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Board of Education Takes Action to Close the Digital Divide for Needy Families

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Thanks to an initiative first recommended by Board of Education member Danny Till­man, with full support from fellow Board members, 5,000 socio-economically disadvantaged families in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) will receive 21st Century technology through a program designed to close the digital divide.

SBCUSD is offering the Family Chromebook Initiative beginning July 6 in partnership with California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). CETF is providing $100,000 in funding, as well as its School2Home curriculum in support of the Initiative. Through the Board of Education’s Family Chromebook Initiative, SBCUSD will provide free Chromebook computers and T-Mobile Internet service to 5,000 SBCUSD families. Eligible families were contacted by the SBCUSD automated phone system to identify those interested in the program. About 5,000 were willing to participate in the pilot program.

“So much of our society is going digital and we want to provide families who don’t have devices and Internet access at home the resources they need to help their children be successful,” said Barbara Richardson, the director of Accountability & Educational Technology for SBCUSD. “The Chromebook Initiative and School2Home program help provide those with the most need and the fewest resources a chance to even the playing field.”

As part of the Board-led Initiative, one adult and one student from each family must attend the School2Home training program in July. The Board of Education felt the program would only be successful if it included a training component for students and parents. The initial training focuses on basic computer literacy skills and helps participants set up a free email account and connect to Internet-based educational services, such as the SBCUSD Parent Portal. Additional, optional School2Home computer training will also be offered throughout the school year to help parents and students develop their computer skills and build a closer connection to the school community.

All School2Home training will be provided in English and Spanish. Parents and students who need additional accommodations, including services in other languages, will receive those services upon request. SBCUSD will loan participating families one Chromebook and provide limited, home Internet service for one year, as long as they attend SBCUSD schools. The home-based Internet access will have the same protections as school-based Internet access.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital Opens its Doors Following Successful Completion of Accreditation Process

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LOS ANGELES – Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital (“MLKCH”) announced that the privately-owned, non-profit hospital is now fully licensed, accredited, and opened to the public as of Tuesday July 7, 2015.  An opening dedication is scheduled for August 7, 2015.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is a brand new state-of-the-art facility, with all new equipment, technology, staff, and administration. MLKCH has a total of 131 beds, including 93 medical/surgical beds, 20 intensive care beds and 18 obstetrical beds. Inpatient specialties will include Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Emergency Services, Gastroenterology, General Medicine, General Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Radiology, Pulmonary Medicine and Urology.  The hospital’s medical staff includes six hospital-based physician groups that will be on-site 24/7.

“After much hard work and dedication, we are excited to open our doors to the public,” said MLKCH’s Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH. “We designed this hospital from the ground up to meet the urgent health needs of our community, and we are eager to welcome them. Working with our staff, physicians, and partners at the County of Los Angeles and the University of California healthcare system, we are bringing compassionate, collaborative, quality care to South Los Angeles.”

MLKCH has completed licensure by the California Department of Public Health, and accreditation by The Joint Commission, a national agency that monitors health care organizations and promotes the highest standards of quality and patient safety.  The Emergency Department, Labor and Delivery, and other hospital services will be open for patient care on July 7th.

“MLKCH will be a leading model of innovative, collaborative, community health care,” added Dr. Batchlor. “We have assembled a world-class healthcare team that includes highly-qualified clinical leaders and a diverse, multilingual staff.  MLKCH will be a leading force in addressing the long-standing health disparities in our community.”


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital is a private, non-profit, safety-net hospital, administered by the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Los Angeles Healthcare Corporation (MLK-LA), a 501(c)(3) organization.  The 131-bed community hospital has a 21-bed emergency department, 20 ICU beds, and 18 labor, delivery, and postpartum beds.  The hospital’s mission is to provide compassionate, innovative and quality care, and collaborating with providers and our community to create a healthier South Los Angeles. The hospital will serve 1.35 million residents of South Los Angeles regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.



42 Graduate From San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy

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SAN BERNARDINO – – San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) celebrated the success of the 42 graduates of Class #197 of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy on June 18 at the Abundant Living Family Church  in Rancho Cucamonga. The event was hosted by SBVC and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Public Safety Regional Training Center. Board of Trustees member Donna Ferracone represented the San Bernardino Community College District.


Surrounded by friends, family members, law enforcement and future employers, the ceremony included a keynote address from California Assemblyman Tom Lackey (36th Dist.), presentation of awards and certificates, and a recitation of the code of ethics, led by Chief of Police Mark Garcia, Redlands Police Department.


Sergeant Mike Huntsman presented the special awards to Francisco Ancona, Top Academic Honors; Stephanie Garcia, Tactical Staff Award; Ian Gosswiller, Top Shooter; James Hendrickson, Physical Fitness Award; Dylan Gosswiller, Top Overall Award. Class President was Jesus Diaz.


The Academy course is 920 hours of instruction, extending over a 23-week period and features instructors from a variety of law enforcement agencies. All training is certified by the State of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Class #197 Graduates (hometowns withheld for confidentiality reasons)

Francesco Ancona

Blaine Bailey

Kenneth Bubier

Zachary Carlos

Daniel Cherpin

Thomas Cho

Kevin Connors

Kyle DeLuca

Jesus Diaz

Cory Drost

Alexandra Duarte

Amanda Eirich

Itai Estrada

Joshua Forsberg

Stephanie Garcia

Brad Gomez

Dylan Gosswiller

Ian Gosswiller

Dalton Hendrickson

James Hendrickson

Derek Hoffman

Jesse Horn

Christopher Jones

Travis Kleveno

Lauren Laidlaw

Marina Landeros

Ryan Layos

Michael Lucifora

Matthew McKibban

Kristina Neff-Fergot

Chris Petruse

Loraine Pinedo

Kevin Pope

Edward Salgado

Stacey Spurlock

Blake Stebbing

Jeremiah Van Brimmer

Craig Vanden Bossche

Ariel Whitney

Christian Zaragoza

William Ziemer

Edward Zimmerman

For more information on the program, please contact the San Bernardino Valley College Police Academy Office: (909) 384-4431, North Hall, Room 139, or visit ValleyCollege.edu.