November 26, 2022
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RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A switch-on ceremony at dusk Friday initiated Riverside's main feature for the holidays, the Festival of Lights.
NEW YORK - The world's skinniest skyscraper is now complete — and its interiors are remarkable.
Retailers are braced for their biggest test of the year.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside police are trying to sort out circumstances in the deaths of three persons Friday at a home in the mid-city area.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - As the long, breezy Thanksgiving holiday winds down, Southern Californians could be looking at a double chance of rain next week.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Thousands of Southern California Edison (SCE) customers spent part of their Thanksgiving without power.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern Californians on-the-go will have plenty of company before the Thanksgiving Holiday winds down late Sunday.
CABAZON – (INT) – An extensive investigation is likely to follow the Tuesday evening crash of a small plane not far from the Banning Municipal Airport.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – The shooting deaths of two women in Moreno Valley over the weekend tragically climaxed a case of domestic violence.
INDIO – (INT) – An anticipated spike in respiratory illnesses may have arrived early.
RANCHO MIRAGE – (INT) - A Coachella Valley estate once owned by the late newspaper publisher William McClatchy has hit the market.
INLAND EMPIRE – Democrat Will Rollins conceded defeat Monday in his attempt to end Corona Republican Ken Calvert’s 30-year run in Congress.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Riverside County Supervisor Churck Washington has been elected president of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Construction has started on permanent headquarters of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – City officials are touting Moreno Valley’s job growth.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County prosecutors are growing more critical over the number of criminal cases being dismissed.
BIG BEAR – (INT) – Resorts in the San Bernardino Mountains are getting a jump start in downhill action.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside residents are not as optimistic about life in their city.
MERCED – (INT) - Precipitation, temperature, the amount of stored water available – the past three years have been the driest period on record in California.
ENSENADA – (INT) – Aftershocks from a strong M6.2 undersea earthquake are rippling along the northern shore of Baja California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 10,611,075 confirmed cases to date.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Through the creation of the 'US Dishonesty Index', a new report has discovered America's biggest bluffers.
WASHINGTON - House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has served further notice that his potential speakership will be politically volatile.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The Climate Prediction Center’s latest outlook shows a third consecutive dry winter for Southern California.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is clearing the way for California to provide “driverless” autonomous vehicle (AV) passenger service.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - California’s housing crisis stems from too much demand chasing after limited supply.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is laying claim to the world’s first plan to achieve net zero carbon pollution.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - California has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers of substances, commonly referred to as PFAS.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – The California Energy Commission is calling on oil companies and refiners to explain their roles in the August-October gasoline price spike.
OAKLAND – (INT) – Social media platforms are coming under increasing pressure to stop the spread of disinformation and misinformation.
OAKLAND – A new effort against gun violence is being pushed.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California’s end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency is in sight.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – There are signs that La Nina may be losing its grip on California and the northern Hemisphere.
An elderly man was severely burned in a late Friday night fire that heavily damaged a small Riverside home. First responders found the victim outside the back door on Lively Street. An arson investigation was initiated but the cause of the fire was undetermined. (INT)

A suspect in a Yucaipa murder earlier this year has died in the jail ward at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. Francisco Fraga-Menendez, 67,of Yucaipa had serious medical issues. He was arrested last June and was facing murder charges. (INT)

A 2-alarm response brought more than a dozen fire trucks to the Quality Inn Hotel in San Bernardino Wednesday evening. As all guests were evacuated, firefighters needed only 30 minutes to knock down a fire between the 2nd and 3rd floors. There was smoke damage in several rooms, but 75 others were unscathed. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (INT)

Two Palm Desert men are suspected of vandalizing over forty businesses in the Coachella Valley the past two months. Costs to repair windows shattered by pellets and sling shots are estimated at over $150,000. (INT)

Victorville is one step closer to forming the first Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA) in California. The CRIA is an economic and affordable housing tool for government agencies to finance revitalization of disadvantaged communities like Old Town Victorville. (INT)

Just over 1-million dollars in state grant funding is coming to the San Bernardino Police Department to fund personnel to bolster tobacco enforcement efforts. The money is from the Department of Justice’s annual Tobacco Grant Program. (INT)

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Organized Retail Crime Task Force (ORCTF) is increasing their surveillance at shopping centers throughout the state during the remainder of the holidays. Shopping centers across California will have “saturated patrols as CHP regional teams work with local law enforcement agencies to help make arrests and recover stolen merchandise,” Governor Newsom said.

Residents of San Bernardino and Loma Linda are being offered the chance to microchip their pets for free through December 31st. Grant funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the California Animal Welfare Funders Collaborative is making it possible. Microchipping is available Tuesday through Saturday at the San Bernardino Animal Shelter at 333 Chandler Place. (INT)

DoorDash and the City of Riverside are linking up to respond to food insecurity. It’s the first such partnership in the nation. DoorDash will share delivery data with the City to help identify additional and greater needs areas. Project DASH is DoorDash’s initiative to empower food banks, food pantries, community-based organizations, and now cities to leverage DoorDash’s logistics. (INT)

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $2.9 million to install Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) charging stations at various safety roadside rest areas in the Inland Empire. They will be situated Interstate 10 near Banning and Blythe and near Yucaipa. A portion of the allocations were derived from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. (INT)

A Riverside man is being held without bail on suspicion of committing a double stabbing near Fontana. Sheriff’s investigators allege that Alex Zamora, 20, was involved in an altercation Tuesday at a home on Athol Street. One of the victims, Vanessa Gonzalez, 26, later died. Zamora was arrested in Riverside on Wednesday. (INT)

The Riverside Transit Agency will introduce a micro-transit service dubbed GoMicro in the Hemet-San Jacinto area December 19th. Mini-buses will operate daily at 300 stops in a 30 square-mile-area. The on-demand service is being offered without charge through January 7th. (INT)

A 3-year-old girl was killed and another child severely injured in an early Wednesday crash on the 60-215 freeway in Riverside. CHP investigators said a truck “experienced mechanical issues” causing a sedan to hit the truck and overturn near Blaine Street. The Riverside Fire Department said the driver of the sedan survived with moderate injuries. Killed was Zaylee Embery of Riverside. The CHP said alcohol was involved in the crash. There were reports that could not be independently verified that the child’s mother was arrested. (INT)

A Moreno Valley woman pleaded guilty Tuesday November 22nd to federal charges of conspiring with her husband to steal nearly $1 million in COVID-19 pandemic-related unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Lizette Berrios Lathon, 45, also fraudulently obtaining more than $63,000 in sickness benefits while she worked at Amtrak. (INT)

An Arcadia woman was sentenced Monday November 21st to 240 months in federal prison for causing tens of millions of dollars in losses to investors who provided funds intended for a hotel and condominium complex in the Coachella Valley. Instead, Ruixue “Serena” Shi, 38, used the money to finance her lavish lifestyle. A federal judge also ordered Shi to pay $35,842,329 in restitution. (INT)

The California Air Resources Board Thursday November 17th approved a $2.6 billion investment plan that will help Californians benefit from the state's transition to zero-emission transportation. Projects range from incentives for cleaner trucks and buses, and mobility options such as bike- and car-sharing, to consumer rebates for clean cars. (INT)

A Homeless Outreach Proactive Enforcement Team (H.O.P.E.) swept through thirty homeless encampments in the Highland area Friday. Thirteen individuals were given direct assistance. Two met the criteria for the county's Project Room Key program and were provided placement at a local motel. (INT)

Applications are being accepted until November 30th for superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the state’s seventh-largest. An appointment is expected to be made in February 2023. (INT)

More than sixty schools across the Inland Empire are joining the Cyber Watchdog. It’s a free-to-play mobile video game. The app will raise high school youth awareness of, and gain proficiencies related to careers in Cybersecurity/IT in the IE. Cyber Watchdog was developed in collaboration with video game developer Skillsgapp. (INT)

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