Rialto Las Colinas Residents Breath a Collective Sigh of Relief

On Tuesday night at around 9:30 pm a brush fire broke out in North Rialto where Sierra Ave and the 15 freeway meet. With winds gusting to 45 M.P.H the fire quickly took off and became an instant hazard to Las Colinas residents.

By 11:00 pm the fire had grown to 20 acres and when it was all said and done the fire consumed 140 acres. On the news residents could be seen pouring out of the Las Colinas community. Many people worried about people that they knew living in the Las Colinas area. On ABC 7 news shots of palm trees and backyard fences on fire had people on the edge of their seats as they watched this wind driven fire began to try and jump across Riverside Ave.

The quick work of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a total of 26 engines, seven hand crews, three bulldozers, Rialto Fire and one sheriff’s department patrol helicopter made quick work of this fire and brought it under full containment in a matter of hours.

Rialto Police Department took to the streets of the area making voluntary evacuation notices and securing the area so fire personnel could easily move about and get the work of fire protection done. Alexis and Jessica Alverez residents of the Las Colinas area said that Police were only evacuating residents that lived North of Alder. Alexis Alvarez said “I remember the last fire we had up here my daughter (Jessica) was little and that one was scary so we had no idea what to think with this fire, were glad the Fire Department worked so fast!”

Another resident was in the evacuation area but had nowhere to go with their pets and stuff so they waited it out to see if things would turn for the worse. Steve a person that works in the utility industry pointed out the charred power poles and still smoldering hot spots being addresed by fire personnel at 11:00 am Wednesday. He said “we were lucky they jumped on this so fast”.

Another worry was for two Elementary Schools and one Middle School in the Las Colinas area. School District Spokeswoman Syeda Jafri said that the schools never had to look at shutting down the following day because “Fire Chief Sean Grayson let her know that all the schools were safe and that the fire would not be affecting the schools or community”. Sydea Jafri did say that the schools were on inclement weather schedule due to the strong smell of smoke in the area.

Eisenhower Rolls Through El Rancho to a CIF Semi Finals Win

Eisenhower High School has officially broken through and done what many called impossible. In a city of Rialto’s size with three major High Schools all competing for the talented young youth building a High School program that can return to a CIF final wasn’t an easy task, but it has been done.

On Friday November 16th in Pico Rivera Eisenhower entered the El Rancho High School with a passion to win and get a chance at a CIF title ring. El Rancho a much different team than the Chaffey Tigers of the week before from the begining you could tell this game wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. El Rancho had stands full of fans and plenty of fan fair and flair to go with it. El Rancho known for trick plays and onside kicks came to play and in the end Eisenhower was to the task.

Eisenhower as an entire team won this game as it was done with touchdowns and field goals this time around under the perfect foot of female player Taylor Jackson. Yes you heard that right a girl playing Varsity Football in a game that mattered scoring points that were crucial! Another stand out in this game and the person responsible for getting Eisenhower on the board early was #14 Dayveon Benton who turned a high snap over the El Rancho Quartbacks Head into a fumble recovery and touchdown!

Quaterback Ceaser Ayala orchestrated a masterful game where the ground and air attack were both viable options. He went 8-17 for 138 yards and 1 touch down.

Joel Ayala a player chosen to stand among other High School Players last week for the title of So Cal Player of the week carried 12 times for 49 yards. Jordan Goodloe put Eisenhower on his back against El Rancho with 23 carries for 237 yards and 2 touch downs! Jordan Goodloe was getting down and dirty on El Rancho’s old style real grass and dirt field and you could see that on his #11 Jersey.

Eisenhower plays the CIF final game against Highland High School from Palmdale on Saturday November 24th at Eisenhower High School. Both teams come into this game with a 13-0 record this season. This final game will be for the title in Division 10 title. Rialto it is time to come out and fill the stands of the NEW stadium. Come out and support our hometown teams return to greatness!

Tickets are:

$5 for students with an ASB card or children 5-13 years old

$12 for adults and students without an ASB card

Cash and Credit Card accepted!

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City Council Seeks Input On Dumping Woman’s Shelter into Two Neighborhoods

The city of Rialto after a heated and contentious city council tab item on September 11th 2018 is finally giving Rialto Residents what they deserve, a right to voice their concerns on the proposed project.

The City of Rialto’s Neighborhood, Housing Preservation, and Beautification Commission is hosting a workshop to consider a transitional housing facility proposed by the Time For Change Foundation (“TFCF”). The meeting is on Thursday, November 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m in the Rialto City Hall City Council Chambers, 150 S. Palm Ave. Rialto

The City and TFCF considered several sites in Rialto, but narrowed the choice to two locations:

(1) a 1 acre site at the northwest corner of Olive Avenue and Rialto Avenue owned by the Rialto Housing Authority/Rialto Successor Agency

(2) a 2.2 acre site at 475 N. Linden Avenue, just north of Foothill Boulevard owned by a private party.

The City would appreciate your input on any aspect of the project proposal. The City Council will ultimately decide the project location and characteristics after taking public input.

Both proposed sites have created concern in the minds of residents. The original site is in a downtown area zoned for cottage commercial and is not a desirable addition to the current residents in the area. The 2nd and most recent proposed site is even worse. The 2nd area is an area already dealing with large amounts of crime from other multi family dwellings and has multiple homes that are used as group homes where homeless and mentally ill people roam the streets and harass residents and in some cases have defecated on homeowners lawns. The community on Linden is a older neighborhood and nobody wants to see more transitional housing dumped there.

Even though everyone keeps calling the work being done here a feasibility study the mayor has been jumping into every picture she can and is doing her best to push this facility on Rialto.

Residents with questions or concerns should email jdutrey@rialtoca.gov or call (909) 820-8014

 

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Rialto Now Voter Guide

Hello Rialto Now readers we are here to give you a digital look into what we believe are the best people to vote for and a little education on the propositions. We would like to thank Shaun Nieves owner of Unity Escape Rooms for helping us with our guide this year!

Governor:

John Cox – The other choice for Governor has been in power for years and produced horrible results Gavin Newsom will make it more expensive to live in California and over regulate things even more.

Secretary of State:

Mark Meuser – Alex Padilla says he expanded the right to vote but refuses to investigate fraud. It would be easy to run a query of voter registrations against commercial addresses. I wonder why he refused to do it?

Controller:

Konstantinos Roditis – Konstantinos is a Greek man running for election and his main promise to uncertify the funding for the Bullet Train to nowhere is reason enough to vote for him.

Treasurer:

Greg Conlon – One of the major issues California has is the out of control pension system. We need a fiscally conservative with the drive to convert the system into a new contribution based plan. One where we honor the commitments to the people that worked for the state and retired but we also reduce our liability for new employees moving forward.

Attorney General:

Steven Bailey – Our current attorney general took up his entire statement bragging how he’s fought against conservative values during his tenure. Steven Bailey talked about how he wants to make California safer and how the AG needs to be above partisanship.

Insurance Commissioner:

Steve Poizner – This was a hard one. Ricardo Lara made a strong case but it all came down to partisan rhetoric in his statement. Steve is running as an independent and said the commissioner needs to be above that which I believe in. He also served before from 2007-2011 and did a great job so he has my vote.

State Board of Equalization, District 4:

Joel Anderson – This was another hard one. Mike Schaefer has a really good statement and has a pretty good record. The key for me was Joel led the charge to get the gas tax repeal on the ballot.

United States Senator:

Diane Feinstein – Kevin DeLeon would be a disaster…

United States Representative, District 31:

Sean Flynn – I follow the incumbent on Facebook and found it fascinating to see the evolution of his campaign. I watched for 2 years how much pride he had in being part of the resistance. But, when it came time to campaign, it became about common ground. I watched him vote against veterans purely along party lines. In Sean Flynn’s statement he says, “The inland empire is a great place to live and raise a family, but failed policies and blind commitment to party leaders and party politics have made life unaffordable”. I’ve seen him support the president and I’ve seen him speak out against him. Sean Flynn has my vote and I hope those of you in my district choose him too.

State Senator, District 20:

Matthew Munson – Connie Leyva is looking to make California the most expensive place to live in the nation. She spends more time fighting at the democrat convention than she does representing the people. She also does not represent everyone in her District. If you fall out of favor with her politics then her office won’t even help you. What we like about Matthew is he isn’t a career politician and he takes every situation with a how can we make this better for everyone position. Matthew isn’t going to jump into bed with special interests and will represent everyone not just one party. Another danger circling around Connie is her lack of concern about Youth Drug use. Connie Leyva has worked to derail funding that would help address youth drug use.

Judicial Offices:

VOTE NO ON ALL JUDGES!!!!

Superintendent of Public Education:

Marshall Tuck – Marshall will be way less destructive to public education than the alternative.

Member of County Board of Education:

Hardy Brown II – Hardy Brown has proven that of the others on the county board of education he is by far the least dangerous of the group. You can talk to Hardy and he seems to care. Hardy heartaches kids and teachers about the plights of slavery and the underground railroad. We do wish he would engage more on the massive issues of drug use in our teens by in large Hardy is the best choice.

Governing Board Area 2 San Bernardino Community College District:

Joseph Williams – Joseph Williams is dedicated to students well being and success. I have never seen a politician outside of my friend Shawn Oconnell that is more dedicated to doing what is right. You may not always agree with Joseph but he always comes at every situation from an angle of what is good for the greatest amount of people. His challenger is a plant put up to running by Councilman Rafeal Trujillo. Councilman Trujillo is holding some grudge against Joseph and is looking to enact some old revenge by unseating him.

Rialto Unified School Board:

Teresa Hyden – Rialto Unified is out of control! District office spends Hundreds of thousands of Dollars on bloated staff and still can’t right the ship. Board member Edgar Montes is a hot mess and cares only about his seat of power not representing the parents, students and voters. Who he is there to represent even when it comes at a cost to students and parents are the unions that fund his campaign and puff up his ego. For an example when a Elementary School special needs child was threatened with arrest for having a bad day Edgar was more worried about getting blamed than getting to the bottom of the issues. Dina Walker has become a champion of one party and one race, if you fall outside those boundaries she will do nothing for you. You know there are problems when a Head Football Coach is 11-0 in the playoffs and wasn’t offered a teaching job but we are hiring managers like they are going out of style!

Rialto City Council:

Ana Gonzalez – Ana isn’t perfect and she has made some mistakes but so have we all. What makes Ana the only clear choice this year is she wont give up and she wont back down. Also Ana isn’t a corrupt career politician. In 2016 when she wanted to run for city council she was told by the Bacas it is not your turn I told her even though I was running for city council too if she was passionate about city council then run for that. When she decided to run this time around she was told by the Bacas it is not your turn. This time she didn’t listen to failed voices that bring nothing to the table. In this election you have the incumbents and Ana Gonzalez. Ed Scott and Joe Baca Jr are so afraid of Ana that they put up a fake candidate (a latina female) to wash out the vote. Also Ed Scott used the police department to kick Ana out of National Night Out this year. Vote for only 1 vote for Ana Gonzalez!

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Henry Nickel looks for voters to elect him to California Assembly

Henry Nickel a San Bernardino Councilman is asking for voters to elect him the the California State Assembly on November 6th. Henry Nickel is looking to replace Republican Assemblyman Marc Stienorth who has decided not to run for reelection.

Henry Nickel claims that the reason that we are so heavily taxed in this state is because of the lack of checks and balances in our governmental structure. One party has complete control and power and that party seems Hell bent on raising every tax known to man and creating some new ones along the way.

Henry Nickel calls out one proposition that will hit local residents the hardest and that is Prop 6 the Gas Tax Repeal measure. It has been calculated that people who live in the Inland Empire will spend an additional $800 per year on top of what the Democrats claim it will cost taxpayers. This is due to the amount of time Inland residents spend commuting to work.

Henry Nickel has some experience in dealing with budgets and hard times as you can see in the video below:

 

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Council Looks To Put Tax Money In Danger To Help Special Interests

Rialto has seen a boom in development this year with the opening of the new Super Walmart development on the south end and the Renaissance development in the north end of town. Each development has come with its own unique set of challenges to reach the point of completion.

The last few developments that have been handled by one developer have seemed to fall short of the promises made and this developer is a close friend and campaign contributor to Councilman Ed Scott.

Fernando Acosta is a business owner and developer who lives here in Rialto. He owns the Popeye’s fast food restaurant on Ayala and Baseline and has been the developer of the In-N-Out Burger restaurant pad and now the area of the Cracker Barrel.

The In-N-Out pad was one that still to this day has issues that the developer and city failed to address:

  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf almost didn’t happen.
  • There was supposed to be a Miguel’s Jr.
  • Other retail uses were planned but never added.
  • Responsibility to clean the lot still resides with the city.

Now Mr. Acosta is the developer of the Cracker Barrel site and has hit a bump in the road and Mr. Acosta is looking for the city to bail him out!

As you can see staff is telling the city council that this is a bad idea and a bad position to be in. Mr. Acosta is more than a year out on completing pad 3, yet he wants the city to put our money in jeopardy. Staff points out multiple times that this is a bad idea and reminds the council that this is General Fund money and that the city has already assisted Mr. Acosta.

To add insult to injury the council directs the City Treasurer to broker a finance deal for Mr. Acosta between the city and Banner Bank. When was the last time the city ever bent over backwards for a resident or business owner in this city when it came to the financial dealing of a new house or business construction?

Councilman Ed Scott claims he doesn’t want to see the project delayed but empty stores still exist across the street in the Renaissance development and that hasn’t hindered anything? There are tons of empty buildings all over Rialto especially on Foothill – one of Rialto’s most heavily traveled routes. Where is the city council jumping to intervene in those situations? Maybe it is because there are no campaign contributions in it for them in those situations?

Another item that should cause great concern to Rialto residents is that Mr. Acosta stands to make a lot of money on this deal. So we’re going to put tax dollars and the city into a risky position so a developer can make a ton of cash? Does that smell to anyone else?

The truth of the matter is that Cracker Barrel is already well under construction and the other tenants are ready to begin construction soon. Mr. Acosta has done this before – promised tenants that never materialize. I looked at his presentation to city council as a bad pitch on Shark Tank. He spoke of offers to fill spaces but never produced any proof, it seemed clear he was pulling a favor from the campaign favor bank!

See video of the full tab below!

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House Fire In Bloomington Brings Out Multiple Agencies

 

A house fire on 9th and Cedar Ave in South Bloomington brought out multiple agencies and police units around 11:45 am on Thursday October 25th.

Primary reports were that there was a person trapped inside but thankfully the person feared to be trapped inside was working in the backyard of the residence. He was unable to signal his family to let them know he was OK but was reunited with them shortly after the fire department arrived on scene.

In the picture below the man in the blue shirt was the family member that was reported to be inside the home during the fire. Were glad to report that there were no reported injuries or loss of life!

The fire reportedly began in a dryer in the rear house and quickly spread to a car and then the rear of the home. Smoke could be seen from as far away as Devore. Rialto Fire, San Bernardino County Fire and Colton fire all responded to the scene and made quick work of the blaze.

The quick response from all the local fire agencies limited the loss of property as it appeared that the fire was contained to the rear of the property. Even with the amazing response from the fire agencies neighbors were on thier roofs spraying the smoldering, burnt building to avoid any flare ups that would spread to their homes.

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