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Eastvale – Companies come and go, so longevity is key when you’re modifying your home, both inside and out. Extreme Backyard Designs is a testimony of longevity as their family run business has been designing outdoor entertainment centers with name brand components for over 20 years.
“A key component to staying in business so long is to treat people the way we would want ourselves to be treated,” said James Deeley, founder of the family business. With so many years in business, you not only get quality products, you also gets years of experience of getting things done correctly and creatively.
Extreme Backyard Designs can provide custom Barbeque islands, outdoor fireplaces, fire pit tables, spas, patio furniture, and many other items all wholesale to the public.
“We are college and trade school educated and enjoy the interaction and satisfaction of transforming backyards into a family’s personal oasis,” Deeley said. “Since we buy at such a large volume, we always have monthly specials on our website.”
The Extreme Backyard Designs staff are the most knowledgeable and friendly people in the area, as they are centrally located on the corner of the 60 Freeway and Vineyard, right across from the newest Kaiser building.
“We believe what makes a business thrive is to provide the best quality components, a superior level of customer service, while providing an affordable price,” Deeley said.
Serving all of Southern California, Extreme Backyard Designs is located at 2330 S. Vineyard Ave in our neighboring city of Ontario. They can be reached at 909.930.6111, or you can view their website at www.extremebackyarddesigns.com.
Ontario- Inland Christian Home, was founded by a number of local churches and began providing services in 1978. The primary mission of the community is a reflection of the heritage of its founders: to provide quality affordable individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, it’s a place you can feel right at home. The community’s non-profit status promotes this mission as there are no owners who profit from its operation and all the revenues received are reinvested into the operations of the facility.
As the baby boomer generation continues to age, it is important to know they have options. The aging process is not always an easy one and, at times requires the assistance of others. Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists in many ways. Its primary mission is to provide quality, affordable, individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, making it a place you can feel right at home.
Inland Christian Home, being licensed as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) through the Department of Social Services, provides many different levels of care which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Adult day care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Custodial Home care Services. The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds, offers seniors very unique advantages. Our philosophy is to encourage our residents to live as independently as possible at the lowest level of care. Our residents’ individual needs and desires are always considered in the arrangement of these services. We want Inland to be their home, not the facility in which they live, where all are treated as individuals and they participate and are given choices in how they live.
The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds offers residents some very unique advantages. Residents can continue to reside at the community even though their abilities may change. Resident and their families have the comfort in knowing that their needs will be met. Inland Christian Home is a close-knit community that promotes the maintaining of social relationship residents have with other residents, friends, and family.
Inland Christian Home also provides services to those who prefer to stay in their own homes. Custodial Home Care services make it possible by providing assistance with housekeeping, cooking, shopping, meal preparation, bathing, and dressing through educated caregivers.
Inland Christian Home is here to promote aging in place, and gives seniors the ability to live at the lowest level of care even though their abilities change and their families have the comfort in knowing their needs will be met; making it a place you can feel right at home.
Eastvale – There is a lot of construction happening in the City of Eastvale and new businesses proposed to come soon. Here is an update of how the community is growing.
On Aug. 10, JCSD started construction on water service lines, which will take place through Sept. 25. “Please be advised that there will be an increase in noise levels and temporary asphalt patches,” stated the City.
On Aug. 6, it was also announced that there will be construction work related to pressure betterment improvements on a gas main on Hellman Avenue beginning Aug. 10 – Aug. 14. “Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected,” stated a news release. “It is recommended that the area be avoided if possible, as there will be intermittent lane closures on the north bound side. At least one lane will remain open at all times.”
On Aug. 5, Chino Preserve Development Corp performed construction activities on Legacy Park Street and East Preserve Loop in the City of Chino.
For additional information about any construction in Eastvale, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.
On Aug. 2, a long-term lane reduction was announced to take place on the westbound SR-60 from Country Village Road to Wineville Road. Lanes will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes. Re-striping began on Aug. 2 followed by k-rail placement. This lane reduction will allow for accelerated pavement work to take place. Changeable message signs are utilized along the I-10 and the I-215 to alert motorists of the lane reductions on SR-60. “The right lane on eastbound SR-60 from Archibald Avenue to Mission Blvd. will remain closed during construction to allow for accelerated pavement work,” stated a news release. “The closure will be monitored for traffic impacts and based on traffic volumes.”
On July 28, the City of Eastvale reminded the community to join the conversation about the City’s general plan. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov and click on the Eastvale 2040 project square to download worksheets from the kid’s corner, answer a survey, and share your voice through our forums.
On July 23, the City introduced the new Building Official, Jerry Arellano, and the City’s new Assistant Planner, Allen Lim.
On July 14, the City announced that new anchors are being proposed at The Station located in the Goodman Commerce Center. “This includes a Grocery Store, a medium retail building, and a Food Hall.”
On July 3, the City also announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court on the corner of Limonite and Hamner. Fire Wings will offer guests over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal. More details will be added soon about their arrival.
Eastvale – On July 14th, Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott announced that he will not run for re-election in Eastvale.
“I have been very fortunate the last few years to serve as a Councilmember and currently as Mayor for the Great City of Eastvale,” said Plott in a Facebook post. “After some personal reflection and conversations with the Family it has been determined that I will not run a re-election in our City.”
Plott says his reason for not running for re-election is because he and his wife are in process of extending their family. They are progressing through the Foster to Adopt Program and are planning ahead as they move closer to their goal.
“…I feel that it is best to make myself more available to the needs of my Family,” said Plot. “Furthermore, my workload is continuing to increase which plays another factor into this decision making process.”
“I will be forever grateful to the Residents and Constituents of this City. Your countless love and support during these years has not gone unnoticed,” said Plot. “I want you all to know that I have left nothing on the table. I have literally given a 100% energy and effort to this position in hopes to be the most suitable representative during these times. And it is my promise, that I will continue with that same energy and effort till the end of year….especially during these challenging times.”
He ended the Facebook post by thanking the community and saying how blessed he feels to have been able to serve as Mayor. He also thanked his wife, April, for her sacrifice as he served.
Plott has lived in Eastvale for several years and was born and raised in the City of Chino. He was elected Mayor in 2019 and he was previously a City Council Member for 3 years.
Brandon’s professional background evolves from the private sector and includes having worked in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions and as a Corporate Accounts Manager for a large privately-held Security/Fire Alarm Company, according to the City of Eastvale. “As a leader within the company, Brandon has a successful track record of generating revenues, implementing productive policies, and managing large teams in order to achieve growth.”
Brandon studied at Fullerton College, Brigham Young University, and California State University, Fullerton. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from California State University, Fullerton.
Inland Empire – In the last month, a few incidents 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: Possession of a Loaded Shotgun and Narcotics
INCIDENT DATE: August 2, 2020
WHERE: Harada Heritage Park, Eastvale
On August 2, at 8:40 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale saw a suspicious vehicle parked at Harada Heritage Park and contacted the occupants, Joseph Garibay (age 41) and Rebeccah Fleming (age 28). Both reside of Northern California. Deputies searched the vehicle pursuant to their probation terms and located a loaded shotgun, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia. Both occupants were arrested and booked for numerous felony charges, to include Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Narcotics while Armed.
The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Huggins #4496 at (951) 955-2600.
INCIDENT: Theft of Mail, Identity Theft, Burglary, Violation of Probation, Felony Warrant-Arrest
INCIDENT DATE: July 18, 2020
WHERE: 1400 Block of Valley Drive, Norco
On Saturday, July 18, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station conducted an investigation regarding theft of mail in the 1400 block of Valley Drive, Norco. Deputies found that a suspect broke into the community mail box, stole mail, and used a credit card to make fraudulent purchases at various retail locations.
Norco Special Enforcement Team deputies followed up on several leads. On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 around 8:45 pm, they located the vehicle involved in the theft and conducted an enforcement stop in the City of Riverside. The driver was contacted and identified as Jacob Andrew Williamson, a 26-year old, resident of Jurupa Valley. After an interview with Williamson, he was arrested.
Jacob Andrew Williamson, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on No-Bail for a Felony Warrant.
Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Faucher at (951) 270-5673.
The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. River Road was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene. At this time it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic collision.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.
Eastvale – It was announced on Aug. 12 that Councilmember Joe Tessari will resign from the Eastvale City Council. “Joe and his wife Lanee are off to start a new adventure in the State of Texas,” stated the City.
Joe has made a huge impact on the city as a member of the City Council, Planning Commission, and he was a proponent of Eastvale’s incorporation from the beginning. He served throughout the City, first one of the City’s first Planning Commissioners until August 2014. He was then “appointed to the Eastvale City Council in August 2014, re-elected in November 2016, and continued to serve until today,” stated the release. “He also served as Mayor in the City of Eastvale in 2017.”
As a volunteer, he served as a Board member and Club President for the Eastvale Kiwanis Club for over 7 years. Tessari helped champion the Roadway Adoption Program, along with several other charitable events in our City.
“We wanted to take a moment to thank Joe for all that he has done for our community,” stated the City. “Best of luck to Joe and Lanee on their move to Texas. We’ll miss you!”
Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding businesses closing, sports activities opening, and new testing available in the City of Eastvale.
First, it was announced that COVID-19 Testing is available at Silverlakes Sports Complex with a 60 minute result option for a $150 fee. To book an appointment, text “Lifeline” to 96000. Or for more information, please visit wearelifelinehealth.com or call 424.220.6560.
In August, it was announced that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a program that will recruit youngsters to help support the community response to the deadly pandemic. $2 Million was approved to launch this Youth Community Corps. For the full news release, please visit: https://bit.ly/39YKm1u
On Aug. 4, it was announced that organized youth sports activities, sports conditioning, and practices may resume at local parks with JCSD Parks and Recreation Department Field allocation permits. JCSD is working with local sports groups to coordinate field use. For additional information, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov.
On July 28, the City announced that an antibody study shows coronavirus spread wider in Riverside County. “Results of a COVID-19 antibody testing study indicate the virus may have infected more than 100,000 Riverside County residents,” stated the City. “This finding underscores the need to wear face coverings as people may have the virus without any symptoms, then easily spread it to others when not wearing a mask or keeping six feet of distance.” For the full news release, please visit: https://bit.ly/337Zg43
On July 28, Riverside County health officials reminded residents to call 9-1-1 when they have urgent health needs. Officials are reminding residents to seek emergency care when they have potentially serious symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath or signs of a stroke, and not wait to call 9-1-1 out of fear of catching coronavirus.
On July 19, the City temporarily suspended the enforcement of street sweeping violations effective Monday, July 20. “This is designed to help our residents and our City get through this unique time together as more people will be at home during the next few weeks,” according to the City.
Please note that the City will continue to enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard. “We ask that you do your part and park responsibly, be courteous to others and be mindful of public safety. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” stated the City.
On July 17, Superintendent Dr. Lin of Corona Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) sent out an update regarding the physical return of students for the 2020-21 school year.
“Out of an abundance of caution, CNUSD will be delaying the physical return of all students for the 2020-21 school year due to the recent elevated health risk conditions of COVID–19 in Riverside County.” The notice continued, “This plan of action has not been reached lightly. All possible options for opening our schools in a safe manner have been thoroughly considered. The only safe option at this time is a temporary full remote learning option. It is our intent to move to a physical return when it is safe to do so.”
On July 13, all Counties were announced to close indoor operations per State Executive Order, including: restaurants, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertaining centers, museums and zoos, and cardrooms. In addition, 30 counties will now be required to close indoor operations for: Fitness Centers, Places of Worship, Offices for Non-Critical Sectors, Personal Care Services, Hair Salons and Barbershops, and Malls.
If a restaurant in Eastvale is interested in providing outdoor dining, then the restaurant can obtain a temporary use permit by clicking here: https://bit.ly/39ZXGCT For questions and information please contact our Planning Department at 951.703.4460 or by email email@example.com.
Eastvale – In 2019, the City of Eastvale installed Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) systems at the entry and exit points of the City, and on law enforcement vehicles servicing the community. These installations were achieved as part of the City’s commitment to enhance public safety and to assist the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with identifying reported vehicles and finding stolen cars and license plates. The City of Eastvale is pleased to report the effectiveness and success of these ALPR systems since inception.
“Since they’ve been installed, the Automated License Plate Reader camera systems have proven to be a vital tool used daily by our Riverside County Sheriff’s Department” Mayor Brandon Plott said. “This technology is an effective investigative resource that has contributed to the recovery of numerous stolen vehicles.”
ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed. The ALPR systems are separated into two categories: fixed ALPR and mobile ALPR. The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems that have scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts. The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts. These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle. The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests.
The ALPR systems installed throughout the City of Eastvale are provided by Vigilant Solutions. Riverside County Sheriff’s personnel that have acquired these systems are required to follow appropriate protocols and practices to ensure compiled data is observed and used with integrity, community confidence, and compliance. The use of ALPR systems and information is restricted to official and legitimate law enforcement purposes only.
About the City of Eastvale
The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010 as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council. The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square-miles in western Riverside County. Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values.
By K.P. Sander
Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.
Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology. Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!
Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it? Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall. Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks. You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.
Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around? Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced. With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.
Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”
Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing. One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”
The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs. Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.
Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison). You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch-101350886592418/
Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Courtesy: Planes of Fame Air Museum
Chino – After nearly a decade of wheeling and dealing to collect his first ten aircraft, Ed Maloney opened the Museum on January 12, 1957.
The site was a former lumber yard in Claremont, California. The sign out front read simply, “The Air Museum.” There was no need to be more specific. At the time, no other air museums existed west of the Mississippi River.
Ed continued to grow the Museum, acquiring new aircraft, aviation artifacts, and memorabilia. By 1962, the Claremont facility had run out of space. At this same time, a new idea began to take shape – why not restore some aircraft to flight? To achieve this would require an airport-based location.
In June 1963, the Air Museum relocated to Ontario Airport in Ontario, California. Occupying two hangars, the Museum now had a home large enough to display the collection and room to conduct restoration work.
A few years later, in 1970, a unique opportunity surfaced. The non-flying, static aircraft moved to Buena Park, California to become part of the “Movie World: Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame Museum.” Housed in two large buildings on Orangethorpe Avenue, the Southern California attraction remained open until 1973.
With the closure of Movie World, the next chapter in the Museum’s history saw yet another relocation. The Chino Airport, located on the border of the cities of Chino and Ontario, California, was an ideal location for the display of the ever-expanding collection, provided room for the important restoration work, and offered plenty of airspace for flying demonstrations.
Another significant change occurred with the opening in 1974 of the Chino facility. The Museum was given a new name. Combining the current “The Air Museum” with the “Planes of Fame” moniker, the Museum hereafter would be known as the “Planes of Fame Air Museum.”
Over the next forty-plus years, the Museum would continue to flourish. New additions to the collection continued. Restoration work put several rare and unique aircraft back into the sky, including the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, the Boeing P-26 Peashooter, and the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. The annual Airshow commenced, thrilling the public with the sights and sounds of bygone eras. Film and television work, and several air racing victories by staff and volunteers brought added notoriety to the Museum.
Chino remains the base of operations for the Museum. Seven hangars house the collection with several additional buildings including the Aviation Discovery Center, the Research Library, the Model Room, and a small theater. Altogether, including structures and outside tarmac displays, the Chino location comprises a 14-acre campus. The collection now numbers close to 160 aircraft, and nearly a quarter of these fly regularly.
With our mission to guide us, and Ed’s vision to lead the way, the Museum flies on into a very bright future.
Planes of Fame Air Museum is located at 14998 Cal Aero Dr, Chino, CA 91710-9056 and can be reached at (909) 597-3722. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit planesoffame.org for more information and history.
Eastvale – Even amongst a pandemic, Eastvale continues to grow. Below is a recap of recent updates and new additions that have joined Eastvale.
On July 3, the City of Eastvale announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court. Fire Wings will be located on the corner of Limonite and Hamner, where Pick Up Sticks used to be located. Fire Wings will offer over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and a variety of sides. The Grand Opening date has not been announced yet.
On June 30, the city announced the success of the Automated License Plate Read (ALPR) systems that were installed last year. “ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed,” stated the City.
The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems (located on entry and exit points of the city) that have “scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts. The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts. These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle. The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests,” stated the City.
On June 24 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new CalFire Battalion Chief, Josh Janssen. “Chief Janssen served as the Riverside Training & Safety Chief in 2015, where he was responsible for overseeing the Unit’s Training & Safety Programs,” according to the City. “In 2017 he transferred to the BDU Training Chief position where he served for two years. He then transferred to the City of Highland Battalion Chief position for the remainder of his service before joining our community.”
On June 16 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new Police Chief, Lieutenant Marc Boydd and our new Accounting Manager, Luis Hernandez.
On June 11, the City of Eastvale shared that the City will be updating their City’s General Plan. This plan “articulates the community vision and strategy through a series of eight required ‘elements’ or chapters which include: Land use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, Environmental Justice, and Safety,” according to the City. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov to see the Eastvale 2040 “shorts” that discuss these elements.
Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding face masks, businesses reopening, and new testing sites available in the City of Eastvale.
On July 2, Eastvale announced that appointments for COVID-19 testing are now available online. Health officials continue to encourage residents (those with and without symptoms) to get screened for the virus. The online scheduling will make it easier to make an appointment. To make an appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing. Residents can also call 800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter between 5 and 10 p.m. As of July 2, the county reported 679 new cases and two new deaths from the virus.
Also on July 2, the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) provided an update to CNUSD families regarding reopening of schools. CNUSD families were encouraged to check their emails to see an update from Superintendent Dr. Lin, or visit their website at www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/2021 to download their 2020-2021 School Opening & Safety Plan. They also announced that all parents must complete Instructional Program Registration by July 14th in Parent Connect.
On July 1, California announced the closures of indoor operations, which included Riverside County. The indoor operations included: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars. For more information, please visit covid19.ca.gov.
Also effective July 1, the City resumed normal street sweeping enforcement in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please visit: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO
On June 29, Stratham Homes generously donated 2,500 masks to the City of Eastvale. These masks will be utilized for the City’s essential workers and residents who need a mask at the front counter at City Hall.
Also on June 29, the Riverside University Health System confirmed that recreational team sports, including youth sports, are still not permitted in Riverside County. It was clarified that the fitness guidance used for gyms and other fitness facilities is not for use for team sports activities.
On June 18, the Governor issued an executive order that Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces – particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.
On June 17, Riverside County announced that the following businesses were able to reopen Friday, June 19, as part of accelerated Stage 2: Nail services, facial and esthetician services, shaving, waxing and threading services, massage therapy services, body art, tattoo and piercing services, weddings (receptions excluded), and libraries. Among the business that are not allowed at this stage include youth sports, team sports, and wedding receptions.
On June 16, CVS Health opened a FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Eastvale, located at 14220 Schleisman Road. For more information, or to make an appointment please visit www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
By Michael Armijo
Eastvale – A homeless encampment has developed in Eastvale on the southwest side of Limonite and the 15 freeway on ramp, and residents are wondering who’s responsible for the area.
“The jurisdiction of the camp falls under Caltrans,” said Marc Donohue, Communications Director at the city of Eastvale. “Caltrans would be the ones to clear the area,” he added.
The question remains bleak for Eastvale residents who have complained about the encampment. “It’s unlikely that this would happen under the Governors current order of a moratorium with regards to moving homeless,” Donohue added. Caltrans seems to agree, but Caltrans cites COVID-19 as their reason.
Upon contacting Caltrans they agreed, the encampment falls into their jurisdiction.
“Caltrans takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously and is monitoring and following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, CalHR and others,” said Chris Clark, Media Relations Manager for Caltrans Sacramento Headquarters.
Clark cites the concerns over COVID-19 spreading among the homeless population as the reason they won’t clear the area in Eastvale.
“Caltrans has temporarily suspended encampment cleanups unless there is an immediate safety concern,” Clark said. “But will continue to work with local partners to move individuals into safer situations as available.”
“How safe is a freeway on-ramp?” said Eastvale resident Rudy Delgado. “This is a huge safety concern for the homeless and for the residents.”
“They’ve been wandering into our neighborhood (68th and the 15), we saw a homeless man nearly incoherent and what I felt was hostile, and have been seen by the soccer fields,” said Cynthia R., via Facebook. “If he’s going to his campsite via our neighborhood it isn’t safe for our kids.”
The only way this encampment could be cleared is unless “there is an immediate safety concern,” according to Caltrans. The question remains if it is or not, or will it grow into a huge concern.
To voice concerns, you can contact Caltrans’ Media Relations Manager in Sacramento, Chris Clark (who we were referred to when contacting the local level). He can be emailed at Christopher.Clark@dot.ca.gov. His direct line is 916.416.8615. You can copy your email to Terri.Kasinga@dot.ca.gov to ensure the local level has a copy of your correspondence. Please watch verbosity, language, and remember that pictures are worth a thousand words.
Eastvale – Businesses are starting to reopen in Eastvale now that we are in the next phase. Below is an update with everything has opened or will reopen.
Starting June 12, California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms and professional sports with modifications to begin reopening.
The City of Eastvale reopened its doors to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020. City Hall will be available for walk-ins from Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., and available by appointment only, after 12 p.m. Passport services will be available by appointment only, and will be limited to two appointments per day. The City stated they will be “practicing social distancing and will limit the lobby to five guests at a time. Overflow will be asked to wait outside, and will be notified when space becomes available.” While face masks are optional, the City will have them available as needed.
JCSD Parks and Recreation Department opened the Splash Pads on Saturday, May 30. The hours of operation will be from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. (Monday-Sunday) until September 30. Signage will be posted at the splash pads reminding the community of social distancing requirements. As of May 16, restrooms were opened at local parks.
On May 26, it was announced that hair salons and barbershops will be reopening. Statewide, retailers and places of worship can reopen with modifications.
As of May 8, the following businesses opened: clothing stores, florists, bookstores, sporting goods stores, manufacturing, and warehouses. In addition, limited services which do not generally require close customer contact have opened, such as: Pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning, and plumbing.
Specifically, the following businesses have opened: AAA, Applebee’s, AT&T, Bank of America, Buffalo Wild Wings, CHASE Bank, CPR Cell Phone Repair, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eastbrew Café, Fantastic Sam’s, Fashion Q, Gateway Dental Group, Gateway Medspa, Limonite Dental Group, Lucky Kitchen Thai, Mountain View Tire, On the Border, Petsmart, Pho Viet, Staples, Sunrise Optometry, Target, The Joint, Tillys, Tio’s Mexican, Tutor Time. For the most up-to-date information regarding businesses opening, please visit covid19.ca.gov.
In addition, the City announced they will resume normal street sweeping enforcement on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please click here: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO
Lastly, on May 15, Mayor Plott provided a comprehensive update to the Eastvale community. The City of Eastvale provided the following information: “Eastvale City Council adopted a resolution at their May 13th meeting, calling on the Governor and State Legislature to set a realistic timetable for the re-opening of the economy. A copy of that resolution can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TaCR07
The City Council also formed the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Ad-Hoc Committee, made up of Councilmember Rigby and Councilmember Tessari. This committee will work with local businesses and developers to help businesses re-open and enhance the local economy in Eastvale.
Referenced in the video is the Riverside County Readiness & Reopening Framework. Here is the link to that document: https://bit.ly/3dJ159E
Information about the re-opening of the economy at the State level can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/
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Eastvale – In Eastvale, Black Lives Matter. In fact, all lives regardless of nationality, profession, politics, abilities, gender, religion, class, color, and culture matter in Eastvale. We look past labels to one’s heart. Our heart and actions define our character.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the one below certainly qualifies. The photo of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Deanna Myers embracing a young Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) student Elysia during the George Floyd protest tells the story of loving past labels.
The two met years before at ERHS where Deputy Myers served as a school resource officer and Elysia was a student. Upon seeing Elysia for the first time at school one day Deputy Myers greeted her with a hearty “Hi”. However, Elysia’s interaction with law enforcement before meeting Deputy Myers was guarded because of historical context of racism, social norms and labels.
It was that historical context that caused Elysia to respond, “I hate cops, why are you different?” This question sparked a female role model mentoring relationship that changed both of their lives. Their relationship grew over the years and they kept in touch over social media as time passed. Fast forward to Sunday, June 1, 2020 they found themselves on perceived opposite sides of a line drawn in response to a violent death. The picture is poignant because given the circumstances the rules forbid crossing the line. When Elysia caught sight of Deputy Myers, she bravely approached her and stood awaiting the embrace she had grown accustomed to receiving. Despite the reality of being on duty, armed to protect the constitutional right of those protesting and to keep the peace, Myers enlisted I another Deputy to replace her on the line and found her way to lovingly embrace Elysia. Once again, Myers looked past skin color to the heart of Elysia and Elysia looked past the badge to the heart of Myers. Their embrace is a sign of hope and peace.
Deputy Myers has seen her fair share of heartbreak and has had to triumph over obstacles in her life, which forced her to grow up quickly. She is a first generation immigrant, the first to go to college in her family, and she overcame discrimination as a woman in a male dominated law enforcement profession where she had to earn the trust and respect of her fellow peers as it wasn’t always freely given. She also endured the pain of her grandmother being abducted and murdered, the loss of her father and had to care for her ailing mother shortly after that, along with raising her teenage sibling.
Deputy Myers, because of losing her grandmother too early and in a violent way, could have chosen to be a victim or villain and instead chose to be a victor and take steps and actions to make a difference in her community. She chose to create a legacy that reflects the woman her grandmother and parents would have wanted her to become. Myer’s chose to make a difference and join the law enforcement profession. After creating a bond with Elysia and breaking down that barrier by serving as a female role model, Elysia wants to emulate her mentor and serve in the law enforcement profession.
Now with RSO for almost 13 years, Deputy Myers has a message of hope for our community for which will hopefully help change the language, conversation and culture.
“We need to advocate for the right voices to be heard. I take pride in being different and pushing out a positive message. Everyone is a blessing and there is good in everyone. Everyone has an opportunity to create their legacy.” – Deputy Myers
As a nation and as a community, we need to both respect the badge and hold the person wearing the badge accountable. After all, we are all people, regardless of the badge and color of our skin. We must learn to look past the label and see the heart. This will allow us to transcend the divide and breakdown barriers through seeking to understand each other’s unique differences and stories.
Photo was taken by Marc Danelian. This post was written after interview Deputy Myers. Next week, we’ll be sharing a perspective from an interview with Elysia.
Eastvale – When the area of “Eastvale” first wanted to gain local control and map out what their destiny was, they began the “incorporation process.” Now with the many changes and growth in our area with over 60,000 residents, should the City of Eastvale consider developing their own school district as 15,000 of these residents are currently students? The idea of Eastvale becoming its own school district is one worthy of further investigation on the ramifications and the actual process.
So let’s examine the facts: The Corona-Norco School District (CNUSD) currently consists of thirty-one elementary schools, eight intermediate/middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, a middle college high school and three alternative schools. With the district serving over 53,000 students in the communities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale, CNUSD is the largest school district in Riverside County. Of the over 53,000 students in the district, 15,000 of them are Eastvale students.
Eastvale residents already pay a large amount of property taxes, special assessment taxes, a bond tax (Measure U), and also are asked to pay an additional $299m bond, on top of the $250 million general obligation Measure U Bond passed by voters in 2006.
“It was a huge process (to incorporate the city), but I believe it was worth the hundreds of hours of work,” said former Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre, who helped spearhead the process of the team who brought the decision to a vote. “It was tons of work, but now we have local control. We are right where we wanted to be as a community.”
Many smaller school districts have broken away from larger school districts for reasons from lack of accountability to simply a desire to run their own system. Walnut Valley Unified School District has a student population of 15,500 and became their own school district in the 1970’s when the area was in its infancy. Duarte Unified School District is a small district that serves about 4,700 students from the areas of Duarte, Bradbury, and the Maxwell Park area. Baldwin Park Unified has over 15,000 students and broke away from Covina Unified before the 1950’s. All of these school districts were part of larger areas that became smaller school districts and grew.
“We would support such a move if it benefitted our community,” said a group of parents at Clara Barton Elementary. “Especially if we have to pay for another bond. Our last bond, Measure U, we pay taxes on but only received 17% of that money.” Another parent felt they didn’t have enough control of the district and felt it’s because it’s too large. They all requested to remain anonymous because they’ve never researched the idea. “I never realized it was possible,” she said.
If Eastvale were to explore the possibility of separating from CNUSD and becoming its own individual school district, the California Department of Education requires a certain process to be followed. According to the California Department of Education District Organization Handbook- July 2010, this type of reorganization would seek to form one new school district of the same kind from parts of one existing school district of that same kind.
This type of reorganization is more commonly referred to as Unification. Although the exact method of Unification is based on a variety of factors, the first step in this process is a petition. This petition would then be presented to the County Superintendent of Schools and he/she would have 30 days to determine the legal sufficiency of the petition. If the petition is found to be legally sufficient, it is then sent to the County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board. A public hearing would then need to be held within 60 days to advise the public of the petition. After the hearing is held and within 120 days, the petition would need to be reviewed to see if it meets Section 35753 of the Educational Code.
These conditions are as follows: (a) The reorganized districts will be adequate in terms of number of pupils enrolled. (b) The districts are each organized on the basis of a substantial community identity. (c) The proposal will result in an equitable division of property and facilities of the original district or districts. (d) The reorganization of the districts will preserve each affected district’s ability to educate students in an integrated environment and will not promote racial or ethnic discrimination or segregation. (e) Any increase in costs to the state as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (f) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound education performance and will not significantly disrupt the educational programs in the districts affected by the proposed reorganization. (g) Any increase in school facilities costs as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (h) The proposed reorganization is primarily designed for purposes other than to significantly increase property values. (i) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound fiscal management and not cause a substantial negative effect on the fiscal status of the proposed district or any existing district affected by the proposed reorganization. (j) Any other criteria as the board may, by regulation, prescribe.
To maintain neutrality, the County Office of Education would most likely hire an independent consultant trained in evaluating this type of criteria. If the independent consultant does find the petition to be in compliance with EC35753, it is then passed on to the State Board of Education and they will determine if it is approved or sent to an election within the area affected. In most cases, this becomes a major obstacle, as a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would need to be done, which can be expensive.
According to a source from the Department of Education, this is where most of these petitions “die”, mainly due to the large expense of the CEQA. This step often takes a few years due to the state pipeline and the Environmental Impact Study. If the petition makes it through all of these steps and wins in an election of the area affected by the Unification, then a new school district would be formed.
While there are many pros and cons to becoming our own school district, any action to do so would most likely come at a large expense, be extremely controversial as well as political, and would need to be thoroughly researched to truly understand the greater impact on the students and the communities involved.
“It took us 3.5 years to get the city incorporation to the ballot,” the former councilman said. “It’s definitely worth looking into, but a tough road because CNUSD is highly regarded within the state.”
(Michael Armijo contributed to this story.)
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