Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Introduced Bill to Give Student-Athletes Full Scholarships and Additional Stipend

What are your thoughts on this bill?


Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Introduced Bill to Give Student-Athletes Full Scholarships and Additional Stipend


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) amended AB 475, which will require public universities in California to award five year scholarships to their student-athletes starting in 2015. Additionally, schools will be required to cover the full cost of attendance and include an additional $3,600 student-athlete participation stipend.


“A year-to-year scholarship does not foster retention and convey that universities have a serious investment in seeing their student-athletes graduate,” said Assemblymember Brown. “Coaches and athletic departments will have to change their approach to recruiting student-athletes.”

The NCAA is responsible for governing an industry that generates over $11 billion annually in revenue. NCAA governs the amount of aid that universities can award each student-athlete and the length of the award. These scholarships do not cover the full cost of attendance to universities in California and require that student athletes sign away their ability to profit from their athletic accomplishments in perpetuity.


AB 475, which is being sponsored by the National College Players Association, will require all scholarships offered by public universities in California to be guaranteed for five years. Additionally, all universities with media and licensing revenues in excess of $20 million would be mandated to cover the full cost of attendance and provide the additional $3,600 stipend.

“It is unconscionable for California to allow a non-profit organization generating billions of dollars in profits to the detriment of college athletes, to dictate the educational policies and practices of our states public universities,” Assemblymember Brown concluded.

AB 475 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Education.


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:

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Speaks About Honoring a Legacy that Continues to Inspires

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Speaks About Honoring a Legacy that Continues to Inspires


Photo caption: (L to R back) Twillea Evans-Carthen, manager, Human Resources Programs & Employment, CSUSB (receiving the certificate for honoree Lois Carson),  Dr. Milton Clark, dean, Undergraduate Studies, CSUSB, Walter Hawkins, former director of research policy and analysis, CSUSB, Sam Fellows, former adjunct professor, CSUSB, the Honorable Wilmer Amina Carter, ret., State Legislature,  Dr. Jean Peacock, associate dean, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, CSUSB, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown, 47 District, and Dr. Mildred Henry, CEO of the San Bernardino Pal Center at the Pioneer Breakfast in the Santos Manuel Student Union on Friday, March 8.

Photo by Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

SAN BERNARDINO -Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Pioneer Breakfast hosted by the Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association at California State University, San Bernardino. The event was held Friday, March 5 at the Santos Manuel Student Union and celebrated pioneering African Americans from the Inland Empire that have made and continue to make significant contributions to the community.


The 2013 honorees were: The Honorable Wilmer Amina Carter, retired, California State Legislature; Walter Hawkins, a founding member of the Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association and retired director of research policy and analysis at Cal State San Bernardino’s department of undergraduate studies; Dr. Jean Peacock, an alumna, founding member of the Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association and professor of psychology and former assistant dean in the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Dr. Mildred Henry, the first African American to become a tenured professor at the university’s College of Education and now a professor emeritus; Lois Carson, a member of the university’s first graduating class in 1967; Sam Fellows, alumnus and adjunct professor, who holds a master’s degree in education and social work from the university; and Dr. Milton Clark, an alumnus and the first Black associate professor of English at the university, who is currently the university’s associate vice president for undergraduate studies and was recently named the university’s first chief diversity officer.


During her address she spoke about the pioneering firsts and sacrifices that were made by each of the honorees on behalf of the Black faculty, staff and student population. During the late 1970s, these individuals set the tone for equality in terms of hiring, retention and promotion within the Black faculty at Cal State San Bernardino.  Among their primary duties was to promote diversity within the university.


As a group, they sought to increase Black student recruitment and improve Black student graduation rates. They also engaged the community, specifically the Black community and worked together to improve campus policies that would eventually benefit Black student recruitment.


“I was honored to be a part of this special event. I enjoyed talking about my friends and the tremendous impact they’ve made in the community, state and for some, the nation. This special recognition was well deserved,” said Assemblymember Brown.


Following her address, she acknowledged the upcoming Class of 2013 graduates and assured them that she’s working very hard to address their needs by creating an environment for job growth.


She spoke about her introduction of AB 285, a bill to improve the quality of life for residents in the 47th Assembly District and throughout the state by promoting small business growth, which will translate to job creation within some of the state’s highest unemployment areas. AB 285 was the first bill that she introduced during the 2013-2014 legislative session, signifying the importance of jobs in the district.


Contact (909) 381-3238 for more information.

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:

Rialto PD Effort to remove Synthetic Drugs From Local Smoke Shop Shelves

Local Store shelf where Synthetic drugs are sold

Local Store shelf where Synthetic drugs are sold

More “SPICE” examples showing the cartoon characters used and bright colored packaging.

After too many close calls with our teens and young adults finding themselves being hospitalized. Rialto Unified Staff, Flores Park Neighborhood Watch, Councilman Shawn O’Connell, Community members and Rialto Police Department partnered together to eliminate the ease of access to Synthetic drugs known under the names “SPICE” or “BATH SALTS” on shelves of local liquor stores and smoke shops.

These drugs are marketed in packaging using cartoon characters and bright colors.


Picture of actual "SPICE"

Picture of actual “SPICE”

More “SPICE” examples showing the cartoon caractars used and bright colored packaging.
More "SPICE" examples showing the cartoon characters used and bright colored packaging.

More “SPICE” examples showing the cartoon characters used and bright colored packaging.

They also reach out by claiming to be manmade Marijuana, but this is far from the truth the chemicals used to create the drug are unregulated and much worse than the very harmful and dangerous Marijuana.

People using this drug for the first time find themselves with symptoms like those in a heart attack patient and find themselves going into cardiac arrest.

Please join us tomorrow Tuesday January 8th at 6:00pm at City Hall city council meeting for the Spice Update – RPD Community Liaison Officer – Cameron Nelson


Press Release From Rialto PD on Synthetic Drug Actions

Press Release From Rialto PD on Synthetic Drug Actions

Perchlorate Settlement News

In response to this article below by Ryan Hagen I reached out to now former Councilman Ed Scott that has been the lead person for Rialto on the perchlorate cleanup settlements. Here is his email statement on this issue:

The settlement announced by the US EPA is important for several reasons not discussed in the Sun Newspaper. The 50 million announced is just part of the overall settlement. This settlement will bring 4.7 million directly to Rialto along with the $500,000 in the PSI settlement and end the appeals against the County. Rialto settlement bring another 4 million In total this brings 9.2 million dollars which will used by Rialto to refund perchlorate surcharges to Rialto’s water users who have been bay the surcharge for the last 10 years. For my household for example this would mean up to an $879.00 refund to my family. Additionally with this settlement in December the City Council will be able to end the perchlorate surcharge on your water bill.

More importantly this will bring a clean up of our water basin to be paid for by responsible parties. The combination of the County clean up system and the Emhart system will cost the parties over 110 million dollars.

This is a huge victory for Rialto and its residents as the council member who has dedicated a great deal of my time on these settlements I thank the Council for having the faith in me to accomplish these settlements. Their persistence and courage is something the residents should be proud of.

As I say good bye to the City Council and its residents I Am proud to be able to say we are done with the perchlorate litigation.

Ed Scott

Mayor Pro Tem

What came out in the Sun Newspaper today has the possibility to be troubling due to the current fears over revenues in a city struggling to remain afloat. Here are the apparent comments from city staff according to the SUN:

According to city documents, the elimination of the surcharge will reduce the scheduled Jan. 1 monthly water rate from $46.59 to $35.54, for the “typical single family residence.”

The surcharge elimination will cut revenues by roughly $892,000 for the remainder of fiscal 2012-13, according to city staff.

Read more:

Whatever the case NOW is the time to get involved in the issues plaguing our city, the time of sitting idly by not getting involved are gone. If Rialto is REALLY your home and you want to see it succeed YOU must get involved. There are many ways to get involved if you don’t know how contact us here by emailing and we will help you plug in.


EPA, companies reach agreement over contaminated water at Rialto Superfund site

Ryan Hagen, Staff

Posted:   12/05/2012 12:23:18 PM PST

RIALTO – Nine companies and the Defense Department have agreed to pay about $50million to clean 160 acres of contaminated water, a milestone in a lawsuit with decades-long roots.The Environmental Protection Agency, one of the parties in the suit to clean the B.F. Goodrich Superfund Site, announced Wednesday that it had made an agreement with Emhart Industries, Pyro Spectaculars and others it considers responsible for perchlorate and trichloroethylene that caused the closure of drinking wells in Rialto and Colton.

“We now have a commitment from companies to fund the cleanup and the companies – the parties – rather than the residents of Rialto or Colton or the federal government are paying for cleanup work at the site,” said Wayne Praskins, the EPA’s project manager for the site. “It also helps ensure a safe, dependable supply of drinking water for residents in the area.”

The agreement, filed Tuesday, gives responsibility for the first portion of cleanup to Emhart Industries, which bought a company that reportedly released perchlorate – a chemical that may disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth – as it manufactured flares and other pyrotechnics during the 1950s at the Rialto site.

Emhart and other settling parties – the Defense Department and more than six companies – will pay whatever that costs, estimated at $43million. Rialto and Colton will split $8million, with Rialto getting slightly more, according to attorney Danielle Sakai of Best Best & Krieger in Riverside, who represents Colton in the suit.

That will cover 30 years of designing, building and operating groundwater wells, treatment systems and other equipment that will first stop the spread of perchlorate and trichloroethylene – TCE, an industrial cleaning solvent that may damage the nervous system, liver and lungs if ingested or breathed, according to the agreement.

“The cleanup will probably continue for decades because the science of groundwater is once pollutants get into the groundwater, it takes a long time to get them out,” Praskins said. “Once the cleanup facilities are built and start operating, at that point we will have stopped any further spread.

“That’s our short-term goal. The goal is to clean it up to the point that water can be used at some point in the future without having to clean it further.”

Rialto and Colton, which had sued the companies in 2004, joined the agreement and called it a large victory that would lead to others.

“This is a long, hard fight that was all about getting clean drinking water for Colton residents,” said Sakai. “This is something that has been going on for a long time, and we’re pleased that we’re working our way toward a resolution.”

The agreement follows another in March that requires payment of a combined $4.3million to the EPA by Pyro Spectaculars Inc. and other companies.

The EPA initially listed five parties – Emhart, PSI, Ken Thompson Inc., Chung Ming Wong and B.F. Goodrich – as responsible for decades of potentially hazardous waste dumped at the site when it made it eligible for federal funding by adding it to the EPA National Priorities List in 2009.

B.F. Goodrich is the largest company that still has not made an agreement, but negotiations are in the “details” phase and should be finalized within months, Praskins said., 909-386-3916, @sbcitynow

Read more:

EnerTech energy plant in Rialto closes

Sbsun article on more failed Rialto city administrators games coupled with the false idea that green technology will ever create REAL JOBS.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know whos idea this was?

EnerTech energy plant in Rialto closes

Posted:   11/01/2012 12:57:02 AM PDT

RIALTO – A renewable energy plant once touted as a cutting-edge facility that would bring jobs and revenue to the city has closed.Atlanta-based EnerTech Environmental Inc. will no longer turn biosolids into a coal substitute at a landfill on the south edge of town.

Geoff Berman, a vice president of Los Angeles-based Development Specialists Inc., which is working with EnerTech on a liquidation process, said the company closed Oct. 5.

“We have not determined what the process is going to be for the liquidation of the plant,” Berman said.

EnerTech made a splashy debut in June 2009 when officials with the company and city showed off the $160 million plant.

At full capacity, the plant was supposed to generate more than 60,000 tons of renewable fuel annually that would offset more than 80,000 tons of greenhouse emissions.

EnerTech on its now-shuttered website said the project created more than 20 short- term construction jobs and operation of the plant would carry more than 20 “ongoing positions.”

The company’s partners included the city as well as the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, the city of Riverside and the Orange County Sanitation District.

But the plant at 503 E. Santa Ana Ave. never gained traction. The facility was shut down temporarily last October so improvements could be made.

Plant officials said at the time that larger pollution-control devices needed to be added so that production could increase while keeping emissions negligible.

They also said the project had engineering calculations that didn’t work out in the plant’s real-world chemistry.

The Orange County Sanitation District earlier this year ended its contract with EnerTech, saying the company was in default of a 2006 agreement, based on EnerTech’s “failure to complete the Interim Technical Plan by the deadline of June 11, 2012.”

The sanitation district then directed staff to stop all shipments of biosolids to EnerTech’s plant here.

In an agenda report, James D. Ruth, the general manager of the sanitation district, said since the start-up of EnerTech’s facility in Rialto, it “has only processed one-third of its contractual commitment due to technical problems.”

Ruth also said EnerTech faced multiple issues with the new equipment and needed more time for testing.

He went on to say that “After almost four years of operation and fixes, EnerTech has not been able to demonstrate that this technology is reliable in the short or long term.”

When the plant made its debut, officials here projected that utility and property taxes from the facility, a share of EnerTech’s sales, and fees charged to contracted cities and counties would net the city about $8 million over 20 years.

“At this point, I think whatever we projected isn’t going to materialize,” said Robb Steel, assistant to the city administrator and development services director.

Steel said the city has had casual inquiries from prospective users of the plant. Rialto is in talks with Berman over its future.

“It could include an auction or a sale to a turn-key buyer,” Berman said.

Read more: