Some Inland Empire cities worry about e-bike safety

Cruising home on their e-bikes after basketball practice, Chinecherem Nwanevu, 22, and his best friend Danny Anene, 22, zipped by Eastvale’s Harada Elementary School, jumping over speed bumps. They’re among many across the Inland Empire choosing electric bicycles as a preferred mode of transportation. Powered by rechargeable batteries and capable of speeds up to 28 mph, e-bikes are a fuel-efficient choice and fun to ride — especially in summer. But while e-bikes can make commuting simpler, some Inland officials are concerned about the dangers they pose. So they’re creating safety rules for riders. Eastvale residents and e-bike riders Danny Anene, 22, left, and Chinecherem Nwanevu, 22, right, sit on their e-bikes in the parking lot of Harada Elementary School in Eastvale on Friday, June 14, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) E-bike riders Chinecherem Nwanevu, 22, left, and Danny Anene, 22, right, ride along Oakdale Street near Harada Elementary School in Eastvale on Friday, June 14, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) E-bike riders Danny Anene, 22, left, and Chinecherem Nwanevu, 22, right, ride along Oakdale Street near Harada Elementary School in Eastvale

Jazz festival in Pomona brings community together to celebrate Juneteenth

Music filled Ganesha Park Saturday, June 15, as the Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz & Arts Festival beckoned celebrants to Pomona. YaYa Comas, rear, sets up her laser-engraved artwork during the 34th Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz & Arts Festival at Ganesha Park in Pomona on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Photo by Stan Lim, Contributing Photographer) San Bernardino resident Jean Dean performs during the 34th Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz & Arts Festival at Ganesha Park in Pomona on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Photo by Stan Lim, Contributing Photographer) From left, Trudy Coleman, Juneteenth board co-founder; Kizziah Anderson, board member; John Thompson, board co-founder; and his granddaughter, Shamia Hill, of Pomona; decorate a monument in observance of Juneteenth at the start of the 34th Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz & Arts Festival at Ganesha Park in Pomona on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Photo by Stan Lim, Contributing Photographer) Vendors set up displays during the 34th Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Jazz & Arts Festival at Ganesha Park in Pomona on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Photo by Stan Lim, Contributing Photographer) Fontana resident Valerie Singleton Evans sings

SoCal family mourns breast cancer death of 38-year-old mother of 4

A Southern California family is mourning the tragic breast cancer death of a 38-year-old mother of four including a 1-year-old baby. Brianna Reomales died May 21 after a 10-month battle with triple-negative breast cancer, her aunt Sandra Sanchez said. Reomales is survived by her husband Francis Reomales, twin 9-year-old boys, her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Funeral services were held June 8 in Glendora. “(Reomales) fought so hard and endured painful procedures as she was determined to fight for her kids and never gave up,” Melinda Bustos wrote on a GoFundMe page created to help the Reomales family. “Brianna was supported by her hard working husband Francis who worked a lot to provide for the needs of his family and provide them a good life,” Bustos wrote. “This sudden loss is extremely hard for all of them. “The purpose of this GoFund me is to allow her husband Francis to take time off work and stay home with their 4 children as they heal and adjust to life without their mommy. The boys will be on summer break and starting the 4th grade in August

Golden Corral buffet restaurant opens in Covina

A new Golden Corral restaurant opened last week in Covina offering an all-you-can-eat buffet for local diners and commuters. The newest location of the nation’s largest buffet brand at 1459 N. Citrus Ave. is the first in Covina and one of more than 15 in California, according to an announcement by the city. Formerly a hibachi buffet, the new Golden Corral has been remodeled to feature the company’s updated “Gateway” design, officials said. The 12,500-square-foot building has capacity for 455 diners and shares a parking lot with Harbor Freight Tools and Superior Grocers. In addition to the new dining option, the restaurant has added to the local economy 200 jobs including servers, cooks, hosts and managers. “We are blessed to be able to serve an abundance of delicious homemade offerings to the community of Covina,” Golden Corral franchisee Leon Lin said in a statement. “We love this city and plan to stick around for a long time. I look forward to welcoming new friends to the restaurant over the next several weeks.” On June 4, the restaurant hosted employees and their families for an exclusive

Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band concert will feature student ballet troupe

The Ontario Chaffey Community Show Band will present a “Hot Summer Nights” concert 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Gardiner W. Spring Auditorium on the campus of Chaffey High School, 1245 N. Euclid Ave., Ontario. The concert will guest vocal soloists Jana “Gigi” Garner and Brian Detwiler; trumpet soloist Steve Collins, a member of the show band; and a student dance troupe from Inland Pacific Ballet. Before the concert, the Woodwind Celebration ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium lobby where coffee and cookies will be available. Admission is free. “Gigi” Garner, a former voice-over artist and radio announcer, is co-founder of the T Street Band, which performs blues, classic rock, soul, funk, ballads and more, according to a news release. Garner also sings with the Music Masters Big Band in Upland, performing jazz, swing, jive and torch songs from the 1920s to 1960s. She has composed and produced short songs and videos for meditation, as well as original blues tunes. In the June 17 concert, Garner will sing four songs from the 1980s — “99 Red Balloons,” “Down Under,” “Pride” and “Wind

Baldwin Park’s summer concerts, Downtown Street Market return Thursday

Baldwin Park’s Morgan Park will come alive with the sounds of music from a lineup of bands and performers as its beloved “Summer Concerts in the Park” series returns Thursday nights between June 20 and July 25, from 7 to 9 p.m.  “Summer Concerts in the Park is a beloved tradition in Baldwin Park and a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to come together, enjoy great music and experience the vibrant spirit of our community,” said Baldwin Park Mayor Emmanuel J. Estrada. “We are thrilled to host such a diverse lineup of talented musicians this summer that community members of all ages can enjoy.” The concert series will kick off on Thursday in conjunction with a special Pride Month celebration. The event will open with a resource fair and mixer from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a Pride performance by Adelaida Pillar and Band from 7:15 to 9 p.m. DJ Angie Vee will open the musical performances for the evening starting at 6 p.m. “Our Pride celebration is a wonderful chance to recognize our diverse and inclusive community here in Baldwin Park,” continued

Pasadena gets nearly $1M for groundwater treatment

Pasadena is getting a new facility to more effectively decontaminate groundwater that will be built with nearly $1 million in federal funds, officials announced. Mayor Victor M. Gordo and city officials joined U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-Pasadena, for a ceremonial check presentation Monday at the site of the future Sunset Complex Project Groundwater Treatment Facility located at West Mountain Street and Sunset Avenue. The Sunset Complex will replace existing reservoirs with two circular concrete storage reservoirs that will meet current seismic standards, according to the Pasadena Water and Power Department. A new groundwater treatment plant will use ion exchange to remove perchlorate, “liquid phase granular activated carbon to remove volatile organic compounds” and have a disinfection system. The new treatment system will enable PWP to utilize more of the city’s groundwater supply, and the project’s emergency power generators will keep the complex operating if a power outage occurs.  | Image courtesy of the city of Pasadena PWP hosted the check presentation ceremony, which included remarks by Chu, Gordo and Acting PWP General Manager David Reyes. “We’ve all experienced the climate crisis firsthand with back-to-back seasons

What’s open and closed on Juneteenth in the Inland Empire

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Federal, Riverside city and San Bernardino County offices will be closed on Wednesday. State, Riverside County and most city offices will be open on Wednesday. MAIL DELIVERY: Mail will not be delivered Wednesday. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: Will be closed Wednesday. STORES: Most major stores and supermarkets will be open Wednesday. RELATED: Where to find Juneteenth events in the Inland Empire PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Riverside Transit Agency, Dial-A-Ride will not operate on Wednesday. The Customer Information Center and administrative office will be closed. Regular service will resume on Thursday. Omnitrans, Foothill Transit and Metrolink will run on a regular schedule on Wednesday. LIBRARIES: Most libraries will be closed Wednesday. SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES: Not in session. TRASH PICK-UP: City of Riverside Solid Waste Trash and Recycling Services, Burrtec Solid Waste (city of Riverside) will not have service Wednesday. Pickup will be delayed by one day. Waste Management of the Inland Empire, Burrtec, city of Redlands, CR&R and CAL Disposal will offer regular service. Riverside County and San Bernardino County landfills will be open.

Los Angeles County firefighter killed in possible explosion in Littlerock

LITTLEROCK – A Los Angeles County firefighter was killed today when part of a burning front-loader exploded at a Littlerock quarry. The Los Angeles County Fire Department did not immediately provide details of the blast, which occurred in the 7300 block of Pearblossom Highway. Video from the scene showed what appeared to be a large front-loader with flames still visible within it in. One of its tires later caught fire, but fire crews were keeping their distance from the vehicle, which was in an isolated dirt area and not presenting a danger of spreading flames to any other vehicles. What appeared to be a flag-draped body was visible on a large pile of dirt nearby. Reports from the scene indicated that crews initially responded to the quarry on a report of a vehicle fire. KCAL9 reported from the scene that an ambulance was believed to have taken at least one other person to a hospital, but there was no immediate confirmation of any other injuries. A videographer at the scene reported that a second firefighter had also been killed, but that report was still unconfirmed Friday afternoon. County

Inland Empire Teachers Encouraged to Apply for Bilingual Educator Grants: Deadline Extended to June 16

The Kemper Foundation announced that the Read Conmigo bilingual educator grant applications are now open for the fall 2024 grant cycle. The Read Conmigo program focuses on advancing bilingual literacy in Hispanic and Latino communities, and enables educators to provide rich, engaging learning experiences for students through the purchase of classroom resources, tools, materials and professional development. Read Conmigo grants are open to eligible teachers in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura (California); Broward and Miami-Dade (Florida); and Dallas (Texas). The Foundation awards up to 100 grants of $3,000 each to Spanish-English bilingual teachers in two grant cycles annually. Since the program’s launch in 2022, Read Conmigo has reached over 4,500 students via grants awarded to 150 educators in the Greater Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas areas. Through the Read Conmigo program, The Kemper Foundation provides access to education in order to inspire and empower students to achieve their full potential. The program provides supportive opportunities that recognize the distinct educational, social and financial benefits of bilingualism in Hispanic and Latino families. “The Kemper Foundation is proud to provide teachers

Rep. Aguilar Announces $1.6 Million to Lower Energy Costs for Affordable Housing Residents

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Neighborhood Partnership Housing Service, Inc. (NPHS) will receive $1,666,279 in federal funding to make critical infrastructure upgrades for affordable housing units. The funding will be used to make improvements such as plumbing, roofing, weatherization and other energy conservation upgrades to affordable housing units. This will make the units safer and more resilient to extreme weather events, and significantly lower energy costs for residents.  “It is my top priority to lower the cost of housing so that folks who want to live here and be a part of our community are able to do so,” Rep. Pete Aguilar said. “I’m proud to have fought for this funding to lower energy costs in affordable housing units while improving resident safety.” “On behalf of the communities that will benefit from this investment, I extend my deepest gratitude to Congressman Aguilar for his unwavering support. The Community Project Funding award will play a crucial role in our mission to preserve affordable housing units in the City of San Bernardino,” stated Clemente Mojica, CEO of Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Inc. “This support not only strengthens our community but

Rialto Unified Child Nutrition Hosts Annual Kick-off BBQ Event at Frisbie Park

On Friday, June 6th, the spirit of community and togetherness filled Frisbie Park as Rialto Unified Child Nutrition hosted its annual Kick-off BBQ event, serving nearly 1,500 meals. Each year, during the first week of summer break, this event by RUSD Child Nutrition continues to grow in size and vibrancy. This year, Rialto’s award-winning Summer program saw remarkable participation and support, solidifying its position as a cornerstone of the community’s summer activities. After months of planning and the perseverance of Rialto’s dedicated nutrition professionals, the annual kick-off BBQ event came to fruition with the support of dedicated volunteers. Partnering with the City of Rialto, various county programs, school nutrition vendors, local farmers, master gardeners, and educational opportunities offered by the district, the event provided a diverse range of experiences for families. This collaboration ensured plenty to see, do, and learn, making the event an engaging and enriching platform for the community. The Summer Feeding kick-off event was further honored by visits from representatives of Congressman Pete Aguilar, Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gomez Reyes, and Senator Ochoa-Bogh’s offices, along with San Bernardino County Supervisor Joe Baca

Transworld Business Welcomes New Ontario, California Office to Serve Local Entrepreneurs

Transworld Business Advisors, a top brokerage consulting firm, has opened a new office serving the vibrant Southern California communities in and around Ontario. The franchise office is run by Jeff Konieczko and Jenna Roesch, a dynamic couple bringing unmatched expertise and passion to the region’s business landscape. Transworld Business Advisors is a network of brokerage firms offering a standardized approach to buying and selling businesses and commercial properties, ensuring maximum value for clients. Transworld provides a turnkey solution for individuals seeking to build successful businesses while maintaining a fulfilling lifestyle. It’s part of the United Franchise Group® (UFG) family of affiliated brands giving access to a global network and decades in the franchise industry. Ontario will be the office’s primary focus due to its significant market presence, but advisors will also work with clients in nearby Upland, Chino and Montclair. “We are thrilled to bring Transworld Business Advisors to Ontario,” said Jeff. “Our mission is to help local businesses and the community with our Win/Win/Win approach: We help sellers win by achieving the highest possible sale price for their business; We help buyers win by

Let’s Play Ball at Blake Field! Rehabilitation Project Breaks Ground in Muscoy

San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. proudly announced the groundbreaking of the Blake Field Rehabilitation Project, a major investment in the Muscoy community. With a $2.1 million investment, this project promises to revitalize the beloved ballfield, home to the Blake/West End Little League. The event was graced by 1980 World Series champion Derrel Thomas from the Dodgers  Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. kicked off the event with enthusiasm, stating, “Investing in Muscoy is investing in our future. These kids deserve a safe and well-maintained space to play, learn, and grow. This ballfield will soon be a place where lasting memories and community pride is made”  Dwaine Radden Sr., CEO of the PAL Center, shared his excitement, “This is going to be a great place for the youth to play. I am grateful to Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr., for making this possible.”  Manuel Carbajal Sr., a strong community member and past president of the Blake/West End Little League, expressed his gratitude, saying, “We want to thank Joe Baca Jr., this project means so much to our community, and now it’s here.”  The Blake Field

Ground Broken for New Affordable Housing Units in Riverside

The City of Riverside and Eden Housing Inc. recently broke ground for the new Mulberry Gardens Senior Apartments, a four-story building with 59 units at 2520 Mulberry St. in downtown Riverside. The apartments are on a 1.26-acre site that previously was used for one-story office buildings, which had been vacated.  The development will include a community room, management offices, mail and parcel room, laundry facilities, and a building maintenance shop. “I am committed to taking care of our seniors which is why developments like this are vital,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. “With partners like Eden Housing, we’re tackling our housing crisis one corner, one unit, one household at a time.” The housing development, all of which are affordable units, will share common spaces with the 150-unit Mulberry Gardens Family Apartments, which will be built in a second phase. A pedestrian paseo will run between the two buildings and include seating and gathering spaces, a bocce ball court, and a walking loop running along the property edges. “Today marks a significant milestone for the Mulberry Gardens projects,” said Eden Housing CEO Linda Mandolini. “We cannot

Here’s what you need to know about San Bernardino County’s $9.85 billion budget

San Bernardino County expects to spend $9.85 billion in the fiscal year beginning July 1 under a plan approved by the Board of Supervisors this week. The adopted budget forecasts a 2.8%, or $285.4 million, drop in spending from the current year, due primarily to decreases in federal coronavirus-relief funds that have been used for capital improvement projects, according to county officials. Overall, the budget adopted by supervisors Tuesday, June 11, is balanced with $118.2 million set aside in the general fund for unanticipated costs. The budget is a “living document,” Chairperson Dawn Rowe said, giving supervisors the flexibility to respond to changes as the come. “We can adjust this,” she added. “Natural disasters happen, things happen, forecasts may or may not always come in where we want them to be … and we can adjust.” About 30% the county’s budget supports human services — $2.96 billion is allocated for public health initiatives and programs that serve veterans, families with lower incomes and those in need of other assistance — a point emphasized by supervisors Tuesday. “We help a lot of people,” Supervisor Joe Baca

Here’s what the Lucerne Valley library’s new observatory looks like

San Bernardino County is putting finishing touches on an observatory that will give visitors to the Janice Horst Branch Library views of the sky above Lucerne Valley beginning in August 2024. On Wednesday, June 12, library officials trained on the equipment in preparation for public use. The white, dome-like structure sits outside the library on Allen Way and, once the telescope is installed, visitors will be able to see images captured by it inside the library. PrimaLuce Lab president Filippo Bradaschia explains the astrophotography program to librarians at Janice Horst Branch Library in Lucerne Valley on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The dome-like structure outside the library will allow visitors to see images captured by the observatory’s telescope, which opens in Aug. 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, The Sun/SCNG) San Bernardino County’s Janice Horst Branch Library in Lucerne Valley is nearing completion of its observatory, seen on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. The telescope will allow visitors to view the stars starting in Aug. 2024. (Photo by Anjali Sharif-Paul, The Sun/SCNG) San Bernardino County’s Janice Horst Branch Library in Lucerne Valley is nearing completion of its observatory

San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, June 6-13

Restaurants and other food establishments ordered to close and allowed to reopen by San Bernardino County health inspectors from June 6 to June 13. Albaro’s, 7955 Webster St., Suite 12, Highland Closed: June 12 Reason: Insufficient hot water Red Lobster, 4413 E. Mills Circle, Ontario Closed: June 10 Reason: Insufficient hot water Reopened: June 11 Village Candy Kitchen, 233 E. State St., Suite A, Redlands Closed: June 7 Reason: Cockroach infestation Reopened: June 10 This list is published weekly with closures since the previous week’s list. Status updates are published the following week. Source: San Bernardino County Department of Public Health — Ian Wheeler Related Articles Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, May 29-June 6 Local News | Rubio’s files for bankruptcy days after closing 48 restaurants in California Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, May 23-30 Local News | San Bernardino County restaurants shut down by health inspectors, May 15-23 Local News | Red Lobster files for bankruptcy protection days after closing restaurants

IE Journalism Innovation Hub+ Fund focuses on the future of media

By Greg Archer | Contributing Columnist In an era filled with widespread disinformation and diminishing local journalism outlets, cultivating reliable sources of news based on fact and integrity has become more challenging. One local entity wants to offset that dilemma. The Inland Empire Journalism Innovation Hub+ Fund of the Inland Empire Community Foundation, launched in 2022, aims to support local and regional journalism and media. One main goal has been to create a pathway for talent in the region. “We need a strong local news ecosystem,” said Paulette Brown-Hinds, founder of Voice Media Ventures and publisher of Black Voice News. “The role that media, especially local media plays, in fostering a sense of belonging is important in helping people understand how to be civically engaged. There’s a big aspect of that at the very local level.” This view of the journalism landscape led Brown-Hinds, IECF immediate-past board chair, to found and chair the Inland Empire Journalism Innovation Hub+ Fund. Brown-Hinds was one of the keynote speakers at an inaugural event hosted by the Inland Empire Journalism Innovation Hub+ Fund, which took place June 3 at

Riverside’s Castle Park can cool down guests this summer

Summer’s almost here and the time is right for getting all wet. Children are reflected in the water as they play Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Buccaneer Cove water park at Castle Park in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A child plays Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Buccaneer Cove water park at Castle Park in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Mateo Goss, 2, enjoys a water slide in the Buccaneer Cove water park at Castle Park in Riverside on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Children play Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Buccaneer Cove water park at Castle Park in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Children play Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the Buccaneer Cove water park at Castle Park in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Saw Mill Plunge riders splash Wednesday, June 12, 2024, into the water at the bottom of the log ride at Castle Park in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Mateo Goss, 2, right, enjoys a water slide at the Buccaneer Cove water park