Portions of the downtown business district will be without power for up to 36 hours this weekend when Southern California Edison replaces three aging transformers in the area of State and Fifth streets. Replacement of the transformers will require a full power shutdown until the new transformers are installed.
In order to mitigate the impact to local businesses, SCE crews will shut down power beginning at midnight Saturday, July 27. The work is expected to take from 24 to 36 hours to complete. SCE expects power to be restored between midnight Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Applications are now being accepted for two new programs created to assist new business establishment or expansion of an existing business within the City of Redlands.
The Microenterprise Grant Assistance Program (MAP) provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to purchase equipment or for working capital. MAP grants must fulfill public benefit requirements related to low- and moderate-income persons. MAP grants need not be repaid providing all program requirements are met. Businesses must be located in the Redlands City limits and have five or fewer employees, including the owner, at the time of application. Non-profits are not eligible for MAP grants.
The Economic Development Loan Program (EDLP) must also fulfill public benefit requirements related to creation of new jobs that are made available to low- and moderate-income persons. EDLP loans range from $25,000 to $150,000. The current interest rate is 2 percent with terms from five to 15 years. To qualify, businesses must be located within the Redlands City limits. Loans are to be used to purchase real estate, equipment or for working capital or for interior or exterior construction. Prevailing wage requirements will apply. Non-profits are not eligible for EDLP loans.
The City of Redlands quasquicentennial celebration received its first donation from sales of two 125th Anniversary label wines from local business State Street Winery.
State Street Winery owners Robin and Janet Harter are donating 10 percent of the proceeds from each bottle of the 125th Anniversary wines – a merlot and a sauvignon blanc, sold to the City’s 125th Anniversary celebration. The wines sell for $25 a bottle for the merlot and $20 a bottle for the sauvignon blanc. On July 15, the Harters presented Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster with a check for $653, representing proceeds from the first three months of wine sales.
Both wines are bottled locally at the winery at 404 E. State St. using Washington grapes. The label incorporating the City’s 125th Anniversary logo was designed by Richard Pennington of Pennington Designs at 19 E. Citrus Ave.
On Thursday, July 25, the eastbound lane of Brookside Avenue between San Mateo Street and Center Street will be closed for repaving between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this time, traffic will be detoured onto Olive Avenue.
Parking will be restricted on Brookside Avenue during the construction. Affected residents along Brookside will have access to their property. Signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of repaving indicating parking restrictions.
The Redlands Police Department and Micah House, with help from local businesses, churches, community groups and City and county agencies, will give away bicycles and backpacks during a Back2School Jam and Community Resource Fair at Sylvan Park from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 3. There will be free snacks and music provided for the community.
The giveaway is held in conjunction with a Community Clean-Up Day, from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 2. Neighborhood clean-up locations include Post Street and Brockton Avenue, Cook Street and Cero Court, The Terrace, Citrus Avenue and Kaye Court, and Second Baptist Church, 420 E. Stuart St. Each child or teen participating in the clean-up day will receive a free backpack and school supplies.
Police arrested a 26-year-old Redlands man after at least three reports that he had attempted to hit bicyclists with his car on Sunset Drive.
Police responded several times over the weekend to reports that a driver in a gray two-door Honda Civic had attempted to strike cyclists along Sunset Drive, causing some of them to run off the road.
Two people were arrested for driving under the influence during a Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit DUI/drivers license checkpoint Friday, July 19.
A total of 404 vehicles passed through the checkpoint between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday in the westbound lanes of Citrus Avenue west of Central Avenue near Redlands High School. In addition to the two DUI arrests, police cited four drivers for driving without a license and four for driving on suspended licenses.
Come and enjoy Texas Two-Step dance classes in a comfortable and fun setting.
Classes will be taught Mondays beginning July 29 and ending Aug. 19.
Class will run from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person. Partners are not required.
Space is limited, so sign-up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation. For more information, contact instructor Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.
The City Council, on Tuesday, approved new agreements with two employee groups representing 62 employees that will result in annual savings to the City of more than $283,000 once the agreements are fully implemented.
When added to projected savings from agreements approved in October with the City’s two Fire Department employee groups, the annual projected savings to the City would be nearly $1.3 million.
The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 7 p.m. until midnight Friday, July 19 in the westbound lanes of Citrus Avenue west of Central Avenue.
Officers will contact drivers passing through Friday’s checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.