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Update For Future Downtown Eastvale

Staff Reports
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

Staff Reports

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

Staff Reports
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

Staff Reports
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

Staff Reports
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 

JCSD

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.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – December 2021

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

Crime Recap

Courtesy: RCSD; Alvin Linton

Staff Reports
Eastvale – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department.
INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: November 23, 2021
WHERE: Bellegrave Ave. and Jamestown Ave., Eastvale
DETAILS: On Tuesday, November 23, 2021, about 3:03 P.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to the report of a major injury traffic collision located at Bellegrave Avenue and Jamestown Avenue, in the city of Eastvale. Upon arrival they located an unknown adult male with obvious signs of death.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated the driver of a silver, 2006 Toyota Avalon was traveling eastbound on Bellegrave Avenue and veered onto oncoming traffic and collided with a white, 2009 Freightliner Cascadia which was traveling westbound on Bellegrave Avenue. The driver of the Freightliner suffered no injury and cooperated with the investigation. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision. Bellegrave Avenue between Scholar Way and Hamner Avenue were closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identities of the involved parties will not be released pending further investigation and the notification to next of kin. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: November 17, 2021
WHERE: Norco Hills Rd. and Valley Dr., Norco
DETAILS: On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, about 2:11 A.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision near the intersection of Norco Hills Road and Valley Drive, in the city of Norco. Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult, who had been ejected from the vehicle. The driver had suffered life-threatening injuries and was declared deceased at the scene by paramedics and Cal Fire personnel. He was determined to be the sole occupant.
The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicated the driver was traveling eastbound on Norco Hills Road and collided into a brick column. Norco Hills Road and Valley Drive were closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identities of the involved party will not be released pending further investigation and the notification to the next of kin. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
INCIDENT: Homicide
INCIDENT DATE: November 9, 2021
WHERE: 6400 Block of Wells Springs Street city of Eastvale
DETAILS: On November 9, 2020, about 2:46 PM, Jurupa Valley Station Deputies were dispatched to a call of an unresponsive male adult in the 6400 block of Wells Springs Street, city of Eastvale. Upon deputies arrival, it was determined a 19 year old male adult was deceased. Through extensive investigation by investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Overdose Death Investigations and Narcotics Unit, it was determined the decedent, Javon Richard, was a victim of homicide due to a Fentanyl overdose. The investigation was worked tirelessly over the next several months and a suspect, Alvin Linton (36) from the city of Ontario, was responsible for selling the Fentanyl that killed Richard. On November 17, 2021, Linton was located and taken into custody without incident and booked for Murder. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Hollingsworth at 951-955-1700.
As a reminder, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind citizens of the dangers of illicit narcotics many which may contain Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and can cause death or serious bodily harm.
INCIDENT: Attempted Murder
INCIDENT DATE: October 30, 2021
WHERE: 1600 Block of Valley View, Norco
DETAILS: On October 30, 2021, at 3:04 AM, deputies assigned to the Norco Station were dispatched to a residence in the 1600 Block of Valley View Avenue reference an assault with a deadly weapon. When deputies arrived, they located an adult male victim with numerous stab wounds. Deputies rendered medical aid to the victim until medical personnel arrived. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for emergency medical treatment.
The Norco Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. Deputies identified the suspect as Ethan Melnikoff, a 19-year-old resident from Riverside. On November 3, 2021, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau, a search warrant was served at the suspect’s residence where additional evidence was located. Melnikoff was arrested without incident and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for attempted murder.
Anyone with additional with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy M. Faucher of the Norco Special Enforcement Team at 951-280-5211.

Courtesy: RCSD; Ethan Melnikoff

Local Police Department Awarded Grants

Staff Reports
Eastvale/Norco
– The Jurupa Valley Station was recently awarded a grant totaling $102,546 to use in the cities of Eastvale and Norco. Specifically, Eastvale was awarded $53,110 and Norco was awarded $49,436.
Using these grants, the Jurupa Valley Station will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community. This program will run through September 2022.
“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Department. “This funding allows the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”
The Sheriff’s Department stated that the grant will pay for additional enforcement measures, including:
DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers
Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law
Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk
Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here We Grow: New Businesses Open

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; Dot & Dough is now open

Staff Reports
Eastvale
– There were several ribbon cuttings that took place this last month as there are many new businesses that are now open.


On November 29, Dot & Dough has officially opened to the public on a first come, first served basis. This donut shop incorporates ingredients from all over the world, giving customers a sense of adventure with each bite. Dot & Dough is located at 14135 Limonite Ave, Suite #210, Eastvale, CA 92800.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; Dutch Bros is now open.


Also recently opened is Dutch Bros Coffee! Lines have formed all the way down Limonite Avenue as customers wait in life for Dutch Bros’ delicious coffee, real fruit smoothies, frosts, Nitro Cold Brew, tea, sodas and its Blue Rebel Energy Drink. Stop by Dutch Bros Coffee at the Eastvale Marketplace, located at 13323 Limonite Ave.


On November 22, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop held their ribbon cutting ceremony. This award-winning business serves fresh roasted turkey, quality meats and cheese, and fresh rolls and produce that will quickly set them apart from other sandwich shops. Stop by Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop at 14062 Limonite Ave Suite 130.


On November 16, Zeppin Japanese Sushi also held a ribbon cutting at 4910 Hamner Ave. Zeppin Sushi offers a variety of appetizers, classic and premium rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Their premium sushi and service will make an excellent addition to our community.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale; Construction on Hamner Place has progressed and the property is looking great during the day and at night. This premier shop-dine-stay destination will feature the City’s first hotel, in addition to other great restaurants such as Hereoes Restaurant & Brewery, Nashville Hot Chicken and much more.


In addition, projects in the works include the Hamner Place construction. This premier shop-dine-stay destination will feature the City’s very first hotel, Staybridge Suites, Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Crimson Coward, Nashville Hot Chicken, Plant Power Fast Food, China Bros, and much more. Hamner Plan will bring an abundance of jobs, sales tax revenue, and transient occupancy tax to our city which will elevate our services to the community, such as public safety, and help put us on the map!


Lastly, the Leal Master Plan is in full effect. The Leal Master Plan will be developing the future home of Eastvale’s Civic Center that includes our future Library/Community Center, City Hall, Police Station, and 3rd Fire Station. To stay up to date on the progress, sign up for the City’s monthly email updates: https://eastvaleelevates.com/select-a…/leal-

Norco College Apprenticeship

By Norco College

Norco – Apprenticeship is an Earn & Learn model of training where employers structure a career pathway by combining an educational track alongside paid on-the-job training. Apprentices agree to a duration of apprenticeship and a skills development path. In return, apprentices are awarded with regular salary increases throughout their program and an industry recognized certification upon completion.
In apprenticeship, both career seekers and employers benefit. Career seekers are provided with clear and directed pathways to lucrative opportunities and employers have an internal method to perpetuate skill development an​d increase the pool of qualified individuals.
Norco College works to increase apprenticeship opportunities in the Inland Empire region by providing guidance and educational support to employers, partnering with regional apprenticeship programs, and assisting career seekers in starting apprenticeships in high-demand occupations.​
For more information about these opportunities, visit http://www.norcocollege.edu/sd/apprenticeship or view the ad on page 7 of our newspaper.

Lights Out In Eastvale

Staff Reports
Eastvale
– Several communities in the city spent their Thanksgiving in the dark this year after Southern California Edison (SCE) shut down the power.
Some areas of Eastvale had their power shut off starting on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and others had it shut off on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. SCE said the reason was due to high winds in the area that could potentially cause wildfires.
“When there is a high risk for a wildfire, we may temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood to prevent our electric system from becoming the source of ignition,” states the SCE website. “Use the interactive map to search affected areas, as well as the locations of our Community Crew Vehicles and Community Resource Centers.”
Several community members went to social media to express their frustration with the power outage. Many posted the inconsistent updates SCE sent. First, SCE sent out an update that there may be a potential power outage, but it was sent after the power was already turned off. Then SCE gave a time of when the power would turn back on, but the time they gave had already passed by the time the notification was received.
Others expressed their frustration with Thanksgiving plans ruined, food being spoiled, batteries dying, and the lack of communication from SCE ahead of time. Many also said they lived in the community for years and witnessed higher winds than that evening, so they were confused on why SCE shut the power off for so long.
The City of Eastvale posted a link to the map with the areas affected and stated, “SCE will restore power as soon as the weather conditions permit, and crews have inspected the power lines. Changes to weather, line damage, and other conditions may require additional time before service can be safely restored.” They stated that this was not a planned outage, and it was solely due to the high winds. They also stated they could not do anything to turn the power back on since it was done by SCE.
However, the City did try to help the community by opening City Hall to the public so they can charge their electronic devices. This gesture was greatly appreciated by the community. Other members posted on social media that their home was open for those that needed to cook their turkey since their power was not out at the time.
Some community members made the best of the situation by using an ice chest to keep their food cold or a generator to obtain power. Many community members simply changed their Thanksgiving plans by going with family, friends, or to an open restaurant. Others stayed home and had a candlelit dinner with the foods they were able to make or buy. But ultimately, the power came back on later that Thanksgiving evening for some and the next day for many others.
For future power outages, it is highly recommended that you sign up for text or email updates on the SCE website at http://www.sce.com. To review wildfire safety, please visit http://www.sce.com/wildfire. For additional questions, you can contact SCE at 1-800-655-4555.

City of Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – November 2021

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

Eastvale Elevates at the State of the City

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The 20th Annual Eastvale State of the City was held on Oct. 7 at VantagePoint Church, located at 8500 Archibald Avenue in Eastvale. This year’s theme was “Elevate Eastvale: Soaring to New Heights”.

The event started with performances from Brittany McMain’s Vocal studio, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s High School Jazz and Vocal Ensemble. Then hosts Hari Dhiman and Leonard Mercado of the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce introduced themselves, followed by Pastor Mark Lee of VantagePoint Church leading the invocation.

The Presentation of Colors was led by Girl Scout Troop 1160 and Supervisor Karen Spiegel led the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was sang beautifully by Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior, Layla Lopez. Following these patriotic tributes, was a recap video of the 9/11 Never Forget monument that was unveiled at the 20th Anniversary of 9/11. In addition, pictures were shown of the community honoring fallen hero, Lance Corporal, Kareem Nikoui.

Also honored were Ike Bootsma, Mayor and City Councilmember, and Richard “Ric” Welch, City Councilmember who past away this year. In addition, a recap video showed how much the community enjoyed the monthly Food Truck Festivals that started this year.

The hosts thanked the many that came to the event and those that sponsored it, including the Presenting Partnership, Gold Partnership, Silver Partnership, Bronze Partnership, and Community Level. The hosts also thanked VantagePoint Church for hosting the event.

Mayor Jocelyn Yow and the City Council announced the Commuity Honoree Award, along with awards based on the City’s values of grit, kindness, and being solution driven. Congratulations to Thomas Rife given an Award for Grit, Amber Norwood given an Award for Kindness, Navjot Kaur given an Award for being Solutions Driven, and James Chiang given the CommUNITY Honoree Award.

Mayor Yow celebrated accomplishments and shared goals for the future during the Mayor’s Address. She first thanked the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Planning Commission, Public Safety Commission, City Manager, and City of Eastvale team for their hard work in the City. The Mayor also thanked the residents and businesses, saying they are the “heartbeat of the City”.

“We champion experiences that engage, excite, and elevate the community, with an emphasis on the word ‘unity’ and ‘community’,” said Mayor Yow. She said we are united with kindness, grit, and being solutions driven.

Mayor Yow shared that the City is right in the middle of the Eastvale 2040 plan, which is the general plan amendment. This plan will help shape the future of the City for decades to come. Mayor Yow mentioned that in the past year, the City has made significant strides in economic development, including establishments at Hammer Place, the Merge and The Station to name a few.

Mayor Yow said that with a healthy budget, the City was able to allocate $14.5 million for the Eastvale City Hall and Library. The City has also committed to allocating $8 million for the City’s own Police substation. In addition, at last month’s CAL City’s Conference, the City built a “strong collation with other cities to oppose a resolution meant to reallocate sales tax revenue from online retailers,” according to Mayor Yow. This means “millions of dollars will come to our City.”

Public Safety continues to be a top priority for the City and Eastvale was recently named the 29th Safest City in the state. In April 2021, the Eastvale City Council budgeted for two deputies to combat the illegal grow houses in the City and to provide additional services to residents.

Mayor Yow said the City received several awards from multiple regional and statewide organizations in this past year. Despite being in a pandemic, the City was also identified as the 2nd least financially at risk city in the entire state. She also talked about how the City is diverse, and how the residents have done so much in the community in the last year.

She challenged the audience to continue to give back to the community and she told the youth they are the future of the City. She ended with having the audience stand and said: “you are what makes Eastvale Elevate so let’s continue to work together to elevate Eastvale every day.”

A video was played that talked about the City, sharing new businesses and a look at the first hotel coming to Eastvale. The City Council shared in the video the great things happening in Eastvale, including new events, our great Police Department, new establishments, a future downtown, and more. Here is the link to watch the full video: https://youtu.be/2dW8zrTV1jw

Towards the end of the event, the host Hari Dhiman thanked the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event and presented a check to VantagePoint Church for $1,500 towards their Living Proof Project. Afterwards, City Manager Bryan Jones, announced the start of a giving campaign by Randall and Janell Lewis from Lewis Group of Companies, with their 2.5 million dollar donation to help fund our future City Library.

After the event ended, the community gathered for the Taste of Eastvale event with several local businesses sharing samples of their food.

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In the last month, there were several incidents that took place in the City of Eastvale and City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: September 20, 2021

WHERE: Goodman Way and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road, Eastvale

DETAILS: On Monday, September 20, 2021, about 6:31 P.M., deputies responded to the report of a major injury traffic collision near the intersection of Goodman Way and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road. When Cal Fire personnel arrived on scene, they located a Hispanic male adult who had been struck by a vehicle. The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and passenger were transported to a local hospital and treated for their injuries. The Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

Preliminary investigation indicated the driver was traveling through the parking lot and suffered a medical emergency. The driver lost control of the vehicle, collided with a metal gate and struck the decedent who was walking through the parking lot. At this time, it remains unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision. The identity of the decedent is pending identification from the Coroner’s Bureau. Amazon parking lot was closed for the duration of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy D. Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.

INCIDENT: Shooting

INCIDENT DATE: September 10, 2021

WHERE: 5400 block of W. Homecoming Cir., Eastvale

DETAILS: On September 10, 2021, at 10:05 pm, Eastvale deputies were conducting a battery investigation near the 5400 block of W. Homecoming Cir., in the city of Eastvale, when an adult male contacted the deputy and advised he had been shot. The deputy requested assistance and rendered medical aid to the victim until relieved by Cal Fire personnel. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Jurupa Valley station detectives responded to the location and assumed the investigation.

At this time, the suspect(s) in this incident have not been contacted; however, the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Ko at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Hit and Run Collision

INCIDENT DATE: September 3, 2021

WHERE: Schleisman Rd and Sumner Ave, City of Eastvale

DETAILS: On September 3, 2021, around 3:38 PM, deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station, responded to a Hit and Run collision at Schleisman Road and Sumner Avenue, in the City of Eastvale. Deputies arrived within minutes and located a 16-year-old victim who had been hit by a vehicle. Preliminary investigation indicates as the victim entered the crosswalk the suspect vehicle began to make a right turn, resulting in the vehicle colliding with the victim.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect responsible for the hit-and-run that left the juvenile with minor injuries. The vehicle was described as a light colored 4-door sports utility vehicle, driven by a white adult male, with gray hair. The vehicle fled the area traveling southbound on Sumner from Schleisman.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call CSO Newman at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.

INCIDENT: Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: September 2, 2021

WHERE: 14000 Block of Fabiola Lane, Eastvale

DETAILS: On September 2, 2021, at 3:15 am, Jurupa Valley Sheriff station Deputies responded to a reported family disturbance near the 14000 block of Fabiola Lane, in the city of Eastvale. While en route to the residence, deputies learned that the suspect fired a firearm within an occupied dwelling. Upon the deputies arrival, the shooting suspect remained inside the residence and refused to exit. 

Jurupa Valley station investigators and members of the Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) responded to the location and were able to take suspect Jessica Palma into custody without incident. Suspect Jessica Palma will be booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for negligent discharge of a firearm. No one was injured during this incident. This is an active and ongoing investigation; anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigators at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Driving Under The Influence (DUI) Checkpoint

INCIDENT DATE: August 27, 2021

WHERE: Undisclosed location within the city of Norco

DETAILS: City of Norco, Calif.-The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Norco Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, August 27, 2021. The checkpoint was in the 1700 block of Hamner Avenue between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 2:00 A.M. The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 663 vehicles screened
  • 5 drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol
  • 20 citations issued for unlicensed drivers
  • 1 citation issued for a suspended license

Here We Grow: New Additions And Events

Staff Reports

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

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

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

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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