Inland Empire

Colton City Council accepts Office of Traffic Safety Grant Award to reduce traffic collisions

On Tuesday, October 1, Colton City Council approved the fiscal year 2019-20 office of traffic safety grant award. The Office of Traffic Safety is California’s lead traffic safety agency…advocating on behalf of and generating traffic safety programs to improve the safety around the state, including the city of Colton. “Using federal highway safety program funds, it is the mission of OTS to provide funding for traffic programs to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic related collisions,” said City Manager Bill Smith. Colton city staff received the approval of the Office of Traffic Safety grant earlier this year and also found that the grant does not require any matching funds from the city. “The city has experienced multiple traffic-related injury collisions throughout the years. The amount of DUI and speed related enforcement conducted is inversely proportional to the numbers of crimes and calls for service officers must handle,” said Chief of Police Mike Hadden. “The city of Colton has an abundance of establishments where alcohol is served or sold and the number of DUI drivers has not diminished. In…

San Bernardino Pastors United prepare for upcoming block party

The San Bernardino Pastors United (SBPU) in association with community leaders and the faith-based community, will have another Community Block party on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Dr. Mildred Henry Elementary, located at 1250 W 14th Street, San Bernardino. The residents of San Bernardino are still being plagued with violence, crime and shootings in the city. The San Bernardino Pastors and community leaders take a stand together in solidarity and let the residents know with boldness, theme “Our God Will Provide” Gen 22: 11-14. The SBPU pastors demonstrate by showing love, helping thy neighbor, covering one another.  On this day, pastors, law enforcement, dignitaries, school officials all join together on one accord.   We are expecting thousands to be in attendance, Come early. At the event, there will be free food, free groceries, free gifts and prizes for the kids, free clothes and free health checks, job resources. The host church will be Victory Outreach Church, located at 990 W Mill Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410. Pastor Rick Alanis Senior will deliver a life changing message. Please register by…

Moreno Valley school leaders again blasted by parents at session on bullying

A month after a fatal assault on a Landmark Middle School student, and a day after another student was attacked on the same campus, Moreno Valley school leaders were blasted again Tuesday night, Oct. 15, by angry parents and students. The criticism came at a previously scheduled Moreno Valley Unified School District board workshop titled “anti-bullying and student discipline” at which school officials planned to discuss the district’s anti-bullying policies. But the new assault on Monday, Oct. 14 — in which a girl at Landmark was assaulted during lunch by two other girls — changed the tone of the proceedings. Maria Jones, a Moreno Valley High School sophomore, spoke to Moreno Valley school leaders at a Tuesday, Oct. 15, workshop on bullying and discipline. (Photo by Beau Yarbrough, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Alice Rosales, a friend of Diego Stolz, the 13-year-old Landmark Middle School Student who died after a campus assault, spoke to Moreno Valley school leaders at a Tuesday, Oct. 15, workshop on bullying and discipline. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Julie Curran, whose daughter was assaulted Monday, Oct. 14, at Landmark Middle School in…

Temperatures to fall Thursday in Southern California, but high winds renew wildfire risks

Temperatures should come down from higher-than-average levels in most of Southern California over the next few days — but windier conditions beginning Thursday, Oct. 17, will keep the risk of fire high through the start of next week. Highs in inland valleys saw double-digit increases from Monday to Tuesday, National Weather Service meteorologists said. Readings were in the upper 80s and low 90s Tuesday, with similar figures expected for Wednesday in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as inland portions of Los Angeles County like the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, according to the National Weather Service. Meanwhile, temperatures will be slightly colder in coastal areas like Long Beach, Malibu and much of Orange County. Then, on Thursday, a transition from an offshore to an onshore wind pattern will bring cooler weather to most regions, and a return of windy conditions in inland areas. In Claremont, for instance, the projected high temperature of 89 on Wednesday should fall to 76 on Thursday and 78 on Friday, the Weather Service said. Gusts will average about 20 mph in most of the Inland Empire on…

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Exhibits, Workshops, Classes:Now to October 18 – the Garcia Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of San Bernardino, presents an exhibit of film posters of the Golden Era of Mexican Film (1970s and 80s). The Center is located at 536 West 11th Street, San Bernardino. Now to December 7 – the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum Of Art (RAFFMA) presents “Made in California.” This exhibit is a collection of Wayne Shimabukuro’s portrait photographs of nearly 40 renowned California artists alongside their iconic works. The exhibition features artworks of different genres and mediums, all made in California from the mid-1970’s through today. RAFFMA is located at the Visual Arts Center on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway. For information and Museum hours call (909) 537-7373 or email raffma@sbusb.edu. Tuesdays, October 29 to November 26 – the San Bernardino Public Library will host Free Writing Workshops: Kids and Teens, ages 7 – 17 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Feldheym Central Library Children’s Room, 555 West 6th Street. This event is part of the National Novel Young…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino hosts historic event honoring decades of service with dedication of ‘The Physicians’ Corridor’

Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) announced the unveiling of the Physicians’ Corridor, a beautifully designed space dedicated to all 50 former Medical Staff Presidents, a dozen of whom attended a celebratory event in their honor. According to current Chief of Staff, Dr. Johnny Negusse, “This dedication is to show the hospital’s appreciation for the high quality medical care our physicians have provided and continue to provide the San Bernardino community since 1956. It is an honor to be surrounded by such compassionate and caring providers and to welcome back former medical staff presidents.” Attendance included the second president of the medical staff from 1957, along with others who served in the 1970s and 1980s. Dr. Negusse shared, “By remembering, honoring and inducting these presidents into our new “Physicians’ Corridor” we are also honoring all of the physicians who served alongside them.” CHSB Hospital President, June Collison stated, “Our physicians are important members of our care team. They each embrace the mission of Dignity Health every day as they serve and advocate for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised. It is…

Amazon donates $25,000 to Inland Housing Solutions to support families in need throughout San Bernardino County

In recognition of World Homeless Day, Amazon delivered a special surprise to Inland Housing Solutions located in the Inland Empire – $25,000 for families in need. On any given day in San Bernardino County, there are approximately 2,321 homeless adults and children. One-fifth of homeless children will be separated from their immediate family at some point. This is why providing support to organizations like Inland Housing Solutions of San Bernardino County is so important. Amazon associates hand out care packages to guests. “Helping San Bernardino County families get back on their feet is important to Amazon and something we are passionate about,” said Amazon General Manager Marianna Desai. “We hope that this donation goes a long way to make sure Inland Housing Solutions can continue to provide support to our neighbors that need it most.” In addition, 30 backpacks filled with essential needs items like toothbrushes and body wash were given to Inland Housing Solutions guests. “We are incredibly grateful for the generous donation from Amazon – the funds will make a huge difference to help us make sure fewer San Bernardino County families go to bed…

Honor a veteran – reserve a plaque on Veterans Wall of Freedom

Thank a veteran for their service, thank a veteran for your freedom by honoring them with a plaque on the Veterans Wall of Freedom. All veterans of the United States military are eligible for a plaque. Currently, approximately half of the plaques have been reserved. Plaque reservation forms are available on the website veteranswalloffreedom.org. Each plaque is available for $100 donation. In order to have your veterans plaque engraved on the Veterans Wall of Freedom by Veterans Day, the form with donation must be received no later than October 11, 2019. The Veterans Wall of Freedom was dedicated on Veterans Day 2016. This unique monument is designed to be an enduring reminder of the freedoms we enjoy daily because of the service and sacrifice of those that served in the United States military. The monument spells out the word FREEDOM in six-foot block letters with over 1600 granite plaque spaces for veterans covering the front of the letters.  Thirteen stripes, seven in subdued red and six in white, lead to the monument. The Veterans Wall of Freedom is a committee of the Foundation of Grand…

Eastbound 60 Freeway lane closures set for Moreno Valley, Beaumont on Wednesday

Daytime lane closures are coming to the 60 Freeway in Moreno Valley and Beaumont on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Caltrans maintenance crews plan to close the No. 1 lane on the eastbound 60 Freeway at Day Street in Moreno Valley for road repairs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, a news release states. Related links Westbound 60 Freeway in Badlands near Moreno Valley, Beaumont to close for 40 hours 60 Swarm, Badlands projects to close 21 miles of Inland Empire’s 60 Freeway 9 things to know about weekend-long Inland Empire closures on the 60 Freeway Also on Wednesday, crews intend to close the No. 1 lane on the eastbound 60 in the Badlands/Beaumont area, between Potrero Boulevard and Timothy Lane, for weed abatement work, Caltrans officials said. That closure is set to take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Man arrested in San Bernardino on suspicion of attempted murder

A shooting Monday night in San Bernardino resulted in one man being treated for injuries and county child services officials taking custody of the suspect’s five children. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to the 7200 block of Tippecanoe Avenue after hearing reports of shots fired in the area just after 7 p.m. On arrival, residents in the neighborhood pointed deputies in the direction that the suspect ran away. Larry Washington, 49, of San Bernardino, was identified by authorities as the suspect. He shot and injured a man before leaving the area with his five children, including a baby in a stroller, officials said. When deputies found Washington, the sheriff’s department said he left his children, ran away into a backyard in the neighborhood and threw a gun away into another backyard. He was eventually arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of attempted murder with a bail of $1 million. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. The San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services took custody of…

Slushie maker ICEE to exit Ontario for Tennessee, cutting 127 jobs

Slushie drink-maker ICEE is leaving Ontario, its corporate headquarters for 30 years, and relocating to Tennessee. The move to La Vergne, Tenn., about 20 miles from Nashville, will result in 127 job losses in Ontario. The last day for most management, production and distribution workers is expected to be in mid-February. The company informed the California Employment Development Department about the pending layoffs in a letter received Sept. 25. It was posted on an updated, statewide list of layoffs Friday, Oct. 11, although the company announced its intentions to move earlier this year. The layoffs are scheduled to start Dec. 1, with most of the separations becoming official Feb. 15. Company officials did not return calls seeking comment, and it was not known how many Ontario employees will relocate and whether the company is offering severance pay or financial relocation assistance. It also was not known how many job opportunities remained in California for ICEE workers. According to the company’s website, there are job openings for service technicians in about a dozen California cities, including Northridge, San Diego and El Cajon. ICEE is the third major Southern California…

City Council accepts Office of Traffic Safety Grant Award to reduce traffic collisions

On Tuesday, October 1, Colton City Council approved the fiscal year 2019-20 office of traffic safety grant award. The Office of Traffic Safety is California’s lead traffic safety agency…advocating on behalf of and generating traffic safety programs to improve the safety around the state, including the city of Colton. “Using federal highway safety program funds, it is the mission of OTS to provide funding for traffic programs to help reduce the number of deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from traffic related collisions,” said City Manager Bill Smith. Colton city staff received the approval of the Office of Traffic Safety grant earlier this year and also found that the grant does not require any matching funds from the city. “The city has experienced multiple traffic-related injury collisions throughout the years. The amount of DUI and speed related enforcement conducted is inversely proportional to the numbers of crimes and calls for service officers must handle,” said Chief of Police Mike Hadden. “The city of Colton has an abundance of establishments where alcohol is served or sold and the number of DUI drivers has not diminished. In…

Family Fun Run-Walk collects $13,000 for Riverside County scholarships

Families walked and ran recently to raise more than $13,000 for student scholarships across Riverside County. The occasion was the fifth annual 5K Family Fun Run-Walk & 1K Kids Run-Walk. Sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education, the event supported the Riverside County Office of Education Foundation Scholarship Program. Winners at the fifth annual 5K Family Fun Run-Walk & 1K Kids Run-Walk are seen Saturday, Sept. 28. The event, sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education, raised cash for scholarships. (Courtesy of Riverside County Office of Education) It was staged Saturday, Sept. 28, at Evans Field at Riverside City College. The event also featured a Kids Fun Zone, music and drawings. Related Articles These three suicide-prevention bills are now law in California Redlands Unified calls unions’ move to speed negotiations a ‘work slowdown’ Here’s how boy band BTS inspired a school in South L.A. to teach Korean culture Some at this Hemet school got haircuts for a cause – wigs for cancer patients Red shirts and pickets signal stalled Redlands Unified labor negotiations The scholarship program helps students pay for college tuition and…

Joshua trees should be protected by state endangered species act, group says

Environmentalists are calling on the state to protect Joshua trees, as climate change and habitat destruction threaten the iconic Mojave Desert plant. The Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday, Oct. 15, petitioned the state Fish and Game Commission to list the Western Joshua tree as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act, which would go beyond existing laws aimed at protecting the plants on public and private lands, said Brian Cummings, the center’s conservation director and Joshua Tree resident. “The Joshua tree, particularly with the exponential growth of attendance at Joshua Tree National park, has become an international icon,” Cummings said. “It’s unfortunately becoming a symbol of our failure to address climate change.” A Joshua tree stands in front of a rock formation at Joshua Tree National Park. (File Photo by Mark Rightmire, The Orange County Register/SCNG) Joshua trees are silhouetted against the cloud-streaked sky east of the of the Mojave National Preserve. (File photo by Stan Lim, The Press Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds The gnarled branches of Joshua trees reach can be seen in the afternoon sun at Joshua…

Will 350 acres of unincorporated land be annexed into San Bernardino this week?

More than 350 acres of unincorporated land could be annexed into San Bernardino on Wednesday, Oct. 16, so a previously approved housing development can be built there. Should the county Local Agency Formation Commission approve the plan this week, property owner Montecito Equities would be able to move forward with building about 215 single-family residences on 199 acres in the northern part of town despite the protests of those living in the neighboring Verdemont community and nearby Devore. According to a staff report prepared for Wednesday’s meeting, LAFCO, which delayed a decision on the proposal in August, has received dozens of opposition letters from landowners, registered voters and others, including San Bernardino Councilman Henry Nickel, who represents the Verdemont area. An affirmative vote this week would require the cash-strapped city to provide services to the area, even though the Spring Trails development could take years to complete. Opponents of the project contend San Bernardino cannot afford the expansion and increased demand for services. Furthermore, because the proposed annexation area is in a high wind- and high fire-hazard zone, with three active earthquake faults nearby and…

Menifee schools get donated defibrillator in memory of Temecula-area man’s son

A Temecula-area man is continuing his quest of more than 10 years to bring automated external defibrillators into schools in memory of his son. The latest donation from The Travis R. Roy Sudden Cardiac Arrest Fund came in late September to the Menifee Union School District. The Menifee school board has approved policies paving the way for an automated external defibrillator at each campus, district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus said in an email. The fund’s president, Robert Roy, officially made the donation at a school board meeting. The Travis R. Roy Sudden Cardiac Arrest Fund donated an automated external defibrillator to the Menifee Union School District in September. (Courtesy of Robert Roy) He gave the district a defibrillator and a locked cabinet equipped with an alarm after promising to do so months earlier when speaking to Menifee school officials about sudden cardiac arrest in youths and the need for the devices on campuses. Roy’s youngest son, Travis, died of sudden cardiac arrest at age 15 after collapsing at school in Murrieta. He later died because, at that time, the school nurse did not have an automated…

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