Redlands Police honored one officer on his retirement following a 24-year career in law enforcement, welcomed four new police officers and a civilian crime analyst to the department, pinned a new corporal’s badge to a newly promoted officer and paid tribute to a local resident for assisting police and to another officer and two dispatchers for their role in saving the life of a suicidal man, during a recognition ceremony last week.
The ceremony was held Thursday morning, July 25, at the Redlands Police Annex. After the opening invocation and pledge, Commander Chris Catren called recently retired Officer Steve Smith to the stage where Police Chief Mark Garcia presented him a plaque honoring his 24 years in law enforcement. Before the presentation, an End of Watch announcement was broadcast to officers over the radio by a Redlands Police dispatcher.
Smith began his career with the Redlands Police Department as a Reserve Officer on Feb. 28, 1989. He was hired as a full-time officer on Nov. 5, 1990. Smith graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Academy in April 1991. During his law enforcement career, Smith served as a patrol officer, gang suppression officer, community policing officer, Cops-N-Jocks coordinator, school resource officer, traffic officer, motor officer and a downtown community policing officer and received numerous commendations and awards. Smith obtained his Advanced Police Officer Standards and Training certificate in 2000 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration in September 2010.
The City of Redlands will host its first CERT course of 2013. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Redlands Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/drivers license checkpoint from 7 p.m. until midnight Friday, Aug. 2, in the northbound lanes of Orange Street north of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Officers will contact drivers passing through Friday’s checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.
The City of Redlands will sponsor a low cost dog licensing and rabies vaccination clinic in the park next to the Redlands Police Annex (Old City Hall), 30 Cajon St., on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Pet owners may bring their pets to the northwest corner of Cajon and Vine, across the street from the Redlands Civic Center. Parking is available on Vine Street. All dogs must be on a leash. All cats must be transported in a carrier.
Rabies shots are $8. Licenses are $16 with a spay or neuter certificate. Pet licenses without a spay or neuter certificate are $23.
Due to unforeseen conditions, paving on Brookside Avenue that was scheduled for last Thursday, July 25, had to be postponed. This work will now occur on Friday, Aug. 2.
The eastbound lane of Brookside Avenue between San Mateo Street and Center Street will be closed for repaving between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this time, traffic will be detoured to Olive Avenue.
The City has begun work to renovate restrooms in nine City parks, including Smiley, Sylvan, Community, Sports, Ford, Jennie Davis, Texonia, Brookside, and Crafton parks.
The City of Redlands has approximately 235 acres of park space. Many of the restrooms located throughout the City parks are in need of repair. The Quality of Life Department’s Parks Division plans to rehabilitate and standardize public park restrooms beginning with the nine most frequently visited and used City parks.
Portions of the downtown business district will be without power for up to 36 hours this weekend when Southern California Edison replaces three aging transformers in the area of State and Fifth streets. Replacement of the transformers will require a full power shutdown until the new transformers are installed.
In order to mitigate the impact to local businesses, SCE crews will shut down power beginning at midnight Saturday, July 27. The work is expected to take from 24 to 36 hours to complete. SCE expects power to be restored between midnight Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Applications are now being accepted for two new programs created to assist new business establishment or expansion of an existing business within the City of Redlands.
The Microenterprise Grant Assistance Program (MAP) provides grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to purchase equipment or for working capital. MAP grants must fulfill public benefit requirements related to low- and moderate-income persons. MAP grants need not be repaid providing all program requirements are met. Businesses must be located in the Redlands City limits and have five or fewer employees, including the owner, at the time of application. Non-profits are not eligible for MAP grants.
The Economic Development Loan Program (EDLP) must also fulfill public benefit requirements related to creation of new jobs that are made available to low- and moderate-income persons. EDLP loans range from $25,000 to $150,000. The current interest rate is 2 percent with terms from five to 15 years. To qualify, businesses must be located within the Redlands City limits. Loans are to be used to purchase real estate, equipment or for working capital or for interior or exterior construction. Prevailing wage requirements will apply. Non-profits are not eligible for EDLP loans.
The City of Redlands quasquicentennial celebration received its first donation from sales of two 125th Anniversary label wines from local business State Street Winery.
State Street Winery owners Robin and Janet Harter are donating 10 percent of the proceeds from each bottle of the 125th Anniversary wines – a merlot and a sauvignon blanc, sold to the City’s 125th Anniversary celebration. The wines sell for $25 a bottle for the merlot and $20 a bottle for the sauvignon blanc. On July 15, the Harters presented Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster with a check for $653, representing proceeds from the first three months of wine sales.
Both wines are bottled locally at the winery at 404 E. State St. using Washington grapes. The label incorporating the City’s 125th Anniversary logo was designed by Richard Pennington of Pennington Designs at 19 E. Citrus Ave.
On Thursday, July 25, the eastbound lane of Brookside Avenue between San Mateo Street and Center Street will be closed for repaving between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this time, traffic will be detoured onto Olive Avenue.
Parking will be restricted on Brookside Avenue during the construction. Affected residents along Brookside will have access to their property. Signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of repaving indicating parking restrictions.