Inland Empire

Now under the State’s Red Tier, PSUSD Discusses Plan to Bring Some Students Back to Campus… Eventually

The Palm Springs Unified School District Board met Tuesday to discuss the latest plan to get students back on campus under a hybrid model. Riverside County moved into the red tier of coronavirus restrictions Tuesday. Under the state’s red tier, schools can reopen for hybrid in-person learning after the county has been in the red tier for 14 days. For Riverside County, that date would be October 6. However, PSUSD didn’t make a decision or vote on if students will be back in October. The district is watching closely coronavirus spread in the county, and if the county can successfully keep COVID-19 case numbers low. In the interim, the district is planning and expects a full hybrid-learning schedule with safety modifications to roll-out in January with 50% of the student body back on campus. Students who are struggling under distance learning will be the first to come back. Tuesday the board discussed a proposed timeline to phase schools into the plan, beginning with taking parent surveys in September, to finally implementing the hybrid model after winter break in January. The board will meet again next…

State Auditor: 4 UC Schools Including UCLA Didn’t Prevent Improper Admissions

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The University of California failed to prevent student admissions based on improper influence and other inappropriate factors, according to a state audit released Tuesday, which found that more than five dozen applicants were unfairly admitted to four UC campuses, including UCLA. The audit, which examined admissions between the academic years of 2013-14 through 2018-19, found that UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara admitted 64 applicants “based on their personal or family connections to donors and university staff,” according to a letter sent by California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle to Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. The majority of the allegations were leveled at UC Berkeley, which admitted 42 students based on their families’ connections to the school, ” even though their records did not demonstrate competitive qualifications for admission,” according to Howle. The remaining 22 students were admitted to the four schools as athletes, despite lacking the athletic qualifications necessary, the audit found. Of those, four students were found to be improperly admitted to UCLA. The audit states that those 22 students did not substantially participate…

Board of Supervisors votes 3-2 to redraft plan for the accelerated removal of coronavirus public health regulations

The Board of Supervisors has voted 3-2 to redraft a plan for the accelerated removal of coronavirus public health regulations, allowing all Riverside County businesses, churches and other entities to fully open by the first week of November. Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Karen Spiegel want to make several minor amendments to the proposal by Supervisor Jeff Hewitt, setting the stage for another vote on Oct. 6. This story is breaking and will be updated

Investigation Underway on Death of Firefighter Killed on El Dorado Fire as Community Mourns

We often hear about the brotherhood in the fire service, on Tuesday morning  it was on full display for Charles Morton, a 14 year veteran of the U.S. Forest service and leader of the elite firefighting crew, the Big Bear Hotshots. Morton was killed fighting the El Dorado Fire in Yucaipa. The procession of first responders made its way from San Bernardino to a mortuary in Orange County. As they mourn the loss of one of their own, an investigation into his death is underway.  Jodi Miller, the public information officer with the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department confirms their special investigations unit is looking into the death, “When the firefighter sadly lost his life fighting the fire, my department now became involved. It’s a multi pronged investigation, Cal Fire is looking into the cause and the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is focusing on the tragedy.  “Detectives responded to the scene and are now conducting a death investigation,” says Miller.   The fire is still burning out of control, so far it’s burned over 22,500 acres, 16 homes and structures  have been damaged or destroyed and 13…

Local businesses excited to move into next reopening phase

The inside of Piero’s Pizzavino has been quiet for months, until today. Riverside County Health officials announced Tuesday afternoon that certain businesses can move into the next reopening phase. “We just got the news probably 15 minutes ago that we could open up. We’re scrambling to make sense of the inside of our restaurant and plan on being extremely busy today,” said Sheri Pierattoni, manager at Piero’s Pizzavino.  The jump comes as Riverside County data shows the COIVD positivity and case rate are trending in the right direction. “We continue to see numbers go down for hospitalizations. As of yesterday we had 131 COVID positive hospitalized, 47 in the ICU. That is down from the mid-July peak of 550 COVID positive hospitalized and 167 in the ICU,” said Bruce Barton, Emergency Management Department for Riverside County.  In the red tier, more indoor services are allowed to reopen. That includes: retail and malls at 50 percent capacity, personal care with specific modifications, museums and zoos at 25 percent capacity and gyms at 10 percent. “It allows us to bring back our personal training, and that, in…

Coronavirus state tracker: California has 15,164 deaths, U.S. passes 200K on Sept. 22

According to the California Department of Public Health several counties were lowered to less restrictive levels of the state’s monitoring system on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Riverside County was the only Southern California county to move; it was lowered from the most restrictive purple tier to red. Once a county’s tier has changed it must remain there for three weeks. A county must also meet criteria for the next tier in daily coronavirus positive cases per 100,000 and testing positivity for two consecutive weeks in order to progress down a level. Modoc, Alpine and Maripossa counties are the only three of the state’s 58 counties to reach the minimal (yellow) level. Cases and deaths associated with COVID-19 by age group in CaliforniaData as of Sep. 21, 2020

Redlands photographer takes a top award in national park contest

Bruce Herwig at Forest Falls (Courtesy of Bruce Herwig) Redlands photographer Bruce Herwig has won the grand prize in the landscape category of the 10th annual National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron. Herwig’s winning photo, “An amazing sunset at the Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park,” was selected from more than 4,500 entries and was judged on technical quality, uniqueness and sense of place, according to a news release. His photo will be published in one or more of the following magazines — Grand Canyon Journal, the Yosemite Journal, the Colorado Journal and the Yellowstone Journal. Herwig also won an honorable mention in the night skies category with a photo of the Neowise Comet taken at Joshua Tree National Park. This is Bruce Herwig’s photo of the Neowise Comet, taken at Joshua Tree National Park, that won an honorable mention in the night skies category of the 2020 National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron. (Photo by Bruce Herwig) To see the winning photos and honorable mentions in all three categories, landscape, night skies and wildlife, go to www.nationalparktripsmedia.com/contests/2020-photo-contest-winners. “I love photography because…

In final days from cancer, Pomona painter has one last art show

You might call him the painting priest from Pomona. Father Bill Moore has been producing sought-after canvases from studios in the Pomona Arts Colony, San Dimas or Claremont for more than two decades. His abstract paintings, which are rarely religious in nature, command thousands of dollars. And now, Moore is in his last days. Father Bill Moore is the subject of a career retrospective of his abstract paintings. It will be the last show for Moore, a priest who is in the last stage of terminal cancer. (Photo by David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Father Bill Moore feels the texture of one of his early paintings, a 1972 representation of the Last Supper. He has always encouraged viewers to touch his canvases, which incorporate found objects. (Photo by David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Father Bill Moore with his 2017 canvas, “The World Awakening.” It is part of “My Last Art Beats,” a career retrospective of his paintings, now on view in Pomona’s Progress Gallery. (Photo by David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Father Bill Moore walks across a gallery showing a career retrospective…

Riverside County reports 10 coronavirus deaths on day it moves to red tier

Riverside County reported 10 more COVID-19 deaths and 63 more positive cases Tuesday, Sept. 22, as it announced its move into a less-restrictive state risk level. To determine the tier, the state looks at the percent of tests that come back positive, and the number of new cases per day per 100,000 residents, adjusted for testing volume. The county’s test positivity rate went down by 0.6 percentage points from the previous week, and the adjusted case rate stayed the same. Related: Emotions high as Riverside County considers split from state coronavirus reopening plan The state adjusted the county’s case rate up because it is testing less than the state average. Counties that test more than the average have their rates adjusted downwards. Moving to the red tier will allow churches, restaurants, and other businesses to resume indoor operations with limits on how many people can be inside. Here are the latest numbers, according to county and state public health officials. Riverside County Confirmed cases: 57,482, up from 57,419 Monday, Sept. 21 Deaths: 1,172, up from 1,162 Monday Hospitalizations: 146 confirmed patients Monday, up from 131…

This year’s Mission Inn Run will be a virtual event

The Mission Inn Run, a fundraiser for the Mission Inn Foundation, will be a virtual event this year. The Mission Inn Virtual Run will be held Oct. 8 through Nov. 8, with participants running or walking through Riverside on their own and uploading their times and distances to the run’s website, www.missioninnrun.org. This year’s event features a newly designed 2020 Mission Inn Run T-shirt, finisher medal and Raincross face mask. There will also be a new Riverside Historic Landmark Challenge, with weekly challenges that blendfitness goals and Riverside’s historic sites, with prizes for all participants, according to a news release. Participants may track fitness goals with the free RaceJoy app, and there will live leaderboards during the race window, Oct. 8-Nov. 8. Participants may sign up for 5K, 10K and half-marathons runs or walks, a kids’ 1K run or walk or a new Fun Run. Registration is $15 plus a sign-up fee for the kids’ 1K event and $35 plus a sign-up fee for the other events. For information and to sign up, go to www.missioninnrun.org. The Mission Inn Foundation preserves, interprets and promotes the…

School supply giveaway provides hundreds of backpacks to Rialto students

On September 10, 400 Rialto students received a free backpack filled with essential distance learning items from a school supply giveaway coordinated by champions in the community: Never Stop Grinding Impact, Smile America Abdi Foundation, and Music Changing Lives leveraged their networks to host a successful event for students in need, which was open to the public and held near Morgan Elementary School. “Originally, we anticipated giving away 200 backpacks, but with the support of our donors, we were able to extend that amount to 400…and we gave away every single backpack we had. There was one family who walked up to the drive-through giveaway because they didn’t have a car. That family was so appreciative of their backpacks and school supplies, it was a heartwarming moment,” said Darious Harris, Never Stop Grinding Impact founder and CEO. The backpacks were filled with many essential items, also items needed to be successful in distance learning. “We wanted to fill the backpack with supplies that would assist students with distance learning. We provided students with earphones to help them better focus on their teachers’ lectures and we…

63 New Coronavirus Cases, 10 New Deaths Tuesday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials are reporting 63 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths, bringing the countywide totals to 57,482 cases and 1,172 deaths. There are new 20 cases in the Coachella Valley and 2 new deaths. Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 1,106 (+1) cases, 26 (+1) deaths Cathedral City: 1,897 (+2) cases, 32 deaths Palm Springs: 1,042 cases, 51 (+1) deaths Rancho Mirage: 235 cases, 23 deaths Palm Desert: 1,017 (+1) cases, 55 deaths Indian Wells: 46 cases, 2 deaths La Quinta: 783 cases, 19 (+1) deaths Indio: 3,644 (+7) cases, 70 deaths Coachella: 2,653 (+2) cases, 27 deaths Thousand Palms: 224 cases, no deaths Bermuda Dunes: 135 (+1) cases, 3 deaths Thermal: 175 cases, no deaths Mecca: 442 (+1) cases, 9 deaths North Shore: 127 (+3) cases, 1 death Oasis: 331 cases, 4 death Sky Valley: 48 (+2) cases, 2 death Cabazon: 60 cases, 1 death Anza: 13 cases, no deaths At this time age group, 18-39 continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases in the county with 24,130 cases. Currently, 146 people…

Firefighters save 1930’s Ranger Station on Mt. San Jacinto

Cal Fire shared positive news Tuesday that crews from Garner Valley Fire Station 53 and Orange County Fire Authority Crew 2 cleared brush to help preserve a state ranger station from the 1930’s. The crews took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park and hiked 2.4 miles with their equipment. They cleared around 150 feet of surrounding brush, limbed nearby trees and moved away any other flammable materials. They also wrapped the historical buildings in fire resistant wrap. Thank you firefighters!

State Clears Nail Salons To Reopen

Nail salon operators who have been fighting to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic scored a major victory Tuesday when the state authorized the businesses to resume limited operations, but don’t expect them to immediately open in Los Angeles County. Individual counties can impose stricter regulations than the state, based on local COVID-19 data. Los Angeles County health officials have previously said they don’t plan to ease any more business restrictions until at least the end of September to ensure the county does not experience a post- Labor Day spike in cases. But the state’s easing of restrictions on nail salons offered a glimmer of hope for the industry statewide. State health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly made the announcement during a midday briefing, saying that after an extensive review of the operations, the state will authorize them to reopen statewide, even if they are located in a county in the most-restrictive tier of the state’s economic-recovery matrix. The state had previously barred nail salons from offering indoor operations in counties in the restrictive “purple” tier. Los Angeles County is in the purple tier. Orange County is…

10 Riverside County youth receive Jamil Dada Character Excellence Youth Awards

The Riverside County Workforce Development Board recently presented its Jamil Dada Character Excellence Youth Awards to 10 Riverside County young people. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s awards were presented at a virtual event, held Aug. 3. The awards go to young people who displayed “exceptional character in overcoming diversity,” according to a news release, and the virtual event highlighted each honoree’s story. Each received a $500 scholarship, certificates of recognition from local elected officials and the opportunity to apply for additional scholarships from SoCalGas, Mt. San Jacinto College and OneFuture Coachella Valley. “This is an amazing and important event that we felt needed to be held even during the pandemic,” Jamil Dada, chairman of the  Riverside County Workforce Development Board, said in the news release. “Now more than ever we need to make sure that we continue to support youth, especially those that are disconnected, achieve their educational goals and dreams.” This year’s award recipients are: • Elias Woods, Rubidoux Youth Opportunity Center • Christiana Ehigiator, Rubidoux Youth Opportunity Cente • Chloe Uribe, Hemet Empower Youth Opportunity Center • Patrick Jensen, Hemet Empower…

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