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Robinson: Riverside County's 1st Black Chief Deputy

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By Linnie Frank Bailey –

Boris Robinson, Chief Deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, credits “great mentors” with getting him to where he is today. This includes a strong father who taught him the value of hard work, and a coach with the Police Athletic League in New York, who taught him an appreciation for the military and law enforcement.

Boris Robinson

Growing up Chief Deputy Robinson learned lessons that today he passes on to his own children and youth he comes in contact with. “I tell kids to seek wise counsel,” says Robinson.


Born and raised in Queens, New York, Robinson recalls a strong family unit headed by his father. “I was raised old school,” he says. “My dad made it clear, my alternatives were school, military, or a job. I’ve worked since I was 14 years old!”

Robinson was a promising saxophone player in high school and played in several R&B bands; He also spent a lot of time playing basketball with the Police Athletic League in Queens. It was there that he met Officer Smith, or “Smitty’ as the kids called him. Robinson recalls, “Officer Smith was a Community Relations Cop and a great guy. He taught me the importance of finding something to be good at. It was around this time I started getting interested in law enforcement.”

After joining the Air Force in 1979, Robinson traveled the world. While stationed at March Air Force Base he met his future wife Felicia and decided to settle in the Inland area. After leaving the Air Force he joined the Riverside County Health Department, but his wife kept reminding him of his desire to enter law enforcement. Finally, in 1987 he joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief Deputy Robinson held a variety of assignments within the Sheriff’s Department as he rose through the ranks. He worked throughout the county, including Lake Elsinore, Temecula, Jurupa, Perris, Banning, and Moreno Valley.

He was given promotions and increasing responsibilities in areas such as: community relations, gang prevention, and drug enforcement. His duties have also included training teachers and parents on gang prevention. As a Captain he led the Internal Affairs and Administrative Unit.

In 2003, Robinson was selected to attend the F.B.I Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He credits his training and education with broadening his perspective.

One of his most treasured accomplishments was completing his Master’s Degree in 2007. “I won’t lie, it was hard.” he relates. “My kids would find me awake in the middle of the night at the kitchen table studying.

However…I can’t tell you how good it felt to walk across the stage and receive that diploma!”

Robinson was appointed Chief Deputy in July of this year and currently runs a division that oversees Court services in the County. He is happy with the support he has received from within the Department over the years.

“I’ve had great mentors here also,” he says. “I encourage people to be part of the solution if they want to see change. Law enforcement is a good career choice. It gives you an opportunity to serve.”

When not working Robinson is busy with his family, which includes his wife of 26 years, Felicia, and their children—three teenagers and a 21-year-olddaughter who is in the Navy.

“All of my kids are involved in sports and/or music, just like I was!” he says proudly.

“They keep me pretty busy.”

Robinson is also on the board of the Alternative for Domestic Violence organization, saying, “Within the Department we are encouraged to give back to the community and this is an organization important to me because I have seen the results of domestic violence.”

He also has a message for youth and parents: “Our kids need to know that a single incident, a single unwise choice, can cast a negative shadow over their lives for years to come. I tell them to work hard because nothing is given to you in life.”

These are all life-long lessons that Boris Robinson has put to good use over the years in his service to the residents of Riverside County.

Kaiser Fontana Annual Employee Service Awards

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Belinda Davis Assistant Hospital Administrator and Jimmy Warrington, Pharmacist.

Last week I was my oldest daughter’s date to attend her 20th years of service at Kaiser Permanente, Fontana. Needless to say I saw a lot of friends that I worked with during my 30 years at Kaiser. Memories rushed back as they came forth to say hello. Some reminded me of how I helped them during my tenure while others were just happy to see me out because of my illness. My good friends Kathy Christmas and Belinda Davis have come to see me at my celebration and send greetings all the time through my daughter Lynn Brown-Lee.


The other thing about Kathy, Belinda and Nori Moti is they were standing beside me and the family during our sons illness in 1995. They were and still are a part of that great nursing department that I worked closely with It was also exciting to see Bill Meyer since we worked together longer than any others.

He has put in 40 years with Kaiser with the majority of them at Fontana and the other few at West Los Angeles.


Bill Meyer Medical Group Administrator.

I remember when Bob Brewster and Jimmy Warrington came to Kaiser as a matter of fact Jimmy can be seen in the Kaiser “Thrive” commercial on television. I hired Bob’s mother as a driver for Kaiser back in 1970 or 71. Kim and I worked together in Human Resources as recruiters.



Kathy Christmas Nurse Executive

I don’t go that much anymore but I am glad my daughter asked her dad for a date, one I will never forget.


Congratulations Lynn on your 20 years of faithful service and the other 600 employees who received 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 35 and 40 years of service caring for others.

Shorett Endorsed by Congressman Lewis

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Congressman Jerry Lewis recently announced his full endorsement of San Bernardino City Council Member Fred Shorett. Lewis, who represents the 41st Congressional District, said, “I strongly endorse Fred Shorett for re-election as 4th Ward City Council Member.

Fred is a positive voice for public safety in the City of San Bernardino.”

Lewis, who, like Shorett, grew-up in San Bernardino, went on to say that he,“urged” Fourth Ward voters to turn-out on election day and cast their vote for Fred.

“It is a great honor to have the endorsement from someone of the stature of Congressman Lewis. I have known the Congressman for many years and consider him a home-town hero.”, Shorett said in response to the endorsement.

Shorett, who was elected in March of 2009 with 72.77% of the vote, said he will be releasing a full list of personal endorsements next week.

New Name For Business School At UCR

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UC Riverside’s business school has a new name: The School of Business Administration. “We’re calling it SoBA for short,” said Dean David Stewart, who made the announcement today.

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management will still be housed within the larger school, and all the same graduate programs will be offered including the new Executive MBA and Ph.D.

And while the school has always advised and taught undergraduates who major in business administration, SoBA will now also confer the degrees.

Previously those degrees carried the name of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The undergraduate business program began in 1984 and is now the largest such program in the UC system. Dean Stewart expressed appreciation to all in the University and southern California community who continue to support SoBA and are committed to making it Inland Southern California’s Flagship Business School.

It was 1970 when UC Riverside established the Graduate School of Administration. In 1994, the

school was named for A. Gary Anderson, the founder of Director’s Mortgage.

“We are very grateful to the Anderson family, and we will continue to have the Anderson name on our graduate programs,” Stewart said.

The School of Business Administration offers a bachelor of science, an MBA, an Executive MBA and a Ph.D.

More information is available on the Web at www.soba.ucr.edu

Interstate 215 Widening Project Phases 3 & 4 Ceremonial Groundbreaking

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the next two phases of the Interstate 215 Widening Project through downtown San Bernardino. The ceremony took place at 10:00 a.m. at Fairview Ford, on the top floor overlooking I-215.

Caltrans Director Randell Iwasaki was joined by Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, California Secretary of the Business, Transportation, & Housing Agency Dale Bonner, San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris, District 8 Director Dr. Raymond W. Wolfe, San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, and other local and state officials, as well as community members. Transportation leaders faced funding challenges to keep this nearly $800-million project on track. It is funded with a combination of sources from federal, state and local Measure I funds. This is one of the first major infrastructure projects using stimulus funds to start construction in California.

“After working around the clock to pump federal Recovery funding into the California economy, we are seeing the start of more jobs that will drive our state down the road to economic recovery,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This Recovery funding will not only help stimulate the local Inland Empire economy, but also improve area transportation infrastructure for generations to come.”

On September 2, SANBAG awarded a $172,655,044 contract to Skanska-Rados Construction to build Phase 3. The investment includes $128 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds that will create thousands of jobs, many in the Inland Empire.

“Projects like this are evidence that strengthening the economy begins with investment in our local communities,” said FHWA Administrator Mendez. “Improving major routes like the I-215 will ease local traffic congestion, put thousands of people in southern California back to work and pave the way toward economic prosperity.” “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony exemplifies what can be accomplished in the Inland Empire when local agencies, elected officials, and the community unite for the good of the region,” said Paul Eaton, President of SANBAG. “SANBAG thanks our federal and state legislators for their collaboration in getting funding for this project, as well as the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) for their support. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Caltrans and RCTC to improve the mobility needs of the Inland Empire.” Caltrans is expecting to hold a bid opening of the Phase 4 segment on September 24 to complete the northern most segment of this 7.5-mile project. This segment funding also includes $81 million of Proposition 1B funds and State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds. “This double investment of stimulus and Prop 1B will payoff with jobs sorely needed in the region,” said Caltrans Director Randell Iwasaki. “But it is also critical for the area’s economic growth and sets the foundation for the City’s revitalization plans.”

This four-phase project is a collaborative effort between Caltrans, SANBAG and the City of San Bernardino.

The project spans a 7.5-mile stretch at an estimated cost of $800 million. The entire project starts on the I-215 from just north of I-10 to University Parkway. Phases 3 & 4 will continue the widening of I-215 from Rialto Avenue to University Parkway. They include 17 new bridges, new on- and off-ramps, a wider freeway and I-215/SR-210 connector ramps.

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