Colton Joint Unified School District receives a $78,545 grant to elevate school meal participation

No Kid Hungry awarded Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) a $78,545 grant in March 2021 to increase school meal participation, to serve meals to hard-to-reach students, and provide school nutrition staff with necessary materials such as personal protective equipment and portable tents to ensure safe meal distribution. Another exciting component to the grant is that it provides enough bandwidth that when classes return to in-person learning, it will assist the district in reinstating its Gran N Go Meal Carts and breakfast in the classroom initiative. “COVID-19 has caused a severe disruption in normal meal services. COVID forced us to design a new way of packaging and delivering meals with as minimal contact as possible. We made so many program changes that community outreach became a large area of opportunity. We also started serving meals at a local motel to our students who reside there, this gave us an opportunity to have a high visible delivery van to bring some normalcy to the area,” said CJUSD Director of Nutrition Services Eric Enciso. When schools across the state closed on March 13, 2021, CJUSD nutrition services was quick to pivot…

Community Health centers receive over $10.2 million in American Rescue Plan funding

Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that three San Bernardino County community health centers and health care providers will receive a total of $10,210,625 in American Rescue Plan funds to expand COVID-19 vaccination access and care. This round of funding is targeted to provide relief to lower-income communities and ensure health equity. The resources stem from the American Rescue Plan, President Biden’s landmark law to help American communities beat the coronavirus crisis. Aguilar helped pass the American Rescue Plan on March 10, 2021. As a result of the American Rescue Plan becoming law, the following Inland Empire Community Health centers and providers will receive funding: • SAC Health System: $5,526,125 • Inland Behavioral and Health Services: $1,822,750 • County of San Bernardino: $2,861,750 “I was proud to help pass the American Rescue Plan because it delivers this type of direct relief to communities like ours. Throughout this crisis, community health centers have taken the lead to ensure every Inland Empire resident has access to high quality care. Now, they’ll have the funding they need to continue expanding health care services and vaccination access to help us stamp…

Woman Driver Stabbed by Passenger | Riverside

04.06.2021 | 12:32 PM | RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A 50-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing another woman several times in the face Tuesday in Riverside. California Highway Patrol officers reported to the eastbound Riverside (91) Freeway, west of Central Avenue, and found the victim who had been stabbed in the face and hand by a passenger in her vehicle, according to Officer Juan Quintero. A preliminary investigation identified the passenger as Kimberly A. Cain, who fled the scene on foot after allegedly stabbing the woman, Quintero said. Cain was found hiding near the highway and was arrested by CHP officers. Cain was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, Quintero said. The victim was treated at the scene by the Riverside Fire Department and later taken to a hospital. Her condition was unknown. Anyone with information about the stabbing can call the CHP Accident Investigation Unit at 951-637-8000. The post Woman Driver Stabbed by Passenger | Riverside appeared first on ONSCENE.TV.

NPR, PBS to remain on KVCR as new plan requested

A plan that could eliminate NPR and PBS from KVCR and make it a student-run effort without those national affiliations was tabled Thursday, April 8. Instead, the San Bernardino Community College District board unanimously approved a motion by Trustee John Longville that interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres “make a focused, immediate effort to produce a serious plan for the best uses for this district’s broadcast facilities and that existing KVCR and FNX staff, media faculty and local community representatives all be involved in this effort.” There is no timeline for the plan, but board members expressed hope that the station could be integrated into the college to better train students for media careers and that the station could continue providing NPR and PBS along with local reporting. Board members listened to more than two hours of comments from members of the public before beginning to discuss the proposal, intended to eliminate the station’s $1.2 million annual deficit and provide more value for students at San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College. Preparing those students is the primary goal of the San Bernardino Community College…

Fate of KVCR in the air Thursday night

Whether NPR and PBS remain on the air in the Inland Empire was up in the air Thursday night, as the board responsible for the station debated a plan that could make it a student-run effort without those national affiliations. San Bernardino Community College District board members listened to more than two hours of comments from members of the public before beginning to discuss the proposal, intended to eliminate the station’s $1.2 million annual deficit and provide more value for students at San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College. Preparing those students is the primary goal of the San Bernardino Community College District, which also runs KVCR, interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres said in a written report. KVCR staff countered that the station could be self-sufficient and serve students as well as the community if it weren’t for what they called “years of mismanagement.” The station could more than cover the deficit by rebuilding the KVCR foundation, rebuilding the marketing program and supporting an investigative journalism program or other investors, they said. The station’s costs could also be covered by an endowment formed from…

Riverside County coronavirus hospitalizations hovering just over 100

After falling below 100 on Easter Sunday for the first time since the pandemic’s early days, the number of people being treated in Riverside County hospitals with confirmed coronavirus cases has begun to plateau above the century mark. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 105 on Wednesday, April 7, state data show. With the exception of Sunday, April 4, hospitalizations have hovered between 100 and 110 for the past eight days, after many weeks of dramatic declines. The new trend comes in a week that the county expanded eligibility for getting COVID-19 shots to everyone 16 and older. On Thursday, April 8, Riverside County officials announced they will move a county-run vaccination clinic at Tahquitz High School in Hemet after Friday, April 9, to the gymnasium of Alessandro High School, 831 E. Devonshire Ave. in Hemet. Here are the latest numbers, according to county and state public health officials. Riverside County Confirmed cases: 295,896 total, up 126 from Wednesday, averaging 183 reported per day in the past week Deaths: 4,454 total, up 12 from Wednesday, averaging 16 reported per day in the past week…

Riverside Elks Lodge donates to Voices for Children, Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit

At the presentation of the Riverside Elks Lodge’s donation in February 2021 to Voices for Children are, from left, Leslie Fisher, exalted ruler of the Riverside Elks Lodge, and Jennifer Richard and Sharon Morris of Voices for Children. (Courtesy of Leslie Fisher, Riverside Elks Lodge) The Riverside Elks Lodge 643 recently donated $3,500 to the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit and $2,000 to Voices for Children. The donation to the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit will be used to purchase equipment. The unit is part of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, but members pay for their equipment through donations, according to a news release. Voices for Children, based in Riverside, is an advocate group for foster children. The Riverside Elks Lodge is at 6166 Brockton Ave., Riverside. For information, call 951-683-0370.

LA County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations remain below 600

Los Angeles County health officials reported 52 new coronavirus-related deaths and 710 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, April 8. Fewer than 600 remained hospitalized due to the disease and cases among pregnant women declined, official said. The trajectory is being closely watched as the June 15 date approaches for what could be a full statewide reopening in California. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared that the coronavirus outbreak could largely be over by June. In Thursday’s report, Los Angeles County Public Health, to date, has identified 1.2 million positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of the county; and a total of 23,388 deaths. According to the state dashboard, there are currently 540 people with COVID-19 who are hospitalized, with 24% of those in the ICU. The good news: The number of daily hospitalizations has remained under 600 since April 3. The five-day average of daily hospitalizations is 575. Meanwhile, cases among pregnant women countywide also have dropped significantly. During the surge in December, weekly cases grew to more than 400 a week for two consecutive weeks. During the week ending on March 28,…

Mitchell Rosen: Millie the cat paws-itively enjoys Zoom sessions

For the past year-plus, I have been working remotely from my home. Before the pandemic, I would have an occasional telemedicine session with a client, usually via FaceTime or old-fashioned phone. Many therapists, including myself, never heard of Zoom prior to 2020. Now, I spend up to seven hours each day talking to patients via a large screen. There was a learning curve; it took a while to make sure the vacuum cleaner wasn’t blaring nearby, or I could be certain the sessions had privacy from the rest of my family. What I didn’t count on was how intensely ramped up my cat Millie would get each time she heard a Zoom session begin. When I’m at home, Millie will follow me around, usually because she’s bored and there is nothing on Netflix. For reasons I cannot explain, when the cat hears my online sessions begin, she will scratch fervently at the closed door to my study until I let her in. Then she jumps up on the printer next to my screen or, worse yet, walks across the keyboard making a thump, thump, thump…

Wildfire threat likely to get worse, experts say

It’s no secret that the state’s wildfires are getting worse every year, but the big question is just how bad it’s going to get. Five of California’s six largest wildfires on record occurred in 2020 and nine of the 10 biggest ignited within the past decade. With California in the second year of drought, state officials are scurrying to shore up resilience efforts and firefighting capabilities. That emphasis on resilience, including a $536 million “early action plan” unveiled by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday, April 8, was applauded by panelists tackling the issue during a discussion hosted by the SoCal Policy Forum the same day. The forum is a partnership between the Southern California News Group and UC Riverside. Firefighting techniques and capacity are important, but not the ultimate solution, said Michael Gollner of the Berkeley Fire Research Lab. “We’re not going to make a big dent by aerial suppression,” Gollner said during the 90-minute online event. “The big dent is going to be on the ground before the fire starts.” Part of the problem is that for decades, the state suppressed naturally occurring wildfires…

San Bernardino mayor vetoes council vote on clearing Oxbow site of concrete

San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia has vetoed the City Council’s approval of $2 million to remove a massive pile of broken concrete from the Oxbow site in the foothills of North Verdemont. In a memo to elected officials, City Manager Rob Field and City Attorney Sonia Carvalho on Thursday, April 8, Valdivia requests the matter be placed on a future council agenda for further deliberation. Specifically, the mayor asks staff to return with an option for policymakers to authorize the ability to crush the material on-site. The memo was shared with this news organization. Valdivia did not immediately return a message Thursday seeking comment on his decision. On Wednesday, April 7, a majority of the City Council agreed to pull $2 million from reserves to remove the heap of uncovered concrete from atop Palm Avenue in the northern part of town. Work was to begin Monday, April 12, and conclude within 50 working days. Four council members approved the move, including Councilman Ben Reynoso, who represents the area. As the city’s top elected official, Valdivia has the authority to veto any item favored by fewer…

Riverside County coronavirus vaccine clinic at Tahquitz High School moving

The Riverside County-run coronavirus vaccine clinic at Tahquitz High School in Hemet is moving after Friday, April 9, county officials announced Thursday. This clinic is moving because the high school needs the space for education and athletics, said county spokeswoman Brooke Federico. The clinic will move to the gymnasium of Alessandro High School, 831 E. Devonshire Ave. in Hemet, across the street from Jacob Wiens Elementary School. “The new location will be opened for up to four weeks so those who received their first dose at the Tahquitz site will be able to receive their second dose at the Alessandro site,” a county news release reads. “Health officials will soon be contacting those needing a second dose to make an appointment.” More than 1.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in the county, which allows anyone 16 and older who lives, works, or attends school in the county to be vaccinated. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. To get a vaccine appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine. Those 65 and older or those needing help booking…

Coronavirus tracker: California reported 2,270 new cases and 116 new deaths, April 7

According to the end-of-day totals from California public health websites Wednesday, April 7, there were 2,270 new cases of the coronavirus reported statewide, bringing the total number of cases there have been to 3,662,132. There were 116 new deaths reported Wednesday, for a total of 59,566 people in California who have died from the virus. The state reported 2,312 people in hospitals with coronavirus-related infections. That’s 54 fewer patients than Tuesday. California has administered 21.1 million shots since Dec. 15, of which 7.9 million people, or 19.8% of the state, are fully vaccinated. Two of the three vaccine options out there require two doses. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources

Kaiser workers protest, demanding support during pandemic

Kaiser Permanente workers held a protest Thursday at Los Angeles Medical Center, alleging the healthcare giant has slashed performance-sharing bonuses and provided scant support to overworked employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaiser workers also held a protest Thursday at the company’s San Leandro Medical Center. The employees are represented by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West., which includes 58,000 Kaiser employees. Those were the first of 11 gatherings scheduled at Kaiser facilities throughout California. Additional protests will be held later this month in Panorama City, Vacaville, Redwood City, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Manteca, San Rafael, San Jose and Richmond. SEIU spokeswoman Renee Saldana said workers were informed in February that their performance-sharing bonuses, based partly on employee attendance, would be reduced by 15%. “The employees are upset because Kaiser has publicly praised them as heroes with big, giant signs outside their facilities,” she said. “But now they are penalizing them for missing days when they had to quarantine if they were sick.” Arlene Peasnall, Kaiser’s senior vice president of human resources, said that claim is “simply false.” Last fall, labor and management leaders recognized that year-end performance…

Writer Keenan Norris reflects on growing up Black in Highland

Keenan Norris won’t forget the day the racist neighbor sicced a dog on him. The old man had daily taunted the four boys with the N-word on their way to or from school in East Highland from his front porch lawn chair. But one day he upped the ante, yanking open his front door and ordering his pit bull, “Get ’em!” Norris’ three friends took off. Keenan, at about 10, was a year younger, slower on his feet and an easy target. “The dog cut on a dime and left nine cents on the sidewalk, chasing me down,” according to Norris’ written account. In a hail-Mary play, the boy slung his backpack, striking the dog square in the face. Dazed, the dog retreated when its owner called it back. Norris’ brawny father soon visited the home, which had a Confederate flag flying on a pole in the backyard. Bringing a baseball bat as punctuation, Mr. Norris made it clear that his son was not to be messed with again. He wasn’t. In fact, the neighbor moved away not long afterward. (His dog had bit a…

Carson city clerk quits for same post in Riverside

Carson City Clerk Donesia Gause-Aldana is leaving the city to assume the same post with the city of Riverside. (File photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer). Carson City Clerk Donesia Gause has announced she will step down from her elected position effective Sunday, April 11, after the Riverside City Council appointed her to the same post there earlier this week. Gause, a former member of the Carson City Council, will make $180,000 a year in Riverside. Her first day is Monday, according to a press release from Riverside. She will replace former longtime City Clerk Colleen Nicol, who retired. “The City Clerk’s Office plays a very important role in guaranteeing the public has access to information about issues facing our city and ensuring our local elections are conducted in a professional manner,” Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. “I look forward to our residents benefitting from Donesia Gause’s leadership on these issues.” The Carson City Council will discuss at its April 20 meeting whether to appoint a successor for the remainder of Gause’s term — she was reelected unopposed in 2018 — or hold an…

San Bernardino County won’t allow home restaurants countywide, considers pilot program

San Bernardino County is considering a pilot program that would legalize home-based restaurants, after the Board of Supervisors declined to allow them countywide. Two years after Riverside County became the first county in California to allow people to sell food out of their home kitchens, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 6, was considering making San Bernardino County the seventh jurisdiction in the state to do so. But instead, after several supervisors said many cities don’t want it, they supported a suggestion by Supervisor Janice Rutherford to look into a pilot program and lobby the state for a way to allow the businesses in some parts of the county but not others. “If this pandemic has made anything clear, it’s that people need more opportunities,” Rutherford said. “They are constrained by brick and mortar, by regulations the state has promulgated on them. We have people crying out for the opportunity to take their talents and benefit their communities.” Although almost everyone speaking to the board on Tuesday said they supported the idea, officials from many cities told county officials they don’t want it, fearing…

New 15 Freeway toll lanes to open Saturday morning

The wait is almost over for those new toll lanes on the 15 Freeway in Riverside County that commuters have been tempted to drive on. Fifteen miles of exclusive express lanes are scheduled to open early Saturday morning, April 10, to paying solo drivers and car poolers, though the precise hour isn’t known, said John Standiford, deputy executive director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission. “It will happen sometime while most people are asleep,” Standiford said on Thursday, April 8. To use the lanes, drivers will have to display a FasTrak transponder in their car or truck and have a prepaid account. New customers may open an account at riversideexpress.com or by calling 855-951-1500, a news release stated. Carpools with three or more people per vehicle with an active account and a FasTrak Flex switchable transponder will receive a 50% discounted rate for a limited time, the release stated. Motorcyclists won’t be charged and drivers of zero-emission vehicles will get a 15% discount, the release stated. Since April 2018, the transportation commission has been constructing four toll lanes — two in each direction — between…

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