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Riverside County's First Female Undersheriff to Run for Riverside City Council

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RIVERSIDE-- Retired Undersheriff Valerie Hill has announced her candidacy for Riverside City Council Ward 3. The Ward 3 seat was vacated after William “Rusty” Bailey was elected Mayor of Riverside.

Hill was the first female to be appointed Undersheriff in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s 118-year history. She served under Sheriff Stan Sniff until she retired in 2010. At the time, Hill was responsible for a staff of more than 4,000 people and a budget roughly a half-billion dollars.

“One of the things I learned at the Sheriff’s Department was the value of hard work and tenacity, Hill said. “Although this is my first effort in the political arena, I have served my community proudly for many years. Over the next few months I want to introduce myself to as many voters as possible.”

Retired Riverside County DA Grover Trask, serving as Hill’s Honorary Campaign Chair, said “Val Hill is exactly who we need on the city council. Her integrity alone makes her a qualified candidate.” The long list of Hill’s endorsers includes Sheriff Stan Sniff, current District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione and former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge.

“I am impressed by Val’s career success and community service,” Loveridge said.

Hill has long been active in a variety of civic and charitable organizations such as Operation Safe House, Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, Riverside Kiwanis and the Riverside Community College District Foundation. She has also participated in the Soroptimist “Live Your Dream” Conference, designed to help 7th and 8th grade girls identify steps needed to reach their dreams.

Hill was honored in 2002 as a YWCA Woman of Achievement. Two years later she was recognized in Inland Empire Magazine as a Woman Who Makes a Difference. In 2005 Hill received the Soroptimist International Riverside Gold Key Award, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee (LEAC) (2007). Hill was named a 2010 Woman of Distinction by the University of Redlands. She received the prestigious ATHENA Award (2010) from the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. Hill holds a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands. She is married, the mother of three grown children and grandmother of four.

CSUSB Honors Pioneering Black Faculty, Staff

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown delivered the keynote speech and eight current and former Cal State San Bernardino faculty members and alumni were honored during the Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association Pioneer Breakfast on Friday, March 8.

Brown, D-San Bernardino, who is a longtime supporter of the university, is herself a CSUSB alumna, having received a bachelor’s degree in geography.

Proceeds from the event supported scholarships and the annual African American Graduation recognition dinner, said Kathryn Ervin, chair of the university’s theatre arts department.

The honorees were:

• Former California Assemblywoman and CSUSB alumna Wilmer Amina Carter, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from Cal State San Bernardino. Carter also coordinated legislative and community relations for CSUSB under president Al Karnig.

• Walter Hawkins, retired director of research policy and analysis at the CSUSB department of undergraduate studies.

• Jean Peacock, an alumna, a professor of psychology and former assistant dean in the university’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

• Mildred Henry, the first African American to become a tenured professor at the CSUSB College of Education and now a professor emeritus.

• Lois Carson, a member of the university’s first graduating class in 1967, she also created the Black Future Leaders program.

• Sam Fellows, alumnus, who holds a master’s degree in education and social work and served as a CSUSB adjunct instructor and also as a guidance counselor at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, before retiring from the Rialto Unified School District.

• And Milton Clark, an alumnus and associate professor of English, who is currently the CSUSB associate vice president for undergraduate studies and was recently named the university’s chief diversity officer. Also to be honored were departed alumni and staff members who were campus pioneers.

For more information, call Kathryn Ervin at (909) 537-5892, fax at (909) 537-7016 or by e-mail at kervin@csusb.edu.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Opens Satellite Office in Fontana

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SAN BERNARDINO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) recently opened a satellite constituent service office in Fontana to better serve constituents on the west side of the 47th Assembly District.

The 47th District includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, parts of San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy. “Establishing our Fontana satellite office is important to me because it will allow us to better serve our constituents in Fontana, Rialto and Bloomington.

We’re proud to offer a variety of services to assist our constituents with state related issues,” said Assemblymember Brown.

The satellite office is located at Fontana City Hall, 8353 Sierra Avenue. The satellite office will be staffed Monday through Thursday from 9:00am – 5:00pm at the City Hall Conference Room.

The district office is located at the Vanir Tower, 290 North D Street, Suite 903 in San Bernardino.

Free Healthy Food Tasting Party For National Nutrition Month

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Riverside – To celebrate and bring awareness to National Nutrition Month, The Necessary Nutrition Academy will host a free Healthy Food Tasting Party, on Saturday, March 23rd at 12pm, downtown Riverside at 3985 University, Ave. Although this is a free community event, space is limited and reservations are required. Additional information can be obtained by calling 951-259-5198 or visiting www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy Healthy Food Tasting Party is designed to showcase great healthy foods and snacks while showing attendees how to use food and nutrition to fight obesity, illness and diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and more. A certified nutrition specialist will be on hand to discuss which “healthy foods” sabotage success, how to eat more and lose weight, how to combine meals properly for optimum nutritional value and the best foods to reduce illness and disease.

This event mixes great food, education and fun.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy will also hold a “How To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally’’ class the following week on Wednesday, March 27th. This class is designed to inspire participants to use natural, whole foods to help them pacify their cravings for sweets.

The Necessary Nutrition Academy is the educational component of Necessary Nutrition, Inc. Necessary Nutrition has collaborated with skilled professionals in the fields of health and wellness in order to offer comprehensive programming; including classes, workshops and nutritional counseling. For a complete list of upcoming classes and events visit www.Necessary-Nutrition.com.

Educating the Public: Lessons Learned From the Foreclosure Crisis

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RIVERSIDE - FHCRC will be conducting a Town Hall meeting in Riverside at the Janet Goeske Center on March 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Participants will include panel speakers, city officials, mortgage lenders, realtors, and housing industry experts as they discuss lessons learned from the foreclosure crisis.

The public is welcome to attend, share their experiences, voice their concerns and get answers to their questions. The Town Hall meeting will be free. We look forward to your participation.

For more information about this topic, to book a reservation or to schedule and interview, please call FHCRC, (951) 682-6581 or email fhcrc@fairhousing.net.

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