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A Victory for Voting Rights Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, April 20, 2017 Vol. 52 - No 39 Advocates Weigh In On Resistance (See Page A-4) Housing Advocates Nail Biting on Tax Credits By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Arrowhead Grove with its recently completed Valencia Vista is moving along nicely into its second phase of high-end affordable housing development, but not without concerns over reaction to the Trump Administration's proposed budget. In the long term, it may be too soon to tell how things will play out, but rumors of potential changes to low- income housing tax credits seem to be having an impact. Steve PonTell, president and CEO of National Community Renaissance (National CORE), said that their organization has been watching the situation. While nothing has actually changed, he said banks and entities that buy tax credits under speculation of what might happen have already cut the value of the credits by one-fifth. It used to be we were getting a $1.15, for example, and it's now 95 cents, that's a 20% reduction in the value in those tax credits. That's a huge effect on our projects, he said. Without any actual tax restructuring, the challenge is the impact of speculation. The affordable housing industry is watching the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, but he anticipates adjustments will help keep the tax credit stable. His organization is hopeful that leaders on the Republican side want to protect the low-income housing tax credit. On several of his projects, he said both HUD Home funds and CDBG funding are helpful in filling the gaps, but their primary funding tool is tax credits. The worst case scenario is if the tax credit got cut out altogether, that would eliminate obviously the vast majority of affordable housing funding across the nation, he said. Ana Gamiz, Director of Policy and Community Affairs at Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, said now having completed the 76 units at Valencia Vista last November, they are also making good headway with the Olive Meadow development. By the time the entire project is finished at the former Waterman Gardens, construction will tally 411 units. She said Olive Meadows construction is moving along nicely. We're still fully committed to this. This community knew this would take several phases and several years. It's a slow process, but things are coming along and looking good, she said With National CORE at the lead, projections for the inished 38-acre Arrowhead Grove site and its adjacent Valencia Vista includes development of a variety of upscale amenities, such as an amphitheater, with swimming pool. Hope through Housing provides the residential services at computer learning centers, with musical instruments for the kids, a computer lab, and a local garden. Minimizing negative impact has been a priority. Residents were given an option to enroll into Valencia Vista and continue living at Waterman Gardens in a designated a portion of that site, with an opportunity to relocate into the new units when completed. Residents that decided to take a voucher and relocate elsewhere will get called back as units become available. Olive Meadow, consisting of 61 units, is the second phase and currently under construction. Gamiz said the process is also similar for the next phase of moving families into the new site. If there are units left over, then we call the families Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes and Option House co-hosted a press conference on domestic violence and the stigma related to speaking out when being victimized in light of the tragic shooting at North Park Ele- mentary School in San Bernardino. Option House offers 24-hour crisis intervention services to empower victims of domestic violence. Sharon Nevins New Director of Aging and Adult Services Sharon Nevins, a licensed social worker with a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been appointed as Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services. Nevins has been the interim director of the department, which includes the ice of the Public Guardian, since October 2016. As the sworn Public Guardian, Nevins manages the affairs of people deemed by a judge to be unable to properly care for themselves or their finances. I am honored to be able to serve our County's seniors and adults in this new position and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our state, county, and community stakeholders to improve the quality of life of those we serve, said Nevins. Nevins began her career with San Bernardino County in 2012 as a deputy director for the Department of Behavioral Health following a 22-year career with the California Department of Mental Health. While with County Behavioral Health, she authored, implemented and managed more than $30-million in grant-funded programs with various agencies and stakeholders. Additionally, she led the design, development and implementation of several innovative National Association of Counties award-winning programs. Nevins is a licensed clinical social worker and holds dual master's degrees in social work and public administration from Ohio State University. During her tenure at the state, Nevins promoted from social worker to clinical administrator for Patton State Hospital and, more recently, served as the executive director of Metropolitan State Hospital. Sharon brings with her nearly three decades of experience in the field of social work and health care services administration, said CaSonya Thomas, Assistant Executive icer, Human Services. For the past six months, she has led the staffof Aging and Adult Services and serving as our County's Public Guardian. We look forward to her continued service. By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Taking back the House next year at midterm elections and #Resist seems to be Democrats' only hope to deal with what seems like a free fall into the political abyss. There is enough blame to go around about how the Trump Administration came to power, but probably the hardest pill to swallow is knowing a little planning could have gone a long way. Dr. Armando Navarro, a professor at UC Riverside, said that on the Mexican side of the debate, he tried to move quickly last year to develop a strategic response to Trump policies. He had hoped to pull together a mobilization with a strategy aimed at political leadership, but it fizzled out fast. As much as we've been impacted by his [Trump] allegations that we're criminals and rapists, taking on Mexico, building the Wall -- apparently that has not resonated with our politicians, he said Another attempt to hold a state summit in February at UCR, and again in early May to address state, national and international impact of the current administration, also failed to flourish. While 2018 is critical for the vote, he feels that one problem is that leadership is missing the connection with the grassroots community. Coming from the old school, he said protests may have taken longer to organize back then, but they seemed to have more staying power, and a stronger framework for strategy. The Sixties had layers of community organizing, and a movement with substance and follow- up. Another march doesn't mean you have a goal. It means you have two hours of expended energy, what do you do for an encore? he asks. Not helping matters, he said many politicians in the Latino community seem more interested in forwarding their own careers up the political ladder than educating the people. A large number of the Mexican community voted for Trump, 29 percent, which he finds not exactly surprising. The process of assimilation goes far back for both the Black and Latino communities. Looking back at Texas history shows a familiar betrayal syndrome. At the battle of the Alamo, of 186 men, over 40 were Mexicans fighting Mexicans while Mexico was trying to maintain control over the territory. Mexicans were lining up with white folks to try to become independent, he said. Once Texas gained independence, he said some Mexican leaders thought they would get something out of it. But they became victims and targets of white racism, he said. They lost their land, some were killed because of racism. It's a paradoxical situation. In 2006, Dr. Navarro, then head of the National Alliance for Human Rights, also organized an immigration rally against Joseph Turner, founder of the Save Our State with an Anti-illegal immigration initiative. That measure, which was supported broadly by several hate groups, never made it to the ballot because of the strong mobilization of community and leadership. He said Turner is now trying to resurrect himself. He figures the Trump climate is good for him, he said. Draw the correlations of 2005 and today, the same racist political animal, different situation. Fear is always at the base, and people may be going further into hiding lately with 15,000 new immigration enforcement agents under the Trump Administration. Now with ICE on the move, and a promise of a stronger crackdown under U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, along with Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the (Cont. on Page A-3) The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County held its 15th annual Champions For Justice Dinner. Among the honorees were Hon. Carol Codrington and Karyn Young-Lowe. Photo: James

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