Inland Empire

For LA’s leaders, Kobe Bryant’s death is ‘a dark and sad day for Los Angeles’

L.A. City Councilman Curren Price was in church Sunday when the word came. The pastor gave the news to the congregation at Phillips Temple CME Church, which was celebrating its 113th anniversary. Kobe Bryant, 41, the athlete who would help define LA for a generation — and, in the process, bring five NBA titles to the City of The Angels — was dead, along with his daughter Gianna. “The minister made the announcement. Everyone was shocked.  And my memory just started flooding.” Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved. pic.twitter.com/hkb0lbRwie — Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) January 26, 2020 The moment hearkened back to that day in LA City Council’s chamber, August 2016, when the Council deemed Aug. 24 “Kobe Bryant Day.” (8/24 — the two numbers Bryant would wear in his career). The Los Angeles City Council declared Wednesday, August 24, 2016, as Kobe Bryant Day, honoring the recently retired Los…

Rancho Cucamonga High School student: City should honor Frank Zappa

Rancho Cucamonga High School student Aaron Hernandez was challenged to write a paper on finding a problem and going about how to solve it. Others given government teacher Rebecca Guerrero’s assignment choose more typical topics, such as school security or the dos and don’ts of school-time apparel. Anyone who knows Aaron, 17, might not be surprised he wrote his paper about outrageous, innovative, jazz-rock fusionist Frank Zappa, one of his favorite musicians. When he learned Zappa spent his early years in Rancho Cucamonga but has never been officially recognized, that cinched it for him: He had to tell everyone. “I was really nervous,” the soft-spoken honor student said of the night he pitched the idea of honoring Zappa during a City Council meeting in November. Aaron spoke about how Jack Benny, whose comical rendition of a train stop in “Cu-ca-monga!” earned him a statue that now stands at Chaffey College, as well as several streets named after city pioneers, saying Zappa belonged in that same group. Yet, aside from a temporary exhibit at the library five years ago, there’s been no permanent tribute to the…

Measure G in Redlands is a big deal. Here’s why

If Redlands voters pass Measure G in March, it will relax development restrictions in a 782-acre area around the upcoming rail line. Some say that could lead to a walkable, sustainable future, while others predict it will create a traffic-clogged nightmare that kills the city’s small-town charm. Lane Schneider, who lives in the area affected by the measure, said she doesn’t want to see four- or five-story buildings, and denser housing in the zone that stretches between Alabama and Judson streets. “This will be an urban enclave going down the center of town,” Schneider said. “If I wanted to live in an urban environment, I wouldn’t live in Redlands.” She is a principal officer and treasurer of the Save Redlands No on G committee. Tracy Wise, a director of Redlands for Progressive Change, meanwhile calls the vote a moment of opportunity for the city. She has lived all over the world and calls Redlands the place where she would like to grow old. “To that end, I am looking for ways to increase walkability and have alternatives to driving everywhere, and also want to support…

Kobe Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash in Calabasas

CALABASAS — Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among nine people killed Sunday when a helicopter taking them to his youth basketball academy crashed in the foggy hills of Calabasas. There were no survivors. Those on board the 12-seat helicopter included Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, according to news reports. Another victim was Christina Mauser, who was a coach at Harbor Day School in Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa mayor Katrina Foley tweeted. The identities of all victims would not be announced until families are notified, said Sheriff Alex Villanueva. The helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76B, took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County at 9:06 a.m., records show. The crash, in the area of Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street, was called in at 9:47 a.m., according to a watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills/Malibu station. The downed chopper triggered a small fire that was quickly put out. Two men working at the Church in the Canyon, a small Presbyterian congregation on Las…

Kobe Bryant reported among 5 dead in helicopter crash near Calabasas

MALIBU – Five people, including basketball legend Kobe Bryant, were killed when a helicopter crashed along a hillside near Calabasas on Sunday morning, authorities and TMZ reported. The crash, in the area of Las Virgenes Road and Willow Glen Street, was called in at 9:47 a.m., according to a watch commander at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills/Malibu station. Five people confirmed deceased, no survivors in #Calabasas helicopter crash. #LASD #Malibu deputies remain with #LA County Fire personnel. Investigation ongoing. Avoid the area until further notice. — LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) January 26, 2020 Deputies on scene with @LACOFD regarding aircraft crash. https://t.co/o2xkFluzQm pic.twitter.com/BPGfKS6nFt — LASD Lost Hills Stn. (@LHSLASD) January 26, 2020 The California Highway Patrol confirmed the crash and also noted a fire on the mountain. Authorities are asking people to avoid the area. Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board, according to TMZ. “Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in…

Movie theater CEO still ‘committed’ to Pomona despite funding setback

Maya Cinemas announced its intent to open a movie theater in downtown Pomona back in 2016. Two years later, after drawn-out negotiations with City Hall, a development agreement was signed that allows Maya to buy much of the two blocks surrounding the site for a theater and parking. Since that August 2018 deal, the asphalt and dirt remain undisturbed and little has been heard about the project. I wrote the first piece about Maya’s interest and have pointed out the site to friends on numerous occasions. But with no visible progress, I had to admit I was wondering if the project was a dud, like “Cats.” Maya CEO Moctesuma Esparza swears the roughly $25 million theater will be built. If the hoped-for financing comes through at mid-year — more on that in a moment — the theater could break ground by the end of 2020. “We remain committed to each other, the city and Maya,” Esparza told me. “We have a signed contract with the city. It took a long time to reach an agreement.” While Pomona was taking two years to seal a deal with…

Are your 2020 resolutions kaput? Go short-term instead

If you do not feel as committed this week to the New Year’s resolutions you made Jan. 1, you’re not alone. Of the 130 million people who made New Year’s resolutions, 92% will give up by the second week of February. There are several good reasons you may have difficulty keeping your resolutions. You might feel overwhelmed or discouraged by seemingly unattainable goals. Maybe your intentions were not clear when you started, or you’re not ready to change. Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington, authors of “The 12 Week Year,” propose that people don’t follow through with resolutions because a year is too long a time for planning. “It creates an illusion that there is lots of time, which often results in procrastination, discouragement and failure,” they wrote. “Committing to something for 12 weeks is easier and much less overwhelming than an annual commitment.” To use their planning system, you spend time writing down visions of how you see your life-long term and set goals for what they call a 12-week year. Every 12 weeks is not just a quarter of a year. It’s the…

Photos: Los Angeles Dodgers Celebrate with fans during Fanfest 2020

Thousands of fans came out dressed in Dodger Blue to support their team and share a day of fun, see some of their favorite players like Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson and more during the Los Angeles Dodgers Fanfest featuring player autographs, music, food, VIP Experience, Dodger merchandise and player interviews at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Kiki Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles as he speaks with the media during the Los Angeles Dodgers Fanfest with player autographs, music, food, VIP Experience, Dodger merchandise and player interviews at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 25, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) The Los Angeles Dodgers Fanfest with player autographs, music, food, VIP Experience, Dodger merchandise and player interviews at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 25, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Elaine Zaragoza of Paris, California with her Dodger/Mickey Mouse Ears during the Los Angeles Dodgers Fanfest with player autographs, music, food, VIP Experience, Dodger merchandise and player interviews at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 25, 2020.…

New Riverside Lunar Festival celebrates new year and new zodiac cycle

The Ju Yi Tang group of Los Angeles performs the Lion Dance during the Riverside Lunar Festival, a celebration of the lunar new year, on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) Zhandue Ye helps Thomas Ham dress up during the Riverside Lunar Festival, a celebration of the lunar new year, on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) Ian Sanchez, 4, enjoys a bubble roller during the Riverside Lunar Festival, a celebration of the lunar new year, on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) Andrew King, 8, of Riverside explores toys from Sunny Seki’s booth during the Riverside Lunar Festival, a celebration of the lunar new year, on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) Gloria King, 5, of Riverside poses for a photo during the Riverside Lunar Festival, a celebration of the lunar new year, on Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer) Members of Rancho Cucamonga Sholin Kung Fu perform during the Riverside Lunar Festival, a celebration of the lunar new year, on Saturday Jan. 25,…

Thousands attend the 71st Grand National Roadster Show Saturday at Fairplex

A model is reflected in the grill of a 1951 classic car during the 71st Grand National Roadster Show at Fairplex in Pomona Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards while another 400-800 vehicles will join the event Sunday for the 15th Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In. The annual event is considered the largest indoor car show in the world. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) A completely restored and costumized 1930 Ford Tudor altered street sedan sits front and center in one of the exhibition halls during the 71st Grand National Roadster Show at Fairplex in Pomona Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. Over 500 show vehicles competed for awards while another 400-800 vehicles will join the event Sunday for the 15th Annual Grand Daddy Drive-In. The annual event is considered the largest indoor car show in the world. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Les Wake, from Rugby, England, takes a picture of a 1933 Willys Delivery on display during the 71st Grand National Roadster Show at Fairplex in Pomona Saturday Jan. 25, 2020. Over 500 show vehicles…

Downtown Riverside group to hand out seven awards

Seven people, groups and agencies will be honored for their work to benefit downtown Riverside. They will be recognized at the Riverside Downtown Partnership’s 33rd annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, set for Wednesday, Feb. 19. The winners are being thanked for their “excellence in leadership and service to the downtown community,” a partnership news release states. The nonprofit partnership formed in 1981 to advocate for a better downtown. Here are the awards and winners: Arts and Culture — Riverside Arts Academy, which educates students in music, dance, performing and visual arts. Business Activity – Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau, which brings conventions and meetings to downtown that benefit businesses. Downtown Event – Kiwanis Uptown Riverside for its annual Riverside’s Got Talent event that supports charity. Downtown Improvement – Ratkovich Properties, for its Main + Nine residential development and infill of a former parking lot. Downtown Safety and Security – Riverside Fire Department, for its fire protection work, especially during 2019’s wildfires. Chair’s Award – Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore, for his leadership of the department. Related Articles Corona event to peer into history of citrus ranches National championship…

Corona event to peer into history of citrus ranches

A panel discussion will delve into the history of citrus ranches once found in the Corona area. “Life in the Citrus Ranches: Stories of Hope, Family and Community” is set for Saturday, Feb. 8, and is presented by the Corona Historic Preservation Society. The free event will feature former residents of citrus ranches. It will be co-hosted by Corona City Councilman Wes Speake and Marta Cortez, a Corona Chamber of Commerce board member. Artifacts and photographs will be on exhibit, but residents are welcome to bring their own items for a display area during the event. The 10 a.m. event is set for the Community Room of the Historic Civic Center, 815 W. Sixth St., Corona. Related Articles National championship for Moreno Valley Falcons’ 10U football team These organizations are making sure Riverside County residents are ready for emergencies Menifee’s first major hotel — a $14 million, four-story project — set to open in late summer Riverside man once failed art classes, but is now an artist Hear Inland Empire premiere of ‘Bayard Rustin: The Man Behind the Dream’ Jan. 25 in Riverside Light refreshments…

National championship for Moreno Valley Falcons’ 10U football team

The 10U team of the Moreno Valley Falcons, part of the Southern California King Conference of American Youth Football, recently won the national championship in the 10U D2 Division. The 10U team was one of four teams the Moreno Valley Falcons sent to the American Youth Football national championships, held in December in Kissimmee, Fla., according to a press release. The Moreno Valley Falcons is a nonprofit organization offering tackle football and cheer programs for ages 5 to 14. This season the Falcons had seven tackle football teams ranging from 6U to 13U divisions, six of which made it to the Superbowl in November, according to the press release. The Falcons’ 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U and 12U teams won Superbowl championships and went on to regional competition in San Diego, where the 8U through 11U teams won. The Moreno Valley Falcons 8U team competed in December 2019 in the American Youth Football national championships in Kissimmee, Fla. (Photo by Syrita Kinney, Moreno Valley Falcons) The Moreno Valley Falcons 9U team competed in December 2019 in the American Youth Football national championships in Kissimmee, Fla. (Photo…

San Bernardino County awaits state high court’s ruling on Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s status

San Bernardino County may have to wait a couple of months before the state’s highest court decides whether Supervisor Dawn Rowe should be removed from office pending an appeal of a ruling that her appointment is “null and void.” In the meantime, Rowe can continue service in office, according to a California Supreme Court order issued Thursday, Jan. 23. The California Supreme Court says San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe can remain in office until it decides if it will hear the county’s request that she stay while it appeals an earlier court ruling that her appointment was “null and void” and must be revoked. (File photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) “It’s disappointing, but not surprising,” Michael Gomez Daly, executive director of I.E. United, the political advocacy group that sued over Rowe’s appointment, said of the court’s order. “In all reality, (the Supreme Court) made the right decision here by saying ‘We’re going to give it a few weeks and really think about it,’” he said. “What the county did is serious and the consequences could be serious.” On Friday, Rowe said…

Papyrus closing all stores including nearly 20 in Southern California

Papyrus, a mall-based retailer of stationery and upscale greeting cards, is closing all 254 of its U.S. and Canada stores including 19 Southern California locations. Owner SFP Franchise Corp. filed for bankruptcy with plans to hire liquidators to run going-out-of-business sales at its stores, which include the Paper Destiny brand. Most of the store closures are expected to take place over the next four to six weeks. The move signals further erosion of a brick-and-mortar sector that has struggled to gain traction against Amazon and other online retailers that offer lower prices and fast home delivery. Local Papyrus stores on the closure list: 27000 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., space 1036, Canoga Park 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks 12142 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 1116 Galleria Way, Glendale 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 689, Los Angeles 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles 1412 Montana Ave., Santa Monica 1458 Third St., Santa Monica 400 S Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach 21712 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 347 Los Cerritos Center, Los Cerritos 5259 E 2nd St., Long…

Job growth ticks up in Orange County, with solid gains across region

Job opportunities bloomed in Southern California last month, with the pace of growth in Orange County — which lagged its neighbors for most of 2019 — carrying more of the water. There were 123,900 more people working in December across three California metropolitan areas than there were 12 months earlier, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The year-over-year job growth was slightly less than November’s 128,800. The hiring temperature was still hottest in the Inland Empire, with 30,900 new jobs representing a 2% increase in the last 12 months. Orange County workers got to choose from 25,200 additional jobs last month compared with December 2018, a 1.5% gain. The year-to-year growth numbers for Orange County were a lackluster 0.8% in November when growth of just 14,000 jobs was reported. The accommodations industry added about 7,700 new jobs in Orange County. “The overall growth number did surprise me,” said Raymond Sfeir, an economist at Chapman University said of the Orange County report. “Leisure and hospitality jobs have grown a lot,” he said, attributing much of that to new rides at Disneyland. Los Angeles County, where…

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