Inland Empire

Roaches, rodents, bulging cans: Restaurant inspections in the Inland Empire, June 2-9

Restaurant inspections during coronavirus Health departments in Riverside and San Bernardino counties have now resumed routine food facility inspections, which had been halted at the beginning of stay-home orders. Inspectors are now checking as part of their routine whether food facilities are following guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will provide education to operators who aren’t. They are also responding to complaints from the public. Closures Between July 2 and 9, Riverside and San Bernardino counties each had one health-hazard-related closure. If no reopening date is mentioned, the facility had not been listed as reopened as of this publication. Little Caesars, 13313 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs Closure date: July 9 Grade: 84/B, failing Reason for closure: Cockroach infestation. The inspector visited in response to a complaint and found multiple live and dead roaches throughout the food-preparation area, at a sink and in a cooler. The report also noted issues like holes in a wall, a door propped open and multiple areas that needed cleaning. Circle K convenience store, 1292 W. Mill St. Suite 101, San Bernardino Closure date: July 2 Grade: Not…

‘How the Democrat Party Exploits African Americans’ to be topic for Redlands Republican Women’s Club

Anita and Dusty Rhodes will speak July 17 at an online meeting of the Redlands Republican Women’s Club, Federated. (Courtesy of Anita Rhodes) Anita and Clarence “Dusty” Rhodes will speak on “How the Democrat Party Exploits African Americans and a Clarion Call to the Republican Party” when the Redlands Republican Women’s Club holds an online meeting 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, July 17. There is no charge to participate in the meeting, to be held via Zoom. Those who want to attend should register by July 16 by calling Laurie Tremain at 909-792-2501 or emailing RRWCFPres@gmail.com. When registering, include name and email address so log-in or call-in information can be sent. About the speakers Dusty and Anita Rhodes, who were Democrats before joining the Republican Party, are residents of Riverside County. Dusty Rhodes was born in Los Angeles and lived there until his family moved to a small farm in Mead Valley when he was 12. After graduating from Perris High School, he studied life sciences at Riverside Community College and began a career in criminal justice as a correctional officer at the California Institute for…

DAR San Antonio Chapter receives national award at virtual convention

Kathleen Holloway is regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution San Antonio Chapter, based in Upland and Ontario. (Photo by Jim Holloway) Kathleen Holloway, regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution San Antonio Chapter, based in Upland and Ontario, recently participated in the DAR’s 129th annual national convention. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s DAR Continental Congress was held entirely online, a first for the DAR, according to a news release. DAR members from around the world gathered for the virtual convention, in which members were honored for their work throughout the year. During the convention, the San Antonio Chapter received a national first-place award for broadcast coverage. “It was my honor to participate in the recording about the 90th birthday celebration of the Madonna of the Trail statue in Upland, California,” Holloway said in the news release. Prerecorded video programming for the June 24 opening night ceremony featured Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, who was honored with the DAR History Award Medal and who gave keynote remarks. The National Defense Night ceremony, which aired June 27, celebrated the nation’s…

Cooped up, going crazy: Can I see my friends or family?

By Bernard J. Wolfson | California Healthline Cooped up too long, yearning for a day at the beach or a night on the town — and enticed by the easing of restrictions just as the warm weather arrived — many people have bolted from the confines of home. And who can blame them? But Houston — and San Antonio and Phoenix and Miami and Los Angeles — we have a problem. COVID-19 is spiking in Texas, Arizona, Florida, California and other states, forcing officials once again to shut down bars, gyms and the indoor-dining sections of restaurants. But that does not mean we can’t spend time with the important people in our lives. Our mental health is too important to avoid them. You can expand your social bubble beyond the household — if you heed now-familiar health guidelines and even take extra precautions: Limit the number of people you see at one time, and wear a mask if meeting indoors is the only feasible option or if you can’t stay at least 6 feet from each other outdoors. Disinfect chairs and tables, and wash your…

Redlands voters will decide 1-cent sales tax in November election

After hearing a dire report about the potential economic fallout from measures meant to slow the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Redlands City Council decided to let voters decide if they want a tax increase to help prevent cuts to services. At its meeting Tuesday, July 7, the council unanimously gave final approval to putting a 1% sales tax measure on the November 2020 ballot. Before its vote, City Manager Charlie Duggan reminded the council of the $6 million shortfall in revenues in the fiscal year that ended on June 30. The city made “significant” cuts and used $3 million of its reserve funds, he said. As for the current fiscal year’s projected revenue shortfalls, Duggan said, “I think our fears are coming true in a sense of the second closure that’s been ordered by the state.” Despite making $7.6 million in cuts, including the elimination of 80 positions, some of which were vacant, the city expects a $5.6 million shortfall in 2020-21 fiscal year. The following year, Duggan said, the city expects a $7.7 million deficit due to economic projections and CalPERS pension fund shortfalls.…

Riverside County reports one-day record of 1,377 coronavirus cases, 18 new deaths

Riverside County set a record of 1,377 new cases and also 18 coronavirus-related deaths, Thursday, July 9. The county reported 68 deaths in the past week, another record. The previous high was 56 deaths between April 21 and 27. Statistics reported Wednesday, July 8, also showed a record one-day rise in cases, 856. Here are the latest numbers, according to Riverside County and state public health officials. Cases: 23,334, up from 21,957 cases Wednesday, July 8 Deaths: 533, up from 515 Wednesday Hospitalizations: 515, up from 508 Tuesday, July 7; Suspected patients: 149, up from 143 Tuesday (Last updated by the state Wednesday, July 8) Intensive-care unit patients: 117, down from 122 Tuesday; Suspected patients: 10, down from 14 Tuesday Recoveries: 9,246, up from 9,072 Wednesday Related links Coronavirus in Riverside County: COVID-19 coverage from the Press-Enterprise Coronavirus cases continue rising in Riverside County Why those daily coronavirus counts aren’t the complete picture Six of 17 Riverside County hospitals exceed ICU capacity Riverside County reports new one-day coronavirus case record, but hospitalizations fall Long-term care facilities (includes nursing homes): Residents: 1,305, no change from Wednesday;…

Laemmle’s Claremont 5 movie theater, closed by coronavirus, is for sale

Fans of Laemmle’s Claremont 5 worried last August that the movie theater might close as part of a purported sale of the beloved chain. But they breathed a sigh of relief in November when the owners, after shedding two locations, called off the sale. Then came coronavirus, which shuttered Laemmle’s seven remaining theaters starting in mid-March. Now, almost four months later, the Claremont 5 is for sale. The listing was first reported by the Claremont Courier. I saw that news item and my heart sank, and not just because I got scooped. I’ve been a patron of the theater since its 2007 opening. In fact, I was writing about the theater as far back as its groundbreaking. That’s how big a deal Laemmle’s entry into the hinterlands was. If you’re a discriminating moviegoer, you don’t need me to tell you that independent and foreign films are scarcer than hen’s teeth in the Inland Empire. (Not that I’ve done a comparison check with any hen houses or cockfighting operations to be sure.) Enthusiasm was high. Many of us had been driving 20 miles or more to…

See a drive-in movie in Shoppes at Chino Hills parking lot

Another makeshift drive-in movie theater has sprung up in the Inland Empire. The city of Chino Hills, in collaboration with the Shoppes at Chino Hills, is presenting its first “Movie in the Park…ing Lot!” The first movie is Saturday, July 25, when the film “Missing Link” will be shown on a 50-foot screen in the overflow parking lot at City Center Drive and Shoppes Drive, according to the city’s website. The movie begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $10 per car. Gates open at 6 p.m. Chino Hills residents can register online, at www.chinohills.org/Drive-In. Ticketholders will receive directions for entry and will be provided with the assigned FM radio station upon arrival. All sales are final. Precautions will be in place due to COVID-19. Moviegoers must remain in their vehicles and watch the movie from inside their vehicles, which will be spaced six feet apart. Watching from an open-air truck bed, or from an SUV with the back door/hatch open, is allowed. Restrooms will be available with physical distancing required. Restaurants at The Shoppes will take orders for curbside pick-up. For questions, call Community Services at 909-364-2700.

Northbound 15 Freeway, 91 Freeway lanes in Corona to close this weekend

Watch out for late-night freeway closures this weekend in the Corona area. A full closure of the northbound 15 Freeway will occur at Hidden Valley Parkway on the border of Corona and Norco from 11 p.m. Friday, July 10, until 6 a.m. Saturday, July 11, the Riverside County Transportation Commission stated in a news release. Construction workers will be putting up overhead signs for the express lanes being built. Northbound 15 drivers can exit at Hidden Valley Parkway and drive back onto the freeway using the on-ramp. On Saturday night, July 11, and Sunday morning, July 12, lanes will close on both sides of the 91 Freeway in Corona for road repairs, the release stated. The closures: Westbound 91: Several lanes between McKinley Street and Lincoln Avenue from 10 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday. Two all-purpose lanes and the 91 Express Lanes will remain open. Those driving onto the 91 from the 15 will be detoured off the 91 at Main Street and back on at Lincoln. Eastbound 91: Several lanes between Serfas Club Drive and Lincoln Avenue from 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m.…

Police arrest man accused of breaking window at Pomona mayor’s home

San Bernardino County facing coronavirus testing shortage July 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm Pomona police have arrested a man accused of breaking a window at Mayor Tim Sandoval’s home. Officers arrested the male transient on North Garey Avenue shortly after the vandalism was reported at the mayor’s home about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. A neighbor helped authorities identify the suspected vandal, whose name has not been made public, according to a spokesperson for the Pomona Police Department. Sandoval was home at the time of the incident, according to police. No injuries were reported. The mayor was not immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon. Authorities said Thursday there was no clear motive for the property damage.

Mitchell Rosen: With today’s uncertainties, reach out if you need a hand

Not having anything better to do, I watched “A Quiet Place” starring John Krasinski. It really scared me. I won’t give the movie away, but it is an apocalyptic thriller about a family trying to survive. I was tempted to write what we are all going through with COVID-19 is nowhere near as bad as the end of the world depicted in the movie, but my fingers stopped typing. I realized COVID-19 is very similar to “A Quiet Place,” “War of the Worlds” and other dystopian movies I watch for fun. We are in the middle of a global pandemic. TV has images of people wearing protective masks on every continent in the world. Europe just stopped accepting tourists from the United States because the virus is so out of control here. It kind of leaves me with, OK, life as I knew it may never be the same but what’s for dinner and is there anything good on TV? My brain vacillates between being anxious trying to foresee the unforeseeable and being aware I have to empty the dishwasher, weed the lawn and take…

Riverside County reports one-day record of 1,377 coronavirus cases, 18 deaths

Riverside County set a record of 1,377 new cases and 18 coronavirus-related deaths, Thursday, July 9. The county also reported 68 deaths in the past week, another record. The previous high was 56 deaths between April 21 and 27. Statistics reported Wednesday, July 8, also showed a record one-day rise in cases, 856. Here are the latest numbers, according to Riverside County and state public health officials. Cases: 23,334, up from 21,957 cases Wednesday, July 8 Deaths: 533, up from 515 Wednesday Hospitalizations: 515, up from 508 Tuesday, July 7; Suspected patients: 149, up from 143 Tuesday (Last updated by the state Wednesday, July 8) Intensive-care unit patients: 117, down from 122 Tuesday; Suspected patients: 10, down from 14 Tuesday Recoveries: 9,246, up from 9,072 Wednesday Related links Coronavirus in Riverside County: COVID-19 coverage from the Press-Enterprise Coronavirus cases continue rising in Riverside County Why those daily coronavirus counts aren’t the complete picture Six of 17 Riverside County hospitals exceed ICU capacity Riverside County reports new one-day coronavirus case record, but hospitalizations fall Long-term care facilities (includes nursing homes): Residents: 1,305, no change from Wednesday;…

Riverside County small business coronavirus help expanded

Riverside County small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic have another chance — and more of them are eligible — to apply for grants of up to $10,000 as part of the county’s plan to use $431 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. Details of the county’s small business relief program, as well as other ways the county plans to spend money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act of 2020, were spelled out in a Tuesday, July 7, report to the Board of Supervisors. The CARES Act gave the county — the 10th most-populated in the nation — $431 million. While the money can’t be used to make up for lost tax revenue, it can be spent on a range of pandemic-related costs incurred by county government, hospitals, nursing homes and other sectors. On June 2, the board set aside $46.5 million for county-based small businesses — defined as having 50 or fewer employees — that haven’t received federal COVID-19 help. Businesses had until June 19 to seek grants and a third-party nonprofit group was tasked with reviewing applications and…

San Bernardino County reports 11 coronavirus deaths, 828 new cases

San Bernardino County reported 11 coronavirus-related deaths and 828 new cases Thursday, July 9. Rialto has joined four other cities with more than 1,000 cases. As of Thursday, that city had 1,012 cases, behind Chino with 1,615; Ontario with 1,640; Fontana with 2,108; and San Bernardino, which has 2,868. Here’s the latest numbers, according to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard and state public health department. Cases: 17,414, up from 16,586 Wednesday, July 8 Deaths: 304, up from 293 Wednesday Hospitalizations: 505, down from 511 Tuesday, July 7; Suspected patients: 94, up from 68 Tuesday (Last updated by the state Wednesday) Intensive-care unit patients: 148, down from 166 Tuesday; Suspected patients: 5, down from 9 Tuesday (Last updated by the state Wednesday) Recoveries: 9,466, up from 9,072 Wednesday Skilled-nursing facilities: Residents: 907 positive, up from 864 Tuesday; Suspected residents: 4,169; Deaths: 134, up from 130 Tuesday. Employees: 514, up from 490 Tuesday; Suspected employees: 303. Deaths: 6. (Thursday’s numbers are from county dashboard. Tuesday’s numbers are from state database) People tested: 169,876, up from 167,108 Wednesday See a list of community-by-community cases here. Staff Writer Nikie Johnson…

San Bernardino County facing coronavirus testing shortage

A nationwide shortage of coronavirus testing supplies has forced San Bernardino County to cancel some appointments this week, county officials say. The county is not closing testing sites, but officials are asking some people to reschedule appointments for later dates or get one through their private healthcare provider, David Wert, county spokesman said. Each testing site takes between 400 and 500 appointments a day. That’s being reduced to 170 to 180 per site, Wert said. “It’s being done on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Wert said. The county hopes to resume its expanded testing next week, once it receives more testing supplies. The county is always trying to ensure that it can provide testing at peak capacity, Interim Public Health Director Corwin Porter said in a county newsletter Wednesday, July 8. “Our hope is that we can obtain the necessary supplies very soon so that we can maintain our testing capacity,” Porter said. “Without a sufficient supply of tests, this will bring challenges in identifying cases and treating those who are diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Tests are necessary to identify and isolate positive cases quickly so…

Yes, there are PPE vending machines, and you can find them at Ontario International Airport

PPE — short for Personal Protective Equipment — is an essential weapon in the fight against COVID-19, and it’s just what you might want to stock up on before going up in the air with dozens of potential coronavirus carriers. If you’re ready to board a flight and lack a face mask, gloves or hand sanitizer, Ontario International Airport has got you covered — literally. PPE vending machines are now available at both passenger terminals. The PPE items are sold through machines provided by San Diego-based Prepango. “While the global coronavirus pandemic continues to impact virtually every aspect of life, we are taking steps to make essential travel safe by offering personal protective equipment to those who might forget to bring them from home or are unaware of new requirements,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority. The airport is doing even more to help fight coronavirus. Personnel at ONT are continually sanitizing and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces, the airport reported. Hand sanitizer is available for use in passenger terminals, and security screening trays are treated with what officials described…

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