Inland Empire

Protest in Oak Glen spotlights suffering caused by coronavirus shutdowns, organizers say

Freedom Protest Rally 2020 founder Frank Opp puts up an American flag as the stage backdrop Saturday Aug. 15, 2020 in Oak Glen. Over 500 people and families attended the event which was to support family owned business who have been required to close due to state ordered COVID restrictions. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) A pair of children stand for the national anthem during the beginning of the Freedom Protest Rally 2020 Saturday Aug. 15, 2020 in Oak Glen. Over 500 people and families attended the event which was to support family owned business who have been required to close due to state ordered COVID restrictions. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Craig Bedard, from Palm Springs, shows his patriotism as he carries an American flag during the Freedom Protest Rally 2020 Saturday Aug. 15, 2020 in Oak Glen. Over 500 people and families attended the event which was to support family owned business who have been required to close due to state ordered COVID restrictions. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Attendees of the Freedom Protest…

An Open Letter to Inland Empire Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners:

or the entrepreneurs and small business owners in our community, particularly those we work with day in and day out, we wanted you to be aware that we hear and understand your frustration with the uncertainty that you are dealing with.  Many of the team members at the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) are themselves business owners, so the uncertainty and challenges hit close to home for us as well. Several of us have had to close businesses or put them on hold. This is an… For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Emergency Education Grants Announced by Growing Inland Achievement

In a coordinated regional response to Inland Empire student needs, Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) has distributed 14 grants to local programs and nonprofit organizations, totaling $255,000. The funds will be used to support students in the Inland Empire with technology, basic needs, and college transition. The post Emergency Education Grants Announced by Growing Inland Achievement appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Employee exodus, misconduct allegations prompt shakeup at Jurupa Valley social justice nonprofit

An influential environmental and social justice nonprofit in Jurupa Valley is undergoing a staff shakeup in the aftermath of alleged corruption, a spate of employee resignations and sexual harassment accusations against its former executive director. The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice is on its third interim executive director since May, when Allen Hernandez left the position under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations. He was replaced by an official later accused by staff of misconduct and demoted earlier this month. The latest interim director has been on the job less than two weeks. Since July 22, two employees at the center have publicly accused Hernandez of sexual harassment on Facebook. The most recent allegation surfaced Wednesday, Aug. 12, in a video posted by CCAEJ youth organizer Gabriela “Gaby” Mendez. And on July 24, six employees — then half the organization’s staff — announced their resignations in a letter posted on Facebook. In the weeks that followed, the organization’s board of directors dwindled from eight members to five. Ericka Flores of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice speaks to residents from communities…

Why can you order a beer with food outside at county restaurants, but not a brewery?

As long as you order a meal on the now-expanded patio of Santa Clarita’s Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Co., you can also enjoy one of the craft beers the company has made for almost a quarter century. But you can’t visit sister business Wolf Creek Brewery — which has a tasting room, but no on-site kitchen — and sit outside on an acre of land in the same city, order a meal from a food truck and wash it down with a pint of their ale. It’s closed, per county health orders. Like Wolf Creek Brewery, most brewery taprooms rely on food being provided by an on-site food truck or other third-party vendor and don’t have a facility to prepare food themselves. Most California counties have no problem with that. But Los Angeles County is different. It’s the only county in the state that, under health orders to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, prohibits breweries without permanent kitchens from serving customers food and brews outside. The rules in Pasadena and Long Beach, which each have their own health departments, generally dovetail with…

Californians urged to conserve electricity as heatwave strains power grid

Officials urged Californians Sunday, Aug. 16, to conserve power and help stem potential blackouts during a heatwave that is expected to drive up the need for electricity this week. The California Independent System Operator issued a state-wide flex alert effective from Sunday through Wednesday. The warning was made in response to soaring demand for electricity that was largely due to the use of air conditioning as triple-digit temperatures roasted parts of Southern California. It calls upon residents to voluntarily limit their consumption of power during peak usage periods between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. The ISO issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, today through Wednesday, 3 to 10 p.m. each day. Record-breaking heat is straining supplies; consumers should plan for potential outages. https://t.co/OsNLVKZ5rb pic.twitter.com/2fRKDM1FvV — Flex Alert (@flexalert) August 16, 2020 “It’s really a lot of the same advice your mother might have given you while growing up,” Southern California Edison spokeswoman Julia Roether said. “Remember to turn off the lights and don’t stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open to cool off, that sort of thing.”…

Suspect who was sought in Ranch2 fire turns himself in to Azusa police

A man sought on suspicion of igniting a fire in Azusa that devoured thousands of acres and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people turned himself in to police Sunday, Aug. 16. Osmin Palencia, 36, surrendered to officers and was in Azusa police custody Sunday afternoon, department officials said in a news release. He had been named as a suspect in connection with the Ranch2 fire that broke out on Thursday. Palencia lived in an encampment near the origin point of the forest fire, police said. Witnesses told officers that he had been in an altercation with another man before starting a fire in the Azusa Canyon Riverbed. Further details regarding what led up to the fire were not immediately released. Authorities asked anyone with information about the blaze to contact Azusa Police Detective Matt DeCaro at 626-812-3200. The Ranch2 fire forced people in the nearby community of Mountain Cove to flee their homes as it burned out of control and spread rapidly Thursday evening. However, structures were spared as flames moved away from buildings and deeper into the Angeles National Forest. Residents were allowed…

786 new coronavirus cases reported in San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County announced 786 more patients have been confirmed to be infected with coronavirus, according to data released Sunday, Aug. 16. No new deaths were reported. With a population of 2,180,085, about 1.9% have been confirmed positive. Of residents with known cases, 1.4% have died. State data shows as of Saturday the number of positive patients in county hospitals is continuing a downward trend that started in late July. At 445, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is still well above April and May’s daily counts, which hovered around 150. The number had risen steadily for all of June and half of July before leveling off. At skilled nursing facilities in the county, the latest state numbers from Friday show 10 more positive residents, 21 more positive employees, and no new resident deaths. Here’s a look at the updated numbers from state and county public health officials. San Bernardino County Cases: 41,124, up from 40,338 Saturday Deaths: 568, the same as Saturday Hospitalizations: 445 Saturday; suspected patients: 96 Saturday Intensive-care unit patients: 134 Saturday; suspected patients: 18 Saturday Recoveries: 32,211, up from 31,798 Saturday…

Authorities suspect arsonist sparked Ranch2 fire in Azusa, while Lake fire origin remains mystery

While the cause of the Lake fire – which has burned more than 14,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest and in the Antelope Valley – remains a mystery, investigators have identified a man who they say ignited a blaze that would become the 1,800-acre Ranch2 fire in Azusa. First came an argument between two men living in the San Gabriel Riverbed Thursday afternoon, police say, then came a physical altercation. Afterward, one of those men intentionally lit a fire in the riverbed, which then spread into the forest and toward the Mountain Cove community, a foothill housing tract, Azusa police and Los Angeles County fire investigators said. Investigators spoke to witnesses, shortly after first responders arrived to fight the rapidly spreading blaze. Police identified the suspect on Friday as Osmin Palencia, 36, in what is considered an arson investigation. His whereabouts were unknown as of Saturday evening. Across the county on the other end of the Angeles National Forest, investigators continued their probe Saturday into what sparked the larger Lake fire. The U.S. Forest Service did not release information about the investigation on Saturday.…

Food Distribution Supplies Run Low

A food distribution held at Mary Pickford Theatre this morning ran out of supplies within the first half-hour. Many who made line hours before the event started had to be sent elsewhere for food and supplies. Five months ago, when the pandemic first hit, members from destiny church saw a need and decided to step in and help. “A lot of people were laid off or furloughed, so destiny church became really mobilized in helping the community, not only in Indio where our main campus is at but here in cathedral city and throughout the Coachella Valley,” said Pastor Rick Saldivar with Destiny Church. Destiny Church has partnered up with Find Food Bank and The Mary Pickford Theatre to provide help to the community, but food and supplies do run out fast. “The distribution starts at 8 o’clock but people start lining up as early as 6:45,” added Pastor Rick. With limited supplies, the food distribution only lasted for about 20 minutes, cars and food were quickly cleared out of the area but people were not left empty-handed. They were sent to the main church…

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