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Officers Fired Upon During Vehicle Pursuit

On Sunday, November 29, 2009, at approximately 0430 hours, officers from the Riverside Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle in the downtown area, believed to have been occupied by a wanted felon. The suspect vehicle failed to yield to the police units and a pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit, an occupant inside the suspect vehicle fired a weapon several times at the pursuing police units. Riverside Police Officers returned fire during the incident, which led them into Rubidoux, the unincorporated area of Riverside. The suspect vehicle came to rest on Twining St. and at least two adult subjects fled from the car.

During a search of the immediate area, information was developed that led to residences on Twining St. and Fort Dr. Members of the Riverside County Sherriff’s SWAT Team responded to both locations and after negotiations with the occupants at both locations, numerous subjects exited the residence and were detained.

Mark Wallace (30) and Lisa Marlene Mitchell (43), both of Riverside, were taken into custody and later booked into Robert Presley Detention Center on multiple counts of attempt murder on a police officer, weapons charges, felony reckless driving, and parole violation.

The names of the involved officers are not being released at this time. No one was injured from the exchange of gunfire between the officers and the suspect. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Dave Smith at (951) 353 - 7103 or Detective Greg Rowe at (951) 373 - 7136.

CA Cars At Glen Avon Library – Kevin Nelson And Wheels Of Change

Glen Avon Library invites carlovers, friends, and families to meet author KEVIN NELSON and hear about his new book on Friday evening, December 4th (9244 Galena St. , Riverside, 92509).

Wheels of Change: From Zero to 600 m.p.h., the Amazing Story of California and the Automobile, has just been released by Heyday Books. Bring your vintage car and park it in a special reserved area for display before the program.

Show-up time for parking is 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.; program time is 5:30 p.m.

Glen Avon Regional Library manager Tracie Carignan says, “We are really happy to have Kevin Nelson coming to talk on this topic that interests so many people. A lot of people are just passionate about cars.”

Wheels of Change tells the extraordinary story of cars in California from the late 1890s to the mid-1960s, with fascinating text and over 100 vintage photographs.

Celebrating Southern California as the birthplace and center for car trends in the whole country, it traces the development of a dynamic car culture never seen before.

The book includes vignettes about Craig Breedlove, the first to break the 600 m.p.h. speed barrier in his Spirit of America jet car; Steve McQueen, sports car racer and professional actor who drove the greatest car-chase in movie history in the film, “Bullitt”; George Barris, King of the Kustomizers, a custom hot-rod

designer who influenced the look of cars across America; Barney Oldfield, glamorous race driver who first broke 60 m.p.h. on a racetrack in the early 1900s, and many more.

Nelson devoted three years to researching and writing Wheels of Change, driving thousands of miles around California on road trips to car shows, car museums, car clubs, racetracks, the El Mirage dry lakes area, and other significant spots in the state’s automotive history.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and the author will be happy to sign them.

Clean House Host, Niecy Nash Visits with Foster Youth

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Six girls from David & Margaret Home for Girls, a residential treatment facility recently visited the set of awarding winning and #1 rated television show for Style Network “Clean House”. The popular one-hour program was taping its yard sale episode in Hesperia to raise money to assist the Hesperia householder, featured in the show scheduled to air in a few weeks. Hundreds of people arrived for the yard sale, which was held in a vacant Block Buster storefront on Main Street.

 

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Niecy Nash received thank you plaque from Lea Cash, Founder, Executive director of The Brightest Star, Inc.

The “Clean House” host Niecy Nash took a break from her taping schedule to empower the girls with words of wisdom and advice about dreaming big and the power of having a dream. Ms. Nash is a celebrity supporter of “The Brightest Star, Inc., which seeks to build dreams and self esteem in children living in foster care.

 

“When I received the call, that Niecy was coming to the High Desert,” said Lea Cash, executive director of The Brightest Star, Inc. “And she could talk to some kids. I quickly called the staff at David & Margaret, because this would be a wonderful experience for the girls—one they are not likely to ever forget.”

Although, people from all walks of life were trying to get a glimpse or perhaps an autograph from Niecy, the girls who attended ranging in age from 14-16 years-old were her invited guests.

They experienced feeling special having the opportunity to meet and greet Ms. Nash all to themselves up close, intimate and personal. “That the Brightest Star way,” said Cash. “It makes an impact on the self-worth message the celebrity is trying to instill and deliver.”

The girls, though shy at first, asked Ms. Nash questions about her youth, children, and career. They asked questions about Ms. Nash on Comedy Central hit “Reno 911”. Ms. Nash shared information about herself—her dreams, and how she desired to become a movie star, when she was a young girl. She told them of the many obstacles, and challenges in her life that she overcame.

Nash says, “I never gave up. Never give up on your dreams.” One youth started to cry, Nash moves her closer to her, and they held hands.

The youth explains to Nash, how she felt about being there with her, seeing her on television, and wishing someday that she wanted to meet her.

“You are really so down to earth and I love you,” said the youth. She continued, “Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. It really means a lot.”

In Riverside and San Bernardino Counties there are over 10,000 children living in foster care. Children in need of hope and empowerment to never give up on their dreams, to set attainable goals that they can reach without feeling defeated towards the mountain like obstacles and challenges they face as youth in the foster care system.

2009 Stimulus: Changing the landscape of the Inland Empire

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Half or more of Native Americans, Latinos and whites surveyed think the U.S. economy is on the “wrong track,” while African Americans and Asian Americans were more confident in the government’s handling of the economy.

Despite the gloomy perspectives, the poll found a sunnier outlook for the near future, with 66 percent of all those surveyed rating themselves as “optimistic” about their own finances in 2010.

The poll tried to gauge Americans’ first-hand experience with stimulus-funded programs at the state and local level. Little more than a third of Latino, Asian-American and white respondents were aware stimulus funds helped save the jobs of teachers, police and firefighters in their communities. Fifty-two percent of black and 41 percent of Native American respondents were aware as well.

More than half of Blacks and Native Americans were also aware of stimulus-funded projects in their communities, such as construction of roads, ports, bridges and tunnels. More than 40 percent of Asian Americans and whites surveyed and just 30 percent of Latinos knew of such improvements.

On the other hand, just a quarter of all those polled knew about “green jobs” having been created in their communities even though the stimulus includes a large investment in creation of such environmentally related jobs.

Perhaps the biggest problem revealed by the survey was in what it showed about the stimulus’s impact on small businesses, which are a traditional source of employment and neighborhood stability. Although the Small Business Administration has stimulus funding to bolster debt-ridden enterprises, roughly three-quarters or more of those surveyed from all ethnic and racial groups said they were unaware of any small business in their communities benefiting from a SBA loan.

“Our poll shows the Obama administration has not done a good job of informing Americans about the economic opportunities that currently exist because of the stimulus package,” said NAM Executive Director Sandy Close. “The Recovery Act has made billions of dollars available for extended unemployment benefits and health insurance for laid off workers. It has appropriated money for small businesses and arts organizations. It has prevented thousands of teachers from being laid off and kept firehouses from closing. Our poll shows that across the racial and ethnic spectrum most Americans remain unaware of the actual impact on their communities.”

The survey was conducted by Bendixen & Associates and was based on telephone interviews with 1,000 individuals comprising a representative sample of U.S. residents.

Over the next few months follow Linnie Frank Bailey’s stimulus news stories in The Black Voice News.

Volunteers Sought for La Sierra Senior Program

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Your skills, knowledge and life experience are a valuable resource. The City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department is seeking volunteers interested in becoming part of a community service project designed to improve the quality of life for senior residents. The new La Sierra Senior Center is seeking individuals to lead a variety of recreational activities, teach life long learning classes assist with resource referral programs and assist with special events.

Activities and classes at the new La Sierra Senior Center are in the planning phase and there are many diverse opportunities for individuals to become involved. If you have the passion, energy and enthusiasm, you can make things happen in your community.

The only limit is your imagination!

Volunteers and operating hours of the facility will be Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Individuals who wish to volunteer or seek additional information are encouraged to contact Mike Mitchell as (951) 826- 2031 or email mpmitchell@riversideca.gov.

Inland Empire'€™s Needy Families Come Together To Give Thanks

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This holiday season the San Bernardino and Riverside Salvation Army Corps both plan Thanksgiving dinners to help the needy families of the Inland Empire.

The San Bernardino Corps will serve dinner from 11 am to 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, at its Corps headquarters building, 746 W. Fifth St.

“We’re serving a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and pie,” said Capt. Nancy Ball, co-director of the San Bernardino Corps.

San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales has donated 10 of the turkeys, although it could use more, as the crowd can typically go through 20 turkeys and 20 sliced hams. The Inland Empire Job Corps is donating 300 pies created by its culinary students – 100 pumpkin, 100 apple and 100 cherry.

The Riverside Thanksgiving dinner takes place Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Most of the food for this event will come through donations the Riverside Corps acquires via KOLA radio station’s “Fill the Van” event, which took place Friday, Nov. 20.

The annual Thanksgiving meals bring in hundreds of families and individuals who do not have the means to provide themselves a Thanksgiving dinner.

People come from all parts of the Inland Empire for the celebrations.

The San Bernardino event alone has served close to 900 people in one year.

At both Corps, the hungry families are joined by hundreds of volunteers for the day who help prepare the food and serve meals to the families. An estimated 125 volunteers helped the San Bernardino Corps in 2008.

“Thanksgiving should be a special day for everyone not just for those who can afford it,” says Capt. Ball.

To receive information about the dates and times for the dinners at other corps besides San Bernardino and Riverside, or to volunteer, give them a call at 1800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769.

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