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Carter, cont. from front mortgage crisis," Carter said. Foreclosed properties are often marked by overgrown yards, heaps of trash and broken windows. The disrepair promotes blight and brings down property values. Va- cant properties also become a magnet for squatters, gangs and drug dealers. "Civil penalties are working in getting banks and realtors to main- tain foreclosed properties," said Assemblymember Carter, whose 62nd District has been hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis. "AB 2314 will ensure that local ju- risdictions continue to have the tools to fight neighborhood blight due to foreclosures." Carter is one of several legisla- tors who have introduced bills in partnership with California Attor- ney General Kamala Harris as a part of the "Homeowner's Bill of Rights" legislative package. Earlier this year, California signed onto a $25 billion multi- state agreement with the five lead- ing bank mortgage services, one of the largest financial recoveries ob- tained by the State Attorney Gen- eral in U.S. history. The agreement will enable hundreds of thousands of distressed California homeown- ers to stay in their homes through enhanced loan modifications. "We need to stabilize these com- munities," Carter said. "Well-kept properties make for safer, cleaner neighborhoods.” Cunningham, cont. from front ty!” said Cunningham. He volunteered for another five years in Big Bear and Ventura County. He tested all over the state to find a position at a department and was hired by Rialto in 1986. Being just a few miles from his hometown of Big Bear, where he still lives, he did not have to go far. “It has been a pleasure working here.” Serving the community was the motivating factor for Cunningham to join the fire service. He always thought it was important to take care of your own, he saw himself fulfilling that duty as a firefighter. “I felt it was more of a career than a job,” he said. Over the years his career has been full of both tragic calls and gratifying rescues. The highlights are always when he sees someone he helped in the past on calls he will never forget. “It’s very gratifying,” he said. For those young men and women who may be in the same place he was as a young person and think- ing about the fire service he en- courages them to volunteer in fire reserve programs, get at least a two year degree and take care of themselves. “Stay in school, get good grades, and stay out of trouble,” he says. To his younger colleagues he says to keeping studying and learning about the changes in fire- fighting. “It is always evolving,” said Cunningham. Cunningham is married to his wife Karee and they have three Page A2 •August 16, 2012 • Inland Empire Community Newspapers • Rialto Record Kelley, cont. from front the bus was Bullseye the Target mascot. As the excitement built the next surprise was Bridgit Mendler, an actress from Disney Channel shows like Good Luck Charlie and Wizards of Waverly Place. She announced the $25,000 gift to the school. Both the children and teachers were very excited about the donation which included iPads and backpacks filled with school supplies for every child. “We are very honored to be cho- sen,” said Principal Linda Miner. “Our kids are very well deserv- ing.” She said they hope to use the funds to create a computer lab. Currently the school has only a few computers in each classroom and most of those are very old. Teachers agree. “It was an amazingly good sur- prise,” said third grade teacher Alycia Perez. She and fellow third grade teacher Leona Whitley said that the aging school would benefit from more computers and renova- tions. According to School Boardmem- ber Joe Martinez this is by far the largest donation ever given to a Rialto school by an outside donor. “Our partners play a huge role in making up what we are missing,” said Martinez. C ity-Sourced delivers cus- tom mobile reporting ap- plications to our residents across all the major smart-phone platforms (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, & Windows Phone). City-Sourced provides a simple platform empowering residents to identify public safety issues (gang activity, narcotics activity, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, etc.) and re- port them to the Police Depart- ment, Code Enforcement, or Public Works for resolution. This appli- cation will be available on August 6, 2012. For more, visit our web- site at www.rialtopd.com. N avy Seaman Recruit Tania Duarte, daughter of Ana I. and Mario M. Duarte of Rialto, Calif., recently completed U.S. Navy basic train- ing at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Duarte completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefight- ing, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on phys- ical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confi- dence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior at- tributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical appli- cation of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into ac- count what it means to be a Sailor. Duarte is also the sister of Julieta Duarte of Rialto, Calif. She is a 2008 graduate of Wilmer Amina Carter High School of Rialto, Calif. IECN PHOTO NAIMA FORD There was also a surprise visit from Bullseye the Target mascot. IECN PHOTO COURTESY RUSD Bridgit Mendler has been featured on shows like Good Luck Char- lie and Wizards of Waverly Place. IECN PHOTO COURTESY RUSD The entire school was present for the surprise check presentation last Thursday. Pictured from left are Principal Linda Miner, Superintendent Harold Cebrun and Board Clerk Joe Martinez. IECN PHOTO NAIMA FORD After the announcement the students had a free time of play and had the opportunity to take pictures with Bridgit Mendler. Safety app for smart phones Carter grad is now seaman RR PG.2 8-16-12_Layout 2 8/15/12 10:54 AM Page 1

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  • Carter, cont. from frontmortgage crisis," Carter said. Foreclosed properties are oftenmarked by overgrown yards, heapsof trash and broken windows. Thedisrepair promotes blight andbrings down property values. Va-cant properties also become amagnet for squatters, gangs anddrug dealers."Civil penalties are working ingetting banks and realtors to main-tain foreclosed properties," saidAssemblymember Carter, whose

    62nd District has been hit hard bythe mortgage foreclosure crisis."AB 2314 will ensure that local ju-risdictions continue to have thetools to fight neighborhood blightdue to foreclosures." Carter is one of several legisla-tors who have introduced bills inpartnership with California Attor-ney General Kamala Harris as apart of the "Homeowner's Bill ofRights" legislative package. Earlier this year, Californiasigned onto a $25 billion multi-

    state agreement with the five lead-ing bank mortgage services, one ofthe largest financial recoveries ob-tained by the State Attorney Gen-eral in U.S. history. The agreementwill enable hundreds of thousandsof distressed California homeown-ers to stay in their homes throughenhanced loan modifications."We need to stabilize these com-munities," Carter said. "Well-keptproperties make for safer, cleanerneighborhoods.”

    Cunningham, cont. from frontty!” said Cunningham. He volunteered for another fiveyears in Big Bear and VenturaCounty. He tested all over the stateto find a position at a departmentand was hired by Rialto in 1986.Being just a few miles from hishometown of Big Bear, where hestill lives, he did not have to go far. “It has been a pleasure workinghere.”Serving the community was themotivating factor for Cunninghamto join the fire service. He always

    thought it was important to takecare of your own, he saw himselffulfilling that duty as a firefighter. “I felt it was more of a careerthan a job,” he said. Over the years his career hasbeen full of both tragic calls andgratifying rescues. The highlightsare always when he sees someonehe helped in the past on calls hewill never forget. “It’s very gratifying,” he said. For those young men and womenwho may be in the same place hewas as a young person and think-

    ing about the fire service he en-courages them to volunteer in firereserve programs, get at least atwo year degree and take care ofthemselves. “Stay in school, get good grades,and stay out of trouble,” he says. To his younger colleagues hesays to keeping studying andlearning about the changes in fire-fighting. “It is always evolving,” saidCunningham.Cunningham is married to hiswife Karee and they have three

    Page A2 •August 16, 2012 • Inland Empire Community Newspapers • Rialto Record

    Kelley, cont. from frontthe bus was Bullseye the Targetmascot. As the excitement builtthe next surprise was BridgitMendler, an actress from DisneyChannel shows like Good LuckCharlie and Wizards of WaverlyPlace. She announced the $25,000 giftto the school. Both the childrenand teachers were very excitedabout the donation which includediPads and backpacks filled with

    school supplies for every child. “We are very honored to be cho-sen,” said Principal Linda Miner.“Our kids are very well deserv-ing.”She said they hope to use thefunds to create a computer lab.Currently the school has only afew computers in each classroomand most of those are very old.Teachers agree. “It was an amazingly good sur-prise,” said third grade teacher

    Alycia Perez. She and fellow third gradeteacher Leona Whitley said thatthe aging school would benefitfrom more computers and renova-tions. According to School Boardmem-ber Joe Martinez this is by far thelargest donation ever given to aRialto school by an outside donor. “Our partners play a huge role inmaking up what we are missing,”said Martinez.

    City-Sourced delivers cus-tom mobile reporting ap-plications to our residentsacross all the major smart-phoneplatforms (iPhone, Android,Blackberry, & Windows Phone).City-Sourced provides a simpleplatform empowering residents to

    identify public safety issues (gangactivity, narcotics activity, graffiti,abandoned vehicles, etc.) and re-port them to the Police Depart-ment, Code Enforcement, or PublicWorks for resolution. This appli-cation will be available on August6, 2012. For more, visit our web-site at www.rialtopd.com.

    Navy Seaman RecruitTania Duarte, daughter ofAna I. and Mario M.Duarte of Rialto, Calif., recentlycompleted U.S. Navy basic train-ing at Recruit Training Command,Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program,Duarte completed a variety oftraining which included classroomstudy and practical instruction onnaval customs, first aid, firefight-ing, water safety and survival, andshipboard and aircraft safety. Anemphasis was also placed on phys-ical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp

    is "Battle Stations". This exercisegives recruits the skills and confi-dence they need to succeed in thefleet. "Battle Stations" is designedto galvanize the basic warrior at-tributes of sacrifice, dedication,teamwork and endurance in eachrecruit through the practical appli-cation of basic Navy skills and thecore values of Honor, Courage andCommitment. Its distinctly ''Navy''flavor was designed to take into ac-count what it means to be a Sailor. Duarte is also the sister of JulietaDuarte of Rialto, Calif. She is a2008 graduate of Wilmer AminaCarter High School of Rialto,Calif.

    IECN PHOTO NAIMA FORDThere was also a surprise visit from Bullseye the Target mascot.

    IECN PHOTO COURTESY RUSDBridgit Mendler has been featured on shows like Good Luck Char-lie and Wizards of Waverly Place.

    IECN PHOTO COURTESY RUSDThe entire school was present for the surprise check presentation last Thursday. Pictured from leftare Principal Linda Miner, Superintendent Harold Cebrun and Board Clerk Joe Martinez.

    IECN PHOTO NAIMA FORDAfter the announcement the students had a free time of play and had the opportunity to take pictureswith Bridgit Mendler.

    Safety app for smart phones

    Carter grad is now seaman

    RR PG.2 8-16-12_Layout 2 8/15/12 10:54 AM Page 1