June Events In Rialto

Rialto has filled this summer with so many events and opportunities to get involved in will make your head spin. So lets not miss out lets see whatJune has to offer.

For the Rialto Post I would like to thank Councilman Shawn O’Connell and City Administrator Mike Story for helping me with this information. Also Councilwoman Lynn Hirtz  for the work on bringing back the cruise night to Run Whatcha Brung.

Also Andy Carrizales on his 10th anniversary of his Coffee Shop and Ice Cream parlor.

Rialto Budget Meeting

The Rialto Community Coalition meeting will be held on June 5, 2013 from 9am -10am at the Johnson Community Center located at 214 N. Palm Ave. Room 101 Rialto, CA 92376.  The purpose of the coalition meeting is to discuss local solutions to alcohol and other drug issues effecting our youth in Rialto. We hope you can attend. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Michael A. Townsend at (909)423-0312 or by email at mtownsend@mhsinc.org

Rialto PD Community outreach:

AREA COMMAND 3 MEETING @ 7:00 PM AT BLOOMINGTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.

955 S. BLOOMINGTON AVE. LT. WILSON & CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SHEPHERD.

The NFL Play 60 is coming.
WE NEED KIDS!! WE NEED KIDS!! FREE FOR KIDS 5-11 YEARS OLD. PASS THE WORD.
Where:  California State University of San Bernardino  5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA
Date & Time: Sunday, June 23, 2013  9a.m.-11:30a.m.  For Registration call the following number.

For Information 909-816-8801
Healthy Rialto Collaborative Meeting MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND ATTEND THIS MEETING

June 6th at 6:00 PM at City Hall Council Chambers.
The city of Rialto is on the move to better the quality of life for it’s community and will would like to know what can we do to better our city for everyone. In order to accomplish this goal we truly need to know the ideas, concerns, wants and needs of our community. So come on over and share with us what can we do for you and your family’s quality of life. 
Conversational Topics.
– Healthy Rialto Updates – Senior Nutrition Program – Farmer Bucks for Affordable Housing Residents – United State Tennis Association (USTA) Grant – Tennis 10 and Under Program (Coming Soon this July 2013) – First 5 Healthy Communities Initiative – Healthy Rialto Bike Rodeo – August 17, 2013 – Family Festival – Fitness Day in the Park – September 21, 2013
J. Omar Menjivar 858-380-8339

We start with Rialto, they have a lot on tap for this summer and it all looks super fun. Here is a list of the hot items:

Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information, 909-875-5364.

Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information, 909-875-5364.

Taste of Rialto is an opportunity to explore what the city has to offer in regards to food and drink a hidden gem of an event always brings out the local Rialto political players as well as dedicated people in the community.

June 7th – Foothill Blvd. between Sycamore & Riverside Ave., Rialto – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; June 8, 2013 – Downtown Rialto – 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Come out and enjoy all the fun!

June 7th – Foothill Blvd. between Sycamore & Riverside Ave., Rialto – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM; June 8, 2013 – Downtown Rialto – 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Come out and enjoy all the fun!

Run Whatcha Brung is the opening event for the major car shows in the Inland Empire. This event has brought out awesome cars and interesting vendors. A special treat is the return of the Cruise Night the night before the car show. Come out June 7th and listen to music and cruise Route 66, then June 8th is the car Show and Shine in Downtown Rialto.

Rialto Coffee Nutz

Come celebrate with us our 10 year anniversary!

RSVP @ www.homefair.eventbrite.com or call 909-988-5979

RSVP @ http://www.homefair.eventbrite.com or call 909-988-5979

Home Buyer Fair gives you:

The Facts of home ownership, Down Payment assistance, Affordable Homes for sale, Pre Approved for a home loan & Real Estate Services Provided.

Every Wednesday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Ave. (Grass Area off South Parking Lot). For more info, please contact the Rialto City Clerk’s Office at (909) 820-2519 or cityclerk@rialtoca.gov.

Every Wednesday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Ave. (Grass Area off South Parking Lot). For more info, please contact the Rialto City Clerk’s Office at (909) 820-2519 or cityclerk@rialtoca.gov.

Lets also not forget the city of Rialto’s Farmers Market every Wednesday.

City of Rialto

Public Works Department

Park Clean—Up Days 8am—12 pm

June 8, 2013 Jerry Eaves Park 1485 N. Ayala Ave.

Rialto Cert Classes

Working in Community Services on thing that our safety trainer always tells us is in the event of a disaster Police, Fire and Military resources are first sent to Schools an Hospitals. He reminds us that we must be prepared to survive for at least three days. So lets think about this that means if somone is hurt badly in my home or neighborhood I may be responsible for stabalizing that person? Yep, do you know how? If not these classes will help you better prepare for that major emergency.

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CONTACT IS MICHAEL RAMIREZ @ BELOW ADDRESS:
From: Rialto CERT rialtocert@gmail.com

Assembly Memeber Brown Introduces Bill 335 to Curb Costly Vehicle Impounds

Below you will find Assembly Woman Cheryl Brown’s latest Bill. This Bill by its own wording seems to further work against our Law Enforcement professionals when trying to enforce our Laws that you must have a valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle in California.

This bill claims it is aimed at helping low income families that can’t afford to pay impound fees by allowing a licensed driver to come pick up the vehicle. My biggest problem with this is what is keeping them from getting behind the wheel of that same vehicle the following day? If a licensed family member couldn’t keep the car from being legally driven the first time without the threat of penalty they won’t worry about the second or third……….

I find it mind boggling that we continue to raise taxes on purchases; gas and income then turn around and blame the police and long existing laws on the plight of the low income families.

In the second piece by the Assembly Woman’s office the statement is made that only people outside of the 47th district are upset about the new law. I don’t think that is true at all. I received this press release weeks ago and was torn on posting it. You see I have developed a relationship with Assembly Woman Brown’s office. They include me in her press releases and since local papers and media don’t seem to find her work important we have become the go to place to get the latest and greatest. Now that I am publishing this opposition piece that will probably go away.

Something my father told me was the only people afraid of the law is people living outside of it. Why would a low income person that has a valid license even have a reason to fear their vehicle being impounded? They wouldn’t here is a list of reasons you are without a license:

DUI

Reckless driving

Too many tickets

Owing child support

Not a Valid Resident

So pretty much this only affects people that drink and drive, have no respect for the road rules or they owe child support and refuse to pay. Hmmm ok now it’s clear why we need these laws right?

Now to the Police Departments, that is listed as already changing the laws to fit someone’s political leaning. All of these cities have 2 things in common high crime and felony disrespect for enforcing laws that are difficult at times. LAPD & LASD both have had tons of controversy over the last couple years are we really going to use them as a test study for a law like this?

So what do the stats say about unlicensed drivers and the cause and effect of impounding vehicles? Here is a break down:

  • In 2008 AAA (Triple A) conducted a study of accidents in 6 states titled “Unlicensed to Kill”, in those states California was included.
  • 7,700 fatal crashed per year.
  • 1 out of 7 drivers involved in those crashes had no license, an invalid license or an unknown status.
  • Annually 4,000 people are killed in collisions in California.
  • More than 20% of Drivers involved in these collisions are not licensed to drive.
  • A driver with a suspended license is 4 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.
  • California has 20 million licensed drivers.
  • 720,000 licenses have been suspended or revoked.
  • Estimated 1 million drivers are driving without ever being issued a license,

In Rialto alone the following stats are provided (2010-2011):

  • 2080 citations were issued for CVC 12500, unlicensed drivers.
  • 895 citations were issued for CVC 14601, suspension violations.
  • 129 drivers involved in collisions were unlicensed (21.99%).
  • 69 drivers involved in Hit & Run collisions were unlicensed (22.07%).

So if all of this isn’t enough to make you wonder why we would lessen the penalty of Driving without the proper license this story from one of the cities (San Francisco) that has a police department currently allowing unlicensed driver to keep their cars.

Drew Rosenberg, 25, was killed by an unlicensed driver who was in the U.S. under a program called Temporary Protective Status. Attempts at obtaining justice for this crime have thus far gone unheeded. Here is a detailed account of what has transpired. Read more about him and his families loss at http://unlicensedtokill.org/

Driving is a privilege and not a right…if you abuse it, then it is taken away.

If you would like to let The Assembly Woman know how you feel please contact her PR person:

CONTACT: Ashley Jones

(909) 381-3238

Ashley.Jones@asm.ca.gov

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown Seeks to Curb Costly Vehicle Impounds

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino)  has introduced AB 335, a bill that will assist the working class communities by prohibiting law enforcement from impounding vehicles that can be parked legally or released to a licensed driver. AB 335 would amend the current law that requires a police officer to impound a car if the person is found driving a vehicle without a license or driving with a suspended or revoked license.

“The goal of this bill is to help curb the practice of impounding and holding vehicles for 30 days for drivers who are cited with a suspended or revoked license. A driver should never operate a  vehicle  without a license, but they shouldn’t be forced to pay thousands of dollars in towing and impoundment fees as a result of a mandatory 30 day hold,” said Assemblymember Brown.

Vehicle impounds have a devastating impact on working class drivers who depend on their cars to get to work, transport their children to school and take care of other necessities. The cost of retrieving the vehicle is often so high that they end up losing the car.

“There are several police departments around the state that have implemented their own vehicle impoundment policy against unlicensed drivers. Those departments allow such drivers to either park their cars in a legal parking space or move the car to avoid an impoundment. AB 335 would simply codify this policy to make it a statewide practice,” concluded Assemblymember Brown.

The bill was introduced yesterday and has been moved to the Assembly Rules Committee for assignment to the appropriate policy committee.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/

WHY OPPOSITION TO AB 335 IS BASED ON MISGUIDED ASSUMPTIONS

February 21, 2013

If you have not heard the misguided outrage over my introduction of AB 335 dealing with impounding vehicles for traffic violations, you probably live in the 47th Assembly District, which is the District I represent.

It appears that my legislation has been the focus of groups and individuals who do not live in the 47th Assembly District and are oblivious to the abuse the bill is designed to prevent. While I realize that the opposition is stemming from a certain mindset and predetermined judgments that have absolutely nothing to do with the purpose of the legislation, I would hope everyone reads the bill before they jump to assumptions that we are condoning unlicensed drivers.

First, this bill is drafted to protect low and fixed-income families who can’t afford to lose their only means of transportation for 30 days because someone in the household decided to drive without a valid driver’s license.  It is unquestionable that vehicle impounds have a disproportionate impact on low-income drivers because the cost of the impound fees are often greater than the vehicle’s value.  In fact, the cost of retrieving a vehicle from impound is sometimes so expensive that low and fixed-income families choose to walk away from their vehicles instead of paying the unaffordable impound fees.  Eventually, drivers who fail to pay the fees vehicles are routinely auctioned off to the benefit of the towing company.  Unfortunately, for those families, this is usually the only vehicle the family owns.

For example, in San Bernardino drivers of impounded vehicles pay a $225 towing fee and $50 a day in storage fees.  After a 30-day hold, it leaves owners with a bill of $1,725. Oakland has a $170 towing fee and $60 a day in storage fees, which is $1,970.  In 2010, Oakland towed 2,058 cars of unlicensed drivers, accumulating about $288,120 in tow release fees.  In the city of Escondido, towing fees generate approximately $400,000 a year.  These large fees and penalties are exactly the kind of fiscal incentive that too often leads to abuse of impounding laws.

AB 335 simply implements what several police departments around the state have voluntarily added to their own internal policy, which allows a driver with an invalid license to safely park their cars in a legal parking space, or they can authorize a licensed driver to take the car from the scene.  The police departments of Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, Vallejo, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, in addition to several others are part of the growing list of agencies choosing to not impound driver’s vehicles.

In the 47th Assembly District as with all households, most are licensed drivers but there is always one or two that don’t have a valid license.  This is no reason to impound their vehicles for an inordinate amount of time, especially 30 days.  It does not take that long to clear up any deficiencies with one’s driving privileges.

Under this bill, unlicensed drivers will still be cited or arrested and pay the requisite fees/fines.  There is absolutely nothing in AB 335 that prevents full enforcement or punishment of unlicensed drivers.   However, if a vehicle can be legally parked or released to a licensed driver to avoid the impound costs, it will be permitted.

So assumptions that this bill allows unlicensed drivers to continue driving illegally for whatever reason are not true.  It is also not true that simply allowing a family member or individual to safely recover their only means of transportation empowers them to drive illegally.  To assume, that every car impounded is owned by the driver is also false.  The bill does not prevent any officer on site making the decision to tow; however, it does make it the officer’s last option.  This would be very important for grandma to get her car back because she did not know that her grandchild was driving on a revoked, suspended or invalid license.

I encourage you to visit my website to read more about AB 335.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Website of Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown: http://www.asmdc.org/members/a47/.

https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/2011Unlicensed2Kill.pdf – 2011

https://www.aaafoundation.org/sites/default/files/UnlicensedToKillResearchUpdate.pdf – 2008

 

First Council Meeting of 2013

https://twitter.com/RialtosNowThis is the link to click on Twitter to get a play by play of Rialto City Council meetings we try to attend all of the meetings.

Current sitting Council from left to right. Shawn O'Connell, Ed Plamer, Mayor Robertson & Joe Baca Jr.

Current sitting Council from left to right. Shawn O’Connell, Ed Plamer, Mayor Robertson & Joe Baca Jr.

The meeting held January 8th 2013 was not long but it was full of interesting items.

Rialto PD Community Officer Cpl. Cameron Nelson is giving a presentation on the dangers of synthetic drugs

http://youtu.be/3BArWvTjysI opens his presentation.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/latest-videos?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6714960 Dangers of “Spice” video.

http://youtu.be/-mil_VdTabk After the Video

http://youtu.be/mDbQRyhLL1g Continued presentation

http://youtu.be/BWea3iMX0Io Ends with a Question from Councilman Joe Baca Jr.

Councilman Palmer is asking questions about park cleanliness. This was in reference to Item D2 on the Consent Calendar. Councilman Ed Palmer raised concerns over park cleanliness and the quality of work being done by the outside contractors. His solution for one of the biggest and most used parks is Jerry Eves Park is to allow the Soccer League who uses that park the most to have the responsibility of keeping it clean and getting paid for it.

This is a good idea it raised allot of concerns from other council members of not including other sports leagues and giving them the opportunity, what about changes in the Volunteer ranks of sports leagues and what about parks that had no sports field. They approved the allotment of $39,661 to Azteca Landscaping for Landscape Maintenance District and Grounds Maintenance Services from now until June 30th 2013. In that time Public Works Director Marcus L. Fuller will put together a plan to include community partnerships with groups in Rialto. City Manager Mike Story suggested that the sports teams caring for their own fields could be used to eliminate some of the lighting fees the city has began asking the teams to pay with cuts in revenue.

June Hayes lambastes council over confusing utilities concession agreement. There are businesses and homes outside the city limits that are tied into our waste water system. These individuals are charged 3 times the amount a waste water customer is charged inside the city limits. With the new connection agreement the talk was if the rates would be necessary or fair. The justification of the higher rates remaining was to allow a buffer to exists to help bridge any unseen accounting issues over the next year.

At the last council meeting Councilman Shawn O’Connell asked the city staff to go over the figures and better pin down what was needed and if they could do with a smaller buffer in an effort to bring outside customers in line or close to that of customers inside the city. June Hayes argument was the councils apparent lack of foresight and continued damage to potential businesses by charging the external businesses at such a higher rate. They made a decision to lower the rates for the residential customers from 3 times what Rialto Residents pay to 1.3 times the rate. The rate for the businesses effected outside the city would remain at the rate of 3 times. The reason was to make sure that if Veolia the outside contractor running the wastewater systems number were incorrect the Rialto Rate payers would be in jeopardy of having to fill in the gap with even higher rates. Council echoed the notion you feed the family (Rialto Residents) first. After a year they will re-evaluate the charges. City Attorney Jimmy Gutierrez stated they can legally (in his opinion) charge outside customers higher rates and make a profit.

Councilman Palmer asks for true transparency no more wasting tax dollars on veiled vacations. City Council in an effort to show that they will do whatever they can to show they are sharing in the cuts. This was done by a Motion Councilman Joe Baca Jr. that all trips, conferences and trainings would be frozen for the remainder of this year’s budget ending June 30, 2013 if someone thought there was a reason to attend an event or travel they would have to bring the item before the council and let the people hear what the money was being spent on. Staff reported that there was $22,343 left in the council’s budget and $6,400 for supplies.

Joshdularny@inlandnewspapers.com

Joshdularny@inlandnewspapers.com

Josh Dulaney of the San Bernardino Sun Newspaper called this an attempt to look in the couch cushions for spare change in a effort to balance the budget. If Mr. Dulaney ever spent any real time at council meetings or even getting to know the city he would have known the reasoning for Councilman Ed Palmer to bring this up as a TAB item. Councilman Palmer stated that when he first became a Council Person that he was told the trips were vital, after a few though he began to see it was more vital for city staff to attend conferences and such since they were the ones getting the deals done. He also stated that trips to Washington were more like tax payer vacations because if he wanted to speak with (then) congressman Baca he could see him when he was here in the district.

Mayor Robertson objects to councilman Baca’s motion to eliminate council travel budget and vote on each instance as needed it appeared she saw it as an attack on her the vote passed 3-1 with Mayor Robertson voting No. Two of the amounts highlighted in the budget report were $25,203 for membership in the League of Cities and 5,200 for Mayors League of cities registration.

We move from council travel budget to slurry seal contracts. According the Public Works Director Marcus Fuller in the past the contractors have failed to cover the amount of area they promised so the city is behind their scheduled Slurry Seal plan. American Asphalt was the chosen bid and they came in well under the amount that Mr. Fuller had calculated. Mr. Fuller hoped to be able to extend the scope of work and catch up on the places they have fallen behind.

Visit this web link to learn what Slurry Seal is and what it is used for http://amasphalt.com/services/preventative-maintenance.asp

Moving right along to discussing how to fill the empty council seat the debate over filling the empty council seat was more how to appoint the person and less about if an election was even in the discussion. Mayor Robertson wanted the process to be identical to when she was appointed. With the mayor attending some events in Washington DC this month and the looming deadline of the Utility Tax ballot measure and the further city debt to deal with the councilmen O’Connell, Palmer & Baca decided to have interested parties submit a letter of reference to the city clerk’s office and the Mayor forced a 3 day deadline of last Friday 1-11-2013 at 5 pm. The word around is that 9 people submitted letters for the council to look over. We know that Joe Britt, Ed Scott & Raphael Trujillo were confirmed to have included their letters, the other 5 remain a mystery. Council will spend the following week to make a decision and will make it public on 1-22-2013. To hold a special election it will cost $285K for open council seat that made this avenue a dead issue.

Something confused me at this meeting & I plan to obtain clarification. I requested to speak on 2 issues at this council meeting. I submitted my intentions on the communications form and submitted it. For some reason Mayor Deborah Robertson chose to ignore this intent and force me to wait until the end at the Oral Communications portion of the meeting. It was my understanding that people were directed to this point when they were speaking on an issue not on the current agenda. Under the Oral communications section Council, staff or the Mayor are under no obligation to respond or address your comments. Is it Mayor Robertson’s intent to ignore the will of the people?

In the Oral Communications I (David Phillips) and Rafael Trujillo spoke out. I spoke on the need to be quick, fair & wise with the council appointment as well as highlighting more wasted money that was allocated to the rails to trails project in the amount of $14,500 through heavily populated gang area.

Rafael Trujillo spoke out on the large amount of graffiti that plagued our city over the holidays. Mr. Trujillo was so much calling out the city as he was pleading with them to take care of the graffiti in a timely manner. He said that his community takes care of graffiti inside his community (Elm Park) but he needed the city to pick up the slack on the outskirts of his community.

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Dedication of I-10 Freeway Memorial Sign

We are dedicating a portion of the I-10 Freeway to memorialize the sacrifices of the three officers lost in the line of duty in the history of our department – Sgt. Darrell Lee, Sgt. Gary Wolfley, and Officer Sergio Carrera Jr.  We will be having a ceremony to honor our fallen heroes and their families.  We would like to invite you to join us in the unveiling of the freeway memorial signs, which will be erected on the I-10 Freeway, both eastbound and westbound, between Pepper Ave. and Cedar Ave.  After the presentation, lunch will be available at a discounted price.  Please come take the opportunity to meet and show support to the families of these heroes.