Eastvale – The next general municipal election for the City of Eastvale will be held on Nov. 3, for two City Council seats: Districts 2 and 5. Both elected Council Members will receive a full 4-year term.
The list of candidates for District 2 and District 5, in ballot order, is as follows: District 2: •Linda Ou •Bashar Madani •Christian Dinco •Melissa Cochran District 5: •Ike Bootsma •Raul Gutierrez
All City Council candidates must reside in the district in which they are running for, be a registered voter, at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. citizen.
Recent state and national changes mean that many voters may wish to cast their vote early. Below is a list of ways you can vote this year, courtesy of the City of Eastvale
Vote-by-Mail: All registered voters in Riverside County will be mailed a ballot in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order. If you choose to vote at home, you can return your ballot by mail (no postage required). Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by November 20, 2020. Visit eastvaleca.gov for more details on how to vote by mail and track your ballot.
Ballot Drop-Off Locations in Eastvale: •Eastvale City Hall, located at 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 910. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. •Eastvale Community Center, located at 13820 Schleisman Road. Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. •Harada Neighborhood Center, located at 13099 Sixty Fifth Street. Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Vote In-Person Early voting is taking place the Registrar of Voters Office located at 2720 Gateway Drive, Riverside. You can vote early between Oct. 5 through Oct. 30, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting on Election Day, Nov. 3, will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting locations in Eastvale include: •Eastvale Branch Library Community Room – 7447 Scholar Way •Eastvale City Hall City Council Chamber – 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 910 •Eastvale Community Center Pinnacle Room – 13820 Schleisman Road Harada Neighborhood Center Activity Room B – 13099 Sixty Fifth Street Voter Assistance Centers will be available for four days beginning the Saturday before the November 3, 2020, election. If you visit a voter assistance center in person, it is recommended to go before Election Day to help with physical distancing.
Eastvale – Businesses are starting to reopen in Eastvale now that we are in the next phase. Below is an update with everything has opened or will reopen. Starting June 12, California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms and professional sports with modifications to begin reopening.
The City of Eastvale reopened its doors to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020. City Hall will be available for walk-ins from Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., and available by appointment only, after 12 p.m. Passport services will be available by appointment only, and will be limited to two appointments per day. The City stated they will be “practicing social distancing and will limit the lobby to five guests at a time. Overflow will be asked to wait outside, and will be notified when space becomes available.” While face masks are optional, the City will have them available as needed.
JCSD Parks and Recreation Department opened the Splash Pads on Saturday, May 30. The hours of operation will be from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. (Monday-Sunday) until September 30. Signage will be posted at the splash pads reminding the community of social distancing requirements. As of May 16, restrooms were opened at local parks.
On May 26, it was announced that hair salons and barbershops will be reopening. Statewide, retailers and places of worship can reopen with modifications. As of May 8, the following businesses opened: clothing stores, florists, bookstores, sporting goods stores, manufacturing, and warehouses. In addition, limited services which do not generally require close customer contact have opened, such as: Pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning, and plumbing.
Specifically, the following businesses have opened: AAA, Applebee’s, AT&T, Bank of America, Buffalo Wild Wings, CHASE Bank, CPR Cell Phone Repair, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eastbrew Café, Fantastic Sam’s, Fashion Q, Gateway Dental Group, Gateway Medspa, Limonite Dental Group, Lucky Kitchen Thai, Mountain View Tire, On the Border, Petsmart, Pho Viet, Staples, Sunrise Optometry, Target, The Joint, Tillys, Tio’s Mexican, Tutor Time. For the most up-to-date information regarding businesses opening, please visit covid19.ca.gov.
In addition, the City announced they will resume normal street sweeping enforcement on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please click here: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO
Lastly, on May 15, Mayor Plott provided a comprehensive update to the Eastvale community. The City of Eastvale provided the following information: “Eastvale City Council adopted a resolution at their May 13th meeting, calling on the Governor and State Legislature to set a realistic timetable for the re-opening of the economy. A copy of that resolution can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TaCR07
The City Council also formed the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Ad-Hoc Committee, made up of Councilmember Rigby and Councilmember Tessari. This committee will work with local businesses and developers to help businesses re-open and enhance the local economy in Eastvale.
Referenced in the video is the Riverside County Readiness & Reopening Framework. Here is the link to that document: https://bit.ly/3dJ159E Information about the re-opening of the economy at the State level can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/
Eastvale – When the area of “Eastvale” first wanted to gain local control and map out what their destiny was, they began the “incorporation process.” Now with the many changes and growth in our area with over 60,000 residents, should the City of Eastvale consider developing their own school district as 15,000 of these residents are currently students? The idea of Eastvale becoming its own school district is one worthy of further investigation on the ramifications and the actual process.
So let’s examine the facts: The Corona-Norco School District (CNUSD) currently consists of thirty-one elementary schools, eight intermediate/middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, a middle college high school and three alternative schools. With the district serving over 53,000 students in the communities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale, CNUSD is the largest school district in Riverside County. Of the over 53,000 students in the district, 15,000 of them are Eastvale students.
Eastvale residents already pay a large amount of property taxes, special assessment taxes, a bond tax (Measure U), and also are asked to pay an additional $299m bond, on top of the $250 million general obligation Measure U Bond passed by voters in 2006.
“It was a huge process (to incorporate the city), but I believe it was worth the hundreds of hours of work,” said former Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre, who helped spearhead the process of the team who brought the decision to a vote. “It was tons of work, but now we have local control. We are right where we wanted to be as a community.”
Many smaller school districts have broken away from larger school districts for reasons from lack of accountability to simply a desire to run their own system. Walnut Valley Unified School District has a student population of 15,500 and became their own school district in the 1970’s when the area was in its infancy. Duarte Unified School District is a small district that serves about 4,700 students from the areas of Duarte, Bradbury, and the Maxwell Park area. Baldwin Park Unified has over 15,000 students and broke away from Covina Unified before the 1950’s. All of these school districts were part of larger areas that became smaller school districts and grew.
“We would support such a move if it benefitted our community,” said a group of parents at Clara Barton Elementary. “Especially if we have to pay for another bond. Our last bond, Measure U, we pay taxes on but only received 17% of that money.” Another parent felt they didn’t have enough control of the district and felt it’s because it’s too large. They all requested to remain anonymous because they’ve never researched the idea. “I never realized it was possible,” she said.
If Eastvale were to explore the possibility of separating from CNUSD and becoming its own individual school district, the California Department of Education requires a certain process to be followed. According to the California Department of Education District Organization Handbook- July 2010, this type of reorganization would seek to form one new school district of the same kind from parts of one existing school district of that same kind.
This type of reorganization is more commonly referred to as Unification. Although the exact method of Unification is based on a variety of factors, the first step in this process is a petition. This petition would then be presented to the County Superintendent of Schools and he/she would have 30 days to determine the legal sufficiency of the petition. If the petition is found to be legally sufficient, it is then sent to the County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board. A public hearing would then need to be held within 60 days to advise the public of the petition. After the hearing is held and within 120 days, the petition would need to be reviewed to see if it meets Section 35753 of the Educational Code.
These conditions are as follows: (a) The reorganized districts will be adequate in terms of number of pupils enrolled. (b) The districts are each organized on the basis of a substantial community identity. (c) The proposal will result in an equitable division of property and facilities of the original district or districts. (d) The reorganization of the districts will preserve each affected district’s ability to educate students in an integrated environment and will not promote racial or ethnic discrimination or segregation. (e) Any increase in costs to the state as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (f) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound education performance and will not significantly disrupt the educational programs in the districts affected by the proposed reorganization. (g) Any increase in school facilities costs as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (h) The proposed reorganization is primarily designed for purposes other than to significantly increase property values. (i) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound fiscal management and not cause a substantial negative effect on the fiscal status of the proposed district or any existing district affected by the proposed reorganization. (j) Any other criteria as the board may, by regulation, prescribe.
To maintain neutrality, the County Office of Education would most likely hire an independent consultant trained in evaluating this type of criteria. If the independent consultant does find the petition to be in compliance with EC35753, it is then passed on to the State Board of Education and they will determine if it is approved or sent to an election within the area affected. In most cases, this becomes a major obstacle, as a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would need to be done, which can be expensive.
According to a source from the Department of Education, this is where most of these petitions “die”, mainly due to the large expense of the CEQA. This step often takes a few years due to the state pipeline and the Environmental Impact Study. If the petition makes it through all of these steps and wins in an election of the area affected by the Unification, then a new school district would be formed.
While there are many pros and cons to becoming our own school district, any action to do so would most likely come at a large expense, be extremely controversial as well as political, and would need to be thoroughly researched to truly understand the greater impact on the students and the communities involved.
“It took us 3.5 years to get the city incorporation to the ballot,” the former councilman said. “It’s definitely worth looking into, but a tough road because CNUSD is highly regarded within the state.”
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because their team has been working on roofs for over 30 years.
Larsen, President and Founder of LarSun Solar, said he loves that the company
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Eastvale – On Nov. 24, an Eastvale woman was shot and found deceased in the roadway of Jasper Loop, north of Aspen Leaf Lane. The woman was later identified as Alicia Rene Lopez, 28 of Eastvale. The Eastvale Police Department is currently seeking the public’s assistance to obtain any additional information regarding the shooting.
The incident occurred at around 8:08 pm on Saturday evening,
when nearby residents reported that they heard “shots being fired” in the 1300
block of Jasper Loop. Eastvale Police Officers
were dispatched to the location. When Police
officials arrived, Lopez was found in the middle of the roadway and was
pronounced deceased at the scene. It is unknown
at this time if Lopez lived near the residence where she was shot.
“One adult male was seen running from the location after the
shooting,” said Sergeant Walter Mendez in a news release. “But no further information is available at
this time,” Mendez added.
After the incident occurred, several members of the
community turned to social media group pages asking what happened and what the
suspect looked like. The posts caused a
lot of speculation of what could have led to the shooting. However, out of respect for the family, many
administrators of the social media sites deleted or addressed comments that
contained unconfirmed information. A
family member of Lopez even commented on a post stating that the incident was
not a result of domestic violence. All
parties reiterated that the incident is under investigation and information
regarding the suspect’s appearance will be released when available.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit and the Jurupa
Valley Station Investigators have assumed the investigation, according to
Mendez. Anyone with information
regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Investigator Vasquez of the
Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3529. An anonymous tip can also be submitted using
the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline/. This
investigation incident number is EV183280060.
Eastvale – VantagePoint Church held their
6th Annual Christmas Gift Mart on December 1 at Eleanor Roosevelt
High School. This event helps low-income
families provide holiday gifts for their children each year.
This year’s Gift Mart allowed 420 families to take home
2,100 gifts for their children. Members
of VantagePoint Church donated over 1,800 of these gifts, each valuing from $15
In addition to the donations, over 300 volunteers gathered
to make this event possible. Even the
local Boy Scout Troop woke up early to serve 1,100 pancake breakfasts for the
families waiting in line. The families
were very grateful for the breakfast and coffee served, because some of them began
lining up for the event the day before!
However, it was definitely worth the wait as families had a
great time at this year’s Christmas Gift Mart.
Parents were able to pick out Christmas presents while their children
made holiday crafts. Then, volunteers
wrapped the gifts and took them to each family’s cars. Children were also excited to meet Santa,
Santa’s elves, Spider-Man, Princess Belle, and Kylo Ren. The entertainment continued with performances
by the Eleanor Roosevelt High School band, choir, and drama departments. In addition, free raffles and balloon animals
were provided to the families before they went in to shop.
This event continues to touch the lives of local families
each year. “One family told us that
their child just got out of the hospital and without us, they wouldn’t have
been able to afford Christmas,” said Monique Whritenour, VantagePoint
Operations & Outreach Director.
“Families were blessed, lives were changed, and we found a
tangible way to be living proof of a loving God to those around us,” Whritenour
Avant-Garde Foster Family Agency is seeking the community’s help in collecting
toys and gifts for foster youth for this Christmas season. Beginning the week
of Thanksgiving, donation boxes will be available to drop-off toys at the
FFA Office — 1655 East 6th
St. Suite A-4C
Corona, CA 92879
Citibank Corona Branch — 1189 Magnolia Ave
Toys should be new, unwrapped, and appropriate for ages
0-13. Educational toys welcome, but please, no weapons. For foster youth age 13
and above, gift cards in any amount are welcome, with $25 values preferred.
Gift cards should be dropped off or mailed directly to the agency address
above. Receipts for donations are available upon request.
Avant-Garde Foster Family Agency is a private, non-Profit
501 (c)3 community service organization dedicated to improving the quality of
life for children in foster care.
For more information about Avant-Garde Foster Family Agency,
their foster care or their toy drive call (951) 735-5300
or visit their website at http://www.avgffa.org
Eastvale – The results are in and the three seats up for election
are filled. For City Council there were 3 districts up for election: District
1, 3, and 4. In District 1 the current council representative is Todd Rigby. He
was unchallenged by the deadline last month so he will retain his seat. So Todd
Rigby will continue to represent District 1.
In District 3, Howard Feng, and Chris Hook could not beat incumbent
Councilman Clint Lorimore. So Clint Lorimore will continue to represent
District 3. In the final District, 4, Bart Moreno lost to Jocelyn Yow. Yow will
represent District 4.
For the Corona-Norco Unified School District, only one seat
affected the City of Eastvale. There was one candidate trying to upseat
incumbent Bill Newberry, and she was successful. The challenger and new board
member is Elizabeth “Lisa” Marroquin.
Bill Newberry received 45.9% of the votes with 3,342 votes, and
winner Marroquin has 54.04% of the votes with 3,930 votes.
In District 3 winner Clint Lorimore recieved 54.15% at 717 votes,
Howard Feng was at 32.40% with 429 votes, and Chris Hook has 13.44% with 178
District 4 showed winner Jocelyn Yow at 69.16% of the vote with
1139 votes, and Bart Moreno yielded 30.84% at 508 votes.
These counts are as of Nov 9 from the Riverside County Registrar’s
office and do not include any provisional votes, which were not enough to
change the outcome. For more information please sign onto: www.voteinfo.net.
A little history on the decision to divide the City of Eastvale
into districts: The City Council previously took action at the April 27, 2016
City Council meeting to initiate the process of converting to by-district
voting beginning with the November, 2016 election. The Council approved
Resolution No. 16- 09 initiating the by-district process. So instead of their
traditional “at large” option of voting, this resulted in a few positive
changes to the city:
1. The city will have representation by all parts of the city. So
as the city was cut up into 5 areas, there can only be a candidate who lives in
those district areas that are up for election.
2. The marketing costs will be more affordable. So if a “rich”
candidate, or someone who has the ability to raise more money than the others,
dominated past elections they can no longer do so. It levels out the political
playing field financially.
What has also changed is the election cycle. State law now
requires all elections to be held in November, with the exception of Primary
elections, which are historically held in June. This has been a great cost
saver to cities who ran their elections outside of the county election cycles.
Now cities who paid for elections in odd months can now streamline their costs.
Corona, Norco, Eastvale – Measure
U (voted on and passed in 2006) and Measure GG (voted on and passed in 2014),
are bond initiatives that are building and improving school facilities in
Corona, Norco, and Eastvale. Residents are currently paying on both bonds,
which are included in their property taxes.
In November 2006
the voters of the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) approved Measure
U, another $250 million general obligation bond for the construction,
reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities at CNUSD.
In accordance with State law, Citizens’ Oversight Committee was formed to
monitor the projects and expenditures of revenue received from Measure U.
In November 2014
the voters of the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) approved another
initiative, Measure GG, adding $396 million general obligation bond for the
construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school
facilities at CNUSD. In accordance with State law, a Citizens’ Oversight
Committee was formed to monitor the projects and expenditures of revenue
received from Measure GG.
“All money raised within city areas will be distributed
equitably between Corona, Norco and Eastvale schools. Funds cannot be taken
away by the State or used for District administration or employee salaries,”
said Superintendent Dr. Michael Lin in a written statement.
On August 5, the Board of
Education unanimously voted to place Measure GG, a $396 million bond measure,
on the November 4, 2014 ballot to address the needs of the schools in the
district. The measure will cost property owners in the District around $24 per
$100,000 of assessed valuation (not market) annually. Measure GG is Providing
labs and classrooms for career technical education, Update instructional
technology in the classroom for improved student learning , Upgrade classrooms,
libraries, science labs and computer systems to keep pace with technology and
rising academic standards, Improve student safety and security, including
security lighting, fencing, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers, Ensure
that all teachers are adequately trained in the use of modern instructional
technologies, Repair or replace deteriorated roofs, floors and plumbing and
remove hazardous materials in older schools, and Reduce classroom overcrowding
by providing new classrooms and facilities
schools were allotted money from Measure GG:
Adams ES $ 121,670.00 (Technology),
Anthony 59,284.00 (Technology), Barton ES 144,410.00 (Shade Shelter), Chavez
9,050.00 (Technology ), Coronita ES 8,446,033.00 (Multi-Purpose Building), Garretson
ES 1,551,377.00 (Relos and Parking Lot), Eisenhower ES 902,884.00 (Relos), Franklin
109,534.00 (Technology), Foothill 37,692.00 (Technology), Jefferson ES 692,941.00 (Classroom Remodels), Home
Gardens ES 40,227,543.00, New School Lincoln ES 4,867,361.00 (Relos and
Bathrooms), Mckinley 3,565.00 (Technology), Norco ES 69,869.00 (Bathrooms), Orange
ES 143,435.00 (Relos), Parkridge ES 10,473,141.00 (Classrooms), Parks ES
5,000,000.00, New School Prado View 133,391.00 (Technology), Riverview
78,172.00 (Fencing), Sierra Vista 17,027.00 (Technology), Stallings ES
15,483.00 (Technology), VanderMolen ES 10,000,000.00, New School Vicentia ES
10,488,249.00 (Multi-Purpose Building), Washington ES 117,224.00 (Technology), Wilson
70,669.00 (Technology), Auburndale IS 51,246.00 (Technology), Corona Fund
49,023.00 (Technology), Norco IS 609,526.00 (Shade Shelter/Classrooms), Raney
IS 403,875.00 (Shade Shelter/Classrooms), Lee Pollard High School 767,324.00 (Activity
Field), Orange Grove HS/Adult Ed 192,328.00 (Classrooms ), Centennial HS
46,917,457.00 (Performing Arts, Classrooms, Track & Field, Gymnasium ), Corona
HS 27,550,545.00 (Stadium & Field, Acquatic Center), Norco HS 44,995,987.00
(Performing Arts, Classrooms, Track & Field, Acquatic Center ), Rancho
Serrano HS 6,035,174.00 (Land Purchase ), Roosevelt 202,211.00 (HVAC Upgrade), Roosevelt
67,520,000.00 (High School ), Santiago HS 10,736,999.00 (Stadium & Field,
Classrooms), Victress Bowers 19,876.00 Technology IT Infrastructure
2,970,344.00, Legal Expenses 120,582.00, Refurbish Relos 396,606.00
TOTAL EXPENSES PROJECTED PER
DISTRICT WEBSITE: $ 303,319,107.00
“Our classrooms, computer labs
and science labs require upgrades and repairs to ensure that students who plan
to go to college are prepared to succeed, and those who don’t plan to go to
college receive the career training they need to compete for good paying jobs,”
added Dr. Lin in the statement. “Additionally, upgrades and repairs are needed
to ensure classrooms and facilities are secure, meet current safety standards
and address the issue of overcrowding. “
A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual independent audits
would ensure funds are spent consistent with a voter-approved project list.
Community members would receive regular updates regarding bond projects. For
more information on Measure GG visit http://www.cnusd.k12.ca.us