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Letter to the Editor: Kudos for the Good News

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By Dr. Mildred D. Henry

Pick up the newspaper and you will read that San Bernardino is one of the cities with the highest crime rate in the nation. I turn on the TV and Internet and see that San Bernardino is one of the 10 worst cities in which to raise a family. The city of San Bernardino continues to be portrayed as the worst this and the worst that. Unfortunately, the same so-called news will broadcast for three days straight as if there are no other events taking place in the world. Particularly in the sports world, negative behaviors make the headlines.

I want to share some good news about San Bernardino.  Good things are happening in our city. San Bernardino has an unbeaten Minor League football team that just defeated unbeaten Las Vegas to maintain San Bernardino’s undefeated record of 9-0.

The San Bernardino California Raiders, a group of young men from assorted backgrounds and temperaments, molded into a winning machine that brings positive notoriety to the city. They should be recognized and lauded for their efforts and achievements.  A minor league football team that is affiliated with the National Developmental Professional Football League (NDPFL), The Raiders play teams from all over Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

These young adults come from different gang related neighborhoods and nobody asks about gang membership or turf.  They come from law enforcement, from the corporate world, and on Saturday night the players all wear the California Raiders colors and share the one common thrill of winning a championship. This is reportedly the longest running, winnings, minor-league football team in the Inland Empire.

The Raiders have been located at San Bernardino High School, engaged in the same sport, for 10 years. On Saturday nights you will find them on the football field rather than on the street corners. How about a pat on the back and some kudos for these positive thinking football players. The detrimental elements of our society can so easily entice our young people to go astray. Consequently, when we have young people in school and organizations, that are engaged in positive endeavors, we should praise and support them as much as possible.  This is an excellent program for young men, 18 years of age and older, who aspire to play football.

Hats off to owner, Dwaine Radden, Sr., the coaches, the players, and supporters of the San Bernardino California Raiders.  Full speed ahead to another championship!



California Raiders Win Battle vs. Trojans

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By Dwaine Radden Jr. University of New Mexico Sports Blog

The season finale for the Semi-pro California Raiders (9-0) ended with a close battle Saturday night. The Raiders came off a two week break which included a forfeit by the So Cal Gladiators and a much needed bye week following that. They wrapped their perfect season up with a 27-20 victory over the Las Vegas Trojans who were also undefeated coming into Saturday’s big game. The Raider defense had another stout performance, while being led by veteran player Donte “Pacman” Turner’s three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. One of Turner’s interceptions was returned to the 20 yard line, which set up a California Raider touchdown and helped change the momentum of the game which was hard fought by the Vegas Trojans. The Raider’s Head Coach Antonio Marshall said,  “We didn’t perform well offensively, but the defense play well tonight.”

Offensively the Raiders were sparked by veteran quarterback Robert Fuller, who tossed two touchdown passes to veteran receiver Mikael “Melo” Bowden. Fuller finished with 150 yards passing and ran for a 15 yard touchdown, but it wasn’t only the veterans who made an impact. Newcomer Eric Marshall also had a great night rushing behind veteran lineman Kirk Fields, DeBron Jordan, Andrew Repena, and James Sears, who continued to dominate throughout the game.

Marshall had a 45 yard run which set up the go ahead touchdown for the Raiders. Owner Dwaine Radden was impressed by their effort stating, “These guys are the biggest and best offensive line in the history of the Franchise.”

Although the offense put up some points they had some costly turnovers that kept the Trojans in the game until the very end. The defense stepped up to save the day by keeping the Trojans from scoring offensively. Lamar Jones had an interception in the first quarter along with hard hitting from the Raider defense that held the Vegas Trojans to a goal line stand twice.      Coach Marshall had high praise for the visiting team stating, “They’re a great organization who came to play and played a real good solid game.” The California Raiders will have time to rest before they prepare for the playoffs. The Raiders are no strangers to this type of success having won multiple championships with playoff appearances for the last seven years.




Letter to the Editor: Turning San Bernardino Around

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams

By Roxanne Williams

There are many concerns from the residents in our city, but one issue that takes the forefront as I’ve talked to voters is safety, and this matter is urgent.

Emotions in neighbors have elevated from feelings of abandonment and exasperation to rage.  For example, one resident told me about an incident that happened on the border of San Bernardino and Rialto. A man was beating a woman on the street, so neighbors called 911. The dispatcher told the caller that the police were extremely busy and would arrive in 3 hours. Alarmed at this response, the neighbor saw a nearby Rialto police car, and asked the officer to intervene. The officer told the resident it was not Rialto’s jurisdiction, but that as a courtesy they would apprehend the male suspect and hold him until San Bernardino police arrived. Many residents are fed up and tired of the slow or no response times for calls.  Over and over, they are demanding more police patrols in the neighborhoods.  The perception is that law enforcement is rarely seen.  Some have just given up.

There are many consequences of not acting on this urgent matter, but most importantly, we are leaving our senior citizens at risk and failing to protect our families and children.

There is still hope and a solution. For that reason, I have made safety a number one priority of my campaign. If more police are urgently needed and the city is in bankruptcy, how can residents realistically expect better safety within the constraints of an overburdened budget? In my opinion, the city should hire CSO officers (non-uniformed staff at a fraction of the salary) for the part 2 (non-violent) crimes, thereby CSO can quickly respond to calls/reports for burglaries, car thefts, stolen bikes, etc. This would free up the patrol officers to respond to part 1 (violent) crimes.

Also, businesses should form Business Improvement Districts (BID) and pay into a pool for private security. Those businesses could then have a rapid response for panhandling, shoplifting and nighttime vandalisms. As the businesses patrol themselves, this would allow the police to concentrate on the part 1 crimes. Thus, when 911 is called, there would be a more rapid response for your safety.

To find out more, visit my website at www.RoxanneCanWin.com. I hope to have your support on November 3, 2015.