Category Archives: Eastvale

JCSD Receives The Prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

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Jurupa Valley – The Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) is proud to announce that it is a recipient of the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2020-2021 fiscal budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by JCSD and reflects the commitment of the JCSD Board of Directors and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. To receive the budget award, JCSD had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation set by GFOA. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. This is the second year in a row that JCSD has received this prestigious GFOA award.

“It takes a significant amount of hard work and dedication to the produce a quality product like the 2020-2021 budget,” said JCSD General Manager Chris Berch. “The JCSD team is not only dedicated to preparing such a document, but are focused on providing long term, prudent financial planning for all of our valued customers and stakeholders.”

There are over 1,600 participant agencies in the Budget Awards Program throughout the nation, and JCSD is proud to be among these recipients.

JCSD Receives Two Awards Of Excellence

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Eastvale/Jurupa Valley – Congratulations to Jurupa Community Services District, Parks & Recreation Department for their two Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society for its JCSD’s Friday Flicks & Food Trucks Marketing Campaign and Summer Eastvale Edition – “Rising Together, A New Dawn of Recreation” Brochure Cover in the category of Marketing & Communications!

The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and programming through demonstrating the CREAM principals of challenge, resourcefulness, execution, accomplishment and alignment with the parks and recreation mission.

According to Steve Lawson, Director of Parks and Recreation, “The CPRS awards program is the highest recognition our agency can receive, and our award is a credit to the creative and innovative team whose commitment to the Eastvale community is what made this happen. We are honored to receive this award on behalf of our residents.”

CPRS Executive Director Stephanie Stephens states, “These agencies represent the finest in initiatives addressing community issues, recreation programming, park planning, facility design, and marketing and communications in California. Park and recreation agencies throughout the state provide families, individuals, and groups access to the serenity and inspiration of nature; spaces and places for play and exercise; opportunities for directed and self-directed recreation; positive alternatives for youth to reduce crime and mischief; and activities that facilitate social connections, human development, therapy, the arts, and lifelong learning. CPRS and our award sponsors, RJM Design Group, Inc., Little Tikes Commercial and SVA Architects, are proud to recognize excellence in park and facility design, community initiatives, recreation programs, and marketing and communications.”

The California Park & Recreation Society presented awards in 5 categories:

• Creating Community Award of Excellence

• Excellence in Design – Park Planning

• Excellence in Design – Facility Design

• Marketing & Communications Award of Excellence

• Professional & Service Awards

CPRS is a membership organization with just over 4,000 members representing the 535 local parks and recreation agencies throughout the state. The mission of CPRS is to advance the profession and its members through education, networking, resources, and advocacy. Learn more at http://www.cprs.org.

Crime Recap

Courtesy: RUSD; Michael Martinez

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Driving Under the Influence Driver License Checkpoint

INCIDENT DATE: May 14, 2021

LOCATION: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

DETAILS: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, May 14, 2021. The checkpoint was in the 9800 Block of Limonite Avenue, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 760 cars screened.
  • 17 citations for unlicensed drivers.
  • 3 citations for suspended license.
  • 0 driving under the influence arrests.
  • 2 vehicles were towed

INCIDENT: Possession of Illicit Drugs for Sale

INCIDENT DATE: May 12, 2021

LOCATION: Goodman Way and Cantu Galleano Ranch Road, Eastvale

DETAILS: On May 12, 2021, about 6:00 A.M. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station, Eastvale, conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the area of Goodman Way and Cantu Galleano Ranch Road, in the city of Eastvale. During the traffic stop the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Michael Martinez, a resident of Upland, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Martinez was taken into custody.

Martinez was charged with possession of narcotics for sale and resisting arrest and was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages all citizens to report any suspicious activity. Anyone with additional information can contact Deputy Newman at Riverside County Sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Driving Under the Influence Enforcement

INCIDENT DATE: May 8, 2021 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

LOCATION: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

DETAILS: On May 8, 2021, Jurupa Valley Station deputies conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) saturation patrol in the City of Eastvale. Deputies conducted 9 vehicle enforcement stops, administered 2 field sobriety tests, and cited 5 drivers for various vehicle code violations.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving. The Department is dedicated to keeping the public safe and urges people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if you plan to drink.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.

INCIDENT: Homicide

INCIDENT DATE: April 3, 2021

LOCATION: 7000 Block of Orchid Dr. Eastvale

DETAILS: On Saturday, April 3, 2021, a male was dropped off at a local hospital in Ontario suffering from a gunshot wound. Medical staff provided emergency medical care, unfortunately, the male died as a result of his injuries. Information obtained during the follow up investigation revealed the incident occurred at a residence in the 7000 Block of Orchid Dr. in Eastvale.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The deceased male was identified as Steven Aquino Valentin, 23 years old out of Richie, Florida.

This is an active investigation and no additional details are currently available. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator David Sandoval at (760) 770-2236 or (951) 955-2777.

Here We Grow Again: New Additions to Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – So many exciting things are happening in Eastvale as it continues to grow!

It was announced that Bushfire Kitchen is coming to Eastvale! Bushfire Kitchen is expected to arrive this coming Fall 2021 and it will be located at The Merge, off the corner of Limonite Ave and Archibald Ave.

Bushfire Kitchen will have a large indoor dining room as well as a 1,000 sq ft patio equipped with heaters and misters so you and your family can enjoy your favorite food outdoors all year round. They will also have a fully-stocked outdoor bar that will serve craft cocktails, beer, and wine with 20+ taps, according to the City of Eastvale.

Bushfire Kitchen offers “signature entrees such as their bbq chicken, tri-tip plate, and baby back ribs. Their menu also includes a wide variety of bowls, salads, burgers, empanadas, and much much more!” They also accommodate preferences like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. To learn more about their menu options, visit their website at https://www.bushfirekitchen.com

Also joining Eastvale is a new public mural! The “Greetings from Eastvale, California” art mural is now complete at the Public Storage facility off Archibald Ave, near Limonite Ave.  The mural was painted by Artist and Designer, Maxfield Bala, who is the owner of an art and design company, Bala Creative. The mural features visual images and symbols pertinent to Eastvale’s history and will serve as an iconic landmark for the City. “No City funds were used to pay for the mural as it was paid for by the developer of the Public Storage Facility,” according to the City.

In addition, the Eastvale Farmers & Artisan Market is now open every Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Farmers & Artisan Market occurs every Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the New Day Christian Church parking lot, located at 7155 Hamner Avenue. For more information or on how to become a vendor, please email: eastvalefarmersmarket@gmail.com

Sell or Buy Your Home with Dary & Judi

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Southern California – Dary and Judi Shumaker are a husband-and-wife real estate team that love meeting, helping, and working with people that are considering buying or selling their home. Whether you are looking for your first home, downsizing, or even getting into a larger home for your growing family, the Shumakers are the perfect realtors for you! 

“Our goal and greatest joy are helping people through the real estate process, keeping are clients informed with a pro-active approach, and providing a successful and stressless experience from the start to the end of the transaction,” said Dary and Judi.

With 15 years of experience in real estate, they provide a hands-on experience, walking with you every step of the way. As a husband-and-wife team, they also provide two times the availability and personal communication throughout the entire transaction.

“We have had existing customers tell us that our team (husband & wife) approach was an unmeasurable value and asset for them,” they said.

Dary and Judi are hard-working Realtors looking out for your interests with integrity, honesty, and sincerity. Their business philosophy is “People Helping People” (Phil 2:4) and they will be happy to help in any way!

“We are always there for our clients and encourage them to contact us with any questions at any time,” said Dary and Judi.

Dary and Judi are both licensed Realtors with California Department of Realtors and are members of the NAR (National Association of Realtors). They also hold a Housing Community Development (HCD) Sales license. In addition, they are proud to be part of the Advantage Real Estate Team, with a broker that has 35 years of experience, knowledge, and expertise. They are also surrounded by many colleagues with combined years of experience, which is truly an advantage.

The Shumakers work with sellers and buyers of all ages. For sellers, Dary and Judi will gather home comparable data from multiple resources to have a thorough list price analyze to share with you.

“We will customize an expert marketing plan that will maximize the selling of your home. We understand the importance of selling your home as one of your biggest assets, and we take it very seriously and provide you the professional trustworthy service every step along the way,” said Dary and Judi.

For buyers, you will pay 0% fees, all while working with great agents that will work hard for you. “We are dedicated to helping you find the right home, at the best price, said Dary and Judi. “We want you to find the home that will make you happy and successful in real estate ownership. Whether you are thinking of buying now or in the future, it is important to have a professional with you who knows everything about the local market, the strategies to get offers accepted, and have access to all off-market properties and opportunities. We have the knowledge, tools, and connections to help you be successful in this competitive market.”

Dary and Judi also love working with seniors. They are very experienced in helping the senior community (specifically Baby Boomers) with the downsizing from their existing home and finding their ideal retirement home. “We can help with all types of senior living lifestyles, from senior living condos, manufactured/mobile home parks- senior community living, apartments, etc. We will help make this next step an enjoyable experience, as much as we enjoy helping you through it.”

They also offer a special discount for seniors, in addition to Military and First Responders!

Lastly, Dary and Judi are very knowledgeable about this industry. They wanted to share that there is an alternative to purchasing a residential/condo dwelling. “If buyers are unable to qualify for a FHA/Conventional loan or the approved amount is not meeting the amount for the location they want to purchase in, they may and should consider purchasing a manufactured home,” said the Shumakers. “We are dual licensed and the benefit of us having a HCD license is we can sell brand new manufactured homes. We have worked with a lot of buyers over the years who felt they could never purchase a home. When we introduced them to another type of dwelling, manufactured homes, it then gave them hope and joy for them to be able to provide a larger and better housing for their family than their current situation, living with family or living in an apartment that they are outgrowing.”

If you are thinking about buying or selling your home, call Dary and Judi for a free consultation today! You can reach Dary at 909-927-7028 and Judi at 909-437-6670. You can also email: daryandjudi@gmail.com or visit their website at daryandjudi.com.

First “EATSvale” A Success

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale; EATSvale is a new food truck festival event that will occur monthly in Eastvale.

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale hosted the first ever “EATSvale” on Friday, March 21 and it was a success! EATSvale is an exciting and unique food truck festival designed to “engage, elevate, and excite Eastvale residents by combing food, art, and music in one location,” according to a news release.

“We loved welcoming our commUNITY to our inaugural EATSvale Food Truck Festival event,” stated the City on their Facebook page. “It was great watching everyone enjoy the delicious food, playing outdoor games, and enjoying the awesome art!”

EATSvale will occur on a monthly basis on Friday evenings through October 2021. The event will take place at 13200 Citrus Avenue in Eastvale, across Citrus from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

“We are thrilled to bring this unique food truck festival experience to our commUNITY and create a foodie experience in Eastvale.”, said Bryan Jones, City Manager. “It is also our goal to facilitate new and exciting experiences that will create more vibrancy for our great City.”

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

The City decided to bring EATSvale to town because “Destination Eastvale” is listed as one of the goals identified by the City Council in the Eastvale Strategic Plan in January 2021. Therefore, EATSvale is a City hosted and organized event that is in concert with the current strategic plan initiatives.

This food truck event will allow food vendors who do not have a physical location in Eastvale to sell at an event, while also including restaurants that have a food truck in Eastvale, according to the City. Preferences will be given to Eastvale residents who have a food truck and we will also be recruiting unique and gourmet food trucks from throughout Southern California. Food vendors at this event will encompass a wide variety of cultures, cuisines, food experiences, and much much more!

We’ll see you at the next EATSvale event on Friday, June 18, 2021!

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

Councilmember Bootsma Passes Away

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Councilmember Ike Bootsma; courtesy of City of Eastvale

Eastvale – It was recently announced that Councilmember Ike Bootsma passed away at 74-years-old on the early morning of May 14th.

“Our entire Eastvale community mourns the loss of Councilmember Ike Bootsma.”, said Mayor Jocelyn Yow. “Ike was a remarkable and dedicated public servant who will be greatly missed.”

Ike has been a part of the Eastvale community for more than 46 years. Several community members expressed their condolences and prayers to the family on all social media platforms. So many described Ike as honest and kind, who cared deeply about his family and about the Eastvale community. From holding Halloween events to dressing up as Santa during Christmas, Ike loved making the local kids smile.

A banner was placed at Eastvale City Hall in memory of Councilmember Ike Bootsma with the words: “Leader. Legacy. Loved. Ike Bootsma 1947-2021.” In addition, at the monthly Just Move Campaign, the leaders paid tribute to Ike and described how he served the city for many years. City manager, Bryan Jones, also coined the phrase “Be Like Ike” in his speech, according to Matthew Olson’s Facebook post. “It brought tears to my eyes,” said Olson. “We can learn a lot from this gentleman and the service he gave to our community,” added Olson.  

In addition, the City Council will be remembering Ike at their next Meeting on Wednesday, May 26. They encouraged the community to say a few words about Ike via in person or online.

Ike was one of the youngest children of nine, to Dutch immigrant parents Trynje and Jim Bootsma. The Bootsma family started their dairy in 1938 and were one of the first to settle in Chino Valley. Ike started a successful Calf Ranch in Eastvale in 1974 until its closing in May 2007. “The Calf Ranch was an important component of the dairy industry, where they raised calves for Dairy replacement,” according to a City news release. “Ike started what became known as “contract” raising. It was a very good enterprise and worked well for the Dairy industry and for his family.”

Ike then served on the City Eastvale City Council from 2010 through 2016, along with four terms as Mayor from 2013 to 2016. “While on the City Council, Ike represented the City on several regional boards, including Western Riverside Council of Governments and the Riverside Transit Agency,” stated the City. Ike and his wife, Squeaker, were also very active with the Eastvale Kiwanis Club and have helped raised money each year to provide Eleanor Roosevelt High School students with college scholarships. They were active in the Eastvale Roadway Adoption Program and have kept city streets free of litter by participating in monthly street clean up events.   In addition, Ike was an active member of the local Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. Ike was then re-elected to the Eastvale City Council in November of 2020, representing District 5.

Ike Bootsma is survived by his wife, Squeaker, and his children Shaun Bootsma, Heidi Tillman, Mike Kirk, Metchelle Bootsma, and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service information is not yet announced to the community.  

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – May 2021

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City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – Feburary 2021

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Chick-fil-A Opens In Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale finally announced the date and time that Chick-fil-A will be opening its doors. Chick-fil-A’s official opening will take place on Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 a.m.

Chick-fil-A will not continue their “First 100” tradition at the Eastvale location due to COVID-19. Normally when a new location of Chick-fil-A opens, the franchise will give the first 100 customers free Chick-fil-A for a year. But since they are not allowing customers to camp out this year, they are providing free Chick-fil-A for a year to 100 people that are making an impact in their local communities. The “Community Hero” recipient will be announced on the Eastvale Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page, according to a news release.

The Eastvale Chick-fil-A will have a multi-lane drive-thru and be open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new restaurant is located at 5080 Hamner Ave., at The Station in the Goodman Commerce Center. The Station is a 650,000 square-foot retail center located adjacent to the I-15 Freeway between Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Bellegrave Avenue in Eastvale’s most northeast corner of the City. Chick-fil-A will be joining other retail and dining options at The Station, including In-N-Out Burger, Costco, Yoshiharu Ramen, and the recently announced 99 Ranch Market with Cravings Food Hall.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – January 2021

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Eastvale Still Thrived in 2020

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Eastvale – As we look back on the year 2020, despite the pandemic and all that has happened in the world, Eastvale still managed to thrive throughout the year. New businesses were still scheduled to open, construction continued, and the City obtained various awards over the year. In addition, Christmas was not cancelled in Eastvale, as there were virtual and socially distanced events that took place this holiday season. There were also some really great decorated houses for community members to view. In addition, the community came together to donate masks and essential items, to find lost pets, and to display various acts of kindness throughout the city. 

Bryan Jones, Eastvale City Manager, recently issued a news release highlighting all the wonderful things that happened in Eastvale.

“City staff really showcased their grit and solutions driven approach with their adaptability to better serve the communities in new ways with all the new technologies that were implemented through this pandemic. We now have an electronic check-in system at our front counter along with many other services that can now be provided virtually, and we are now live-streaming our City Council and Commission meetings.

However the real MVPs this year were you, the Eastvale community! You made Eastvale the priority by shopping and dining local and taking care of your neighbors. This helped keep us in a strong financial and connected position for the coming year, and for that, we and our local businesses thank you! Love Eastvale! Shop Eastvale!

During these challenging times, we saw true leaders display acts of kindness and lend a helping hand to those in need. We saw the Eastvale Crime Watch page get repurposed into a generosity page for donating essential household items. We saw the Just Move Campaign with Move Through Motivation bring people together to move and create a healthier more connected community. We partnered with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce on the COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund and 2020 High School Graduate gift cards to local restaurants, which injected tens of thousands of dollars into our local economy, along with the Veterans Day Yard Sign Campaign to recognize our hometown heroes.

We also saw civil unrest in the country back in June, yet in Eastvale we had peaceful protests that we turned into conversations within the community resulting in a community leader driven Inclusionary Task Force with individuals representing our diverse community, including City Hall, Schools, Churches, and Law Enforcement. It’s critically important that we have the necessary conversations and take the appropriate actions to allow everyone’s voice to be heard, everyone’s face to be seen, and everyone to feel welcome and safe in our commUNITY.”

Jones also discussed the accomplishments and awards the City were given. “It was great to see Eastvale add to our award-winning organization this past year. Among these recognitions were:

– The Arts Innovation Award, from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, for our City mural, “Eastvale: We Built this City”, created by Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill and on display at City Hall.

– Three different Polaris communications/community engagement awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for our “Did You Know Video Series”, “We are the City of Eastvale Video” and the “Elysia Matthews & Deputy Myers Story”.

– The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2nd year in a row.

– The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial reporting from GFOA for the 9th year in a row.

– Recognized as the 2nd least financially at-risk City in the State by the independent California State Auditor.”

Jones congratulated the new City Councilmembers and he discussed the many things to come in 2021. “We have many things to look forward to in 2021. We are about to launch our 2nd Community Satisfaction Survey in conjunction with our updated Strategic Plan. This helps us ensure that our priorities for the future, match the priorities of the community. Please keep a look out for the survey launch in early January and share your voice!

In addition, if you haven’t signed-up for Engage Eastvale yet, now would be a great time to do so and engage in the Eastvale 2040 community engagement and planning process.

We also celebrated several economic development wins this past year with multiple signed leases from new businesses and groundbreakings. There are several exciting new dining options opening in the coming months with JINYA Ramen Bar coming to the Cloverdale Market Place, Chick-fil-A coming to The Station, and Fire Wings coming to the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center. This doesn’t include the many other shopping and dining options that are coming to Hamner Place and The Merge! We are excited to see our first hotel, Staybridge Suites, start to go vertical in 2021. It will be a 4.5 star hotel with a rooftop bar/restaurant, conference/event center and pool cabanas. Don’t forget to connect with us on social media to hear about other new and exciting businesses that are coming to Eastvale.

We are also hoping that the Leal Ranch will close with a master developer so that we can begin creating our Destination Downtown, the heartbeat of the community along with a Public Library, City Hall, 3rd Fire Station and Police Sub-Station.

We also have some key infrastructure wins we are excited to work with the community to design and implement, including an $8 million grant for trails along both Scholar Way and Harrison Way to enhance walkability, and nearly $9.5 million in state funding for the Limonite Extension across the Cucamonga Creek West of Archibald Avenue, better connecting us to the City of Chino. Speaking of connecting and expanding, the Hamner Bridge across the Santa Ana River will begin the widening construction process to 6 lanes in early 2021 to better connect us to the City of Norco!”

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Riverside Sheriff’s Department Coroner

Eastvale, Norco, Jurupa Valley – This holiday season, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public about the importance of being safe and sober when you are driving.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is dedicated to keeping the public safe and urges people to stay at home or use a designated sober driver if you plan to drink.

Starting Dec. 14 and through New Year’s Day, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will have deputies on patrol looking for drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The enforcement effort is part of a national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, intended to show zero tolerance for drunk driving and keep roads safe.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs. Do your research and understand how certain drugs you are taking may affect your driving ability.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – December 2020

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

Here We Grow Again

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Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow as construction continues, new dining is expected, and military banners are being added. Check out a recap of what’s happening in Eastvale below.

On Dec. 14, environmental mitigation work began under the Hamner Avenue bridge, in the Santa Ana River bed and along Hamner Avenue in the project area. During construction, two lanes are expected to remain open with possible traffic control and flagging if necessary, according to the City.

“Traffic lanes are subject to close intermittently due to unforeseen construction circumstances or an emergency situation,” stated a news release. Construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, nighttime work may occur as necessary from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. For more information on the Hamner Avenue Bridge & Widening Project, visit www.HamnerAveProject.com.

On Dec. 9, it was announced that all JCSD Park Playgrounds and exercise equipment are now open. JCSD reminded the community to follow the simple steps below to help keep our outdoor playgrounds safe, open and FUN!

WEAR A MASK – Everyone 2 years and older should wear a mask covering their face.

MAINTAIN DISTANCE – Maintain physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different house-holds and prevent crowding of children.

NO FOOD OR DRINK – Do not eat or drink in playground to ensure face masks are worn at all times.

WASH HANDS – Wash or sanitize your hands before and after you visit.

PLAN AHEAD- Visit the park at different times or days to avoid crowds and waits.

KNOW WHEN TO STAY HOME- Elderly individuals and people with under-lying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.

SHARE OUR SPACE – To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your visit to 30 minutes when others are waiting.

On Dec. 8, the City announced that the Limonite Gap Closure Project received $9.4 million in State Funding from the California Transportation Commission. “Funding was provided through gas tax revenue authorized by Senate Bill 1,” stated the City.

The Limonite Gap Closure Project involves the construction of a “new urban arterial segment of the Limonite Avenue corridor.” This segment will connect Kimball Avenue west of the Hellman Ave intersection to the existing portion of Limonite Ave, east of Archibald Avenue.

The City also stated that the project includes the construction of a four-lane roadway along the corridor, multi-use trails/bike lanes along the north and south side of the corridor, a vehicular bridge and pedestrian structures crossing the Cucamonga Creek Channel.

“Special shoutout to Western Riverside Council of Governments and RCTC for their regional support on this important project in our City!”

In addition, new dining options are almost ready to open their doors in early 2021. The City of Eastvale is excited that new signage has been installed for the dining options below. 

Fire Wings is coming to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court on the corner of Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue. They will offer guests over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal.

JINYA Ramen Bar is coming to the Cloverdale Marketplace located at Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue. They will offer a delicious assortment of in-house broth for ramen, and a range of different food options that everyone can enjoy. They will have vegan and vegetarian options, and plan to have a full premium bar with an outdoor seating area.

Chick-fil-A is coming to the Station at the Goodman Commerce Center. They will join an already exciting lineup of restaurants and retail options with In-N-Out, Costco, and the soon to come 99 Ranch Market. 

Lastly, on Nov. 22, the City raised seven new military banners along Archibald Avenue. The new banners were raised to honor the following military personnel:

Albert A. Camacho, U.S. Marines

Brandon J. Nikodym, U.S. Marines

EJ Rhod Villanueva, U.S. Navy

Elochukwu J. Ude, U.S. Navy

Haley Pyne, U.S. Marines

Joseph Zapata-Clark, U.S. Coast Guard

Nolan H. Jorgenson, U.S. Navy

“The Eastvale Military Banner Program was implemented in 2014 to recognize and celebrate Eastvale residents and immediate family members who are currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, which include the following branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard,” according to the City. “The City is proud to showcase these brave men and women along Archibald Avenue. Installations happen twice a year in the Spring and Fall.”

New Eastvale Mayor And Councilmembers Selected

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Eastvale – At the Dec. 9 Special City Council meeting, a new Eastvale Mayor was selected and made history in California. A new Mayor Pro Tem was also selected and the two new Eastvale Councilmembers were sworn in.

Jocelyn Yow was selected by the City Council as the new Mayor of Eastvale and Councilman Clint Lorimore was selected as the new Mayor Pro Tem. Both will serve a one-year term in their positions. In addition, Christian Dinco (District 2) and Ike Bootsma (District 5) were sworn into office as Eastvale City Council Members. Also at the Special Meeting, outgoing Mayor and Councilmember Brandon Plott was recognized for his dedication and service to the City of Eastvale for the last four years.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Mayor Jocelyn Yow

Yow made California history as she is now the youngest minority woman to be selected as Mayor in California. Yow is 25-years-old and was elected to the City Council in 2018 then she served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2020. The City of Eastvale also provided the following information about Yow:

“From an early age, public service has been part of Jocelyn Yow’s life and a source of growth and inspiration.  Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, her family has always emphasized the importance of giving back and community service. She serves as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and is a member of the Lions Club. In 2011, Mayor Yow’s family moved to the Inland Empire and settled in Eastvale. 

She became involved in advocacy while attending her alma mater Norco College and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree.  Yow served as a district representative for the California State Senate and an aide for the United States House of Representatives, where she worked to help seniors, families, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and children to access valuable government services.  She is currently the policy manager for IGNITE, a national nonprofit to elect more women to positions of power.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Mayor Pro Tem Lorimore

Lorimore, serving as the new Mayor Pro Tem, was first elected on the City Council in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2017. He also served as Mayor in 2018. The City of Eastvale provided the following information about Lorimore:

“Clint Lorimore has a strong track record of public service and a dedication to the region in which we live. Having dedicated himself to actively engaging with the community, He volunteers his time with various local organizations, including Eastvale Rotary. He is a successful small business owner, who has previously worked for the State Legislature, served as a regional appointee of the Governor and has also worked as an analyst on issues relating to national security. He currently serves as 1st Vice-President of Southern California Association of Governments.

Mayor Pro Tem Lorimore graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Public Policy in 2004. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. As a recipient of Rotary International’s Ambassadorial Scholarship, Clint also studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2008 where he graduated with a Masters of Science.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Councilmember Ike Bootsma

Bootsma is a newly elected councilmember but he previously served on the City Council from 2010 to 2016. In addition, he served as Eastvale’s Mayor from 2013-2016. Now he is back on the council ready to serve after receiving the most votes for District 5. The City of Eastvale provided the following information about Bootsma:

“Ike Bootsma was born third from the youngest of nine children to immigrant parents, Trynje and Jim Bootsma. Ike’s family was one of the first to settle in the Chino Valley in 1938 when the dairy’s began their exodus from Artesia. 

In 1975, Ike started a Calf Ranch in Eastvale. It was a very successful operation until its closing in May of 2007. The Calf Ranch was an important component of the dairy industry, where they raised calves for Dairy replacement. Ike started what became known as “contract” raising. It was a very good enterprise and worked well for the Dairy industry and for his family.

…He is an active member of the Eastvale Kiwanis Club; raising money each year to provide Eleanor Roosevelt High School students with college scholarships and participating in monthly street clean-up events as part of the Eastvale Roadway Adoption Program.”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Shown: Councilmember Christian Dinco

Dinco is also a newly elected councilmember, serving for the first time on the Eastvale City Council. However, Dinco is not new to the city. “Dinco and his wife Judith have been residents of Eastvale for ten years,” according to the City. “They have four children, Savannah, Delaney, Connor, and Brady.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree from California Baptist University in Leadership and Public Administration and has been in law enforcement for over 25 years. 

He is currently a Lieutenant with Riverside Police Department, supervising Aviation, SWAT, a Parole and Corrections Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, and a newly formed UAV program.  He has previously worked as a detective in investigations, narcotics, auto theft, property crimes, SWAT, major investigations, community services bureau, and press information officer. 

Councilmember Dinco has been the President of Eastvale Little League for the last five years and is an active coach in the league as well.  He is also a youth soccer coach with Empire Soccer, and Friday Night Lights youth flag football and has also previously coached with Eastvale’s Pop Warner football program. Christian is dedicated to community service and is looking forward to contributing to our great City of Eastvale.”

Lastly, Brandon Plott is leaving the City Council and his position as Mayor due to personal reasons. He announced his departure earlier this year via Facebook. Mayor and Councilmember Plott served on the City Council these last four years. 

“Brandon’s sacrifice, dedication, and commitment to the City of Eastvale was evident throughout his time on the City Council and we’ll miss seeing him up on the dias!,” stated a news release.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow and come together despite all that is happening. Below is an update on what’s going on in the community, information courtesy of the City of Eastvale.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has kept our community safe and are going the extra mile to keep safety as priority through the holiday season. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting increased patrols at the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center starting on Black Friday through Christmas. In addition, RSO will also be providing traffic control at the Amazon Distribution center at no additional cost to the City.

The Eastvale City Hall has grown and you may see these new faces: Senior Community & Building Safety Specialist Tamara Marquez and our Community & Building Safety Specialist Sonia Sanchez. These two positions were recently transitioned from contract services to in-house City staff positions, which combined with the other positions brought in-house, saves the City over $600K annually.

The Building and Safety Front Counter is available to process your water, solar, pool, and patio cover permits. They are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. and by appointment in the afternoon. You can check-in to the front counter through the City website.

In early November, the City of Eastvale was honored to be recognized with multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America PRSA Inland Empire Chapter

One of the awards was in the ‘writing’ category reflecting on an embrace with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Deanna Myers and a Eleanor Roosevelt High School student, Elysia Matthews, during the Black Lives Matter protests in June 2020.

The City also received an award for their “Did you Know” video series featuring our Communications Department, where we share information with our community so they can be informed champions.

Along with the “We are the City of Eastvale” video, which humanized the City Hall staff and why they choose to serve our community to form connections with the people we serve.

Thank you again to PRSA for the recognition of these important projects and initiatives that align with our core values of Kindness, Grit, and Solutions-Driven with courageous, creative and collaborative results where we champion experiences that engage, excite, and elevate our commUNITY!

On Nov. 9, Norco College announced that they have broken ground on the new Veterans Resource Center. This new Center will expand and enhance programs and services to veteran students by offering college credit for previous military service, counseling, mental health services, and access to community and veterans resources. For more information about the Veterans Resource Center, visit norcocollege.edu/veterans

On Nov. 5, the City of Eastvale also received the Arts Innovation Award from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership – IEEP during their 8th Annual Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet Virtual Awards Ceremony for our now award winning mural themed, Past, Present, and Future, entitled Eastvale: We Built this City, painted by local resident artist/muralist Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill!

This mural was created with the Incredible vision by our community and City Council to celebrate and document our 10th Anniversary of Incorporation as the State’s 2nd youngest City.

Pastor’s Corner: Joe & Charlotte

Joe and Charlotte began to attend our church when I was the new pastor at Chapel in the Hills in Tucson many years ago. Although I had served on the staff of larger churches, this was the first time I was on my own after graduating from seminary.

I was pretty young to be leading a church. The church was small. A secretary came in one morning a week to print the Sunday bulletin. The church treasurer was a volunteer. Our attendance was small and our resources were limited.

Joe and Charlotte lived in the neighborhood and they actually attended a larger church across town. But they started coming to our Sunday evening services and to our mid-week Bible study. They were school teachers and loved kids. They had served with a ministry providing children’s Bible programs in rural areas of Arizona. And they rode a tandem-bike along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans during two summers.

They offered to lead our first summer Vacation Bible School to reach children in the community. I was so thankful to have the help of this remarkable couple. They came with ideas and experience that were invaluable. VBS was a success and we met a number of new families in our area.

There is a similar couple in the Bible. Their names were Priscilla and Aquila and they worked with the Apostle Paul on a number of occasions. Paul said that they had actually risked their lives to help him. Later they started a church in their own home (Romans 16:3-5) and they provided solid Bible teaching to a budding evangelist named Apollos (Acts 18:26).

I believe God loves to bring older, seasoned people into our lives to help us in our career or ministry. Let me encourage you to watch for an Aquila or Priscilla who is willing to help you grow and learn. And be willing to use your knowledge and experience to be an Aquila or Pricilla to help others. You will be glad you did and they will too. 

You can find more stories and articles by Mark Hopper at his web site – letmarkencourageyou.com. His book with 365 stories and articles (one for each day of the year) is available for $25 which includes postage – contact him at markh@efreedb.org.

Crime Recap

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: Armed Robbery, Attempt Car Jacking Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: November 16, 2020

WHERE: 400 block Hidden Valley Parkway, Norco

On Monday, November 16, 2020 at 8:33 AM, Norco Deputies responded to the 100 block of Hidden Valley Parkway in reference to a reported petty theft from the convenience store.  As deputies searched the area for the suspect, another call for service was dispatched in the 400 block of Hidden Valley Parkway with the same suspect description given. The reporting party stated the suspect had just robbed the convenience store and the two female employees of their belongings. The suspect had taken car keys from one of the female victims by force and was actively trying to steal her vehicle. The suspect inadvertently was trying to steal the wrong vehicle with the keys he had taken from her.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Coroner
Pictured: Paul Martinez

A Norco Deputy arrived on scene and the suspect; later identified as Paul Martinez, 48 years old, of Los Angeles, made eye contact with the deputy and fled on foot from the vehicle. After a foot pursuit of the suspect he was detained without incident. Martinez was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for two counts of Robbery and Attempted Car Jacking.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Saif Alobaidi at the Norco Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: Deputy Involved Shooting 

INCIDENT DATE: November 14, 2020

WHERE: 14000 Block of Alpaca Court, City of Eastvale

On Saturday, November 14th, 2020, approximately 2:58 AM, Jurupa Valley Station Deputies were dispatched to the 14000 Block of Alpaca Court, in the City of Eastvale, reference an unknown trouble. Shortly after deputies arrived on scene, they contacted an adult male who was armed with a weapon and threatening the deputies. While waiting for additional units to arrive on scene, the suspect shot multiple rounds at the deputies from the interior of a home. The deputies took cover behind their vehicles, and the suspect continued to shoot at the deputies. At this time, a deputy involved shooting occurred. An officer help call was broadcasted to multiple law enforcement agencies and Chino Police Department, Ontario Police Department, Corona Police Department and Riverside Police Department all responded. Corona Police Department and Ontario Police Department both arrived on scene with armored rescue vehicles and assisted in safely removing our deputies away from the suspects line of fire. Information was received that juveniles were in the home where the suspect was firing from. As an armored rescue vehicle was approaching the residence to safely remove the juveniles, the suspect appeared in the doorway and a second deputy involved shooting occurred.

The suspect, later identified as 43 year old Jose Alfredo Gonzalez, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for medical treatment of a non-life threatening injury. Three juveniles were removed from the home unharmed. Multiple weapons were located at the scene.

Suspect Gonzalez will be booked into jail for multiple counts of attempted murder on a Peace Officer, three counts of child endangerment, domestic violence and false imprisonment. (Booking photo is unavailable at this time)

The deputies involved will be placed on administrative leave per Department policy. The involved deputies’ names will not be released at this time. 

An Investigator from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will lead this investigation, aided by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Force Investigations Detail and Central Homicide Unit. This is an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Del Haro at (951) 955-5400.

INCIDENT: Vehicle Pursuit / Stolen Vehicle Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: November 10, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Ave. and 6th Street, Norco

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff Coroner
Pictured: George Michael Mendoza

On November 10, 2020 about 3:36 PM, a Deputy assigned to the Norco Station observed a reported stolen vehicle in the area of Hamner and 6th Street, Norco. An enforcement stop was attempted and the occupant of the vehicle failed to stop and attempted to evade. A pursuit was initiated and continued on 6th Street in which the suspect exited the stolen vehicle at the dead end near Pikes Peak and attempted to flee on foot. The suspect who was later identified as George Michael Mendoza, was detained without incident.

George Michael Mendoza a 29 year old, resident of the city of Jurupa Valley, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Vehicle Theft, Felony Evading, Violation of Probation, Violation of Parole, and and an outstanding Felony Warrant.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy A. Lucifora at the Norco Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 270-5673.

Autism Mom: Being Thankful 2020

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


 It seems like this year keeps getting longer and longer, though just right around the corner is Christmas. Is this a year to remember or forget in your books? I want to forget it with every ounce of being I have, but I want to remember it all too. It hasn’t been easy. What was supposed be a month shutdown now has turned into eight months and going. Schools never reopened, and everything has been online. Life as we once knew it came to a stop and adjusted its sails. It didn’t tell us to put our anchor down and sit. It meant to go a different direction, which we did.

 Social distancing and wearing a mask has become a way of life at the moment. Also, gatherings, dining out, and going places are things of the past, for now. 

Yet 2020 brought more family time, getting to know one another, life slowed down, and puppies were brought into the homes to love. People were making their home a staycation or doing all those projects they said they would do if time only allowed it. Swimming pool businesses boomed. People were doing their backyards and getting swimming pools. 

Life may have slowed down enough so we could get back on track. It hasn’t been easy being home every day with my kids, autistic kids. But I am thankful I get to spend all this time with them. It’s true what they say. It’s all how you look at things. Is the glass 1/2 empty, or is it 1/2 full? 

I will not say something and sugar coat it and say life has been great. Many days I spend stressed as most mamas out there are, and I shed many tears. But I still wake up every day thankful for my family and all that I have around me. 2020 will pass, and life will be back in the fast lane, though I hope not as fast as it was going. 

Be safe, be healthy, stay calm, and most importantly, be thankful. 

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.