In time to celebrate Earth Day 2013, a set of sleek new trash and recycling BigBelly compactors will soon be placed throughout the City’s historic downtown. These new compactors won’t just keep garbage from blowing down the street – they will also save the city money, encourage recycling, and generate revenue while showcasing and promoting clean renewable solar energy, and assisting Redlands in our municipal beautification and sustainability efforts.
Redlands Antique Auction, 1547 Park Ave. Saturday, April 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The catalog of items to be auctioned is available, including a list of donors. Redlands Antique Auction will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 and April 6. Beginning at noon people may view the items for sale.
Antique and new furniture will be auctioned off, including a brand-new La-Z-Boy chair, which retails at $1,200.
Redlands Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a 7-11 store on Easter morning.
Police received the call shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, March 31, reporting that two men armed with handguns entered the 7-11 store at 1161 W. Lugonia Ave. and held up two clerks.
The robbers forced one of the clerks at gunpoint to open the cash register. The men escaped with cash and a purse stolen from one of the employees. They were last seen fleeing south on foot.
Judson Brown Elementary School was put on lockdown for a short time Tuesday morning and Redlands Police responded to conduct classroom searches after a man came on campus reporting that he was being chased by a man with a weapon.
Officers quickly located the man and, after interviewing him and searching the campus, determined that there was no man chasing the subject with a weapon.
The Redlands Police Department promoted four of its sworn personnel, including a new lieutenant, and one civilian and welcomed one new employee and a new volunteer reserve officer to the department during a promotion ceremony Thursday, March 28.
Chief Mark Garcia administered the Oath of Honor to the newly promoted personnel and the two newest members of the department during the Thursday morning ceremony.
Mike Reiss was promoted to lieutenant, filling a spot opened by the retirement of Lt. Rogelio Garcia last year.
Redlands Police arrested a burglary suspect as he came out of the back yard of a home in the 1400 block of East Brockton Avenue after a neighbor reported suspicious activity Sunday.
Police received a call shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, from a witness who reported a suspicious subject carrying a backpack going into a neighbor’s back yard while the residents were away. Police arrived, set up a perimeter around the home and detained David Edmond Redmond, a 59-year-old parolee from Redlands, as he came out of the back yard.
Redlands Police credit public education and enforcement efforts for a reduction in the number of adults buying alcohol for minors during a weekend operation funded by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Police conducted a “shoulder tap” operation outside five different businesses licensed to sell alcohol. An 18-year-old Redlands Police volunteer approached more than 70 people outside the businesses Saturday, March 31, offered them money and asked them to buy alcohol for her. None of the 73 people approached agreed. The enforcement effort was part of a $7,500 ABC grant. Two previous shoulder tap operations resulted in a total of eight arrests.
As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Redlands Police Department will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 3 and 16. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, more than 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”
Motorists and cyclists alike will soon notice a new symbol on several of the City’s well-traveled streets. The “sharrows,” a distinctive bicycle logo with an arrow design, indicate that the lanes are Class 3 bicycle routes and remind drivers and riders to share the road.
Class 3 bike routes are areas where motorists and cyclists share the road. Class 2 bike lanes are dedicated lanes alongside traffic lanes, designated for cyclists only. Class 1 bike paths are non-motorized trails that are physically separated from motor traffic.
The sharrows join several recently installed Class 2 dedicated bike lanes in creating a connected non-motorized route to allow cyclists to share the road safely with motor vehicles.
Sharrows were installed last week on Citrus Avenue, Colton Avenue, Church Street, Crescent Avenue and Cajon Street. More sharrows and dedicated bike lanes are planned for other routes.
June will be jumpin’ again this year as the City of Redlands continues the successful series of events kicking off the summer, including Surfin’ State Street, Wine & Music and the Food Truck and Brewfest events.
The June is Jumpin’ series will begin Friday, June 14, with Surfin’ State Street on downtown State Street from Orange to Ninth Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will feature the popular local surf band, The Tornadoes, a classic car cruise, barbecue, beers from Hangar 24 and wines from State Street Winery.