Relay for Life Zumba Party

Relay for Life Fundraiser on February 18th.

It’s a Zumba party!
There will be lots of dancing/excercise, refreshments & FUN! The money raised goes to the Rialto Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. I know that most everyone knows someone that has fought the battle with Cancer. We are raising money to help fund research & services for those fighting Cancer so that hopefully soon no one has to hear the words ” You’ve got Cancer”.
The brochure is attached. You can get tickets @ the Rialto Racquet & Fitness Club or by contacting one of the Rialto Relay for Life committee members below.
Michelle Leonard 909 815-5418
Delynda Kobbe 909 816-3364

Rialto Branch Libary Calendar

City Administrators Monthly Update Feb 2012

City Clerk/Rialto Network

 

The State of Women

 

The 6th Annual “The State of Women” event is scheduled for Saturday, March 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., located at the Rialto Senior Center, 1411 S. Riverside Avenue.  Keynote Speaker is B. Darcel Lee, Executive Director of the California Black Health Network. Our local legislators will be on hand for Q&A. The event is free with vendor booths, morning refreshments, and a light lunch will be provided.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP to the City Clerk’s office at (909) 820-2519 or mrodriguez@rialtoca.gov.

 

Passport Day in the USA

 

If you are planning to travel outside of the United States plan on joining the City Clerk’s office during Passport Day in the USA, Saturday, March 10.  You can apply for your passport and learn more about travel requirements.  And, if you process your passport that day, you’ll get a free hot dog!  So, join us on March 10 to prepare for your upcoming travel.  For more information contact (909) 820-2519 or visit the City website at www.rialtoca.gov/cityclerk_passports.php.

 

Administrative & Community Services

 

Finance Division

 

The Finance Division is working with the Redevelopment Agency to wind down the operations of the Rialto Redevelopment Agency.

 

Finance will also be working to complete the midyear analysis based on the activities through December 2011.  The final result and budget update will be presented at the March 13, 2012 City Council meeting.

 

The 2010/11 Redevelopment Agency Financial Statements have been received and are available on the City’s Website at www.rialtoca.gov.

 

Recreation Division

 

The Rialto Recreation Winter/Spring 2012 Brochure is now available!  You may have already received your brochure in the mail at home.  Please take a look at what we have to offer and sign up for a class today!  The brochure can also be viewed at our website www.RialtoRec.com.

Police Department

 

Department Promotions

 

Please join me in congratulating the Rialto Police Department’s newest command staff members and supervisors: Lieutenant’s – Dean Hardin and Andy Karol; Sergeant’s – Josh Lindsay, Paul Stella, Johnny Partida, Chris Hice and Robert Smith; and Corporal’s – Rory Scalf, James Mills, James Massey and Carl Jones.

Department Strategic Plan

 

With new staff in place, YOUR Police Department will begin working hard to develop an organizational strategic plan. We will be working closely with City leaders, community members, local business, and faith based organizations to help us fight crime in our community. Please join us at the Area Command Meetings to find out how you can help. For more information visit the Police Department website at www.rialtopd.com.

 

Rialto PD e-Desk

 

The e-Desk kiosk is a user friendly data terminal used to develop a more efficient method of handling citizen traffic inside police stations. The kiosk acts as an assistant to desk officers during high-traffic hours; allowing citizens with general inquiries to get the answers they need while allowing the desk officers to focus on higher priority cases. Some of the capabilities are: citizen generated non-offense reports, submitting anonymous crime tips, requesting vacation watch, leaving messages for officers/detectives, making payments for report requests and other related fees through use of a credit card/debit card, access to the Police Departments website, and other related information.

 

Cop-Book – Connecting police officers with each other and the communities they serve and protect.

 

For too long, local police departments have relied on email, outdated systems, or word of mouth to identify experts and relevant content in local and regional areas. Data is trapped across systems, people’s minds, or languishing in archives – making it almost impossible to get work done. Separated by both time and distance, limited interaction between officers on the beat slows the decision-making process between the officers in the field and headquarters.

 

Cop-Book is a secure collaboration environment that unshackles users from the narrow confines of email, telephone conference calls, endless meetings, and departmental bottlenecks – and puts them into an interactive online community where they can securely harness the collective intelligence and work of their peers in real time.

 

 

City-Sourced App – Coming Soon

 

City-Sourced is a real time mobile civic engagement platform. City-Sourced provides a simple and intuitive platform empowering residents to identify civic issues (public safety, quality of life, environmental issues, etc.) and report them to City Hall for quick resolution; an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money plus improve accountability to those they govern, and a positive, collaborative platform for real action.

 

NIXLE- Community Notification and Information

 

The Rialto Police Department is proud to announce the incorporation of NIXLE to enhance communications within our community. NIXLE is a free service that allows community members to receive trusted, up-to-the-minute neighborhood information. You choose the information that you want to receive from urgent public safety information to less time sensitive community information. You can receive this information over your cell phone, by text message, or by email. Sign up at www.NIXLE.com.

 

Fire Department

 

Homeland Security Grant

 

The Rialto Fire Department has been awarded $26,627 through a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. These grant funds were provided for the advancement of interoperable communication systems that are used during emergency operations. The Fire Department will use these funds to purchase communication devices that fit inside a firefighter’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) face piece. Because the SCBA face piece forms an airtight seal around the firefighter’s mouth and face, it is difficult to achieve clear verbal communication over a radio or face-to-face. Because these devices are located inside the masks, and because they are connected directly to the firefighter’s radio, all verbal communications are clear and audible to other rescue workers. This greatly improves efficiency and safety for our firefighters.

 

Recruitment and Retention of Diversity Workshop

 

On February 2nd & 3rd, the City ofRialto sent a five-member team of key stakeholders to participate in a workshop focusing on recruiting and retaining diversity in the Fire Department. The workshop was sponsored by Fire 20/20, a non-profit organization, and was be held inAnaheimCA. The two-day workshop presented an overview of strategies, tactics, and practical aids that Fire Departments can use to more effectively recruit and retain a qualified, diverse, inclusive, and safety-conscious workforce that respects and represents the communities they serve.  They also developed a framework for strategies that supports retention, enrolls the community as recruitment partners, and maximizes the effectiveness of outreach campaigns.

 

TheRialtoteam members included CouncilwomanDeborah Robertson; George Harris, Director of Administrative and Community Services;Nash Briones, Rialto Firefighters Local 3688 President;Cindy Balderas, Human Resource Manager; and Mat Fratus, Fire Chief. They joined similar teams fromLos AngelesCity,SacramentoCity,Pasadena,Alhambra,Novato,Glendale, andOrangeCounty.

 

Promotions

 

The Fire Department is very pleased to announce the promotions of four personnel to key positions within the Fire Department. Congratulations to the following:

 

  • James Bender                Fire Captain
    • DeWayne Frederick      Engineer
    • John Heffelfinger          Engineer
    • Thomas Stephenson    Engineer

 

Each of these individuals has demonstrated the highest level of commitment and competency throughout the testing and evaluation process.

 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

 

Rialto Fire Department is pleased to provide Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to the residents of the City of Rialto who are sixteen years of age and older. The CERT program educates community members about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist when professional responders are not immediately available to help others in their neighborhood or workplace following a major emergency event. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

 

The next CERT classes will be held in March on the following dates and times:

 

Thursdays, March 1 and 8, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Saturdays, March 3 and 10, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

The classes will be held at Rialto Fire Station 204 (3288 North Alder Avenue). To sign up, e-mail your name and phone number to RialtoCERT@gmail.com or call (909) 421-4964. There is no charge for the twenty-hour training.  Participants will receive a CERT Participant Manual, CERT Backpack, CERT Helmet and CERT Safety-vest (provided by the Homeland Security Grant Program). For more information, contact Battalion Chief Frank Bekkerat (909) 820-2501 or on the internet at www.rialtoca.gov/cert.html.

 

 

 

 

Development Services Department

 

State of California Dissolves Redevelopment Agency

 

On February 1, 2012 the Redevelopment Agency of the City ofRialtoceased operations as a result of the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold AB1X 26, which dissolved redevelopment agencies statewide. The City ofRialtohas elected to serve as the successor agency, which will have the commission of completing contracted obligations and then liquidating all assets for disposition to various taxing jurisdictions.  The Successor Agency will be governed by an independent Oversight Board, subject to further review by theCountyAuditor-Controllerand the State ofCalifornia.  The housing functions of the former Redevelopment Agency were assumed by the Rialto Housing Authority on February 1, 2012.

 

The Redevelopment Agency of the City ofRialtowas established in 1979 to alleviate blighting conditions and facilitate economic development and housing.  Since 2004, over $150 million has been invested in public infrastructure, economic development, and affordable housing projects.  Key projects funded by the Redevelopment Agency included the Riverside Avenue/I-10 Interchange ($30 million); Pepper Avenue Extension ($13 million); Fergusson Park Improvement ($6.3 million); Library Expansion ($1 million); New Fire Station 202 ($5.9 million); West Jackson Neighborhood Revitalization ($8 million); and TELACU #2 and 3 Senior Housing projects ($5.9 million).

 

All Redevelopment Agency programs and projects, except those that are subject to binding contracts, have been terminated.  The housing programs formerly funded by the Agency, including home rehabilitation programs, may resume in the future, subject to funding.   The State Senate recently approved SB 654 which would allow the Rialto Housing Authority to keep all remaining affordable housing funds of the former Redevelopment Agency for use in creating or improving the housing stock.  This cash infusion is a one-time event, and when the cash has been exhausted the programs will once again cease.

 

The Redevelopment Agency office at131 S. Riverside Avenuewill operate for a short while to help wind down the affairs of the former Agency.  The former staff of the Agency will be assimilated into the Development Services Department of the City.

 

City Council Rescinds Purchase and Sale Agreement with Agency for Airport

 

On January 24, 2012 the City Council authorized the City Attorney to notify the Redevelopment Agency of the City ofRialtothat the purchase and sale agreement between the parties would be rescinded due to the Agency’s inability to perform its obligations.   Under the purchase and sale agreement, the Agency was obligated to pay the City upwards of $32 million when the last parcel of land was sold pursuant to the Contract of Sale with Lewis-Hillwood Rialto LLC.  Because the state has dissolved the Redevelopment Agency, the Agency will be unable to perform its obligations to the City.  As a result, the City ofRialtoexpects to reclaim title of theRialtoMunicipalAirport.  Effective February 1, 2012 the Airport resumed operations as a City enterprise.

 

Target Freezer Distribution Center Commences Grading

 

Construction is underway on the 450,000 square foot freezer distribution center for Target Stores at Renaissance Parkway andLaurel   Avenue. Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2013. Street improvements forAlder   Avenue, Renaissance Parkway andLaurel Avenueinclude curb, gutter, sidewalks, streetlights and street widening (paving). In addition, a new traffic signal will be installed at Renaissance Parkway andLaurel Avenue. Street construction will begin onAlder Avenueand Renaissance Parkway. Lane closures may occur any time during construction.Laurel Avenuewill be closed to through traffic at Renaissance Parkway for construction ofLaurel Avenue. Further information of theLaurel   Avenueclosure will be provided as construction progresses. Please adhere to all construction safety notices and speed limits during construction.

 

County of San Bernardino Commences Street/Landscape Improvements on Alder Avenue

 

Construction of street and landscape improvements at the entry to theCountyLandfillis underway. The project is funded and administered by theCountyofSan Bernardinoand the City ofRialto. Street Improvements forAlder   AvenueandCasmalia Avenueinclude curb, gutter, sidewalks, streetlights and street widening (paving). In addition, the Alder/Casmalia intersection will be widened on the northwest corner. Lane closures onAlder AvenueandCasmalia Avenuemay occur at any time. In addition, landscaping is being installed alongCasmalia AvenueandAlder Avenue. Please adhere to all construction safety notices and speed limits during construction.

 

Under Armour Occupies Warehouse in Prologis 210 Industrial Park

 

Under Armour announced that they secured a long term lease on a 1.2 million square foot warehouse distribution facility at the ProLogis I-210 industrial park.  City staff met with representatives from Under Armour recently to discuss how to expedite permit issuance for tenant improvements.  Under Armour indicated that it would begin operations this year in approximately 400,000 square feet then ultimately expand into the entire 1.2 million square foot facility over the next few years.  This site will become Under Armour’s West Coast Distribution facility.

 

Under Armour, headquartered inBaltimore,Maryland, founded in 1996 by formerUniversityofMarylandfootball player Kevin Plank, is a multi-billion dollar company that supplies a wide range of sportswear and casual sports-oriented apparel focusing on hi-tech sportswear to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout.

 

 

Revised Lytle Creek Environmental Impact Report to be Released for Public Comment

 

The Planning Division is scheduled to release the revision to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Lytle Creek Ranch Project in February 2012.  The Lytle Creek Ranch community is comprised of 2,447 acres of land, divided into four distinct neighborhoods and 103 planning areas. Approximately 694 acres within the Specific Plan area are located within theRialtoCitylimits and 1,753 acres within the Specific Plan area are located within unincorporatedSan Bernardino.  The neighborhoods are described as follows:

 

  • Neighborhood I includes approximately 417 acres of land. A portion of this land (“Sycamore Flats East” and “Sycamore Flats West”) is located within the boundaries of the 3,400 acre Glen Helen Specific Plan (CountyofSan Bernardino). The remaining land in Neighborhood I includes acreage located within the boundaries of the Lytle Creek North Planned Development (CountyofSan Bernardino).

 

  • Neighborhood II includes an adult golf course community on approximately 802 acres and includes the entire 221-acre El Rancho Verde Specific Plan area.

 

  • Neighborhood III is located south of the I-15 will include a mix of single-family detached and attached homes, as well as Village Center Commercial development on approximately 969 acres.

 

  • Neighborhood IV includes multi-family residential and Village Center Commercial development on approximately 259 acres located north of the I-15.

 

On August 26, 2010, a lawsuit (Endangered Habitats League; Save Lytle Creek Wash v. City of Rialto) was filed challenging the previously certified EIR for Lytle Creek.  On September 30, 2011 Superior Court Judge Frank Gafkowski issued a Tentative Ruling which deemed certain sections of the previously certified EIR deficient.  The Tentative Ruling was finalized by a Writ of Mandate and a Judgment issued by the Court on October 7, 2011.  To satisfy the Court requirements, the City will prepare additional analysis for the EIR including revisions to the Green House Gas Emissions Analysis, the Traffic Impact Analysis and the project alternatives section of the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

 

The Developer will host a community meeting at 5:30 PM on Thursday, February 16, 2012 atHughbanksElementary School, Multi-Purpose Room,2241 North   Apple Avenue,Rialto,CA92377.  The community meeting will be one of several opportunities to comment on the revisions to the DEIR for the project.  The meeting will feature “go-at-your-own-pace” stations staffed by the applicant’s team to answer questions about the project.  City staff will also be present to receive public comments regarding the revised portion of the DEIR.

 

Code Enforcement Accolades for Burrtec Support
Code Enforcement Officers often come into contact with homes that have an abundance of trash and debris in and around the property.  Usually, the tenants or owners who have neglected the problem can take care of it themselves.  But on occasion we run into people who are overwhelmed and have little or no support including the elderly, the sick, and families under financial distress.  As an alternative to citing the resident with fines they cannot afford, we offer an option that not only eliminates the nuisance but also creates stronger relationships with our citizens.  The City ofRialto graciously offers a courtesy trash bin to our residents when it is deemed necessary and the violations are deemed detrimental to public health and safety.   That’s where Burrtec Waste Industries have been extremely helpful.

 

For the last 5 years, Burrtec has helped Rialto Code Enforcement Officers whenever assistance is needed.   Sometimes only a small 3 cubic yard bin eliminates the nuisance but often a 40 foot bin is needed to remove the extraordinary amount of debris.   Burrtec has allowed the Code Enforcement officers to quickly assist our residents in a “time of need.”   The City ofRialtoextends its gratitude to Burrtec Waste Industries who make it possible to assist disadvantaged residents while improving the quality of life for the citizens ofRialto.

 

Public Works Department

 

Facility Maintenance Division

 

The Facility Maintenance Division has been assisting the Police Department with the installation of surveillance cameras at all City parks in an effort to reduce issues with vandalism.

 

Fire Station No. 202

 

Fire Station No. 202 is currently under construction with an anticipated completion in late March.  Delay was due to SCE transformer pad issues.  The work remaining is the final painting, the concrete pavement and all finishing touches.  The installation of the new traffic signal onRiverside   Avenuein front of the new Fire Station 202 is scheduled to begin in February.

 

FY 2011/2012 Curb, Gutter & Sidewalk Program

 

As part of the department’s annual program, the next Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk project for FY 2011/2012 is currently in the design phase.

 

FY 2011/2012 Overlay Program

 

As part of the department’s annual program, the next Overlay project for FY 2011/2012 is currently in the design phase.

 

Fergusson Park Improvements Project

 

Construction of the Fergusson Park Improvements is scheduled to be completed by the end of February.  The park improvements included two lighted football fields with bleachers, a basketball court, skate park, and a new concession building in addition to other park amenities.

 

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail (Rails to Trails) Project from Maple to Cactus Avenue

 

The “Rails to Trails” project is in the final stage of 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 month.  The project includes construction of an eleven (11) foot concrete trail along with landscape betweenMaple AvenueandCactus Avenue.

 

Trickleside Alley Improvements

 

The Trickleside Alley Improvements at the downtown area is in the design phase.  Public Works staff is reviewing the 50% Plans and Specifications.  The design is schedule to be completed by the end of April 2012.  The alley improvements include replacement of the water main and reconstruction of the alley pavement.

 

Solid Waste Management News

 

On January 28, 2012 Solid Waste held the free dump day for the first quarter of 2012.  They also served 191 residents at the Household Hazardous Waste site.  Below is a list of the stats from those events:

 

Free Dump Day:

 

  • 572 tires were collected from residents or picked up by our crews in alleys and fields throughout the City.
  • 9.25 tons of illegally dumped debris was cleaned up by our crews in alleys and fields.
  • Cal Mirco Recycling assisted 217 residents by taking 186 CRT’s (TV’s/monitors) and 5,925 pounds of other electronic items at the drop off site in the Civic Center south parking lot.

 

Household Hazardous Waste:

 

  • 780 gallons of used motor oil
  • 9 pallets of paint
  • 9 drums of misc. poisons and other toxic liquids
  • Approx. 50 auto batteries.

 

In addition to the above items, residents brought a box-truck load of usable items that was collected by the Salvation Army.

 

 

Liga International – The Flying Doctors of Mercy:

 

  • The special collection for January received 4 truckloads of usable medical equipment fromRialto residents which will be used to aide residents in rural locations inMexico.

 

Free Dump Day Voucher             

 

Due to the closure of the Mid Valley Landfill on the January 28th Free Dump Day as a result of high winds, the City of Rialto will be issuing Free Dump Vouchers to Rialto residents.  The voucher will be good for the disposal of one free load at the Mid Valley Landfill and will be valid through Wednesday, February 29th.  Residents that are interested can come to the City Administrator’s office at City Hall,150 S. Palm   Avenue, or to the Waste Management office at246 S. Willow Avenue to pick up a voucher. Proof of residency must be provided at the time of obtaining a voucher.  For further information please call (909) 421-7221.

Words from WILMER AMINA CARTER

I can honestly say as a registered republican that I will truley miss this Assemblywoman she has fought hard for our city and this district. Yet I havent always agrred with her positions I have never doubted where her heart lies. She love and cares for her children and her district below is her letter in the voice of the people in the San Bernardino Sun Paper.

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As a daughter of a World War II soldier, I was privileged and personally touched to participate in a ceremony at Arrowhead Credit Union Park awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to five Inland Tuskegee Airmen in 2007. They were Buford Johnson, Harlan Q. Leonard Jr., Laska H. Jones, Robert Boyd and Charles Ledbetter (posthumously).

These brave heroes fought prejudice and discrimination to fight the Nazis in the air. They represented the 996 airmen, crew and staff who trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama during World War II. Four hundred and fifty pilots were sent overseas and completed 1,578 successful missions. Sixty-six men made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.

Known as the Red Tails, this squadron of black fighter pilots achieved an extraordinary feat. They not only overcame the racism, they went on to become one of the most respected and decorated regiments in history. They opened doors not just for black Americans, but for anyone who aspires to achieve their dreams in the face of enormous challenge.

Their courageous story is well-chronicled in the new George Lucas film, “Red Tail.” The film’s release is a focal point for our celebration of black achievement in American history this month. I hope many of you will join me in seeing this film to honor the Tuskegee Airmen and to share their legacy with younger generations.

Assemblywoman WILMER AMINA CARTER 62nd District

The End of Redevelopment

 

The End of Redevelopment

 

The Rialto Redevelopment Agency will close its doors on February 1, 2012 along with all

other redevelopment agencies in the State of California. The elimination of redevelopment

will mean the end to the City’s most powerful economic development tool, as well as the

death to several major infrastructure and affordable housing projects that would have

ultimately created thousands of new jobs for the community. The termination of the

Agency will also result in the demise of many existing loan and grant programs that helped

revitalize and improve older commercial and residential properties in the City.

When Governor Brown took office in January, 2011 he proposed to abolish redevelopment

to help resolve California’s $25 billion budget deficit. After months of legislative wrangling,

a compromise was reached with the enactment of two bills: ABX1 26 and ABX1 27. The

first bill, (ABX1 26), eliminated redevelopment agencies statewide, while the second bill

(ABX1 27) authorized reinstatement by each agency upon the agreement to make certain

“voluntary” payments for the benefit of the State. Following the passage of ABX1 26 and

ABX1 27, the California Redevelopment Association (CRA), League of California Cites

(League), and several independent cities filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of

the two laws. CRA and the League argued that the two budget bills violated Proposition

1A (2004), Proposition 22 (2010), and the California Constitution.

On December 29, 2011, the California State Supreme Court handed down its decision that

ABX1 26, which eliminated redevelopment agencies statewide, was a constitutional

exercise of the Legislature’s authority. The Court opined that if the Legislature had the

right to create redevelopment, then it also had the right to eliminate redevelopment

agencies. The Court opined that ABX1 27 – which would have allowed agencies to

reactivate if they made “voluntary” payments to the State – was unconstitutional. The

Court indicated that the payment was not voluntary and therefore violated Proposition 22.

The Court also rejected the argument that the two bills were inseparably linked.

Although many legislators have indicated support for new legislation to continue some of

the basic goals of redevelopment, such as affordable housing, infrastructure and job

creation, it is unlikely that the Legislature will approve any such legislation prior to

February 1, 2012, the date upon which the Agency will cease to exist.

In accordance with the Court’s ruling, the Rialto Redevelopment Agency will be dissolved

on February 1, 2012. A Successor Agency will be created to provide basic administrative

support in the dissolution process. A seven member Oversight Board, which will be

controlled by County of San Bernardino and various School District appointees, will

oversee the payment of all existing obligations, the liquidation of all current assets of the

Agency, and disposition of all proceeds and unencumbered funds to various state taxing

entities. For additional information on the dissolution of the Agency and the creation of the

Successor Agency, please contact John Dutrey at (909) 879-1151.

Cameras where their needed

There is a park in the city of Rialto where the community has made so much progress it unbelievable. Their homes were broken into almost daily, drugs ran rampant, walls and park was littered with tagging sexual predators living all over, felon group homes out of control, renters properties in total dis-repair and much more.

After some strong residents moved into the area noticed the problems and saw an easy solution force the brass at Rialto PD see what is going on and making them fix it.

With the help of Lts Crispin and Burkholder and various other Cpls and special officers graffiti is hard to find, sexual predators are all but gone, home breakings reduced by 60%, properties on the mend youth, group homes under control & drugs still a problem but getting better. Heck this area got rid of 2 felons when they were arrested by LAPD for the beating of Brian Stow at dodger stadium.

The progress has stalled because there was a communication breakdown between the community and the city/police. Mayor and council don’t care and police are in a flux over massive retirements and trying to fill empty spots.

Flores Park now has cameras that are monitored 24 hours a day. Now when you see something wrong at this park dispatchers can have a visual idea of whats going on and follow the activity and suspects and direct officers right to the problem.

Some people are calling this program big brother run amuck. But anyone who has been a victim of any crime and have the police tell you there isnt enough proof to move forward even though we know who did it will embrace this program.

The first three were Frisbee Park, Rialto Park and Jerry Eaves Park. Flores Park has them as well as Ferguson Park in Las colonias that just received a multi million dollar upgrade.

At the Area Command Meeting for area 1 in Rialto a resident expressed concerns that Birdsal park across from Carter High School was seeing a rise in criminal activity, drug use and gang activity. Former police chief Mark Kling said in an interview “Those are three of our more challenging parks because of the way the parks are laid out,” said police Chief Mark Kling. “Officers can drive down the street and not see what’s in the park.” The cameras will provide real-time images of the parks and give officers a “play-by-play” of criminal activity there, Kling said. Well apparently police can’t see into birdsal hopefully this park is next on the list for cameras.

To see the primary article written on this program click http://www.healthtechzone.com/news/2010/03/30/4701773.htm

Redlands Find Unexpected money

City manager finds extra funds

Posted: 01/11/2012 03:52:31 PM PST

 
 

REDLANDS – Sometimes it pays to check under the sofa cushions for hidden change. In the case of the city of Redlands, it paid for City Manager Enrique Martinez to check city departments for excess funds, to the tune of about $1.6 million.Martinez explained Wednesday that an auditor’s report of the 2010-11 fiscal year agreed with staff’s findings of more revenues than expenditures for the year. The difference was an extra $1,650,993 for the city’s general fund.

“We want taxpayers to know we’re trying to save every nickel and dime,” Martinez said.

An overview of the report found about $100,000 in sales taxes, $90,000 in property taxes, and $200,000 in Department of Motor Vehicles taxes.

By streamlining some operations, the city was also able to save. About $55,000 was saved by making the street cleaning billing system more efficient, Martinez said.

Fee collections also accounted for savings. A waste import fee brought the city about $103,000, and fees collected from the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System were about $159,000.

Martinez also found that utility companies were not being properly charged for encroachment permits.

“We found that private companies were not getting individual permits,” every time they would need to cut streets to access services, he said. Instead, utility companies like cable, gas and electric, would get one permit a year.

By charging per permit, the city received about $164,000. The city manager is also looking at ways to go after money for permits not pulled for the past couple of years.

Transfers from different funding sources were also added to the revenues. Approximately $80,000 and $274,000 came from various enterprise funds and by “tightening our belts” in certain departments, Martinez said.

The city also received final payment from a federal grant from 1994, for about $150,000.

When it comes to using that money, Martinez will make a recommendation to the Redlands City Council in February. The council will have final approval.

When it comes to his recommendations, Martinez said he would like to see $250,000 go to pay off a loan borrowed from the city’s reserves, plus an extra $150,000 for the reserves, $200,000 to the city’s liability fund, $200,000 to the city’s groves, and $126,000 each to the open space fund and park development fund.

After that, Martinez said he’d like to see the rest used to replace 12 of the city’s SUVs for more fuel-efficient vehicles, which would save about $18,500 per vehicle over its lifespan. In addition, he’s hoping to purchase four new police cars.

Then $198,489 would be allotted for residential street improvements. The streets would be chosen through the city’s pavement management system.

Martinez noted that Measure I provides significant funding for additional street paving, and that the residential improvements would help streets that may not benefit from Measure I.

He did caution that about 70 percent of these additional funds come from one-time revenues, and could not be expected year after year.

“I want people to know that we’re looking under every rock to get the most out of public resources,” he said. “The trend is to look at everything, and question everything.”

Reach Molly via email, or call her at 909-793-3221.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_19722323#ixzz1jGFCnZR6

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