January 28, 2021
TOP STORIES
The Biden administration’s White House COVID-19 task force held its first virtual briefing Wednesday, promoting its efforts to expedite vaccinations while warning that the nation could surpass 500,000 deaths within weeks.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An atmospheric river is flowing into Southern California reversing a prolonged dry spell.
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a series of executive orders that prioritize climate change across all levels of government and put the U.S. on track to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday warned the U.S. may face heightened threats from “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” in the wake of President Biden's inauguration.
Humanity is perilously close to catastrophe, according to a group of scientists that said the coronavirus pandemic, coupled with growing threats from climate change and nuclear weapons, is pushing civilization close to a human-caused apocalypse.
The number of oceanic sharks and rays has declined 71% globally over the last 50 years, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Local authorities have prepared for the biggest storm of winter.
LYTLE CREEK – (INT) – A Jurupa Valley man has survived a 2-day ordeal while off-roading.
LAKELAND VILLAGE – (INT) – The coroner said Tuesday that two little girls were victims of a house fire that injured six other people.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – New unemployment figures show that the Inland Empire wound-up 2020 with the first increase in 6-months.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Riverside County has debuted its new Riverside University Health System-Public Health COVID vaccine website.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Warm centers are opening as the region gets a real dose of winter.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The Forest Service is taking advantage of cold, damp weather to resume so-called ‘prescribed’ burning.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Oxygen is in shorter supply as hospitals struggle to meet the needs of patients stricken with the COVID-19 virus.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - The region’s Metro Area is about to gain a new telephone area code.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The first Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) of 2021 is less than enthusiastic about the Inland Empire’s economy.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Classes in California’s eighth largest school district will continue online through June 2021.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,169,914 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – TJX Companies has been caught selling items that contain formaldehyde.
'Live' instructional minutes are well below the number students would have spent in classrooms before the pandemic.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State health officials are responding to frustrated, but eligible Californians trying to get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday lifted the strict regional stay-at-home orders issued in December.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials are touting California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest in the nation.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Monday ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide.
SAN DIEGO - The FBI is warning the public about scammers who are using the COVID-19 vaccine to try and steal.
PALM DESERT – Balladeer Jimmie Rodgers has died of kidney disease in Palm Desert at the age of 87.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices have edged higher for five consecutive weeks as inventories shrink.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Public water systems throughout California, and many of their customers, are facing growing financial challenges.
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – Robots could be taking ‘telehealth’ to a new level.
Are inconsistencies in COVIUD-19 protections leading people to form their own guidelines?
SACRAMENTO – (INT) The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is taking applications for the Small Business Tax Credit.
A young San Bernardino man has been identified as that city’s eight homicide victim this month. David Madrigal Silva, 29, died of gunshot wounds early Wednesday in the 600 block of North Crescent Avenue. Police could not explain the circumstances and reported no suspects. (INT)

An Ontario man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for blackmailing female friends and acquaintances on Facebook by threatening to publish nude photographs and videos of them unless they complied with his demands to send him additional sexually explicit images. The sentencing judge said Jorge Esteban Sanchez Ramos, 24, “inflicted harm in a sadistic manner.” Sanchez Ramos pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of stalking. (INT)

The Riverside County Sheriff’s department says its deputies were involved in a fatal shooting Tuesday night at Homeland. A ‘suspect’ died at the scene on Steinhoff Avenue. No one else was injured, according to an initial statement. Deputies had responded to a domestic disturbance call in which a woman said her estranged husband had threatened to kill her. Officers said they were shot at and returned gunfire. (INT)

The Beaumont City Council has approved a second round of grants for businesses of 15 or fewer employees who have a physical location in the city. The grants are intended to promote business sustainability, job retention, and the overall economic preservation of small businesses. (INT)

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander was sentenced Monday to 14 months in federal prison for his obstruction of a public corruption investigation into his acceptance of gifts – including $15,000 in cash – from a businessman during trips to Las Vegas and Palm Springs in 2017. Judge John F. Walter noted that Englander’s “elaborate and clandestine scheme” to cover up his conduct has “undermined the public trust.” (INT)

A Lake Mathews property owner has shot and killed a former resident after being physically threatened. Ned Cornish, 39, of Perris died at the scene Thursday night, sheriff’s investigators reported over the weekend. Detectives said the shooting was in self-defense. (INT)

The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture in Riverside is a step closer to opening. The City Council has approved a 25-year management agreement with the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and awarded a $10.7 million contract to renovate the building that until recently housed the Main Library. The Cheech, as it is commonly called, is expected to open in the latter part of this year featuring works from the 700-piece collection of the famed comedian and actor. It is designed as a center for Chicano art, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and video arts. (INT)

The Moreno Valley City Council has unanimously approved a new Covid-19 Utility Assistance program for Moreno Valley Utility (MVU) electricity customers. It includes a Covid-19 discount for qualifying customers. The Utility Assistance program is intended to help both residential and small-business customers. Residential customers can apply for an extended payment period of 12 months to pay an outstanding balance incurred since March 2020. (INT)

Justin Clifton, the City Manager of Sedona, AZ, has been selected for a similar post in Palm Springs. The city council made its choice this week to replace retiring David Ready who has been city manager of the desert resort for 20 years. Clifton takes over in Palm Springs April 5th. (INT)

A February 5th memorial is planned in Moreno Valley for City Councilwoman Carla Thornton. It will be live-streamed from the Veterans Memorial at the Civic Center on the City's Facebook and YouTube accounts and on TV channel MV3. Dr. Thornton died January 21st following an illness. She was 42. (INT)

Several homeless individuals ran from a burning, boarded up restaurant on University Avenue in Riverside Wednesday morning. None was injured but damage to the former Cask and Clever Restaurant was extensive. The fire was the latest in a series of incidents attributed to the homeless on University Avenue. (INT)

Sheriffs investigators said Monday that an infant found dead amid the trash at at the CR&R recycling facility in Perris was alive when born. The cause of death was not disclosed. Detectives are seeking information about any female who was recently pregnant and is no longer and has not been seen with a newborn baby. (INT)

The Inland Empire’s latest freeway shooting has resulted in an arrest. The California Highway Patrol announced Monday it has arrested the driver of a big rig who was stopped on the I-10 in Cathedral City about an hour after a motorist was shot at on Freeway 60 in Moreno Valley. No one was injured in the January 21st incident. Two handguns were recovered from the truck and the driver arrested. (INT)

Three people were killed, but a fourth survived a late Friday night car crash in Yucaipa. The eastbound Volkswagen ran off Avenue E, struck a guardrail and then a tree coming to rest in the front yard of a residence. Names of the victims were not immediately released. (INT)

Feeding America Riverside-San Bernardino, the regional food bank of the Inland Empire, has just launched a year-long campaign to provide food to families across 104 cities throughout the Inland Empire during 2021. The regional food bank is working to establish new partnerships in service cities, bring awareness to food programs, and create new volunteer opportunities in both city and desert regions of the Inland Empire. (INT)

Riverside County residents who are enrolled in the CalFresh program are getting another round of emergency food assistance on their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Nearly $113 million in emergency food assistance has been issued to approximately 75,000 households in Riverside County since the pandemic began in March. Another emergency allotment is scheduled for January 10th. (INT)

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