June 1, 2020
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Protesters in dozens of cities, homebound for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, have taken to the streets to condemn the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.
This summer, pooltime, like pretty much all public activities, will look a bit different — if you want to pursue them safely.
CAPE KENNEDY – A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company lifted off with two Americans on a history-making flight.
Mickey Mouse and Cinderella are back to rescue your summer, but there won’t be any hugs, and no parade, either. Over the next two months, some of the nation’s biggest theme parks will be opening their gates to the public again.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – San Bernardino became the Inland Empire’s ‘hot spot’ for civil unrest late Sunday night.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Community leaders across the State are reacting to the events that have followed the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - Interim Public Health Director Corwin Porter says the number of coronavirus cases is about 70 per 100,000.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With thoughts of summer vacation, Riverside County is easing restrictions on short-term rentals.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County hospitals have begun accepting coronavirus patients from neighboring Imperial County.
ONTARIO – (INT) – Southwest Airlines, which accounts for half of Ontario International Airport’s commercial flights, says it will return to a full flight schedule.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Riverside County courts are extending their temporary closures.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The region’s largest enclosed shopping malls are gradually reopening but with conditions to keep consumers safe.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – As the nation struggles to extricate itself from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Census is in the final stages.
LAKE ARROWHEAD – (INT) – ‘Unsustainable overcrowding’ has forced the Forest Service to close the Deep Creek area.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is out with a ‘wish list’ of projects that could be undertaken.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - The Riverside County Office of Education Foundation (RCOEF) is aiming to bridge a digital divide.
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LONG BEACH - Large protests took place across Southern California Sunday.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Hotter weather will return to SoCal this week as a ridge of high pressure takes a stand over the Four Corners.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California now has 110,583 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 4,213 deaths.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - The COVID-19 recession has already led to much larger declines in employment than occurred throughout the Great Recession.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The Education Coalition is urging California’s lawmakers to adopt a funding solution to the COVID-19-related budget crisis.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Food insecurity—either concerns around having enough food or outright hunger—has increased sharply across California.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Supply and demand is pushing gasoline prices higher as the COVID-19 lock-down eases and people become more mobile.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Counties meeting the criteria for accelerated re-opening may include hair salons and barbershops with modifications.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - State funding aimed at programs and supervision for some jail inmates in jails and others on probation will drop sharply.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Leaders of churches, temples, synagogues and mosques are considering reopening their places of worship.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) - Arts, entertainment and sports are getting short shrift in recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Fifty-six percent of California small businesses experienced “large negative” effects from the pandemic.
SACRAMENTO - California’s undocumented immigrants can begin applying for disaster relief payments of up to $1,000 per household.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An analysis by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) paints a sobering picture of economic recovery.
Here's how local and state leaders reacted to Governor Newsom's proposed budget cuts.
An end to the Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) quarantine in Southern California was declared Monday. Extensive testing of the regulated area has been completed, with no additional detections of the disease. VND was first detected in May of 2018 in Los Angeles County. By December 2018 the virus had spread extensively in backyard poultry in the LA Basin and also infected commercial flocks. Millions of chickens were destroyed. After prolonged disease control efforts, the last confirmed positive case was detected last February. (INT)

The entire length of Route 2 through the Angeles National Forest linking Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties is now open. A segment west of Wrightwood had been closed through the winter and most of spring because of snow and ice. (INT)

Governor Newsom has extended authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through July 28th. The order also addresses a variety of issues in response to the pandemic including extending the waiver permitting the Department of Motor Vehicles to allow for mail-in renewals of driver’s licenses and identification cards. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom Friday announced a series of new initiatives to support victims of domestic violence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. They include $5 million in state funding, a new partnership to secure private funding with $3 million in seed funding, an executive order to help ease the financial strain on domestic violence service providers, and new private sector partnerships to support survivors fleeing violence. (INT)

Fontana police said Thursday a suspected hit-and-run motorist who struck and killed a man in his motorized wheelchair has turned himself in. Jonathan Rodriguez, 31, is being questioned about the Wednesday night incident. Police said the victim was riding his wheelchair on Foothill Boulevard. Rodriguez vehicle was found abandoned not far from the scene. (INT)

Another 4 tons of illicitly-grown marijuana has been seized at seven locations in the Anza-Aguanga area of rural Riverside County. Marijuana cultivation charges are pending against nine people who were arrested Wednesday. (INT)

The city of Riverside is giving the green light to expanding outdoor dining. It applies to re-opened restaurants, bars, breweries, pubs and wineries provided state guidelines are followed to protest patrons from the COVID-19 virus. The order gives restaurants and other facilities an opportunity to increase the number of people they can serve while also observing physical distancing and other public health measures. (INT)

California is extending supplemental food benefits through June. New and existing CalFresh recipients can expect a third emergency allotment on June 14th. The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used at many markets and food stores. (INT)

An expanded product list will allow women, infants and children (WIC) participants to have a wider selection of WIC foods in California. Options include dozens of new brands and sizes. Expanded food options are currently approved through June 30th. Some foods are in short supply in stores during the coronavirus crisis. (INT)

Four young people were hurt, one fatally, when their speeding car veered off I-215 near Perris and overturned into a field. The 24-year-old driver from Perris, Christian Vincent Matthew Adams, was ejected and died at the scene on the lower Route 74 northbound on-ramp early Saturday. None of the victims were wearing seatbelts. (INT)

San Bernardino National Forest is enacting additional fire restrictions to protect the health and safety of employees and communities, effective immediately and until further notice. The restrictions are in addition to others that were already in place. (INT)

California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators don’t know why a man was walking on the I-215 freeway near University Parkway in San Bernardino when he was struck by a big rig late Thursday night. Earlier this week in Bloomington, the CHP determined that a male juvenile deliberately stepped from a moving pickup truck when he lost his footing, was run-over and killed. (INT)

Wildfires are getting bigger and more numerous as the late spring weather turns warmer and drier. The so-called ‘Harley Fire’ Thursday covered 60 acres before it was contained near Lake Mathews Thursday. Calfire said it stemmed from a motorcycle accident. (INT)

Residents will be able to dispose of household hazardous waste items such as motor oil, paints, and batteries at collection facilities located throughout Riverside County beginning June 1st. (INT)

The 15-acre Artesa at Menifee Town Center, a Spanish mission-style apartment community in Menifee, has begun leasing its two- and three-story walk-up apartment building units. Menifee is ranked in the top 35 “Boomtowns in America” and only one of three in California. (INT)

More than 106,000 Riverside County residents have been tested for the coronavirus. A drive-up testing site opens June 2nd at the old Sears parking lot in Riverside. It’s the same location on Arlington Avenue where a field hospital was set up, but never used. (INT

Coronavirus testing is now moving into local pharmacies. CVS is using its drive-thru locations on Alessandro Boulevard in Riverside and on Schleisman Road at Eastvale and will open additional test sites. (INT)

Amid the coronavirus pandemic comes concern over the approaching California wildfire season. Fire departments are issuing weed abatement advisories. Compliance inspections for weed abatement are underway across the Inland Empire. (INT)

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