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Jurupa Community Services District Elects New Officers for 2022 

JCSD

Jurupa Valley – At its December 13 meeting, Ken J. McLaughlin was named President of the Jurupa Community Service District (JCSD) Board of Directors.

President McLaughlin, who recently served as Vice President, was first appointed to the JCSD Board in 2000 and is currently the longest-serving Director on the Board. He represents Division 1, which includes the northern area of the JCSD service territory within the City of Jurupa Valley. President McLaughlin is a strong proponent of diversifying JCSD’s water portfolio and increasing water supply reliability.

“I look forward to leading JCSD as we face challenges such as drought conditions while maintaining our tradition of providing quality services to our customers,” said President McLaughlin. “It is an honor to serve as President and represent the interests of our community while fulfilling JCSD’s mission of delivering high-quality services to our community.”

In addition, Jane Anderson was selected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Vice President Anderson was first elected to the Board in 2007. She represents Division 5, which includes areas within the City of Eastvale south of Bellegrave Ave and west of Hamner Ave. As a strong advocate for her constituents, she is a vocal supporter of water conservation and JCSD’s award-winning parks and recreation program.

For more information about JCSD’s Board of Directors and meeting schedules, visit www.JCSD.us/Board

Founded in 1956, the Jurupa Community Services District is a public governmental agency which provides services and programs to the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale. It is governed by five elected representatives (Board of Directors) from both cities. Serving over 130,000 people in a 40-square-mile area, JCSD provides a variety of community services and programs including water, sewer, street lights, frontage landscape maintenance, graffiti abatement, and parks and recreation services.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – December 2021

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

He Shouldn’t Have to Wear a Sign

Melody Kramer


It’s my birthday month, and the one wish I have is: I wish every month is autism awareness month. I am not asking anyone to get a degree in autism, but to be aware of a few things. Autism is not contagious, and you don’t need to be afraid around an autistic person nor be mean to someone that has autism,
This past month we had attended several “Halloween” events, and what I witnessed from many led me to my birthday wish.
At one outing where my son was flapping and dancing around, having fun, this woman acted as if my son had the plaque. Little kids came up to him and stared at him, and one even kicked him. My little one has no clue why he was kicked or could even express it hurt, and he got pushed too by one. Why do kids think its ok to bully someone differently?
At another event, my boy was doing his own thing in a pile of corn, the corn pit at Frosty’s Pumpkin Patch. He was lying there covering himself in corn when a child decided to walk across him and stand on his stomach. My boy looked at him as I yelled to get off of him. A few minutes later, the boy came back and jumped on his legs. Just because he doesn’t scream or say anything doesn’t mean he’s not feeling it.
Be kind. Teach your children to be kind. We are all created uniquely. None of us should have to wear a sign explaining ourselves. We all should be accepted.
Ephesians 4:2 NIV
2) Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of AutismMomAdventures.com
Follow her on Instagram @So_Cal_Autism_Mom_Adventures and Facebook.com/autismmomadventures
For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Crime Recap

Courtesy: RCSD; Alvin Linton

Staff Reports
Eastvale – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department.
INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: November 23, 2021
WHERE: Bellegrave Ave. and Jamestown Ave., Eastvale
DETAILS: On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, about 3:03 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to the report of a major injury traffic collision located at Bellegrave Avenue and Jamestown Avenue, in the city of Eastvale. Upon arrival they located an unknown adult male with obvious signs of death.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated the driver of a silver, 2006 Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on Bellegrave Avenue and veered onto oncoming traffic and collided with a white, 2009 Freightliner Cascadia which was traveling westbound on Bellegrave Avenue. The driver of the Freightliner suffered no injury and cooperated with the investigation. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision. Bellegrave Avenue between Scholar Way and Hamner Avenue were closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identities of the involved parties will not be released pending further investigation and the notification to next of kin. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: November 17, 2021
WHERE: Norco Hills Rd. and Valley Dr., Norco
DETAILS: On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, about 2:11 A.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision near the intersection of Norco Hills Road and Valley Drive, in the city of Norco. Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult, who had been ejected from the vehicle. The driver had suffered life-threatening injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by paramedics and Cal Fire personnel. He was determined to be the sole occupant.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated the driver was traveling eastbound on Norco Hills Road and collided into a brick column. Norco Hills Road and Valley Drive were closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identities of the involved party will not be released pending further investigation and the notification to the next of kin. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
INCIDENT: Homicide
INCIDENT DATE: November 9, 2021
WHERE: 6400 Block of Wells Springs Street city of Eastvale
DETAILS: On November 9, 2020, about 2:46 PM, Jurupa Valley Station Deputies were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive male adult in the 6400 block of Wells Springs Street, city of Eastvale. Upon deputies arrival, it was determined a 19 year old male adult was deceased. Through extensive investigation by investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Overdose Death Investigations and Narcotics Unit, it was determined the decedent, Javon Richard, was a victim of homicide due to a Fentanyl overdose. The investigation was worked tirelessly over the next several months and a suspect, Alvin Linton (36) from the city of Ontario, was responsible for selling the Fentanyl that killed Richard. On November 17, 2021, Linton was located and taken into custody without incident and booked for Murder. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Hollingsworth at 951-955-1700.
As a reminder, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind citizens of the dangers of illicit narcotics many which may contain Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and can cause death or serious bodily harm.
INCIDENT: Attempted Murder
INCIDENT DATE: October 30, 2021
WHERE: 1600 Block of Valley View, Norco
DETAILS: On October 30, 2021, at 3:04 AM, deputies assigned to the Norco Station were dispatched to a residence in the 1600 Block of Valley View Avenue reference an assault with a deadly weapon. When deputies arrived, they located an adult male victim with numerous stab wounds. Deputies rendered medical aid to the victim until medical personnel arrived. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for emergency medical treatment.
The Norco Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. Deputies identified the suspect as Ethan Melnikoff, a 19-year-old resident from Riverside. On November 3, 2021, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau, a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence where additional evidence was located. Melnikoff was arrested without incident and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder.
Anyone with additional with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy M. Faucher of the Norco Special Enforcement Team at 951-280-5211.

Courtesy: RCSD; Ethan Melnikoff

You Can Only Play So Much Golf

By Mark Hopper
In the 1990’s, I led a small team of adults from our church in California to Guatemala. We were going there to help with the construction of a school near Guatemala City. My wife and I had led a younger team of high school and college students to Guatemala in the 1970’s. This time we went with a seasoned group of older adults.


Guatemala is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Several dormant volcanoes tower over the countryside. The vegetation is lush and green. Guatemala is known for its popular coffee beans and wonderful Avocadoes.


While we were working on the construction site we met a man who was doing electrical work. He was a retired engineer who had come by himself at his own expense to pull wires and install electrical outlets in the classrooms. He was planning to be there for a month


I don’t remember his name but I do remember something he said. When I asked him why he had come to Guatemala to work on this project he replied, “You can only play so much golf”. He went on to explain that when he retired from his career as an electrical engineer he spent a lot of time playing golf with some of his buddies. But after a year of retirement he felt he needed to do something more with his time. When he heard about the project in Guatemala, he decided to put his golf clubs in the closet and spend some time helping other people.


Please don’t misunderstand. I like golf. In fact, my wife says I don’t play enough golf. But I think we all know that there are other things that are more important. We may get a sense of enjoyment from a good round of golf. But we can get an even greater sense of fulfillment when we use our time and talents to serve others.


There is a passage in the Bible that says, “Put yourself aside and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with your own interests. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:4 – The Message Bible). You won’t find lasting fulfillment just doing things that you like. Real fulfillment is found when we volunteer our time and use our abilities to help others. You won’t find happiness looking for it. You stumble across it when you serve others. Let me encourage you to volunteer some of your time to serve at your church or in your community. Don’t sit home and watch TV. Get off the couch and get into the community and help people. And allow yourself a little time for a round of golf with your buddies too! You will be glad you did!

Read 365 more stories and articles (one for every day of the year) in the book Let me Encourage You by Mark Hopper. You can purchase two copies for only $30 plus postage ($5). Buy one for yourself and one to give a friend. Order your copies at mark@efreedb.org.

Local Police Department Awarded Grants

Staff Reports
Eastvale/Norco
– The Jurupa Valley Station was recently awarded a grant totaling $102,546 to use in the cities of Eastvale and Norco. Specifically, Eastvale was awarded $53,110 and Norco was awarded $49,436.
Using these grants, the Jurupa Valley Station will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community. This program will run through September 2022.
“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Department. “This funding allows the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”
The Sheriff’s Department stated that the grant will pay for additional enforcement measures, including:
DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers
Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law
Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk
Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Praise Him

By Pastor Dennis Morales
“Through Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of [our] lips, giving thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15
Words are powerful, especially words of praise or thanks. God is honored with our words of praise and thanksgiving. It is easy to praise God when the sun is shining, or when our kids are getting good grades in school, or maybe if we have received a promotion at work. Scripture says that praise is also a sacrifice at times. That’s when things are not too good. When we praise God in the difficulty, it is the praise of sacrifice. When we praise Him, we proclaim our faith in Him.

The Psalmist writes “As for me, I will always have hope. I will praise you more and more (Psalm 71:14). A sacrifice of praise is something that we offer to God — in times of well-being and in times of sorrow. Never allow praise to become a habit of only a celebratory activity. When times are tough, praise has the ability to lighten our hearts and fill us with a sense of possibility, love, and security that can only come from Heaven’s throne. When you are able to praise God in the difficulty, you are trusting what God sees and His provision.

In the late 1800’s George Mueller operated an orphanage that at one time had 1,000 orphans. One morning there was no food to eat, but he called all the children and staff together and prayed thanking God for the provision of food, even though no food was on the table. A few moments later a baker knocked on the door. He told Mr. Muller that God had led him to bake bread the night before and give it to the orphanage. Before the bread was given to the children, a milkman knocked on the door. He said that his milk truck had broken down and he wanted to give the milk to the orphanage. George Muller gave thanks, even when it took faith to do so.

Praise is another word for admiration, and it’s often linked to thanksgiving. Take some time and praise Him today for all He has done. Praise Him because He is able. “Praise Him because He is worthy” (Psalm 145:3).

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale. Sundays 8:30/10:30am. Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available. http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.

Here We Grow: New Businesses Open

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; Dot & Dough is now open

Staff Reports
Eastvale
– There were several ribbon cuttings that took place this last month as there are many new businesses that are now open.


On November 29, Dot & Dough has officially opened to the public on a first come, first served basis. This donut shop incorporates ingredients from all over the world, giving customers a sense of adventure with each bite. Dot & Dough is located at 14135 Limonite Ave, Suite #210, Eastvale, CA 92800.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; Dutch Bros is now open.


Also recently opened is Dutch Bros Coffee! Lines have formed all the way down Limonite Avenue as customers wait in life for Dutch Bros’ delicious coffee, real fruit smoothies, frosts, Nitro Cold Brew, tea, sodas and its Blue Rebel Energy Drink. Stop by Dutch Bros Coffee at the Eastvale Marketplace, located at 13323 Limonite Ave.


On November 22, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop held their ribbon cutting ceremony. This award-winning business serves fresh roasted turkey, quality meats and cheese, and fresh rolls and produce that will quickly set them apart from other sandwich shops. Stop by Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop at 14062 Limonite Ave Suite 130.


On November 16, Zeppin Japanese Sushi also held a ribbon cutting at 4910 Hamner Ave. Zeppin Sushi offers a variety of appetizers, classic and premium rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Their premium sushi and service will make an excellent addition to our community.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; Construction on Hamner Place has progressed and the property is looking great during the day and at night. This premier shop-dine-stay destination will feature the City’s first hotel, in addition to other great restaurants such as Hereoes Restaurant & Brewery, Nashville Hot Chicken and much more.


In addition, projects in the works include the Hamner Place construction. This premier shop-dine-stay destination will feature the City’s very first hotel, Staybridge Suites, Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Crimson Coward, Nashville Hot Chicken, Plant Power Fast Food, China Bros, and much more. Hamner Plan will bring an abundance of jobs, sales tax revenue, and transient occupancy tax to our city which will elevate our services to the community, such as public safety, and help put us on the map!


Lastly, the Leal Master Plan is in full effect. The Leal Master Plan will be developing the future home of Eastvale’s Civic Center that includes our future Library/Community Center, City Hall, Police Station, and 3rd Fire Station. To stay up to date on the progress, sign up for the City’s monthly email updates: https://eastvaleelevates.com/select-a…/leal-

Norco College Apprenticeship

By Norco College

Norco – Apprenticeship is an Earn & Learn model of training where employers structure a career pathway by combining an educational track alongside paid on-the-job training. Apprentices agree to a duration of apprenticeship and a skills development path. In return, apprentices are awarded with regular salary increases throughout their program and an industry recognized certification upon completion.
In apprenticeship, both career seekers and employers benefit. Career seekers are provided with clear and directed pathways to lucrative opportunities and employers have an internal method to perpetuate skill development an​d increase the pool of qualified individuals.
Norco College works to increase apprenticeship opportunities in the Inland Empire region by providing guidance and educational support to employers, partnering with regional apprenticeship programs, and assisting career seekers in starting apprenticeships in high-demand occupations.​
For more information about these opportunities, visit http://www.norcocollege.edu/sd/apprenticeship or view the ad on page 7 of our newspaper.

Lights Out In Eastvale

Staff Reports
Eastvale
– Several communities in the city spent their Thanksgiving in the dark this year after Southern California Edison (SCE) shut down the power.
Some areas of Eastvale had their power shut off starting on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and others had it shut off on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. SCE said the reason was due to high winds in the area that could potentially cause wildfires.
“When there is a high risk for a wildfire, we may temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood to prevent our electric system from becoming the source of ignition,” states the SCE website. “Use the interactive map to search affected areas, as well as the locations of our Community Crew Vehicles and Community Resource Centers.”
Several community members went to social media to express their frustration with the power outage. Many posted the inconsistent updates SCE sent. First, SCE sent out an update that there may be a potential power outage, but it was sent after the power was already turned off. Then SCE gave a time of when the power would turn back on, but the time they gave had already passed by the time the notification was received.
Others expressed their frustration with Thanksgiving plans ruined, food being spoiled, batteries dying, and the lack of communication from SCE ahead of time. Many also said they lived in the community for years and witnessed higher winds than that evening, so they were confused on why SCE shut the power off for so long.
The City of Eastvale posted a link to the map with the areas affected and stated, “SCE will restore power as soon as the weather conditions permit, and crews have inspected the power lines. Changes to weather, line damage, and other conditions may require additional time before service can be safely restored.” They stated that this was not a planned outage, and it was solely due to the high winds. They also stated they could not do anything to turn the power back on since it was done by SCE.
However, the City did try to help the community by opening City Hall to the public so they can charge their electronic devices. This gesture was greatly appreciated by the community. Other members posted on social media that their home was open for those that needed to cook their turkey since their power was not out at the time.
Some community members made the best of the situation by using an ice chest to keep their food cold or a generator to obtain power. Many community members simply changed their Thanksgiving plans by going with family, friends, or to an open restaurant. Others stayed home and had a candlelit dinner with the foods they were able to make or buy. But ultimately, the power came back on later that Thanksgiving evening for some and the next day for many others.
For future power outages, it is highly recommended that you sign up for text or email updates on the SCE website at http://www.sce.com. To review wildfire safety, please visit http://www.sce.com/wildfire. For additional questions, you can contact SCE at 1-800-655-4555.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – November 2021

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Eastvale Elevates at the State of the City

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The 20th Annual Eastvale State of the City was held on Oct. 7 at VantagePoint Church, located at 8500 Archibald Avenue in Eastvale. This year’s theme was “Elevate Eastvale: Soaring to New Heights”.

The event started with performances from Brittany McMain’s Vocal studio, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s High School Jazz and Vocal Ensemble. Then hosts Hari Dhiman and Leonard Mercado of the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce introduced themselves, followed by Pastor Mark Lee of VantagePoint Church leading the invocation.

The Presentation of Colors was led by Girl Scout Troop 1160 and Supervisor Karen Spiegel led the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was sang beautifully by Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior, Layla Lopez. Following these patriotic tributes, was a recap video of the 9/11 Never Forget monument that was unveiled at the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. In addition, pictures were shown of the community honoring fallen hero, Lance Corporal, Kareem Nikoui.

Also honored were Ike Bootsma, Mayor and City Councilmember, and Richard “Ric” Welch, City Councilmember who past away this year. In addition, a recap video showed how much the community enjoyed the monthly Food Truck Festivals that started this year.

The hosts thanked the many that came to the event and those that sponsored it, including the Presenting Partnership, Gold Partnership, Silver Partnership, Bronze Partnership, and Community Level. The hosts also thanked VantagePoint Church for hosting the event.

Mayor Jocelyn Yow and the City Council announced the Commuity Honoree Award, along with awards based on the City’s values of grit, kindness, and being solution driven. Congratulations to Thomas Rife given an Award for Grit, Amber Norwood given an Award for Kindness, Navjot Kaur given an Award for being Solutions Driven, and James Chiang given the CommUNITY Honoree Award.

Mayor Yow celebrated accomplishments and shared goals for the future during the Mayor’s Address. She first thanked the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Planning Commission, Public Safety Commission, City Manager, and City of Eastvale team for their hard work in the City. The Mayor also thanked the residents and businesses, saying they are the “heartbeat of the City”.

“We champion experiences that engage, excite, and elevate the community, with an emphasis on the word ‘unity’ and ‘community’,” said Mayor Yow. She said we are united with kindness, grit, and being solutions driven.

Mayor Yow shared that the City is right in the middle of the Eastvale 2040 plan, which is the general plan amendment. This plan will help shape the future of the City for decades to come. Mayor Yow mentioned that in the past year, the City has made significant strides in economic development, including establishments at Hammer Place, the Merge and The Station to name a few.

Mayor Yow said that with a healthy budget, the City was able to allocate $14.5 million for the Eastvale City Hall and Library. The City has also committed to allocating $8 million for the City’s own Police substation. In addition, at last month’s CAL City’s Conference, the City built a “strong collation with other cities to oppose a resolution meant to reallocate sales tax revenue from online retailers,” according to Mayor Yow. This means “millions of dollars will come to our City.”

Public Safety continues to be a top priority for the City and Eastvale was recently named the 29th Safest City in the state. In April 2021, the Eastvale City Council budgeted for two deputies to combat the illegal grow houses in the City and to provide additional services to residents.

Mayor Yow said the City received several awards from multiple regional and statewide organizations in this past year. Despite being in a pandemic, the City was also identified as the 2nd least financially at risk city in the entire state. She also talked about how the City is diverse, and how the residents have done so much in the community in the last year.

She challenged the audience to continue to give back to the community and she told the youth they are the future of the City. She ended with having the audience stand and said: “you are what makes Eastvale Elevate so let’s continue to work together to elevate Eastvale every day.”

A video was played that talked about the City, sharing new businesses and a look at the first hotel coming to Eastvale. The City Council shared in the video the great things happening in Eastvale, including new events, our great Police Department, new establishments, a future downtown, and more. Here is the link to watch the full video: https://youtu.be/2dW8zrTV1jw

Towards the end of the event, the host Hari Dhiman thanked the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event and presented a check to VantagePoint Church for $1,500 towards their Living Proof Project. Afterwards, City Manager Bryan Jones, announced the start of a giving campaign by Randall and Janell Lewis from Lewis Group of Companies, with their 2.5 million dollar donation to help fund our future City Library.

After the event ended, the community gathered for the Taste of Eastvale event with several local businesses sharing samples of their food.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – October 2021

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: September 20, 2021

WHERE: Goodman Way and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road, Eastvale

DETAILS: On Monday, September 20, 2021, about 6:31 P.M., deputies responded to the report of a major injury traffic collision near the intersection of Goodman Way and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road. When Cal Fire personnel arrived on scene, they located a Hispanic male adult who had been struck by a vehicle. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and passenger were transported to a local hospital and treated for their injuries. The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

Preliminary investigation indicated the driver was traveling through the parking lot and suffered a medical emergency. The driver lost control of the vehicle, collided with a metal gate and struck the decedent who was walking through the parking lot. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision. The identity of the decedent is pending identification from the Coroner’s Bureau. Amazon parking lot was closed for the duration of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy D. Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.

INCIDENT: Shooting

INCIDENT DATE: September 10, 2021

WHERE: 5400 block of W. Homecoming Cir., Eastvale

DETAILS: On September 10, 2021, at 10:05 pm, Eastvale deputies were conducting a battery investigation near the 5400 block of W. Homecoming Cir., in the city of Eastvale, when an adult male contacted the deputy and advised he had been shot. The deputy requested assistance and rendered medical aid to the victim until relieved by Cal Fire personnel. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Jurupa Valley station detectives responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

At this time, the suspect(s) in this incident have not been contacted; however, the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Ko at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Hit and Run Collision

INCIDENT DATE: September 3, 2021

WHERE: Schleisman Rd and Sumner Ave, City of Eastvale

DETAILS: On September 3, 2021, around 3:38 PM, deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to a Hit and Run collision at Schleisman Road and Sumner Avenue, in the City of Eastvale. Deputies arrived within minutes and located a 16-year-old victim who had been hit by a vehicle. Preliminary investigation indicates as the victim entered the crosswalk the suspect vehicle began to make a right turn, resulting in the vehicle colliding with the victim.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect responsible for the hit-and-run that left the juvenile with minor injuries. The vehicle was described as a light colored 4-door sports utility vehicle, driven by a white adult male, with gray hair. The vehicle fled the area traveling southbound on Sumner from Schleisman.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call CSO Newman at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.

INCIDENT: Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: September 2, 2021

WHERE: 14000 Block of Fabiola Lane, Eastvale

DETAILS: On September 2, 2021, at 3:15 am, Jurupa Valley Sheriff station Deputies responded to a reported family disturbance near the 14000 block of Fabiola Lane, in the city of Eastvale. While en route to the residence, deputies learned that the suspect fired a firearm within an occupied dwelling. Upon the deputies arrival, the shooting suspect remained inside the residence and refused to exit. 

Jurupa Valley station investigators and members of the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) responded to the location and were able to take suspect Jessica Palma into custody without incident. Suspect Jessica Palma will be booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for negligent discharge of a firearm. No one was injured during this incident. This is an active and ongoing investigation; anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigators at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Driving Under The Influence (DUI) Checkpoint

INCIDENT DATE: August 27, 2021

WHERE: Undisclosed location within the city of Norco

DETAILS: City of Norco, Calif.-The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Norco Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, August 27, 2021. The checkpoint was in the 1700 block of Hamner Avenue between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 663 vehicles screened
  • 5 drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
  • 20 citations issued for unlicensed drivers
  • 1 citation issued for a suspended license

Here We Grow: New Additions And Events

Staff Reports

Eastvale – So many new and exciting things are happening in the City of Eastvale.

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

The first Eastvale Little Free Libraries have been built and installed in the city. Over the past few days, volunteers from the Eastvale STEM Academy, the Eastvale Youth Council, and Mayor Jocelyn Yow gathered together to construct and install these free libraries. The Eastvale Chamber of Commerce, Target, The Friends of the Eastvale Library, and Amazon.com fulfillment center donated the books and coordinated this important initiative.

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

The application period is still open to host your own Little Eastvale Library. Visit this website for more information: https://bit.ly/3Cr3oun. Completed applications and any questions about the program can be sent to Mayor Jocelyn Yow at jyow@eastvaleca.gov.

Also added to the Eastvale community are two new City employees: Cassandra Sanchez, Principal Engineer, and Jamie Cerda, Senior Planner. They were welcomed at the last City Council meeting.

In addition, the 2021 Eastvale State of the City is expected to be held on Thursday, October 7 at 6 pm at VantagePoint Church, located at 8500 Archibald Avenue. The City of Eastvale and the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce are holding this year’s event, with theme “Elevate Eastvale: Soaring to new heights”. You can register for the State of the City event for free at the following link: https://conta.cc/2Z6PU8Q

The CommUNITY Honoree award will be presented at the State of the City as well. The CommUNITY Honoree award “recognizes the meaningful contributions an individual has made to the Eastvale community through volunteerism, acts of kindness, and active community participation, within the past 12 months,” stated a city news release.

After the 2021 State of the City, the Taste of Eastvale event will be back for local restaurants to come together and present their delicious food to the community. So stick around after the State of the City!

Another event that is coming to Eastvale is a six-week Leadership Academy beginning October 14. “The Eastvale Leadership Academy is an adopted action item of the City Council’s Strategic Plan that will help develop community champions and ambassadors through building relationships, connections, and understanding with the people, performance, and operations of the City of Eastvale,” according to a city news release. “This will be an in-depth, interactive, and behind-the-scenes experience with local government.”

Six sessions will take place in the City Council Chambers for a group of 25 participants that applied. For more information, visit http://www.eastvaleca.gov/leadershipacademy

The last event to take place in October will be the EEK!VALE Halloween event. On Saturday, October 23 from 3 pm to 10 pm, stop by 13200 Citrus St for a night of food, treats, music, crafts, games, art, and a maze.

Other exciting updates that were announced at the last City Council meeting included the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Band Ensemble being invited to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in February 2022. Only one or two high schools in the State are selected to perform each year, according to the City.

Shield 4 Kids also did a presentation to promote their mission to provide a backpack of essential supplies to abused children who are confronted with going into a new home.

Lastly, Eleanor Roosevelt High School student, Thomas Rife, was recognized for his many efforts in the City’s Roadway Adoption Program.

Eastvale Discusses Housing Element

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The talk of the town has been surrounding the Eastvale Housing Element Updates. Community members have expressed their concerns at recent City Council meetings and with disapproval signs across the city. However, City staff has responded with several resources of information including a Frequently Asked Questions page, an online simulation tool, and videos outlining the purpose of the Housing Element.

The most recent video describes that the proposed plan is a state mandated housing element due to the 90% housing shortage in California. The video states that “every city in California is required by state housing law to update the Housing Element of their general plan to meet the regional need.” The state evaluates the current housing in the city, the projected population growth, and determines how many more units should be planned to meet the housing needs of our state.

The state determines housing needs through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and they require Eastvale to plan housing for everyone at all income levels, according to the video. This means “zoning for housing from 1 unit to 30 or more units per acre.” The video also stated that if “Eastvale doesn’t identify areas for these units, the City could face lawsuits, loss of state and federal funding, and lose the ability to issue building permits and say where new housing should go in the future,” stated the video.

Therefore, the City needs to “identify the areas where the zoning could be changed to plan for 3,028 potential housing units in our community.” But the City said that identifying these areas does not mean these areas will be selected or approved for construction. Identifying will just “satisfy the zoning requirements for the plan.”

Many community members have still expressed their disapproval for the Housing Element Update, stating we should build more schools first, have our own Police Station, or fight the mandate like other cities have done. But the majority of these residents have expressed that their main problem with the plan is the location of the current proposed housing. Stratham Homes recently proposed to build 216 High-Density apartments and townhomes at the corner of Sumner and Schleisman Road. The structures are proposed to be 2 and 3 stories tall and include a 5,000 sq. ft. complex on the property.

Community members are against this location due to the increased traffic the apartments will bring to this area. Traffic before and after school hours are already a consistent issue on that busy street and residents suspect the new housing will cause more congestion. Increased traffic could lead to increased collisions and pose a risk to children walking or riding bikes to school as well.

When discussing the Housing Element on social media, city officials have responded that the plan does not mean construction. “Please know the housing element is only a plan,” stated City officials in a Facebook response to a resident. “It does not mean the pieces of land that fall within the zoning code will be built upon. But, per state law, the city is required to plan for it.”

When a resident expressed his concern that another set of apartments were re-zoned off Citrus and Scholar, City officials responded with the following comment on social media: “Citrus and Scholar has an overlay zone to allow senior housing with a density range of 8.1 to 14 dwelling units per acre. General uses allowed at this density range include single-family attached and detached residences, including townhouses, stacked flats, courtyard homes, patio homes, and zero lot line homes. Apartments would not be allowed.”

The City is encouraging residents to voice their concerns at one of the Special City Council meeting/Community Roundtable discussion, which will only discuss the state-mandated Housing Element Update. The first meeting was held on Sept. 20 but the next two meetings will be on September 27 and October 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm at New Day Christian Church, located at 7155 Hamner Ave.

For more information, visit the Housing Element page on the Engage Eastvale website at https://engage.eastvaleca.gov/housing-element for more information.

New 9/11 Monument in Eastvale

Staff Reports

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, a “Never Forget” monument was unveiled in the City of Eastvale.

Community members, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and city officials all gathered to attend the event at Fire Station #27.

Troop 2017 led the presentations of color while Seumas Coyne played the bagpipes. Eleanor Roosevelt High School Band/Wind Ensemble played the National Anthem beautifully. Then Pastor Mark Lee of VantagePoint Church gave a great speech for the invocation followed by the Division Chief who led the moment of silence.

The monument is a 2’ x 2’ by 12’ tall replication of the Twin Towers that sits on an 8’ diameter Pentagon. It is internally illuminated at night in front of the Eastvale Fire Station 27. The pentagon base has the inscription “9-11-2001 Never Forget”.

The monument was created to “serve as a gathering place for the Eastvale commUNITY and visitors from throughout the region, Southern California, and beyond to gather and pay respect to all who were impacted on September 11, 2001,” stated a city news release.

The City of Eastvale, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce all partnered to create the monument. “Jackie Case from Urban Arena facilitated the collaborative design process between the agencies, Giovanni Rotellini from Metal Masterminds fabricated the sculpture, and the Chamber sponsored the ‘Never Forget’ memorial sculpture,” according to the City.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – September 2021

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Skydiving a Life-changing Check Off My Bucket List

By Nancy Stoops

I have lived a very exciting and fulfilling life.  I have travelled to all seven continents, have had many close-up wildlife experiences, worked with shamans and chiefs, meditated with the monks in Thailand, swam with sharks, have two published books on Amazon and so much more. My bucket list was very short because at sixty-five I really have done it all.  Skydiving was always on that list and it seems like every time I was ready to go, we would have a death in the family.  Well in July I finally had the opportunity to finally go and it was life-changing.  I have never felt such freedom as I did jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet.  As a child I would have flying dreams and on that day my dreams came true and I was flying like a bird.  Skydiving also reminded me that there isn’t anything that I can’t work through or accomplish.

I think Covid has left many of us complacent because our lives got shut down and we got comfortable in that. I know many people are having a hard time going back to school, work and just generally back into life.  Skydiving was a great way to awaken me and all of my senses.  I just feel so very alive again and excited for the next adventure.  I hope you can find something to wake you up and make you part of the living again.  Try to fight the fears and the lies that hold you hostage from the life you deserve to have.  You deserve to be excited, fulfilled, happy and content.  Make today the day you start living your best life and being your best self!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the therapy dog on Amazon.net.

A New School Year

By Melody Kraemer

A new school year! Who is ready? I have enjoyed these past summer months with my kids at home, and it seemed we were off to some adventure almost every day. 

It could be that we subconsciously are making up for the summer before when we were in “lockdown.” The summer, let alone this year, has flown by in a blink of an eye. Now the kids will be starting school, and though that much-needed break between us is probably needed. I will miss the lazy days of sleeping in, the swimming, the extended sunshine days, no schedules, and all the downtime. Now isn’t that what summer is all about?  

In a few short days, we will buckle back down and get back on our daily schedule. It won’t be easy, and granted, I should have stayed on a schedule during the summer, but my kids needed this break and had only a few short weeks of summer. With my boys having ASD, autism spectrum disorder,  they attended ESY (extended school year). So these few weeks of summer were precious to us, we enjoyed them and made as many memories as we could.  

My youngest will even be going back to school with a brand new look. He decided to find his daddy’s beard trimmer and start shaving his head. There’s never a dull moment in our world, now onto the next season of life. Reach out and let me know if you are ready for school. 


Ecclesiastes 3:1
1. For everything there is a season, and a time for every a purpose under heaven


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