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Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson Runs for Second Term

As Deborah Robertson moves from table to table greeting folks at Mary Stewart’s Southern Soul Food, the Mayor of Rialto looks as comfortable as if she was in her own kitchen.  

In a way, she is. Mayor Robertson has called Rialto home for nearly 30 years and has served in its local government for 16 years, including three terms as a councilwoman and one as Mayor.

As she campaigns for re-election – Election Day is Nov. 8 – Mayor Robertson’s reason for wanting a second term is simple. “I’m not done.”

“I feel the role of the Mayor is a calling, not just a title,” said Mayor Robertson, who is running against current councilmember Ed Palmer. “We keep it real in Rialto. Our foundation is in a common belief of community. We’re middle class, salt of the earth people.”

In her first term, Mayor Robertson accomplished much of what she wanted. Her focus was on keeping Rialto financially sound, moving forward on commercial and business development, generating jobs in Rialto and enhancing open space for healthy recreational usage.

“The community as a whole is concerned about safety and lowering crime in the city,” said Mayor Robertson. Cutting down on crime was also a major focus in her first term as Mayor. 

“I am very proud of the part the city’s police force played in response to the terrorist attack nine months ago in San Bernardino,” said Mayor Robertson.  Rialto’s SWAT Team was one of the first responders in support of San Bernardino’s units.

During her time as Mayor, Rialto was also one of the first cities to have its police force wear body cameras. “As the result of a research project, the Rialto police agreed to wear the cameras for one year,” said Mayor Robertson. The results were positive and Rialto decided to keep the cameras. Robertson said it gave citizens a new perspective into law enforcement.

“It gave us empirical data, not just anecdotal,” Mayor Robertson said. “The number of complaints from citizens went down drastically. It brought about a different level of respect for the police.”

Statistically, both violent crime and property crime have gone down in each year of Robertson’s first term as Mayor. 

In 2014, Rialto dropped below the national average in violent crime rate for the first time in 12 years, according to City-Data.com. Mayor Robertson is also one of four Mayors in San Bernardino County that have been very vocal about the illegal gun problem.

For more information about Mayor Deborah Robertson go to www.DeborahRobertson.org

About Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson

Deborah Robertson was elected Mayor of Rialto in November 2012 – the latest achievement in a distinguished public service career that has included 12 years on the Rialto City Council, leadership positions at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), and more than 20 years with the California Department of Transportation.

Under Mayor Robertson’s leadership, Rialto has gained regional and national recognition for innovation in the areas of public-private partnerships, business development and job creation. The City’s refinancing and restructuring of its water and wastewater operations has become a model for other communities in California, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

A leading voice on regional and national infrastructure issues, Mayor Robertson chairs the Public Health Subcommittee for SCAG’s 2016 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council and Metro Economies, and member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

She is a founding board member for the NFL/AFL Youth Life Skills Camp, has hosted the annual State of Women event in Rialto for the past seven years, and was recognized by Assembly Member Cheryl Brown as 47th District Woman of the Year.

Mayor Robertson retired from Caltrans in 2012, most recently serving as Deputy District Director of External Affairs. A native Californian, she holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York Bernard Baruch College and is a National Urban Fellows recipient. She is also a scholarship recipient and past participant of the Southern California Leadership Network.

Mayor Robertson was instrumental in developing Rialto’s Transportation Commission and coordinated a transportation summit for the region.  Her wielding influence and determination have helped bring new businesses and housing to the City of Rialto.

With all that she has done Mayor Robertson still has the time for family, two children and six grandchildren, that are the joy of her life.

Halloween Is In the Air At Castle Park

RIVERSIDE, CA- With the Halloween season fast approaching, Castle Park is getting ready to offer Halloween fun during two different events. Castle Park transforms into its heart-racing, exhilarating Castle Dark in the evening. When darkness falls, the nightmare calls and guests can experience the sheer terror of Castle Dark’s haunted attractions. During the daytime hours, kids of all ages are welcome to join in the Halloween festivities with family friendly fun at Happy Hauntings.

From October 7 to the 30, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the gate will creek open at 7 p.m. for Castle Dark. Venture inside four haunted house maze attractions set throughout the park. Experience the impending doom of a demonic spirit that consumed the mine and its workers, at the all NEW Demented Doom Mine maze. Experience the NEW Shiverton Manor maze, a mansion full of distorted realities and horrible nightmares. Don’t miss the Ghost Blasters ride, a creature, zombie, and ghost inhabited ride in 3-D.

For guests looking for more cheer than fear, Castle Park’s Happy Hauntings is the perfect place for little ghouls 12 and under. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, October 8-30, kids can enjoy pumpkin carving contests, costume contests, and a Trick-or-Treat Street at Happy Hauntings.

Tickets start at $9.99 online for Happy Hauntings daytime fun. Castle Park’s Happy Hauntings activities are included in all park tickets every Saturday and Sunday, October 8-30. Tickets including Castle Dark start at $19.99. Castle Dark opens at 7 pm, Friday through Sunday, from October 7-30. Hours of operation vary. Visit castlepark.com for more details.

Indie Author at Feldheym Central Library

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-The San Bernardino Public Library is joining hundreds of libraries across North America to host an Indie Author Day event on October 8th, 2016. This event is designed to bring the local writing communities together to participate in book readings, signings, and workshops.

Authors from throughout the Inland Empire have been invited to discuss their works and sell and sign books at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, 555 w. 6TH St. in San Bernardino on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

This is a good opportunity to meet local authors who represent many genres, including fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, children’s books, young adult books, local history, and mystery. Over 30 authors, poets and cartoonists have confirmed their participation including Al Ward, Beth Winokur, Dr. Dawn Menge, Dr. Frank Stern, Gary & Isabel Walbourne, George L. Gurney, Gina Rider, Greg McWhorter, Herb Williams, James Rhozon, John Weeks, June Durr, Krista Wagner, Lara Rios, Larry Burns, Madeline Gornell, Mary Ruth Hughes, Michael Palmer, Michael Raff, Mike Kennedy, Mike Walters, Nick Cataldo, Paulina Jaramillo, Phil Yeh, Richard Levesque, Roberta Smith, Suzanne Saunders, T’ana Thompson, Terri Elders, Victoria Taylor, and authors from PoetrIE.

Two workshops will be held during the event: Theresa Elders will present a workshop called ‘How to Write True Stories for Anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Soul’ at 2:00 PM in the Bing Wong Auditorium. She will talk about the elements of writing a true narrative essay and how to mine your life for story ideas.  Elders’ stories have been featured in over 100 books, including such series as Chicken Soup for the Soul, A Cup of Comfort, Thin Threads, and HCI Ultimate.

Larry Burns will present a workshop called ‘How to Transition From a “Regular” Career to an “Art-Based” Career’ at 3:00 PM in the Bing Wong Auditorium. The topics he will cover are:  Creating your artist’s life support system, what you need and what you can cannibalize from your previous career; making financial sense of your new normal; learning to accept payment for your art…you are worth it; finding your way in social media promotion; how to get more comfortable sharing your success; and setting goals and tracking your progress. In 2015, Larry Burns ended a decade -long administration career to focus on teaching and writing full time, and a year later had his first book contract. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches in the College of Humanities and Sciences at University of Phoenix. He is a founding member of Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary advocacy group.

Authors from PoetrIE will be doing readings beginning at 4:00 in the Bing Wong Auditorium. PoetrIE started with a handful of writers who were interested in creating a space for other aspiring writers in this area to practice their craft. It has since grown to numerous workshops across the region, monthly reading series, and is now a nonprofit organization.

This event is free and open to the  public, and is sponsored by the Friends of the San Bernardino Library. For more information, call 909. 381.8238 or visit www.sbpl.org or www.facebook.com/SBPLfriends