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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Sean Flynn Offers A New Approach To Creating Change In San Bernardino

We had a chance meet with Sean Flynn a candidate for the 31st Congressional District which stretches from Pomona all the way to Mentone!

This district covers a large portion of Rialto and most of San Bernardino.

The city of San Bernardino has been in trouble ever since the city went through bankruptcy and things have been pretty bleak. Many former San Bernardino residents that have returned for business or visits have described what they see when returning as a gut punch. Public Safety services and General Public services took a hit and still struggle to come back to life as San Bernardino rises from Bankruptcy.

The recent shooting that put 8 people in the hospital including one minor has once again surfaced the talk of what can be done in San Bernardino to deal with crime? The answer currently is to place private security officers at the location of this most recent shooting and argue over how to police a city that seems to be still dealing with the massive collapse of their economy.

The ideas being put forth now are the same old answers that sadly haven’t worked and even though the current congressman feels bad for those effected by this horrible incident he has nothing worthwhile to offer as a solution.

Sean Flynn sat down with us to talk about a lot of what he wants to bring to the District if he is elected to Congress in November. His take on San Bernardino even before this horrible situation is so vital we thought it would be a good idea to put this part out before we release the entire interview.

We thought this idea of taking federal resources and applying them to struggling communities was very innovative and hasn’t been brought forward yet, what do you think?

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Rialto Has a New Entertainment Destination

Rialto your theater has arrived!

One of the first tenants to open in the new Renaissance Marketplace made a big fancy splash last week. They held a series of Friends and Family and VIP openings prior to the official opening to the public on August 16th. Everyone was amazed to see the finished product that had been in the works for more than 4 years!

Former Councilwoman Lynn Hirtz was the one responsible for securing this keystone portion of the new Renaissance Marketplace. In a phone interview former Councilwoman Lynn Hirtz said “she was happy to see the new theater come to reality and she couldn’t wait to enjoy a movie here at home in what she has heard is such a beautiful finished product”.

Other notable dignitary’s that shared with us their excitment over the new center were Community College Board Member Joseph Williams. Mr Williams was “excited to see so much buzz about things happening in Rialto. There are good people here in Rialto looking for a place to have fun and enjoy life and I am glad to see this development provide that”. Another person excited to see the new theater was former Assembly Member Carter. Mrs Carter was “amazed at how beautiful they made the theater and really worked hard to integrate some of the local flair into the building”.

One common thread in everyone’s minds is that this theater is amazing!

Cinemark offers the following special options:

  • XD Sound Theaters – These theaters rain sound all around you as you are immersed in the most inclusive sound experience ever imagined as well as larger screens.
  • DBOX seats – These DBOX seats bring you into the action with motion activated seats where you can control the intensity level.
  • Luxury Seats – Every seat in the theater is a soft reclining seat with heat warmers and a swivel tray for all of your snacks.
  • Inside Restaurant – The inside of this theater is more than popcorn and soda they offer Pizza Hut pizza, Hagen Daz ice cream, Starbucks Coffee, Alcohol and Restaurant with a full menu!

Moviegoers can sign up for Cinemark Movie Club, a unique monthly movie membership program offering ticket and concession discounts along with other exclusive benefits for $8.99 per month. Movie lovers can instantly join and begin taking advantage of their benefits at all Cinemark locations by downloading the Cinemark app or by visiting cinemark.com/movieclub.

After touring this newest icon to hit the landscape it is clear that Rialto will do to other cities what has been happening to Rialto. This theater has the potential to pull people from neighboring cities especially Fontana.

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………

Ed Scott & Rafael Trujillo hold secret meeting with Rialto Budget Advisory Committee

Wednesday August 8th at 6 pm Council members Scott and Trujillo held a non public meeting to address the recommendations sent to city council from the Budget Advisory Committee. Councilman Scott spoke about not being prepared to address an already overdo 2018-2019 budget that began July 1st of this year. Over and over Ed Scott proved who he was aligned with the Police and to a lesser extent the Fire Department.

Over and over Mr Scott made city staff out to be people who lied on a regular basis and kept information from him and the Budget Advisory Committee. It became clear in the meeting that a 8% 2 year retro pay raise PLUS an 8% raise for Police was appropriate in Mr Scotts eyes. Even though the city was starring down the barrel of massive debt to bloated employee pensions plus continued poor judgement in picking people to contract with in the city Mr Scott said the Police deserve a very high raise.

Budget Advisory Committee member Joe Rayden tried to show Mr Scott the error of this massive raise looking back to staff report that said at 3% the city would find itself deeper in debt so 8% would speed up the cities ultimate failure to meet financial obligations it did no good. Mr Scott barked at anyone that would even hint at the Police raise being a bad idea.

Many wonder where Councilman Scott and Trujillo were planning to get the money a little over 2 million in total to cover just this one raise? Looks like the two councilmen are looking at cutting Capital Improvement projects in the north end of the city. One project Ed Scott has on the chopping block is the $1.05 Million set aside since 2015 for additional community gardens in the north end of town. Those who don’t know it there are ZERO fresh food options available north of baseline also with home lots becoming more and more dense home gardens are becoming less available. When Mr Scott was asked why not fire the employees that lie and fail to move projects along he failed to respond.

Other projects that Councilman Scott is looking at adding to the trash bin is a planned park in the new north end development, one that the city told builder Lewis that we would build. We have already spent some of the money that Lewis gave to construct the new park in the Renaissance Marketplace Area and the city has some sort of agreed obligation to begin building the park once Lewis begins building the homes.

Also the Budget Advisory Committee wanted more accountability in regards to travel. The recommendation was that anyone wishing to travel on the cities dime out of the $100 thousand a year that the city council spends on travel the person would pay for the travel, give a brief written report about what taxpayers got out of this trip then they would be reimbursed. This would save money because less people would travel just to get a free trip on the taxpayers dime. Ed Scott said it wouldn’t save money because you would have to hire a special person to write his report because he is a legislative person and doesn’t write his own reports!!!!!!

Councilman Trujillo sat there never really said much and I was unsure if he even knew why he was there.

The final kicker was when I asked Pam Kennedy the council administrative assistant if this meeting was going to be open to the public.

David – Is this meeting going to be a public meeting?

Pam – No, not public.

So I was surprised to see a member of the public come in and join the entire meeting. I loved having anyone from the public there because that means more people want information. What annoys me is that nobody seems to know what is going on down at City Hall.

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