Communities Concerns Lead to Attempted Kidnap of a Girl at Flores Park

Photo credit SB Sun
George Molina-flores, 26, of Rialto, was arrested for suspicion of attempted kidnapping at Flores Park Tuesday.

Residents of Flores Park and Parents of Dollahan Elementry have been concerned with the illegal and questionable activities taking place outside the school and park that are only seperated by a single 5 foot chain link fence.

Parents of Dollahan Elementary spoke at recent school meetings with Rialto Unified School District Security officers and School Safety Chief Leary (meetings Rialto Police were absent) about creepy guys harassing moms walking in the park, homeless people sleeping and drinking in the park as well as people being witnessed preforming sexual acts in the park in broad daylight.

Residents say that more drugs and sex go on in the park restrooms than anything else. At a recent Safe Routes to School meeting at Dollahan (meetings Rialto Police were absent) parents marked multiple problem houses on maps where drugs are sold, kids are used as drug mules, gang related and former felons sit in open garages and drink all day and a group home full of mentally disturbed right across the street of a park and elementry school are located all around the school. One attempt to create walking groups to school failed because of a concern that pedophiles were targeting the walking group.

Local resident Marie said “that she has lived in the community for over 10 years and there was a time that we felt like Rialto PD cared about our safety. Now they have removed any officers that wanted to help us keep this neighborhood clean what is worse is a council member and officers still have family living here and we get no help”. Marie is right there were dark times where Lt’s like Burkholder, Crispin and Karol all worked very hard to make sure that good people were taken care of and evil did not prevail. These leaders with a community mindset brought in aggressive officers and staff that made things much safer in the Flores Park Community. Then people like former Captain Joe Cirilo that was witnessed multiple times yell at and threatening residents that were looking for help for their community.

Flores Park Neighborhood Watch now has a new Area Commander who acts a lot like former Area Commander Joe Cirilo. Rialto Police Lt. Paul Stella is the current Area Commander and the leadership among the Neighborhood Watch group have expressed a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the Northern portion of Rialto. Neighborhood Watch leadership asked Lt Stella last summer at a promotion ceremony for officers if they could sit down with him and he barked “why would I meet with you?” When they said we would like to give you a insider look into our community and the ongoing issues. Lt Stella said “I know all about your community and your group I don’t need your help.”

The recent Kidnap attempt at Flores Park after school dismissed yesterday it leaves one to ask does he really know what is going on in the community if these concerns preceded the incident the other day? School Safety officers walk the park when they are on campus and identify people not in the park for valid reasons and multiple people have been removed from the park but not by Rialto Police but by School Safety officers according to sources. Now that this incident has happened Rialto Police will have additional patrols after school and cameras have been looked at and any that are not working have been marked to be fixed according to Sgt Nelson form Rialto PD.

Sgt Nelson said that its sad that sometimes it takes incidents like these to move police into action even though it is the desire and goal to place resources to keep them from ever happening. Sgt Nelson also said that now its vital to remain vigilant in alerting the police to any suspicious persons.

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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

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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Fontana Mayor Charges Residents to come to her Coffee with the Mayor event.

So what do you do if your a Mayor facing a recall attempt? You get your face out there right! Well someone failed to tell Mayor Warren in Fontana that you shouldn’t charge a mostly low income, foreign born resident base for the opportunity.

Below is an article in the Fontana Herald where the Fontana Mayor’s coffee event is given exposure through an article in the paper.

Most Coffee events held by city leaders or elected officials are almost always FREE and normally include free hot coffee. Leave it to Mayor Warren to break the mold and make her event a Ivory Tower Elite only event. In a lot of families in the Fontana area $10 is all they have until payday.

Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren is inviting local residents to attend her “Coffee With the Mayor” event on Thursday, April 27 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Warren will discuss how education and workforce development can help create jobs for the Fontana community.

The event will take place at Richter’s, the newest and most exclusive hospitality area at the speedway.

Registration and networking will take place from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. At 8:30, Fontana Chamber of Commerce President Phil Cothran will give opening remarks.

Warren will then speak at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Q&A session.

The event is free to attend for Fontana Chamber members and $10 for general admission.

For more information or to register, call (909) 822-4433 or email anahi@fontanachamber.org.

Top this off with Mayor Warren joining forces with Mayor Deborah Robertson to shut down the only soccer park in Rialto for an exclusive Elite only Jazz Fest in Rialto. If you have an extra $75 laying around plus bring your own food, chairs and shade and are forced to spend more money on drinks at the venue then you can join Mayors Warren (Fontana), Robertson (Rialto), Carey (San Bernardino) & De La Rosa (Colton) for a Jazz Fest.

Also is it just me or does Brad Pomerance host of Charter’s Local Edition News show seem a wee bit to excited to be having this conversation?

 

 

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