey mikes logoTonight is yet another page in the soap opera called the return of the unwanted. Every time our Mayor goes to make a decision one particular councilperson steps in and seems to twist the Mayors arm. We also now know that we have a councilmember that is trying to be the GATE KEEPER for development. It also looks like we are wasting more money to send people to far away places with no real payoff to the city. Here is a breakdown of what is on tap that stood out to me.

  • D.4 – Were going to send Councilman Ed Scott to Washington DC for a cost of over $2,900 for league of cities training? Mr. Scott has been on council before he knows how things work and this is just a waste of money and Mr. Scott using city money to travel nothing more.
  • D.6 – Daley systems wants to offer website marketing to the city for $45,000 for a year. Now as someone who knows digital marketing this is a lot of money for that they are offering to do.

Payment and Term

– $5,000 per month ($3K for weekly archival back up, maintenance and hosting, $2K for content

editing and marketing/ image revises and updates)

– $30,000 (6-month term); hosting for a 12-month at discounted rate

  • I’m confused the Consent Calendar item says not to exceed $45,000 but if the contract is for 6 months or 12 the price exceeds the contract.
  • D.7 – I always wondered what June Hayes got out of being a Utilities Commission Vice-Chair? I thought that she liked the attention or maybe it helped her find a job. I never knew the City paid for her to travel but this item has the city paying $1,802 to travel to Indiana. Wow that money could be used to hold and event, teach our school children about drug and alcohol dangers but to waste it on her travel blows my mind.
  • TAB 2 – This is a PUBLIC HEARING looking for your input on if we should allow Kinder Morgan and other energy providers to place natural gas lines under our streets. What’s funny is Kinder Morgan is fighting the Measure “U” that would infuse millions into the city of Rialto to rebuild our infrastructure. I say we deny this project until they stop fighting what the voters approved.
  • TAB 8 – This is approving the sale agreement between the city of Rialto and Fountainhead Shrugged, LLC which plans to bring a Coffee Bean & Tealeaf to the In & Out development area. Now normally I would be super excited about this type of development but what are they going to do about parking? Wing Stop & Major Brain Freeze haven’t even opened yet and parking and traveling is horrible. Once again our city leaders lack foresight and they don’t seem to care about how difficult if is for you to get to your favorite restaurants. I say the empty pad on the corner of Easton and Riverside Ave be turned into overflow parking. The city is making $942,879.00 on this land sale we shall see how much Fernando Acosta will be paid on this last land sale.
  • TAB 11 – Looks like more money is going into the Pacific Electric Trail and we have yet to hear how they are going to pay to secure this walking path for the residents.

What’s Going On In Rialto This Weekend

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Rialto Power Outage Not Planned

Yesterday power was out in the city of rialto from Cactus and Merrill to beyond Linden Avenue. A recording went out to parents of Dollahan Elementry School parents a school located in the Flores Park area of Rialto. The recording was to tell parents that they would need to pick up thier students early from the after school program Think Together due to power loss at the school.

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**After the fact we found out that the power outage did damage to the schools computers and internet. Also it looks like the power outage also hurt the city of rialto as thier websites are down.**

According to SCE officals in the field Wednesday the power outage that effected thousands of residents and lasted more than 3 hours was caused by a failure in underground lines. Field officals said that underground lines are harder to asses so finding the problem takes longer.

Local Leader Says “Time To Act Is Now”

In all of the turmoil since the latest officer involved actions in 2014 one local leader calls for his colleagues and the media to ACT NOW in response to the rise in the war on police officers in the united states. Councilman Shawn O’Connell from the city of Rialto penned a statement that will make you think about the men and women that keep us safe in this country. (See Below)

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I agree with Councilman O’Connell and wish people would take a step back and help our police. When our police feel supported and understood they feel more comfortable to do their jobs extremely well. Also the trend of holding court on the street with a cop is a poor choice. Police officers are not the lawyers, judges or jury they are a protection and information source for our legal system. As community leaders and media sources we need to do more than a simple call for calm and turn down the rhetoric.

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What do you know about the Rialto Rails to Trails

The Rails to Trails program is explained by americantails.org as the following:

Rancho Cucamonga as the lead agency, together with San Bernardino Associated Governments and surrounding cities, is developing a multi-purpose trail along the Pacific Electric Railway line. The trail links five cities across the west end of San Bernardino County, and connects to a 7-mile rail trail project in eastern Los Angeles County, creating a 21-mile east-west trail corridor. The trail is a source of great civic pride in Rancho Cucamonga, and is credited with improving health, the environment, and the local economy; increasing real estate values along the trail corridor; providing links between the trail and mass transit systems (Metrolink, bus); and promoting historic preservation through connections to historic landmarks and historical sign displays.

( Above is taken from an article. The entire article can be found at http://www.americantrails.org/resources/benefits/SanBernardinoHC08.html )

As stated in the excerpt from the article Rancho Cucamonga is the lead agency in the area with the oldest portion of trail and the most expansive. Rancho also does something else very well they maintian and keep the trail as safe as possible. Can Rialto create a safe place for residents to excersise? I have been bringing this up for the last few years as the City has taken grant money to get this project started and completed. Last time I brought this up to the Police Chief and his command staff at coffee with the cheif in October I was told that the area where the trail will go is much safer than it used to be. So I was interested in this was it safer? Also if it is safer how much safer is it? We went to Crimemapping.com to see how it laid out for the last two months and this is what we saw:

Crime Mapping Rails to trails

Now I’m not sure what you call safe but 245 crimes in just a 2 month span does not look very safe. Also most of these crimes are violent types of crimes assults, robberies stolen vehicles. So Since Rancho Cucamonga is the case study and the reason we are undertaking this endevor lets look at a simular section of trail and the area once again using http://www.crimemapping.com what does it look like?

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It looks very, very diffrent same time period same type of area where the trail dumps off into the next city 47 crimes in two months. This is why when people want to workout they go to this trail its safe.

Now the next disturbing trend on this project is that this public trail will be the first to have access gates to our schools. Yes the public and children will be able to slip onto campus through an approved back door. I spoke to Russel Silva who was an unsuccessful candidate for RUSD School Board and he shared my same concerns about access gates on the trail. Speaking to School Board Member Edgar Montes he was in favor of the gates and didn’t see a major security issue?

Finally are we creating a fee path for criminals to further and easier victimize our community? Before the area had trash weeds and uneven ground making it more difficult to traverse. Now we are going to give criminals clear free access to homes back yards, ability to go from one city to the next and remain off the beaten path, easier access to schools and a new area to tag and sell drugs at.

Don’t believe me are you still buying the load of garbage we have been fed by those at city hall that agree with this project? Right now the walls of the construction site have large graffiti tags from one end to another. The construction crews see it everyday and don’t do anything, Mike Story has been advised 4 times by me (David Phillips) personally and I have called the graffiti hotline twice on this spot. I even spoke directly to the graffiti removal person over the phone and alerted him to the issue and nothing has been done. Here are some pictures of the tags from Cedar behind Rialto Middle School.

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Rialto Police Department has said they will re-staff the bike patrol unit but this has happened before and the unit keeps getting shut down its almost the first thing to go. What we have here is a lot of people ignoring the issues to feed some self serving political agenda. Here are a list of the issues one more time:

  1. Cost – The City Council would like for you to take their line that its grant money and not your money being spent on this project. That is untrue grant money is your money just in a different form. Also general fund money is being spent on this project now. We are paying people salaries to oversee and manage the work being done and this trail will need maintenance and repairs. Rialto does not have a strong suit maintaining public facilities.
  2. Safety – Don’t let anyone fool you the areas that this trail will extend to are not nice areas. You would not sell your home and move into the area most of us wouldn’t even drive through. On top of that we are going to give additional access to two schools and further stretch safety measures. Not to mention this is prime drug trafficking area and it appears that the people tasked with completing the project cold care less about what the area looks like.

Since the city has been so dead set on this project no matter what issues people bring to their attention we need to make sure they deliver on what they promised. It’s time for campaign promise’s to be real life promise’s

2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Everyone is cordially invited to attend this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Please click here for the 2014 Inductees. This event takes place Saturday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. Carl Johnson Center Gymnasium, 214 N. Palm Ave., Rialto. For further information, Please call (909) 877-9706.

Rialto Halloween Events

Well if your planning on staying close to home for Halloween we would like to help you highlight some of the places to go and ways to find safe trick or treating.

Please be mindful that the pro illegal dug legalization crowd has reach a whole new level of sick. So if you are going to let your kids trick or treat please inspect their candy because the marijuana laced candy looks so close its scary and they are going to try and give it to your kids.

If you are trick or treating a good resource is the website http://www.nextdoor.com they offer maps of houses that have selected their home as a safe place to get candy.

Rialto’s Annual Halloween HI-Jinks will be held at the Rialto Civic Center, near the Fire and Police Station. This event takes place Friday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a free, family friendly event with a costume contest, entertainment, games, candy, and much more. If you are interested in hosting a booth and would like more information, please contact us at 909 877-9706
Hallelujah Festival – Join Calvary Chapel Rialto for a fun safe alternative to Halloween. They will have candy, games, food, jumpers, face painting & more. October 31st from 6pm to 9pm.
Inland Lighthouse Church on Cactus and Bloomington offers a Halloween alternative admission is $1 each person.
Cross Point Church also offers a Halloween alternative event see image below:
 

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