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National Night Out

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Residents of Bloomington and Muscoy joined forces with thousands of communities throughout the county of San Bernardino and the entire nation for a "National Night Out" crime, drug and violence prevention event.  Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and  co-sponsored locally by the County of San Bernardino, The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is proclaimed Tuesday, August 7, 2007 as "National Night Out in San Bernardino County Day" to support the nationwide crime, drug and violence prevention program. 

Events in the Fifth District were sponsored by Supervisor Josie Gonzales, the Sheriff Gary Penrod, and San Bernardino City Unified School District. 

Cheryl Brown and Manuel Carrillo representing Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod present a joint “National Night Out” resolution to the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, accepting for the Board is Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who took the lead in the activities for the Board.

Tribal Alliance Opposes Referendums on Gaming Agreements

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The Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), an intergovernmental association of 14 federally recognized tribal governments throughout Southern California, announced that its members voted yesterday to oppose the referendums that would overturn agreements between four tribal governments and the State of California. 

The four agreements between the State of California and the Agua Caliente, Morongo, Pechanga, and Sycuan tribes were concluded by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last August and approved by the Senate and Assembly earlier this year. 

"Our TASIN members voted to stand united with our fellow tribes in opposition to these misguided referendums," said TASIN Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena.  "These referendums strike at the very core of the right of tribal governments to negotiate and execute gaming compacts in good-faith with the state."     

Combined and over the life of the agreements, California's General Fund stands to receive well over $10 billion in new revenue.  The importance of this new revenue stream for the general fund was also cited by tribal leaders as a reason to oppose the referendums.   

"Indian people know what it's like to rely on government services," added Valbuena.  "The people who would be hurt the most by these referendums are those who depend on state funding."  

The amended agreements require the four tribal governments to pay $9 million annually into the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, a fund designed to benefit non-gaming tribes.  This amount is more than double what the four tribes currently pay to assist non-gaming tribes. 

The efforts to break these agreements are funded by a labor union, a Bay Area land developer that owns two race tracks, and two tribes with casinos.

Settlement positions County as a leader on climate issues

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The Board of Supervisors took action to make San Bernardino County a leader in addressing greenhouse gas emissions.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Gary C. Ovitt
The Board's action ends a lawsuit state Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. filed in April against the county's recently adopted General Plan. The agreement with the Attorney General approved by the Board keeps the general plan in place and in effect as the county adopted it.

"Only a handful of California counties and cities have formally addressed climate change issues, and San Bernardino County will lead the way in the implementation of strategies and steps to enhance our future and serve as a model for others," said Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Gary C. Ovitt.

"The county is also very pleased that our General Plan, which was more than five years in the making and reflects input from virtually every community in the county, will remain in effect, and that the county won't have to spend taxpayer money on further litigation," he added.

State Attorney General
Vice Chairman Ovitt also commended the Attorney General for working cooperatively with the county rather than pursue costly litigation that would have delayed progress.

"The county acknowledges that the Attorney General went to a great deal of effort to craft a solution with us, even taking the time to meet with Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul Biane and I for more than 90 minutes on a recent Sunday afternoon," Vice Chairman Ovitt said.

Said Attorney General Brown: "San Bernardino (County) now sets the pace for how local government can adopt powerful measures to combat oil dependency and climate disruption. This landmark agreement establishes one of the first greenhouse gas reduction plans in California. It is a model that I encourage other cities and counties to adopt."

Scholarship Winners and Youth Leaders Honored at Campaign for College Opportunity Reception

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By Susan Min

Inland Empire youth leaders and student scholarship winners were honored by the Campaign for College Opportunity at the 2007 "Save Me a Spot in College" contest reception held at UC Riverside's University Village on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. 
Youth leaders from the Inland Empire

The four Inland Empire scholarship winners, Raheem Mixon of North Verdemont Elementary School, Lucy Matsukawa of Jehue Middle School, Sergio Sandoval of Jurupa Valley High School, and Aubrey Langley of La Sierra High School, each accepted a certificate of award and gave a speech about their college goals at the evening reception.   

The scholarship contest was sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a bipartisan coalition of business, education, and labor leaders dedicated to ensuring that California's next generation has the opportunity to go to college. 

Dr. Yolanda Moses, Vice Provost at UCR
The "Save Me a Spot in College" contest provided $100,000 in scholarships to 200 California students in $500 to $2,500 amounts.  The context asked students to create a response to the question, "Why should California leaders save you and your peers a spot in college?" More than 8,000 students across the state contributed entries in three categories of written word, poster, and TV advertisement.

The reception also recognized Inland Empire youth leaders, Yolanda T. Moses, Vice Provost at UCR, Dr. Albert K. Karnig, President of the California State University at San Bernardino, and Dr. Herbert Fischer, Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino County, and awarded them the "Champions for College Opportunity" certificate for their notable work in supporting the organization and their legislative goals.

More than 80 people attended the event, including representatives for state legislative leaders and 17 Inland Empire students and their families. Maria Perez, the event organizer and representative of the Campaign for College Opportunity, said, "Our honored speakers were humble and had positive attitudes. They were very inspiring. The families left feeling ensured and motivated."

The reception was held in the Governmental Relations Conference Room in the University Village plaza. "UCR was a gracious host," Perez said, "They provided everything for the event, which was a huge success."

The Campaign for College Opportunity works to promote awareness among students and families, beginning in middle school, of pathways to college and opportunities for financial assistance by the state of California. 

Dr. Yolanda Moses, of UCR, Dr. Albert Karnig, President, California State University San Bernardino, an Dr. Donald Avrill, Chancellor, San Bernardino Community College District
The Campaign introduced the Early College Commitment Act of 2007, a piece of legislation that would create the "Save Me a Spot in College Pledge," a program in which students would commit to work toward college entrance by meeting graduation and university enrollment requirements. In return, the state would promise students financial aid, and a spot in California community colleges or in the University of California or the California State University. 

The Early College Commitment Act would provide local school districts, in collaboration with community colleges, public universities, private colleges, and student aid organizations, an array of "Roadmap to College" services to help students achieve their goals. 

For more information on the campaign, visit www.collegecampaign.org. 

Community Awareness Day

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Calloway and Company will present Community Awareness Day on August 25, 2007 at The Sturges Theater, 780 N. "E" Street, San Bernardino, featuring Allen Maldonado (from the Young and the Restless), Anthony Prior (former Oakland Raiders Football player), and Mickey (Bishop Noel Jones Church vocalist) and many more celebrities planned.

For more information, contact Clemente Calloway at (909) 583-7673 or (909) 890-6501.

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