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 www.ready.gov/prepare.
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 www.cityofredlands.org.
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.
More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to turn out April 26 for the Sixth Annual Day of Service, sponsored by the City of Redlands, the Redlands Service Club Council and Mormon Helping Hands, but there’s still need for more volunteers. This year volunteers will be working on community projects in four separate areas and, for the first time, expanding to the City of Highland.
The Redlands Police Department and Ride Yourself Fit will present the 5th Annual Children’s Bicycle Health and Safety Expo Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Redlands Mall parking lot, near the intersection of West Citrus Avenue and Eureka Street.
The free event will include bicycle safety and course instruction information for all ages, health and safety resources and various craft booths. Music, food, crafts and free bicycle drawings for all ages will also be held during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets as they will be given the opportunity to practice their safety skills in our bicycle safety course.
Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings this Saturday, April 19, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Olive Avenue Market with Council Members Jon Harrison and Bob Gardner.
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 Pete 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.
(4/9/14) Fire destroyed a century-old home in a historic Redlands neighborhood Wednesday.
The three-alarm fire in the 1600 block of West Olive Avenue was reported by a passer-by who saw the flames and smoke shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Responding units arrived within minutes to find the three-story Victorian home, built in 1903, fully involved. A downed power line initially hampered firefighters’ efforts to battle the blaze.
Firefighters immediately set to work protecting the surrounding homes. One single-family home next door suffered smoke and heat damage. Due to the extensive damage to the building and in order to protect lives, firefighters pursued defensive tactics and were unable to save the primary structure, which collapsed shortly after 1:30 p.m.
More than 50 firefighters from seven agencies responded to the blaze. In addition, Redlands Police assisted with traffic control. Utility crews from Southern California Gas and Southern California Electric also responded. No injuries were reported, although one of the owners’ two dogs remains unaccounted for.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire crews were expected to stay on scene throughout the evening to ensure that remaining hot spots were fully extinguished.
(4/3/14) On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Redlands Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Redlands Police Annex, 30 Cajon St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.