Precinct Reporter 10 20 2016 E Edition Page A-1

President Obama: Future of HBCUs news@precinctreporter.com Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County news@precinctreporter.com I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, October 20, 2016 Vol. 52 - No 13 Propositions: Importance of the Vote By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Heads are still swirling as California voters try to decipher the fine print on 17 propositions, and which ones should become law. With only two weeks to go before the big day, justice igures prominently with potential laws set to impact from young teens and youth incarceration to death row. Jesse Johnson, vice president of the Long Beach branch NAACP, said that while his organization must remain nonpartisan, they are doing all that they can to get voters ready for the polls, to drop off, or send their vote in through absentee ballot. Nationally and locally, he said each must do their part, which is now easier than ever with early voting, mail-in ballots, and online registration. October 24 is the last day to register to vote . Until then, people can register online at the Secretary of States registertovote.ca.gov. Absentee ballot and other early voting choices are not being fully accessed by the community, he said. Voters are also not aware they can go to the city clerk's ice,or their county Registrar of Voters, to fill out or drop offtheir ballot. They dont have to wait in long lines on Election Day. Last Sunday, the local branch NAACP also held its voter registration drive. We're living in a critical time. Each vote matters because a lot of decisions that are made at the national level, including the Supreme Court justices and the makeup of Congress and most importantly, the President, Johnson said. On a personal level, he is very much against the death penalty as so many innocent African American men have been wrongly convicted, and found not guilty by DNA testing long after their wrongful execution. There are too many folks out there, so many people of color were convicted, and [their innocence] continues to later be found once they do the DNA, and they let them off, he said. PROP 57 THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND REHABILITATION ACT OF 2016 Prop 57 asks voters if prison inmates should be considered for early parole for certain nonviolent crimes, and whether the power should be taken out of the hands of the prosecutor and given over to judges to determine whether juveniles should be tried in adult court. If that proposition passes, teens as young as 14 would be sent back to a hearing with a juvenile court judge to make the determination. For nonviolent felons, it would allow consideration of parole. Opponents of the proposition claim it authorizes release of violent criminals, including those who rape unconscious victims. Supporters say the ballot language is deliberately confusing, and that voters need to be cautious as the language, pro or con, is not checked for accuracy. Gloria Anderson, co-president of the San Bernardino League of Women Voters, said there is a disclaimer in the ballotlanguagethatnoicialagencyhascheckedarguments for accuracy. LWV supports a Yes on Prop 57. I cant imagine that rape of any kind is not considered to be a violent crime, I don't know how they are able to assert that, she said. People have to be very suspicious of the arguments. There's a disclaimer in the [voter guide] booklet that says these are not checked for accuracy. Dan Newman, a spokesman for the Proposition 57 By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter If Mars Serna has learned just one thing from his mentors over the years, it's that a good leader stays and fights. If elected, his priority is to fight for a united front that works for the children and the community. To do that, he said that the Fontana Unified School District Schools, the Board, and the city must first get on the same page and eliminate its hostile environment. While he didnt initially expect to run this election race, he said that working with the Fontana district over the past 14 months has made him concerned about the level of internal tension. He also worries about how the structure of classrooms has changed very little over the decades, and school leaders must keep up with the educational system to be more effective in preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. He said the current approach to education is outdated. Our classroom environment is still seated in rows, the blackboard has changed to a smart board, we might have television and laptops, but we're not engaging them. he said. Curriculum and classrooms also need to keep pace with the changing times, even as automation and technology are changing at a rapid rate. We do not know what By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Bringing more money to Rialto is more than a notion for Mayor Deborah Robertson -- the wheels are already in motion. The city is currently in the process of creating its own local revenue sources to protect against whatever housing bubble may burst, or future financial crises might arise. Local control of the revenue is the key. You decide what you're going to do with it, and take care of the infrastructure in your community, your roads, buildings, and your resources, Mayor Robertson said. And Robertson knows streets and roads. She brings a wealth of experience with a strong history in transportation to her second run for Rialto City Mayor. The retired District 7 division chief of External Affairs for CalTrans, holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. One way to deal with the never-ending need for street repairs is by requiring a little bit from the trucking industry, and monetize their use of Rialto roads. She said local control of trucking would help boost cash flow for the city. Similar to FasTrak toll collection, making money from tric is not a new concept, and has been operational for a while with the freeways. But,truck tric is also on the move in the city. Her revenue generating model based on the city's industrial area would charge truckers a small fee for their role in a transportation congestion management program to help sustain and repair streets. Truckers that move their trucks out in off-peak hours would get the best price. If they move during the high- peak hours, such as 2:30 p.m. when schools get out, they'll pay a higher fee. So far, she said she has entered into an agreement of understanding with most of the major industrial companies. When I put the system in place, they will participate, she said. Monies generated would be recycled back to ix roads and other areas in need directly related to the industrial park. As revenue comes in, she said that truck routes and streets will have enough resources to keep them up to par, and to keep up the quality of the community. The model is already implemented in several regions statewide, but she said cities often miss opportunities for local empowerment. Industries have local warehouses, and revenue will generate from the time that the truckers choose to go out of the city. So far, plans for above- ground transponders have gained good support, and she is also seeking grant match opportunities. She said that city staff and legislative bodies also see the vision. They understand where I'm coming from, that's half the battle, she said. She also envisions that other cities may eventually sign on, bringing even more revenue to Rialto, while saving cities additional dollars they would have to spend to implement their own Mars Serna: Fontana Unified School District Vote Rialto: Mayor Deborah Robertson (Cont. on Page A-2) (See Page A-3) (Cont. on Page A-2) (Cont. on Page A-3) The Riverside NAACP held its 4 th annual Salute to Labor Unions. Pictured above are 2 nd V.P. Sharron Lewis Campbell and Branch President Waudier Rucker Hughes with honoree Dr. Judy White, Moreno Valley Schools Superintendent. See story on Page A-2. Photo: Dowdy Lionel Dew Seeks Victorville Seat By Eliz Dowdy StaffWriter Long time Victorville resident and Air Force retiree Lionel Maurice Dew has joined nine other candidates for a seat on the Victorville City Council. Dew was a candidate for a seat on the Victorville City Council in 2014, and he lost by 11 votes. Eric Negrete appointed Dew to the Victorville planning commission. He has been endorsed by councilman Negrete, who told the Precinct Reporter that his endorsement was based upon Dew's exceptional dedication to a career in the United States Air Force and public service. He also stated he was impressed with the record of Dew after retirement, and that as a Planning Commissioner he has provided outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to the City by upholding development standards and permitted land uses for the City of Victorville. He is a proven leader with the experience to help guide the City of (Cont. on Page A-2)

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