The Latest: Rudy Giuliani, Rick Warren to speak at memorial

The Latest: Rudy Giuliani, Rick Warren to speak at memorial

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – The latest on the reopening of the social service center where 14 died in the San Bernardino shooting (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and evangelical pastor Rick Warren are set to speak at a memorial for those killed in the San Bernardino terror attack.

Giuliani and Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church in Orange County, are listed as speakers for the Monday memorial service. It’s being held for San Bernardino County employees to mourn together the 14 victims of the Dec. 2 attack on a health department luncheon.

The ceremony comes on the same day that employees returned to work at the social service center where the shooting took place.

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11 a.m.

A transport worker turning in paperwork at a social service center in Southern California says he was nervous to return to the building that reopened a month after a deadly terror attack.

Melvin Anderson, who helps shuttle disabled clients for the Inland Regional Center, says he was apprehensive about approaching with news reporters and a police officer outside.

Anderson, who travels to the San Bernardino center monthly to handle paperwork, says the last time he was there was the day before two attackers killed 14 people. He says he cried when he heard.

Anderson says community members aren’t used to this kind of violence and should unite to move forward as best they can.

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8:30 a.m.

The leader of the social service center in San Bernardino where 14 people were killed last month says she expects all of her staff to be back on the job as the facility reopens.

Inland Regional Center Executive Director Lavinia Johnson says that while some of the 600 workers will have anxiety, most are “excited” to be back together at work Monday.

Guards checked IDs as employees filed back into the offices, many for the first time since the Dec. 2 terror attack.

Johnson says she plans to greet employees and ensure that they feel safe. Counselors are available, and no visitors are planned this week.

The conference center where the two attackers opened fire on a holiday luncheon is still closed.

The facility east of Los Angeles serves 31,000 disabled clients.

8 a.m.

Guards checked IDs as workers returned to the San Bernardino social service center for the first time since 14 people were killed last month in a terror attack.

A chain-link fence was unlocked Monday morning as some of the Inland Regional Center’s 600 employees went back to work. Few of them have gone to the office since the killings, other than a brief visit to gather personal belongings. No visitors are allowed.

While many have continued to work, visiting the homes of autistic children and mentally disabled adults, they haven’t been together since law enforcement officers whisked them away Dec. 2.

The conference center where the two attackers opened fire on a holiday luncheon will not reopen Monday, and it’s not clear when it might.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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