Dave Brubeck once jazzed things up at Riverside’s Mission Inn

A mention here a while back of Riverside’s Mission Inn brought a memory from reader Carl Schafer, an educator and jazz musician from Upland who has retired to Arizona. In the late 1960s the quartet he played with was hired for a party for the Ramona Assistance League at the grand hotel. “We boarded in Pomona and set up in a baggage car that would be used for dancing to and from Riverside,” Schafer recalls. “When we arrived there, we packed up our instruments and they were taken by car to the Mission Inn, where we set up and played for dancing until midnight, after which we all boarded the train for Pomona.” Here’s a band that was taking transit before it was cool. Schafer adds a note for jazz aficionados: “When I corresponded with Dave Brubeck as I prepared for a lecture on his life, he told me that during the war he played piano bar at the Mission Inn. He was stationed in an Army camp adjacent to March Air Force Base.” Brubeck’s Army service was important musically. Sent to Europe with the…

Deal averts strike that would have idled film and TV production

HOLLYWOOD — An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and from the studios and entertainment companies who employ them reached the three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, avoiding a serious setback for an industry that had just gotten back to work after long pandemic shutdowns. Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios and other entertainment companies in negotiations, confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press. The union’s members still must vote to approve the tentative agreement. “Good for @IATSE for standing your ground. And don’t forget we got your back anytime you need us,” comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt said on Twitter. Another actor, comic and writer, Yvette Nicole Brown, tweeted ”#UnionStrong!” along with a link to a story reporting the agreement. The effects of the strike would have…

How to enter LifeStream Blood Bank’s second annual Dream Raffle

Tickets for LifeStream Blood Bank’s second annual Dream Raffle, a fundraiser for the purchase of two new bloodmobiles, are available through Nov. 30. Tickets cost $25 each for the raffle offering up to $40,000 in prizes. The drawing will be held Dec. 8. This year’s grand prize winner may choose between a 2021 Ford Bronco Sport or $20,000 cash. There will be five other major prizes valued at $750 to $2,000, according to a news release. A maximum of 5,000 tickets will be sold. Through the raffle, LifeStream is raising funds to buy two new bloodmobiles to replace two that no longer meet state and federal emissions standards. “It is essential we complete this purchase to ensure our team can remain on the road in full force in 2022 to collect blood products to assist surgical and cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, even newborn babies,” Dr. Rick Axelrod, LifeStream’s president, chief executive officer and medical director, said in the news release. For every four raffle tickets purchased in a single $100 transaction, the buyer receives a bonus entry. Bonus entries give buyers extra…

Creating poetry to help save the vibrant moments

By Maurya Simon | Contributing columnist It was while my family and I were living in Paris in the mid-1950s that I decided to become a poet. I wrote my first poem there, moved by the storybook spectacle of an elaborate wedding procession we encountered one autumn day. Consequently, this vocation seemed more than just a dreamy possibility: it somehow felt fated, inevitable. At age 6, I knew in my marrow that I was destined to become a writer, just as I knew the sun would rise every day, and the moon would follow it each night along invisible tracks. On that chilly day in October, as we were strolling down the Champs Élysées, we witnessed an aristocratic wedding for which this broad avenue had been cleared by the gendarmes. Crowds of people had lined the sidewalks to behold a scene from a fairytale: parading by us was a team of six white horses pulling a baroque gilt carriage. The horses’ bridles and saddles were strung with gold ribbons and white roses haloed by sprays of baby’s breath flowers. The stallions exhaled great clouds of steam…

Horses help therapy patients at this Norco nonprofit

Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy Inc. provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy for children in the Inland Empire. The Norco nonprofit was founded in 2010 by Dr. Cassandra Sanders-Holly. In addition to services such as evaluation, consultation, treatment, home and school program activities, the organization offers hippotherapy. This specialized therapy utilizes the movement, rhythm, and repetition of horses to help clients with neuromuscular dysfunction gain strength and improved motor skills. Occupational therapy patient Jesse Reidman develops fine motor skills while sitting backward on the horse. Occupational therapy sessions often utilize small toys or objects to develop hand strength while providing multiple stimuli for the patient to increase concentration. (Courtesy of Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy) Hippotherapy can be life changing, according to Sanders-Holly. Rather than teaching a child to ride a horse, they are teaching them to improve fine motor skills while sitting and language skills while talking to the horse. “A lot of people ask why hippotherapy is so effective,” said Sanders-Holly “It’s because it’s intense. There are 3,000 balance challenges in just 30 minutes on a horse. We get a lot…

Jurupa Valley aims to restrict new businesses that create truck traffic

As the expiration date approaches for a one-year moratorium on new Jurupa Valley industry that generates heavy truck traffic, city officials are getting ready to adopt rules restricting those types of businesses. A proposed ordinance is scheduled to go to the Jurupa Valley Planning Commission later this month and could reach the Jurupa Valley City Council by early December. It would restrict where some “truck-intensive uses” — as the city calls such businesses — could locate and ban others. Officials are working to adopt a measure before the moratorium expires Jan. 22. Heavy truck traffic long has been an issue in the city of 105,000, which is bisected by the 60 Freeway, a major artery for transporting goods. Like many Inland Empire cities, Jurupa Valley has seen an explosion in warehouse growth in recent years. Principal Planner Jim Pechous said the trend is troubling because the massive trucks clog city streets and tear them up, pollute the air, create a hazard for pedestrians and tend to be noisy. Many businesses that generate truck traffic are next to neighborhoods. Related Articles Temecula bans disruptions such as…

Moreno Valley school board candidates answer questions on budget, coronavirus

Three people are running in the Nov. 2 election to represent the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s Trustee Area 4. The school board seat opened in June, after member Marsha Locke announced she had moved out of the district and was stepping down. The board voted to hold a special election to determine who would complete the rest of her four-year term. Trustee Area 4 is on the east side of Moreno Valley, between Alessandro Boulevard and Box Springs Road. We asked the candidates questions about the budget, the biggest issues facing the district and the continuing challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are their answers. Robert Patrick Alexander is running for the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Moreno Valley school board in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, election. (Courtesy of Robert Patrick Alexander) Brandy Clark is running for the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Moreno Valley school board in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, election. (Courtesy of Brandy Clark) Viridiana Elizalde is running for the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Moreno Valley school board in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, election.(Courtesy…

Temecula bans disruptions such as clapping, whistling at public meetings

At a Temecula City Council meeting in August, a brief presentation on the coronavirus vaccine from Temecula Valley Hospital officials was interrupted by loud laughter, boos and jeers. “People, please show some respect or we will take a recess,” Mayor Maryann Edwards said that night. “If I have to clear the room, I will.” It was one example of recent disruptive behavior at a public meeting in the city. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, the Temecula City Council voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance that prohibits conduct at all public meetings that “disrupts, disturbs or otherwise impedes” the session. Dr. Andrew Ho, a cardiologist and chief of staff at Temecula Valley Hospital, gives a presentation on the coronavirus vaccine on Aug. 10, 2021. His presentation was interrupted by loud jeers and laughter from the audience. (Courtesy photo) Council Member Jessica Alexander voted no, saying she wanted more clarification. The new ordinance provides specific examples of “disruptive” behavior, such as speaking out of turn or after time has expired, interrupting a presentation or public comment, and addressing the audience rather than council members. It also prohibits actions…

Moreno Valley City Council candidates answer questions on budget, taxes

Six people are running in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, election to represent Moreno Valley’s District 2 on the city council. The seat opened in January, after Council Member Carla Thornton’s death. In March, the council decided to fill Thornton’s seat in November through a special election. District 2 covers nearly all of the city north of the 60 Freeway. The election will still not bring the Moreno Valley City Council back to full strength, as District 5 Council Member Victoria Baca died earlier this month. The council has not yet decided whether to appoint a successor or have voters choose one in a special election next year. Patsy Brown is running for the District 2 seat on the Moreno Valley City Council in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, election. (Courtesy of Patsy Brown) Matthew Chen is running for the District 2 seat on the Moreno Valley City Council in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, election. (Courtesy of Matthew Chen) Ed Delgado is running for the District 2 seat on the Moreno Valley City Council in the Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, election. (Courtesy of Ed Delgado) Angelia Fox…

Hemet-area elementary school students do mock job interviews

Students at Cottonwood School won’t be going on any job interviews in the next four years or so, but students got some early practice Friday, Oct. 15. Third grader Jeremiah Medina, left, shakes hands with Avery Hay before starting a mock job interview at Cottonwood School in Aguanga on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Third grader Jeremiah Medina participates in a mock job interview at Cottonwood School in Aguanga on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Third grader Eugenia Hernandez Villa, left, shakes hands with Hayden Ortego, before starting their mock job interview at Cottonwood School in Aguanga on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Third-grader Logan Gounaris looks over his resume before participating in a mock job interview at Cottonwood School in Aguanga on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Third graders Logan Gounaris, left, and Jaydin King look over their resumes before participating in a mock job interview at Cottonwood School in Aguanga on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) School counselor…

Inland Empire schools work to solve contact tracing ‘puzzle’

For COVID-19 contact tracers in the Inland Empire, the work has only increased a year and a half into the coronavirus pandemic. Now that schools have fully reopened, the new push is keeping students — who are among the most vulnerable — safe. From maintaining detailed classroom seating charts to keeping lists of “close contacts,” Inland school districts are making contact tracing work in a most unusual academic year.  Going down a list of names, tracers make dozens of calls to the parents and guardians of those who have tested positive. They ask where students last visited, who they last saw, where they could have been infected. They offer families advice on how long to quarantine, following district and state health guidelines. They give testing and vaccine site information. It’s tedious, but crucial work, the tracers said. Julian Pineda works on contact tracing at Lake Elsinore Unified School District offices Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Contact tracers do the detective work of tracking down the contacts of students who tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Lenny Pineda, left, and Julian Pineda, who are not related,…

Halloween fun for Inland families includes movies, trick-or-treating and more

Families have more options for fall fun this year as coronavirus restrictions on large gatherings ease up. Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Inland Empire: Riverside County Corona The free “Halloweekend” includes an escape room, family trick-or-treating and movie night. The community Treat Trail and Family Movie Night begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the City Hall South Lawn, 400 S. Vicentia Ave. After games and trick-or-treating, families can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and watch Disney’s “Frankenweenie” at 6:30 p.m. Corona and OBCTheater present an escape room experience Friday through Sunday, Oct. 15-17, at the Historic Civic Center Theater on 815 W. Sixth St. Timed tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at obctheater.com. Information: www.coronaca.gov/Halloweekend; Rec.Svcs@CoronaCA.gov; 951-736-2241 Lake Elsinore  The inaugural Mariachi Fest begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16. The celebration of the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertos (and the end of Hispanic Heritage Month) takes place at the Lake Elsinore Storm Diamond stadium, 500 Diamond Drive. There will be food, vendors, family altars, a grand finale fireworks show and cultural performances by…

Vietnamese automaker bringing electric SUVs to LA Auto Show debut

VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker, will unveil two electric SUVs at next month’s LA Auto Show as the company makes its initial push into North America’s fast-growing EV market. The VF e35 and VF e36 are equipped with a variety of smart features, including lane assist, collision warning, driver monitoring, fully automated parking, voice assist and e-commerce services. Pre-orders for the vehicles will begin in the first half of 2022 with deliveries expected by year’s end, according to Le Thi Thu Thuy, chairwoman of Vingroup, the automaker’s parent company. Read more: Where did Rivian’s electric truck come from? It’s a long, messy road “We have made vigorous investments and conducted extensive market research to create premium EVs…,” she said in a statement. “This is just the beginning,” VinFast has a research and development office in San Francisco with 50 employees and the company expects to open 35 U.S. California showrooms and service centers this year, according to Just Auto, an online news and research portal for the auto industry. The company plans to establish an auto factory in the U.S. as well. VinFast sold about 30,000 vehicles…

Roaches, pigeon, mold: Restaurant closures, inspections in San Bernardino County, Oct. 8-14

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that San Bernardino County health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between Oct. 8 and 14, 2021. Double or Nothin’ Pizza & Pasta, 9565 Central Ave., Montclair Closed: Oct. 12 Grade: 90/A Reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector saw 13 live roaches near sinks in the kitchen, in a storage room and in a restroom. Reopened: Oct. 13 after pest control visited and the restaurant was cleaned Non-closure inspections of note Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues. It’s Boba Time, at 3410 Grand Ave. Unit G in Chino Hills, which had received an 83/B on Oct. 6, asked for an inspector to return for a rescore inspection. This time, on Oct. 13 it received an 82/B with two critical violations. To-go containers of ranch dressing were being kept at room temperature. Also, there were two issues related to food-contact surfaces not being clean — both of which were repeated from the inspection a week earlier. The blenders used to make smoothies weren’t being washed frequently enough and…

Inland Empire schools work to solve contract tracing ‘puzzle’

For COVID-19 contact tracers in the Inland Empire, the work has only increased a year and a half into the coronavirus pandemic. Now that schools have fully reopened, the new push is keeping students — who are among the most vulnerable — safe. From maintaining detailed classroom seating charts to keeping lists of “close contacts,” Inland school districts are making contact tracing work in a most unusual academic year.  Going down a list of names, tracers make dozens of calls to the parents and guardians of those who have tested positive. They ask where students last visited, who they last saw, where they could have been infected. They offer families advice on how long to quarantine, following district and state health guidelines. They give testing and vaccine site information. It’s tedious, but crucial work, the tracers said. Julian Pineda works on contact tracing at Lake Elsinore Unified School District offices Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Contact tracers do the detective work of tracking down the contacts of students who tested positive for the coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Lenny Pineda, left, and Julian Pineda, who are not related,…

Cockroaches, water issues: Restaurant closures in Riverside County, Oct. 7-14

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that Riverside County Department of Environmental Health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between Oct. 7 and 14, 2021. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication. Lucky Wok Chinese Food, 9165 Jurupa Road, Jurupa Valley Closed: Oct. 13 Grade: 80/B, failing Reason: Cockroach infestation. The inspector found roaches throughout the kitchen and customer area, as well as numerous rodent droppings in a storage room, and noted the facility didn’t have pest control service. The restaurant was told conduct a thorough cleaning, including all equipment, tables and floors. Among the other violations not related to the roaches, there was some food at unsafe temperatures and mold in the ice maker. Denny’s, 1245 University Ave., Riverside Closed: Oct. 13 Grade: 85/B, failing Reason: Plumbing backup. The floor sinks weren’t draining, and the inspector said employees were scooping water out of them with cups into containers to be dumped out later. Among other violations, several employees didn’t wash hands and the inspector recommended retraining the…

What are those new electronic kiosks in Eastvale and San Jacinto?

The digital world is coming into the real world for Eastvale and San Jacinto residents. Digital kiosks have sprouted up in both cities, sharing news and allowing residents to vote in community feedback surveys. A new electronic kiosk is seen Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021, outside Eastvale City Hall. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) A new electronic kiosk outside Eastvale City Hall is seen Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) An electronic kiosk at Eastvale City Hall is seen Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) The electronic kiosk outside Eastvale City Hall is seen Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) A new electronic kiosk that delivers news and conducts polls is seen Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021, outside Eastvale City Hall. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Show Caption of Expand “They’re the world’s largest Kindle screens,” said Holly McKenna, vice-president of sales and marketing for the Cambridge, Mass.-based Soofa. Like Amazon’s e-reader devices, Soofa kiosks use e-ink, which uses dramatically less electricity than…

DA lied to charge former Industry city manager after statute of limitations expired, attorneys allege

Prosecutors lied about the timing of their investigation of former Bell and Industry City Manager Paul Philips so they so they could charge him with misappropriation of public funds after the statute of limitations had already expired, his attorneys now allege. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office hid the existence of a citizen’s complaint submitted in December 2016 that Philips’ attorneys allege started a four-year deadline to charge Philips that ended in December 2020, according a new filing motioning for the charges to be dismissed. The courts lost jurisdiction to prosecute Philips at that point, said Steve Cooley, a former L.A. County district attorney serving as co-counsel on Philips’ legal team. In an interview, Cooley described his former agency’s case as “fatally defective.” “They falsely accused an innocent person and, for whatever reason, they inexplicably picked a date that was inconsistent with the facts known to them,” Cooley said. “That is reprehensible, or wholly incompetent.” Paul Philips, former city manager for the City of Industry (File photo) The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Philips in August, alongside developer William Barkett, attorney Anthony…

How to join the Great Scavenger Haunt, Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s virtual event

Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s annual fall fundraiser is going virtual again this year. The second annual Great ALPV Scavenger Haunt will run from 6 p.m. Oct. 22 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, with more than 50 photos and video missions to complete. Teams of up to five people will compete to rack up points by completing missions from home and within their neighborhoods using the GooseChase mobile app. The top five teams will win Amazon gift cards. Team registration is $35. To register a team, be an event sponsor or make a donation, go to ALPV.org. All proceeds will go to Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s charities serving children and families in the local community, according to a news release. Assistance League of Pomona Valley is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization that has been serving the community since 1946. Services include Operation School Bell, providing new clothing and books to school-age children; a Dental Center, providing emergency and maintenance care; and Assault Survivor Kits, providing new clothing, toiletries and other items to women and children who are victims of assault. For information about Assistance…

Riverside resident’s passion for art stems from childhood of drawing and painting

Exploring the orange groves with friends along Riverside’s Victoria Avenue was a regular pastime for Jeff Matchett as he was growing up in the 1960s. “Several times we would end up in an orange-throwing battle resulting in us covered in pulp and juice,” he said. In addition to having fun outside, Matchett’s boyhood was spent drawing and painting. “My interest in art started while watching a skilled pencil artist who used to sit across from me in class,” said the Riverside resident. “I loved his pictures and tried to copy his movements. I have never received any formal training or art-related instruction, just countless hours of practice, trial and error. Too many errors to list and just lots of sweat and tears.” An abstract work by Riverside’s Jeff Matchett. (Courtesy of Jeff Matchett) Matchett said he has spent most of his career in the retail industry managing Ace Hardware and Chief Auto Parts stores, as well as other local retailers. “After analyzing where I was and what I was doing, I realized that creating artwork was what I wanted to do,” he said. “After years…