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CinemaStar to Reinvent Itself

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By BVN Staff

Movie house shuttered since September to get new owners

People mourning the death of the downtown CinemaStar can cheer up. The movie theater abruptly shuttered in September has new suitors. - Los Angeles-based Maya Cinemas.

Last week San Bernardino City Council gave the company the go ahead to negotiate with San Bernardino Economic Development Agency officials to buy the theater.

Maya Cinemas Chief Operating Officer Frank Haffar rolled out ambitious plans to remodel the theater and bring in a bevy of new restaurants and retail stores to the area. Image

"Our plan is to give the downtown theater district a new life for families and children." 

The idea said Haffar is to lure residents back to downtown in conjunction with the city's long range massive redevelopment project.

The theater at Fourth Street has 20 screens, offices and a concession venue. CinemaStar now in bankruptcy owes the city nearly $575,000 in back rent. City officials declined to say how they plan to resolve the discord. Reportedly CinemaStar has yet to return keys to the theater.    

Maya Cinemas operates a 14-screen cinema in Salinas. Haffar predicts if negotiations are successful some of the theater's screens could reopen by December.   

City Development Department Wins Award

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The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented an award to the City of Riverside Development Department last night for its exceptional promotional brochure.

The award was given at IEDC's Annual Conference in Atlanta.

"It's wonderful that the department's effort to promote the city is being recognized on an international level," said Tricia Hinckley, economic development manager for the city.  "Our brochure not only provides the key information retail tenants and leasing agents look for, it was innovative in design and flair."

Competing in the category of Special Purpose Brochure by organizations serving areas with populations exceeding 200,000, Riverside was a clear standout with its Riverside Retail Opportunities map, said IEDC officials.  The Riverside Retail Opportunities brochure is a full color, two-page map of the city with a single clear data overlay that steps beyond two-dimensional testimonials and statistics.  In addition to providing a reference guide to all major retail projects currently underway in the city, the map migrates carefully selected, relevant data from reliable sources into a visual presentation, allowing prospective clients to analyze statistics such as average population, household incomes and annual average street and highway traffic volume in a truly meaningful context.

"Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country," said Robin Roberts Krieger, IEDC chair. "We laud trendsetting organizations like the City of Riverside Development Department for leading the charge."

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is headquartered in Washington, DC.  Its professional economic development awards annually recognize excellence in the field.

Join Bill Pickett Rodeo National Finals, Las Vegas

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By Cheryl Brown  

Black Voice News and A Cultural Affair sponsor a motor coach tour for finals

It's Rodeo Black American style. Local residents who missed the July Rodeo or rodeo enthusiasts who want more rodeo now have a chance to see the best of the best.  The Bill Pickett Invitational Finals will be held in Las Vegas on November 22, 2008 with two shows, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

Black Voice News and a Cultural Affair, Southern California annual sponsors of the Bill Pickett Rodeo will be sponsoring a bus trip. Join us for the finals of the nation's only Black touring rodeo for a fun filled western style family friendly activity.

"The cowboys and girls have traveled the circuit all year long and have gathered points for their rankings nationally and now we will see who will be the best of the best. The participants have a love for the sport. They come from all walks of life," said Lu Vasson, the owner.

The trip includes hotel accommodations for two, round trip motor coach transportation from either Los Angeles or San Bernardino. The two invitees will attend the welcome reception on Friday November 21 and the package includes two tickets to attend one of the shows, a $100 coupon book of discounts, an official Bill Pickett Rodeo T-Shirt, VIP Check-in and baggage handling and a gift bag.

All who register before October 31 will enter a raffle for a two night stay at South Pointe and dinner for two.

The total cost for the adventure is $395 for double occupancy $325 single occupancy. A deposit of $150 will hold your space.  Join San Bernardino motor coach hosts Lynn Lee and Tassie Harris or Los Angeles host Margo LaDrew and Let's Rodeo!!! For more information call (909) 888-5040 or Margo at (310) 674-6900.

Early Morning Child Death Investigated

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This past Tuesday, the Riverside Police Department's Communications Center received a call from Kaiser Hospital in Riverside regarding an unresponsive 2-month old that was brought to the emergency room by family members. The hospital attempted resuscitation and declared the infant deceased.

Patrol officers along with I.D. Technicians and detectives from the Centralized Investigations Bureau responded to the hospital and to a home in the 11200 block of Doverwood Drive to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation determined the child had been co-sleeping with parents' overnight before being discovered unresponsive this morning and subsequently taken to the hospital. Relatives were contacted and interviewed and no arrests were made. The cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy and due to the age, the name is being withheld.

Earlier this month, there were two separate and unrelated co-sleeping child deaths within the City of Riverside that the police department investigated. Law Enforcement strongly discourages co-sleeping and recognizes the practice as potentially dangerous yet controversial. Some past occurrences involving co-sleeping have included suffocating and crushing of a child sleeping alongside an adult. A safe practice for all parents is to have infants and small children sleep alone in separate beds but within sight and or hearing distance.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Hutzler at (951) 353-7125.

SB Orchestra Holds 80th Season Gala

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Fundraising Gala Proves to be a “Rhapsody in Review”

San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra recently held their 80th Season Gala at the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino.  About 235 guests attended the annual fundraiser, which preceded opening night of the 2008 to 2009 season at the California Theatre.

At the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra Gala, Carlo Ponti Symphony conductor and music director performed on the piano with his wife Andrea, a violinist.

Patrica Parks, Vice President, Membership Services of the Symphony Guild and Guild Member Carol Cooper enjoy the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra Gala

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