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Hundreds Attend Bishop Hubbard's Home Going Service

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By Cheryl Brown –

Anyone who has been in San Bernardino for any length of time has heard of Bishop H. H. Hubbard. Over 60 ministers, bishops, and pastors from all over the United States attended his homegoing service last Friday that was held at Temple Missionary Baptist Church.

Bishop Hubbard was the pastor of Community Missionary Baptist Church in Redlands, California.

There wasn’t a seat left, so many stood outside just to be a part of the service and to pay respects to a man who in his ministry ordained 68 pastors, 18 bishops, chartered 10 churches, founded a theological seminary, and an international organization.

Hubbard was a radio announcer on KUOR radio in Redlands, until relinquishing the reins to a young upstart and member of his church, Bro. Roy Harris. Every Sunday morning, beginning early, the audience could turn to the station for the best in God’s Gospel Music. It is said his legacy increased church membership in the area.

Every church gained from his efforts. He facilitated more musical careers than anyone in the area. He sponsored concerts of great gospel singers including the late James Cleveland. He had an entrepreneurial spirit. He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 15, 1935.His parents Edward and Maude Hubbard, a sister, two brothers and a son preceded him in death.

He was a product of Patrick Henry High School and in 1982 received a Doctorate in Theology from Enoch University New York.

Many knew him as a singing preacher but his background with the FBI was not widely known.

He retired from the Bureau in 1979.

Bishop Hubbard arrived in California after accepting Christ at Rehoboth Church of Christ Pentecostal. He became a Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in San Fernando Valley, but when he relocated to Indio he became a member of Mt. Holy Calvary Church where he served as a singer and a musician. He was called into the ministry under the leadership of his father in the ministry Bishop C.E. Simmons and preached his first sermon in November 1975.

At this time he found the love of his life, Mary Brown. They were married and had no children together but shared David, Terry, Kimberly, Craig, Bobby, Latrice, Shaunna and Danette.

October 22, 1978 Hubbard was called to pastor Community Missionary Baptist Church in Redlands. The proclamation from the city signed by Mayor Pat Galbrith lauded his work in the city. Among his many awards he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Redlands Police Department.

His organization Jesus Joy Jubilee National Fellowship, a vision God gave him brought together 1000 churches to call on the name of Jesus. In March of 2001 he was consecrated into the office of International Prelate Bishop.

God and education being important, he founded Community Bible Institute of California.

He leaves to cherish his memory Mary, his wife, sons David, Craig and Bobby; his daughters Kimberly, Latrice, Shauna and Danette daughter in law Pastor Cynthia Jamerson; brother Deacon John (Rachel) Hubbard; sister Barbara (Solomon Buster; 15 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; a host of nieces nephews, relatives, a godson, goddaughters, the entire Community Missionary Baptist Church and a multitude of friends and clergy.

Community Police Academy On Tap For SB Westside

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Chief Kilmer reaches out to one of city’s most challenged populations

San Bernardino Police Chief Keith Kilmer is making good on promises to break down barriers and improve community relations in the city’s largely Black and Latino populated Westside.

Coming off a successful 6-week run last fall, the department’s Community Police Academy is set to launch a second round of one night a week classes at San Bernardino Community Hospital in the Henderson Auditorium starting January 26, 2010, at 6:30 PM.

There is no cost to attend and there is ample parking.

Kilmer called the first academy of 55 participants a success that begged for even greater exposure.

“The first academy was a unique experience. There were people from different parts of the city, but not so much the Westside,” he said.

Relations between police and Westside residents have been strained for years. Kilmer said as the city’s new police chief bringing the academy to the Westside is part of his long range commitment to open the department’s doors. “I think for a long time the police department had not been focusing on outreach in the community.

We had some incidents on the Westside that led to those strained relations. The way that I know how to solve problems and open up communications is to go out and talk with people, listen and educate. We’ve been working hard to get the word out. We want to fill those classes.”

Kilmer called the academy concept a kind of ‘bread and butter for getting face time’ with the community.

“Transparency is a big part of my agenda so we’re doing everything we can to show positive visibility in the community to include working with neighborhood associations, local clergy, and African-American and Latino citizen advisory groups,” said Kilmer.

He said the first academy was a positive education for police and participants alike.

“At the very end everybody wanted more classes. They wanted to know more about police work. It was a good opportunity for our officers to see the public in a different setting other than at a crime scene, writing a ticket or when someone has been the victim of a burglary.”

Police department training coordinator, Lisa Patnode says the classes are interactive and fun. The sessions range from community oriented policing and problem solving to gang enforcement, graffiti laws and citizen volunteer and career opportunities.

“Our goal is community engagement. We want to hear the people’s questions and concerns. We want them to become more comfortable talking to police officers and working with the police department,” she said.

“There is a feeling of intimidation when you see an officer in a uniform with a gun. But they are in the communi ty to protect and serve. An officer is just a person like you or I. These sessions we hope will help change some of the negative perceptions out there.” said Patnode.

Seating is limited. RSVP at (909)388-4846 or register online at note: patnode_li@sbcity.org.

San Bernardino's Mayor Pro Tem Looking To The Future

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Talks about engaging citizens and his vision of hope and practice

By Chris Levister –

Rikke Van Johnson is annoyed by pessimists who bellyache about city government but who are unwilling to roll up their sleeves and help change things for the better. He thinks that it’s ridiculous for people to be without jobs, safe clean housing, and access to quality education. That you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get City Hall’s attention when you’ve got a complaint or a bright idea. But unlike your typical bellyacher, the San Bernardino City Councilman who represents the 6th Ward is able to change things.

Johnson is a man with a mission to move forward the state’s eighteenth largest city indigenous people originally referred to as “The Valley of the Cupped Hand of God”.

It’s early morning and the light is still soft. Dressed in a dark suit crisp white shirt and tie, Johnson stands at the intersection of California Street and Baseline Road glaring at a traffic signal that drives many a motorist traveling this busy route to, well - cuss.

“It’s a damn shame you have to wait this long for a traffic light to change from red to green,” rants Jose Flores who on any given morning sits in a long line of vehicles waiting to drop off his son at nearby Arroyo Valley High School. “It’s maddening,” says special needs school bus driver Madilyn Patterson Berry who is among those discussing solutions to the bottleneck that occurs when buses and other vehicles driving south on California are forced to wait in long lines to cross Baseline.

“It’s particularly frustrating at 7:00 in the morning when it can take up to five minutes to merge from a side street onto California. When you get to the signal at Baseline you often have to sit there another 3 minutes waiting for the light to change. A few feet from that you’ve got the left turn signal at State Street. That’s like molasses too,” says Berry. “People start blowing their horns they get mad. They report you. They don’t know school buses can’t make a right turn on a red light. It’s really bad they need to do something.”

Johnson charged with stick-handling everything from tricky politically charged issues to creating jobs and infrastructure development welcomes the feedback.

“The buck stops here. I want to hear the people’s concerns,” he says. “This is a long standing problem. We’ve had a number of accidents along this stretch including a fatality in 2002.

Suggesting there is a McDonalds approach to solving many of San Bernardino’s problems he offers a no frills solution.

“Push California Street which dead ends here into the parking lot of the high school and create a new safer entrance to the school. That would alleviate the congestion on California and State Street.”

Unfortunately not every problem facing the city is that easy to solve.

“No question as with many projects on my list – funding is a sticking point.” All the while Johnson keeps a laser focus on the big picture – “move forward – keep San Bernardino moving forward.”

He points to the city’s top three priorities:

“Revitalize downtown, complete the 215 freeway expansion project and move the San Bernardino airport ahead.”

Johnson says the Inland Valley Development Authority is working hard to attract passenger carriers, and logistic operations such as trucking and air cargo. The Hillwood development corridor is a force driving the region’s job base,” he said.

Johnson says with the rough and tumble 2009 city election in the history books City Hall is looking to the future. He says he’s encouraged by the addition of new faces on the City Council.

“We won’t always agree on the issues but we’ve got an engaged team, a new cutting edge City Manager and Police Chief both of whom are focused on what I like to call a vision grounded in hope and practice,” he said.

“Our greatest challenge is to carry the vision and practices of active and engaged governance and citizenship to a new level.”

Johnson believes programs and practices employed by Mayor Pat Morris and other city leaders are demonstrating the potential and power of active leadership by engaging citizenship.

“When people have the chance to make a difference on the issues that they care about they will get involved. We’re asking people from all parts of our city, what are your hopes and dreams,” says Johnson.

He insists elected leaders, community groups; businesses; unions; nonprofits; schools and colleges must become more inclusive in leadership and be willing to work in multi-racial coalitions on public issues such as job creation, housing, racism, race relations and immigration. “The more they see the vitality of what is happening in their own communities, the more powerful the city becomes as an engine for community problem solving.” He says at first glance, issues of growth and development may appear to focus on technical topics such as zoning, land use planning and transportation design.

Yet growth is closely tied to down-to-earth challenges and opportunities that are central to everyone’s quality of life, he said.

“Problems are always a syllable away,” said Johnson. “We have to dare to imagine for the year of 2010 and beyond. We have to keep moving forward – bit by bit.”

Haiti Rocked with 7.0 Earthquake

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At press time, Haiti was rocked with a magnitude 7.0 quake with an untold number of bodies along the devastated streets after the powerful quake crushed structures, schools, homes, shacks, and people.

According to an AP article, the International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said a third of Haiti’s 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.

The U.S. and many other nations are planning to send aid workers and rescue teams to Haiti in the start of a major emergency operation.

Globetrotter JC Gipson Passes Suddenly

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Longtime Harlem Globetrotter, JC Gipson recently passed away. He was 77. Gipson who played more than 20 years for the Harlem Globetrotters and got his start at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, where he was named basketball player of the year in 1951, died Dec. 30 of a heart attack in San Bernardino.

Born in Henderson, Texas to Eddie Gipson and Alberta Nickerson on April 30, 1932, he grew up in Concord, Texas and attended the schools there, including Concord High School. In 1946, He moved with his mother to Los Angeles, CA where he attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church. JC graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles.

JC began his outstanding career with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1952 and wore the famous red, white, and blue for 20-plus glorious seasons. His personality, superb playing ability, and outstanding flair for showmanship made him one of the most popular Globetrotters of all-time.

Amazingly, JC had no college experience and played only a single season of basketball at Thomas Jefferson High. Selected as the city’s “prep player of the year,” JC was flooded with college offers but elected to sign a contract with the Globetrotters. The 6’8, 250-pound forward could run the floor, shoot from long range and rebound with the best.

He established a World Series of Basketball record by tallying 33 points against the 1953 College All-Americans in Chicago.

Gipson was one of six Globetrotters animated in the popular Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoon series in the 1970s. Off the floor, he served as team spokesman and had an unbelievable relationship with children of all ages from around the world. JC received his “Legends” Ring on August 3, 1995.

JC met the love of his life Betty Davis in Montana in 1959.

They were married in 1971 in Colorado. He retired from the Globetrotters in 1979 and moved to Rialto CA. He later relocated to Highland CA. JC worked for several companies in the area, before he retired fully. However, he stayed busy by the help he gave so freely to his family and friends in taking them on errands and short trips. Just prior to his death, he had taken on another job as a Shop Manager in an auto repair business in San Bernardino.

JC Gipson passed away suddenly on December 30, 2009. All who knew him will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Jaylene Gipson, Napa, CA; one brother Emmett Gipson, Houston, Texas; one sister Gale White, Houston, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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