Inland Empire

Masks, social distancing, smaller classes on tap for California’s 2020-21 school year

The novel coronavirus pandemic will shape what the 2020-21 California public school year looks like, when it begins in a little more than two months. “We’ve learned from the experience of (the 1918 flu) pandemic,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said during an online press event Wednesday morning, May 27. “We know that we can flatten the curve by doing a few simple things,” like social distancing, hand washing and using face coverings. “California is rising to meet that challenge,” he said. The California Department of Education has a task force creating guidelines for the state’s 1,037 public school districts to reopen for the new school year. Thurmond said Wednesday that those guidelines should be ready in “days, not weeks,” although he stressed the need to get the guidance right. But on Wednesday, he gave a few details of what students, parents and staff could expect things to look like. “We expect that students, and staff, will be wearing face coverings in school,” Thurmond said. Students and staff would be spread out, providing social distancing at school, through smaller class sizes and having fewer…

How to hear virtual concert by Corona’s Circle City Chorale

The Circle City Chorale, a nonprofit community choir based in Corona, normally presents a spring concert in May. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the chorale will present a virtual concert in place of an in-person event. The virtual concert, featuring solo and group performances by the Circle City Chorale and its Children’s Choir, will be streamed live on Facebook 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, according to a news release. To watch and listen to the virtual concert, go to www.Facebook.com/CircleCityChorale. Angela Rosser, who founded the Circle City Chorale in 2010, is the group’s artistic director. For information about the Circle City Chorale, go to circlecitychorale.org.

Rancho Cucamonga singer looks beyond the lyrics

Robert Hoyt was born in Kansas City, but did not live there long. His father was a Nazarene minister, so the family went where the work was. “I learned how to make fast friends pretty early,” he said. His mother was a music teacher, so Hoyt started piano lessons when he was 5. He explained that was also when, with great reluctance, he began singing in the church choir and in pageants. “Since mom was the music boss, I was front and center a lot,” he said. Hoyt did fall in love with music, beginning with musical theater before switching to opera. “I found a brilliant teacher at the University of Iowa and since they mainly focused on classical and new music, and I had some affinity, I gave it a shot,” he said. “My musical knowledge exploded at that school and being around professors and students as obsessed as I was with avant-garde music, it was very exciting.” Robert Hoyt as the Chef in the Off Broadway Corona Theater’s production of “The Little Mermaid.” (Photo by Nancy Gettinger) After college, Hoyt spent several years…

LA Archdiocese lays out plans for restarting church services

LOS ANGELES — Churches in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles were directed Wednesday morning to prepare to resume church services as early as June 3 for private prayer and Sunday Mass as soon as June 7. In a letter to parishes, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, in consultation with public health officials, presented guidelines for reopening “based on the safest practices” that include limiting up to 25% capacity with a maximum of 100 attendees for the first 21 days after reopening. “As we enter this new moment, it is important to remember that the coronavirus is still out there, it is still contagious, and it is still dangerous,” Gomez said. “So, we need to proceed with prudence and caution and concern to protect our most vulnerable parishioners. Let us continue to pray and stand together with our people as we begin to reopen our churches and our society.” The plans’ first step calls on parishes to implement a series of sanitary measures, including a deep cleaning of facilities and making cleaning materials available to “disinfect points of contact after each visitor…

Furloughed worker in Irwindale charged with threatening employer and coworkers; guns seized

Irwindale police confiscated firearms and ammunition from a man who was arrested on suspicion of threatening his employer and coworkers after he was furloughed from his job, officials said Tuesday, May 26. Police responded to the 4900 block of Fourth Street in mid-April, where Eder Simiano, 33, had allegedly made criminal threats Irwindale Police Department officials said in a news release. He left before officers arrived, and was described as a transient previously from Upland who owned guns and frequented areas in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. One of several firearms that were confiscated from Eder Simiano, 33, previously of Upland, at the time of his arrest on Saturday, May 16. He was suspected of making criminal threats toward his employer and coworkers in Irwindale in mid-April after he had been furloughed from his job. (Photo courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department) One of several firearms that were confiscated from Eder Simiano, 33, previously of Upland, at the time of his arrest on Saturday, May 16. He was suspected of making criminal threats toward his employer and coworkers in Irwindale in mid-April after he…

Man accused of threatening employer and coworkers after he’s furloughed in Irwindale; guns seized

Irwindale police confiscated firearms and ammunition from a man who was arrested on suspicion of threatening his employer and coworkers after he was furloughed from his job, officials said Tuesday, May 26. Police responded to the 4900 block of Fourth Street in mid-April, where Eder Simiano, 33, had allegedly made criminal threats Irwindale Police Department officials said in a news release. He left before officers arrived, and was described as a transient previously from Upland who owned guns and frequented areas in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. One of several firearms that were confiscated from Eder Simiano, 33, previously of Upland, at the time of his arrest on Saturday, May 16. He was suspected of making criminal threats toward his employer and coworkers in Irwindale in mid-April after he had been furloughed from his job. (Photo courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department) One of several firearms that were confiscated from Eder Simiano, 33, previously of Upland, at the time of his arrest on Saturday, May 16. He was suspected of making criminal threats toward his employer and coworkers in Irwindale in mid-April after he…

Man arrested on suspicion of starting fire in Yucaipa

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire last week in Yucaipa, Cal Fire’s San Bernardnio Unit said on Tuesday. Fire officials said firefighters from Cal Fire and the Yucaipa Fire Department responded to the 32300 block of Avenue D in Yucaipa on Thursday after getting reports of a vegetation fire. “Witnesses provided a description of a suspect lighting the fire,” Cal Fire said. Officials said that man was later identified as Eric Williams, of Yucaipa. Williams was arrested on suspicion of arson and resisting a peace officer. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center, according to jail records. Related Articles Firefighters burned in mammoth LA blast fortunate one of nation’s best hospitals just 3 miles away Here’s how San Bernardino County residents can help prepare for wildfire season 4 more firefighters released from hospital after weekend explosion in downtown L.A.; 4 still hospitalized Fire at Camp Pendleton scorches 150 acres The LA fire crew blasted by downtown blaze is one of the busiest in the country

Riverside to reconsider city fireworks show, approves ‘patriotic celebration week’

A week after canceling the long-running fireworks shows at Mount Rubidoux and La Sierra, the Riverside City Council is having second thoughts. Councilman Ronaldo Fierro, who was among the majority voting May 19 to cancel the shows out of concerns for social distancing and the city’s budget, asked Tuesday, May 26, that the council reconsider the decision. “The cost savings that we thought we would get with alternative options don’t truly exist,” Fierro said. A vote on bringing back the Fourth of July celebration — or part of it — is now expected Tuesday, June 2. The cost of the two shows combined is about $123,000, and Fierro said he wanted the total cost to be no more than $60,000. Of the two traditional locations, Mount Rubidoux is more expensive and has higher fire risk — especially this year, when weeds haven’t been cut back on the mountain as usual because of COVID-19 cutbacks, Fire Chief Michael Moore said. The Fire Department has advocated for moving the show away from Mount Rubidoux, where a fire can be difficult to control. It’s too late to find…

Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler reopens after coronavirus closure, Promenade Temecula to open Wednesday

Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler reopened Tuesday, May 26, after being closing for several weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and Promenade Temecula is set to reopen Wednesday, May 27, an official with the malls’ parent company said. “I LOVE IE” owner Justin Hudson, a Riverside resident, shows merchandise to customers in his shop at the Galleria at Tyler, which reopened Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Shopper Thomas Madril, left carries bags with the nine pairs of shoes he bought at Shoe Palace in the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPeople wait in line outside Shoe Palace inside the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The mall reopened with with social distancing rules and limits on customers in shops after a closure due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Shoppers walk Tuesday, May 26, 2020, inside the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside on its first day open after a closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Terry…

Pomona leaders demand resignation of councilman accused of possessing child pornography

The Pomona City Council voted unanimously this past weekend to censure one of their own, Councilman Rubio Gonzalez, following his arrest on child pornography and molestation charges. At a special City Council meeting late Saturday, May 23, two days after authorities arrested 45-year-old Gonzalez, Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval called for the council to deliver a letter asking for the councilman’s resignation from office, effective immediately. The letter has been delivered but the city had not received a reply by midday Tuesday. Efforts to reach Gonzalez were not successful Tuesday. If Gonzalez chooses not to resign, Sandoval said, the city will monitor the situation and possibly explore other legal options to remove him from office. Gonzalez’s continued presence “will present a distraction from the significant work the City Council has to perform for the community, especially as we search for ways to assist our residents and businesses and safely reopen the city,” Sandoval said, according to a recording of the Saturday meeting. Gonzalez was scheduled to make his first appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday but that was rescheduled to Aug. 28, according to…

200 veterans could be displaced if Barstow home is closed by California budget woes

A veterans home in Barstow may close, forcing about 200 veterans to move, as part of the state’s effort to address a massive budget shortfall that resulted from the novel coronavirus crisis. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s revised budget proposes to initiate the closure of the Barstow Veterans Home over the next two years, which could save about $400,000 next fiscal year and $14 million annually over the long term. More than two months of business closures and restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus has resulted in a $54 billion state budget deficit. To help fill that gap, Newsom has proposed numerous cuts and is relying on money from the feds. The Barstow home is on a list of $14 billion in trigger cuts that would be revisited if the federal government doesn’t pass an aid package to help states and local governments. A veteran and resident of the Veterans Home of California in Barstow walks out of the cafeteria. (File photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A resident of the Veterans Home of California in Barstow roams the halls of the facility. (File photo…

Shear joy for Riverside County barbers, hair stylists who get OK to reopen

Riverside County barbershops and hair salons got the green light from Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, May 26, to reopen after being closed for weeks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The county is among those on an accelerated reopening fast track after meeting certain benchmarks for COVID-19 testing and hospitalizations. The state is allowing salons and barbershops to reopen in those counties, provided that customers and employees follow precautions such as wearing face coverings. Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart, who owns barbershops, said he was “incredibly happy” to hear that barbershops and hair salons can reopen. “I kind of felt like this news was going to come sooner rather than later,” he said. “It’s a good thing for us and our industry, for sure.” Stewart said he would probably open Wednesday, but he doesn’t think customers would come racing back. Related links California allows some reopening of barbershops, hair salons Inland Empire economy could reopen faster under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new plan Corona hair salon opens, defying coronavirus shutdown Barbers, beauticians sue state lawmakers in L.A. over coronavirus closures Successful Aging: With…

Riverside County now has 7,139 coronavirus cases; deaths rise to 303

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Riverside County climbed by 135 while 11 COVID-19 deaths were added to the county’s virus death toll in the Tuesday, May 26, update by public health officials. The county now has 7,139 cases — up about 2% from Monday’s update — and 303 deaths from the virus, according to the public health website. The daily website updates typically include cases and deaths that took place over the span of a few days. Official recoveries — those who are no longer in isolation, show no symptoms and have had their public health cases closed — now stand at 4,285. More than 106,000 have been tested in the county for the virus, up 2% from Monday’s update. The county currently has 193 COVID-19 hospitalizations, down one from Monday, with 63 of those patients in intensive care, also down one from the day before. County jails have 205 confirmed cases with 134 recoveries. There are 879 cases in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, including 609 among patients and 270 among staff. The county has stepped up efforts to…

Ontario Mills reopens after coronavirus closure; Victoria Gardens, Montclair Place to follow

The sprawling Ontario Mills shopping mall reopened Tuesday morning, May 26, after being shuttered more than two months due to coronavirus pandemic-triggered restrictions. Meanwhile, Montclair Place officials said they planned to reopen Friday, May 29. And Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga is set to reopen Monday, June 1, said Lindsay Kahn, spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties in Chicago, which owns Victoria Gardens as well as Riverside’s Galleria at Tyler and Promenade Temecula. David Franco, of San Bernardino, center, shops for cologne with wife, Tiffany, right, while being assisted by store manager Eti Mari at Elegance Perfumes located inside Ontario Mills in Ontario on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The mall reopened today after months of closure due to coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A couple wearing protective face masks to protect themselves from coronavirus hold hands as they shop at Ontario Mills in Ontario on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The mall reopened today after months of closure due to coronavirus. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsShoppers not maintain a safe social distance between each other as they wait in line…

Barbershops, hair salons can reopen with modifications, nail salons remain closed

San Bernardino County hair salons and barber shops join other counties in the state allowed to reopen for business, Governor Gavin Newsom announced today. Modifications such as mandatory face coverings for both barbers or stylists and clients must be strictly adhered to. State public health leaders noted that Californians staying at home and exercising caution when out helped flatten the COVID-19 curve. Public health leaders acknowledge that today’s announcement is also possible based on statewide indicators such as PPE, testing capacity, hospital surge capacity and hospitalizations. Permitted activities include services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings throughout the service. These include haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments. Salon activities that cannot be done with face coverings on both the worker and client – or that require touching the client’s face – such as shaving, facial waxing, threading, eyelash services and facials – remain prohibited at this time in all counties. Likewise, nail salons remain closed. “San Bernardino County businesses and residents worked very hard and made tremendous sacrifices…

Ontario’s Graber Olives gets shout-out from Jimmy Fallon

Graber Olives is having a moment in the sun to ripen. First, the Ontario canning facility and gift shop, in business since 1894, got a plug on NBC’s “Tonight Show” on April 8 when host Jimmy Fallon quizzed his wife during a walk about her love of the olives. Then on May 7, the Travel Channel ghost hunting show “Ghost Adventures” aired an episode from Graber’s that explored reports of spectral activity. Not surprisingly for a show titled “Ghost Adventures,” host Zak Bagans claimed to find evidence of a ghost nicknamed “The Creeper.” Finally, on May 19’s “Tonight Show,” Fallon showed off a gift box holding eight cans of Graber Olives, a birthday gift for Nancy from Fallon’s father. “My wife loves these olives,” Fallon said. “The best olives in the world,” Nancy declared. Fallon began, “They’re good,” in a skeptical tone that was about to lead into a “but…,” before Nancy stopped him sternly: “Don’t. You have no right to offend them.” “I do love them,” Fallon admitted. “Happy birthday from my dad.” At Graber’s, the publicity was itself a gift, and largely a surprise.…

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