Rancho Cucamonga adds library vending machine, a first for San Bernardino County

A reader wants the latest thriller by Stephen King. With the swipe of a library card on a machine and the entry of the book’s row and number code on a keypad, a mechanical arm grabs the item and sends it down a small elevator onto a conveyor belt that dispenses the book like a bag of chips or can of soda. With machines vending automobiles, electronics, neckties and even champagne and caviar, it’s not such a big leap to see libraries installing them for borrowing books and DVDs. These machines, known as “24/7 libraries” have become more relevant during the coronavirus pandemic, when library buildings closed and access to materials was non-existent or limited to digital content or curbside pickup. Beyond the truck, Rancho Cucamonga’s Family Resource Center offers a book vending machine that dispenses library books to card holders on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Rancho Cucamonga’s Family Resource Center features a 24/7 library located outside the building at 9791 Arrow Route on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) There was no waiting to…

Riverside’s Pink on Parade returns with in-person walk, virtual contests

The Pink Ribbon Place, a program of Riverside Community Health Foundation, will present its 10th annual breast cancer awareness walk, Pink on Parade, with virtual and in-person activities. The in-person walk, to be held Oct. 16 at Mount Rubidoux, is preceded by two online contests, Art on Parade and Paint the Town Pink. Art on Parade invites people to create art pieces inspired by the breast cancer journey, in any medium, and Paint the Town Pink invites people to decorate the interior or exterior of their homes or businesses in pink. All entries must be submitted by Oct. 2 at pinkonparade.org. People may vote for their favorite entries Oct. 8-22. Winners will be announced Oct. 29. On Oct. 16, individuals and teams may walk the decorated Pink on Parade route at Mount Rubidoux Ryan Bonamino Park, 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The day’s activities include a hula celebration and dedication at 8:30 a.m. on top of Mount Rubidoux, a Jeep Club car show and breakfast and barbecue provided by Riverside Police Officers Association’s Lost in Sauce food truck. Though registration…

Riverside couple celebrate 60th anniversary

Lola and Wilfred Elders of Riverside celebrated their 60th anniversary in August 2021. (Courtesy of Wilfred Elders) Lola and Wilfred Elders of Riverside, both 88, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family reunion at the Mission Inn in Riverside. Lola was born and raised in the Barossa Valley, north of Adelaide in South Australia, and Wilfred was born and raised in County Durham in the northeast of England. They met in 1960 at Geilo, a ski resort in the mountains of Norway, while Lola, as many Australians do, was spending some time in the U.K. They married Aug. 26, 1961, shortly after Wilfred completed his doctoral degree at King’s College in the University of Durham. A few days after their wedding, they immigrated to the United States, where Wilfred took up a teaching and research position in geology at the University of Chicago and Lola worked in the university’s library. After eight years in Chicago, Wilfred accepted a position as a professor in the geology department at UC Riverside, while Lola became a homemaker and raised their three adopted children, Adam, Thomas and…

No hot water, broken refrigerators: Restaurant inspections in San Bernardino County, Sept. 17-23

San Bernardino County did not report shutting down any restaurants or other food facilities because of imminent health hazards between Sept. 17 and 23, 2021. Non-closure inspections of note Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues. Red Chilli Szechwan Cuisine, at 2094 W. Redlands Blvd. Suite C in Redlands, was inspected Sept. 23 and received a grade of 81/B with one critical violation. A fly was crawling on raw chicken (but the inspector saw no other flies inside). Among the 10 other violations, there was one cockroach by the water heater in an area away from food (and no evidence of roaches anywhere else); some raw chicken, raw beef, raw pork and cooked and raw shrimp had been left out at room temperature; and the restaurant wasn’t keeping track of how long it left cooked boba at room temperature. This was the restaurant’s fourth B or C grade since 2017, records show. Jose’s Mexican Food, at 2094 W. Redlands Blvd. Suite A in Redlands, was inspected Sept. 23 and received a grade of 87/B with one critical violation.…

Roaches, failing on probation: Restaurant closures, inspections in Riverside County, Sept. 17-23

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities that Riverside County Department of Environmental Health inspectors temporarily shut down because of imminent health hazards between Sept. 17 and 23, 2021. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication. The Kickin’ Crab, 482 N. Main St. Suite 102, Corona Closed: Sept. 21 Grade: 82/B, failing Reason: Failing an inspection while on probation. The inspector visited in response to a complaint about inadequate handwashing and saw four employees commit handwashing violations, including one who didn’t wash after touching their own buttock and another who handled money, dirty dishes, a phone and a computer. The inspector noted this is a chronic problem at the restaurant. Among other violations, there were numerous dead clams and mussels stored with living shellfish, a manager didn’t know proper hot holding temperatures and said dirty dishes are stored on the drainboard of the food-prep sink, a cook didn’t know how often equipment should be washed and a server didn’t have their long hair restrained. The restaurant was placed on probation a year…

Moreno Valley voters will decide on 1-cent sales tax in November

When at the polls on Nov. 2, Moreno Valley voters will be asked whether to raise sales taxes. At their Aug. 3 meeting, the Moreno Valley City Council voted 4-0 to put Measure G (dubbed the “Local Moreno Valley Essential Services Measure” by the city) on the November ballot. If approved, the measure would add a 1-cent sales tax to purchases made within the city. Proponents argue the $20 million that would be raised is necessary to pay for existing public safety spending. “Our city could definitely use $15 to $20 million a year for things like roads, for things like homelessness, for a plethora of items,” Councilmember Ulises Cabrera said. Moreno Valley currently has a 7.75% sales tax, in line with 10 other cities in Riverside County, according to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. The cities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Hemet, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Springs, Riverside, San Jacinto, Temecula and Wildomar all have sales taxes higher than Moreno Valley now does. More on Measure G Moreno Valley floats 1-cent sales tax proposal in phone survey…

Ontario native participates in readiness training for Operation Pershing Strike 21

U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Guel Robles of Ontario, a Mark 19 gunner, indicates the status of his weapon to begin live-fire qualification at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. (Courtesy of U.S. Army National Guard) U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Guel Robles, a Mark 19 gunner with 645th Inland Cargo Transport Company, 650th Regional Support Group, 79th Theater Sustainment Command, recently participated in live-fire qualification at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. Robles, whose hometown is Ontario, is participating in readiness training for Operation Pershing Strike 21. Have your own military accomplishments to share? Send items for possible inclusion in the column to IEcommunity@scng.com.

Substitute teacher shortage has Inland school districts scrambling for solutions

Adrienne Vollmer became a substitute teacher a decade ago to be with her kids all day. Dorothy Bailey became one three years ago to give back. In 2021, the two Moreno Valley Unified educators are among a disappearing breed. A shortage of substitute teachers this school year has left Inland districts scrambling for educators to fill K-12 classrooms each day. Without bountiful pools of guest educators to use in a pinch, school officials have had to think resourcefully to ensure students have an adult to lead instruction. The coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly changed the landscape of substitute teaching, officials say, sending longtime guest educators down a different career path this fall. Veronica Roman, a long-term substitute teacher, works with fifth-grade students on language arts at Hunt Elementary in San Bernardino on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) La Jolla Elementary School substitute teachers Adrienne Vollmer, left and Dorothy Bailey work together as they help students during class in Moreno Valley on Thursday, September 23, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Veronica Roman, a long-term substitute teacher, teaches fifth-grade students language arts…

Here’s how Redlands will cover the $16 million tab for a new City Hall

Redlands will have to borrow several million dollars from itself to pay cash for the $16 million, six-story building slated to become the newest city hall and police headquarters. Details of the plan to pay for the Citrus Center at 300 E. State  St., the tallest building in town, along with a resolution authorizing the city manager to amend and/or terminate leases with tenants, have been approved by the City Council. The end of escrow is set for Sept. 30. The council this week approved several items related to the purchase 4-0 with Councilman Paul Foster absent. Danielle Garcia, Management Services and Finance Director, said $1,077,569 would come from the city’s water fund, $516,844 from the solid waste fund, $405,587 from the sewer fund, and the rest would come from the general fund, though the general fund will need a loan to do so. Related Articles Big Bear Lake levels down 15 feet; $56 million project could help Riverside fires July 4th fireworks vendor after show’s cancellation Riverside moves to encourage sidewalk vendors Murrieta City Council to appoint new member Riverside County pays $900,000 to…

San Jacinto native serves aboard the USS O’Kane

U.S. Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate John Ordanez, right, a native of San Jacinto, teaches sailors how to draw, fire and reload an M9 handgun during small arms training aboard the USS O’Kane. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy) U.S. Navy Chief Gunner’s Mate John Ordanez, a native of San Jacinto, is serving in the Pacific aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77). Ordanez recently taught sailors how to draw, fire and reload an M9 handgun during small arms training aboard the USS O’Kane, according to a news release. The USS O’Kane, led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, is deployed in support of global maritime security operations. Have your own military accomplishments to share? Send items for possible inclusion in the column to IEcommunity@scng.com.

Flyer about inspecting private parts was prank, warns Moreno Valley Unified

Contrary to a flyer distributed at Moreno Valley’s Vista del Lago High School and on social media soon thereafter, the Moreno Valley Unified School District is not conducting a “penis inspection day.” “In an effort to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues, I want to let you know that we are aware of a flyer regarding a rumor of an inappropriate health inspection for students,” Principal Dana Dunams wrote in a message sent home to parents on Thursday, Sept. 23. “I can assure you that this flyer was not developed or distributed by our staff. We have identified the student involved and are taking appropriate action. All flyers that were located have been removed.“ According to the flyer, the “mandatory” inspections were “due to new healthcare code 49HC” and would be taking place during fourth period on Oct. 20. And the inspections were serious business, the flyers warned: “Making fun of anyone’s penis” would be grounds for expulsion. Related Articles Substitute teacher shortage has Inland school districts scrambling for solutions UC Riverside students back on campus for fall quarter Mike Gallo appointed to San…

Man-made waves: The future of surfing is here and soon will be in Southern California’s desert

Abel Gobea has a dream gig, he’s a head chef cultivating the Central Valley’s abundant harvest into culinary cuisine for guests. And, there’s one other big perk to his job. Though he’s hours from the ocean and has never paddled out into salt-water waves, he regularly surfs just steps from his kitchen. “It took me a long time to get up and actually ride a wave,” he said of the year it took him after being hired in 2018 at the Surf Ranch, an exclusive surf spot near Fresno, to muster the courage to even try the machine-generated waves. “It’s amazing. To me, I’d describe it like walking on water.” Even more surfers who have never ridden an ocean wave may be popping up at a man-made wave near you – and sooner than you think. The waves of the future are here, some at existing surf pools and others planned for the Coachella Valley, just a few hours away from the Southern California coast. Sure, there’s plenty of purists who refuse to pay for waves and prefer the ocean as their playground, but with…

Comedian finds his place on stage in Southern California and beyond

Actor, standup comedian and radio talk show host J. Kay Weldon may have lived in Temecula for nearly a decade, but he still looks at Louisiana as home. “I’m from a small town in northwest Louisiana called Belcher,” he said. “I still think that it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever lived. Just trees and rolling fields with little lakes and bayous tucked off in the middle of them. No matter where I am, Belcher is always home.” After spending eight years in the military, Weldon moved to Southern California where he received his degree in recording arts from the Los Angeles Film School. J. Kay Weldon as the title character in William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello.” (Photo by Shawna Sarnowski) “I picked up on the audio engineering part rather quickly, but my focus was communications because I wanted to be on the radio,” he said. “After college, I hosted a weekend show on LA Talk Radio called CRASH Radio. This led me to comedy because I learned that I just love to talk.” Weldon appeared in venues including the Ice House in Pasadena, La Buena…

Powerball jackpot climbs to an estimated $523 million prize

If you’re hoping to strike it rich, now might be your opportunity. The Powerball jackpot has hit $523 million, or $379 million in estimated cash after federal taxes, as of Thursday afternoon. No winner was announced during Wednesday’s drawing, but two lucky players did each win $1 million — one in Florida and one in Maryland. A Power Play ticket holder in Pennsylvania won $2 million. If you want your chance to win, you’d better buy your ticket by Saturday — the drawing closes at 6:50 p.m. that night, and the drawing will be held at 7:59 p.m. Saturday. The odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. For context, the odds of being struck by lightning are about 1 in 500,000, and the odds of being bitten by a shark are about 1 in 5 million. The other largest prize this year was drawn on Jan. 20, when a Maryland player won over $731 million. A Massachusetts player from Chicopee won an even larger prize in August 2017: almost $760 million.

Woman’s Body Found In Freezer | Riverside

09.20.2021 | 12:00 PM | RIVERSIDE (CNS) – An autopsy was pending today on the body of an 87-year-old woman found in a freezer in the garage of her Riverside home. The body was discovered when officers went to the residence in the 6000 block of New Ridge Drive about 9:35 a.m. Sunday to conduct a welfare check on the woman, who lived there with a daughter, said Riverside Police Officer Javier Cabrera. Family members from out of state had called police to report they hadn’t heard from the woman in a couple of months, Cabrera said. Officers interviewed the woman’s daughter, and noted some inconsistencies in her statements, Cabrera said. They subsequently found the body in a freezer in the garage of the residence, Cabrera said. The daughter was interviewed by police, but was not arrested, and she was released pending further investigation, Cabrera said. Police did not release the name of the woman or her daughter. The post Woman’s Body Found In Freezer | Riverside appeared first on ONSCENE.TV.

Inland Pacific Ballet to present Fall Dance Fest fundraiser

Inland Pacific Ballet, based in Montclair, will kick off its 27th season with a Fall Dance Fest fundraiser, featuring limited in-person performances Sept. 24, 25 and 26 that will also be available for livestream viewing. The new Inland IPB II Studio Company and 2021-22 IPB Academy apprentices and trainees will perform to music of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn and Fritz Kreisler, according to a news release. Fall Dance Fest is staged by Jill Voznick and Kelly Lamoureux, with new choreography by Zaylin Cano and HannahLeah Oeding. Performances are 7 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 and 2 p.m. Sept. 26. There is a limited number of tickets for in-person, socially distanced seating at Inland Pacific Ballet’s Studio 7 Theater, 9061 Central Ave., Montclair. Tickets for digital livestream viewing at home on one device are also available. The Sept. 24 red carpet opening performance includes live music performed by violinist Yutong Sharp, cellist Erin Breene and pianist Anli Lin Ton. For those who attend in person, light refreshments will be served and guests will meet the musicians and cast after the performance. The Sept. 25 and 26 performances…

Redlands Unified pays $11 million to settle another sex abuse lawsuit

The Redlands Unified School District has agreed to pay $11 million to settle a lawsuit filed by seven victims and alleged victims of a former Clement Middle School teacher who is serving a 74-year prison sentence for sexual abuse. The settlement ends litigation initially comprising four separate lawsuits totaling seven plaintiffs — all victims or alleged victims of Sean Ramiro Lopez, who taught eighth-grade English at Clement from September 1999 until his arrest on Feb. 21, 2002. The lawsuits, filed following the Jan. 1, 2020, enactment of a new state law that gives victims of childhood sexual abuse until age 40 to file civil lawsuits, were consolidated into one case, said Morgan Stewart, the attorney for the plaintiffs. With the latest settlement, Redlands Unified has paid more than $41 million since 2016 to former students alleging sexual abuse by teachers. “They’ve all suffered since they were 13 years old,” Stewart said of the plaintiffs. “No amount of money is going to be able to solve what they went through.” District: ‘Reprehensible and troubling’ In a statement Thursday, Redlands Unified spokesman Tom DeLapp said the abuse…

‘Devious licks’ social media trend leads 2 Glendora schools to close bathrooms

A viral TikTok trend in which students record themselves vandalizing school property and post the videos online has reached the Glendora Unified School District, prompting administrators at two schools to temporarily close some restrooms during school hours. The so-called Devious Licks challenge features students posting videos that show off items they have stolen or damaged. The challenge’s name derives from the slang term “hit a lick,” which means getting something of value quickly. On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Sandburg Middle School parents were notified that a school bathroom was vandalized, with soap dispensers ripped off and bathrooms seats covered in red liquid, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services Virginia Kelsen confirmed Thursday. This comes after bathrooms at Glendora High School were vandalized last week, she said. In a statement, Kelsen said Glendora Unified “has experienced an increase in vandalism on school property. We understand that this is connected to a trend known as ‘devious licks’ that has become popular on the TikTok social media platform.” “Most notably, we have had items stolen or damaged in school restrooms,” she continued. “These items can be expensive to replace and…