Saying Goodbye to Midnight

Nancy Stoops

I rescued Midnight was he was two years old.  He was so well behaved that I got him on Saturday and on Sunday he was going to work with me to see patients.  He was very calm, highly intelligent, loving, compassionate, he had a fabulous read on people, and had a zest for life that few do. Just like myself, he was very clear that he was put in this world to help people.  At two he tested to be a registered therapy dog and passed with flying colors the first time.  This was important because I had an emergency hysterectomy that I should have died from but St Jude’s Hospital saved my life. During my stay they brought a therapy dog to visit with me.  I felt to pay them back for saving me Midnight and I would volunteer there and we did for the next seven years.  We also spent seven years in their cancer center visiting patients as well

            Midnight seemed to just be abandoned by his family and was in a shelter when Westside Shepard Rescue found him and brought him to their Los Angeles location.  Nobody wanted him because he was a black dog.  Well I was the one that got lucky and got to adopt him.  You can read his story in a book on Amazon entitled Midnight the Therapy Dog. My grandson Taiko and him are the same age and literally grew up together.  When Taiko would play Midnight would guard him and look out for him.  They would play fetch but Taiko enjoyed sleeping over and his morning walks with Midnight the most.

            Midnight lived to take care of me and he did that so well.  He was the best friend I have ever had. His entire existence was about making sure I was good and happy.  He refused to sleep till I was in bed sleeping.  When my mom passed last year, he laid by her bed for three days until she took her last breath.  Everybody loved him and he was famous in our community and around the world with the people I met on my travels. He will be so very missed but will live in my heart and soul eternally!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net

Pastor’s Corner: Water Pressure

Mark Hopper

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

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

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

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

The Eye Of The Beholder

Michael Armijo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastvale Reports Success of Automated License Plate Reader Systems

Staff Reports

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

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

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

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

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

Voortman’s Egg Ranch

By K.P. Sander

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

(Photo Courtesy: Voortman’s Egg Ranch)
The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch-101350886592418/

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WVUSD Offers Free and Reduced-Priced Meals Through National School Lunch, Breakfast Programs

Kelli Gile

Walnut – Walnut Valley Unified School District announces its program offering nutritious meals to every student, every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Online meal application is available now www.lunchapplication.com or visit us online at www.walnutnutrition.org.

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Children who receive CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits may be automatically eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Please contact Nutrition Services to verify if you have been Directly Certified, otherwise you may be asked to pay full price for meals.

Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact Nutrition Services if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let Nutrition Services know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households that want to apply for meal benefits, must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the Nutrition Service Office – 880 South Lemon Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789.

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from the adult in the household completing the meal benefit application or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until Nutrition Services processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. Nutrition Services does not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official:
Brandon Dade, Director of Pupil Services ~ 880 South Lemon Avenue, Walnut CA 91789 ~ (909) 595-1261 x 31311

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the Filing a Program Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer page External link opens in new window or tab., and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance for Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at www.irs.gov.

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its Web site at www.ftb.ca.gov.

Potential 3/4-Cent Sales Tax Measure on the November 3, 2020 Ballot

Staff Reports

Diamond Bar – In 30 years as an incorporated city, Diamond Bar has maintained its status as a desirable community in which to live, work and visit. Contributing to this status are the safe neighborhoods, well-maintained roads, and clean and attractive parks, trails and recreation facilities. The City has been able to do its part to keep Diamond Bar looking and operating its best and to provide the programs and services valued by the community by practicing responsible fiscal discipline and thoughtful budgeting.

Although the City’s current financial condition is strong, Diamond Bar faces long-term financial challenges that will impact the City’s ability to continue to meet the community’s needs and priorities. In 2019, the City completed an extensive effort to assess its long-term financial outlook in light of growing costs and the absence of new revenue streams. This effort concluded that Diamond Bar is approaching a financial crossroads where measures will have to be taken to align expenditures with revenues. These measures may include deferring maintenance of roads and landscaped areas, delaying or abandoning plans for new construction or renovations of parks and public facilities, or paring down municipal services to core necessities.

Potential Sales Tax Measure: With expenditures anticipated to outpace available resources in the near future, the City is taking steps to ready itself for this fiscal challenge. Identifying new locally-controlled revenue streams to ensure the City can continue to provide and improve on existing service levels is one of these steps. Placement of a three-quarter sales tax increase measure on the November ballot is still under consideration by the City Council. For more information please sign onto www.diamondbarca.gov.

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Courtesy: Planes of Fame Air Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Even amongst a pandemic, Eastvale continues to grow.  Below is a recap of recent updates and new additions that have joined Eastvale.    

On July 3, the City of Eastvale announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court. Fire Wings will be located on the corner of Limonite and Hamner, where Pick Up Sticks used to be located. Fire Wings will offer over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and a variety of sides. The Grand Opening date has not been announced yet.

On June 30, the city announced the success of the Automated License Plate Read (ALPR) systems that were installed last year. “ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed,” stated the City.

The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems (located on entry and exit points of the city) that have “scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts. The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts. These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle. The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests,” stated the City.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale

On June 24 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new CalFire Battalion Chief, Josh Janssen. “Chief Janssen served as the Riverside Training & Safety Chief in 2015, where he was responsible for overseeing the Unit’s Training & Safety Programs,” according to the City. “In 2017 he transferred to the BDU Training Chief position where he served for two years. He then transferred to the City of Highland Battalion Chief position for the remainder of his service before joining our community.”

On June 16 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new Police Chief, Lieutenant Marc Boydd and our new Accounting Manager, Luis Hernandez.

On June 11, the City of Eastvale shared that the City will be updating their City’s General Plan. This plan “articulates the community vision and strategy through a series of eight required ‘elements’ or chapters which include: Land use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, Environmental Justice, and Safety,” according to the City. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov to see the Eastvale 2040 “shorts” that discuss these elements.

Crime Recap June

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 28, 2020

WHERE: 13300 block of Heather Lee Street, Eastvale

On June 28, 2020, at 12:38 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to the 13300 block of Heather Lee Street for a large party and possible shooting.  Deputies learned a 25-year-old male had been shot.  The male was air lifted to a local trauma center where he received medical treatment for his gunshot wounds.  

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Investigator Corey #2938 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff Station’s Detective Bureau at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 24, 2020

WHERE: River Road cross of Baron Road, Eastvale

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, about 8:34 AM, deputies responded to a report of a traffic collision at River Road cross of Baron Road, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located an injury traffic collision involving two vehicles. A male adult driver was transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital for treatment. On the way to the hospital the male adult succumbed from his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle cooperated with the investigation and was released from the scene with minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles was traveling eastbound on Baron Road cross of River Road. The driver attempted to make a northbound turn onto River Road from a southbound only turning lane. The vehicle was struck by the second vehicle that was traveling southbound on River Road.

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

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

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 19, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street, Eastvale

On Friday, June 19, 2020, about 10:28 PM, deputies responded to a report of a traffic collision at Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located a major injury traffic collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles had two occupants and the other vehicle had a single occupant. All of the occupants involved in the collision were transported to a local hospital with moderate to major injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles was traveling southbound Hamner Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle failed to stop for the red light at Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street where the collision occurred in the intersection. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Hamner Avenue was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene.

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

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 18, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue, cross of 3rd. Street, Norco

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, deputies from the Norco Station responded to a report of traffic collision at Hamner avenue, cross of 3rd Street, in the city of Norco.

Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle collision involving two vehicles and a motorcycle. During the collision the motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with major injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Hamner Avenue, approaching 3rd street and  collided into the rear of a small pick-up truck. The collision caused the pick-up to travel into the southbound lanes colliding with another vehicle. The driver of the pick-up truck and the other vehicle remained on scene. Both drivers cooperated with the investigation. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Hamner Avenue was closed for several hours in both directions while deputies processed the scene.

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

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 13000 65th St. (Harada Heritage Park) Eastvale

Within the past couple of days, a video depicting a violent physical altercation at the Harada Heritage Park in Eastvale began circulating on social media.  The video clearly depicts numerous male and female adults engaged in a physical altercation, which ended up in a shooting with one person shot suffering a non-life-threatening injury. At the time of the initial investigation, it was believed the shooting was possibly gang related; however, no suspects were initially arrested or identified. 

Photo courtesy: RUSD

The deputy assigned to the parks within the city of Eastvale was made aware of the video. In an effort to establish the identity of the victims, potential witnesses and suspects deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team (SET) in conjunction with the parks deputy immediately assumed the investigation.  The suspect was later positively identified as 18-year old Alprentice Caleb Young, resident of Eastvale.

On June 17, 2020, about 1700 hours, SET deputies observed Young traveling westbound on 65th St. near Sumner Ave. A felony vehicle stop was conducted. Young was contacted and was in possession of a loaded firearm. 

Overnight search warrants were executed in the 13500 block of Gray Hawk Ct. and the 6500 block of Acey St, in Eastvale.  Multiple items of evidence related to the shooting, including a firearm were seized.  Efforts to locate additional suspect as well as other persons of interest in this investigation are ongoing. Young was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a loaded firearm.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Parham (951) 955-2600.

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Pandemic Updates for Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding face masks, businesses reopening, and new testing sites available in the City of Eastvale.

On July 2, Eastvale announced that appointments for COVID-19 testing are now available online. Health officials continue to encourage residents (those with and without symptoms) to get screened for the virus. The online scheduling will make it easier to make an appointment. To make an appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing. Residents can also call ‪800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of ‪8 a.m. and ‪10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter ‪between 5 and 10 p.m. As of July 2, the county reported 679 new cases and two new deaths from the virus.

Also on July 2, the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) provided an update to CNUSD families regarding reopening of schools. CNUSD families were encouraged to check their emails to see an update from Superintendent Dr. Lin, or visit their website at www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/2021 to download their 2020-2021 School Opening & Safety Plan. They also announced that all parents must complete Instructional Program Registration by July 14th in Parent Connect.

On July 1, California announced the closures of indoor operations, which included Riverside County. The indoor operations included: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars. For more information, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Also effective July 1, the City resumed normal street sweeping enforcement in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please visit: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO

On June 29, Stratham Homes generously donated 2,500 masks to the City of Eastvale. These masks will be utilized for the City’s essential workers and residents who need a mask at the front counter at City Hall.

Also on June 29, the Riverside University Health System confirmed that recreational team sports, including youth sports, are still not permitted in Riverside County. It was clarified that the fitness guidance used for gyms and other fitness facilities is not for use for team sports activities.

On June 18, the Governor issued an executive order that Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces – particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.

On June 17, Riverside County announced that the following businesses were able to reopen Friday, June 19, as part of accelerated Stage 2: Nail services, facial and esthetician services, shaving, waxing and threading services, massage therapy services, body art, tattoo and piercing services, weddings (receptions excluded), and libraries. Among the business that are not allowed at this stage include youth sports, team sports, and wedding receptions.

On June 16, CVS Health opened a FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Eastvale, located at 14220 Schleisman Road. For more information, or to make an appointment please visit www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

Eastvale Homeless Encampment

By Michael Armijo

Eastvale – A homeless encampment has developed in Eastvale on the southwest side of Limonite and the 15 freeway on ramp, and residents are wondering who’s responsible for the area.

“The jurisdiction of the camp falls under Caltrans,” said Marc Donohue, Communications Director at the city of Eastvale. “Caltrans would be the ones to clear the area,” he added.

The question remains bleak for Eastvale residents who have complained about the encampment. “It’s unlikely that this would happen under the Governors current order of a moratorium with regards to moving homeless,” Donohue added. Caltrans seems to agree, but Caltrans cites COVID-19 as their reason.

Upon contacting Caltrans they agreed, the encampment falls into their jurisdiction.

“Caltrans takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously and is monitoring and following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, CalHR and others,” said Chris Clark, Media Relations Manager for Caltrans Sacramento Headquarters.

Clark cites the concerns over COVID-19 spreading among the homeless population as the reason they won’t clear the area in Eastvale.

“Caltrans has temporarily suspended encampment cleanups unless there is an immediate safety concern,” Clark said. “But will continue to work with local partners to move individuals into safer situations as available.”

“How safe is a freeway on-ramp?” said Eastvale resident Rudy Delgado. “This is a huge safety concern for the homeless and for the residents.”

“They’ve been wandering into our neighborhood (68th and the 15), we saw a homeless man nearly incoherent and what I felt was hostile, and have been seen by the soccer fields,” said Cynthia R., via Facebook. “If he’s going to his campsite via our neighborhood it isn’t safe for our kids.”

The only way this encampment could be cleared is unless “there is an immediate safety concern,” according to Caltrans. The question remains if it is or not, or will it grow into a huge concern.

To voice concerns, you can contact Caltrans’ Media Relations Manager in Sacramento, Chris Clark (who we were referred to when contacting the local level). He can be emailed at Christopher.Clark@dot.ca.gov. His direct line is 916.416.8615. You can copy your email to Terri.Kasinga@dot.ca.gov to ensure the local level has a copy of your correspondence. Please watch verbosity, language, and remember that pictures are worth a thousand words.

Father’s Day Essay Contest Winners!

Addison (8) and Kaitlyn (6)

Our dad is the coolest because he is the best snowboarder we have ever seen. He is always so determined, and he fought for his life. He had a brain bleed in 2019 and fought so hard to stay alive. He is also a great fireman. He has saved many lives.
Our dad is hilarious and he always plays pranks on us. He always plays with us. My dad is always there for us when we really need him. He cuddles with us, laughs with us, and always loves us.
My dad once in a while he gives us wheel barrow rides. We have so much fun! Also he loves gardening. Every spring we plant a big garden. On special occasions my dad makes chicken piccata. It is our favorite food.
Another thing that makes our dad cool is because he loves to surf. My dad is a great surfer. Something that makes my dad special is he loves to go on bike rides. When my dad is home we always go on bike rides. My dad loves going to the beach. In the summertime we always go. When my dad was 14 years old he started playing water polo.
These are the reasons why our dad is the coolest.

Maya (17)

Dad, you are very special
You mean so much to me
There aren’t many Dad’s like you
Who give so selflessly and teach resilience

When life has turned my world completely inside out
You are always there to lean on

This world has many heroes,
You’d know most by name,
It’s apparent they gave their personal best,
And they deserve the fame

But, among all of the heroes this world has ever had,
There is not one that I admire more than my precious, Dad
He’s more than just a hero, he never looks for praise,
He’s heroic in his in his quiet strength and in his various caring ways
He may not be famous as those you hear about or see,
But he’s so much more than a hero ought to be

Whenever things go wrong
And I don’t understand
I know that you will be there to lend a helping hand

The years have brought so many memories and adventures
For those have helped me grow
You’re guidance and empathy is what made me who I am
There’s not another dad who can ever take your place

He keeps his word, its good as gold, on this you can depend
He’s honest and loyal just to name a few,
Compassionate, Kind, Supportive, and Adventurous
I’m proud to call him my father

When I hear about a hero and the special things they have done,
It reminds me of my Dad for he is the COOLEST one out there!

Alice (37)

I truly appreciate that my dad always emphasized how he values me more than things. When I lost his favorite camera, after promising to take good care of it, and was sobbing as a high school freshman into the phone… I remember my dad asking if I can see my hands, then he asked me to focus on my pinkie. He told me my little pinkie finger was more valuable to him than that camera. He told me that items can be bought, but my well-being can not and that THAT was more important. Even years later, when I was in college, and crashed his car, I still remember my dad touching my pinkie and telling me that he was just happy that I was alive and unharmed.

I really appreciate how my dad loves me unconditionally. Even when I ran away from home and disobeyed all his house rules. He wanted to toss me out of the house in my rebellious years, but he never did. He tried hard to understand the filter of life that I was experiencing and compromised with me where he could. Even when I rejected his love back then, called him “uncool” and even yelled that I hated him (to his face), he didn’t cease to stop loving me.

I don’t think I truly realized all he did for me until I had my own child. Parenting isn’t easy and it was then that I began to realize how much my dad did for me. He worked hard to provide for me. Loved me even in my worst moments. Now that I’m a parent myself, I understand now how his worry and love for me had resulted in how he reacted to my early years. I realized how lacking my parenting skills are in comparison to my dad’s awesomeness. It was then I realized how cool he truly was… My dad is a cool dad indeed.

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Singing DBHS Counselor Sends Message of Hope in Weekly Videos

Kelli Gile

Diamond Bar High GLC Dave Desmond delivers weekly virtual sessions and music during COVID-19 quarantine.

Diamond Bar – Unprecedented times are challenging educators to go to great lengths for their students amid the global health crisis.

Take Diamond Bar High School grade level coordinator (GLC) Dave Desmond, for example.

For the past eight weeks, he has been sending video messages to homebound students using social media.

From his living room, Desmond presents counseling strategies in easily digestible bites, capped off by performing a song on his acoustic guitar.

“We’re still in coronavirus time and unfortunately it looks like we will be here a longer,” he said on April 9.

The 27-year veteran educator has literally opened up his home for the virtual sessions directed to his sophomore class and he doesn’t seem to mind.

“This isn’t something I would have done in the past,” he shared.

“I normally keep my private life to myself, but these are strange times.”

His only fear was playing and singing in front of the world.

“I thought, man, if there’s some way that me providing a little entertainment for my students will distract them from the general sadness of this time for a bit, well, that would be cool,” he said.

“And hopefully they’re listening to the counseling as well!”

His colleagues are also reaching out with regular communications via videos, newsletters, and emails.

“The other GLCs and I really miss seeing the kids and having that daily connection with our students,” he added.

Desmond said the team relies on seeing kids face-to-face and “counseling via the phone, email, or zoom is kind of tough.”

“This is just another way to let them know we care about them and are thinking about them.”

Each week, Desmond clicks through a PowerPoint presentation featuring topics normally discussed during the school year.

Themes have ranged from goal setting and college applications to financial aid and preparing for SATs.

Knowing that students are facing increased anxiety due to COVID-19, Desmond admitted that he’s also struggling while living in quarantine on the May 10 broadcast.

“Just like you, I’ve been having a tough time and I think it’s good for all of us to find ways to relieve that stress.”

With that, he began demonstrating how he’s been keeping busy around the house, beginning in the kitchen with a pink frosted cake he baked for Mother’s Day.

Next, he dashed to the dining room for a hand of gin rummy, a game he’s currently playing with his daughter.

“Break up the day by playing a game with your family,” he offered the teens.

“Hey, I just won – that was fun!”

He suggested using DBHS online mindfulness resources including meditation, listening to waterfalls, drawing, music, and even a koala cam.

“Doesn’t he look relaxed? Aren’t you more relaxed just watching this guy?”

Then Desmond pivoted to a doorway to demonstrate a few pull-ups, sprinted to the backyard to hit golf balls, and pull a few weeds.

“Maybe you can help your parents clean up the house a bit,” he suggested to the high schoolers.

Desmond even shared a weekend project he’s been working on.

“See this patch of dirt – it will soon be transformed into a putting green!”

Being sheltered-in-place is the time to set small goals each day including academic, physical and social activities, and finding a way to help the family, Desmond suggested.

“Make dinner or write a letter to grandma and grandpa.”

“But, one of my favorite things to do to manage stress is playing a tune,” he said wrapping up the segment.

And with that, he picked up his guitar and belted out “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M.

Desmond coordinates his tunes with each video theme from a memorized playlist of about 50 songs, including “Where is My Mind” by the Pixies, “Midnight Special” by Credence Clearwater Revival, and “Help Me, Stranger” by Jack White of the Raconteurs.

“Hold on, Brahmas, we’re going to get through this!” he exclaimed with a fist pump to the camera.

His message during May’s Mental Health Awareness Month is for students to keep doing their best.

“Do your best to live your life with some sense of normality while staying safe, do your best to help your family and friends get through this odd, difficult time, and do your best to take care of yourself. There’s so much about this situation that is beyond our control, so focus on what you can control and be good to yourself and to everyone around you.”

Businesses Re-Open in Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Businesses are starting to reopen in Eastvale now that we are in the next phase. Below is an update with everything has opened or will reopen.
Starting June 12, California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms and professional sports with modifications to begin reopening.


The City of Eastvale reopened its doors to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020. City Hall will be available for walk-ins from Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., and available by appointment only, after 12 p.m. Passport services will be available by appointment only, and will be limited to two appointments per day. The City stated they will be “practicing social distancing and will limit the lobby to five guests at a time. Overflow will be asked to wait outside, and will be notified when space becomes available.” While face masks are optional, the City will have them available as needed.


JCSD Parks and Recreation Department opened the Splash Pads on Saturday, May 30. The hours of operation will be from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. (Monday-Sunday) until September 30. Signage will be posted at the splash pads reminding the community of social distancing requirements. As of May 16, restrooms were opened at local parks.


On May 26, it was announced that hair salons and barbershops will be reopening. Statewide, retailers and places of worship can reopen with modifications.
As of May 8, the following businesses opened: clothing stores, florists, bookstores, sporting goods stores, manufacturing, and warehouses. In addition, limited services which do not generally require close customer contact have opened, such as: Pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning, and plumbing.


Specifically, the following businesses have opened: AAA, Applebee’s, AT&T, Bank of America, Buffalo Wild Wings, CHASE Bank, CPR Cell Phone Repair, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eastbrew Café, Fantastic Sam’s, Fashion Q, Gateway Dental Group, Gateway Medspa, Limonite Dental Group, Lucky Kitchen Thai, Mountain View Tire, On the Border, Petsmart, Pho Viet, Staples, Sunrise Optometry, Target, The Joint, Tillys, Tio’s Mexican, Tutor Time. For the most up-to-date information regarding businesses opening, please visit covid19.ca.gov.


In addition, the City announced they will resume normal street sweeping enforcement on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please click here: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO


Lastly, on May 15, Mayor Plott provided a comprehensive update to the Eastvale community. The City of Eastvale provided the following information: “Eastvale City Council adopted a resolution at their May 13th meeting, calling on the Governor and State Legislature to set a realistic timetable for the re-opening of the economy. A copy of that resolution can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TaCR07

The City Council also formed the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Ad-Hoc Committee, made up of Councilmember Rigby and Councilmember Tessari. This committee will work with local businesses and developers to help businesses re-open and enhance the local economy in Eastvale.


Referenced in the video is the Riverside County Readiness & Reopening Framework. Here is the link to that document: https://bit.ly/3dJ159E
Information about the re-opening of the economy at the State level can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco, including attempted murder and marijuana plants found.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder with a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 7, 2020

WHERE: Intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way

On Sunday, June 7, 2020, about 8:23 AM, deputies responded to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way in the City of Eastvale, regarding a shooting. Deputies arrived and learned an altercation took place between a motorist and bicyclist. During the altercation, the bicyclist reached into a handbag and the motorist believed the bicyclist was reaching for a weapon. The motorist, along with three passengers feared for their safety and fled. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot at the motorist as the motorist fled the scene. Two of the four passengers were identified as juveniles.

Deputies searched the area and located the suspect, who was in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Eastvale resident, Donovan Moore. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of attempted murder.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2634.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Felon in Possession of a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2020

WHERE: 3900 Block of Mount Shasta Place, Norco

Courtesy: RCSD
Dakota Halverson

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, around 1:07am, deputies responded to the 3900 block of Mount Shasta Pl., Norco, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject, later identified as Dakota Halverson, a 26-year-old male resident of Riverside, had arrived at the location and was in a verbal argument. During the altercation, Halverson fired a handgun into the air and fled behind the residence into the hills.

With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and SWAT K9 teams, deputies unsuccessfully canvassed the hillside and neighborhood for several hours.

Later that day, around 3:30pm, deputies received an additional call for service at the same residence advising that Halverson had returned. Deputies, the SWAT K9 team, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit responded. Halverson was located at the residence and taken into custody.

Deputies recovered a firearm at the location. Halverson was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Obstruct, Resist, Delay a Peace Officer, and Violation of Parole. He is currently be held on a No Bail hold.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy X. Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Burglary – Resist Public Officer

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Avenue, Norco

On Monday, June 1, 2020, about 10:00 PM, deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress at the Target retail store located in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue., Norco.

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Van Bigman Lindsay

Upon arrival, deputies saw one of the suspects fleeing through a rear emergency door. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody without further incident and with no injuries to the suspect or deputies. The suspect was identified as Van Bigman Lindsay, a 24-year-old resident of Apple Valley. Live surveillance inside Target showed there were three other suspects inside the store; however, they fled the scene in a white GMC Suburban before deputies arrived. The suspects gained entry by smashing glass doors at the front entrance. Information was received that the same suspects burglarized a pharmacy in a neighboring city earlier in the evening and evidence was collected at the scene.

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

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

INCIDENT DATE: May 18, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the city of Eastvale

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET), representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale, have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

Deputies assigned to SET received complaints from residents of the city of Eastvale regarding possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivations. SET Deputies investigated and determined that properties located on the 6200 block of Arcadia St., 12200 block of Meadowvale St., and 7700 block of Stonegate Dr. in the city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested on the properties.

On May 18, 2020, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, served three residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. They recovered a total of 4,256 marijuana plants. Its estimated that $58,000 worth of combined electrical theft occurred. 

Eastvale Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison, were summoned to conduct their own separate investigation into various building and electrical code violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrant

INCIDENT DATE: May 5, 2020

WHERE: 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. City of Eastvale

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.

SET Deputies investigated and determined that a property located on the 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested inside the property.

On May 5, 2020, at 6pm, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted a marijuana eradication search warrant at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. Deputies served the search warrant and recovered a total amount of 786 marijuana plants. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residence worth $30,000. Eastvale City Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison representatives were summoned to the location and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations and utilities violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Looking Beyond Labels to Love

City of Eastvale

Courtesy City of Eastvale
Deputy Myers hugging ERHS student, Elysia.

Eastvale – In Eastvale, Black Lives Matter. In fact, all lives regardless of nationality, profession, politics, abilities, gender, religion, class, color, and culture matter in Eastvale. We look past labels to one’s heart. Our heart and actions define our character.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the one below certainly qualifies. The photo of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Deanna Myers embracing a young Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) student Elysia during the George Floyd protest tells the story of loving past labels.

The two met years before at ERHS where Deputy Myers served as a school resource officer and Elysia was a student. Upon seeing Elysia for the first time at school one day Deputy Myers greeted her with a hearty “Hi”. However, Elysia’s interaction with law enforcement before meeting Deputy Myers was guarded because of historical context of racism, social norms and labels.

It was that historical context that caused Elysia to respond, “I hate cops, why are you different?” This question sparked a female role model mentoring relationship that changed both of their lives. Their relationship grew over the years and they kept in touch over social media as time passed. Fast forward to Sunday, June 1, 2020 they found themselves on perceived opposite sides of a line drawn in response to a violent death. The picture is poignant because given the circumstances the rules forbid crossing the line. When Elysia caught sight of Deputy Myers, she bravely approached her and stood awaiting the embrace she had grown accustomed to receiving. Despite the reality of being on duty, armed to protect the constitutional right of those protesting and to keep the peace, Myers enlisted I another Deputy to replace her on the line and found her way to lovingly embrace Elysia. Once again, Myers looked past skin color to the heart of Elysia and Elysia looked past the badge to the heart of Myers. Their embrace is a sign of hope and peace.

Deputy Myers has seen her fair share of heartbreak and has had to triumph over obstacles in her life, which forced her to grow up quickly. She is a first generation immigrant, the first to go to college in her family, and she overcame discrimination as a woman in a male dominated law enforcement profession where she had to earn the trust and respect of her fellow peers as it wasn’t always freely given. She also endured the pain of her grandmother being abducted and murdered, the loss of her father and had to care for her ailing mother shortly after that, along with raising her teenage sibling.

Deputy Myers, because of losing her grandmother too early and in a violent way, could have chosen to be a victim or villain and instead chose to be a victor and take steps and actions to make a difference in her community. She chose to create a legacy that reflects the woman her grandmother and parents would have wanted her to become. Myer’s chose to make a difference and join the law enforcement profession. After creating a bond with Elysia and breaking down that barrier by serving as a female role model, Elysia wants to emulate her mentor and serve in the law enforcement profession.

Now with RSO for almost 13 years, Deputy Myers has a message of hope for our community for which will hopefully help change the language, conversation and culture.

“We need to advocate for the right voices to be heard. I take pride in being different and pushing out a positive message. Everyone is a blessing and there is good in everyone. Everyone has an opportunity to create their legacy.” – Deputy Myers

As a nation and as a community, we need to both respect the badge and hold the person wearing the badge accountable. After all, we are all people, regardless of the badge and color of our skin. We must learn to look past the label and see the heart. This will allow us to transcend the divide and breakdown barriers through seeking to understand each other’s unique differences and stories.

Photo was taken by Marc Danelian. This post was written after interview Deputy Myers. Next week, we’ll be sharing a perspective from an interview with Elysia.