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‘Perspectives’ Is A Visual Conversation On Chicano, Latino Life 



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SAN BERNARDINO — Art is usually a platform for discussion, and this fall it will be a launching pad.

RAFFMA, Cal State San Bernardino’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, will present “Perspectives,” a new exhibition of contemporary art rich in Chicano and Latino dialogue, charged imagery, vivid color and captivating personal stories.
“Perspectives” will be on display at RAFFMA Oct. 1-Dec. 15. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the museum, with a preview for Friends of the Museum at 4:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; parking at CSUSB is $5.
“Perspectives” features five artists – Luis G. Hernandez, David Rosales, Kathy Sosa, Gregg Stone and Linda Vallejo – each of them in a solo exhibition with its own title under the unifying theme of “perspectives.”

The artists vary considerably in their backgrounds, life and professional experiences, and even geographical locations. Working in a wide range of mediums, they represent different styles and genres – from modern realism through post-postmodern appropriation in a form of repurposed sculptures and collages focusing on comic social and political satire, to more conceptual, minimalistic and edgy, socially and politically engaged art.
The exhibition’s open formula allows for a dynamic intersection of topics, themes stories or narratives concentrating on issues such as cultural and national identity, communication, cultural and racial politics, immigration and border tensions and beyond. It also includes the artists’ own personal stories leading to their professional choices and creative decisions, and, playfully, “Perspectives,” not only from the artists themselves but also from the visitors and participants in the exhibition’s accompanying programs. 
“The artists in the exhibition offer an array of perspectives on topics pertaining mostly, but not limited to, Mexico and Mesoamerica, in a variety of narratives, multiple layers of meanings and intimate reflections upon cultural, racial, social and political matters,” said Eva Kirsch, exhibition curator and RAFFMA director.

Art Opening in Riverside

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Shalay Young recently held an art opening at the Healthy Heritage Center & Gallery space located at 3637 9th St, Riverside.

The program included a ceremony where Sheila Futch presented a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter for support of art and the art community. Certificates were presented to Joyce Fairman, Terrance Stone, Maurice Howard, and Charles Bibbs.

Riverside at the Top in Technology Again -- Awards for City Website & New Online Hiring Tool

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RIVERSIDE – Riverside proves once again why it was recently named the Most Intelligent City in the World!  On Thursday, e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government announced the 2012 winners of its annual Best of Web and Digital Government Achievement Awards.

For 17 years, the Best of the Web program has recognized outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality and efficiency.

Mayor Ron Loveridge said, “We are so proud that Riverside continues to be a leader in digital technology and innovation and we look forward to advancing government in the many exciting areas of technology.”  Riverside ranked 4th this year for its website and is the only California city to be recognized. Plus, Riverside’s Human Resources (HR) Department was recognized for a New Employee Web-based On-Boarding Solution that allows employees to complete paperwork in the comfort of their own home and saves the City thousands of dollars per year on printing and postage costs.  The program increases the efficiency of the hiring process and reduces staff processing time.

Human Resources Director Rhonda Strout is already seeing positive results and said, “As a result of implementing our on-boarding solution, we’ve been able to reduce 30% of staff time printing, collating, reviewing, and auditing new hire documents and anticipate saving over $8,000 annually on printing and postage costs alone.”

The Digital Government Achievement Awards highlight outstanding agency and department websites and applications.  Fifty-six awards in eight categories were given this year.

“Digital technology has fundamentally changed the way people interact with their government…,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government.  “We’re excited about the opportunities governments are creating to make new things possible and to do old things faster and more efficiently.”  The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.  The Center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.

Republicans Nominate Mitt Romney

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“Turn California Red”: Fontana Mayor Warren, California delegation energized

By Chris Levister

Amid an atmosphere of nonstop Obama bashing, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swept to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday night, praised by his wife Ann from the Tampa national convention stage as the “man America needs”. “This man will not fail. This man will not let us down,” Mrs. Romney said in a prime-time speech.

With the roll call vote complete, delegates from Inland Southern California and around the country celebrated their candidate with a night of cheers, music and speeches lying out the party’s case against President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy.

Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs. The conservative platform warns that while the American Dream has long been of equal opportunity for everyone, “Today that American Dream is at risk.” It pledges that the GOP will “begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes and regulates.”

Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren was among those who signed the nominating papers for Mitt Romney and VP running-mate Paul Ryan. Independently elected Warren is mayor of the largest city in the U.S. headed by an African American Republican. “America is on the wrong track. This is the first step in turning our country around,” Warren said moments after Romney collected the last of 1,144 delegate votes needed to clinch the nomination. “Everyone is going to vote on the economy — and they’re going to vote for Mitt Romney.”

The California delegation did not make it in time for the opening of the Republican National Convention. The buses designated to take the delegates from their hotel in St. Pete Beach to the forum in Tampa Bay were delayed by an hour. The delay is being blamed on security checks and traffic closures. Warren insisted the bus delay combined with Monday’s scheduled opening day delay caused by Hurricane Isaac failed to dampened spirits. “Today, every speaker is telling Americans we can still have opportunity. Our GOP ‘Great Opportunity Party’ is the party to get America back to work,” Warren said on an online post from the convention. The evening was capped with a raucous keynote speech from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who said change in the White House is needed to alleviate the “doubt and fear” that has crept into “every corner of our country.” “Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear,” he said. “Tonight, we stand up for Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States.” Earlier, at the delegation's beachfront hotel, the combative Christie ripped into California Gov. Jerry Brown, calling him an "old retread" and suggesting - to the delight of Warren and other California Republicans - that his own election in a Democratic state is proof Republicans in California could rebound. “I cannot believe you people elected Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman. Jerry Brown? I mean, he won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.” Christie overcame a Democratic voter registration advantage in New Jersey to win election in 2009.

Christie has enacted billions of dollars in spending cuts to balance that state's budget, and his bombastic style and outspoken criticism of public employee unions and teachers, among other groups, has made him popular among conservatives nationwide. “The message I want to deliver to California this morning is: There is hope," Christie said. “Don't give up on the fact that California can be governed. You've seen it governed before, and you've seen it governed effectively ... California once did have great governors, like Gov. Pete Wilson, who knew how to govern the state.” “Governor Christie gave me so much hope,” said Warren. “I’ve been texting my kids and telling them, ‘Don’t give up on California. We have to keep our hopes high that when he (Romney) becomes President, he steps in and helps California regain its place in this nation as one of the economic forces in the world. I refuse to accept their (Democrats) version that California cannot be governed and that our problems are too big.” The Republican gathering, followed by next week's Democratic convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, comes as opinion polls show the presidential race about even, with each candidate possessing distinct and important advantages: Mr. Obama is the more likable or empathetic leader; Mr. Romney is a former businessman more highly regarded as the candidate who can fix the economy.

Polls have shown that the election will probably be decided by a razor-thin margin, with voters casting ballots primarily on their views of which candidate can create more jobs and boost the slow US economic recovery.

Democrats were also on the ground in Tampa to fight the Republican message. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Republican efforts to use Latino speakers at the convention to win over Hispanic voters won't work. “You can't just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or your candidate,” he said. “Window dressing doesn't do much for a candidate. It's your policies, your platform.”

Villaraigosa called the platform's stances on abortion and immigration “draconian” and “extreme” and blamed Romney. "What you have seen from him is that he does one thing, he says another,” Villaraigosa said. “He has taken one position after another, time and again you know, and you can't have it both ways.”

In the run up to the Democratic National Convention, Mr. Obama and his party will intensify attacks on Romney's flip flops on abortion, gun control, gay marriage and social welfare, and target his business experience, claiming that the private equity firm he once headed, Bain Capital, made a fortune for investors while bankrupting some companies and laying off workers.

They Cease To Amaze Me With Their Actions

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Some members of San Bernardino continue to amaze me with their logic and actions when it comes to voting on issues in the best interest of the city. At the last city council meeting, agenda item 9.a was a vote to receive about $900,000 from the federal government to acquire, rehabilitate and resell property which had been abandoned, condemned or foreclosed on in the city, otherwise know as blight.

The presentation had been made and recommended for approval by the staff and determined to be in the best interest of the city for some of these reasons; removable of property that is a health hazard and eyesore to its neighbors decreasing current property value; contracting with local contractors to demolish and rehabilitate the property while providing jobs to local citizens; reselling the property as a livable single living housing unit to local citizens as home owners who now rent somewhere in the city. Some on the council described it as getting a piece of the American dream, home ownership.

Those who opposed the agenda opposed it on the ground of those low-income people as though low-income people are not human or something is wrong with them based on their financial status. After some discussion the question was called for and the agenda item failed. Then may0r Morris, commented, for the life of me I do not understand why you would not want to give some family the opportunity to own a home in the city and he gave an example of one Hispanic family positive impact on this city after receiving a house from “sweat equate” of Habitat For Humanity Program.

Council member Virginia Marques offered another comment with disappointment in her voice of what just happened to her by her colleagues. “I was raised on the west side of town in the neighborhood where this project was supposed to take place in my ward. These are good people who want the opportunity to owned their on home just like every American citizen, too paraphrase her statement. I agree with her and at that moment one of the council members that voted against the motion changed his vote to a yes for approval of the project.

Why does these council member amaze me by voting against this project is earlier one of them spoke about the need to create jobs in the city to help increase tax revenue. We should make sure all bid be awarded to local vendors when possible, said Council member McCammack during the meeting. Other members have echoed similar statement from the dais in the past. I wholeheartly agree with that position and want the council to start acting as such on all decision.

If they believed what they are saying, ponder this. the public safety employees receive 75% of the city’s budget but just under 90% of them reside in the city to spend any of that money. Look at it this way for every dollar that we give the city 75 cents gets in a car after each shift, bought in another city, goes to a home in another city, buys grocery in another city, pay utilities in another city, buys clothes in another city, goes to the movies in another, walks the dog in another city, send children to school in another city, pays property tax in another city with out turning over one time in San Bernardino all at the expense of these low income people of San Bernardino that the council want to deny home ownership. Only 44% of the people living in San Bernardino own their home and 42% rent.

These low income family households median earning are less than $40,000 a year with 40% at and below the poverty level pay these public employees over $100,000 dollars a year to spend in other cities with council approval. Yet these same council members wanted to deny these low income citizens the opportunity to have a slice of the American dream of owning an affordable home, while watching their hard earned money get into a car at the end of each shift and leave town. According to one report this equates to $40 million being transferred out of town each and every year. One can only imagine what that could do for a city trying to stave off bankruptcy.

The public safety employees should be angry with those council members for voting against the program because they will get 75 cent of every dollar coming into the city under the current situation.

So the council should take a look at every dime that comes into the city and see where it can be turned over into the hands of some one else in the city before it crawls into some ones car and leave town without benefiting the citizens of the city.

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