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Crime Recap

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Dept.; Pictured: Juan Ayala Flores

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Eastvale – In the last month, a crime was committed in neighboring city of Norco. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: $6,500.00 Worth of Stolen Property Recovered During Theft Investigation

INCIDENT DATE: April 18, 2022

WHERE: Norco

DETAILS: On April 18, 2022, deputies responded to a business located in the 1100 Block of 6 Street, Norco, regarding a grand theft investigation. During the investigation, it was determined the suspect entered the property of the closed business, and stole numerous items used in agricultural and animal husbandry. Since the initial theft investigation, additional grand thefts were reported from the additional business in the 1200 Block of 6th Street, Norco.

The Norco Special Enforcement Team (SET) assumed the investigation and identified the suspect as Juan Ayala Flores, a 36-year-old resident of Anaheim. On May 10, 2022, Norco SET deputies located and detained Flores in the city of Norco. A search warrant was served at a residence in the 4100 block of Hillside Avenue, Norco. During the service of the search warrant, over $6,500.00 worth of stolen property related to the thefts was located. Deputies also recovered numerous tools and construction items that are believed to be stolen. Flores was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for grand theft and possession of stolen property.

Anyone with any additional information regarding this investigation is asked to call Deputy Whittenburg at 951-280-5690.

Here We Grow: New Businesses Coming

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Eastvale – The City of Eastvale continues to have new additions and grand openings.

On May 2, Bushfire Kitchen officially had its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. “Their excellent food, great atmosphere, and full-sized bar and patio make them an excellent addition to the city,” stated the City. They are located at 14135 Limonite Ave, Suite #240 Eastvale, CA 92880.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Also, the City recently announced that Bath & Body Works is coming to the Eastvale Gateway in the Fall of 2022. “Bath & Body Works offers everything from lotions, to hand soaps, to sanitizers, to home fragrances,” stated the City.

The City of Eastvale is announcing new businesses to the City each month and new restaurants are having grand openings regularly. Stay tuned for more updates!

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

New Downtown Approved By Council

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Eastvale – At the May 11 City Council meeting, the Eastvale City Council voted 5-0 to approve a revised plan for the new Downtown Eastvale. This is expected to be developed between Hamner Avenue, Limonite Avenue, Scholar Way, and 58th Street.

Peter Carlson, the project developer’s consultant, said that construction could start as soon as 2023 and grading can begin within the next few months. However, this project could take years to build.

The new revised plan will span over 154 acres of land. Fifty-two acres off Limonite and Hamner Avenue will include commercial development of 595,000 square feet. It will also include 660 apartments, a civic center with a New City Hall, a state-of-the-art police station, and a brand-new library. In addition, 87 acres off Scholar Way and 58th Street will host 1,840 homes, including single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments. Fourteen acres will contain parks and open space. Then a new fire station will take place on one acre of land off Scholar and 58th Street.

The developer of the Leal Property, The New Home Company, said they are “committed to the growth and prosperity of the City of Eastvale by bringing together a magical destination for residents and guests,” stated the City of Eastvale in a news release. “The future downtown will also serve as an economic catalyst for the community by welcoming new businesses and employment opportunities for Eastvale.”

The Downtown Eastvale Community desires to “build a place that THRIVES in the Inland Empire while maintaining our historic charm,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website. The community’s planning area will be “centered around the City’s town center and will help re-define the location as a regional destination of significance and interest,” according to the city’s website.

To view pictures of the plans or to find out more information, visit http://www.downtowneastvale.com.

Update For Future Downtown Eastvale

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Eastvale
– A new developer website was created to communicate the progress and plans of the future Downtown Eastvale. This Downtown is expected to be developed between Hamner Avenue, Limonite Avenue, Scholar Way, and 58th Street.
The developer of the Leal Property, The New Home Company, is “committed to the growth and prosperity of the City of Eastvale by bringing together a magical destination for residents and guests,” stated the City of Eastvale. “The future downtown will also serve as an economic catalyst for the community by welcoming new businesses and employment opportunities for Eastvale.”
The Downtown Eastvale Community desires to “build a place that THRIVES in the Inland Empire while maintaining our historic charm,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website.
This new space will offer shopping, entertainment, and a family friendly environment. It will also include a new City Hall, a world class library, and a state-of-the-art police station that will serve our community for generations to come.
The community’s planning area will be “centered around the City’s town center and will help re-define the location as a regional destination of significance and interest,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website.
The neighborhood’s design will include commercial office space, civic and public services, a range of residential offerings as well as recreational and entertainment opportunities.  This includes four pillars: Pillar 1 Magical Destination, Pillar 2 Energy & Vitality, Pillar 3 Pedestrian Primary, and Pillar 4 Economic Engine.
To view pictures of the plans or to find out more information, visit http://www.downtowneastvale.com.

Eastvale Named 26th Safest Cities

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Eastvale – The City of Eastvale was recently ranked as the 26th safest City in California by SafeWise.com. This ranking was three spots higher since their last report.
The City of Eastvale announced their excitement of this higher ranking. “The Eastvale City Council makes public safety a top priority,” stated a news release. “In the last year, the Council has increased public safety personnel hours, added additional special enforcement team (SET) deputies, and additional motorcycle officers to help keep our City safe.”
They added, “Shoutout to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station for making this ranking possible by keeping our community safe!”
To identify the 50 safest cities in California, SafeWise reviews FBI crime report statistics and population data. Their evaluation is based on “the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft),” according to SafeWise.com. Arson was excluded in this report since it is excluded from the FBI’s property crime rates.
SafeWise.com also stated they “calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.”
In addition, “both violent and property crime numbers were weighted equally. That means that a city with no violent crimes reported could end up lower on the list due to a higher property crime rate, and vice versa.” They also “standardized violent and property crime for each state before weighting.”
To learn more about how SafeWise ranks their Safest Cities reports, visit: http://www.safewise.com. To read the full rankings, visit: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-california/#list

Here We Grow Again

New Food in Eastvale

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Eastvale – Eastvale has a variety of food choices in the City and are continuing to welcome new food options.
It was recently announced that Cuts Korean BBQ is coming to Eastvale. Cuts Korean BBQ will be located at The Station, on the corner of Hamner Ave and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road. They are expected to open in late 2022.
Cuts Korean BBQ is an “upscale new concept all you can eat Korean BBQ restaurant that will offer a variety of fresh Korean Cuisine with premium ingredients and meats,” according to the City.
In addition to new eateries, the City of Eastvale is also bringing a wide selection of food at their very first “Taste the World, in Eastvale!” International Food Festival. This festival will take place on May 21st and May 22nd.

“With so many cultures and countries represented in Eastvale, we have the unique opportunity to sample the world’s cuisine, right in our own backyard (in this case, our streets)!” stated a City news release. “So, get ready to celebrate and experience the extraordinary cuisine, crafts, and musical stylings of artists from around the globe.”

The International Food Festival will take place on Scholar Way between Citrus St. and Baltimore Ave. The festival will also have a children’s activity area, international beer and wine, a cultural public art display, free parking, and free admission. Interested vendors can reach out to events@eastvaleca.gov

Crime Recap

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Eastvale/Norco
In the last month, there were several crimes that took place in the City of Eastvale, Norco, and surrounding cities. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.


INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: March 4, 2022
WHERE: First Street east of Parkridge Avenue, Norco
DETAILS: On Friday, March 4, 2022, about 11:09 PM, deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the area of First Street east of Parkridge Avenue, Norco, regarding a major-injury traffic collision. When deputies arrived, they found the collision involved a single vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian was found unresponsive and ultimately succumbed to injuries sustained during the collision at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured during the traffic collision, remained on-scene and cooperated with the investigation.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The cause of the collision is still under investigation and alcohol and/or drugs does not appear to be a factor. The identity of the pedestrian will not be released at this time, pending notification to the next of kin.
The collision investigation required the temporary closure of First Street, between Parkridge Avenue and Mountain Avenue in order to process the scene and collect evidence.
Anyone who witnessed the traffic collision or has any information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Packer of the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (951) 776-1099.

Riverside County Sheriff Dept; Amanda Listoe
Riverside County Sheriff Dept; Gustavo chavez


INCIDENT: Fentanyl Sales Arrest
INCIDENT DATE: March 2, 2022
WHERE: Various locations in the city of Eastvale, Norco, Jurupa Valley, Riverside and Corona
DETAILS: In December of 2021, Amanda Listoe (31-year-old resident of Ontario) was arrested in the City of Eastvale for possession fentanyl pills for sales. After her release from custody, deputies assigned to the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team (SET) developed information that Listoe continued to sell fentanyl and other illegal narcotics throughout the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Riverside and Corona. Gustavo Chavez (32-year-old resident of Ontario) was identified as a co-conspirator engaged in the sales of fentanyl with Listoe. On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, Eastvale SET deputies contacted Listoe and Chavez in the city of Norco. A subsequent search of their person and vehicle revealed a significant amount of fentanyl pills, methamphetamine and items indicative of the sales of controlled substances. Listoe and Chavez were arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for illegal narcotic sales.
On March 3, 2022, deputies served a narcotics search warrant at Listoe and Chavez’ residence in the 3200 block of Yellowstone Drive, city of Ontario. Deputies located fentanyl pills, methamphetamine and items indicative of the sales of controlled substances. Listoe and Chavez were charged with additional charges related to narcotic sales while in custody.
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Schofield at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.
As a reminder, “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members.  Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

Crime Recap

Courtesy: RUSD; Allyson Berndsen

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Eastvale/Norco – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department.
INCIDENT: Illegal Marijuana Cultivation
INCIDENT DATE: January 3, 2022
WHERE: 14000 Block of Viva Drive, Eastvale
DETAILS: On Monday, January 3, 2022, deputies assigned to the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant at a residence in the 14000 block of Viva Drive in the City of Eastvale. The search warrant stemmed from an illegal marijuana cultivation investigation. During the service of the warrant, the home was discovered to have been completely transformed into a greenhouse which contained a large number of mature marijuana plants. This type of work is consistent with the work performed by large scale illegal marijuana cultivation organizations. Deputies learned the electricity used to power the growing equipment was being stolen. A Southern California Edison representative estimated the theft of electricity to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Cervantes at (951) 955-2600.
INCIDENT: Lewd Acts with a Minor
INCIDENT DATE: December 1, 2021
WRITTEN DATE: January 7, 2022
WHERE: 3200 block of Belgian Drive, Norco
DETAILS: On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, about 7:14 P.M., deputies responded to a call for service regarding an alleged child molestation in the city of Norco. It was reported the victim attended Montessori School of Corona, which is a private elementary school, which is where the victim met the suspect, Allyson Berndsen, a 31-year-old resident of Norco. Berndsen was employed at the school as a teacher’s aide. Berndsen also provided babysitting services for the victim at a residence in the city of Norco.
The investigation was assumed by the Jurupa Valley Station’s Detective Bureau. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that a crime had been committed.
On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Jurupa Valley Station detectives arrested Berndsen at her place of employment and a search warrant was served at her residence. Berndsen was later booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for 288 (a) PC (Lewd Acts with a Minor Child under 14) and additional charges
This is an on-going investigation and no other information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Investigator Medina at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

Here We Grow: New Businesses in Eastvale

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Eastvale
– Several new businesses are expected to come to Eastvale!
Churro Bar is expected to arrive in 2022 at Hamner Place, located at the corner of Schleisman Ave and Hamner Ave. Churro Bar offers a variety of churros, ice creams with premium toppings and syrups, delicious coffee drinks, and old-fashioned sodas. They also make all their churros fresh, on-site.
Eastvale’s first-ever Vita Cane Sugarcane Juicery and Açaí Bar opened on January 16. Vita Cane is located at 4910 Hamner Avenue. They offer delicious açaí bowls with a variety of toppings. They also offer signature sugarcane drinks such as their fire dragon, aloha sunrise, and coco melon. Vita Cane guarantees “all-natural, fresh, and organic ingredients with high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals,” stated the City.
Also coming to Eastvale is Uncle Tetsu, which will be located at The Station, on the corner of Cantu Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Ave. Uncle Tetsu is expected to open in Summer or Fall 2022. Uncle Tetsu offers a variety of cheesecake flavors ranging from strawberry, chocolate, matcha, oreo, and ube. These Japanese Cheesecakes are admired for their lighter quality and balanced sweetness that provide the perfect taste and texture combination. Uncle Tetsu will also offer delicious biscotti, tarts, and much more.
The Vale Hair and Nails is now open! This luxury hair and nail spa is located at the Merge at 14063 Limonite Ave., Suite 110. The Vale Hair and Nails is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another new nail salon that is now open is Organic Nail Bar 2. This luxury salon is located at 5120 Hamner Ave. Organic Nail Bar 2 is committed to providing a comforting and professional ambiance as they provide a variety of services.

Eastvale Approves Two More Deputies

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Eastvale – The Eastvale City Council recently approved to add additional law enforcement services, including two more deputies and an increase of daily patrol hours. During the City’s mid-year budget process, they approved these changes to help Eastvale stay one of the safest cities in the State.
“The Eastvale City Council has always made public safety a top priority through previous strategic plan discussions and continued that commitment through the 2021-2022 strategic plan update,” stated the City in a news release. “After the City of Eastvale residents supported Measure A, the City Council passed a resolution in April 2021, to enhance and elevate law enforcement services for the Eastvale community.”
The City added two additional special enforcement team (SET) deputies during the adoption of the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget last year. But since then, the City has continued their commitment by adding additional patrol hours and more deputies. The City stated in a social media post that they do not have plans to form their own Police Department at this time. “We are committed to our partnership with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department,” said the City in the post. “A special thank you to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for their continued partnership and dedication to help keep our community safe!” said the City.

Eastvale Appoints Acting City Manager

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Eastvale – On January 12, the Eastvale City Council unanimously appointed Henry Garcia as the new Acting City Manager while existing City Manager Bryan Jones’ is still on paid administrative leave.
The City’s news release stated that Garcia has 30 years of experience in public administration, and he was appointed to ensure fluid city operations during Jones’ absence. The City did not say why Jones was taking a leave of absence because they stated that information is confidential. However, the news release said that City Clerk/Communications Director Marc Donohue and Community Development Director Gina Gibson-Williams have been jointly serving as Acting City Managers since Dec. 14.
Garcia has three decades worth of experience in professional public services work, including roles as city manager in Azusa, Colton, Rialto, and Moreno Valley. He has also helped Eastvale facilitate and draft the City Council’s strategic plan in 2018 and 2021, according to the City’s release.
“Mr. Garcia has the experience, familiarity and knowledge to step seamlessly into this role and continue the momentum, stability, and continuity the city has seen the last couple of years regarding business growth and service expansion,” said Mayor Lorimore.
When Garcia’s appointment was announced on the City’s social media, community members expressed their concerns regarding Garcia’s previous position as Moreno Valley City Manager. Garcia was employed while the City of Moreno Valley was facing a corruption investigation in 2013. Garcia resigned at the May 13, 2013 City Council meeting after the probe began.
At the Eastvale City Council meeting on January 12, City Council Member Brandon Plott addressed these concerns by saying Garcia had nothing to do with the corruption and that the District Attorney (DA) cleared Garcia of being involved. He explained that the investigation was surrounding a Moreno Valley City Council Member accepting bribes. Plott reassurred the community that they looked into everything surrounding this investigation, researched the articles, and talked it over with one another.
He expressed his support of appointing Garcia by saying, “I have seen nothing but the best here when working with Henry, and I expect nothing but the best.” However, he felt it was needed to bring up those concerns posted on social media. “I just wanted to comment on that and clear the air,” Plott said at the meeting.
Council Member Jocelyn Yow added to this topic by saying, “I’ll be honest with everyone, I had my reservations,” referring to appointing Garcia. But she explained she reviewed each article surrounding the investigation and spoke to Moreno Valley Council Members. She concluded that Garcia’s involvement was unfounded and he was the right choice for Acting City Manager. Yow explained that they need an Acting City Manager right now and Garcia has experience in the City and with City Staff, so he was the best choice at this time for this position. She admitted she would not have chosen him for a permanent position, but sees him in this temporary position for a few months at most.
Council Member Christian Dinco discussed the topic of a permanent position earlier in the meeting as he said Garcia being a CalPERS annuitant would benefit the City. Dinco explained that Garcia already has the city manager experience to fill their current need, but will not be interested in a permanent position in the future.
Eastvale Mayor Lorimore showed his support of Garcia’s appointment in the City’s new release. “With Mr. Garcia’s depth of experience helping cities run smoothly, Eastvale will benefit from his knowledge in consensus building, strategic planning and goal setting to help further our strategic goals as we head into 2022,” said Lorimore.
Garcia also expressed his excitement to be appointed as the new Acting City Manager. “The City has many goals to work on in 2022, and I’m honored to help guide City staff toward achieving the objectives set forth in the strategic plan,” said Garcia. “By maintaining fiscal strength, protecting public safety, bolstering the city’s infrastructure, and supporting local businesses, we will collaboratively expand opportunity in the City of Eastvale.”

Crime Recap

Courtesy: RCSD; Alvin Linton

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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

Local Police Department Awarded Grants

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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.

Here We Grow: New Businesses Open

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

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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-

Lights Out In Eastvale

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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.

Eastvale Elevates at the State of the City

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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.

Here We Grow: New Additions And Events

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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

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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

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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.

Here We Grow

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Eastvale – Eastvale is always growing and new additions are added to the city.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale; Our local Amazon fulfilment center stopped by the Eastvale City Hall to donate 6,000 books to our Little Library program.

For example, Eastvale’s Allstate Insurance is now open to the community. Visit Allstate Insurance at 5120 Hamner Ave., Ste #120 Eastvale at The Station.

Also, Major League Softball is coming to Eastvale. JCSD partnered with MLS to introduce adult slow-pitch softball. Visit mlsoftball.com for registration info.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale; Eastvale’s Allstate Insurance is now open to the community at 5120 Hamner Ave., Ste #120 Eastvale at The Station

Lastly, our local Amazon fulfilment center stopped by the Eastvale City Hall to donate 6,000 books to our Little Library program. This program is currently launching in our local neighborhoods. For more information on the Little Free Library Program, click here: https://bit.ly/3AhZyT8