Mission Bridge replacement project over Santa Ana River delayed

Q: William Stanford of Riverside asked for an update of the Mission Bridge replacement project over the Santa Ana River, which was scheduled to begin this winter. Stanford said he has not seen any sign or indication that this project is on track and he is eager for it to begin. “As a bicycle commuter in Jurupa from Riverside, I find this bridge to be outdated and in desperate need of attention. The only sidewalk available is usually occupied, rightly so, by pedestrians. There is no safe option for cyclists other than traveling in the inner lane, which is incredibly dangerous considering the 40 mph speed limit,” Stanford said. He said it would be great if a cycling lane was added in the interim, or at least a sign informing motorists that cyclists may be on the bridge. A: Unfortunately, this project is delayed and isn’t expected to begin for another year or so, perhaps in early 2025, said the project manager, Cesar Tolentino of the Riverside County Transportation Department. Tolentino cited two reasons for the delay: first, the Army Corps of Engineers has an

Company gets mining rights for 657 acres south of Corona

A Corona company has a vested right to extract aggregate from 657 acres near its existing mine, Riverside County supervisors have determined. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday, Feb. 6, to approve Robertson’s Ready Mix’s vested rights claim, which the company first submitted in 2021, for land south of Corona in the Temescal Valley. Supervisors held a public hearing on Robertson’s application in May. But the board delayed taking action until the company and the Pechanga Band of Indians could hash out an agreement to satisfy the tribe’s concerns over artifacts that might be disturbed or destroyed by mining for aggregate — tiny rocks used in construction projects. That “voluntary, thoughtful, measured and comprehensive agreement” between the tribe and Robertson’s has been reached, Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro told supervisors. The agreement “will provide conservation and protective processes for tribal cultural resources within the site” and allow the tribe to change its position on the mining rights application from opposed to neutral, Macarro added. Robertson’s lawyers argued that a 792-acre site south of Corona known as Hubbs Harlow Quarry, which includes the existing mine

Temecula’s open school board seat will be filled by a special election

A special election to replace Temecula school board member Danny Gonzalez will take place later this year after the board on Tuesday night, Feb. 13, could not agree on an interim replacement. After interviewing 11 candidates who applied to fill Gonzalez’s open seat, the remaining four board members failed to reach consensus on who should join them in overseeing the Temecula Valley Unified School District. Instead, the board voted 4-0 to leave it to the voters in Trustee Area 2 to pick their own board member, possibly May 28 — the same day as the tentatively scheduled recall election of school board President Joseph Komrosky — to save money. An election will cost at least $75,000, Superintendent Gary Woods said. The winner will serve the remainder of Gonzalez’s term, which expires in 2026. Hoping to avoid an election, board members agreed in December to invite candidates to apply for the vacancy. At stake was the five-member board’s conservative majority, which ended at least for now when Gonzalez departed. The deadline to appoint someone is Friday, Feb. 16. If the board had picked someone, he or

El Dorado Fire Case: Couple Convicted of Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

On February 9, 2024, the San Bernardino County District Attorney ‘s Office reached a resolution with defendants Refugio Manuel Jimenez, Jr. and Angelina Renee Jimenez for conduct that caused the El Dorado Fire in September 2020. Refugio Jimenez Jr. plead guilty to Count 1 as a Felony, violation of P.C. 192(b) – Involuntary Manslaughter for the death of Firefighter Charlie Morton; Count 6 as a Felony, violation of P.C. 452(b) – Recklessly Causing a Fire to an Inhabited Structure; Count 7 as a Felony, violation of P.C. 452(b) – Recklessly Causing a Fire to an Inhabited Structure. Angelina Jimenez plead guilty to three misdemeanors counts for violations of P.C. 452(d) – Recklessly Causing Fire to Property of Another. Refugio Jimenez Jr. was sentenced to two years felony probation, 365 days in County Jail and 200 hours of community service. Angelina Jimenez was sentenced to one year summary probation, and 400 hours of community service. Mr. Jimenez will be remanded into custody on February 23, 2024. The Jimenez’s are additionally ordered to pay victims’ restitution in the amount of $1,789,972. “Resolving the case was never going

Ex-San Bernardino County CEO Leonard X. Hernandez lands job in Washington state

Former San Bernardino County CEO Leonard X. Hernandez has landed a new job. Hernandez has been appointed county manager in Thurston County, Washington, the county where Olympia is located. He was formally announced as the county’s new manager at a Board of County Commissioners work session Monday, Feb. 12. The new job comes after a tenure in San Bernardino County that included dramatic missteps and a management style that some current and former employees characterized as bullying and toxic. “After a lengthy and through hiring process, including multiple panels with internal and external stakeholders, Mr. Hernandez was the top candidate,” Thurston County Commission Chair Tye Menser said in a county news release. “He brings a wealth of experience and fresh ideas which will be of great benefit to the county.” Hernandez was one of five finalists interviewed in December, the Olympian newspaper reported. Former San Bernardino CEO Leonard Hernandez, seen Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, has been hired for a government post in Washington state. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Hernandez resigned from his San Bernardino County government post in August, citing urgent family

San Bernardino to Mark the Year of the Dragon with Lunar New Year Celebration on February 17

The City of San Bernardino will be holding a Lunar New Year Celebration from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Court Street Square Park, located at 349 North E Street. The free family event will feature cultural musical performances, demonstrations, arts and craft activities, food vendors, art galleries and much more.   “The Lunar New Year is a cause for celebration for so many in the Asian community and beyond. It is a time to come together, look forward with hope to the arrival of spring, and  the promise of a new year,” said San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran.   The Court Street Square will be transformed by the San Bernardino Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department staff, much like recent celebrations such as the  Christmas themed Miracle on Court Street in December and the Dia de los Muertos celebration in November.  “The Downtown Court Street Square is an incredible gathering place,” said Parks and  Recreation Director Lydie Gutfeld. “The City is committed to bringing amazing cultural  celebrations downtown that are fun, colorful, and educational.”  The festivities will include:  • Musical performances and cultural demonstrations, featuring traditional dragon and lion

From Riverside to Wonderland: Peter Brosius’ Theatrical Journey Culminates in CTC’s Latest Production

As the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) prepares itself for the grand return of “Alice in Wonderland,” anticipation fills the air. This timeless tale is set to captivate audiences from February 13 through March 31, 2024, on the UnitedHealth Group Stage. Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius, a Riverside native and a beacon of creativity in the theatrical world, is at the forefront of this enchanting production. With an opening night scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 7 p.m., the stage is set for a journey through a land of whimsy and wonder. Brosius’ journey to the director’s chair is a tale as compelling as the productions he orchestrates. From his formative years in Riverside, where he embraced the magic of theater at local establishments like the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera, to his profound familial ties to the arts, his path has been marked by passion and perseverance. “My mother, Marion Bifford, was an actress on stage at the Riverside Community Players (which is celebrating its 100th year anniversary) and a huge force in encouraging me to be part of theater,” Brosius shares, reminiscing about

La Verne dog injured in backyard attack by mountain lion

A La Verne dog recuperating from a mountain lion attack over the weekend will have to remain at home for 30 days. Anytime there’s an interaction between wildlife and dogs, the dog has to be quarantined as a precaution, said Danny Pena, animal control supervisor at the Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA. Rabies is a possibility, he added. The Humane Society found out about the Saturday night attack from a news report, Pena said. It contacted the owner, took a report and notified the county health department. The attack was near Golden Hills Road and Wheeler Avenue. Mountain lion caught on video attacking pet dog in backyard of La Verne home https://t.co/9RmQV5jQae — ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) February 13, 2024 The dog’s owner, identified by KABC only as Nicole, told the TV station she let out Holly Jolly, her 93-pound giant schnauzer, on Saturday night. The 3-year-old dog sniffed around the backyard. “I’m still watching a movie just hanging out,” Nicole told KABC. A Ring camera recorded a mountain lion going after Holly and the dog struggling against the predator. “We heard her screaming a

Upland City Council meetings won’t move from Mondays

The Upland City Council will keep its meetings on the second and fourth Monday of the month rather than move them to Tuesdays. The council voted Jan. 8  to move the meeting time up an hour, from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. and asked city administrators to draft a resolution that would shift meetings to Tuesdays to give the council an extra day to go over the agenda. On Monday, Feb. 12, councilmembers discussed the resolution and decided that moving the meeting wasn’t necessary. Mayor Bill Velto said that, after conversations with officials, he concluded that keeping meetings as they are would be the better option and keep staff members from having to adjust their schedules. Related Articles Local News | Ex-San Bernardino County CEO Leonard X. Hernandez lands job in Washington state Local News | What to know about Pomona’s dueling tax measures on the March 5 ballot Local News | San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Cook faces 3 challengers in March election Local News | Ambulance provider AMR sues San Bernardino County Local News | In San Bernardino, street lights are dark, cameras

Uber, Lyft and DoorDash vow to strike on Valentine’s Day

Planning to Uber out from the airport on Valentine’s Day? If that’s your preferred mode of transporation you may be out of luck because thousands of Uber, Lyft and DoorDash drivers have vowed to walk off the job to protest low pay and unsafe working conditions. The independent Rideshare Drivers United union said drivers would turn off their apps Wednesday to protest “the significant decrease in pay we’ve all felt this winter.” Southern California airports won’t be affected, but airports at these 10 cities will: Austin Chicago Hartford Miami Newark Orlando Philadelphia Pittsburgh Providence Tampa Justice for App Workers, another group involved in the protest, said drivers are tired of working 80 hours a week to make ends meet while being constantly scared for their safety and worrying about being deactivated with the click of a button.

What to know about Pomona’s dueling tax measures on the March 5 ballot

Pomona voters will be asked next month whether to keep or change a 0.75% sales tax increase originally approved in 2018. Measure P, placed on the March 5 ballot by the Pomona City Council, supports keeping the 0.75% sales tax increase that funds 911 emergency response, police, fire, crime prevention, library services, park and road maintenance and homelessness services, according to the ballot summary. In 2018, voters approved Measure PG to raise Pomona’s sales tax rate to 10.25% and set a March 31, 2029 end date. The increase in the sales tax came after the city consulted in 2018 with financial advisers on how best to tackle an ever-growing deficit. Originally set to expire after 10 years, the tax hike could be on its way out if voters reject the proposed extension just six years after it was implemented. The city-backed Measure P would do away with the March 31, 2029, sunset date and make the tax increase indefinite until voters repeal it. A competing measure, Measure X, aims to reduce the 0.75% sales tax increase to 0.50%, which would bring the city’s total sales tax

Buying California hotels look like a bad bet

Hotel purchases across California, in a sign that investors believe the weakness in the lodging sector has yet to run its course. Measured by dollar amount, statewide hotel purchase activity plummeted 56% in 2023 – plunging by 60% in Southern California and 48% in Northern California, Atlas Hospitality reported.  in California. This represents the second-worst decline ever documented by Atlas Hospitality Group, which tracks the lodging industry in the state. The decline in sales activity is a result of hotel buyers staying on the sidelines at a time of economic uncertainty and murky prospects for the lodging sector, according to Alan Reay, president of Irvine-based Atlas Hospitality Group. “Most investors are in a wait-and-watch situation,” Reay said. The ugly numbers for 2023 … California: hotel purchases totaled a combined $3.76 billion, compared with nearly $8.6 billion in 2022, according to the Atlas Hospitality survey. Southern California: $2.31 billion, down from $5.8 billion in 2022. Northern California: $1.45 billion, down from the 2022 total of nearly $2.8 billion. Some hotels tumbled into foreclosure during 2023, while in other cases, hotel property owners simply walked away from

California hotels look like a bad bet

Hotel purchases across California, in a sign that investors believe the weakness in the lodging sector has yet to run its course. Measured by dollar amount, statewide hotel purchase activity plummeted 56% in 2023 – plunging by 60% in Southern California and 48% in Northern California, Atlas Hospitality reported.  in California. This represents the second-worst decline ever documented by Atlas Hospitality Group, which tracks the lodging industry in the state. The decline in sales activity is a result of hotel buyers staying on the sidelines at a time of economic uncertainty and murky prospects for the lodging sector, according to Alan Reay, president of Irvine-based Atlas Hospitality Group. “Most investors are in a wait-and-watch situation,” Reay said. The ugly numbers for 2023 … California: hotel purchases totaled a combined $3.76 billion, compared with nearly $8.6 billion in 2022, according to the Atlas Hospitality survey. Southern California: $2.31 billion, down from $5.8 billion in 2022. Northern California: $1.45 billion, down from the 2022 total of nearly $2.8 billion. Some hotels tumbled into foreclosure during 2023, while in other cases, hotel property owners simply walked away from

San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Cook faces 3 challengers in March election

Paul Cook has represented the High Desert in elected office for 16 years. First came the Assembly from 2006 through 2012. Then he served in the House of Representatives from 2012 through 2020. And since 2020, Cook has represented the First District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. In March, three hopefuls — a school board member, a former sheriff’s deputy and a pastor — seek to dethrone Cook. The First District includes the Victor Valley communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville, along with the High Desert north of Barstow. Candidates are listed in the order in which they will appear on the March 5 ballot, as determined by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. We asked all candidates the same questions. Below are their responses. Paul Cook Paul Cook is a candidate for First District Supervisor on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in the March 5, 2024 primary election. (Photo courtesy of Paul Cook) Occupation: San Bernardino County supervisor Website: JoinPaulCook.com Campaign finances: As of Jan. 20, the Paul Cook for Supervisor 2024 committee had received $300

These photos show the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains

Severe weather swept through the Inland Empire last week and brought record-setting rainfall to much of Southern California.  A hiker traverses the Summit Ridge Park trail in Diamond Bar on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, as the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains provide a scenic backdrop. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains provide a backdrop to downtown Los Angeles’ evening glow on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) People at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Los Angeles enjoy an evening view of downtown Los Angeles with the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Hikers and their dogs enjoy the Summit Ridge Park trail in Diamond Bar as the snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains provide a backdrop Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Show Caption of Expand The storm left death and destruction in its wake. At high elevations, it also left snow — and once the clouds cleared, the blanketed San Gabriel Mountains were visible from much of the Inland Empire

Redlands’ LifeHouse Theater will present new musical, ‘The Genesis Story’

Redlands’ LifeHouse Theater will present a new original musical, “The Genesis Story,” opening 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. “The Genesis Story” is a retelling of the biblical book of Genesis, including the Genesis creation story as told by Seth, one of the sons of Adam and Eve, according to a news release. The musical also tells the story of Adam and Eve and their sons Cain and Abel, and leads up to the time of Noah. “We are thrilled to continue presenting new biblical productions,” Wayne Scott, LifeHouse founder and president, said in the news release. “ ‘The Genesis Story’ conveys the first stories of the Bible in a fun and creative way.” Rick Arias, who wrote LifeHouse Theater’s musicals “The Disciples of Jesus” and “Abraham and Sarah,” wrote “The Genesis Story” and is directing the production. Sarah Pearce is assistant director and music director. Others on the production staff are Jennifer M. DeWitt, choreographer; Beth Derry, costumer; Jacob Michel, set designer; Stacey Monsma, production assistant; and Josiah Evans, lighting and sound designer. In the cast are Jeremy Kruizenga as Adam, Amanda Kruizenga as Eve

These 10 communities have the most warehouses in the Inland Empire

It’s easy in the Inland Empire to feel surrounded by warehouses. But where is the logistics footprint the largest? Mike McCarthy thinks he knows. Using publicly available data, including information from county assessors’ offices, the Riverside environmental consultant recently updated his list of the Inland communities with the most square footage devoted to existing and planned warehouses. The rankings help residents hold accountable the elected officials who make land-use decisions allowing warehouses, McCarthy said. Traffic flows Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, on Philadelphia Street alongside warehouses in Ontario. The city has the most warehouses in the Inland Empire, according to a new ranking. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Traffic flows on Philadelphia Street on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, along warehouses in Ontario as the snowcapped San Bernardino Mountains provide a scenic background. The city has the most warehouses in the Inland Empire, according to a new ranking. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains rise above a cluster of warehouses in Ontario on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. The city has the most warehouses in the Inland Empire, according to a new

Legacy of L.T. Gotchy lives on in ‘remarkable’ photo collection in San Bernardino

Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series. The story of L.T. Holman Gotchy and his extraordinary photo collection is a fascinating piece of Southern California history, spanning nearly a century. L.T. died in 2014 at age 92, but his legacy of preservation lives on through his remarkable collection. The collection is now being maintained by the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society, a group that’s been preserving the history of the area since 1888. He was a man who loved photography and history, but L.T. was also a veteran, a raconteur, or colorful storyteller, a bona-fide desert rat, and a larger-than-life character. He was also known as a “world-class grudge holder.” L.T. Gotchy in his Army uniform in Europe, circa 1945. He survived the Battle of Hürtgen Forest and managed to capture images from his time in Europe. (Photo from the L.T. Gotchy Collection at the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society) Yes, his first name actually was L.T., and the unique initialed name was shared by several men in the Gotchy family. He was born in 1922 in Utah. L.T. and his family

CityTalk Celebrates Immaculate Conception Church Volunteers for Exceptional Service in Dinner Hour Ministry

In a heartfelt ceremony, CityTalk recognized the unwavering dedication of volunteers from the Immaculate Conception Church who have significantly contributed to the Dinner Hour Ministry and food distribution program. These committed individuals were honored for their relentless service in aiding over 1,500 individuals weekly, providing essential food supplies to families in need. Under the leadership of program heads such as Pete Zavala, the volunteers of the Immaculate Conception Church have been the backbone of the food distribution initiative. Zavala remarked, “We appreciate all of our church volunteers. It’s important that we recognize their contribution.” The early stages of the week see volunteers industriously collecting food from various suppliers. By Wednesday, the church becomes a hive of activity as the full team of volunteers meticulously sort, package, and arrange the food supplies in preparation for distribution. As the day progresses, the church grounds transform into a well-coordinated drive-thru operation, efficiently managed by volunteers like Angela Wilkinson, who noted the program’s growth and the continuous need for more helping hands. “This program has grown quite a bit, especially in recent months. Volunteers are always needed and very

SBCUSD Board of Education Honors Outstanding Individuals

In November, the Board of Education presented the Outstanding Achievement Awards to students, parents and staff of Barton and Gomez Elementary Schools, Arrowview Middle School and San Gorgonio High School (San G). The Board recognizes Outstanding Student Award winners to honor excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts, citizenship and most improvement. The Board also presents the Outstanding Parent/Grandparent/Volunteer Award and Outstanding Employee Award to individuals who embody the District’s dedication to student achievement and well-being. Barton Elementary School, Principal Dr. Janice Gordon: Aaron Caballero is a fourth-grader and Outstanding Student. Caballero is a model student for his peers and the definition of a Barton Bulldog by being respectful, responsible and safe. As ASB class president, he leads by example. His quiet but confident demeanor shines when he makes announcements. Caballero wants to become a lawyer. He said, “I want to help people with their cases.” Alana Chavez is a sixth-grader and Outstanding Student. Chavez is innovative, creative and excels in all academic areas. Her commitment to her academics is commendable, and it is obvious she has a passion for learning that inspires others to be

Rotary Club of Colton Seeks Sponsors for Prestigious 4th Annual Miss Colton Pageant 2024

The Rotary Club of Colton is calling on local businesses and community groups to play a pivotal role in the 4th Annual Miss & Teen Miss Colton Pageant, an event that celebrates local talent, community pride, and charitable spirit. Scheduled for June 22, the pageant promises an evening of elegance and aspiration at the Whitmer Theater Stage, Colton High School. As the Colton community anticipates this glamorous event, the Rotary Club of Colton, under the guidance of President Erlinda Armendariz, is seeking sponsorships to ensure a memorable experience for both the contestants and attendees. Young women aged 15 to 25, hailing from Colton area or attending local high schools such as Colton High, Bloomington High, and Grand Terrace High School, will vie for the coveted titles of Miss Colton and Teen Miss Colton. Erlinda Armendariz, President of The Rotary Club of Colton and Director of the Miss Colton Pageant, expressed her enthusiasm for the event, stating, “The Miss Colton Pageant is not just a competition; it’s a platform for young women to showcase their dedication to our community, their academic and extracurricular achievements, and their