Assemblyman Obernolte Honors Pastor Rafael Porras in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on 09 Oct 2017 for representative Jay Obernolte

HESPERIA – Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) marked Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring Pastor Rafael A. Porras for his remarkable contributions to our High Desert community. Each year, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th through October 15th) in recognition of the deep history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Pastor Rafael Porras has lived in Victorville with his wife and five daughters for the past 17 years. Pastor Porras has spent much of his adult life working in the television industry and in 2002 he helped launch the first Spanish Christian Network in the United States called Almavision Hispanic Network. In 2007 he acquired 87.7 FM (New Vision 360) a Spanish Christian radio station covering all of the Inland Empire. Building upon his success, he has since added stations in Oxnard, Las Vegas, Utah and channel 26 in Los Angeles. “I am proud to honor Pastor Porras for his entrepreneurship and leadership in the Latino community,” stated Assemblyman Obernolte. “Outside of his business successes, Pastor Porras has dedicated himself to helping those in need in our High Desert community. He has pledged his life to serving those less fortunate, starting community programs such as feeding the homeless. Pastor Porras’ inspirational work reminds us that we, together, can make our community a better place to live.” With an increase of homeless people in Victorville, Pastor Porras decided to take action to help those in need. In January of 2017, he started the “Feed the Hungry” ministry, where church volunteers prepare 100 meals every weekend and go distribute hot meals to the homeless in his community. Hispanic Heritage month is a time to celebrate the histories and cultures of Americans whose families came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It is also a great opportunity to acknowledge the many ways that Hispanic Americans have helped shape the United States. As the fastest-growing ethnic group in our state, Latino Americans play a significant role in California and have a large impact in many of the Assemblyman’s local communities including Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Hesperia and Victorville. Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville. ###