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Staff from the City of Redlands is seeking opportunities to meet with service clubs, business organizations and other community groups during the month of January and early February to discuss the critical infrastructure needs of the City.

On Dec. 17, City staff presented a report to the City Council outlining areas of critical infrastructure need, including flood control, sidewalks, ADA ramps, urban forest and parks, and a potential program for funding construction, repair and maintenance of each. Following the report, the City Council authorized City staff to make presentations to the community to gauge public support for the infrastructure program and report back to the council in February.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in the northbound lanes of 6th Street at Stuart Avenue, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

During two checkpoints during the last weeks of December one person was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and three others for driving with licenses that had been suspended or revoked.

The City of Redlands invites applications from property owners to participate in the Mills Act program, designed to encourage the preservation of historic properties in Redlands.

The Mills Act is an economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of qualified historic buildings by private property owners. Enacted in 1972, the Mills Act legislation grants participating cities and counties the authority to enter into contracts with owners of qualified historic properties who actively participate in the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and maintenance of their historic properties. Since the costs of doing so can be prohibitive, property tax relief can offset these costs.

Nearly a dozen City employees and volunteers received special recognition at “An Afternoon with the Stars,” the City of Redlands sixth annual employee recognition held at the Civic Center.

The City’s Human Resources Department and a committee made up of employees from various City departments planned the event, which for the past four years has been held at City Hall during most employees’ lunch hour. Local food vendors offered deep discounts, setting up a lunch time spread including sausages, burritos, pizza, chicken, cupcakes and funnel cakes.

Oct. 24, the date of the awards event, was also the last day of work for one of the award recipients, Water Production Maintenance Supervisor Jerry Zysek, who retired and also celebrated his birthday that day.

Other businesses donated dozens of prizes for a raffle giveaway.

During the awards ceremony, managers, fulltime and part-time employees and volunteers were recognized for providing service above and beyond their job descriptions. Award recipients were nominated by their peers and chosen by a committee whose members work for other agencies.

Managers/Employees of the Year include:

Employee of the Year

  • Administrative: Charlene Williams (Police)
  • Technical and Professional: Alan Collett (MUED)
  • Safety: Dustin Whitaker (Fire)
  • Field: Jerry Zysek (MUED)
  • Part-time: Elizabeth Marin (Human Resources)

Manager of the Year:

  • Administrative: Shayna Walker (Police)
  • Safety: David Graves (Fire)
  • Technical and Professional: Michael Pool (MUED

Volunteers of the Year:

  • Administrative: Carly Carlstrom (City Manager’s Office)
  • Technical and Professional: David Raley (Police)
  • Safety: Paul Smith (Police)

Twenty-five employees received 5-year service pins; 19 received 10-year pins; 16 received 15-year pins. Seven employees were recognized for 20 years of service with the City and another five for 25 years of service with the City.

Companies that provided food or donated prizes include:

Join the Redlands Community Center for ballroom dance in a comfortable and fun setting. 

Samba lessons begin Monday Jan. 6.  Class runs from 6:45 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Feb. 3. 

Registration fee is $8 per person. Partners are not required.  Walk in registration is available at the Redlands Community Center or online at  For more information, call instructor Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.

The Redlands Recreation Division invites youth to join the California Youth Spirit Corps. CYSC has been the area’s largest youth performance cheer team for more than 25 years.

A cheer demonstration and registration will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22,for all students. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 5-7; from 6:40 to 7:10 p.m for beginners ages 8-14; and from 7:10 to– 7:40 p.m. for advanced students ages 8-14. Cost for the 10-week program is $70.

A 37-year-old Redlands man was arrested for driving under the influence after firefighters extricated him from his overturned vehicle following a single-car collision Wednesday night.

Eric Alan Bean was driving a 2006 Dodge truck west on Reservoir Road at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, when he lost control of the vehicle, left the road and struck a tree in the front yard of a residence in the 1600 block of Reservoir Road.

This holiday season, the Redlands Police Department will be out in force cracking down on impaired drivers with special DUI/Drivers License Checkpoints.  Checkpoints are scheduled for Dec. 20 and 27 to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Redlands Police will conduct a checkpoint in the westbound lanes of Brookside Avenue at Grant Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

The following week, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, Redlands Police will conduct a checkpoint in the southbound lanes of Wabash Street at Brockton Avenue, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.


Citizen Volunteer Patrol members Ron O’Neil and Eric Aguilar were recently awarded the Volunteer of the Year awards from the Redlands Police Department’s Volunteer Unit. The volunteers are selected by their supervising staff, based on outstanding work and contributions to the community.

Ron O’Neil is currently an active and valued member of the Redlands Police Department Citizen Volunteer Patrol Ranger Unit. O’Neil attended the 25th Citizen Volunteer Academy in April 2010. In addition to the Police Department, O’Neil has volunteered in the Redlands community for more than 30 years in various organizations including the Redlands Community Hospital. Characterized by his humility and willingness to help, O’Neil is held in high regard by his peers and friends. Mention Ron’s name and you will hear his colleagues and supervisors speak of his calm, quiet, giving and pleasant demeanor.

“He’s the guy who will bend over backwards to help you if you need it,” stated Vic Ramos. O’Neil is currently operating as the volunteer Quartermaster in addition to his other commitments in the Volunteer unit. Most recently O’Neil helped to organize the Volunteer Veteran’s float in the recent Veteran’s Day Parade. O’Neil’s “Go Get It” attitude has not only gained the respect of his peers but the admiration of his department.                              

Eric Aguilar attended the Volunteer academy in November 2010. Eric is an active member of the Redlands Police Citizen Volunteer Patrol. He also volunteered at the Redlands Community Center Recreation Center from 2008 to 2010. He is a student in Street Smart, where he is a master red belt and preparing to test for his provisional black belt. Aguilar is currently attending school at San Bernardino Valley College with a major in criminal justice.

Aguilar’s excitement in helping and willingness to work regardless of challenges speaks volumes to those who meet him. Aguilar was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, but has never allowed that to stop him or be an excuse not to attain his goals. Despite being told it would be medically impossible for him ride a bicycle, Aguilar would not allow fate to set his destiny.

The Redlands Police Department recognized employees and volunteers and welcomed new members to the department during a ceremony Tuesday morning, Dec. 10.

Police Chief Mark Garcia presented Chief’s Commendations to two residents, two department employees and a business. Lifesaving awards were presented to an RPD officer, five members of the Redlands Fire Department and a civilian member of the public for their actions in treating a driver who suffered a heart attack. The department recognized its Explorer of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Reserve Officer of the Year, Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year. The department also welcomed four new employees.

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