- Citizens Group Sceens Film
Citizens Peace Group Screens Socialist Film
The organization will watch and discuss a film on "The Internationale."
By Gina Tenorio | Email the author | July 6, 2011
"The Internationale" sung by Alistair Hulett, the ex "Roaring Jack" singer songwriter.
The Citizens’ Action for Peace is scheduled to screen the film “The Internationale” at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Redlands United Church of Christ.
The film is an award-winning documentary about the song “The Internationale,” an anthem for idealism, socialism and social change, organizers said. The song has been performed in hundreds of languages around the world.
The film features stories of people from China, the Philippines, Russia and includes performances by Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg and Dorothy Healey.
Following the screening, historian Dr. Ed Gomez of San Bernardino Valley College will speak.
Admission is free. The Redlands United Church of Christ is at 168 Bellevue Ave., corner of Bellevue and Olive, in Redlands.
Information: (909) 335-2321
- Community Colleges Get Students Jobs
By Dianne Anderson
About 45 years ago, back when computers first came on the scene, barely evolved, nobody would have guessed technology could come so far.
Matthew Isaac, executive director of economic development and corporate training for the San Bernardino Community College District, remembers working on his dissertation during the 1980s, laboriously entering long lines of script just to finish one paragraph of his paper.
Today, every area of life is linked to the computer, and with each passing year, the technology just gets smaller. Those super small advances add up and tiny technology is in big demand.
Cell phone technology now has batteries that last ten times longer, which eventually helps drive electric cars. Nanotechnology also drives computer capability to higher levels, with chips now half the size of a postage stamp packing a whopping 450 million transistors.
But when it comes to the promise of nanotechnology, Dr. Isaac says he’s most excited about health and material science, like “training” drugs to cluster around and destroy cancerous tumors.
“Keep in mind,” he says, “a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. At nano-scale, if we create therapeutic drugs it can pass through biological membranes without it even detecting the passage.”
Yes, it sounds like Star Trek, but there’s a good chance that particles can be pre-programmed right to the source of the illness, he adds. It's next generation nanotechnology in medicine. Currently, one of his colleagues operates a two pronged “nano-knife,” a probe as the size of a needle attached to a computer for noninvasive surgery to remove cancer from a liver.
While deep excursions into the miniscule nano-world still require more math than many students can muster, Dr. Isaac says it’s possible to get in on the ground floor of other technology that takes just a few weeks to a couple months to get in at entry level.
The National Science Foundation estimates that two million nanotechnology jobs will be needed by 2015. Right now, there are about 25,000 in the world, he said.
Other Green technology opportunity is around the corner. In the next three years, BrightSource Energy outside of Needles is working on three plants to be completed by 2013 and expected to produce 1,000 jobs in a project considered the largest of its kind in the world. The project will power 140,000 homes.
Soon, the growing technology will produce jobs at all levels, such as cars that don’t have to be driven, and excellence in GIS systems.
“With GIS systems, we will be able to control the cars. The car will be able to drive by itself,” Dr. Isaac said.
In fact, in the near future, cars will be driving themselves. The technology is already in existence with using GIS systems, another fast-training program through Valley College.
San Bernardino Community College is now also working with one the largest geo-spacial companies in the world, GSRI in Redlands.
At Long Beach City College, Rola Halawanji, program manager, is hoping to get more of their tech programs fast-tracked with certification. Their current program proved successful in helping 50 students get a foothold in technical industries in the past year.
But as that program nears the end, several professors at the school hope to continue curriculum with semester classes so students can upgrade skills and get recognized with certification.
“A lot of people that have been trained are what we call at the forefront of market transformation,” Ms. Halawanji said.
As the state changes its building codes, she said workers must get familiar with efficiency practices that the state is pushing forward.
The college program was funded by the California Energy Commission, EDD and the California Workforce Investment Board last year. Out of 217 students who participated in the emerging industries program, she said about 40 percent were African American.
The program also works closely with Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, the Port of Long Beach, the city’s Community Action Partnership, and the Conservation Corp.
She said there are also Green industry choices without heavy math, a subject that instills fear in new students. For students who may need extra help, the school offers basic skills remediation classes to get them ready for most technical courses.
“You don’t have to be a math genius, but you need to have a minimum of basic skills in reading, writing and math,” she said.
Halawanji also works with a program to help get African American students into engineering careers and study.
The 18-month Long Beach City College Clean Energy Workforce Training Program was funded by the American Recovery Act and has completed its first phase, but they are working with faculty to develop more short-term training classes and expect to expand into for-credit classes, she added.
“There are programs coming down the pipeline, and as these become available we know the majority of our participants will be employed,” she said.
For more information on clean energy training classes, call (562) 938-3140.
For GIS classes, see http://www.valleycollege.edu/Department/Academic/Geographic_info/
or call 909 384-4400.
Written by: Precinct Reporter Group
- Fundraising Continues in Ward 2 Council Race
By BRIAN ROKOS
Robert Jenkins, backed by $5,000 contributions from the San Bernardino city firefighters and police officers associations, has raised far more money than the other two candidates in the Ward 2 City Council election, documents show.
Jenkins, John Longville and Jerry Martin are competing in the special mail-in election for the seat vacated by Jason Desjardins. Ballots are due July 12, and the results will be announced that night. Whoever receives the most votes wins.
For the period of Jan. 1 through May 28, Jenkins raised $11,070, John Longville $4,961 and Martin $2,473, according to campaign finance statements filed with the city clerk's office.
Jenkins, a special-education teacher and a neighborhood association president, said each of the candidates interviewed with the San Bernardino Professional Firefighters and San Bernardino Police Officers Association before receiving their backing.
"I have been a strong advocate that we need to fund the necessities," Jenkins said in a phone interview. "I always believe that strong public safety is a necessity. I think when people feel safe they will shop and move to San Bernardino."
Jenkins said he would not be influenced by the contributions when the fire and police contracts come up for renewal.
"I'm not beholden to anyone. I made that clear to anybody who endorsed me," Jenkins said.
He said spending for public safety in San Bernardino is dangerously low. He said he would find money by examining administrative costs, raising money through administrative penalties and cutting nonessential programs.
Jenkins had spent $8,265 on his campaign as of May 28, with $3,822 going to Chris Jones consulting.
Longville is a former state assemblyman and mayor of Rialto who is on the board of the San Bernardino Community College District.
His largest contributions are from real estate agent Scott Beard ($2,500) and Sally Morris ($1,000), wife of San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris.
Jim Morris, the mayor's son and chief of staff, said his father endorses Longville.
"Mr. Longville's significant experience is pretty critical these days because local and state governments have a lot of problems to solve," Jim Morris said.
Martin, a retired food industry executive, received $700 in contributions and a $1,773 loan during the reporting period.
The contributions were $500 from Donald Cannan, a retired dentist, and $200 from Deanna Adams, owner of Victory Chapel.
Reach Brian Rokos at 951-368-9660 or brokos@PE.com
The Ward 2 City Council election balloting is being conducted by mail. Ballots must be received by July 12 at these locations:
Registrar of Voters: 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
St. John's Episcopal Church: 1407 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino. It will accept ballots only on Election Day. Its hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ward 2 boundaries: Roughly 21st Street on the north (with a pocket bordered by 30th Street), H Street on the west, 10th Street on the south and Del Rosa Drive on the east.
- HSI Colleges Attend Green Summit
Twelve member institutions from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) were among the attendees of the Building Green Learning Institute hosted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in Washington, D.C.
Topics discussed included “Minority-Serving Institutions and Sustainability” as well as student engagement in green efforts on campuses and best practices in green-building from across the nation.
The HACU-member institutions in attendance were: California State University-Northridge; the Dallas County Community College District; East Los Angeles College; El Paso Community College; Los Angeles Trade Technical College; New Jersey City University; Our Lady of the Lake University; San Bernardino Community College District; St. Edward’s University; St. Philip’s College; The University of Texas at San Antonio; and, The University of Texas-Pan American.
HACU is among UNCF’s partner organizations supporting the green initiative. Other UNCF partner organizations are the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, American Indian Higher Education Consortium and Second Nature.
- Man in the Spotlight
All the world's a stage for Redlands Theatre Festival founder Cliff Cabanill
Michel Nolan, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/02/2011 12:33:49 PM PDT
Cliff Cabanilla has been called a Renaissance man.
"That's a little sophisticated for me. I'm a pineapple picker from way back - that's what I am," said Cabanilla, founding director of the Redlands Theatre Festival.
A retired theater arts professor and professor emeritus from Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, Cabanilla is the quintessential theater guy - director, producer, actor.
"My whole career - academically, professionally - has been theater. It still is ... I'm just taking it at a slower pace."
Cabanilla and his wife, Karen, an actress and mezzo-soprano, live in Redlands. They have shared their theatrical DNA with their five grown children and nine grandchildren.
Daughter Candice Stewart, a new mother, directs this year's production of "Radio Gals." And daughter Shannon Galuszka plays a nun in "Nunsense," while wife Karen plays another nun, "Sister Amnesia."
"The theme of this year's festival is `See the Good in the World' and that's something I think we need to do," Cabanilla said.
Now in its 39th year, the nonprofit festival of live theater under the stars opens Friday and runs through Aug. 20.
An amalgam of drama, comedy and music, this year's offerings are "Nunsense," "Greater Tuna," "Radio Gals," "Becky's New Car," and Moliere's "The Miser."
The five plays, presented in true repertory, change each night. The showcase of productions includes two major musicals, a period piece, a new play and a reprise - something for everyone, Cabanilla will tell you.
"Why sit there like a vegetable, watching summer re-runs, when you can see good, live theater," he said. "Get out of the house, bring a picnic, sit on the lawn under the stars. It's a good way to spend a summer evening."
"It's Wonderful," a one-night concert on Aug. 14, is the icing on the cake. Talented Redlands Theatre Festival musicians take center stage with some talented singers for a memorable summer concert.
Festival productions involve a company of about 60 Inland Empire people, including an ensemble acting cast, directors, technicians and designers.
Produced in conjunction with Crafton Hills College, the festival is the oldest outdoor theater series in the Inland Empire.
"Redlands Theatre Festival is a lot of fun and for the Cabanillas, it's a big family affair," he said.
REDLANDS THEATRE FESTIVAL
What: 2011 Summer Season
Five plays presented in repertory, Thursday-Aug. 20:
"Nunsense" - July 8, 16, 22, 26, 30; Aug. 3, 7, 11, 20
"Greater Tuna" - July 9, 17, 21, 27; Aug. 10, 16
"Radio Gals" - July 10, 15, 23, 29; Aug. 4, 9, 15, 19
"Becky's New Car" - July 12, 20, 28; Aug. 5, 13, 17
Moliere's "The Miser" - July 14, 19, 24; Aug. 2, 6, 12, 18
Curtain: 8:30 p.m. at Prospect Park Amphitheater, Highland Avenue and Cajon Street, Redlands
Cost: $18 general; $13 groups of 20 or more; $13 students with ID; $72 season tickets (five plays for the price of four)
Information: 909-792-0562; www.rtfseason.org
Note: Picnics welcomed and encouraged; complimentary tram service begins at 6:30 p.m.
Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/living/ci_18398637#ixzz1RQoSlFr2
- SBVC Art Student Makes Floozies
Small Business Owner Dea Koepfle Makes Hair Art at Home
Small business owner Dea Koepfle runs a business out of her home selling headbands and fascinators.
By Diana K. Harper | Email the author | July 3, 2011
At a Maggie Barry fashion show, date undisclosed. Between 2009-2011. Model is wearing a Floozie by Dea Koepfle. Dea Koepfle Photos not included with post
Dea Koepfle's small business is called Hair Art to Die For. Koepfle creates unique works of "hair art," including headbands and fascinators she calls Floozies.
A fascinator is a delicate head decoration worn instead of a hat, popular for formal events, weddings, costume parties or for fun. the term "fascinator" once described the heavy veils worn by women but has, in the modern day, come to represent a wider array of hair ornaments. Internationally they are very popular, as seen in the recent Royal Wedding.
To make her Floozies, Koepfle uses a felt base with a hair comb sewn in. She takes pride in seeking out interesting buttons, feathers and ribbons to use in each original piece. Koepfle makes dozens of fascinators a week by hand.
“I love to use skulls, skeletons, glittery birds, butterflies, anything fun, or unusual,” Koepfle said in an e-mail.
“No one is going to be seen wearing the same style. I’ll use the same color tones but never make any exactly alike,” Koepfle says. “So if you see one you like buy it quick, you won’t find another like it.”
Koepfle began her artistic career in the early 90’s.
“I started with drawing at San Bernardino Valley College,” Koepfle said in her e-mail.
Koepfle explores her creative side using various media.
“I've painted on canvas, furniture, sculpted and thrown with clay, even did a bit of costuming for Society of Creative Anachronism (S.C.A.) and Renaissance Fairs,” Koepfle said in her e-mail. “I even made costumes for tribal belly dancing groups, including tribal head dresses.”
Koepfle decided to make fascinators to challenge herself.
“A friend of mine was making and selling mini top hats and I thought they were cute, so I tried to figure out an original "hat" that wasn't a top hat,” Koepfle said.
“I took that idea, made it my own style using ribbons, feathers, lace and tulle and poof!—a fascinator was born.”
Koepfle’s small business reached new heights two years ago when she met fashion designer Maggie Barry at “Pink Parlor,” a craft show held at the Santa Anita Race Track.
Koepfle credits Barry with coming up with the name “Floozies.”
“She fell in love with my fascinators,” Koepfle said. “She asked me if I'd be interested in having them in a Hollywood fashion show she was participating in. I, of course, said yes!”
Since then Barry and Koepfle have done several shows together, including Maggie's Rock Siren Fall 2009 Collection in Hollywood, a photo shoot for Regard Online Magazine, and some cover shots on California Apparel News in May 2011.
“My Floozies were featured with Maggie’s designs at the Art Institute of California Casino Royale Fashion show in June,” Koepfle wrote.
Koepfle brought her products to the 'Mega Mixer' put on by the Waste Management at Elegant Affair in Banning Thursday.
Koepfle’s Floozies were also used by California dance group Twitch on Paula Abdul’s show “Live to Dance” this past spring.
Writer, radio personality, and musician Tequila Mockingbird is one of Koepfle customers.
Koepfle claims Mockingbird “owns many of my Floozies and uses them in her music videos and photo shoots.”
“It’s fun when people are excited about my stuff,” Koepfle said.
Koepfle has a Floozies wedding line featuring veils and birds She said she is eager to do custom work for people who share her love of fascinators.
“They are a good price and people just love them,” Koepfle said.
Her custom Floozies are available at www.myfloozies.com; the Edward Dean Museum in Cherry Valley; Chic Little Devil in Los Angeles; local craft fairs, and on ETSY.com under the name “hairart2die4.”
“Fascinators are quite the rage now with the Royal Wedding,” Koepfle said. “People have fun wearing them and hearing the good comments they get when they wear an original Floozie.”
- SBVC Soccer looses to PCC
Returning from a game lost at Fullerton College, PCC men's soccer team dusted off their cleats to march to a victory against San Bernardino Valley College, 3-1, on Monday.During the small break, between the game against Fullerton and San Bernandino, the team hit some trouble but still prevailed.
"It's a great feeling to win a game right after a loss. We put the ball on the ground and did excellent," said Cherif Zein, soccer director.
The team had a few starters missing, but according to Zein the team worked as a unit by connecting passes and communicating, leading them to the victory.
In the game against San Bernandino, Lancer midfielder Pablo Cesear Mendoza scored a 25-yard-out goal. Teammates credit Mendoza's goal as the "best one so far."
"I never seen a goal like that in junior college, or in 30 years for that matter," said Zein.
Teammate Benjamin Martin went on to score another goal assisted by defender Malcolm Linton.
The Lancers were stung with a loss Friday, 2-1, by the Fullerton Hornets during a game that was no less than a battle.
Due to tactics from Fullerton and the referees' decision, the Lancers felt short-handed by a penalty call made.
The referee called a yellow card on freshmen defender Daniel Simonian when a goal was overturned because it was offside.
Against the Hornets, the Lancers fell behind early, and, according to the Pasadena fan's sentiments, missed a lot chances to capitalize.
"We played good, but we gave up two early goals," said Abbas Said, midfielder for the Lancers.
Next the Lancers march to East Los Angeles College, and with the performances of Mendoza and other players, we might see some new starting faces for the conference opener.
- WIB and SBVC Retraining Success Story
Meet Mr. King
Story submitted by: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board
Mr. King of San Bernardino enjoyed steady employment until he was laid off in 2006. He needed a fresh start, so he enrolled in the diesel mechanic training program at San Bernardino Valley College. After completing the program, King was hired. But three months later, he was laid off and returned to the Employment Resource Center for job seeker services funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.
With his wife’s encouragement, King searched for a job. “I sent out many resumés and went to interviews but nothing happened,” he said.
While he was sending out his resumé from one of the County Employment Resource Centers, King received a call from Dalton Trucking. The company partnered with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to hire personnel through the Subsidized Training Employment Program (STEP). Terry Klenske, president of Dalton Trucking, remembered King from a meeting at the San Bernardino Valley College.
Outcomes & Benefits
Through the STEP program, King was placed into a role at Dalton trucking, where he gained more experience and was eventually hired as a full time regular employee. Now celebrating his first year with Dalton Trucking, King has some words of wisdom for people who struggle to find work.
“The Workforce Investment Board placed me into a diesel mechanic training program and then helped me get back to work through its Subsidized Training Employment Program,” King said. “Everyone needs to know about these programs because it changed my life.”
“I now look forward to going to work every morning at Dalton Trucking,” he said. “It feels really good to put in a day’s work."