Category Archives: West Covina

Pastor’s Corner: Water Pressure

Mark Hopper

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

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

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

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

The Eye Of The Beholder

Michael Armijo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Planes of Fame Airshow 2020

Planes of Fame Airshow Fans

Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present the Planes of Fame Air Show on May 2-3, 2020 ‘Victory Through Air Power’. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII we will be  featuring over 50 historic aircraft, including the B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our Veterans.

USAF Heritage Flight

Performers include: USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo and Heritage Flight, Pacific, European & Korean war era Flight Displays, Gregory ‘Wired’ Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Philipp Steinbach GB1 GameBird Aerobatics, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, John Collver AT-6/SNJ Aerobatics, Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear and more!

USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Team

There will be a Kids Zone, static displays and plenty of food & vendors!

In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored Veterans. Follow our Planes of Fame Facebook page to receive up to the minute news on Performers, attending Aircraft and Veterans!

Start your Air Show weekend early! Planes of Fame Air Museum opens at 10:00 am on Friday May 1st. Regular admission to the Air Museum includes a tram ride out to the display area as well as access to Planes of Fame Air Museum. Participating aircraft will be arriving throughout the day. Display area closes to the public at 4:00 pm.


Planes of Fame Air Show, Saturday and Sunday May 2-3 2020  8am – 4pm   See all of your favorite airplanes fly!

Get there Early, you don’t want to miss the ‘Victory Through Air Power’ Opening Ceremony and National Anthem Commemoration!

F4U Corsair. Over 40 WWII aircraft will fly.

Free Admission Kids 11 Years & Under, General Admission $30, Preferred Parking $20,

Grandstand Seats, Sunrise Photo Access Passes and RV Parking are available to purchase online at: WWW.PLANESOFFAME.ORG

SAVE $5 on General Admission Tickets when you purchase online! (Limited Time Offer)

FOR INFO AND TICKETS GO TO WWW.PLANESOFFAME.ORG

For more information please contact :

Harry ‘T’ Geier

Director of Marketing Planes of Fame Air Museum

14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA  91710

Tel – 909-597-7576   harry.geier@planesoffame.org   http://www.planesoffame.org

DUI Driver Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison

Staff Reports

West Covina, CA – A 20-year-old man pleaded no contest Tuesday to driving under the influence in connection with a crash in West Covina that killed one of his passengers and injured another.

Andrew James Gomez of La Puente was immediately sentenced to 4 1/2 years in state prison following his plea to one felony count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury.

Gomez was under the influence of nitrous oxide when he crashed his car into a pole in the 1000 block of South Lark Ellen Avenue in the early morning hours of April 29, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jesse Jaco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second passenger was injured.

Gomez was arrested that morning by West Covina police and has remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.

June 2016 SGV News

2016-06-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: 2016-06-SGVNews-WEB

May 2016 SGV News

2016-05-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: 2016-05-SGVNews-WEB

March 2016 SGV News

March 2016 SGV NewsSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: March 2016 SGV Newspaper

Woman Arrested for Abandoning Baby in WC Sandwich Shop

Photo Courtesy of the West Covina Police Department. Mary Grace Trinidad’s mug shot from a drug arrest in January 2016

Photo Courtesy of the West Covina Police Department. Mary Grace Trinidad’s mug shot from a drug arrest in January 2016

Staff Reports

West Covina – On Feb. 16 at 8:34 a.m., a woman was arrested for abandoning her baby in a West Covina Subway sandwich shop’s bathroom after giving birth.

The West Covina Police Department stated that a 9-1-1 call was received on Feb. 16 regarding a baby who was found in the restroom of the Subway Restaurant located at 2540 S. Azusa Avenue. “The caller also stated that a woman who had just exited that restroom was seen bleeding as she headed toward the front doors,” according West Covina Police Department Public Information Officer Rudy Lopez.

“Employees from the restaurant heard a baby crying as they entered the restroom. An umbilical cord was seen hanging out from the toilet and the newborn baby boy was found partially submerged in the toilet water,” said Lopez.

The baby was treated and transported to the Neonatal Unit of Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and is currently in stable condition.

West Covina Police Officers said they were able to find a blood trail that led them to the suspect in an alleyway behind the Pep Boys Auto located at 1540 E. Amar Road. Mary Grace Trinidad, 38, of West Covina was arrested immediately.

“Due to the suspect’s medical state, she was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Following her release, she will be booked for Attempted Murder and Child Abandonment. Bail will be set at $2 million dollars. The suspect also had a $30,000.00 narcotics related warrant outstanding for her arrest,” said Lopez.

The recording of the 9-1-1 call and a Subway security surveillance video has also been released.

After this incident, Supervisor Don Knabe issued a release reminding the community that the Safe Surrender program gives the opportunity for mothers to legally leave their baby with an employee at any hospital or fire station at any time, no questions asked. This provides a “safe, secure and anonymous way to get her child into safe hands–at any fire station or hospital, any time, in any county in California–and to protect a baby from abandonment: No shame, No blame, and No names,” said Knabe.

“Though 142 lives have been saved by the Safe Surrender program, this near-tragedy shows we still have a lot more work to do to spread the word,” said Knabe.

 

West Covina Appoints New City Manager

Chris Freeland

Photo Courtesy: City of West Covina
Chris Freeland

By Natalie Kim

West Covina – On Sept 15, West Covina appointed Chris Freeland to the position of city manager, filling the void left by his predecessor Chris Chung. Freeland was born in West Covina, but moved to La Verne and attended Damien High School.

To complete the 100-hour requisite for graduation, Freeland worked with La Verne’s City Manager Marty Lomeli. It was during this time of service that Freeland was introduced to, and subsequently fell in love with, city government.

To pursue this goal, Freeland majored in Civil Engineering and Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona, and later earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Cal State Long Beach. In February 2001, Freeland returned to West Covina and worked in various city departments and held numerous titles, from Parks and Recreation to labor negotiation, before finally being appointed to his current position of City Manager.

September & October 2015 SGV News

2015-09AND10-SGVNewsSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: Sept. & Oct. 2015 SGV Newspaper

August 2015 SGV News

2015-08-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: August 2015 SGV Newspaper

The Law Offices Of Dominic Chacon

Dominic Chacon

Dominic Chacon

Staff Reports

West Covina – More often than not, people run into some sort of legal problems in their lifetime.  Sometimes it’s hard to know who to turn to; you need the assurance that you’re getting the right advice.  The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are here to help.

Chacon graduated from Southwest University School of Law in 2003, and has been practicing ever since.  When he decided to start his own law firm, Chacon opted not to specialize in any one particular area of law.

“It’s a general law practice. We wanted to appeal to a broad range of people,” said Chacon. “We wanted to be a one-stop shop.”

Chacon wants to provide assistance with all facets of the law, from business legalities to divorce and everything in between; he didn’t want to limit his ability to help someone.

“We want to be able to help with all of life’s legal problems,” he said. “By opening a general practice, we are able to establish and maintain quality and familiarity.”

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon specialize in Family and Immigration Law, Corporation Formation, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation.  They also work with clients on an individual basis, which makes it more personalized and more affordable.

Chacon feels that the diligence, energy and responsiveness of his office are not only their best assets, but they are essential to his company and the relationships with his clients.

“When you walk out of our office, you are definitely informed about your situation, or the direction your suit will go,” Chacon said. “We can’t predict everything, of course, but we use the words ‘I don’t know’ effectively. And what we don’t know, we find out.”

For whatever legal situation you might find yourself in, put your mind at ease and contact the Law Offices of Dominic Chacon.  They are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, West Covina, CA 91792, and can be reached at (626) 839-8852, via email at ldominicchacon@yahoo.com, or visit www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.  Open 24 hours, call now for a free consultation.

4th Of July In West Covina

Ready, Set, Fireworks!

 

Staff Reports

West Covina – Looking for some family fun this 4th of July?  The City of West Covina and the West Covina Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) invite you to join them for a day filled with festivities!

Bring your whole family and friends out on Sat., July 4, for a fun-filled day beginning with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., at Hurst Ranch, for only $5.00 per person (includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee).

Then from 3 to 11 p.m., head on over to Edgewood Middle/High School for carnival rides, entertainment, food, and games. The band, Cold Duck, will have the crowd dancing to classic rock favorites from 6 to 9 p.m.

Finally, end your night with a firework spectacular that is sure to cap off your whole day.  The fireworks show is sponsored by the City of West Covina and Athens Services, and will begin at 9 p.m.

The entrance fee for the carnival and fireworks show is $1.00 per person, beginning at 3 p.m. Please note that a hand stamp will be given this year in lieu of wrist bands, so plan accordingly.

As a friendly reminder, no alcohol is allowed and bags are subject to search.  The school grounds will be secured prior to 3 p.m., so any personal belongings placed on the event grounds beforehand will be removed by the Police Department.

“City staff has planned a great day for the whole family and I hope everyone is able to come and celebrate our country’s Independence Day at Edgewood School,” said Mayor Fredrick Sykes.

For any additional information please contact the Community Services Department at (626) 939-8489.

Hurst Ranch is located at 1227 S. Orange Avenue, West Covina.

Edgewood Middle/High School is located at 1625 W. Durness Street, West Covina.

Free Dental Cancer Screenings

By Tamika Bonner

West Covina – A-Z Dental Care is using the award-winning, advanced technology of VELscope VX in the office as a part of overall dental care. The handheld device is used to detect several oral infections including viral, fungal, bacterial, cancer, and tumors. The device also detects papillomas, which is linked to HPV (human papilloma virus).

Over 45,000 people will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer this year, and one person dies every hour of the day throughout the entire year. Major risk factors for oral cancer have been linked to smoking and tobacco, but the fastest growing segment of oral cancer is in young, non-smoking individuals in connection with HPV.

“The high danger comes from the fact that oral cancer is typically painless in its early stages, and goes unnoticed until the disease is advanced and has spread to another part of the body,” says Dr. Dara Gashparova, DDS, of A-Z Dental Care. “The good news is that your dentist or physician can, in many cases, see or feel the tissue changes or the actual cancer while it is very small.”

A-Z Dental Care is offering free oral cancer screenings May 4 – 8, in recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness month. The screening will be conducted using VELscope VX. The procedure is painless, and results will be given in a matter of minutes. Screenings can be made by appointment at (626) 966-8408.

 

A-Z Dental Care, which opened recently in 2014, specializes in providing advanced technology and knowledge paired with the best quality dental care in a calming atmosphere. The office offers digital x-rays, intra-oral camera, soft tissue lasers, Diagnodent, and Invisalign. The office will also offer CEREC technology, which is an innovative CAD/CAM technology that creates porcelain crowns in one office visit. Dental services include all-porcelain crowns, dental implants, night guards, and snoring/sleep apnea aids. A-Z Dental Care is conveniently at 628 N. Azusa Avenue in the city of West Covina. It is in close proximity to the cities of Covina, Baldwin Park, La Puente, Irwindale, Azusa, and San Dimas.  For more information, visit http://atozdentalcare.com/.

West Covina Accepting Applications For Council Vacancy

Photo Courtesy:  Google Images

Photo Courtesy: Google Images

Staff Reports

West Covina – The West Covina City Council will be accepting applications to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Councilman Steve Herfert.  The appointee will fill Herfert’s unexpired term through Nov. 3, 2015.

Any West Covina resident may submit an application.  Applicants must be 18 years of age and a registered voter at the time of appointment.  All applications must include signature, address, and contact information for the individual.

Applications may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office or on the City’s website at www.westcovina.org.  Applications must be received in the City Clerk’s Office no later than Mon., Apr. 20, at 5:30 p.m.  The City Clerk’s Office is located at 1444 W. Garvey Avenue, Room 317.

The City Council will consider all applications and select an appointee at the Apr. 21 Council meeting.

The Law Offices Of Dominic Chacon

Staff Reports

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, in West Covina.  They can be reached at (626) 839-8852, or visit www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, in West Covina. They can be reached at (626) 839-8852, or visit http://www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.

West Covina – More often than not, people run into some sort of legal problems in their lifetime.  Sometimes it’s hard to know who to turn to; you need the assurance that you’re getting the right advice.  The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon are here to help.

Chacon graduated from Southwest University School of Law in 2003, and has been practicing ever since.  When he decided to start his own law firm, Chacon opted not to specialize in any one particular area of law.

“It’s a general law practice. We wanted to appeal to a broad range of people,” said Chacon. “We wanted to be a one-stop shop.”

Chacon wants to provide assistance with all facets of the law, from business legalities to divorce and everything in between; he didn’t want to limit his ability to help someone.

“We want to be able to help with all of life’s legal problems,” he said. “By opening a general practice, we are able to establish and maintain quality and familiarity.”

The Law Offices of Dominic Chacon specialize in Family and Immigration Law, Corporation Formation, Criminal Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation.  They also work with clients on an individual basis, which makes it more personalized and more affordable.

Chacon feels that the diligence, energy and responsiveness of his office are not only their best assets, but they are essential to his company and the relationships with his clients.

“When you walk out of our office, you are definitely informed about your situation, or the direction your suit will go,” Chacon said. “We can’t predict everything, of course, but we use the words ‘I don’t know’ effectively. And what we don’t know, we find out.”

Whatever legal situation you might find yourself in, put your mind at ease and contact the Law Offices of Dominic Chacon.  They are located at 2341 S. Azusa Avenue, West Covina, CA 91792, and can be reached at (626) 839-8852, via email at ldominicchacon@yahoo.com, or visit www.ldominicchaconlaw.com.  Open 24 hours, call now for a free consultation.  And see their ad on page 9 of this publication.

 

 

West Covina To Host Special Olympics

Staff Reports

Image Courtesy:  La2015.org

Image Courtesy: La2015.org

West Covina – On Tues., Mar. 10, the City of West Covina announced today they will host the entire Special Olympics Delegation (which includes athletes and coaches) from Nippon (Japan) as part of the Special Olympics World Games Host Town program. Before the World Games begin on July 25, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to communities throughout Southern California. Special Olympics Nippon (Japan) will spend July 21-24 in and around West Covina as they become acclimated to the time zone and weather, participate in activities prepared by West Covina volunteers, and enjoy American cuisine.

The Host Town program in West Covina is collaboration between the City of West Covina and numerous business and non-profit groups. Special thanks to Fairfield Inn & Suites West Covina for donating the hotel rooms for our visitors; Knights of Columbus #3851 (Father McGuire Council) and Plaza West Covina, owned and operated by Starwood, for their generous financial contributions; and West Covina Service Groups for helping donate meals and serve as the volunteers for Team Japan’s visit. Together they will welcome the Special Olympics athletes and coaches and provide them food, housing and entertainment.

“The Host Town program gives each community an opportunity to showcase to the world what makes them special, but more importantly to provide citizens with a better understanding of intellectual disabilities that will lead to acceptance and inclusion for all,” said Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of LA2015. “Long after the World Games are over, the memories of those three days spent at Host Town will leave a lasting legacy for Special Olympics Southern California and everyone who was touched by our athletes. We are thankful to all participating Host Towns and their tireless volunteers for opening their doors – and their hearts – to our athletes and coaches.”

“Serving as a Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community and I am proud of the outpouring of support from our businesses and non-profit organizations. It is wonderful to see our community come out so strong for this wonderful event,” said Mayor Fredrick Sykes. “Over the course of the next several weeks, West Covina will be finalizing the activities for residents to come and show their support for Special Olympics Nippon before they compete in the World Games. I hope you come out and be part of history in West Covina,” McClenahan continued.

To learn more about how you can get involved with the West Covina Host Town program, please visit the City of West Covina’s website, www.westcovina.org, and www.LA2015.org/Host-Town/West-Covina.

The Host Town program has been an important element of the Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015:  With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – Aug. 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

West Covina City Manager Separation Announcement

Staff Reports

West Covina – The City of West Covina City Council and Mr. Christopher J. Chung, City Manager, have reached an agreement for Mr. Chung to separate from the City of West Covina.

“The City of West Covina City Council has decided to go in a different direction. I am proud of the progress and accomplishments that I have achieved for the City these past years. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the City of West Covina over the past 16 years, and I wish to thank all the hard-working and talented City employees who have dedicated their lives to make West Covina the great City it is today and will further be in the future. West Covina will always be in my heart,” stated Chung.

Chung’s last day will be on Jan. 5, 2015.

“We wish Mr. Chung the best in his future endeavors,” stated Mayor Fred Sykes, “and we intend to continue to move the City forward in a positive direction.”

The Council will be looking for an interim City Manager, until a permanent City Manager can be recruited. This change will not affect the day to day operations of the City and the basic city services will continue.

 

 

Local Sheriff’s Chaplain Completes Clergy Academy

By R.G. Reyes

Pastor Reyes

Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Scroggin and Department Chaplain Fred Krause of Compton flank Pastor R.G. Reyes as he receives certification in the 2014 Clergy Academy. (Photo Courtesy: R.G. Reyes)

West Covina – Pastor R.G. Reyes from New Life Ministries in West Covina – who is the local Sheriff’s Chaplain assigned to the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station – recently completed the first 2014 Clergy Academy, held at the Lakewood Station.22 local church leaders participated in this seven-session academy. The mission of the Clergy Council is to assist and support the community in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and to intercede with spiritual guidance in crisis situations.

The Council aspires to improve community issues and concerns by raising the level of communication between the Sheriff’s Department, and the citizens of the community and surrounding areas.

If you would like more information about the Sheriff’s Chaplain Program or the Clergy Council Academy, contact Pastor R.G. Reyes at (818) 429-3575, or via email at rgreyes53@gmail.com.

West Covina Freeway Construction Underway

STAFF REPORTS

 

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Just over four miles of carpool lanes are being built on the I-10 freeway. (Photo Courtesy: California Department of Transportation)

SGV – The Interstate 10 Freeway always seems to be jam-packed, and one area in particular will see more congestion before it gets better…but it will hopefully be worth the wait.

Construction of a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lane, as well as the widening of bridges and ramp realignments along the I-10 in both directions between Puente Avenue and Citrus Street in the areas of West Covina and Baldwin Park, is now underway. This roadway carries a substantial amount of traffic, and the anticipated 4.1 miles of carpool lane is designed to add more capacity and improve traffic flow.

According to the California Department of Transportation, this is the second of three projects that will ultimately provide one continuous HOV lane from downtown Los Angeles to San Bernardino County.

This $193 million project will not only increase capacity, but will also help to reduce congestion by encouraging carpooling, thereby reducing energy consumption and helping to improve air quality. Sound walls will also be constructed to help mitigate traffic noise at various locations, which will help improve the quality of life for residents currently affected.

Construction, which began in June, is currently active near West Covina Parkway and Azusa Avenue. This project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2019. Visit http://www.dot.ca.gov for updates of any roadway closures during construction.