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Deborah Robertson To Host Business Fundraiser

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Mayoral candidate Deborah Robertson will host a fundraising event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at the ACQUIRE Learning Center, 1188 W. Leiske Dr.

The event is an opportunity for Rialto business and community leaders to meet Robertson. She will address key campaign issues and community concerns.

Deborah Robertson with Artist and Joanne Gilbert who support Deborah Robertson for Mayor of Rialto. Deborah holds a fundraiser on October 23rd at ACQUIRE Learning Center at 1188 West Leiske Drive in Rialto. For more information call (909) 888-0017.
Robertson has served on the Rialto City Council eight years and has lived in Rialto for 18 years. She's active in the East Rialto Kiwanis, the National Council of Negro Women, HIV/AIDS awareness and education program Brothers and Sisters in Action and other local organizations.

She is also the Deputy District Director of External Affairs for the California Department of Transportation, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. She has worked for the State of California for the last 20 years, and in her current position oversees a budget of about $4 million, plus is responsible for public, media and government affairs, public records, small business and community outreach and graphic services.

To RSVP for the event, call Eddie Catoe at (909) 888-0017.

SHINE Center Opens in Riverside

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Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management recently held their grand opening of the organization's SHINE Center, which stands for "Sustaining Homeownership in the Inland Empire".  The SHINE Center is located at 1605 Spruce Street in Riverside, and is the agency's second location in Riverside County.

The financial education and counseling center, is being opened by Springboard.

Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge together with Springboard president and CEO, Todd Emerson.
"We're pleased to celebrate this important milestone," said Todd Emerson, Springboard's President and CEO.  "We realize that this is a very challenging economic climate for many consumers to maneuver.  We're committed to providing hands-on counseling and promoting personal financial education for everyone," said Emerson.

Throughout the nation, Springboard offers assistance with money and credit management through educational programs and confidential credit counseling in both English and Spanish.

The focus of operations at the SHINE Center include in-person counseling sessions, confidential telephone counseling sessions and financial literacy workshops on topics ranging from homebuyer education, the power of paycheck planning to the wise use of credit and understanding credit scores.

In recent months, analysts have ranked the Inland Empire second nationwide when it comes to home foreclosures.  Springboard looks to be a leader in helping to bring stability to the Inland Empire community by providing consumers with sound financial education and counseling.

Native SC Tribe Donates to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Efforts

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The Inland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross announced today that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross' national fundraising campaign to raise $100 million to fill the Disaster Relief Fund depleted after an active year of disasters. Chairman James Ramos and representatives from the San Manuel Tribal government presented the gift to local American Red Cross Inland Empire Chapter Chief Operating Officer Yevette Ramos.

"It is the Tribe's hope that these funds will assist the American Red Cross bring comfort and relief to the thousands of people devastated by the recent hurricanes," said James Ramos, Chairman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, "In the wake of disasters, such as those we have seen this year, it is important to remember that we must all come together as one great community and lend a hand where we can."

"This hurricane season has been very tough for millions of people throughout the Gulf Coast. Even as media attention moves on, the devastation remains, as does the need for food, shelter and other critical services," said Yevette Ramos. "We are thankful that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recognized these needs and is helping the Red Cross meet them."

As part of the campaign to support the National Disaster Relief Fund, the Inland Empire Chapter and 37 additional chapters across the state are working to raise $8.6 million of the $100 million goal.

"It is only through the generosity of our friends and neighbors like our corporate partners who have given so generously to the National Disaster Relief Fund that Red Cross chapters across California have been able to reach the $3 million mark in less than a month," said Yevette Ramos.

The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to help victims of disasters by meeting their immediate needs with food, shelter, counseling and other critical services. The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters each year - the majority of them "silent" disasters never making the news. After tragedy strikes, the Red Cross relies on this fund to mobilize volunteers and resources to help communities throughout the United States.

You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  You can log-on to www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) to make a donation.  You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword "GIVE" to "2HELP" (24357). You can send multiple donations depending on your carrier. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.

City encourages residents to apply for boards and commissions

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The City of Riverside is now accepting applications for 18 people to sit on city boards and commissions.

Applications will be accepted through Nov. 17.

Appointments will be made for openings on:

  • The Airport Commission (Ward 7 and citywide)
  • Board of Library Trustees (Ward 5 and citywide)
  • Board of Public Utilities (Ward 5 and citywide)
  • Commission on Disabilities (Ward 5)
  • Cultural Heritage Board (Ward 6)
  • Downtown Parking Committee (downtown)
  • Human Relations Commission (citywide)
  • Human Resources Board (citywide)
  • Parks and Recreation Commission (citywide)
  • Parking, Traffic, and Streets Commission (citywide)
  • Planning Commission (citywide).

The city's 14 boards and commissions are comprised of community members who serve as advisory groups and offer guidance on important policy decisions for the city.  Each group provides input on issues that affect daily life in Riverside - the general plan, design of buildings, parks, recreation, trees, streets, traffic regulations and public utilities.  Members serve four-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for an additional four-year term. 

"The Mayor and City Council Members value the input from our community volunteers," said City Clerk Colleen Nicol.  "By serving as a member of one of the boards and commissions, residents will have an opportunity to affect their neighborhoods and city."

For more information, call the city clerk's office at (951) 826-5557.  Applications are at the City Clerk's Office on the seventh floor of City Hall or online at www.riversideca.gov.   

Bordwell Park/Stratton Community Center Senior Expansion Renovation Grand Opening

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On Saturday, November 8, the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (PRCSD) is hosting a grand opening for the senior expansion and community center renovation at Bordwell Park located at 2008 Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The grand opening will take place from 10 a.m.  - 2 p.m. and will include refreshments, facility tours, class demonstrations and a senior information fair.

The expansion of Bordwell Park/Stratton Community Center features new amenities that will assist the Department's staff in planning and implementing new programs for seniors, adults and youth, as well as enrich lives through recreational activities. The expansion includes the refurbishing of a game room, arts and crafts room, office, multi-purpose room/lounge area, storage, kitchen, and restrooms and the addition of a medical screening room, and fitness room.

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