Walnut Valley Kiwanis Club Helps Local Community

By Michael Armijo

Walnut Valley – The Kiwanis Club of Walnut Valley has a mission in life: Help those who are in need. And with that philosophy, indeed they do.

With projects like Relay for Life, Multi Cultural Event, Young Professionals Installation, Pediatric Trauma Prevention, and the upcoming Annual Holiday Food Distribution, the volunteer group has benefitted the local area and the surrounding communities.

“We raise funds to help local entities, from grants to food assistance, we do all we can to help,” said long time volunteer Richard Malooly. “Everyone is welcomed to join us, we meet every Friday morning from 7-8 am at the Holiday Inn, 21725 Gateway Center, Diamond Bar, 91765.”

Other members in the club are Ray McMullen, Manuel Baca, Bea McMillen, Matt Martinez, Dick Clippinger, Ralph Mendez, Sal Delcampo, Don Ruh and Aggie Kee.

“Not only do we raise money, we accept grants too,” said Malooly, “the Walmart Foundation just approved our application for for a $2,500 grant last month which will go towards our annual holiday food distribution for selected recipient families in Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights.”  In addition, they plan to fund upcoming projects.

Kiwanis Club of Walnut Valley also works with local students as well, as the food drive will be with the local high school Key Club, which is led by Walnut High teacher Mr. Panlilio.

Be sure to visit the Kiwanis Club at the Walnut Family FEstival this Saturday, to be held at Suzanne Park, which is located at 625 Suzanne Road in Walnut from 9 am to 5 pm. (for more info about the Family Festival call Walnut City Hall at 909.598.5605).

“We hope to continue helping those who are in need and hope we continue to have a great impact on our community,” added Malooly.

New Additions to the City of Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On October 1, the City of Eastvale turned 9-years-old!  Over the last nine years, the city has grown with new businesses opening almost every month. Here is what’s expected to open soon.            

On October 2, the City of Eastvale announced that the Little Eastern Café will be opening this fall at The Station.  Little Eastern Café will feature a delicious menu of Taiwanese and Japanese fusion.  The Station is located at Hamner Avenue and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road in the Goodman Commerce Center.

In addition, Fire Station 31 is having an Open House on October 12 in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.  The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 31, located at 14491 Chandler Street in Eastvale.  The open house will include a static display, fire station tours and demonstrations for all ages.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage, according to the City of Eastvale. 

“In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy,” states the City. “Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.”

Another big project we have all been waiting to be completed is the I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Park & Ride located at 12105 Limonite Avenue, Jurupa Valley.

The City of Eastvale and City of Jurupa Valley will be celebrating the new Limonite Avenue bridge that connects our two cities.  The new design will feature a new 8-lane overcrossing; 3-through lanes in each direction plus 2 turn lanes; widening of the off-ramps from two to four lanes; the addition of two new loop on-ramps; and widening of Limonite to four lanes in each direction between Hamner Avenue and Wineville Avenue.

To RSVP for I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project ribbon cutting ceremony, please email trollings@jurupavalley.org or call 951.332.6464. 

August 2019 City of Eastvale News.com Available Online!

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format: https://anaprdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/this.one_.2019-08-eastvalenews12pages.pdf

Customers Satisfied with LarSun Solar

Staff Reports

Corona – LarSun Solar is a great company that provides sustainable and reliable energy for your home.  You may have seen their sign off the 91 freeway or read their great reviews on Yelp!

LarSun customers are satisfied because LarSun provides the highest quality US-made equipment at the best price and with the best warranties.  They install solar panels that include a 25-year warranty and a full monitoring system to track the performance. 

LarSun Solar have been in business for over 12 years, and the company has focused on solar specifically for 7 years. In addition, they have solar installers you can trust because their team has been working on roofs for over 30 years.

Erik Larsen, President and Founder of LarSun Solar, said he loves that the company has been solar specific for the last 7 years. “I love solar as a product. Ultimately, we are just selling people on savings for what they are already buying – electricity.” 

Larsen also loves that solar panels are great for your wallet and the planet.  “I feel good at night knowing I’m saving families tons of money and saving the future for my kids.”

In addition, LarSun Solar strives to build relationships with their customers.  “We know and care about every customer we work with,” said Larsen. From throwing BBQs to hosting little league parties, LarSun loves serving the community.  “We want to take care of you. We love our community.”

Also, LarSun offers incentives for military, both current and veterans, and donates to local organizations like little league and schools. “Just ask,” said Larsen regarding donations.

Before Solar, Larsen obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Entrepreneurship and he said his first business was a cupcake truck.  He was even a finalist on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!  “If you request, I will make cupcakes for you on the day of install,” said Larsen.

LarSun Solar is located off the 91 between Lincoln and Maple, but they service all of California.  Their address is 1611 Pomona Rd, Corona CA 92880.  You can give them a call at 909-600-5050 or 949-294-4220.  You can also check out their website at LarSun.com or read reviews from satisfied customers.  LarSun Solar is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, is C-46 solar specific licensed and bond, and is insured. 

Photography Contest Winners

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Juan Carlos Becarra’s photo “Winter is Coming”

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The Embrace Eastvale Photography Contest Winners were announced on August 8.  Congratulations to Juan Carlos Becerra and Benjamin Perez for being this year’s winners!

This is the first year the City held this type of contest and they plan to continue the tradition yearly.  The contest objective was to embrace all things Eastvale, from events, beautiful sceneries, outdoor landscapes, exciting development projects, and anything else that is unique and defining of Eastvale.  The entries were placed into the following categories: Elementary School (K-6), Middle School (7-8), High School (9-12), Amateur Photography, and Professional Photography, as applicable. The winners received special recognition at the Eastvale City Council Meeting, and had their photo featured at the 2019 Eastvale State of the City Address and at City Hall.

“We would like to give a huge shout out to this year’s winners and all of the participants for showing their best representation of Eastvale’s Beauty,” stated City officials.

Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale
Benjamin Perez’s photo “Eastvale Sunset”

Norco High Prepares For Active Shooter

Police officials partnered with CNUSD to conduct an Active Shooting Training at Norco High School.

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Staff Reports

Norco– On Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25, an Active Shooter Training took place at Norco High School. Jurupa Valley Station patrol and investigative personnel partnered with the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) to prepare and create a plan of action if an active shooter was ever on campus.

“The Jurupa Valley Station and the Corona-Norco Unified School District are committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and community,” stated a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The Jurupa Valley Station Training Unit, School Resource Officer Unit, and Special Enforcement Team facilitated the 4-day training which consisted of “realistic, close-range, lethal and non-lethal scenarios simulating an active shooter event,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Under simulated stress, the scenarios created a positive training environment and helped department members strengthen the critical skills needed to respond to and effectively operate during such an event.”

The Jurupa Valley Station issued a statement to thank the following allied entities for their participation in the 4-day training: Riverside Community College District Police Department (Norco College), Perris Station, Robert Presley Detention Center, Smith Correctional Facility, and the Norco High School administrative staff.  

In addition, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said, “anyone making threats or reports of violence against any of [the CNUSD] schools will be thoroughly investigated and held accountable for their actions.”

For questions, concerns, or additional information, please contact Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Officer Supervisor, Sergeant Edward Soto, at (951) 955-2600.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

New Additions To Eastvale

New additions have come to Eastvale in the last month. Many businesses have opened and a new Paramedic Squad is now in service.


Courtesy: City of Eastvale
All Magic Paint & Body Collision Centers Express celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 1. 

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City continues to grow as we welcome new businesses and additions to the area.  Two businesses officially opened this last month and the residents were excited to celebrate. In addition, a Paramedic Squad is now in service to help the community. 

On August 1, residents gathered to welcome All Magic Paint & Body Collision Centers Express to the city.  The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at their location, 3788 S. Milliken Avenue in Eastvale.  All Magic Paint & Body Collision Centers Express is a family-owned business that provides trusted service for all your car needs. 

On August 15, city officials celebrated the Grand Opening of MOD Pizza located at The Station in Eastvale.  On Grand Opening day, the first 52 people through the door were given free pizza, many residents were given prizes, and 100% of the proceeds went to The American Red Cross. MOD Pizza offers a fresh selection of custom pizzas, salads, milkshakes, and more.  They are located at 12585 Cantu-Galilean Ranch Rd. Suite 150.

In addition to the grand openings, a special squad was also added to the Eastvale community this month.  A Paramedic Squad is now officially ready to serve, effective August 12.  The squad consists of five staff members who were transferred from various City contracts in Riverside County.  The squad will use a smaller truck that will allow them to respond quicker to critical incidents and medical emergencies. The Paramedic Squad members “are each well versed in their positions and exemplary employees who all want to be a part of the Eastvale community,” according to the City.   

The Eastvale City Council approved to add the Paramedic Squad to Fire Station 27 as part of the 2019-2020 Adopted Budget in May.

“As one of Riverside County’s youngest cities, I am honored to partner with the City of Eastvale to increase our level of Fire Services,” said Battalion Chief, Richard Tovar. “This Paramedic Squad will provide coverage to our growing community of Eastvale to allow us to better protect our highest values at risk, the residents.”

Courtesy: City of Eastvale
MOD Pizza held their Grand Opening Ceremony on August 15and donated 100% of the day’s proceeds to The American Red Cross.

Crime Recap July

Courtesy: RUSD
Ismael Lopez

Inland Empire – Last month, several crime incidents took place in the surrounding area.  See a below of crime in the month of July.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic collision

WHEN: July 4, 2019

WHERE: Sixth Street cross of Temescal Avenue, Norco

On July 4, at about 9:16 p.m., deputies responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision off Sixth Street cross of Temescal Avenue in the city of Norco. 

An investigation revealed a “Chevrolet El Camino was traveling southbound on Temescal Avenue at a high rate of speed,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “The vehicle struck a Toyota Tundra in the intersection, which was traveling westbound on Sixth Street. The force of impact caused the Toyota Tundra to flip onto its roof and slide across the intersection. Both vehicles came to rest on the southwest portion of the intersection into the oncoming lanes of traffic.”

The driver of the vehicle, a 44-year-old male from Norco, was found trapped and unresponsive on scene. When Cal Fire and American Medical Response arrived to the scene, they pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.  The sole occupant of the Toyota Tundra was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Murphy at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report any criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.     

Courtesy: RUSD

INCIDENT: Fourth of July 2019 Fireworks Enforcement Operation

WHEN: July 4, 2019

WHERE: City of Eastvale

The Eastvale Police Department, in conjunction with City of Eastvale Code Enforcement, Riverside County Fire, and Riverside County Animal Control, developed response plans to educate the public and to enforce all laws related to the illegal use and possession of fireworks within the city limits. 

On July 4, 2019, a proactive operation was conducted on 4th of July at 5 PM and ended on July 5, 2019, at 2:00 AM to combat the illegal use of fireworks in the City of Eastvale.  The following information was reported:

  • Deputies responded to 31 calls for service related to fireworks that were received through the Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s on-line reporting site. 
  • A total of 14 citations were given to subjects in violation of the Eastvale Municipal Code which prohibits the possession and discharging of fireworks within the city limits. 
  • Approximately 100 pounds of unused fireworks were confiscated and collected by the Sheriff’s Hazardous Device Team for destruction.    

The Eastvale Police Department would like to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County and the City of Eastvale.  They also would like to encourage the reporting of the illegal use and possession of fireworks by calling the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 951-800-950-2444 or through the online reporting on the Sheriff’s Department webpage.

INCIDENT: Telephone Scam

WHERE: Throughout Riverside County

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement regarding an increase in reports of a specific telephone “scam.” The “scam” is described below:

Victims are being called by persons identifying themselves as “agents” of the Social Security Administration. These fictitious “agents” then advise the victim of felonious activity associated with their social security number. The victim is then directed to post a monetary “bond” to prevent an arrest warrant from being issued.

Frequently, victims report that significant lengths are gone through to “establish” the caller’s credibility. In several cases the caller requested a contact number for the local law enforcement agency where the victim lives. The agent directs the victim to wait for a call from the local law enforcement agency. The victim receives a call from a Caller ID identified number naming the local law enforcement agency. The person on the phone identifies themselves as an officer with the local agency, who then directs the victim to comply with the “agent” when called again.  The fictitious agent calls back then threatens the victim with a felony arrest warrant unless a ‘bond” is posted.

The fictitious “agent” advises the bond can be most conveniently taken care of with a Google Play, Apple Pay, Target Gift, Walmart gift, or other commercial gift/payment card.  Once purchased, the victim is directed to read off the coded numbers on the back of the cards to the agent, completing payment of the “bond.” The public should be aware that no police or government agency will ask for or accept a store gift card for payment of a lawful, legitimate fine or fee.

This type of scam has several variations. In addition to callers claiming to represent the Social Security Administration, the IRS, out-of-state police agencies, and other government agencies have also been falsely represented. The consistent theme is the victim is directed to submit the “gift card bond.” The victim is told the “bond” will be refunded when the criminal issue is resolved. Since the cards are purchased then provided to the fictitious agents, there is no mechanism for reimbursing the victim. Similar scams have the victim going directly to the bank for withdrawals.

Anyone wishing to report this type of crime is encouraged to contact Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Telephone Reporting Unit by calling (951) 776-1099.

Closure Lifted At Santa Ana River

Staff Reports

Jurupa Valley – On August 8, the City of Jurupa Valley announced that Downey Park and all access to the Santa Ana River were closed under the direction of the County Environmental Health and Disease Control Department. The closure took place due to a possible outbreak of the Shigella Bacteria in the riverbed.

“This bacteria has caused an estimated 600,000 deaths worldwide annually,” according to the City of Jurupa Valley. “This disease is more common in young children and complications from Shigella could include blood poisoning infections in the human body.” As of August 8, six patients in Riverside County tested positive for this bacteria.

The County staff conducted testing of the Santa Ana River in order to confirm if there was an existence of this bacteria.

After consulting with the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Public Health Department, the Department of Environmental Health recommended that to the City of Jurupa Valley lift the temporary closure of access to the Santa Ana River, effective Thursday, August 15.  

However, the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health issued the following statement:

“The public should be wary that natural waterways do not have the same level of cleanliness as a public swimming pool which has filtration and disinfection safeguards.  Rivers are not regularly tested for the presence of bacteria, as they are naturally flowing bodies of water and testing only provides a snapshot in time. The public should be careful not to ingest the water, thoroughly wash hands after contact, and not leave behind trash or use the river area as a restroom.”

For more information, contact the City of Jurupa Valley Code Enforcement Department at (951) 332‐6464 or email: isalas@jurupavalley.org (Irwin Salas, Senior Code Enforcement Officer)

If assistance with small or large animal rescues is needed, contact the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter 951-358-7387 during regular business hours. In an after‐hours emergency, call 951-358-7387. In the event of a life‐threatening emergency, always call 9‐1‐1.

Eastvale Events

Eastvale –Check out the list below for a variety of events for you and your family to enjoy in the City of Eastvale.

The City of Eastvale U.S. Passport Day

When: August 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: City Hall, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 910, Eastvale

Details: Please be sure to bring a completed, but unsigned application form, which can be found at travel.state.gov. You should also come prepared with proof of identity, proof of U.S citizenship, and the appropriate forms of payment, which can be found here

Passport day is open to the public, and all passport applicants and their families are welcome to come! Please note that walk-ins will be accepted this day, and no scheduled appointment is needed.

More info: visit eastvaleca.gov or contact the City Clerk at 951.703.4420

Clara Barton’s 4th Annual Color Fun Run

When: September 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Clara Barton Elementary, 7437 Corona Valley Avenue, Eastvale

Details:The GATE Program at Clara Barton Elementary School invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Color Run! Be sure to register before September 1st to receive your Color Run t-shirt! All proceeds will benefit the school’s GATE Program.

More info:http://bit.ly/2Tra7PH

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

When: September 11 from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Where: Eastvale Fire Station 27, 7067 Hamner Ave., Eastvale

Details: As the nation and the world look towards the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the City of Eastvale will join organizations and individuals across the country and across the globe to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children killed in the horrific attack September 11, 2001. 

RSVP: bit.ly/2Z0kMCj

City Council Meeting

When: September 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

Planning Commission Meeting

When: September 18 at 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

SCORE Workshop: How your Brick and Mortar Business can Compete with Online Business

When: September 19 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Eastvale City Hall, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

Details: Are you worried your local retail business can’t compete with online e-commerce businesses? While e-commerce isn’t going anywhere, brick-and-mortar retail is far from dead. Retail storeowners can learn from companies like Amazon who only sold books initially. Learn how businesses grow online and develop digital marketing strategies to grow your business today.

More info: constantcontact.com

Public Safety Commission Meeting

When: September 24 at 6 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

City Council Meeting

When: September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: City Council Chambers, 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 900, Eastvale

More info: City Clerk’s Department at (951) 703-4420

Possible Bacteria Outbreak at Santa Ana River

DOWNY PARK AND ACCESS TRAILS AND ENTRANCES TO THE SANTA ANA RIVER ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF A BACTERIA OUTBREAK IN THE WATER.

Courtesy of City of Jurupa Valley

Downey Park and all access point to the Santa Ana River are closed under the direction of the County Environmental Health and Disease Control Department due to a possible outbreak of the Shigella Bacteria in the riverbed. This bacteria has caused an estimated 600,000 deaths worldwide annually. This disease is more common in young children and complications from Shigella could include blood poisoning infections in the human body. Our Park Rangers are now in the process of closing our City Park and posting the necessary placards/signs that will notify the public of this condition. The County staff will commence their testing of the Santa Ana River in order to confirm or not the existence of this bacteria. To date, 6 patients have tested positive for this bacteria in our county. The City Park at Downy will remain closed until further notice from the County.

The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Department along with the City of Jurupa Valley Code Enforcement Officers and Park Rangers will be working together to notify homeless individuals as well as providing assistance as needed.

For more information, contact the City of Jurupa Valley Code Enforcement Department at (951) 332‐6464 or email: isalas@jurupavalley.org (Irwin Salas, Senior Code Enforcement Officer)

DO NOT ENTER THE SANTA ANA RIVER AT ANY LOCATION UNTIL THE AREA HAS BEEN CLEARED FOR USE.

If assistance with small or large animal rescues is needed, contact the Western Riverside County Animal Shelter 951-358-7387 during regular business hours. In an after‐hours emergency situation, call 951-358-7387. In the event of a life‐threatening emergency, always call 9‐1‐1.

Make the ‘WRIGHT’ Choice for Your Insurance

(Above: Joel Wright, Owner, Wright Insurance) Get the “Wright” insurance coverage at an affordable rate. Call JB Wright Insurance Services at (909) 628-0444 TODAY & request a quote. Or visit them online at http://www.wright-ins.com.

Staff Reports

Chino – When looking for an insurance company, Wright Insurance Services is the right choice.  For the last 30 years, they have been providing the best in auto, home, business, and life insurance…and they are still going strong!

JB Wright Insurance Services is an Independent Insurance Agency, which means they represent many different companies so they can find the one that is right for you.  Their staff has the knowledge and experience of their insurance products to provide maximum benefit and protection to their clients.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with the insurance they want at the lowest possible price, while providing them with the highest level of customer service,” said owner and agent, Joel Wright. “We can furnish our clients with an assessment of their insurance needs and choice of which package fits them best,” he added.

Being an independent agency allows customers to have stronger coverage, better protection, and the lowest possible rates.  Wright Insurance Services has access to more options than any one single insurance carrier can offer.  “This ability to compare pricing helps us secure you a lower premium,” said Wright.

Wright Insurance was founded by Joel Wright and his parents Bob and Myrna,  and their company is now an agency that the community knows and trusts.  

“It’s quite fulfilling to have been a key source of insurance for thousands of people in the Southern California area, who have come to rely on us,” said Joel Wright.   

Now, customers continue to spread the good word about Wright Insurance Services because they are treated like friends and family, rather than just clients.  “Professional people who treat you like family is always The Wright Choice!”

Wright Insurance Services is located in both Chino, 909-628-0444 and in Santa Clarita, 661-244-5244.  Visit one of their licensed professional insurance agents at 3340 Riverside Dr. Ste. L in Chino. However, if you want a quick quote, call 909-628-0444. 

“It’s always FREE and always FAST! Better protection…lower premiums…the WRIGHT choice for 30 years!”

60 Freeway Shut Down for 15 Weekends

Staff Reports

As part of the “60 Swarm”, Caltrans will be closing down the 60 freeway for 15 weekends starting tonight, July 26. The closure will take place each weekend from Friday nights at 10 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5 a.m. 

The eastbound SR 60 will be closed for the next eight weekends, including on and off ramps, between the I-15 and the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside.  This closure will take place starting tonight and ending September 23 (excluding Labor Day).  Then, the westbound SR 60 will be closed for seven weekends, including on and off ramps, from September 28 through November 18 (excluding Veteran’s Day), between the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside to I-15.   

Travelers are encouraged to take the detours such as the I-15 north freeway to the I-10 freeway or the I-15 south freeway to the SR-91 freeway.  For more information, call the “60 Swarm” Hotline at 1-833-60SWARM or 1-833-607-9276.

In addition, the State of California Department of Transportation issued the following news release:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began a paving project on State Route 60 (SR 60) on Monday, July 22, 2019 to repair deteriorated pavement slabs from Euclid Avenue in Ontario to the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside. Caltrans will also begin a bridge project in fall 2019 on SR 60 to replace Pipeline Avenue, Monte Vista Avenue and Benson Avenue bridge structures. The combination of these two projects and two other local interchange projects has been dubbed the “60 Swarm”.

The $134 million pavement project includes $16.9 million in funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The project was awarded to J. McLoughlin Engineering Company of Rancho Cucamonga and will replace pavement slabs along SR 60, upgrade ADA access points and repave the on and off ramps within the project limits. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2021, weather permitting.

Caltrans is alerting motorists that full directional closures will begin on SR 60 on July 26, 2019 for a period of fifteen weekends. Eight weekend closures will occur on eastbound SR 60 followed by another seven weekends of closures on westbound SR 60 between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the Junction of 60/91/215. The weekend closures will occur Friday nights through Monday mornings. The closure details are as follows:

• Full closure of eastbound SR 60, including all eastbound on and off ramps, between I-15 and the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside for eight weekends from Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. from July 26 through September 23 (excluding Labor Day weekend). There will be no eastbound access during this closure. Motorists may use the westbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.

• Full closure of westbound SR 60, including all westbound on and off ramps, between the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside to I-15 for seven weekends from Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. from September 28 through November 18 (excluding Veteran’s Day). There will be no westbound access during this closure. Motorists may use the eastbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.

Detour signage will be in place in advance including information posted on the Caltrans overhead changeable message signs (CMS) along freeways. Motorists are advised to use alternate freeways such as I-10, I-15, SR-210 and SR-91 to avoid the closure and reach your destination. Access to local areas and businesses is available by accessing on and off ramps from the opposite direction of the closure. Additional information will be released along with a press conference on July 23, 2019.

The contractor will begin nighttime work with lane closures throughout the project limits on Monday, July 22, which will continue throughout the length of the project. Lane closures will take place from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. A traffic reconfiguration will occur on SR-60 west of I-15 for the duration of the project. Five lanes will be available in each direction on SR-60 during daytime work west of I-15. The speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour within the project limits. Information for the bridge replacement project on SR-60 is forthcoming.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire, go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.  

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Kimberly Cherry at 909-383-6290 or TTY 711 by October 31, 2019.

The City of Eastvale News Complete Edition: July 2019

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format: https://anaprdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/2019-07-eastvalenews12pages.pdf

Eastvale State Of The City Was A Success

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
The Eastvale City Council Members enjoying the State of the City Business Luncheon on July 17.

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Many attended the 8th Annual State of the City hosted by the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. The theme of this year’s State of the City was Thriving Together.

“There is a saying that you can go faster by yourself, but you can go further together,” stated a City post. “That’s really where thriving together comes into place. Your voice matters and you’re essential to ensuring that Eastvale continues thriving together for generations to come!”

The two-day celebration began on July 17 with a Business Luncheon held at 11:30 a.m. at the Eastvale Community Center.  On Thursday, July 18, residents gathered at 6 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School for the community event. Mayor Todd Rigby shared the State of the City Address, which included the state of Eastvale, city accomplishments, and goals for the future. The free event also included the city’s popular “Taste of Eastvale”.

“As a long time Eastvale resident, I am proud to serve as Eastvale’s Mayor,” said Mayor Rigby. “I have had the opportunity to watch Eastvale continue to progress and thrive throughout this year and the exciting part is, this is just the beginning and we’re just getting started!” said Rigby.

“In Eastvale, we have an opportunity to create great places for people to connect, prosper, and truly thrive,” said Bryan Jones, City Manager.  “We want to work with the residents of Eastvale to really truly understand what is our potential and what really matters to them when it comes to creating a sense of community and an experience and a feeling that they can truly feel proud to call home,” added Jones. 

Last year, the City of Eastvale assembled the Strategic Planning and Goal setting workshop, which included city management, city staff, and public input.  After the workshop, the following six targets were identified as the key pillars for the future: 1) Communication/Community Engagement 2) Public safety 3) Economic Development 4) Organizational Development 5) Finance/Budget and 6) Infrastructure.

Over the last year, the following great things happened in the City:

  • For the 8th year in a row, the City has presented a balanced operating and capital budget
  • The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for financial reporting
  • City Staff has made such an impact in the community that many departments have grown
  • A new user friendly City website was launched
  • Public outreach and public workshops have taken place in an effort to include residents in city decisions
  • City Hall has expanded its services, such as now providing Notary and Passport Services
  • A Community Satisfactions Study was launched for the first time this year

The City is also building healthy reserves by setting aside at least six months or 50% of annual regular general fund operating expenditures.  These strong reserves are combined with two land investment acquisitions assets including 7 acres at Hamner Place and 22 acres at Scholar Way and Citrus Street. “We’re investing in our city so it can thrive for decades to come,” as stated in the State of the City video.

In addition, the City also announced the establishments that have recently opened, which include:

  • The Station in Eastvale
  • Café Rio
  • MOD Pizza
  • Starbucks
  • In-N-Out
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • W Cafe
  • Miguel’s Jr.
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Les Schwab Tires
  • Pita Street
  • Creamistry

At the State of the City, several projects and updates were also announced:

  • Two trails will be built through the community in an effort to connect the city schools and parks. This will be funded by the $8 million grant the City was awarded from the State. The City plans to work closely with residents over the next year to design these trails. 
  • Limonite Avenue and I-15 Interchange, which is expected to open this November
  • Hamner Avenue Bridge Widening Project, expected to begin construction after the Limonite Interchange is complete.  This will be a six-lane bridge and a multi-purpose trail to replace of the two-lane bridge currently over the Santa Ana River.
  • Limonite Avenue extension, located west of Archibald, across the Cucamonga Creek.  This extension will connect Eastvale to the City of Chino. A design was recently started for this extension.
  • The Merge, expected to include business park buildings and a retail center
  • Hamner Place, expected to have retail and Eastvale’s first hotel
  • More retails stores will open at The Station

The following restaurants and establishments are expected to open as well:

  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Tony’s Chop House
  • Heroes Restaurant and Brewery
  • Sprouts Farmer’s Market
  • Which Wich
  • Quick Quack Car Wash
  • Big Wok Mongolian Grill
  • Eastvale Medical Plaza 
  • Staybridge Suites by IHG, including a rooftop bar and vegetarian options

 “Community is very important in our city,” said Council Member Jocelyn Yow. “It’s really important that we build that community in City of Eastvale,” added Yow.

In an effort to connect the community, the following events and programs will take place in the City:

  • The Tailgate Fest, a country music festival, expected to take place in August
  • An Arts and Public Places Program will be initiated, including a very special mural that will involve our community

Public safety is also a top priority in Eastvale.  The Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department are doing a great job keeping the community safe, which is why the City was ranked the 12th safest city in the state.  Below are the additions and accomplishments made to the City’s Public Safety:

  • A motorcycle deputy was added
  • An automated license plate reader program was implemented
  • ALPR cameras were installed on patrol vehicles and various entry/exit points throughout the city
  • The Neighborhood Watch Program covers every area in the City; we are one of the first cities in the country that has accomplished this.

However, the City is still looking into how to enhance the City’s safety through collaborative endeavors and advanced technology.  Here is what is expected to be added to increase community safety in the next year:

  • A medic squad, which is a smaller truck that can help respond to critical incidents
  • 10 patrol hours were approved to be added, which equates to two more deputies to be on patrol 

Other items that are expected to be launched or pursued in the future are:

  • Business Registration process will be made available online within the next year
  • A local library will be pursued
  • Additional entertainment options will be pursued

In addition, over the next year, the City will launch the Eastvale 2040 plan to help identify where the City should be in 30 years, how to get there, and what the City needs to put in place today so that the city can truly thrive.  This plan will involve a lot of community engagement. “We look forward to your feedback, ideas, and vision as we identify what this plan will foster for years to come!”

Mayor Rigby added a final note about how important the community’s feedback is.  “No matter how young or hold old you are, we believe you have a voice in our community and we want to make sure our community knows that you have a voice,” said Rigby. 

WE are Eastvale, thriving together!

New Young Walnut Mayor

Photo courtesy: Andrew Rodriguez

Staff Reports

Walnut – Andrew Rodriguez was announced as the City of Walnut’s 31st Mayor on July 10, 2019.  He is expected to be sworn in at the next Walnut City Council Meeting.  Rodriguez was first elected to the Walnut City Council on April 12, 2016.  He is the youngest City Councilmember ever elected in Walnut’s 57-year history and is one of the youngest City Councilmembers currently serving among Los Angeles County’s 88 communities.  

Rodriguez calls Walnut his hometown since he was born and raised in the city and attended Walnut Valley Unified schools.  He graduated from Walnut High School with honors and was even a commencement speaker.  “Having been raised in Walnut, I have a vested interest in the city’s future and will make sure that our community continues to be one of the best places to live in both California and the United States,” said Rodriguez on his Facebook page.  

As a graduate from Rutgers University, Rodriguez studied political science, urban planning, and public policy.  He has a diverse political background, including his work on the Los Angeles Mayor campaign in 2013 and his work as a Campaign Fellow for Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign in New Jersey, also in 2013.  His experience in urban planning and development include his time at New Brunswick Development Corporation, where he “researched grants and tax abatements related to a proposed collegiate housing project and was actively engaged with stakeholders to ensure that all aspects of projects remained on track,” according to his website.  He also worked with Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Koretz, where Rodriguez gained experience with permit and license applications, committee meetings, and documents for council deputies.  

In addition, Rodriguez currently works for a Los Angeles non-profit organization helping at-risk youth and is a parishioner at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church.  Rodriguez is also running for California State Assembly, District 55 in 2020.  

As Walnut Councilman, Rodriguez did a great job updating the community about what was happening in the city.  He made an effort to post development updates, new business openings, and local events that were happening in the city.  He also made an effort to promote small businesses currently in Walnut, in addition to helping new entrepreneurs with the process of starting a new business in the City. 

As Mayor, Rodriguez said he is excited and looking forward to the work again.  “I will continue to be actively involved in our community and look forward to seeing you around our beautiful city!” said Rodriguez.