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CSUSB music professor discusses being named principal guest conductor of San Bernardino Symphony and all things musical
March 26, 2022

In Episode 203 of KVCR's Musically Speaking, Margaret Worsley catches up with newly named principal guest conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony, Lesley Leighton. In addition to conducting the Los Robles Master Chorale since 2008, Leighton is an assistant professor of music at CSUSB and a busy session singer with more than 100 movie credits. She'll lead the LR Master Chorale in their next concert on May 14 as well as portions of the SB Symphony's America the Beautiful outdoor concert July 2 at San Bernardino Valley College.

Listen to the interview at “Episode 203 features the Principal Guest Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra - Lesley Leighton.”

CSUSB criminal justice lecturer appointed to Riverside County Superior Court bench
Sierra Sun Times
March 26, 2022

An article on judicial appointments by California Gov. Gavin Newsom reported that

Manuel Bustamante Jr., a lecturer in CSUSB’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Palm Desert Campus, has been named to the Riverside Superior Court as a judge.

Bustamante, an adjunct faculty member since 2009, has been a trial attorney at the Walter Clark Legal Group since 2019. He served as a deputy district attorney at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2019. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law. Bustamante fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David A. Gunn. He is a Democrat.

Read the complete article at “Governor Gavin Newsom announces judicial appointments, including the first openly transgender judge appointed to the bench in California.”

CSUSB center’s research on anti-Asian hate crimes cited in news report
March 26, 2022

Attacks on Asian American New Yorkers have become so prevalent since the pandemic began that a lawmaker is calling on the governor to declare a state of emergency.

It is part of a national trend: In cities around the country, anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 260 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, according to data gathered by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The jump was particularly pronounced in large coastal cities with significant Asian populations, said director Brian Levin.

Read the complete article at “New York Asian hate crime spike puts pressure on new mayor.”

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