Category Archives: Corona

Pastor’s Corner: The Man In The Mirror (Part Two)

Mark Hopper

In my previous article I shared about how we need to take a look in the mirror and see what changes we need to make in our own life. The words of the song Man in the Mirror and the story of the pastor with the rebellious daughter really drive home the principle that change needs to begin with you.

Many years ago I attended a helpful seminar on leadership. I picked up some useful ideas on how to be a more effective leader of our staff and our church. One of the speakers was Ken Blanchard, he was well known for his best-selling book – The One Minute Manager.  He shared an illustration that he often used with business leaders that has been very helpful to me as a husband, pastor and leader.

He said that when things are not going well, a foolish manager will look out his office window and place the blame on his workers. Why are sales and production declining? The employees must not be doing their jobs. On the other hand, when things are going well, a foolish manager will look in a mirror and congratulate himself for the great job he is doing.

Blanchard went on to say that when things are going well and sales are up and production is growing, a wise manager will look out the window and recognize the success is due to the hard work of his employees. And, when sales are down and production is declining, a wise manager will look in the mirror and ask himself – What am I doing wrong? What steps do I need to take to help our business improve?

There is a passage in the Bible where King David ignored the warning of his own advisors and demanded that his staff count the number of troops under his command. This action resulted in the death of a number of innocent people. David realized his mistake and asked God to forgive him and stop the devastation and destruction. He accepted responsibility for his arrogant behavior (Second Samuel chapter 24). If things aren’t going well in your life or business, let me encourage you to take a good look in the mirror. Ask yourself – what changes do you need to make in your life? Accept responsibility and change what you are doing. And if things are going well in your life or business, I hope you will give the credit to God and to the people who have made it possible. They will be glad you did and you will too.

Pastor Hopper has published a book with 365 of his articles and stories. The title is “Let Me Encourage You”. The cost is $25 which includes shipping. Order your copy at markh@efreedb.org.

Make Your Backyard Extreme

Michael Armijo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inland Christian Home: Quality Environment For Seniors

Staff Reports

Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists seniors in many ways. They are located at 1950 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario. For more info call (909)467-6153 or visit http://www.ichome.org.

Ontario- Inland Christian Home, was founded by a number of local churches and began providing services in 1978. The primary mission of the community is a reflection of the heritage of its founders: to provide quality affordable individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, it’s a place you can feel right at home. The community’s non-profit status promotes this mission as there are no owners who profit from its operation and all the revenues received are reinvested into the operations of the facility.

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, it is important to know they have options. The aging process is not always an easy one and, at times requires the assistance of others. Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists in many ways. Its primary mission is to provide quality, affordable, individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, making it a place you can feel right at home.

Inland Christian Home, being licensed as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) through the Department of Social Services, provides many different levels of care which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Adult day care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Custodial Home care Services. The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds, offers seniors very unique advantages. Our philosophy is to encourage our residents to live as independently as possible at the lowest level of care. Our residents’ individual needs and desires are always considered in the arrangement of these services. We want Inland to be their home, not the facility in which they live, where all are treated as individuals and they participate and are given choices in how they live.

The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds offers residents some very unique advantages. Residents can continue to reside at the community even though their abilities may change. Resident and their families have the comfort in knowing that their needs will be met. Inland Christian Home is a close-knit community that promotes the maintaining of social relationship residents have with other residents, friends, and family.

Inland Christian Home also provides services to those who prefer to stay in their own homes. Custodial Home Care services make it possible by providing assistance with housekeeping, cooking, shopping, meal preparation, bathing, and dressing through educated caregivers.

Inland Christian Home is here to promote aging in place, and gives seniors the ability to live at the lowest level of care even though their abilities change and their families have the comfort in knowing their needs will be met; making it a place you can feel right at home.

Inland Christian Home is located at 1950 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario. To learn more about their facility or to schedule a tour, call (909) 467-6153 or (909) 983-0084 visit www.ichome.org.

Pastor’s Corner: The Man In The Mirror

Mark Hopper

Many years ago, I heard a pastor share his story about his relationship with his teenage daughter. He was discouraged and concerned that his daughter was angry and frustrated with him. One day he took his whole family to a local park. As they sat on some tree stumps, he asked his wife and each of their children this question – “What changes do I need to make in my life that can help heal our family”? He said it hurt deeply as each of them shared some of their frustrations with him. His teenage daughter was the most vocal. She told her father that he was too busy and he never listened to her.

After each of them shared, he told them he needed some time to be alone and think about what they had said. As he got up to leave, his daughter stopped him and said she needed to ask him the same question. “What changes did she need to make in her life?” This was a turning point in their strained relationship. His heart was softened and he began to make some changes in his schedule and he spent more time with his daughter. The daughter’s heart was softened and she began to make changes in her life too.

There is a passage in the Bible where Jesus said, “Before you try to remove the speck from your brother’s eye, you need to remove the log from your own eye” (Matthew 7:1-5). If there is a problem in your family, marriage or other relationship – the place to begin is in your own life. Look in a mirror and ask yourself this question – what am I doing that is causing problems in our relationship? What changes do I need to make in my life that will help heal the wounds and restore my relationship with others?

There is a song from the 1980’s written by a famous singer with the title – Man in the Mirror. Some of the words are, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change. I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways”.

I love the phrase – Changed people change people. I believe that when you make positive changes in your life it will produce positive changes in others too.  Your words, attitudes and actions can have a positive or negative impact on others. Let me encourage you to look in the mirror and ask yourself – what changes do I need to make in my life. You can ask your spouse, children or a trusted friend too. Pray and ask God to reveal some things to you that you need to change in your life with His help. You will be glad you did and those around you will too.

Pastor Hopper has published a book with 365 of his articles and stories. The title is “Let Me Encourage You”. The cost is $25 which includes shipping. Order your copy at markh@efreedb.org.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – There is a lot of construction happening in the City of Eastvale and new businesses proposed to come soon. Here is an update of how the community is growing.

On Aug. 10, JCSD started construction on water service lines, which will take place through Sept. 25. “Please be advised that there will be an increase in noise levels and temporary asphalt patches,” stated the City.

On Aug. 6, it was also announced that there will be construction work related to pressure betterment improvements on a gas main on Hellman Avenue beginning Aug. 10 – Aug. 14. “Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected,” stated a news release. “It is recommended that the area be avoided if possible, as there will be intermittent lane closures on the north bound side. At least one lane will remain open at all times.”

On Aug. 5, Chino Preserve Development Corp performed construction activities on Legacy Park Street and East Preserve Loop in the City of Chino.

For additional information about any construction in Eastvale, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.

On Aug. 2, a long-term lane reduction was announced to take place on the westbound SR-60 from Country Village Road to Wineville Road. Lanes will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes. Re-striping began on Aug. 2 followed by k-rail placement. This lane reduction will allow for accelerated pavement work to take place. Changeable message signs are utilized along the I-10 and the I-215 to alert motorists of the lane reductions on SR-60. “The right lane on eastbound SR-60 from Archibald Avenue to Mission Blvd. will remain closed during construction to allow for accelerated pavement work,” stated a news release. “The closure will be monitored for traffic impacts and based on traffic volumes.”

On July 28, the City of Eastvale reminded the community to join the conversation about the City’s general plan. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov and click on the Eastvale 2040 project square to download worksheets from the kid’s corner, answer a survey, and share your voice through our forums.

On July 23, the City introduced the new Building Official, Jerry Arellano, and the City’s new Assistant Planner, Allen Lim.

On July 14, the City announced that new anchors are being proposed at The Station located in the Goodman Commerce Center. “This includes a Grocery Store, a medium retail building, and a Food Hall.”

On July 3, the City also announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court on the corner of Limonite and Hamner. Fire Wings will offer guests over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal. More details will be added soon about their arrival.

Eastvale Mayor Not Running For Re-Election

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On July 14th, Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott announced that he will not run for re-election in Eastvale.

“I have been very fortunate the last few years to serve as a Councilmember and currently as Mayor for the Great City of Eastvale,” said Plott in a Facebook post. “After some personal reflection and conversations with the Family it has been determined that I will not run a re-election in our City.”

Plott says his reason for not running for re-election is because he and his wife are in process of extending their family. They are progressing through the Foster to Adopt Program and are planning ahead as they move closer to their goal.

Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott. Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale.

 “…I feel that it is best to make myself more available to the needs of my Family,” said Plot. “Furthermore, my workload is continuing to increase which plays another factor into this decision making process.”

“I will be forever grateful to the Residents and Constituents of this City. Your countless love and support during these years has not gone unnoticed,” said Plot. “I want you all to know that I have left nothing on the table. I have literally given a 100% energy and effort to this position in hopes to be the most suitable representative during these times. And it is my promise, that I will continue with that same energy and effort till the end of year….especially during these challenging times.”

He ended the Facebook post by thanking the community and saying how blessed he feels to have been able to serve as Mayor. He also thanked his wife, April, for her sacrifice as he served.

Plott has lived in Eastvale for several years and was born and raised in the City of Chino. He was elected Mayor in 2019 and he was previously a City Council Member for 3 years.

Brandon’s professional background evolves from the private sector and includes having worked in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions and as a Corporate Accounts Manager for a large privately-held Security/Fire Alarm Company, according to the City of Eastvale. “As a leader within the company, Brandon has a successful track record of generating revenues, implementing productive policies, and managing large teams in order to achieve growth.”

Brandon studied at Fullerton College, Brigham Young University, and California State University, Fullerton. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from California State University, Fullerton. 

Crime Recap: July

Joseph Garibay, age 41. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – In the last month, a few incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Possession of a Loaded Shotgun and Narcotics

INCIDENT DATE: August 2, 2020

WHERE: Harada Heritage Park, Eastvale

Rebeccah Fleming, age 28. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

On August 2, at 8:40 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale saw a suspicious vehicle parked at Harada Heritage Park and contacted the occupants, Joseph Garibay (age 41) and Rebeccah Fleming (age 28).  Both reside of Northern California.  Deputies searched the vehicle pursuant to their probation terms and located a loaded shotgun, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia.  Both occupants were arrested and booked for numerous felony charges, to include Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Narcotics while Armed. 

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Huggins #4496 at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Theft of Mail, Identity Theft, Burglary, Violation of Probation, Felony Warrant-Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: July 18, 2020

WHERE: 1400 Block of Valley Drive, Norco

On Saturday, July 18, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station conducted an investigation regarding theft of mail in the 1400 block of Valley Drive, Norco. Deputies found that a suspect broke into the community mail box, stole mail, and used a credit card to make fraudulent purchases at various retail locations. 

Jacob Andrew Williamson, age 26. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Norco Special Enforcement Team deputies followed up on several leads. On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 around 8:45 pm, they located the vehicle involved in the theft and conducted an enforcement stop in the City of Riverside. The driver was contacted and identified as Jacob Andrew Williamson, a 26-year old, resident of Jurupa Valley. After an interview with Williamson, he was arrested. 

Jacob Andrew Williamson, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on No-Bail for a Felony Warrant.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Faucher at (951) 270-5673.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. River Road was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene. At this time it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

Autism Mom: School

Melody Kraemer

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths

We had made it through March, April, May, June, and July, and we anticipated August. August was when school was going to start. It may not have been the traditional full learning days or even five days a week, but we would be back on campus.

Every day my little one asks me for school. I told him on August 10th. That was my mistake; I had high hopes. As the days got closer, the excitement got higher and I was so happy for him.

He doesn’t understand why he is home. He doesn’t understand anything about this pandemic around him. All he knows is he stopped going to school. I know he misses his daily routine, his classes, his teachers, and learning.

Every day he would tell me, “We go school August,10th!”

Then one afternoon, the governor came on and declared it was not safe to go back that only distance learning will take place until at least the end of August. Sadness filled my heart and the worrying about how I would explain this to him crossed my mind as I looked at my little boy.

Now I am all for safety and health, so when it is safe to go back, we will go back to school. Though try and explain that to an autistic child. 

I have to tell him his teacher is sick, that is why he can’t go to school. That statement does satisfy him. Thank goodness, he understands that much.

I am frustrated that distance learning will be part of our lives once again, which did not have a positive impact on our daily life back in March, April, and May. My two autistic boys had the hardest time with distant learning, but we will have to make the best of it and see where it takes us. We can only hope and pray that by the end of August, we will be able to step back on to the school campus and move forward. Though until then I have to trust God above and lean on his understanding and not mine. Better days are ahead; I do believe that. 

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Construction Update: Week of August 17, 2020

Riverside County Transportation Commission

This week, crews will continue working on the project drainage systems. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Transportation Commission.

Daily intermittent lane closures will continue this week along Summerhill Dr. and Grape St. at Railroad Canyon Rd. for curb and gutter work. Northbound on- and off-ramps at Railroad Canyon will be closed nightly.

Community members may notice increased noise during the next two to three weeks as crews drive piles for the widening of the Railroad Canyon bridge at I-15. Work will occur during daytime hours. We apologize for this noisy work.

Local Street & Ramp Work

Date: Monday (8/17)  – Thursday (8/20)

Time: Daily 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nightly 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Details: Intermittent lane closures along Summerhill Dr. and Grape St. at Railroad Canyon Rd. The streets will remain open to through traffic.

Date: Monday (8/17)  – Thursday (8/20)

Time: Nightly 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Details: Northbound Railroad Canyon on- and off-ramps closed intermittently.

Date: Friday (8/21)

Time: Daily 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nightly 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Details: Intermittent lane closures along Summerhill Dr. and Grape St. at Railroad Canyon Rd. The streets will remain open to through traffic.

Date: Friday (8/21)

Time: Nightly 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Details: Northbound Railroad Canyon on- and off-ramps closed intermittently.

Project Background

The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), in partnership with Caltrans and the City of Lake Elsinore, is upgrading the Interstate 15 Railroad Canyon Interchange in Lake Elsinore. RCTC is the lead agency for this project.

The project will improve safety and capacity by adding lanes, modifying ramps, and building sidewalks and bike lanes along Railroad Canyon Road. These improvements will help residents and other travelers move through this area and reach businesses and other “Dream Extreme” attractions in Lake Elsinore.

Please expect periodic closures to lanes and ramps, slow down, allow extra travel time, watch for construction crews and equipment, be alert to changing conditions, follow detours, and stay informed by checking construction updates, social media, and mapping apps.

Councilmember Tessari Resigns

Staff Reports

Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale.

Eastvale – It was announced on Aug. 12 that Councilmember Joe Tessari will resign from the Eastvale City Council. “Joe and his wife Lanee are off to start a new adventure in the State of Texas,” stated the City.

Joe has made a huge impact on the city as a member of the City Council, Planning Commission, and he was a proponent of Eastvale’s incorporation from the beginning. He served throughout the City, first one of the City’s first Planning Commissioners until August 2014. He was then “appointed to the Eastvale City Council in August 2014, re-elected in November 2016, and continued to serve until today,” stated the release. “He also served as Mayor in the City of Eastvale in 2017.”

As a volunteer, he served as a Board member and Club President for the Eastvale Kiwanis Club for over 7 years. Tessari helped champion the Roadway Adoption Program, along with several other charitable events in our City.

“We wanted to take a moment to thank Joe for all that he has done for our community,” stated the City. “Best of luck to Joe and Lanee on their move to Texas. We’ll miss you!”

COVID Updates for Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding businesses closing, sports activities opening, and new testing available in the City of Eastvale.

First, it was announced that COVID-19 Testing is available at Silverlakes Sports Complex with a 60 minute result option for a $150 fee. To book an appointment, text “Lifeline” to 96000. Or for more information, please visit wearelifelinehealth.com or call 424.220.6560.

In August, it was announced that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a program that will recruit youngsters to help support the community response to the deadly pandemic. $2 Million was approved to launch this Youth Community Corps. For the full news release, please visit: https://bit.ly/39YKm1u

On Aug. 4, it was announced that organized youth sports activities, sports conditioning, and practices may resume at local parks with JCSD Parks and Recreation Department Field allocation permits. JCSD is working with local sports groups to coordinate field use. For additional information, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov.

On July 28, the City announced that an antibody study shows coronavirus spread wider in Riverside County. “Results of a COVID-19 antibody testing study indicate the virus may have infected more than 100,000 Riverside County residents,” stated the City. “This finding underscores the need to wear face coverings as people may have the virus without any symptoms, then easily spread it to others when not wearing a mask or keeping six feet of distance.” For the full news release, please visit: https://bit.ly/337Zg43

On July 28, Riverside County health officials reminded residents to call 9-1-1 when they have urgent health needs. Officials are reminding residents to seek emergency care when they have potentially serious symptoms such as chest pains, shortness of breath or signs of a stroke, and not wait to call 9-1-1 out of fear of catching coronavirus.
On July 19, the City temporarily suspended the enforcement of street sweeping violations effective Monday, July 20. “This is designed to help our residents and our City get through this unique time together as more people will be at home during the next few weeks,” according to the City.

Please note that the City will continue to enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard. “We ask that you do your part and park responsibly, be courteous to others and be mindful of public safety. Thank you for your patience and understanding,” stated the City.

On July 17, Superintendent Dr. Lin of Corona Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) sent out an update regarding the physical return of students for the 2020-21 school year.

“Out of an abundance of caution, CNUSD will be delaying the physical return of all students for the 2020-21 school year due to the recent elevated health risk conditions of COVID–19 in Riverside County.” The notice continued, “This plan of action has not been reached lightly. All possible options for opening our schools in a safe manner have been thoroughly considered. The only safe option at this time is a temporary full remote learning option. It is our intent to move to a physical return when it is safe to do so.”

On July 13, all Counties were announced to close indoor operations per State Executive Order, including: restaurants, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertaining centers, museums and zoos, and cardrooms. In addition, 30 counties will now be required to close indoor operations for: Fitness Centers, Places of Worship, Offices for Non-Critical Sectors, Personal Care Services, Hair Salons and Barbershops, and Malls.

If a restaurant in Eastvale is interested in providing outdoor dining, then the restaurant can obtain a temporary use permit by clicking here: https://bit.ly/39ZXGCT For questions and information please contact our Planning Department at 951.703.4460 or by email planning@eastvaleca.gov.

Autism Mom: Patience!

Melody Kraemer

Ephesians 4:2 | NIV
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in
love”


Someone once told me that they don’t pray to God for patience because if you ask God for more patience, he will give you more things to be patient about in the day.
With my two boys, I sure don’t need that.


So how do I ask God to get me through the day? I pray for peace and
calmness within myself. My (autistic) boys will jump, climb and put anything
they find in their mouths. They will lick windows, pick up bugs, once my son
put a bee in his mouth!


Some days I feel like I’m a jumping bean watching after them. I find myself looking up to the heavens many times and saying, “I’m losing it here, help.” Usually, by noon, I am so drained, all my patience is gone. Though I know God heard my prayer because at that moment, my oldest boy will come up to me, put his arms around me and say, “Mom, I think you need a hug”. Or my little one who is not much on words will crawl up in my lap and put his head down on me, just at that moment when I feel I no longer have the patience to deal with life. I may get pushed over my limit on patience throughout the day, but I know God is there, putting calmness in my heart. Life and raising kids is all about love, understanding, grace and a whole lot of patience. I thank God daily for the patience I have.


Melody Kraemer is the Editor
and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For
more information or general encouragement, feel free to email
her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Pastor’s Corner: Water Pressure

Mark Hopper

When was the last time you checked the water pressure in your house? Most people have never checked it. We just turn on the faucet and we are thankful to have running water in our homes. We assume the water pressure is fine until we have a problem. Recently a hose burst in our bathroom in the middle of the night. My wife heard a noise and woke me up at 3:00 AM.  The noise came from the bathroom at the other end of the house. The hose that supplied water to the toilet had burst and it looked like a fire hose was flooding the bathroom, bedroom and hallway. I quickly turned off the valve but the water damage was extensive. I wondered why the small hose had burst and flooded the rooms. The next day I checked the water pressure in our house and discovered it was 120 PSI – twice what it should be. A few weeks later I was able to replace the water pressure regulator which reduced the pressure down to a normal 60 PSI.

Just as high water pressure can damage your home and high blood pressure can damage your heart, outbursts of anger can cause serious physical and emotional damage to yourself and to others. Two different words are used to describe anger in Ephesians 4:31-32. One word is thumos which describes outbursts of anger when people lose their temper and vent their anger with words and deeds. The other word for anger is orge which is a slow, simmering temper that gradually builds up like a volcano until it finally bursts or explodes.  Both of these types of anger can be harmful and destructive just like high water pressure and high blood pressure.

In the same passage there are two different words – kindness and compassion. These are helpful and constructive. They are the antidote of anger.  Kindness and compassion seek to resolve problems and restore relationships. Words and acts of anger damage and destroy relationships. If anger is simmering beneath the surface in your heart or revealing itself in harmful words and deeds, let me encourage you to get help.  A new ministry called Domestic Kindness is equipping churches to be part of the solution to domestic abuse. Find them at domestickindness.org. Let me encourage you to ask God and ask those you have hurt to forgive you. Ask God to give you a heart of kindness and compassion that comes through faith in Christ. You will be glad you did and your family and friends will too!

Pastor Hopper has published a book with 365 of his articles and stories. The title is “Let Me Encourage You“. The cost is $25 which includes shipping. Order your copy at markh@efreedb.org.

The Eye Of The Beholder

Michael Armijo

It was a warm yet windy day filled with strong sorrow. The air reflected a deep sense of respect as people gathered to say goodbye to a friend whose spirit had left the earth.

As everyone gathered, the vibrant, wooden casket lay atop the ground as the family huddled closely around. The youngest, a young man, gazed at the casket while tears flowed from his swollen eyes. He walked up and laid his cheek on the rigid, shiny, wooden box, as his white-gloved hands gently caressed the top of the last home his father’s body would ever have. He laid gentle kisses on the top of the casket, as his unconditional love was reflected in front of all those who watched. A gentle whisper was heard a row back, “Did you see that? How sad.”

When I heard those words, I felt something deep inside that disagreed; something that didn’t see the message of sadness when the boy showed his emotions. Instead, I saw an act of love. A love so strong, it displayed the true meaning of unconditional love. Something deep inside that didn’t care if the world looked on or what people felt. A feeling of purity, of joy, and of strength.

I believe the old saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I believe we all see life in certain light, and sometimes, in certain darkness. I also believe that when we express the darkness which surrounds our lives, it spreads like a contagious and cancerous disease. It attaches by simple contact, clings like a dependent child, and deteriorates in a short amount of time.

I’ve learned that opinions are only perceptions of a person’s immediate thinking, and reflections of someone’s inner self. What we see is usually what we feel, what we feel deep inside. Without realizing it, we express past experiences, deep histories, insecurities about our future, and we reflect the perception of our own lives.

I also believe that when we see life in its darkest hour, we have the opportunity to see life through the brightest light. For some, it’s a short path traveled to a place inside that holds our mind hostage from our heart. For others, it’s a level of confidence that sits deep within that’s been damaged by a careless act from another.

I believe that the true meaning of life can only be understood through the light of beauty and the inner joy that sits deep in our hearts. I believe the vision of what will come can only be seen through the eyes of a believer. I feel the truest form of emotion can only be felt when a person can feel the presence of a higher power, a stronger entity, something or someone greater than themselves.

I understand that life is not always what it is expected to be. It changes moods like a spoiled child. But I also understand that life can be what we want it to be; all we have to do is apply our hearts in front of our minds. Following what we truly feel, not what we think we see, is the only way to put aside our petty angry thoughts and our insignificant bitterness. Because just as the young man who helped bury his father, the tears that flow from our swollen eyes are tears of love that can only be seen when beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Eastvale Reports Success of Automated License Plate Reader Systems

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In 2019, the City of Eastvale installed Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) systems at the entry and exit points of the City, and on law enforcement vehicles servicing the community.  These installations were achieved as part of the City’s commitment to enhance public safety and to assist the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with identifying reported vehicles and finding stolen cars and license plates. The City of Eastvale is pleased to report the effectiveness and success of these ALPR systems since inception.

“Since they’ve been installed, the Automated License Plate Reader camera systems have proven to be a vital tool used daily by our Riverside County Sheriff’s Department” Mayor Brandon Plott said. “This technology is an effective investigative resource that has contributed to the recovery of numerous stolen vehicles.”

ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed.  The ALPR systems are separated into two categories: fixed ALPR and mobile ALPR.  The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems that have scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts.  The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts.  These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle.  The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests.

The ALPR systems installed throughout the City of Eastvale are provided by Vigilant Solutions. Riverside County Sheriff’s personnel that have acquired these systems are required to follow appropriate protocols and practices to ensure compiled data is observed and used with integrity, community confidence, and compliance. The use of ALPR systems and information is restricted to official and legitimate law enforcement purposes only.

About the City of Eastvale
The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010 as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council.  The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square-miles in western Riverside County.  Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values. 

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Courtesy: Planes of Fame Air Museum

Chino – After nearly a decade of wheeling and dealing to collect his first ten aircraft, Ed Maloney opened the Museum on January 12, 1957.

The site was a former lumber yard in Claremont, California. The sign out front read simply, “The Air Museum.” There was no need to be more specific. At the time, no other air museums existed west of the Mississippi River.

Ed continued to grow the Museum, acquiring new aircraft, aviation artifacts, and memorabilia. By 1962, the Claremont facility had run out of space. At this same time, a new idea began to take shape – why not restore some aircraft to flight? To achieve this would require an airport-based location.

In June 1963, the Air Museum relocated to Ontario Airport in Ontario, California. Occupying two hangars, the Museum now had a home large enough to display the collection and room to conduct restoration work.

A few years later, in 1970, a unique opportunity surfaced. The non-flying, static aircraft moved to Buena Park, California to become part of the “Movie World: Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame Museum.” Housed in two large buildings on Orangethorpe Avenue, the Southern California attraction remained open until 1973.

With the closure of Movie World, the next chapter in the Museum’s history saw yet another relocation. The Chino Airport, located on the border of the cities of Chino and Ontario, California, was an ideal location for the display of the ever-expanding collection, provided room for the important restoration work, and offered plenty of airspace for flying demonstrations.

Another significant change occurred with the opening in 1974 of the Chino facility. The Museum was given a new name. Combining the current “The Air Museum” with the “Planes of Fame” moniker, the Museum hereafter would be known as the “Planes of Fame Air Museum.”

Over the next forty-plus years, the Museum would continue to flourish. New additions to the collection continued. Restoration work put several rare and unique aircraft back into the sky, including the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, the Boeing P-26 Peashooter, and the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. The annual Airshow commenced, thrilling the public with the sights and sounds of bygone eras. Film and television work, and several air racing victories by staff and volunteers brought added notoriety to the Museum.

Chino remains the base of operations for the Museum. Seven hangars house the collection with several additional buildings including the Aviation Discovery Center, the Research Library, the Model Room, and a small theater. Altogether, including structures and outside tarmac displays, the Chino location comprises a 14-acre campus. The collection now numbers close to 160 aircraft, and nearly a quarter of these fly regularly.

With our mission to guide us, and Ed’s vision to lead the way, the Museum flies on into a very bright future.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is located at 14998 Cal Aero Dr, Chino, CA  91710-9056 and can be reached at (909) 597-3722. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit planesoffame.org for more information and history.

Does Eastvale Need Its Own School District?

Jennifer Madrigal

Eastvale – When the area of “Eastvale” first wanted to gain local control and map out what their destiny was, they began the “incorporation process.” Now with the many changes and growth in our area with over 60,000 residents, should the City of Eastvale consider developing their own school district as 15,000 of these residents are currently students? The idea of Eastvale becoming its own school district is one worthy of further investigation on the ramifications and the actual process.

So let’s examine the facts: The Corona-Norco School District (CNUSD) currently consists of thirty-one elementary schools, eight intermediate/middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, a middle college high school and three alternative schools. With the district serving over 53,000 students in the communities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale, CNUSD is the largest school district in Riverside County. Of the over 53,000 students in the district, 15,000 of them are Eastvale students.

Eastvale residents already pay a large amount of property taxes, special assessment taxes, a bond tax (Measure U), and also are asked to pay an additional $299m bond, on top of the $250 million general obligation Measure U Bond passed by voters in 2006.

“It was a huge process (to incorporate the city), but I believe it was worth the hundreds of hours of work,” said former Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre, who helped spearhead the process of the team who brought the decision to a vote. “It was tons of work, but now we have local control. We are right where we wanted to be as a community.”

Many smaller school districts have broken away from larger school districts for reasons from lack of accountability to simply a desire to run their own system. Walnut Valley Unified School District has a student population of 15,500 and became their own school district in the 1970’s when the area was in its infancy. Duarte Unified School District is a small district that serves about 4,700 students from the areas of Duarte, Bradbury, and the Maxwell Park area. Baldwin Park Unified has over 15,000 students and broke away from Covina Unified before the 1950’s. All of these school districts were part of larger areas that became smaller school districts and grew.

“We would support such a move if it benefitted our community,” said a group of parents at Clara Barton Elementary. “Especially if we have to pay for another bond. Our last bond, Measure U, we pay taxes on but only received 17% of that money.” Another parent felt they didn’t have enough control of the district and felt it’s because it’s too large. They all requested to remain anonymous because they’ve never researched the idea. “I never realized it was possible,” she said.

If Eastvale were to explore the possibility of separating from CNUSD and becoming its own individual school district, the California Department of Education requires a certain process to be followed. According to the California Department of Education District Organization Handbook- July 2010, this type of reorganization would seek to form one new school district of the same kind from parts of one existing school district of that same kind.

This type of reorganization is more commonly referred to as Unification. Although the exact method of Unification is based on a variety of factors, the first step in this process is a petition. This petition would then be presented to the County Superintendent of Schools and he/she would have 30 days to determine the legal sufficiency of the petition. If the petition is found to be legally sufficient, it is then sent to the County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board. A public hearing would then need to be held within 60 days to advise the public of the petition. After the hearing is held and within 120 days, the petition would need to be reviewed to see if it meets Section 35753 of the Educational Code.

These conditions are as follows: (a) The reorganized districts will be adequate in terms of number of pupils enrolled. (b) The districts are each organized on the basis of a substantial community identity. (c) The proposal will result in an equitable division of property and facilities of the original district or districts. (d) The reorganization of the districts will preserve each affected district’s ability to educate students in an integrated environment and will not promote racial or ethnic discrimination or segregation. (e) Any increase in costs to the state as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (f) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound education performance and will not significantly disrupt the educational programs in the districts affected by the proposed reorganization. (g) Any increase in school facilities costs as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (h) The proposed reorganization is primarily designed for purposes other than to significantly increase property values. (i) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound fiscal management and not cause a substantial negative effect on the fiscal status of the proposed district or any existing district affected by the proposed reorganization. (j) Any other criteria as the board may, by regulation, prescribe.

To maintain neutrality, the County Office of Education would most likely hire an independent consultant trained in evaluating this type of criteria. If the independent consultant does find the petition to be in compliance with EC35753, it is then passed on to the State Board of Education and they will determine if it is approved or sent to an election within the area affected. In most cases, this becomes a major obstacle, as a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would need to be done, which can be expensive.

According to a source from the Department of Education, this is where most of these petitions “die”, mainly due to the large expense of the CEQA. This step often takes a few years due to the state pipeline and the Environmental Impact Study. If the petition makes it through all of these steps and wins in an election of the area affected by the Unification, then a new school district would be formed.

While there are many pros and cons to becoming our own school district, any action to do so would most likely come at a large expense, be extremely controversial as well as political, and would need to be thoroughly researched to truly understand the greater impact on the students and the communities involved.

“It took us 3.5 years to get the city incorporation to the ballot,” the former councilman said. “It’s definitely worth looking into, but a tough road because CNUSD is highly regarded within the state.”

(Michael Armijo contributed to this story.)

Centro Basco: French Cuisine In Chino

Michael Armijo

Chino – If you’re tired of the traditional restaurants in your area you have to try a classy and delicious place locally here in Chino since 1940.


Centro Basco French Restaurant, located at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just south of Chino Avenue, has been the best kept secret and the oldest Basque restaurant in the Valley. Featuring delicious and tasty menu items brought here for the Basque lands stretch along the Pyrennes Mountains in the southern region of France and north region of Spain. The hometown of the owner Monique Berterretche can be found just outside of St. Jean Pied Port, France.

Featuring lunch menu items, served from 11 am to 2:30 pm, such as breaded shrimp, fettuccine Alfred, calamari state, rib eye and flat iron steak, lamb chops and their infamous meatloaf meals, among many other menu items.
Centro Basco also serves burgers and sandwiches: Angus beef, steak, French dip, tuna salad, tuna melt, Lukinka sausage and their infamous meatloaf on sandwich bread, among other items.


For dinner, a four course meal will be impressive among you spouse or your clients. Serving French onion soup, salad, and bread, entrees include Roasted chicken, chicken cordon blue, breast of chicken parmesan, fettuccini alfredo, Lukinka sausage and noodles, fresh baked salmon, trout, breaded shrimp, rack of lamb, angus prime rib (14 oz), rib eye and flat iron steak, veal cutlet or pork loin chops just to name a few!
During lunch and before dinner you can always relax in their full service bar, open to those who want to have a relaxing drink prior to eating. Always greeted with a smile and a handshake, always feel free to enjoy the Basque family atmosphere.


Their freshly made entrees for lunch or dinner are always made from scratch and always available the four course meal option, with soup of the day, salad, sourdough break, and main course. The freshness of the food is always obvious along with the feeling of the Basque Country: friendliness and sense of family that is experienced amongst the Basque people. An atmosphere that makes coming to Centro Basco in Chino a unique, memorable and cherished experience.

Centro Basco Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and can be reached at 909.628.9014, www.centrobasco.net, or just stop by at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just a block south of Chino avenue in Chino.

On the Border To-Go Menu

STARTERS

BORDER SAMPLER [2000 CAL]

$17.49  – 

When you can’t pick just one! Chicken quesadillas, fajita steak nachos and mini chicken chimis.

STACKED NACHOS [2030 CAL]

$13.49  – 

Chips piled high with seasoned ground beef, refried beans and queso. Topped with lime crema, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños and guacamole.

EMPANADAS [1110/1170 CAL]

$10.99  – 

Handmade pastries filled with mixed cheese & chicken tinga or seasoned ground beef. Served with our signature queso.

FIRECRACKER STUFFED JALAPEÑOS [920 CAL]

$10.99  – 

Six handmade, tempura-fried jalapeños filled with mixed cheese and chicken. Served with our signature queso.

GRANDE FAJITA NACHOS

Tostada chips topped with refried beans, fajita chicken or steak and melted mixed cheese. Guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and pickled jalapeños served on the side.

$13.99  –  Chicken [1280 CAL]

$14.99  –  Steak [1410 CAL]

GUACAMOLE [240 CAL]

$9.99  – 

Made in small batches throughout the day.

GUACAMOLE LIVE!® [750 CAL]

$11.99  – 

Made fresh at your table with whole avocados, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, red onion, lime and a pinch of salt.

GUAC/QUESO DUO [530 CAL]

$11.99  – 

The best of both worlds. Guacamole and a cup of queso.

SIGNATURE QUESO

Prepared in-house with tomatoes, green chiles, onions, cilantro, poblano & jalapeño peppers.

Make it Primo Style [add 50/100 cal]

Seasoned ground beef, guacamole and sour cream (add 2.00)

$6.99  –  Cup [300 cal]

$7.99  –  Bowl [480 cal]

BORDER QUESO

Our signature queso mixed with green chile sauce for an extra kick.

$7.99  –  Cup [170 CAL]

$8.99  –  Bowl [280 CAL]

BRISKET QUESADILLAS [1300 CAL]

$12.99  – 

Brisket with sautéed onions & pickled jalapeños. Served with jalapeño-BBQ sauce, fresh guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

FAJITA QUESADILLAS

Fajita chicken or steak with poblano & onion. Served with fresh guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

$13.49  –  Chicken [1190 CAL]

$14.49  –  Steak [1280 CAL]

TEXAS WINGS [880/810 CAL]

$13.99  – 

Breaded, crispy-fried wings tossed with jalapeño-BBQ or buffalo sauce. Served with celery sticks and ranch dressing.

SALAD & SOUP

FAJITA SALAD

Served sizzling on a fajita skillet. Mesquite-grilled chicken or steak and onions, topped tableside with a crisp blend of lettuce & shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, roasted corn, fresh avocado and queso fresco.

$13.99  –  Chicken [430 CAL]

$14.99  –  Steak [500 CAL]

TOSTADA SALAD [750-840 CAL]

$13.49  – 

Shredded or ground beef, or chicken tinga over a crisp blend of romaine, iceberg & cabbage, mixed cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream sauce, pico de gallo and pickled jalapeños. Served in a crispy tortilla shell.

MANGO CHICKEN SALAD [380 CAL]

$13.99  – 

Mesquite-grilled chicken tossed with a crisp blend of lettuce & shredded cabbage, roasted corn, black beans, mango, jícama, pico de gallo, queso fresco and lime vinaigrette.

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Homemade chicken broth loaded with chicken tinga, rice, zucchini and Jack cheese, topped with fresh avocado and tortilla strips.

$7.99  –  Bowl [540 CAL]

$5.99  –  Cup [330 CAL]

HOUSE SALAD [250 CAL]

$6.99  – 

Served with choice of dressing.

ENCHILADAS

RANCHILADAS [1060 CAL]

$18.99  – 

An 8 oz. mesquite-grilled steak topped with ranchero sauce and melted Jack cheese, plus two hand-rolled cheese & onion enchiladas smothered in red chile sauce.

BORDER QUESO BEEF ENCHILADAS [440/510 CAL]

$12.99  – 

Two savory shredded or ground beef enchiladas topped with our border queso.

TOMATILLO ENCHILADAS [420/460 CAL]

$12.99  – 

Two spinach & mushroom or chicken tinga enchiladas with tomatillo sauce and pico de gallo. Served with cilantro lime rice.

ENCHILADAS SUIZAS [800 CAL]

$14.99  – 

Three hand-rolled chicken tinga enchiladas with tomatillo cream sauce and melted Jack cheese inside and out.

TACOS

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN TACOS

Mesquite-grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, creamy red chile sauce and fried onion strings in warm, hand-pressed flour tortillas.

$13.99  –  Two Tacos [1090 CAL]

$14.99  –  Three Tacos [1510 CAL]

DOS XX® FISH TACOS

Warm, hand-pressed flour tortillas with Dos XX beer-battered fish, creamy red chile sauce, shredded cabbage & carrots, mixed cheese and pico de gallo.

$13.99  –  Two Tacos [1090 CAL]

$14.99  –  Three Tacos [1510 CAL]

BRISKET TACOS

Shredded beef brisket, Jack cheese, fried onion strings and jalapeño-BBQ sauce in warm, hand-pressed flour tortillas.

$13.99  –  Two Tacos [850 CAL]

$14.99  –  Three Tacos [1250 CAL]

STREET-STYLE MINI TACOS

Three mini white corn tortillas with chicken or steak, sautéed onion, Jack cheese, fresh avocado, pico de gallo and roasted red chile salsa.

$12.49  –  Chicken [670 CAL]

$13.49  –  Steak [720 CAL]

GRILLED FISH TACOS DEL MAR [340 CAL]

$14.99  – 

Seasoned, mesquite-grilled whitefish brushed with lime-cilantro chimichurri, lime cabbage-carrot slaw and pico de gallo in two white corn tortillas.

CABO GRILLED SHRIMP TACOS [240 CAL]

$14.99  – 

Two white corn tortillas filled with chimichurri-grilled shrimp and lime cabbage-carrot slaw, topped with fresh pico de gallo and avocado.

FAJITAS

THE ULTIMATE FAJITA® [1680 CAL]

$23.99  – 

The ultimate combo of mesquite-grilled steak, chicken and shrimp, carnitas and sautéed vegetables.

MONTEREY RANCH CHICKEN [1320 CAL]

$18.99  – 

Your favorite mesquite-grilled chicken smothered with melted Jack cheese, crumbled bacon and ranch dressing.

BORDER SMART℠ CHICKEN [650 CAL]

$16.99  – 

Mesquite-grilled chicken with sautéed onions and red & green bell peppers. Served with black beans, white corn tortillas, pico de gallo and guacamole.

CLASSIC FAJITAS

$16.99  –  Portobello & Vegetables [830 CAL]

$17.99  –  Carnitas [1350 CAL]

$17.99  –  Grilled Chicken [950 CAL]

$18.99  –  Grilled Shrimp [1110 CAL]

$19.99  –  Grilled Steak [1050 CAL]

$19.99  –  Mix Two

Choose any 2 Classic Fajita styles.

SHRIMP SKEWER [50 CAL]

$3.99  – 

Add a shrimp skewer straight from the mesquite-wood grill.

BURRITOS & CHIMIS

THE BIG BORDURRITO®

A HUGE serving of fajita chicken or steak wrapped in a seared flour tortilla with Mexican rice, mixed cheese, black beans, caramelized onion & red pepper, pico de gallo and sour cream sauce.

$16.99  –  Chicken [1570 CAL]

$18.99  –  Steak [1750 CAL]

THREE-SAUCE FAJITA BURRITO

Fajita chicken or steak, Jack cheese, pico de gallo, sautéed onion & poblano, topped with ranchero sauce, sour cream sauce and our signature queso.

$15.49  –  Chicken [920 CAL]

$16.49  –  Steak [1100 CAL]

CLASSIC BURRITO [740-1010 CAL]

$14.49  – 

Shredded or ground beef, chicken tinga or carnitas, pico de gallo and cheese rolled in a flour tortilla smothered with red chile sauce, sour cream sauce, green chile sauce, ranchero sauce or our signature queso.

GRILLED SHRIMP BURRITO [2170 CAL]

$17.49  – 

A grilled flour tortilla with seasoned shrimp, melted Jack cheese, pico de gallo, corn, black beans, fresh avocado and cilantro lime rice. Served with Mexican rice, refried beans and a side of avocado ranch.

CLASSIC CHIMICHANGA [880-1130 CAL]

$14.49  – 

Our Classic Burrito fried crispy and smothered with red chile sauce, sour cream sauce, green chile sauce, ranchero sauce or our signature queso.

FAVORITES

CHIMICHURRI CHICKEN & SHRIMP [620 CAL]

$18.99  – 

Mesquite-grilled chicken breast brushed with lime-cilantro chimichurri, topped with pico de gallo and melted Jack cheese. Plus, a skewer of grilled chimichurri shrimp. Served with cilantro lime rice and sautéed vegetables.

GRILLED QUESO CHICKEN [860 CAL]

$16.49  – 

Simple and delicious, this perfectly seasoned mesquite-grilled chicken breast is topped with our signature queso and fresh sliced avocado. Served with sautéed vegetables and cilantro lime rice.

MEXICAN GRILLED CHICKEN [670/620 CAL]

$16.49  – 

Mesquite-grilled chicken breast topped with pico de gallo and tomatillo sauce or spicy salsa fresca. Served with sautéed vegetables and cilantro lime rice.

CARIBBEAN MANGO GRILLED FISH [640 CAL]

$17.99  – 

A seasoned, mesquite-grilled whitefish fillet topped with warm pico-mango salsa. Served with sautéed vegetables and cilantro lime rice.

CARNE ASADA [980 CAL]

$18.99  – 

An 8oz. marinated and seasoned mesquite-grilled steak served on a skillet with seasoned butter, sautéed vegetables and Mexican rice.

COMBOS

SUPERIOR DINNER [1150 CAL]

$16.99  – 

One crispy seasoned ground beef taco, one chicken enchilada with sour cream sauce, one cheese & onion enchilada with red chile sauce and a mini chicken chimi. Served with a side of queso.

CHILE RELLENO COMBO [820 CAL]

$13.99  – 

One Jack cheese-stuffed poblano, hand-battered and fried golden, and a carnitas enchilada with green chile sauce.

CREATE YOUR OWN

Choose two, three or four of your Mexican favorites.

CLASSICS

• Beef empanadas [510 cal]
• Chicken empanadas [480 cal]
• Mini chicken chimi [320 cal]
• Cheese chile relleno [510 cal] (add 1.00)
• Chicken chile relleno [510 cal] (add 2.00)

ENCHILADAS

• Shredded or ground beef with red chile sauce [250/280 cal]
• Chicken tinga with green chile or sour cream sauce [210/250 cal]
• Cheese & onion with red chile sauce [340 cal]
• Spinach & mushroom with sour cream sauce [220 cal]
• Carnitas with green chile sauce [250 CAL]

TACOS

• Shredded or ground beef [210-260 cal]
• Chicken tinga [210/200 cal]
• Carnitas [230-240 cal]
• Dos XX® fish [420 cal] (add 2.00)
• Brisket [390 cal] (add 2.00)
• Southwest chicken [420 cal] (add 2.00)

$14.49  –  Any 2

$15.49  –  Any 3

$16.49  –  Any 4

SOUP or SALAD

• Chicken tortilla soup [330 cal]
• House salad [220 cal]

BORDER BOWLS

Grilled chicken, steak, shrimp or portobello brushed with lime-cilantro chimichurri. Served with cilantro lime rice, black beans, bell peppers, queso fresco, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and sliced avocado.

$12.49  –  Grilled Chicken [670 CAL]

$12.49  –  Grilled Portobello [580 CAL]

$13.49  –  Grilled Shrimp [660 CAL]

$13.49  –  Grilled Steak [720 CAL]

LUNCH

BORDER’S BEST LUNCH FAJITAS

A lunch-size portion of mesquite-grilled steak or chicken brought sizzling to your table. Served with warm flour tortillas, pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, Mexican rice and refried beans.

$12.99  –  Chicken [1330 CAL]

$13.99  –  Steak [1400 CAL]

QUESADILLA COMBO [850-1070 CAL]

$11.49  – 

A lunch-size chicken, steak, brisket or spinach & mushroom quesadilla served with pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole, plus a cup of chicken tortilla soup or house salad.

Steak Quesadilla (add .50)

CREATE YOUR OWN

Pick any two or three. Served with Mexican rice (add 220 cal) and refried beans (add 220 cal). Black beans (add 200 cal) available upon request.

CLASSICS

• Beef empanadas [510 CAL]
• Chicken empanadas [480 CAL]
• Mini chicken chimi [320 CAL]
• Cheese chile relleno [510 CAL] (add 1.00)]
• Chicken chile relleno [510 CAL] (add 2.00)

ENCHILADAS

• Shredded or ground beef with red chile sauce [250/280 CAL]
• Chicken tinga with green chile or sour cream sauce [210/250 CAL]
• Cheese & onion with red chile sauce [340 CAL]
• Spinach & mushroom with sour cream sauce [220 CAL]
• Carnitas with green chile sauce [250 CAL]

SOUP OR SALAD

• Chicken tortilla soup [330 CAL]
• House salad [240 CAL]

TACOS (SOFT/CRISPY)

• Shredded or ground beef [210-260 CAL]
• Chicken tinga [210/200 CAL]
• Carnitas [240/230 CAL]
• Dos XX ® fish [420 CAL] (add 2.00)
• Brisket [390 CAL] (add 2.00)
• Southwest Chicken [420 CAL] (add 2.00)

$11.49  –  Any two

$12.99  –  Any three

LUNCH BURRITO [850-1070 CAL]

$12.49  – 

Shredded or ground beef, chicken tinga or carnitas, pico de gallo and cheese in a flour tortilla smothered with your choice of red chile sauce, sour cream sauce, green chile sauce, ranchero sauce or our signature queso. Served with Mexican rice and choice of beans.

LUNCH CHIMICHANGA [1190-1430 CAL]

$12.49  – 

Our Lunch Burrito fried crispy. Served with Mexican rice and choice of beans.

TOSTADA SALAD [750-840 CAL]

$11.49  – 

Shredded or ground beef, or chicken tinga over a crisp blend of romaine, iceberg & cabbage, mixed cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream sauce, pico de gallo and pickled jalapeños. Served in a crispy tortilla shell.

PARTY PLATTERS

PARTY PACK (SERVES 10-12) [14940-15060 CAL]

$89.99  – 

Includes a mini chimichanga platter, small 5-layer dip (chilled), quart of queso, quart of salsa and tortilla chips.

SUPREME PARTY PACK (SERVES 10-12) [17300-17420 CAL]

$109.99  – 

Includes a mini chimichanga platter, small 5-layer dip (chilled), Texas wings with ranch dressing, quart of queso, quart of salsa and tortilla chips.

COMBO SUPREMO (SERVES 6-8) [6440-6550 CAL]

$58.99  – 

36 pieces. Empanadas, Texas wings, chicken mini quesadillas and firecracker stuffed jalapeños. Served with queso and ranch dressing.

CREATE YOUR OWN PLATTER (SERVES 6-8) [3680-8690 CAL]

24 pieces. Pick any two, three or four: empanadas, mini chimichangas, mini quesadillas, Texas wings with ranch dressing, chicken tenders or firecracker stuffed jalapeños. Served with queso.

$48.99  –  Any 3

$49.99  –  Any 2

$49.99  –  Any 4

MEXICAN SAMPLER (SERVES 6-8) [6620-6670 CAL]

$57.99  – 

24 pieces. Empanadas, mini chimichangas and chicken mini quesadillas. Served with queso.

MINI TACO PLATTER (SERVES 6-8) [2100-2500 CAL]

$29.99  – 

18 mini crispy taco shells filled with chicken tinga or seasoned ground beef, lettuce, mixed cheese and tomato. Served with tomatillo sauce and salsa.

MINI CHIMICHANGA PLATTER (SERVES 6-8) [6100-6720 CAL]

$36.99  – 

24 seasoned ground beef, chicken tinga, black bean & corn or spinach & mushroom mini chimichangas. Served with queso.

MINI QUESADILLA PLATTER (SERVES 6-8) [7590 CAL]

$39.99  – 

24 mini chicken quesadillas. Served with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole.

EMPANADA PLATTER (SERVES 6-8) [5210-5530 CAL]

$39.99  – 

24 handmade pasteries filled with mixed cheese and chicken tinga or seasoned ground beef. Served with queso.

5-LAYER DIP

Served chilled with layers of refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, mixed cheese and pickled jalapeños. Served with tortilla crisps.

$49.99  –  Large (Serves 15-20) [9450 CAL]

FAJITA WRAP PLATTER (SERVES 8-12) [6020 CAL]

$59.99  – 

16 six-inch fajita wraps filled with fajita chicken, mixed greens & cabbage, mixed cheese, pico de gallo and dressing. Served chilled.

MINI SOPAPILLA PLATTER [3030 CAL]

$19.99  – 

48 mini sopapillas with honey and chocolate sauce for dipping.

MINI BURRITOS BY THE DOZEN

$21.99

Black Bean & Corn [3120 CAL]

Brisket – with or without BBQ sauce [2750/2460 CAL]

Chicken Tinga [2810 CAL]

Seasoned Ground Beef [2870 CAL]

Spinach & Mushroom [2400 CAL]

EMPANADAS BY THE DOZEN [2370/2530 CAL]

$34.99  – 

Handmade pasteries filled with mixed cheese and chicken tinga or seasoned ground beef.

ENCHILADAS BY THE DOZEN [2580-4390 CAL]

$34.99  – 

Choose from seasoned ground beef, chicken tinga, cheese & onion or spinach & mushroom.

TACOS (CRISPY OR SOFT) BY THE DOZEN [2160-3100 CAL]

$34.99  – 

Choose from seasoned ground beef or chicken tinga. Served with lettuce, tomato and mixed cheese.

DESSERTS

BORDER BROWNIE SUNDAE [1340 CAL]

$7.99  – 

Rich chocolate & walnut brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. Feeds up to four.

CARAMEL CHURROS [810 CAL]

$6.99  – 

Four traditional churros filled with warm caramel and dusted with cinnamon-sugar. Served with vanilla ice cream.

$4.99  –  Two Churros [360 CAL]

Served with vanilla ice cream.

SOPAPILLAS [1330 CAL]

$6.99  – 

Five Mexican pastries coated in cinnamon-sugar. Served with honey and chocolate sauce for dipping.

$3.99  –  Two Sopapillas [620/540 CAL]

With honey or chocolate sauce.

SEASONAL CHEESECAKE

Please ask for details.

KIDS MENU

ENCHILADA PLATE [660-830 CAL]

$5.99  – 

Pick your enchilada – beef, chicken or cheese. Served with Mexican rice and refried beans.

GRILLED CHICKEN SOFT TACO [700 CAL]

$6.99  – 

Mesquite-grilled chicken in a flour tortilla. Served with mixed cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, Mexican rice and refried beans.

BIG KID NACHOS [740 CAL]

$6.29  – 

Nachos amped up! Big nacho chips topped with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, mixed cheese and our famous queso.

$0.50  –  Sub fajita chicken [minus 30 CAL]

BUILD-YOUR-OWN MINI TACOS [810 CAL]

$6.49  – 

Calling all taco chefs! Three mini crispy taco shells, seasoned ground beef, mixed cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Served with Mexican rice and refried beans.

CHEESE QUESADILLA [1210 CAL]

$5.29  – 

It’s like a grilled cheese, but with a tortilla cut into 4 triangles. Served with french fries.

$7.28  –  Add fajita chicken [add 80 CAL]

CORN DOG [580 CAL]

$5.49  – 

All of your hot dog goodness on a stick. Served with french fries.

BORDER CHICKEN STRIPS [820 CAL]

$6.99  – 

A fan favorite! Three all-white meat crispy chicken tenders. Served with french fries.

FAMILY MEALS

CLASSIC FAJITA FAMILY MEAL [7820-8220 CAL]

$61.99  – 

Mesquite-grilled chicken with onions & peppers, flour tortillas, pico de gallo, sour cream and cheese or guacamole.

TACO & CHEESE ENCHILADA FAMILY MEAL [5730-6160 CAL]

$35.99  – 

Five soft or crispy seasoned ground beef or chicken tinga tacos topped with lettuce, mixed cheese and tomato, and five cheese & onion enchiladas.

TACO FAMILY MEAL [4800-5620 CAL]

$35.99  – 

Ten soft or crispy seasoned ground beef or chicken tinga tacos topped with lettuce, mixed cheese and tomato.

ENCHILADA FAMILY MEAL [5150-6140 CAL]

$35.99  – 

Ten hand-rolled enchiladas. Choose from seasoned ground beef, chicken tinga, cheese & onion or spinach & mushroom.

KING RANCH ENCHILASAGNA FAMILY MEAL [5170-8270 CAL]

$35.99  – 

Layers of white corn tortillas, sour cream sauce, chicken tinga, poblano & onion, queso and melted mixed cheese. Served with a house salad and choice of dressing.

GREEN CHILE CARNITAS ENCHILASAGNA FAMILY MEAL [5810-8910 CAL]

$35.99  – 

Layers of white corn tortillas, green chile and sour cream sauce, carnitas and melted Jack cheese. Served with a house salad and choice of dressing.

VEGGIE ENCHILASAGNA FAMILY MEAL [4270-4960 CAL]

$35.99  – 

Layers of white corn tortillas, ranchero or tomatillo sauce, sauteéd vegetables, black beans, poblano & onion, queso and melted mixed cheese. Served with a house salad and choice of dressing.

ADD QUESO AND SOPAPILLAS TO ANY MEAL [3520 CAL]

$24.99  – 

Make it a 3 course meal and add a quart of queso and a mini sopapilla platter with honey and chocolate sauce.

BEVERAGES

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILIA

COCA-COLA® [180 CAL]

COFFEE [0 CAL]

DIET COKE® [0 CAL]

DR PEPPER® [140 CAL]

ICED TEA [0-110 CAL]

JUICE [30-150 CAL]

MILK [170 CAL]

MINUTE MAID® LEMONADE [150 CAL]

SPRITE® [150 CAL]

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE [210 CAL]

WVUSD Closes Due to COVID-19

Staff Reports

Walnut – On March 13, Superintendent Robert P. Taylor announced that all Walnut Valley USD schools will be closed for five weeks, effective Monday, March 16. The schools will re-open on April 20.

“I appreciate your support during this challenging time,” said Taylor in a statement he sent to all parents and guardians. “As the parent of three children, I certainly empathize with the stress, fear, and inquiry that this time period has caused for many parents/guardians.”

Taylor said that the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) recommended that all schools in Los Angeles County close and/or be dismissed for a minimum of two weeks due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). After this announcement, the WVUSD Board of Trustees held an Emergency Meeting to discuss their plan of action. According to Taylor, the Board “approved a resolution through an emergency measure” that granted the Superintendent the authority to “take all appropriate action to respond to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

“I have decided to dismiss (‘pupil free’) schools effective immediately, followed by all schools being closed through Spring Break (5 weeks),” stated Taylor.

From March 16 to 18, students will be dismissed, and it will be considered a “Pupil Free” day. However, the entire school will be closed from March 19 to April 17. Additionally, all extra-curricular activities and athletics have been postponed.

“We continue to prioritize the health and wellness of students and staff as our highest concern,” said Taylor. “Given the advisement of Public Health, medical experts, and other state and county entities, we have decided to allow an appropriate amount of time for students, staff, and families to follow advice of medical practitioners and experts, practice healthy habits, and lessen opportunities for the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).”

“I recognize that my decision will impact everyone differently,” continued the Superintedent. “Our District will be working with staff to lessen the academic gap that typically occurs over extended recesses from school. Next week, parents and students will be notified of curricular resources that can be utilized during the school closure.”

In addition, he said that additional information will be provided next week, and all schools will answer questions and discuss next steps. “While this is an extremely difficult decision, I also am confident that it was made with the best interest of our staff and students in mind,” stated Taylor.