Snapshot image of Riverside Ward 6 and 7

Conozca los Candidatos para el distrito 6 de Riverside

¡Vota Arlanza!  El poder de los jóvenes y la comunidad en acción

CLP tuvo un foro de candidatos para la elección del distrito 6 para el concilio de la ciudad. Los candidatos también respondieron a una encuesta hecha por CLP después de consultar o hacer encuestas con mas de 60 personas en nuestro vecindario. Sabemos que esta encuesta y el cuestionario que resultó es solo una representación pequeña y sabemos que no puede representar a todos las familias y sus diversas opiniones en nuestra comunidad pero si indica preocupaciones populares.

CLP no puede endosar a ningún candidato por oficina y estas respuestas de los candidatos se da solo para educación.  Nuestro proyecto es hacer educación para votar sin ningún compromiso con ningún candidato.

La elección es Martes, 4 de junio.  Solo sobre el correo.  Si no podra mandar su balota atreves del correo normal, puede dejarlos en sitios indicadas por la ciudad.

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Larry Allen

Larry Allen

Nombre: Larry E. Allen
Profesión: Empresario en la construcción 

Información biográfica

Yo fui criado en Garden Grove, CA.  Me uni al consejo asesor de la marina de guerra de los EEUU en 1970.  Recibi mi grado asociado de El Camino College en 1974.   Mi esposa y yo nos mudamos a Riverside en 1978 donde criamos nuestros dos hijos.  Asistí a la universidad Cal Poly Pomona de 1989 a 1991 donde recibí un certificado en manejo de construcción.  He servido como presidente de la comisión de planificación de la ciudad y el consejo de ciudadanos para el jefe de policía.

Declaración de principios

Yo creo que tengo las capacidades para mover el distrito 6 adelante.  Yo estoy postulándome para poder ayudar este lado de Riverisde poder tener una voz en el alcaldía.

1) Salud, seguridad, y el positive desarrollo para jóvenes

Como yo tengo relaciones fuertes con ambos la policía y empleados de la ciudad, yo sé cómo aprovechar de los recursos que tenemos para nuestros jóvenes.  Yo soy muy proactivo en relación al crimen.  Yo aseguraría  que los comandantes de cada distrito de vigilancia en la policía tuvieran equipos de policía orientados a resolver problemas para revisar y enfrentar recién crimenes.

2) El liderazgo de la comunidad que habla español y de la comunidad inmigrante

Yo ayudaría a esta comunidad establecer grupos comunitarios de acción donde podrían ser escuchados y también haría talleres en los aéreas necesarios para recibir sus contribuciones.

3) Obras públicas y mantenimiento de espacios públicos

Yo le pediria al departamento de obras publicas darme un plazo realístico de cuando pueden instalar nuevas banquetas y nuevos canales de agua.  Tambien yo rechazaría nuevos proyectos urbanos para asegurar que no gastamos el dinero bien difícilmente ganado por los residentes de Riverside en intereses especiales.

4) Representación y recursos del distrito electoral 6

Primeramente, ¡presentandome a trabajar!  Hemos sidos mal representados por los últimos 11 años en La Sierra.  No se trata de traer el poder al area occidental de nuestra ciudad.  Es más importante entender que papel la ciudad toma en relación a sus ciudadanos.  Nuestras mesas directivas y comisiones hacen un buen trabajo en examinar los asuntos locales que llegan a sus agendas.  Como se determino en la constitución de la ciudad, todos los distritos de la ciudad son buen representados.

Información sobre financiamiento de su campaña

Nombre Negocio o Organización Cantidad
1.WINDAL – MUGRIDGE FOOTHILL ENGINEERING 250.00
2 DOUG POLLARD. ELITE MARINE 250.00
3.RHONDA JACKOBS ABC PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 250.00
4.VIVAN MARINO 30 MILES OF CORR. 100.00

Información de contacto

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 Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Nombre del Candidato: Scott Andrews
Profesion: Non Profit Project Manager

Información Biográfica: He vivido en esta parte del vecindario por 30 años. Algunos de los proyectos que ayude a ejecutar son la actualización del parquet Challen Hill, “Altos” de transito en las calles Boston y California, y el jardín comunitario de Arlanza. Actualmente me encuentro trabajando para obtener un medio  tiempo como asistente de maestro en la escuela primaria de Arlanza, y el 27 de abril trabaje en la limpieza del Ward 6. Soy miembro de la Asociación de Vecindarios de Riverside (RNP) para esta región, y apoyo al Proyecto Jóvenes Lideres.

Declaración de Principios: Ward 6, y especificamente el area de Arlanza,Ha sido descuidado por años. Es hora de que alguien nos represente por alguien de esta area que pelee por todo lo que esta area necesita. Las necesidades seran determinadas por la gente que vive aqui. Cuando le comento a alguien que soy candidato para el Ward 6, me preguntan ¿Dónde esta eso? Quiero cambiar eso, para que todos sepan quienes somos y donde estamos. Quiero dar una cara y voz a la gente de esta are.

CUESTIONARIO:

1)      Salud, Seguridad, y Desarrollo positivo Juvenil:

Representación active y seguridad son las responsabilidades más importantes de un miembro consejal y la ciudad. Comunicación con la comunidad para determinar los problemas exactos que necesitan ser resueltos y trabajando con la comunidad y con los departamentos correspondientes para resolver problemas es como pienso manejar esto. Es importante trabajar con el departamento de paques y el sistema escolar para asegurar que haya programas disponiblesy seguros  para jóvenes. Formar grupos del vecindario que puedan informar a la ciudad identificando y resolviendo estos problemas es una idea que me gustaría trabajar con la comunidad para llevar a cabo.

2)     Liderazgo de comunidad de habla hispana é imigrante:

Mi representante de campo será una persona de habla hispana de la comunidad, y también me comprometo a aprender español. Teniendo reuniones comunitarias regularmente, hablando con padres en las escuelas, y en conjunto con el distrito escolar y grupos comunitarios para mejorar la comunicación será una prioridad. Formar grupos de vecindarios de los ya mencionados anteriormente es la fundación de comunicación a lo largo del Ward 6. Distribución de boletines, electrónicamente y en papel, en conjunto con el distrito escolar es crítico. Entonces depende de mi asegurarme  que sus voces y decisions sean escuchadas.

3)     Obras públicas y matenimiento de  espacios públicos:

Calles y banquetas mantenidas apropiadamente y accesibles son una necesidad basica. Nuestro Ward ha sido descuidado por mucho tiempo.Es mi trabajo pelear por fondos necesarios para reparar estos problemas y traer a nuestra comunidad de regreso a los estandares establesidos en por la ciudad en otros vecindarios a lo largor de la ciudad. Trabajando con miembros de la comunidad y distritos escolares para establecer una lista de prioridades de projectos sera la manera de llevar esto acabo.

4)     Ward 6 Representación and Recursos:

La voz del Ward 6 ha sido callada por mucho tiempo. Un cambio de liderazgo es necesario para amplificar esa voz, y yo soy el que lo haga. Muchos asientos en la administración y el comitee han estado  vacios  por años. Yo buscaré  activamente por personas de la comunidad para llenar estas asientos. Entonces trabajare con estas personas y el consejal de la ciudad para asegurar que el Ward 6 sea representado apropiadamente a lo largo de la ciudad.

Exposición Financiera de la Campaña:

Favor de enlistar los 12 contribuyente mas altos durante la campaña.

El formulario 460 se ha entregado al alcaldia en la oficina del “City Clerk.” Enlace para llegar a este formulario está abajo.
http://aquarius.riversideca.gov/clerkdb/DocView.aspx?id=152016&dbid=0

<<NOTA DE LOS ORGANIZADORES DE CLP: En este formulario 460 particular se ve que la campaña ha recaudado $3,026 pero no tiene la información de cuáles son sus donantes más grandes. >>

 Información de contacto

SitioWeb: Scottandrewsward6.com 
Telefono: 951-235-6278
Dirección: P.O. Box 70685 Riverside, CA 92513
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEfgoLJuWkCt_nTuDrIywgq-7Ff8lM8-T
http://bit.ly/11wIO3T

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Aurora Chavez

Aurora Chavez

Nombre de la candidata: Aurora Chavez

Profesión: Voluntaria comunitaria/ Empleada retirada de escuela Secretaria Principal de Cuentas

Informacion Biográfica:

Naci en Spokane, Washington. Despues de que naci, mis padres se mudaron para atras a Riverside. Me gradue de la preparatoria Notre Dame en 1973 y me gradue de RCC en 1975. Empeze a trabajar en el distrito escolar de Alvord en 1979. My involucre con CSEA#339 que negocian el contrato clasificado con Alvord. Me retire el 2000.

Esoty muy involucrada con servicio y organizaciones culturales. El ano pasado era candidate para el alcalde de Riverside. Este ano, era nombrada a la commission de disabilidades. Ahora estoy postulando como candidate de el distrito electoral 6, de el consejo municipal de Riverside.

Declaración de principios:

Despues de haber sido candidata por el alcalde de Riverside en el 2012, asisti a las juntas comunitarias de la cuidad en el noviembre 2012. Yo pude tener una respuesta a unos de las preocupaciones que los residents tenian. Despues de la junta, me preguntaron que luchara por un lugar en el distrito electoral 6 de el concejo municipal. Tome un mes para pensarlo porque habia pasada por el processo de haber sido candidate de alcalde de Riverside. Este seria un compromise mas serio! Al ganar, o al perder, mi enfoce es ha ayudar todo lo de el distrito electoral 6 ha ser la comunidad que quiere ser.

Cuestionario:

1)      Salud, seguridad, y el positive desarrollo de jóvenes

La seguridad de la vecindad es mi preocupación principal. La cuidad, persona del concejo municipal, y la comunidad quiere que trabajar sobre este tema. Esfuerzo diligente por la parte de todos es necesario para crear conciencia de los hijos de nuestros vecinos para protegerlos de desconocidos. La cuidad y la persona del concejo municipal pueden organizar juntas y ferias de salud para cada vecindad cuando sea posible para darles mas información de programas de seguridad. La aplicación de la ley local puede asistir la vecindad con información que tienen sobre otras comunidades manejando preocupaciones de seguridad.

2)     Líderes de una comunidad que habla español y de una comunidad de inmigrantes

En el ultimo foro de candidates en California Baptist University, yo dije, “Yo crearía un comité consultiva para el distrito municipal 6. Una area no tendrá mas atención sobre otra. Equidad es muy importante.” En esta junta consultiva, cualquier residente que vive en distrito municipal 6 va ha poder dar su voz sobre sus preocupaciones. El idioma no debe de ser un problema. La cuidad tiene los aparatos que podemos usar cuando no haiga interprete.

Y, yo no me ha encontrado con una situación donde no sepa que es exactamente que es el problema de la persona.

3)     Obras públicas y mantenimiento de espacios públicos

Yo voy a trabajar cercamente con el departamento de obras publicas. Si es un problema de costo, iremos calle por calle o sección por sección! Este es un servicio básico que la comunidad ocupa!

Y sobre la transportación publica, trabajare dura con RTA y la cuidad para demostrar que hay áreas densas dentro la cuidad que no cubre RTA. Esto tomara tiempo, muchas juntas, y otra vez, es un factor de costo. Y, con el comité consultiva, pondramos un boletín de noticias que le dejar saber dónde estamos con el problema de transportación.

4)     Representación y recursos del distrito electoral 6

Si esta comité consultiva se hace, vamos ha ser conocidos que vamos a cubrir a todos los constituyentes de el distrito municipal 6. No será una o dos personas con quejas. Pero, sero un sector entero de gente dentro la cuidad que tiene mas poder votante.   En estas juntas, dejáramos saber cuando las aplicaciones para la comisión saldran. Animaremos a gente que apliquen. Y, en el boletín de noticias, tendrá esa información también.

Donaciones a mi campana

NINGUNO  No he recibido contribuciones monetarias.

Información de contacto:

Aurora Chavez
4234 Harrison St.
Riverside, CA 92503-3105
Phone:  Home: (951) 359-5657    Cell: (951) 289-1825
Email:  Achavez5068@aol.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aurora.chavez.566
Go Daddy: http://aurorachavez.com/

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Chuck Mahatadse

Chuck Mahatadse

Nombre del candidato: Chuck Mahatadse
Profesión: Pintor

Información Biográfica:

Yo soy un nativo de el Sur de California. En este momento soy un pintor y ahorita estoy en el proceso de agarrar mi licensia de buenas raices. Estoy entrenado en C.E.R.T. (California Emegency Response Team o el Equipo de Emergencia de California.) Fui un miembro elegido de el Midtown Neighborhood Council. He funcionado en la construcción de viviendas y hogares de refugio para la gente pobre que vive al sur de la frontera, el Norte de Mexico, y amo los animals y los deportes.

Declaración de principios:

Me postulo para el consejo municipal para dar una voz en el gobierno a la gente que no tiene una voz, a la gente que esta trabajando duro y bataya para mantener lo que tiene. A pasado demasiado tiempo que el gobierno ha ignorado nuestros deseos y el mejor interes de la communidad y su gente. Yo quiero hacer mi parte para mantener los impuestos y recargos a lo minimo, mantener los servicios al corriente con lo que esta pagando la comunidad y parar lo que es la derrocha de nuestros gastos monetarios de el gobierno.

Cuestionario:

1)      Salud, seguridad, y el positive desarrollo de jóvenes

La seguridad de los niños es la responsabilidad principal de los padres y sus familias y ellos deben de tener la libertad, el conocimiento, y la habilidad de ensenar y disciplinar sus propios hijos. Usted debe mirar sobre hacia fuera para otro y vigilar y proteger su comunidad en una forma segura y responsable. Empezaría grupos comunitarios dirigidos a proteger si es necesario. Yo quiero aporte comunitario en lo que quieren y como piensan que debe de ser pagado por, porque programas y servicios cuestan dinero. Agarrando corporaciones que patrocine infundirá dinero para programas comunitarios y probablemente sera una forma para reducir la carga de impuestos al público.

2)     Líderes de una comunidad que habla español y de una comunidad de inmigrantes

Hay canales públicos, el canal 101 en Charter Cable TV por ejemplo, que debe promover como tener acceso a los oficiales elegidos. Trate de usar el servicio SAP en su television para traducir idioma. Juntas publicas y comunitarias podrán tener un intérprete de idioma para ayudar en comprender los temas.  Si no sabe como hacerlo no tenga pena preguntar por ayuda. Las bibliotecas públicas deben de tener información en como contactar los oficiales públicos tambien. Trate de llamar 311 y ojale le puede ayudar.

3)     Obras públicas y mantenimiento de espacios públicos

Mejoramiento cuesta dinero y usualmente son pagados por propietarios de viviendas o impuestos. Yo hare mi parte para para mirar que el mejoramiento o reparos necessaries sean hechos pero lo mas que expresa sus necesidades, la major oportunidad tendra para obtener ese servicio. Todos necesitamos que hacer nuestra parte para tener un major lugar en donde vivir y usted puede hacer eso con contactando entidades publicas que so responsables por cumplir con esos servicios necesarios. Llame a 311.

4)     Representación de y recursos para el distrito electoral 6

Como el principal representante del distrito electoral 6, yo dejara conocido lo que se necesita en el distrito electoral 6. Otra vez, los miembros de la comunidad quieren que hacer su parte en contribuir su voz y acompletar las cosas. Busquen esos departamentos y hagan conicido que estan interesados en participando. También, vayan a las juntas, hagan llamadas, y díganles que es lo que les gustariera tener o necesitan.

Información sobre financiamiento de su campaña

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Información de contacto

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 Jim Perry

Jim Perry

Nombre del Candidato:  Jim Perry
Profesion:  Retired Police Lieutenant

Informaión Biografica:

He estado casado con mi esposa, Kathie por 33 años. Tenemos dos hijos y cincó nietos. Hemos vivido en el Ward 6 por los ultimos 23 años.

Tengo 27 añosde experiencía en el cumplimiento de la ley. Catórce de estos años fueron en supervision, administración, y posisión de niveles de personal al commando. Desde mi retiro, he sido un mienbro active de esta comunidad incluyendo el gardín comunitario de Arlanza. Mi trabajo incluye: Museo Metropolitano de Riverside y AUSD.

Declaración de principios:

Tengo la energia, la vision y verdaderamente creo que yo puedo hacer de esto un major lugar para todos. Estare disponible, accessible, y activo. Valorizaré comentarios para la mejoria de nuestra comunidad. Seré proactive en ejecutar y resolver problemas.

Tenemos que preserver nuestros vecindarios. Deven de estan limpios, seguros y en buen estado po los servicios de la ciudad.   Trabajaé en atraer empleos a esta ciudad. Devemos tener empleos para todos atravez de todos los niveles económicos.  Devemos trabajar con los distritos escolares para crear una fundación, para que nuestros estudiantes puedan alcanzar su potencial.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1) Salud, Seguridad, y Desarrollo positivo Juvenil:

Nuestro miembro consejal deve desenpeñar un papel vigoroso al ejecutar problemas en el Ward 6. Nuestra inversion mas importante son las familias. Trabajaré para mejorar nuestros vecindarios y mantenerlos preservados. Deven de estar limpios, seguros y en buen estado. He hablado con algunas familias que dicen tener miedo dejar jugar a sus hijos en las yarda y el parquet. ¡ESTO NO ES ACEPTABLE! Trabajaré con el departamento de policía para que nos mantenga seguros.

Apoyo los programas saludables y seguros, Planeo en mejorar la relacion entre la ciudad y la AUSD.

2) Liderazgo de comunidad de habla hispana é imigrante:

Yo he estado hablando activamente con residentes de la comunidad de habla hispana. Ward 6 necesita un representante que entienda las necesidades de los de habla hispana. Ellos necesitan ser escuchados, y no mas ser callados a causa de la barrera del idioma. Yo estaré a disposición, accessible, y active en este distrito incluyendo las areas altamente populado por residentes de habla hispana. Desarrollaré relaciones, construiré confianza, y respeto. Crearé un programa minoritario de estudiante interino. Tendré reunions comunitarias y personales. En las pasadas dos semanas, He sido anfitrión en dos eventos comunitarios para acercarme a la comunidad hispana y registro electorales.

3) Obras públicas y mantenimiento de  espacios públicos:

Las condiciones de nuestras calles es una de las mas altas prioridades. Es por eso como llegue a envolucrarme con el programa “Rutas seguras hacia la escuela” Repavimentación de las calles es la queja mas común en el Distrito 6. Merezemos calles seguras y infraistructura apropiada para ser un vecindario vibrante. Mas atención deve ponerse en esta parte de la ciudad. Asi como los projectos sean identificados, prioritizados, y seleccionados, yo promoveré la necesidad por ellos en nuestro distrito electoral 6.

4) Ward 6 Representación y Recursos:

Esto cambiara en un future no muy lejano. Yo sere la “voz”que representará nustras necesidades sin importar las barreras del idioma.

En enfocaré en los  jovenes ya que ellos son los lideres del mañana. Escucharé y motivaré a otros para que activamente reclutan ciudadanos que tomen un papel importante en el vecindario. Desarrollaré liderazgo, que luchen por lo que es correcto y nunca olvidare de donde vine –Ward 6. 

Exposición Financiera de la Campaña:

Nombre del  contribuidor donante   Negocio/Organización Cantidad   donada
 1.RPOA (Organización depolicía) $6,940
2.RCFA $5,000
3.JG Enterprise $2,050
4.Jeff Miller for Senate $1,000
 5.Jim Perry $1,000
 6.Rick Hartsock Mission Ambulance $750
 7.A-Z Printing $655
 8.Robert Crowder Retirado $500
9.Sara Delaney Oficial de policia $500
10.Torres Family Taqueria El Flaco Locación de evento
11.Josesito Lopez Campeón boxeador Representante en la campaña

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 Arthur Santore

Art Santore

 Nombre del candidato: Arthur Santore
Profesión:

Información biográfica

Yo he vivido en Riverside, CA por 43 años y era dueño de la empresa pequeña Z-Best Plumbing por 17.5 años y un empleado de la Universidad de California en Riverside por 12.5 años.  También he tenido un puesto de liderazgo con el VFW Post 120121 Corona de veteranos de guerra y era Marina en las fueraza armadas.   Yo siempre he dado mi tiempo como voluntario en varias capacidades en la ciudad de Riverside incluyendo la Comisión de Reviso sobre la Policía donde fue presidente y vice-presidente, y también soy miembro del “Emergency Response Team” o el equipo de respuestas a emergencias.

Declaración de prinicipios

Lo que me ha llevado tener ganas de representar a los ciudadanos de Riverside has sido el grupo “La Sierra Watch Dogs,” un grupo de vigilancia del vecindario que me ha presentado muchas oportunidades y diversos temas para enfrentar en mis puestos de liderazgo.   Mis vecinos saben que si hay algún necesidad, yo estoy dispuesto responder – pueden llegar a mí.   Yo también he visto el alcaldía o gobierno municipal con falta de compromiso para nuestro distrito 6, como ciertos asuntos de bienestar como baches en las calles, hoyos, pavimento para ciertas calles, falta de banquetas, insuficiente tubos para las unidades combatiendo fuegos y con necesidad de conectarse a los bocas de incendios.

1) Salud, seguridad, y el positive desarrollo para jóvenes

Es su comunidad, deberían tomar un interés en ella, con las condiciones en cual está el gobierno estatal y federal, no deberían ver a ellos para ayuda, ya tiene muchas cargas con otros asuntos.  Necesitamos hacer lo que podemos hacer para ayudarnos a nosotros mismos y con la ayuda de vecinos y el gobierno municipal en donde vivimos.  Ustedes son nuestro futuro y empieza ahora cuando usted tome acción para determinar cual tipo de comunidad tendremos mañana.   Los jóvenes necesitan ser los guardianes responsables para lo que quieren tener en su futuro.

2) El liderazgo de la comunidad que habla español y de la comunidad inmigrante 

Tengo que preguntar donde se fueron los Francés, Polacos, Italianos, Alemanes e irlandés en los EEUU.  Como mi papa me ha dicho, solo tenemos una vez para forzar nuestra etnicidad, cuando  vas a nuestra casa para cenar donde comerás pizza, pasta, o lasaña.  Si tu mamá o tu papá emigraron de otro país a los EEUU usted ya no es Italiano y usted tiene papeles de ciudadanía de este país y entonces han denunciado su país natal y han hecho EEUU su nuevo país.  Pare de permitir que extranjeros  venga a este país que no quieran aprender Español  y luego nuestra comunidad los permite seguir así con imprimir materiales o hablarles a estos inmigrantes en su lengua de origen.

3) Obras públicas y mantenimiento de espacios públicos

Uno necesita leer la historia de cómo el distrito electoral 6 se anexionó a la ciudad de Riverisde.

Si, hay partes donde no hay banquetas, pero existe grupos de residentes que quieren vivir una vida rural para montar caballo y criar gallinas o animales pequeños.   Otra vez, si los ciudadanos quieren banquetas, organicen esa gente y dejemos que la mayoría decide y siga adelante.  Después, júntense conmigo  y las masas que quieren cambiar a banquetas y yo trabajaré para llevar su causa al concilio de la ciudad (sea su elegido concejal o no.)   Hazlo que también incluya un esfuerzo estudiantil y que formen comités para organizar este asuntos también.

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4) Representación y recursos del distrito electoral 6

Unos residentes sienten que su voz y puntos de vista no estan de acuerdo.   Si soy elegido o no ser el representante del distrito 6, yo todavía voy a querer reunirme con usted para discutir un plan para mejorar los asuntos más importantes para distrito 6.  Yo estaré dispuesto recibir a todos los residentes del distrito 6 para escucharlos como individuos o en una junta pública.   Yo caminaré los vecindarios o lugares donde nos reunimos para que podamos discutir asuntos de bienestar como las agencias de orden público, policía, servicios de agua,  el servicio de aguas negras (sewage), electricidad, y el alcantarilla.

Información sobre financiamiento de su campaña

¿Quiénes o cuales entidades son sus 12 mayores contribuidores a su campaña y cuanto han donado?

Solo hay uno: mi cuenta personal no puede sobrepasar $1,000 y también he mi cuenta de ahorros.

A la fecha tengo donaciones de letreros y tarjetas de negocio diciendo Elija Arthur Santore.   No tengo dinero grande respaldándome con donaciones grandes.  No tengo respaldo de ningún partido político (Dem o Rep.)

Información de contacto

Correo electrónico  2artsantore@charter.net  o marque mi celular 951-237-4545.

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Meet the City Council Candidates for Ward 6

¡Vota Arlanza! Youth & Community Electoral Power Unleashed

CLP held a candidate forum on May 9th at the Arlanza Garden where we also distributed questionnaires that the candidates filled out on important issues.

As part of our voter education project CLP created and sent all the candidates a questionnaire.  It asked the candidates about their biographic information, campaign finances and  four questions/themes were generated from two CLP-led surveys: (1) Civic Engagement Survey in 2013 and (2) Freshmen Survey of 2011. The CLP Civic Engagement Survey was conducted by two youth leaders from CLP through over 60 one-on-ones with community leaders, youth and family members at community events. This data was correlated with the 2011 CLP Survey of 296 freshmen students in the Alvord Unified School District. This survey is not intended to reflect all opinions and experiences of Ward 6 residents but does indicate areas of concern for many families in our neighborhood.  Their responses to this questionnaire were translated into Spanish as well.

(THIS IS FOR EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY.  CLP DOES NOT ENDORSE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE. All candidate responses are formatted and listed in alphabetical order by last name. Candidate responses were not edited and are posted as is. Check out the questionnaire form here: CLP Candidate Forum-Questionnaire)

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Larry Allen

Larry Allen

Candidate Name: Larry E. Allen
Profession: Building Contractor

Biographic Information:

Grew up in Garden Grove CA, joined the Advisory Board United States Navy in 1970 – 1974 earned AA from El Camino College. I moved to Riverside in 1978 where my wife and I raised our two boys. Attended Cal Poly Pomona in 1989-91 earned a cert. in construction management.  I have served as chairman of the planning comission and the chief of police advisory board.

Platform Statement:

I feel I have the skills needed to move ward 6 forward, I’m running to help this end of Riverside have a voice in City Hall.

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Having strong relationships with both police and city staff, I know how to tap into the resourses we have in place for our youth. I’m very proactave when it involves crime. I would make sure that area comanders had pop teams brought up to speed regarding current crimes.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

I would help them set up community action groups where their voices could be heard, I would also  conduct area work shops for input.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

I would have public works give me a realistic work time frame on new curb and gutter. I would also reject new development projects to make sure we did not spend hard earned tax payers money on special intrest.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

By showing up to work!!  We have been under represented for the last 11 years in La Sierra. It’s not about bringing power to the west end of town. It’s more about understanding what the citys roll is to the citizen.  Our boards and commission members do a great job in vetting local issues that come before them. By city charter all ward are well represented.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Contributor Donor Name   Business/Organization Amount of contribution
1.WINDAL – MUGRIDGE   FOOTHILL ENGINEERING 250.00
2 DOUG POLLARD.   ELITE MARINE 250.00
3.RHONDA JACKOBS   ABC PROPERTY    MANAGEMENT 250.00
4.VIVAN MARINO   30 MILES OF CORR. 100.00

Contact Information

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 Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

Candidate Name:  Scott Andrews
Profession: Non Profit Project Manager

Biographic Information:

I have lived in this part of the ward for 30 years. Some of the projects I have helped implement are the upgrade of Challen Hill Park, STOP signs at Bolton and California, and the Arlanza Community Garden. I am currently working to get a PTA at Arlanza Elementary, and worked the Ward 6 Clean up April 27th. I serve on the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership (RNP) for this area, and support the Child Leader Project.

Platform Statement:

Ward 6, and more specifically the Arlanza area of Ward 6, has been neglected for years. It is time for us to be represented by someone from this area that will fight for everything this area needs. The needs will be determined by the people who live here. When I tell people I am running for the Ward 6 seat, they ask me where that is located. I want to change that so that everyone knows who we are and where we are. I want to give a voice and a face to the people of this area.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Active representation and safety are the most important responsibilities of a council member and the City. Communicating with the community to determine exact issues that need to be addressed and working with the community and the relevant city department to address the issues is how I would handle this. It is important to work with the Parks Department and the school system to make sure programs for youth are available and safe. Forming strong neighborhood groups that can assist the City in identifying and solving these issues is an idea I would like to work with the community to implement.

2)    Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

My field representative would be a Spanish speaking person from the community, and I would pledge to learn conversational Spanish as well. Holding regular community meetings, speaking to parents at schools, and partnering with the school district and community groups to enhance the lines of communication will be a priority. Formation of the neighborhood groups I mentioned before is the foundation of communication throughout the Ward. Distribution of newsletters, both electronically and printed with the partnership of the school system is critical. It is then up to me to make sure your voices and choices are heard.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

Properly maintained and available streets and sidewalks are a basic need. Our Ward has been neglected too long. It is my job to fight for the funds needed to fix these issues and bring our community back up to the standards set by the City in other neighborhoods throughout the City. Working with members of the community and the school district to set a priority list of projects would be the way to handle this.

4)    Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

The voice of Ward 6 has been mute for a long time. A change in leadership is needed to amplify that voice, and I am the one to do it. Most board and commission seats have sat empty for years. I will actively seek people from the community to fill all open seats. I will then work with these individuals and the City Council to make sure Ward 6 is properly represented throughout the city.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

Form 460 Filed with the City Clerks office. Link to form below.

http://aquarius.riversideca.gov/clerkdb/DocView.aspx?id=152016&dbid=0

<<NOTE from CLP organizers:  This 460 form filed on 4/20/2013 lists that total donations received for the duration of the campaign are $3,026.  However, this Form 460 filing does not list the top donors.>>

Contact Information

Website: Scottandrewsward6.com
Phone: 951-235-6278
Address P.O. Box 70685 Riverside, CA 92513
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEfgoLJuWkCt_nTuDrIywgq-7Ff8lM8-T
http://bit.ly/11wIO3T

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 Aurora Chavez

Aurora Chavez

Candidate Name: Aurora Chavez

Profession:   Community Volunteer/Retired school employee Senior Acct Clk

Biographic Information:

I was born in Spokane, WA.  I graduated from Notre Dame H.S. in 1973.  In 1975, I graduated from RCC.  I was hired by Alvord USD in 1979.  I became involved with CSEA#339 that bargained the classified contract with Alvord USD. I retired in 2002.   I am very involved with service and cultural organizations. Last year, I was a Candidate for Riverside Mayor. This year, I was appointed to the Commission On Disabilities.

Platform Statement:

After being a Candidate for Riverside Mayor in 2012, I attended a Community/City meeting in November 2012. I was able to answer some of the concerns that the residents had. After the meeting, they asked me to run for Ward 6, City Council. It took me a month to think about it because I had been through this process before being a Candidate for Mayor.  This would have to be a serious commitment! Win or lose, my focus is working to help all of Ward 6 become the communities they want to be.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Neighborhood safety is a major concern. The City, Council person, and the Community have to work together on this issue. Diligent effort on everyone’s part to make awareness of our neighbor’s children to protect them from strangers.  The City and the Council person can organize meetings/health fairs for each neighborhood where ever possible to give them more information about safety programs. Local law enforcement can assist the neighborhood with information that they have about other communities in handling safety concerns.

2)    Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

At the last Candidate forum at California Baptist University, I said, “I would create an Advisory Committee for Ward 6. One area will not be given more attention over another. Fairness is very important.” At this advisory meeting, any resident that lives within Ward 6 will be able to voice their concerns. Language should not be an issue. The City has devices we can use if no interpreter is available. And, I have not yet come into a situation that I didn’t know exactly know what the person’s problem was.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

I will work closely with Public Works. If it’s a cost issue, we will go street by street or section by section!  This is a basic service that the community needs!   As to public transportation, I will work hard to with RTA and the City to show that there are densely populated “pockets” within the City that RTA does not cover.  This will take time, several meetings, and, again, it is a cost factor.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:     

If this Advisory Committee comes into being, we will be well known that we cover all of the constituents of Ward 6. It won’t be one or two people with complaints. But, it’s a whole sector of people within the City that have more voting power.  At these meetings, we will let people know about when boards/commissions applications are available.  We would encourage people to apply. And, in the newsletter, it will give that information out, too.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

NONE   I haven’t received any contributions.

Contact Information-Website, e-mail, phone, mailing address or any applicable links.

Aurora Chavez
4234 Harrison St.
Riverside, CA 92503-3105
Phone:  Home: (951) 359-5657    Cell: (951) 289-1825
Email:  Achavez5068@aol.com
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aurora.chavez.566
Go Daddy: http://aurorachavez.com/

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Chuck Mahatadse

Chuck Mahatadse

Candidate Name: Chuck Mahatadse
Profession:  Painter

Biographic Information:      

I am a Southern California native.  I am currently a Painter and in the process of getting my Real Estate license.   I am C.E.R.T, (California Emergency Response Team) trained.  I was an elected member of the MidTown Neighborhood Council.   I’ve performed Home Building and Shelter building for the poor that live south of the border, Northern Mexico  and I love animals and sports.

Platform Statement:    

I am running for city council to give a voice in government to the people that have no voice, the people that are working hard and struggling to maintain what they have.  For too long, the government has ignored the wishes and the best interest of the community and it’s people.  I want to do my part to keep taxes and fees low, keep needed and necessary services up to par with what the community is currently paying for and stop what is becoming run away and wasteful spending of your money by government entities.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1) Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Children’s safety is the main responsibility of the parents and their families and they should have the freedom, knowledge and ability to teach and discipline their own children.  You should look out for each other, keep watch and protect your community in a safe and responsible manner.  Start community protection groups if necessary.

I want community input on what they want how they think it should be paid for because programs and services cost money. Getting corporations to sponsor a neighborhood and infuse money for community programs might be a way to lessen the tax burden on the public.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

There are public access channels, channel 101 on Charter Cable TV for instance, that should be used to promote how to access public officials.  Try using the SAP service on your tv for language translation.  Public or community meetings could also have a language translator to help in understanding the issues.

If you don’t know how to do it, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  The public libraries should also have information on how to contact your public officials too.  Try calling 311 and hopefully they should be able to help you.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

Improvements cost money and are usually paid by homeowners or taxes.   I will do my part to see that the necessary improvements or repairs will be made but the more you voice your needs, the better chance you will have of getting service.  We all need to do our part in making this a better place to live and you can do yours by contacting the public entities responsible for the needed service.  Call 311.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

As the main representative of Ward 6, I will let it be known what we need in our Ward.  Again, the community members also must do their part in having a say and getting things done.  Seek out those departments and make it known that you are interested in participating in them.  Also, go to meetings, make calls, let them know what you would like to have or need.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

THIS SECTION LEFT EMPTY

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Jim Perry

Jim Perry

Candidate Name:  Jim Perry
Profession:  Retired Police Lieutenant

Biographic Information:

I have been married to my wife, Kathie for 33 years.  We have two children and five grandchildren.   We have lived in Ward 6 for the past 23 years.  I have 27 years of law enforcement experience.  Fourteen of those years were in a supervisory, management and command staff level position.  Since my retirement, I have been an active member of this community including the Arlanza Garden.  My work includes: Riverside Metropolitan Museum and AUSD.

Platform Statement:

I have energy, the vision and I truly believe I can make this a better place for all of us.  I will be available, accessible and active.  I will value input for the betterment of our community.  I will be proactive in addressing and solving issues.

We must preserve our neighborhoods.  They must be clean, safe and well maintained with responsive/proactive city services.

I will work to bring jobs to this city.  We must have jobs for everyone across all economic levels.

We must work with the school districts to build a foundation, so our students can reach their potential.

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1) Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development:

Our council member should play a vigorous role in addressing concerns in Ward 6.  Our most important investment is our families. I will work on improving our neighborhoods and keeping them preserved.  They must be clean, safe, and well maintained. I have spoken to a few families where they are afraid to let their children play in their yard and the local park. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! I will work with the police department to keep us safe.

I support healthy and safe youth programs.  I plan to enhance the relationship between the City and the AUSD to improve outreach.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

I have actively been speaking with residents from our Spanish-speaking community.  Ward 6 needs a representative that understands the needs of Spanish-speakers.  They need to be heard and no longer be silenced by language barriers.  I will be available, accessible and active in this Ward including areas highly populated by Spanish-speaking residents.  I will develop partnerships, build trust and respect.  I will develop a minority student intern program; hold regular town hall meetings and one on one meetings.  In the past two weeks, I have hosted two community events to reach out to the Hispanic community and drive voter registration.

3) Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

The condition of our streets is one of my top concerns. This is why I became involved with the Safe Routes to School Program. Street resurfacing has been the most common complaint in Ward 6. We deserve safe streets and the proper infrastructure to be a vibrant neighborhood. More attention must be paid to this part of town.  As projects are identified, prioritized and selected, I will promote the need for them in our Ward.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

This will change in the near future.  I will be “the” voice that will represent your needs regardless of language barriers.

I will develop our youth as they are leaders of tomorrow.  I will listen and motivate others to actively recruit citizens to take active roles in neighborhoods.  I will bring active leadership, standup for what is right and I will never forget where I came from- WARD 6.

Campaign Finance Disclosure:

Please list the top 12 donors for the total length of your campaign.

Contributor Donor Name   Business/Organization Amount of contribution
 1.Riverside Police Officer Assoc. $6,940
 2.RCFA $5,000
3.JG Enterprise $2,050
 4.Jeff Miller for Senate $1,000
 5.Jim Perry $1,000
6.Rick Hartsock Mission Ambulance $750
7.A-Z Printing $655
 8.Robert Crowder Retired $500
9.Sara Delaney Peace Officer $500
10.Torres Family Taqueria El Flaco Event held at location
11.Josesito Lopez Boxing Champion Campaign appearance

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Arthur Santore

Art Santore

Candidate name: Arthur Santore

Candidate profession:

Biographic information:

I have resided in Riverside for 43 years, was a small business owner of Z-Best Plumbing for 17.5 years and an employee at UC Riverside for 12.5 years. Past Commander VFW post 12021 Corona and a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran.   I have always volunteered in different ways to City of Riverside as a Community Police Review Commission as Chair and Vice Chair, and am a member of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Platform Statement:

What has lead me to wanting to represent the citizens of Riverside is the “La Sierra Watch Dogs” a neighborhood watch group which has brought many issues to me to deal with. My neighbor’s know if there is something that is needed I am there go to man. I too have seen the lack of commitment from the City Hall regarding funding for Ward 6 , regarding quality of life issues as, pot holes,  pavements needed to some of our streets and area of no sidewalks, Water stand pipe 4″ as unit for fighting fires rather than 6″ two point connections fire hydrants.

1)    Health, Safety and Positive Youth Development

It’s your Community take an interest in it, with the economic conditions in our State and Federal government don’t look for help from them, they are already overburden. We need to do what we can to help ourselves with the help of our neighbors and the City government where we live. You are the future of tomorrow how it starts is today in how you would like to move forward towards your community of tomorrow.   Youth must be responsible custodians for what you want in your future.

2) Leadership of Spanish-Speaking and Immigrant Community:

I must ask you first where the French, Polish, Italian, German and Irish people went in America.

As my father told me, we have one time to push our ethnicity down some ones throat, if you come to dinner at my house you will be eating pizza, pasta or lasagna. If your father and mother immigrated to America then you are no longer an Italian and hold they hold citizenship papers to this country, they denounced the country coming from and made America their country. Stop enabling foreigners who do not wanted to learn the English language by printing and addressing them in their spoken tongue.

3)    Public Works and Upkeep of Public Spaces:

One must read the history how ward 6 was annex into Riverside

www.riversideca.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhoods-arlington.asp

www.riversideca.gov/athomeinriverside/neighborhoods-lasierrasouth.asp

Yes there are pockets of where there are no sidewalks, yet there still is a group that wants that rural felling to ride horses and raise chickens and small animals. Again if the citizens want sidewalks then get the numbers who want sidewalks and those who don’t and let the majority move forward. Then get with me with the numbers and I will work with you to place the issue before the city council (if elected or not). Make it a school effort by the students to form a committee to address this.

4) Ward 6 Representation and Resources:

If I do not or do become the representative for Ward 6, I will still meet with you to discuss a plan for what the quality of issues for ward 6 issues are. I will be open to all citizens of Ward 6 to hear them out as individuals or in an open meeting asked to attend. I will walk neighborhoods or places where we come together to discuss quality of life issues regarding law enforcement, Police or Riverside City services for water, sewer, electrical storm drain issues of area.

Campaign Finance Disclosure

There is only one:  my personal bank account that cannot exceed $1000.00 and it is my personal saving account.

To date I have cost for signs and business cards “elect Arthur Santore”

I have no big money backer’s for donations

I have no big political backers (DEM. REP.)

Contact information

E-mail address- 2artsantore@charter.net  or call my cell 951-237-4545.

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CLP mission statement.

Vota Arlanza! Youth Electoral Power Unleashed

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CLP to Unleash the Power of Youth Organizers for 2013 Ward 6 City Council Election

Map of Arlanza and surrounding communities.
This spring 2013, Child Leader Project begins an innovative initiative to engage youth and young people in the Arlanza community on voting and civic engagement.

This “Civic Engagement Initiative,” engages youth organizers in a listening campaign throughout Arlanza to understand local concerns and civic interests. Based on this listening campaign, these youth organizers will organize a “Get Out the Vote” for the Ward 6 election in June 2013.  This is the first initiative of its kind in the neighborhood of Arlanza in Ward 6—a ward of over 40,000 residents.

Youth Civic Engagement Coordinators: Paty Garcia and Eliza Arcos

 

CLP Youth Civic Engagement Coordinators: Eliza Arcos and Patty Garcia.

Youth Civic Engagement Coordinators: Eliza Arcos (left) and Paty Garcia (right)

To lead this initiative, CLP is happy to introduce Paty Garcia and Eliza Arcos as Youth Civic Engagement Coordinators. With the help of adult mentors from CLP and other local organizations, Patty and Eliza will be partnering with community, university and business organizations to engage the community and mobilize the vote.

Both young women have been students at Norte Vista High School, one of the public schools in Ward 6 and the primary partner of the Child Leader Project.

“Many of the people in the Arlanza community have to deal with daily inconveniences and challenges which can be easily changed if they are brought to the city council’s attention. The only problem is that the city council does not resemble or represent the community the way it should– but we can change that,”says Paty Garcia.

Not Just Another Sleepy Election in Riverside’s Ward 6

 

Map of Ward 6.

CLP is dedicated to creating a safe space for youth to connect and develop their leadership.  This project will engage both youth and adult voters as leaders in establishing a wider base of community power.  Recent elections for Ward 6 have averaged 2,000 voters even though the ward has more than 40,000 residents.

The campaign is non-partisan and will not support a specific candidate—the primary goal is to engage more residents of the Arlanza community in voting for their city council member.   “Not only will more people participate, but it will give the council candidates a chance to understand who the community is and understand what needs to get done and how. City Council needs to understand the concerns and ideas of people like me,” shares Eliza Arcos.

As for Child Leader Project, the organization is excited about the opportunity to gain more knowledge about Arlanza and what the community thinks needs to be improved. CLP will also become more widely-recognized in the community for its other projects—including the Arlanza Community Garden, annual international trips to Mexico and India and Social Justice Saturday leadership experiences. CLP’s vision includes turning the Arlanza Garden over to a community-based non-profit of local residents within the next three years.

Reflections from the Coordinators

“I’ve been with Child Leader Project for nearly three years,” writes Eliza. Eliza is currently a graduating senior from Norte Vista High School, with the vision to stay local for her college education. “Within Child Leader Project I have worked on social justice issues that are important to me, such as immigration. From working with undocumented youth to working with lawyers, I work on presentations to educate the community. This city council election in June will be the first time I vote—and there are other youth like me who would vote if they were aware of what was at stake.”

Paty Garcia is a graduate of Norte Vista High School and a current student at Riverside City College, double majoring in Psychology and Political Science with the goal of transferring to a four-year university to obtain and PhD.

“I am an outgoing and active young Latina in my community and I have a passion for helping others who do not receive the help they deserve,” says Paty. “I am the first one in my family to graduate high school here in the United States and a first generation college student as well.”

Paty also serves as RCC’s Puente club president. “I’m excited for this project because I believe in giving back to my community because it has already given me so much.”

Donate and Support

CLP is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. This civic engagement campaign supports the engagement in young voters to understand what is most important to them, meet candidates and make conscious decisions to vote in one of Riverside’s most underrepresented wards.

To support this civic engagement initiative, you can donate on line by clicking here.

 

                                                                 

All funds support stipends for our youth leaders to work as community organizers for this initiative, as well as public events such as candidate forums and “Get Out the Vote!” materials.

CLP@Lincoln youth raising his hands during a hike on the first day.

Cultivating Youth-Led Community in Eastside

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Riverside, CA – Child Leader Project (CLP) is proud to announce the start of its new ecological and social justice leadership program, CLP@Lincoln. The program begins this May 2013 with youth leaders from the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) at Lincoln Continuation High School in the Riverside Unified School District.

In collaboration with AVID, CLP mentors will provide seven sessions of experiential learning on social, ecological and food justice in the Eastside community.

Riverside’s historic Eastside community has been the focus of extensive efforts by health leaders in the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Zone Initiative. Eastside’s 17,541 residents have little to no access to healthy food or physical activity due to the social and environmental obstacles inherent in lower income communities. It is also home to one of Riverside’s food deserts, a USDA-classification for low-income communities with little or no access to healthy, affordable food.

 

Map of food deserts in Riverside

This USDA map of the Food Deserts in Riverside. Green represents census tracts who are Low Income (LI) and have Low Access (LA) to healthy food within 1-mile. Orange are LI and LA within .5 miles. The red dot marks the location of Lincoln High School in Eastside.

“This program will engage young people as allies and leaders in community change by exploring  how data and research can help us understand and communicate what injustices we already experience about the communities we live in,” says Samantha Wilson, Executive Learner and Founder of CLP and co-facilitator on the program.  “Youth know what’s up in their communities—the role of adults as partners is to provide support, access and language to share their knowledge in ways that make change.”

The program will be co-facilitated by Daniel Aaron Francis and Samantha Lynne Wilson. Daniel Francis brings fifteen years of experience in regenerative and sustainable design and holds a consulting role in the design of community gardens throughout Riverside. Samantha Wilson is a UCR alumna and has served as CLP’s Executive Learner for five years, assisting in leadership development programs for over 500 youth from Riverside to Mexico and South India.

Impacts of Exposure to the Natural World on Student Achievement and Health

Ecological justice and nature-connection is an essential part of individual and community health. Richard Louv, auther of “Last Child in the Woods” and “The Nature Principle,” writes, “Research suggests that exposure to the natural world – including nearby nature in cities – helps improve human health, well-being, and intellectual capacity in ways that science is only recently beginning to understand.”

Louv has also noted  increased  test scores, improved critical thinking skills, problem solving and decision-making as result of time in natural and wildnerness settings.

The CLP@Lincoln Program

 

Daniel Francis and CLP Lincoln youth at the Arlanza Garden

Program facilitator Daniel Francis with CLP@Lincoln youth on the first day of the program.

CLP@Lincoln is an innovative program designed to bring young leaders in touch with the natural world in a way that inspires them to cultivate health and community in their own neighborhood.

Participants in the program will:

  • Observe and explore their relationship to their high school environment.
  • Hike Box Springs Mountain and engage in observation of social and environmental patterns in Riverside.
  • Meet student leaders at UC Riverside’s R’Garden and learn the story of student organizing in advocating for green spaces on campus.
  • Map and engage liquor store and corner market owners in Riverside’s historic Eastside neighborhood with lessons from the Cx3 Collaborative of the County Department of Public Health.
  • Help out at the Arlanza Community Garden, Riverside’s first permaculture-designed and youth-led garden initiative on Parks and Recreation property.
  • Meet public officials and address city leaders on the issues of their community.
  • Celebrate with family and friends and make plans for next steps as volunteer leaders.

Donations and Support:

RCHF logo

The program is funded primarily by a grant from the Riverside Community Health Foundation (www.rchf.org). RCHF has provided $3,000 towards the $4,000 needed to support staff, transportation and program costs. CLP currently invites community supporters and allies to give towards this program. All supporters are invited to our closing celebration to learn more about the experience of youth first hand.

To donate online, click here.

                                                         

To donate by check or cash, please send your gift to C/O CLP@Lincoln, Child Leader Project, P.O. Box 51333, Riverside, CA 92517. 

Arlanza Community Garden banner.

Second Annual MLK Day of Service

On January 21, 2013, CLP hosted our second annual MLK Day at the Arlanza Community Garden. It was a complete success with 80 plus leaders in the garden assisting with irrigation, gate design, weeding and clean-up. Other activities included parents for Norte Vista High School’s Padres Unidos (United Parents) organization selling pupusas, CLP youth raising funds for the 2013 Confronteras trip and Operation SafeHouse representatives sharing information about their work. Make sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event!

Check out all the photos at: Second Annual MLK Day of Service

 

CLP MLK Day of Service t-shirt hanging on the Arlanza Garden fence.

If you missed out on the event, make sure to Save the Date for Earth Day 2013 (Saturday, April 20th) when we will be hosting a work party in celebration of Earth Day. More details to come soon.

"Grow" in bold letters.

Arlanza Community Garden Agreement Signed

After almost two years of planning, designing, working and gardening, CLP leaders Samantha Wilson, Cheng Ung and Toby Walker officially signed the Arlanza Community Garden agreement with the City of Riverside. We are incredibly thankful for all the support from CLP youth, CLP staff, the City of Riverside and the countless community members who have participated from the beginning of our efforts to today. We look forward to many more years in the garden to come!

For updates on the garden, make sure to like us on Facebook: Arlanza Community Garden

Image of the signed Arlanza Community Garden agreement.

"Arlanza" in big bold letters.

UCOP Video In the Arlanza Garden

Check out a video by the UC Office of the President about CLP Executive Learner Samantha Wilson, Cheng Ung and the beginnings of Child Leader Project. Shot in the Arlanza Community Garden, Samantha speaks about privilege, power and accountability with international projects (which is highlighted in the previous blog post).

Samantha Wilson in the Arlanza Garden getting filmed for the UCOP video.

Here is the official summary on YouTube: “A medical evacuation from India due to malaria didn’t deter UC Riverside student Samantha Wilson from wanting to make a difference in the country. Upon returning home, the then-junior began working with schools in South India to develop a curriculum that would shift the focus from creating child laborers to creating child leaders. With the program now serving over 100 children in South India, Wilson has now brought the Child Leader Project home to Riverside, serving local youth through a community garden and an exchange program that brings the youngsters to India to connect with fellow participants.”

Shot of Indian flowers and mountains.

And Who Invited You?

Check out Executive Learner Samantha Wilson’s advice for students preparing for education abroad opportunities on the University of California Television Blog. You can see the original post on the UCTV blog at: And Who Invited You?: What Every Student Should Ask Before Traveling Abroad

Samantha Wilson sitting against a blue wall in India.

“I have a bone to pick with success stories: they focus too deeply on one person, neglecting the ecology of people and moments that craft change. Perhaps this blog can be one step towards addressing that.

The far more important and more amazing narrative for one to know (if you are to know anything about my experience in India) are the stories of the young adults in South India expanding the work of child and youth leadership with their own experience, leadership and vision– in India, right now. They formed a young adult-led organization as our Indian partner, the Trust for Youth and Child Leadership (TYCL). This is a team of all-volunteer young adult mentors and child/youth organizers addressing systemic justice issues in their local villages, orphanages and slums.

These young men and women have taught me the most important lesson about being a foreigner in India– to whom or what do you belong?  The most important thing a study abroad student can do is ask themselves the hard question about what it means to be alive and to be accountable in their host country. Who invited you to this country? What privilege do you carry? To whom or what are you accountable to? While abroad, who are you breaking bread with? In a riff on the words of Ivan Illich, eloquent and seething critic of the benign “well-intentioned” blindness of international volunteerism– “Is your life even alive enough to be shared?”

Study abroad can give us the blog-worthy illusion of “radical” transformation. But real transformation occurs when we think critically about who we belong to, who we are accountable to and how we choose to move in a world where being from North America (and having the privilege to travel abroad) means you have a lot of privilege with a lot to learn.

This privilege does not mean authority. This privilege means responsibility to be self-reflective, critical and make changes that are uncomfortable to your own way of life– not to export your way of life or assume your life to be “the right way.”

Again– is your life alive enough to be shared?

I am accountable to the incredible young adults in India who became my friends, brothers and sisters and who collaborated with me when CLP began and now lead the organization on their own. There are far too many to name here. To name only a small handful, I honor Arumugham, Amala, Shiva, Jugal, Basu, Karthik. I honor the first CLP child leaders who believed in the idea– Priya and Suhasini, Vimal and Arun… to name only some of the first twenty during that first trip to Tamil Nadu. I honor the people among them now and the people who will come after them. My gratitude and my devotion to them and the lessons they teach me –and hopefully teach you– about what accountability to a land and a people really mean.

Check out their most recent project, two short videos (with English subtitles) about the impacts of alcoholism and environmental injustice due to poor drainage in two of the villages where TYCL facilitates leadership with other child and youth leaders. You can also check out their website.

Listen more. Talk less. Wait for an invitation. Be accountable to your actions, beliefs and privilege.

I learned an important saying in Tamil on one of my most recent trips to visit TYCL– “poyttu varen.” It is said when someone is leaving. It means that “although I go, I will return– because our relationship is important to me.” Or, more sweetly, “Go… and come back.”

So, when you live a life abroad, should you choose to do so, live in such a way that your neighbors, fellow students and teachers, mentors, host families and community might say such a thing to you.”

Mural in Coachella depicting Mexican/Mexican American/Chicano history in the United States.

Confronteras 2013: Day 5

This past February, eight Norte Vista High School seniors and four CLP young adult mentors traveled to the USA-Mexico for the Confronteras 2013 program. While we were there, the students took turns blogging and “vlogging” (video blogging) about their experiences.

For Day 5, Edith Belman blogs about our journey back home through Coachella and finally Riverside.

For more information about Confronteras, please visit: http://www.confronteras.blogspot.com/. You can check out all of our photos at: Confronteras 2013: Confronting the USA-Mexico Border

English

My name is Edith Belman and I am a student at Norte Vista High School. Today is the last day on this amazing trip and at BorderLinks. We started off the day by having to wake up early in order to leave BorderLinks by 7:00 am. Everyone was tired from the night before and we were all exhausted physically and mentally. Some of us went to sleep 12 in the morning and slowly the rest went to sleep at later times, some even only had 2 hours of sleep. Before we left, we all got in a circle and we gave thanks to Maricruz and Austin (our guides from BorderLinks and HEPAC who are two of the most amazing people we have met in our lives). We were sad to leave them but we were happy to have met them and to have experienced such a powerful trip.

When we were in the cars and left, the youth were asleep and some were even asleep for 4 hours until lunch. We ate outside of a super market in the parking lot which was a funny site. We were all awake from the food and the stories that one of our youth leaders was telling us.

Our last meeting that we had planned for the trip was at a carne asada at a park in Coachella with great people from the community and the group Culturas Music-Arts who also showed us the mural that they had the history of the Mexians. It was a great way to end the trip.

The trip was a powerful life changing blessing that we all were destined to experience. We all have our own different stories as to why we went on the trip but also had a similar reason as to why we were there. We are ALL sons and daughters of immigrants, and we live our parent’s dream of working hard and being able to give their children a chance to have a life that they were not able to have when they were growing up which is the “American dream”. We feel like we are blessed to be able to have the life style that we do but it is bitter-sweet because we also know that we didn’t do anything to deserve such a privilege. That is something hard to realize because we saw not everyone is as lucky, but, we now recognize how much we can and will take advantage of. We also have stories to tell to our family, friends, and the community.

We began the trip as friends and ended as a family, ready to make a change, slowly but surely. This isn’t the last time you will hear from Child Leader Project, HEPAC, BorderLinks or Confronteras.

 

CLP youth standing in front of Coachella mural.

 

Spanish

Mi nombre es Edith Belman y estudio en la escuela secundaria Vista Norte. Hoy es el último día de estar en este viaje increíble y en BorderLinks.Empezamos el día al tener que despertar temprano para dejar BorderLinks alas 7:00 am. Todos estaban cansados de la noche anterior y nos estábamos agotados física y mentalmente. Algunos de nosotros fuimos a dormir a las12 de la mañana y poco a poco los demás fueron a dormir más tarde, algunas hasta sólo tenía 2 horas de sueño. Antes de irnos, todos estuvimosen un círculo y le dimos gracias a Maricruz y Austin (nuestros guías deBorderLinks y HEPAC que son dos de las más increíbles personas quehemos conocido en nuestras vidas). Estábamos muy tristes de dejarlos pero nos quedamos encantados de haber conocido a ellas y poder  tener una experiencia de un viaje tan poderoso.

Cuando estábamos en los coches y nos fuimos, los jóvenes se quedaron dormidos y unos se durmieron por 4 horas hasta el almuerzo. Comimos a fuera de un supermercado en el aparcamiento, que era un sitio divertido. Todos estábamosdespiertos por la comida y las historias que uno de los líderes de nuestra juventud nos estaba contando.

Nuestra última reunión que habíamos planeado para el viaje fue en una carne asada en un parque  en Coachella con la mejor gente de la comunidad y de Culturas Music-Arts que también nos mostró el mural que tiene la historia de los mexicanos. Fue una forma genial de acabar el viaje.

El viaje fue un poderoso cambio de vida, una bendición que todos estuvimos destinados a tener. Todos tenemos nuestras propias historias, todas diferentes, pero también tenían una razón similaren a por qué fuimos en el viaje. Todos somos hijos e hijas de inmigrantes, y vivimos el sueño de nuestro padres de trabajar duro y ser capaz de dar a sus hijos la oportunidad de tener una vida que no podían a tener cuando estaban creciendo, que es el “sueño americano”. Nos sentimos como tenemos la suerte de poder tener el estilo de vida que hacemos, pero es agridulce porquetambién sabemos que nosotros no hicimos nada para merecer ese privilegio. Eso es algo duro para realizar porque hemos visto no todo el mundo es tan afortunado, pero, ahora reconocemoslo mucho que puede y será aprovechar. También tenemos historias que contar a nuestra familia, amigos y la comunidad.

Comenzamos el viaje como amigos y terminamos como una familia, listo para hacer un cambio,lento pero seguro. Esta no es la última vez que escucharán a Child Project Leader, HEPAC, BorderLinks o Confronteras.

Legal immigration simulation.

Confronteras 2013: Day 4

This past February, eight Norte Vista High School seniors and four CLP young adult mentors traveled to the USA-Mexico for the Confronteras 2013 program. While we were there, the students took turns blogging and “vlogging” (video blogging) about their experiences.

For Day 4, Abraham Santiago reflects on a “day of full emotion” and conversations about guilt, responsibility and taking action.

For more information about Confronteras, please visit: http://www.confronteras.blogspot.com/. You can check out all of our photos at: Confronteras 2013: Confronting the USA-Mexico Border

English

Now it was a day full emotion. We did an immigration simulation, where people migrate to the United States. All received a piece of paper with a character that has a story. My character Tani who was 28 years old from Albania was a computer professional with a job offer from a good company that would not help with the paperwork to fix my papers. I did not get citizenship. We learned that some people, those who are unmarried and professionals and the support of a company have a better chance to become U.S. citizens. The immigration system is like a lottery that takes years. Then we had a presentation of future sustainability. We learn how NAFTA has affected the nation of Mexico and caused destruction in Mexico in the corn fields. The growers of corn lost income and had to sell their land to live. The United States bought the land through NAFTA and built factories where Mexicans and others work for low wages. It’s a bad cycles also causing mischief in the U.S. corn industry because of overuse. Using the corn in the following ways because it was so cheap: feeding the cows, making high fructose corn syrup and other products. This is not the solution! The solution is in going organic; Composting, recycling, planting, provide fair wages to workers and give work visas.

Then came a young group called Scholarships A-Z to talk to us about their program and their stories. The three were undocumented students studying , and trying to paying for college. They asked for our help in their mission to get in-sate tuition for their studies. All three are people determined to change make a necessary change starting at the community colleges.

The following reflection we had a talk about the roots of migration, organizations causing immigration consequences and the consequences of immigration. In this reflection that we though of everything we learned this past week and connect it. The image we used was a tree. The leaves were the consequences, trunk was the organizations at fault for the consequences and roots were the reasons why organizations were there.

Then we went to the city of Tuscon, Arizona. In town we went to a thrift store where us guys did not buy anything, but the women in the group did. We continued by going to an ice cream restaurant/parlor called the “Hub”. The ice cream was amazing! We returned to the house to meet a lady at Borderlinks named Martha. Martha taught us how to make pupusas. We all made some! they were very good! We gave thanks to Martha for teaching us them how to make pupusas.

Finally, we ended the night in a reflection where we wrote about the guilt that we carry with us because in the reflection the night before we all identified some guilt in us. We wrote twelve things we felt guilty of and a letter to us of what we’re going to change in our selves. My guilt was that I take my parents for granted to often and being a bad son. In a post card I wrote to myself that I’m going to change this and thank my parents for sacrificing so many things for giving me a better life. When I get home Sunday afternoon the first thing I will say to my parents is that I love them and thank them for everything they have given me. Also I will give love and kindness when someone gives me negativity, because of Shura’s inspiration I realized nothing can defeat kindness. At night we made a circle and talk about our guilts and what we are going to change about our selves. We all burned the guilts we wrote on those pieces of paper, freeing us from our faults and gave thanks for everything we have experienced.

Youth preparing pupusas at BorderLinks.

Spanish

A hora era un día bien emocional. Hicimos una simulación de inmigración. Como la gente se migra a los estados unidos. Todos garraron una carta con un carácter que tiene una historia. Mi carácter ere Tani de Albania que tenía 28 años de edad. Era un profesional de computadoras con un ofreces de trabajo en una compañía buena que no quería ayudar con el papeleo para arreglar me papeles. Yo no obtiene la ciudadanía. Aprendimos que ciertas personas, esos solteros y que son profesionales tienen chance mejor por la ciudadanía con apoyo de una compañía. El sistema de inmigración es como una lotería que tarda anos. Después tuvimos una presentación de sostenibilidad en el futuro. Aprendemos como NAFTA a afectado la nación de México y hecho destrucción en México con ruinando la sistema de elote. Los rancheros del elote perdieron sus ingresos y tuvieron que vender su terreno para vivir. Los estados unidos compran el terreno por derecho de NAFTA y construye maquilas de donde los mexicanos y otros trabajan por los bajos salarios. Es una cicla bien mala que también causa maldades en los estados  unidos por uso excesivo de elote en todo. Dando les de comer a las vacas, hacendó azúcar y en otros productos. Esto no es la solución! La solución es hacendó todo orgánico. Abonar, reciclar, plantar, dar salarios justos a los que trabajan y dar visas de trabajo.

Después vinieron unos jóvenes de Scholarships A-Z hablar con nosotros de su programa y sus historias. Los tres eran indocumentados hacendó sus estudios más difícil, pagando más por la universidad. Nos pidieron nuestra ayuda en su misión a receiver matrícula más baja por los estudios de ellos. Los tres son gente mui determinada para hacer cambio por ellos y los que necesitan.

Siguiendo tuvimos un reflecto donde hablamos de las raíces de la inmigración, los grupos que causan las consecuencias de inmigración y las consecuencias de la inmigración. Este reflecto nos eso pensar de todo que aprendimos y conectar lo. La imagine que usamos fue un árbol. Las hojas fueron las consecuencias, tronco fue las organizaciones que causan las consecuencias y las raíces fueron las razones porque resultaron las organizaciones.

Después fuimos a la ciudad de Tuscon, Arizona. En la ciudad fuimos a una tienda de segunda donde los hombres no compramos nada pero las mujeres sí. Siguiendo garramos helados en un restaurante que se llama El “Hub”. Los helados estaban bien ricos! Regresamos a la casa de Borderlinks a conocer una señora Martha. Martha nos enseno como hacer popusas. Todos hicimos! Estaban mui buenas! Le dimos gracias a la señora Martha por ensena los cómo hacer las popusas.

Finalmente, acabamos la noche en un reflecto donde escribimos nuestras culpas que cargamos con nos otros. Nos otros escribimos doce cosas de que sentimos culpables y una carta a nos otros de que vamos a cambia en nos otros. Lo mío fue que tomo mis padres por concedidos y ser un hijo malo. Yo voy a cambiar esto y dar gracias a mis padres por sacrificando muchas cosas para me. Cuando yo llegue a la casa lo primero que les voy a decir va ser que los amo y gracias por todo que mi han dado. También dar cariño y amor cuando una persona me da negatividad, gracias a Shwra. La noche cavo a fuera donde hicimos un circulo y hablamos de nuestras culpas y como vamos a cambiar. Nos otros quemamos todos los papeles donde escribimos nuestras culpas. liberando nuestra culpa y dimos gracias por todo que hemos experimentado. Este día fue uno de munchas emociones pero me sentó mas cercas al grupo.