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City negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with the Redlands Police Officers Association (RPOA) that would result in significant annual savings to the City. The tentative agreement must be approved by the City Council before it will take effect.

Although anticipated savings are only estimates and can be affected by a number of variables, City staff estimate savings from the agreement could be more than $436,000.

The RPOA along with the City’s negotiators drafted the agreement which will go before the City Council at the Nov. 4 meeting. A draft copy of the agreement is posted on the home page of the City’s website for the public to review.

The City of Redlands will again provide safe trick-or-treating and storytelling in Historic Downtown Redlands this Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 4 p.m.

City volunteers will be handing out candy on State Street while storytellers will read to children in Ed Hales Park, courtesy of the Frugal Frigate book store.

Redlands Police arrested two people for attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Saturday, Oct. 18, at Texonia Park. The stabbing was reported to police two days later by the victim’s family.

The stabbing occurred Saturday evening at the basketball courts at Texonia Park, at the intersection of Texas Street and Lugonia Avenue. A group had gathered there to witness a pre-arranged fight between two individuals.

The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life Departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this week featuring Disney’s “Frankenweenie” Friday, Oct. 24, at Ed Hales Park in historic Downtown Redlands, on the corner of 5th and State streets.

This free event will begin at 6 p.m. and will include children’s craft projects and entertainment. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair.

Redlands Police arrested two people Thursday in Yucaipa following a shoplifting turned armed robbery in Redlands the night before.

At about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, loss prevention officers at Kmart, 1625 W. Redlands Blvd., attempted to stop a man and a woman suspected of shoplifting from the store. As the pair got into a vehicle to leave, the male pointed a handgun at two employees before driving away in a silver Volkswagen Jetta.

Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at

Augie’s Coffee House, 113 N. Fifth St. Council Members Jon Harrison and 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 City of Redlands will honor veterans with its second annual Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 followed by a picnic and ceremony at Jennie Davis Park.

The parade will start at Redlands High School at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. From there it will make its way west on Citrus Avenue to Eureka Street, north to State Street, west to Texas Street, north to Redlands Boulevard and west to Jennie Davis Park at the corner of Redlands Boulevard and New York Street.

At the conclusion of the parade, a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Jennie Davis Park with the singing of the National Anthem and posting of the colors, remarks from dignitaries, a POW/MIA observance, musical salute to the Armed Services by the Redlands Fourth of July Band, laying of the wreath, 21 Gun Salute and Taps.

The guest speaker for the ceremony is Lt. Michael Montanez, who was raised in Redlands, served two tours in Iraq both in the Air Force and Army and now serves in the Army National Guard in San Bernardino.

The picnic at Jennie Davis Park begins at 9 a.m. with a pause for the ceremony. Highlights include military vehicles and classic cars on display, food trucks, vendor booths, craft breweries, music by local rock and roll band 8-Track and a kids’ zone.

Groups wishing to participate in the parade may contact Redlands City Clerk Sam Irwin at (909) 798-7531 or by email at An entry fee of $20 will be charged to individuals and non-profit organizations.  Commercial entries are $30.  Make checks payable to the City of Redlands (Veterans’ Parade in the memo line), and return with your completed entry form to:  City Clerk’s Office, P.O. Box 3005, Redlands, CA 92373.  The deadline for entry is Oct. 31. There will be a $10 late fee after the deadline date.

The City of Redlands is set to begin construction on a downtown freeway Underpass Beautification Project designed to enhance the appeal of Redlands downtown gateways, promoting tourism, improving connectivity between north and south Redlands and aiding economic development and business retention.

On Sept. 16, the City Council awarded the contract for construction of the Underpasss Beautification Project. Construction is scheduled to begin next week and is anticipated to be completed by late November.

The contractor for the project is Three Peaks Corporation of Calimesa. The contract awarded to Three Peaks was in the amount of $215,370 and all project costs will be funded by last year’s sale of the Palmetto Grove in the northwest corner of the City. No General Fund dollars will be used to construct this project.

The project will beautify the underpasses at Eureka Street, Orange Street and Sixth Street, considered the gateways to the downtown area from Interstate 10. Improvements to be constructed as part of the project include installation of frames with 22 murals depicting historic citrus labels and historic Redlands buildings, painting of the underpass walls and replacement of existing lighting with energy efficient LED lighting. Each of the murals will include an anti-graffiti film.

The new Jasper’s Corner Homework Club site located at the Redlands Community Center opened Sept. 22 to provide homework help to local students. The Jasper’s Corner program began in 2003 at the University of Redlands with the goal of providing free homework assistance from college tutors to children and teens from Kindergarten through 12th grade. It is the University of Redlands’ largest community service organization, serving more than 80 students at four locations.

Representatives of the Emma Zen Foundation and Furry Face, A Very Cool Dog & Cat Store donated 12 Pet Oxygen Mask Kits valued at $1,000 apiece to the Redlands Fire Department during the Redlands City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7. The kits can be used to resuscitate pets of various sizes that have been rescued from fires. Oftentimes, pets are home even when families are not and are found overcome by smoke. The Pet Oxygen Mask Kits will give firefighters a fighting chance to save the life of a much-loved family pet. 

This lifesaving equipment for pets is designed to simulate proper pet CPR and gives an adequate constant flow of clean oxygen to a pet in need, making resuscitation both more practical and efficient. The mask works for dogs, cats, birds, and other household-size pets with an effectiveness not previously available. The foundation also publishes training materials to guide emergency personnel in their pet rescue efforts

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and Fire Chief Jeff Frazier accepted the gracious gift on behalf of the Redlands Fire Department.  Frazier thanked Lorin Grow, owner of Furry Face, A Very Cool Dog & Cat Store, for bringing attention to the need and launching the fundraising campaign that caught the attention of the Emma Zen Foundation.

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