Southern California Edison will close down a portion of Fifth Street between Redlands Boulevard and East State Street beginning this week in order to perform necessary maintenance and retrofitting on an aging underground vault and equipment. The work is expected to last through the end of October.
The work will affect parking and the east sidewalk along Fifth Street between Redlands Boulevard and State Street. One traffic lane will stay open to allow southbound vehicles along the affected section.
Work will be halted during Thursday Market Nights and the municipal parking lot on Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth Streets will remain open during the entire project. Pedestrian access to Ed Hales Park will also be open from the north and south sides of the park.
A home with no working smoke detectors suffered damage from a fire in one of the bedrooms Saturday night.
A 78-year-old woman escaped without injuries when her dog alerted her to the smoke and flames in a bedroom of the home in the 800 block of Washington Street shortly before 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Neighboring residences were also evacuated while firefighters fought the blaze.
Firefighters had to force entry into the locked bedroom to extinguish the flames. Once inside they were able to knock down the fire in a matter of minutes. The fire was contained to the single room, but the rest of the house suffered heat and smoke damage.
The Redlands Police Officers Association (RPOA) recently awarded $3,000 to the Redlands Community Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Representatives from the RPOA presented the check to maternal child services director, Carolyn Arnold, nurse manager of NICU, Rachel Garcia and Redlands Community Hospital Foundation President Zack Tucker on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
“We are so grateful to the Redlands Police Officers Association for this generous contribution to our NICU,” said Zack Tucker, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation president. “We are honored to work with an organization that continues to support the youth of Redlands through scholarships, children’s athletics, safety and educational programs.”
This year the Redlands Police Officers Association partnered with the Mu' Golf Tournament Committee to raise funds for the donation. Thanks to the generosity of the community they received a record $15,000 at the golf tournament fundraiser. The members felt it was important to honor the committee and its sponsors by giving to an organization that makes an important contribution to the community.
“There was no shortage of worthy causes and the association considered a number of options but ultimately our membership voted unanimously to make this donation to the Redlands Community Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” said RPOA president, Cpl. Sean Flynn.
The funds from the RPOA will help support the Redlands Community Hospital NICU -- a special nursery for babies who are born prematurely or have other medical problems, such as breathing difficulties, infections or conditions requiring special needs. Special equipment is used to observe and monitor babies closely as well as provide the correct balance of warmth, nourishment and oxygen if needed. The staff includes neonatologists, pediatricians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, and occupational therapists.
The Redlands Police Officers Association donates every year to local charities and organizations that support the youth of the community. Previous donations in the community include the Candlelighters, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Redlands Baseball for Youth, March of Dimes, San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services, Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Club, Redlands High School Athletics, Redlands East Valley High School Athletics, Citrus Valley High School Athletics, Redlands Bench Warmers, and The Micah House and Optimist International.
The RPOA Golf Tournament was held May 21 at Oak Valley Golf Club.
Tournament sponsors included:
Toyota of Redlands and James Ramos
Tee Sponsors and Prize Donors
Continuing to innovate in its efforts to provide efficient service to the City’s residents and businesses, the City of Redlands recently installed a unique, fully automated inventory system to provide equipment, tools, parts and other necessary supplies to the City’s employees.
Gone are the outdated computers and rows of dusty shelves filled with inventory at the City’s warehouse on Park Avenue. In their place stand 42 state-of-the-art vending machines designed to dispense safety gear, fasteners, fittings and other items City workers need to do their jobs. Completed in mid-August, this fully automated warehouse is the first of its kind in the nation.
The machines (and the products in them) are provided by Fastenal, an industrial and construction supplies distributor, with an office and store in San Bernardino. The City Council approved a contract with the company in May. Under the terms of the agreement, the City pays nothing for the installation, maintenance and stocking of the machines and only pays for the inventory it uses - at the time it is dispensed. Fastenal maintains and replaces inventory as it is needed. In addition, the City receives Fastenal’s bulk discount pricing on inventory from a variety of suppliers.
The company stocks dedicated inventory at its store to anticipate City demand, makes sure the machines are continually filled, and owns the product until it’s dispensed, eliminating the need for the City to purchase and maintain hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of inventory.
Redlands Police Chief Mark A. Garcia will discuss prison realignment and current crime trends and answer questions from the public during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26.
In addition to answering questions from the audience, Chief Garcia will also take questions live via the Redlands Police Department’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RedlandsPoliceDepartment. Questions will be answered live online as time permits.
The Town Hall meeting is part of the Redlands Police Department’s efforts to promote citizen involvement, in keeping with the City of Redlands’ commitment to transparency in every aspect of City government. By taking questions via Facebook the department also hopes to accommodate residents and address concerns of those who have other commitments or obligations but wish to have specific questions answered.
A 46-year-old man was injured when he rode his bicycle into the path of an oncoming car on Redlands Boulevard Monday evening.
The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of Redlands Boulevard near Iowa Street shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17. The victim, a transient whose last known address was in Bakersfield, rode his BMX style bicycle off the curb and into the path of an oncoming 1998 Honda Civic traveling at about 35 to 40 mph. The victim was thrown from his bicycle, suffering head trauma. The driver of the car, a 23-year-old Redlands woman, was not injured.
Redlands paramedics treated the victim at the scene before he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital in serious condition. No further information on his condition is available.
Three people arrested for burglary at a Karon Street home Sunday have been tied to at least six other break-ins over the past week.
Police received a report of a burglary in progress in the 1500 block of Karon Street shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. A witness saw the suspects leave in a silver Tahoe. A short time later, police located a vehicle matching that description at the Rancho Liquor Store in the 800 block of West Colton Ave. Police set up surveillance and stopped the vehicle as it drove away.
Police arrested three suspects and located property stolen from the Karon Street home, including jewelry and home electronics, as well as additional property also believed to have been stolen in additional burglaries
After interviewing the suspects, detectives were able to link them to at least six other break-ins since Sept. 9, including burglaries in the 100 block of North Dearborn Street, the 1500 block of Clay Street, the 900 block of Frontier Avenue, the 600 and 1500 blocks of Grove Street and a break-in at a foreclosed home in the 400 block of West Pioneer Avenue. In each of the burglaries, jewelry and home electronics were stolen.
Senior citizens, their families and all other community members are invited to participate in a Senior Story Share Day from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Redlands Senior Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. The event celebrates the contributions of local senior citizens as well as families and friends. Participants are encouraged to bring original photos, documents or other materials to be preserved for future use. Individuals will be encouraged to share stories of their service or memories of Redlands and the San Bernardino Valley for an upcoming book and video project.
Theft of more than a dozen fire hydrants from northwest Redlands created a serious public safety threat last week and will cost the City tens of thousands of dollars in replacement and repairs.
Sometime between the evening of Sept. 11 and early morning of Sept. 12, thieves stole 16 fire hydrants along West Lugonia Avenue, Research Drive, Almond Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue in the northwest part of Redlands.
Staff from the Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department estimate the cost in labor and material to replace the 16 stolen hydrants at approximately $40,000. The City is currently working with a contractor to order and install replacement hydrants.
Even greater than the financial burden may be the public safety risk the thefts represent. Because of the lack of water to fight fires and the large area affected, the ability to suppress fires in the area has been severely reduced, causing a significant risk to lives and property.
A 38-year-old Redlands man was arrested for attempted murder after he stabbed another man during a birthday party in the 600 block of West Western Avenue Saturday.
Police received the call of the stabbing at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. When they arrived at the residence they found a 36-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds. Redlands paramedics treated the victim who was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and expected to recover.
Police set up a perimeter and located the suspect, Anthony Arthur Urbano Jr., of Redlands, a few minutes later.