What’s on tap in Rialto this week

Being plugged in is very important to a healthy thriving community. Here at Rialto Now we are here to fill the gap that the print media leaves by not adequetly covering Rialto and to act as a education tool for the community.

This week is a busy week here in the city of Rialto. There are opportunities to get information from regular meetings and then we have some special meetings and events coming up this week. Here is a list of what’s going on this week:

Monday – Area Command Meeting Area’s 3 & 4: January 26, 2015 – St. Catherine of Siena Church, 339 N. Sycamore Avenue, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. For additional information please contact Lieutenant Bill Wilson at 909-421-7276 or email to wwilson@rialtopd.com / Lieutenant Jim Kurkoske at 909-820-2568 or email to jkurkoske@rialtopd.com.

Tuesday – Rialto City Council Meeting

Wednesday – Rialto’s Certified Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Farmers’ Market is located at City Hall where vendors sell a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts at a reasonable cost to consumers. Come out and see what our local growers have to offer.

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Thursday – Mayor Deborah Robertson and City Council invite Rialto residents to attend the first community forum of 2015 on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 150 South Palm Ave. City Department Heads will be available to receive comments and answer questions from the residents. Mayor Robertson and City Council are looking forward to candid dialog with community members to help understand and take into consideration perspectives from residents as the City Council prepares for the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year. Mayor Robertson and the City Council understand the success of the City of Rialto is directly related to meeting the needs of our community. Come share your thoughts on issues that matter to you and our community. For additional information, contact Angela Perry or Pam Kennedy at (909) 421-4991, or visit our website at http://www.rialtoca.gov.

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Saturday – On January 31, 2015, the City is hosting it’s first annual Rialto Police Officer Memorial 5K Run/Walk. This event takes place at the Rialto Police Department, 128 N. Willow Avenue, Rialto, CA on the south lawn. Sign ups begin at 7:00 am and the Race starts at 8:00 am. An awards ceremony and festivities will take place after the race. Please click here to register.

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Rialto Residents Weigh In On Broken Promises Tuesday

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At this weeks City Council Meeting Rialto Residents will be able to voice their thoughts on a variety of issues that require a public hearing. Tab 1 is the Lytle Creek Project that destroyed the beauty of the Country Club Area, Ruined Property Values and Removed the only golf course rialto had. Tab 2 & 3 are approvals to give away vital retail land to massive warehouses. The current landscape of warehouses brings rude truck drivers that refuse to obey simple traffic laws, higher crime and increased vandalism.

 

 

When the 210 Freeway was under construction the Rialto City Council placed a moratorium on building along the freeway and other cities built and now are reaping the benefits of a increased tax base. Rialto shuts down an airport to bring in more warehouses? How does that give the Rialto resident the ability to spend their money here versus taking it elsewhere.

People in the community please come out and demand that this city council finally keep its word to the residents of Rialto.

January Coffee With The Chief Re-Cap

Coffee With Cheif 2015

Hello Rialto Now readers!!!!! An awesome time was had by all at the first Coffee With The Chief in Rialto for 2015. Why was it awesome you ask? Well first off its kinda nice to have a strong yet open Chief of Police. So many people hold Police Chiefs and their command staff on such a high pedestal that they become “LIKE” gods. When they are simply men and women that will risk their lives for complete strangers. Now that fact isn’t something to be taken lightly but it also isn’t a reason you can’t stop and ask them a question.

Today’s Coffee With The Chief covered a lot of areas today. It was held at the Coco’s restaurant on Valley and Riverside Ave’s and the waitress was super nice as she took care of each persons order and kept the coffee flowing. Chief Farrar was in attendance along with Cpl. Marquez, two Detectives, three Lieutenants and Captain Deanda. Chief Farrar began by welcoming everyone and went over these topics:

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  • Crime Reduction – Overall Crime was down by 20% in 2014. Chief Farrar said that crime had been dropping for a while now and does expect crime rate to level off.
  • Women’s Law Enforcement Fitness Challenge – On March 21st Rialto Police Department will be taking any females interested to the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department physical agility course and going over the physical agility course portion of the tests and training to become a Sworn Police Officer. Chief Farrar said its his goal to attract more females into Police Work and hoped that this event would be the catalyst to attract them. The most difficult portion Chief Farrar said was scaling the 6ft wall and that they would help the women learn a technique that would lend them success on this obstacle.
  • How does Rialto Compare in Crime Stats to other cities? – Chief Farrar said that he has been asked this multiple times and has been reluctant to venture down this road because of the differences each local city faces. He decided to look into it finally and the results were promising. Chief Farrar compared Rialto to three other cities that touch rialto, have police departments (not sheriff) and are of comparable size. Cities he used where Fontana, Redlands, Rialto & San Bernardino. Rialto had a lower overall crime rate than all cites that were used. Redlands had a lower violent crime rate than Rialto. Even though Rialto has more residents than Redlands.
  • Promotions – Chief Farrar said that the Department is looking to do some more promotions in the next 4-5 months these promotions will add two more captains.
  • Work Load Study – Rialto Police Department will be doing a Workload Study to better evaluate if the work load is being evenly distributed.  Rialto Police is now at 103 Sworn Police Officers and is only down 3 budgeted Sworn Positions. Chief Farrar hoped that the workload study would give them a clear idea of where to look to add more resources and or staff.
  • Rialto Police Appreciation Awards – On February 20th Rialto Police will be recognizing staff and community members.
  • 20/20 Interview – Captain Randy Deanda was interviewed by ABC News 20/20 show about the Judith Oakes case. Judith Oakes is the former Rialto Unified School District employee that was caught and convicted of stealing school lunch money down her bra to the tune of over 1 million dollars.
  • Request a Training – Rialto Police Detectives went over the police program that offers training to local businesses on how to best protect themselves from becoming a crime victim.
  • Cold Cases – Rialto Detectives also let us know that they are waiting on the DA’s office to approve the case files they have on two cold cases in Rialto. Since 2013 the Detectives Office has closed 8 cold cases.
  • Use of Force & Police – I asked a question about training for local community groups especially the Flores Park Neighborhood Watch in better equipping our residents on how to properly handle a situation with a officer and avoid the horrible situation on both ends. Chief Farrar said that the key is to follow the instructions to allow for a more positive outcome more often and avoid tense standoffs that should have never happened.

Below are a series of You Tube videos that show a reporter and a civil rights activist undergoing a use of force training with Maricopa County Sheriff. Chief Farrar said this is a great way to see how a situation where someone isn’t following instructions can lead to horrible consequences.

http://youtu.be/b5PuLeR7Wt8 Video 1

http://youtu.be/uVOQs8yb9P4 Video 2

http://youtu.be/tk-bXyNbsCE Video 3

http://youtu.be/yfi3Ndh3n-g Total Interview

http://youtu.be/pAJXP0okzwk Post Interview

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What is on tap for this week in Rialto

Whats going on this week in Rialto? Well its pretty busy because its back to business here in the city and its also the begining of some great things. Read on below and see what is on tap.

Pride Platoon

Tonight is the Pride Platoon documentary Rialto Rising will be playing on KVCR at 6:30pm

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Coffee With The Cheif

Coffee with the Cheif returns for its first meeting this Tuesday January 13th at Coco’s in Rialto.

Come out to hear what is new for the city of rialto in regards to our public safety and come with your questions for Rialto’s Top Cop and his admin staff.

Rialto is lucky to have a Cheif like Tony Farrar that finds connecting with the community of Rialto a priority for him and his top staff. Lets show Cheif Farrar that we appreciate his dedication by coming out Tuesday Morning and having Coffee with him.

Rialto City Council Meeting

Yes its the first city council meeting of 2015 and its going to be a roller coaster ride. Newly elected councilmember Ed Scott appears to have drawn a line in the sand with the Security Guard Company the city uses becuase he asked to remove their contract extension from the December meeting agenda and it has been continued to this meeting. This is Tab 10.

Also in the Misc section of the Agenda were sending all but one eleceted offical to Las Vegas for a ICSC Convention to the tune of 5,221.25. We need to ask ourselves why are we sending everyone and if were sending everyone why isnt the money watch dog isn’t going? Do we really need to spend over five thousand Dollars to have Rialto represented at the conference? Also the spending requests leave room for increasing the total purchase order becuase of unseen costs.

In addition to all that they will be electing a new Mayor Pro Tem and rumors are that Joe Baca Jr. will be seeking the spot to prepare for a run for Mayor in 2016. New board and commision seats will also be assigned. This will be a close one to watch because this will effect how much gets hidden in the special commision meetings and this is also where Community Development Block Grant Funds are allocated.

New Stores Opening Up

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On Wednesday January 14th Jersey Mikes will be opening up in spot where the old Fire Station used to be. Jersey Mikes marketing manager Reef Colman is keep the grand opening details inside a secret circle but we do know that they are opening Wednesday and they choose only four Rialto Unified Schools to participate in a fundraising opportunity. We will keep you posted if any info comes up.

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As I was doing my research on the Jersey Mikes information it was odd to see Sgt Lindsay giving Dine 909 blogger Jon Plessel a heads up on new stores coming to Rialto.

http://www.insidesocal.com/dine909/2014/12/19/chipotle-jersey-mikes-subs-wing-stop-and-major-brain-freeze-yogurt-coming-to-north-rialto/

Wonder what you have to do to get a little love and the 411? Its ok we don’t hate Jon were just jealous.

Rialto Residents – Sand Bags Available Now

With our first winter storm quickly approaching, Rialto residents can obtain sand bags at three locations within the City. *** You will need to bring your own shovels *** Sand and bags are provided by the City of Rialto.

Location 1: 246 S. Willow Avenue, Public Works Facility

Location 2: 1550 N. Ayala Avenue, Fire Station 3

Location 3: 3288 N. Alder, Fire Station 4

For additional information or questions contact Rialto Public Works (909) 820-2602.

– See more at: http://nixle.com/alert/5311853/#sthash.2E5lPnHM.dpuf

Coffee With The Chief December

Come out to the final Coffee With The Chief from 8am-9am at Coffee Nutzz in Rialto on Foothill Blvd. Coffee With The Chief is an awesome opportunity to get information from the Cities Top Cop and ask questions of the Chief and his command staff. No matter what your connection is to Rialto your invited. Live, work, play or go to school here your welcome it is one of the best ways to connect with local law enforcement.

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Rialto Community Coalition brings #SoberSkater Event to Rialto Teens

In an effort to help promote healthy lifestyles in Rialto for area teens, the Rialto Community Coalition will be holding a Substance Abuse Prevention Event at the Skate Park on Willow Avenue next to the Johnson Center on November 24, 2014 from 1PM – 4PM.

For more information visit the Coalition Facebook Page www.facebook.com/RialtoCoalition or call (909) 423-0312 and ask for Micheal Townsend

For more information visit the Coalition Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/RialtoCoalition or call (909) 423-0312 and ask for Micheal Townsend

“Meeting teens where they are is vital to successful prevention methods,” said David Phillips a Rialto Community Coalition member. Many times we see Skateboarders as bad kids or trouble makers but once you get to know them and learn more about skateboarding you can see all the talent and potential that lies within”. As the Neighborhood Watch Captain of the Flores Park Group and being involved in many different other community groups, I understand that it is vital to reach out to our youth, especially starting with the skateboarders. There was a stretch where the skate parks were having issues with drugs and gangs. The key to safety was getting adults in the community to invest in a safe atmosphere for teens to skateboard.  It takes more that money it takes personal time”.

The Rialto Community Coalition hopes to add to the success of their other public forum at Eisenhower High School  called “Don’t Go There” where they used exhibits, media, and a powerful presentation from Ray Lozano to highlight the dangers of using drugs and alcohol. At the upcoming #SoberSkater event, participants will be asked to sign a pledge that states that they choose to be a Sober Skater. Also, the planning committee chose the name #SoberSkater to help attract teenagers on social media using hashtags since this is the way teens interact and seek out information on social media sites.

Michael Townsend, a Prevention Specialist with Central Valley Prevention Program, had this to say about the #SoberSkater event:

“The best way to prevent underage drinking and drug use is to identify the target population, develop ways to reach them, and increase enforcement during high risk times.  By hosting the #SoberSkater event, the Rialto Community Coalition is doing exactly that.  They have identified Thanksgiving break as a high risk time for underage drinking and drug use and they have identified skaters as their target population.  In addition, they are working closely with the Rialto Police Department regarding their enforcement efforts. The Rialto Community Coalition members realize that having youth, who have made a commitment to sobriety, speaking directly to other youth, is a very effective method of getting their message out.  So the coalition has engaged youth in this campaign to reduce social hosting.”

The event will include a semi-pro skateboard team called NAI (New Age Intelligence), gourmet food trucks, live music, vendors, and resource providers. There will also be a best trick contest. For more information, visit their Facebook event page at the link below.

https://m.facebook.com/events/1499911183628266?id=1499911183628266&_rdr

City Council Candidates & Measure “U”

Last Monday the Chamber of Commerce and the Woman’s Club held a candidate forum where candidates for City Council & School Board open seats. Something very intriguing came up during the Candidate Forum their thoughts on this year’s Measure “U”. The candidates were asked a very simple question “Do you support measure “U”? A simple yes or no answer was what the moderator asked for and he got it from all but one candidate. Each candidate gave a yes answer except for Ed Scott who gave a long drawn out response that was interrupted by the crowd asking for a yes or no. He finally said no. So why is Mr. Scott the only person running for city council that is against this Tax on the tank farms? What is different?

  • Difference #1 is that this time council and city officials have shown where the money will go and has made steps in the right direction to prove to residents that they will keep their promises.
  • Difference #2 Is that the city is working to make good on their promise to lighten up on the community in regards to taxing them to death. They have placed a ordnance that has already been approved by the council that if measure “U” passes the utility tax will be lowered by 25%.
  • Difference #3 is that Ed Scott supported Measure “V” 2 years ago but now he won’t support measure “U”? The difference from the two measures are simple no promise to the community that the money would be spent on worthwhile projects and there was no community confidence in the seated council to do the right thing.
  • Difference #4 this year Ed Scott has taken thousands of dollars for oil companies and gas station owners to oppose measure “U”. Ed Scott said he didn’t like the way this measure is drafted. What is funny is the only 2 things that have changed are the reduction of the Utility Tax and a solid commitment to the community that the money will be spent in the right places. So by Ed Scotts own admission he is against good things happening to the people of Rialto.

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We are supporting Measure “U” and we recommend you do too. Before you buy the Kinder Morgan fear tactics look at where the money is expected to be used. The expectations is that it will help keep up on our streets, improve infrastructure, and help pay for costs of keep Joe Baca Jr. Rails to Trails program safe.

When your voting Vote Yes on Measure “U” and NO on Ed Scott

Read our take on all of this 2 years ago http://wp.me/p1Otmn-iA

Ed Scott is seeking the open council seat

Ed Scott is seeking the open council seat

Rialto Candidate Forum @ Johnson Community Center

The room was full of people looking for information on a wide variety of offices

The room was full of people looking for information on a wide variety of offices

Have you heard of the FELLAS? I had not until just recently, but I knew a couple of the members that make up this group. Some of the most powerful African American Men here in the Inland Empire make up the core of this group one of which now lives in Rialto. Some of the core members are Terrance Stone of Young Visionaries, Joseph Williams of The Youth Action Project (Rialto Resident) and Hardy Brown II of The Black Voice News.

It was powerful to arrive early and see these men in action and see the passion for the community they have. My group Flores Park Neighborhood Group was asked to be a co-sponsor of the event and help with administrative functions of the event. This Forum was the best multi candidate event I think Rialto has ever had. The diverse array of canidates as well as the information that was given was priceless.

The slection of rotation was interesting and seemed to work out well. If anything was accomplished yesterday it was showing off who was ready to start on day one if they won the majority of votes in November.

The powerful stand out were the following and why:

Lynn Hirtz Rialto City Council – Lynn came prepared and blew away the audience with her list of council accomplishments and background working in Rialto and commitment to make sure we didn’t shut down the airport for nothing that we will have a beautiful development in the Renissance area of Rialto.

Paul Chabot speaks with community members. Here he is speaking with a Sara Garcia a Representitve with Assembly Woman Cheryl Browns office.

Paul Chabot speaks with community members. Here he is speaking with a Sara Garcia a Representitve with Assembly Woman Cheryl Browns office.

Paul Chabot Congress 31st District – Paul came out explained that their are big issues here in the Inland Empire and he is the true voice of the Inland Empire. As a Naval Officer, Reserve Deputy and a small business owner he had the knowledge and passion to best represent the 31st.

Dina Walker RUSD Board – Dina Walker came out prepared to let the parents know they would have a voice with passion, knowledge and experince in implementing created policy. She even went as far as to tell people she wasn’t and expert in everything with left many feeling like she was going to be a straight shooter something that has been missing for years in Rialto.

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Christina Gangier Congress 35th District  – This young firey passionate young business woman is ready to take Washington by the horns and advocate for the Inland Empire. Her big focus was job readiness of our youth and older unempolyed. She refereenced her work with preparing people to be able to use technology to obtain careers not just jobs. She unlike her opponetnt Norma Torres will not forget who she represents and promised not to have special interests tapping her on the shoulder while she is advocating for the IE.

The elected hopefuls that were in attendance:

Rialto City Council: Lynn Hirtz, Joseph Britt

Rialto Unified School Board: Lillie Houston, Russel Silva, Dina Walker

Congressional District 35: Christina Gagnier

Congressional District 31: Paul Chabot, Pete Aguilar

Valley College Board Trustee: Joseph Williams

San Bernardino County Schools Board: Hardy Brown II

 

Who Are You Voting For Rialto Unified School Board

So after we did that last two polls on the City Council Race we were asked if we were going to do a poll for the Rialto Unified School Board? Well here you go here is the poll. Don’t fret we wont stop there we have a Q&A that has gone out to all candidates and we will be posting the ones that have come back tomorrow. So vote and share lets se what you guys are thinking.

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