Rialto City Council Approves Plans To Destroy A Majority Of The Last Standing Historic Orange Grove

On an early Tuesday morning our staff decided to take a look at the agenda for today’s city council meeting. Once we opened the agenda packet we were both glad and sad at the same time. The agenda includes nine proclomations, fifteen consent calander items and eleven tab items. The highlight of the agenda is the Proclamation-Mary McCombs 100th Year Birthday. You may not know Mrs McCombs but she is one of the last living Woman Veterans from World War II (you can see her in a video below).

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One very sad side of tonight’s agenda is the approval of destroying 7.5 acres of historic orange grove to build high end condos with no private yards in an area already struggling with crime issues. The area has had 92 different crimes in the first four months of this year and most of them were drug or property crimes. Adams Acres owner John Adams told us that the Orange grove and farm has been operating at a loss since 1960 but his family kept running it to keep the historical monument and orange trees part of the Rialto landscape. The property in total is ruffly 9.5 acres and Mr. Adams is selling off 7.5 of those acres and keeping 2 acres of fruit trees and vegetable gardening land. The main portion of the trees on the land that is being sold to the developer of Crestwood Communities is Valencia Oranges that are mainly used for juice and don’t carry a high price in the market. There will be over 600 fruit tress on the remaining 2 acres containing 200 varieties of fruit. Mr. Adams has other off site gardens where they grow vegtables at other locations in the city of Rialto, but nothing with so much historical importance.

I bet you said to your self recently we don’t have enough tire shops in Rialto, right? No your probalby tired of Rialto holding the record for having the most indoor swapmeets, Mc Donalds and Tire Shops. Well if you liked to hand car-wash on Foothill near Eucalytus because the city in all it infinite wisdom has approved yet another tire shop that will run from the corner of Eucalytus all the way to the Exudoz Car Dealership. Ledesma 2

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Statement from Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on Celebrating Black History Month

Preceding the statement from the Assembly Woman’s office we would like to include the flowing:

Dr. Harold L. Cebrun-RUSD Superintendent
Barbara A. McGee-City Clerk for Rialto and African American to hold elected office the longest in San Bernardino County

Statement from Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on Celebrating Black History Month

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown released the following statement today in honor of Black History Month:

 

“This month, I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Black History Month. When I think of Black History Month, I am reminded of the countless African American heroes that have made a powerful difference in our world including Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bridget “Biddy” Mason, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and Rosa Parks, to name a few. I also celebrate our everyday heroes in the 47th District who have made a positive impact in our communities, those who have passed on and those who are still with us. I am honored to celebrate African American history and I respectfully salute those who came before us and those who are working in the trenches today.

 

Please help me celebrate some local historic heroes of today:

 

Lois Carson, San Bernardino Community College Board’s first African American trustee

Dorothy Grant, community activist

Acquanetta Warren, Fontana’s first African American mayor and city councilmember

Deborah Robertson, Rialto’s first African American mayor

Wilmer Amina Carter, the Inland Empire’s first African American Assemblymember

John Woods, San Bernardino’s first African American school board member

Carl Clemons, first African American to be appointed to the San Bernardino Planning Commission

Faye Coates, former official songstress for the City of Rialto

Hattie Inge, founder of the Rialto Black History Month Committee

Draymond Crawford, banker

Jack Hill, businessman

Dr. Willie Roberts, educator

Calvin Pierce, first African American Marshal

 

Saluting the memory of those who have passed on:

 

Dr. Dorothy Ingraham, educator

Dr. Howard Ingraham, first African American physician

Jessie Turner, community activist

Charles Redd, educator

Ted Davis, Fontana NAACP president

Sam Martin, first African American elected to the Democratic Central Committee and pioneer publisher

Harry Rheubottom, first African American to have a radio program

Norris Gregory, San Bernardino’s first African American city councilmember

Art Townsend, publisher and community activist

Frank Tillie, mortician

Charlie Seymour, youth and senior citizen advocate

Rufford Johnson, first African American attorney

J.D. Greenwood, CEO of Greenwood Bail Bonds

Valarie Pope Ludlam, champion of the poor

Rev. F.R. Williams, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church

Bill Porter, Buffalo Soldier

Mary McKinney, champion of the poor

Joe Sampson, Rialto’s first African American city councilmember

P.K. Blakely, Golden State Insurance manager

Rev. David Campbell, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Norman Wilson, contractor

Anne Shirrells, youth advocate

 

This is by no means a definitive list of heroes in our district. I invite you to send in your heroes so we may remember them as well.”

 

 

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 SHARES HER VISION OF A THRIVING 47TH DISTRICT

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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) was sworn-in locally at the San Bernardino County Government Center in San Bernardino on Friday, December 21. The ceremony was attended by 200 supporters, local elected officials, friends and family members.

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

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The Honorable Wilmer Amina Carter, State Legislature (Ret.), served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The presentation of the colors was presented by Carter High School’s JROTC, led by Colonel Dave Moreland. The program featured special remarks from San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, Second District, Mayor Acquanetta Warren, City of Fontana, Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto, and longtime San Bernardino community activist, Lois Carson. A special performance was given by jazz saxophonist, J. Boykin, and the oath of office was administered by San Bernardino County Supervisor, Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

Mayor Pete Aguilar, City of Redlands, Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto, Trustee Mary Jane Sanchez, College of the Desert Board, Assemblywoman Cheryl R. Brown, 47th District, Assemblyman Jose Medina, 61st District, and Trustee Denise Fleming, Ed.D., Moreno Valley Unified School District were honored at the San Bernardino County Democratic Party reception for newly elected and continuing Democratic officials.

Mayor Pete Aguilar, City of Redlands, Mayor Deborah Robertson, City of Rialto, Trustee Mary Jane Sanchez, College of the Desert Board, Assemblywoman Cheryl R. Brown, 47th District, Assemblyman Jose Medina, 61st District, and Trustee Denise Fleming, Ed.D., Moreno Valley Unified School District were honored at the San Bernardino County Democratic Party reception for newly elected and continuing Democratic officials.

During her remarks, Assemblywoman Brown spoke about the economic uncertainty faced by the newly drawn 47th Assembly District. She emphasized the need to work together as a community to effect change. “In order to make our vision a reality, we need to work together,” said Assemblywoman Brown. “I have already begun the process of moving forward to accomplish common goals by meeting with mayors of San Bernardino, Colton, Rialto, Fontana, and Grand Terrace.”

 

Brown stated that her vision is to ensure that everyone works together in the 47th District to prepare skilled and educated workers for employment as we improve and create economic opportunities and development. She spoke about the history of the Inland Empire reflecting on its prosperity and optimism. Ultimately, her vision is to see the district thrive.

 

Assemblywoman Brown has made economic development (jobs and business), education and public safety her top priorities. She said her plan is to continue to meet with educational, labor, business, community groups, as well as, elected officials in the district to generate new ideas, regulatory and legislative solutions that will promote educational opportunities and economic growth in the 47th District.

 

For more information, contact (916) 319-2047 or (909) 645-3853.