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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

Youth Thriving in Eastvale

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Eastvale – The youth in Eastvale are thriving in both sports and politics. Several teams recently playing in state tournaments and applications have opened for the Eastvale Youth Council.

Photo courtesy: Ronald Wade; The Eastvale 10u Allstar team recently placed in the state tournament in Lancaster.

On the week of July 9th, our awesome Eastvale 10u Allstar team played in the state tournament in Lancaster.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale; The Eastvale Little League 12s team won the Section 9 Championship and moved on to the Southern California Divisional Tournament

In addition, the Eastvale Little League 12s team won the Section 9 Championship and moved on to the Southern California Divisional tournament.

Also, the Athletics Mercado Fitz 08 team recently competed in the Triple Crown Tournament and left with a tier 1 berth to the California Fastpitch Alliance tournament. They faced teams that ranked #1 in the Nation and others in the top 10 of the country. Great job Eastvale teams!

Lastly, Eastvale youth are now able to apply for a spot on the 2021-2022 Eastvale Youth Council.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale; Athletics Mercado Fitz 08 team recently competed in the Triple Crown Tournament and faced teams ranked #1 in the Nation and others in the top 10 of the country.

Completed applications and any questions about the program can be sent to eastvalecityyouthcouncil@gmail.com. Deadline to submit the application is Friday September 3rd at 11:59pm. For more information click here: https://bit.ly/3CY6kzG

Community Shares Concerns About Future Eastvale Apartments

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Photo Courtesy: Facebook; Several community members carried “No Apt” Signs and voiced their opinions at the July 28 City Council Meeting.

Eastvale – Several Eastvale community members gathered at the July 28 City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the proposed apartments to be built on Sumner and Schleisman Road. The meeting was packed with residents holding “No Density APT” signs, with crowds of people both inside and outside the building. It was reported that there were over 50 speakers addressing their concerns and providing suggestions to the council, and the housing portion of the meeting lasted over 4 hours long.

The conversation among the community started when Stratham Homes 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.

The main concerns of the community are the increased traffic the apartments will bring. The residents suspect the traffic will increase collisions and pose a risk to children walking or riding bikes to school, which is only a half mile away. They are also concerned about the road diets that they expect will go along with the apartments.

Residents are hopeful that the Council listened to their concerns and will come up with another solution that meets the needs of the Housing Element Plan and the community. 

The City has discussed their Housing Element Plan in news releases and videos. They recently uploaded a video discussing how every City in the state of California is required to update their housing element plan every eight years. “This is a state mandate and by law, requires our city to comply,” stated the City in a Facebook post. However, they encourage the community to provide their input view the RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Allocation) Challenge.

The challenge is an online simulation tool where community members have an opportunity to be a “resident planner” and create a “balanced housing plan by adjusting future housing units to meet State requirements.”

The City stated that the ideas created in this simulation are a “key piece of community input that will guide the development of our Housing Element planning document update to be in compliance with state regulations.” Once residents are completed with their housing plan, you can submit it directly to the City and the City team will use the results to inform the Housing Element update.

You can access the simulation tool through the month of August by visiting: https://eastvaleca.abalancingact.com/TaketheRHNAChallenge The City also provided a list of frequently answered questions about the Housing Element that can be found here: https://engage.eastvaleca.gov/housing-element.

Update since published: The City hosted an Eastvale Housing Open Forum on August 26th from 6 to 8 pm at New Day Church. City staff took questions on the 3,028 housing units the residents are concerned about. More information to come.

Here We Grow

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Eastvale – Over the last three years, the city has grown tremendously. In 2018, the Eastvale City Council made Economic Development a priority and was able to do that with the help of their team, including: the City Council, CommUNITY, Eastvale Chamber of Commerce, City Hall Talent, Developers, Property Managers, Brokers and Business Owners.

“We are so excited to see all the unique and exciting businesses that have opened the last three years and the new ones that are scheduled to open in the very near future!” stated the City in a news release.

In the last three years, five new retail shopping centers have been developed, including The Station, The Merge, Eastvale Marketplace, Allen Square, and Hamner Place. New businesses have also been added to the Eastvale Gateway, Cloverdale Marketplace, the Marketplace at the Enclave, and Corona Valley Marketplace.

The Goodman Commerce Center/Business Park, The Campus, and The Ranch allowed an increase in industrial space and the community also enjoyed new outdoor events such as the Eastvale Farmers & Artisan Market and EATSvale.

“A focus on strong economic development, with an inclusive mindset, will lead to additional sales tax revenue that will result in funding of priority target areas such as Public Safety!” stated the City. The community is encouraged to Love Eastvale, Shop Eastvale, Dine Eastvale! 

If you have questions about Eastvale’s economic development, email economicdevelopment@eastvaleca.gov for more information.

Banners Go Up For ERHS Seniors

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Eastvale – The Eleanor Roosevelt High School Class of 2021 has officially graduated! Banners were recently displayed to honor the seniors that will be attending college next year.

The City partnered with ERHS to install 45 graduation banners along Scholar Way and Citrus Street for the seniors that were accepted to a 4-year college or university. Funds for the banners were approved by the Eastvale City Council in April 2021 to support the ERHS graduation banner program.

“In addition to being an important fundraising activity for the high school, the grad banners serve as a source of inspiration for the younger, school age children in in our community,” stated the City on a social media post.

In a separate post, the City showed their excitement for the graduating class. “We wanted to take a moment to congratulate all of our Eleanor Roosevelt High School graduating seniors and say how proud we are of the dedication, perseverance, and strength these seniors have shown during this this past year,” stated the City.

“We also want to congratulate and acknowledge all the other students who promoted at our intermediate and elementary schools!”

Brandon Plott Appointed on Council

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Brandon Plott

Eastvale – At the June 23 City Council meeting, Brandon Plott was unanimously appointed to fill the vacant City Council seat due to Councilmember Ike Bootsma passing away last month. He will fill the position until the November 8, 2022 election results are certified. The remaining two years of the District 5 term will be up for a Special Election in November 2022.

Councilmember Plott previously served on the City Council from 2016 through 2020 and recently served as Mayor of the City of Eastvale in 2020.

During the 2020 election, Plott announced that he was not running for re-election because he was going to spend time with his family. However, after he was appointed at the June meeting, he clarified why he is more than willing to serve on the City Council now. On a social media post, he stated he was going through a foster to adopt process at the time of re-election, so he was uncertain of the time constraints of running a re-election campaign. Since then, he and his wife were “successful and blessed of fostering a new baby boy.” He has spent several months adjusting to the new addition to his family and stated, “I’m confident to dedicate my time to the City and to our Residents, while still spending quality time with the Family.” He added, “As always feel free to reach out to me if you have any question. I’m always available.”

At a Special City Council meeting on June 2, the City Council voted to open up an application period for anyone interested in being appointed to fill the District 5 Council seat. Applications were accepted until June 16, 2021 for those who were an Eastvale resident in District 5. Then the appointment was made on June 23.

Here We Grow Again: New Additions to Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – So many exciting things are happening in Eastvale as it continues to grow!

It was announced that Bushfire Kitchen is coming to Eastvale! Bushfire Kitchen is expected to arrive this coming Fall 2021 and it will be located at The Merge, off the corner of Limonite Ave and Archibald Ave.

Bushfire Kitchen will have a large indoor dining room as well as a 1,000 sq ft patio equipped with heaters and misters so you and your family can enjoy your favorite food outdoors all year round. They will also have a fully-stocked outdoor bar that will serve craft cocktails, beer, and wine with 20+ taps, according to the City of Eastvale.

Bushfire Kitchen offers “signature entrees such as their bbq chicken, tri-tip plate, and baby back ribs. Their menu also includes a wide variety of bowls, salads, burgers, empanadas, and much much more!” They also accommodate preferences like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. To learn more about their menu options, visit their website at https://www.bushfirekitchen.com

Also joining Eastvale is a new public mural! The “Greetings from Eastvale, California” art mural is now complete at the Public Storage facility off Archibald Ave, near Limonite Ave.  The mural was painted by Artist and Designer, Maxfield Bala, who is the owner of an art and design company, Bala Creative. The mural features visual images and symbols pertinent to Eastvale’s history and will serve as an iconic landmark for the City. “No City funds were used to pay for the mural as it was paid for by the developer of the Public Storage Facility,” according to the City.

In addition, the Eastvale Farmers & Artisan Market is now open every Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Farmers & Artisan Market occurs every Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Day Christian Church parking lot, located at 7155 Hamner Avenue. For more information or on how to become a vendor, please email: eastvalefarmersmarket@gmail.com

First “EATSvale” A Success

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale; EATSvale is a new food truck festival event that will occur monthly in Eastvale.

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale hosted the first ever “EATSvale” on Friday, March 21 and it was a success! EATSvale is an exciting and unique food truck festival designed to “engage, elevate, and excite Eastvale residents by combing food, art, and music in one location,” according to a news release.

“We loved welcoming our commUNITY to our inaugural EATSvale Food Truck Festival event,” stated the City on their Facebook page. “It was great watching everyone enjoy the delicious food, playing outdoor games, and enjoying the awesome art!”

EATSvale will occur on a monthly basis on Friday evenings through October 2021. The event will take place at 13200 Citrus Avenue in Eastvale, across Citrus from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

“We are thrilled to bring this unique food truck festival experience to our commUNITY and create a foodie experience in Eastvale.”, said Bryan Jones, City Manager. “It is also our goal to facilitate new and exciting experiences that will create more vibrancy for our great City.”

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

The City decided to bring EATSvale to town because “Destination Eastvale” is listed as one of the goals identified by the City Council in the Eastvale Strategic Plan in January 2021. Therefore, EATSvale is a City hosted and organized event that is in concert with the current strategic plan initiatives.

This food truck event will allow food vendors who do not have a physical location in Eastvale to sell at an event, while also including restaurants that have a food truck in Eastvale, according to the City. Preferences will be given to Eastvale residents who have a food truck and we will also be recruiting unique and gourmet food trucks from throughout Southern California. Food vendors at this event will encompass a wide variety of cultures, cuisines, food experiences, and much much more!

We’ll see you at the next EATSvale event on Friday, June 18, 2021!

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

Councilmember Bootsma Passes Away

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Councilmember Ike Bootsma; courtesy of City of Eastvale

Eastvale – It was recently announced that Councilmember Ike Bootsma passed away at 74-years-old on the early morning of May 14th.

“Our entire Eastvale community mourns the loss of Councilmember Ike Bootsma.”, said Mayor Jocelyn Yow. “Ike was a remarkable and dedicated public servant who will be greatly missed.”

Ike has been a part of the Eastvale community for more than 46 years. Several community members expressed their condolences and prayers to the family on all social media platforms. So many described Ike as honest and kind, who cared deeply about his family and about the Eastvale community. From holding Halloween events to dressing up as Santa during Christmas, Ike loved making the local kids smile.

A banner was placed at Eastvale City Hall in memory of Councilmember Ike Bootsma with the words: “Leader. Legacy. Loved. Ike Bootsma 1947-2021.” In addition, at the monthly Just Move Campaign, the leaders paid tribute to Ike and described how he served the city for many years. City manager, Bryan Jones, also coined the phrase “Be Like Ike” in his speech, according to Matthew Olson’s Facebook post. “It brought tears to my eyes,” said Olson. “We can learn a lot from this gentleman and the service he gave to our community,” added Olson.  

In addition, the City Council will be remembering Ike at their next Meeting on Wednesday, May 26. They encouraged the community to say a few words about Ike via in person or online.

Ike was one of the youngest children of nine, to Dutch immigrant parents Trynje and Jim Bootsma. The Bootsma family started their dairy in 1938 and were one of the first to settle in Chino Valley. Ike started a successful Calf Ranch in Eastvale in 1974 until its closing in May 2007. “The Calf Ranch was an important component of the dairy industry, where they raised calves for Dairy replacement,” according to a City news release. “Ike started what became known as “contract” raising. It was a very good enterprise and worked well for the Dairy industry and for his family.”

Ike then served on the City Eastvale City Council from 2010 through 2016, along with four terms as Mayor from 2013 to 2016. “While on the City Council, Ike represented the City on several regional boards, including Western Riverside Council of Governments and the Riverside Transit Agency,” stated the City. Ike and his wife, Squeaker, were also very active with the Eastvale Kiwanis Club and have helped raised money each year to provide Eleanor Roosevelt High School students with college scholarships. They were active in the Eastvale Roadway Adoption Program and have kept city streets free of litter by participating in monthly street clean up events.   In addition, Ike was an active member of the local Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. Ike was then re-elected to the Eastvale City Council in November of 2020, representing District 5.

Ike Bootsma is survived by his wife, Squeaker, and his children Shaun Bootsma, Heidi Tillman, Mike Kirk, Metchelle Bootsma, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service information is not yet announced to the community.  

Chick-fil-A Opens In Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale finally announced the date and time that Chick-fil-A will be opening its doors. Chick-fil-A’s official opening will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 a.m.

Chick-fil-A will not continue their “First 100” tradition at the Eastvale location due to COVID-19. Normally when a new location of Chick-fil-A opens, the franchise will give the first 100 customers free Chick-fil-A for a year. But since they are not allowing customers to camp out this year, they are providing free Chick-fil-A for a year to 100 people that are making an impact in their local communities. The “Community Hero” recipient will be announced on the Eastvale Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page, according to a news release.

The Eastvale Chick-fil-A will have a multi-lane drive-thru and be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new restaurant is located at 5080 Hamner Ave., at The Station in the Goodman Commerce Center. The Station is a 650,000 square-foot retail center located adjacent to the I-15 Freeway between Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Bellegrave Avenue in Eastvale’s most northeast corner of the City. Chick-fil-A will be joining other retail and dining options at The Station, including In-N-Out Burger, Costco, Yoshiharu Ramen, and the recently announced 99 Ranch Market with Cravings Food Hall.

Eastvale Still Thrived in 2020

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Eastvale – As we look back on the year 2020, despite the pandemic and all that has happened in the world, Eastvale still managed to thrive throughout the year. New businesses were still scheduled to open, construction continued, and the City obtained various awards over the year. In addition, Christmas was not cancelled in Eastvale, as there were virtual and socially distanced events that took place this holiday season. There were also some really great decorated houses for community members to view. In addition, the community came together to donate masks and essential items, to find lost pets, and to display various acts of kindness throughout the city. 

Bryan Jones, Eastvale City Manager, recently issued a news release highlighting all the wonderful things that happened in Eastvale.

“City staff really showcased their grit and solutions driven approach with their adaptability to better serve the communities in new ways with all the new technologies that were implemented through this pandemic. We now have an electronic check-in system at our front counter along with many other services that can now be provided virtually, and we are now live-streaming our City Council and Commission meetings.

However the real MVPs this year were you, the Eastvale community! You made Eastvale the priority by shopping and dining local and taking care of your neighbors. This helped keep us in a strong financial and connected position for the coming year, and for that, we and our local businesses thank you! Love Eastvale! Shop Eastvale!

During these challenging times, we saw true leaders display acts of kindness and lend a helping hand to those in need. We saw the Eastvale Crime Watch page get repurposed into a generosity page for donating essential household items. We saw the Just Move Campaign with Move Through Motivation bring people together to move and create a healthier more connected community. We partnered with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce on the COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund and 2020 High School Graduate gift cards to local restaurants, which injected tens of thousands of dollars into our local economy, along with the Veterans Day Yard Sign Campaign to recognize our hometown heroes.

We also saw civil unrest in the country back in June, yet in Eastvale we had peaceful protests that we turned into conversations within the community resulting in a community leader driven Inclusionary Task Force with individuals representing our diverse community, including City Hall, Schools, Churches, and Law Enforcement. It’s critically important that we have the necessary conversations and take the appropriate actions to allow everyone’s voice to be heard, everyone’s face to be seen, and everyone to feel welcome and safe in our commUNITY.”

Jones also discussed the accomplishments and awards the City were given. “It was great to see Eastvale add to our award-winning organization this past year. Among these recognitions were:

– The Arts Innovation Award, from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, for our City mural, “Eastvale: We Built this City”, created by Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill and on display at City Hall.

– Three different Polaris communications/community engagement awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for our “Did You Know Video Series”, “We are the City of Eastvale Video” and the “Elysia Matthews & Deputy Myers Story”.

– The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2nd year in a row.

– The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting from GFOA for the 9th year in a row.

– Recognized as the 2nd least financially at-risk City in the State by the independent California State Auditor.”

Jones congratulated the new City Councilmembers and he discussed the many things to come in 2021. “We have many things to look forward to in 2021. We are about to launch our 2nd Community Satisfaction Survey in conjunction with our updated Strategic Plan. This helps us ensure that our priorities for the future, match the priorities of the community. Please keep a look out for the survey launch in early January and share your voice!

In addition, if you haven’t signed-up for Engage Eastvale yet, now would be a great time to do so and engage in the Eastvale 2040 community engagement and planning process.

We also celebrated several economic development wins this past year with multiple signed leases from new businesses and groundbreakings. There are several exciting new dining options opening in the coming months with JINYA Ramen Bar coming to the Cloverdale Market Place, Chick-fil-A coming to The Station, and Fire Wings coming to the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center. This doesn’t include the many other shopping and dining options that are coming to Hamner Place and The Merge! We are excited to see our first hotel, Staybridge Suites, start to go vertical in 2021. It will be a 4.5 star hotel with a rooftop bar/restaurant, conference/event center and pool cabanas. Don’t forget to connect with us on social media to hear about other new and exciting businesses that are coming to Eastvale.

We are also hoping that the Leal Ranch will close with a master developer so that we can begin creating our Destination Downtown, the heartbeat of the community along with a Public Library, City Hall, 3rd Fire Station and Police Sub-Station.

We also have some key infrastructure wins we are excited to work with the community to design and implement, including an $8 million grant for trails along both Scholar Way and Harrison Way to enhance walkability, and nearly $9.5 million in state funding for the Limonite Extension across the Cucamonga Creek West of Archibald Avenue, better connecting us to the City of Chino. Speaking of connecting and expanding, the Hamner Bridge across the Santa Ana River will begin the widening construction process to 6 lanes in early 2021 to better connect us to the City of Norco!”

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Riverside Sheriff’s Department Coroner

Eastvale, Norco, Jurupa Valley – This holiday season, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to keeping the public safe and urges people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if you plan to drink.

Starting Dec. 14 and through New Year’s Day, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have deputies on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, intended to show zero tolerance for drunk driving and keep roads safe.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here We Grow Again

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Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow as construction continues, new dining is expected, and military banners are being added. Check out a recap of what’s happening in Eastvale below.

On Dec. 14, environmental mitigation work began under the Hamner Avenue bridge, in the Santa Ana River bed and along Hamner Avenue in the project area. During construction, two lanes are expected to remain open with possible traffic control and flagging if necessary, according to the City.

“Traffic lanes are subject to close intermittently due to unforeseen construction circumstances or an emergency situation,” stated a news release. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, nighttime work may occur as necessary from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. For more information on the Hamner Avenue Bridge & Widening Project, visit www.HamnerAveProject.com.

On Dec. 9, it was announced that all JCSD Park Playgrounds and exercise equipment are now open. JCSD reminded the community to follow the simple steps below to help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open and FUN!

WEAR A MASK – Everyone 2 years and older should wear a mask covering their face.

MAINTAIN DISTANCE – Maintain physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different house-holds and prevent crowding of children.

NO FOOD OR DRINK – Do not eat or drink in playground to ensure face masks are worn at all times.

WASH HANDS – Wash or sanitize your hands before and after you visit.

PLAN AHEAD- Visit the park at different times or days to avoid crowds and waits.

KNOW WHEN TO STAY HOME- Elderly individuals and people with under-lying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.

SHARE OUR SPACE – To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your visit to 30 minutes when others are waiting.

On Dec. 8, the City announced that the Limonite Gap Closure Project received $9.4 million in State Funding from the California Transportation Commission. “Funding was provided through gas tax revenue authorized by Senate Bill 1,” stated the City.

The Limonite Gap Closure Project involves the construction of a “new urban arterial segment of the Limonite Avenue corridor.” This segment will connect Kimball Avenue west of the Hellman Ave intersection to the existing portion of Limonite Ave, east of Archibald Avenue.

The City also stated that the project includes the construction of a four-lane roadway along the corridor, multi-use trails/bike lanes along the north and south side of the corridor, a vehicular bridge and pedestrian structures crossing the Cucamonga Creek Channel.

“Special shoutout to Western Riverside Council of Governments and RCTC for their regional support on this important project in our City!”

In addition, new dining options are almost ready to open their doors in early 2021. The City of Eastvale is excited that new signage has been installed for the dining options below. 

Fire Wings is coming to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court on the corner of Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue. They will offer guests over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal.

JINYA Ramen Bar is coming to the Cloverdale Marketplace located at Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue. They will offer a delicious assortment of in-house broth for ramen, and a range of different food options that everyone can enjoy. They will have vegan and vegetarian options, and plan to have a full premium bar with an outdoor seating area.

Chick-fil-A is coming to the Station at the Goodman Commerce Center. They will join an already exciting lineup of restaurants and retail options with In-N-Out, Costco, and the soon to come 99 Ranch Market. 

Lastly, on Nov. 22, the City raised seven new military banners along Archibald Avenue. The new banners were raised to honor the following military personnel:

Albert A. Camacho, U.S. Marines

Brandon J. Nikodym, U.S. Marines

EJ Rhod Villanueva, U.S. Navy

Elochukwu J. Ude, U.S. Navy

Haley Pyne, U.S. Marines

Joseph Zapata-Clark, U.S. Coast Guard

Nolan H. Jorgenson, U.S. Navy

“The Eastvale Military Banner Program was implemented in 2014 to recognize and celebrate Eastvale residents and immediate family members who are currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, which include the following branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard,” according to the City. “The City is proud to showcase these brave men and women along Archibald Avenue. Installations happen twice a year in the Spring and Fall.”

New Eastvale Mayor And Councilmembers Selected

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Eastvale – At the Dec. 9 Special City Council meeting, a new Eastvale Mayor was selected and made history in California. A new Mayor Pro Tem was also selected and the two new Eastvale Councilmembers were sworn in.

Jocelyn Yow was selected by the City Council as the new Mayor of Eastvale and Councilman Clint Lorimore was selected as the new Mayor Pro Tem. Both will serve a one-year term in their positions. In addition, Christian Dinco (District 2) and Ike Bootsma (District 5) were sworn into office as Eastvale City Council Members. Also at the Special Meeting, outgoing Mayor and Councilmember Brandon Plott was recognized for his dedication and service to the City of Eastvale for the last four years.

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Shown: Mayor Jocelyn Yow

Yow made California history as she is now the youngest minority woman to be selected as Mayor in California. Yow is 25-years-old and was elected to the City Council in 2018 then she served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2020. The City of Eastvale also provided the following information about Yow:

“From an early age, public service has been part of Jocelyn Yow’s life and a source of growth and inspiration.  Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, her family has always emphasized the importance of giving back and community service. She serves as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and is a member of the Lions Club. In 2011, Mayor Yow’s family moved to the Inland Empire and settled in Eastvale. 

She became involved in advocacy while attending her alma mater Norco College and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree.  Yow served as a district representative for the California State Senate and an aide for the United States House of Representatives, where she worked to help seniors, families, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and children to access valuable government services.  She is currently the policy manager for IGNITE, a national nonprofit to elect more women to positions of power.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Mayor Pro Tem Lorimore

Lorimore, serving as the new Mayor Pro Tem, was first elected on the City Council in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2017. He also served as Mayor in 2018. The City of Eastvale provided the following information about Lorimore:

“Clint Lorimore has a strong track record of public service and a dedication to the region in which we live. Having dedicated himself to actively engaging with the community, He volunteers his time with various local organizations, including Eastvale Rotary. He is a successful small business owner, who has previously worked for the State Legislature, served as a regional appointee of the Governor and has also worked as an analyst on issues relating to national security. He currently serves as 1st Vice-President of Southern California Association of Governments.

Mayor Pro Tem Lorimore graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Policy in 2004. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. As a recipient of Rotary International’s Ambassadorial Scholarship, Clint also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2008 where he graduated with a Masters of Science.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Councilmember Ike Bootsma

Bootsma is a newly elected councilmember but he previously served on the City Council from 2010 to 2016. In addition, he served as Eastvale’s Mayor from 2013-2016. Now he is back on the council ready to serve after receiving the most votes for District 5. The City of Eastvale provided the following information about Bootsma:

“Ike Bootsma was born third from the youngest of nine children to immigrant parents, Trynje and Jim Bootsma. Ike’s family was one of the first to settle in the Chino Valley in 1938 when the dairy’s began their exodus from Artesia. 

In 1975, Ike started a Calf Ranch in Eastvale. It was a very successful operation until its closing in May of 2007. The Calf Ranch was an important component of the dairy industry, where they raised calves for Dairy replacement. Ike started what became known as “contract” raising. It was a very good enterprise and worked well for the Dairy industry and for his family.

…He is an active member of the Eastvale Kiwanis Club; raising money each year to provide Eleanor Roosevelt High School students with college scholarships and participating in monthly street clean-up events as part of the Eastvale Roadway Adoption Program.”

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Shown: Councilmember Christian Dinco

Dinco is also a newly elected councilmember, serving for the first time on the Eastvale City Council. However, Dinco is not new to the city. “Dinco and his wife Judith have been residents of Eastvale for ten years,” according to the City. “They have four children, Savannah, Delaney, Connor, and Brady.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California Baptist University in Leadership and Public Administration and has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. 

He is currently a Lieutenant with Riverside Police Department, supervising Aviation, SWAT, a Parole and Corrections Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, and a newly formed UAV program.  He has previously worked as a detective in investigations, narcotics, auto theft, property crimes, SWAT, major investigations, community services bureau, and press information officer. 

Councilmember Dinco has been the President of Eastvale Little League for the last five years and is an active coach in the league as well.  He is also a youth soccer coach with Empire Soccer, and Friday Night Lights youth flag football and has also previously coached with Eastvale’s Pop Warner football program. Christian is dedicated to community service and is looking forward to contributing to our great City of Eastvale.”

Lastly, Brandon Plott is leaving the City Council and his position as Mayor due to personal reasons. He announced his departure earlier this year via Facebook. Mayor and Councilmember Plott served on the City Council these last four years. 

“Brandon’s sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to the City of Eastvale was evident throughout his time on the City Council and we’ll miss seeing him up on the dias!,” stated a news release.

Here We Grow Again

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Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow and come together despite all that is happening. Below is an update on what’s going on in the community, information courtesy of the City of Eastvale.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has kept our community safe and are going the extra mile to keep safety as priority through the holiday season. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting increased patrols at the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center starting on Black Friday through Christmas. In addition, RSO will also be providing traffic control at the Amazon Distribution center at no additional cost to the City.

The Eastvale City Hall has grown and you may see these new faces: Senior Community & Building Safety Specialist Tamara Marquez and our Community & Building Safety Specialist Sonia Sanchez. These two positions were recently transitioned from contract services to in-house City staff positions, which combined with the other positions brought in-house, saves the City over $600K annually.

The Building and Safety Front Counter is available to process your water, solar, pool, and patio cover permits. They are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. and by appointment in the afternoon. You can check-in to the front counter through the City website.

In early November, the City of Eastvale was honored to be recognized with multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America PRSA Inland Empire Chapter

One of the awards was in the ‘writing’ category reflecting on an embrace with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Deanna Myers and a Eleanor Roosevelt High School student, Elysia Matthews, during the Black Lives Matter protests in June 2020.

The City also received an award for their “Did you Know” video series featuring our Communications Department, where we share information with our community so they can be informed champions.

Along with the “We are the City of Eastvale” video, which humanized the City Hall staff and why they choose to serve our community to form connections with the people we serve.

Thank you again to PRSA for the recognition of these important projects and initiatives that align with our core values of Kindness, Grit, and Solutions-Driven with courageous, creative and collaborative results where we champion experiences that engage, excite, and elevate our commUNITY!

On Nov. 9, Norco College announced that they have broken ground on the new Veterans Resource Center. This new Center will expand and enhance programs and services to veteran students by offering college credit for previous military service, counseling, mental health services, and access to community and veterans resources. For more information about the Veterans Resource Center, visit norcocollege.edu/veterans

On Nov. 5, the City of Eastvale also received the Arts Innovation Award from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership – IEEP during their 8th Annual Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet Virtual Awards Ceremony for our now award winning mural themed, Past, Present, and Future, entitled Eastvale: We Built this City, painted by local resident artist/muralist Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill!

This mural was created with the Incredible vision by our community and City Council to celebrate and document our 10th Anniversary of Incorporation as the State’s 2nd youngest City.

Holiday Cheer in Eastvale

A lot of events have been cancelled in 2020, but holiday cheer is still happening in the city of Eastvale. There are a few holiday and family fun events that will take place virtually or with socially distancing. Check out what’s offered below.

Letters to Santa

When: November to December 14

Where: Eastvale Community Center, 13820 Schleisman Rd., Eastvale CA 92880

Details: The Eastvale Community Center will be receiving letters to Santa for a Special delivery to the North Pole! Drop off or mail your letter before December 14th to ensure it gets to Santa in time. The mailbox will be open Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM.

Christmas Marketplace and Tree Lighting

When: December 4 from 5 to 9 pm

Where: VantagePoint Church, 8500 Archibald Avenue, Eastvale

Details: Support small businesses at this Christmas marketplace and enjoy some tasty treats and live music to get you into the holiday spirit. Also get a socially distanced photo with Santa! Santa is coming at 5:45 p.m. and the tree lighting will be at 6 p.m.

Virtual Tree Lighting

When: December 4 at 6 p.m.

Where: JCSD Youtube or Facebook 

Details: Virtual Tree Lighting will take place with community performances by On Pointe Dance Studio, JCSD Tiny Tot Participants, and the Eastvale Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tune in as we kick off the holiday season!

Winter Wonderland Donations

When: Send by December 10

Details: Corona-Norco United Way is hosting their annual Winter Wonderland event providing holiday cheer to 100 families! This year for Winter Wonderland, they will be issuing “Mystery Boxes” for participants. The boxes will be large boxes customized to each participant-beautifully wrapped and will include items such as food vouchers/gift cards, a toy or ball, a game, COVID-19 supplies, and gift cards for teens! Donations can be provided by PayPal Corona-Norco United Way, at www.unitedway.org/donateor checks can be made out to Corona-Norco United Way and mailed to P.O. Box 1809, Corona, CA 92878-1809. For more information contact Alia Rodriguez at Alia.Rodriguez@cnunitedway.org.

Friday Flicks and Food Trucks

When: December 11

Where: Eastvale Community Park, 12750 Citrus Avenue, Eastvale, CA 92880

Movies: The Grinch (animated) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Polar Express is from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: Tickets are $25 per vehicle and must be purchased online at the JCSD website. Gates open 45 min before showtime.

•Food trucks will be located on the North East Corner of the Concession Building in the parking lot.

• Restrooms and handwashing stations will be onsite. Restrooms will be sanitized frequently.

• You must not leave your assigned parking space area except to visit the restrooms or to pick up your food from the food trucks. No congregating with others outside of your vehicle group is permitted.

• Masks must be worn whenever you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between you and others outside of your vehicle group.

• Moviegoers are welcome to bring in food and drinks. Food trucks will have food available for purchase. For a current listing of food trucks scheduled, please follow us @jcsdparks.

• No: Alcohol and/or Smoking/Vaping, walkups to the event site permitted, no animals allowed (with the exception of service animals)

Eastvale Home Decorating Contest

When: Submissions due by December 15

Details: The City of Eastvale and JCSD Parks & Recreation Department are in search of the BEST Holiday Display in Eastvale! Submit your beautifully decorated home in our Holiday Decorating Contest by December 15th for your chance to win great prizes! To register your home please email your your name and address to specialevents@jcsd.us.

Stay At Home Order Response

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Eastvale– The State recently issued a limited Stay at Home Order for Counties in the Purple Tier, which includes Riverside County and the City of Eastvale.

According to a statement issued by Erica S. Pan, Acting State Public Health Officer, the order is requiring that “all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure[1] or required by law.” Pan stated that this order does not apply to those that are homeless. “Nothing in this order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted herein,” stated Pan. The order began November 21 and will remain in effect until 5 a.m., December 21.

Many had various opinions about the recent order and how it would affect the city. However, on November 19, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco issued the following statement in response to the Stay at Home Order: “The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is aware of the new Limited Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor set to go into effect on Saturday at 10:00pm.
It is very important that all of us do everything we can to protect ourselves from contracting or spreading this virus. The only way to ensure you do not contract the virus is to stay at home and avoid contact with others. For those going out into public, it is very important to protect yourself from contracting and/or spreading the virus by wearing a mask and social distancing.
It has been the policy of the Sheriff’s Department to encourage responsible behavior and compliance with the Governor’s orders. To ensure constitutional rights are not violated and to limit potential negative interactions and exposure to our deputies, we will not be responding to calls for service based solely on non-compliance with the new order or social distancing and mask guidelines.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.”

Tint Your Windows at Mr. Tint

Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the Post Office and DMV). Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com.

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Norco- Car window tinting is one of the best ways to improve the look and comfort of your vehicle. You can protect the interior of the vehicle from sun damage by tinting the windows. Sunlight and heat can cause your interior, like seats and the dashboard, to fade, crack and deteriorate. Window tinting reduces the sunlight allowed into the vehicle, which in turn reduces how hot it gets inside your car. Likewise, homes and offices heat up during the day, and trying to keep your air-conditioner ahead of the game can be costly.


Car window tinting also increases the value of your vehicle when done by professionals like Mr. Tint. Quality car window tinting and expert installation is essential for a professional tint job and maintaining a showroom-quality car.


Mr. Tint has a solution for autos, homes, and commercial buildings.  By tinting your windows, you can not only save up to 30% on your cooling costs with a significant decrease in heat, but you can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays that fade auto interiors, window coverings and furniture in your home and office.


There is one goal prevalent at Mr. Tint, and that is for their customers to be 100% satisfied.  They are focused on not only providing a superior product, but with offering competitive pricing alongside exceptional customer service.  Mr. Tint believes in treating the customer right in all aspects of their business.  By earning your loyalty, you will refer your family, friends and business associates, and come back time and again.
Family owned and operated, Mr. Tint offers free estimates and lifetime warranties.  With over 20 years of experience, the quality of their workmanship is second to none.  They are completely sure you will be satisfied, and invite you to see what other customers are saying on Yelp.com.


Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Same-day service is available, and you can enjoy free beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait, or take advantage of their free shuttle service (within 10 miles).


Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the post office and DMV).  Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com