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Century Communities hosted a grand-opening on November 3rd for The Bungalows and The Cottages at Stonebrook in Chino

New detached homes offer six different designs starting in the low $500s

Photo Courtesy: Century Communities

By Julie Satalowich

CHINO, CA, November 2018Century Communities, recently namedthe fastest-growing public builder by Buildermagazine, hosted a public grand-opening festivity onNov. 3 at Stonebrook featuring two new neighborhoods The Bungalows and The Cottagesstarting in the low $500s. The celebration was held at 13844 Farm House Ave. inChino and included a live broadcast from KFrog (95.1 FM), an In-N-Out Burgerfood truck and a raffle winning concert tickets.

Located near the Chino Spectrum Town Center, Century Communities’ The Bungalows and The Cottages at Stonebrook offers homebuyers a spectrum of lifestyle choices designed for entertaining. The Bungalows starts in the low $500s and includes three two-story plans ranging in size from 1,802 to 2,227 square feet, with choices of 3-5 bedrooms and up to three baths. The Cottages starts in the $600s and includes larger two-story floor plans with 3-5 bedrooms and up to 3baths. All homes at Stonebrook include two-car garages, comfortable dens, lofts, entertaining kitchens and optional covered outdoor living spaces.

Shane Bouchard, Southern California division president for Century Communities, said, “New home ownership—your way—is both affordable and flexible at Stonebrook. Growing families will appreciate living in this great community, which is close to freeways, Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.”

Stonebrook also offers homeowners access to a resort-style private community swim club with recreation center, access to a regional trail system, solar package options, no Mello-Roos fees and it’s convenient to the State Routes 60 and 71. Nearby schools include Edwin Rhodes Elementary, Magnolia Junior High and Chino High School.

Located 35 miles from Los Angeles, the city of Chino is bounded by Chino Hills to the west, Pomona to the northwest, San Bernardino County to the north, Ontario to the northeast, Eastvale to the southeast and Riverside County to the south. Because of the surrounding area’s pastoral and rural settings, Chino has been a popular site for numerous Hollywood films and TV shows. The Planes of Fame and Yanks Air Museums are popular tourist attractions at the Chino Airport.

Homebuyers interested in grand-opening sales opportunities can visit with community managers at the Stonebrook sales gallery. If you are traveling on the 60 Fwy exit Euclid Ave and head south or coming from the 71 Hwy exit S. Euclid and head north.  Entering from Euclid, turn onto Redbud Lane and follow the signs to the models and sales gallery.

  For more information, please visit https://www.centurycommunities.com/find-your-home/california  

About Century Communities:

Century Communities, Inc. (NYSE:CCS) is one of the nation’s largest U.S. homebuilders, engaged in all aspects of homebuilding, including the acquisition, entitlement and development of land and the construction, marketing and sale of quality homes designed to appeal to a wide range of homebuyers. The Colorado-based Company operates in 12 states across the West, Mountain, Texas and Southeast U.S. regions and offers title and lending services in select markets through its Parkway Title and Inspire Home Loan subsidiaries. To learn more about Century Communities please visit www.centurycommunities.com.

The City of Chino Names New Public Works Director

Staff Reports 

CHINO – After a competitive process, Amer Jakher has been selected to fill the position of Public Works Director. Mr. Jakher will serve as a key member of the City Manager’s Executive Management Team and will be responsible for the City’s capital improvement projects, traffic operations, fleet management and water distribution.

Mr. Jakher comes to the City of Chino following a 24-year career in public works. He most recently served as the Director of Public Works for the City of Beaumont also in San Bernardino County. Mr. Jakher comes with extensive experience in project and utility management, municipal engineering and public works operations.

Mr. Jakher says “I am honored to join the City of Chino and continue to help drive the city’s efforts in maintaining Chino as a vibrant and welcoming community. I look forward to working with staff and advancing the goals of the City Council in serving the community.”

City Manager Matt Ballantyne added, “Amer’s leadership and extensive public works experience impressed each of our interview panelists and Executive Management Team. I look forward to his assistance in delivering infrastructure projects and serving the needs of our community.”

Mr. Jakher is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino where he earned a Master of Public Administration. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University.

Mr. Jakher replaces former Director of Public Works and Assistant City Manager, Jose Alire who retires October 23 after 15 years of service with the City of Chino.


Local Community Kicks Off Season of Giving with Operation Christmas Child

By Samaritan’s Purse

 Chino— Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley area residents will gather to kick off the Samaritan’s Purse project’s collection season—packing more than 30,000 shoeboxes with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items. These gift-filled shoeboxes will contribute to the project’s goal of reaching more than 11 million children in Jesus’ Name.

The San Gabriel Valley East Area Operation Christmas Child team invites you to kick off the Operation Christmas Child collection season at their 8th annual countdown event on Saturday, September 29 at Inland Hills Church (14670 Ramona Ave., Chino 91710). The event starts at 10:00 a.m.

Information, updates and Operation Christmas Child supplies will also be provided to equip volunteers to pack shoebox gifts and encourage others to do the same. Shoebox packer Grayson Wade will be sharing about his recent distribution trip to the Philippines. Children are welcome

The Chino drop-off location will be the first stop on a journey across the globe for thousands of gifts packed by local families. Together with the church worldwide, Operation Christmas Child will deliver these gifts to children in need overseas using whatever means necessary—boats, airplanes, trains and even elephants.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call (714) 432-7030 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.


Go Human to Connecting Chino Community Festival

Photo: gohumansocal.org
Connecting Chino will showcase street improvements around the Chino Community Building on B Street, Eleventh Street and Twelfth Street that will make it safer for people to bike and walk in Chino.

City of Chino

Chino – The City of Chino and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Connecting Chino, a free open streets event to be held on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to allow residents and visitors to preview and test out planned street improvements included in the Chino Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.


Connecting Chino will showcase street improvements around the Chino Community Building on B Street, Eleventh Street and Twelfth Street that will make it safer for people to bike and walk in Chino. The plan calls for a network of bicycle boulevards, or “neighborhood greenways,” which consist of street signage and pavement markings that clearly indicate that bicyclists share the road with drivers in residential areas. The bicycle and pedestrian improvements will increase connectivity for people accessing neighborhood destinations such as transit stops, local parks and schools.


“I am proud of the City of Chino’s commitment to make Chino a cycling and pedestrian friendly city by improving and increasing the number of safe bicycle lanes in the community. Thanks to this partnership with SCAG, the community will have the opportunity to experience what some of these improvements will look like,” said Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa.


Connecting Chino will bring together family, friends and neighbors to enjoy free activities including a kids’ bike skills workshop, bicycle repair, live entertainment and dance performances, an obstacle course bounce house, a community barbeque, a health and wellness fair, giveaways and more. Attendees are encouraged to attend this free community event on foot or by bike, scooter or skateboard.

Chino Mayor Eunice Ulloa and SCAG Regional Council Member Ray Marquez will speak at a brief kickoff event on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on the main stage adjacent to the Tenth Street Park playground. California State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez and San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman will also be in attendance.


SCAG’s Go Human campaign is working with cities and counties across Southern California to develop open streets events and safety demonstration projects, such as Connecting Chino, which promote safety while encouraging people to walk and bike more.


“To date, Go Human has supported 22 demonstration events in cities across the Southern California region and is committed to hosting an additional five events this year,” said SCAG President Alan D. Wapner. “Making it safer to bike and walk to local destinations not only boosts local economies, but it also expands mobility options beyond driving.”


Connecting Chino is the product of a partnership between the City of ChinoClean Transportation Funding – Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committeeand SCAG’s Go Human campaign. For more information, visit GoHumanSoCal.org/ConnectingChino.

Two Arrested for DUI at Checkpoint

By City of Chino

The Chino PD Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday, August 24, 2018, at 11900 Central Avenue between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.


In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  Your PD supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.


Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.


The checkpoint resulted in the following:

  • 963 vehicles screened
  • 2 DUI arrests
  • 3 other arrests (two warrants/one for drugs)
  • 7 drivers cited for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended or revoked
  • 18 other citations for various infractions
  • 6 vehicles impounded or stored


Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone.  The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more.  The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.


Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.


The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1’.

Residential Burglary Suspect Arrested

Staff Reports 

CHINO – After an intensive investigation Chino Police Department Detectives identified and arrested a man in connection to an ongoing residential burglary where the victims had over $50,000 in valuables stolen from their home.


The incident occurred on July 11, 2018, at a residence in the 14700 block of Willamette Avenue in Chino. The suspect’s image was captured on video and was then shared on the Chino PD Facebook page. That post resulted in a citizen calling in with a tip. Detectives were able to follow up on the investigative lead and identify the suspect as Octavius Jamal Woodard – age 43 of Pomona.


After some very thorough investigating methods Detectives were able to locate and arrest Woodard in the city of Long Beach. They brought him back to the Inland Empire and booked him into the West Valley Detention Center on burglary charges.


During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that several pieces of the victim’s property had been sold to a pawn shop by Woodard. The merchandise has since been recovered from the shop.


The investigation is still ongoing.


2 Chino Women Arrested for Kidnapping, Attempted Murder

Staff Reports

Chino – Two women were arrested, following a vehicle pursuit in Chino. Police discovered an unconscious woman in the passenger seat of their vehicle with a cord wrapped around her neck, said officials on Wednesday, August 22.

Authorities indicated the suspects and the victim may be acquainted. It seems they had been involved in a disagreement while they were traveling together from Los Angeles to Indio.

The victim fell asleep during the first half of the trip Tuesday morning. The suspects, Kyanna 23, and Brittney Patterson, 21, allegedly began suffocating and strangling the victim until she lost consciousness, the Chino Police Department said in a news release.

Authorities have not disclosed whether the women, both Monrovia residents, are related.

Officers responded to a call made by a witness who reportedly saw a distressed passenger screaming for help from a silver sedan near the Circle K gas station at 12895 Mountain Ave. at around 7:20 a.m.

Responding officers were able to locate the four-door sedan on Benson Avenue. The officers tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver failed to stop, police said.

The woman behind the wheel was speeding and driving recklessly before she eventually collided with two other vehicles at the intersection of Riverside Drive and 10th Street.

The suspects were seen running from the car on foot, and officers pursued on foot and shortly caught up the suspects. Both women were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and attempted murder, according to police reports.

When officers approached the vehicle, they discovered the victim unconscious in the passenger seat of the vehicle. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance, where she was listed in stable condition, authorities said.

Officials have not released the victim’s name only that she is 28 years old.

Inmate records show both suspects were being held on $1 million bail at the West Valley Detention Center and were scheduled to appear in court Thursday, August 23.


Chino Loses $1.5 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Staff Reports

Chino – The City of Chino reached a $1.5 million settlement with a mobile home park owner who brought a lawsuit against the city, alleging the council’s actions caused a loss of income by delaying and interfering with plans to convert the park to resident ownership.

The lawsuit originally asked for $34 million when it was filed in 2010 by Chino MHC the owner of Lamplighter Chino Mobile Home Park located on the northwest corner of Philadelphia Street and Ramona Avenue.

The debate that has been going on for years between the city and Chino MHC began in the spring 2010. The planning commission approved a tentative tract map to the mobile home park owners who wanted to require residents living there to purchase the individual spaces their homes sat on, along with shares in common facilities such as the clubhouse.

In April 2010, the city council overturned the planning commission’s decision based on a plea for help from the residents.

The council’s decision prompted Chino MHC to file two lawsuits, one alleging the loss of income, and a second, asking the court to approve the mobile home park owners’ conversion plan.

In early 2011, Superior Court Judge Joseph Brisco ruled that the city could not prohibit the conversion of the park, regardless if most of the residents were against the plan.

The city appealed and lost in October 2012, when it was ruled the city council doesn’t have the power to stop the conversion of the mobile home park to tenant ownership.  Unless the city could prove the owner was taking the step to avoid the city’s rent control policy unless mobile home parks they just don’t have a case.

In October 2013, after a three-hour public hearing, the council voted 3-0 to allow Chino MHC to sell the lots in the park thus ending the legal battle that the city estimates had already cost the taxpayers half a million dollars. The only comfort the residents who opposed the plan got was a written guarantee by Chino MHC that no one would be evicted.

One of the documents filed by the park owner during its lengthy confrontation with the city was a “tenant impact report” that waives the owner’s right to evict any tenant.

About 80 percent of the residents qualified as low-income tenants 2013 according to court documents. The park owner will be allowed to increase those rents at the same rate the cost of living index allows each year after the park is converted and the city’s rent-control ordinance was no longer in effect.

Fred Galante, the City’s Attorney, said, “The Settlement Agreement resolves long-standing disputes and litigation between the parties.  The settlement makes clear that it is not an admission of any wrongdoing whatsoever on the part of the City. The City believes it had good defenses, the settlement resolves long-standing litigation and saves further expenditure of legal fees and eliminates any risk of potential liability.”


As part of the settlement approved by the council on July 17, the city must approve, permit, and allow the recording of the final tract map for the mobile home park conversion by the end July.

The settlement gave the City until the middle of this month to pay the 1.5 million dollars awarded to Chino MHC.


Mike Kolling Retires After Almost 3 Decades of Service

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Mike Kolling retired from the City of Chino after 29 plus years of employment. Kolling retired from the position of Capital Projects and Building Maintenance Manager after a long illustrious career. The City hosted a special retirement luncheon for a very special and distinguished guest.

Kolling was hired as an Associate Park Planner by Chino in December 1988 and shortly after promoted to Capital Projects Manager. Kolling is a licensed landscape architect.

During Kolling’s tenure, he designed and was the projects manager for many of the new parks you see in the city today.  The skate park and the expansion of Ayala Park are just a couple examples of the scope of projects he managed. He was also the project manager for the construction of major facilities in the City of Chino, including the Carolyn Owens Community Center, Chino Police Department Facility, Fire Stations No. 1 and No. 3 and the training center.

In 2001 and 2012 Kolling was named the Employee of the Year Award by the City of Chino. He loved that he got to volunteer as the Chino Relay For Life Logistics Lead from 2003-2017. He put in hundreds of hours planning the course and the site where it was held each year. In 2018 Kolling reached a milestone by donating 100 gallons of blood.

The Chino City Council recognized Kolling at the July 17 City Council meeting, he was presented with a tile of the City Of Chino’s official seal.

Mike Kolling’s accomplishments during his time with the City:

1997 Cypress Trails Park

1998 Neighborhood Activity Center

2001 Chaffey College Chino Campus Development

2001 Chino Youth Museum

2001 Chino Experience Teen Center

2002 2004 Aguiar Square Development Phase I and II

2003 Chino Skate Park at Ayala Park

2005 Shady Grove Park

2005 Monte Vista Park Medical Clinic

2005 Current AG Preserve and College Park Development

2006 Paseo Del Sol Development

2006 CDF Helipad Project

2006 Chino High School Track Improvements

2006 Council Chambers Remodel

2007 Carolyn Owens Community Center

2007 Chino Valley Fire District, Fire Station No. 3

2011 Chino Valley Fire District, Fire Station no. 3 and Training Center

2012 Chino Police Department Facility Development

2016 Chino Community Garden

Master Plan Projects for:

Ayala Park Expansion Master Plan

Downtown Civic Center Master Plan

Recreation and Open Space Master Plan

East Chino Specific Plan

AG Preserve Master Plan

Southern California Edison Easement Master Plan



Gabriel’s Automotive & Towing Your One Stop Shop

Photo by: Anthony Saude
Gabriel’s Automotive & Towing is located at: 13654 Central Ave., Chino CA 91710 You can call them at (909) 464-9005 or visit their website: https://gabrielsauto.com/. Look for them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GabrielsAutomotiveAndCollision/ and Instagram @gabrielsautotow

By Anthony Saude

Chino – The automotive repair industry doesn’t have what you would say is a trustworthy reputation but if you own a car you are going to need repairs. It isn’t a matter of “IF” but WHEN. When the day comes and it will, the number one question everybody should be asking themselves is “who can I trust”?

Well look no farther, Gabriel’s Automotive and Towing in Chino, believes that is the first question that should be asked by customers. Gabriel’s wants to assure new customers it is the first question they want to answer.

Gabriel’s Automotive is a family owned business providing the Chino and Chino Hills communities with full service automotive maintenance and repair for over 25 years. Everybody on staff at Gabriel’s understands that trust, hard work and honest reasonable prices are the key ingredients to having a successful auto repair shop. They aren’t going to just tell you prices over the phone and then come up with a list of other problems you have when you arrive. They take great pride in showing you exactly what needs to be fixed and give you different options on how they can help you get your car fixed right the first time.

Gabriel said, “Our goal is to ensure customer satisfaction and help them get the most out of their vehicles.” “We’ll help you keep your warranty in effect by performing required scheduled maintenance. Regular service will help to avoid unexpected breakdowns caused by normal wear and tear.”

Bring your car in if you are in need of engine repair, oil change, transmission repair, electrical repair, brakes service, suspension service, oil change, tire rotation, alignment service, battery services, headlight and taillight services, diesel repair service, air conditioning, computer Systems, engine rebuilds and everything in between. The list of services offered is so extensive it would take a book to name them all so give them a call, they can help you out.

“Cars are our passion, every car is different and every issue usually proves to be different which means every day around is different and exciting for us” says Gabriel. Gabriel’s has been out to prove that not ALL mechanics are dishonest and untrustworthy for the last 25+ years. If we can do that we will be the next and last mechanic you will ever need. “We will go above and beyond the call of duty to get you car fixed in a timely fashion and out of the shop at a reasonable price,” says Gabriel.

Going the extra mile for their customers is the rule not the exception they offer complimentary shuttle service, loaner vehicles and even interest free financing for up to 6 months.

Gabriel’s Automotive & Towing is located at: 13654 Central Ave., Chino CA 91710 conveniently located near the 60 and 71 freeways. You can call them at (909) 464-9005 or visit their website: https://gabrielsauto.com/. Look for them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GabrielsAutomotiveAndCollision/ and Instagram @gabrielsautotow

Suspects Arrested in Attempted Murder

By Anthony Saude

CHINO – Two suspects were arrested this week for attempted murder. The investigation began on July 10, 2018, in the early morning hours when officers responded to a call of a possible fight in the area of Park Avenue and Benson Avenue.

Officers arrived at the scene and found two victims of a stabbing in the 12800 block of 16th Street. The victims were a male and female adult were transported via ambulance to a local area hospital. Once there they were treated and their condition was stabilized. Detectives immediately began processing the crime scene and investigating all the leads available to them.

Later that evening, based on the evidence detectives were able to identify Ricky Mathew Barrera, age 19 of Chino, as one of the suspects. A search warrant was issued and officers served it at his residence in the 5700 block of Riverside Drive. Barrera was taken into custody and charged with attempted murder with a gang enhancement. He was booked and placed into the West Valley Detention Center.

Throgh further investigation the Detectives on the case were able to identify a second suspect, a 17-year-old male resident of Chino. On Wednesday, July 11, detectives served a search warrant at the juvenile’s residence in the 13100 block of 4th Street where he was taken into custody. Both suspects were arrested and booked for the charges listed below: • Ricky Mathew Barrera: booked at the West Valley Detention Center for attempted murder and gang enhancement. • 17-year-old male: booked at San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall for attempted murder. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Chinnis at (909) 334-3047 or at cchinnis@chinopd.org.

Bev Mo Moving to Chino

By Anthony Saude

Chino – BevMo BevMo has been frustrated by the diminished condition of the Chino Hills center they are currently located and will leaving to relocate to the City of Chino. This is another big blow to the struggling northern section of the Chino Hills Marketplace located at Peyton Drive and the 71 Freeway.

BevMo, a big box retailer that specializes in beer, wine, and spirits, will be relocating to the empty storefront where Party City used to be in the Chino Spectrum.

BevMo has applied for two alcoholic beverage control licenses that include one for alcohol tasting, they will be in front of the Chino Planning Commission for approval next week.

The news came as a surprise to Chino Hills Mayor Peter Rogers and members of the Chino Hills Planning Commission even though city staff members have known about it for a month.

City officials were aware that BevMo was looking for a location but thought they were trying to stay in Chino Hills, no one had heard of its commitment to Chino.

Planning Commission Chairman Stephen Romero said he was not aware of the move either but wasn’t surprised that tenants are fleeing the shopping center.

Reports state that City Manager Rad Bartlam sent a memorandum to the council and the three commissions, department directors, and other staff members, announcing BevMo’s move to Chino. The memo also contained an update on the shopping center.


The shopping center was once owned by a group of investors called CRCH LLC, led by developer Lloyd Yeonsu Lee.

The investment group defaulted on its loan last year, not long after plans for an Asian-themed complex with 120 apartments fell apart.

The county assessor shows the investment group Peyton Drive Holdings LLC as the current owner according to care of CW Capital Asset Management LLC.

U.S. Bank sold the property to an investment company called Lakha for $34.2 million, the very same group that previously owned the shopping center and sold it to Mr. Lee’s group.

Lakha then sold the property to CW Capital for the same amount.

Over several years the much maligned shopping center has lost Sport Chalet, Best Buy, and SteinMart.

A damaged slope and water line in the back of the shopping center led to the city restricting access to the center which has prevented truck deliveries.

What’s left?

The remaining large stores are PetSmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Dollar Tree. It has been reported that PetSmart has expressed interest in relocating but is approaching a potential move slowly.

Sales for Bed Bath and Beyond have continued to steadily decline like many other big box stores have over the last few years.

Dollar Tree has not indicated an interest in moving out of the center.

The northern end of Crossroads Marketplace also includes Wendy’s, Fazoli’s, 85 C Bakery Cafe, and others.

Metz Air Control Voted #1 in Customer Satisfaction

Metz Air Control has been in business since 1977 and is located in Chino. Jon and Bryan Metz are brothers that own the business together. Metz Air Control 14732 Central Ave, Chino, CA 91710 Call for more information (909) 393-0383 Website: http://www.metzaircontrol.com

By Anthony Saude

Chino – It is that time again, summer in the Inland Empire and it has started off very, very hot this year and you are going to want to call somebody you can trust if you need them. Metz Air Control has been in business since 1977 and is located in Chino.  The family owned once small company has recently expanded to 15 employees.  Jon and Bryan Metz are brothers own the business together. They are dedicated and determined to uphold the core values their father taught them about business and life years ago.  They pride themselves on offering honest and dependable service.


Metz Air Control has received many notable awards over the years for their professional installation and superior customer service:


Metz Air Control has been a Trane Comfort Specialist since 1999; not every dealer qualifies as a Trane Comfort Specialist. Dealers need to meet Trane’s stringent standards and demonstrate a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuing education.  Homeowners can trust a TCS dealer will deliver a quality installation and superior customer experience.


Metz Air Control received the Dealer of the year award from Trane, which is the highest recognition given by Trane. Every year they are recognized by Trane for outstanding customer service based on customer satisfaction surveys.


The communities of Chino & Chino Hills voted Metz Air Control the People’s Choice Award for the “Best Heating and Air Conditioning Company” for the past 3 consecutive years.


Metz Air Control is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau, 5-star YELP Company and comes highly recommended from Angie’s List.


Every technician is background checked and trained to provide an exceptional experience for their customers.  The office staff has also been well trained to provide personal and professional services.  Whether you are calling to set up a service call, need maintenance or just need information, we will make sure you are pleased with your overall experience.


Metz Air Control is well known in the community and they believe their positive ratings are attributed to the relationships they build with their customers.  They are a member of the Chino and Eastvale Chamber of Commerce and support local charities and sports teams. Metz Air Control is currently expanding their services as the surrounding communities continue to grow in housing and development.  They currently serve San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties.


This past year, Metz Air Control began providing Protection Plans to their customers for increased value and service. Customers participating in these plans receive a 24- hour turn-around service as well as discounts. Please call the office for more information about this program.

Seasonal specials include maintenance discounts, manufacturer rebates, and promotional offers that can always be found on their website www.metzaircontrol.com for more information


Metz Air Control offers many financing options to fit your individual needs.


Metz Air Control is licensed, bonded, and insured.  Every technician is background checked and trained to provide exceptional service.  It is important for homeowners research any contractor you bring into your home to make sure they meet these same standards.

Metz Air Control is proud to say that over 70% of their business comes from referrals.  They believe a referral is the best compliment a customer can give them.

Don’t be fooled; if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.



98 Citations Issued for Illegal Fireworks

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Excitement was growing as the skies were growing dark in Chino and Chino Hills on the fourth of July just before the skies lit up like a, well like the fourth of July, as residents began their fireworks show —legal and illegal.

Chino police wrote 98 citations for illegal fireworks, modification of safe and sane fireworks, and use of fireworks in parks and off limits locations. It was the most citations written by the police for these violations since 2004.

Chino Hills police only issued three fireworks-related citations on America’s 242nd birthday after three consecutive years of writing zero.

In 2017 Chino police only wrote 64 citations.

The penalty for offenders could be fines of up to $1,000, police said.

Sale of safe and sane fireworks from noon July 1 to 9 p.m. July 4 is allowed in most neighborhoods of Chino. All fireworks are illegal in Chino Hills and the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County boundaries.

A new record was set this year when 2,210 pounds of illegal fireworks was seized by police beginning June 7, it included 1,443 pounds on July 4 alone.

Last year, officers seized 1,189 pounds of illegal devices.

If the fireworks explode, fly or do not have the California Fire Marshal’s seal of approval they are considered illegal.

Teams of police officers and Chino Valley Fire officials scoured both cities, looking for anybody using illegal fireworks, or using legal fireworks in restricted areas.

Three people suffered fireworks-related injuries; the most severe was to a man in his late 40s in the13000 block of Fourth Street. The unidentified man suffered his injury just after 9:30 p.m. when an illegal firework exploded in his hand, causing severe injuries.

Chino Valley Medical Center also reported two people were treated for fireworks-related injuries.

A 21-year-old man injured both thumbs and a 16-year-old boy suffered minor burns and abrasions on his forehead.

32 fireworks-related calls for service came into Chino Hills Police Department. Fireworks calls began around 6:40 p.m. and the last call was received at approximately 4:57 a.m. There weren’t any fireworks-related fire calls received all evening. There was a large bag of fireworks was confiscated as well.

Ten Chino Hills deputies patrolled the city, he added.

A car fire in the parking lot of Harkins Theatre at 3070 Chino Ave in Chino Hills was reported at 10:27 p.m. it was reported to be due to mechanical problems, not fireworks.

In Chino, safe and sane fireworks are legal to use in certain residential neighborhoods, there were 5 fireworks-related fires all reported between 8:51 p.m. and 10:29 p.m.

Trash container fires were reported at 14235 Ramona Ave. and 13157 Ninth St. and a box of used fireworks were burning in a parking lot of Chino Chaffey College Campus at 5897 College Park Ave.

Chino police received 272 fireworks-related calls on July 4, said Chief Karen Comstock.


Board Member Files Claim Against CVUSD

By Anthony Saude

Chino– Some Don Lugo parents say they are satisfied with the way the school and the district handled investigations into sexual hazing incidents last year that involved freshmen on the football team. In Contrast to the statements made by Chino Valley school board member Irene Hernandez-Blair.

The parents speaking at a school board meeting said the school had notified them about the alleged incidents and student interviews were conducted by the district and the Chino Police Department.

Some of those parents also stated that the school offered counseling services to their sons but that their boys did not feel victimized in any way during the incidents. It is alleged the incidents took place over a period of several days in November 2017.

Four community members who do not have children attending Don Lugo spoke in support of Mrs. Blair.

Mrs. Blair announced she could no longer stay quiet about the “egregious acts” and this week told her story to NBC News in Los Angeles. The news station broadcast a video of an incident that appeared to show a student being held down by other students.

The students in the video were clothed and their faces were blurred.

Mrs. Blair told the media that “flesh to flesh contact” had also occurred.

On June 12, Blair filed a claim against the school district on behalf of her son, a member of the freshman football team last year.

The claim alleges sexual assault, humiliation, emotional distress and sexual harassment.

Sexual assault, by definition, places a person in fear of imminent sexual contact or sexual battery.

Sexual battery, on the other hand, is the physical sex act. Mr. Prince, Mrs. Blair’s attorney declined to answer if any physical contact was alleged in the claim.  It was reported that he said In this case there was not intercourse but there were clear victims and perpetrators.

After the investigations by the district it was recommended by the district’s human resources department that head football coach Greg Gano be terminated immediately.

At public meeting held on a February 15, the Don Lugo football community convinced the board to keep the coach. Mrs. Blair recused herself because of a possible conflict of interest.

Mr. Prince, Blair’s attorney said that parents were led to believe that Mrs. Blair was critical of the coach because her son was not given sufficient playing time in games and that the district allowed that perception to take root.

Their claim is that this was not being handled at all and was being swept under the rug and a false narrative was being perpetrated by the district. Mr. Prince also filed a claim June 12 on behalf of Corina Talamantes and her son, another Don Lugo student and a member of the freshman football team last year. The claim alleges sexual assault, humiliation, emotional distress, and sexual harassment.

The claims submitted by Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Talamantes seek an unspecified amount in damages and settlement demands.

The board rejected the claims and referred them to the district’s insurance carrier.


Sexual Hazing at Chino High School

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Students at Don Lugo High School in Chino were accused of sexually hazing other students in a classroom that was not being supervised by a teacher.

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Students at Don Lugo High School in Chino were accused of sexually hazing other students in a classroom that was not being supervised by a teacher.

A student caught some of the incident on video. The video shows two football players holding another player down on the ground while simulating sexual acts.

In the video everybody is clothed, but Irene Hernandez Blair says there have been other reports that the alleged assaults were even more graphic.

Some of these reports state that was actual flesh to flesh contact. Blair is not only a parent of one of the alleged hazing victims; she is also a Chino Valley Unified School District Board member. Blair spoke about these reported incidents at a recent board meeting on June 14.

“These are the facts: Egregious acts took place while the kids were unsupervised,” she said in a recording of the meeting.

She said she was notified by the school superintendent and other board members last November about several videos showing football players performing lewd acts on other players, including placing genitals on students.

“I wanted parents to be advised that their sons were being interviewed and the reason as to why,” she said.

The school board decided not to inform the parents what their children were being questioned in reference to the incidents. Technically the school board doesn’t have a legal obligation to notify parents that any students were even being interviewed, much less about what.

Chino police have been contacted and the incidents are currently under investigation.

Blair said the school district conducted their own investigation and human resources recommended terminating head football coach, Gred Gano, for leaving the class of students without any adult supervision.

But school board members voted in favor of the coach without any disciplinary action whatsoever.

Blair recused herself from the vote because her son is an alleged victim.

It was reported that four students were expelled and a 14-year-old boy has been cited by Chino police.

Two of those students were eventually reinstated and one was allowed back on the football team.

Should Coach Gano have been held accountable?

The school district released the following statement:

“At Chino Valley Unified School District, the safety of our students is our highest priority. At this point, we cannot comment on pending litigation.”


Man Arrested In Chino for Las Vegas Murder

Julius Trotter was wanted in a Las Vegas double homicide. He was found and arrested in Chino California

By Anthony Saude

Chino – A 31-year-old man wanted in the homicide of two Vietnamese tourists in Las Vegas was apprehended and arrested after a short police pursuit from Chino to Chino Hills. He is currently awaiting extradition to Nevada.

Julius Trotter is being held without bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga after his arrest on June 7 in the 4300 block of Lugo Avenue in Chino Hills.

Chino Police and FBI agents worked together to track Mr. Trotter to a residence in the 13900 block of Derby Avenue in Chino. Trotter must have seen them coming because he was able to get into a car being driven by a 27-year-old woman. They sped off in the car and lead officers on a short pursuit.

According to jail records, Itaska Lavon Dean, the woman driving the car, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore on suspicion of felony evading.

Trotter has been named as the main suspect in the homicides of Sang Boy Nghia, 38, and Khoung Ba Le Nguyen, 30, who were at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Earlier this month the victims were part of a tour group that was preparing for a trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Video footage obtained by Las Vegas Police show a man burglarizing the victims’ hotel room shortly before the couple was stabbed to death. Reports state that the victims did not show up for a tour that was scheduled for that morning. One of the members of the tour group was concerned when the victims could not be contacted the entire day. The concerned party asked the hotel security to check on their welfare later that afternoon. When security officers entered the room they discovered the victims deceased and called police.

On June 6, Las Vegas Police identified the murder suspect on the security footage as Mr. Trotter, and worked until through the night trying to find him. He was found at the home in Chino.

Investigators have not said why Mr. Trotter, who is not a resident of Chino or Chino Hills, was at the Chino house.


Residents Ask Police For Help With a Neighbor

Anthony Saude

Chino – Residents of the 13300 block of San Marcos Place in Chino are pleading with the city council and police department for help with a neighbor who they claim has been disturbing the peace on their street for many years.

The situation has become so heated that the Chino Police Department recently installed a video camera overlooking the cul-de-sac to capture any criminal activity occurring there. The plan is to consult with the special prosecutor in an effort to identify other potential legal remedies.

Six residents attended the recent city council meeting to ask for help dealing with their neighbor, a 69-year-old female homeowner who lives on a cul-de-sac just east of Don Lugo High.

Neighbors claim the situation began about 17 years ago. It is alleged that the woman uses vulgar and foul language on the street, aimed particularly at children, the elderly, and women. Allegedly she has told neighbor children that their father is a rapist and their mother, a murderer.

By all the reports the neighbors are at the end of their rope and are concerned for everybody’s safety. They are afraid that if something isn’t done to stop this soon, presumably something horrible is going to happen.

Next door neighbor Frankie Lam was quoted as saying, when he leaves for work, the woman will often direct inappropriate gestures and use bad language towards him. He said that she told him he would get deported and raped in jail. He also said she plays music loudly, often in the wee hours of the morning.

Residents all have their own experience with the woman of yelling obscenities at neighbors, spraying water at people on the street and on residents’ vehicles. Two people have already moved from the neighborhood because of the disturbances.

Several residents showed up at a recent city council meeting and implied that the woman may suffer from mental illness and needs help.

Officers are working diligently to link the woman to some type of mental illness with the resources available through the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health.

Reports by the Police show that there have been approximately 200 calls to or from the residence that the police were obligated to investigate on some level since October 2014.Most of the calls have been related to loud noise or music, disturbing the peace, general nuisance activity, and most recently, court order violations.

The woman has been arrested eight times for misdemeanor violations, primarily for disturbing the peace. Neighbors have signed private person’s arrest forms for protection regarding misdemeanor crimes committed outside an officer’s presence.

The woman has been issued citations from the police department for disturbing the peace in the past.

They have encouraged resident’s to call 9-1-1 when the alleged disturbances take place, and to file the private person’s arrest forms. These forms are needed for the police to take any action in these types of cases. .

Officers recommended to several neighbors that they may want to seek restraining orders against the woman. Protection types of orders would prohibit her from having “negative contact” with them. The protective order would also allow police officers to possibly make an arrest and/or file a report with the District Attorney’s Office for a court order violation.


Bible Thrives At Public Schools

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Glory, Grace, and Hope all come in the form of white buses to the Chino Valley Unified School District they are driven by volunteers on a mission to share the Christian faith with children.

The buses can be found weekly parked near all 22 elementary schools. Children hop on board during school hours once a week to receive an hour of Bible teachings and character building.

The program has never been  associated with the district.

Every first-year student is given the Honey Word children’s Bible upon graduation.

The program celebrated its twentieth year in existence in the school district with a luncheon at Los Serranos Country Club.

Gail Blake-Smith of Chino Hills, Founder and director of the program, explained that the program is made possible by  the California State Education Code and is authorized by a school board policy.

There are rules to follow like no taxpayer money may be used, parent permission is required, and instruction must not take place on the school campus.

The program was started by Blake-Smith in 1998, two schools were involved—Cortez and E.J. Marshall–four volunteer teachers, and 11 children participated in the program that first year.

At this time all 22 elementary schools and 40 volunteers, half of those being teachers are now participating. Approximately 5,000 children have gone through the program since it inception.

Robert Ramirez of Chino Hills, known as the “bus godfather,” devotes his time to making sure the buses are always in clean good working order. He also a drives one of the buses and is a teacher assistant, and the go-to guy for the program.

Chino resident Maria Simpson said she attended when she was in the sixth grade and it was her first contact with Christians. Her experience was so special to her that she became volunteer teacher for several years and encountered children with deep questions about God.

Four graduates from the seven-month program gave heartfelt testimonies about how their lives have been changed forever.

One student said that in his second year of the program, he began to realize how much he loved and needed God  and started sharing the Gospel with my friends,” he said.

Mrs. Blake-Smith said today’s youth are faced with challenges and alarming problems that were unheard of a few years ago.

The program will is grateful to Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and Calvary Chapel Golden Springs for their “extraordinary support and continued love for the program.”


Chino Player Places at Angel Stadium

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Chino– Kaylee Pitts has some bragging rights.  The 12-year-old softball player from Chino Girls Fastpitch league took 3rd place in the Scott’s Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship competition at Angel Stadium on June 2.


To make it to this point, she had to win a few other events:  On March 24, Kaylee participated in Chino’s local competition after her softball game.  She was the hitting and running champion, and tied for the pitching champion.  She was also the all-around champion for her age group.  From there, she participated in the Sectionals hosted by Chino Hills at Chino Hills Community Park on May 20.  That day, she took the “Gold” for her age group, which made her eligible to go on to the Team Championships at Angel Stadium on June 2.


Kaylee will be in the seventh grade at Woodcrest Junior High School.  She plays in the Chino Girls Fastpitch, 12 & under division, on the team “All Stars.”  Her mother, Monica Pitts, said “I’m so proud of the hard work Kaylee has been putting in.  Chino Girls Fastpitch has been her home since she was 6-years-old, and for her to represent the league and the City of Chino at Angel Stadium was a great experience.”


The Pitch, Hit & Run competition is a free event that invites kids to demonstrate their pitching, hitting, and running abilities in baseball and softball, and is the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball.  The City of Chino will host a local competition again in the spring of 2019.