Category Archives: Eastvale

Here We Grow

New Businesses Open

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale announced several new businesses that are coming to the City and others that have recently opened this month!

This week, Otoro Sushi and Teppanyaki officially opened their doors at 13394 Limonite Avenue, Suite 110 in Eastvale. They offer sushi, combination plates, hibachi, and much more! Stop by during their happy hour Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from open to 5:00 p.m.

In early June, Dog Haus Biergarten also officially opened their doors in Eastvale! They are located at The Merge, 14063 Limonite Avenue Suite #100. Dog Haus offers their signature haus dogs, haus burgers, haus chicken, craft beer, sides, and ice cream. “Dog Haus has garnered critical acclaim and national attention for its signature all beef Haus Dogs and handcrafted proprietary Haus Sausages, as well as its 100% genetically tested, humanely raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free Black Angus beef from Creekstone Farms,” stated the City in their announcement. “All Dog Haus dogs, sausages and burgers are also served on grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls!”

The City also announced a few new businesses that will be coming to Eastvale. Crumbl Cookies is expected to arrive in 2023 at The Station! They will be located in the Goodman Commerce Center, at the corner of Hamner Ave and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road.

“Since opening its doors three years ago, Crumbl has expanded to over 300 bakeries in 36 states nationwide, making it the fastest-growing cookie company in the nation,” stated the City. “With each new bakery, Crumbl will strive harder than ever to fulfill its mission of bringing family and friends together over the world’s best box of cookies.”

Another business that is coming to town is Olive Garden! This new restaurant is also expected to arrive at The Station in 2023. Olive Garden provides delicious Italian meals, homemade soups, iconic salads, and freshly baked breadsticks. 

Crime Recap

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Eastvale – In the last month, a few updates and announcements took place in the City of Eastvale. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: Drive-By Shooting

INCIDENT DATE: May 22, 2022; update June 1, 2022

WHERE: Eastvale

Details:

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 6:08 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 6500 block of Red Oak Drive in the City of Eastvale. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a vehicle drove down the street, and an occupant from inside the car fired numerous rounds at an occupied residence. The gunfire struck no victims; however, several vehicles parked in the driveway sustained significant damage.

Update as of June 1: Jurupa Valley Station Investigators continued the shooting investigation. During follow-up interviews, investigators learned the shooting stemmed from an internal family dispute, and the suspect, Juan Huerta, was identified. On June 1,2022, Jurupa Valley Station investigators and Special Enforcement Team members served a search warrant in the 2900 block of Missouri Avenue in the City of South Gate. A handgun and numerous live rounds of ammunition were seized. Subsequently, Juan Huerta was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for negligent discharge of a firearm where his bail has been set at $500,000.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Komins from the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Copycat Threats

WHERE: Riverside County

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department made the following announcement on May 26:

We have been made aware of “copycat threats” in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Texas.

Please be assured that our Department works diligently to identify specifics on each incident and has not been able to confirm any credible threats.

Deputy presence has been increased at school events and will continue for the remainder of the school year.

The safety and security of our children is our top priority, and these copycat incidents are not taken lightly.

New Radar Speed Signs In Eastvale

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Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale Public Works team and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department recently met to discuss the possible installation of radar speed signs in the City. “Radar speed signs are traffic signs that alert drivers of their speed when driving by, helping them stay within the speed limit,” stated the City.

Both teams meet every month to discuss “safety concerns, traffic concerns, traffic count updates, community feedback, and more,” according to the City. The Eastvale Public Works Team is committed to the maintenance and operation of the City of Eastvale’s infrastructure, according to the City website.

In the past, many residents have expressed their concern of speeding taking place throughout the community. Therefore, the potential speed signs may be a possible solution to the current issue.

However, when the City posted on their social media about the speed signs, many residents commented against them saying they wouldn’t fix the problem. Many suggested other solutions such as cameras, speed bumps, and more law enforcement.

Mayor Pro Tem Todd Rigby also commented on the post stating, “Part of the purpose of speed radar signs is to collect data (speed mph, time of day, frequency, etc.). This data helps law enforcement deploy traffic enforcement appropriately throughout the day and throughout the city.”

In addition, many studies have shown that radar speed signs can be effective. According to radarsign.com, “studies repeatedly show that when alerted by a radar sign, speeders will slow down up to 80% of the time. Typical average speed reductions are 10-20%, and overall compliance with the posted speed limit will increase by 30-60%.” However, many still have their doubts.

This topic was discussed at the last meeting, but no decisions have been announced by the City or the Public Works team. 

Eastvale Summer Events

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Eastvale – There are so many family fun events coming up this summer. Mark your calendars for the events below!

The first is the annual Picnic in the Park, hosted by JCSD with the City of Eastvale as a proud presenting partner. The event will take place on June 24, 25, and 26 at the Eastvale Community Park, located at 12650 Citrus Street in Eastvale. This free event will feature picnic games, carnival rides, a beer garden, delicious food, fireworks, entertainment, and more!

The weekend includes the following: June 24th from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring Cold Duck; June 25th from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring Bruno Mars and the Hooligans, and a firework show; and June 26th from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Como La Flor. Visit www.jcsd.us or call 951.727.3524 for additional information.

Another exciting event coming up is an Independence Day Bike Parade on July 2! Bring your bike, scooter, or wagon to this family fun event at VantagePoint Church. The event will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will include a parade, decorating contest, prizes, a DJ, Facepainting, FREE Kona Ice and more!

Be sure to come by from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to decorate your wheels and enter to win various prizes, including tickets to Knotts! Decorations will be provided during this time frame, then you can display your work at the parade at 9:35 a.m.

VantagePoint is located at 8500 Archibald Avenue in Eastvale. To register for the contest, please fill out this form: https://vantagepoint.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/243/responses/new. For more information, email info@vantagepointchurch.org.

If you’re a food lover, the City’s first-ever Restaurant Week is the event for you! During the week of July 11 to July 17, residents will be able to visit 10 participating businesses, show the official Restaurant Week flyer, and receive a special discount! Check out page 2 of this publication to see the official flyer you can take in to each restaurant.

After residents make a purchase, they are encouraged to email a photo of their receipt to restaurantweek@eastvaleca.gov for a chance to win a special raffle too!

The participating businesses are: Masala House, Eastbrew Café, Little Eastern Café, Otoro Sushi, Jono’s Sushi, Devil’s Kitchen & Teppan, Which Wich, Jinya Ramen Bar, Bushfire Kitchen, and Blaze Pizza.

Another event in July will be Raahauge’s Youth Outdoor Adventure Day on July 16! The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include paint ball games, rock climbing, archery, airsoft, kayaking, a petting zoo, falconry, various shooting ranges, food vendors, and more. The cost is only $15 cash at the door and the first 600 kids will get a free door prize! Adults can also enter the adult raffle. For more information, visit raahauges.com or see the ad on page 5 for more information.

The last event in July is the EATSvale Food Truck Festival on July 29. The Food Truck Festival will take place at 13200 Citrus Street in Eastvale. More information to come. Vendor requests can be directed to events@eastvaleca.gov.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – June 2022

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: New Businesses Coming

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Eastvale – The City of Eastvale continues to have new additions and grand openings.

On May 2, Bushfire Kitchen officially had its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. “Their excellent food, great atmosphere, and full-sized bar and patio make them an excellent addition to the city,” stated the City. They are located at 14135 Limonite Ave, Suite #240 Eastvale, CA 92880.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Also, the City recently announced that Bath & Body Works is coming to the Eastvale Gateway in the Fall of 2022. “Bath & Body Works offers everything from lotions, to hand soaps, to sanitizers, to home fragrances,” stated the City.

The City of Eastvale is announcing new businesses to the City each month and new restaurants are having grand openings regularly. Stay tuned for more updates!

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

New Downtown Approved By Council

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Eastvale – At the May 11 City Council meeting, the Eastvale City Council voted 5-0 to approve a revised plan for the new Downtown Eastvale. This is expected to be developed between Hamner Avenue, Limonite Avenue, Scholar Way, and 58th Street.

Peter Carlson, the project developer’s consultant, said that construction could start as soon as 2023 and grading can begin within the next few months. However, this project could take years to build.

The new revised plan will span over 154 acres of land. Fifty-two acres off Limonite and Hamner Avenue will include commercial development of 595,000 square feet. It will also include 660 apartments, a civic center with a New City Hall, a state-of-the-art police station, and a brand-new library. In addition, 87 acres off Scholar Way and 58th Street will host 1,840 homes, including single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments. Fourteen acres will contain parks and open space. Then a new fire station will take place on one acre of land off Scholar and 58th Street.

The developer of the Leal Property, The New Home Company, said they are “committed to the growth and prosperity of the City of Eastvale by bringing together a magical destination for residents and guests,” stated the City of Eastvale in a news release. “The future downtown will also serve as an economic catalyst for the community by welcoming new businesses and employment opportunities for Eastvale.”

The Downtown Eastvale Community desires to “build a place that THRIVES in the Inland Empire while maintaining our historic charm,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website. The community’s planning area will be “centered around the City’s town center and will help re-define the location as a regional destination of significance and interest,” according to the city’s website.

To view pictures of the plans or to find out more information, visit http://www.downtowneastvale.com.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – May 2022

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:

It’s Not The Clothes

By Melody Kraemer
The other day someone asked a question. Their young child wanted to start dressing themselves. It wasn’t the style of what mama wanted, but it was what the child wanted. It was so mixed and matched, stripes, polka dots, prints and all. The question was, Do I let my child go out like this? Or do I deal with her being upset and change her to what I want her to wear?
Yes, as parents, we are responsible for caring for our child’s spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. So you have to ask yourself, is there harm in letting my child go out like this?
This past weekend I took my son out. Over time, we have progressed with autism, and he can communicate a little. I said we were leaving, and he insisted on wearing his pajamas—a one-piece fuzzy reindeer pajamas with a hoodie and all with ears. I took a deep breath and said, let’s go. He felt comfortable and didn’t have a care in the world. Now, if he were off to school, I would have had him choose differently, but we were headed out for a family afternoon. As we were in the car, I looked over at him, he was bouncy, flapping, making noise a bit, and I smiled. It wasn’t the clothes that made him; it was his heart.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
It’s not the clothes that make the child. It is his inner spirit that is most important.
Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of AutismMomAdventures.com Follow her on Instagram @So_Cal_Autism_Mom_Adventures and Facebook.com/autismmomadventures For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com

JCSD’s CAPRA Reaccreditation Plaque Unveiled

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Jurupa Valley, CA (March 15, 2022) – Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel, District 2, joined the Jurupa Community Services District’s (JCSD) Board of Directors yesterday to unveil the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) reaccreditation plaque. Supervisor Spiegel also spoke at the JCSD Board of Directors regular meeting, which was held at the Eastvale Community Center for the special occasion.
The CAPRA accreditation assures that an accredited park and recreation agency has the operational capacity to deliver programs, facilities, and services at a high level of quality. To achieve accreditation, applicants are evaluated through peer verification based on 154 rigorous standards. JCSD Parks and Recreation met all 154 standards and received a score of 100%.
JCSD is one of only three California agencies to achieve CAPRA accreditation. Supervisor Spiegel is in the noteworthy position of having two of the three agencies operating within her district: JCSD and the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RivCoParks). Supervisor Spiegel serves as Vice-Chair of the RivCoParks Board of Directors.
“I am proud of both RivCoParks and JCSD for their accomplishment as two premier agencies offering quality services to the community,” said Supervisor Spiegel. “As Vice-Chair of the RivCoParks Board of Directors, I know the hard work and quality services needed to achieve CAPRA accreditation.”
JCSD first received CAPRA accreditation in September 2015 and RivCoParks received it in October 2013. Accreditation lasts for five years.
JCSD Parks and Recreation offers approximately 230 acres of parkland with state-of-the-art facilities, as well as 12 categories of recreation programs that include Youth Sports, Dance, and Music. To learn more about JCSD Parks and Recreation, as well as the programs and events offered, please visit http://www.JCSD.us or call (951) 727-3524.
Founded in 1956, the Jurupa Community Services District is a public governmental agency which provides services and programs to the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale. It is governed by five elected representatives (Board of Directors) from both cities. Serving over 130,000 people in a 40-square-mile area, JCSD provides a variety of community services and programs, including water, sewer, street lights, frontage landscape maintenance, graffiti abatement, and parks and recreation services.

Update For Future Downtown Eastvale

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Eastvale
– A new developer website was created to communicate the progress and plans of the future Downtown Eastvale. This Downtown is expected to be developed between Hamner Avenue, Limonite Avenue, Scholar Way, and 58th Street.
The developer of the Leal Property, The New Home Company, is “committed to the growth and prosperity of the City of Eastvale by bringing together a magical destination for residents and guests,” stated the City of Eastvale. “The future downtown will also serve as an economic catalyst for the community by welcoming new businesses and employment opportunities for Eastvale.”
The Downtown Eastvale Community desires to “build a place that THRIVES in the Inland Empire while maintaining our historic charm,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website.
This new space will offer shopping, entertainment, and a family friendly environment. It will also include a new City Hall, a world class library, and a state-of-the-art police station that will serve our community for generations to come.
The community’s planning area will be “centered around the City’s town center and will help re-define the location as a regional destination of significance and interest,” stated the Downtown Eastvale website.
The neighborhood’s design will include commercial office space, civic and public services, a range of residential offerings as well as recreational and entertainment opportunities.  This includes four pillars: Pillar 1 Magical Destination, Pillar 2 Energy & Vitality, Pillar 3 Pedestrian Primary, and Pillar 4 Economic Engine.
To view pictures of the plans or to find out more information, visit http://www.downtowneastvale.com.

Continue in Humility

By Nathan S. Kang
1 Peter 5:5-7
Peter was writing to Christians across the world who were persecuted for their faith. In 1 Peter 5, he encourages the elders to lead the church and the younger to submit to the elders. To the rest, he says to be clothed in humility. Peter knew a thing or two about being humbled by the Lord. The phrase “be clothed” is a Greek word which describes a serving slave tying a knot on a garment or an apron. He was identified by it. Likewise, Christians ought to be clothed with humility. The mark of a Christian life is humility. Why? Peter gives the reason which is that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. It’s the same phrase found in Proverbs 3:34 and in James 4:4-6.

In Proverbs 6:16-17, the first abomination to God is a proud look. In verse 6 he calls upon the believers to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. The Greek word “humble” indicates one to bring themselves lower. How do we humble ourselves? We bring ourselves lower and under the mighty hand of God. Remember God’s mighty hand. He is a sovereign God and in control of everything. It is when we humble ourselves that God would exalt us according His time. Then Peter concludes this portion of his letter by stating in verse 7 to cast all of our care to God for God cares about us. What are we casting? Our anxiety and worries. Remember he was writing to persecuted believers. He encourages them to cast their anxieties and sufferings to God because God cares about them.

God cares about you. The Psalmist in Psalm 55:22 says we can cast all of our burdens unto Him. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, we can come unto Him to find rest. In Hebrews 4:16, believers can come to Him and find mercy. It all begins with humility. If we are prideful, we won’t cast our cares upon God because we think we have it all figured out. We don’t, we must be humble. That is why in verse 8-11, we see that through humility, we can resist the Devil, remain steadfast in faith, and be strengthened by Jesus through the gospel. We were humbled when we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, likewise let us continue in humility!

Hillcrest Baptist Church Pastor Nathan S. Kang Website: visithillcrest.org . Meets at Vandermolen Elementary School on Sundays at 10:30am 6744 Carenlian St. Mira Loma, CA 91752

“Life Is…”

By Pastor Dennis Morales
“I am the resurrection and the life…” John 11:25
When I think of Easter, I have cool memories of visiting family, going to church in brand new clothes, having conversations over big meals, eating chocolate like there’s no tomorrow, getting chocolate on those brand new clothes, and don’t forget the peeps! Easter carries with it so many family traditions. Easter for some can be bittersweet as we have fond memories of loved ones missed. But we must not forget what Easter actually is. It is about death and resurrection of life.
Death is something that grips the world with fear. Jesus often confronted death in His earthly ministry. This was an occasion where one of Jesus’ good friends had passed away. It was at the grave of Lazarus that Jesus wept. He wept because He knew that death wasn’t part of God’s original plan. God’s intention wasn’t for mankind to experience suffering and death. Jesus wept because of the effect of sin over the world and because He saw the pain it caused in His friends Mary and Martha. Martha told Jesus that if He had been there earlier, they wouldn’t be mourning. Jesus’ response still resonates throughout time. He said “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). It’s interesting that in scripture we find that Jesus broke up every funeral He ever attended. Death could not exist where He was. When the dead heard His voice they sprang to life. This Easter remember what Easter really is. Jesus met death Himself, but the grave could not hold Him. He rose. If you put your faith in Jesus, the Bible says that you will live forever in the presence of God. Jesus defeated death once for all (Hebrews 10:10). Jesus is our living hope (1Peter 1:3). Calvary Chapel Eastvale meets at Eastvale Elementary located at 13031 Orange St, Eastvale. Sundays 8:30/10:30am. Livestream, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live is also available. http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.

Eastvale Named 26th Safest Cities

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Eastvale – The City of Eastvale was recently ranked as the 26th safest City in California by SafeWise.com. This ranking was three spots higher since their last report.
The City of Eastvale announced their excitement of this higher ranking. “The Eastvale City Council makes public safety a top priority,” stated a news release. “In the last year, the Council has increased public safety personnel hours, added additional special enforcement team (SET) deputies, and additional motorcycle officers to help keep our City safe.”
They added, “Shoutout to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station for making this ranking possible by keeping our community safe!”
To identify the 50 safest cities in California, SafeWise reviews FBI crime report statistics and population data. Their evaluation is based on “the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft),” according to SafeWise.com. Arson was excluded in this report since it is excluded from the FBI’s property crime rates.
SafeWise.com also stated they “calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations.”
In addition, “both violent and property crime numbers were weighted equally. That means that a city with no violent crimes reported could end up lower on the list due to a higher property crime rate, and vice versa.” They also “standardized violent and property crime for each state before weighting.”
To learn more about how SafeWise ranks their Safest Cities reports, visit: http://www.safewise.com. To read the full rankings, visit: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-california/#list

Here We Grow Again

New Food in Eastvale

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Eastvale – Eastvale has a variety of food choices in the City and are continuing to welcome new food options.
It was recently announced that Cuts Korean BBQ is coming to Eastvale. Cuts Korean BBQ will be located at The Station, on the corner of Hamner Ave and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road. They are expected to open in late 2022.
Cuts Korean BBQ is an “upscale new concept all you can eat Korean BBQ restaurant that will offer a variety of fresh Korean Cuisine with premium ingredients and meats,” according to the City.
In addition to new eateries, the City of Eastvale is also bringing a wide selection of food at their very first “Taste the World, in Eastvale!” International Food Festival. This festival will take place on May 21st and May 22nd.

“With so many cultures and countries represented in Eastvale, we have the unique opportunity to sample the world’s cuisine, right in our own backyard (in this case, our streets)!” stated a City news release. “So, get ready to celebrate and experience the extraordinary cuisine, crafts, and musical stylings of artists from around the globe.”

The International Food Festival will take place on Scholar Way between Citrus St. and Baltimore Ave. The festival will also have a children’s activity area, international beer and wine, a cultural public art display, free parking, and free admission. Interested vendors can reach out to events@eastvaleca.gov

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – March 2022

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:

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – February 2022

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: New Businesses in Eastvale

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Eastvale
– Several new businesses are expected to come to Eastvale!
Churro Bar is expected to arrive in 2022 at Hamner Place, located at the corner of Schleisman Ave and Hamner Ave. Churro Bar offers a variety of churros, ice creams with premium toppings and syrups, delicious coffee drinks, and old-fashioned sodas. They also make all their churros fresh, on-site.
Eastvale’s first-ever Vita Cane Sugarcane Juicery and Açaí Bar opened on January 16. Vita Cane is located at 4910 Hamner Avenue. They offer delicious açaí bowls with a variety of toppings. They also offer signature sugarcane drinks such as their fire dragon, aloha sunrise, and coco melon. Vita Cane guarantees “all-natural, fresh, and organic ingredients with high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals,” stated the City.
Also coming to Eastvale is Uncle Tetsu, which will be located at The Station, on the corner of Cantu Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Ave. Uncle Tetsu is expected to open in Summer or Fall 2022. Uncle Tetsu offers a variety of cheesecake flavors ranging from strawberry, chocolate, matcha, oreo, and ube. These Japanese Cheesecakes are admired for their lighter quality and balanced sweetness that provide the perfect taste and texture combination. Uncle Tetsu will also offer delicious biscotti, tarts, and much more.
The Vale Hair and Nails is now open! This luxury hair and nail spa is located at the Merge at 14063 Limonite Ave., Suite 110. The Vale Hair and Nails is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another new nail salon that is now open is Organic Nail Bar 2. This luxury salon is located at 5120 Hamner Ave. Organic Nail Bar 2 is committed to providing a comforting and professional ambiance as they provide a variety of services.

Eastvale Appoints Acting City Manager

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Eastvale – On January 12, the Eastvale City Council unanimously appointed Henry Garcia as the new Acting City Manager while existing City Manager Bryan Jones’ is still on paid administrative leave.
The City’s news release stated that Garcia has 30 years of experience in public administration, and he was appointed to ensure fluid city operations during Jones’ absence. The City did not say why Jones was taking a leave of absence because they stated that information is confidential. However, the news release said that City Clerk/Communications Director Marc Donohue and Community Development Director Gina Gibson-Williams have been jointly serving as Acting City Managers since Dec. 14.
Garcia has three decades worth of experience in professional public services work, including roles as city manager in Azusa, Colton, Rialto, and Moreno Valley. He has also helped Eastvale facilitate and draft the City Council’s strategic plan in 2018 and 2021, according to the City’s release.
“Mr. Garcia has the experience, familiarity and knowledge to step seamlessly into this role and continue the momentum, stability, and continuity the city has seen the last couple of years regarding business growth and service expansion,” said Mayor Lorimore.
When Garcia’s appointment was announced on the City’s social media, community members expressed their concerns regarding Garcia’s previous position as Moreno Valley City Manager. Garcia was employed while the City of Moreno Valley was facing a corruption investigation in 2013. Garcia resigned at the May 13, 2013 City Council meeting after the probe began.
At the Eastvale City Council meeting on January 12, City Council Member Brandon Plott addressed these concerns by saying Garcia had nothing to do with the corruption and that the District Attorney (DA) cleared Garcia of being involved. He explained that the investigation was surrounding a Moreno Valley City Council Member accepting bribes. Plott reassurred the community that they looked into everything surrounding this investigation, researched the articles, and talked it over with one another.
He expressed his support of appointing Garcia by saying, “I have seen nothing but the best here when working with Henry, and I expect nothing but the best.” However, he felt it was needed to bring up those concerns posted on social media. “I just wanted to comment on that and clear the air,” Plott said at the meeting.
Council Member Jocelyn Yow added to this topic by saying, “I’ll be honest with everyone, I had my reservations,” referring to appointing Garcia. But she explained she reviewed each article surrounding the investigation and spoke to Moreno Valley Council Members. She concluded that Garcia’s involvement was unfounded and he was the right choice for Acting City Manager. Yow explained that they need an Acting City Manager right now and Garcia has experience in the City and with City Staff, so he was the best choice at this time for this position. She admitted she would not have chosen him for a permanent position, but sees him in this temporary position for a few months at most.
Council Member Christian Dinco discussed the topic of a permanent position earlier in the meeting as he said Garcia being a CalPERS annuitant would benefit the City. Dinco explained that Garcia already has the city manager experience to fill their current need, but will not be interested in a permanent position in the future.
Eastvale Mayor Lorimore showed his support of Garcia’s appointment in the City’s new release. “With Mr. Garcia’s depth of experience helping cities run smoothly, Eastvale will benefit from his knowledge in consensus building, strategic planning and goal setting to help further our strategic goals as we head into 2022,” said Lorimore.
Garcia also expressed his excitement to be appointed as the new Acting City Manager. “The City has many goals to work on in 2022, and I’m honored to help guide City staff toward achieving the objectives set forth in the strategic plan,” said Garcia. “By maintaining fiscal strength, protecting public safety, bolstering the city’s infrastructure, and supporting local businesses, we will collaboratively expand opportunity in the City of Eastvale.”

Jurupa Community Services District Elects New Officers for 2022 

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Jurupa Valley – At its December 13 meeting, Ken J. McLaughlin was named President of the Jurupa Community Service District (JCSD) Board of Directors.

President McLaughlin, who recently served as Vice President, was first appointed to the JCSD Board in 2000 and is currently the longest-serving Director on the Board. He represents Division 1, which includes the northern area of the JCSD service territory within the City of Jurupa Valley. President McLaughlin is a strong proponent of diversifying JCSD’s water portfolio and increasing water supply reliability.

“I look forward to leading JCSD as we face challenges such as drought conditions while maintaining our tradition of providing quality services to our customers,” said President McLaughlin. “It is an honor to serve as President and represent the interests of our community while fulfilling JCSD’s mission of delivering high-quality services to our community.”

In addition, Jane Anderson was selected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Directors. Vice President Anderson was first elected to the Board in 2007. She represents Division 5, which includes areas within the City of Eastvale south of Bellegrave Ave and west of Hamner Ave. As a strong advocate for her constituents, she is a vocal supporter of water conservation and JCSD’s award-winning parks and recreation program.

For more information about JCSD’s Board of Directors and meeting schedules, visit www.JCSD.us/Board

Founded in 1956, the Jurupa Community Services District is a public governmental agency which provides services and programs to the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale. It is governed by five elected representatives (Board of Directors) from both cities. Serving over 130,000 people in a 40-square-mile area, JCSD provides a variety of community services and programs including water, sewer, street lights, frontage landscape maintenance, graffiti abatement, and parks and recreation services.