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This church is offering its hard-won knowledge to anyone providing winter shelter in Redlands

While highs have been in the 90s recently, homeless advocates in Redlands know all too well cold and rain are just around the corner. They don’t want to see a repeat of the chaotic 2018-2019 cold weather shelter season that saw the only shelter in the city closed on a rainy day in January due to code violations, though several churches jumped in to fill the gap. One of those churches, Center for Spiritual Living Redlands, is working on a plan to make it easier for local groups to offer shelter this winter: a little money for expenses, and directions on how to run it. At the City Council meeting on Oct. 15, the center’s board president, Ed Torres, suggested the city give up to $25,000 to help groups offering shelter in the cold. “It’s not complicated: If we all work together on this, then, wow, we can do something at least,” Torres said in a later phone interview. His proposal is to give each group that offers shelter $500 per month for the four-month season that begins Dec. 1. The money would be used…

San Bernardino County supervisors to discuss outdated charter

Want a say in bringing San Bernardino County government into modern times? The board of supervisors will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Oct. 29, on potential updates to the county’s charter, which has remained relatively the same since it was adopted in 1913. In July, Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Curt Hagman said they wanted to update the document and could put changes to voters in November 2020. Supervisors will look at removing male-centric language and antiquated rules as well as larger updates, including adding a process for filling open board seats and creation of a redistricting committee after the 2020 census. The supervisors were sued and accused of violating the state’s open meeting laws when they appointed Supervisor Dawn Rowe to the 3rd District seat. In September, a judge said supervisors violated the Ralph M. Brown Act and ordered the board to rescind Rowe’s appointment. The county has appealed and Rowe continues to serve. The county’s charter requires the board to fill a vacancy within 30 days or the governor can appoint a new supervisor. It does not define how to fill a vacancy nor allow for a…

‘Vital’ sci-fi anthology to benefit Loma Linda University Medical Center

Last week, I met with some women at a local eatery to talk about a new project. As we were parting, one of them asked, “How are you feeling?” I think I looked surprised. “I read your book,” she said. My book, as you — dedicated reader of this column — already know, is about my journey through the healthcare system, as well as my mother’s, and my friend Marion’s, and a few other people close to me. My journey took me down the halls of Loma Linda University Medical Center, where I left my thyroid, and wrote some poems. Riverside poet Cati Porter is executive director of Inlandia Institute. (File photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Inlandians writing about illness is not news. Marion wrote an essay for this very column during her bout with breast cancer about her experience with Wigs on Wheels. Micah Chatterton’s book, “Go to the Living,” details his young son’s battle with glioblastoma, most of which took place at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, where I also spent four days with my son last November. (Not cancer — but the…

Limonite Avenue/15 Freeway interchange remake in Eastvale, Jurupa Valley nears end

A $39 million project that aims to unclog a Riverside County bottleneck at Limonite Avenue and the 15 Freeway is almost done. The project’s new eight-lane Limonite Avenue bridge over the 15 is finished. And construction workers expect to wrap up a sweeping network of new, wide interchange ramps early next month, said officials with Eastvale and Jurupa Valley, which are directing the project. A ceremony to celebrate the project’s completion is set for Thursday, Nov. 14. Cosmetic features such as landscape planting — “a lot of the jewelry, so to speak, of the interchange,” said Eastvale City Manager Bryan Jones, still must be added. For that reason, drivers will see workers at the site several more weeks. Meanwhile, work will continue for many more months on the $472 million project that’s adding toll lanes on the 15 Freeway through the same area. That project is expected to be completed in late 2020. But all the pieces of the Limonite interchange motorists drive on will be done shortly. “It’s really nice that we’re coming to the finish line here,” Jones said. “It will be sweet…

PG&E Must Still Decide Whether to Cut Power to Hundreds of Thousands in NorCal

There’s no word yet from the state’s largest utility on whether it might cut electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers in Northern California as winds pick up and fire danger looms. Pacific Gas & Electric said it would decide Saturday morning whether to turn off power to 850,000 homes and businesses in 36 counties across the San Francisco Bay Area, wine country and Sierra foothills. Previous shutdowns occurred over concern that gusts could down power lines and spark fires. Meanwhile a huge wildfire churning through wine country grew overnight while containment also increased. Cal Fire says Saturday that the Kincade Fire has consumed nearly 40 square miles (104 square kilometers) of dry brush and timber. It’s 10% contained. In Southern California, authorities lifted more evacuations as lessening winds allow crews get a handle on a wildfire near suburbs north of Los Angeles. ___ 12:05 a.m. Millions of Californians are preparing to live in the dark again after the state’s largest utility warned it may cut power for the third time in as many weeks because of looming strong winds and high fire danger. Pacific…

Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested in Crash That Killed 2 Horses, Injured 2 Riders in Lake View Terrace: LAPD

A suspected hit-and-run driver has been arrested after being accused of killing two horses and injuring two riders in a Lake View Terrace crash, authorities said Saturday. The suspect, who has been not been identified, was driving along Foothill Boulevard near Wheatland Avenue when he or she struck the riders about 9:40 p.m., according to LAPD. Police confirmed the arrest nearly 12 hours later at 9 a.m. Footage of the crash site shows a dark-colored minivan, with its front end ripped off, just outside the gate of a home. No other details have been released.

Tick Fire Now 4,600 Acres After Destroying 9 Structures in Santa Clarita Area

The Tick Fire in the Sand Canyon area of Santa Clarita grew more than 600 acres overnight as it destroyed nine structures, burning through a total of 4,615 acres, authorities said Saturday. Containment reached 25% from 10% the night prior, authorities said, after several neighborhoods were repopulated following evacuations of 40,000 people. Some areas remain evacuated as more than 1,300 firefighters continue battling the wildfire. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for L.A. County after the fire scorched nearly 4,000 acres within just a few hours Thursday. It was first reported at 1:24 p.m. near 31656 Tick Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Newsom said the state has secured federal assistance to fight the fire, which continues to threaten 10,000 structures. In addition to those destroyed, the wildfire has damaged another nine structures. No injuries have been reported. Authorities said the following areas remain evacuated: Baker Canyon Road from Sierra Highway, North of Vasquez Canyon Road, to where it ends near 15142 Sierra Highway Tick Canyon Road from Abelia Road to Summit Knoll Toad Meanwhile, two evacuation centers remain…

Santa Cruz: Felon arrested, 10 stolen vehicles recovered, shotgun seized

Bay City News Service SANTA CRUZ — An auto theft investigation by the California Highway Patrol Coastal Division led to the recovery Friday of 10 stolen vehicles, the seizure of a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and ammunition and the arrest of a convicted felon after a standoff of several hours, authorities said. A search warrant was served at 7 a.m. Friday at a trailer at 5252 Branciforte Drive in Santa Cruz by the CHP Coastal Division warrant service team assisted by Santa Cruz and Watsonville police and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The subject of the warrant, 44-year-old Ryan Michael Peterson, refused to comply and barricaded himself inside the trailer and the Santa Cruz police SWAT team was called. After several hours of negotiation by phone, Peterson came out of the trailer and was taken into custody without incident. A search of the trailer turned up a shotgun and ammunition, while 10 stolen vehicles were recovered around the property. Related Articles Service King settles suit alleging it mishandled hazardous waste Former spy Butina released from prison, deported to Russia Giuliani reportedly ‘buttdials’ reporter, talks cash…

San Bruno police arrest two auto burglary suspects

Bay City News Service SAN BRUNO — Two men seen prowling cars on a residential street early Friday were arrested on suspicion of vehicle burglary, San Bruno police said. Police responded to reports made at 3:45 a.m. of people entering unlocked vehicles in the area of Montgomery Avenue and Scott Street and after an investigation arrested 22-year-old transient Jean Paulo Deoliveirapaiva and 22-year-old San Bruno resident Jesus Ramirez Gonzalez. The men were found with items taken several items allegedly taken from vehicles that were returned to their owners, police said. The investigation showed the men had targeted both unlocked vehicles and entered at least one by breaking a window. The men were booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges relating to burglary, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and misappropriation of property. Ramirez Gonzalez was also booked on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition. Related Articles Service King settles suit alleging it mishandled hazardous waste Former spy Butina released from prison, deported to Russia Giuliani reportedly ‘buttdials’ reporter, talks cash and Bidens Judge: House Dems can see redacted Mueller report…

Friday Night Stars: Week 10’s top performers in Bay Area prep football

With the regular season winding down, the stakes have gotten much higher. League championships and playoff positioning were on the line at many high school football fields Friday night across the Bay Area. James Logan all but wrapped up its league title with a win on the road over Moreau Catholic. Los Gatos held off Palo Alto in the closing minutes for a key Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division win. Monte Vista stepped up yet again to narrowly win another league contest. In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep took care of business against The King’s Academy. SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFER If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. As always, if you know of a Bay Area football player who had a star performance Friday night, reach out…

Woman shot in East Oakland

OAKLAND — A 44-year-old woman shot multiple times Friday night in East Oakland was in stable condition Saturday, authorities said. The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 1000 block of 98th Avenue, apparently at a food stand, authorities said. Initial reports were that the woman was shot by a man she got into a dispute with. The suspect fled before police arrived, and the woman got a ride to a hospital from a relative. No other details about the shooting were immediately released. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572. Check back for updates.  

San Jose Improv reopens after its two-month makeover

Comic Ian Bagg may have been the headliner, but the real draw was the historic Jose Theatre as the San Jose Improv reopened Thursday night after a two-month hiatus. During the downtime, the furniture and carpeting in the auditorium were replaced, the lighting and sound systems were given an upgrade and the green rooms — where the talent hangs out when not on stage — got a makeover. Even the regal, velvet stage curtain was replaced; the club hired a seamstress to create drawstring pouches from the remnants of the old curtain and passed those out to VIP guests Thursday night. The San Jose Improv’s makeover includes new furniture and a newcurtain for the comedy club’s stage. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)  New tables and seats, along with a new menu, are great. But what I really appreciated were the intentional nods in the lobby and elsewhere reflecting the heritage of both the long-running chain of comedy clubs and the historic Jose Theatre itself, which originally opened in 1904 as a venue for plays and later vaudeville shows. On the lobby walls framing the doors…

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