Inland Empire

Mitchell Rosen: Kobe Bryant reminds us the importance of being an involved parent

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was always a Lakers fan. Didn’t go to the Fabulous Forum often but it didn’t matter because local TV showed both home and away games. When I married my wife from Chicago, I turned coat and became a Bulls fan. Years later, I didn’t divorce but went back to the Lakers. As it was for most people in Southern California, hearing about the death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash was surreal. Then, seeing the picture of the 41-year-old athlete and his young daughter was heartbreaking. Related: Kids loved Kobe. Here’s how to talk to them about his death. While few of us take personal helicopters to basketball practice, most of the parents I know do go with their sons and daughters to baseball, basketball, football and, in my case, horseback riding lessons. Yeah, it’s hard to find time during the work week to watch practices but young girls often will tell me the memories they cherish with their fathers is when he coached, assistant coached or attended sporting events. It seemed to be…

60 apartments with rents as low as $400 coming to Fontana

A $23 million affordable housing development in Fontana will offer 60 apartments for as low as $400 a month. City leaders and representatives with Irvine-based developer Jamboree Housing Corporation broke ground Wednesday, Jan. 29, on the Ramona Avenue lot. Since 2001, Jamboree has raised more than 350 affordable apartments in Fontana. The nonprofit’s seventh and latest project in the city will transform a 4.31-acre blighted lot once owned by the San Gabriel Water Company into 60 affordable one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for families earning between 30% and 60% of the area median income, which was $71,000 in 2018, according to the US Census Bureau. Construction is expected to conclude in April 2021. An artist’s rendering of the Sierra Avenue Apartments bound for Fontana shows the architectural style coming to town. City leaders broke ground on the site Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Photo by Brian Whitehead, The Sun/SCNG) “We believe that housing is the platform for all community change and for everything else that ripples through,” Jamboree President and CEO Laura Archuleta said Wednesday. “Having high-quality affordable housing allows your kids to go to school and…

Blair Park Neighborhood Association hosts 5th Ward City Council Candidate Forum

The Blair Park Neighborhood Association (BPNA) recently hosted a 5th Ward City Council Candidate Forum at Shandin Hills Golf Course where dozens of concerned and curious community members gathered to hear candidates state their platforms and strategies in addressing hot topic issues such as homelessness and infrastructure. Participating candidates were Mike Avellaneda, Marlo Brooks, Brian W. Davison, Councilman Henry Nickel and Ben Reynoso; Peter Torres was absent. The forum was moderated by BPNA Board member Frank Becerra who ensured candidates adhered to the predetermined structure that allowed each of them a five-minute opening statement, one-minute response to questions from the audience and a three-minute conclusion. The order in which candidates were presented was by their respective filing dates, as they too will be in this article. Marlo Brooks, a student at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) scheduled to graduate this spring with a degree in education, cited the prevention of further business closures and safety as priorities he would address. “We see a trend of things closing down around us, we want to keep more doors open, we want to improve their quality of…

Redlands museum’s permit, design approved, but money is still needed

After two decades of work to build a history museum in Redlands backers passed a milestone Tuesday, Jan. 28, as the planning commission gave the project the go-ahead with a few reservations over parking and landscaping. The commission approved the design and a conditional use permit for the museum. Steve Stockton, Redlands Historical Museum Association president, called it a “historic day” for backers. Architect Jim Favaro shares plans for the Museum of Redlands at a planning commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The commission approved a conditional use permit for the museum at the meeting. (Photo by Jennifer Iyer, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG) The former Redlands Daily Facts building on Brookside Avenue, seen here on Jan. 22, 2020, will become the Museum of Redlands. The Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the museum on Tuesday, Jan. 28. (Photo by Jennifer Iyer, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Museum of Redlands backers in orange T-shirts attend a planning commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The commission approved a conditional use permit for the museum at the meeting. (Photo by Jennifer…

Singers 50 and older invited to join Senior Gospel Community Choir in Lake Elsinore

The Senior Gospel Community Choir invites singers age 50 and older to join the group as it begins rehearsals for its spring concert. The first rehearsal for the spring concert is 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Lake Providence Baptist Church, 301 Sumner Ave., Lake Elsinore. The spring concert will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The choir is open to anyone 50 or older who enjoys singing Christian gospel music, spirituals and hymns, according to a press release. Auditions are not required. Members of the Senior Gospel Community Choir, founded in 2007, are from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds For information, call  Valarie Howard-Wilson at 951-823-9587.

More jobs, housing affordability ahead for Inland residents, forecast says

The Inland Empire’s economy, dragged down in 2019 by a contentious trade war, will see its job engine fire up again this year, according to a new economic forecast. Chapman University economist Jim Doti said the region took a sizable hit last year as the trade war stymied imports and hindered warehouse work. “The trade issues with China probably affected the Inland Empire more than California as a whole,” he said Tuesday during a presentation of the annual forecast. Among the findings from the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research is an uptick in jobs that will spur rising incomes and homebuying. The year should also bring more homebuilding in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. While job growth in the Inland Empire declined in 2019 to 2% from 3.4% in 2018, the region’s expansion still outpaced California and the nation. Inland job growth was as high as 5% in 2015 during the recovery from the Great Recession. Doti is predicting job growth would increase 2.4% in 2020, a net gain of about 36,000 positions. “That’s a conservative estimate, but clearly there’s more upside than…

Ralphs’ pharmacists ratify agreement, ending year-long grocery negotiations

Pharmacists at Southern California’s Ralphs stores have unanimously approved a labor contract with the chain, ending a negotiation cycle for the region’s major supermarkets that lasted almost a full year. The 200 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers at Ralphs pharmacies voted on the contract over a two-week period. The ballots were counted Monday, with the results announced Wednesday on the website of Local 1167, which represents Inland Empire workers. Pharmacists at Vons and Albertsons voted to accept the companies’ contract proposal in November. But Ralphs’ pharmacists rejected the deal and instead voted to authorize a strike against the company. Joe Duffle, the president of Local 1167, said in an email that there were concerns about some of the details in the contract, but discussions among the union members and with Ralphs’ executives managed to clear up all the questions and pave the way to ratification. The contract for all three chains calls for hourly pay to increase to $67 by the end of the three-year deal and includes improved health care and pension benefits. Negotiations on a contract involving some 60,000 Southern…

5 classical music concerts to see in the Inland Empire in February

Three classical works with a distinct sense of place make up California Chamber Orchestra’s Feb. 22 concert program “Schubert + Song.” Artistic Director and Conductor Dana Zimbric described Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 1,” written while he was still a teen, as “very reminiscent of Haydn and Mozart.” She said the Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras had a “wonderful grasp of melodic shape and harmonic color. It is hard to believe such music could come from a 16-year-old.” Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” is based on an autobiographical prose poem by James Agee. According to Zimbric, the piece captures the American poet, novelist, screenwriter and film critic’s mostly happy childhood and foreshadowed painful times that followed. Barber’s music brings those feelings to light. Tasha Koontz will make her California Chamber Orchestra debut during “Knoxville.” The soprano singer recently did solos in Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the San Diego Symphony, had a role in Verdi’s “Aida” with San Diego Opera and a solo in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra. “The Barber piece is a very…

Banning High School graduate completes basic training

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Huston M. McFarland III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. McFarland graduated in 2007 from Banning High School in Banning. He received an associate degree in 2010 from Santa Barbara Business College in Palm Desert. He is the son of Huston McFarland Jr. of Hemet and Janet McFarland of Adelanto. He is the brother of Antywan McFarland of Helendale and father of Millyanna and Alayla McFarland of Beaumont. Have your own military accomplishment to share? Send items for possible inclusion in the column to IEcommunity@scng.com.

Riverside Community College District students meet German president

Riverside Community College District students won awards during a recent trip to Germany — and met President Frank-Walter Stienmeier. The 12-member team was competing in a weeklong competition in late November at the Model United Nations Conference at Erfurt University in Germany, a district news release states. Members won two Distinguished Delegation awards while representing Chile and Kuwait at the event. Four team members — Jacob White, Marwah Ghouli, Jake Sonia Langarica and Danyah Ghouli — were recognized as the most outstanding delegates in their respective committees, the release states. The team met Stienmeier when he visited the competition, a moment captured by news outlets and shared on German television, the release states. Related Articles Next stop for ‘college promise’ efforts: Free Cal State University? Mt. San Jacinto College students create two safety videos for CHP “President Steinmeier engaged our RCCD MUN team in a diplomatic discussion and wrote about it on his Instagram,” Dariush Haghighat, a political science professor and Model United Nations adviser, said in the release. “This was an amazing experience for our students.” View this post on Instagram Quasi eine Rückkehr…

Volunteers hit streets to count Riverside County’s homeless

Jesus Nungaray was sitting in the dark on cold concrete beneath Rancho California Road in Temecula early Wednesday, Jan. 29, when volunteers helping with Riverside County’s annual homeless count walked up. Nungaray, 52, said he had been living on the street a year and two months — first in San Jacinto and Hemet, and the past eight months in Temecula. He said he preferred taking shelter under the overpass, which is along Murrieta Creek. Trash piles up at a homeless encampment in Temecula during the 2020 Point in Time homeless count Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Sgt. Robert Menchaca uses his foot to move a syringe at a homeless encampment in Temecula during the 2020 Point in Time homeless count Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Volunteers work together before starting the 2020 Point in Time homeless count in Temecula on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Elise Rahn, speaks with Jesus Nungaray, who is homeless, during the 2020 Point in Time homeless count in Temecula…

Pop Up Grocer coming to Venice

Most people view grocery shopping as a quick in-and-out experience — grab what you need and head home. But what if your local grocery store offered a broad range of products not found in other stores, and also had a living room for lounging and gathering? And what if it hosted after-hours events for the community? Welcome to Pop Up Grocer. The New York-based company, which opened two pop-up markets in New York City last year, is coming to Venice. The 1,000-square-foot location at 62 Windward Ave. will be open from Feb. 7 through March 1, featuring more than 150 brands in the food, beverage, home, pet and body care categories. The store’s products will range from $2 to $120. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. A place of exploration The store’s curated shelves and cafe are designed to be a place of exploration, according to company founder Emily Schildt. “We’re not here for the purpose of your weekly haul of milk, eggs and toilet paper,” Schildt said. “We want to introduce people to the newest and most interesting products.”…

Uber is retooling its app for California drivers. Lyft isn’t

In response to a new California law went that took effect at the start of this year and has the potential to upend numerous on-demand companies, Uber has pushed out changes for drivers in the state that would once have been unthinkable: capping service fees that go to Uber, boosting fare transparency and even testing the ability to set their own fare. But other companies — including Uber’s biggest ride-hailing rival, Lyft — have been curiously silent, apparently opting for business as usual. The diverging approaches shed light on how the on-demand industry is far from unified in the way it confronts what could be an existential threat. Over the past decade, prominent startups like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart and DoorDash built up their businesses in large part by treating their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. This meant they have mostly not been obligated to provide minimum wage, overtime pay, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and paid sick leave. Workers also pay their own expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. Under the new California law, called AB-5, it becomes much more difficult for businesses to continue with that approach.…

Jack Ma donates $14 million to develop coronavirus vaccine

Jack Ma, Alibaba founder and China’s richest man, has donated 100 million yuan ($14.4 million) through his foundation to help find a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus. The billionaire has earmarked 40 million yuan ($5.8 million) for two Chinese government research organizations, according to a social media post from the Jack Ma Foundation. The remainder of the funds will be used to support “prevention and treatment” measures, the foundation said. The donation follows an announcement on Saturday by Alibaba that it is setting up a 1 billion yuan ($144 million) fund to buy medical supplies for Wuhan and Hubei province, the epicenter of the virus outbreak. The company is also offering free AI computing power to scientific research organizations to support the search for a vaccine or treatments. Alibaba is one of a host of Chinese technology companies donating funds to coronavirus treatment efforts, according to state-owned newspaper China Daily. Others include telecom equipment and smartphone maker Huawei, e-commerce company Tencent, search engine Baidu, TikTok owner ByteDance and food delivery firm, Meituan-Dianping. Scientists in the United States and China are among those working on a vaccine. But it…

‘Mighty Ducks’ actor Shaun Weiss accused of breaking into man’s garage while high on meth

An actor who appeared in three “Mighty Ducks” movies in the 1990s has been charged with burglary and being under the influence of methamphetamine, police in Northern California say. Shaun Weiss played Greg Goldberg in the Disney comedy franchise about a hockey team. A homeowner called police Sunday morning to report an unknown person in his garage, according to a statement from the Marysville Police Department. Officers arrived to find Weiss allegedly had shattered a car window and was sitting in the vehicle, the statement said. Weiss, 41, was still in custody with bail set at $25,000 after being reduced from $52,500, according to inmate records. Weiss was arrested in August 2018 for public intoxication and released without charges, according to the Oroville Public Safety Department’s Facebook page. That month he checked into rehab. Before he did, he told fans in a lengthy Facebook post that he had “surrendered to the reality that without immediate treatment my life is in eminant (sic) danger.” He also wrote that he was “determined to return to my old self” and his “mind is set on health and well being.” CNN is…

Gusty Santa Ana winds blow through Riverside and San Bernardino mountains and valleys

RIVERSIDE — Gusty Santa Ana winds are expected throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties Wednesday and could prove hazardous for high-profile vehicles traveling through mountain passes, according to the National Weather Service. The agency issued a high wind warning that will be in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to noon Friday in the Riverside and San Bernardino metropolitan areas, the Riverside and San Bernardino county mountains and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning. A wind advisory will be in effect in the Coachella Valley from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service Winds moving in from the north and northeast are expected to reach speeds between 20 and 30 mph, with isolated gusts of 70 mph possible along mountain ridge tops, forecasters said. Winds in the Coachella Valley will be between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts reaching up to 55 mph. The winds are not expected to elevate the risk of wildfires because humidity levels are around average and brush in the region is not critically dry, according to the NWS. NWS officials warned that winds could be…

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