Monthly Archives: January 2012

Fontana Roots

 The City of Fontana

Fontana Steel Mill

 

The City of Fontana was incorporated on June 25, 1952. The City and its Sphere of Influence (SOI) encompass an area of approximately 52.4 square miles and contain a population of approximately 188,498 people. It is located in San Bernardino County, approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Due to its geographic location, the City is identified as “…the crossroads of the Inland Empire” (Fontana Chamber of Commerce, 2008).

How Fontana Began
Fontana began as an agricultural community in 1913 and became a thriving industrial town by 1942 due to the opening of the Kaiser Steel Mill on the outskirts of town. Kaiser Steel remained a primary source of employment and revenue until 1984 when it ceased operation.

Since then, the City has continued to grow rapidly due to several factors, including: 

  • Development of Kaiser Permanente Hospital (one of the largest medical facilities in the region)
  • Unparalleled population growth stimulating major residential, commercial, and industrial development

Fontana Today
Since the year 2000, Fontana has been one of the fastest growing cities in Southern California (Los Angeles Times, 2003). In 2008, after reviewing data from the United States Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the American Bar Association, Best Life magazine deemed Fontana the 24th best place to raise a family in the United States.

Of the first 100 cities chosen by Best Life as outstanding family-oriented communities, Fontana was the fifth best place to raise a family in the State of California.

Prince Fielder is my Guy! 214 million with Detroit

Prince Fielder is truly one of My Guyz of all my guyz!! I love what he represent for the sport. I think black players are still a scarcity to this day and there talent doesnt go as far mentioned as others, especially as superstars and Prince Is every bit of superstar in his league.  This is undeniable now in his signing this week of 214 million dollars for 9 years.  Im super proud of him for cashing in where he belongs and also doing it in such a legendary fashion playing in Detroit as his father did despite their relationship difference. Prince is a BIG MAN! and I appreciate what he does for the sport! Prince has been nothing but consistant Power and clutch since 2006 hitting 30 + homers in every season since then with a batting average

Prince Fielder by the numbers

Fielder, 27, hit .299/.415/.566 with 38 homers, 120 RBI, 95 runs and 36 doubles last season for the NL Central champion Brewers. He finished third in MVP voting and also took home the All-Star Game MVP. Though Fielder is a large man, he is as durable as they come. He hasn’t played in less than 157 games in a season since becoming a regular. He played in all 162 last season, following up seasons where he appeared in 161 and 162 games, respectively.

Prince Fielder finished third in the NL MVP voting last season; it’s his third top-four finish in the past five seasons. Here’s a look at Fielder’s career regular-season stats with the Brewers:

YR G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OB% SLG
2005 39 59 2 17 4 2 10 2 17 .288 .306 .458
2006 157 569 82 154 35 28 81 59 125 .271 .347 .483
2007 158 573 109 165 35 50 119 90 121 .288 .395 .618
2008 159 588 86 162 30 34 102 84 134 .276 .372 .507
2009 162 591 103 177 35 46 141 110 138 .299 .412 .602
2010 161 578 94 151 25 32 83 114 138 .261 .401 .471
2011 162 569 95 170 36 38 120 107 106 .299 .415 .566
TOT 998 3527 571 996 200 230 656 566 779 .282 .390 .540

the Gritz on… “Writing”

I think writing is a skill. I think like any other skill it must be developed.  My first college English course has given me an appreciation for writing as a profession as well. My English professor took his work and his profession very seriously and even personally. I appreciated his discipline. Now for my self I have also began to intensify my writing , both as skill and a profession.

But What I would like to convey of writing is the FREEDOM of it. Writing’s only cost is time. I believe I am falling i Love with the time I spend with writing. I feel like writing nurtures all of my selfishness and caters to me completely. And I love it. Its like having a completely understand and unbias friend.  Writing has been my best friendship in the last year of blogging. Writing is a great contribution to my hold on sanity.  I feel my relationships have suffered with craziness– My relationship with writing however has grown with it.

Through writing I think I’ve grown trust in friends, lovers, business , and trust in MYSELF. Writing allows you to be completely honest and transparent to the fullest of your ability. And I love IT! I LOVE WRITING. I am in love with writing! It may be absolutely crazy to converse with yourself, but to write to yourself I so peaceable and distinguished.

Writing has enabled me to have a Loving relationship with MYSELF. I am able to counsel, console, and control myself all without a single condemn. I am free to be all of me. I am able to understand me.  and I am able to Love me. As a writer, I am my favorite writer. Through writing I allow myself to be my own bestfriend and It truly sets my spirit free! I feel paradise and freedom when I write I never want to stop. I want to grow it.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert

3 people shot in a San Bernardino

3 people shot in a San Bernardino

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Three people wounded in a San Bernardino shooting Wednesday are expected to survive their wounds, police said today.

Police came to a large apartment complex in the 2100 block of West Chestnut Avenue at 6:48 p.m. and found a 32-year-old woman and two men – ages 27 and 33 – wounded by gunfire. Police said the shooting occurred in the pool area of the complex.

Paramedics took the victims to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton where the woman and 27-year-old man underwent surgery.

The shooter is in his mid 20s, 6-feet-tall, 170 pounds and has a fade haircut. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

 

Singing legend Etta James dies at 73

Singing legend Etta James dies at 73

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Etta James, whose assertive, earthy voice lit up such hits

as “The Wallflower,” “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and the wedding favorite “At Last,” has died, according to her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon. She was 73.

She died from complications from leukemia with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, De Leon said.She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C. James died at a hospital in Riverside, California. She would have turned 74 Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry

Papa Joe dies at 85

Paterno legacy damaged by scandal, but not erased

Dan Wetzel

By Dan Wetzel,

    Truly great leaders are measured by the lives they reached, the people they motivated and the legacy of their lesson that can extend for years to come, like ripples from a skipped stone across an endless lake.

For Joe Paterno, the impact is incalculable, the people he connected with extending far beyond the players he coached for 62 years at Penn State, the last 46 as head football coach. Paterno always tried to be the giant who walked among the everyman both in the school’s greatest moments and, it turns out, in its worst.

Joe Paterno died Sunday at a State College, Pa., hospital. He was 85.
(AP)

This is a complicated passing. What was once the most consistent and basic of messages – honor, ethics and education – seemingly lived out as close to its ideal as possible was rocked Nov. 5, 2011, when a grand jury indicted Paterno’s former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, of multiple counts of sexual abuse of children.

Many, including Penn State’s Board of Trustees, believed Paterno could have and should have done more to stop Sandusky, especially after allegations of misconduct arose in 2002. Within days Paterno was fired from the program and school to which he’d become synonymous.

Now, a little more than two months later, he’s gone for good, a bitter, brutal ending for an American original.

He was the winningest college football coach of all time, compiling a 409-136-3 record. He won national titles in 1982 and 1986 and recorded four other undefeated seasons, including consecutively in 1968 and 1969.

He was a bridge from a simpler time to the cutthroat business college football has become, somehow serving as both a progressive force (he believed in players’ rights, a playoff system and welcomed advancements in television) and a stubborn traditionalist (the Penn State uniforms remained basic, he never learned how to send a text message and he still used old-school discipline).

ayo P!!?…..christian Pierre Jury

My “cousin” Pierre is really a cool m’fukka! On top of that homie is brilliant! I think his cool comes from his brilliance.  “P” been one of my favorite customers at the barber shop for about 5 or 6 years now. I really feel that my progress in life is directly related to the loving kindness that people have shown for me. And such is the case with Pierre and my schooling.

I was REEEAAALLLY having a hard time in College. I felt all by myself, lost, confused, slow, and really was having difficulty relating to anybody in any class from teachers to students, To the point nobody would talk to me  (especially girls).  So this last semester P made sure I got my class the correct amount of units and we ended up taking an English and theatre class together.

I think this semester with P may have been truly pivotal in the pursuit of my associates degree in Business. Im an excellent business mind but a terrible general ed student. I’m brash and somewhat confrontational with teachers and anybody that has an oppinion on my work lol. P had to pull my brakes off a professor a couple times and Im glad he did. lol. I really appreciated being able to adapt his approach to school, class, teachers, students, people, and everything in regards to college from homework to quizes to extra credit. And if I did’nt say it already his perspective is cool as fuck. Like Supper COOOL. lol. He doesnt worry about a fuckin thing ever. He takes care of the things that he knows he is responsible for to the fullest of his capablity and doesnt worry about anything after that. I thought that was dope. I dont know how manny years older I am than he,  but P, is my BIG HOMIE!

I think my ability to deffer to better judgment is excellent quality I exercise regularly. Im very smart,Im very Cool. but theres always someone Smarter, Theres always someone cooler. P is Him.  and I just want to express to my guy the fullest of my appreciation for his friendship, guidance, and example of person he is.  Im extremely proud of the person that I’ve watched him grow to be and I wish him all the best in his direction.

congrats to mY Guy – Barry Larkin (HALL OF FAMER)

I Love Players that play the WHOLE GAME! Baseball is missing these type of guyz.  My Guy Barry Larkin is the Epitome of those “WHOLE GAME” type of guyz. So im extremely excited to see such a deserving Man and stand-up ball player inducted into the Baseball HALL OF FAME!!!

Reblog-  In his third year on the ballot, Larkin received 86 percent of the vote Monday – nearly 20 percent more than second-place finisher Jack Morris – and easily surpassed the 75 percent required to be elected to Cooperstown. Larkin received 62.1 percent of the vote last year and 51.6 in 2010.

Larkin joins Johnny Bench and Bid McPhee as Hall of Famers who spent their entire career with Reds.

• Video: Larkin interviews
Barry Larkin quiz

Larkin wants to include his hometown in his big moment.

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By Tyrant Business Management and Promotional Marketing Services for Tyrant Business Groupings

Cynthia Leticia Castenada-Howard

 

this is my momma she raised me. Sorry Ladies I’m taken. We go through some crazy things but mainly just me. Cynthia is as wonderful as anybody would let her. This is truly my best friend ever. As a man I know the importance of telling his woman this, and I still feel behind on this. Ive been a very dangerous guy at times, and Cindy has always been the WOLF tamer!  I naturally wanna be cool around her. Alot of my foolishness has even in been trying to impress her. Since we was Kids shes always been such a lady and so sophisticated. I Liked that fast! lol. but she made me win her pleasantry like a lady would. So still to this day.I love Ladies. lol. But Its because my momma taught me. Cindy is my lover, my friend, my best friend, and my Good!

 

So Thats still the theme of things. I be tryna Impress her and take care of her. Love her and show here.

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Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz”

my External

My name is Mark Anthony Howard. my business and nickname is”Grits” Im a 27 year old STRUGGLING Black American entrepreneur  and author by way of Riverside C.A.  Im in my second semester as Student/ Athlete  at RIverside City College studying Business Administration with a concentration in management. I have Four year old Son (Na’Sham Anthony Howard) whom I had with my bestfriend and lady C.C.  I have been self employed as a CA licensed barber for 8 years  and as a Deejay since i was 16.  I own my own lil shop “The Batcav3” formerly inside Humidor Clothing boutique in the Riverside Plaza now located in San Bernardino.  Im heavily focused on establishing myself as a young business empire through the cultivation of my business Aspirations. Tyrant  Business Groupings.

I am currently  seeking publishing for my first book The ABC’s of a Black Man’s Principles (which I believe is a home run in my first at bat ) as well as pursuing contracts for my” Tyrant Business Management and Promotional Marketing Services.” I am also speaking to investors of the Funding for  Tyrant Youth Organization and my indoor batting cage, “The Hitters Count.”  I have business planned to grand open a facility and be in full business operation within  a year to 2 years in February.   In 2010 I also Self Constructed my own recording label TYRANT LABEL RECORDINGS, a True Independent,Riverside CA sole proprietorship. http://tyrantLabelrecordings.com And still working on releasing my first musical project The Dj Gritz “Self Employed” as the first Artist on the Label. http://theGritz.blogspot.com

my internal

I Personally Derive from Deep Unsurity and Insecurity and believe that i have developed and nurtured my own perspectives and principles into harsh convictions in order to compensate and become of balance within MYSELF. I am a avid seeker of SPIRITUAL truth and believe myself to be on some narrow path of it. I believe myself to a purposeful sort and I work internally within my thoughts daily to cultivate this belief.I think that My God’s blessings of me come through my efforts and not through any entitlement. I Believe my Knowledge of God to be Only true provision made for me in my lifetime.

my perspective

At the depths of my heart I think Everything is perspective! and as well I believe Perspective is Everything. Everything stems and construes from each’s own perspective. that being said My perspective is a SELFISH one. I believe that life should be a progressive pursuit of ones ultimate self through growth of perspective as it is applicable to you!!

so as one would read my blog I ask them to consider each is from MY perspective and is simply my own attempts to clarify within MYSELF my own steps toward My own Personal growth through My Own Personal Experience. I pray you read something RELATIVE to YOURSELF

-The Gritz

please push like on my facebook page and say whats up. http://www.facebook.com/theGritz

THe Gritz On…. “Love Lost”

I dont think “REAL” Love can Be  lost. I think you figure out it wasnt real.  This is my perspective. Real Is always real and not subject to conditions or situational. If you truly love a person you love what you Believe is authentic substance of that person. If Love is real and These thing that you believe are actual,  there is No Love Lost Ever. ReAL Love is a CONSTANT  and therefore can Never Be LOST.  If its Real Love its always Real LOve and if its forged or unauthenic it will definitely always dilute .

real shit always real and fake shit always play out. It either is or it aint.

 

I tried for short , direct and clear, does that make sense? what do you think of Love Lost?

New Category “The Gritz On…”

okay check me out Im starting a New Category. Since all my Post that consistent of my opionion are in regards to myself,  thought that Id open  MYSELF up a lil bit. Lol. So check me out my new category is “THE GRITZ ON” ….(exp. “Woman”). can u digg that? haha I hope somebody enjoys it. lol

Torre resigns to explore bid to buy Dodgers

Torre resigns to explore bid to buy Dodgers

By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com

LOS ANGELES — Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre has resigned his position as executive vice president for baseball operations of Major League Baseball to pursue a purchase of the club, MLB announced on Wednesday.

Torre will join prominent Los Angeles shopping center developer Rick Caruso, the president and CEO of Caruso Affiliated. A possible Caruso/Torre partnership was first reported by The New York Times in November.

“I have great confidence in Rick Caruso’s unique qualifications and his ability to lead a successful bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Torre said in a statement. “In Rick I found a partner who understands consumers and fully appreciates that the Dodgers are a treasured L.A. institution. Since moving to Los Angeles, I have seen firsthand Rick’s dedication to business and people in Los Angeles. I am very excited about this new opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry

Oh yeah! Happy New Year!!

I kind of got caught up in celebrating to forgot to say happy New Year to everybody.  I wish everybody a Happy New Year and encourage you to better yourself in whatever way you feel. The new year is great for a reset, refresh, and clean slate. I encourage my friends to use Last year as a template.  Remove your mistakes and duplicate your successes and you’ll have a great year! Much LOve.

Gritty

the Homie “JG”

Im supposed to be sleep and shit but I feel like this blog is way overdue. I really need to write about my boy JG. James is truly my favorite dude right now. We been kickin it and talkin about business for the last month real tough but I been knowing homie since I was 9 or 10. We first met In  the Little league championships in Fontana. James was on the yankees I was on the Mets. We ended up losing to James team and been a Yankee hater ever since.  We ended up on the Same Pony League Cardinals team with my favorite coach Fat Gil. I always knew how good a Ball player James was but this where I first came to see why and this where My respect for my guy originates. Read the rest of this entry