Inland Empire

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey says goodbye in virtual event

Community and regional leaders said bye to Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey in a virtual ceremony live streamed from Riverside City Hall on Thursday night, Dec. 3. Bailey is leaving office after eight years as mayor and 13 as a city official. He was elected to the Riverside City Council in 2007. Riverside city employees and others bid farewell to Mayor Rusty Bailey during a virtual going away ceremony in Riverside City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey gets a group hug from his family Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. From left are daughters Julia and Elizabeth and wife Judy. He gave a tearful final speech during a virtual going away ceremony inside Riverside City Hall. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRiverside city employees and friends say goodbye to Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey with a pounding of air sticks as he runs out of Riverside City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. Patricia Lock Dawson is set to be sworn in as the next mayor Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (Photo by Terry…

How to participate in Upland’s drive-through Christmas Adventure

The Upland Chamber of Commerce is holding a drive-through event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, to help promote holiday shopping in Upland. The city of Upland Christmas Adventure works like this: Drivers will find 12 inflatable holiday figures hidden throughout the city from GPS coordinates on an app. Once they drive up, they will hear a message on the radio with a promotion from a local business. Motorists must download an app on their phones to locate the sites and then to punch in the message and register the promotion, which they can claim at a store or restaurant. The app is available at holidaysinupland.com. Also, volunteers will be stationed at each inflatable to explain how the program works. QR codes at the inflatables are also there for downloading on the app or claiming the prize. A smart phone is required. To learn more go to the Upland Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

Coronavirus tracker: Cases continue to hit new highs — 784 new cases as of Dec. 3

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a new high of coronavirus cases. The county reported 7,782 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, Dec. 3. That increases the cumulative total in the county to 421,881 cases since tracking began. There were 40 new deaths reported by the county, raising the total number of reported deaths to 7,782. Hospitalizations continue to reach new highs. There are 2,572 people with coronavirus currently hospitalized, 23% of which are in the ICU. The county’s breakdown of cases by age is as follows: 80 and older: 2.8% (11,070) 65-79: 7.4% (29,135) 50-64: 18.9% (74,574) 30-49: 34.1% (134,324) 18-29: 25% (98,282) 12-17: 5% (19,587) 5-11: 4% (15,869)

Female Community Leaders Join Together To Condemn Attack Ads Funded By Democratic Women of the Desert

A local advocacy group is speaking out against Democratic Women of the Desert regarding the recent election and the ads against two local women candidates. NBC Palm Springs spoke to the president of the Democratic women’s club and has reaction from other female political leaders across the valley. An attack ad on the radio ran in Coachella ahead of the November 3rd election. Denise Delgado denies the claims in the ad and she went on to win a seat on city council despite the ad. The ad was paid for by The Democratic Women of The Desert and also targets Lesly Figueroa, she lost the Coachella mayor’s race to Steven Hernandez. “Rather than really believing in the values of the democratic party, the values of people who run for these positions, it’s disappointing right, and it can also dissuade people in the future from wanting to run,” said Figueroa. The advocacy group ‘MALAS’ says the ad is, “…indicative of the democratic women of the desert’s increasingly less women-focused nature.” Malas also points to the fact The Democratic Women of the Desert endorsed men over qualified…

Virtual Ceremony Held For CHP Officer Fatally Struck By Pickup Truck

PALMDALE (CNS) – The California Highway Patrol commissioner held a virtual bell toll tribute ceremony Thursday for a motorcycle officer who died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a pickup in Palmdale while on his way to the scene of a collision on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. The ceremony was held by CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray, along with CHP Academy officers and employees. On Nov. 23, a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling eastbound on Avenue North near 34th Street West made a U-turn directly in Officer Andy Ornelas’ path, CHP Public Information Officer Chanelle Gonzalez said. Ornelas was thrown from his motorcycle and rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he died Wednesday morning. The 27-year-old officer, who had been with the CHP for four years, is survived by his wife Taylor; his mother, retired CHP Officer Kellie Ornelas; his father, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Arturo Ornelas; his brother, CHP Officer Cody Ornelas; and his sister, Nikki Ornelas. His uncle, Andreas Ornelas, is a retired CHP captain. Several agencies in the Los Angeles area shared their condolences on Twitter. “An LAPD officer…

Eisenhower Health Braces For Influx of Coronavirus Patients, Staffing Shortage

RANCHO MIRAGE (CNS) – As coronavirus hospitalization continue to hit record levels in Riverside County, Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage is facing a possible staffing shortage as the medical center braces for its annual holiday season surge of patients, its chief medical officer said Thursday. “I think we are as prepared as we can be,” Dr. Alan Williamson told City News Service. “It’s still going to be daunting, because the timing of this really couldn’t be worse.” The hospital — one of three in the Coachella Valley — is preparing for its busiest time of year. The annual influx during the winter months typically means an increase of 30 to 40% more patients, Williamson said. Riverside County on Sunday set a hospitalization record of 573 COVID- 19 patients, and the numbers have continued to rise, reaching 649 on Thursday. Prior to this week, the previous record high of coronavirus hospitalizations was 550, set in July when the first “surge” was documented, according to the Riverside University Health System. According to Williamson, there are still patient beds available at Eisenhower. As of Thursday, 72% of Eisenhower…

Inland Empire angry, resigned to Newsom’s new coronavirus lockdown

California counties running out of intensive care unit beds will be going back into a coronavirus pandemic shut down, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday, Dec. 3. “If we don’t act now, our hospital system will be overwhelmed,” Newsom said during a midday news conference. “We are pulling that emergency brake.” Many Inland Empire officials and business owners are not happy about it. “They just left us high and dry with no compensation about how we’re going to survive,” said Tammy Rapp, who owns the horror-themed Little Shop of Hairdos salon in downtown Upland. “This is the third time this year … All the while, casinos and his place is still open, hypocritical.” Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. Subscribe here. A large portion of the state will be going into a 21-day shutdown, as officials project most regions, including Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, will have fewer than 15% of their ICU beds available by early December. That means hair salons will be shutting back down and restaurants will be returning to…

Route 66 history includes Victorville sites connected to ‘Citizen Kane’

A new biopic, “Mank,” tells the story of Golden Age screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, who wrote the original screenplay for 1941’s “Citizen Kane,” reworked by director and star Orson Welles. The San Bernardino County angle gets a paragraph in Joe Sonderman’s 2019 book “California Dreamin’ Along Route 66,” under a photo of the old Green Spot Cafe in Victorville. “The Green Spot Cafe played a major role in motion picture history,” Sonderman contends. Welles is said to have banished the alcoholic Mankiewicz to write in Victorville, far from the temptations of Hollywood. Mankiewicz stayed at the Verde Ranch, today’s Kemper Campbell Ranch, where alcohol wasn’t allowed, according to a Daily Press story from 2016. But Mankiewicz did go into town daily. Under the watchful eye of Welles collaborator John Houseman, Mankiewicz, Sonderman relates, “was allowed one drink per night at the Green Spot bar.” I haven’t seen the movie yet — “Kane” I’ve seen multiple times — but a week of exterior scenes was filmed at the Kemper Campbell Ranch for period authenticity. A co-producer told the Daily Press’ Matthew Cabe: “What better place for synergy…

Riverside County sets coronavirus hospitalization record — for fifth day in a row

Thursday, Dec. 3 marked the fifth straight day that coronavirus hospitalizations in Riverside County set a new record, with 649 confirmed COVID-19 cases in county hospitals. Also, the county has added 97,076 new coronavirus test results in the past week, due largely to almost 36,000 results being reported the day after Thanksgiving. Here are the numbers as of Thursday, according to state and county public health officials. Riverside County Confirmed cases: 86,797 total, up 901 from Wednesday, Dec. 2, averaging 693 reported per day in the past week Deaths: 1,457 total, up 13 from Wednesday, averaging 3.3 reported per day in the past week Hospital survey: 649 confirmed and 72 suspected patients hospitalized Wednesday, including 124 confirmed and 5 suspected patients in the ICU, with 21 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is up 32% from a week earlier. Related Articles High winds close Perris fairgrounds coronavirus testing site Rose Bowl Game to be played New Year’s Day without fans Southern California will likely face tighter coronavirus restrictions soon under new state order CSU presidents encouraged to reassess post-holiday plans due to…

High winds close Perris fairgrounds coronavirus testing site

High winds led Riverside County public health officials Thursday, Dec. 3, to close the drive-thru coronavirus testing site at the Southern California Fair and Events Center in Perris. Related Articles Riverside County sets coronavirus hospitalization record — for fifth day in a row Rose Bowl Game to be played New Year’s Day without fans Southern California will likely face tighter coronavirus restrictions soon under new state order CSU presidents encouraged to reassess post-holiday plans due to coronavirus surge More Disney California Adventure shops and food carts open as Buena Vista Street expands “The move is being made to protect staff and those who were to be tested,” read an announcement on Riverside University Health System’s Facebook page. About 600 people had appointments to be tested at the site, the post read, adding those who had appointments will be contacted about rescheduling. Santa Ana winds started gusting through Southern California on Wednesday, Dec. 2, and into Thursday, leading to power shutoffs and a heightened risk of wildfires. The Perris site is part of the county’s network of COVID-19 testing sites. It opened in April.

Pomona Christmas Parade is still on for the holidays

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Pomona residents still have the annual Christmas Parade to look forward to this holiday season. Following the lead of other nearby cities, the Downtown Pomona Owners Association will be hosting “Dashing Thru Downtown,” a COVID-19 compliant drive-thru version of the city’s yearly Christmas Parade. The festivities will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.12, in Downtown Pomona at 400 E. Mission Blvd. In recognition of its frontline workers and their sacrifices during this tumultuous year, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center will serve as the Grand Marshal for the parade. The DPOA is inviting the community to thank workers by creating a personalized work of art or messages and posting it on their respective Instagram pages. The holiday event will feature “stationary” floats and parade entries while cars drive through the parade route. Spectators will be lining up starting at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Elm Street. There will only be one entrance to the parade. It is recommend those coming to the event arrive via Mission Boulevard as many of the streets near the downtown area will start closing…

How to help people in the Inland Empire this holiday season

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdowns have not shut down the holiday season nor have they canceled many of the annual holiday toy and food drives. Nonprofit organizations and businesses are still collecting holiday donations, though some have had to modify their programs because of the pandemic. And there are more people needing assistance this holiday season because of pandemic shutdowns and the resulting financial hardship. Following is a selection of Inland Empire programs accepting donations during the holiday season. Toy drives • The Riverside Fire Department is joining ABC7 and firefighters throughout Southern California in the Spark of Love toy drive through Dec. 24. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys, sports equipment, blankets and gift cards for underserved children and teens through age 16 in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. Toys, sports equipment, etc., may be dropped off between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 1-4 p.m. Fridays at the following locations: Cesar Chavez Community Center/Bobby Bonds Park, 2060 University Ave.; Stratton Community Center/Bordwell Park, 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd.; Renck Community Center/Hunt…

Santa, elves and reindeer are essential workers in Rancho Cucamonga

No one is going to hang a “We’re closed” sign on Santa’s workshop. At least not in Rancho Cucamonga. That’s because the city on Wednesday, Dec. 2, proclaimed Santa Claus, his elves and his nine reindeer essential service workers. An official proclamation was read into the record by Mayor L. Dennis Michael that gave Old St. Nick the right to manufacture toys and deliver them via his flying sleigh to children of the foothills city without breaking any laws pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael, during the City Council meeting in which four of the five members were seated in the Council Chambers, along with some staffers but no one from the public, said the proclamation was “a little different” than those he normally hands out. “We declare Santa, his elves and reindeer as essential workers as they tirelessly work to spread holiday cheer to all of us here and to all our loved ones around the world. We have this proclamation that we will be mailing tomorrow to the North Pole,” Michael concluded. Rancho Cucamonga City Hall is located within the Rancho Cucamonga Civic Center…

Gov. Newsom announces Regional Stay-at-Home order based on ICU capacity

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday a Regional Stay-at-Home order for all regions that fall below a 15% ICU capacity. Regions where ICU capacity falls below 15% will be placed into this Stay-at-Home order for three weeks. The regions in the state are Northern California, Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. Below are the projections by region: Newsom suggests the four regions in “Early December” could see the order go into effect as early as the next day or two, but all regions are expected to reach below that 15% in the next few weeks. “The ICU capacity in all of these regions by the end of this month will drop based on our current projections,” said Newsom. The Regional Stay-at-Home order means bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons and barbershops will be required to temporarily close. Sectors that can remain open include: schools that have received a waiver, critical infrastructure, retail at 20% capacity, restaurants for take-out and delivery. Newsom does suggest getting outdoor and staying active with activities like going to a park or beach, going on a bike…

Desert Hot Springs Moves Closer To Canna-tourism

Desert Hot Springs will be the first valley city to move closer to allowing cannabis use in concert venues and hotels. The city council voted unanimously on this ordinance Tuesday night and says this will put Desert Hot Springs on the map when it comes to canna tourism. “A marijuana entertainment facility means any facility or location, the primary function of which is an entertainment use such as a movie theater, bowling alley, concert venue, etcetera,” said Doria Wilms, Assistant City Manager with Desert Hot Springs. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can walk into any hotel or movie theater right now and start smoking marijuana. These entertainment facilities will have to be built specifically for this purpose, and follow city guidelines. According to Marijuana Business Daily, cannabis sales are on pace to rise 40% over last year, despite a global pandemic, and Desert Hot Springs wants a piece of that revenue. “Desert Hot Springs has always been founded on the health and wellness, so why not move into the health and wellness of what cannabis can do for people utilizing our boutique spas,” said…

CSU Presidents Urged To Reassess Campus Plans Due To Virus Surge

LONG BEACH (CNS) – Amid surging COVID-19 cases and the likelihood of students and staff traveling over the holidays, campus presidents in the Long Beach-based California State University system were being urged Thursday to reassess post-holiday scheduling, including possibly delaying the start already limited in-person instruction. In a letter sent to the system’s 23 campus presidents this week, CSU Chancellor Timothy White and Chancellor-select Joseph Castro called the coronavirus surge in California “deeply concerning.” “The pandemic’s progression, coupled with the reality that many of our students and employees will be traveling and/or socializing with others over the next several weeks — contrary to public health warnings against such behavior — throughout California, to other states and internationally, creates an immediate urgency to review, and likely adjust, campus plans,” the letter states. The CSU is already holding primarily virtual courses during the current term, and will continue to do so for the term beginning in January. But there are limited exceptions for types of instruction that cannot be delivered virtually. In their letter, White and Castro note that students and staff who ignore health orders and…

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