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Men Mob Invades University Prep School in Victorville

Nearly two dozen men enthusiastically greeted students Wednesday at the front gate of University Preparatory School in Victorville in the latest “Men Mob” event — a show of support, kindness and encouragement for students around the High Desert.

The men, business leaders, Sheriff’s Deputies, County Firefighters, pastors and others, formed a gauntlet, high-fiving and chanting encouragement as students arrived on campus and streamed through the dual columns of men.

The random act of kindness and show of support is aimed at brightening the start of the day for students, to encourage them to work hard and be kind to one another. It’s also aimed at showing students that many people in the community care about their success.

One appreciative student stopped, pulled out his violin and serenaded the unexpected group of greeters, which included Army Soldiers and Marines.

“I appreciate the men of the High Desert for partnering with us and putting together numerous #MenMobs at their local schools,” said Terrance Stone, CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy. “It is important that our youth see positive, professional men in their community in suits and business attire and uniform so they can know that the world is theirs and they can accomplish all of their goals in life.”

“The Men Mob is a fun partnership that shows kids we care about them and their success in school and beyond,” said First District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood, whose staff organized and participated in the event.

It was also an opportunity for kids to see good local role models. Some parents, too, got a kick out of the sight, said Curtis Green, district representative for Supervisor Lovingood.
“It was great to see the surprise on the faces of the students as well as the parents as they dropped off their kids for school this morning,” Green said. “Parents were actually getting out of their cars to take pictures and video of the men high-fiving the kids.”

The idea for the “Men Mob” came from an informal group, known as “The Fellas” to encourage kids to study hard and to let them know that although the kids may not see them, they have many supporters rooting for them.

Stone, whose organization has been seen on HBO, MSNBC, TBN and CBS, said civic groups and men’s organizations are encouraged to expand the effort.

“You don’t have to wait for us,” Stone said. “If you want to do a “Man Mob” you can get some men together and contact the school, go out there and just support those kids.”

For more information, visit www.YVYLA-IE.org. On Facebook search “The Fellas.”

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Preliminary Findings Indicate 12% Decrease in Homelessness

San Bernardino County has seen a 12 percent decrease in homelessness during the past year, according to the results of the San Bernardino County 2016 Homeless Count and Subpopulation Survey: Executive Summary released by the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership.

“San Bernardino County continues to make impressive progress in reducing homelessness in our County,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Robert A. Lovingood. “I want to thank our dedicated County staff members and the Sheriff’s HOPE Team who, along with local nonprofits, have labored so hard on this is a difficult, heart-breaking problem. So it is encouraging to see that all of us working together are on the right track.”

This year’s count, conducted between 6 and 10 a.m. on Jan. 28, resulted in 1,887 persons counted compared to 2,140 counted in 2015. The report is available at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dbh/SBCHP.

Last year, the Board of Supervisors set the goal of ending veteran homelessness in San Bernardino County, and we met that goal by year’s end, Lovingood said. He noted that the previous countywide survey showed an 8 percent decline in homelessness.

“Homelessness is a national tragedy,” said Fifth District Supervisor and Chair of the Interagency Council on Homelessness Josie Gonzales. “We need to continue to help our disabled men and women, especially our veterans. Our County is making significant progress by implementing different state and federally funded programs. By prioritizing permanent housing we can better address the needs of our County’s homeless population.”

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Third District Supervisor and Chair of the Homeless Youth Task Force, James Ramos also called for continued efforts to address homelessness.

“Unfortunately, homelessness is an issue that is still very real,” Chairman Ramos said. “It has an effect on many elements of our community, including the economy, education and wellness. While we understand that ending homelessness in our County is no easy task, it is imperative that we continue our resolve to prevent or reduce homelessness in our county, while providing platforms for the creation and maintenance of affordable housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires biennial homeless counts from communities that receive HUD funding. The county’s incorporated cities and towns and designated non-profit agencies worked in collaboration with the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership to recruit approximately 400 volunteers to count and survey the county’s homeless.

The preliminary findings provide a snapshot of homelessness on any given day and provide a baseline by which progress towards ending homelessness can be measured over the next few years. The nature of homelessness makes an exact count nearly impossible and numbers can vary greatly based on definitions established by funding sources and research methods. Therefore, the count process does not, nor was it intended to, convey the total number of persons experiencing homelessness in San Bernardino County throughout 2016.

In comparison to other homeless counts, such as the count employed for homeless student populations, the method used by school districts is quantified under a separate HUD definition. These differences in definitions and collection methods make for inaccurate comparisons when viewed as counts alone.

More important than the counts and information produced by various surveys is the identification of trends across all populations. It is the trend identification that sets the stage for agencies to design appropriate and well-balanced approaches to addressing the underlying causes of homelessness.

The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership, a collaboration of public and private agencies committed to improving homeless services coordination, uses the findings of the report for future homeless resource development and planning. The findings also help to assess the progress of the San Bernardino County 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness and provide important information for updating the strategy.

Community members who want to become involved in efforts to end homelessness should contact the Department of Behavioral Health, Office of Homeless Services, at (909) 386-8297.

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health strives to create a County where all persons have the opportunity to enjoy optimum wellness. In doing so, the Department of Behavioral Health is supporting the community in achieving the Countywide Vision by ensuring all residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision and the Department of Behavioral Health can be found at www.sbcounty.gov.

Stirling Capital Investments Commences Construction of 447,740-Square-Foot Warehouse

New Facility Now Fully Leased to Two Tenants

Stirling Capital Investments today announced construction has commenced on a 444,740-square-foot industrial facility at Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC), the 2,500-acre commercial and industrial complex entitled for 60 million square feet of development in Victorville.

A 211,000-square-foot pre-lease commitment for the new facility was secured from a national manufacturer which kicked off the project, and the remainder of the facility is now committed to a second multi-national tenant who will utilize the 233,740-square-foot space for regional and national distribution of their products.

The new development underscores Stirling Capital Investments collaboration with local and regional government to establish the Inland Empire’s High Desert as a regional manufacturing hub as well as their continued efforts alongside the City of Victorville to attract top-tier businesses to Southern California Logistics Centre.

“We are thrilled to be constructing another major phase of the redevelopment of the George Air Force Base,” said Brian D. Parno, Chief Operating Officer for Stirling Development. “With occupancy in our three million square feet of existing development exceeding 99 percent, we were poised for another expansion. The emergence of our project as a prime commercial and manufacturing hub will prove to be a huge benefit to the city and High Desert region which will continue to payoff for many years into the future.”

The official site groundbreaking occurred in January and construction of the new facility is currently underway. Full completion and occupancy is anticipated in the fall of this year. The state-of-the-art facility sits on 21.7 acres and includes quality features such as energy efficient LED warehouse lighting with motion sensors, abundant natural daylighting from skylights, cross-dock design, 32-foot clear height, ESFR fire protection, secured full concrete truck courts and ample power.

“When we commenced construction, we immediately witnessed very strong demand for new space. With the full lease up and success of this new facility now secured, we have begun exploring additional development opportunities in order to meet that demand later this year,” added Parno.

“Together with Stirling, we are pleased to see that Victorville’s investment in major public infrastructure programs at the Southern California Logistics Airport is yielding a continued attraction of world-class companies, looking to do business cost effectively and increase local employment opportunities for our residents, said Gloria Garcia, Mayor of the City of Victorville.”

“The County of San Bernardino is pleased to be collaborating with Stirling in the effort to attract manufacturers and higher paying jobs to the High Desert,” said Robert A. Lovingood, Vice Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “We believe that the benefits of our regional labor force and strategic location, combined with the utilities and state-of-the-art real estate solutions provided by Stirling will continue to be major drivers of manufacturers moving into the area.”

Stirling Capital Investments has developed over three million square feet of Class A industrial space at SCLC. Build-to-suit opportunities ranging from 50,000 square feet to over 1,000,000 square feet are readily available with flexibility, expansion, expedited timing and environmentally conscious features in mind. SCLC along with the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) and the

Southern California Rail Complex (SCRC) – which together make up Global Access Victorville – have generated approximately 2,400 of jobs in the region.

Global Access Victorville

Global Access Victorville is home to Boeing, Dr Pepper Snapple, Exel Logistics, Fastenal, FedEx, General Electric, Leading Edge, Newell Rubbermaid, Pacific Aviation Group, Plastipak Packaging, Pratt & Whitney, Red Bull, Sparkletts, Solar City Corporation and United Furniture Industries. Global Access Victorville, the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif., is an 8,500-acre multimodal freight transportation hub supported by air, ground and rail connections. Global Access Victorville is comprised of Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), a 2,500-acre world-class air cargo and aviation facility; Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC), a 2,500-acre commercial and industrial complex entitled for 60 million square feet of development; and Southern California Rail Complex (SCRC), a planned 3,500-acre intermodal and multimodal complex entailing rail-served facilities. Stirling and the City of Victorville have teamed up to redevelop the former George Air Force Base into Global Access Victorville, the largest fully-integrated commercial development in the region, which is anticipated to create more than 24,000 jobs and support another 18,500 jobs in the surrounding area. For more information, visit www.globalaccessvictorville.com.

 

About Stirling Capital Investments

Stirling Capital Investments is a joint venture between Stirling (www.stirlingdevelopment.com), a Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based strategic, full-service, value-added development company specializing in master-planned communities and major land renovations and Denver, Colo.-based DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE: DCT). Stirling is led by partners Dougall Agan and Chris Downey, who have been responsible for more than $3 billion in development activity on large-scale land development projects in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. DCT Industrial Trust Inc., is a leading industrial real estate company specializing in the acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk distribution and light industrial properties located in high-volume distribution markets in the U.S. and Mexico.