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Eastvale Mayor Not Running For Re-Election

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On July 14th, Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott announced that he will not run for re-election in Eastvale.

“I have been very fortunate the last few years to serve as a Councilmember and currently as Mayor for the Great City of Eastvale,” said Plott in a Facebook post. “After some personal reflection and conversations with the Family it has been determined that I will not run a re-election in our City.”

Plott says his reason for not running for re-election is because he and his wife are in process of extending their family. They are progressing through the Foster to Adopt Program and are planning ahead as they move closer to their goal.

Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott. Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale.

 “…I feel that it is best to make myself more available to the needs of my Family,” said Plot. “Furthermore, my workload is continuing to increase which plays another factor into this decision making process.”

“I will be forever grateful to the Residents and Constituents of this City. Your countless love and support during these years has not gone unnoticed,” said Plot. “I want you all to know that I have left nothing on the table. I have literally given a 100% energy and effort to this position in hopes to be the most suitable representative during these times. And it is my promise, that I will continue with that same energy and effort till the end of year….especially during these challenging times.”

He ended the Facebook post by thanking the community and saying how blessed he feels to have been able to serve as Mayor. He also thanked his wife, April, for her sacrifice as he served.

Plott has lived in Eastvale for several years and was born and raised in the City of Chino. He was elected Mayor in 2019 and he was previously a City Council Member for 3 years.

Brandon’s professional background evolves from the private sector and includes having worked in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions and as a Corporate Accounts Manager for a large privately-held Security/Fire Alarm Company, according to the City of Eastvale. “As a leader within the company, Brandon has a successful track record of generating revenues, implementing productive policies, and managing large teams in order to achieve growth.”

Brandon studied at Fullerton College, Brigham Young University, and California State University, Fullerton. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from California State University, Fullerton. 

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.

Pandemic Updates for Eastvale

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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.

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.

Crime Recap April

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, a few crime incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the surrounding communtiies.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

WRITTEN DATE: April 26, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: April 23, 2020

WHERE: Limonite Avenue east of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley

On Thurs., April 23, at about 6:52 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a traffic collision involving two vehicles and a pedestrian, on Limonite Avenue east of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries laying on the eastbound number two lane of Limonite Avenue. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The male victim was part of a landscaping crew doing work in the area and witnesses stated he was loading equipment on the bed of a parked work truck prior to being struck. The driver of the other vehicle is believed to have invaded the coned off lane of eastbound Limonite, striking the victim and the parked work truck. The male driver was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. No alcohol or drugs are believed to have been a factor in this collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Ditfurth 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 the Riverside Sheriff’s Tip Page or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Commercial Burglary

WRITTEN DATE: April 10, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: March 31, 2020

WHERE: 6100 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale

On Tues., March 31, at approximately 10:05 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a business located in the 6100 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale, regarding a theft. The suspect exited the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise and failed to pay for the items. An employee attempted to contact the suspect outside the store, but he fled on foot. 

Photo Courtesy: RCSD
Juan Lima

The Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation. After an extensive investigation, the suspect was identified as Juan Lima, 47-year-old resident of Muscoy. On Wed., April 8, at approximately 9:00 p.m., deputies located Lima in the 6000 block of Vista Del Verde, in the city of Jurupa Valley. He was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for commercial burglary. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Deputy Newman at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.   

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary

WRITTEN DATE: April 9, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: March 22, 2020

WHERE: 3700 block of Milliken Avenue, Eastvale

On Mon., March 23, at approximately 7:37 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a business located in the 3700 block of Milliken Avenue, Eastvale, regarding a commercial burglary. Their investigation revealed approximately $15,000.00 worth of DeWalt power tools were stolen from the location.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation.   Surveillance video was obtained in the area of the burglary and a 2002 Blue Chevrolet Suburban was identified as the suspect vehicle used during the commission of this crime. 

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Vincent Poncinie

On Thurs., March 26, members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Task Force (Region 7) conducted a probation compliance search at a motel in the city of Jurupa Valley. During the search, Vincent Poncinie, a 32-year-old resident of Jurupa Valley, was found in possession of a homemade handgun, also known as a “ghost gun”, along with numerous stolen DeWalt power tools taken during the burglary. He was arrested for possessing the illegal firearm and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.  

Further investigation revealed Poncinie and a second suspect, Rolando Gutierres, a 38-year-old resident of Fontana, were responsible for burglarizing the business in Eastvale. On Tues., March 31, a deputy assigned to the Burglary Suppression Team located Gutierres driving the blue Chevrolet Suburban in the area of California State Route 60 and Pedley Road, Jurupa Valley. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop, but Gutierres fled the area at a high rate of speed endangering the safety of the public. 

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Rolando Gutierres

On Wed., April 8, members from the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team located Gutierres in the 9800 block of Sierra Avenue, Fontana. Gutierres fled from the location on foot and was arrested after a short foot chase. Gutierres was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime, resisting arrest and violation of probation. Charges will be filed on Poncinie out of custody for his involvement during the commercial burglary. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Deputy Arredondo at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.   

Members Grow Together As A Community

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Amongst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, members of the community continue to come together to support one another and grow as a community.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Volunteers from the Eastvale Chinese American Association filled decorated
envelopes with face masks for the community.

This month, volunteers from the Eastvale Chinese American Association spread love to the community by providing face masks to those in need. The masks were placed in decorated envelopes to donate and each envelope came with 10 free face masks. On May 12, Eastvale members were able to pick up one envelope per household in front of Eastvale City Hall. Members drove by and the masks were handed through their car window. Jono’s Japanese Restaurant also donated lunch to all the volunteers that were handing out face masks that day. In addition, on April 30, the Wenzhou Association, presented by the Eastvale Chinese Association, donated masks for the Eastvale community as well.

On May 11, John and Jake Boyd of 12 Gauge Industries showed their generosity by donating custom patriotic signs for Fire Station 27 and Fire Station 31 in the City of Eastvale. John is a middle school math teacher and Jake is a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. 

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
John and Jake Boyd of 12 Gauge Industries donated a custom patriotic sign
to Fire Station 27 and Fire Station 31 in Eastvale.

There are also great programs and resources offered to seniors and vulnerable adults in the community. The Great Plates Delivered Program is a meal delivery service that allows restaurants to provide meals to high-risk seniors in our area. Riverside County is currently accepting interest forms from seniors and restaurants that wish to participate in the Great Plates Program. To learn more, visit: https://www.rcaging.org/COVI…/Great-Plates-Delivered-Program,
or call the Riverside Office of Aging at 800-510-2020.

Resources are also available for seniors in Riverside County during a heat wave. With high temperatures this month, Riverside County health officials reminded seniors of available resources to help protect them from the heat. Officials urge that seniors remain at home during high temperatures and use their air conditioners to stay cool, then reach out to the Riverside County Office of Aging for utility assistance when the bill arrives. By dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in Riverside County, seniors can be connected to several services that are available.

The City of Eastvale also reminded the community that Riverside County is offering several free food options to disabled and vulnerable adults as the stay-at-home orders continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adults who have a disability or are over age 60 can contact Riverside County Office on Aging, which offers food delivery for critical emergencies, two weeks supply of pantry and essential items, home-delivered meals, and Grab-and-Go meal packages at community center locations.

Seniors or disabled adults can call 800-510-2020 or visit rcAging.org to determine their need for any of their service options. Details on Office on Aging’s program can be found at rcAging.org. Riverside County has also released a map showing where senior meals, school meals and food pantries are available.

To view the full media release, visit: https://bit.ly/2Whmpfi

Pandemic Updates for Eastvale

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

On May 9, the City of Eastvale announced on their Facebook page that the “Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to direct the rescission of most local health orders to align with the Governor’s state-wide stay-at-home order.” Therefore, the City announced that starting May 9, face coverings and six feet of social distancing will no longer be required when outside the home in Eastvale. However, residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to do so when practical.

Photo courtesy: covid19.ca.gov
The City of Eastvale announced they are moving into Stage 2 of modifying the
stay-at-home order.

On May 8, The City also announced that they will now be moving into phase 2 of modifying the stay-at-home order, as announced by the State of California. They stated that retail, with curbside pickup, and associated supply chains can reopen with modifications that follow new State guidelines that can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov. As of Friday, May 8, businesses have started to re-open with modifications including some with curbside pickup for the following businesses: clothing stores, florists, bookstores, sporting goods stores, manufacturing, and warehouses. For a list of the types of businesses available for curb-side delivery and pick up, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

On May 7, Supervisor Karen Spiegel shared a post stating that “County health officials have also expanded the county’s coronavirus testing capability – more than 2,200 daily tests at four sites – to help determine the extent of the illness spread.” Additional testing from a state vendor at eight locations will increase the county’s total testing capacity to more than 3,200 per day, Spiegel said in her post. Expanded testing is one of the criteria that state will use to decide to how to ease restrictions on business.

As of May 5, eight new locations were opened in Riverside County for COVID-19 testing. The eight locations are expected to test an additional 1,000 people per day, according to the Riverside University Health System. Riverside County residents who want to be tested for coronavirus will be able to choose among eight new testing sites being offered by state health officials. The City of Eastvale posted that the closest testing site to Eastvale will be in the City of Norco.

The locations, which are spread throughout the county, are in addition to the four drive-up testing sites – Perris, Indio, Riverside and Lake Elsinore – that are operated by Riverside County Health Officials.

Appointments can be made online by going to https://lhi.care/covidtesting or those without internet access can call 888-634-1123. Testing is available for everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status, and is no cost to the resident, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Also announced on May 5, the City of Eastvale stated that they are extending the temporary suspension of enforcement of street sweeping violations through Friday, May 29, 2020 (with the date being subject to change). “This is designed to help our residents and our City get through this unique time together as more people will be at home during the next few weeks,” according to the City.

Please note that the City will continue to enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard. “We ask that you do your part and park responsibly, be courteous to others and be mindful of public safety,” stated their Facebook post.

Lastly, on May 2, the City announced their alignment with the State of California update that the usage of park facilities may be allowed for additional recreational activities, as long as users of the facilities maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and wear face masks. Therefore, JCSD reopened the following park facilities: Outdoor Basketball courts, Outdoor Volleyball courts, Athletic Field space, Dog Parks, and Skate Parks.

All organized/team sports activities and special events are still prohibited. JCSD clarified that it’s okay to go outside to go for a walk, to exercise, and participate in healthy activities as long as you maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and gather only with members of your household. The restrooms, playgrounds and splash pads will remain closed until further notice from the State of California.

Community Support Among COVID-19

Staff Reports

Eastvale – This month, the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused businesses to close instead of open. However, the Eastvale community continued to grow in a different way, as residents and City officials have come together to combat COVID-19.

As of April 6, the Riverside University Health System reported 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 confirmed death in the City of Eastvale. Several residents have shown concern with the increase of cases in the city. But a third Riverside County community testing site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside for residents who want to be tested for COVID-19. Those who want to be tested can call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. To get tested, you must have symptoms and have an appointment before showing up at the church parking lot. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. For more information on the COVID-19 and new testing facilities, please visit: https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.

The City has also done their part to provide resources to the community and remind residents to only leave your house for essential services, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask when leaving your house. In addition, a wide variety of helpful resources are currently available via the City’s Facebook page. They’ve shared videos of Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams showing how to make your own face mask and Councilmember Clint Lorimore showing how to wash your hands properly. The city has also posted a Riverside County Department of Public Social Services COVID protocol list, showing what to clean when you get home from buying essentials. Also shared was a caution to be aware of price gougers and scams. Price gougers are subject to criminal prosecution, which can result in imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000. You can report price gouging by filling out the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office price gouging complaint form: https://bit.ly/2WfQNID. For more information on price gouging, please visit: https://bit.ly/2R7onx5. Also shared was a Riverside University Health System announcement recommending to “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face” when out completing essential tasks. For more information please see the following video: https://vimeo.com/402767450.

Support for law enforcement and first responders has also been tremendous as local organizations and community members have donated supplies. Eastvale residents dropped off care packages last month to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. Eastvale Kiwanis also donated protective equipment to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. Lastly, the Eastvale Chinese American Association donated 1,000 N95 masks to the City to distribute to first responders and City personnel.

Local businesses are also being supported by the community. The City announced two Great American Take Out days in March, suggesting community members order takeout from local restaurants for the next month. They also listed businesses in Eastvale that are offering take out or delivery. The list can be found at: Eastvaleca.gov/coronavirus. Several businesses have even offered special times for individuals who are seniors, pregnant, or disabled. This list includes: Masala House Grocery (open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for seniors), Smart n Final (open at 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. for seniors, pregnant women, and disabled), Albertsons and Vons (open from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for vulnerable at-risk people and seniors), Target (open from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings to seniors 65+ and those with medical conditions) and Ralph’s (prioritizing seniors in line). In addition, Supervisor Karen Spiegel hosted a Riverside County Business Resources Town Hall meeting to discuss how businesses impacted by COVID-19 can obtain additional assistance or more information on the Federal Government’s CARES ACT.

Our children are also supported during this time, especially after CNUSD extended their closure date to June 19, 2020. The district’s Free To-Go-Meal Program is available during the temporary district-wide school closure. This program is open to all students 18-years-old & under as long as someone in their family is enrolled in CNUSD. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/3a1FbNE. JARPD and JCSD Parks & Recreation have both created virtual portals for our community to have fun, stay educated, and find resources throughout these uncertain times. JARPD’s Virtual Portal can be found by visiting: https://www.jarpd.org/virtual-recreation. JCSD Parks & Recreation’s Virtual Portal can be found by visiting: https://www.jcsd.us/services/parks-and-recreation/jcsd-to-go.

The City of Eastvale has also offered some ease by announcing they will not be enforcing street sweeping violations through Thursday, April 30, (with the date being subject to change). However, they will still enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard.

The City of Eastvale also partnered with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce to form the “Eastvale COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund”. Donations received will be utilized to purchase gift cards/certificates from our local Eastvale restaurants to infuse money into our small business economy, who have been significantly impacted by the lack of dine-in customers during the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Those gift cards/certificates will then be distributed to public safety personnel, other essential workers, and local residents and families affected by COVID-19. If you wish to donate, please visit the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce website at: https://www.eastvalecoc.org. If you have any questions, please email info@eastvalecoc.org.

Lastly, the city of Eastvale have closed their doors, but they remain available online or by phone Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. You can contact staff by emailing info@eastvaleca.gov or calling 951.361.0900.

Crime Recap March

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

WHEN: March 23, 2020

WHERE: 6500 block of Wells Springs St. and 13200 block of Paul St., Eastvale

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner
Illegal indoor marijuana grows were found in two locations of Eastvale.

Illegal marijuana plants were found in two homes in the city of Eastvale last month.

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.

On March 23, 2020, at 10 AM, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted marijuana eradication search warrants at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. They served the search warrants on the 6500 block of Wells Springs St. and 13200 block of Paul St, both within the city of Eastvale. 

Deputies recovered a total amount of 2,614 marijuana plants from both locations. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residences worth $70,237. Eastvale City Code Enforcement officers were summoned to the locations and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputies Hughes and Boggs at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary

WHEN: March 5, 2020

WHERE: 14000 block of Ella Dr., Eastvale

Two suspects were arrested after a residential burglary took place in the city of Eastvale.

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, about 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call in the 14000 block of Ella Drive, Eastvale, regarding a residential burglary. The resident reported the suspect forced entry through the rear sliding glass door and stole multiple items from the residence. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation. 

Courtesy: RUSD
Sabatino Jablonski

Surveillance video was obtained in the neighborhood where the burglary occurred, which identified a champagne colored KIA Sorrento as being a vehicle used during the commission of this crime. Additionally, one of the suspects used the victim’s credit cards to purchase items at a retail store in San Bernardino County. After an extensive investigation, the suspects were identified as Sabatino Jablonski, 26-years-old and Angelica Camacho, 35-years-old, both residents of Pomona.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., deputies located Jablonski and Camacho at their residence, located in the 1300 block of West Mission Boulevard, Pomona. The apartment was searched and numerous items taken in the burglary were recovered. Additionally, deputies discovered hundreds of items believed to be stolen in other incidents of burglary and theft. These items include, but are not limited to watches, collectibles, electronic devices, cameras, and other miscellaneous items. 

Jablonski and Camacho were arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm and violation of parole. Jablonski was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the listed charges. Charges will be filed on Camacho out of custody.  

This investigation is still active and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact members of the Burglary Suppression Team at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600. 

Here We Grow Again

New Restaurant Coming to Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Many things are happening in Eastvale, from construction to restaurant openings. Below is a recap of how Eastvale continues to grow and change.    

This week, a reminder was announced that GMC Engineering will perform construction activities on Hamner Avenue between Riverboat Drive and Citrus Street. This construction will take place due to the Schleisman Road Extension and Hamner Storm Drain Project. Traffic delays are to be expected so the community is advised to plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel.

The construction will be conducted each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until May 15, 2020. There will be intermittent lane closures on Hamner Avenue between Riverboat Drive and Citrus Street with at least one lane open at all times. The City of Eastvale states that “noise levels will also be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.” An advisory was also issued to remind Eastvale residents to obey all posted construction signs, to drive safely, and to not enter the construction work zone. The City also added that construction schedules are “subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature,” according to a news release.

For more information about this project, please contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951-703-4470.

In addition to construction, new restaurants are coming to town! On Feb. 27, the City announced that Jinya Ramen Bar is coming to Eastvale. This restaurant will replace The Pizza Press in The Cloverdale Marketplace located at Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue. The community is sad to see The Pizza Press go, as many expressed their love for the restaurant on the City’s Facebook page. The City of Eastvale even thanked The Pizza Press for being a valued part of our business community on a recent Facebook post. 

However, the City stated they heard the needs of the community, and “wanted to bring something new, unique, and special to Eastvale!” Jinya Ramen Bar is just that. Not only will they offer a delicious assortment of in-house broth for ramen, but they will also offer a range of different food options for everyone to enjoy. For example, they will have vegan and vegetarian options, and plan to have a full premium bar with an outdoor seating area. Stay tuned for their grand opening date that will be announced soon.

Lastly, the Griddle Mongolian Grill is now open in The Eastvale Marketplace located at 13394 Limonite Ave., Suite B-100! They are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stop by for a wide variety of delicious veggies and other fresh ingredients that are prepared and cooked the spot. Keep an eye out for their promotional coupons and their grand opening date.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Griddle Mongolian Grill is now open in The Eastvale Marketplace located at 13394 Limonite Ave., Suite B-100.

Here We Grow Again

Construction on February 10 – February 24, 2020: Delays

Post Date:02/05/2020 1:18 PM

AAA Contractors will perform construction activities at westbound Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue. Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected.

Location: Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue

Duration: February 10- February 24, 2020

Time: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Traffic Impacts & Advisories During Construction:

• Intermittent lane closures on westbound Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue with at least one lane open at all times.

• Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.

• Please obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.

• For known delays in traffic, plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel.

For additional information, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470. We appreciate your patience and cooperation through this inconvenience.

Note: Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale businesses are opening and construction is in process for several new establishments. Eastvale roads are even receiving a makeover.

Paving activities occurred on River Road west of Archibald Avenue on Feb. 12th. United Pavings performed these activities from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. For additional information about this project, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Griddle Mongolian Grill opened in The Eastvale Marketplace located at 13394 Limonite Ave., Suite B-100. They are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Griddle Mongolian Grill offers a wide variety of delicious veggies and other fresh ingredients to pair with noodles, rice and their secret sauce.

As of Jan. 27, the traffic signal at Scholar Way and 68th Street is now active. This signal includes a flashing yellow arrow to assist with left turns.

The City of Eastvale reminds the community of these rules when approaching the new signal:

•Solid Red: Drivers may not turn.

•Solid Yellow: Drivers are cautioned, the light is about to change, drivers must prepare to stop or complete the left turn.

•Flashing Yellow: Drivers may turn but must yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.

•Solid Green: Drivers may turn.

For more information, please contact the Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470

On Jan. 24, the City of Eastvale announced that another gym will be joining the Eastvale health community soon. The City also has a location that provides assistance for mental health. To find more information on the gyms and health clinics within the City, we encourage you to email the Eastvale Economic Development Manager, Kimberly Wright at kwright@eastvaleca.gov.

On Jan. 23, the EastBrew Cafe held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The new restaurant is located in the Eastvale Gateway Center at 12303 Limonite Ave., Suite 700. EastBrew Cafe features a variety of coffee and latte options, as well as an assortment of tea and food options. They are open on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. with kitchen hours from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. & on Friday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. with kitchen hours 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They also host weekend brunch.

On Jan. 16, the Little Eastern Café also held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Little Eastern Cafe is located at the Station in Eastvale at 4910 Hamner Ave. They serve a delicious array of Asian, Chinese, and modern Chinese food.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow with ground breakings and road changes.  Below is a recap of how Eastvale has grown in the last month.   

This week, a reminder was announced to be aware of paving activities that are expected to take place westbound on Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue. The construction will be conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Intermittent lane closures will take place westbound Schleisman Road with at least one lane open at all times. Noise levels will also be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.

Traffic delays are to be expected so please plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel. An advisory was also issued to obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.

However, the City of Eastvale stated that construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

Construction occurred several times in Eastvale during the month of January.  On Wednesday, January 8, the traffic signal at Citrus St. and Granja Vista Del Rio Dr. was modified.  These revisions took place in an effort to improve traffic flow and enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians. The City of Eastvale announced that the revisions included the following:

  • A dedicated right turn lane with a green arrow when driving out of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) parking lot.
  • A longer protected green light, allowing drivers to make secured left turns into ERHS from Citrus St.
  • Eliminated the ability to enter the high school through the Estancia neighborhood on Granja Vista Del Rio Dr.
  • The crosswalk across Citrus St. on the west side of the intersection has been removed. Pedestrians can only access the crosswalk from the east side of the intersection on Granja Vista Del Rio Dr.

The City of Eastvale encourages commuters to drive with caution and be patient as residents become familiar with the new signal.

Another new traffic signal was installed at Scholar Way and 68th Street on Jan. 1. This signal includes a flashing yellow arrow to assist with left turns.

The City of Eastvale issued an announcement to remember the following rules when approaching the signal:

  • Solid Red: Drivers may not turn
  • Solid Yellow: Drivers are cautioned, the light is about to change, drivers must prepare to stop or complete the left turn
  • Flashing Yellow: Drivers may turn but must yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic
  • Solid Green: Drivers may turn.

For additional information regarding traffic signals, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.

In addition, on Dec. 12, the City of Eastvale announced that Sprouts Farmers Market has recently broken ground in Eastvale. This grocery store sells fresh, natural and organic products at affordable prices. Sprouts will be located at the future Merge Retail Center, on the northeast corner of Archibald Avenue and Limonite Avenue and is expected to open in the summer of 2020.  Also joining the Merge Retail Center are Dog Haus Biergarten, Pure Barre, and more!

Lastly, on Dec. 12, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at Staples, in celebration of their new Spotlight Space. This new space was created for workshops, seminars, meetings, and anything that promotes collaboration and learning.  Staples is located in The Eastvale Gateway Center located at 12495 Limonite Ave, Eastvale, CA 91752.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at Staples, in celebration of their new Spotlight Space.

Crime Recap December

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Mail Theft / Arrest

WHEN: December 27, 2019  

WHERE: 5th Street and Hillside Avenue, Norco

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Tony Basenback Jr.

On December 27, at about11:27 AM deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the area of 5th Street near the intersection with Hillside Avenue to investigate a report of a man and woman stealing mail from residential mailboxes in the area. Deputies were able to contact the suspects and identify them as Marlene Cambara, a 39-year-old, Hispanic female, who is resident in the Corona area; and, Tony Basenback Jr., a 24-year-old, White male adult, who is resident in the Riverside area. Witnesses identified both suspects as the persons spotted stealing mail in the area.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Marlene Cambara

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention center for charges related to the theft. Both suspects are being held on $10,000 bail.  Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy S. Lycopolus at 951-270-5673.

INCIDENT: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint

WHEN: December 21, 2019  

WHERE: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 21. The checkpoint was on Limonite Avenue and Cloverdale Marketplace, in Eastvale between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. During the checkpoint operation a total of 866 vehicles were screened resulting in the following:

  • 1 – Driver was arrested for driving under the influence
  • 14 – Drivers were cited / arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended / revoked license.
  • 6 vehicles towed

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station (Eastvale) investigated 9 DUI collisions which claimed 1 life and resulted in another 6 injuries.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: December 16, 2019  

WHERE: Archibald Avenue cross of Baron Road, Eastvale 

On December 16, at about 5:23 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries. The male was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.  The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and stayed on scene for the investigation. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Medina 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 at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.         

INCIDENT: Forgery / Arrest

WHEN: December 9, 2019

WHERE: 2400 block of River Road, Norco

On December 9, 2019, about 10:12 PM, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Norco station responded to a business located in the City of Norco to investigate a report of a forgery. The investigation revealed video showing suspect, 30-year-old Giana Bruneio, resident of the city of Pomona, enter the business. Bruneio attempted to use a fraudulently altered Coinstar receipt to receive more cash than the receipt was worth. The video also revealed she arrived in a vehicle with an accomplice.

Members of the Norco Special Enforcement Team responded to Bruneio’s home of record in the city of Pomona where they ultimately identified her accomplice as suspect, 26-year-old Wesley Wooten, a resident of Pomona. Evidence of the crime[s] was collected at the suspects residence. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges related to the fraud. Bruneio’s bail was set at $20, 000. Wooten’s bail was set at $50,000.

INCIDENT: Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury/Elder Abuse-Arrest

WHEN: December 6, 2019

WHERE: 1700 Block of Hillside Avenue, Norco

On Friday, December 06, 2019, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station responded to a residence in the 1700 block Hillside, Norco, to investigate a reported assault. The victim reported to have been chocked and battered by a former tenant and acquaintance, who had illegally entered the victim’s residence for the purpose of stealing an automobile belonging to the victim.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Paul Stephen Otto

The victim positively identified his former tenant, a white male and 27-years of age resident of Norco, Paul Stephen Otto, as the person responsible for the crime of assault causing great bodily injury. Paul Otto fled the scene in an older silver Volvo sedan which was registered to himself. The 83-year-old victim was treated for injuries at the scene. Paul Otto was later seen in front of the Norco Station where an attempt was made to detain him. Paul Otto fled south on Hamner Avenue, at a high rate of speed in the Volvo. Paul Otto evaded deputies and caused a traffic collision at the intersection of Hamner Avenue and First Street. Neither party involved in the traffic collision sustained any injuries.

As a result of the collision, Paul Otto damaged his vehicle deeming it inoperable. The vehicle came to a stop on Hamner Avenue south of First Street. Paul Otto was taken into custody without incident and transported to a nearby hospital for medical clearance prior to booking.

He was medically cleared and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on $300,000 bail.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Lycopolus at (951) 270-5673.

New Additions To Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On October 1, the City of Eastvale turned 9-years-old!  Over the last nine years, the city has grown with new businesses opening almost every month. Here is what’s expected to open soon.       

Courtesy: City of Eastvale
The Little Eastern Cafe will be opening this fall at The Station.

On October 2, the City of Eastvale announced that the Little Eastern Café will be opening this fall at The Station.  Little Eastern Café will feature a delicious menu of Taiwanese and Japanese fusion.  The Station is located at Hamner Avenue and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road in the Goodman Commerce Center.

In addition, Fire Station 31 had an Open House on October 12 in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.  The event took place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 31, located at 14491 Chandler Street in Eastvale.  The open house included a static display, fire station tours and demonstrations for all ages.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage, according to the City of Eastvale. 

“In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy,” states the City. “Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.”

Another big project we have all been waiting to be completed is the I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Park & Ride located at 12105 Limonite Avenue, Jurupa Valley.

The City of Eastvale and City of Jurupa Valley will be celebrating the new Limonite Avenue bridge that connects our two cities.  The new design will feature a new 8-lane overcrossing; 3-through lanes in each direction plus 2 turn lanes; widening of the off-ramps from two to four lanes; the addition of two new loop on-ramps; and widening of Limonite to four lanes in each direction between Hamner Avenue and Wineville Avenue.

To RSVP for I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project ribbon cutting ceremony, please email trollings@jurupavalley.org or call 951.332.6464. 

New Additions To Eastvale

New additions have come to Eastvale in the last month. Many businesses have opened and a new Paramedic Squad is now in service.


Courtesy: City of Eastvale
All Magic Paint & Body Collision Centers Express celebrated their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 1. 

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City continues to grow as we welcome new businesses and additions to the area.  Two businesses officially opened this last month and the residents were excited to celebrate. In addition, a Paramedic Squad is now in service to help the community. 

On August 1, residents gathered to welcome All Magic Paint & Body Collision Centers Express to the city.  The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at their location, 3788 S. Milliken Avenue in Eastvale.  All Magic Paint & Body Collision Centers Express is a family-owned business that provides trusted service for all your car needs. 

On August 15, city officials celebrated the Grand Opening of MOD Pizza located at The Station in Eastvale.  On Grand Opening day, the first 52 people through the door were given free pizza, many residents were given prizes, and 100% of the proceeds went to The American Red Cross. MOD Pizza offers a fresh selection of custom pizzas, salads, milkshakes, and more.  They are located at 12585 Cantu-Galilean Ranch Rd. Suite 150.

In addition to the grand openings, a special squad was also added to the Eastvale community this month.  A Paramedic Squad is now officially ready to serve, effective August 12.  The squad consists of five staff members who were transferred from various City contracts in Riverside County.  The squad will use a smaller truck that will allow them to respond quicker to critical incidents and medical emergencies. The Paramedic Squad members “are each well versed in their positions and exemplary employees who all want to be a part of the Eastvale community,” according to the City.   

The Eastvale City Council approved to add the Paramedic Squad to Fire Station 27 as part of the 2019-2020 Adopted Budget in May.

“As one of Riverside County’s youngest cities, I am honored to partner with the City of Eastvale to increase our level of Fire Services,” said Battalion Chief, Richard Tovar. “This Paramedic Squad will provide coverage to our growing community of Eastvale to allow us to better protect our highest values at risk, the residents.”

Courtesy: City of Eastvale
MOD Pizza held their Grand Opening Ceremony on August 15and donated 100% of the day’s proceeds to The American Red Cross.

Eastvale State Of The City Was A Success

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
The Eastvale City Council Members enjoying the State of the City Business Luncheon on July 17.

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Many attended the 8th Annual State of the City hosted by the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce. The theme of this year’s State of the City was Thriving Together.

“There is a saying that you can go faster by yourself, but you can go further together,” stated a City post. “That’s really where thriving together comes into place. Your voice matters and you’re essential to ensuring that Eastvale continues thriving together for generations to come!”

The two-day celebration began on July 17 with a Business Luncheon held at 11:30 a.m. at the Eastvale Community Center.  On Thursday, July 18, residents gathered at 6 p.m. at Eleanor Roosevelt High School for the community event. Mayor Todd Rigby shared the State of the City Address, which included the state of Eastvale, city accomplishments, and goals for the future. The free event also included the city’s popular “Taste of Eastvale”.

“As a long time Eastvale resident, I am proud to serve as Eastvale’s Mayor,” said Mayor Rigby. “I have had the opportunity to watch Eastvale continue to progress and thrive throughout this year and the exciting part is, this is just the beginning and we’re just getting started!” said Rigby.

“In Eastvale, we have an opportunity to create great places for people to connect, prosper, and truly thrive,” said Bryan Jones, City Manager.  “We want to work with the residents of Eastvale to really truly understand what is our potential and what really matters to them when it comes to creating a sense of community and an experience and a feeling that they can truly feel proud to call home,” added Jones. 

Last year, the City of Eastvale assembled the Strategic Planning and Goal setting workshop, which included city management, city staff, and public input.  After the workshop, the following six targets were identified as the key pillars for the future: 1) Communication/Community Engagement 2) Public safety 3) Economic Development 4) Organizational Development 5) Finance/Budget and 6) Infrastructure.

Over the last year, the following great things happened in the City:

  • For the 8th year in a row, the City has presented a balanced operating and capital budget
  • The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for financial reporting
  • City Staff has made such an impact in the community that many departments have grown
  • A new user friendly City website was launched
  • Public outreach and public workshops have taken place in an effort to include residents in city decisions
  • City Hall has expanded its services, such as now providing Notary and Passport Services
  • A Community Satisfactions Study was launched for the first time this year

The City is also building healthy reserves by setting aside at least six months or 50% of annual regular general fund operating expenditures.  These strong reserves are combined with two land investment acquisitions assets including 7 acres at Hamner Place and 22 acres at Scholar Way and Citrus Street. “We’re investing in our city so it can thrive for decades to come,” as stated in the State of the City video.

In addition, the City also announced the establishments that have recently opened, which include:

  • The Station in Eastvale
  • Café Rio
  • MOD Pizza
  • Starbucks
  • In-N-Out
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • W Cafe
  • Miguel’s Jr.
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Les Schwab Tires
  • Pita Street
  • Creamistry

At the State of the City, several projects and updates were also announced:

  • Two trails will be built through the community in an effort to connect the city schools and parks. This will be funded by the $8 million grant the City was awarded from the State. The City plans to work closely with residents over the next year to design these trails. 
  • Limonite Avenue and I-15 Interchange, which is expected to open this November
  • Hamner Avenue Bridge Widening Project, expected to begin construction after the Limonite Interchange is complete.  This will be a six-lane bridge and a multi-purpose trail to replace of the two-lane bridge currently over the Santa Ana River.
  • Limonite Avenue extension, located west of Archibald, across the Cucamonga Creek.  This extension will connect Eastvale to the City of Chino. A design was recently started for this extension.
  • The Merge, expected to include business park buildings and a retail center
  • Hamner Place, expected to have retail and Eastvale’s first hotel
  • More retails stores will open at The Station

The following restaurants and establishments are expected to open as well:

  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Tony’s Chop House
  • Heroes Restaurant and Brewery
  • Sprouts Farmer’s Market
  • Which Wich
  • Quick Quack Car Wash
  • Big Wok Mongolian Grill
  • Eastvale Medical Plaza 
  • Staybridge Suites by IHG, including a rooftop bar and vegetarian options

 “Community is very important in our city,” said Council Member Jocelyn Yow. “It’s really important that we build that community in City of Eastvale,” added Yow.

In an effort to connect the community, the following events and programs will take place in the City:

  • The Tailgate Fest, a country music festival, expected to take place in August
  • An Arts and Public Places Program will be initiated, including a very special mural that will involve our community

Public safety is also a top priority in Eastvale.  The Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department are doing a great job keeping the community safe, which is why the City was ranked the 12th safest city in the state.  Below are the additions and accomplishments made to the City’s Public Safety:

  • A motorcycle deputy was added
  • An automated license plate reader program was implemented
  • ALPR cameras were installed on patrol vehicles and various entry/exit points throughout the city
  • The Neighborhood Watch Program covers every area in the City; we are one of the first cities in the country that has accomplished this.

However, the City is still looking into how to enhance the City’s safety through collaborative endeavors and advanced technology.  Here is what is expected to be added to increase community safety in the next year:

  • A medic squad, which is a smaller truck that can help respond to critical incidents
  • 10 patrol hours were approved to be added, which equates to two more deputies to be on patrol 

Other items that are expected to be launched or pursued in the future are:

  • Business Registration process will be made available online within the next year
  • A local library will be pursued
  • Additional entertainment options will be pursued

In addition, over the next year, the City will launch the Eastvale 2040 plan to help identify where the City should be in 30 years, how to get there, and what the City needs to put in place today so that the city can truly thrive.  This plan will involve a lot of community engagement. “We look forward to your feedback, ideas, and vision as we identify what this plan will foster for years to come!”

Mayor Rigby added a final note about how important the community’s feedback is.  “No matter how young or hold old you are, we believe you have a voice in our community and we want to make sure our community knows that you have a voice,” said Rigby. 

WE are Eastvale, thriving together!

Eastvale Hamner Place Breaks Ground

Eastvale Hamner Place Breaks Ground on July 12

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
The above layout is the expectation of Eastvale’s newest Shop-Dine-Stay destination, Hamner Place.

Staff Reports

Eastvale– On Friday, July 12, the City celebrated the Groundbreaking of Hamner Place, Eastvale’s newest Shop-Dine-Stay destination.  Hamner Place will be located off Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road.

“The City of Eastvale is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Eastvale residents by creating places for people to connect and have community.  Hamner Place will do just that, while elevating Eastvale and putting our city on the map!” stated City officials.

Over the years, Eastvale residents have suggested multiple dining choices and options they would like to see in the City of Eastvale. Therefore, this past year, the City surveyed all their restaurants to identify what type of dining options were missing. 

“We also conducted a Restaurant Feedback Questionnaire to better understand the community’s ideas on future development of restaurants in our community,” stated Olivia Applegate, Public Information Officer, in a news release. 

“It was important to the City of Eastvale that residents help lead us in the right direction as we focus on recruitment and attraction as part of Economic Development,” she added.

Since then, city officials have been diligently trying to identify how to elevate dining experiences in Eastvale.  City officials have met with restaurateurs and have created a Restaurant Ad-Hoc committee in an effort to reach this goal.

In result, the following establishments have been determined as the best additions to Hamner Place: Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Tony’s Chop House, Starbucks, and Staybridge Suites by IHG.

Heroes Restaurant and Brewery is a family restaurant that serves great American food and quality hand craft beers.  They are expected to open in summer of 2020. 

In addition, Tony’s Chop House is a brand new concept created by The Meat Cellar, and will be completely unique to Eastvale.  Tony’s Chop House will feature all of the amazing steaks and chops that The Meat Cellar offers but will have an elevated ambiance and a variety of added menu items.

Lastly, Eastvale’s very first hotel, Staybridge Suites by IHG, will open in Hamner Place in 2021. Staybridge Suites is a 4.5 star, 120-room hotel that features a rooftop bar, conference and event center, pool with cabanas, and is the only hotel with vegan food options in the Inland Empire.

Hamner Place is expected to bring in more jobs, sales tax revenue, and transient occupancy tax (TOT) to the city.  Since TOT is the tax that hotel guests pay during their hotel night stays, the city of Eastvale will see these TOT funds for the first time after Staybridge Suites opens. 

In addition, to help lower the traffic into the City, the Hamner Avenue Bridge Widening project will begin after the completion of the Limonite Avenue I-15 Interchange Project, which is expected to be completed by November 2019.  The Hamner Avenue Bridge will consist of three lanes, north and south directions, which will be plenty of room for travelers to reach Hamner Place.

 “We want to thank Lewis Companies and Retail Centers for their vision for Hamner Place.  They are the definition of turning challenges into opportunities and a part of making the impossible, possible,” stated a City news release.  

“Stay tuned for more exciting news regarding dining and entertainment experiences coming to Eastvale!”

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale,
On July 12, Eastvale City officials gathered to break ground for Hamner Place.

No Shots Fired At Picnic in the Park

Staff Reports

City clarifies that no shots were fired at annual Picnic in the Park.

Eastvale – The 15th Annual Picnic in the Park was an eventful day that took place from June 28 to June 30 at the Eastvale Community Park.

The three-day celebration welcomed a summer season of non-stop fun in Eastvale, which was held by JCSD.  The event included carnival rides, games, food and craft vendors, and a marvelous fireworks display.  In addition, there was a Salsa Making Contest judged by Mayor Rigby and Councilwoman Yow.

However, there were many rumors about an incident that happened during the event.  On June 29, social media groups filled with residents speculating about an incident that took place at the Picnic in the Park.  The City of Eastvale issued a statement on their Facebook page stating the following: “a fight took place and one of the individuals had a pellet gun. NO shots were fired and there were minor injuries only. Two suspects were subsequently arrested.”

The City of Eastvale wanted to clarify the correct information to the community and they also ensured that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department would remain onsite through the duration of Picnic in the Park, ensuring the “event is safe and enjoyable for all.”

The clarification provided a peace of mind for Eastvale residents and they expressed their appreciation.  The rest of the event was enjoyable and safe for the community.  Until next year, Eastvale!