June 19, 2019
TOP STORIES
SAN FRANCISCO--Facebook is going into the banking business. The social networking company on Tuesday said it plans to help launch a digital currency in 2020, marking one of the company’s most aggressive moves yet to push beyond digital advertising.
WASHINGTON--Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Mark Morgan said in an interview with The Hill Tuesday that his agency is committed to removing as many undocumented immigrants as it can with its available resources.
The consequences of voter-approved recreational pot are becoming apparent.
SACRAMENTO--A controversial bill that restricts vaccine medical exemptions for students enrolling in California schools was amended on Tuesday to secure the support of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration.
WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump announced Tuesday Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration as secretary of defense, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Next week, a large asteroid which could potentially be as big as the Eiffel Tower is set to whiz past Earth at a speed of more than 28,000 miles per hour.
CORONA – (INT) – Police Chief George Johnstone took to social media Tuesday with a warning.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Riverside County has been awarded $23.7 million in funding through the state’s No Place Like Home program.
SAN BERNARDINO _ (INT) - As more officer-involved shootings are coming under closer review, prosecutors are issuing their conclusions and identifying the officers who were involved.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) – The three-week long earthquake swarm beneath the Jurupa Hills isn’t done yet.
IDYLLWILD – (INT) – Ongoing storm repairs on San Jacinto Mountains highways just got longer.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Evening skies are lighting up with random fireworks well in advance of the 4th of July holiday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The local region is running out telephone numbers, so more are being added.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A credit card TV commercial asks ‘What’s in your wallet?’ An updated study on credit card debt would suggest not very much.
FONTANA – (INT) – A Census Test is beginning with a questionnaire testing the operational effects of the 2020 head count.
LAKE PERRIS – (INT) -‘No Swimming’ signs have gone up at Lake Perris.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out this month.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - The Southland will gain a few degrees at mid-week before losing them to close out spring.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The Gay Pride flag is flying over the state capitol on the main flagpole for the first time in history.
NEW YORK - Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday, according to her son, CNN's Anderson Cooper.
HOLLYWOOD – Movie history has shown the summer box office has not been kind to studio sequels nor spinoffs.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement to acquire three-time All-NBA forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans for three players and three first-round draft picks.
SAN DIEGO - Years of cavalier spending of her husband’s political contributions culminated in a guilty plea Thursday for Margaret Hunter, the wife of Rep. Congressman Duncan Hunter.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Summer vacationers about to head out on the road are encouraged by falling gasoline prices.
LOS ANGELES--Southern California is home to both the best and worst airports.
Californians won’t have to look far for summer fun.
NEW ORLEANS - Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, the nine-fingered New Orleans-based pianist, singer, songwriter, has died.
Ontario’s downtown revitalization will receive a major boost. The city is expected to receive $5 million to help finance workforce-attainable housing in the downtown area. The funding helps bring to fruition a development also featuring a technology incubator and workforce development center. The money is part of the state’s 2019 budget. (INT)

One person was killed when a motorist ran a stop sign in Muscoy Tuesday and collided with another vehicle. Two children were laying on the ground at the intersection of Duffy and Ogden streets. Three pedestrians were among the victims. The coroner identified the fatality Wednesday as Adrian Hernandez, 20, of San Bernardino. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom Tuesday issued an apology through executive order on behalf of California to California Native American Peoples for the many instances of violence, mistreatment and neglect inflicted upon California Native Americans throughout the state’s history. The Governor also announced the creation of a Truth and Healing Council to provide an avenue for California Native Americans to clarify the record. (INT)

Motorcycle fatalities have jumped dramatically in California over the past decade. In 2017, there were 576 people killed in motorcycle crashes statewide, up nearly 17 percent from 494 in 2015. Over the course of the past 3 years in the city of Riverside, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 228 fatal and injury crashes. Across the Inland Empire, there have been 21 motorcycle fatalities so far this year. (INT)

Border Patrol and US Customs agents are intercepting more illegal drugs bound for sale in California. During the Father’s Day weekend, 3,736 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $13 million were seized from vehicles crossing the border in San Diego and Imperial counties.
The contraband had been secreted in vehicle’s doors, comingled with truck shipments, gas tanks and spare tires. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is preparing its first fare increase in a decade. It kicks in July 1st, The price of a general fare will be $1.75 while senior, disabled and veteran customers will ride for 75 cents. RTA says it is compelled to make a fare adjustment to continue to receive state funding and maintain existing service levels. A second round of fare adjustments is expected in 2021. (INT)


The Victor Valley became safer and better-able to meet its future water needs with the dedication Thursday of the Amethyst Basin flood control and groundwater recharge facility. The 27-acre project has been 10 years in the making. (INT)

More popular side roads in the San Bernardino National Forest are facing a prolonged closure in the wake of intense winter storms. The Forest Service says the closure of 22 miles of 1N09 between Highway 330 and Seven Oaks Road may last for a year. A similar closure has impacted Forest Road 1N45 (Santa Ana River Rd.) between Highway 38 and Glass Road in the Barton Flats area. Storm damage involves sink holes, mud and rock slides, cracked and undermined pavement and fallen trees. (INT)

Calfire is burning off 307 acres of brush and grassland at Lake Skinner east of Temecula. The goal is to cut the potential fire hazard and eliminate non-native grass. The burning will continue through Thursday. (INT)

An $11 million settlement against AutoZone, Inc. has been announced to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste, hazardous materials, and confidential consumer information. AutoZone owns or operates approximately 600 retail stores and a distribution center. (INT)

San Bernardino police are winding up their latest murder investigation. Rosendo Arangure, 62, was arrested without incident Monday after officers found Hilda Villasenor, 58, fatally stabbed at an apartment on East 19th Street. In Moreno Valley, an unrelated homicide investigation was begun Monday after Rommel Lopez Vega, 36, was found fatally shot in an alley off of Adrienne Avenue. (INT)


As the school year winds down, many renters are on the move to find a new home before the next school year begins. However, a new HotPads® analysis finds that renters can pay a premium for rental homes or apartments in late spring and early summer. In 37 of the 50 largest metro areas, the median asking rent reaches its highest point for the year in May, June or July. In the Riverside area, renters pay the highest premium for a new rental in July, when the median asking rent is $50 higher than average. The biggest discounts are in January. (INT)

The same grab-and-run bank robber may have staged two heists in Palm Desert in three days. His ‘MO’ was the same. In each case, bank tellers complied with his demands. There was no mention of any weapons that were displayed. (INT)

Residents of the lower Coachella Valley are about to have easier access to multiple services that can improve their quality of life. A ribbon-cutting Thursday will mark the opening of a new Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) full-service office in Coachella. At the office, individuals and families in need can apply for temporary cash assistance, medical insurance, food assistance and job placement and job skills training. (INT)

Public forms on pending rate increases for customers of the San Gabriel Valley Water Company are being scheduled. The proposals calls for a 9.6% increase next year plus another 11.4% spread across the following two years. The initial forum will be held June 24th in the Fontana City Council Chambers. San Gabriel Valley Water provides water services and private fire services to approximately 96,045 customers in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. (INT)

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