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No Shots Fired At Picnic in the Park

Staff Reports

City clarifies that no shots were fired at annual Picnic in the Park.

Eastvale – The 15th Annual Picnic in the Park was an eventful day that took place from June 28 to June 30 at the Eastvale Community Park.

The three-day celebration welcomed a summer season of non-stop fun in Eastvale, which was held by JCSD.  The event included carnival rides, games, food and craft vendors, and a marvelous fireworks display.  In addition, there was a Salsa Making Contest judged by Mayor Rigby and Councilwoman Yow.

However, there were many rumors about an incident that happened during the event.  On June 29, social media groups filled with residents speculating about an incident that took place at the Picnic in the Park.  The City of Eastvale issued a statement on their Facebook page stating the following: “a fight took place and one of the individuals had a pellet gun. NO shots were fired and there were minor injuries only. Two suspects were subsequently arrested.”

The City of Eastvale wanted to clarify the correct information to the community and they also ensured that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would remain onsite through the duration of Picnic in the Park, ensuring the “event is safe and enjoyable for all.”

The clarification provided a peace of mind for Eastvale residents and they expressed their appreciation.  The rest of the event was enjoyable and safe for the community.  Until next year, Eastvale!

Norco Dentist Cares About His Patients

Call 951-372-9094 TODAY to make an appointment with a great team! Norco Family Dental Group is located at 2031 River Rd., Norco, CA 92860. Stop by their location in the old Stater Bros. shopping center. The cross streets are 2nd & River Rd. For more information and current promotions, visit them online at

Staff Reports

Norco– Dr. H. Ghorbanian of Norco Family Dental Group genuinely cares for everyone who walks into his office.  As a private dentist, he strives to provide quality care and great customer service to all of his patients. 

The Norco Family Dental Group business philosophy is to listen to their patients, treat them with warm gentle care, and be understandable to their financial concern.  When asked why Dr. Ghorbanian is in the dentistry field, he said, “I just love dentistry.”  He stated that he is most satisfied when he sees the joy of his patients after giving them the smile they have always wanted.

Norco Family Dental Group offers a wide variety of dental services including cleanings & exams, periodontal treatments, dentures & partials, cosmetic dentistry, teeth-in-a-day, tooth-colored fillings, crowns (caps), porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, and implant restoration.  However, Norco Family Dental Group specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  “We provide ‘all-on-four’ implant restoration,” says Ghorbanian.  Patients having problems with dentures can benefit from implant-overdenture.  In addition, Dr. Ghorbanian encourages patients ages 50 and over to come in if they are having a frustrating dental problem. 

Dr. Ghorbanian has been practicing dentistry since 1991.  In addition to years of practice, he is a member of the following organizations: American Dental Association (ASA), California Dental Association (CDA), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and Orange County Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (OCACD). 

Norco Family Dental Group also cares about their patients’ financial situation.  They accept most PPO Dental Insurance, as well as Medical and Medicare.  However, for patients who do not have dental insurance, they offer an in-house dental plan.  This dental plan will reduce out of pocket expense by about 40% and there is no waiting period.  They also offer financial services that have no interest for 24 months.

Therefore, with Norco Family Dental Group, you no longer have to be anxious about your next dentist visit.  Call 951-372-9094 today to make an appointment with a great team.  Norco Family Dental Group is located at 2031 River Rd., Norco CA 92860.  Stop by their location in the old Stater Bros. shopping center, with cross streets on 2nd and River Rd.  For more information, visit

Favorite Nursery: Sunshine Growers

Sunshine Growers has 3 locations in Corona, Ontario & Yucaipa. The Ontario location will be moving to Eastvale in January 2020. For their current sales & offers, visit their website at

Courtesy Sunshine Growers

Corona- Russ & Marsha Lepper, the owners of Sunshine Growers, have sold their Ontario location and will be moving ¼ mile closer to the 60 Freeway in the City of Eastvale. They will be in their new location on Jan. 2, 2020 after being in business for 30 years in Ontario.
They will be building a brand new facility with new Greenhouses shade and bulk areas, new lighting, asphalt parking and many street improvements, all brand new with over $2,000,000 in improvements.
They are not leaving, they are just moving to a brand new facility. They will be having a Huge Sale, so go and visit them and landscape your home or business the professional way.
Sunshine Growers looks forward to a lifetime of service in the Nursery Industry.
They have three convenient locations:
CORONA 1508 Taber Street (951) 736-6000
13130 S. Hamner/Miliken Ave. (909) 923-7277
34017 Yucaipa Blvd. (909) 797-9210
Visit them online at ■

Here We Grow Again

Coming Soon: Residential Developments, Chick-Fil-A & More

Staff Reports

Eastvale– The City of Eastvale continues to grow and many establishments are in the development process before they can call Eastvale their home.  Below is a list of developments that are in the process of being built, along with the most recent May update.  

Goodman Retail Building CR-3

Location: Southeast corner of Hamner Avenue and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and west of Goodman Way; Goodman Commerce Center 

Update: Waiting for Tenant Improvements Plans for other units.

Prado Residential Development by Lennar

Location: Southeast corner of Cucamonga Creek Channel and Schleisman Road

Description: A gated community of 243 attached and detached single-family homes on approximately 19 acres

Status: Project site is currently undergoing grading. Model homes are under construction.

Update: Awaiting revised landscape plans.

Mes Amies Nail Salon Alcohol Sales

Location: Eastvale Marketplace – 13334 Limonite Avenue, Suite 110

Description: Conditional Use Permit for sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits for on-site consumption

Update: Nail salon is in operation, but applicant is waiting for an alcohol license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The Merge Retail and Industrial Center

Location: Northeast corner of Limonite Avenue and Archibald Avenue

Description: Retail and light industrial center on an approximately 26-acre site, and various Conditional Use Permits for certain uses.

Updates: Construction building plans received April 24, 2019 for all industrial buildings (1 through 6) and are under review. Waiting for resubmittal of construction plans for Sprouts and Starbucks. Construction plans for all industrial buildings are under review.

Sendero Century Communities Front Loaded Homes

Location: Northeast corner of Archibald Avenue and Chandler Street

Description: Front loaded homes (eastern side of the SEC easement) at Sendero. This portion consists of 82 single-family homes.

Status: Under construction and model homes are open.

Updates: Applicant resubmitted On-site subdivision flags signage plans May 6, 2019. On-site subdivision flags under review

Restaurant with Drive-Up Pickup Window (Pizza Hut)

Location: Northwest corner of Hamner and Schleisman Ave (between Fire Station 27 and 99 Cents Only Store)

Description: Restaurant (proposed to be a Pizza Hut) with a drive-through pickup window. Two Conditional Use Permits for the operation of the drive-through lane and alcohol sales for on-site consumption. Tentative parcel map to subdivide the site into two parcels.

Update: Met with applicant May 9, 2019 to discuss comments. Waiting for resubmittal.

Pulte Residential Development

Location: Southeast corner of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way (west of Cloverdale Marketplace)

Description: Master Home Plan consisting of 79 residential units. This tract was approved and finalized by the County prior to cityhood.

Update: Received revised elevations for Lot 54 on April 25, 2019 and comment provided on May 2, 2019.

Sunshine Growers Nursery

Location: North of Riverside Drive; south of SR 60, east of Milliken Avenue, west of I-15

Description: Installation of a 20,000 square-foot greenhouse for a plant nursery for Sunshine Growers Nursery located on Riverside Dr. and Hamner Ave.

Update: Waiting for submittal for installation of propane gas from applicant. Waiting for construction plan resubmittal.

Chevron at Lewis Retail at the Polopolus Property-

Location: 7180 Hamner Avenue; northeast corner of Hamner Ave. and Schleisman Rd.

Description: New gas station with a 3,018 square-foot convenience store, a 3,472 square-foot canopy with five (5) fueling dispensers, and associated site improvements.

Update: Waiting for revised submittal.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Façade Modification

Location: Eastvale Gateway; 12399 Limonite Avenue

Description: Minor Development Review to change the façade of the former Sport Chalet store

Status: Approval letter for landscape plans sent on May 2, 2019.

Existing 7-Eleven on Hamner and Riverboat Alcohol CUP Amendment

Location: 6993 Hamner Avenue Suite B-1

Description: An Amendment to Conditional Use permit No. CUP0340, to allow the sales of distilled spirts (hard liquor) in addition to beer and wine (Type 21) at the existing 7-11 convenience store.

Update: Planning Commission consideration on April 17, 2019. The Planning Commission continued the project to May 15, 2019 and directed staff to prepare a resolution for denial. Public hearing was held on May 15, 2019.

Retail Center Archibald and Chandler

Location: Northwest corner of Archibald and Chandler

Description: A 2.71-acre mixed-use commercial development comprised of a convenience store/ gas station/ carwash, a drive-through restaurant, and an undeveloped pad to be submitted later.

Update: Waiting for revised submittal

The Campus Self-Storage Facility-

Location: West side of Archibald Avenue and South of Providence Way

Description: Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for development and operation of a 4-story, self-storage facility in the front portion of The Campus development.

Update: Revised submittal received. Staff is reviewing

Chick-fil-A at Goodman Commerce Center

Location: 5080 Hamner Avenue

Description: Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for development and operation of a 4,833 sq. ft. restaurant with two drive-through lanes

Update: Revised plans received on April 12th and April 29th. Scheduled for Planning Commission meeting on May 15th

The Campus 7-Eleven Gas Station

Location: The Campus (West side of Archibald and South of Providence Way)

Description: Major Development Review and Conditional Use Permit for development and operation of a convenience store, gas station and carwash.

Update: Revised submittal received. Staff is reviewing

Eastvale Teen Killed in Hit and Run

Photo Courtesy: Mercedez Gaitan
Anthony Gaitan, 15, was killed when he was struck by a hit and run driver. Authorities are seeking assistance from the public to identify the driver.

Staff Reports

Eastvale– On Thursday, May 30, a 15-year-old Eastvale resident was killed after a hit and run incident.

At around 2:40 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Eastvale Police Department arrived at 68th street near Tarah Street in Eastvale.  Witnesses told Police Officers that they saw a dark colored 4-door sedan hit the 15-year-old male juvenile. Then, the driver of the vehicle fled eastbound on 68th Street without stopping and assisting the juvenile, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The juvenile had major injuries upon the Police Department’s arrival. However, despite life-saving efforts by American Medical Response personnel, the juvenile succumbed to his injuries. 

The victim was later identified as Anthony Gaitan. Many family members described Anthony as a happy kid with a gentle spirit.  “He had the biggest heart ever and always made others laugh; he always made people laugh with his funny faces,” said Mercedez Gaitan.  “He loved to skateboard and was such a character,” she continued. 

A vigil was held on Thursday evening, where many gathered to honor Anthony.  Several fundraisers were also held to help with funeral costs. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the family:

Anthony’s aunt, Marta Gaitan, also spoke about Anthony’s passing.  “Our family is in shock, devastated and heartbroken. There are no words to describe what we are all going through right now as a family, to lose our precious Anthony at such a young age.”

However, upon their mourning, Marta states that their family seeks justice.  “If anyone has any information, please call your local Police Department.  If the person that committed and [is] responsible for this horrific act is reading this post, please come forward and do the right thing. Our family needs closure.”

Marta continues by thanking the community for their support.  “Thank you for your condolences and respectful, kind words of support to our family. Our precious Anthony was loved by so many,” she added.

The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Lonthair 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 at or

City of Eastvale Launches New Website

Laptop in a coworking space

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale recently launched a new website that is expected to enhance the City’s ability to serve and engage the community.  “This new website will offer residents and businesses an enhanced experience that prioritizes digital service delivery, effective navigation, and increased access to information,” according to the City.

The new highly functional and user-friendly website has a modern design and will support the needs of all 73,700 Eastvale residents, in addition to the millions of digital visitors the City has.

The City of Eastvale stated that they partnered with Granicus to initiate a “full top-to-bottom website overhaul that included an in-depth review of website analytics, visitor behavior, and even incorporated community input that led to the new design, core functionality, and enhanced accessibility of the revamped website,” according to a news release.

The data also concluded that nearly half of the City’s web traffic comes from mobile devices.  This is due to the global trend that indicates people prefer to use their mobile phones to connect and engage online.  Therefore, the new website has a responsive and accessible website design that can automatically adjust the layout, font sizes, images and buttons to fit a mobile screen.

“Prior to our launch of our new intuitive website for Eastvale, it was difficult to navigate and find specific information on our website,” said City Manager, Bryan Jones, in a news release.  “Now, we’re able to provide a customer-first website that provides users with a mobile-friendly website that quickly connects people with the information they need.”

Jones also expresses excitement for the new website feature that gives the ability to translate the information to other languages. “One of our proudest parts of this website besides its beautiful design and layout is that it is now accessible to all cultures through the ability to translate our website into every language.  This aligns our website with our diverse, mixed culture community.  We are one of the most diverse communities in California; a demographic we are really proud of as a City.   We strive to ensure we are accessible to and engaging with everyone.”

Susan Ganeshan, Chief Marketing Officer at Granicus, also commented on her satisfaction with the partnership and work completed for the City of Eastvale.  “Our team of government website design experts and developers at Granicus were very pleased to deliver a new website for the City of Eastvale that will provide a more intuitive and seamless experience for visitors,” said Ganeshan.  “As the Eastvale community grows and its demographics shift to include a more mobile-first generation, we prioritized responsiveness on mobile devices and updated the navigation to reflect the top service-oriented requests from customers,” she added.   

Judge Says County Failed to Protect Corona Boy

8-year old Noah McIntosh of Corona has been missing since early March. Authorities believe Noah is the victim of homicide and torture at the hands of his father, Bryce McIntosh, also of Corona. McIntosh has been charged with 1st degree murder with special circumstances which makes him eligible for the death penalty.

Staff Reports

Corona- During a hearing on May 1, a Superior Court Judge made a statement that the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) failed to protect missing 8-year-old Noah McIntosh from further harm, even though reports indicate that they knew he was being abused in his Corona home.

The hearing was called after Noah and his sister’s attorney, Patricia Nance, objected to the public release of Noah’s case file from Child Protective Services.  Several media outlets have requested the file be released under the California state law that requires public disclosure of social services records of children who are believed to be deceased as a result of abuse or neglect.

However, Nance opposed the release of the records stating that Noah’s body hasn’t been found, and argued that state law requires the documents only be released if the juvenile is dead.  Nance continued stating that if Noah’s body is not found, proof should come from a criminal conviction or coroner’s report.

Nevertheless, releasing the case file would provide additional details to the public such as observations by the caseworker, statements from Noah and his family, and the caseworker’s recommendations.  For example, it may include the CPS report that Noah’s grandfather, Doug Godfrey, said he made a year before Noah disappeared.  Doug Godfrey told a local newsgroup that he made the report because he feared Noah was being abused.  However, the boy remained in the home with Bryce after the investigation. 

During the hearing, Perantoni stated, “It appears to the Court that there is a significant public interest in the information in the DPSS file relating to whether Riverside Department of Public Social Services acted to protect Noah from abuse,” according to a hearing transcript.

“There is significant information in the file indicating that Riverside County DPSS knew that this child was being abused in the home and took no action to protect the child, and that is clear from the Court’s review of the file,” Perantoni also stated.

Judge Perantoni overruled Nance’s objection and ordered the release of the records, with certain information redacted (names, addresses, phones numbers).   However, Perantoni granted Nance’s request to postpone the release of the records until May 11.  Then on May 9, Associate Justice Carol D. Codrington of the state Court of Appeal, Fourth District, granted Nance’s second request of postponement, indicating the records be released by May 20.

In addition, the Department of Social Services stated that they are currently conducting an extensive review of the child and adult protective services divisions.

Noah McIntosh was reported missing on March 12 by Noah’s mother, Jillian Godfrey, 36.  However, an investigation discovered that Noah has actually been missing since March 3.  Godfrey told investigators that she last saw Noah on March 2 at his father’s home in the 4600 block of Temescal Valley Rd.  Riverside County Court reports state that Noah’s father, Bryce McIntosh, took Noah into the bathroom, and Godfrey heard Noah ask his father “why he was hurting him.”  On March 3, she left the residence but did not see Noah because he was still in the bathroom. 

During a forensic interview, Noah’s sister, 11, described physical abuse to Noah by Bryce McIntosh.  The abuse involved Noah being handcuffed in the bathtub in cold water, while his sister helped hold Noah’s legs down at times, according to Riverside County Superior Court records.  His sister said she wasn’t home when Noah went missing, but she knew he was missing because “her Daddy told her,” according to the records.  In addition, several pieces of evidence were found in the Corona home such as handcuffs, zip ties, yellow towels with stains, and a laptop with relevant web searches, to name only a few. Authorities also extracted data from Godfrey’s phone, which included notes that she took that documented Bryce’s abuse towards Noah. 

Bryce McIntosh, 32, was charged with first-degree murder of his son, with the special circumstance of torture that makes him potentially eligible for the death penalty.  McIntosh plead not guilty on April 3 and is expected to return to court on June 17.  Godfrey was charged with willful child cruelty, but also plead not guilty.  Her hearing is scheduled for May 17.  Both are being held without bail.

Here We Grow Again: DICK’s Sporting Goods is Coming to Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow as new restaurants, centers, and businesses are coming to town.  The newest edition to the Eastvale community is DICK’s Sporting Goods.  DICK’s is expected to open in summer 2019, bringing a new look to the Eastvale Gateway Center. 

“Eastvale is an active community where both adults and children participate in sporting events,” said Mayor Todd Rigby in an announcement on May 9. “We have numerous sports leagues for our residents to participate in. We are excited for DICK’S Sporting Goods to open a location in Eastvale!”

DICK’s is a popular sporting goods store that sells high quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories.  Their products include some of the most popular name brands in the sporting business.  In addition, DICK’s provides great customer service and offers exclusive deals on various products.  Their Eastvale store will be a great edition to the Eastvale Gateway Center.

Lewis Retail Centers is also pleased to partner with DICK’S Sporting Goods to open their newest location.  “Lewis Retail Centers is dedicated to working with cities and businesses to build strong and vibrant communities,” said Eastvale Gateway Developer, Randall Lewis, in a news release. “We love being a part of Eastvale’s amazing growth and know DICK’S Sporting Goods will be warmly received by Eastvale’s wonderful community.”

“We are excited to have the largest sporting retail store in the country coming to Eastvale,” added City manager Bryan Jones. “We encourage our very active community to shop local for all of their sporting good needs!”

In addition to DICK’s coming to Eastvale, the Vista Medical Group has officially started construction.  Their Ground Breaking Ceremony took place on April 19.  The Eastvale location will be at the Marketplace at the Enclave, which is at the corner of Schleisman Road and Archibald Avenue.  This will be Vista Medical Groups’ fourth location and their largest yet, according to the City of Eastvale. 

Vista Medical Group is a family practice that strives to provide quality and affordable healthcare.  Their new location will offer urgent care, occupational medicine, and general health care services for patients of all ages. 

Norco Dentist Cares About His Patients

Call 951.372.9094 today to make an appointment with a great team. Norco Family Dental Group is located at 2031 River Rd., Norco, CA 92860. Stop by their location in the old Stater Bros. shopping center, with cross streets on 22nd & River Rd. For more information, visit

Staff Reports

Norco – Dr. H. Ghorbanian of Norco Family Dental Group genuinely cares for everyone who walks into his office.  As a private dentist, he strives to provide quality care and great customer service to all of his patients. 

The Norco Family Dental Group business philosophy is to listen to their patients, treat them with warm gentle care, and be understandable to their financial concern.  When asked why Dr. Ghorbanian is in the dentistry field, he said, “I just love dentistry.”  He stated that he is most satisfied when he sees the joy of his patients after giving them the smile they have always wanted.

Norco Family Dental Group offers a wide variety of dental services including: cleanings & exams, periodontal treatments, dentures & partials, cosmetic dentistry, teeth-in-a-day, tooth-colored fillings, crowns (caps), porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, and implant restoration.  However, Norco Family Dental Group specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  “We provide ‘all-on-four’ implant restoration,” says Ghorbanian.  Patients having problems with dentures can benefit from implant-overdenture.  In addition, Dr. Ghorbanian encourages patients ages 50 and over to come in if they are having a frustrating dental problem. 

Dr. Ghorbanian has been practicing dentistry since 1991.  In addition to years of practice, he is a member of the following organizations: American Dental Association (ASA), California Dental Association (CDA), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and Orange County Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (OCACD). 

Norco Family Dental Group also cares about their patients’ financial situation.  They accept most PPO Dental Insurance, as well as Medical and Medicare.  However, for patients who do not have dental insurance, they offer an in-house dental plan.  This dental plan will reduce out of pocket expense by about 40% and there is no waiting period.  They also offer financial services that have no interest for 24 months. Therefore, with Norco Family Dental Group, you no longer have to be anxious about your next dentist visit.  Call 951-372-9094 today to make an appointment with a great team.  Norco Family Dental Group is located at 2031 River Rd., Norco CA 92860.  Stop by their location in the old Stater Bros. shopping center, with cross streets on 22nd and River Rd.  For more information, visit

Chino Hay Fire

Photo Courtesy: CVFD
Chino Valley Fire District battle high flames at a Chino dairy farm

Staff Reports

Chino – Firefighters from the Chino Valley Fire District (CVFD) responded to a second-alarm hay fire on Tuesday, May 7 at around 8:04 p.m.  The fire was located in the 8300 block of Pine Ave at a Chino dairy farm. 

“Firefighters kept the fire from reaching several heads of cattle and nearby residential structures, at times battling three-story high flame lengths,” according to CVFD.  Firefighters contained the fire to bales of hay and a nearby barn structure.  No injuries were reported as of yet. 

CVFD announced that they expected the fire to burn for three to five days because of the fuel arrangement that makes it difficult to put out compact hay bales fires.  “These fires are deep seated into the material and make it difficult to access and extinguish,” said CVFD.   

Photo Courtesy: CVFD

Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire and their priority was to protect the perimeter exposures.  CVFD issued a statement on Tuesday evening stating they were trying to allow the fuel to burn off until they can get heavy equipment to move in and break the bails apart.  “Once the bails are spread out, we can put water over them and extinguish the fire,” CVFD added.

On Tuesday evening, Pine Avenue was closed between West Preserve Loop and East Preserve Loop, according to the Chino Police Department.  CVFD also sent out advisories for local residents to avoid the smoke by staying indoors, closing all doors and windows, and avoid vigorous outdoor and indoor activity.  They also recommended that residents run their air conditioner, keep the fresh air intake closed, and clean the filter to prevent smoke from coming inside.  For more information on protecting yourself during a wildfire, visit South Coast AQMD’s Wildfire Smoke & Ash Health & Safety Tips page:

Fatal Plane Crash in Norco

Photo Courtesy: Tim Felce/ Wiki Commons
Northrop N-9M Flying Wing that crashed in Norco.

Staff Reports

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 street. 

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. 

Here We Grow Again: Sprouts is Coming to Eastvale

Staff Reports

EastvaleThe 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 community. 

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 friends. 

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 together.”

CNUSD Students Win Awards

Photo Courtesy: Brian Kenney

The City of Corona honored four CeHS computer science winners during the April City Council meeting.

Staff Reports

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 four students. 

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 Carbon Capture.

Community 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 award

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

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS (all Gold medal students in grades 6-12 advance to State):

Clara Barton Elementary: Anneliese Brasher, James Glenny, and Zachary Brasher

Home Gardens Academy: Hope Howard

Eastvale Elementary: Thomas Sherrill

Orange Elementary: Amanda Mata

Temescal Valley Elementary: Carter Gilliatt and Nicholas Gomez

Auburndale Intermediate: Aisha Randhawa, Nala Stewart, Sarah Stutsman

Raney Intermediate: David Ouk and Suraj Jayaraman

Norco High: Spencer Krock

ESTEM at Roosevelt High: August Wetterau, Dimple Garuadapuri, Jiahan Cheng, Kenney Nguyen, Thomas Rife, Faith Inverary, Kayla Cunningham, Lana Lim, Wenxuan Tang, and Jillian Labador


Clara Barton Elementary: Aiden Stinson and Andrew Glenny

Corona Ranch Elementary: Gavin Cypher

Eastvale Elementary: Joel Licera

Garretson Elementary: Jake Felton

Orange Elementary: Hailey Hild

Prado View Elementary: Jackson Rhodes, Kyla Ishii, and Spencer Tran

Corona Fundamental Intermediate: Ethan Alferez, Sophia Pham, Aidan Bunch, Anisha Prasad, Derek Hsieh, Lucas Dyal, and Ryan Friedman

River Heights Intermediate: Alexander Stewart

Centennial High: Briana Meza, Ellorie Mariano, Jahnavi Issar, Sandra Rodriguez, Brendan Morgan, and Jasmine Bae

Corona High: Gavin Joyce

ESTEM at Roosevelt High: Jeewan Kaur, Kristine Caneda, Paige Prescott, Samuel Alston, Serena Patel, Alexander Nguyen, Andre Huerto, Harshikasai Kellampalli, Jamal Karim, Natalie Hobson, Nicholas Tan, Nicolas Almeida, Noel Simon, Raam Naveen, Sanskriti Balaji, Brian Chen, Hailee Hammond, and Joever Orillosa

Metz Air Control Voted #1 in Customer Satisfaction

Metz Air Control is located at 13784 Monte Vista Ave. in Chino. They can be reached at 866-METZ-AIR or 909-628-9525. Or visit them on Facebook @metzaircontrol.

Staff Reports

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 counties.

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 Control has been recognized by Trane for outstanding customer service based on 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 well trained to provide personal and professional services.  Whether you are calling to set up a service call, need maintenance or just need information, they will make sure you are pleased with your overall experience.

When it comes to installation, every technician is background checked and trained to provide an 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 experience.  They also do package units, duct changes, zoning, duct cleaning and much more.

Metz Air Control provides Maintenance Protection Plans to their customers for increased value and service. Customers participating in these plans receive a 24-hour turn-around service as well as discounts for parts and service.  Please call the office @ 909-628-9525 for more information about this program.

Seasonal specials include maintenance discounts, manufacturer rebates, and promotional offers that can always be found on their website @  Metz Air Control offers many financing options to fit your individual needs.  They are also a participating contractor for the HERO and Benji Financing programs offered through Renovate America.

Metz Air Control is licensed, bonded, and insured.  It is important for homeowners research any contractor you bring into your home to make sure they meet these same standards. 

Metz Air Control is proud to say that over 70% of their business comes from referrals.  They believe a referral is the best compliment a customer can give them.

Eastvale Community Helps Locate Missing Boy

Staff Reports

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. 

Planes of Fame Air Show: Coming May 4th & 5th

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 open.

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

The airport and museum are located at 14998 Cal Aero Drive in Chino and you can contact Planes of Fame at (909) 597-3722.

Eastvale City Council Considers Creating Eastvale Police Dept.

Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – 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 ballot. 

“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.” 

Eastvale currently 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 Rigby. 

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 Rigby.

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 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  To access a PDF of the City’s Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Police Department, visit

Tint Your Windows at Mr. Tint

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

Staff Reports

Norco- Car window tinting is one of the best ways to improve the look and comfort of your vehicle. You can protect the interior of the vehicle from sun damage by tinting the windows. Sunlight and heat can cause your interior, like seats and the dashboard, to fade, crack and deteriorate. Window tinting reduces the sunlight allowed into the vehicle, which in turn reduces how hot it gets inside your car. Likewise, homes and offices heat up during the day, and trying to keep your air-conditioner ahead of the game can be costly.
Car window tinting also increases the value of your vehicle when done by professionals like Mr. Tint. Quality car window tinting and expert installation is essential for a professional tint job and maintaining a showroom-quality car.
Mr. Tint has a solution for autos, homes, and commercial buildings.  By tinting your windows, you can not only save up to 30% on your cooling costs with a significant decrease in heat, but you can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays that fade auto interiors, window coverings and furniture in your home and office.
There is one goal prevalent at Mr. Tint, and that is for their customers to be 100% satisfied.  They are focused on not only providing a superior product, but with offering competitive pricing alongside exceptional customer service.  Mr. Tint believes in treating the customer right in all aspects of their business.  By earning your loyalty, you will refer your family, friends and business associates, and come back time and again.
Family owned and operated, Mr. Tint offers free estimates and lifetime warranties.  With over 20 years of experience, the quality of their workmanship is second to none.  They are completely sure you will be satisfied, and invite you to see what other customers are saying on
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Same-day service is available, and you can enjoy free beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait, or take advantage of their free shuttle service (within 10 miles).
Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the post office and DMV).  Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at 

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Competitive Coverage to Meet Your Family’s Needs

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.
Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Staff Reports

Norco– At the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office, 24-hour good neighbor service is at the forefront.  Smith-Rice is confident that she can meet your needs for all insurance and financial services, and promises to wow you with expert professional service.

A State Farm Agent since 1985 and a Corona resident since 1971, Smith-Rice understands the needs of the community and has worked hard to provide a palette of services that makes one-stop-shopping easy and affordable.  Along with Auto insurance, Smith-Rice provides Home Owners and Renters Insurance.

“A home is a big investment, so let’s make sure you have enough coverage at the right rate,” says Smith-Rice.  As well, protecting your personal property may be more affordable than you think.  “The average person has over $200,000 worth of stuff that is probably not covered under your landlord’s policy.  That’s where our State Farm Renters insurance comes into play,” she adds.

More important than the care of your property is the care of your family.  Along with Life Insurance, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide various types of health insurance, including Long-Term Care should you become unable to care for yourself.

And for the business owner, Smith-Rice says, “I understand the needs of a business owner like you.  Together we can help protect your business and plan a roadmap for your financial future.

As if all this weren’t enough, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide you with financial services such as Mutual Funds, Annuities, and even Banking (yes, Banking!), including Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and Loans.

Don’t wait another minute to help ensure your family’s well being.  Call the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office today, and get peace of mind in return.  A staff of professional experts is standing by at (951) 734-5290, or Toll-Free at (888) 734-5292.  They are located at 2027 River Road in Norco, in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Second Street and River Road.

Here We Grow Again: Eastvale Celebrates Community Safety Achievements

By City of Eastvale

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.

Streetlight Acquisition

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 average.

“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:

Proactive Enforcement

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 money.

“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.