September 17, 2021
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A key federal advisory committee on Friday agreed to a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine six months after full vaccination only for people aged 65 and older and those at high risk of severe COVID-19.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Friday confirmed it mistook a civilian vehicle for an ISIS-K threat when it launched a drone strike on Aug. 29 in Kabul that killed 10 civilians, including seven children.
WASHINGTON - As more than 10,000 mainly Haitian migrants shelter under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, as part of a new surge of migration to that stretch of the U.S. border, ICE is planning to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti over the next week.
France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia on Friday, a move intended to emphasize its fury over a lost submarine contract with Sydney that the French foreign minister said was like being “stabbed in the back.”
LONDON - The UN warned Friday that based on the most recent action plans submitted by 191 countries to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the planet is on track to warm by more than 2.7 degrees Celsius (4.9F) by the end of the century.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - San Bernardino County’s vaccination team stands ready to provide booster vaccines.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The region’s jobless rate continues a slow downtrend as more jobs are created and people impacted by the pandemic return to work.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) - The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has launched a new website to increase awareness about the importance of oral health.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Runaway monthly increases in home values and rents are showing signs of easing.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - The final weekend of summer should be a great outdoor experience.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The Forest Service has extended a closure that impacts Southern California's three major forests.
INLAND EMPIRE – The coroner has reported a series of unrelated vehicle accidents.
MORENO VALLEY - (INT) - Riverside County’s first state-supported Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Center opens.
SAN BERNARDINO -(INT) - Local school officials say they are learning and tightening protocols both for safety and communication.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – (INT) – Ground was broken Tuesday on an 867-unit next generation housing community.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco is defending his earlier decision not to enforce a COVID vaccine mandate.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – A September 18th memorial service is planned at the Palm Springs Convention Center for USMC Corporal Hunter Lopez.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Updated figures show that fatalities attributed to fentanyl poisoning are escalating.
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SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 4,397,469 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
Jane Powell, who starred as an angelically visaged young actress, has died of natural causes. She was 92.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond is announcing a new plan to improve literacy rates.
OAKLAND – (INT) - New state data shows that the vast majority of California’s school districts have most of their students back in the classroom.
Norm Macdonald, the deadpan comedian, actor, writer and “Saturday Night Live” star, has died.
LOS ANGELES - LAPD employees have sued over requirements they get vaccinated for COVID-19.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - President Biden visited California Monday to survey damage from the Caldor Fire.
LOS ANGELES - Southern California football coach Clay Helton has been fired.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program reached a milestone Monday.
HOLLYWOOD - “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” rules the domestic box office.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices have stalled but remain just below their all-time record level.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The universe holds a bounty of mysteries and the latest are UDG’s.
FRESNO – (INT) – State health officials have not signaled a return to another pandemic lockdown, but trouble is looming the San Joaquin Valley.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Summer’s hot, dry weather may have set the stage for what’s to come.
San Bernardino County residents are being asked to help map out the future of the county’s supervisorial districts. A Sept. 22 meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at 10500 Civic Center Drive in Rancho Cucamonga and will be live-streamed from the County’s redistricting website sbcountyredistricting.com. Every 10 years, the County uses the newest U.S. Census data to redraw the boundaries of each of the five Board of Supervisors districts to ensure each has essentially the same number of residents, preserves communities of interest such as cities as much as possible, and complies with the Voting Rights Act. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom signed bipartisan legislation Thursday to expand housing production in California, streamline will help address the interrelated problems of climate change and housing affordability by promoting denser housing closer to major employment hubs. That’s seen as a critical element in limiting California’s greenhouse gas emissions. (INT)

Riverside County has launched a new $15 million initiative to support child care centers throughout the county. It is made possible with federal COVID-19 relief funds the county received from the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law this year. The funds will be administered by First 5 Riverside County. (INT)

Metrolink will resume service in South Orange County on October 4th after the completion of emergency work to stabilize tracks along a right-of-way in the San Clemente area. The temporary shutdown affects trains on the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines that provide service to San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and Oceanside. Metrolink did not say if Amtrack trains that use the same tracks are also affected. (INT)

A motorist killed in a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday has been identified. The coroner says that Michael Pashley of Santa Ana lost his life on the I-15 at El Cerrito Road. South of Corona. (INT)

A San Bernardino man has been handed a 72 month federal prison term for robbing more than two dozen retail and fast-food stores during a five-month crime spree in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. David Sanchez, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts of interference with commerce by robbery. From November 2020 to April 2021, Sanchez robbed 28 fast food restaurants and retail stores. (INT)

Gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers may soon be on the California endangered species list. The Legislature has approved a bill prohibiting the sale of new such equipment including small off-road engines primarily found in outdoor power devices. Lawmakers were told those engines emit smog-forming pollutants at levels that are projected to outpace those from passenger cars. Workers who breathe exhaust from those engines face health risks, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. (INT)

San Bernardino city officials are seeking public input on the selection of their next police chief. Former chief Eric McBride retired last month. An on-line video is planned Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81622535366?pwd=MUxOcHZMZTB5dGJvK2VVbXhLMUEzZz09 Or Dial in: (720) 707-2699 * Passcode: 751450 (INT)

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) says that $9 billion in projects have been implemented to reduce greenhouse gases. More Californians are buying ‘clean’ vehicles helping to eliminate 11,000 tons of pollutants and toxics from the air. Since 2013, state lawmakers have appropriated $15.4 billion in California Climate Investments funds for projects statewide. (INT)


Witnesses say a pedestrian was impeding traffic before stepping from a center median on Arlington Avenue in Riverside and was struck by a box truck Wednesday. Anthony Ramos, 36, of Riverside died later at Riverside Community Hospital. (INT)

For the second time in just 5-days, a faulty array of solar panels touched off a fire Wednesday in a Riverside warehouse. The 2-alarm blaze spread to stacks of pallet racks. The flames caused $50,000 in damages to the warehouse on Meridian Parkway and Cactus Avenue. (INT)

Pop-up vaccine clinics have expanded to McDonald’s restaurants across Southern California. The vaccines come with free menu items. It’s part of California’s ongoing efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines more convenient. (INT)

Riverside County Supervisors Tuesday proclaimed a local emergency following a powerful thunderstorm that toppled 33 of the Imperial Irrigation District’s (IID power poles in the North Shore area on August 30th. Power was cut to 660 customers for four days. The Supervisors’ action was made in support of the IID in its request for state emergency funding. (INT)

Richard Tworek, Ph.D., the founding President and Provost of Riverside Community College at Moreno Valley, died September 5th after battling a long illness. Memorial services have yet to be announced. (INT)

With pandemic-related unemployment insurance benefits ending, Riverside County is offering residents transitioning back to work through the county’s Workforce Development Centers, also called America’s Job Centers of California. Services are offered virtually and in-person at one of the county’s four Workforce Development Centers located in Riverside, Moreno Valley, Hemet and Indio. For more information, visit www.rivcoworkforce.com.

The City of Fontana has assembled a new multi-disciplined Crisis Response Team that will help the increasing numbers of homeless and permanent residents that suffer from mental illness. When the Community Outreach and Support Team C.O.A.S.T. responds to mental health crisis calls, the team can make an educated, well-rounded assessment to best support the person in crisis and also provide resources to the family or friends that may be trying to help. (INT)

Californians will now know when and where prescribed fires are planned and the projected impact of the smoke on air quality. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has launched an online app with the appropriate information. (INT)

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