Precinct Reporter 09 28 2017 E Edition Page A-1

Black Women and Democrats 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, September 28, 2017 Vol. 53 - No 10 Waterman Gardens Revitalization (See Page A-3) The grand opening will be held September 28th for a key phase of the Arrowhead Grove Neighborhood Revitalization, a robust public-private partnership that is helping to transform San Bernardino, one of Americas most challenged cities. Olive Meadow at Arrowhead Grove, featuring 62 high-quality affordable apartment homes, represents the first on-site redevelopment phase of the former Waterman Gardens public housing development in San Bernardino. The first off-site phase, Valencia Vista, opened last year and recently was honored with a National Award of Excellence from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment icials(NAHRO). In all, Arrowhead Grove will include 400-plus new housing units, community centers, an enhanced focus on education and healthy living, and supportive services to end the cycle of poverty. It is the lynchpin of the Waterman+Baseline Neighborhood Specific Plan, a comprehensive redevelopment strategy for the broader community that will include 1.2 million square feet of new employment and commercial space and 2,400 new housing units. The Arrowhead Grove revitalization is being led by National Community Renaissance (National CORE), one of the nation's largest and most respected nonprofit community builders, in partnership with the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, the City of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the Hope through Housing Foundation and the Clancy Co. Additional partners include the Ahmanson Foundation, California State University-San Bernardino, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Housing Partners I Inc., Loma Linda University Health, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Wells Fargo Bank. The transformation that is occurring in and around Arrowhead Grove is a great example of the power of collective impact and how a well-planned, well-designed and well-managed housing community can be a catalyst for positive change for an entire city, said Steve PonTell, President and Chief ExecutiveicerofNational CORE. With each new phase Arrowhead Grove is reshaping the landscape and redefining the community at large, said Maria Razo, the Housing Authoritys Executive Director. We're thrilled for the families who are moving into Olive Meadow, and eagerly look forward to the continued redevelopment of this vital neighborhood. Lancaster as a volunteer- run program. Before long, Paws for Life caught on and programming expanded to several prisons across the state in partnership with community organizations and local animal shelters. Dogs with a low risk of adoption and a high chance of being put to death are trained to be loveable and obedient. Like a lot of the inmates that now train them, the dogs are older, and their social behavior is unacceptable, making it hard to get them adopted out. Their partnership with the state prison program started under the guidance of Los Angeles County Captain Crystal Wood, herself a devoted animal rescuer. A facility was set up to connect the dogs with high-security inmates that had proven their commitment to the paws. Inmates willing to do the work as a team, to cut across the prison politics, gang (Cont. on Page A-2) Carmen Roberts (left) was feted at a retirement party in Riverside. She retired from CalTrans in San Ber- nardino where she worked at the Rosa Parks building. Photo: Sam James Career Exploration Day to Focus on Building Trades Job seekers interested in the construction trades are invited to participate in a Job Exploration Day Sept. 29 at the Applied Technology Training Center in San Bernardino. The event is sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Southern California Baldy View Chapter (BIA) in partnership with the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) and the San Bernardino County Community College District. It is designed to address the growing needs of the building trades and a shortage of construction workers throughout San Bernardino County. According to research conducted for WDB by Chmura Economics & Analytics, construction is one of the highest-demand career sectors in the Inland Empire, requiring more than 22,000 additional workers over the next decade. This increase is being fueled by an influx of businesses and the strong demand for housing in one of the fastest- growing population centers in the United States. With nearly 4.5 million people, the Inland Empire is now the 13th largest metropolitan statistical area in the country, ahead of Seattle, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Denver. Organizers of the Job Exploration Day are hoping to attract more than 300 individuals interested in construction jobs. Builders will be on hand to discuss the growth of the homebuilding industry, as well as job and career opportunities. Participants will be divided into two categories those with construction experience and those with little or no experience. Those in the second category will be offered the opportunity to enroll into a free 72-hour Work Readiness Credential Program offered by the Community College District. The Job Exploration Day will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at 124 Del Rosa Drive in San Bernardino. It will be followed by a hiring event, tentatively scheduled for November. To pre-register for the Job Exploration Day, go to The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. The WDB strives to strengthen the skills of the Countys workforce through partnerships with business, education and community- based organizations. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment in line with the Countywide Vision. The Workforce Development Board, through the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, offers a variety of programs designed to help youth and adults identify career pathways and get the appropriate training and skills. Programs funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Some things can make a grown man cry, like a best friend in need. Dogs -- man's best friend -- are getting their second chance with the help of inmates training some fine furry friends as if their lives depend on it. In many ways, it does. Through a variety of prison training programs statewide, the dogs escape death by getting paired up with inmates, where both often share common bonds of abuse and neglect. Krissi Khokhobashvili, spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said that just like the inmates, a lot of the dogs have never been shown affection. Some of these dogs have been abandoned, some of these guys have been abandoned and judged because of who they were or their background, she said. The emphasis is on giving a dog a chance to be accepted into a good caring home, but trainers are also getting tamed through the process. A few years ago, Karma Rescue started programming at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, in Prison Inmates Paws for Life, Saves Furry Friends Act (WIOA) provide eligible youth, ages 16 to 24, access to a variety of career and educational services designed to help enhance job skills, develop leadership qualities, explore career options, participate in adult and peer mentoring opportunities, and take advantage of work experiences. In addition, the WDB operates San Bernardino Countys three Americas Job Centers of California (AJCC). The AJCCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The AJCCs also support and provide services to the Countys businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Development Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit workforce.

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