Representatives of ABC 7's News, Programming, & Public Affairs Depts sat as a 'panel' to listen and respond to statements from the people of San Bernardino "about local issues and stories that affect the community". The Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino hosted the event, and many of their members as well as a spectrum of community representatives participated.
Issues raised included: local air quality and it's affect on the health of area children and frail adults; vehicle and rail traffic congestion and their addition to pollution; bad 'rep' in the media who appear to focus on 'crime', ' violence', 'gangs',and ignore the rest of people and events of area life. Ministers spoke of programs they endorse; Mayor Pat Morris, recommended press attention to the up-coming "City of San Bernardino 1810-2010 Bicentennial celebration which in 'newsworthy for ALL of Californians' Another spoke of the Black History & Culture Month events beginning with the Black History Parade.
Responding, on behalf of Channel 7, were Cheryl Fair; Ernie Thornton; Diane Medina; Teresa Samaiego; Rob MacMillan; Bob Banfield; and General Manager, Arnie Kleiner. While generally responsive, they felt it necessary to point out that they depend on us to let them know what is going on in our area, but that they 'cover' all of Southern California, and how much they can do depends on what else is happening in the region.
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