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Rialto ‘Rails to Trails’ receives SCAG Achievement Award for sustainability


PALM DESERT, CA – The City of Rialto has received an Achievement Award for Sustainability from the Southern California Association of Governments for its Rails to Trails project – the final section of the Pacific Electric Trail.

Rails to Trails promotes linkages to active transportation and transit networks throughout the region, establishing a 21-mile east-west walking, running and bicycling route between Rialto and Claremont that is separated from vehicular traffic.

“Rialto is committed to healthy living, and Rails to Trails is a wonderful example of how active transportation and careful planning can make that happen,” said Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, who also serves on the SCAG Regional Council.

Mayor Robertson received the award during a ceremony Thursday as part of SCAG’s 50th Anniversary Regional Conference & General Assembly. Each year, SCAG recognizes initiatives that promote sustainability in its six-county region.

“Promoting sustainability is essential to preserving a quality of life we treasure in Southern California,” said Carl Morehouse, President of SCAG and a Ventura Council Member. “Projects such as Rails to Trails show how far we’ve come in terms environmental awareness and integrated planning.”

SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. This year, in addition to commemorating its 50th anniversary, the association is developing its 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy in collaboration with transportation authorities and stakeholders throughout the region.


AKA Far Western Regional Director Honors Candra Loftis

Featured in picture from left to right: Mrs. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International Supreme President, Mrs. Candra Loftis, Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

Featured in picture from left to right: Mrs. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International Supreme President, Mrs. Candra Loftis, Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

COSTA MESA, CA – Mrs. Candra Loftis was honored at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 86th Far Western Regional Conference held on Saturday, May 2 at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA in which she received the Far Western Regional Director Leadership Award.  Prior to the event, Mrs. Loftis received her second honorary service award from the California Congress of Parents, Teachers, and Students, Inc. on April 2.  Ms. Loftis was awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award because of her leadership of the Emerging Young Leaders program for the past four years.  Additionally her chapter, Eta Nu Omega received accolades from the Etiwanda School District and Fontana Mayor Aquanetta Warren.

On December 16, Mrs.  Loftis attended the 35th California School Board Association Golden Bell Awards Luncheon in which she accepted the prestigious Golden Bell Award on the behalf of the Etiwanda School District, Heritage Intermediate School and Eta Nu Omega Chapter for Parental/Community Involvement.  Because of this honor, Mrs. Loftis and the program was also recognized by the Fontana City Council.  Congratulations Mrs. Loftis for a job well done!

For future Eta Nu Omega Chapter events and activities, please contact Twillea Evans-Carthen, Ivy Leaf Reporter at tevanscarthen@yahoo.com.

The Inland Empire Alliance of Black School Educators (IEABSE) Presents Inland Empire High School Black Graduate Recognition, Scholarship Ceremony

Black GRAD

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The Inland Empire Alliance of Black School Educators (IEABSE) is proud to announce the 5th annual “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”, High School Black Graduate Recognition and Scholarship Ceremony. The event will take place at the Santos Manuel Student Union Event Center on the campus of California State University of San Bernardino at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 16.

IEABSE will present over 15 scholarships in the amounts of $500 and $1000 to African American graduating seniors from the Inland Empire. The evening will be filled with cultural celebration, community connectedness, and will end with a mantra from the students who pledge to support each other, be responsible family members, and become leaders within the Inland Empire. San Bernardino native Professor Anthony Blacksher will be the keynote speaker and will be challenging the students to analyze the role education has played in African American history and leverage present opportunities as tools to achieve their desired hopes and dreams.

Over 1000 supportive family members are expected to be in attendance to watch these graduates receive their Kente Stoles. The Kente Stoles symbolize academic accomplishment, community leadership, and personal responsibility. The Dorothy Ingram Award will be given to an educator from the Inland Empire that has inspired students to achieve at high levels. This individual is a drum major for student achievement and is being acknowledged for going the extra mile to ensure the success of our Inland Empire students.

“One of the most pressing issues facing San Bernardino and Riverside Counties is the college going rate and college readiness, events like the IE Black Graduation go a long way in celebrating high school students that will be attending our local colleges and universities,” Dr. Thomas Morales, President of California State University San Bernardino, said.

A special thanks to the Inland Empire High School Black Graduate Recognition Ceremony Planning Committee, San Bernardino City Unified School District and their Communications Department Director Linda Bardere, President of California State University of San Bernardino Dr. Tomas Morales, and San Bernardino Pacesetters. For any additional information please contact Keynasia Buffong at (909) 838-6131 or by email at ieabse@gmail.com