San Bernardino County panel names new chairman, vice chairman

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board has announced that John Gibson and Phil Cothran have been elected as its new chairman and vice chairman, respectively. Gibson and Cothran were nominated by a committee of the Workforce Investment Board and elected to their positions by the full board.
Gibson, on the Workforce Investment Board for four years, is a 20-year veteran of the accounting and finance industry. Cothran, a past chairman of the board and a board member for 10 years, owns Cothran State Farm Insurance in Fontana.

Free income tax-preparation available through Cal State San Bernardino

Area residents who earned less than $60,000 last year and elderly and disabled locals are all eligible for free income-tax preparation again this year, thanks to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Cal State San Bernardino. The 2009 program runs through April 11 at various locations.
Free tax assistance will be available:
  • From 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through March 18 on the fourth floor of the university’s Jack Brown Hall.
  • From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through April 10 at the Mentone Senior Center and Library, 1331 Opal Ave., except Feb. 13.
  • From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through April 11 at the Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. Sixth St., San Bernardino, except Feb. 13.
  • From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through April 11, except Feb. 14, at Goodwill Industries Clearance Center, 8120 Palm Ave., San Bernardino; Fontana Boys and Girls Club, 7723 Almeria Ave.; and the Northtown Community Center, 10071 Feron Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga.
Information: (909) 537-3992 or

Cal Poly Pomona alum joins HMC Architects in Ontario

Cal Poly Pomona alumnus Daniel Benner has joined HMC Architects as a principal in the firm’s Ontario office. According to a news release, Benner’s experience includes more than 25 school-district clients throughout the state, the 60,000-capacity Glen Helen Regional Park amphitheatre in Devore and Wilma Amina Carter High School in Rialto.
At HMC, Benner will continue to focus on schools and civic projects.

Temecula Valley Bancorp releases earnings for 2008

Temecula Valley Bancorp Inc., which operates Temecula Valley Bank locations across the region, including Corona and Ontario, recently reported a net loss of $11.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2008, driven primarily by a $23.7 million provision for loan losses, compared with a net loss of $3.6 million in the immediate prior quarter and a net income of $3.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.
For all of 2008, following a $38.8 million provision for loan losses, the company’s net loss totaled $16 million compared with earnings of $15.1 million for 2007.
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Ontario college’s board of directors OKs new president

J. Derek Halvorson has been appointed president of Providence Christian College in Ontario, effective July 1. The board of directors unanimously approved the appointment of Halvorson, currently regional director of development for Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga. He will succeed Jim Den Ouden, who is retiring after being president of Providence since June 2004.

Ontario executive to head real-estate association

Douglas C. Earnhart, senior vice president in the Ontario office of Lee & Associates and a 25-year veteran of commercial real estate sales, has been elected 2009 president of the AIR Commercial Real Estate Association. Earnhart succeeds Bart Reinhard of CB Richard Ellis.
Earnhart has been an AIR member since 1989 and is also involved in a number of other organizations, including the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, the Economic Development Strategy Committee of Chino, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Area bank to present seminar for small-business owners in Ontario

Ontario and Community Bank‘s Ontario office are partnering to present a small-business finance seminar, “Combating the Credit Crunch in 2009,” which will focus on survival strategies for Inland Empire small business owners. The seminar is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way. Cost: $20 if preregistered, $25 at the door. Parking is free.
The three-hour event is designed to teach business owners techniques to improve their chances of obtaining financing in the midst of the current credit crunch. Attendees will be taught hands-on skills as well as have opportunities to meet bankers and “alternative lenders.” Information: (909) 937-8529

Employment laws to be focus of workshop planned in Colton

The San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone will host a workshop on employment laws from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Gonzales Center, 670 Colton Ave., Colton.
According to a news release, “The workshop will provide an update and a better understanding of the existing and new employment labor laws, which employers are responsible for understanding and complying with.”
The event is sponsored by the Inland Valley Development Agency, Colton, San Bernardino Economic Development Agency and the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency. Reservations are required by Feb. 20. Reservations and information: (909) 382-4100, ext. 230, or e-mail

Chino Valley chamber plans 13th annual tasting event

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce‘s 13th annual Taste of the Chino Valley is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. March 2 at the newly opened Chaffey College Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Ave. Last year’s event attracted between 800 and 1,000 people. Sponsorships are still available. Tickets are on sale at the chamber office. Cost: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: (909) 627-6177
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