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Redlands Police donated nearly two dozen bicycles Tuesday, Dec. 23, to an organization that pairs needy veterans with bicycles, providing them with transportation to medical appointments and employment as well as physical exercise.

The bicycles, unclaimed property which have been released for disposition, were donated to the Bikes 4 Vets Project, an organization founded by Redlands resident Joseph Mena to empower veterans living in the Inland Empire. Mena is a member of the San Bernardino County Veterans Advisory Committee 5th District, the VA Hospital Advisory Council, DAV Chapter 12 Past JR Vice Commander in San Bernardino and U.S. Vets Advisory Committee member.

The organization depends on donations of bicycles from the community and an agreement with the Inland Empire Biking Alliance to inspect and repair bicycles at cost. Working with the Veterans Administration hospital in Loma Linda, Bikes 4 Vets identifies veterans without reliable means of transportation and provides the bikes for free. The only requirement the organization makes is that the recipient attends a road safety course.

More than 100 local children will have a brighter holiday after Redlands Police partnered with Target, the Redlands Unified School District and community volunteers to Shop With a Cop Monday.

Police, volunteers and 104 children and their families gathered at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Target store, 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. for a Christmas shopping spree. Each child was paired with a volunteer and given more than a $125 shopping budget.

Redlands Police and community members raised more than $15,600 to provide the holiday shopping spree to underprivileged children. The Redlands Unified School District helped the department identify several families in need and district employees, their families and Redlands school board member Neil Waner volunteered their time to shop with the children. Other volunteers included 31st District Congressman-elect Pete Aguilar, County Supervisor James Ramos, Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia and his wife Carolyn, members of the Redlands Police Department, Citizen Volunteer Patrol and Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers units, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and County Probation Department and Redlands Human Relations Commissioners Gail Howard and Carole Coley.

The Redlands Police Department is working to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for drivers and their families. Officers will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to checking for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol and those driving without a valid license, officers will be handing out brochures from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to motorists passing through the checkpoint.

The Redlands Fire Department fields a total of four front-line fire engines on a daily basis.  These engines are either exceeding or close to exceeding their anticipated lifespan and are showing signs of excessive wear and tear.  The reserve fleet of fire engines has dwindled down to only one.  The reserve fleet essentially is the back-bone of the fleet from the perspective that if the reserve fleet is insufficient and front-line units fail, then emergency response is jeopardized.

With the poor condition of the reserve fleet and the front-line fleet showing signs of wear the department requested the city to purchase two new fire engines to replace the aging front-line fleet.  Two of the existing front-line engines will be moved into reserve status to increase the number of reliable available reserve engines. 

Candidates interested in appointment to the Redlands City Council to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Pete Aguilar may pick up or download application packets beginning Dec. 17. Packets are available in the Redlands City Clerk’s Office at 35 Cajon St., Suite 4 or on the City’s website at

The original application must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. No postmarks or faxes will be accepted. Only fully completed application packets will be accepted.

The Redlands Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a fire at an industrial battery manufacturing facility located at 840 W. Brockton Ave. 

At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, a fire was reported in the formation area of the Teledyne Battery Products facility. Upon arrival, fire units discovered light smoke emanating from the building.

Officer Elyzabeth Green was named the Jose Rivera Officer of the Year duringthe Redlands Police Department’s annual awards ceremony Wednesday morning at the Redlands Police Annex.

Crime Analyst Amy Varela received the William C. Brummigan Award for civilian staff. Paul Smith was named Reserve Officer of the Year and CVP Gary McCormick was named Volunteer of the Year.

Three members of the community received Chief’s Commendations in recognition of their assistance to the department and several department members also received Chief’s Commendations for work above and beyond the already high standards of the department.

Most Redlands City Hall administrative offices will be closed for the week of Christmas through the New Year. Essential City services, including public safety and utilities and the A.K. Smiley Public Library will be in full operation.

City offices, including City Hall, will close on Friday, Dec. 19, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5. The Redlands Community Center, Redlands Community Senior Center and Joslyn Senior Center will close Monday, Dec. 22, and reopen Monday, Jan. 5.

In addition to public safety, utility service, solid waste and recycling pickup, the Redlands Animal Shelter, Hillside Memorial cemetery, and City parks will remain open and in operation.

The Customer Service Division for water, sewer, and solid waste services will be closed, however, utility bill payments will continue to be posted during this office closure and are due by the due date listed on your bill. Any payments not received by the due date, are subject to a late charge. To pay your utility bill, please use one of the following payment methods:

 (1) Deposit your payment in the night drop box located between Customer Service, suite 15A and the Revenue Division, suite 15B

(2) Mail your payment to PO Box 6903, Redlands CA 92375

 (3) Make an online payment through your bank (please allow adequate time for your payment to arrive by the due date)

(4) Make your payment through Western Union Speedpay, which is the only on-line service that guarantees next day delivery to the City of Redlands.  You can access Speedpay by calling 866-269-2896 or visit .

For after-hours emergency water and/or sewer service, please contact the Redlands Police Department at 909-798-7681.

Solid Waste Collection Service (trash service) will continue to be picked-up on schedule, if your service day is Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

If your service day is Thursday or Friday, your solid waste collection service will run ONE day behind for the remainder of the weeks of Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. For example, if your solid waste collection service day is Thursday, then collection service will be provided on Friday.  Any missed collections should be called into 909-798-7529. Thank you

Limited building inspections will be available by appointment on Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30. To schedule an appointment, call (909) 798-7536 the day before the inspection is needed. Leave a message with your address, permit number and a number where you can be reached. An inspector will call to confirm the date and approximate time of the inspection.

The National Weather Service in San Diego advises a Pacific storm system will move into Southern California Thursday with rain predicted overnight into Friday. Heavy rains are predicted during the day Friday.

Moderate to heavy rainfall often causes localized flooding on City streets and in the Zanja and San Timoteo Canyon area.

The City of Redlands will provide sandbags to Redlands residents at all four City fire stations. Fill sand and shovels will be available across from the City Yards on Park Avenue between Tennessee and Kansas streets.

The City Council will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, to determine the process to fill a vacancy on the council left by the pending resignation of Pete Aguilar.

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