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Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave. Mayor Pete Aguilar and Council Member Pat Gilbreath will attend.

As part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs, the City Council began a monthly “Coffee With the Council” in February 2011.

The informal meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, rotating among three local restaurants – Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave; Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave.; and Augie’s Coffee House, 113 N. Fifth St. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Mayor Aguilar suggested the meetings as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns with Council members outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

The remaining schedule for this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

Police arrested a 34-year-old Redlands man for murder in the death of a 17-year-old Redlands boy Wednesday night.

Police arrested 34-year-old Erlindo Rodriguez Jr. of Redlands after the body of the Redlands East Valley High School student was discovered shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in an alley in the 1000 block of Post Street. Redlands Fire Department firefighter/paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The Boys & Girls Club is celebrating its annual Day for Kids event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Redlands Boys & Girls Clubhouse, 1251 Clay St. This year the City of Redlands is partnering with the Club to bring more fun games, activities, entertainment and food to celebrate our community in this block party event. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us for a day of fun.

For more information, please call the Boys and Girls Club at (888) 882-6535 or the Redlands Community Center at (909) 798-7572.

The Redlands Police Department will be cracking down on drunken and distracted drivers along with other traffic violations during a series of targeted traffic patrols through the end of September. 

Targeted DUI saturation patrols are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25.

Redlands Police traffic officers will also be on patrol throughout the day Thursday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, texting or other dangerous distractions that take their eyes and their minds off the road.

Extra patrols will be out during the day on Fridays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, targeting enforcement of traffic violations such as speeding, running stop signs and red lights and other actions that are the primary factors in most traffic collisions.

Careless motorists as well as riders get special scrutiny

The Redlands Police Department will be conducting specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operations Sept. 12 and 19 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down both on those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, or any other dangerous violation.

Furry Face pet store in Redlands has launched a fund raising effort to supply each of the Fire Department’s units with lifesaving pet oxygen masks.

The masks are specially-designed animal masks can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness from exposure to dangerous toxic fumes.

Furry Face, at 419 E. State St., has launched a campaign on with links to the store’s Facebook page in order to raise $1,200 to purchase 12 masks that would be carried on each of the Fire Department’s vehicles.

A DUI/Drivers License checkpoint over the weekend, part of a nationwide campaign targeting drunken and drugged drivers, resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence and additional citations for other vehicle code violations.

A total of 209 cars passed through the checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Tennessee Street at Park Avenue beginning at 10 pm. Friday, Aug. 29, through 3 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to the two DUI arrests, police cited two unlicensed drivers and another driver for driving with a suspended license. Two drivers were cited for possessing open containers of alcohol in their vehicles.

The Redlands Community Center is hosting two basketball programs: the Fytt Basketball League and the Basketball Skillz Clinic.

The Fytt Winter Basketball league is designed to promote a safe basketball program for local youth. This league is for children ages 4 to 14. Registration is $129. Late fees will be applied to applications received after Dec. 6. Every child who registers will be entitled a uniform, team bag, water bottle, and a medal.

  • Player Draft Day: Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. for ages 4-8, and noon for ages 9-14
  • Games will be played on Saturdays beginning Jan. 24, and ending March 14, 2015.
  • Practice days and times are determined by volunteer coaches.

The Basketball Skillz Clinic is a training program using a cutting edge basketball curriculum designed to empower and strengthen basketball players and help them take their games to the next level. Registration is $59, and every athlete will receive a program shirt. The program runs on Thursdays beginning Oct. 23 through Nov. 20.  

Times for each age group are:

  • 3-5 years:       4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
  • 5-7 years:       5:15 to 6 p.m.
  • 7-12 years:    6 to 6:45 p.m.

A fundraiser to support the Redlands Police Department’s Narcotics K-9 Unit culminates at noon on Saturday, Aug. 30, as Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia will participate in a police canine demonstration at The Taco Shack, 510 E. State St.

Beginning at noon the public is invited to attend the fundraising event with music, raffles and prizes. During the event, Chief Garcia will participate in a police canine demonstration as a patrol dog sinks his teeth into his duties.

Since Aug. 11, Taco Shack customers have had the opportunity to donate to the Redlands Police K-9 program and be recognized with their names on the walls of the restaurant. In addition to the Taco Shack, major sponsors include Toyota of Redlands and Furry Face.

A DUI/Drivers License checkpoint over the weekend, part of a nationwide campaign targeting drunken and drugged drivers, resulted in three arrests for driving under the influence and another three arrests on drug related charges.

A total of 225 cars passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street beginning at 10 pm. Saturday, Aug. 23, through 3 a.m. Sunday.

In addition to the three DUI arrests, police arrested two people for drug possession and one for possession of drug paraphernalia. One driver was cited for driving without a license.

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