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(4/30/2014)The Redlands Community Center and the City’s Senior Centers are the coolest places in town! As temperatures heat up this week, the Joslyn Senior Center, Community Senior Center and the Community Center are cooling down.

Nearly 100 motorists were cited by Redlands Police over the past month as part of a statewide distracted driving enforcement and education campaign.

RPD officers issued 91 citations, including 41 citations for talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, as part of the 2014 “It’s Not Worth It” campaign. RPD and more than 200 other law enfrorcement agencies partnered with the California Office of Traffic Safety and the California Highway Patrol in a month long “zero tolerance” enforcement and education campaign to curb those texting or operating hand-held cell phones while driving.

Residents of a motel were evacuated as Redlands firefighters, with some help from City mechanics, fought a vegetation fire that briefly threatened the structure Wednesday afternoon.

High winds and several wind-related calls kept firefighters busy even before the report of the vegetation fire just south of Interstate 10, between Tennessee and New York streets shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. Due to the winds the department staffed an additional engine, which proved crucial in responding quickly to the blaze.

The City’s Fleet Services Manager Aaron Jenkins and mechanic Nick Lozano were returning a recently repaired engine to the Fire Department when they noticed the smoke nearby. Driving the engine directly to fire, Jenkins and Lozano made contact with Fire Chief Jeff Frazier and Capt. Steve Fea, who were first on scene in a command vehicle. The fleet services employees positioned the engine and activated the pump, allowing Chief Frazier and Capt. Fea to begin fighting the blaze until fully staffed equipment arrived a few minutes later.

The Redlands Police Department, working with Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies, served a search warrant during a theft investigation Tuesday, April 29, on a home in the 9200 block of Redlands Boulevard, in the unincorporated area of Riverside County. 

Redlands detectives located seven firearms, including three that were determined to have been stolen, as well as ammunition, a stolen Suzuki motorcycle and methamphetamine.

The City of Redlands Development Services Department and the Recreation Division of the Quality of Life Department will continue the popular Movies in the Park series with Disney’s “Planes” and Sony Picture Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” on Friday, April 25, and Friday, May 30, at Ed Hales Park in historic Downtown Redlands, on the corner of 5th and State streets. 

The first National Day of Action, America’s PrepareAthon! will take place April 30. The City of Redlands encourages residents to take specific actions to prepare themselves for natural disasters and other emergencies and to register for the City of Redlands Emergency Notification System.

America’s PrepareAthon! encourages all citizens to build on the four universal building blocks of preparedness – Be Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit and Get Involved. For more information on these key steps, visit

Redlands residents can Be Informed by registering for the City of Redlands Emergency Notification System. The system was implemented in order to communicate emergency and other urgent messages to residents and other community members, using both text and voice messages in the event of an emergency affecting Redlands.

Enjoy Ballroom dance in a comfortable and fun setting.  Waltz lessons will be held beginning Monday, May 5, through June 2 at the Redlands Community Center.

The class runs Mondays from 6:45 to 8 p.m. (There will be no class on Monday, May 26, due to the Memorial Day holiday.)

Registration fee is $8 per person for four weeks of lessons. Partners are not required. No dance experience is necessary.

As thousands of volunteers take to the City’s streets and parks this Saturday for the community’s Sixth Annual Day of Service, the City will enact street closures along Redlands Boulevard Friday and again on Saturday.

On Friday, April 25, City crews will begin two-hour rolling street closures along sections of Redlands Boulevard, beginning at 8 a.m., between Highland Avenue and Ford Street. Closures will continue from 10 a.m. to noon between Highland and Palm Avenues; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. between Cypress and Palm Avenues; and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. between Palm and Fern Avenues.

The City of Redlands currently has openings on three City commissions. Deadline for filing applications to any of the three commissions is May 6. Commissioners are appointed by the City Council. Except where noted, commission meetings are held in the Redlands City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon St.

Persons interested in applying for the non-salaried positions may request application forms from the City Manager's Office, City Hall, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200, by phone at 798-7510, or on-line at

Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1500 block of Cameo Drive at about 7p.m Sunday, April 20.  One firefighter was hospitalized for heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

When firefighters arrived they found a single-story residence with heavy fire involvement throughout.  A second alarm fire assignment was requested and dispatched due to the amount of fire involvement and size of the residence.  An aggressive attack was initiated by firefighters to contain the fire, which was brought under control in 30 minutes.

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