Inland Empire

Moreno Valley leaders declare racism a public health hazard

Following in the footsteps of San Bernardino County and the city of Riverside, the Moreno Valley City Council has declared racism to be a public health hazard. The council unanimously voted to support a resolution on the subject at its meeting Tuesday, July 7, as part of a collective consent calendar vote on non-controversial items. “The City Council of the City of Moreno Valley joins together and encourages Moreno Valley residents, business owners, and visitors to adopt a stance geared towards empathy, understanding, and open mindedness,” a staff report on the subject, prepared by City Clerk Pat Jacquez-Narez, reads in part. “In doing so, they will see the intrinsic value of diversity and acknowledge that through diversity, tolerance, acceptance, and inclusion; our communities grow stronger and more interesting.” The non-binding resolution goes on to say the council recognizes its duty to “implement and support policies and practices that engender a safe environment for all within City limits, regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, immigration status, native language, religious beliefs, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, social economic status, disability status, and genetic information.”…

Hear Raincross Drive on the Redlands Footlighters’ outdoor stage

From left, Ralph Torres, Kelly McGuire and Mike Geoghegan are the members of Raincross Drive, which will perform July 18 on the outdoor stage at the Redlands Footlighters Theatre. (Photo by Steve Brazill) Raincross Drive, a Riverside-Redlands-based trio, will present a 1970s-infused concert 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on the outdoor stage in the parking lot of the Redlands Footlighters Theatre, 1810 Barton Road. The performance is a benefit for the Footlighters. Raincross Drive members are Kelly McGuire, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals; Ralph Torres, keyboard and vocals; and Mike Geoghegan, guitar, bass and vocals. The group’s repertoire includes music from artists such as the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, Hall & Oates, Seals & Crofts, Peter Frampton, Loggins and Messina and Chicago, according to a news release. The concert of classic hits will be family-friendly, and the audience won’t get “blown out” by the volume a typical band would generate, according to the news release. “Raincross Drive is excited and honored to be on stage, performing a benefit for Redlands Footlighters. Community theaters all over the country have really struggled during this pandemic,…

Drug Maker Finds Experimental Drug Reduces Death and Recovery in COVID Patients

Doctors have been singing the praises of the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir in the care and recovery of COVID-19 patients.  “What it is proving is that a drug can block this virus,” says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Now Gilead Sciences, the company that makes the drug, presented research shows the drug reduced the death rate in severely ill patients by 62 percent. And that’s not all, 74 percent of the patients recovered by day 14. The drug shows to be more effective in treating patients under 65-years-old who don’t need as much oxygen. Dr. Alan Williamson, Chief Medical Officer with Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage, says they are seeing results with coronavirus patients treated with the drug, “We have been using remdesivir in a number of our patients and it is in short supply.”  He says they have enough now but if the surge of COVID patients continues, soon there may not be enough to use on every patient. “So we have committees that are really studying looking at who is most likely to benefit from…

Hole in wall allows more than 20 snakes to enter woman’s apartment

AURORA, CO (KDVR) — An Aurora woman says dozens of snakes invaded her apartment following building renovations. Charlotte Moore tells the FOX31 Problem Solvers snakes have been getting into her home at the Fitzsimmons Junction Apartments since June 2 when balconies were moved at the complex. “We noticed the smell was really bad and that’s when we started seeing the snakes,” Moore said. She says at least 25 snakes have appeared along baseboards and under furniture, causing her to stay up for most of the night. “I am up at 4 in the morning and I stay up until I literally fall asleep,” Moore said. Moore has a distinct dislike and fear of snakes. “To me, snake is Satan and I don’t deal with him. You feel me?” she said. Moore, who has a disabled son, wants to be released from her lease. The Problem Solvers reached out to the complex’s corporate office. Representative Lauren Richardson explained that a hole was discovered inside of a wall in the unit and has now been repaired. The company issued a statement to FOX31 saying: “The safety and…

President Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence

President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his friend and former political adviser, Roger Stone, days before Stone was set to report to a federal prison in Georgia, according to the White House. Trump and Stone spoke on Friday, according to two sources. The clock for Stone was ticking. The Justice Department said this week it supports Stone going to prison Tuesday, and he’s all but conceded the courts won’t grant him a reprieve. The DOJ, which has been criticized for going easy on Stone, said the report date of July 14 that was set by his trial judge is “a reasonable exercise of that court’s discretion based on the totality of the factual and legal circumstances.” Stone’s criminal case has drawn intense political reactions since the beginning and a pardon could set off another round of Trump’s attacks on the Russia investigation, as well as criticism that Stone benefited after he was found guilty because he’s a friend of the President. On Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Stone associate visiting him confirmed Stone was at home, saying, “He has to be.”…

Riverside closes more services again as coronavirus cases surge

Riverside closed more city services for a second time Friday, July 10, as coronavirus cases continued to surge and hospital beds remained scarce. The decision was made by City Manager Al Zelinka, who told the City Council at a special meeting Friday morning. “The community spread of COVID-19 is becoming more concerning by the day, and I am responsible for the well-being of city employees and members of the public who visit City facilities for services,” Zelinka said in a written statement. Services that are now closed include libraries, museums, senior centers, park amenities, Riverside Public Utilities service centers and the city’s one-stop-shop at City Hall. Parks — including Fairmount Golf Course and Andulka Tennis Center — remain open, as do cooling centers. Riverside had already moved many functions online, but that’s not possible for some services, Zelinka said. For example, the City Clerk’s passport service will remain closed until further notice. It had planned to open July 15 on an appointment basis, but that cannot continue because it would require in-person interaction. City Hall and other locations should have employees ready to explain the…

Menifee, Lake Elsinore city halls to close again due to coronavirus surge

Lake Elsinore and Menifee city halls are closing — again. In response to surging coronavirus cases across Riverside County, the two cities — among many Inland Empire municipalities that closed in March and later reopened — announced they are closing their offices Monday, July 13. The cities, in news releases, said they will continue to provide services online. In Lake Elsinore, residents may seek services at www.lake-elsinore.org/city-services/online-services/citizen-self-service-portal or by calling 951-674-3124. In Menifee, online services are available at www.cityofmenifee.us/612/Virtual-City-Hall-Permit-Center. Related links Riverside County coronavirus cases break record for 3rd straight day How Riverside County cities are reacting to coronavirus Menifee City Hall to reopen Monday, June 22, with new rules Menifee’s new police department set to debut In-person appointments, a news release stated, may be made starting Wednesday, July 15, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., by visiting Menifee’s website at www.cityofmenifee.us/ or by calling 951-672-6777. The new Menifee Police Department office will remain open to the public.

Diocese of San Bernardino received $8.3 million in federal coronavirus aid

The Diocese of San Bernardino received $8.3 million in federal coronavirus aid that kept nearly 1,000 employees at its pastoral center, parishes and schools working and paid for eight weeks, a spokesman for the diocese said Friday. The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used an unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass $1.4 billion to $3.5 billion in coronavirus aid under the Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program, an Associated Press analysis of federal data released this week found. Churches and other faith-based organizations promoting religious beliefs are usually ineligible for money from the U.S. Small Business Administration. But as the economy plummeted and jobless rates soared amid the pandemic, Congress allowed faith groups and other nonprofits to tap into the Paycheck Protection Program, a $659 billion fund created to keep businesses open and Americans employed. The Diocese of San Bernardino, established in 1978, is composed of 92 parishes serving roughly 1.7 million parishioners in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Diocesan spokesman John Andrews said Friday that the money, received on May 6, helped to minimize layoffs and furloughs for eight weeks, keeping 499 employees at…

Riverside County coronavirus cases break record for 3rd straight day

The number of new coronavirus cases in Riverside County set a record for the third straight day Friday, July 10 — 1,431 new cases recorded since Thursday, July 9. Four more deaths from COVID-19 were recorded since the day before. Numbers typically include cases from the past few days, but the increase has been consistent. Statistics reported Wednesday, July 8, showed a record 856 new cases compared to the previous day, followed by a record 1,377 additional cases reported Thursday, July 9. In the past week, Riverside County has added 5,315 new cases. That is approximately what the cumulative total was on May 13. More than 11% of tests in Riverside County have come back positive for the coronavirus. Related Articles Diocese of San Bernardino received $8.3 million in federal coronavirus aid Coronavirus outbreaks at Inland Empire nursing homes slow, health officials say Soboba Casino Resort removes seating, closes restaurant due to coronavirus concerns Not allowed at his side when he died, Upland woman grieves loss of brother to coronavirus Joe Maddon asks Angels ‘to be the best teammate of their life’ Here are the…

Coronavirus outbreaks at Inland Empire nursing homes slow, health officials say

In the coronavirus pandemic’s first couple of months, Inland county and state public health officials rushed to curb outbreaks at skilled-nursing facilities, which then made up a significant portion of cases and deaths. While cases and hospitalizations have been rapidly rising across the Inland Empire in recent weeks, public health officials say the virus is mostly spreading outside these facilities. “The current increase in cases that everybody’s experiencing is less related to nursing-home patients than it is to a community outbreak,” said Dr. Rodney Borger, emergency medicine chairman for Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. In the pandemic’s early days, the facilities were at the center of attention. San Bernardino County reported its first outbreak at Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa, while a nursing facility in Riverside was evacuated because employees who tested positive didn’t show up to work. It’s unclear exactly how many of San Bernardino and Riverside county’s cases and deaths are tied to nursing facilities. The state doesn’t release data for facilities if they have fewer than 11 cases or deaths. However, the number of new cases being diagnosed in nursing homes…

San Bernardino County coronavirus cases rise by 851

San Bernardino County’s coronavirus cases rose by 851 Friday, July 10, a 4.9% increase from the previous day. That’s 4,599 new cases in just the past seven days. Countywide, 10.3% of people tested are positive for the virus, according to the county. Here are the latest numbers, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard and state public health department. Cases: 18,275, up from 17,414 Thursday, July 9 Deaths: 304, unchanged from Thursday Hospitalizations: 522, up from 511 Wednesday, July 8; Suspected patients: 78, down from 94 Wednesday Intensive-care unit patients: 160, up from 148 Wednesday; Suspected patients: 6, up from 5 Wednesday Recoveries: 9,466, unchanged from Thursday Skilled-nursing facilities: Residents: 907 positive, unchanged from Thursday; Suspected residents: 4,169; Deaths: 134, unchanged from Thursday. Employees: 514, up from 490 Tuesday; Suspected employees: 303. Deaths: 6. People tested: 172,194, up from 169,876 Thursday See a list of community-by-community cases here.

Over 1,400 New COVID-19 Cases reported Friday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials reported 1,431 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, making it another new one-day record for the county bringing the total to 24,765 confirmed cases county wide. Four new deaths were also reported bringing the counties total to 537 deaths. Here are the numbers for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 426 cases, 5 deaths Cathedral City: 923 cases, 7 deaths Palm Springs: 474 cases, 17 deaths Rancho Mirage: 130 cases, 12 deaths Palm Desert: 564 cases, 31 deaths Indian Wells: 23 cases, no deaths La Quinta: 419 cases, 11 deaths Indio: 1,879 cases, 42 deaths Coachella: 1,438 cases, 14 deaths Thousand Palms: 90 cases, no deaths Bermuda Dunes: 66 cases, 1 death Thermal: 95 cases, no deaths Mecca: 217 cases, 6 deaths North Shore: 77 cases, 1 death Oasis: 159 cases, no deaths Sky Valley: 17 cases, no deaths Cabazon: 24 cases, 1 death Anza: 6 cases, no deaths   Currently, 526 people are hospitalized countywide and receiving treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, 116 of whom are in intensive care units. Some of the infirm are from Mexico and Imperial County, according…

San Diego Seeks Input on Developer Plans for Sports Arena Site

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The city of San Diego revealed several developer plans for the San Diego Sports Arena Friday and announced it was beginning a virtual open house to gather input from the public on transforming the area into a more pedestrian and transit-friendly environment. The interactive virtual open house, which will run through July 20, will feature redevelopment design concepts for the public to review. Participants will be able to watch the welcome video describing the concept, view each design concept  and provide feedback based on their priorities. “This is an opportunity to redevelop and reshape the Sports Arena area for the next generation, and we want to hear what San Diegans think of the proposals under consideration,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “Revitalizing the Sports Arena is key to our future growth as a city and ensures that it remains one of San Diego’s most popular destinations for decades to come.” The area is currently home to the Pechanga Arena San Diego on Sports Arena Boulevard. The San Diego Gulls hockey team, Sockers soccer team and Seals lacross team all use the arena…

Body found in Coachella canal Friday

The body of an unidentified male was found in the Coachella Canal in Indio. Reports came in just after noon Friday, leading to a response from the Riverside County dive team. The reports were initially reported in the area of Mile and Madison, but crews removed the body at Highway 111 and Madison causing a partial road closure. No other information is available at this time. The coroner is on scene investigating the possible cause of death.

Coronavirus crisis forces San Bernardino schools to postpone searches for new leaders

Two San Bernardino school districts are set to begin the upcoming academic year with interim leaders after the coronavirus pandemic halted their respective searches for new top officials this spring. Before the public health crisis reached full bloom in March, San Bernardino City Unified and the San Bernardino Community College District were in the midst of recruiting successors to former Superintendent Dale Marsden and Chancellor Bruce Baron, respectively. Marsden, who announced his resignation in December, officially left SBCUSD March 31 to take on new regional work. Baron retired from the community college district Dec. 31. Trustees subsequently named interim leaders and launched searches for permanent replacements. Harold Vollkommer, a longtime SBCUSD administrator, was put in charge of the school district, while SBCCD Executive Vice Chancellor Jose Torres was pegged to lead the community college district, which serves 27,000 students through Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa and San Bernardino Valley College in San Bernardino. “The state of our district is strong,” Torres wrote in a Jan. 13 introductory letter, “and with your teamwork, innovative spirit, and leadership, we will continue building on this momentum.” In May, SBCUSD…

San Jacinto Animal Shelter closing, after $1.3 million coronavirus-related budget cut

In response to deep cuts made by Riverside County officials to cover a $100 million shortfall in the new fiscal year budget, San Jacinto’s county-run animal shelter will be closing its doors next week. “There is a pandemic here, and as a result of the pandemic, there are challenges with funding,” said Julie Bank, director of Riverside County Animal Services. “It stinks.” The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, at 581 S. Grande Ave., is scheduled to close Monday, July 13. By then, all its animals will be relocated to the county’s Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley. A dog reacts as Fields Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens walks through kennels at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Veterinarian Luis Lizarraga operates on a cat’s broken leg at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFields Services Sgt. Lesley Huennekens walks through the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto on Thursday, July…

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