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Fontana Unified’s Kaiser High Selected to Perform in 2019 Rose Parade

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FONTANA, CA – Henry J. Kaiser High School’s Catamount Pride Band and Color Guard will perform in the opening ceremonies of the 130th annual Rose Parade® presented by Honda – the first Fontana Unified school to ever earn the invitation.

Kaiser’s band and color guard will be the featured band during the opening ceremonies of 2019 Rose Parade, and perform a show highlighting the parade’s theme, “The Melody of Life.”

“We are very proud of our band and color guard for this monumental accomplishment,” Kaiser High Principal Terry Abernathy said. “We look forward to cheering them on as they represent our school, our district and our city on a world stage.”

Kaiser’s band, known in the community for the musical support it provides to Fontana Unified’s elementary and middle schools, is among at least 20 bands from across the United States and around the world that will march in the 2019 Rose Parade.

Bands were selected based on musicianship, marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. Band representatives submitted applications with photos, videos and recommendation letters.

“Our band is considered one of the premier parade bands in Southern California,” Kaiser band director Anthony Allmond said. “This selection is a culmination of years of hard work by our students and support from our community and talented musicians.”

Before marching in the five-and-a-half-mile Rose Parade, Kaiser and other bands will perform in one of three Bandfest events on Dec. 29 and 30 at Pasadena City College.

“Kaiser High School’s band and color guard exemplifies the outstanding arts programs we offer at Fontana Unified, and we are proud to see them represent our District at the Tournament of Roses,” Superintendent Randal S. Bassett said. “Congratulations to Kaiser’s talented students and hardworking staff on this well-deserved accomplishment.”

(source: Fontana Unified School District)

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Altercation over wearing a mask at a Rancho Cucamonga gas station turns violent

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An altercation over wearing a mask escalated to an assault with a deadly weapon; Scott Thomas was arrested

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (VVNG.com) –Rancho Cucamonga Police said they arrested a 39-year-old man after an altercation over wearing a mask escalated into an assault with a deadly weapon.

It happened on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at the ARCO gas station at 12280 Highland Avenue.

At about 1:00 PM deputies responded to the location regarding a disturbance involving the store manager and a customer, later identified as Scott Thomas, 39-years-old, resident of Montclair.

Gas station employees reported the suspect was upset because he was refused service for not wearing a mask properly inside the store and threw a display rack at the victim.

The disturbance between the two escalated outside the store when the victim stood behind Thomas’ truck in an attempt to get a picture of the license plate. Thomas put his truck in reverse and accelerated, stated officials.

According to a news release, the victim didn’t have time to get out of the way, so he jumped on the trailer hitch and held on to the tailgate. Thomas sped out of the parking lot with the victim holding on to the tailgate.

“The victim jumped inside the bed of the truck for safety because Thomas would not slow down enough for him to jump off safely. Thomas drove erratically for about a mile, accelerating and slamming on his brakes several times before he pulled over, grabbed the victim and threw him to the ground,” stated the news release.

Deputies conducted an area check and found the victim near Vintage Avenue and Rochester Avenue. Deputies also located the Thomas in his truck and attempted a traffic stop. Thomas failed to yield and continued to drive to his girlfriend’s house nearby where he was arrested. Thomas was booked in at the West Valley Detention Center where he remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

Medical aid responded and the victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information at www.wetip.com.

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CA orders bars to reclose in 7 counties as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

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CALIFORNIA — A surge in COVID-19 cases has prompted CA Governor Newsom to issue an order immediately closing bars in seven counties, including Los Angeles.

The County of San Bernardino was on a second list along with seven other counties that were recommended to take action on their own and close.

A bar, foundationally, is a social setting where typically not only small groups convene, but also where groups mix with other groups.

  • Alcohol consumption slows brain activity, reduces inhibition, and impairs judgment, factors which contribute to reduced compliance with recommended core personal protective measures, such as the mandatory use of face coverings and maintaining six feet of distance from people outside of one’s own household.
  • Louder environments and the cacophony of conversation that are typical in bar settings, also require raised voices and greater projection of oral emitted viral droplets. 
  • These factors have led to an increasing concern by public health professionals within California and throughout the nation identifying bars as the highest risk sector of non-essential business currently open.

COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger,” Newsom said in a statement given to media. “That’s why it is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus in the counties that are seeing the biggest increases.” Newsom also tweeted out the news on Sunday

Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission, unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

Why only bars?

Bars generally attract a younger adult population. While younger adults without co-morbidities tend to have less severe symptoms and overall disease outcomes, increased cases, even in this cohort, will lead to increased hospitalizations and deaths. As the virus spreads more broadly in this population, younger individuals become a source of spread to more vulnerable adults and the broader community, a factor that is complicated by the fact that younger individuals have a higher likelihood of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic infection.

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San Bernardino County Adopts Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — This week, San Bernardino became the first county in California to adopt a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

The issue of racism as a public health crisis came to the forefront following the global response to the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and discussions with local community advocates.

The resolution states that racism results in disparities in family stability, health and mental wellness, education, employment, economic development, public safety, criminal justice and housing.

“Thanks to the partnership and support of several community members and organizations, my colleagues and I became the first county in California to declare racism as a public health crisis, and I sincerely hope we are not the last,” said Chairman Curt Hagman. “Through today’s action, we built a foundation for positive change throughout our County and encourage our 24 cities to join us.”

San Bernardino County statistics show:

  • The infant mortality rate within our Black population is more than double the rate for the County as a whole.
  • Black people account for less than 9 percent of our population but almost 19 percent of County jail bookings and 38 percent of the bookings into juvenile detention facilities.
  • More than 21 percent of our homeless population is Black.
  • Only 17 percent of the County’s Black students are proficient in math, compared to more than 31 percent of all students.
  • The college and career readiness rate is 44 percent for all students but is only 30 percent for Black students; meanwhile, suspension and expulsion rates for Black students are more than twice the respective rates for all students.

The Board also directed County staff to form a new Equity Element Group to promote and increase equity. Once formed, the Equity Element Group would be comprised of community members and experts in healthcare, education, economic development, law and justice, and other fields to create a path toward promoting and increasing equity within the county.

“I urge everyone involved in this monumental opportunity for change to think big,” Supervisor Josie Gonzales said. “We want to bring all 24 of our cities on board. Let’s get everything we’ve got on the table and let’s make this new opportunity work.”

The County will actively participate in the dismantling of racism by:

  • Collaborating with the County’s law and justice agencies and the community to address public concerns related to law enforcement performance within San Bernardino County.
  • Promoting equity through policies to be considered by the Board of Supervisors and enhancing meaningful, thoughtful, and data-driven education efforts aimed at understanding, addressing, and dismantling racism.
  • Identifying specific activities to enhance diversity within the County Government workforce.
  • Advocating for relevant state and federal policies that improve health outcomes in communities of color.
  • Building and strengthening alliances with other organizations that are confronting racism, and encouraging other agencies to recognize racism as a crisis.
  • Supporting community efforts to amplify issues of racism and engage actively and authentically with communities of color throughout our County.
  • Studying and evaluating existing County policies and practices through a lens of racial equity to promote and support policies that prioritize health in an equitable way by mitigating exposure to adverse childhood experiences.
  • Encouraging each of the 24 incorporated cities and towns within San Bernardino County to also adopt resolutions affirming that racism is a public health crisis that results in disparities.

To read the resolution, click here.

(source: Supervisor Curt Hagman newsletter)

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