Rialto in the news April 29th 2012

Man struck, killed by train in Rialto

Posted:   04/28/2012 03:50:03 PM PDT
A Long Beach man died Friday night when he was struck by a Metrolink train in Rialto.

DeJuan De Mario Byrd, 35, was struck by a westbound train at the Sycamore Avenue crossing at 9:09 p.m., San Bernardino County coroner’s officials said.

Rialto police are investigating the incident.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20504293/man-struck-killed-by-train-rialto#ixzz1tRmWo3XX

Cousins from Fontana, Rialto shot to death in San Bernardino

Posted:   04/28/2012 07:40:30 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Two cousins were shot to death Saturday, police said.Rudolfo Trujillo, 29, of Rialto and Daniel Aguilar, 33, of Fontana died after being struck in the 1200 block of North Mountain View Avenue.

San Bernardino police officers responded to reports of shots at around 11:18 a.m., according to Capt. Gwendolyn Waters.

One victim has found inside a home and the other was found outside but nearby.

Both men were declared dead at the scene.

The motive for the shooting is unknown and the identity of the suspect or suspects is unknown.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Brian Lewis at (909) 384-5762.

joe.smilor@inlandnewspapers.com

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20506206/cousins-shot-death-san-bernardino?source=most_viewed#ixzz1tRmft0fi

Make better choices

Also all of these board memebers have been given a list of interview questions for the Rialto Now blog and none have returned them its almost been a year. They don’t like to be questioned, and the funny part it was a softball interview nothing to telling of them. Only memeber Edgar Montes and member Martinez have even said they would complete them. Any resident looking to make their voice heard on our blog please go to www.rialtonow.wordpress.com and comment on the most recent or current story that you would like to have a story posted and we will email you with the nessicary information.

Voice of the People

Make better choices

Bianca Urbinasbsun.com

Posted:   04/25/2012 03:21:59 PM PDT

As I watched the April 11 Rialto school board meeting, I wasn’t surprised to see the board vote 4-1 (board member Montes voting no) to approve payment for board member Joanne Gilbert, who missed the March 28 board meeting where the board voted to issue pink slips to the classified workers.

Gilbert is not the first board member to be paid even though they didn’t attend the board meeting; board member Michael Ridgway last year was paid for two board meetings he didn’t attend.

 

 

This board also approved the superintendent’s contract where he is earning roughly $300,000 a year, including benefits, retirement and car allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This board also approved for 32 staff members to attend a leadership training costing the district more than $65,000.

This board also has set policy that each board member has three minutes to give their board report, all because board member Montes is asking questions.

This board also requires anyone who wants to speak during public comment to submit a card no later than 6:45 p.m. before the meetings and it has to be filled out (name, address, etc.), which violates the Brown Act.

This board also seems not to understand the purpose of the Brown Act and would prefer that board member Montes ask all questions behind closed doors.

Residents of the Rialto school district, three board members are up for re-election. Let’s make better choices.

BIANCA URBINA

Rialto

SOS Rialto Water – Referendum Volunteer Organizing Meetings

Dear friends and neighbors:

PLEASE COME THIS WEEKEND to help us sign up Rialto voters on our petition to repeal the City Council’s VERY BAD DECISION to contract out Rialto’s water and sewer system to for-profit American Water Company.

We only have two more weeks to collect the signatures we need to place this crucial decision on the ballot for the voters of Rialto to decide.  THIS DECISION WILL AFFECT RIALTO FAMILIES FOR THE NEXT THREE DECADES!

We will be at the Teamsters hall in Rialto this Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until noon to mobilize volunteers to collect more signatures to overturn the City Council’s decision. The address is provided below.

Please come to one or both of these urgent meetings!

1.      If you already have a petition packet, PLEASE COME THIS WEEKEND TO TURN IN YOUR FINISHED PACKETS AND ALSO TO CHECK IN WITH OUR ORGANIZERS ABOUT YOUR PROGRESS.  If we don’t know how many signatures our volunteers are gathering, we cannot make plans for our campaign over the next two weeks.

2.      If you have not picked up a petition packet yet, PLEASE COME THIS WEEKEND TO PICK UP A PACKET TO SIGN UP YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO STOP THIS VERY BAD DECISION BY CITY COUNCIL.  If you have already been circulating packets, PLEASE COME THIS WEEKEND TO TURN IN YOUR EXISTING PACKET OR PACKETS TO OUR ORGANIZERS AND TO PICK UP ANOTHER PACKET TO CIRCULATE!

I am also attaching a revised version of our Instructions for Petition Circulators.  If you have any questions, please call me at 615.259.1186, or Jerry at 602.684.0552.

If at all possible, please come both days this weekend to help us get across the finish line!  We will have “walk lists” for neighborhood canvassing and everything else you will need to mobilize Rialto voters against the City Council’s terrible decision to contract out Rialto’s water system and to drive up your water and sewer rates.

Thank you for everything you do.  Rialto voters will have the last say in this critical decision if we decide to WIN!

Mark Brooks

SOS Rialto Water/Utility Workers Union of America

 

 

SOS Rialto Water – Referendum Volunteer Organizing Meetings

Saturday & Sunday Mornings

April 28-29

10:00 a.m until Noon

Teamster Local 63 Hall Parking Lot

379 W. Valley Blvd., Rialto, CA  92376

CAP 9th Annual Resource Fair

Fundraising Made Easy Workshops with David’s Marketing We will be here today presenting come out and check it out.

CAP 9th Annual Resource Fair

The CAP Resource Fair is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.  Please join us and meet representatives from agencies throughout San Bernardino County that provide no cost and low cost programs and services to help individuals and families.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Jessie Turner Center
15556 Summit Avenue
Fontana, CA 92336
Representatives from over 100 local community assistance organizations will be present to provide free resources, referrals and information What is CAP?
The City of Fontana, in partnership with Water of Life Community Church, offers Fontana residents no-cost or low-cost community services through the Community Assistance Program (CAP).
CAP provides area residents with the ability to readily access resources and community services; which enrich the lives of families and individuals, enabling them to lead more productive lives.
Fontana’s CAP program brings together community assistance organizations, local churches and schools to  create a network designed to solve problems and assist people in need.
Visitors to our website can obtain information on resources available through the CAP Resource Directory. The directory can be used to look up a specific need or the entire directory can be downloaded and printed. Visitors can also access the Calendar Page to view all upcoming events.
In addition to offering referral services to people in need, the Community Assistance Program is also proven to be extremely effective in helping existing organizations network and share resources. Each month CAP hosts a networking meeting of area service providers. Monthly CAP meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Water of Life Community Church, 7623 East Avenue in the city of Fontana. During each meeting, service providers share resources and ideas with the ultimate goal of providing assistance to citizens in need. It’s a great way for non-profits, schools, churches, and government personnel to get acquainted and network.

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail, Phase I

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail, Phase I from Maple to Cactus Avenue (“Rialto Trail”) Project

The “Rails to Trails” project is in the final stage of the design.  Public Works staff is reviewing the final design Plans and Specifications.  It’s anticipated that the project will go out to bid for construction in the coming months.  The City has received a Transportation Development Act (TDA), Article 3, Grant in the amount of $330,000 from SANBAG.  Staff is working to obtain a Traffic Enhancement (TE) Grant in the amount of $600,000 also from SANBAG for this project.  The project includes construction of an eleven (11) foot-wide concrete trail along with landscape, lighting and traffic signals between Maple Avenue and Cactus Avenue.

This project is Rialto’s response to the AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL and calm walking trail Rancho Cucamonga has that extends from the 15 freeway to the far west cities like Claremont.

Cucamonga Trail East

59 Crimes in the first 4 months of 2012 in the area.

As the Picture above shows on www.CrimeMapping.com  in the last 4 months this area where the trail is that connects to the East side of Fontana has experienced 59 documented crimes. I use this trail when I have time and I feel comfortable knowing that my wife and daughter use it as well when they want to get out.

Now Rialto wants to have their own trail that connects to the Fontana one, meaning you would be able to walk or ride from Rialto to well beyond Rancho Cucamonga. Nice right? No not really because they chose a bad area to put it in and last time I spoke about this before the Dias at council meeting everyone in the meeting thought this was a safe area surrounded by Single Family homes. I guess former Chief Mark Kling (who was the police dept rep at that meeting) was unaware of the nickname for the area where phase 1 is to begin. Its Called THE WOODS. It’s a reference to the street names inside this area and the mixture of low-income condos a massive apt complex and some single family homes scattered about.

Rialto Walking Trail Phase 1

161 Crimes in the first 4 months

In this picture above you will see crime in the Phase 1 area for the walking trail is 4 times what it is in Rancho. The city of Rancho Cucamonga makes sure that it has the appropriate amount of resources to keep crime off the trail and deal with surrounding areas. Rancho has police on, off-road vehicles, bike & volunteers in units going up and down the trail giving bad guys the signal that these people are not easy marks & walkers the ability to feel safe while excersing. Rancho has something Rialto doesn’t money because of the creative development they have created there. Yes Rialto has a bike team of officers but it’s always getting shut down to put officers on patrol. Don’t get me wrong I love our police officers and they do the best job they can with the resources provided, but Rialto is a much ruffer city than Rancho and until the City Leadership takes this issue head on nothing will really change.

Now before Councilman and Bar owner (O’Learys) jumps down my throat because he doesn’t like to be questioned let me state the following:

Yes I understand that this is grant money that can’t be spent on anything else. With that said just because we can get the money that doesn’t mean build it no matter if we can keep it safe.

Yes we need nice things for people who live here and are looking to live here to do. But if you are building it you need to make sure that extra money is there to make it safe. If it’s not dedicating police officers have CSO’s or its hiring a private security firm to patrol in uniform and can act as a deterrent. Because leaving people at the mercy of criminals looking to take advantage of people as well as the overburdened dispatch board is simply unacceptable.

At the last Council meeting Joe Baca Jr stated that he thinks that we need more parks and amenities for residents to enjoy, he used bud bender park as an example. An old poorly lit park in disrepair and I agree this park is in bad shape, but I also look at the crime in the area and the amount of tagging that is left on walls and gangs that are left residing there. This park has parking lots that are set in the back and hard to see from street and our police don’t have time like they would like to drive into every park. Plus volunteers can only look and see they don’t make contact.

In conclusion we found out at the council meeting on April 24th that this city has been ignoring the plight of our Rialto Girls Softball. Fallen down light poles and poorly manicured fields leave the girls in a un-safe state of affairs with the city offering little to no solutions. 

Repeal the Bad Water Deal

Ok Everyone this is what it has come down to………………

There are petitions in circulation right now that ALL REGISTERED RIALTO VOTERS CAN & MUST SIGN.

There are people out there with petitions that you can sign. The best bet would be for each and every one of you to go to the:

Teamster Local 63 Hall
379 W. Valley Blvd.,
Rialto, CA  92376
Saturday from 10am-12pm you can go to the location on Valley Blvd and pick up petitions and marketing materials from staff here. Also Anne Lopez is an awesome resident and she is making herself available to those of you that just want to sign the petition. Below is her message to all of you:

I have a petition for any registered Rialto voter resident to sign.  We need 6000 signatures.  If any one is interested in signing you can reach me by email and I will come to you.  anne.67.lopez@gmail.com.  I will also be in front of Stater Brother’s on Monday April 23, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. located at 571 East Foothill Blvd. Rialto, CA 92376.  Please come out and show you support.

In addition David Phillips will also come to you to give you the opportunity to sign a petition Email him at davidsmarketing@aol.com .

Also Anne and David Phillips will be at the next City Council Meeting Tuesday at 6pm with petitions outside council chambers.

We will be adding more locations this week so add your email address to the right and get all the updates sent directly to your email and know of every single location. Also we are looking for spanish speaking petition gathers to work our hispanic markets.

If you are a Rialto business owner and would allow signature gathers outside your business or would like to collect signatures as well let one of the contacts on here know and we will get you what you need.

If you have questions you can call:

Mark at (615) 259-1186

OR

Jerry at (602) 684-0552

Dining choices are few

I have lived in Rialto since 1969 and during that time the leadership in this community has done little or nothing to attract quality businesses.

There is no Target, Office Max, Best Buy, etc. I am amazed when I venture to north Fontana and see the businesses in the Summit Center. How did Fontana succeed when all we get from the Rialto mayor and her cronies are empty promises of a Target and an In-N-Out? One of the promises was if they built a new fire station that the land left vacant would be used to build an In-N-Out.

I am still waiting to order my double-double.

Other than Carrows and Corky’s, there is not even a good sit-down family restaurant north of Base Line. There are discount 99-cent stores and fast-food places.

What did the leadership of this community do with the money that they already had? They are bemoaning the fact that they will lose redevelopment money but what happened to the funds prior to this?

Since they squandered the funds in the past I will not support a raise in water and sewer rates and I encourage others to oppose the increase as well.

HARLAN McWHORTER

Rialto

This letter was in the editorial portion of the Sun Newspaper on 4-20-12. Please click the link and post your comments on this issue because this will be a big reason to wipe the slate clean in the city of Rialto.

http://www.sbsun.com/letters/ci_20437131/dining-choices-are-few

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