With 37 million people living and working in California, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With earthquakes an inevitable part of California’s future, we must act quickly to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes.
In October 2013 over 9.5 million Californians participated in the ShakeOut through a broad-based outreach program, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The drill is now held statewide annually on the third Thursday of October, and is organized by the Earthquake Country Alliance (www.earthquakecountry.org). The 2014 Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16.
The City of Redlands will join millions of Californians that day in increasing our awareness and readiness for a major earthquake. At 11 a.m. all City departments at the Redlands Civic Center and Police Annex will be evacuated. Customers doing business at that time will be advised of the evacuation and directed where to go. The inconvenience will be minor and will last only a few minutes.
A Redlands man surrendered to police after firing a shot and barricading himself in his house for more than three hours Sunday, Sept. 28.
Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 800 block of East San Bernardino Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. After arriving on scene officers attempted to contact the suspect and other family members who were still in the home. Police were able to speak to the wife of the suspect who told officers her husband had been drinking and had fired a shot into the ceiling of their home before barricading himself in the bedroom.
On Friday, Sept. 26, Movies in the Park is back with “Muppets Most Wanted” at Ed Hales Park.
The Redlands Police Department will be holding an eight hour training class for multi-unit rental apartment managers/owners and single family rental property owners. The program is focused on education and reducing crime in apartments, condominium complexes and single family rental housing throughout the city.
The class will be held at Redlands Community Center, 111 W Lugonia Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15. Please RSVP by Oct. 8. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $5 to cover cost of lunch from Subway.
Redlands Police arrested two men suspected in a string of armed robberies in the downtown area over the past two weeks.
An officer was responding to an unrelated call when he spotted two men near the intersection of Sun Avenue and Orange Street matching the descriptions of the suspects in three armed robberies. Officers contacted the men and located two cell phones which they later determined had been stolen during an armed robbery at the Krikorian Theater, 340 N. Eureka St., on Sept. 12.
Detectives served search warrants at the men’s residences and located additional evidence and stolen property linking both men to armed robberies in Redlands.
The City of Redlands currently has openings on two City advisory boards. Deadline for filing applications to either of the boards is Oct. 3. Members are appointed by the City Council.
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
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.