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A lot of events have been cancelled in 2020, but holiday cheer is still happening in the city of Eastvale. There are a few holiday and family fun events that will take place virtually or with socially distancing. Check out what’s offered below.
Letters to Santa
When: November to December 14
Where: Eastvale Community Center, 13820 Schleisman Rd., Eastvale CA 92880
Details: The Eastvale Community Center will be receiving letters to Santa for a Special delivery to the North Pole! Drop off or mail your letter before December 14th to ensure it gets to Santa in time. The mailbox will be open Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM.
Christmas Marketplace and Tree Lighting
When: December 4 from 5 to 9 pm
Where: VantagePoint Church, 8500 Archibald Avenue, Eastvale
Details: Support small businesses at this Christmas marketplace and enjoy some tasty treats and live music to get you into the holiday spirit. Also get a socially distanced photo with Santa! Santa is coming at 5:45 p.m. and the tree lighting will be at 6 p.m.
Virtual Tree Lighting
When: December 4 at 6 p.m.
Where: JCSD Youtube or Facebook
Details: Virtual Tree Lighting will take place with community performances by On Pointe Dance Studio, JCSD Tiny Tot Participants, and the Eastvale Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tune in as we kick off the holiday season!
Winter Wonderland Donations
When: Send by December 10
Details: Corona-Norco United Way is hosting their annual Winter Wonderland event providing holiday cheer to 100 families! This year for Winter Wonderland, they will be issuing “Mystery Boxes” for participants. The boxes will be large boxes customized to each participant-beautifully wrapped and will include items such as food vouchers/gift cards, a toy or ball, a game, COVID-19 supplies, and gift cards for teens! Donations can be provided by PayPal Corona-Norco United Way, at www.unitedway.org/donateor checks can be made out to Corona-Norco United Way and mailed to P.O. Box 1809, Corona, CA 92878-1809. For more information contact Alia Rodriguez at Alia.Rodriguez@cnunitedway.org.
Friday Flicks and Food Trucks
When: December 11
Where: Eastvale Community Park, 12750 Citrus Avenue, Eastvale, CA 92880
Movies: The Grinch (animated) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Polar Express is from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: Tickets are $25 per vehicle and must be purchased online at the JCSD website. Gates open 45 min before showtime.
•Food trucks will be located on the North East Corner of the Concession Building in the parking lot.
• Restrooms and handwashing stations will be onsite. Restrooms will be sanitized frequently.
• You must not leave your assigned parking space area except to visit the restrooms or to pick up your food from the food trucks. No congregating with others outside of your vehicle group is permitted.
• Masks must be worn whenever you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between you and others outside of your vehicle group.
• Moviegoers are welcome to bring in food and drinks. Food trucks will have food available for purchase. For a current listing of food trucks scheduled, please follow us @jcsdparks.
• No: Alcohol and/or Smoking/Vaping, walkups to the event site permitted, no animals allowed (with the exception of service animals)
Eastvale Home Decorating Contest
When: Submissions due by December 15
Details: The City of Eastvale and JCSD Parks & Recreation Department are in search of the BEST Holiday Display in Eastvale! Submit your beautifully decorated home in our Holiday Decorating Contest by December 15th for your chance to win great prizes! To register your home please email your your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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
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.
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.”
(Michael Armijo contributed to this story.)