Vision2Read Literacy Awareness Campaign

We are so excited to be part of this important literacy awareness campaign. Vision2Read is a year-long campaign designed to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy programs – whether they need help or are able to help.  We are partnering with Westbound Communications to bring this program to the community. Stay tuned for more updates!

Here’s more from San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

About 60 percent of San Bernardino County third graders are not proficient in reading, scoring lower than their peers in neighboring Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties on the 2013 California Standards Test. Reading at grade level by the third grade is one of the greatest predictors of children’s success in school, their likelihood of going to college, and their future earning potential, according to a 2010 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

“Vision2Read is an opportunity for all sectors and members of the San Bernardino County community to engage and take action to support literacy and the success of every child from cradle to career,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Literacy has a profound impact on several elements of the Vision we have for our county, including jobs and the economy, public safety, education, and wellness.”

The Vision2Read campaign kicks off with a Saturday, Sept. 19 Family Reading Rally held by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools at Cal State University San Bernardino. More than 5,000 children and their families are expected to attend the Reading Rally from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in interactive workshops, learn about the importance of reading and obtain free books.

Throughout the year, will serve as a reading and literacy portal to include literacy facts, resources and services, event information and volunteer opportunities in partnership with the United Ways of San Bernardino County and its 2-1-1 San Bernardino County and HandsOn Inland Empire programs. The web site will go live next week.

All of San Bernardino County is encouraged to get involved in Vision2Read to help raise the bar for literacy in our community and advance our efforts to achieve the Countywide Vision, adopted in June 2011 by the Board of Supervisors and the San Bernardino Associated Governments Board of Directors, which includes the County Board members and a mayor or council member from each of the county’s 24 cities and towns.

Vision2Read helps achieve both regional goals of the Countywide Vision – supporting the success of every child from cradle to career and establishing the county as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business-friendly.


Getting Ready for ICSC RECon- Making News

We’ve been hard at work developing new story ideas and articles for clients in preparation for the upcoming ICSC RECon in Las Vegas. This conference is a one-of-a-kind deal generating machine and our focus is to help set these firms up for success as they build new business opportunities. Here’s a few story clips to give you an idea of the strong pre-show work we’ve been doing:

Rick Chichester, CEO/President, Faris Lee Investments in

Kelly Reenders, Economic Development Agency Administrator, County of San Bernardino

Majestic Realty featured in




Once again NAIOP SOCal worked in partnership with the Los Angeles Business Journal to develop a unique supplement for the chapter. We love working on this project as it helps to promote the good work and value of NAIOP SoCal.

We invite you to take a look  – Our team handles copywriting, editing and coordination in terms of story development.

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San Bernardino County Presents its Vision and Compelling Story

On February 26, 2014, close to 1,100 business, community and government leaders joined together at Citizens Business Bank in Ontario to hear the annual State of the County presented by San Bernardino County.

The evening featured a keynote presentation by San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford. Her presentation began with an overview of the County through the “numbers.” She highlighted facts such as with the opening of the new Adelanto Detention Facility, the County runs the 7th largest jail operation in the US and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s emergency room handled 115,000 visits in 2013 making it one of the busiest ERs in California.

Her remarks touched on the collaborative work occurring across the County. For example, she cited the success of the water agencies working together to ensure the region has a clear future when it comes to water resources. Rutherford also noted that community agencies are working more proactively to encourage best practices and excellence for non-profit agencies.

She also challenged the audience to think bigger than merely encouraging local youth to get a good job, noting that “good” simply isn’t enough to grow the region and sustain the future of the County’s young people. She implored the audience to do its part to bring about a new era of entrepreneurship in the County, citing a rich legacy of entrepreneurship here through people such as Jack Dangermond of esri, Jack Brown of Stater Bros, and the Lewis family.

“We have high-performing departments and staff all over County. We are going to work as efficiently and productively with the resources you give us….we will make sure your government is acting as responsibly and reliably as possible so you can be better  at what you do,” Rutherford said.

The Chair’s remarks were followed by a video featuring interviews with business and local leaders from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Alere Property Group, Trident Case, Lollicup USA, and  Colton Joint Unified School District.

The evening’s presentation closed with a poem crafted by David Bowden, a spoken word poet, who performed live on stage, saying, “ You seed, You soil, You water, You elements of life, Plant here in this county, And together we will thrive.”

Along with the main presentation, the State of the County featured a networking session further encouraging collaboration and connections.

View the video here.



RetailTV: Meet the Newsmakers!

If you aren’t on the mailing list to receive the monthly interview segments featuring a new retail industry expert – we encourage you to take a look at to see the latest segments and sign up. Next up in February is Gary Swon of Royal Bank of Scotland. This ongoing series, developed by Faris Lee Investments, has featured industry leaders from PASSCO, Donahue Schriber, MPA, Shea Properties, among others. Each segment gives a quick take on what that individual and company is planning and how they perceive market opportunity. Check it out!

In the News: The Triangle

Have you had a chance to visit the “new” Triangle in Costa Mesa? There’s now a great new collection of restaurants and destinations: Saddle Ranch, El Corazon, Olive Branch/Black Knight plus some popular standards – Sutra and Yard House. See what Greenlaw Partners has done to redefine entertainment for Costa Mesa – BTW – A new very cool bowling tavern is next on the list to open!

OC Register feature. Click Here.

Bask Magazine feature. Click Here.

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