Inland Empire

Temecula wins $50 million grant to ease northbound 15 Freeway gridlock

Temecula will get $50 million in federal grant money to ease chronic gridlock where the northbound 15 Freeway meets the 215 Freeway, one of the city’s congressmen said Monday, July 22. The U.S. Department of Transportation grant, announced by Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, will help Temecula finish the second phase of the French Valley Parkway Project, an ambitious, multi-pronged plan to improve traffic flow along the 15, which runs through the heart of Temecula. In February, Calvert, who with Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, represents Temecula on Capitol Hill, submitted a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao supporting Temecula’s grant application. Calvert said he spoke with Chao by phone to emphasize the project’s importance. “Today’s announced award to Temecula will provide desperately needed resources for a critical congestion relief project along the Interstate 15 corridor in Temecula Valley,” Calvert said in a news release. “The people who commute on the 15 and 215 experience the traffic throughout the Temecula corridor every day and are looking for solutions like this project to become a reality.” In the same release, Temecula Mayor Mike Naggar praised city officials…

CSUSB listed in top programs graduating Latinos in communication, journalism and related programs

Cal State San Bernardino has been ranked among the top 25 communication, journalism and related programs in the country graduating Hispanics, according to rankings from The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education magazine. The listing, which ranked CSUSB at 23rd tied with Florida Atlantic University, were based on databases from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for total degrees granted in media and journalism for 2017. According to the rankings, Hispanics made up 58 percent of the communication program and media studies graduates with 33 male and 59 females receiving degrees. CSUSB’s College of Arts & Letters does not offer a degree in journalism, but offers a media studies concentration along with its other communication studies concentrations, said Rueyling Chuang, interim dean of the college, which houses the Communication Studies Department. “To be listed in this ranking is an acknowledgement of the outstanding work and mentoring of our faculty and staff not only with our Hispanic students, but with all of our students,” said Chuang. “Our goal is to create cutting edge programs that help our students develop into…

Two SBVC student athletes named ‘Athletes of the Year’ in Foundation Awards

The SBVC Foundation recently announced distance runner Michael Ramirez as the Male Athlete of the Year, and women’s soccer player Karen Jacobs as the Female Athlete of the Year. Ramirez was the fastest Wolverine at the State Championships, as he earned All-American honors by finishing tenth. He has committed to Chico State in the fall, and is the SBVC’s nomination to the PCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Jacobs was the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference’s player of the year in 2018, leading the team on offense with team highs in goals (18) and assists (13). Jacobs has committed to continue her soccer career at Louisiana State University-Alexandria in the fall. Congratulations to these SBVC Wolverines! For more information about San Bernardino Valley College, visit valleycollege.edu.  The post Two SBVC student athletes named ‘Athletes of the Year’ in Foundation Awards appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

San Bernardino police captain, a 27-year department veteran, to retire at end of July

San Bernardino police Capt. Rich Lawhead will retire July 31, after close to 28 years with the department. While in San Bernardino, the former Marine worked as a patrolman, a motor officer, a bicycle officer, a cargo theft investigator and in Problem-Oriented Policing. Lawhead was promoted to captain in January 2018 and put in charge of the Community Affairs Division and Quality of Life Team. The soon-to-be 58-year-old led weekly meetings for community members and business owners to share concerns with blight, homelessness, vandalism and delays in police response times. “I loved my career in San Bernardino,” Lawhead said in a phone interview Monday, July 22. “I will truly miss the residents of San Bernardino. I didn’t live in the city, but I treated it like I lived there, like it was my house, my neighborhood.” In March, Lawhead was placed on paid administrative leave pending an administrative investigation. Department officials declined to comment on the investigation at the time, calling it a confidential personnel matter. Lawhead said Monday the probe has been closed with no finding. In May, Lawhead’s longtime girlfriend suffered a traumatic…

215 Freeway to close every night this week at Scott Road in Menifee

Drivers planning to travel through southwest Riverside County at night the next few days, will want to plan ahead. The 215 Freeway is set to close nightly under Scott Road in both directions Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, a Menifee news release states. Scott Road also is scheduled to shut between Haun and Antelope roads. An artist’s rendering shows the completed Scott Road-215 Freeway interchange in Menifee. (Courtesy of city of Menifee) On most nights, the full 215 Freeway closure will begin as early as 10 p.m. and conclude by 5 a.m. the following morning, Menifee spokesman Ben Gallagher said. Related links Scott Road, 215 Freeway construction in Menifee will temporarily close roads Scott Road interchange project aims to fix Menifee traffic jams, attract businesses Menifee’s 215 Freeway/Newport Road interchange project wrapping up Railroad Canyon Road widening project winds down in Lake Elsinore Expansion of Scott Road/215 freeway interchange in Menifee on the horizon On Friday night, the freeway is scheduled to shut at 11:45 p.m. and reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27, Gallagher said. During the closures, cars will drive off…

Grocery chains and UFCW make some progress; more talks planned

Three days of negotiations last week yielded some progress, but Southern California’s largest supermarket chains and the union that represents its workers still have a long way to go in the pursuit of a labor contract. Executives of Ralphs, Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions agreed last week to drop a provision that would have downgraded the job classification for cashiers at some 500 supermarkets, which leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers said would have slashed those workers’ pay by 25%. The two sides will meet again for three days starting July 30. They remain far apart on matters that include wage gains, hours, health care benefits and pensions. News of the elimination of the proposed cashier reclassification was revealed in an update appearing on the website of Local 770, which represents Los Angeles County workers. “This was encouraging, but we’re five months into this and it shouldn’t have ever been on the table in the first place,” Joe Duffle, president of Local 1167, which represents Inland Empire workers, said of the cashier concession. “It was pretty ridiculous.” The two sides have been in negotiations…

Redlands residents offer input as city, county look at how to use federal money

City of Redlands and San Bernardino County officials are want your ideas on how to help low and moderate income residents with federal grants targeting community development, affordable housing and homeless services. At a meeting on Thursday, July 18, at the Redlands Senior Center, about a dozen people discussed what they would like to see happen. Most called for housing help, but some also pointed to local programs for youth, such as Music Changing Lives and YouthHope, or said aid for domestic violence victims should be prioritized. The county receives about $6 million from the Community Development Block Grant alone each year, about $400,000 of which goes to Redlands. Redlands resident Barbara Murray said she wanted to see something done about the “exorbitant” cost of housing and to help people who are just barely making it. “They’re making enough money as long as everything goes perfectly, but if they’re off work for a month, they don’t have any place to go,” Murray said. “If you look at Redlands, there’s a whole population of people who are just on the edge of making it, or just…

Angeline I. Gustafson Myerchin, 76

Angeline Irene Gustafson Myerchin passed away on July 14, 2019, at the age of 76. Angie went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving husband and children. A celebration of life was held on Thursday, July 18 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Laguna Woods, CA. Angeline “Angie” was born in Thief River Falls on August 8, 1942 to her loving father, Marvin, and mother, Regina Gustafson. She was the oldest of three children. Angie married her high school sweetheart John Myerchin when she was 18 years old. They began a family and had three beautiful children: Laura, Katherine and Joseph. Angie created a beautiful and happy life for her family while also earning her graduate degree in teaching. She touched many students’ hearts and taught them to read. Angie was always welcoming with her beautiful and loving smile and always took the time to make others feel special and accepted. She will be remembered as a bright, shining, inspirational light for her family, friends, community and church. We will always carry her memory in our hearts. Angeline was preceded in death…

The Mexicans are coming!

A guest Op-Ed The California’s Hispanic — 84% Mexican American and almost 40 percent of California’s population — is leaving poverty and being educated. How? By graduating instead of dropping out of school, by flooding into California colleges and by solid free enterprise entry into the California marketplace with new businesses. So says a July 9 report from the California Latino Economic Institute titled “The State of Latino Economic Well-being in California” authored by Mindy S. Romero Ph.D. of the University of Southern California’s (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy. Sol Price, by the way, hired this writer 57 years ago after my first foray into political campaign work. He touched almost every American by founding The Price Club, now known as COSTCO.  Pew Research published a demographic profile of the California Hispanic in 2014 mostly based on the 2010 Census. The report builds on Pew’s work. 2014 Pew Report: 15 million California Hispanics, 84% of which were of Mexican origin, 12,600,000. U.S. born – 64%. Hispanic/Latinos other than Mexican, 16% U.S. born.   Median household annual income: 2010 Hispanic, $52,147–2017 $56,151, 2017 Non-Hispanic White,…

How to help a relative with their anxieties and depression

Do you know a friend or loved one who suffers from fear, anxiety, and depression and do not know what to do?  It can be frustrating to watch someone you know suffer and not be able to help them. Here are six ways to help the person cope in these kinds of situations and the best way to deal with anxiety. 1.Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression: There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling with their mental health issues. 2. Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears: Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there. Do not get into arguments with the person who is having a difficult time with their anxieties. 3.Talk to the person instead of talking at them:  It is important not to lecture the person who is struggling with anxiety and depression. Talk to the person about their…

Reminder to not leave children in hot cars

The San Bernardino Police Department is reminding the public to be mindful of not leaving children in hot vehicles, as temperatures reach the triple digits this week. The inside of a vehicle is much warmer than it is outside, increasing the risk of heat stroke for children left inside for even short periods of time. Outside of crashes, vehicular heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths among children. It is why the San Bernardino Police Department is reminding parents, babysitters and anyone who cares for children to avoid leaving them alone in a hot car. Last year, 52 children were killed as a result of being left in a hot car, a 21% increase from 2017 and the highest number in more than 20 years. More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused when a parent or caregiver forgets they are in the car. The temperature inside of a car can rise nearly 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and children are more prone to heatstroke because their body temperatures rise much faster than adults. Whether your child is fussy and…

Lake Arrowhead astronomy group celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 lunar landing

Hawking Teachout, 3, of Sky Forest, blasts off to see lunar rocks, during the Apollo 11 lunar landing 50th anniversary celebration held at (MSAS) Astronomy Village on Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sadie Abbott, 5, of Riverside gets an up close view of the sun at the Robert Brownlee Observatory within MSAS Astronomy Village during an open house on Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Zoe Halpert, 7, of Lake Arrowhead, left, reads each story board word for word aloud to friend Hawking Teachout, 3, of Sky Forest. The Apollo 11 lunar landing 50th anniversary celebration was held at (MSAS) Astronomy Village in Lake Arrowhead on Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Volunteer Dorothy Allmon of Lake Arrowhead helps kick off the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing celebration at Mountain Skies Astronomical Society (MSAS) Astronomy Village in Lake Arrowhead on Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Volunteers Dorothy Allmon, a founder of MSAS, left, and Laurel Lee Austin decorate…

‘Before the Beach Bash’ in Riverside features games, train ride to San Clemente Ocean Festival

Jonathan Marin, blows up a beach ball during a party hosted by Metrolink at the Riverside Downtown Station for people getting on the Beach Train to the San Clemente Ocean Festival, Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Ariel Alcon Tapia, talks with commuters as he gives away free train tickets during a party hosted by Metrolink at the Riverside Downtown Station for people getting on the Beach Train to the San Clemente Ocean Festival, Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Jaclyn and Avery Zion play a game of giant connect four during a party hosted by Metrolink at the Riverside Downtown Station for people getting on the Beach Train to the San Clemente Ocean Festival, Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer) Ariel Alcon Tapia, gives away free train tickets to Margo Reyes, and her children Corbin and Emily during a party hosted by Metrolink at the Riverside Downtown Station for people getting on the Beach Train to the San Clemente Ocean Festival, Saturday July 20, 2019. (Photo…

Redlands readies first Pride Festival for Saturday, July 27, after ‘outpouring of support’

It’s been a year of firsts for Redlands’ LGBTQ community, and many are working to make sure it is not also a year of lasts. What started in November with the election of the Denise Davis, the city’s first openly LGBTQ City Council member, has led to the city’s first Pride month proclamation, a LGBTQ-themed night in the monthly Pub Talk series, and now the city’s first Pride festival set for Saturday, July 27. Festival committee member Dc Lozano said the group was following the momentum. “We said ‘You know what, the city is ready for it’,” she said. Most people she has talked to support the event, but there has been some opposition on the internet. Redlands City Councilwoman Denise Davis takes a selfie of organizers of the Saturday, July 27, Redlands Pride festival in the alley south of Ed Hales Park in the city Thursday, July 18. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) “I really don’t try to buy into that stuff very much because it’s easy for people to say all sorts of things on social media,” Lozano said. Co-organizer Rabbi Lindy…

After-school programs still waiting on cannabis tax money

Supporters of California’s publicly funded After School Education and Safety programs — which educate and care for nearly 500,000 low-income elementary and middle school kids — were encouraged in 2016 when they heard and read the ads that supported the state’s ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The good feeling didn’t reflect how they felt about cannabis. It came because the Yes on Proposition 64 campaign told voters — in advertising and in a statement printed on the official statewide ballot  — that one of the first beneficiaries of tax revenue generated by regulated marijuana would be after school programs. And those After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs really needed the help. The voter-mandated programs get a fixed amount of funding each year, based on how many students they help. But that financing doesn’t change, even as costs to run those programs — including a jump in the state’s minimum wage — shoot up. Because of that, many already-lean programs have been scaling back the services they offer while those that were already facing budget problems have been pushed to the…

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