Inland Empire

Moreno Valley schools win national honor as a district to watch

Only 20 school districts in the U.S. have been named Schools to Watch Districts. During a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., Moreno Valley Unified School District was recognized as part of the prestigious group. The honor, given by The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, goes to districts whose middle schools have all received Schools to Watch awards after a rigorous evaluation period, a news release states. Officials judged all six of the district’s middle schools. Related Articles Temecula school board looking for a new member after trustee’s resignation Riverside County youths seek training in case of school shootings Redlands academy students get hands-on training down a 50-foot wall Report: Mortgage payments are out of reach for those without an advanced degree Riverside County’s new Esports League bursts onto scene “We are extremely proud that all of our middle schools are demonstrating to the nation that we are providing the support for these students to shine brighter in Moreno Valley,” Superintendent Martinrex Kedziora said in a news release. According to forum Executive Director Ericka Uskali, Moreno Valley is one of 10 Schools to Watch Districts…

Upland’s Foothill Family Shelter works to put homeless families’ lives back together

An Upland organization helps homeless families get back on their feet. Founded in 1984, Foothill Family Shelter is one of the few transitional housing programs in the area focusing on families. “Other programs may be specific to women with small children, or for those struggling with drug addiction, but there aren’t a lot of programs for families who have just hit rock bottom,” Executive Director Megan Nehamen said. Families must live in Upland, Ontario, Montclair, Pomona, Claremont or Rancho Cucamonga, be homeless or within two weeks of being homeless, and low income to be considered. Families accepted into the organization’s 120-day Stepping Stones program receive a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment in which they can live without paying rent and utilities — but not without expectations. Instead of rent, they must take part in all the organization’s programs which include weekly case management, therapy and job services. Clients are expected to find a job or upgrade their employment and save 50% of their income. The savings goes into a trust and is returned when they leave the program. The money often is used for first and…

Not hot water, failing while on probation: Restaurant closures in Riverside County, July 12-18

Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in Riverside County between July 12 and 18, 2019, according to the county’s Department of Environmental Health. PhilHouse Hot Foods at Island Pacific Seafood Market, 44060 Margarita Road, Temecula Closure date: July 17 Grade: 81/B, failing Reason for closure: Failing an inspection while on probation. There were four critical violations. An employee didn’t wash hands (then when told to wash, used a sink that didn’t have hot water). Several containers of food were at unsafe temperatures, including meat at the front service counter, rice in a rice warmer and some food sitting out on a prep table. Another dish wasn’t being reheated properly. And an employee washed a knife in the same sink where food was being thawed. This was the restaurant’s fourth failed inspection since 2018; it was put on probation after the last one in February. Reopening date: July 18 after correcting violations and paying a new application and permit fee. It remains on probation. New grade: 98/A, passing Brandon’s Diner, 4719 Green River Road, Corona Closure date: July 17 Grade:…

Year-long, $13.1 million, project to build median on Hemet’s Florida Avenue starts, but concerns remain

After years of heated debate between Caltrans officials and Hemet government and business leaders, construction of a concrete median along parts of Florida Avenue has begun. The $13.1 million project started early this month and will take about a year to complete. From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, one of two lanes will stay open in each direction from just west of Acacia Avenue to the Ramona Expressway along State Route 74, known as Florida Avenue in Hemet. Business owners and city leaders have been vocal in their opposition to the project since it was first presented to the city in 2016. They fear that the median — a curb and brickwork built in the center of the road to divide traffic — will slow down vehicles, limit access to shops and create longer response times for police and firefighters driving to emergencies. To Caltrans, which owns and operates the highway, the project is necessary to ensure public safety. Cars drive past a median near Winco on Florida Avenue in Hemet on Wednesday, July 17. Caltrans spokeswoman Joy Schneider said the new median being…

Construction begins for rail connecting Redlands to San Bernardino

The last major step in bringing rail service back to Redlands has arrived, and more than 150 people gathered Friday, July 19, under the bright sun in a dusty lot near the train tracks to celebrate. Once mainline construction of the $355.4 million dollar Redlands Passenger Rail Project is complete equipment will be tested before operations get underway. The launch date is now projected to be in early 2022. The explorer honor guard from the city of San Bernardino police department marches during a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the mainline of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project in Redlands on Friday, July 19, 2019. When complete, the line will once again bring trains from San Bernardino to Redlands. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Bob Casady, right, and wife, Barbara, with their grandchildren, Drew Casady, 6, and Livia Casay, 9, walk along the railroad tracks near the Redlands Santa Fe Railroad Station in Redlands on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds A rendering of the future site is on display during…

$25,000 grant goes to Riverside Community College District Foundation

The Riverside Community College District Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America that it will use to help more people pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. The grant is part of $500,000 in grants that Bank of America awarded to 49 Inland Empire nonprofit organizations for programs to help people improve their financial stability. The Riverside Community College District Foundation will use its grant to support an initiative to increase the numbers of people in historically underrepresented populations — women, veterans, foster youth and people with disabilities — who are pursuing careers in STEM field. “Bank of America has been a strong corporate partner to the Riverside Community College District for over 20 years,” said Launa Wilson, executive director of the Riverside Community College District Foundation, in a press release. “The RCCD Foundation staff and board of directors are grateful for this generous grant supporting a major district initiative that will make a significant impact throughout our region.” All 49 nonprofits receiving the grants have been asked to address two factors — improving financial stability for basic needs such…

San Bernardino County restaurant inspections, July 12-18

No restaurants or other food facilities were closed by health inspectors in San Bernardino County between July 12 and 18, 2019, according to records available from the county’s Department of Public Health as of Friday, July 19. Updates from past weeks Flavor of India, at 1004 E. Broadway in Needles, which scored a 66/C during a July 10 inspection and was closed for having a rodent infestation and a score below 70, was permitted to reopen July 12 with a “facility under review” sign posted. Pest control had visited, repairs had been made, the facility had been cleaned and sanitized and the inspector saw no evidence of vermin. The restaurant must request a follow-up inspection to be rescored within 30 days or it will be closed again. Icha Cafe/Treehouse Cafe, 11450 4th St. Suite 105 in Rancho Cucamonga, which was closed July 9 for having no hot water, was permitted to reopen July 12 after hot water was restored. Thai Siam Restaurant, at 11691 Bartlett Ave. Suite 2 in Adelanto, which was closed April 17 because of a cockroach and fly infestation, reopened at some…

Demolition underway at site of fatal Norco bank robbery

Hundreds of bullets flew around Norco’s Security Pacific National Bank building in 1980 during a fatal robbery that changed how police armed themselves and led to a book, but it was the years of inattention afterward that did the building in. After plans for long-promised off-track betting at the building failed, the building remained vacant and continued to deteriorate, said City Manager Andy Okoro. “They’ve become a public nuisance,” Okoro said. “With graffiti being painted on it and weeds growing everywhere, and also a potential place for homeless people and vagrants to hang out.” A deputy stands with rifle ready during the infamous Norco bank robbery in this file photo from 1980. George Smith’s evangelical religious views led him to conclude the apocalypse was coming, so he planned a bank robbery in order to afford a remote hideout in Utah or Wyoming when trouble descended on Southern California. (File photo, The Press-Enterprise) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Deputy Jim Evans was killed in the 1980 Norco bank robbery. (Courtesy of the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association) Chief Deputy Bob Doyle with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.…

Konica Minolta Relocation Brings 75 Jobs to Riverside’s Innovation District

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., a division of the Japanese conglomerate Konica Minolta, Inc., a multi-national technology company with presence in 150 countries worldwide, is joining a growing list of companies moving to Riverside to be part of the City’s newly-formed Innovation District. The post Konica Minolta Relocation Brings 75 Jobs to Riverside’s Innovation District appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Mitchell Rosen: Watching a young mom teach her kids the wrong lesson

My Corona office is in a complex called Dos Lagos, which is Spanish for “two lakes.” In reality they aren’t lakes, more like large ponds, but Dos Estanques doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. It’s serene, especially at sunset, and a pleasant place to wander. In these ponds are koi fish, turtles and an abundance of ducks, geese and maybe even a swan or two. It’s quite lovely and I will often walk down to the ponds to clear my head. Recently, I was meeting a father with his young daughter and thought meeting at the pond might be a nice way to introduce myself. I was right, she loved the fish, turtles and especially the ducks. The ducks and geese by now are quite used to people and some will waddle up hoping for some bread. Small kids get excited and want to pet the ducks who quickly fly off. On this day, a young mother was with her kids and the mom caught a goose and held onto it as the bird tried its best to get away. I’ve never seen…

Kids cool off with Corona cops at Summer Bash

Britney Garcia, 6, of Corona chooses vanilla ice cream handed out by Marilynn Alvarado, Corona police officer, during the police department’s Summer Bash at Sheridan Park on Thursday July 18, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Corona police Cpl. Jody Perkins holds Colby Dingwell, 4, of Corona during the Corona Police Department’s Summer Bash at the local Sheridan Park on Thursday July 18, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Nixon Reep, 6, of Riverside looks towards mom before sliding into a small pool of water during the City of Corona Police Department’s summer meet and greet at the local Sheridan Park on Thursday July 18, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Savannah Quintero, 9, of Riverside reacts when the water balloon she tossed was dropped by her partner at Corona’s Sheridan Park during the Corona Police Department’s Summer Bash on Thursday July 18, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Savannah Quintero, 9, of Riverside tosses a water balloon five feet away from her partner who, sadly, dropped it at Corona Police Department’s Summer Bash on…

Newport Beach builder sells out 149-home project in Chino Hills in 2 years

Trumark Homes sold out the 149-home Bristol community In Chino Hills, Calif., in two years. (Courtesy: Trumark) Trumark Homes sold out the 149-home Bristol community In Chino Hills, Calif., in two years. (Courtesy: Trumark) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Trumark Homes sold out the 149-home Bristol community In Chino Hills, Calif., in two years. (Courtesy: Trumark) Trumark Homes sold out the 149-home Bristol community In Chino Hills, Calif., in two years. (Courtesy: Trumark) Show Caption of Expand Trumark Homes says it’s sold all 149 homes at its Bristol community in Chino Hills. The Newport Beach-based homebuilder’s 31-acre community, designed by KTGY Architecture+Planning, began selling in March 2017. The project — which won community-of-the-year honors from  Builder & Developer magazine — has homes from 1,814 to 2,945 square feet in size with 107 two-story, single-family detached homes and 42 attached three-story townhomes. Prices ranged from the mid-$500,000s to low-$800,000s. Trumark says 60% of Bristol buyers were from Los Angeles County, mostly Diamond Bar, Arcadia and Walnut; 30% were from Chino and Chino Hills, and the rest were from Orange County and elsewhere in the Inland…

United front is key to keeping the lights on after a disaster, infrastructure experts say

When the 1994 Northridge Earthquake roared through Southern California, 825,000 Southern California Edison customers were left without power. Edison has made a variety of upgrades since, including retrofitting its buildings to bring them up to earthquake standards while installing seismic sensors that help with early quake warnings and forecasting. Earthquakes, wildfires and cyberattacks were among the threats addressed at an Infrastructure Security & Resilience Forum, held earlier this week at Edison’s Energy Education Center in Irwindale. Hosted by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a newly created division of the Department of Homeland Security, the event brought together experts from a variety of industries, including utilities, aerospace and defense, advanced transportation and entertainment, among others. They addressed threats from both natural and man-made disasters, stressing that a unified response is needed to protect the nation’s various resources. More than 800,000 Southern California Edison customers were left without power following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. FILE PHOTO (Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) “Earthquakes are the most frightening and most damaging events that we see here in Southern California,” said Don Daigler, Edison’s director of business resiliency. “We…

2 arrested in fatal shooting at illegal San Bernardino pot dispensary

Two men were arrested on Tuesday, July 16 in a shooting at an illegal San Bernardino marijuana dispensary in March that left one man dead. Daniel Paopao, 30, of Victorville, and Dzirick Grable, 19, of San Bernardino were booked into jail on suspicion of homicide in the March 14 shooting, San Bernardino Police Department officials said in a statement, Officers responded at about 10:45 p.m. that evening to a call for service at an illegal marijuana dispensary at 191 S. E St., Police Sgt. John Echevarria said. There, David Klemm, 29, of Colton, was found unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. He was declared dead at the scene. A second shooting victim, a 23-year-old Riverside resident, had arrived at a hospital that night and was treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said. Both men were apparently shot during an attempted robbery, Echevarria said. David Klemm, a 29-year-old Colton resident, was shot and killed in San Bernardino on March 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Linda Klemm) Daniel Tanielu Paopao, 30, of Victorville, was one of two men arrested Tuesday, July 16 in connection to a…

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