Inland Empire

San Bernardino mayor should resign if allegations are true, councilwoman says

A San Bernardino councilwoman is the first elected official to suggest that Mayor John Valdivia step down if the sexual harassment allegations made against him by two former city employees are true. Removing herself from the dais to speak to Valdivia as a constituent Wednesday, Feb. 19, Councilwoman Sandra Ibarra echoed the sentiment of about a dozen people who marched from City Hall to Feldheym Library in support of Mirna Cisneros and Karen Cervantes, who have accused Valdivia of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. “If those allegations are true,” Ibarra said from the public speakers’ podium, “and only you know if they are true, please … step down.” San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia (right) listens to a speaker during a meeting Wednesday evening Feb. 19, 2020. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Approximately a dozen San Bernardino residents prepare to march from City Hall to Feldheym Library, where the San Bernardino City Council meets, in support of two women who have accused Mayor John Valdivia of sexual harassment Wednesday evening Feb. 19, 2020. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily…

President Trump Says Palm Springs Wind Turbines ‘Look Like Hell’

Just one day after visiting the Coachella Valley, President Trump holds a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during which, he went on a rant about wind energy. In his speech, he comments on “windmills”, specifically the Palm Springs turbines. He says, “Look at Palm Springs, California. [Turbines] are all over the place. They are closed, rotting, they look like hell.” During the president’s speech he started talking about the deaths of bald eagles due to “windmills”, then quickly started bashing Palm Springs’ “windmills”. The rally, where thousands of supporters gathered, lasted 98 minutes, and during his speech, he also lambasted the Academy Awards, Brad Pitt and Michael Bloomberg. President Trump made a stop in the Coachella Valley Wednesday, spending his time at Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison’s Rancho Mirage estate. President Trump talks about wind turbines, referencing the ones in Palm Springs. Says “they look like hell” at rally in Colorado. @NBCPalmSprings pic.twitter.com/ikD2r3Btid — Sara Sanchez (@SaraSanchezNBC) February 21, 2020

Studio City marathoner outruns anguish of scleroderma

Greg Cohen in Encino, CA Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Cohen has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease characterized by hardening of the skin which makes each step painful. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Greg Cohen has a running tattoo on his leg. Cohen has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease characterized by hardening of the skin which makes each step painful. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Greg Cohen trains for the LA Marathon in Encino, CA Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Cohen has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease characterized by hardening of the skin which makes each step painful. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Greg Cohen, who went to culinary school, has a chef based Scleroderma tattoo on his arm. Cohen, who has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease will run his this years’ LA Marathon. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Greg Cohen trains for the LA Marathon in Encino, CA Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Cohen has Scleroderma, a rare, incurable and disfiguring auto-immune disease…

Rialto teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual misconduct with student

A Chino man and middle school teacher in Rialto was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a student where he taught. Brian Servin, a 31-year-old teacher at Kucera Middle School, was arrested by the Rialto Police Department on Tuesday evening after an investigation by police and the Rialto Unified School District, officials said. “Several search warrants were executed that obtained enough evidence to support a warrant for Servin’s arrest,” police said in a statement on Thursday. Servin was arrested at his residence on the 4000 block of Camelia Court, and booked into the West Valley Detention Center with a bail of $250,000. He was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14-years-old, jail records show.

Perris residents crowd meeting on recent violence

Perris residents, alarmed by recent violence and murder in the city, got a chance to hear from city and police officials face-to-face Thursday night, Feb. 20. And they packed the meeting. Residents crowd a special meeting in Perris on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, to discuss the recent spate of violence in and near the city. (Photo by Beau Yarbrough, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A standing-room only crowd poured into the city council chambers for the special meeting at Perris City Hall. Officials called the session in response to a wave of killings and violence in and around the city of 79,000 since early February. Perris resident for 33-years Cynthia Bernabe listens in the hall as she watches through one of the door to the City Council chambers during Perris City Council special meeting on recent violence in the city in Perris on Thursday, Feb 20, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Perris residents stand in the hall watching monitors and listening because the City Council chambers are over flowing during a Perris City Council special meeting on recent violence in the city in Perris on Thursday,…

Riverside Sheriff’s identify a suspect in a Perris triple homicide, need public’s help finding the person

Update: The suspect in the killing of three people whose bodies were found earlier this week in a Perris cemetery has been identified by the sheriff’s department as 33-year-old Jose Luis Torres Garcia. Sheriff’s officials say he could be driving a dark blue 2001 GMC Yukon SUV, with the license plate 4PDH363, but he is also known to ride a “motorcycle street bike, possibly a green Kawasaki.” #Breaking Perris Triple Homicide Suspect Identified: 33-year-old, José Luis Torres Garcia. Homicide Unit Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating José Garcia. Please call 951-955-2777 or 951-776-1099, option 5. pic.twitter.com/E5Bx2K4dq8 — Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept (@RSO) February 21, 2020 Original: The Coroner’s Office Wednesday released the names of the three men killed execution-style at a Perris cemetery. The victims were identified as Perris residents Jaime Covarrubias Espindola, 50; Jose Maria Aguilar-Espejel, 38 and Rodrigo Aguilar-Esepjel, according to the coroner’s office. Riverside County’s sheriff said that three men killed were slain to “send a message for something.” Sheriff Chad Bianco held a news briefing Tuesday with Perris Mayor Michael Vargas to provide general details regarding the triple…

‘El Chapo’ Guzman associate who testified against the kingpin sentenced to 84 months in prison

(CNN) — Tirso Martinez Sanchez, a former associate of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman whose testimony helped convict the drug kingpin, was sentenced to 84 months in prison — about seven years — in Brooklyn federal court Thursday. Martinez Sanchez, 53, was part of a chorus of colorful government cooperators who took the stand during the 2 1/2-month trial that put Guzman away for life last year. US District Court Judge Brian Cogan on Thursday said his testimony was of “the highest value to the government” and “truly extraordinary.” Cogan, who presided over Guzman’s trial, said Martinez Sanchez’s sentence includes the four years he has already served in the United States. He had pleaded guilty to distribution of controlled substances with the intent to import — which has a recommended sentence of up to life in prison. “I have never seen a defendant who put himself at such extraordinary risk as this defendant,” Cogan said of Martinez Sanchez on Thursday. Martinez Sanchez testified at Guzman’s trial that he smuggled 30 to 50 tons of cocaine into the United States between 2000 and 2003. The drugs were carried in hidden…

Global food waste twice as high as previously estimated, study says

(CNN) — Twice as much food as previously estimated — or a third of all food available for human consumption — is wasted, with people in wealthier countries wasting more, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS One. Researchers looked at the relationship between food waste and wealth and found a direct link between the two. They also discovered that people in poorer nations begin wasting more food as they earn more money. The study estimated food waste using consumer expenditure and found that, globally, people were wasting as much as 727 calories a day in food in 2011, or 25% of calories available for human consumption, compared to 351 calories a day in 2003, although researchers said the 2003 measure did not include food waste from some of the largest nations, such as the United States, so they recalculated food waste for the year 2005 at 526 calories a day per capita. Researchers said that food waste is not a “problem at low levels of affluence,” or in developing countries, and that a so-called “elasticity” or growth in waste occurs as incomes increase. The “affluence…

The Grove in Riverside honors retiring Senior Pastor Tom Lance

The Grove Community Church came together to celebrate its Senior Pastor Tom Lance and his wife, Carol, for 45 years of service. Tom Lance, senior pastor of The Grove Community Church in Riverside, was saluted for his years of service during Celebration Weekend the weekend of Feb. 8, 2020. From left are Lance; his wife, Carol Lance; Natalie Bishop; and Daniel Bishop. The Bishops will succeed the Lances, who will remain on staff in different roles. (Photo courtesy of The Grove Community Church) During Celebration Weekend, the weekend of Feb. 8, 2020, The Grove Community Church in Riverside, thanked Senior Pastor Tom Lance and his wife, Carol, for their 45 years of service. Lance is retiring but will stay on as pastor emeritus. Carol Lance will be small group director. (Photo courtesy of The Grove Community Church) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Tom Lance, senior pastor of The Grove Community Church in Riverside, right, is seen during his retirement celebration the weekend of Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. To Lance’s left is Pastor Daniel Bishop, his successor. (Photo courtesy of The Grove Community Church) Tom…

Walking the Rancho Cucamonga holiday lights display likely won’t be any easier in 2020

Thoroughbred and Jennet street homeowners in Rancho Cucamonga deck the halls with lawn displays, festive lights and cute characters each December, but it’s not always the most wonderful time of the year for some residents in surrounding neighborhoods. For years, those living on nearby streets have put up with blocked driveways, delays reaching their homes, vandalism, noise and visitors who leave trash and human excrement in their yards, according to a city report delivered to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 19. What started as a cozy neighborhood tradition more than 20 years ago has exploded into a must-see holiday experience for Southern California, boosted by social media posts. City polls found the Holiday Lights Display is no longer just a local experience. Last year, 67% of visitors came from ZIP codes outside of the city, some from as far away as San Diego and Tulare counties. Thoroughbred Street in Rancho Cucamonga becomes a relatively quiet neighborhood once the Christmas decorations are taken down and the vehicle and pedestrian traffic is over. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Zane Derweesh walks…

Muralist brings NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson’s Fontana highlights to life

33-year-old suspect sought in triple slaying at Perris cemetery February 20, 2020 at 4:41 pm Los Angeles artist Jonas Never, 38, works on a mural of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The mural, which is scheduled for completion next week in time for race weekend, will depict career highlights of the driver from at the Fontana track. Johnson is retiring from full time NASCAR racing following this season. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Los Angeles artist Jonas Never, 38, works on a mural of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The mural, which is scheduled for completion next week in time for race weekend, will depict career highlights of the driver from at the Fontana track. Johnson is retiring from full time NASCAR racing following this season. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Los Angeles artist Jonas Never, 38, works on a mural of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Thursday Feb. 20, 2020. The mural, which is scheduled…

Temecula teen starred in Super Bowl commercial

For some, the best part of Super Bowl Sunday is watching the commercials rather than the game itself. Those people probably saw Temecula resident Zoey Ruderman. The 14-year-old acted in a commercial for Facebook that features cameos from comedian Chris Rock, actor Sylvester Stallone and was set to Twisted Sister’s 1980’s hit, “I Wanna Rock.” The commercial showcases Facebook groups that relate to the word “rock,” from rock climbers to rock collectors and from rocket launchers to Rocky Balboa fans. Ruderman, whose acting name is Zoey Gale, can be spotted toward the beginning of the ad skipping rocks over a lake. How did it feel to see herself on TV on Super Bowl Sunday? “It was really cool,” said the eighth grader, who has been acting since she was 6. The commercial is Ruderman’s seventh. Her first was for Allstate when she was 7. She has also appeared in commercials for companies such as Toys R Us, Hallmark and Walmart as well as in short films. Ruderman’s mother, Rebecca Gale, said that focusing on her daughter’s career has been a sacrifice, especially since attending auditions…

La Verne Girl Scout’s photo is on cookie boxes? Sweet

A La Verne teen is pictured on every box of Trefoil cookies sold by the Girl Scouts. And since she’s a Girl Scout, she might even be selling you the box herself. Katelyn Roney was one of six winners, out of 25,000 entrants, in a 2018 contest to appear on a box of cookies. Now 14 and a freshman at Bonita High, Katelyn is on the boxes of shortbread cookies whose release began in late January. “It’s been an amazing experience so far,” Katelyn told the audience at Tuesday’s La Verne City Council meeting, where she was honored. To keep things lively, people were asked to check under their seats for a Post-It note. Those eight winners got free boxes of cookies. More council meetings should include games. Mayor Don Kendrick gave Katelyn a $10 In-N-Out gift card and a certificate of appreciation. The poised teen said the Girl Scouts had flown her to New York City, where she got to meet female business executives and photos were taken for the boxes. “I had to stay quiet for two years about it,” Katelyn said. “I…

Felon charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a family’s home near Desert Hot Springs and cooking breakfast.

A 61-year-old felon was charged with burglary Thursday after allegedly breaking into a family’s home near Desert Hot Springs, cooking their food and then taking off his pants. Deputies arrived about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to a burglary-in-progress call at a home in the 16000 block of Via Corto East in unincorporated Riverside County, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Residents reported awakening to find Carl Cimino of Desert Hot Springs cooking scrambled eggs with baloney and ranch dressing and eating the family’s store-bought flan, The Desert Sun reported. The family also heard yelling and banging prior to exiting the house and calling 911. Deputies established a line around the house after arriving and made repeated announcements requesting Cimino exit the house, which he did not, sheriff’s officials said. With the help of a K9 unit, Cimino was arrested about 30 minutes later inside the house, according to court and jail records. According to court documents, the defendant was previously convicted of felony burglary. During his arrest, Cimino’s pants were off and he was speaking incoherently, witnesses told The Desert Sun. Jail records show he…

Time Warner Settles Unlawful Business Practices Suit for nearly $19 Million

Time Warner Cable will issue credits to customers valued at roughly $17 million as a result of a legal settlement stemming from unlawful business practices tied to internet services that weren’t delivered, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. “It is important for Riverside County residents to know that they are getting a fair shake,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin said. “Corporations must absolutely abide by the law. This enormous settlement shows the potential result if they do not.” Time Warner, a subsidiary of Stamford, Connecticut-based Spectrum- Charter, was sued by the district attorneys of Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego counties because of how customers’ accounts were handled between 2013 and 2019, when prosecutors allege Time Warner failed to deliver the high-speed internet access promised to new customers in advertisements. The company did not admit or deny fault under the settlement. Prosecutors said more than 170,000 customers paid for internet speeds that Time Warner did not have the infrastructure to provide, in some cases leaving recipients with outdated modems incapable of accessing the higher bandwidths that the defendant touted. Customers paid for the faster…

Peloton is giving free bikes to disappointed Flywheel customers

(CNN) — Owners of Flywheel’s in-home bikes will soon be forced to spin into enemy territory. Flywheel said Wednesday that it will shut down the virtual classes that are connected to its in-home bikes in March. Peloton will let Flywheel customers swap out the $1,500 bikes for a used Peloton bike for free. This comes after Flywheel and Peloton’s two-year legal battle over patent infringement. Peloton sued Flywheel in September 2018 claiming the former copied the technology used to create its in-home bikes and the leaderboard that lets customers race against each other. Flywheel settled earlier this month, admitting that it copied the technology and agreed to “stop infringing Peloton’s patented technology.” That resulted in Flywheel having to shut down the in-home bikes. “We look forward to welcoming these new members into the Peloton family,” the newly publicly traded company said in a statement. Flywheel customers will have to fill out a form to receive the bikes. Flywheel’s studio operations aren’t affected by the changes. It still has about 30 studios in the US after closing roughly a dozen in 2019. Peloton sells $2,245 indoor bikes and a $4,295…

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