Santa Flys Into Sunrise Church In Rialto

This coming Saturday December 20th Santa Claus will be flying in on a helicopter to greet the children of the IE. His fly in will be at Sunrise Church on Ayala & Riverside Ave at 2pm. (See flyer below)

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City of Rialto Holiday Parade and Fair

Rialto Parade Holiday

The Holiday Parade begins at 10:00 am, Saturday, December 13th. Starting at Bloomington Av. and Riverside Ave. traveling south on Riverside Ave towards Rialto City Park. Enjoy the Musical Performance, Vendor Fair and Snow at Rialto City Park following the parade.

 

Coffee With The Chief December

Come out to the final Coffee With The Chief from 8am-9am at Coffee Nutzz in Rialto on Foothill Blvd. Coffee With The Chief is an awesome opportunity to get information from the Cities Top Cop and ask questions of the Chief and his command staff. No matter what your connection is to Rialto your invited. Live, work, play or go to school here your welcome it is one of the best ways to connect with local law enforcement.

Coffee Chieif last q 2014

Last City Council Meeting of 2014

Well 2014 came and went pretty quick. It was a year that was full of tasty tid bits that promise to carry over into 2015 and beyond.

Tuesday’s meeting will include the following:

Swearing in of a new council member – Ed Scott

Presentations from the following groups:

1. International Association of Chiefs of Police/Motorola Webber-  Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement-Police Chief Tony Farrar

2. Presentation-Rialto Firefighters Breast Cancer Awareness Donations and Impact-Fire Captain Matt Blanco

3. Presentation-Rialto Community Coalition-Michael Townsend

(This presentation will be a update on the Rialto Community Coalition’s highly successful #Sober Skater event)

www,facebook.com/rialtocoalition

www,facebook.com/rialtocoalition

4. Resolution Recognizing Retirement-Rialto Board President

Joanne T. Gilbert-Mayor Deborah Robertson

The tab items include Easements, Grant writing, Sale of land approval for a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Approving the next year of the Security Guard Contract.

 

Interview with Rialto PD SCAT Sgt

Three weeks ago rialto Police released a Press Realease on a major sweep they did that targeted tagging crews in the City of Rialto. We wanted to get some first hand knowlwdge from a source close to the investigation so we reached out to Rialto Sgt. Andy Shrouds.

Which crew was responsible?

We do not release the name of the tagging crew because that is exactly what they desire; the publicity. If we were to release the name, then they would gain notoriety and status within the tagging community.

What portions of the city were their tags most widely done?

The vast majority of the tagging has taken place in the central portion of the city. Along Foothill Blvd. between Pepper and Cactus, and north and south from Baseline to Merrill.

What other agencies or resources were uses to make these arrests (school district, local businesses, community)?

We had manpower assistance from the San Bernardino County Probation Department in the form of 8 officers. We also acquired valuable intelligence from  Rialto Unified School District Safety Officers.

Can you speak to recent issues where graffiti was not removed even though it was called in?

I have not personally heard of any instance where graffiti was not removed if it was called in, bet then again, we are not responsible for the removal of graffiti.

Rails to Trails Update

Hello Rialto Now fans and readers. A few weeks ago we posted an article about Rialto’s portion of the Rails to Trails project. We had hard questions about safety and ability to properly maintain the space without letting it look like other common walkways that have been known to become litter and grafitti filled. Well we had a meeting with Lt. Andy Karol & Lt. Bill Wilson and we learned alot about the dedication and attention this project will get.

First off we used stats from http://www.crimemapping.com we did this because at meetings with neighborhood watch captains in the recent past we were told that this was a good way to get a idea of what is going on around you. Well in our meeting we found out that these stats are far from acurate and most of the time change once officers arrive on scene and investigate a call the outcome is diffrent than what was logged on the crime mapping website. We were given reassurances that the grafitti was not a common issue and would be removed right away. When asked why it took so long to remove we were told that the graffiti was left up as a investigative tool to obtain information used to effect a large amount of arrests tied to tagging crews in the Rialto Area.

See our interview with Sgt. Shrouds here: http://wp.me/p1Otmn-zo

Crime isn’t perfect in that area but it has gotten better with the city cleaning up and taking over multiple low income housing areas. With the passing of the new tank farm fuel storage tax that will bring in additional revenues that the city can use to increase safety and security in the area. Talks include stronger partnerships with RUSD public safety department and bringing the sworn bike patrol back.

Long story short the Police Department is dedicated to making Rialto a safe place to live, work and play.

On the issue with the access to the schools we agreed to disagree. Apparently RUSD hired former Rialto Police Lt. Joe Cirilo to give the district a idea of where they are weak and strong in their safety and public safety. This causes me to ask who brokered this deal because our interactions with Joe Cirilo were nothing positive and many times he acted more like a bully than a public servant.

Rialto Community Coalition brings #SoberSkater Event to Rialto Teens

In an effort to help promote healthy lifestyles in Rialto for area teens, the Rialto Community Coalition will be holding a Substance Abuse Prevention Event at the Skate Park on Willow Avenue next to the Johnson Center on November 24, 2014 from 1PM – 4PM.

For more information visit the Coalition Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RialtoCoalition or call (909) 423-0312 and ask for Micheal Townsend

For more information visit the Coalition Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/RialtoCoalition or call (909) 423-0312 and ask for Micheal Townsend

“Meeting teens where they are is vital to successful prevention methods,” said David Phillips a Rialto Community Coalition member. Many times we see Skateboarders as bad kids or trouble makers but once you get to know them and learn more about skateboarding you can see all the talent and potential that lies within”. As the Neighborhood Watch Captain of the Flores Park Group and being involved in many different other community groups, I understand that it is vital to reach out to our youth, especially starting with the skateboarders. There was a stretch where the skate parks were having issues with drugs and gangs. The key to safety was getting adults in the community to invest in a safe atmosphere for teens to skateboard.  It takes more that money it takes personal time”.

The Rialto Community Coalition hopes to add to the success of their other public forum at Eisenhower High School  called “Don’t Go There” where they used exhibits, media, and a powerful presentation from Ray Lozano to highlight the dangers of using drugs and alcohol. At the upcoming #SoberSkater event, participants will be asked to sign a pledge that states that they choose to be a Sober Skater. Also, the planning committee chose the name #SoberSkater to help attract teenagers on social media using hashtags since this is the way teens interact and seek out information on social media sites.

Michael Townsend, a Prevention Specialist with Central Valley Prevention Program, had this to say about the #SoberSkater event:

“The best way to prevent underage drinking and drug use is to identify the target population, develop ways to reach them, and increase enforcement during high risk times.  By hosting the #SoberSkater event, the Rialto Community Coalition is doing exactly that.  They have identified Thanksgiving break as a high risk time for underage drinking and drug use and they have identified skaters as their target population.  In addition, they are working closely with the Rialto Police Department regarding their enforcement efforts. The Rialto Community Coalition members realize that having youth, who have made a commitment to sobriety, speaking directly to other youth, is a very effective method of getting their message out.  So the coalition has engaged youth in this campaign to reduce social hosting.”

The event will include a semi-pro skateboard team called NAI (New Age Intelligence), gourmet food trucks, live music, vendors, and resource providers. There will also be a best trick contest. For more information, visit their Facebook event page at the link below.

https://m.facebook.com/events/1499911183628266?id=1499911183628266&_rdr

What do you know about the Rialto Rails to Trails

The Rails to Trails program is explained by americantails.org as the following:

Rancho Cucamonga as the lead agency, together with San Bernardino Associated Governments and surrounding cities, is developing a multi-purpose trail along the Pacific Electric Railway line. The trail links five cities across the west end of San Bernardino County, and connects to a 7-mile rail trail project in eastern Los Angeles County, creating a 21-mile east-west trail corridor. The trail is a source of great civic pride in Rancho Cucamonga, and is credited with improving health, the environment, and the local economy; increasing real estate values along the trail corridor; providing links between the trail and mass transit systems (Metrolink, bus); and promoting historic preservation through connections to historic landmarks and historical sign displays.

( Above is taken from an article. The entire article can be found at http://www.americantrails.org/resources/benefits/SanBernardinoHC08.html )

As stated in the excerpt from the article Rancho Cucamonga is the lead agency in the area with the oldest portion of trail and the most expansive. Rancho also does something else very well they maintian and keep the trail as safe as possible. Can Rialto create a safe place for residents to excersise? I have been bringing this up for the last few years as the City has taken grant money to get this project started and completed. Last time I brought this up to the Police Chief and his command staff at coffee with the cheif in October I was told that the area where the trail will go is much safer than it used to be. So I was interested in this was it safer? Also if it is safer how much safer is it? We went to Crimemapping.com to see how it laid out for the last two months and this is what we saw:

Crime Mapping Rails to trails

Now I’m not sure what you call safe but 245 crimes in just a 2 month span does not look very safe. Also most of these crimes are violent types of crimes assults, robberies stolen vehicles. So Since Rancho Cucamonga is the case study and the reason we are undertaking this endevor lets look at a simular section of trail and the area once again using http://www.crimemapping.com what does it look like?

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It looks very, very diffrent same time period same type of area where the trail dumps off into the next city 47 crimes in two months. This is why when people want to workout they go to this trail its safe.

Now the next disturbing trend on this project is that this public trail will be the first to have access gates to our schools. Yes the public and children will be able to slip onto campus through an approved back door. I spoke to Russel Silva who was an unsuccessful candidate for RUSD School Board and he shared my same concerns about access gates on the trail. Speaking to School Board Member Edgar Montes he was in favor of the gates and didn’t see a major security issue?

Finally are we creating a fee path for criminals to further and easier victimize our community? Before the area had trash weeds and uneven ground making it more difficult to traverse. Now we are going to give criminals clear free access to homes back yards, ability to go from one city to the next and remain off the beaten path, easier access to schools and a new area to tag and sell drugs at.

Don’t believe me are you still buying the load of garbage we have been fed by those at city hall that agree with this project? Right now the walls of the construction site have large graffiti tags from one end to another. The construction crews see it everyday and don’t do anything, Mike Story has been advised 4 times by me (David Phillips) personally and I have called the graffiti hotline twice on this spot. I even spoke directly to the graffiti removal person over the phone and alerted him to the issue and nothing has been done. Here are some pictures of the tags from Cedar behind Rialto Middle School.

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Rialto Police Department has said they will re-staff the bike patrol unit but this has happened before and the unit keeps getting shut down its almost the first thing to go. What we have here is a lot of people ignoring the issues to feed some self serving political agenda. Here are a list of the issues one more time:

  1. Cost – The City Council would like for you to take their line that its grant money and not your money being spent on this project. That is untrue grant money is your money just in a different form. Also general fund money is being spent on this project now. We are paying people salaries to oversee and manage the work being done and this trail will need maintenance and repairs. Rialto does not have a strong suit maintaining public facilities.
  2. Safety – Don’t let anyone fool you the areas that this trail will extend to are not nice areas. You would not sell your home and move into the area most of us wouldn’t even drive through. On top of that we are going to give additional access to two schools and further stretch safety measures. Not to mention this is prime drug trafficking area and it appears that the people tasked with completing the project cold care less about what the area looks like.

Since the city has been so dead set on this project no matter what issues people bring to their attention we need to make sure they deliver on what they promised. It’s time for campaign promise’s to be real life promise’s

Will Election Lies & Breaking The Rules Win In Rialto’s Council Race?

So in the twelfth hour of the 2014 race for Rialto City Council it appears Ed Scott has once again used people in his campaign. Ed Scott has a campaign flyer that has him pictured with Lt Kathy Thompson & Police Volunteer Terry Thompson without their permission and in uniform. Reports are that both officers are very upset and not Ed Scott Supporters. See the image below:

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Reports are the Thompsons are doing something Ed Palmer and Deborah Robertson didn’t do when their images were used without permission they are filing a complaint with the FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) to have this use investigated. Ed Scott’s lies are building and it’s not even November 4th yet:

  • Told RPBA that he was in support of Measure “U” and then at the last candidate forum he said he was against it.
  • Used Mayor Pro Tem Ed Palmers photo on his facebook page without permission.
  • Used Mayor Robertson’s name as a supporter without her permission.
  • Used Lt Thompson & Terry Thompson’s images without approval.

Do you see a pattern here lies and using people so I guess the banner tag line should be:

“I will lie and use people to get what I want” instead of “Proven Leadership” the only thing he has proven is that he has poor leadership qualities.

Don’t forget to read the other misgivings in this City Council Election on our previous post http://wp.me/p1Otmn-yl

Final Rialto Candidate Forum Today

The final candidate forum of the 2014 election year is today and will only highlight two of the may areas up for grabs on November 4th. The two areas that will be covered are City Council ( two seats open out of four candidates ) and Rialto Unified School Board ( two seats open with six people for the seats ). One interesting portion of this event is it appears Ed Scott will poke his head out and finally speak publicly on the race which he has primarily done through private fundraisers and mailers & signs. It will be nice to see a majority of the candidates out together and we can hear their view points at the same time. The event is at the Rialto Senior Center on South Riverside Ave. See flyer below for more info.

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