Inland Empire

How Inland counties are enforcing state coronavirus rules

Roughly 1,800 churches and businesses have been contacted by Inland counties — and in some cases, taken to court — on suspicion of breaking the state’s coronavirus rules. In most cases, businesses in Riverside and San Bernardino counties avoid a court date. But a handful have been hit with restraining orders or injunctions, leaving frustrated owners complaining of unfair and shifting standards as they struggle to make a living. “You have a bunch of people getting to place their (contradictory) interpretations along the way … I’m getting tired of being pulled back and forth,” said Diego Rose, owner of Marla’s Cocina and Cantina in Beaumont, which got a temporary restraining order Sept. 15 barring the restaurant from offering indoor dining in a dispute over its setup. Indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity in the red tier state’s reopening framework, which Riverside County expects to enter Tuesday, Sept. 22. Adam Evans, co-owner of Rock Fitness, a Wildomar rock climbing gym contacted by Riverside County officials, said:  “all businesses are either essential or we should only have hospitals and Amazon delivery and everyone on house arrest.”…

Longtime San Bernardino resident Jack Reilly loved the city he called home

As civic leaders work on plans to propel San Bernardino forward, there needs to be an unwavering focus and determination for this to happen. We can certainly learn through the efforts from some of our successful mid-20th century “pioneers.” One of those individuals was Jack Raymond Reilly. Born in Oakland on April 15, 1924, to Ray and Rita Reilly, Jack and his family moved to Des Moines, Iowa soon afterward. After graduating from Dowling High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Armed Services with the 8th Air Force in England as radar operator assigned to a bomber squadron during World War II. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant and awarded Air Medal with 4 Battle stars, including the Battle of the Bulge. After graduating from Iowa State in 1949, he met his beloved wife of 48 years, Catherine. Meanwhile, Jack began working for a consulting firm traveling the Midwest on urban-planning projects. In 1954, when Jack moved to San Bernardino, he embraced his new hometown and its vision for the future. As a civic leader under seven mayors, his long tenure began in…

San Bernardino to cap campaign contributions at $4,700 per individual per election

San Bernardino intends to follow legislation that on Jan. 1 sets a $4,700 limit on how much an individual can give a candidate per election. There presently are no restrictions on such contributions. City staffers reported earlier this month that Assembly Bill 571, which endeavors to weed out corruption in government, would institute a yearly cap on campaign donations. A majority of the City Council supported the bill’s guidelines on Sept. 2. Mayor John Valdivia subsequently vetoed the move. After further review, city staffers reported last week that the $4,700 limit is per election, not per year. Council members Theodore Sanchez, Sandra Ibarra, Fred Shorett, Henry Nickel and Jim Mulvihill agreed to accept those terms Jan. 1. Council members Juan Figueroa and Bessine Richard opposed. Assembly Bill 571 will limit campaign contributions in elections to $4,700 per individual for cities and counties without their own campaign finance laws. A few cities in the region have passed such rules to avoid assuming the cap Jan. 1. The California Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, will be in charge of enforcement, with violations punishable as a misdemeanor.…

Man arrested for riding his horse on a Chicago highway

Drivers on a Chicago highway saw an unusual sight on Monday afternoon: A single cowboy riding alongside vehicles, slowing down traffic amid rush hour. The Dreadhead Cowboy, a local celebrity whose real name is Adam Hollingsworth, said he rode down the Dan Ryan Expressway in support of the #KidsLivesMatter movement. The initiative aims to raise awareness and motivate residents to fill out the US Census to help communities receive better funding. “All imma say until we focus on Kids lives matter this gone keep happening,” he wrote on Facebook ahead of the ride. Hollingsworth was taken into custody by Illinois State Police. CNN has reached out to the state police for comment. The cowboy is a known activist in the Chicago community, and has even worked with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to advocate for filling out the Census. In the video posted to Facebook, Hollingsworth is seen riding down the expressway, seemingly with a motorcycle escort, and yelling “Kids Lives Matter.” Watch: ‘Census Cowboy’ Takes Horse on Ride Down Dan Ryan Expressway https://t.co/aGOoKSZYPo pic.twitter.com/a6wbsmPUIC — NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) September 21, 2020 Watch more on NBC Palm Springs affiliate in Chicago…

Snow Fire 52% contained; Evacuation orders lifted.

Firefighters are reporting progress in the fast moving Snow fire burning just north of Palm Springs.  As of Sunday morning, Cal Fire reported the blaze was 52% contained as of Monday evening after burning 6,013 acres.  No structures have been lost and no injuries reported. Evacuations orders which had been in place since Friday for Snow Creek have been lifted.  However, an evacuation warning remains in place for Windy Point, north of Palm Springs and adjacent to Highway 111. #SnowFire [UPDATE] The fire remains at 6,013 acres and is now 52% contained. @SanBernardinoNF pic.twitter.com/rtYqY48rbz — CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department (@CALFIRERRU) September 21, 2020 The blaze broke out Thursday around 2:38 p.m. in the 15000 block of Snow Creek Road and was first reported as a car fire Flames had threatened about 450 homes in the Snow Creek and Windy Point communities, Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera told City News Service. Herrera said wind speeds between 20 to 30 mph were threatening to push the flames northeast toward the Windy Point community.     Live hit from Thursday September 18, 2020: https://nbcpalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2020/09/Kitty-6p-live-hit.mp4  

Supervisor Seeks to Expedite Lifting of Public Health Lockdowns

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt Tuesday will ask his colleagues to support a proposed two-month plan to lift all public health regulations that have locked down large swaths of the regional economy, resulting in thousands of job losses and other impacts that he said will be felt “for years to come.” “The state’s lack of clear guidelines has left thousands of people uncertain about their ability to pay bills and provide for their families,” Hewitt said in his “COVID-19 Reopening Plan,” posted to the Board of Supervisors’ policy agenda. “The economic impacts are clear — thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs have been lost due to the shutdown of our economy,” the supervisor said, referencing the region and state. “We will feel the burden of these economic impacts for years to come. It is time for Riverside County to take responsibility for our own well-being.” The centerpiece standard within the plan is a compromise concession by the governor and California Department of Public Health to set the allowable testing positivity rate at 14%, which the county currently easily meets.…

Riverside County reports 738 new coronavirus cases

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Riverside County grew by 738 as nine more people died of COVID-19 in the Monday, Sept. 21, update from public health officials. The rise in cases represents a 1.3% increase from Friday, Sept. 18. The county does not update coronavirus statistics on weekends. Here are the latest numbers, according to county and state public health officials. Riverside County Confirmed cases: 57,419, up from 56,681 Friday Deaths: 1,162, up from 1,153 Friday Hospitalizations: 131 confirmed patients Sunday, down from 138 Saturday; 55 suspected patients Sunday, up from 54 Saturday Related Articles San Bernardino County has 3rd most coronavirus cases in California Europe adopts tougher COVID restrictions as infections surge What will a snow trip to local mountain resorts be like in the age of coronavirus? Emmy Awards 2020: Photos from the coronavirus-affected at-home event 184 new coronavirus cases reported in San Bernardino County Intensive-care unit: 47 confirmed patients Sunday, same as Saturday; 6 suspected patients Sunday, down from 7 Saturday Tests conducted: 613,711, up from 600,554 Friday Recoveries (estimated): 52,469, up from 51,988 Friday Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread…

San Bernardino County has 3rd most coronavirus cases in California

San Bernardino County now has the third-most confirmed coronavirus cases in California, statistics show. The county overtook Orange County for third place on Thursday, Sept. 17, with 51,467 cases compared to 51,399 for Orange County, a gap of 68 cases. That gap has now widened to 448 cases, with Orange County reporting 52,201 cases and San Bernardino County reporting 52,649 cases Monday, Sept. 21. In late July, Orange County had about 6,500 more cases than San Bernardino County. Since then, San Bernardino County’s number of cases has almost doubled, while Orange County’s has gone up about 60%. Los Angeles County has the most cases in the state, followed by Riverside County, according to the state Department of Public Health. Orange and San Diego counties, which each have about a million more residents than San Bernardino County, are fourth and fifth. While San Bernardino County has the third-most cases, it ranks 13th in cases per capita. Smaller counties, including Imperial, Kings and Kern, have higher per-capita rates. San Bernardino County cases rose by 178 from Sunday, Sept. 20, an increase of 0.33%. The county’s COVID-19 death…

Andrew James Gomez, Jr.

Andrew James Gomez, Jr. is survived by two children, Andrew and Autumn, 7 and 4; Mother / Father Jaime and Jacqueline Gomez; siblings Jaime Jr., Nicole and Jessica; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces and many friends. Andrew was a San Bernardino resident who participated in baseball and bowling; he also loved cooling and mechanics. Andrew will greatly be loved and missed. Viewing will be at Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery, 570 E. Highland Ave San Bernardino, 92404, on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, from 4 – 8 p.m. Services on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 1 – 2 p.m. The post Andrew James Gomez, Jr. appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Alaska Airlines Announces New Nonstop Flights out of PSP

New nonstop service to San Jose, California, Reno/Lake Tahoe and Boise, Idaho, will be arriving at Palm Springs International Airport beginning Dec. 17, 2020, Alaska Airlines announced today as part of their “sun and snow” strategy of additional wintertime getaway routes. Alaska’s year-round service to San Jose will offer daily flights while its new seasonal winter service to Reno/Lake Tahoe will offer five weekly flights and Boise will offer daily flights. “As demand for leisure travel returns, for those ready to fly the coup, we’re excited to offer even more nonstop routes this winter,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska’s managing director of capacity and alliance. “We’ve long offered nonstop flights to some of the most popular vacation destinations from Southern California, and we continue to see demand for our unique low fare, high quality experience.” “The City of Palm Springs is extremely pleased that Alaska Airlines is adding three new terrific nonstop routes from PSP that allow for fantastic getaways,” said City Manager David H. Ready. “This is excellent news for our destination and we thank Alaska Airlines for their continued investment in Palm Springs International…

CDC removes guidance about airborne coronavirus transmission, says update ‘was posted in error’

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday abruptly reverted to its previous guidance about how coronavirus is transmitted, removing language about airborne transmission it had posted just days earlier. “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted,” Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman, said in a response emailed to CNN. The guidance had been quietly updated on Friday, according to the CDC’s website. CNN was first to report the change on Sunday. The CDC responded to CNN just before noon on Monday to say it was reverting to the previous guidance. Despite several studies that have shown the novel coronavirus can spread through small particles in the air, the CDC page now says that Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” This is the same language…

Emmys 2020 winners list: See who took home an award

The Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor the best in television, were presented Sunday. See below for a list of nominees and winners. Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie   Jeremy Irons (“Watchmen”) Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”) Paul Mescal (“Normal People”) Jeremy Pope (“Hollywood”) Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much Is True”) *WINNER   Outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie   Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”) Shira Haas (“Unorthodox”) Regina King (“Watchmen”) *WINNER Octavia Spencer (“Self Made”) Kerry Washington (“Little Fires Everywhere”)   Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie   Dylan McDermott (“Hollywood”) Jim Parsons (“Hollywood”) Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend”) Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Watchmen”) *WINNER Jovan Adepo (“Watchmen”) Louis Gossett Jr. (“Watchmen”)   Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie   Holland Taylor (“Hollywood”) Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America”) *WINNER Margo Martindale (“Mrs. America”) Tracey Ullman (“Mrs. America”) Toni Collette (“Unbelievable”) Jean Smart (“Watchmen”)   Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series   Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) Don Cheadle (“Black Monday”) Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method”) Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”) *WINNER Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)  …

LeBron James produced Disney+ exclusive “Becoming” is a must watch

We are still in quarantine and as a result, still looking for great shows and movies to watch. Well this past week one new great show was released. The LeBron James produced show, “Becoming” on Disney+. “Becoming” takes a look at famous athletes and celebrities and how where they came from shaped them, and helped them be as successful as they are. The show features many people who are very successful such as Anthony Davis, who is from Chicago and lived in a pretty rough neighborhood, but still managed to play basketball and take it all the way to the pros. The show also includes famous actors like Ashely Tisdale. The show really puts things in perspective and reminds you that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can still chase your dreams and be successful. Overall, “Becoming” is a must watch for the whole family. Whether you are a fan of the celebrities who are on it or not, you will still enjoy hearing how they become who they are. The post LeBron James produced Disney+ exclusive “Becoming” is a…

Finding and maintaining courage in these challenging times

By Jarrod McNaughton, MBA, FACHE, is the Chief Executive Officer of Inland Empire Health Plan, one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the U.S. TopofMind@iehp.org. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with so much widespread pain happening in our community and country, it seems even more important to remind ourselves of the resources available to help those struggling with the emotional toll these crises are presenting. When it comes to grief, unrest, and sadness – finding and maintaining courage is critical. Mental health is a critical issue that was on the rise in America before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, an estimated 26 percent of Americans age 18 and older already suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. In fact, recent Census Bureau data about mental health amid COVID-19 shows that a third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression. In light of recent events, we know that number is skyrocketing. We are being forced to accept new realities and stressors in a way that is simply…

What will a snow trip to local mountain resorts be like in the age of coronavirus?

Skiers look out over the Snow Summit park in Big Bear Lake. The resort plans on opening this year but with adjustments due to coronavirus restrictions. FILE PHOTO/ SCNG Snowboarders exit the lift at Mt. High in Wrightwood IN 2019. The resort is expecting to open this winter season, though adjustments will be made due to the coronvirus. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Skiers look out over the Snow Summit park in Big Bear Lake. The resort plans on opening this year but with adjustments due to coronavirus restrictions. FILE STAFF PHOTO/ SCNG Snowboarders exit the lift at Mt. High in Wrightwood IN 2019. The resort is expecting to open this winter season, though adjustments will be made due to the coronvirus.(Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Snowboarders exit the lift at Mt. High in Wrightwood IN 2019. The resort is expecting to open this winter season, though adjustments will be made due to the coronvirus.(Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) Popular snow resorts throughout Southern California, and across the country, are gearing up for this year’s snow…

Bobcat fire surges past 105,000 acres as new week of firefighting begins

The Bobcat fire grew to 105,345 acres on Monday, Sept. 21, as firefighters prepared to try and again push back the wind-driven blaze from foothill neighborhoods. On Sunday, authorities ordered a new set of evacuations in the Antelope Valley. The fire reached that region in the past days after starting on Sept. 6 about 30 miles away deep in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa. Containment, an established fire break at the perimeter of a wildfire, remained unchanged from the weekend at 15%. Map: Where the Bobcat fire is burning in LA County Authorities announced Monday that a third virtual community meeting for the public would be held in the evening at 6:30 p.m. “(The) fire will continue to spread from the foothills into (the) communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Pine,” according to a Monday update from the Angeles National Forest. Related Articles New evacs ordered as Bobcat fire surges past 100,000 acres; nature center at Devil’s Punchbowl destroyed Bobcat fire grows to 93,000 acres as buildings burn, evacuation orders expand Winds pushing Bobcat fire cause ‘chaotic’ scene; more evacuations ordered Bobcat fire…

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