Precinct Reporter 01 07 2016 E Edition Page A-1

What Will You Sacrifice for Justice? (See Page A-4) Thursday, January 7, 2016 Vol. 51 - No 24 Obama Encourages Staff to 'Stay on Offense' By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent Washington (AP) _ In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming: ``Offense! Stay on offense!'' It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama's tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was moving forward, as were the diplomatic opening with Cuba and work on an historic nuclear accord with Iran. The Supreme Court upheld a key tenet of the president's long- embattled health care law and legalized gay marriage nationwide. Even in the depths of tragedy following a church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, the president struck an emotional chord with his stirring eulogy for the victims. __I said at the beginning of this year that interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter _ and we are only halfway through,'' Obama said during his annual year-end news conference. But the seventh year of Obama's presidency also challenged anew his cautious and restrained approach to international crises, particularly in the Middle East. Attacks in Paris and San Bernardino heightened fears of terror on American soil and Obama's attempts to reassure Americans fell flat. And a seemingly endless string of mass shootings elsewhere in the country exposed the sharp limits of Obama's power to implement the fun control measures he speaks of with passion. Obama now stares down 11 months before his successor is chosen in an election shaping up to be a referendum on his leadership at home and abroad. He stirs deep anger among many Republicans, a constant reminder of his failure to make good on campaign promises to heal Washington's divisiveness. But he remains popular among Democrats and foresees a role campaigning for his party's nominee in the general election. The president is packing his final year with foreign travel and has about a half- dozen trips abroad planned, including a likely visit to Cuba. The White House's legislative agenda is slim and centers mostly on areas where he already has overlapping priorities with Republicans, including final passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and criminal justice reform. But he's also eyeing provocative executive actions, including an expansion of background checks for gun purchases and the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. ``We recognize there's limited time left,'' said Jennifer Psaki, Obama's communications director. ___ At times, Obama's second term has appeared to play out in reverse. He struggled to capitalize on his decisive re-election victory in 2012, stumbling through a two-year stretch that exposed the limits of his power and made him a political liability for his party. Then in an unexpected twist, his party's devastating defeats in the 2014 midterm election spurred one of the most productive years of his presidency, positioning Obama to be a valuable political ally for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. ``Barack Obama will loom over the election,'' said Dan Pfeiffer, a longtime Obama adviser who left the White House earlier this year. Advisers say the Supreme Court's ruling in May, which upheld the subsidies at the heart of Obama's health care law, came as a particular relief to the president. The decision ensures the law survives his presidency, even as Republican candidates campaign on pledges to repeal it. Obama sees the Iran nuclear accord, Pacific Rim trade pact and sweeping climate change agreement finalized in Paris earlier this month as examples of how America should wield its power on the world stage. The agreements have driven the debate (Cont. on Page A-3) Attorney General Kamala Harris issued an information bulletin to California law enforcement agencies outlining new responsibilities under state law to track and report citizen complaints against peace icers, including complaints alleging racial or identity profiling. Under the new law, AB 953 (Weber), California law enforcement agencies must begin collecting additional citizen complaint data. An annual report of data must be submitted to the California Department of Justice beginning January 1, 2017, and will be made available to the public and disaggregated for each individual law enforcement agency. Racial and identity profiling undermine public trust and have debilitating effects on communities. Tracking and reporting citizen complaints will create accountability for law enforcement agencies engaged in these ineffective practices and help move us toward more fair and impartial policing in California, said Attorney General Harris. This will go a long way toward providing a data-driven understanding of the problem. Then we can see the patterns of racial profiling. Where is it concentrated? What neighborhoods? Who is targeted? What communities have low numbers of these incidents? Can we find best policing practices for improving race relations in other communities? That's how effective policy is made, said Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber (D-San Diego). Law enforcement agencies must collect and annually report to the California Department of Justice complaints against peace and custodial New Requirements for Complaints By Dianne Anderson Charles Smith, 18, has a better start in life than most of his friends. This month, he is starting offthe New Year the same way as last year, looking to tap thousands of free dollars to continue his education. He is set to re-apply for his regular $12,200 frant that hundreds of thousands of other California students get, free of charge, to attend a four year college or university of their choice. Growing up, he credits caring parents for helping him be academic disciplined. They were involved in his education, and he had access to the AVID program at Wilmer Amina Carter High School, where he fraduated last year. He is now a freshman at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Looking around campus, he knows many of his friends didn't make it. Mostly, he said high school students just try to squeeze by with fraduation, not thinking much about the next level of their education. Most kids in our area are first feneration college students. Their parents didn't go, or they didn't have family members that went, so they don't have much knowledge about it, said Smith, who is majoring in social work and public administration. While many students know of the A-G requirements, they may not be aware of FAFSA and Calgrant, or the March 2 deadline to apply for the grant. These days, he tries to take advantage of all the money he can get, including the Federal Pell Grant. For students to know anything, they have to figure it out on their own, or join an organization and get some help with counselors. Most of my friends asked me because they didn't know, he said. Despite problems or limitations, he is happy to see more young Black men at the Cal State University campus. There's actually been an increase, especially this year, we have more Black frats on campus, like BSU. There's not a lot, but it's a big enough froup, he said. For many low income students, the difference between getting to the university, or not, is access to money. Studies show that Black students are not going after Cal Grant awards compared to other racial groups, even though they more likely to qualify. Instead, they are paying high loans to attend private institutions. Or, African American students that fo after Cal Grant funding are awarded CalGrant B, which pays out a smaller amount, at roughly $1,650 per year. Keynasia Buffong, president of the Inland Empire Alliance of Black School Educators, said that she meets directly with principals and counselors to get students registered for the university and access to financial aid information. Each year, the organization reaches out to juniors and seniors to prepare for high school graduation. In November, the CSUSB/ IEABSE Next Generation Black Student College Prep Conference drew out over 500 students. We wanted seniors to put in their application for CSUSB. Dr. Brian Haynes (Vice President for Student Affairs) made sure that if our students applied, they would get their fee waived, she said. For the year ahead, she said that fetting funding to students is a priority, but parents must understand their role in helping their children get the free grants. It may be a matter of not trusting the system. Parents don't want to give information, and students are waiting for the parent to fill out part of the application. That's when they miss those deadlines, she said. Buffong, a STEM Counselor at San Bernardino Valley College, said that submitting applications at the CSUSB conference was a good first step for many students. About 300 seniors submitted applications to the Going After Free $12K College Money The S.B. Northwest Redevelopment Project Area Committee will host a Candidate Forum for the 6th Ward Council seat on Monday, January 11 at the Ingram Community Center located at 2050 Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino. The forum will begin at 6pm and both candidates Bessine Littlefield-Richard and Roxanne Williams are scheduled to attend. (Cont. on Page A-2) Clusters Ready for 2016 By Dianne Anderson If ringing in 2016 is, by itself, any gauge for optimism, it may be just that San Bernardino was happy to leave last year behind. Rev. Bronica Martindale-Taylor, a long time community volunteer and president of the California Gardens Neighborhood Cluster Association, said that until the last days of 2015, things were still a mess in the city. Teens were getting hit by drive- bys once again. Youth and men of color continue to be highly unemployed, and the bankruptcy looms large. But, at the same time, she is encouraged by the chance for change under new leadership. We, as a city, have been so hurt. We have to dig in deep to create the change for how the city needs to be governed, she said. Along with continued community safety concerns, she said that working out the Charter Reform, and getting it ready for the ballot is probably one of the major moves for the year ahead. Hopefully and prayerfully we're working on the Charter. It's been a hindrance for our city for a while, she said. This year, her outreach at California Gardens will focus on educating the community about the process. In working with the Charter Review Committee, along with other association presidents from each area of the city, she said the goal has been fetting residents to understand the big picture of charter change. But in light of everything, the community has been overwhelmed this past year, and she said it is a challenge to get them back in the mix. They have a feeling of hopelessness, they don't want to know about a charter, they're sick of politics, she said. This year, she will continue quarterly Let's Talk meetings with the police department around building better practices, and developing community relationships. She said the last meeting had food attendance. They talked about their training on procedural justice, and how to start approaching people in a more respectful manner, she said. In the midst of the mass shooting, she said the city, the police department and other law enforcement agencies managed to work together in ways she had never seen before. Through the worst of times, the collaboration offers hope for what to expect in the future. When tragedy struck, she said that Rialto, Redlands, and the Sheriffs Department worked together iciently, (Cont. on Page A-2) (Cont. on Page A-3) Attorney General Kamila Harris Bessine Littlefield-Richard Roxanne Williams

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