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The “Real San Bernardino” Bus Tour: Reviving an All-American City

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
8:00am - 5:30pm PDT
Los Angeles Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $0.00
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The Funders Alliance of San Bernardino & Riverside Counties and SCG invite you to The “Real San Bernardino” Bus Tour to see, hear, and feel the reality of leaders, residents, and organizations in the City of San Bernardino, and the larger Inland Empire.

Not long ago, San Bernardino was an All-American city with prosperous people and a robust civic infrastructure. Yet even before the Great Recession, San Bernardino was struggling with public safety issues and high unemployment. The Recession tipped the city into bankruptcy and one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. In December 2015, San Bernardino became infamous worldwide as the site of one of the worst terrorist attacks in American history.

How did this decline happen? What economic and political decisions were made that led to this outcome? The tour will help answer these questions and outline the extent of San Bernardino’s challenges.

Our tour will also introduce you to the courageous, committed nonprofit and civic leaders who are confronting and overcoming health, education, and safety net issues impacting quality of life. These leaders are San Bernardino’s core assets who are starting and revitalizing organizations and institutions. And they are doing so with significantly less philanthropic support than in neighboring cities.

We will hear from:


The tour is an essential learning opportunity for grantmakers who currently fund or are interested in funding in San Bernardino or Inland Southern California!

About the Bus Tour

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8:00 – 9:30 am Gathering and travel between Los Angeles & San Bernardino
9:30 – 4:00 pm Bus tour and programming within City of San Bernardino
4:00 – 5:30 pm Gathering and travel between Los Angeles & San Bernardino

Coffee/pastries and lunch will be provided. Traffic on the way back to L.A. can vary widely so please be prepared for the possibility of arriving back at Union Station later than 5:30 pm.

We highly encourage all participants to meet at the L.A. Union Station. However, if you are unable to meet at the L.A. Union Station, please first register online and then contact Bethanie Milteer at [email protected] to inform her that you will drive yourself to the first Inland Empire stop. (Please note that by doing so you’ll miss the briefing on the bus trip to the region
and back to LA.)

No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG members and grantmakers eligible for SCG membership.

SCG members: Register online (you must log in to your SCG account to register).
Non-members: Email Bethanie Milteer at [email protected].


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