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    Lao Family Community Development Celebrates Runner-Up Placement in the Community Impact Category, at the 10th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards Event

    Kathy Chao Rothberg, CEO surrounded by members of its board and staff at the East Bay EDA before the award ceremony.

     

    Oakland, Ca. — Lao Family Community Development earns runner-up position in the Community Impact Category at the 10th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards ceremony, held Thursday evening. August 4th, at the Fox Theater in Oakland.  The program is designed to recognize extraordinary companies who embrace the use and implementation of innovation in their manufacturing, products, services, design, and information; it is sponsored by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.

    “We are proud to earn the runner-up placement in this category.  The pool of finalist was very impressive!  It acknowledges the positive impact that Lao Family programs are having on the diverse disadvantaged populations we serve,” said Kathy Chao Rothberg, LFCD’s Chief Executive Officer.  “It further acknowledges our continuous commitment to a culture of high-quality and innovative programming and partnerships for the last four decades.”

    Lao Family Community Development, headquartered in Oakland with satellite locations in San Pablo and Sacramento, delivers a carefully-designed holistic Integrated Service Delivery Model that combines a roadmap with individualized case plans, interventions, and best practices resulting in rapid financial self-sufficiency and permanent housing attainment among the diverse and unique populations it serves in the East Bay and the Sacramento region.  Its innovative housing and workforce programs continue to dramatically transform the way families are able to earn livable income and exit out of homelessness into permanent housing that is affordable in less than six months.

    The Lao Family assisted nearly 4,000 individuals, including 880 households, to stabilize, earn and secure income, save, bank, improve their credit and move into existing permanent housing in the marketplace between January 2017 to July 2022.  From 2006 to 2022, Lao Family’s team grew from 22 to more than 132 and its revenue growth from $2M to $31M.

    The Lao Family was formed as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1980.  Today the organization serves individuals from 40 nationalities, delivers case management service in 35 languages, offers7 days a week service in some locations and impacts the lives of nearly 31,000 annually in three northern California counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, and Sacramento).  Its mission to advance the wellbeing of diverse communities through culturally-informed employment, housing, and education has served over 400,000 Californians.  LFCD concentrates on five core service areas: 1) adult education and vocational training, 2) youth education, leadership, and career exploration, 3) financial coaching/asset development, 4) work supports and health access, and 5) affordable housing, home ownership and economic development activities.

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    For more information, visit lfcd.org, follow us on Facebook, and contact: Kathy Chao Rothberg, CEO | KRothberg@lfcd.org | (510) 334-4826.

    Inland Empire Men’s Mental Health Program Ads Instructor

    Yamileth Monarrez, joins The Making Hope Happen Foundation's Inland Empire Men's Mental program

    Yamileth Monarrez, joins The Making Hope Happen Foundation’s Inland Empire Men’s Mental program

    The addition of Ms. Monarrez to our training staff allows us to accommodate more students for our suicide prevention and mental health first aid classes,” says Ceseña.

     

    (San Bernardino, Calif.)  I’m very happy to have been promoted to being an instructor by the Inland Empire Men’s Mental Health program, says Yamileth Monarrez, “because the courses address issues that I’ve personally experienced and now I feel I can do something to make things better.

    The Making Hope Happen Foundation‘s Inland Empire Men’s Mental program offers free classes that educate people on how to recognize signs of mental distress in people they know and love and teaches them how to get friends and family members to be willing to talk about what’s going on.

    Program manager Gerzon Ceseña says, “Men—especially minority men—tend to be very reluctant to talk about problems they’re having. Instead, they often shut themselves off, which can make things worse. Our program is all about getting rid of the idea that real men don’t need help and instead, that real friends can help friends when things are tough.”

    Promoting Ms. Monarrez to our training staff allows us to accommodate more students for our suicide prevention and mental health first aid classes,” says Ceseña.

    Yamileth Monarrez is a senior at UC Riverside and will be graduating in December. She spent a semester abroad at London South Bank University, taking a variety of courses, andpsychology is an area she has been interested in for some time.

    The exposure to a different culture broadenedMonarrez‘s horizons while at the same time, showed how people everywhere often need to deal with the same problems.

    Monarrez says, “At UCR I‘ve served as a mentor to freshmen. I really enjoy helping people and I wanted to work for IE Men’s Mental Health because the program emphasizes the need to de-stigmatize mental health issues so that people can get the help they need.”

     

    For more information or to sign up for a course, visithttps://www.mhhfmentalhealth.org/dult.htm or call (909) 347-7234. Class schedules are updated monthly.

    About Making Hope Happen Foundation

    Making Hope Happen is a nonprofit foundation linked with the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The nonprofit is based on the philosophy of Gallop Senior Scientist Dr. Shane J. Lopez. Hope allows people to envision a better future, design a path toward that future, and take purposeful steps toward it.  As a result of a deep commitment to this quest, the San Bernardino Community and School Alliance (CASA was reorganized and renamed the Making Hope Happen Foundation).

     

    The Foundation’s Inland Empire Men’s Mental Health programoffers free mental health training for people who would like to be able to help friends or family members that would like to learn effective ways to approach friends or family members who seem to he has emotional or mental health problems but aren’t sure about what to say or do.

    For more information on The IE Men’s Mental Health Program,go to the group’s web page at IEMensMentalHealth.org or call (909) 347-7234.

    Dameron Communications Named 2022 Best PR Firms in San Bernardino

    Carl M. Dameron, founder and president of Dameron Communications

    Expertise.com Names Dameron Communications Best PR Firm of 2022

    “I am honored to receive this recognition for our work in Public Relations,” said Carl M. Dameron, president of Dameron Communications.

    (San Bernardino, Calif.)  Dameron Communications has been reviewed, promoted, and selected by the website, Expertise.com, as one of its Best PR Firms in San Bernardino in 2022.

    “I am honored to receive this recognition for our work in Public Relations,” said Carl M. Dameron, president of Dameron Communications. “Since 1988 we have worked hard to develop and maintain outstanding relationships with California media delivering significant public relations successes.”

    Dameron Communications is team of 15 diverse, talented communications professionals who are experts in research, advertising, and public relations.

    Check out the review at: https://www.expertise.com/ca/san-bernardino/public-relations-firms

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    “We’ve screened, mystery shopped, and selected Dameron Communications from among your competitors.  At Expertise.com more than 1 million monthly site visitors are already aware of Dameron Communications stellar reputation, said Ben Torres, of The Expertise Team

    Dameron Communications’ is a Southern California based Advertising; public relations, community relations and government relations whose work has been winning awards and client accolades for more than 30 years.

    “We blend relationships with proven advertising and public relations methods to deliver winning and measurable results,” said Dameron.

    We serve clients who make the world a better place –business small or large, government or non-profit, product, service or cause primarily in California.

    For more information or a free one-hour consultation call Carl M. Dameron at (909) 534-9500.

     

    Who Is Trying to Take Advantage of this 74-year-old Retiree?

    Dr. Vivian Joneswhye-Brock

    Dr. Vivian Joneswhye-Brock

     

    (Moreno Valley, Calif.) Dr. Vivian Joneswhye-Brock was enjoying her retirement after a career in the military and in teaching. With her doctorates in Theology and Psychology, she enjoyed reading, networking, and collaborating with people and children helping them overcome stress through animal ministry. She has been extraordinarily successful in overcoming her post traumatic stress disorder by not just working with animals but with all of God’s creatures and enjoying the beauty of nature. She has been so successful with this technique and our own personal life, she wanted and continued to share her knowledge with others.

    Dr. Joneswhye- Brock’s love for her environment, all creatures and nature challenged her to pursue her doctorate in theology and psychology. Now, Dr. Joneswhye-Brock has talked on a radio station, done podcasting, and lectured on the importance of ministering not only to humans but all of the Creator’s creations.

    But, in 2019 her kitchen was damaged when a water pipe burst inside a wall of her two-story home affecting her kitchen. She submitted a claim to her insurance company that she has had for over 42 years. Her insurance company sent the plumber to fix the leak, a restoration company to remove the damages caused by the water and allowed her to choose the company to reconstruct the kitchen as it was before the damage.

    Things went downhill from there.

    She looked around and hired a local firm, Delta Restoration and Construction in Beaumont, also known as exclusive property restoration and construction. Exclusive property restoration and construction is a company that does several things. She said “Had I known that this company was a Jack of all trades and a master of none… I would have never hired them.” After they came out and took pictures to prepare an estimate, they promised to do the job the work correctly and speedily. That didn’t happen.

    Instead, she got poor workmanship. Since part of her kitchen tile had to be removed, she was told she would get new counter and backsplash tile since her tile was obsolete. And one small cabinet wall had to be rebuilt.

    This company ended up putting tile that did not match her existing tile, building a new wall cabinet to match the cabinet door. Then they changed the estimate order without her knowledge or consent…took all of her twenty-seven other cabinet doors and painted them a glossy white. Leaving all twelve of her drawers a cream color as well as the cabinetry. While removing and replacing the kitchen doors, exclusive property restoration also known as delta exclusive property restoration damaged her penny floor. Did they take responsibility and repair the damage? Not at all.

    So, Dr. Joneswhye- Brock paid half of the estimate and wanted to use the remaining to repair the damages and poor workmanship done by exclusive property restoration and construction also known as delta restoration and construction.

    Delta Restoration and Construction also AKA Exclusive Property Construction and Restoration said that they would not take part they wanted all of the insurance money and would not accept responsibilities for any damages they did or poor workmanship at all. She said no way, they then slapped a mechanics lean on her property. This company did unauthorized work on an unauthorized change order. Exclusive Property Restoration and Construction also took two months to do what was supposed to be only a two-week project.

    Dr. Joneswhye-Brock had told them that time was of the essence, and she was planning a party for her Doctorate graduation in mid-August 2019. She signed the contract on July 3, 2019, Exclusive Property Restoration and Construction did not even send any estimate to her insurance company until July 30, 2019. Her insurance company takes like most insurance company ten business days to process the claim. Her insurance company processed the claim on August 14, 2019, and a check on the claim was issued on August 20th 2019… after her graduation ceremony date.

    When Dr. Joneswhye Brock tried to go pro per, the legal system was extremely complicated, and a lawyer was needed. She hired Darren Trone from prepaid legal to assist and that turned out to be a substandard move.

    He quoted her a fee of $20,000 to manage her case. The bill currently stands at $37,000 and does not include the latest court appearance. A final verdict is expected by May 11,2022 for the attorneys are presenting written closing arguments. No doubt that will add more billable hours to pad his bill. The court’s presiding commissioner noted that attorney Trone was dragging out the case longer than it needed to be.

    This same attorney had actually told Dr. Joneswhye-Brock he would resign if she did not pay additional pretrial fees of $16,000 from her case after one court appearance. Dr. Brock called the agency that had referred her to Trone to complain.

    We’ll never know for sure, but to an outsider looking in, it seems that they might have contacted Trone and urged him to reconsider. In fact, he did, and he went to court with Dr. Brock to present evidence supporting her claim.

    Included in Trone’s bill is $600 for at least three briefcase to carry all the evidence that Dr. Brock provided in and digital format. For whatever reason, the attorney decided to make it into written format which created books at least 13 to 14 inches thick. There is additional question as to why that was necessary since we are in the age of a paperless society and the courtroom definitely had an Elmo dictation projector to connect to the computer. One wonders how big a collection of briefcases this attorney may have in his closet.

    Dr. Joneswhye-Brock is working double time to earn money to fight her case period to satisfy the lien she would have to cash in her stock portfolio and her IRA. This widow a disabled veteran this Navy veteran herself and retired schoolteacher this 74-year-old African American woman who is an upstanding citizen is being taken advantage of by unethical people. Now start up here stop

    Some justice may be served soon, but there is more to this ongoing story yet to be told.

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    The Doctor Is In – Time to See Your Doctor in Person

    “We are honored to have more Doctors to help serve the thousands of patients who have placed their trust in our network of primary physicians and healthcare professionals in California,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga founder and Chief Executive officer of LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. Left to Right: Dr. Joseph V. Selvarj, Dr. Albert Arteaga, Dr. Cheryl Emoto, and Dr. Felix A. Albano.“We are honored to have more Doctors to help serve the thousands of patients who have placed their trust in our network of primary physicians and healthcare professionals in California,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga founder and Chief Executive officer of LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. Left to Right: Dr. Joseph V. Selvarj, Dr. Albert Arteaga, Dr. Cheryl Emoto, and Dr. Felix A. Albano.

     “People are tired of virtual doctor visits,” says LaSalle President Dr. Albert Arteaga, “they want to see their doctor in person again, and we want them to know that at LaSalle Medical Associates, the doctor is in.”

     (Redlands, Calif.)  The Covid-19 pandemic in the USA has many people feeling like they are between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, deaths and hospitalizations are declining, but on the other hand, a new variation is causing rising infections.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the pandemic is receding, but people still need to take precautions.

    Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci OMRI director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the President is saying that we are moving from a pandemic to a less virulent phase, the Associated Press reported on April 27.

    In other words, Covid is not going away. Like colds or the flu, it may be here to stay, but weaker. But that does not mean we can just pretend everything is like it was before Covid-19.

    Dr. Albert Arteaga, the President of LaSalle Medical Associates, says that the health care providers that provide services through his organization’s network, have been seeing patients remotely for the past two years and those patients want personal patient-to-doctor contact again.

    “Thankfully,” says Arteaga, “we now are in a position to accommodate in-person patient visits again. At LaSalle, the doctor is in!”

    To wear a mask or not wear a mask, that is the question. One person who still wears a mask when she goes to the supermarket said, “I still wear a mask when I’m out in public places because in the two years we’ve all been told we should wear them, I have not had a cold or the flu, let alone the Covid. Masks seem to keep all the viruses away.”

    LaSalle Medical Associates operates clinics in Fontana, Hesperia, Rialto, Victorville and two in San Bernardino. La Salle has also been teaming up with community-based organizations, including churches, to administer free Covid vaccine shots.

    Maria and Dr. Albert Arteaga. The California Medical Association awarded Dr. Albert Arteaga the “Ethnic Physician’s Leadership Award,” recognizing his contributions to medical care in the Latino community.Maria and Dr. Albert Arteaga. The California Medical Association awarded Dr. Albert Arteaga the “Ethnic Physician’s Leadership Award,” recognizing his contributions to medical care in the Latino community.

    For more information or an appointment to a LaSalle Clinic, visit  LaSalleMedicalAssociates.com or call (909) 890-0407.

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    About LaSalle Medical Associates

    LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. is one of the largest, independent, and Latino-owned healthcare companies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The corporate office is in Redlands.

    LaSalle operates six clinics employing more than 100 dedicated healthcare professionals, treating children, adults and seniors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. LaSalle’s patients are primarily served by Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. LaSalle also accepts Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Molina, Care 1st, Health Net, and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) coverage.

    LaSalle is also an Independent Practice Association (IPA) of independently contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics, delivering high quality patient care to approximately 365,000 patients in Fresno, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin and Tulare counties.

    San Bernardino Mayoral Candidate Forum

    Northwest Project Area Committee

    1505 Highland Avenue      San Bernardino   CA  92407

    Telephone: (909) 913-0831         Fax: (909) 823-6018

    Email:  nwpac.sb@hotmail.com

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) The Northwest Project Area Committee is hosting a Town Hall and Mayoral Candidates Forum featuring the SEVEN candidates for the City of San Bernardino.

    The forum will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 11, 2022, at the Woodward Leadership Academy located at 1777 Baseline Street, San Bernardino.  The forum is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to meet the candidates, hear their platforms and answers to relevant questions regarding our city.

    The Northwest Project Area Committee is an oversight organization.  The committee serves as a liaison to the city’s mayor, city council members and various departments.  The organization collaborates with other PACS, public and private agencies on workshops, seminars, and outreach on projects and services benefiting residents and businesses in the 6thWard and citywide.

    For more information, call (909) 913-0831.

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    Free Education & Career Resource Fair

    (San Bernardino, Calif).  The Akoma Unity Center and Northwest Project Area Committee of san Bernardino are hosting an Education & Career Resource Fair.  The event takes place on Saturday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The Education & Career Resource Fair is at 1357 California Street, San Bernardino.

    The objective of this event is to connect individuals with employment and, or post-secondary opportunities – colleges, trade schools and Universities.

    “There are several education institutions providing information on their services including Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, Pasadena City College and Concord Career College,” said Dolores Armstead coordinator for the Education & Career Resource Fair.

    Businesses are also attending to recruit employees, including City of San Bernardino, building trades, Stater Bros, and local water departments.

    The Education & Career Resource Fair is for high school scholars, parents, recent college grads and those interested in furthering their jobs training, education and furthering their careers.

    There are still vendor spaces available.  For more information call (909) 217-7956.

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    Cheryl R. Brown Dameron Communications Government Relations Director

    Cheryl R. Brown  Dameron Communications Government Relations Director

    Cheryl R. Brown, Dameron Communications Government Relations Director

    Cheryl Brown is a former Assemblywoman, publisher, small business owner and current California State Commissioner on Aging who has devoted the majority of her life on public service.
    She has been recognized by countless local, state and national organizations for her work on behalf of the community in various capacities as an elected official and community volunteer.
    Cheryl leads the Government team helping clients win their government objectives.
    Prior to being elected to the Assembly, she was a publisher of the Black Voice News in Riverside, CA.
    Government/Community Relations Proficiencies
    • Development, implementation and management of strategic plans and programs to achieve the clients’ goals.
    • Oversee the community organizing campaigns.
    • Conduct policy advocacy activities regarding development, construction, education, entertainment, environment and public health policy issues.
    • Implement program evaluation activities and prepare written and oral reports for various purposes.
    • Serve as the primary spokesperson for the community campaigns to boards, media, business and community leaders, other organizations, elected officials and government agency representatives.

    For more information on advertising and public relations call Carl M. Dameron at (909) 534-9500 or email Carl@DameronCommunications.com

     

    About Dameron Communications

    Dameron Communications’ is a diverse team of communications professionals delivering inspired advertising: public relations, community relations and government relations. The Agency’s work has won awards and client accolades for more than 30 years.  Uniquely, we blend unsurpassed relationships with proven advertising and public relations methods to deliver winning and measurable results.

    Willie Dee Ellison II, Joins Dameron Communications as Sports Marketing Expert

    Willie Dee Ellison II joins Dameron Communications as Sports Marketing Expert.

    Willie Dee Ellison II joins Dameron Communications as Sports Marketing Expert.

    Dameron Communications’ launches new sports marketing division with 30-year sports journalist Willie D. Ellison

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) Dameron Communications’ launches new sports marketing division with Willie Dee Ellison II Sports Marketing Expert. He has more than 30 years of media and public relations experience in journalism and sports marketing.

    Ellison covers major sports and entertainment in the Southern California Region and has since the 1980s.  This includes interviews, articles, photography and public relations with the Lakers, Rams, Raiders, Dodgers and Angels.

    Dameron Communications’ new sports marketing division includes marketing of sporting events, sports businesses, individual athletes,  stadiums and facilities where sporting activities take place; Public Bodies, Federations, Leagues and Series, with the purpose of promoting, growing, and developing individual disciplines and championships; and equipment for practicing sports disciplines.

    We are honored to have Willie join the Dameron Communications team of diverse, talented Communications professionals.  His knowledge and skill in sports marketing will help local school districts, colleges, universities and professional sports teams grow and prosper,said agency founder Carl M. Dameron.

    The Dameron Communications team and I have developed effective strategies to keep people interested and involved despite the issues that COVID has created in sports and sports involvement,said Ellison. “I am excited to be a part of the Dameron Communications team,” added Ellison.

    Ellison has covered the NFC Championship for the NFL, and The Western Conference Finals for

    the NBA, NCAA programs including USC and UCLA, NCAA Basketball Tournaments and several Rose Bowl Games including the National Championship.

    The Southern California native has garnered many awards and achievements since his days at California State University, San Bernardino.  Ellison is married with three adult children and seven grandchildren. 

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    About Dameron Communications

    Dameron Communicationsis a diverse team of communications professionals delivering inspired advertising: public relations, community relations and government relations. Agency work has won awards and client accolades for more than 30 years.  Uniquely, we blend unsurpassed relationships with proven advertising and public relations methods to deliver winning and measurable results.

    The Dameron Communications team includes Dr. George Gary Manross, Ph.D, Director of Research

    Dr. George Gary Manross, Ph.D, Director of Research

    Dr. Manross a behavioral scientist with more than 25 years experience in marketing and applied research, George joined Dameron Communications in 1998. He is also chairman and CEO of the Strategy Research Institute in Fullerton, California. Additionally, he has held executive-level positions with two Fortune 500 companies as well as the California Association of Realtors and PR firm Hill & Knowlton.

    George began his career as a business editor for a large metropolitan daily newspaper. He has taught at UCLA and USC in communications, advertising and public relations.

    His Ph.D. is in Communications Research from the Annenberg School for Communications at USC.

    Learn more about the Dameron Communications team at: http://dameroncommunications.com/about/staff-bios/