Inland Empire

Pop-up grocery 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. 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.” They include Brightland extra virgin olive oils, Curious Elixirs craft…

Thousands mourn three 16-year-olds killed in Temescal Valley crash at memorial

Pray for the families mourning the loss of three 16-year-old boys who died after authorities said a driver rammed the car in which they were riding, the thousands at their memorial Tuesday, Jan. 28 were told. Pray also, a minister said, for the man accused of hitting their vehicle after getting upset when they rang his doorbell. “I want you to pray for the man’s family who killed them,” said Pastor Woody Armstrong of Northpoint Evangelical Free Church in Corona. “They, too, are going through a very major transition … Finally, I want you to pray for Mr. (Anurag) Chandra. What he’s done is evil, but he needs to know Jesus.” A special section at the front of Crossroads Christian Church was reserved for Centennial High football players at the Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, Celebration of Life for Jacob Ivascu, Daniel Hawkins and Drake Ruiz. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Romona Ivascu, center, the mother of Jacob Ivascu, reacts to spiritual song at a Celebration of Life Service for her son, Daniel Hawkins and Drake Ruiz at Corona’s Crossroads Christian Church on Tuesday, Jan.…

Photos: Kobe Bryant will live on in inspired murals dotting Southern California

We lost Kobe. But thanks to artists across Southern California, we will for a long time have a reminder of the LA hero — on walls, on buildings, as you drive and walk around the city. That’s because in the days after his death, LA’s muralist community has jumped into action, brushes and color in hand, inspired by the loss of the basketball great and his daughter Gianna, who died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning. Laker fans gather in front of a mural of Kobe Bryant on the 1300 block of Lebanon Street across from the LA Convention center in Los Angeles Monday, January 27, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Mister Alek, an LA based muralist came to Long Beach to memorialize Kobe Bryant on a wall behind his friend’s barber shop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Mister Alek said he considers himself a Kobe fan more than a basketball fan admitting that he only watched games during Kobe’s career. The artist started painting Sunday night and was just putting on the finishing…

Former off-duty LAPD officer on trial in deadly 2015 Pomona shooting says victim sexually assaulted him

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer on trial for a deadly off-duty shooting in downtown Pomona almost five years ago testified Tuesday he was sexually assaulted that night, then killed the man who did it when he attempted to arrest him. In graphic and sometimes adversarial testimony with prosecutors, Henry Solis, 32, said the man he later shot — 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez, Jr. — was involved in a sexual assault during which Solis was forcibly held down inside a bathroom stall, and penetrated with a beer bottle, at the Vive Lounge on March 13, 2015. “Someone hits me over he head,” Solis said from the stand. “I’m seeing little specks of light. I’m lying on the toilet, I’m on my knees, and someone has their knee pressing on my back. I turn my head, and I see Rodriguez, and he points a gun in my face.” It was the first time Solis, who fled to Mexico within days of the shooting, has spoken of the attack that he says led to the deadly encounter with Rodriguez in a parking lot outside the nightclub. Rodriguez…

Photos: Kobe will live on in inspired murals dotting Southern California

We lost Kobe. But thanks to artists across Southern California, we will for a long time have a reminder of the LA hero — on walls, on buildings, as you drive and walk around the city. That’s because in the days after his death, LA’s muralist community has jumped into action, brushes and color in hand, inspired by the loss of the basketball great and his daughter Gianna, who died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning. Laker fans gather in front of a mural of Kobe Bryant on the 1300 block of Lebanon Street across from the LA Convention center in Los Angeles Monday, January 27, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Mister Alek, an LA based muralist came to Long Beach to memorialize Kobe Bryant on a wall behind his friend’s barber shop on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Mister Alek said he considers himself a Kobe fan more than a basketball fan admitting that he only watched games during Kobe’s career. The artist started painting Sunday night and was just putting on the finishing…

Anza fugitive found and arrested on suspicion of murder, hit-and-run in crash near Aguanga

An Anza man suspected of leaving the scene of a crash near Aguanga that left a 63-year-old woman dead earlier this month was arrested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday afternoon. The crash happened on Jan. 3, at around 6:15 a.m. on Highway 371, north of Wilson Valley Road, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. A crash report from the CHP indicated that the three-vehicle crash started when a 2011 Nissan Versa driven by Antone Bayard, 23, of Anza, was traveling north on the 371 at a high rate of speed and crashed into the back of a 1986 Toyota pickup truck. The CHP said Bayard lost control of his vehicle, drifted into the the southbound lane of the 371 and crashed into the front of a 2011 Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes traveled across the northbound lanes of the highway, and rolled over onto the shoulder of the roadway. Officials said the driver of the Mercedes died of injuries from the crash at the scene. The driver was identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as Joan Terlisner, 63, of Aguanga.…

Sanderson Family Finds a Place to Call Home

At just 20-years-old, Eternity Sanderson has a safe place for her and her siblings to call home. “We just moved in it’s empty still … I like still can’t believe that this is actually my house,” she says with a big smile. Just months ago she and her six siblings were living in deplorable conditions after being abandoned by their drug addicted parents, so bad child protective services took custody of three younger boys until they found a suitable home. The community stepped up to help fix the home and help reunite the family but some family members wanted them out to sell the home leaving them with no place to go. Eternity says this was a blessing in disguise, “It felt devastating when we lost that house you know it’s where we grew up, it had a lot of memories and it felt hard but now that this is happening and we have this house, it feels like God knew exactly what he was doing and He had a plan, He really did.” Eternity is the sole bread winner and works two jobs to…

What Kobe means to me & basketball fans everywhere

On Sunday morning the NBA lost a piece of its history. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna – often called Gigi – and 7 others (John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah and Payton Chester, and Ara Zobayan), passed away in a helicopter crash. As a Laker fan and just a basketball fan in general, I am so upset to see my basketball idol pass away at only 41. This is what he meant to me and to many other basketball fans out there. Growing up, I’ve always been a Laker fan. I wasn’t alive for Kobe’s three-peat with Shaq, and I vaguely remember his last 2, being I was so young.  However, I did get to see him play once, the year before he retired.  But the amount of videos I’ve watched make me feel like I was there the whole time. Kobe’s career and his game in general will never be replicated. His ability to score in any way – post ups, jumpers, slam dunks can never be matched. My generation and the generation’s to come will always admire his game and his…

CSUSB criminal justice and MBA online programs ranked among best in the nation

Cal State San Bernardino’s criminal justice and MBA online programs have been listed among the best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings of online academic programs. The university’s criminal justice program, which is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, was listed 35th of 80 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was tied with St. Joseph’s University. CSUSB’s MBA program, which is housed in the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration, was listed 112th of 321 ranked colleges and universities. CSUSB was also tied with five other institutions: Arkansas State University – Jonesboro; Louisiana Tech University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Portland State University; and the University of Texas-Tyler. The deans of both colleges that each house one of the programs said the rankings recognized the commitment and dedication of faculty and staff. “This ranking is a tribute to the outstanding work and accomplishments of the faculty and staff in our criminal justice program,” said Rafik Mohamed, dean of the CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where the criminal justice program is housed. “Our…

Joe Baca Jr. announces run for County Supervisor

Rialto City Councilmember Joe Baca Jr. announced earlier this month his run for San Bernardino County Supervisor, 5th District. He starts his race off strong with large support from the local community. Rialto Professional Firefighters, Local 3688 Rialto Police Benefits Association Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto Grace Vargas, Former Mayor of Rialto Ed Scott, Mayor Pro Tem City of Rialto Andy Carrizales, Councilmember City of Rialto Edward Carrillo, Treasurer City of Rialto Barbara McGee, Clerk City of Rialto Frank Gonzales, Former Mayor of Colton Rikke Van Johnson, Former Councilmember City of San Bernardino Edgar Montes, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Nancy O’Kelley, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Joe Ayala, Rialto Unified School District Board Member Joanne Gilbert, Former Rialto Unified School District Board Member San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Dr. Scott Wyatt San Bernardino City Unified School Board Member Dr. Barbara Flores Joe Baca Jr. had this to say about his endorsements: “I am deeply honored by these endorsements, especially so many from my home city.” Baca continued, “They have seen first-hand the work I have done for the city of…

Three teens killed in Temescal Valley crash remembered at memorial as being ‘full of life’

Friends, family members and well wishers turned out by the thousands Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, to mourn the three 16-year-old boys who died after authorities said a driver rammed the car in which they were riding. “You might be feeling a spectrum of emotions,” Pastor William Johnson of Saddleback Church told the crowd at the Celebration of Life held in Corona’s largest church, Crossroads Christian Church. “You might even be angry with God, and that’s OK, too,” Johnson said. “I think God can handle your frustration.” Johnson said that, despite the grief, “We have not lost these boys, because we know exactly where they’re at, which is in the arms of Jesus.” The memorial opened with the church choir singing, “Because He Lives.” Pastor Paul Muresan, the uncle of Jacob Ivascu, one of the three boys, spoke as well. “They were young, inseparable, full of life and ready to take the world by storm,” Muresan said. On Sunday, Jan. 19, Daniel Hawkins, 16, of Corona; Ivascu, 16, of Riverside; and Drake Ruiz, 16, of Corona, along with three other boys, stopped to pull a prank…

$24,400 flight education grant goes to Riverside’s Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy

Springs Charter Schools’ Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy in Riverside was recently awarded a $24,400 American Airlines Flight Education grant to encouragestudents to consider careers in aviation, specifically becoming pilots. The funding will be used to provide students with a tour of Boeing aircraft manufacturing facilities, for the purchase of remote-control airplanes, for flight lessons and for a tour of Coast Flight Training flight school in San Diego, according to a press release. “We were excited to receive the funding, and have big plans for its use benefiting our students,” Robin Davis, principal of Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, said in the press release. This is the first grant of its kind the school has received, according to the press release. The school had applied for the same grant the previous year but was not selected. Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy serves 120 students in sixth through 12th grade. A new facility for the school is under construction at the Flabob Airport in Riverside. For information about Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, go to springscs.org/programs/riverside/flabob-airport-preparatory-academy. Springs Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools serving more than 9,500 students in Riverside,…

Air Force Junior ROTC color guard competition coming to San Jacinto High School

San Jacinto High School will host 17 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps units at the annual Color Guard Meet beginning 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The competition will be held in San Jacinto High’s gymnasium and will feature Junior Varsity and Varsity Color Guard event categories with U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeant judges from Riverside County. The community is invited to attend the event, and there is no admission charge. Proceeds from concession stands will help raise funds for new uniforms. Because the competition is organized and sponsored by San Jacinto High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets and staff, the San Jacinto unit does not compete against the visiting school teams, according to a press release. San Jacinto High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC unit was established in 2001. Instructors are retired Lt. Col. Michael B. Howard, retired Senior Master Sgt. Richard J. DeMarti and retired Senior Master Sgt. Troy L. Loar. The unit received an overall assessment of “exceeds standards,” the highest rating attainable, during its evaluation in October 2019 by the Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC under the U.S. Air…

Have coffee with cats at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society event

Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS) offers a cat cafe experience 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in the facility’s cage-free cattery. During the Coffee With Cats event, visitors may have coffee and baked goods in exchange for a donation while visiting with cats in the 1,644-square-foot cattery. YAPS coffee mugs will also be available for purchase. In the cattery, cats are placed in one of three rooms based on their stage of life — kitten, adolescent or adult, according to a press release. Each room has seating for human visitors and plenty of cat trees. The cats may roam free inside the cattery and have access to fresh air on an enclosed outdoor patio. Each room in the cattery also has large windows, which allow cats to observe humans and vice versa. All donations from the event will go toward the care of the cats at Yucaipa Animal Placement Society. Yucaipa Animal Placement Society, at 11937 13 St., Yucaipa, is a no-kill  nonprofit animal shelter. For information about YAPS and the Coffee With Cats event, call 909-790-1440, email info@yaps.org or go to yaps.org.

New Riverside police chief Larry Gonzalez has been in department since 1993

Larry Gonzalez is the next chief of the Riverside Police Department, where he’s worked for the past 26 years, including as interim police chief since September. City Manager Al Zelinka chose the veteran to officially become chief starting Friday, Feb. 7, according to a news release. “I believe in Larry as Riverside’s Police Chief because of his demonstrated performance to address important matters in the city and his trusted relationships throughout the community, department, and law enforcement agencies,” Zelinka said in the release. “As Chief of Police, Larry has committed to me that he will implement the pillars of 21st Century Policing, evolve the Riverside Police Department to reflect Riverside’s diversity, and carry out organizational refinements around efficiency and effectiveness.” Gonzalez was chosen after a comprehensive search, community meetings and interview panels. Gonzalez worked for more than three years as deputy chief of administration, which involved advising the previous chief and supervising divisions including Support Services and Civilian Personnel, and managing the Records Bureau, Communications and Internal Affairs, according to the release. “The Riverside Police Department has been my life’s work, and it always has…

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