California to Outlaw Bacon in 2022?

It’s not often that bacon leads a roundup of new laws taking effect with the New Year in California.

But even in progressive California, that’s the headline-grabber.

It’s among a host of other legislation designed to safeguard employees, shield those seeking abortions, protect protesters from police, spare children from gender influence in-store displays, and further ease criminal penalties to reduce mass incarceration.

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They are among hundreds of new laws also addressing everything from stealthily removing condoms to handing out disposable packages of condiments.

But first…

WHAT ABOUT THE BACON?

The sausage-making stems from a 2018 ballot measure where California voters set the nation’s toughest living space standards for breeding pigs starting Jan. 1.

Industry lawsuits opposing the initiative failed, but grocers and restauranteurs are now suing to force a 28-month delay. Critics including some lawmakers of both parties have called for putting off enforcement until 2024 for fear prices will rise and jobs will be lost.

California is allowing the continued sale of pork processed under the old rules, which proponents say should blunt any shortage and price surge.

$15 MINIMUM WAGE

California becomes the first state to require a $15-an-hour minimum wage for businesses with more than 25 employees, though Washington, D.C., and many California cities in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas already reached that milestone.

Related: Marijuana: 5 things to watch for in California in 2022

The minimum for businesses with 25 or fewer employees bumps to $14 with the new year and will increase to $15 per hour on Jan. 1, 2023. From then on, the wage will rise annually based on inflation.

The increases were set in motion by a 2016 law. Similarly, Illinois and New Jersey are boosting their minimum wage by $1 each year until they hit $15 an hour in 2025.

HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

Gov. Gavin Newsom promised to double down on addressing California’s affordable housing and related homelessness problem after he handily defeated a recall election in September.

Days later, he approved two measures designed to sidestep local zoning ordinances. One allows local governments to rezone neighborhoods near mass transit for up to 10 housing units.

The second requires cities to approve up to four housing units on what was a single-family lot, over the objections of municipal leaders. Some cities were rushing to pass ordinances undercutting the law before it takes effect, while other opponents are gathering signatures for a ballot measure that would restore local control.

PROTECTING EMPLOYEES

California becomes the first U.S. state to bar warehouse retailers like Amazon from firing workers for missing quotas that interfere with bathroom and rest breaks. It also becomes the first state to require the garment industry to pay workers by the hour.

It also now bars secret employment settlements involving discrimination based on race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, expanding on a 2018 law.

EDUCATION

Among two-dozen new higher education laws are two that try to make it easier for students in community colleges to transfer into public universities. One streamlines an application process that students have described as a maze, while another requires community college classes to have the same course numbers as the comparable courses in four-year colleges to reduce confusion.

RECYCLING AND WASTE

California is expanding on its existing law that allows restaurants to distribute single-use straws only upon request. Now take-out places can give consumers single-use condiment packages like ketchup and mustard and utensils like knives, forks and spoons only if asked.

It’s among numerous new laws designed to cut waste. One sets what advocates call the nation’s strictest standards for the “chasing arrows” recycling symbol. Another toughens regulations for what can be used in compost.

Yet what California regulators say is the “biggest change to trash in 30 years” comes from a law passed in 2016 that takes effect Jan. 1.

It requires local governments to provide organics recycling collection to all residents and businesses, and phases in a requirement for businesses and large food generators to donate unsold food to distribute to Californians in need.

GENDER-NEUTRAL STORE DISPLAYS

California becomes the first state to require large department stores — those with at least 500 employees — to display products like toys and toothbrushes in gender-neutral ways.

The requirement does not include clothes and does not ban traditional boys’ and girls’ sections. But it says large stores must also have a gender-neutral section displaying a “reasonable selection” of items “regardless of whether they have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys.”

Enforcement won’t start until Jan. 1, 2024.

RESTRICTING POLICE

Several laws that fizzled in 2020 despite national unrest over the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer were signed into law in 2021.

They include measures limiting police use of rubber bullets against protesters and providing a way to decertify troubled officers, though some of the certification process doesn’t take effect until January 2023.

Other new laws bar a type of restraint hold that has led to deaths and specify when officers have a duty to intervene to prevent or report excessive force. Another expands the list of police misconduct records that must be made public.

The state also is increasing the minimum age to become a police officer from 18 to 21 and requiring the state attorney general to investigate all fatal shootings by police of unarmed civilians, including those where there is a reasonable dispute over whether that civilian was armed.

EASING CRIMINAL PENALTIES

California is taking additional steps to ease criminal penalties, building on a decade of efforts to reduce mass incarceration.

Among them, it is ending mandatory minimum prison or jail sentences for nonviolent drug offenses, thus giving judges more discretion to impose probation or other alternative sentences.

It is expanding on a 2019 law that limited the use of the felony murder rule, which previously allowed accomplices in felonies to be convicted of murder if someone died but now is restricted to people who intended to kill or directly participated.

And it is creating the presumption that those arrested on allegations of violating their probation be freed on their own recognizance unless a judge deems them to be a public safety or flight risk.

It is also limiting prison terms for those associated with street gangs, considering mitigating circumstances in applying sentencing enhancements, and retroactively removing other enhancements for repeat offenders and certain prior drug crimes.

Riverside Ave Closed For Up To Nine Months

Late December of 2021 the City Of Rialto posted that they would be replacing almost Three Miles of North and South lanes of Riverside Ave between Galway Street in the North and Foothill to the South. In the social media post that the city posted on Facebook there were two links provided. One link sent you to a YouTube video that provided little additional information. The other link sent you to an error page on the cities website:

“Improvements are coming to Riverside Avenue, between Galway Street and Foothill Boulevard. Check out the video to learn more about the Riverside Avenue North Street Reconstruction Project, beginning in January 2022. Visit the project website, yourrialto.com/RiversideAveNorth, for more information and to sign up for project updates.” https://youtu.be/54nMo1nIHnw

To find the information you want to need to know about the closure you once again have to go through a confusing maze of links to get where you need to go. To find the information you need you can read it here or click this link. Here are some of the questions the link on the website answers:

When will construction begin?
Construction is expected to begin in January 2022
and will take approximately nine months to
complete. Construction is dynamic and this
schedule is subject to change. Please be alert
when traveling through the area, and follow all
posted construction and traffic signs. Safety is our
top priority.


What can I expect during project construction?
Construction will take place weekdays, Mondays
through Fridays between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
At least one lane in each direction on Riverside
Avenue will be open at all times. You may notice
concrete barriers and traffic cones to separate
work areas from traffic. Please be aware and use
caution throughout the project area as workers
and heavy equipment will be present. You should
allow extra time to reach your destination as you
may experience delays related to construction
activities.


Where can I learn about planned closures and
construction activities?

Regular updates on project construction, including
planned closures and detours will be available on
an interactive Google Map on the project website,
yourrialto.com/RiversideAveNorth.


Who can I contact for more information?
For questions or more information call the project
hotline, (909) 490-5442, or email
RiversideAveNorth@rialtoca.gov.

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Rialto Now 2020 Voter Guide

Rialto you once again have way to many people to choose from when it comes to electing new leaders. We have spent years in Rialto and we know a lion share of the people running for this years open seats. This guide is not a paid opportunity and isn’t tied to one party over the other. These seats are all ones where we need people wo don’t toe a party line but are willing to do whatever it takes to represent the people.

Some School Board Candidates were left off the image above and a couple faces got cut off this was not done on purpose we promise.

So without further to do here we go:

Rialto Mayor

For Rialto Mayor we were excited to see this race develop. You have Ed Palmer a strong former City Councilman and Small Business owner coming back to apply what he learned about this race 4 years ago. While you have Lupe Camacho looking to come in to steal the show. We feel that Ed Palmer will be the best choice for Rialto moving forward. If your worried about what will happen to Rialto’s development movement you can be rest assured that Ed Palmer did a lion share of this work already and can keep us moving forward.

For Mayor vote Ed Palmer

Rialto City Council

Nobody sitting on the council right now has my support. Councilman Trujillo made National news by trying to hold a secret meeting at City Hall about making Rialto a Sanctuary City. He has shown since that he has little to no voice and can’t stand up for Rialto when they need him. Councilman Carrizales is no better he is so tied to the Mayor that he couldn’t see or choose to not look as the Mayor gifted funds and city buildings to select people and non profits. At best he is a good looking face to stand in front of businesses he had no hand in attracting to Rialto. He also can’t vote on many business items in Rialto as he has to recuse himself time and time again.

Our picks to replace these two poor choices are Andrew Karol and Stacey Augustine.

Andrew Karol I know well and have had the pleasure of working with him for more than 10 years. My haters will be happy to know that Andy has not been shy to tell me when he thinks I am wrong or going to far. He always did it with care and tact. About 6 years ago when racial tensions were at a tipping point and a group of black lives activists were planning a demonstration in Rialto Andy led a group of officers to meet with the protestors and start conversations about how minorities and police interact with each other. Andrew Karol would make a fine Councilman that will represent everyone.

Stacey Augustine I have not known for long and there was a time I did not trust him. It wasn’t anything that Stacey did it was more about the people he surrounded himself with, I was unsure of his agenda. Stacey was the Chair of the Budget Advisory Committee that I also served on. Stacey was a fair Chair and we had a lot on meaningful conversations. As a corporate leader he also decided to bring something to Rialto that is needed and took a gamble brining it to the heart of the city. Stacey is bringing a restaurant/pool hall to downtown Rialto. Many downtown business owners have shared with me that they feel abandoned or forgotten in the Downtown Area so Stacey will bring someone with skin in the game that I believe cares.

Rialto Unified School Board

With Joe Ayala stepping away it clears space for at least one new face to sit on the school board and everyone has their candidate lined up to take a seat and do their bidding. Three seats are up this year With Nancy O’Kelly and Joseph Martinez are running for re election. I am only backing two candidates this go around and you don’t have to vote for three.

My picks are Mirna Ruiz and Joseph Martinez.

Joseph Martinez has always been kind, thoughtful and not hard to get a hold of. He has always taken my call or found time to talk about a problem even when he knew I wasn’t happy with anyone at the moment. He also knows when to stay out of the way and let staff handle things he isn’t the guy that needs to have the mic or be front and center for the photo. Martinez known for his love of STEM will be found in the background support students and staff at his favorite events. Joe is an all around good guy and the type of person you need leading your schools.

Mirna Ruiz is what every student needs on a school board. Mirna is a Special Ed Mom and a Special Ed Advocate. All to many times districts fail to do what is in the best interest of SPED students. Most of the time it is out of shear ignorance to how SPED programs work, the rest is willful defiance of a legal document. To put 2020 and this election into perspective over 400 SPED parents have sued school districts this year for lack of serivces provided. That is over 400 students that their IEP’s are so messed up that the parents had no other recourse then to sue the school. Don’t you think having someone on the board that knows a thing or two about SPED would be a good thing?

 

So all that you have left to do is vote, its easy this year you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to. If you don’t vote you can’t complain!

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Lawsuits & The Rialto Mayors Race

Last week one of the candidates running for mayor hosted a Facebook live where they talked about both of their challengers and the lawsuits they have filed recently. Lupe Camacho held a Facebook Live on her campaign page where she spoke about the failed lawsuit that Mayor Deborah Robertson filed against then Councilman Ed Palmer trying to get him kick off the council because she claimed he didn’t live in the city limits when he ran for council. Then Attorney General Kamala Harris found that Mayor Robertson was wrong and her lawsuit failed to move forward.

Then Lupe Camacho began to talk about the lawsuit that Ed Palmer had against the city of Rialto Mrs Camacho made it sound like this was a tit for tat situation. Well there are years between each lawsuit and in the case of Mr Palmer his case is based off of actions he perceives were directed from the mayor in a way to hurt his business that he co owns with Eric Wilson, Patrick Smith & Timothy Stansell. Yes there are three other defendants that Mrs Camacho left out of her Facebook Live.

The case boils down to Code Enforcement officers and other City of Rialto official’s taking aim at Ed Palmers business Raquel’s Jazz Lounge and forcing them to make changes that shut the business down for months costing all four men money and their staff financial hardship. Also Mrs Camacho and others make claims that Ed Palmer is only running for Mayor to win this case and that this case was filed extremely close to the 2020 Mayor Election. This too makes little sense since Mr Palmer had no way of knowing the judge would add this to the court calendar for a jury trail this civil case has documents going back to May of 2019.

Mr Palmer seems to be doing what he has spoken about on the campaign trail, getting the city off the backs of small business owners and leveling the playing field. Mr Palmer shows this by standing by all of this scrutiny on his run for Rialto Mayor while still seeking to make sure his business and the people who run it with him are made whole.

This case reminds us of the 2016 race when Mayor Robertson who claims to be the African American Mayor for her people allowed local painter and celebrity artist Wet Paint Larry to be kicked out of his downtown studio. Wet Paint Larry worked with the mayor during her run for reelection and was repaid for his work by being targeted by the city and eventually kicked out of his studio. There was no grace for a young entrepreneur trying to make his make in society, yet Mayor Robertson lays out the golden carpet for big time developers that spend thousands in her reelection campaigns.

Another item that this writer knows that Mrs Camacho is aware of is the millions that Mayor Robertson and Councilman Ed Scott spent in lawsuits from the wrongful terminations of employees that they didn’t like. Fine people like Glen Anderson and Carl Jones dedicated their lives and lost friends working for this city. Until they dare even utter words that the mayor and Ed Scott don’t like and all of a sudden they are on the chopping block. Rialto lost a lot of amazing employees and have been in the constant cycle of lawsuits because the leadership here is destructive and lacks accountability.

Also Mrs Camacho has yet to produce the bombshell documents that she claims makes Ed Palmer a less than qualified candidate for Mayor, why is that?

Rialto Scrubs City Council Meeting Videos

There once was a time where the public had honest leadership that wanted them to be a part of the process of a prospering Rialto. Apparently those days are far behind the residents of Rialto.

Rialto moved their council meeting to YouTube to give the people a better opportunity to engage with council meetings. People could watch meetings live and make comments or watch the meetings on replay after the meeting was over. As we were cruising YouTube for some information on a new story we were surprised to find that City Council Meetings are no longer broadcast to YouTube and the old council meetings have been removed.

With a laundry list of people looking to replace your city council and mayor the question is will Rialto stand for once again being left in the dark?

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Rialto Continues Downward Spiral

As the Calendar moved to October 1st Rialto proved that things are not well for the Inland Empire city. Reports came from those close to city hall that city manager Rod Foster has decided to retire from his job in Rialto with just being on the job for a little over one year.

The tension was there since the city manager became aware of possible conflict of interest issues with CDBG funds given to the mayors daughters organization. City Manager Rod Foster said the special audit, which will be conducted by the Riverside accounting firm Teaman, Ramirez & Smith, will examine federal grant funding received by all community-based organizations and nonprofits, not just Bethune Center.

Tensions have continued as Rod Foster has worked to try and deal with the $150 million in unfunded liabilities that Rialto is obligated to pay, as well as balance a budget that was on the brink of bankruptcy. Constant battling with the Mayor and trying to right the financial ship of the city while reports come out that Mayor Robertson has been fighting Rod Foster for trying to make things right. Another part to the frustration of the City Manager is the backlash the audits findings caused.

According to those close to city hall the audit of the Bethune Center-NCNW has been a source of concern for the City Manager. Supporters from that community have made it hard for him to do his job and that coupled with the barriers from elected officials his health has begun to deteriorate.

Rialto now is a city run by an all interim cast, Not one single department head is run someone looking to work long term leading Rialto:

  • City Administrator is now interim Stephan Erlandson
  • Public Works interim director Michael Tahan (Former developer and Fontana Councilman)
  • City Engineer interim Savat Khamphou
  • City Attorney interim Eric Vail
  • Community Services interim Sean Grayson
  • Rialto Fire acting Brian Park
  • Community Development acting Manager Karen Peterson
  • Building & Safety interim Justin Edson

The question is why can’t we keep good people and why are the elected officials driving away all of the talented people here? 

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Rialto Mayor Robertson Ignores Constituent Over Minority Arrest Stats

In what is going to be the last meeting for the Rialto City Council until after the November 3rd Election the public comment section was rocked with comments from a Rialto resident seeking help and answers.

Mr. Simmons shows up to address the political members of our community after being ignored by the mayor and even blocked from joining her virtual townhall. This coupled with many other developments over the last 3 years are a direct result of why the mayor has 2 people challenging her for her job as mayor.

One of the most troubling things that residents heard in this communication from Mr. Simmons is that we are still using money as a way to deter people from seeking public records. In this digital day and age one would think that the need to charge people hundreds of dollars for public records would be a thing of the past. Earlier this summer the mayor had BLM ask for her resignation and people that support her say she stands for her community. So now we have to ask, who is her community? BLM wanted her to resign so they are not showing much faith in her. Mr. Simmons is being ignored and locked out of her virtual townhall so he must not be a part of her community. Add to that her complete distain for anyone who even questions her motives, her habitual lies and playing favorites with tax dollars WHO IS IN HER COMMUNITY?

The fact of the matter is that Mr. Simmons who we have reached out to but not spoken to yet is simply asking for questions and is seeking to create some sort of civilian oversight. The fact that the mayor who does not know how to spin another angry minority group in her favor is why Mr. Simmons is being ignored and left out in the cold.

 

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Another Shoe Drops For San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia

Many of the allegations that Mayor John Valdivia made to staff in his office were substantiated in a recent investigation. Articles written by the San Bernardino Sun downplayed the bombshell report but many out in the public are wondering why he has not stepped down as San Bernardino Mayor!

San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia made unsolicited and graphic sexual comments to a former city employee last year and repeatedly berated subordinates in private and public settings, an independent investigator has found.

The city’s top elected official also told a former employee in January that he is “always receiving gifts and not reporting them,” according to Los Angeles attorney Carla Barboza, with whom the city contracted in February to investigate sexual harassment and hostile workplace claims against Valdivia.

Released Tuesday, Sept. 8, executive summaries of the months-long probe substantiate certain allegations brought forward by former city employees Mirna Cisneros, Karen Cervantes and Jackie Aboud.

Seventeen witnesses were interviewed, however, and documents were reviewed as Barboza set out to determine whether it was more likely than not that the allegations were true.

As such, she found Valdivia repeatedly subjected Cisneros, in particular, to lewd and suggestive sexual comments in person and through text messages.

The investigation, which cost San Bernardino $68,000, confirmed Cisneros’ claim that in December, Valdivia bragged about being offered a private jet and how he would “work something out where he does not have to claim it on his forms,” referring to documents elected officials must file when they receive gifts.

A witness confirmed Valdivia went on to tell Cisneros: “There is always a way to get around everything.”

Through interviews, Barboza corroborated Cisneros’ claim that in January Valdivia told her and other staffers not to eat at a dinner recognizing San Bernardino commissioners. The investigation also confirmed that the mayor told Cisneros and others present that the dinner was all about “the John Valdivia show.”

A witness backed Cisneros’ claim that earlier this year Valdivia asked her to be vague when processing a reimbursement to the San Bernardino International Airport for a meeting. He also requested Cisneros not “name names” of whom he met with.

Valdivia told Cisneros a day later that he “always” receives gifts and fails to report them, according to Barboza.

For a copy of the report click here

Read the full story here

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Some Rialto Students Resume Online Learning Today

Rialto Unified School District has been dealing with tech issues and a malware attack to their online learning platform since August 21st. This has been a frustrating time for Teachers, Students and Parents as the District looks to get online learning back on track.

“I think the most important thing that we can recognize is that the Rialto Unified School District needs to thank our parental community, our students, our staff members, including teachers who have been very patient and understanding as we have all been frustrated with this malware that is an outside source,” said district spokesperson Syeda Jafri.

Just two weeks into the school year, the district announced the malware attack on Monday and shut down instruction for Rialto’s approximately 25,000 students. Devices given to high school age children, teachers and staff will be collected this week and replaced in the near future. Elementary and middle school devices were not affected and can be kept.

Jafri says the district’s IT staff has been working tirelessly behind the scenes.

District staff still have not been able to pinpoint when High School education will be able to resume once again. All of this just shows you how important it is go get kids back in school said one parent. While schools and many businesses remain closed California Democrat Nancy Pelosi has recently been caught setting up a private spa day for herself. When the leaders of our government can’t follow the rules they are putting on us it is sad said one RUSD teacher.

Depending on how long it takes District staff to either open up high schools or get devices back to students this will greatly impact our kids future.

Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson Fails To Get SB County Democrat Endorsement

So if 2020 can’t get any crazier hold on to your seats because this is a big election year. Mayor Robertson has been Mayor since 2012 and received the local Democrat nomination in both 2012 and 2016. This year is different because according to sources inside the local party she has been given a vote of no confidence leaving her to fend off two strong challengers in this years election.

Mayor Robertson is up against Former Councilman Ed Palmer and Local public advocate Lupe Camacho. In 2016 Mayor Robertson only had to fend off one challenger and that race was overshadowed by the death of Councilman Shawn O’Connell. This year the Mayor has to fend off Councilman Ed Palmer and new to the Rialto stage Lupe Camacho. Lupe Camacho isn’t some know nothing candidate she has spent the last 2-3 years holding Rialto officials and staff feet to the fire when it came to public works projects and new development. Lupe a knowledgeable former public works employee from Chino has never back down from a fight and knows how things are supposed to be done and where the money is normally hidden.

The SBC Sentinel wrote that Mayor Robertson failed to get the nomination by the County Democrat Committee because:

Robertson faces allegations backed by an investigation for conflict of interest involving a city contract awarded to a nonprofit organization headed by her daughter. She has been dogged as well as a consequence of her support of embattled West Valley Water District Board Member Channing Hawkins.

It is cute that other publications are finally covering SOME of the mayors major public flaws but we have been here telling our readers the same thing and many called us crazy. Well let’s look back at the Mayors history of abusing her power and misusing public funds:

Not getting your parties nomination after getting it regularly is a big problem for the Mayor. The choice is yours who are you voting for in November?

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