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Riverside Mariachi Festival

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On Saturday, September 6, 2008 from 12 - 9 p.m. the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (PRCSD) will host the 3rd Annual Mariachi Festival at Fairmount Park (2601 Fairmount Blvd.) with the Grammy nominated Mariachi Sol de México® de Jose Hernandez.

Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (3936 Chestnut St.) and all community centers through September 5. Pre-sale tickets are 2 for $15 or 1 for $7.50. On-site ticket sales will be available at $10 per person.  Children 12 and under are FREE.

San Bernardino Valley College Fall 2008 Registration Now Open

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More than 1,200 degrees and certificates were given out to graduates last year at San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC). Whether you're looking to get that diploma, or upgrade your marketable job skills, your future starts here at San Bernardino Valley College where Fall 2008 registration is now open.

A wide variety of flexible evening, weekend, online and hybrid courses are available to complement traditional in-classroom opportunities in such fields as Aeronautics, Machine Technology, Radio/Television/Film, Restaurant Management, Human Services, Computer Science and many more.

Classes are still only $20 per unit and financial aid is available. New students can apply online at www.valleycollege.edu and returning students can submit an application in the SBVC Admissions Office. The Fall 2008 course schedule is currently available online and on campus and classes begin August 18th.

For more information about SBVC, call (909) 384.4400 or visit www.valleycollege.edu.

SBVC is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Road in San Bernardino (north of I-10 and west of I-215)

CA Republican Party Leadership Conference A Huge Success

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By BVN Staff

Recently, at the Burbank Marriott Hotel an extraordinary event was held by the California Republican Party.

Billed as California Republican Party Leadership Conference, hosted by the California African American Republican Coalition, the theme was "Building Strong Leadership through Positive Change."

PANEL: (l-r) Joe Hicks, Joseph Phillips, Wilbert Smith, Shannon Reeves, Walt Allen, Acquanetta Warren and Lynn Swann.

Black Republican leaders from around California gathered there for a day long leadership conference focused on growing the number and effectiveness of African American Republican activists throughout our state.

Ron Nehring, CRP leader stated, "It's one of the most extraordinary events I've seen in my 20 years in Republican politics".

Lynn Swann
Among the participants, panelist and speakers were: Lynn Swann, the former NFL player and former Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, along with California African American Republican leaders like Covina Mayor Pro Tem Walt Allen, Assembly candidate and San Ramon, Mayor Abram Wilson, Fontana Councilmember (and CRP regional Vice Chair) Acquanetta Warren, CPUC Commissioner Timothy Simon, Southern California Edison's Tommy Ross, Bobby McDonald of Orange County's Black Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Reeves of the RNC (and former CRP Secretary), and many others. 

The morning session consisted of a panel discussion entitled:  "Vision for Building Black Republican Leadership" and the panel also included Joe Hicks, radio talk show host; Joseph Phillips, actor and author; and Wilbert Smith, a former gubernatorial appointee and business owner, along with Reeves, Warren, Allen and Swann.

Walt Allen, Timothy Simon and Bobby McDonald
This event was an organizational focal point for a sustained effort to maximize the number and the effectiveness of African American Republican activists to help increase the benefits of Republican leadership and principles to even more California communities.

"We know that our Republican ideas of entrepreneurship, strong families, promoting personal responsibility work wherever they're implemented and many African-Americans in the state share Republican values," stated Bobby McDonald.

He continued: "Several TV crews covered the event, with the program focused on leadership and political training, networking, and mapping out the next steps for building the Republican Party in California's African American communities."

With the number and quality of the participants that were in attendance, the group is off to a great start.

Community Heroes Sought

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If you know someone who gives their time to make a better community, the Black Culture Foundation wants to know about them.

It's seeking nominees for the 19th Annual Black Rose, Humanitarian of the Year and Community Volunteer of the Year awards. It will present these awards Friday, Sept. 26 at a dinner in the Valencia Room of the National Orange Show Grounds.

"We are looking for people who are doing over and above what they are paid to do every day," says Margaret Hill, chairman of the Black Rose Awards program. "Many of these people don't toot their own horn, but do so much for the community, they deserve recognition."

To give the committee time to review all nominees, nomination forms should be turned in by Aug. 22. To obtain a nomination form, contact Hill at (909) 864-3267.

Although the awards program focuses on the Black community in San Bernardino, Hill says, an award winner need not be Black, nor a resident of the city. Many community leaders in law enforcement, education and other public venues have been recognized, and people living in places such as Riverside, Chino, Rialto and Fontana have received the awards in honor of work done to benefit the Inland Empire as a whole.

The Foundation is selling tickets to the awards ceremony for $50 each. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $500. To order tickets or reserve a table, contact Hill at (909) 864-3267.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the National Orange Show - Valencia Room, 689 South E Street, San Bernardino. (Access is on Arrowhead Ave.) It starts with a social hour, followed by dinner and the ceremony at 7 p.m.

County Democratic Party Elects New Leaders

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By Sam H. Clauder II, SBCDCC Public Relations Committee Chair

The San Bernardino County Democratic Party elected new officers, approved its by-laws and swore in its Central Committee members for the next two years at its bi-annual re-organizational meeting held last Thursday night at party headquarters in the Carousel Mall.

At the current rate of registration, San Bernardino will have more Democrats than Republicans within a month.  As of last Monday there were just 1,759 fewer Democrats than Republicans registered in the County, down from 60,000 less Democrats than Republicans as recently as 2002.

The San Bernardino County Democratic Party Executive Board includes, from left to right, Corresponding Secretary Ron Wall, Parliamentarian Michael Weilein, Finance Committee Chair Sam Clauder, First Vice-Chair Mark Alvarez, County Committee Chair Carol Robb, Treasurer Jeannie Lindberg, 2nd Vice-Chair Patrick Kahler, Recording Secretary Val Lichtman, 3rd Vice-Chair Walter Hawkins, and Sergeant-at-Arms Steve Chapman.

"The Democratic Party is poised to 'take back' San Bernardino County from the Republicans," said Carol Robb, a delegate from the 63rd Assembly District who was unanimously re-elected Chair for a second two-year term. She will preside at all meetings and represent the County Party to the public and the media.

 "County voters are fed up with the Republican failures and corruption at all levels of government," Robb declared.

Mark Alvarez, a permanent alternate for Congressman Joe Baca, Sr., won a close runoff election for the position of First Vice-Chair.  As Chair of the party's Credentials Committee, Alvarez will supervise club charters and encourage the development of new clubs.

 "During the next two years we're going develop more clubs and get more Democrats elected to the Assembly, the State Senate, and Congress," Alvarez vowed.  "We're going to replace Jerry Lewis with Tim Prince, get Obama elected President, turn this County blue and keep it blue."

Patrick Kahler, a delegate from the 59th Assembly District, was easily re-elected to serve another term as the Second Vice-Chair.  As Chair of the party's Candidate Development Committee, Kahler will be responsible for developing Democratic candidates for partisan and non-partisan offices.

 "We're going to find and recruit good, strong, electable Democratic candidates and help to them to victory," said Kahler, who is also the campaign manager for 41st Congressional Democratic Candidate Tim Prince.

 Walter Hawkins, a permanent alternate for Rialto Assemblymember Wilma Amina Carter, won a close election to become the Third Vice-Chair.  Hawkins will Chair the party's Campaign Operations Committee to develop guidelines and policies to coordinate Democratic elections and manage the headquarters.

 "I look forward to working with all members of the Central Committee to continue the momentum we have already developed and to bring Democrats to the forefront of the county," Hawkins said.  "To do that, we're going to develop new leaders and pave the way for individuals elected to local offices to move up the ladder to higher offices."

 Rounding out the Executive Board are Recording Secretary Valerie Lichtman, Corresponding Secretary Ron Wall, Treasurer Jeannie Lindberg, Sergeant-at-Arms Steve Chapman, Finance Chair Sam Clauder and Parliamentarian Michael Weilein.

The Central Committee meets at the San Bernardino County Democratic Party headquarters in Suite 136F of the Carousel Mall, 295 2nd Street, in downtown San Bernardino.  The headquarters are located on the lower floor just behind the elevator in front of the main entrance.

 County Democratic Party meetings convene at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. All registered Democrats are welcome to attend.

 For more  information visit the Democratic Party's website at www.sanbernardinodemocrats.org  or call (909) 889-9255.

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