Housing

Homeless no more – Colton newspaper salesman Kenny moves into permanent home

Kenny Robbins has not missed one day of work selling newspapers at the corner of Valley and Rancho since he started there in 1996.  Every morning, he’s a steadfast figure for those driving by, quick with a wave and a smile to complete their morning commute. People think that Kenny became a Colton celebrity of sorts last June when he was featured in an IECN Colton Courier article, but when asked about his relationship with the people of Colton, Kenny smiles and says, “These people have been good to me, very good to me.  I was helping out at a Rose parade one year, I think it was 2003, you know, selling programs and things.  As I walked around doing my job, I could hear people calling out to me, ‘Hey, aren’t you from Colton?’ and I have to admit, I was surprised, like I was some sort of a celebrity.  But Colton people are good to me.”  So, last June it was mentioned that Kenny was homeless at the time, living at Elizabeth Davis Park.  Colton people posted an SOS on the Facebook page…

Report determines 6-county region needs to produce over 1.3 million units of housing over next eight years

On Tuesday, September 10 Kome Ajise, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Executive Director, visited Rialto City Council to discuss housing needs in the city. “I would like to say welcome and thank you for coming to our city. We had the benefit of giving him the opportunity to see what goes on in Rialto and some of our emerging technology. I would like to thank Sean Grayson and Tom Crowley for making this happen,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. Ajise began his presentation by sharing that Mayor Robertson has done a great job at making sure SCAG does not forget about the city of Rialto. “We’re working on the regional housing assessment, we do this every eight years. We are charged by state law to do this and it’s intended to provide housing for our folks. Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) has found that we have not produced as much housing as we could,” said Ajise. “In the regional determination process HCD provides a regional determination in consultation with SCAG and the department of Finance. During 2006 to 2014 the fourth regional cycle determination was…

Report determines Rialto needs to produce over 1.3 million units of housing over next eight years

On Tuesday, September 10 Kome Ajise, Caltrans Chief Deputy Director and Southern California Associated Governments (SCAG) Planning Director, visited Rialto City Council to discuss housing needs in the city. “I would like to say welcome and thank you for coming to our city. We had the benefit of giving him the opportunity to see what goes on in Rialto and some of our emerging technology. I would like to thank Sean Grayson and Tom Crowley for making this happen,” said Mayor Deborah Robertson. Ajise began his presentation by sharing that Mayor Robertson has done a great job at making sure SCAG does not forget about the city of Rialto. “We’re working on the regional housing assessment, we do this every eight years. We are charged by state law to do this and it’s intended to provide housing for our folks. Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) has found that we have not produced as much housing as we could,” said Ajise. “In the regional determination process HCD provides a regional determination in consultation with SCAG and the department of Finance. During 2006 to 2014 the fourth…

Vista Pointe apartment community in Colton celebrates revitalization

A transformative partnership was recently celebrated at the Vista Pointe Apartment community in Colton. Representatives from the City of Colton, Colton Police Department, County Supervisor Josie Gonzales’ Office, Community Preservation Partners (CPP), and Quality Management Group Inc. gathered to tour the revitalized community, which has seen calls for law enforcement response drop to almost non-existent levels. Mayor Pro Tem Ernest Cisneros, who represents the area around Vista Pointe, was thrilled to see the changes to the community. “It has been amazing to see the transformation of this property over the last two years and to meet the families that now feel safe to call this place home,” Cisneros said. Dan Flores, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Josie Gonzales, was on hand for the tour and recalled the 2006 Gang Injunction Press Conference held on the property. “We are proud of the changes that have come to this community. This partnership should serve as a model to others in our area and demonstrates that high quality and affordable housing go hand in hand.” Previously called Arbor Terrace, this community on North Rancho Avenue was home to…

Over 650 tax-defaulted properties will be auctioned starting August 3

San Bernardino County Tax Collector Ensen Mason announced recently that his office will hold its annual online auction of tax-defaulted properties beginning August 3, 2019, with staggered closing times from August 5, 2019 through August 9, 2019. “The benefit of a tax sale is getting tax-defaulted properties back into tax paying status to fund key public services, including education, police and fire protection, and social and public health services,” Mason said. “Winning bidders have the opportunity to buy real estate at potentially reduced prices.” This tax sale auction consists of more than 650 properties that have been tax-defaulted for five or more years, and will include re-offered properties that did not sell in a previous tax sale. Opening bids start as low as $100, and the highest bid wins. Each bidder alone bears the responsibility of due diligence to inspect, research, and investigate the properties offered for sale. Limited tax information including parcel number, Assessor’s parcel map, and Google Map are available for viewing online at www.MyTaxCollector.com. Property is sold “as is”, and purchasers are encouraged to complete a thorough due diligence review prior to bidding.…

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