Norco – On April 22, a small plane crashed into a Norco prison,
killing the plane’s pilot. The pilot was
identified as Dave Vopat, 51, of Chino.
Vopat was flying a rare and historic Northrop N-9M Flying
Wing that was registered to the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino. The plane was built by Northrop in 1944. Local reports state that the pilot was flying
the plane to prepare for an upcoming air show at the museum.
On that Monday afternoon, multiple witnesses reported
observing the airplane “flying on a northeastern heading at a low altitude,”
according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The plane then performed a “barrel roll” and
“wobbled [from] side to side,” before the airplane’s canopy separated. At around 12:10 p.m., the airplane entered a
steep right turn, and crashed into the outpatient-housing yard of the California
Rehabilitation Center, which is located in the 1900 block of 4th
The debris spread over 474 ft. in length and 200 ft.
wide. There were no reports of
structural damage; sheriff officials stated that the area of the crash was
currently under construction. A report
indicated that one inmate suffered from scratches, but there were no additional
reports of serious injuries to the prison’s inmates or staff.
NTSB also reported that the flight originated from Chino
Airport, at around 12:02 p.m. In
addition, “visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was
filed for the personal flight,” stated NTSB.
The remaining parts of the airplane were recovered to another location
for further examination and this incident is still under investigation.
Eastvale – The City of Eastvale officially announced that
Sprouts Farmers Market will be coming to Eastvale! The grocery store is expected to open in summer
2020, according to the City. The new Sprouts
will be located at the future Merge Retail Center on the northeast corner of
Archibald Avenue and Limonite Avenue. The
store will bring approximately 140 career opportunities to the Eastvale
Many community members expressed their
excitement of being able to shop locally for healthy items. When the City of Eastvale announced the
opening on their Facebook page, thousands of community members liked the post
and hundreds commented on the page. The
post was also shared 253 times in an effort to spread the news to family and
Mayor Todd Rigby was also pleased to
announce the opening of Sprouts and discussed how the store will benefit the
Eastvale community. “With Sprouts coming to
the northwest portion of our city, this will help to provide a grocery store to
our residents in that area of town,” said Rigby. “We look forward to adding Sprouts to the
successful businesses we have here in Eastvale. This addition will give our
residents another healthy and economical shopping choice.”
Sprouts Farmers Market is a grocery
store with fresh, natural, and organic products at affordable prices. As one of the fastest growing retailers in
the country, Sprouts offers bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, bakery, and so
much more. Be sure to check out their
Butcher Shop, Fish Market, and Market Corner Deli for high-quality meat, seafood,
and freshly prepared entrees and sides.
The Eastvale Sprouts will not be the
only business in the Merge Retail Center.
Starbucks was recently announced to join Sprouts in the same
center. In addition, a Walmart
Superstore will be located across the street at the southeast corner of the
same intersection. The City announced
that Walmart is expected to open in 2022.
Also, Archibald Avenue plans to be widened as part of The Merge project.
The Merge is a 26-acre retail and light industrial center that
will include seven industrial business park buildings, a plaza with a stage,
and other unique features that are expected to benefit the Eastvale community
of 73,700 residents. The center is a 336,000
and a 70,000 sq. retail center, anchored by Sprouts Farmers Market.
“The Merge project is a
true collaboration between the City of Eastvale and Orbis to deliver the best
product possible,” said Managing Partner from Orbis Real Estate Partners,
Grant Ross. “This development will be where business and community come
Corona – Congratulations to all the CNUSD students who won
various awards in April. Students from
different schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District were honored at
several recent events.
Five Centennial High School (CeHS) students placed 2nd
and 3rd at the 2019 Inaugural Riverside County Programming Competition. This competition introduced students to the world of
coding and featured 129 students from nine Riverside County school districts.
Participants had the opportunity to compete individually or as a team of two to
The second place winners for the Team
Competition included the following: Anthony Villegas, Dararith Sao, William
Chen, and Vincent Alexander. The third
place winner for the Individual Competition was Noe Martinez.
Other CeHS students received the Aspirations in Computing Award
from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award
applicants represent “young women highly qualified to enter the computing and
information technology workforce,” according to a CNUSD news release.
The winners included the following: Chloe
Santos, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Honorable Mention; Jasmine
Bae, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Honorable Mention; Madison
Hill, 2019 California Inland Empire Affiliate Winner; and Monica Sanchez, 2019
California Inland Empire Affiliate Rising Star.
CeHS Teacher, Brian Kenney, commented on how
important these awards are. “The mission
is to increase diversity in Computer Science and Gaming by encouraging young
women into these high demand job fields.
These young ladies and NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award winners are
part of that diversity change,” said Kenney.
“With all of this talent, it is also the intent of Centennial High
School to keep highly qualified students in Corona by producing career-ready
individuals, and to bring more of these jobs to our area,” added Kenney.
Lastly, from April 2-3, twenty-four CNUSD students earned
gold medals at the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair. “Nineteen Junior & Senior division
students advanced to the California State Science Fair and a 9th-grade student
is headed to the Intel International Science Fair,” according to CNUSD.
Nearly 500 students from 36 affiliate fairs competed at the Riverside
Convention Center. Among the awards were community organization
awards, in addition to Gold and Silver medals. “Gold medal winners
from the Junior and Senior divisions will advance to the California State
Science and Engineering Fair on April 29-30 at the California Science Center in
Los Angeles,” stated CNUSD. Congratulations to the sixty-nine CNUSD
students who participated and brought home 24 Gold medals, 42 Silver medals,
and 13 community and regional awards.
The winners are listed below.
Among the winners was Amanda Mata, of Orange
Elementary School, who won the Elementary Sweepstakes Award – Best Overall
Project in Grades 4-5. The Project she
created was a Rigatoni Pasta Rocket Engine. Another winner was Dimple Garuadapuri, of eSTEM Academy at Roosevelt High
School. Dimple earned one of three spots
in the county to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering
Fair (ISEF). The Project that was
created was a Na/Ca/K Pollution Scrub: A Domestic Approach to Chemical
and Regional Awards include the following:
American Meteorological Society: Dimple
Garuadapuri, Eastvale STEM Academy at ERHS
American Psychological Association: Sandra
Rodriguez, Centennial High School
California Society for Biomedical Research: Kenny
Nguyen, of Eastvale STEM Academy at ERHS, received a plaque and $250 monetary
Chemistry and Air Pollution Research Center at
University of California Riverside: Kayla Cunningham, of
Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS, received a trophy and a $50 gift card
HDR, Inc.: Gavin Joyce, of Corona
High School, received a certificate and a book
Inland Empire Professional Engineers in California
Government: Gavin Joyce, of Corona High School, won $1,000
Intel Excellence in Computer Science: Jiahan
(Peter) Cheng, Thomas Rife, and August Wetterau, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS
Mojave Environmental Education Consortium: Dimple
Garuadapuri, of Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS, won a $50 gift card, and
received a certificate and ribbon
Mu Alpha Theta: Malika Nindra and
Avantika Rozario, Centennial High School
NASA Earth System Science Award: Dimple
Garuadapuri, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS
Naval Science Award: Andre Huerto, Eastvale
STEM Academy of ERHS
Science and Technology Education Partnership (STEP): Amanda
Mata, of Orange Elementary School, won $50
Stockholm Jr Water Prize: Nicolas
Almeida, Alexander Nguyen, and Nicholas Tan, Eastvale STEM Academy of ERHS
MEDAL WINNERS (all Gold medal students in grades 6-12 advance to State):
Barton Elementary: Anneliese Brasher, James Glenny, and Zachary Brasher
Gardens Academy: Hope Howard
Elementary: Thomas Sherrill
Elementary: Amanda Mata
Valley Elementary: Carter Gilliatt and Nicholas Gomez
Intermediate: Aisha Randhawa, Nala Stewart, Sarah Stutsman
Intermediate: David Ouk and Suraj Jayaraman
High: Spencer Krock
at Roosevelt High: August Wetterau, Dimple Garuadapuri, Jiahan Cheng, Kenney
Nguyen, Thomas Rife, Faith Inverary, Kayla Cunningham, Lana Lim, Wenxuan Tang, and
Barton Elementary: Aiden Stinson and Andrew Glenny
Ranch Elementary: Gavin Cypher
Elementary: Joel Licera
Elementary: Jake Felton
Elementary: Hailey Hild
View Elementary: Jackson Rhodes, Kyla Ishii, and Spencer Tran
Fundamental Intermediate: Ethan Alferez, Sophia Pham, Aidan Bunch, Anisha Prasad,
Derek Hsieh, Lucas
Dyal, and Ryan Friedman
Chino- Metz Air Control has been in business since 1977 and is located in Chino. The family owned, once small company, has expanded to 16 employees. Jon and Bryan Metz are brothers who own the business together. They are dedicated and determined to uphold the values their father taught them about business and life. They pride themselves on offering honest and dependable service at a competitive price.
Metz Air Control is well
known in the community and they believe their positive ratings are attributed
to the relationships they build with their customers. They are a member of the Chino and Eastvale
Chamber of Commerce and support local charities and sports teams. Metz Air
Control is currently expanding their services as the surrounding communities
continue to grow in housing and development.
They currently serve San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles
Metz Air Control has been a Trane Comfort Specialist since 1999; not every dealer qualifies as a Trane Comfort
Specialist. Dealers need to meet Trane’s stringent standards and demonstrate a
commitment to customer satisfaction and continuing education. Homeowners can trust a TCS dealer will deliver a
quality installation and superior customer experience.
Every year, Metz Air
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customer reviews. The communities of
Chino & Chino Hills have voted Metz Air Control the People’s Choice Award
for the “Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company” for the past 4 consecutive
years. Metz Air Control is an A+ rated
member of the Better Business Bureau, 5-star YELP Company, has a 5-star
Facebook rating and 5-star Google rating.
The office staff has been
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call, need maintenance or just need information, they will make sure you are pleased
with your overall experience.
When it comes to
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exceptional experience for their customers.
From a simple condenser change to a custom home with several systems,
zoning and custom grills, Metz Air Control will provide you with a top-quality
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information about this program.
Seasonal specials include
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to fit your individual needs. They are
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offered through Renovate America.
Metz Air Control is
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make sure they meet these same standards.
Metz Air Control is proud
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compliment a customer can give them.
Eastvale – On March 25, the Eastvale community came together to search for a missing boy. When 12-year-old Javier was reported missing by his family, the Eastvale Police Department and the City of Eastvale asked the community for help in locating Javier. The City of Eastvale posted the missing child’s picture on their Facebook page and indicated that the boy was last seen at 2:23 p.m. at Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School. Friends of the family said that Javier didn’t show up to his usual pick-up spot in front of the school. Comments on the Facebook post indicated that the boy had special needs as well.
Friends of the family were searching the area for the boy
and an Eastvale Police helicopter announced his description from above. However, several community members felt they
couldn’t sit back and wait; they wanted to join in on the search. Strangers from all over the city got in their
cars with their families and searched the neighborhoods for the boy. It was amazing to see how many community
members came together to look for a child they didn’t even know.
By 7:40 p.m., it was confirmed that the boy was found unharmed
in the city of Chino and was safely returned to his family. It was not reported how the boy ended up in
Chino or why he left the school. However,
the family and the community were just thankful he was home safe.
The City of Eastvale posted an update to their Facebook page
and thanked everyone who spread the word. “The Eastvale Police Department would
like to thank the community for their assistance in helping locate Javier,”
said the post.
Adult, General Admission tickets for ages 12 & up are $25. Children ages 11 & under are free & must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets cam be purchased online or at the gate. The airport and museum are located at 14998 Cal Aero Dr. in Chino. You can contact them at 909-597-3722.
Chino – Look to the skies on the weekend of May 4 and 5 as the exciting Planes of Fame soar at the Chino Airport.Mooney International Corporation. This year’s air show commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day will be featuring over 50 historic aircraft including the P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment.
Performers include U.S.A.F. F-16 Viper Demo and Heritage
Flight, WWII Airborne Demo Team Paratroopers, World’s fastest piston engine
aircraft P-51 Mustang Voodoo, N9MB Flying Wing Demo; Pacific, European, Korean
& Vietnam Flight Displays, Gregory ‘Wired’ Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Eric
Tucker Piper Cub demo and Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear.
These incredible planes are exciting to behold. Exclusive
access to their many charms is available through a special photographer’s
Sunrise Photo Access pass so you can capture their beauty before the gates
In addition to many other fantastic airplanes performing,
there will be a panel discussion with some of their honored Veterans. Follow
their Planes of Fame Air show Facebook page and check out their website to receive
up to the minute news on Performers and attending Aircraft and Veterans!
The gates will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday,
May 4 & 5 2019, with the flying show running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Static
displays and vendors will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special
merchandise and delicious food and beverages offerings available.
Adult General Admission tickets for ages 12 and above are $25. Children ages 11 and under are free, and must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. Sunrise Photo Access limited passes are $90 (available online). There are also special reserved bleacher seats available. For more information on this event, visit their website at www.planesoffame.org.
The airport and museum are located at 14998 Cal Aero Drive in Chino and you can contact Planes of Fame at (909)
– The City of Eastvale has been recently discussing the possibility of creating
Eastvale’s own Police Department, due to the rising expense of the Riverside
County Sheriff’s Department (RSO) contract.
The City stated that creating an Eastvale Police Department could save
millions per year, improve response times, and increase the number of officers
on patrol. In addition, the Council also
discussed the possibility of placing a 1% local sales tax on a future
“With Budget Season upon us, the City Council is given the task of evaluating revenues and expenditures; making sure our residents are provided the services they desire, at a reasonable cost,” said Mayor Todd Rigby in a news release. “One of those services, which we hold in the highest priority in, is our law enforcement services. Our city staff shared with the Council what it could look like to establish our own police department, along with increasing patrol hours.”
budgets 100 patrol hours of service per day, but are only receiving 90 hours with
the RSO contract because the City doesn’t have control over how and when the
services are provided. Since the City is
only authorized to receive 90 hours per day, Eastvale is about 500 hours short
this year. However, if an Eastvale
Police Department was created and if the 1% sales tax measure was approved, the
City could experience approximately 210 hours of service per day. Without the
1% sales tax increase, the City would experience between 100 to 150 patrol
hours per day.
In addition, City staff
stated that creating a separate Police Department would increase response times
from 7-8 minutes to under 5 minutes.
This response time would apply to Priority 1 calls, such as an immediate
threat to life or property. Also, the
number of sworn officers are expected to increase with a new Police
Department. Eastvale currently budgets
for 32 sworn officers, but the RSO contract only ensures approximately 29
officers. However, this number will
increase to approximately 44 sworn officers in the first year of a new Police
Department, and it could grow to 56-60 officers over a four to five-year period
if Eastvale voters support a 1% sales tax measure.
“The preliminary results show that
creating our own Police Department can save us money, add patrol hours in our
city, improve response times, and retain immediate local control of our law
enforcement services. We would be foolish as a City Council, and it would be a
disservice to our residents, if we did not look further into this option,” said
In a Facebook video announcement on
March 25, Rigby discussed the rising expense of the RSO contract. “Over the last five years, our law enforcement
contract rate has increased by approximately 30%,” said Rigby. The City of Eastvale stated that this
increase is currently outpacing regional index cost of living. “This increase is not sustainable,” added
The current contract with RSO is
$11,825,572, with rising cost predictions, according to the City. The contract with RSO has increased by nearly
75% in the last five years, including patrol hours. In addition, the RSO’s five-year budget
projection is estimated at $74,860,000.
However, a Police Department 5-year projection is $68,310,000, which
would give the City an estimate of $6,550,000 in savings over five years.
Rigby said that the City looked into a feasibility study after they heard that the City of Menifee was experiencing similar issues. When the City of Menifee realized that their contract rate with their Law Enforcement services continued to increase, they decided to conduct a feasibility study then ultimately created their own Police Department. The City of Menifee’s decision prompted the City of Eastvale to do the same. The Eastvale feasibility study was completed for a cost of $10,000 and a peer review was completed for $2,000, which were both approved and authorized by the Eastvale City Manager. A copy of the preliminary draft feasibility study can be viewed at www.eastvaleca.gov under the “What’s New” tab.
The study was presented to the Eastvale
City Council on March 13 at the city’s second budget goal-setting workshop for
the 19/20 fiscal year. This meeting was
public and residents were invited to attend.
At this meeting, the council decided to further evaluate the potential
of an Eastvale Police Department. The
item was discussed again at the Public Safety Commission Meeting on March 26,
where residents were asked to give their input.
“This discussion does
not in any way reflect our satisfaction with the Riverside County Sheriff’s
Department, our RSO Lieutenant that serves as our Police Chief, or the
hard-working women and men who are keeping our city safe every day,” said City
Manager Bryan Jones. “They have helped Eastvale become the 12th Safest City in
California, along with our Neighborhood Watch Program and other strategic
public safety investments,” City Manager Bryan Jones continued. “This is a
matter of fiscal responsibility that our residents are counting on. With the
rising annual contract costs from RSO, it would be irresponsible of us not to
explore this opportunity. There are a lot of factors to consider and we look
forward to engaging the community in this process.”
Also discussed at the
Public Safety Commission Meeting and the City Council meeting was the
possibility of placing a 1% local sales tax on a future ballot. Rigby states that the Police Department and
the local sales tax are “two different items that are not dependent or
contingent on each other.” However, he
says the two items are related in the fact that if Eastvale stays with RSO, the
City’s “revenues will not be sufficient in approximately 2025, so we may need
additional revenue methods.”
If the City were to
consider a local sales tax measure, the generated revenue would stay in
Eastvale and serve the residents and businesses. A City news release stated
that this could generate an additional $9.5 – 10 million in revenue for the
City to enhance services and make strategic investments to grow the City’s revenues
with commercial retail and higher value generating land uses.
“We appreciate the
residents coming out and engaging in these two items,” said Rigby on April 1 regarding
the proposed Police Department and sales tax.
“At last week’s Council meeting, the Council directed staff to continue
to work closely with our residents and to provide workshops where residents can
share their questions, comments, and concerns,” added Rigby. The workshops will be announced via the
City’s website and social media pages.
The discussion will also
continue at the next City Council Meeting and 1st Hearing Budget Adoption,
which will be held on April 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Another City Council Meeting and the 2nd
Hearing Budget & Adoption will be held on May 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Council
Chambers located at 12363 Limonite Avenue Suite 910 Eastvale, CA 91752. More information can be found at www.eastvaleca.gov. To access a PDF of the City’s Frequently
Asked Questions regarding the Police Department, visit https://www.eastvaleca.gov/home/showdocument?id=12529.
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Eastvale– Safety continues to be a top focus for the City of Eastvale and we are prioritizing community safety in an effort to maintain a safe environment for our community to live, work, play, and shop. We are working hard to enhance the safety in our community through collaborative endeavors that include advancements in public safety, investments in technology, and the active participation of residents in the Neighborhood Watch Program.
Additional Motorcycle Officer and Additional Patrol Hours
The Eastvale City Council heard the community’s desire for
increase public safety and in February 2018, they approved an additional
Motorcycle Officer position to enhance the safety of our roadways. Most recently,
we welcomed our second Eastvale Police Department Motorcycle Officer, Deputy
Lionel Murphy, who will be joining our current Motorcycle Officer, Deputy Paul
Lonthair in keeping our streets safe through enforcement. City Council also
approved 10 additional patrol hours, which equates to two additional deputies
and are anticipated to come in the next year.
“We would like to welcome our new Motorcycle Officer, Deputy
Lionel Murphy to the Eastvale Police Department family. I am confident that the
addition of Deputy Murphy will help reduce the number of traffic collisions and
increase the overall safety of the city.”
ALPR (Automated License Plate Reader) Program
We believe advancements in technology is one of the most
crucial parts of public safety. The City of Eastvale is in the process of
implementing an ALPR (Automated License Plate Reader) Program. ALPR cameras
will be installed on patrol vehicles as well as various entry and exit points
to the city. This tool will help our Police Department combat and deter crime,
assist with investigations, and help identify wanted vehicles.
We also believe that increased visibility through lighting
is another important part of safety and are pleased to announce that the City
of Eastvale purchased 4,078 streetlights located within city limits from
Southern California Edison (SCE). Previously, these streetlights were owned by
SCE and maintained by the Jurupa Community Services District. With the
partnership of the Western Riverside Council of Governments, the City of
Eastvale will acquire all eligible streetlights in Eastvale. As part of the
acquisition, the City looks forward to retrofitting each streetlight with Light
Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures; an environmentally friendly alternative to
traditional lighting. LED lights align with the City’s strategic goal to
enhance public safety by using less energy and producing a more natural light
on street surfaces. Acquisition of these street lights will also serve as a
revenue stream for the City of Eastvale while we bring better cell phone and
internet carrier service to the city.
Neighborhood Watch Program
We know that community safety cannot be fully achieved
without the help from our community and Eastvale is the only city in the nation
to have every residential neighborhood engaged in the Neighborhood Watch
Program. In 2017, Mayor Todd Rigby, Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Plott, and community
member, Don Pettinger began the implementation of the Neighborhood Watch
Program in an effort to bring residents together to help combat and deter crime
in their neighborhoods.
Today, all twenty-nine neighborhoods in Eastvale have
Neighborhood Watch Groups established, there is a total of 60 Block Captains
who meet quarterly, and every neighborhood entry and exit have Neighborhood
Watch signs installed. Social media has played a key piece to the Neighborhood
Watch Program and residents have shared valuable information through the
“Eastvale Crime Watch & Reporting” Facebook page. In addition to
communicating through social media, Neighborhood Watch Meetings take place
throughout the year and have approximately sixty-five residents in attendance
“On behalf of the Eastvale Police
Department, I would like to thank the community for their continued support and
for sharing valuable information with us, which has led to the immediate
apprehension of several suspects,” Chief Tim Martin said.
The significant decrease in mail thefts was the first of
many success stories that the Neighborhood Watch Program experienced. With the
increase of communication and residents implementing crime prevention measures
to their homes, the average mail thefts reported per month decreased from
twenty-six in 2017 to six in 2018.
Camera Database Program
One of the other successes the Neighborhood Watch Program
has had is their camera database program which allow residents to input their
surveillance system information in a database for law enforcement access.
Approximately ten different arrests have been made with the help of this
database in place. This program truly shows the amount of pride residents have
for the city they live in and that they are passionate about being a part of
enhancing safety in their community. Residents can share their surveillance
system information to be included in this database by visiting:
Lastly, the safety in our community would not be possible
without the continued proactive efforts made by the Eastvale Police Department.
We recently recognized our local Special Enforcement Team (SET) and the
Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) for an award recently received by the
California Narcotics Officers Association for outstanding Quality of Life
Investigations involving indoor marijuana grow houses. We are incredibly
grateful for the deputies who serve our city every day to keep us safe and
maintain the quality of life in Eastvale.
Aggressive Solicitation Ordinance
To address aggressive solicitation, City Council adopted an
“Aggressive Solicitation” ordinance on May 2018 and also installed “It’s Ok To
Say No To Panhandling” signs throughout the City. We want residents to feel
comfortable enjoying our community and the aggressive solicitation ordinance
seeks to enhance resident safety by prohibiting solicitation in an aggressive
manner. This ordinance allows deputies to respond to incidents of solicitation
that either put the person being asked for money in danger or are done in such
a manner to make an individual feel as if they have no choice but to donate
“As a community, it is important for us to partner together
in achieving a safer city,” Mayor Todd Rigby said. “With the residents
embracing the Neighborhood Watch Program, the City installing new technology,
and the Police Department increasing patrol hours and adding an additional
Motorcycle Officer, we are seeing the results of a safer community. I look
forward to the continued involvement of our community in being committed to
keeping our residents, businesses, and visitors safe in our city.”
“Together, we can send a message that Eastvale has created a
multiprong approach of preventing and solving crime to enhance the quality of
life and safety,” City Manager Bryan Jones said. “I am confident that all of us
in Eastvale will continue to collaboratively invest our time and energy in
resources to elevate community safety. We all deserve the opportunity to thrive
in the place we call home!”
The City of Eastvale would like to remind its residents and
businesses to be vigilant by reporting suspicious and criminal activity as soon
as its seen to the Eastvale Police Department. If you see something, say
something. Maintaining a safe environment is a team effort and we are grateful
for our team that is made up of our Eastvale Police Department, residents,
businesses, and partnering agencies. Together, we are best.
Eastvale– The City of Eastvale was proud to announce that they have been ranked on the Top 50 Safest Cities in California list for 2019, based on a study conducted by SafeWise. Eastvale was ranked 12th among the 482 cities in California.
To identify the fifty safest cities in California, SafeWise
reviews FBI crime report statistics and population data. Their evaluation is
based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder,
rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie between cities, they also
factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and
motor vehicle theft). To be equitable, they also calculated the rate of crimes
per 1,000 people in each city. This made it easier to directly compare the
likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different
populations. Learn more about how SafeWise ranks their Safest Cities reports by
“We are proud to be recognized as the 12th safest city in
California! As the City Council and I met last year, we decided to continue
with having Public Safety as a top priority in our strategic plan,” Mayor Todd
Rigby said. “We have and continue to make significant investments in public
safety to include Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) Cameras, the Street
Light Acquisition, our Neighborhood Watch Program, additional Motorcycle
Officer, and additional patrol hours to name a few. As these investments are
implemented, we hope to continue to rise on that list of safest cities in the
state. We are sending a loud message to criminals and our residents, that
Eastvale will continue to invest in our community to protect and keep our
The City of Eastvale would like to remind its residents and
businesses to be vigilant by reporting suspicious and criminal activity as soon
as it is seen to the Eastvale Police Department. If you see something, say
something. Maintaining a safe environment is a team effort and city is grateful
for their team that is made up of our Eastvale Police Department, residents,
businesses, and partnering agencies. Together, they’re the
Eastvale’s Michele Nissen Named Acting City Manager
By City of Corona
Corona– The Corona City Council agreed to accept the resignation of City Manager Darrell Talbert today. In closed session, the City Council unanimously approved a resignation and release agreement with Mr. Talbert, effective today.
Mr. Talbert is a lifelong Corona resident and has spent
nearly 25 years serving the City of Corona.
His career with Corona began in 1994 where he spent 12 years as a City
Council Member and served 3 times as the Mayor in 1997/98, 2001/02 and
2004/05. Since 2008, Mr. Talbert has
served the City in various capacities as the Deputy Director of Community
Development, Director of Redevelopment, Administrative Services Director,
Assistant City Manager and for the last 4 years as City Manager.
“Mr. Talbert has accomplished too many things during his
career in Corona to adequately summarize them and do him justice, but it goes
without saying that his love of this community will be felt here for decades to
come. He has served the City through
many tough times, and I speak for the entire City Council in stating that we
wish him well and thank him for his dedication and service to our community,
“said Mayor Jason Scott.
Assistant City Manager Michele Nissen will serve as the
Acting City Manager until the City Council has an opportunity to interview and
select an Interim City Manager who will serve the City during a nation-wide
search for a permanent City Manager. We
anticipate that the selection of an Interim City Manager will take several weeks
and the recruitment for a permanent City Manager may take several months.
Again, the City of Corona would like to thank Mr. Talbert
for his many years of service and dedication to Corona and we wish him all the
Chino – Twenty-Eight year old San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin of Chino Hills was killed in an off-duty traffic collision in the early morning of February 17, 2019.
Officers responded to the intersection of Edison and Euclid
Avenues at 12:31 a.m. for a report of a traffic collision. The preliminary
investigation indicates that O’Loughlin was traveling south on Euclid Avenue in
a 2006 Chevy Silverado when he was struck by 26-year-old Yijie Mao of Alhambra
who was traveling west on Edison Avenue in a 2014 BMW compact SUV.
pronounced deceased at the scene. Mao was determined to be under the influence
of alcohol and marijuana. He was booked at the Central Detention Center for
gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury. The road
was closed for approximately nine hours while Traffic Investigators processed
the scene. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Bloch at
(909) 334- 3018 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastvale/Norco– An Eastvale woman and a Norco man were among the victims of a Yorba Linda plane crash that occurred in the 19000 block of Crestknoll drive on Sunday, Feb. 3.
On Superbowl Sunday, Stacie Norene Leber, 48, an Eastvale
resident, and Donald Paul Elliot, 58, a Norco resident, were visiting relatives
Roy Lee Anderson, 85, and his wife, Dahlia Marlies Leber Anderson, 68, at their
Yorba Linda home. Reports state they
were at the home preparing for their annual Superbowl party. However, all four people were killed when a
local plane crashed into the Anderson’s home.
Two additional guests were also injured and taken to the hospital. The plane’s pilot, Antonio Pastini, 75, of
Nevada, was killed in the crash as well.
The incident occurred after a Cessna 414 plane took off from
the Fullerton Municipal Airport at around 1:35 p.m. and flew as high as 7,800
feet, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator. Witnesses reported seeing the plane flying in
one piece about 10 minutes from the airport, stating it emerged from a cloud. However, moments later, the plane started
falling apart in the sky as the tail of the plane came off, with the wings
following. The plane started burning in
mid-air before plunging into the Yorba Linda home at around 1:45 p.m., causing
the home to catch fire. NTSB reported debris
of the crash was scattered among 16 other homes in the neighborhood, where they
found the plane’s engine, exhaust pipe, and propeller. Investigators from the Federal Aviation
Administration and the NTSB helped collect debris from the crash and took all
the aircraft parts to a Phoenix facility for examination.
There were also reports stating that the pilot, Pastini, was
carrying credentials and retirement papers that identified him as a retired
Chicago Police Officer. However, the
Chicago Police Department confirmed Pastini was not an officer with their
department and that the badge found in the wreckage was reported lost in
1978. It is unclear as to why Pastini
was in possession of the badge and credentials.
In addition, local reports reveal that prior to the plane
crash, Pastini’s license was suspended twice by federal regulators for flying
in dangerous conditions and lying about his credentials. LA Times refers to the Library of Congress records
that indicate Pastini lost his license for 4 months after flying in cloudy, icy
conditions and then lying to an air traffic controller about having IFR clearance. Three years later, Pastini’s license was suspended
again due to his plane being behind on inspections, having a brake that was
leaking hydraulic fluid, and carrying expired temporary registration. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told
the LA Times that Pastini also reported two name changes with the agency after
the suspensions. He was first registered
as Jordan Albert Isaacson, then changed his name to Jordan Ike Aaron in 1991, and
again changed his name to Antonio Peter Pastini in 2008.
After the Yorba Linda crash, one of Pastini’s daughters,
Julia Ackley, told local reporters that her father was a retired Chicago Police
Officer, an experienced pilot, and a Nevada restaurant owner. She also confirmed that her father changed his
name years ago to Antonio Pastini but she didn’t state why. She told local news that her father was an
experienced pilot who flew to the Fullerton Airport at least twice a month to
visit her and her daughter. On Feb. 3,
he was leaving the Fullerton Airport to go to his Nevada home after visiting
Ackley in Torrance. She then expressed she
was grieving for and with the victims’ families.
The family of Leber, Elliot, and Anderson issued a joint statement
regarding their loved ones’ passing: “We are devastated by our loss of our
family members who will be greatly missed.
Our family bond is tight and each member lost in this tragedy represents
more than just one role within our family.
We lost parents, grandparents, great-parents, spouses, sisters,
brothers, aunts and uncles. The home
lost was a beacon for so many family and friends where many celebrations were
held. We want to thank our extended
family and friends who have provided amazing support, kindness and
compassion. It takes a village.”
The statement continued in thanking neighbors and
first-responders who put themselves in harm’s way after the crash. The family also thanked various city and
county agencies who provided assistance, local city fire departments, Orange
County Fire Authority, local law enforcement, Trauma Intervention Programs,
Inc., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division, UCI Medical Center,
the National Transportation Safety Board, Yorba Linda personnel, and
City officials in Yorba Linda also planned a vigil at Glenn
Knoll School on Thursday, Feb. 7, where hundreds attended to mourn the lives
lost. A GoFundMe account was setup for
the victims’ families and can be accessed here: www.gofundme.com/f/2sswd-family-forever.
As of now, reports indicate that there is no evidence that
the crash was intentional. However, this
incident is still under investigation and could take as long as one year to
complete. Investigators are looking into
why the plane broke apart, any environmental impacts, and the pilot’s history
and flight experience.
Eastvale– A new In-N-Out and Starbucks have officially opened in Eastvale! Community members have expressed their excitement for the new additions. Social media pages are filled with photos of Eastvale families and friends, as they raved about the two new businesses.
The Starbucks off Cantu Galleano and Hamner Ave.
officially opened their doors on Feb. 7.
Many talked about the quick service they received while getting their
morning coffee. Others loved the
convenience of the location. However,
the celebration will continue on their official Grand Opening and Ribbon
Cutting ceremony on Feb. 28 so don’t forget to mark your calendars.
Even though Starbucks was a hit, the real talk around
town was the new In-N-Out that opened the next day. The Eastvale In-N-Out is located at 4950
Hamner Ave., near Costco and Amazon.
They officially opened on Friday, Feb. 8, but are also expecting to have
a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event as well. Eastvalians from all over town were thrilled
of how quick their drive was to the new In-N-Out and that they no longer have
to visit the Norco location. The new
Eastvale restaurant has 74 seats available in its dining room so stop by and
grab one today!
Chino- The Pine Avenue Widening Project, Chino’s plan to expand Pine Avenue
into six lanes, has hit an obstacle due to the City being unable to reach an
agreement with the owners of the land needed for the expansion. A resolution between the parties has not been
easy, forcing the City to utilize “eminent domain.”
Eminent domain is the
right provided by the Fifth Amendment in the constitution. It refers to the
government’s ability to take private property for public use. However, they
must provide the property owner with “just compensation,” which is determined
by a property appraisal.
Corporation plans to build 600 residential units, but their plan requires the
dedication of certain land to the widening of Pine Avenue. This required land
is part of the H&R Barthelemy Dairy Farm and has been in the Barthelemy
family for over 70 years.
Corporation has been trying to obtain the land since last year but has been
unable to reach an agreement with the family. Because of this, the City has
voted to acquire the land by exercising their right of eminent domain.
“For the public
purposes set forth herein, the City of Chino is authorized to acquire property
through the exercise of eminent domain,” said the Chino City Hall Staff report.
The required easements
for the project include a permanent easement of 110,766 square ft., slope
easements, a drainage easement, a flooding easement, an access easement, and a
temporary construction easement. An easement is the right to use another
person’s land for a specified purpose.
“Pine Avenue needs to
be widened to accommodate existing and future traffic due to development in the
area,” said the Chino City Hall staff report.
The City of Chino
states that the land owned by H&R Barthelemy Farms is necessary in order
for their Pine Avenue Widening Project to move forward. The Project is deemed
to be for the greater good of the public.
“The acquisition of
the Easements is necessary for the Project because without them the Project
cannot be constructed,” according to the staff report.
The Barthelemy family
wishes to have their own appraisal of the property made and to be given a
reasonable amount of time to do so.
“In order to engage in
meaningful negotiation with the City, we wish to have the property
independently appraised,” wrote Dan Barthelemy in a letter to the City.
accordance to California eminent domain laws, the property owner does not have
to accept the City’s offer and they are able to make a counter-offer.
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
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
The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your
needs. Whatever you choose, you will not
Eastvale– Eastvale resident, James Sinnema, started a petition on the website
Change.org to bring residents together who share the same concerns for a
proposed project in their neighborhood.
In November of last
year, the building of a self-storage facility was proposed to the City Council.
The property is located east of Hellman Avenue and north of Walters Street. The
family owned company proposed a zone change of the land to become commercial.
Many residents were
angered by this possible project because it would be located in a residential
area near a school.
“A commercial use will
not fit with the character of the surrounding uses,” said James Sinnema in
their Change.org statement.
The resident does not
believe that this two-story storage building would be visually compatible with
the surrounding area. Sinnema also expressed concerns with the storage facility
leaving land only big enough for a small business to be built.
“As I’ve shared with
Mr. Gossett, it seems if the Council were to grant approval for the storage
facility and it is constructed, then the remainder parcel would only work for a
convenience store such as 7-11,” said Sinnema.
Sinnema and other
residents believe that would increase the crime rate in the area.
“As an employee of a
local Police Department, I can’t begin to tell anyone the type of calls for
service we get from these types of locations. We are only setting up our
neighborhood up for failure. Crime rates will rise (thefts, graffiti,
break-ins) traffic will increase and our home values will go down,” commented Kristen
Over 600 residents
have signed the petition.
The public hearing for
the possible development will take place on Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Corona– On Jan. 9 at about 4:20 p.m., Corona Police responded to a call about a carjacking.
A 2016 Honda Accord
was stolen in the 400 block of River Road while the owner was standing near it.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male and was later identified as Corona
resident Eric Guzman, 20.
Nearly two hours
later, officers located the stolen vehicle in the 200 Block of E. Olive Street.
They tried to stop Mr. Guzman but instead they had to begin a short pursuit.
The pursuit ended in
the 700 Block of N. Main Street after the suspect collided into a tree and then
into two other vehicles. Eric Guzman was then transported to a local hospital
and sustained minor injuries. The two women involved in the crash were also
transported to a local hospital with injuries but they are now in stable
information regarding the carjacking and/or the resulting traffic collision is
encouraged to contact the Corona Police Department,” said the Corona Police
Department in a press release.
If you have any
information about the carjacking, contact Sgt. Shatford at 951-736-2423 or Sgt.
Bryan Snow at 951-739-4885 for information about the collision.
Eastvale homeowners want more than a pretty swimming pool. They want beauty and design elements such as sweeping shapes, lush waterfalls, and custom rockwork, but they also want a high-tech pool that’s easy and affordable to own. “More than ever before, this means building pools that save time and money,” says Ron Grijalva, General Manager of Blue Haven Pools & Spas in the Inland Empire.
According to Grijalva, with today’s consumers more tech-savvy, more environmentally friendly, and more time-conscious than ever before, they expect a pool that delivers a real return on their investment. As a result, the traditional backyard pool has changed to respond. “People drive a car that’s loaded with the latest gadgets,” he says. “So it’s natural to want a pool with all the bells and whistles that delivers similar kinds of lifestyle benefits.” In the Inland Empire, says Grijalva, pool buyers routinely opt for a range of energy- and water-saving features and newer technologies that increase the ease and comfort of pool ownership.
For starters, options for reducing chlorine use are available. Because of their many benefits, healthier alternatives are increasingly popular. One favorite is an ozone generator. By drastically reducing the demand for chlorine—a corrosive agent—and other costly, harsh pool chemicals, this highly effective technology reduces red eyes, dry hair, dry irritated skin, and the bleach-like fumes common with chlorine use. At the same time, explains Grijalva, the system ensures a sparkling fresh swimming environment and water that’s remarkably clear and silky soft on the skin.
When it comes to keeping pool water sparkling, the filter also plays a key role. Today’s convenient cartridge models conserve water by eliminating the need for the water-robbing process known as backwashing. Filter units with extra-large storage capacity also extend the time in between needed cleanings. Some even come with built-in antimicrobial product protection to inhibit the growth of unwanted microbes—so the filter stays fresher between cleanings.
Homeowners concerned about high electric rates are turning to energy-efficient pool cleaners. These units also help automate what was once a dreaded manual chore. Choosing a two- or variable-speed pump is another way to save on utility bills. These models can cut pool energy costs as much as 70 percent!
Homeowners are also taking advantage of automation and remote controls to manage pool & spa operations. Options include handheld remote devices, as well as programs and apps for desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. New levels of innovation are also available with pool design features. For example, energy-efficient LED lighting illuminates a pool and landscape in dazzling, changing colors.
Distinctive colors are also found in the materials used for the pool’s interior finish. Gleaming quartz aggregate outperforms old-fashioned plaster and creates a smooth, slip-resistant surface that resists deep stains. Best of all, quartz gives any pool added dimension with lasting color that won’t fade. More information on time- and money-saving pool technology, as well as information on pool design and financing programs (oac), is available at bluehaven.com. You can also request a free 44-page color brochure, no-obligation in-home estimate and custom pool plan designed for your backyard. Call us at 909-947-6474 or visit our design center at 2318 South Vineyard Avenue, Ontario.