Category Archives: Eastvale Community News

Here We Grow: New Additions And Events

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Eastvale – So many new and exciting things are happening in the City of Eastvale.

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The first Eastvale Little Free Libraries have been built and installed in the city. Over the past few days, volunteers from the Eastvale STEM Academy, the Eastvale Youth Council, and Mayor Jocelyn Yow gathered together to construct and install these free libraries. The Eastvale Chamber of Commerce, Target, The Friends of the Eastvale Library, and Amazon.com fulfillment center donated the books and coordinated this important initiative.

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The application period is still open to host your own Little Eastvale Library. Visit this website for more information: https://bit.ly/3Cr3oun. Completed applications and any questions about the program can be sent to Mayor Jocelyn Yow at jyow@eastvaleca.gov.

Also added to the Eastvale community are two new City employees: Cassandra Sanchez, Principal Engineer, and Jamie Cerda, Senior Planner. They were welcomed at the last City Council meeting.

In addition, the 2021 Eastvale State of the City is expected to be held on Thursday, October 7 at 6 pm at VantagePoint Church, located at 8500 Archibald Avenue. The City of Eastvale and the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce are holding this year’s event, with theme “Elevate Eastvale: Soaring to new heights”. You can register for the State of the City event for free at the following link: https://conta.cc/2Z6PU8Q

The CommUNITY Honoree award will be presented at the State of the City as well. The CommUNITY Honoree award “recognizes the meaningful contributions an individual has made to the Eastvale community through volunteerism, acts of kindness, and active community participation, within the past 12 months,” stated a city news release.

After the 2021 State of the City, the Taste of Eastvale event will be back for local restaurants to come together and present their delicious food to the community. So stick around after the State of the City!

Another event that is coming to Eastvale is a six-week Leadership Academy beginning October 14. “The Eastvale Leadership Academy is an adopted action item of the City Council’s Strategic Plan that will help develop community champions and ambassadors through building relationships, connections, and understanding with the people, performance, and operations of the City of Eastvale,” according to a city news release. “This will be an in-depth, interactive, and behind-the-scenes experience with local government.”

Six sessions will take place in the City Council Chambers for a group of 25 participants that applied. For more information, visit http://www.eastvaleca.gov/leadershipacademy

The last event to take place in October will be the EEK!VALE Halloween event. On Saturday, October 23 from 3 pm to 10 pm, stop by 13200 Citrus St for a night of food, treats, music, crafts, games, art, and a maze.

Other exciting updates that were announced at the last City Council meeting included the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Band Ensemble being invited to perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference in February 2022. Only one or two high schools in the State are selected to perform each year, according to the City.

Shield 4 Kids also did a presentation to promote their mission to provide a backpack of essential supplies to abused children who are confronted with going into a new home.

Lastly, Eleanor Roosevelt High School student, Thomas Rife, was recognized for his many efforts in the City’s Roadway Adoption Program.

Eastvale Discusses Housing Element

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Eastvale – The talk of the town has been surrounding the Eastvale Housing Element Updates. Community members have expressed their concerns at recent City Council meetings and with disapproval signs across the city. However, City staff has responded with several resources of information including a Frequently Asked Questions page, an online simulation tool, and videos outlining the purpose of the Housing Element.

The most recent video describes that the proposed plan is a state mandated housing element due to the 90% housing shortage in California. The video states that “every city in California is required by state housing law to update the Housing Element of their general plan to meet the regional need.” The state evaluates the current housing in the city, the projected population growth, and determines how many more units should be planned to meet the housing needs of our state.

The state determines housing needs through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and they require Eastvale to plan housing for everyone at all income levels, according to the video. This means “zoning for housing from 1 unit to 30 or more units per acre.” The video also stated that if “Eastvale doesn’t identify areas for these units, the City could face lawsuits, loss of state and federal funding, and lose the ability to issue building permits and say where new housing should go in the future,” stated the video.

Therefore, the City needs to “identify the areas where the zoning could be changed to plan for 3,028 potential housing units in our community.” But the City said that identifying these areas does not mean these areas will be selected or approved for construction. Identifying will just “satisfy the zoning requirements for the plan.”

Many community members have still expressed their disapproval for the Housing Element Update, stating we should build more schools first, have our own Police Station, or fight the mandate like other cities have done. But the majority of these residents have expressed that their main problem with the plan is the location of the current proposed housing. Stratham Homes recently proposed to build 216 High-Density apartments and townhomes at the corner of Sumner and Schleisman Road. The structures are proposed to be 2 and 3 stories tall and include a 5,000 sq. ft. complex on the property.

Community members are against this location due to the increased traffic the apartments will bring to this area. Traffic before and after school hours are already a consistent issue on that busy street and residents suspect the new housing will cause more congestion. Increased traffic could lead to increased collisions and pose a risk to children walking or riding bikes to school as well.

When discussing the Housing Element on social media, city officials have responded that the plan does not mean construction. “Please know the housing element is only a plan,” stated City officials in a Facebook response to a resident. “It does not mean the pieces of land that fall within the zoning code will be built upon. But, per state law, the city is required to plan for it.”

When a resident expressed his concern that another set of apartments were re-zoned off Citrus and Scholar, City officials responded with the following comment on social media: “Citrus and Scholar has an overlay zone to allow senior housing with a density range of 8.1 to 14 dwelling units per acre. General uses allowed at this density range include single-family attached and detached residences, including townhouses, stacked flats, courtyard homes, patio homes, and zero lot line homes. Apartments would not be allowed.”

The City is encouraging residents to voice their concerns at one of the Special City Council meeting/Community Roundtable discussion, which will only discuss the state-mandated Housing Element Update. The first meeting was held on Sept. 20 but the next two meetings will be on September 27 and October 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm at New Day Christian Church, located at 7155 Hamner Ave.

For more information, visit the Housing Element page on the Engage Eastvale website at https://engage.eastvaleca.gov/housing-element for more information.

New 9/11 Monument in Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, a “Never Forget” monument was unveiled in the City of Eastvale.

Community members, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and city officials all gathered to attend the event at Fire Station #27.

Troop 2017 led the presentations of color while Seumas Coyne played the bagpipes. Eleanor Roosevelt High School Band/Wind Ensemble played the National Anthem beautifully. Then Pastor Mark Lee of VantagePoint Church gave a great speech for the invocation followed by the Division Chief who led the moment of silence.

The monument is a 2’ x 2’ by 12’ tall replication of the Twin Towers that sits on an 8’ diameter Pentagon. It is internally illuminated at night in front of the Eastvale Fire Station 27. The pentagon base has the inscription “9-11-2001 Never Forget”.

The monument was created to “serve as a gathering place for the Eastvale commUNITY and visitors from throughout the region, Southern California, and beyond to gather and pay respect to all who were impacted on September 11, 2001,” stated a city news release.

The City of Eastvale, CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce all partnered to create the monument. “Jackie Case from Urban Arena facilitated the collaborative design process between the agencies, Giovanni Rotellini from Metal Masterminds fabricated the sculpture, and the Chamber sponsored the ‘Never Forget’ memorial sculpture,” according to the City.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – September 2021

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Skydiving a Life-changing Check Off My Bucket List

By Nancy Stoops

I have lived a very exciting and fulfilling life.  I have travelled to all seven continents, have had many close-up wildlife experiences, worked with shamans and chiefs, meditated with the monks in Thailand, swam with sharks, have two published books on Amazon and so much more. My bucket list was very short because at sixty-five I really have done it all.  Skydiving was always on that list and it seems like every time I was ready to go, we would have a death in the family.  Well in July I finally had the opportunity to finally go and it was life-changing.  I have never felt such freedom as I did jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet.  As a child I would have flying dreams and on that day my dreams came true and I was flying like a bird.  Skydiving also reminded me that there isn’t anything that I can’t work through or accomplish.

I think Covid has left many of us complacent because our lives got shut down and we got comfortable in that. I know many people are having a hard time going back to school, work and just generally back into life.  Skydiving was a great way to awaken me and all of my senses.  I just feel so very alive again and excited for the next adventure.  I hope you can find something to wake you up and make you part of the living again.  Try to fight the fears and the lies that hold you hostage from the life you deserve to have.  You deserve to be excited, fulfilled, happy and content.  Make today the day you start living your best life and being your best self!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the therapy dog on Amazon.net.

A New School Year

By Melody Kraemer

A new school year! Who is ready? I have enjoyed these past summer months with my kids at home, and it seemed we were off to some adventure almost every day. 

It could be that we subconsciously are making up for the summer before when we were in “lockdown.” The summer, let alone this year, has flown by in a blink of an eye. Now the kids will be starting school, and though that much-needed break between us is probably needed. I will miss the lazy days of sleeping in, the swimming, the extended sunshine days, no schedules, and all the downtime. Now isn’t that what summer is all about?  

In a few short days, we will buckle back down and get back on our daily schedule. It won’t be easy, and granted, I should have stayed on a schedule during the summer, but my kids needed this break and had only a few short weeks of summer. With my boys having ASD, autism spectrum disorder,  they attended ESY (extended school year). So these few weeks of summer were precious to us, we enjoyed them and made as many memories as we could.  

My youngest will even be going back to school with a brand new look. He decided to find his daddy’s beard trimmer and start shaving his head. There’s never a dull moment in our world, now onto the next season of life. Reach out and let me know if you are ready for school. 


Ecclesiastes 3:1
1. For everything there is a season, and a time for every a purpose under heaven


 Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of  AutismMomAdventures.com

Follow her on Instagram @So_Cal_Autism_Mom_Adventures and Facebook.com/autismmomadventures 

For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Deliberate Confidence

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…” 2 Timothy 4:17

What gives you confidence?  Watching the “2020” Olympics, I can’t help but to be impressed by the confidence of the athletes who are on one of the biggest stages of their lives.    Families and whole countries are cheering them on and hoping they bring home the gold.   It would seem a lifetime of training, a strong support system, a focused mind, and for some faith, has given these athletes such strong confidence.   Paul the Apostle used athletic metaphors often.  One of his last metaphors he employed was of both a fighter and runner.   As Paul was penned his swan song letter to Timothy, he says “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). What is most impressive is that he wrote these words from prison, with few friends left.  In prison for his faith in Christ.  Having few friends willing to stand with him for fear of their own lives, or because of societal shame.  What then gave Paul confidence?  Paul experienced God standing with him in past circumstances and difficulties.  He also knew countless others were spurred to faith in Christ through his chains as his faith was on display (Philippians 1:12).  Many saw the reality of Christ power in his willingness to suffer for Christ.  Oswald Chambers once said, “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”   Paul found himself at times in chains, being beaten, shipwrecked, and even abandoned, but those were times when he knew the Lord was closest and stood with him (2 Timothy 4:17).  Paul said, “none of these things move me” so to finish his race with joy (Acts 20:24).  Joy in the fact that he would finish his race on this side of Heaven with unwavering faith.  Deliberate confidence is (Faith) that God is always in control.  The Lord stood with Paul as Paul stood with the Lord.  I pray you that you live deliberately confident in the fact that God hears you and is standing with you. 

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale.  Sundays 8:30/10:30am.  Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available.  http://www.calvaryeastvale.org. 

India

By Mark Hopper

One of the most memorable places my wife and I have visited is India. Several years ago we flew from Los Angeles to Taiwan then on to Singapore and arrived in Mumbai on the west coast of India. It was a long journey. We spent several days in Mumbai seeing some of the sights and visiting some ministries working among the poorest people in the city. Then we flew to Hyderabad where our host met us at the airport and drove 3-4 hours outside the city to a boarding school and orphanage.

We were surprised by the heavy traffic. Driving in India is not for the faint hearted. Hundreds of cars, trucks and scooters crammed together honking their horns as they waited for the traffic lights to change. When we left the city behind us we found the two-lane highway heart stopping too. Cars and trucks struggled to pass each other on the busy highway.

The countryside provided a different perspective of life in India. We saw people working the fields and were impressed by the variety of agriculture that stretched to the horizon.

We spent a week at the boarding school and orphanage working alongside the staff and leading a children’s program with over 300 students participating. We shared Bible lessons, led recreation and engaged the students in making crafts and art projects.

We were impressed with the hard working staff and the enthusiastic students. Students were respectful and energetic. The school provided meals, housing and a rigorous education for the children. It was a week we will always remember.

Our host drove us back to the airport in Hyderabad where we caught a flight to Delhi in northern India. We couldn’t leave this beautiful country without seeing the Taj Mahal. This magnificent structure is located about two hours outside of Delhi. It is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Several of our neighbors in Diamond Bar are from Indian descent. They are delightful people who are proud of their heritage. I love to tell them about our trip to India. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Let me encourage you to set your sights on visiting other parts of the world. Get outside the tourist centers and catch a glimpse of daily life in the country. And get to know your own neighbors who have come from other parts of the world. You will be glad you did and they will too!   

Read 365 more stories and articles (one for every day of the year) in the book Let me Encourage You by Mark Hopper. You can purchase two copies for only $30 plus postage ($5). Buy one for yourself and one to give a friend. Order your copies at mark@efreedb.org.

Make Your Backyard Extreme

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Extreme Backyard Designs is located at 2330 S. Vineyard Ave. They can be reached at 909.930.6111 or online at http://www.extremebackyarddesigns.com.

Ontario – Companies come and go, so longevity is key when you’re modifying your home, both inside and out. Extreme Backyard Designs is a testimony of longevity as their family run business has been designing outdoor entertainment centers with name brand components for over 20 years.

“A key component to staying in business so long is to treat people the way we would want ourselves to be treated,” said James Deeley, founder of the family business. With so many years in business, you not only get quality products, you also gets years of experience of getting things done correctly and creatively.

Extreme Backyard Designs can provide custom Barbeque islands, outdoor fireplaces, fire pit tables, spas, patio furniture, and many other items all wholesale to the public.

“We are college and trade school educated and enjoy the interaction and satisfaction of transforming backyards into a family’s personal oasis,” Deeley said. “Since we buy at such a large volume, we always have monthly specials on our website.”

The Extreme Backyard Designs staff are the most knowledgeable and friendly people in the area, as they are centrally located on the corner of the 60 Freeway and Vineyard, right across from the newest Kaiser building.

“We believe what makes a business thrive is to provide the best quality components, a superior level of customer service, while providing an affordable price,” Deeley said.

Serving all of Southern California, Extreme Backyard Designs is located at 2330 S. Vineyard Ave in our neighboring city of Ontario. They can be reached at 909.930.6111, or you can view their website at www.extremebackyarddesigns.com.

Voortman’s Farm Fresh Eggs

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The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch.

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Here We Grow

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crime Recap

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Eastvale – In the last month, only one incident took place in the City of Eastvale. The incident is listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department.

INCIDENT: Burglary

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.; Dominic Anthony Donley

INCIDENT DATE: July 25, 2021

WHERE: 7500 block of Elm Grove, Eastvale

DETAILS: The Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) assigned to the city of Eastvale conducted a follow-up investigation that stemmed from a burglary; the burglary occurred on July 25, 2021, on the 7400 block of Scholar Way (Eleanor Roosevelt High School) city of Eastvale.

A security video became known to the School Resource Officer assigned to the high school, which captured images of the suspect(s) in the commission of this crime. Two Master Keys were stolen, which per school administration would cost the high school approximately $25,000 to re-key the entire school.

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

Working cooperatively, SET deputies immediately assumed this investigation in conjunction with the school resource officer to establish the identity of the suspects. The suspects were later positively identified as 18-year-old Donley, Dominic Anthony, and a male juvenile, both residents of Eastvale.

On Saturday, August 7, 2021, a search warrant was authored by SET for a residence in the 7500 block of Elm Grove, Eastvale. Multiple items of evidence related to this investigation linking the suspects to the burglary were located during the service of this search warrant.

Donley was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for burglary and possession of the stolen property.

Anyone with further information about this incident or if you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s station. The Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team can be reached at 951-955-2600.

Youth Thriving in Eastvale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Shares Concerns About Future Eastvale Apartments

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

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

The conversation among the community started when Stratham Homes proposed to build 216 High-Density apartments and townhomes at the corner of Sumner and Schleisman Road. The structures are proposed to be 2 and 3 stories tall and include a 5,000 sq. ft. complex on the property.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – August 2021

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Healing Faith

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“Be of good cheer, daughter, your faith has made you well.” Matthew 9:22

As Jesus would pass through the region, people would crowd him to see Him, hear Him, or seek to be healed by Him.  His reputation preceded Him as a prophet and healer, but little did they know at the time that He was the Christ, who was prophesized about going back to Genesis 3:15.   As Jesus made his way through this particular city, and as crowds were pressing into Him, He says “who touched me?” (Luke 8:45).  One of His disciples says with exuberant confidence “Master everyone is touching you.”  Yes, obviously, many seemed to be touching Him, but Jesus said this was different.  He says, “I perceive power has gone out from Me.” (Luke 8:46).   Something was different about this person’s touch.  When Jesus asked the question “who touched Me,” the crowd dissipated a bit and all who was left was a woman on her knees trembling.   This woman reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was healed instantly.   She “reached out” as a last resort after 12 years of seeking physicians and exhausting her every dime.   She was a woman most likely ostracized for her condition as she was considered “unclean.”  Ostracized from family, friends, and being able to worship at the temple.  Jesus then reaches out to her and speaks to her.  He calls her “daughter.”  Something that she needed and possibly longed to hear.  A term of endearment.  Having a stigma follow her for years, she had little contact with people.  He fulfilled her emotional need, but most importantly, He says to her, “your faith has made you well.”   Her greatest need was for a Savior.  Faith was necessary for her healing.  She, in the midst of years of disappointment, believed God could heal her.  Religion or a church cannot heal you, but if you reach out to Jesus and ask Him into your heart, He can touch you spiritually.  Believe He can transform you today.   

Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale.  Sundays 8:30/10:30am.  Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available.  http://www.calvaryeastvale.org. 

Learning to Trust Yourself

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

            Your instincts can guide you well if you can just learn to trust yourself. Remember when you were younger and taking a test and you were told to go with the answer you first thought was correct.  This is truly the concept of trusting your instincts or your gut.  Nobody knows you better than you know yourself so it makes sense to learn to trust yourself to know what is best for you.  Think about how many times you have proven that you can trust your instincts.  Look at the evidence in your life about how many times you have been right about something. So then why is it you still doubt yourself and feel you can’t make good life decisions? It’s probably some lie about yourself left over from your childhood. You can learn to combat that lie by looking at the truth about what an amazing person you are today. 

            Take a moment right now and think about how far you have come.  Take some time to look at all of the evidence in your life that shows you that you are worthy of self- trust.  Take some time to think about how proud you are of where you’re at and that your mindset has really changed for the better.  Now that you are learning to value yourself you are making healthier and more functional decisions about your life.  Learn to journal as you continue to move forward in your personal growth and document each step as evidence that you can trust yourself and believe in yourself.  It’s really important that you start to recognize your progress and give credit to yourself to build the confidence you need to trust your instincts and in turn trust yourself. I believe in all of you and celebrate all of your personal growth and I’m here to tell you that you can trust yourself!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy is now accepting new clients.  She also works as a motivational speaker.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many courts mandated needs.  For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s book’s Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.

Autism Mom: This Little Light of Mine

By Melody Kraemer

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let shine.  I sing this to my boys almost daily to remind them that they have a light within them and let the world see it. 

 Being autistic, they may not fully understand the concept of what I am singing, but I know they are taking it in. 

 I pray my boys will grow up and be confident, have strength, follow their hearts, know they are essential in this world, and let their light shine. 

 I also take to heart that I need to shine my light and walk and talk with confidence. Not everyone I run into is kind or understanding of my boy’s ASD. On social media, some people could be mean and rude behind their keyboards.

At times I have been defensive, or I feel defeated. I get unsure of myself, and I question things.

I know I am the best mother for my kids though I let people dim my light or shake my confidence from their nasty words. I have to remind myself who I am. I am a child of God and I don’t need validation from anyone. We all have a light inside of us, so let’s go out and brighten up the world and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

  Deuteronomy 31:6: 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of  AutismMomAdventures.com

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Wash Your Car & Meet Your Neighbors

By Mark Hopper

I love the long summer evenings in Southern California. I love to get more things done after dinner with the extra daylight we enjoy in June and July. I was surprised the clock read 8:30 PM when I came into the house after washing my car.

An added bonus to the long summer evenings has been meeting more of my neighbors. There are a lot of men, women, and young adults walking past our house every evening. Many of them are doing laps around our block and come by several times. And many of them are walking with a spouse, children or exercise partner.

I like to pause what I am doing and say hello as people pass by. Some share encouraging comments on how nice my car looks. I like to return the compliment and tell them what a good job they are doing as they walk through our neighborhood.

Some people pause when I ask them their name or where they live. It has been challenging to learn new names and remember them the next time I see them. But I enjoy our brief conversations and I like getting to know my neighbors better.

There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). It is hard to love your neighbors if you don’t know your neighbors. One of the biggest obstacles to getting to know your neighbors is the garage door. People drive down the street, press the garage door opener, pull into their garage and close the door. It is pretty hard to get to know them when you can’t even speak to them.

Other obstacles include the back yard patio and the indoor air conditioning. It is interesting that older homes were built with a front porch. People would get out of their warm house on a summer evening and sit outside to enjoy a cool evening breeze. The front porch provided a natural setting to greet people walking by. It enabled neighbors to meet other neighbors.

Let me encourage you to get to know the neighbors who live around you. Why not wash your car during these long summer evenings and say hello to the people who walk by. Why not set up a lawn chair in your front yard instead of sitting in your air conditioned house or the back yard patio. You will be glad you did and your neighbors will too!

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – July 2021

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