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Our Love Hate Relationship With Plastic Bags

bagsBag, Bags, Bags, Californians have an obsession with plastic bags and many cities have made their way to mandate how each city will deal with how we will reuse, dispose and deal with plastic bags. Seventy cites have already adopted regulations around  single use plastic bags, and 40 more cities are considering how they will regulate   single use plastic bags, so doesn’t it make since to standardize how we deal with this issue statewide?  Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) seems to have found a good solution in SB 405 that will make environmentalist and the business community happy. Protecting our environment while bringing uniformity statewide to this issue is a win-win and only makes since that California moves in this direction.

Pacific High Students and School Make Gains


SAN BERNARDINO, CA— 543 students will graduate from Pacific High School this week, led by valedictorian Vanessa Marin, joining many of her classmates as the first in their families to both graduate from high school and go on to attend college or university.

Vanessa was accepted by several schools in the University of California system, but chose Cal State San Bernardino when offered a President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship (established under former CSUSB President Dr. Albert Karnig). Pacific High School graduates have done very well this year, receiving 44 of the 200 Valley-Bound Scholarships issued in 2013 – the most from any one high school in the Inland Empire. That is commendable achievement that reflects the measurable gains that Pacific has made over the last three years in the state of California’s Academic Performance Index (API).



Tex Acosta, the principal at Pacific High has taken a personal approach: on campus with students and encouraging parent participation, and as part of the school district’s Strategic Planning efforts. School Improvement grant funding benefited the school by providing teachers greater access to professional learning opportunities focused on improving student academic achievement.  And in 2012, Pacific High was recertified as a National Demonstration School for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a status is achieved by fewer than 100 schools nation-wide, and making it a model for strengthening other AVID schools.

During these same three years, student referrals and suspensions have dropped 66 percent at the high school!

Certainly, more work needs to take place at Pacific and across the San Bernardino City Unified School District to boost students’ chances of success after graduation, in college and in the workplace, and to continue the journey toward excellence.  They deserve support and praise from their community.

When Pacific’s Class of 2013 marches across the stage at Bailey Bowl to receive their diplomas, they will not only represent their personal achievements, but also the achievement of their parents, their teachers, and their administrators. Go Pirates!! (WSSN 5/17/13)

What Do With Lue Artist Review & Entertainment Happenings



By Lue Dowdy, CA– I’m happy to announce this week’s selected artist, Michael Echols, Barber/Promoter/Entrepreneur. Hair is an art! It takes a special set of skills to keep folks looking good. Having a good haircut can make a world of difference in a person’s self-esteem.



Michael Echols has been a professional barber for 5yrs. He’s currently working out of Cold Cutz Barbershop in downtown Riverside located at, 4029 Market Street Riverside CA, 92501. Receiving his license from Rosston’s Barber College, Michael specializes in all textures of hair. If you need a bald fade, shadow fade, taper, flat top, mo-hawk, fro-hawk, he’s your guy. No time to go to the shop, ask about his mobile service. Micheal will bring the shop to you. You can find this talented Barber at the shop, Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays by appointment only. Check out his work at facebook.com/tipyourbarber and on I.G @ Riverside_Raised.

Michael Echols, also is one of the producers for “The Underground Poetry & Lyricist Lounge.” This is an event put on once a month on the 2nd Sunday night of every month in the city of Riverside. It’s been in existence for almost a year and is growing fast. Their objective is to create an atmosphere that welcomes and brings together art, poetry, culture, creativity and unity. Michael feels by doing this, it will create a hub that allows individuals to network amongst one another. If you’re interested in performing, please look them up on TWITTER at: The_UPL_Lounge or on FaceBook: TheUndergroundPoetry/LyricistLounge. You can Email Theundergroundpllounge@yahoo.com, last but not least follow them on I.G at UPL_spokenword. Please support the ARTS!

Entertainment Happenings: There will be several awesome concerts and events coming our way. I hope you’re ready! This month, Eryka Badu will be in San Bernardino at San Manuel Indian Bingo, and BBD (Bel Biv Devoe) will be in Riverside at the Riverside Auditorium. Don’t wait, get your tickets now! Ya girl will be in da house!

R&B singer, Erykah Badu is best known for her hit album “Babuism” which went triple platinum and my all-time favorite “Tyrome.” This singer, activist, and actress will be in concert Thursday, May 30th along with Lyfe Jennings and Bobby V.  Tickets are available for the 7:30 p.m. show through Ticketmaster for $40, $50 and $60

Live in Concert BBD on Saturday, May 25, 2013, DOORS OPEN AT 7:00PMSHOW STARTS AT 8:00 PM

Location: 3485 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501. Sponsored by Stansell Enterprises Concerts & Events . Information: 800-838-3006, http://www.stansellenterprises.com.