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.

Rialto Welcomes Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

After years of trying Rialto finally has a coffee bean and tea leaf!!!!

This corporate business expansion was supposed to happen along with the In and Out burger but poor planning by developer and the city made that an impossible task. Thankfully the opposite corner from the In and Out was open and with some maneuvering and leveraging by the city the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf found a home.

This location is far from perfect especially with all of the poorly planned traffic controls making it virtually impossible to get in and get out of this corner lot. Don’t get us wrong people love having this coffee chain giant in the city they just wish it wasn’t like playing with a rubix cube trying to get out of there.

The staff are super cool and really liked us making our video (see above).

Community Meeting Scheduled For New Rialto High Density Development

If there is one area of the city that has been more neglected in the city of Rialto it is the center section of Rialto on the West side of the city known to those who live there as the Flores Park Community. The name of the community comes from the central location of Flores Park to the communities self created boundaries.

There will be a meeting on October 18th at 6:00 pm at Dollahan Elementary School to discuss a proposal to develop a private residential neighborhood on Foothill Blvd. between Larch and Spruce Avenues.

Christopher Development Group, Inc. proposes to develop a private residential neighborhood with 70 single-family residences and 116 attached townhomes on 15.95 acres. The project site is located on the north side of Foothill Boulevard between Larch Avenue and Spruce Avenue.

On June 27, 2018, the Development Review Committee reviewed the project plans and the applicant will prepare revisions based upon the comments received. The Planning Department asked the developer to return with a select set of changes. Non of these changes were ever made available to the public. Yet that hasn’t stopped the Mayor from already getting in cozy with this Orange County developer positioning herself to receive campaign contributions in exchange for a favorable nood to this project.

Even Councilman Rafael Trujillo who’s mother lives right next to this proposed project refuses to engage with the community about the impacts of this project.

There are rumors that this project will be more dense than other projects in the city. Also some of communities in Rialto that have density issues are rife with crime and have become something Rialto try’s not to talk about. Also a large majority of Rialto’s multi family complexes are full of unchecked crime.

If you live in the area or just care to watch how a MASSIVE rich Orange County Developer will tell Rialto what it is going to do come on out and be a part of the circus!

 

Change of the guard at West Valley Water

Normally when we are writing about West Valley Water it is to talk about employees being fired and questionable actions from the organizations Board of Directors.

This week things took a change where some Like Diana Araiza are claiming a victory for ratepayers and transparency.

An Article penned by The IE Voice  said “After two years of ongoing controversy, West Valley Water District (WVWD) Board of Directors ousted President Dr. Clifford O. Young and Vice-President Greg Young at last Thursday’s board meeting”.

According to reports complaints about suspected misuse of ratepayer funds created by West Valley Water District Ratepayers Association were forwarded to the California Fair Political Practices Commission and eventually to the State Attorney General’s Office for investigation. No word has yet surfaced on what actions have come from these elevated complaints.

The West Valley Water District Ratepayers Association is just the latest group to call out questionable moves by West Valley Water Board led by Clifford Young and supported by Greg Young. For more than three years now local councilmen, community members, community advocates and ratepayers have been railing on this Elected Board to change what they call questionable tactics.

Many people that have been involved over the years have begun to loose faith that anything would be done about the perceived corruption because in the last election for the Board Clifford Young had stacked the deck to show he had a 4-1 margin against any opposition with the election of Michael Taylor and Kyle Crowther.

Yet last week Michael Taylor and Kyle Crowther proved everyone wrong when they took action to remove both Clifford Young from his role as president and Greg Young as Vice President joined by Don Olinger.

At the WVWD meeting last Thursday, board member Donald Olinger was joined by fellow board members Michael Taylor and Kyle Crowther to facilitate what some have described as nothing less than a coup. By a 3-2 vote they removed Clifford Young from his role as board president and also voted for the removal of Greg Young from his position as vice president. In their places, board member Michael Taylor was elected board president and Kyle Crowther assumed the role of vice president.

Taylor took immediate control of the board meeting and wasted no time charting a new way forward. He recommended that in the future, each director serve a two-year term as president and called for an annual review of the president’s performance by his peers on the board to make sure whoever is serving in the role of president is doing a good job.

He also called for legal to examine the decorum of the board members toward fellow board members and WVWD employees themselves. Taylor wasted no time expounding on exactly what he meant by this. “I don’t want them yelled at. I don’t want them cussed at. I don’t want them to have their jobs threatened.” He asserted adamantly. – IE Voice

For more on this story go to the IE Voice

 

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Renaissance Marketplace Offers Rialto Local Shopping Opportunities

Rialto residents have been spending a lot of their hard earned money outside of Rialto because the options to shop here at home were extremely limited. Over the last 7 years a slow trickle of new options have moved into the area. Rialto leaders were so worried about the ability for new retail and restaurants to find success in Rialto that they would implore people to tell surveyors that they ate out at least 3 times a week so that we would fit into a certain demographic even if that wasn’t true.

The beginning of the new food options for Rialto was the construction of the In & Out restaurant pad that brought a Chipotle, Major Brain Freeze, Jersey Mikes and Wing Stop. There was supposed to be a Miguel’s Jr and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf but that site proved to be maxed out on space.

Years later the Coffee Bean would happen on the opposite corner and the Super Walmart Development brought things like a relocated Starbucks, Menchies Yogurt and Hawaiian BBQ.

The real influx of desirable food options is this development the Renaissance Marketplace. This development gave Rialto what it was missing out on and that has sent us searching for better food and retail options. Some of the standouts are a Drive Thru Habit, Chick-fil-a, Wich Which and so much more. The Renaissance Marketplace also brought needed retail options into the Rialto area. Even though residents were promised a Target and many residents are still upset over loosing this retailer many of us knew they were never serious.

Rialto will now have a Burlington Coat Factory, Ross and 5 Below.

Outside of the food and retail the coolest part of this development is the new Cinemark Movie Theater………

Grand Openings & Other Fun Stuff This Weeked

Rialto has gone from dirt lots, to construction noise and finally new stores opening in Rialto.

We have already seen Five Below & 24 Hour Fitness open up and now things are really going to kick into high gear.

This week we saw WSS & Coffee Bean open up and the next couple months there will be a flood of new businesses opening coupled with your normal events that happen all year long. If you can make it you should check out as many of these Grand Openings as possible so you can learn about all the new stuff coming to Rialto. Also don’t forget about the last Movie night being held at Bud Bender park!

MOVIES IN THE PARK: Featuring The Sandlot
“Free Admission”
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm • Movie starts at 8:00 pm
Bud Bender Park • 235 N. Lilac Ave, Rialto
Blankets, jackets, and lawn chairs are suggested.
Information: (909) 421-4949

Grand Opening of 7-Eleven at Renaissance Marketplace 1130 W. Renaissance Parkway, Rialto. This Friday, July 27 from 10 am – 4 pm.

The City of Rialto will be taking some of the young ladies (ages 12-19) of the community on a field trip to the 6th Annual Girl Talk Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is Social Media, and the correlating hashtag is #ITSABOUTYOU. The conference will hold special workshops on various topics, including: art class, vision board/goal setting, self-defense, texting and driving, self-esteem, and more.
In order to complete your RSVP, a parent or guardian must download, fill-out, sign, scan and email the CITY OF RIALTO and GIRL TALK permission slips to rsmith@rialtoca.gov. Permission slips can be found here: http://yourrialto.com/wp-cont…/…/2018/07/Girl-Talk-Flyer.pdf
The conference, transportation, lunch, and a snack are FREE. Registration is limited to the first 20 young ladies who register.

Please Join Us In Celebrating the new WSS in Rialto, California!
630 W. Foothill Boulevard
Saturday, July 28, 2018
10:00am
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 10:30am
There will be music, free haircuts, refreshments, giveaways and more throughout the entire day!
Meet and Greets with:
Ramon Morales, Ivica Zubac and Z-Ro

This community event will feature free health screenings, resources, and backpacks until supplies last! Join us. You won’t want to miss out!

Who: Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes, Senator Connie M. Leyva, Supervisor Gonzales, and the Bloomington Community Health Center

What: Backpack Giveaway and Health Fair

When: Saturday, July 28th from 9am-1pm

Where: Corner of Valley Blvd. and Cedar Ave in Bloomington
18601 Valley Blvd, Bloomington, CA 92316

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Roxanna Gracia at (909) 381-3238 or at Roxanna.gracia@asm.ca.gov

 

Big Checks Written to Pay off One Union for Pushing Permanent Tax on Residents

The city is super proud of themselves for taking the last bit of control away from the voters on getting spending in this city under control. As they were preparing for the June 5th vote the city was working out a lucrative payoff program for the Police Department.

“On May 31, 2018, the parties reached an oral tentative agreement on the terms for a successor MOU, the deal points of which are set forth below and affirmed by the execution of this formal written Tentative Agreement by the parties’ labor representatives.” (Police Union Agreement)

Let us tell you why we believe that this agreement is a slap in the face to the people who live in Rialto. Let us go over a few key points before we move on:

  • We are not against the Police getting paid for the job they do.
  • We realize that the Police were working on a contract that was two years old.

What happened is that the city of Rialto approved an 8% back pay lump sum check for Rialto Police Officers and Management for two years, then a 8% pay increase for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. There are two big problems with this move:

  • The city has no extra money – for the last 5 years we have been basically cash balanced meaning we can pay our current bills but if the car breaks down we are screwed. Our budget has zero room for any sizable hit to it.
  • The Vote to make the Utility Tax Permanent was only an increase in the respect that it is here forever. The only way the city can make more money on it is by increasing the rate above 8%.
  • The city is $150 Million in debt to PERS and Retiree Health Benefits and there is ZERO plan on how to pay those costs.

Another problem with this raise is the fact that as our population is increasing our police force is shrinking. Nobody inside city hall seems concerned with the fact that Rialto Police Department is less likely to be able to handle this city with less and less staff. Not to mention popular shopping and dinning centers that are coming on board. How is Rialto going to handle the influx when staffing levels continue to drop?

Members of the Rialto Budget Advisory Committee wanted to add staff positions to the department while giving a 1.5 percent pay increase to the Police. The community members saw that just throwing money at the problem wouldn’t solve the issue of the public’s ability to feel safe. Chairman Stacey Augustine said as a manager of a major plant in Rialto he learned that simply giving employees more money would not change everything that was wrong in a workplace. Members Joe Rayden and Michelle Sanchez were concerned that the additional funds were not spent on hiring new officers.

Rialto Police have had a lot of recent turnover. The turnovers have applied pressure to the city to make a move to make employees happy and pay them back for pressuring community members into backing the permanent Utility Users Tax. Was this turnover simply about making less money or are there deeper roots? We do know that for the last two years the following has happened:

  • Police Chief Randy Deanda ripped apart a happy and functioning police department.
  • Officers were targeted for removal just because the current political power players didn’t like them.
  • Money was spent on personal witch hunts.
  • Police management staff have abused travel spending and lied to justify travel.
  • A long standing non profit that supported the police department with providing vital funds for specialized departments is still barred from doing their work.
  • Officers, Cpls, Sgt’s and Lt’s all have left the city for other departments.
  • Outside of pay the latest class and comp study showed Rialto Police Officers making at or above the median for other agencies of similar size..

If money was the sole issue why is the Dispatch Supervisor and a veteran officer still leaving after this deal was approved? Also one prominent Sgt recently made his intentions of an early retirement known, if he kept working he would make more in retirement than he will now? So if it is just money why is he leaving?

The problem is that Rialto is not learning from any past mistakes:

  • You can’t promise what you don’t have.
  • You can’t spend what isn’t coming in.
  • You can’t depend on the leadership of intern staff in high level positions in difficult years.

Rialto has spent money or promised to spend money they do not have over and over again. They added $2 million to redeveloping Frisbee park, They have locked Rialto into an agreement to build a 22 acre park in the new Renaissance area with no funds for that park, handed over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the police with this new raise (regular officer alone will make an extra $6 thousand a year with the new raise) and still funnel money to special interests and development buddies that dump money into their campaigns.

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