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Celebration of Homegoing for Lt. Calvin H. Pierce

CalvinHPierce-Pic2_ColorCalvin Howard Pierce of San Bernardino passed away on Sunday, July 27, 2014 in Loma Linda, California after a short illness.  He was 85 years old.  Calvin retired from the San Bernardino County Marshal’s Department in 1989 after more than 30 years of service.  At retirement he received the designation of honorary captain.  During his career as a Marshal he also served as a bailiff in the Superior Court system and earned several awards and commendations for improving court system operations. In fact, his initiative resulted in Marshals being assigned department vehicles.  One of the first African American Marshals in the department, he also designed the Marshal’s department badge.  Before joining the Marshal’s department, Calvin was a mechanic for Santa Fe Railroad.

A lifelong resident of San Bernardino, he was born January 11, 1929 to Emmett Caldwell Pierce and Eula Mae Carter, the second of three sons.  He graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1947.  That same year he married his sweetheart– the love of his life! – Barbara Pulliams.  To this union three children were born:  Francis, Brenda, and Valerie.

Throughout life, Calvin had many interests including architecture, photography, jewelry making, and beaded walking sticks.  Another of his favorite hobbies was fishing (including deep sea) with his buddies.  He also enjoyed cruising on a motorcycle with Barbara.  A remarkable athlete, he was nicknamed “Windmill Cal” in recognition of his cake walk style of running, which he used to return kickoff returns of up to 99 yards.  He was an award winning sprinter, runner (Loma Linda Lopers), cyclist, and bowler who participated in multiple marathons and tournaments.  A leader and generous by nature, he was a member of San Bernardino Kiwanis.

Calvin was tremendously loved by his family.  He is remembered for his sharp and charming sense of humor.  Calvin was a calming and steady presence in the lives of his family members and friends; and will be always remembered as loving, humorous, and dependable.

Calvin is survived by his wife of 67 years Barbara Pulliams Pierce; three children: Francis Howard Pierce of Grand Terrace, Brenda Joyce Lilly of San Bernardino, and Valerie Ann Futch (Terry) of Grand Terrace.  An adored grandfather, he is lovingly remembered by four grandchildren:  Tiffany Hinton (Glenn), Cherysa Cortez (Jerome), Corey Futch, and Shandyn Pierce; seven great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.  Also left to cherish his memory are his brothers Mr. Tyree Pierce of San Bernardino and Dr. Robert Pierce of St. Louis, Missouri.  He was also a favorite uncle, cousin, and nephew in a large extended family rooted in California, Arizona, and Missouri. Calvin also will be remembered by a host of friends he held dear.

A memorial to honor him will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1575 W. 17th Street, San Bernardino, California 92411.

 

Rail to Redlands Working Group holds its fifth meeting

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Yesterday, the Rail to Redlands Working Group held its fifth meeting in a continued effort to bring awareness and build public support for the Redlands Passenger Rail Line project.

Committee members heard a special presentation from the Deputy Executive Director John Standiford of the Riverside County Transit Commission and the lessons they have learned during the expansion of their Perris Valley line. “I wish we had formed a working group like this one before we started our expansion,” stated Standiford. “Finding champions such as you have found in ESRI founder, Jack Dangermond is crucial in being successful with such a major infrastructure expansion.”

Supervisor Ramos was pleased to have RCTC present at the meeting. “I think it is important to collaborate with Riverside County in finding common ground on ways to address some of our transportation challenges.  We need to look at our infrastructure needs from a regional viewpoint and work together to find solutions.”

The working group also viewed a short video clip from Mr. Dangermond where he expressed his strong support of the Redlands Passenger Rail Line. This video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PPrhTxpH1s.  Also in progress is the development of a website for the working group as well as social media outlets.

Mitch Alderman, Director of Transit/Rail Programs at SANBAG, provided an update on the status of the rail project.  In the upcoming months, public hearings will be conducted on the Environmental Impact Statement and the Environmental Impact Report where public comment will be requested. More information can be found at http://www.sanbag.ca.gov/projects/redlands-transit.html.

As always, members of the public were able to provide comments and ask questions at the end of the meeting. Ryan Berk, founder of A La Minute in Redlands, was present at the meeting where he offered support for this project. “As local business owners, I feel it is our job to beautify the City of Redlands and bring a sense of uniqueness to attract visitors to our downtown area. I am very much in support of this project and what it will do for our local economy.”

The next Rail to Redlands Working Group meeting will be held on November 13, 2014, location TBD.  To contact the Rail to Redlands Working Group, please send an email to rail2redlandsworkinggroup@gmail.com.

 

Fourth Annual Shorts at CAAM Offers Independent Filmmakers the Opportunity to Showcase Their Work

LOS ANGELES, CA-The California African American Museum (CAAM) encourages all independent filmmakers to submit their short films to be featured in CAAM’s fourth annual Shorts at CAAM. Directors, producers, writers, actors, and editors will be given the opportunity to showcase their work to new and diverse audiences, and speak about the creativity that sparked each film. Shorts at CAAM begins Saturday, August 16 through Sunday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Submissions accepted will include short films, web-series, narratives, documentaries and music videos which cannot exceed 30-minutes in length.  All films screened are made with an adult audience in mind.

This year’s Shorts at CAAM will feature films by Evita Castine, Dawn Westlake, Moon Molson, David Berget, among others. All film submissions must be mailed to Elise Woodson at 600 State Drive, Exposition Park and must include two copies, by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.  For more information, please contact Elise Woodson at (213) 744-7536.

This event is free and open to the public. CAAM is located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park. Parking is $10.00 and located at 39th and Figueroa Streets. For more information on CAAM, please visit www.caamuseum.org.