November 10, 2020-Ginger Ontiveros, San Bernardino City Unified School District and Uplift San Bernardino-Meeting via Zoom

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Open Meeting

Virtual meeting via ZOOM

Present:   Deborah Barmack, Peter Barmack, Carole Beswick, Christie Cardenas, Mark Cloud, Ken Coate, Sandra Cuellar, Michelle Decker, Kevin Dyerly, Sandra Espadas, Louis Goodwin, Fran Inman, Mark Kaenel, Bill Lemann, P.T. McEwen, Darcy McNaboe, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Ginger Ontiveros, Bansree Parikh, Steve PonTell, Catherine Pritchett, Thomas Rice, Michael Rivera, Dan Schenkel, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff, Phil Southard, Sol Teh, Pete Van Helden, Ray Wolfe and Frank Zabaleta.

Guests:  Juan Herrera, Sheriff John McMahon, George Scott (and his squeaky toy).

Announcements: 1) Kristine Scott & Ray Wolfe reported on the quarterly Ontario Airport Business Roundtable meeting held Monday, November 9, 2020.  The group discussed High Speed Rail, the Metro Station and the Tunnel proposed in Rancho Cucamonga.  Strategies for outreach and advocacy of the economic benefits of the projects are planned for our Federal congressional representatives.  A top priority in the new congressional session will be a request to increase the cap on private activity bonds. The increase is needed for Brightline West to continue the Vegas rail project to Ranch Cucamonga.  The Roundtable will look to clarify if the Federal Aviation Agency or the Federal Transit Agency will be the lead on the tunnel’s environmental clearance.  The group will ask the State in the fall of next year for help to fund a portion of the tunnel.  They hope the tunnel and the private rail from Rancho Cucamonga to Vegas will be operational in 2024 or early 2025. 3)  Hope Through Housing will hold a virtual Gala on Thursday Nov. 12  from 4-5p.m. where they will recognize honorees including So. California Gas.

Louis Goodwin, Chair, presiding.

Motion by R. Wolfe /Second by T. Rice/Passed:  Minutes from November 3, 2020.

Steve PonTell introduced Ginger Ontiveros who serves as the Executive Director of Community Engagement for the San Bernardino City Unified School District and who also guides the Making Hope Happen Foundation as its Executive Director.  She is the driving force behind Uplift San Bernardino.

San Bernardino is home to top tier education institutions and thousands of quality jobs but has among the lowest education and highest poverty levels in the nation. Aligning programs and systems to address the disconnect between opportunity and success will uplift the people who call San Bernardino home.

San Bernardino has much to offer, as the County is the 2nd fastest growing economy in the state and the City of San Bernardino welcomed more new residents than any other sub region in the county with a 6.7% population increase.  Due in part to increased opportunity in logistics & warehousing, the City saw greater employment gains than any other sub region in the County.

Uplift San Bernardino is a multi-sectoral partnership around shared goals and interventions which is characterized by a shift in responsibility from individual organizations to entire systems.  The group established two years ago, is made up of 100 volunteers from all sectors (government, educators, business, faith-based groups, parents and students) who are focused on the future to build a generation of successful adults committed to growing roots in San Bernardino.  The programs’ success will create more graduates from local colleges who will get jobs here, climb career ladders within the local markets, own local businesses and buy homes in San Bernardino.

Funding has been secured from numerous sources that include Dignity Health, Bank of America, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., US Bank and The James Irvine Foundation in order to:

  • Help nonprofit developers to build more than 50 new single-family homes
  • Support housing developments
  • Increase community outreach

The group has identified a lack of local education and professional networks blocking upward mobility for residents.  Additionally, our young talent is leaving to find success elsewhere unaware that good options exist for them here.

Their collective impact actions include:

  • Convene leadership work groups to change systems & polices
  • Effectively inspire community voice & engagement to inform better decisions & increase access to opportunities especially for youth
  • Create shared understanding of issues & opportunities based on research & data
  • Unlock resources for aligned programs of promise
  • Mobilize people and resources to fill in gaps identified between systems
  • Promote accountability through a transparent history of our decisions, progress, & learning

The following actions are suggested to support the project:

  • Collectively advocate at state & federal level to build awareness and support for Uplift San Bernardino work.
  • Offer a virtual internship for a high school student this Spring
  • Connect your organization’s human resources leader with the Uplift SB Human Resource Council
  • Jump into any Uplift San Bernardino working group.

For more information please go to and

A Q & A period followed.
Meeting adjourned at 8:59 a.m.