|May 30, 2023|
Monday marked the 155th observation of Memorial Day as the nation honored those who have lost their lives in service to the country.
DAVENPORT, IA — The investigation continues to figure out how an apartment building in downtown Davenport partially collapsed.
Calls to ban TikTok in the U.S. are growing louder.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - While some believe that AM radio is going the way of the Edsel, a decision by Ford could prevent some broadcasters from signing off.
KYIV - Russia has stepped up its attacks on Kyiv, seeking to overwhelm the capital's defenses.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - May is winding down true to form with an alternating combination of low clouds, partial afternoon clearing and air conditioned-like temperatures.
SAN JACINTO – (INT) – CalFire is rounding up the last of the Ramona Fire near San Jacinto.
YUCAIPA – (INT) – Motorists will soon be getting more miles-per-charge (MPC) on the I-10 across the Inland Empire.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – (INT) - Brightline West plans to break ground on its high-speed rail project across the San Bernardino County desert by the end of the year.
VICTORVILLE – (INT) – Another high school teacher in San Bernardino County is suspected of unlawful sex with a student.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Meeting in Riverside Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) updated rules on airborne toxics.
BIG BEAR - The Forest Service has announced a final decision about the protection of 13,000 acres between the Big Bear Dam and Baldwin Lake.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A funeral service has been announced for the latest Riverside County sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The campus of UC Riverside has become a beehive of new construction.
PALM DESERT – (INT) – Riverside County’s cooling centers are being readied for reopening.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Students in the San Bernardino City Unified School District have responded to a survey on their sense of belonging.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – New population estimates show that Riverside was the second-fastest-growing large city in California.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - California is the only state in the Union whose Constitution mandates that a county grand jury be sworn in each year.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Two days after it was reopened, there is a partial closure of the San Bernardino National Forest.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Community Resilience Centers (CRCs) are about to join county cooling centers.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Not surprising that gasoline prices have ticked upward for Memorial Day and the opening of the summer travel season.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Researchers at UCLA Health and Harvard have identified 10 pesticides that significantly damaged neurons implicated in the development of Parkinson’s disease.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Those planning a Memorial Day weekend get-away will have plenty of company.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A coalition of 49 attorneys general in California and other states announced a lawsuit over incessant robocalls.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A second round of funding is being made available to build multi-family affordable housing in California.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) – California is striving to conserve 30% of state lands and coastal waters by 2030.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With the summer fire season at hand, public restrictions in the desert are the first to be enacted.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Local property taxes are a big chunk of the revenue flowing into state coffers.
FRESNO – (INT) – Pumps and siphons are being deployed in the flood-prone Central Valley.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Regional patterns have emerged as enrollment in California’s public schools has fallen for the sixth straight year.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has upped its prediction on the formation of the next El Nino.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - La Niña is fading and El Niño appears to be developing.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – In spite of a brief uptick in temperatures during April, the Sierra snowpack is very much in evidence.
Riverside police are saying little about a Sunday shooting in an eastside neighborhood that left one man dead and another injured. The incident occurred in an alley behind an apartment in the 3500 Block of Chicago Avenue. (INT)
A helicopter staged water-drops on a flaming boat in Lake Perris Monday. The boat caught fire near Alessandro Island. There was no immediate word on how many people were aboard the boat but there were no reported injuries. (INT)
An assault has turned into a case of murder in Moreno Valley. First-responders found a male dead in a parking lot on Alessandro Boulevard Saturday night. Details of the incident and the victim’s identity were being withheld. (INT)
A series of 55-hour-long closures on the 210 freeway in Rancho Cucamonga have been completed ahead of schedule. The closures were necessary to accommodate final construction later this summer of the Route 210 Lane Addition and Base Line Interchange Project. (INT)
A Los Angeles County resident is facing federal charges of using counterfeit postage to ship millions of parcels throughout the United States. Lijuan Chen operated a business in the City of Industry and applied bogus shipping labels to parcels that were transferred to USPS facilities. Losses to USPS were estimated at more than 60 million dollars. (INT)
Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) has raised just over 100-thousand-dollars that will create up to 700,000 meals for those facing food insecurities in the Inland Empire. The funds were raised at a recent Million Meals Gala. (INT)
A re-birth of the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa begins May 31st with the groundbreaking for a new performing arts venue. It is funded through voter-approved bond measure CC and state-matching funds. The 24-thousand square foot building will house instructional spaces for music, theater and dance programs. (INT)
Donna and Jon Croel, new residents of Palm Springs, were so captivated by the Plaza Theatre restoration project that they gave $2 million as a matching grant. Built in 1936, the building was used for film premieres and screenings, nationally broadcast radio theatre programs, and other performances including “The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies.” (INT)
115 projects will benefit from state funding for improving groundwater supplies, flood management, water conservation and water quality. Nearly 1-million-dollars was awarded by the Department of Water Resources for a reliable drinking water supply and fire protection in the Twin Pines area near Banning. (INT)
Space is a concern for many apartment dwellers. RentCafe compared costs for a 1-bedroom apartment in the Inland Empire. For a budget of $1,500, Riverside will get you the minimum size of 596 square feet. San Bernardino has the most generous apartment sizes in the region, reaching up to 721 square feet for the same monthly budget. (INT)
Comparing apartment rents, sizes
Seventeen people were displaced, including six children, in the wake of a Memorial Day apartment house fire in Coachella. One apartment unit was destroyed and two others damaged. (INT)
Investigators are without the cause of a large fire at a Fontana recycling center. Friday’s blaze on Etiwanda Avenue threatened a warehouse, but was confined to tons of bundled cardboard stored outside. (INT)
A pedestrian struck and killed by a sheriff’s patrol vehicle in Moreno Valley had been identified. Rafaela Salazar-Ruiz, 27, was hit in the pre-dawn darkness Thursday at Cactus Avenue and Heacock Street. The deputy was not on an emergency response. The California Highway Patrol is trying to determined what happened. (INT)
Authorities in Chino have disclosed another Inland Empire case of child molestation at a daycare center. Jose Flores-Miranda, 56, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of a 6-year-old female stemming from an incident that occurred in 2018. Flores-Miranda owned and operated a child daycare center at his residence on Benson Ave. (INT)
The San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) will use a 200-thousand-dollar grant to address the growing academic achievement gap between African-American students and their peers. The grant comes from the California Department of Education's Educator Excellence and Equity Division. (INT)
SoCalGas is offering grants to help eligible residential customers pay their natural gas bills. Income-qualified customers can receive a one-time grant of up to $400 per household. Approximately $3 million in grants still remain. (INT)
Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif) has reintroduced a sweeping public lands package. Included are protections for the San Gabriel Mountains by preserving thousands of acres of land and water for future generations. Representative Judy Chu commented that “The Los Angeles area is among the most park-poor regions of the country despite being blessed by gorgeous rivers, forests, and mountains of the San Gabriels right in our backyard.” (INT)
Rialto has become the newest location for an expanding network of travel centers. The Pilot Company has opened the latest on the I-15 at Exit 119. It caters to professional drivers and all travelers. The grand opening on May 19th included the presentation of a 20-thousand-dollar donation to the Rialto Unified School District Family Literacy Program. (INT)
Democrat Will Rollins says he’s embarking on an 18-month “people-powered” campaign to turn veteran congressional Republican Ken Calvert of Corona out of office. Rollins narrowly lost to Calvert in the November 2022 election. Rollins opened his campaign Tuesday announcing a long list of endorsements. (INT)
Survivors with losses caused by the severe storms, floods, landslides and mudslides that began in February have until June 5th to apply for federal disaster assistance. It’s available to individuals and households in San Bernardino County and in ten other northern California counties. (INT)