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Letter to the Editor: Experience Is The Best Teacher

In this year of unprecedented politics, there are those who would tell me how I should think and feel as an African-American. I ask, if the African-American experience is so bad, what have you personally done to alleviate the situation? What is your personal experience with the African-American community? I have a few personal experiences I would share.

On a visit to Little Rock, Arkansas, shortly after Bill Clinton was elected president, I personally met with key administrators of his transition team decision-makers, which were African-American. African-Americans have been employed in his administrations throughout Bill Clinton’s political career.

President Clinton appointed Rodney Slater U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Rodney is an African-American married to the daughter of my schoolmate, Henry Wilkins III, who attended all-Black Merrill High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton worked with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) which was founded by African-American Marion Wright Edelman in 1973. CDF is the leading nonprofit advocacy organization in the United States for children’s rights. A leading coalition is the Black Community Crusade for Children.

In 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, Hillary Clinton worked with the African-American student organization at Wellesley College to organize a two day strike.

On October 16, 2016, while visiting the Museum of Black History and Culture at the historically Black AM&N College/University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, I met an art major graduate who is currently employed as an archivist in the Clinton administration. This young lady is responsible for preserving artifacts, and making restorations, such as she did on the broken nose of President George Washington’s face. She is employed to also be responsible for archiving memorabilia, such as Hillary Clinton’s wardrobe. I have found African-Americans involved at all levels of the Clinton’s experience.

I could go on and on. If my African American experience is as bad as you purport, you have not walked in my shoes, and if you provided no jobs or shoes for my feet, you cannot talk to me, or for me. Sorry, “I can’t hear what you say for seeing what you do”.

On Tuesday November 8, I will cast my vote for proven experience.

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Tale of Many Cities: Unmade In America St. Louis: City of Gabriels

Publishers Corner

Clifton Harris

Publisher of The San Bernardino AMERICAN News

Tale of Many Cities: A five part series. The five cities are: St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Birmingham, AL

Tale of Many Cities: Unmade In America

St. Louis: City of Gabriels

Written by Gerald Taylor

A city can be known by her sounds. St. Louis gave birth to so many majestic horn players she earned the nickname, “City of Gabriels.” Homegrown talents like Miles Davis and Clark Terry created sounds that were complex, provocative, and soul-stirring. Parallel to the rich blare of trumpets, St. Louis was making other music.

During the post-World War II manufacturing boom, the stomp of steel being flattened and formed, the sizzle and buzz of a welder’s torch, and the rhythmic clicks of a conveyor belt mixed it up like jazzy love tunes. These were some of the sweetest St. Louis sounds. As her workers prospered, they bought homes, paid taxes, and fueled an economy that contributed to the rise and vibrancy of middle class communities.

Her black neighborhoods also thrived. The Ville — once a beacon of the black middle and even upper classes in St. Louis — was home to black professionals, entertainers, and elegant mansion-sized brick homes. Small businesses abounded. Dentists’ and other doctors’ offices, a movie theater, a hotel, and stores of every type stood proud. Arthur Ashe, Tina Turner, and Chuck Berry all attended The Ville’s Sumner High School — the first school west of the Mississippi to provide secondary education to black students.

Viable communities like The Ville were largely sustained by the magnitude of manufacturing jobs in St. Louis. Those jobs were secure, paid fairly, and ensured people without college degrees had equal opportunities to participate in the American dream.

That participation engendered pride magnified at workplaces like Granite City Mill, which supplied steel products to industries ranging from construction to container to tubing and piping, and yes, automotive. During her heyday, St. Louis was second only to Detroit in auto manufacturing, with Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors Co. plants located within her boundaries.

As gleaming new cars rolled off assembly lines, factory employees knew what they did mattered; the manifestations of their work literally kept America moving, until it did not. When the sounds resonating from her steel mills, factories, and automotive plants changed — from the stomping, sizzling, click-clack love timbres to the awful cacophony of ripping away, of unmaking, of industrial flight — it broke the heart of the city. It was worse than the blues.

While industrial flight goes back to the 1970s, the pain it caused has become most glaring since the turn of the century. The staggering disappearance of 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and December 2013 rocked many American communities.

St. Louis has grieved over her share of that abandonment. She lost her Ford plant in 2006; the subsequent closing of two Chrysler assembly plants wiped out more than 6,000 jobs. In general, more than 43,000 direct and indirect jobs are gone. More than 43,000 families were left in financial quagmires about how to pay the mortgage, save for retirement, fix the roof, repair the brakes on the car, or take the child to the dentist. It was eviscerating, leaving blight the size of craters, especially in her once regal, storybook community: The Ville.

Industrial flight has a dramatic impact on everyone. Depleted industrial centers endure the long term effects of unemployment and diminished public services. The declining tax base means less money for schools, roadways, and public safety. But the impact is intensified as it reverberates like ear-splitting sirens through black communities.

That was certainly the case with The Ville. Today, huge swaths of the once proud and stately neighborhood resemble a bombed-out war zone, with few vestiges of its former glory. Many of those elegant brick homes are now abandoned eyesores. Some blocks have been reduced to vacant lots of overgrown grass. Five schools sit idle, like so many St. Louis factories and mills. The murder rate has soared. Unemployment has gone through the caved-in roofs. Many still there feel trapped, hopeless, disengaged — in this, the “City of Gabriels.”

Gabriel, according to some biblical interpretations, is the favored angel who will sound the trumpet to wake the dead. If St. Louis can develop her workforce to meet her changing needs, so even those without a college degree can once again be on a path to live the American dream; if she can reverse the decline of her faltering Infrastructure and invest in major restoration of profoundly impacted neighborhoods like The Ville; if U.S. trade policy can stand with her, not against her, ensuring that trade and import agreements do not disadvantage her workers, then it may be possible for St. Louis to have a new sound. She could blow that beautiful extended blare: the sound of awakening, signaling that those parts of her thought dead are coming alive once again.

So, as the song says, “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.”

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Loretta Lynch: DOJ ‘Stands ready’ to Stop Unlawful Intimidation, Discrimination at Voting Polls

Amid Republican presidential candidate Trump’s cries of a “rigged election,” and soliciting poll watchers or “Trump election observers” as stated on his website, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said voter intimidation and discrimination will not prevail.

“As the American people prepare to go to the polls, I want them to know that we stand ready to ensure that every voter can cast his or her ballot free of unlawful intimidation, discrimination, or obstruction,” Lynch said in a video released last week.

Lynch said the Department of Justice takes its responsibility to protect voting rights “so seriously” but admits the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision, Shelby County v. Holder, has posed a challenge:

“[Our] work has only become more important since 2013, when the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County limited one of our most important tools to fight laws and policies that make it harder for many Americans, especially low-income citizens and citizens of color, to cast their ballots.”

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 allowed the attorney general to send federal observers to nine states — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia — and to many municipalities and counties in other states.

These are areas with persistent histories of voting discrimination including “meritorious complaints from residents, elected officials or civic participation organizations,” in which efforts to deny or hinder the right to vote “on account of race or color or (membership in a minority language group) are likely to occur.”

Due to the Shelby County v. Holder decision, the DOJ can only send federal observers where authorized by court orders. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia (who died February 13), Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr. joined the majority opinion. Justice Ginsburg was joined in dissent by Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor.

According to The Courier-Tribune, “On Election Day 2012, the Justice Department sent 780 observers and department personnel to 51 places in 23 states.” This month, “the Justice Department can send the special observers from the Office of Personnel Management only to a few places in Alaska, California, Louisiana and New York where they have been authorized by court orders.”

Lynch will send hundreds of DOJ personnel to polling sites. She said they would work in conjunction with local officials. However, outside of Alaska, California, Louisiana and New York, unless local officials approve, DOJ personnel who are not court appointed observers will not have the authority to view activity inside the polling places and locations.

This has caused concern for civil rights and voting rights activists about the integrity of elections.

“Not having that seat on the front lines creates a disadvantage,” Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in an interview. “I think you need to be inside the polling sites shoulder to shoulder with poll workers and observing carefully every aspect of the process to ensure all voters are treated fairly.”

Vanita Gupta, the top civil rights official at the Justice Department, told the New York Times, “We do not want to be in the position we’re in. There’s no doubt that we’re going to be spread thinner,” she added, “but our hope and our intention is that we are going to have a very robust monitoring program” on Election Day.

Lynch said the DOJ is currently challenging the laws that make it hard for people of color to vote.

“I’m proud to say that the Justice Department has challenged a number of these laws in court,” she said. “And we will continue doing everything we can to fight back against unlawful practices and to protect every eligible citizen’s right to vote.”

Lynch also stressed that every American should vote and to impede others from voting is contrary to our “spirit of democracy.”

“The most fundamental rights we have as Americans is to choose our leaders at the ballot box,” Lynch said. “Attempts to abridge that right do more than just violate federal law, they run contrary to the defining spirit of our democracy.”

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Family and Friends Mourn The Loss Of Loreno H. Mills

Lorenzo H. Mills

March 13, 1937 – October 1, 2016

They say life is for the living and while he was with us Lorenzo H. Mills truly lived. Traveling the world, taking care of his family, servicing his country and serving in every possible capacity he could. Lorenzo will be missed by lives he never even knew he touched in keeping with the creed “Service… The Key to the Future.”

God gave the world a gift March 13, 1937 in Martinsville, Virginia. He blessed the world with a man that moved things forward. A hard worker, a selfless leader, and an example for all that witnessed his path to emulate in the name of progress.

Lorenzo Mills graduated from Albert Harris High School join the United States Air Force in 1956. Serving his country honorably he was recognized for his hard work and dedication to military service numerous times during the course of his adventurous life. In 1979, the Allied Forces of Southern Europe presented a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his faithful and efficient service in the United States Air Force. That same year he was awarded the Order of the Mole Award for his ‘meritorious performance of duty at Proto for contributing wholeheartedly to the fulfillment of the mission, and for surviving without the benefit of sunlight for a total of 1,500 days compiled over a period of 50 months.’

Lorenzo earned an Associate Art degree from San Bernardino Valley College. Next, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and then in 1981, a Master of Business Administration from the University of LaVerne studying in both Italy and Los Angeles.

Service was the theme Lorenzo lived by. He served his community with his time, insights, and monetary resources. Recently Life Stream Blood Bank called to schedule a blood donation. After hearing of his passing Life Stream revealed that Lorenzo had been a member since 1986 where in his lifetime of donations he helped save over 300 lives with his 14-gallon total of “whole” blood donations.

He was a member of Prince Hall Lodge #17, the Democratic Committee, Toastmasters, The Black Culture Foundation;and the Kiwanis Club. As a leading member of the Kiwanis Club of Inland Center, San Bernardino since 1987, and a William A. Dunlap Fellow, Lorenzo rose in ranks the position of Lt. Governor of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District, Kiwanis International Division 36. He served as President for three terms, Treasurer, and was a chair and member of numerous committees. In 2002, earning the position of Lt. Governor presiding over 15 Kiwanis clubs Lorenzo chose to focus on Pediatric Trauma Prevention.

Lorenzo H. Mills is preceded in death by his parents Lorenza and Gertrude Mills and sister Novella Mills-Hester.

Left to continue to love and honor the memory of Lorenzo is his wife Eula Mills, two sisters Norma Jean Gebo (Bob) and Sharon Price, and three children Lisa Mills-Hardaway, Natalie Mills and Lorenzo H. Mills II, seven grandchildren Jason Hardaway, Jheri Hardaway, Lorenzo H. Mills III, Mikalya Mills, Sophia Mills, Savannah Mills, Journey McCoy and a host of nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind many friends who have become family. Lorenzo was kind and knew no strangers…he will be deeply missed.. His memorial service will be held October 21, 2016, 10am, at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1575 West Highland Ave. San Bernardino CA 92411.

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Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities

Correction on caption showing name Angela Davis, on October 13th Publishers Corner article. The correct name should read Michelle Alexander author of book The New Jim Crow - The San Bernardino American News Publisher

Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities

New report explores high black joblessness causes, impact, solutions; Reversal rests in infrastructure, workforce training and trade rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report coinciding with the release of the October monthly employment data explores the wide gaps in white and black joblessness and identifies the roots of the problem to industrial flight in once thriving manufacturing centers that gave African Americans a path to the middle class.

The report, Unmade in America: Industrial Flight and the Decline of Black Communities, goes beyond current statistics that show national black youth jobless rates at 27 percent—nearly double that of white youths. The report examines the multi-generational impact of plant closings, outsourcing and housing discrimination in trapping black communities in concentrated poverty. While high joblessness is the obvious outcome of deindustrialization, other casualties include crime, educational inequity and fractured neighborhoods.

“Unmade in America touches on an array of issues that surface a story hiding in plain sight,” said report author Gerald Taylor, a research fellow with the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). “The story began with the post-World War II manufacturing boom that created the world’s greatest economic power for white and black American working families. But when manufacturing began to decline, industrial flight snatched the livelihoods of these workers — and black workers suffered the most.”

The spiral down in the 1970s continued into the 21st Century. More than 63,000 factories have closed since 2001. Over a 15-year period alone (between 1998 and 2013), an estimated 5.7 million manufacturing jobs were lost.

The report spotlights a tale of many cities, the long-term impact in large industrial hubs like St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Birmingham. What they share in common is a once thriving industrial sector and the depleted remains of industrial flight in search of cheap labor overseas and unfair trade policies.

The report points to the author’s hometown, Youngstown, Ohio as a microcosm of how black communities have been unmade. A steel industry mecca in the post-World War II era, Youngstown enjoyed full employment until the drumbeat of plant closings and massive job lost signaled by the shuttering of a major steel plant in 1971. Without prior notice, that closing instantly threw nearly 5,000 workers into unemployment. What followed was the rippling failure of other businesses, decline of the city’s tax base and flight of the white middle class. Many black residents, saddled by housing discrimination that limited their mobility, remained trapped in perpetual joblessness, poverty, crime and neighborhood decay. Today, demographers describe Youngstown, reduced from a population of 170,000 to 64,000, as America’s fastest shrinking city with the highest level of concentrated black poverty.

Despite the plummeting economic status of black communities, AAM President Scott Paul said the problems can be reversed with a three-prong approach that includes infrastructure investment, innovative workforce development and fully enforced trade laws that are fair and ensure U.S. workers benefit.

“Manufacturing job loss consumes communities, not just workers. At the same time, manufacturing jobs represent new opportunities and hope.” Paul said. “The key is getting policy right. We must invest in workforce development and America's crumbling infrastructure programs, and vigorously fight against unfair trade practices if we're to stop industrial flight and build up our middle-class. Now is the time for our lawmakers to invest, invest, invest.”

For more information on Unmade in America, visit AmericanManufacturing.org.

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JC Penney Returns To San Bernardino With New Store At Inland Center

Location to showcase Disney, Sephora inside JCPenney, The Salon by InStyle™ and major appliances

PLANO, Texas – (Sept. 8, 2016) – JCPenney is giving shoppers in San Bernardino, Calif., the opportunity to get their Penney’s worth of style, quality and value in the convenience of their own backyard. The Company is opening its only all-new location for 2016 at Inland Center on Oct. 21, featuring the latest JCPenney brands and concepts in a sleek and modern store environment.

“JCPenney first opened in San Bernardino in 1916, and although we departed for a brief period, we’re proud to become reacquainted with the city we first met 100 years ago,” said Paul Mutshnick, JCPenney general manager. “Our team is thrilled to reward loyal customers – and surprise new shoppers – with an all-new store experience featuring an unparalleled merchandise assortment and excellent customer service.”

Sought-After Brands and Attractions

The 119,000-square-foot, two level store will display bold red JCPenney logos on its exterior, drawing customers to the most engaging store environment in the Company’s fleet. Easy-to-navigate aisles, vivid LED lighting and impactful graphics will highlight compelling merchandise from popular private brands such as Arizona®, Worthington®, Stafford®, and St. John’s Bay®; exclusive brands such as Liz Claiborne®, Collection by Michael Strahan™, and Boutique+™; and sought-after national brands such as Nike®, Levi’s® and Carter’s®.

If customers are unable to find a color or size they need in store, friendly associates can quickly order an item on jcp.com. Customers can also utilize the JCPenney mobile app for Apple or Android to locate and apply coupons at the register, as well as view special promotions. Additionally, the app enables users to scan an item’s barcode to access product information, read customer reviews or determine item availability online. San Bernardino shoppers can also complete their jcp.com purchases with a variety of convenient shipping and pickup options, including ship to store and same-day store pickup.

The Magic of Disney

The store will also include the Disney shop inside JCPenney, offering over 300 exclusive toys, collectibles and children’s apparel featuring some of Disney’s most beloved characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and more. Customers can find an affordable selection of Disney-themed plush toys, dolls, figurine sets, sleepwear, role-play and fashion apparel for kids sizes 2-10. The Disney Collection inside JCPenney will continually be updated to reflect new merchandise from recently released animated films

The Best in Beauty

The San Bernardino store will reveal a full-service Sephora inside JCPenney, the ultimate beauty destination. Located prominently within the center of the store, the 2,000-square-foot beauty paradise offers a wide assortment of prestige cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and accessory products in an open-sell environment. Customers are encouraged to touch, smell and sample products while specially trained beauty consultants offer a non-biased approach when recommending products.

The fashion and beauty experts at InStyle have partnered with JCPenney to create a cutting-edge salon experience called The Salon by InStyle, and the Inland Center store is among the first JCPenney locations to house the concept. The salon will dazzle San Bernardino customers with a modern color palette, engaging wall graphics and an extensive assortment of hair care products from Matrix®, Paul Mitchell®, Redken® and more. The Salon by InStyle stylists are trained to deliver an advanced approach to cuts, color and client service.

The San Bernardino store will also feature the Company’s updated center core environment. The space offers accessories, handbags, fashion jewelry, footwear and more in a distinguished and modern setting. Contemporary mannequins and displays elevate the visual presentation of the area, enticing customers to complete their look effortlessly, all in one place.

A Destination for Home

JCPenney is re-entering the major appliance business by introducing kitchen and laundry appliances to over 500 locations nationwide, including the new San Bernardino store. The Inland Center store will have over 100 models on display, showcasing refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers and dryers from great brand names such as Samsung, LG and GE. Appliances will be located adjacent to other popular home categories, with select display models styled in inspiring lifestyle vignettes to help customers visualize how it could look in their homes.

Additionally, the San Bernardino JCPenney will have an extensive window coverings selection to serve customers looking to refresh their homes. A trained staff of window coverings experts will assist shoppers with a wide range of products, including a broad selection of ready-made curtains, blinds, shades and decorative hardware.

Energy Efficient by Design

The San Bernardino store furthers the Company’s efforts in energy conservation by being certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.” The store will incorporate features such as:


Energy-saving, long-lasting LED lighting throughout the store, as well as LED exterior signage.

Occupancy sensors to automatically dim lighting in stockrooms, offices and restrooms for increased energy savings.

A high-efficiency HVAC central plant, utilized to maximize energy conservation in both cooling and heating modes.

JCPenney has operated stores in California since 1914. The first San Bernardino JCPenney store opened in 1916 in downtown, and relocated to Central City Mall in 1973, where it operated until 2003. Inland Center JCPenney hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

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UC Riverside Presents “Festival of Social Dance"

Imani Kai Johnson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside is hosting “Festival of Social Dance,” an event that will feature 10 dance workshops, a lecture, and a roundtable discussion, followed by a reception and a party. The two-day event will take place on Friday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Workshops and lectures will be held between the ARTS building, and the dance studio, ATHD 102, on the UC Riverside campus.

“The dance workshops represent a range of social dance practices, and thus diversifies the kind of dances that fall under the umbrella of social dance,” said Imani Kai Johnson, assistant professor of critical dance studies at UCR and the event coordinator.

All classes are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited. There will be free parking – complimentary parking tickets will be made available at the information kiosk for event participants. The classes run consecutively rather than concurrently, so that someone can theoretically participate in all of the dance workshops. The event is made possible with the financial support of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences dean’s office.

“With the dean’s financial assistance, the department decided to feature genres of dance not otherwise available on campus, and to bring in an array of amazing guest artists to teach them,” said Johnson. “In doing so we’re creating a unique opportunity to exchange both dances and ideas about how social dance is meaningful in different cultural contexts. As well, by dancing together we’re also enacting community, which is the beauty of social dance.”

The following artists will be presenting at the event:

Eddie Alba – a professional ballroom dance instructor, and a certified judge in five styles of ballroom dancing. He is a champion dance-sport competitor, and the owner of Century Dancesport, Orange County’s premier ballroom dance studio.

Ana Maria Alvarez – the founding artistic director and choreographer of Contra-Tiempo, an urban Latin dance company.

Gerald Clarke – a new assistant professor of ethnic studies at UCR, Clarke also assists in running a family ranch on the Cahuilla Indian Reservation and is heavily involved in the Cahuilla culture. A frequent lecturer, speaking about Native art, culture and issues, he also helps organize Cahuilla bird singing events, a traditional form of singing that tells the history and beliefs of the Cahuilla people.

Yvonne Daniel – professor emerita of dance at Smith College, presenting a talk titled, “Social Dancing in Caribbean & Afro-Latin America.”

Moncell Durden – an assistant professor at the USC Kaufman International School of Dance. He is an internationally recognized practitioner, historian, ethnographer, and documentarian specializing in the pedagogical practices of Afro-Diasporic social dance formations over the last century.

Dmitry Filimonov – is flying in from Moscow to participate in the event, he is the co-director of a historical dance studio and researcher specializing in Baroque and 19th century eras. He is also an associate professor in mathematics at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia.

Participants can expect the following sessions:

Friday, Oct. 21

8-9:30 a.m. – “Introduction to Cahuilla Bird Songs and Dances,” by Gerald Clarke.

9:45-11:15 a.m. – “19th European Ballroom,” by Dmitry Filimonov.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch break.

12:30-2 p.m. – “Steppin’ Through Time: African American Vernacular Dance,” by Moncell Durden.

2:15-3:45 p.m. – “Gender Neutral Dancesport,” by Eddie Alba.

4-5:30 p.m. – “Urban Latin Dance,” by Ana Maria Alvarez.

6-7:30 p.m. – The annual Schlundt Lecture will feature Yvonne Daniel.

7:30-9 p.m. – Reception.

Saturday, Oct. 22

8-9:30 a.m. – “Steppin’ Through Time: African American Vernacular Dance,” by Moncell Durden.

9:45-11:15 a.m. – “Urban Latin Dance,” by Ana Maria Alvarez.

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch break.

12:30-2 p.m. – “Gender Neutral Dancesport,” by Eddie Alba.

2:15-3:45 p.m. – “19th European Ballroom,” by Dmitry Filimonov.

4-5:30 p.m. – “Introduction to Cahuilla Bird Songs and Dances,” by Gerald Clarke.

5:45-7 p.m. – Round table discussion —The roundtable will feature all of the instructors participating in the event, and members of the UCR dance faculty. Discussions and conversations will include what constitutes the “social” in social dance, what they’ve experienced, and what they’ve learned.

7-9 p.m. – End of event celebration.

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Secretary Jewell Joins National Park Service and Gill Foundation to Announce Release of First National Study on LGBTQ History

New National Park Service Theme Study Interprets, Commemorates Sites Related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer History

Video of Secretary Jewell announcing the theme study at the Stonewall Inn, May 30, 2014.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and Tim Gill, philanthropist and founder of the Gill Foundation to announce the release of a new National Park Service theme study identifying places and events associated with the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified Americans. The release of the theme study coincides with National Coming Out Day, a commemoration first celebrated in 1988 on the anniversary of the first March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

“LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History” is the first of its kind study conducted by a national government to chronicle historical places, documents, people and events that shaped the LGBTQ civil rights movement in America. The National Park Service (NPS) coordinated the study with support from the National Park Foundation and funding from the Gill Foundation as part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the NPS reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation.

“For far too long, the struggles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified Americans have been ignored in the traditional narratives of our nation’s history,” said Secretary Jewell. “This theme study is the first of its kind by any national government to identify this part of our shared history, and it will result in an important step forward in reversing the current underrepresentation of stories and places associated to the LGBTQ community in the complex and diverse story of America."

The theme study is a pivotal moment for the LGBTQ community as it establishes, for the first time, a framework for inclusion and recognition of places associated with people and events that made LGBTQ history and left a mark on American history. The theme study provides the big picture that will help these important places to be considered for designation as National Historic Landmarks or nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. It will also guide and inform the presentation of LGBTQ history by professors and teachers, and will serve as a reference for the general public.

“In 2016 the National Park Service is marking our centennial anniversary and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act on October 15 with a renewed commitment to share a more complete history of our nation with the next generation of Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Through heritage initiatives like the LGBTQ theme study, the National Park Service is commemorating the inspiring stories of minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation’s history and culture.” Secretary Jewell announced plans for the theme study in 2014 at an event outside the Stonewall Inn in New York City alongside National Park Service leadership and Tim Gill.

"Thanks to the generous support of Tim Gill and the Gill Foundation, this important study was possible,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. "This work helps expand the scope of the history preserved within our National Park System and honor an America that represents us all.”

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Los Angeles Bank Workers, Elected Officials to Announce New Steps to End Banks’ Predatory Practices

In the wake of the Wells Fargo consumer fraud scandal, Los Angeles to transform the future of its banking practices

Lifestyle News

LOS ANGELES –Bank workers and consumer advocates testified in front of the City Council in support of a new motion sponsored by Councilmember Paul Koretz that will hold big banks accountable and better protect bank workers and consumers.

Workers, who are members of the Committee for Better Banks and have worked or currently work for the nation’s biggest banks, spoke about the impact of low wages, unreasonable sales goals, and unstable work and their efforts to mobilize for better working conditions.

Consumers also spoke to the negative effects predatory banking practices and aggressive sales metrics systems have on their personal credit.

Los Angeles bank workers and elected officials announce new steps to hold big banks accountable to workers and consumers

The meeting was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 11 in the John Ferraro Council Chamber Room 340, City Hall 200 North Spring St., LA 90012

The speakers at the event were Bank workers from Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Chase and Los Angeles residents impacted by big banks’ predatory practices Darrin Thompson, Communications Workers of America Local 9003.

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Know Your Sales Tax Rate: New Sales and Use Tax Rates Effective As Of October 1, 2016 - Extensions and Increases to Take Place in Six Areas

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) reminds Californians that new sales and use tax rates took effect on October 1, 2016, as a result of voter-approved initiatives in several cities.

Voters approved sales and use tax rate increases in five California cities: Compton, Corning, Isleton, Marysville, and San Jose. Additionally, voters recently approved an extension of the existing district tax in the city of Pittsburg. The tax rate changes listed below apply only within the indicated city limits. No other counties or cities will be impacted.

To find the tax rate in your area, visit the BOE website and click on the Find a Sales Tax Rate by Address link to find the tax rate for a specific address.

For more information on city and county tax rates, including help for consumers who have been overcharged, you may visit our Know Your Tax Rate webpage. You may also call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY:711) to inquire about your local tax rates. Representatives are available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), except state holidays.

The voter-approved extension and new sales and use tax rates effective October 1, 2016, are as follows:

Cities with New Tax Rates

Old

Rate

New

Rate

Compton (Los Angeles County)

9.00%

10.00%

Corning (Tehama County)

7.50%

8.00%

Isleton (Sacramento County)

8.00%

8.50%

Marysville (Yuba County)

7.50%

8.50%

San Jose (Santa Clara County)

8.75%

9.00%

Cities with Current Tax Rates Extended

Tax Rate

New End Date

Pittsburg (Contra Costa County)

9.00%

6-30-35

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60.5 billion annually in taxes and fees, supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit the California Tax Service Center.

Note: This news release may discuss complex tax laws and concepts. It may not address every situation, and is not considered written advice under Revenue and Taxation Code section 6596. Changes in law or regulations may have occurred since the time this news release was written. If there is a conflict between the text of this news release and the law, decisions will be based upon the law and not this news release. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.

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