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Juan Pollo donates meals to health care workers during pandemic crisis

For hospital week during the month of May, Juan Pollo partnered with local hospitals and healthcare organizations to donate meals to the noble and honorable staff working the frontlines. We want the heroes who continue to work tirelessly inside hospitals and healthcare facilities to know that the Juan Pollo family is here for them. In just one week, Juan Pollo donated 300+ meals and helped serve the community with this act of kindness. Juan Pollo was able to feed nine hospitals and health care organizations across the Inland Empire. In total, 344 meals were donated from nine Juan Pollo restaurants. Many of these Juan Pollo restaurants, Anaheim, Covina, Chino, Highland, San Bernardino, North Pomona, South Pomona, Upland, and North Ontario, delivered their donations to their local communities, with many locations having hospitals as their neighbors. Chloe Okura, HR Manager at Juan Pollo, was inspired by a local restaurant who was sponsoring an ​Adopt a Doctor/Nurse program. Seeing this act inspired her to organize something similar for Juan Pollo. Chloe says, “​We realized Hospital Week was right around the corner and lots of our owners stepped…

Torres Campaign launches Distance Learning Challenge for K-12 students

Congresswoman Norma J. Torres today launched a Distance Learning Challenge for K-12 students throughout the 35th Congressional District. The challenge serves to close out the academic school year and reward students for their year-round work and adjustment to distance learning. To enter, parents must submit report cards (and win additional entries for good grades), or various photos of distance learning in action. Participating students will have a chance to win one of many raffle prizes, including Apple AirPods, TVs, Kindle Fire Tablets, and much more. “COVID-19 has completely transformed life and learning for students in our community,” Rep. Torres said. “We are all inspired by how they’ve adapted to distance learning, and this challenge is an opportunity to recognize their resilience in the midst of this pandemic. Despite this additional challenge to their future potential, these students continue their path to become the next generation of leaders. Their tenacity to stay engaged with their school work over the past few months proves that we are all in good hands.” Members of the community interested in providing additional raffle prizes to reward student entrants can contact Volunteer@NormaTorres.com. Parents (or students with a…

Aventon Bicycles donates N95 and surgical masks to Loma Linda University Medical Center

Aventon Bicycles, an Ontario, California-based E-bike manufacturer and retailer recently donated thousands of surgical masks and N95 masks to Loma Linda University Medical Center, and two E-Bikes to help them with their medical supply deliveries. Luis Razo, Manager of Operations at Aventon Bicycles, says the community has supported the company, so now it’s time to give back. It’s a personal mission for Luis Razo – his wife Gracie is an RN at Loma Linda Hospital, on the front lines of this pandemic. “When we told the hospital about the mask donation, they explained they needed help transporting them and that’s when we decided to donate the two E-bikes as well,” says Razo. “I feel fortunate to work for Aventon Bicycles which cares about its community and supports a cause that is so near and dear to my heart. Aventon donating these E-bikes and masks to Loma Linda Hospital, where my wife works as an RN, reinforces its commitment to people and shows how much they care. In this crisis, everyone must do their part because it’s the right thing to do.” Kent Broersma, Warehouse Manager…

San Bernardino County school districts extend school closures through May 1

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and school district superintendents countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to extend public school closures at least through May 1. “Because of the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in our region and across the state, we are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities,” County Superintendent Alejandre said. “These are very difficult circumstances for our education leaders, since developments with this virus are happening so quickly,” he added. “I fully support our district superintendents’ collective decision to do what is best for our students, employees and families across our county.” Most districts in the county decided on March 13 to close schools as a preventative measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the closures, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County continue to rise. On March 17, the Board of Supervisors issued a countywide order to help stop the spread of…

SBCTA committee recommends formal opposition to proposed West County Rail Construction Authority

The SBCTA Policy Committee is recommending that the voter-entrusted agency responsible for transportation planning in San Bernardino County oppose the creation of an entirely new construction authority specifically geared toward one project. SBCTA (the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority) is mandated by law to handle and oversee cooperative regional planning and further an efficient multimodal transportation system countywide. On Wednesday, the agency’s General Policy Committee voted to recommend that SBCTA’s Board of Directors oppose a bill by Assemblymember Chris Holden to establish the West San Bernardino County Rail Construction Authority, whose sole purpose would be to build a six-mile extension of the Gold Line light rail system from the Los Angeles County line to Ontario International Airport. The committee also recommended that the Board formally invite Holden to discuss his proposal at the March meeting of the full SBCTA Board. “We appreciate the Assemblymember’s desire to bring the Gold Line to San Bernardino County, and would welcome connectivity from LA County as part of a comprehensive package of enhanced transit opportunities not just to and from Ontario Airport but our county as a whole. On…

Ontario Airport may serve as repatriation point for U.S. citizens heading back from China

The County has been notified by the State Office of Emergency Services that Ontario International Airport may serve as the repatriation point for up to 240 U.S. citizens, including nine children, arriving from the Wuhan region of China in a U.S. State Department-chartered aircraft. County departments and personnel are working closely with our state, city, and ONT partners to prepare for this possible repatriation, focusing on ensuring the arriving citizens are free of any illness before clearing them to proceed to their respective U.S. destinations, and protecting the San Bernardino County community from the possibility of exposure to any contagions. ONT was designated by the federal government as the official repatriation center for California about a decade ago, and various County departments have participated in numerous comprehensive repatriation exercises with state and federal agencies during the past several years to ensure the County and all other agencies are prepared for this type of event. The occupants of the aircraft will consist entirely of U.S. State Department employees, U.S. contractors who have been working in China, and other U.S. citizens. The aircraft will first arrive in…

Ontario International Airport welcomed 5.5 million passengers in 2019, most since 2008

Ontario International Airport (ONT) continued its run of impressive growth in 2019, welcoming 5.5 million air travelers for the year, the highest level in more than a decade. America’s fastest-growing airport also drew more cargo activity with shipments of commercial freight up 5.1%. “Ontario International Airport is fast becoming the hub of economic activity we believed it could be when we assumed control three years ago,” said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). “Ontario’s evolution as a viable option for air travel in Southern California is no longer a dream, but a reality. And the reality is that airlines, air travelers and freight shippers recognize Ontario’s value as a first-rate airport with the infrastructure, services and amenities that appeal to customers.” During calendar year 2019, ONT passenger volume increased 9.1% from 5.1 million in 2018 to more than 5.5 million. Domestic travel rose 8% from 4.8 million travelers in 2018 to more than 5.2 million. The number of international passengers increased 33.4% from 227,883 to more than 304,000. Ontario closed 2019 with nearly 515,000 passengers traveling through the airport…

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