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A new study from the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform finds that every gun homicide in San Bernardino costs taxpayers 2.3 million dollars. 

David Muhammad, executive director of the NICJR, says that while the human toll of gun violence is the costliest, each gun homicide also has a significant financial burden on the taxpayers of the city of San Bernardino.

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Lillian Vasquez speaks with two First 5 Executive Directors, Karen Scott who represents San Bernardino and Tammi Graham representing Riverside. They discuss how their work helps connect families to crucial programs across our region.

For more information about First 5 San Bernardino, visit

For more information about First 5 Riverside, visit

April 9: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Apr 9, 2020

This week on Lifestyles, Lillian speaks with actor, director, singer, and entrepreneur Anson Williams. Anson play Potsie Weber on Happy Days. He talks about his time on the popular television series and the product he created to help people stay alert while driving.

For more information about Anson Williams and Alert Drops, visit

Coronavirus Interview: Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes

Apr 9, 2020

During this time of crisis, KVCR has been interviewing local elected officials about the coronavirus. We continue that series now through an interview with Assemblywoman Eloise Reyes, who represents San Bernardino, Fontana, Colton, and other Inland Empire cities. 

To assist Empire KVCR News with local information connected to the coronavirus pandemic, former Press Enterprise columnist and longtime KVCR News contributor Cassie MacDuff has been connecting with local mayors to ask what they're doing to protect residents and help slow the spread of the virus. Yesterday we began with Riverside and today we move to San Bernardino. 

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San Bernardino residents and activists participated in the Global Climate Strike 2019, calling on e-commerce company and warehouse operator Amazon to decrease their environmental impact. We’ll hear from one of the students involved in this report from KVCR’s Benjamin Purper.

On September 20th, teenagers and adults in San Bernardino joined millions of people across the world in the Global Climate Strike 2019.

The city of San Bernardino has approved pay raises for the police officials and the city manager. 

The city approved 3.5% pay raises for police personnel and City Manager Teri Ledoux.

Last month, Ledoux received a $50,000 raise to move from assistant city manager to city manager for the next 18 months.

With this raise in effect, she is now expected to earn about $270,000 per year.

The new city police chief, who has yet to be appointed after Jarrod Burguan retired earlier this month, will make about $256,000 annually.

In Part 1 of our occasional series on the long-established culture of gang violence in the city of San Bernardino, KVCR's Trisha Ahmed speaks with a couple of locals who live amid the violence - and have some spot-on insight into how it's perpetuated.

Eight people were shot in the courtyard of a San Bernardino apartment complex on Sunday, August 2nd.  Police are frustrated with the challenge of finding cooperative witnesses.  KVCR's Trisha Ahmed investigates why witnesses say they're choosing not to report information to the police.  And a note:  the voice of the person interviewed in the following story has been altered to protect his identity.

Police in San Bernardino say they're frustrated by a lack of cooperation among vicgtims and other witnesses to a shooting incident Sunday night that sent eight people to the hospital, including a 17-year-old youth who is in critical condition.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.



8 people were shot - 2 are hospitalized in extremely serious condtion - in what's described as a gunfight in a northeast San Bernardino neighborhood late last night (Sunday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

All lanes of the eastbound 210 freeway where it intersects the 215 freeway in San Bernardino were closed for hours this morning (Friday) while authorities investigated a suspected shooting that resulted in the crash of a motorcycle and the death of one person and critical injuries to another.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


After first resisting, and then engaging in some bureaucratic foot-dragging, the City of San Bernardino will follow the mandate of city voters and finally begin to process applications for commercial cannabis businesses to operate in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


The city of San Bernardino is auctioning off items from the now-closed Carousel Mall - including the carousel itself.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

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Members of the community joined law enforcement and school district officials to try to sooth tensions and calm frayed nerves following the shooting deaths of two adults and a child in front of a classroom full of children at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino yesterday.  NPR's Korva Coleman introduces this report from Danielle Karson.

New U.S. Census figures released this month show California still has the highest rate of poverty in the nation.  Just over 15 percent of Californians lived in poverty in 2015, which is down from the previous year.  But social service advocates say the poverty rate is still too high, and is particularly pervasive in places like  San Bernardino.  The California Report's John Sepulvado spoke with Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget & Policy Center about what life is like for a poor family in San Bernardino and other centers of poverty in the state.

SB Shooter’s Insurance Money Held By Court

Aug 10, 2016

A federal judge decided life insurance policies taken out by one of the shooters in the December 2nd attack on San Bernardino are not going to be paid out to the listed beneficiaries. KVCR’s Matt Guilhem has more on the recent ruling.

San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan became the face of the city in the aftermath of the December 2nd terror attack.  His measured, no-nonsense updates provided reassurance throughout the chaotic developments in the days following the violence. In the first part of his interview with KVCR's Matt Guilhem, the city's top cop reflects on the shooting and current status of the department.

Rick Dulock speaks with Chris Clarke about the George F. Beattie Planetarium at San Bernardino Valley College. David Fleming speaks with Jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke about the 2010 release called “The Stanley Clark Band.” Mindi McNeil speaks with Carol Newkirk, president of the Cultural Alliance in Banning. 

Bondholder Sues San Bernardino

Jan 9, 2015

There is a significant complication in the City of San Bernardino's ongoing effort to emerge from bankruptcy. A European corporation that holds 50 million dollars in San Bernardino bonds has filed a lawsuit for full repayment. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on how this could effect the city's bankruptcy case.

Every year before the 4th of July, many non-profit organizations in the Inland Empire set up local fireworks stands.  The sale of fireworks can provide a substantial portion of non-profits' annual budgets.  But now, one of the IE's biggest cities -- San Bernardino -- is considering banning fireworks for public safety reasons.  If enacted, the ban could significantly cut into those non-profits' fundraising efforts.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

The San Bernardino City Council will become more involved than it has been in crafting an official plan to emerge from bankruptcy before the plan must be submitted to the Federal Bankruptcy Court on May 30.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains that the public will also be asked to help San Bernardino plan for recovery.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the week's major IE news stories, including:

-Riverside wins redevelopment settlement in court;

-Riverside loses court effort to keep medical marijuana initiative off of city ballot, and;

-Divisive politics returns to San Bernardino City Hall.

Loma Linda Breaks Ground on San Bernardino Campus

Dec 10, 2014

Loma Linda University Health begins construction of a big, new, health care campus in downtown San Bernardino today.  The facility is seen as a big economic opportunity for the bankrupt city.  KVCR''s Matt Guilhem reports.

A year after San Bernardino voters thought they had elected a new, more collaborative set of officials to City Hall, some backbiting and mudslinging has returned to San Bernardino city government.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

Former two-term San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles has scored many firsts in her long and distinguished career in education and politics.  Valles was the first Latina to serve as a dean and then vice-president of San Bernardino Valley College.  She then became the first Latino women to head any college or university in California, when she became President of Golden West College in Huntington Beach.  And, Valles was the first Latina to serve as mayor of a big city in California.  Now retired but still active in the community, Valles credits part of her professional success to small pearls o

Can San Bernardino Meet It's Bankrutpcy Deadline?

Dec 2, 2014

A federal bankruptcy judge has given San Bernardino until May 30, 2015, to present a legal, viable plan to emerge from bankruptcy.  Meeting that deadline could be difficult, as the city and its public safety unions still don't have an agreement on what the bankruptcy plan will

include.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem looks into what happens if the city meets its deadline... and what might happen if it doesn't.

Why San Bernardino's Bankruptcy Drags On and On...

Dec 1, 2014

Detroit is bouncing back from bankruptcy, and Stockton is making good progress, but the City of San Bernardino's bankruptcy languishes.  The bankruptcy judge has set a deadline for city leaders to present its plan to emerge from bankruptcy, but the city and its public safety unions are still at a stalemate over restructuring pay, benefits, and pensions.  Can San Bernardino come up with a plan before it's May 30 deadline?  And what happens if it doesn't?  Matt Guilhem presents Part 1 of a multi-part series examining San Bernardino's bogged-down bankruptcy.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the IE's top news stories of the past week, including:

-Corona drone manufacturing firm gets burglarized, and;

-Judge sets deadline for San Bernardino bankruptcy plan.

On November 4th, San Bernardino voters rejected Measure Q: a proposal to change the way public safety pay in the city is determined. With its defeat, San Berardino -- which is bankrupt -- continues to be beholden to a section in its city charter that results in yearly raises for police and fire employees. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports that fire officials are aware of the financial toll they take on the city but believe they aren't the problem.