Category Archives: Chino

The City of Eastvale News Complete Edition: July 2019

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format: https://anaprdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/2019-07-eastvalenews12pages.pdf

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: http://www.aqmd.gov/wildfire-health-infor-smoke-tips

Sheriff’s Deputy Killed by DUI Driver

Left: SBSD Deputy, Nicholas O’Loughlin, was off-duty & traveling south on Euclid Ave. in Chino when he was struck & killed by a drunk driver in the early morning hours of February 23rd. Right: Yijie Mao of Alhambra was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury, after police allege that he was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. (Photo courtesy Chino Police Department)

By City of Chino

Chino – Twenty-Eight year old San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin of Chino Hills was killed in an off-duty traffic collision in the early morning of February 17, 2019.

Officers responded to the intersection of Edison and Euclid Avenues at 12:31 a.m. for a report of a traffic collision. The preliminary investigation indicates that O’Loughlin was traveling south on Euclid Avenue in a 2006 Chevy Silverado when he was struck by 26-year-old Yijie Mao of Alhambra who was traveling west on Edison Avenue in a 2014 BMW compact SUV.

 O’Loughlin was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mao was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. He was booked at the Central Detention Center for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury. The road was closed for approximately nine hours while Traffic Investigators processed the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Bloch at (909) 334- 3018 or mbloch@chinopd.org.

Chino’s Plans to Expand Roadway Runs into Problems

City is forced to exercise their 5th Amendment right to Eminent Domain

By Izabella Salinas

Chino- The Pine Avenue Widening Project, Chino’s plan to expand Pine Avenue into six lanes, has hit an obstacle due to the City being unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the land needed for the expansion.  A resolution between the parties has not been easy, forcing the City to utilize “eminent domain.”

Eminent domain is the right provided by the Fifth Amendment in the constitution. It refers to the government’s ability to take private property for public use. However, they must provide the property owner with “just compensation,” which is determined by a property appraisal.

Lewis Operating Corporation plans to build 600 residential units, but their plan requires the dedication of certain land to the widening of Pine Avenue. This required land is part of the H&R Barthelemy Dairy Farm and has been in the Barthelemy family for over 70 years.  

Lewis Operating Corporation has been trying to obtain the land since last year but has been unable to reach an agreement with the family. Because of this, the City has voted to acquire the land by exercising their right of eminent domain.

“For the public purposes set forth herein, the City of Chino is authorized to acquire property through the exercise of eminent domain,” said the Chino City Hall Staff report.

The required easements for the project include a permanent easement of 110,766 square ft., slope easements, a drainage easement, a flooding easement, an access easement, and a temporary construction easement. An easement is the right to use another person’s land for a specified purpose.

“Pine Avenue needs to be widened to accommodate existing and future traffic due to development in the area,” said the Chino City Hall staff report.

The City of Chino states that the land owned by H&R Barthelemy Farms is necessary in order for their Pine Avenue Widening Project to move forward. The Project is deemed to be for the greater good of the public.

“The acquisition of the Easements is necessary for the Project because without them the Project cannot be constructed,” according to the staff report.

The Barthelemy family wishes to have their own appraisal of the property made and to be given a reasonable amount of time to do so.

“In order to engage in meaningful negotiation with the City, we wish to have the property independently appraised,” wrote Dan Barthelemy in a letter to the City.

In accordance to California eminent domain laws, the property owner does not have to accept the City’s offer and they are able to make a counter-offer.

No deal has yet been made.

Visit https://eminentdomain.uslegal.com/state-laws-on-eminent-domain/california/ to find more details about California eminent domain laws.

Chino Taking Action to Show They Care

By Izabella Salinas

Chino- Different members of the city of Chino have joined together to create a movement called “Chino Cares.”

Chino Cares is a movement with the ultimate goal to unite each group in the diverse Chino community. They plan to do this by asking members to pledge to five things: Be informed, be prepared, be connected, be committed, and be supportive. These pledges mean members must remain informed about the city, sign up for Chino’s mass communication system, commit to the safety of their neighbor, be prepared for disaster, and show support for the city by attending city events.

More than 200 city employees have pledged their allegiance to the campaign. The movement began with only city employees but has now expanded to allow residents, business owners, and organizations to join. Chino Cares believes that it is important for everyone to participate in the making of a more resilient community.

Since the expansion of membership to other parts of the community, there have been 180 households and eight businesses/organizations who have pledged to Chino Cares.

“We want to make our community even stronger so that we will be more resilient and recover more quickly when disaster strikes,” said Christin Wolff, the founder of Chino Cares.

Chino Cares hopes the concept of their movement will eventually reach every city across the nation.

“In a nation where communities are dividing over their differences, the City of Chino is looking to unify under the one sentiment that is common across the spectrum – ‘We Care’,” said the City of Chino website.

The campaign has provided special events for people in the community to meet members serving in the movement.

“We intend to do more of this in the future, bringing City Hall into our neighborhoods as another example of the ways in which ‘Chino Cares’,” said Christin Wolff.

The Chino Cares motto is, “Resilience through Unity.”

Visit http://www.cityofchino.org/chinocares to take the pledge and join the movement to unify.

Pine Ave. Widening Project Runs into Problems: City Forced to Use Fifth Amendment Right to Eminent Domain

Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale

By Izabella Salinas

Chino- The Pine Avenue Widening Project, Chino’s plan to expand Pine Avenue into six lanes, has hit an obstacle due to the City being unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the land needed for the expansion.  A resolution between the parties has not been easy, forcing the City to utilize “eminent domain.”

Eminent domain is the right provided by the Fifth Amendment in the constitution. It refers to the government’s ability to take private property for public use. However, they must provide the property owner with “just compensation,” which is determined by a property appraisal.

Lewis Operating Corporation plans to build 600 residential units, but their plan requires the dedication of certain land to the widening of Pine Avenue. This required land is part of the H&R Barthelemy Dairy Farm and has been in the Barthelemy family for over 70 years.  

Lewis Operating Corporation has been trying to obtain the land since last year but has been unable to reach an agreement with the family. Because of this, the City has voted to acquire the land by exercising their right of eminent domain.

“For the public purposes set forth herein, the City of Chino is authorized to acquire property through the exercise of eminent domain,” said the Chino City Hall Staff report.

The required easements for the project include a permanent easement of 110,766 square ft., slope easements, a drainage easement, a flooding easement, an access easement, and a temporary construction easement. An easement is the right to use another person’s land for a specified purpose.

“Pine Avenue needs to be widened to accommodate existing and future traffic due to development in the area,” said the Chino City Hall staff report.

The City of Chino states that the land owned by H&R Barthelemy Farms is necessary in order for their Pine Avenue Widening Project to move forward. The Project is deemed to be for the greater good of the public.

“The acquisition of the Easements is necessary for the Project because without them the Project cannot be constructed,” according to the staff report.

The Barthelemy family wishes to have their own appraisal of the property made and to be given a reasonable amount of time to do so.

“In order to engage in meaningful negotiation with the City, we wish to have the property independently appraised,” wrote Dan Barthelemy in a letter to the City.

In accordance to California eminent domain laws, the property owner does not have to accept the City’s offer and they are able to make a counter-offer.

No deal has yet been made.

Visit https://eminentdomain.uslegal.com/state-laws-on-eminent-domain/california/ to find more details about California eminent domain laws.

New Year, New Phase of the Pine Avenue Widening Project

By: Izabella Salinas

Chino- The city of Chino is advising residents and commuters to find alternate routes to Pine Avenue from January 4 to January 14.

This is the next phase in the multi-phase project to expand Pine Avenue from Euclid Avenue to Meadowhouse Avenue into six lanes. The improvements are said to be completed within 10 days, according to the City’s press release.

The closure will allow for work to be done to “provide additional traffic lanes and left turn lanes to ensure safety and improve traffic flow,” said the Chino press release.

This road closure is a phase part of a larger project that will eventually provide two lanes in each direction between Euclid Avenue and Meadowhouse Avenue. This is scheduled to occur during Spring 2019.

Commuters are being advised to use east/west Merrill Avenue and north/south Euclid Avenue and Flight Avenue while the construction takes place. For a full map of alternate routes, visit www.cityofchino.org/residents. Subscribe to Chino Notify to receive updates on the construction by visiting http://www.cityofchino.org/chinonotify.  

Century Communities hosted a grand-opening on November 3rd for The Bungalows and The Cottages at Stonebrook in Chino

New detached homes offer six different designs starting in the low $500s

Photo Courtesy: Century Communities

By Julie Satalowich

CHINO, CA, November 2018Century Communities, recently namedthe fastest-growing public builder by Buildermagazine, hosted a public grand-opening festivity onNov. 3 at Stonebrook featuring two new neighborhoods The Bungalows and The Cottagesstarting in the low $500s. The celebration was held at 13844 Farm House Ave. inChino and included a live broadcast from KFrog (95.1 FM), an In-N-Out Burgerfood truck and a raffle winning concert tickets.

Located near the Chino Spectrum Town Center, Century Communities’ The Bungalows and The Cottages at Stonebrook offers homebuyers a spectrum of lifestyle choices designed for entertaining. The Bungalows starts in the low $500s and includes three two-story plans ranging in size from 1,802 to 2,227 square feet, with choices of 3-5 bedrooms and up to three baths. The Cottages starts in the $600s and includes larger two-story floor plans with 3-5 bedrooms and up to 3baths. All homes at Stonebrook include two-car garages, comfortable dens, lofts, entertaining kitchens and optional covered outdoor living spaces.

Shane Bouchard, Southern California division president for Century Communities, said, “New home ownership—your way—is both affordable and flexible at Stonebrook. Growing families will appreciate living in this great community, which is close to freeways, Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.”

Stonebrook also offers homeowners access to a resort-style private community swim club with recreation center, access to a regional trail system, solar package options, no Mello-Roos fees and it’s convenient to the State Routes 60 and 71. Nearby schools include Edwin Rhodes Elementary, Magnolia Junior High and Chino High School.

Located 35 miles from Los Angeles, the city of Chino is bounded by Chino Hills to the west, Pomona to the northwest, San Bernardino County to the north, Ontario to the northeast, Eastvale to the southeast and Riverside County to the south. Because of the surrounding area’s pastoral and rural settings, Chino has been a popular site for numerous Hollywood films and TV shows. The Planes of Fame and Yanks Air Museums are popular tourist attractions at the Chino Airport.

Homebuyers interested in grand-opening sales opportunities can visit with community managers at the Stonebrook sales gallery. If you are traveling on the 60 Fwy exit Euclid Ave and head south or coming from the 71 Hwy exit S. Euclid and head north.  Entering from Euclid, turn onto Redbud Lane and follow the signs to the models and sales gallery.

  For more information, please visit https://www.centurycommunities.com/find-your-home/california  

About Century Communities:

Century Communities, Inc. (NYSE:CCS) is one of the nation’s largest U.S. homebuilders, engaged in all aspects of homebuilding, including the acquisition, entitlement and development of land and the construction, marketing and sale of quality homes designed to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers. The Colorado-based Company operates in 12 states across the West, Mountain, Texas and Southeast U.S. regions and offers title and lending services in select markets through its Parkway Title and Inspire Home Loan subsidiaries. To learn more about Century Communities please visit www.centurycommunities.com.

The City of Chino Names New Public Works Director

Staff Reports 

CHINO – After a competitive process, Amer Jakher has been selected to fill the position of Public Works Director. Mr. Jakher will serve as a key member of the City Manager’s Executive Management Team and will be responsible for the City’s capital improvement projects, traffic operations, fleet management and water distribution.

Mr. Jakher comes to the City of Chino following a 24-year career in public works. He most recently served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Beaumont also in San Bernardino County. Mr. Jakher comes with extensive experience in project and utility management, municipal engineering and public works operations.

Mr. Jakher says “I am honored to join the City of Chino and continue to help drive the city’s efforts in maintaining Chino as a vibrant and welcoming community. I look forward to working with staff and advancing the goals of the City Council in serving the community.”

City Manager Matt Ballantyne added, “Amer’s leadership and extensive public works experience impressed each of our interview panelists and Executive Management Team. I look forward to his assistance in delivering infrastructure projects and serving the needs of our community.”

Mr. Jakher is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino where he earned a Master of Public Administration. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University.

Mr. Jakher replaces former Director of Public Works and Assistant City Manager, Jose Alire who retires October 23 after 15 years of service with the City of Chino.

 

Local Community Kicks Off Season of Giving with Operation Christmas Child

By Samaritan’s Purse

 Chino— Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley area residents will gather to kick off the Samaritan’s Purse project’s collection season—packing more than 30,000 shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. These gift-filled shoeboxes will contribute to the project’s goal of reaching more than 11 million children in Jesus’ Name.

The San Gabriel Valley East Area Operation Christmas Child team invites you to kick off the Operation Christmas Child collection season at their 8th annual countdown event on Saturday, September 29 at Inland Hills Church (14670 Ramona Ave., Chino 91710). The event starts at 10:00 a.m.

Information, updates and Operation Christmas Child supplies will also be provided to equip volunteers to pack shoebox gifts and encourage others to do the same. Shoebox packer Grayson Wade will be sharing about his recent distribution trip to the Philippines. Children are welcome

The Chino drop-off location will be the first stop on a journey across the globe for thousands of gifts packed by local families. Together with the church worldwide, Operation Christmas Child will deliver these gifts to children in need overseas using whatever means necessary—boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (714) 432-7030 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

 

Go Human to Connecting Chino Community Festival

Photo: gohumansocal.org
Connecting Chino will showcase street improvements around the Chino Community Building on B Street, Eleventh Street and Twelfth Street that will make it safer for people to bike and walk in Chino.

City of Chino

Chino – The City of Chino and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Connecting Chino, a free open streets event to be held on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to allow residents and visitors to preview and test out planned street improvements included in the Chino Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

 

Connecting Chino will showcase street improvements around the Chino Community Building on B Street, Eleventh Street and Twelfth Street that will make it safer for people to bike and walk in Chino. The plan calls for a network of bicycle boulevards, or “neighborhood greenways,” which consist of street signage and pavement markings that clearly indicate that bicyclists share the road with drivers in residential areas. The bicycle and pedestrian improvements will increase connectivity for people accessing neighborhood destinations such as transit stops, local parks and schools.

 

“I am proud of the City of Chino’s commitment to make Chino a cycling and pedestrian friendly city by improving and increasing the number of safe bicycle lanes in the community. Thanks to this partnership with SCAG, the community will have the opportunity to experience what some of these improvements will look like,” said Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa.

 

Connecting Chino will bring together family, friends and neighbors to enjoy free activities including a kids’ bike skills workshop, bicycle repair, live entertainment and dance performances, an obstacle course bounce house, a community barbeque, a health and wellness fair, giveaways and more. Attendees are encouraged to attend this free community event on foot or by bike, scooter or skateboard.

Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa and SCAG Regional Council Member Ray Marquez will speak at a brief kickoff event on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the main stage adjacent to the Tenth Street Park playground. California State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez and San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman will also be in attendance.

 

SCAG’s Go Human campaign is working with cities and counties across Southern California to develop open streets events and safety demonstration projects, such as Connecting Chino, which promote safety while encouraging people to walk and bike more.

 

“To date, Go Human has supported 22 demonstration events in cities across the Southern California region and is committed to hosting an additional five events this year,” said SCAG President Alan D. Wapner. “Making it safer to bike and walk to local destinations not only boosts local economies, but it also expands mobility options beyond driving.”

 

Connecting Chino is the product of a partnership between the City of ChinoClean Transportation Funding – Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committeeand SCAG’s Go Human campaign. For more information, visit GoHumanSoCal.org/ConnectingChino.

Two Arrested for DUI at Checkpoint

By City of Chino

The Chino PD Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, August 24, 2018, at 11900 Central Avenue between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

 

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  Your PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

 

Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

 

The checkpoint resulted in the following:

  • 963 vehicles screened
  • 2 DUI arrests
  • 3 other arrests (two warrants/one for drugs)
  • 7 drivers cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended or revoked
  • 18 other citations for various infractions
  • 6 vehicles impounded or stored

 

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.

 

The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

Residential Burglary Suspect Arrested

Staff Reports 

CHINO – After an intensive investigation Chino Police Department Detectives identified and arrested a man in connection to an ongoing residential burglary where the victims had over $50,000 in valuables stolen from their home.

 

The incident occurred on July 11, 2018, at a residence in the 14700 block of Willamette Avenue in Chino. The suspect’s image was captured on video and was then shared on the Chino PD Facebook page. That post resulted in a citizen calling in with a tip. Detectives were able to follow up on the investigative lead and identify the suspect as Octavius Jamal Woodard – age 43 of Pomona.

 

After some very thorough investigating methods Detectives were able to locate and arrest Woodard in the city of Long Beach. They brought him back to the Inland Empire and booked him into the West Valley Detention Center on burglary charges.

 

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that several pieces of the victim’s property had been sold to a pawn shop by Woodard. The merchandise has since been recovered from the shop.

 

The investigation is still ongoing.

 

2 Chino Women Arrested for Kidnapping, Attempted Murder

Staff Reports

Chino – Two women were arrested, following a vehicle pursuit in Chino. Police discovered an unconscious woman in the passenger seat of their vehicle with a cord wrapped around her neck, said officials on Wednesday, August 22.

Authorities indicated the suspects and the victim may be acquainted. It seems they had been involved in a disagreement while they were traveling together from Los Angeles to Indio.

The victim fell asleep during the first half of the trip Tuesday morning. The suspects, Kyanna 23, and Brittney Patterson, 21, allegedly began suffocating and strangling the victim until she lost consciousness, the Chino Police Department said in a news release.

Authorities have not disclosed whether the women, both Monrovia residents, are related.

Officers responded to a call made by a witness who reportedly saw a distressed passenger screaming for help from a silver sedan near the Circle K gas station at 12895 Mountain Ave. at around 7:20 a.m.

Responding officers were able to locate the four-door sedan on Benson Avenue. The officers tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver failed to stop, police said.

The woman behind the wheel was speeding and driving recklessly before she eventually collided with two other vehicles at the intersection of Riverside Drive and 10th Street.

The suspects were seen running from the car on foot, and officers pursued on foot and shortly caught up the suspects. Both women were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and attempted murder, according to police reports.

When officers approached the vehicle, they discovered the victim unconscious in the passenger seat of the vehicle. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance, where she was listed in stable condition, authorities said.

Officials have not released the victim’s name only that she is 28 years old.

Inmate records show both suspects were being held on $1 million bail at the West Valley Detention Center and were scheduled to appear in court Thursday, August 23.

 

Chino Loses $1.5 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Staff Reports

Chino – The City of Chino reached a $1.5 million settlement with a mobile home park owner who brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging the council’s actions caused a loss of income by delaying and interfering with plans to convert the park to resident ownership.

The lawsuit originally asked for $34 million when it was filed in 2010 by Chino MHC the owner of Lamplighter Chino Mobile Home Park located on the northwest corner of Philadelphia Street and Ramona Avenue.

The debate that has been going on for years between the city and Chino MHC began in the spring 2010. The planning commission approved a tentative tract map to the mobile home park owners who wanted to require residents living there to purchase the individual spaces their homes sat on, along with shares in common facilities such as the clubhouse.

In April 2010, the city council overturned the planning commission’s decision based on a plea for help from the residents.

The council’s decision prompted Chino MHC to file two lawsuits, one alleging the loss of income, and a second, asking the court to approve the mobile home park owners’ conversion plan.

In early 2011, Superior Court Judge Joseph Brisco ruled that the city could not prohibit the conversion of the park, regardless if most of the residents were against the plan.

The city appealed and lost in October 2012, when it was ruled the city council doesn’t have the power to stop the conversion of the mobile home park to tenant ownership.  Unless the city could prove the owner was taking the step to avoid the city’s rent control policy unless mobile home parks they just don’t have a case.

In October 2013, after a three-hour public hearing, the council voted 3-0 to allow Chino MHC to sell the lots in the park thus ending the legal battle that the city estimates had already cost the taxpayers half a million dollars. The only comfort the residents who opposed the plan got was a written guarantee by Chino MHC that no one would be evicted.

One of the documents filed by the park owner during its lengthy confrontation with the city was a “tenant impact report” that waives the owner’s right to evict any tenant.

About 80 percent of the residents qualified as low-income tenants 2013 according to court documents. The park owner will be allowed to increase those rents at the same rate the cost of living index allows each year after the park is converted and the city’s rent-control ordinance was no longer in effect.

Fred Galante, the City’s Attorney, said, “The Settlement Agreement resolves long-standing disputes and litigation between the parties.  The settlement makes clear that it is not an admission of any wrongdoing whatsoever on the part of the City. The City believes it had good defenses, the settlement resolves long-standing litigation and saves further expenditure of legal fees and eliminates any risk of potential liability.”

 

As part of the settlement approved by the council on July 17, the city must approve, permit, and allow the recording of the final tract map for the mobile home park conversion by the end July.

The settlement gave the City until the middle of this month to pay the 1.5 million dollars awarded to Chino MHC.

 

Mike Kolling Retires After Almost 3 Decades of Service

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Mike Kolling retired from the City of Chino after 29 plus years of employment. Kolling retired from the position of Capital Projects and Building Maintenance Manager after a long illustrious career. The City hosted a special retirement luncheon for a very special and distinguished guest.

Kolling was hired as an Associate Park Planner by Chino in December 1988 and shortly after promoted to Capital Projects Manager. Kolling is a licensed landscape architect.

During Kolling’s tenure, he designed and was the projects manager for many of the new parks you see in the city today.  The skate park and the expansion of Ayala Park are just a couple examples of the scope of projects he managed. He was also the project manager for the construction of major facilities in the City of Chino, including the Carolyn Owens Community Center, Chino Police Department Facility, Fire Stations No. 1 and No. 3 and the training center.

In 2001 and 2012 Kolling was named the Employee of the Year Award by the City of Chino. He loved that he got to volunteer as the Chino Relay For Life Logistics Lead from 2003-2017. He put in hundreds of hours planning the course and the site where it was held each year. In 2018 Kolling reached a milestone by donating 100 gallons of blood.

The Chino City Council recognized Kolling at the July 17 City Council meeting, he was presented with a tile of the City Of Chino’s official seal.

Mike Kolling’s accomplishments during his time with the City:

1997 Cypress Trails Park

1998 Neighborhood Activity Center

2001 Chaffey College Chino Campus Development

2001 Chino Youth Museum

2001 Chino Experience Teen Center

2002 2004 Aguiar Square Development Phase I and II

2003 Chino Skate Park at Ayala Park

2005 Shady Grove Park

2005 Monte Vista Park Medical Clinic

2005 Current AG Preserve and College Park Development

2006 Paseo Del Sol Development

2006 CDF Helipad Project

2006 Chino High School Track Improvements

2006 Council Chambers Remodel

2007 Carolyn Owens Community Center

2007 Chino Valley Fire District, Fire Station No. 3

2011 Chino Valley Fire District, Fire Station no. 3 and Training Center

2012 Chino Police Department Facility Development

2016 Chino Community Garden

Master Plan Projects for:

Ayala Park Expansion Master Plan

Downtown Civic Center Master Plan

Recreation and Open Space Master Plan

East Chino Specific Plan

AG Preserve Master Plan

Southern California Edison Easement Master Plan

 

 

Suspects Arrested in Attempted Murder

By Anthony Saude

CHINO – Two suspects were arrested this week for attempted murder. The investigation began on July 10, 2018, in the early morning hours when officers responded to a call of a possible fight in the area of Park Avenue and Benson Avenue.

Officers arrived at the scene and found two victims of a stabbing in the 12800 block of 16th Street. The victims were a male and female adult were transported via ambulance to a local area hospital. Once there they were treated and their condition was stabilized. Detectives immediately began processing the crime scene and investigating all the leads available to them.

Later that evening, based on the evidence detectives were able to identify Ricky Mathew Barrera, age 19 of Chino, as one of the suspects. A search warrant was issued and officers served it at his residence in the 5700 block of Riverside Drive. Barrera was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder with a gang enhancement. He was booked and placed into the West Valley Detention Center.

Throgh further investigation the Detectives on the case were able to identify a second suspect, a 17-year-old male resident of Chino. On Wednesday, July 11, detectives served a search warrant at the juvenile’s residence in the 13100 block of 4th Street where he was taken into custody. Both suspects were arrested and booked for the charges listed below: • Ricky Mathew Barrera: booked at the West Valley Detention Center for attempted murder and gang enhancement. • 17-year-old male: booked at San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall for attempted murder. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Chinnis at (909) 334-3047 or at cchinnis@chinopd.org.

Bev Mo Moving to Chino

By Anthony Saude

Chino – BevMo BevMo has been frustrated by the diminished condition of the Chino Hills center they are currently located and will leaving to relocate to the City of Chino. This is another big blow to the struggling northern section of the Chino Hills Marketplace located at Peyton Drive and the 71 Freeway.

BevMo, a big box retailer that specializes in beer, wine, and spirits, will be relocating to the empty storefront where Party City used to be in the Chino Spectrum.

BevMo has applied for two alcoholic beverage control licenses that include one for alcohol tasting, they will be in front of the Chino Planning Commission for approval next week.

The news came as a surprise to Chino Hills Mayor Peter Rogers and members of the Chino Hills Planning Commission even though city staff members have known about it for a month.

City officials were aware that BevMo was looking for a location but thought they were trying to stay in Chino Hills, no one had heard of its commitment to Chino.

Planning Commission Chairman Stephen Romero said he was not aware of the move either but wasn’t surprised that tenants are fleeing the shopping center.

Reports state that City Manager Rad Bartlam sent a memorandum to the council and the three commissions, department directors, and other staff members, announcing BevMo’s move to Chino. The memo also contained an update on the shopping center.

Bankruptcy

The shopping center was once owned by a group of investors called CRCH LLC, led by developer Lloyd Yeonsu Lee.

The investment group defaulted on its loan last year, not long after plans for an Asian-themed complex with 120 apartments fell apart.

The county assessor shows the investment group Peyton Drive Holdings LLC as the current owner according to care of CW Capital Asset Management LLC.

U.S. Bank sold the property to an investment company called Lakha for $34.2 million, the very same group that previously owned the shopping center and sold it to Mr. Lee’s group.

Lakha then sold the property to CW Capital for the same amount.

Over several years the much maligned shopping center has lost Sport Chalet, Best Buy, and SteinMart.

A damaged slope and water line in the back of the shopping center led to the city restricting access to the center which has prevented truck deliveries.

What’s left?

The remaining large stores are PetSmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Dollar Tree. It has been reported that PetSmart has expressed interest in relocating but is approaching a potential move slowly.

Sales for Bed Bath and Beyond have continued to steadily decline like many other big box stores have over the last few years.

Dollar Tree has not indicated an interest in moving out of the center.

The northern end of Crossroads Marketplace also includes Wendy’s, Fazoli’s, 85 C Bakery Cafe, and others.

Metz Air Control Voted #1 in Customer Satisfaction

Metz Air Control has been in business since 1977 and is located in Chino. Jon and Bryan Metz are brothers that own the business together. Metz Air Control 14732 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710 Call for more information (909) 393-0383 Website: http://www.metzaircontrol.com

By Anthony Saude

Chino – It is that time again, summer in the Inland Empire and it has started off very, very hot this year and you are going to want to call somebody you can trust if you need them. Metz Air Control has been in business since 1977 and is located in Chino.  The family owned once small company has recently expanded to 15 employees.  Jon and Bryan Metz are brothers own the business together. They are dedicated and determined to uphold the core values their father taught them about business and life years ago.  They pride themselves on offering honest and dependable service.

 

Metz Air Control has received many notable awards over the years for their professional installation and superior customer service:

 

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.

 

Metz Air Control received the Dealer of the year award from Trane, which is the highest recognition given by Trane. Every year they are recognized by Trane for outstanding customer service based on customer satisfaction surveys.

 

The communities of Chino & Chino Hills voted Metz Air Control the People’s Choice Award for the “Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company” for the past 3 consecutive years.

 

Metz Air Control is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau, 5-star YELP Company and comes highly recommended from Angie’s List.

 

Every technician is background checked and trained to provide an exceptional experience for their customers.  The office staff has also 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, we will make sure you are pleased with your overall experience.

 

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.

 

This past year, Metz Air Control began providing 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. Please call the office for more information about this program.

Seasonal specials include maintenance discounts, manufacturer rebates, and promotional offers that can always be found on their website www.metzaircontrol.com for more information

 

Metz Air Control offers many financing options to fit your individual needs.

 

Metz Air Control is licensed, bonded, and insured.  Every technician is background checked and trained to provide exceptional service.  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.

Don’t be fooled; if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

 

 

98 Citations Issued for Illegal Fireworks

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Excitement was growing as the skies were growing dark in Chino and Chino Hills on the fourth of July just before the skies lit up like a, well like the fourth of July, as residents began their fireworks show —legal and illegal.

Chino police wrote 98 citations for illegal fireworks, modification of safe and sane fireworks, and use of fireworks in parks and off limits locations. It was the most citations written by the police for these violations since 2004.

Chino Hills police only issued three fireworks-related citations on America’s 242nd birthday after three consecutive years of writing zero.

In 2017 Chino police only wrote 64 citations.

The penalty for offenders could be fines of up to $1,000, police said.

Sale of safe and sane fireworks from noon July 1 to 9 p.m. July 4 is allowed in most neighborhoods of Chino. All fireworks are illegal in Chino Hills and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County boundaries.

A new record was set this year when 2,210 pounds of illegal fireworks was seized by police beginning June 7, it included 1,443 pounds on July 4 alone.

Last year, officers seized 1,189 pounds of illegal devices.

If the fireworks explode, fly or do not have the California Fire Marshal’s seal of approval they are considered illegal.

Teams of police officers and Chino Valley Fire officials scoured both cities, looking for anybody using illegal fireworks, or using legal fireworks in restricted areas.

Three people suffered fireworks-related injuries; the most severe was to a man in his late 40s in the13000 block of Fourth Street. The unidentified man suffered his injury just after 9:30 p.m. when an illegal firework exploded in his hand, causing severe injuries.

Chino Valley Medical Center also reported two people were treated for fireworks-related injuries.

A 21-year-old man injured both thumbs and a 16-year-old boy suffered minor burns and abrasions on his forehead.

32 fireworks-related calls for service came into Chino Hills Police Department. Fireworks calls began around 6:40 p.m. and the last call was received at approximately 4:57 a.m. There weren’t any fireworks-related fire calls received all evening. There was a large bag of fireworks was confiscated as well.

Ten Chino Hills deputies patrolled the city, he added.

A car fire in the parking lot of Harkins Theatre at 3070 Chino Ave in Chino Hills was reported at 10:27 p.m. it was reported to be due to mechanical problems, not fireworks.

In Chino, safe and sane fireworks are legal to use in certain residential neighborhoods, there were 5 fireworks-related fires all reported between 8:51 p.m. and 10:29 p.m.

Trash container fires were reported at 14235 Ramona Ave. and 13157 Ninth St. and a box of used fireworks were burning in a parking lot of Chino Chaffey College Campus at 5897 College Park Ave.

Chino police received 272 fireworks-related calls on July 4, said Chief Karen Comstock.