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Keeping it Real: Riverside and San Bernardino Voters, Don’t Sit This Election Out…

America has 19,000 cities, towns, and villages with a variety of government structures, but regardless of how they are structured, all elect officials to carry out essential government functions. Whether we are electing school board members, a district attorney, selecting city councilmembers, county board supervisors or a new sheriff, those we elect should reflect the values of the local electorate. In 2022, we will have another opportunity to decide what we value as a community.
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UCR Hosts Panel Discussion on California 100 and the Future of Economic Mobility

Following an unprecedented global pandemic, it may be hard to consider what next month looks like, let alone the next 100 years. However, California 100, an ambitious statewide initiative that calls for the state to examine and envision what the next 100 years may look like in California across 15 different issues such as education, economic mobility and arts, is doing just that.
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Hate crime in New York Leaves 10 Dead

Carolyn Thompson, John Wawrow, Michael Balsamo and Dave Collina | AP. A white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, killing 10 people and wounding three others Saturday in what authorities described as “racially motivated violent extremism.”

USC over UCLA in Annual Dual in the Sun

Once again, the bleachers were full, and the warm California sunshine was out as UCLA and USC resumed their cross-town Track & Field rivalry for the 88th time at USC’s Cromwell Field. USC’s Cromwell Field & Loker Track Stadium received $16 million in renovations. The bleachers were blanketed...

Keeping it Real: Gavin Newsom’s Penchant for No Bid Contracts

For a politician who advocates for fairness and equity, it is concerning that CA Governor Gavin Newsom appears to have a penchant for awarding no bid contracts. A no bid contract—at times referred to as a single source contract—is typically used to hire a vendor for a certain job. This method expedites the process because it bypasses the somewhat lengthy competitive bidding. No bid contracts can not only have a negative impact on the bidding process, they can also decrease the chances for startups, small businesses and women and minority owned businesses to win contracts with the government. Some also criticize no bid contracts as inefficient and wasteful.

Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

On Thursday May 5, California State University President Dr. Tomás D. Morales hosted an intimate reception for family and friends of Black Voice News Publisher Dr. Paulette Brown-Hinds at the Spanish Art Gallery in downtown Riverside’s Mission Inn. Those in attendance gathered to not only celebrate the many...

California Black Freedom Fund’s Executive Director Marc Philpart on Closing the Philanthropic Gap

Marc Philpart stepped into his new role as the first executive director of the California Black Freedom Fund on Wednesday, April 27. Co-created by a collective of Black leaders and organizers, namely Kaci Patterson, Ben McBride and Anthony Thigpenn, the California Black Freedom Fund was launched in February 2021 to address a history of underinvestment in Black-led organizations and help to close the philanthropic giving gap.

Track & Field Champions Compete at Mt. SAC

The loyal crowds returned to Mt. SAC last Sunday, in anticipation of world class performances from the very best of track & field. After a seven-year hiatus, due to COVID and extensive facility renovation, America’s top athletes competed at USATF Golden games in Walnut, CA. Many have witnessed world...

San Bernardino and Statewide Election Endorsements and Recommendations

Many people who follow my column have requested my thoughts and recommendations for the June 7th Primary. In response to these requests, I reached out to candidates I do not know personally for interviews and some of them responded. It was not necessary for me to contact others because I know them personally and am already familiar with their work and commitment to the community. I have shortened my thoughts and comments in the best interest of you, my friends.

COVID Vaccine for Young Kids: Moderna Seeks Emergency Use Authorization

Moderna submitted a request for emergency use authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine for young children six months to six years of age on Thursday. This request for emergency use comes after the company released positive results in March regarding their children’s randomized study, KIDCOVE. Phase 2/3 of the study enrolled approximately 6,700 participants, six months to under six years of age, and found that two 25-microgram doses of the vaccine provided this cohort with a similar immune response to the 100 microgram two doses administered to adults 18 to 25 years old.

Keeping it Real: SoCal Sheriffs’ First Ever Tri-County Forum or Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Event

During any election year incumbents are required to walk a thin line between official business and outright campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime. It is encouraged and not surprising that local sheriffs would hold public forums to build bridges within their communities. Yet, even by that measure the April 23, 2022 “first ever” Tri-County Sheriff’s Forum seemed to defy credulity as a simple ‘get to know your sheriff’ community event.