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The City of Redlands will present the sixth Downtown Redlands Art Walk from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in Historic Downtown Redlands.

The event will feature a community madonnari – or street painting – festival, hosted by the Redlands Cultural Arts Commission; Art on State Street, sponsored by the Redlands Art Association; Augie’s Alley Gallery; live street art, hosted by A Shop Called Quest; and an outdoor art gallery at the Civic Center Plaza Walkway off of Citrus Avenue opposite Fifth Street.

Two men were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon following a vehicle burglary at LA Fitness near the intersection of Marshall Street and Parkford.

The burglary from a parked and locked vehicle was reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4. Redlands Police and Sheriff’s Air Support helicopter 40 King quickly located two vehicles involved in the theft.

Redlands Firefighter/Paramedics extricated the pilot of a small biplane after he crashed into the Santa Ana River Wash in the eastern portion of Redlands shortly after noon Tuesday.

Redlands Fire and Police departments responded to the call of a plane crash in the wash just west of Florida Street at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

Firefighters were able to extricate the pilot, who was conscious and talking. He was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center by San Bernardino County Air Rescue 6 medical helicopter with non-life-threatening injuries.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5, to kick off work on the Orange Street Alley Pedestrian Enhancement Project, converting a downtown alley into a public park. The ceremony will be held at the end of the alley on Orange Street, between State Street and Citrus Avenue.

The Pedestrian Enhancement Project will repurpose the existing alleyway between Citrus Avenue and State Street, and Orange Street and Fifth Street, into a public park and construct new pedestrian elements. Improvements will include the installation of pavers, raised planters, decorative light standards, arched trellises, and gates. The project will construct new physical enhancements to the downtown core, create a destination for tourists and residents, and provide an opportunity for economic retention and growth for local businesses.

In a hopeful sign that drivers are taking the message not to drink and drive to heart, the Redlands Police Department had no DUI arrests during a weekend Sobriety/Drivers License checkpoint.

A total of 91 vehicles crossed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets between 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, and 3 a.m. Sunday.

Four drivers were cited for driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked. Another person was cited for driving without a license.

During the checkpoint, officers handed out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The Redlands Police Department will conduct a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Colton Avenue between New York and Texas streets from 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. 

During the checkpoint, officers will be handing out fliers in both English and Spanish from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to educate motorists about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Police and alcohol retailers work together to curb underage drinking

Redlands Police and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will conduct a Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training and highlight tools that employees of licensed alcohol establishments can use to more easily spot fake ID cards.

The Feb. 25 evening training is part of a new, ongoing cooperation between alcohol establishments and the Police Department to more proactively curb problems related to binge and underage drinking.

Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia will discuss issues of local law enforcement and current crime trends and answer questions from the public during a town hall meeting Thursday, March 5.

In addition to answering questions from the audience, Chief Garcia will also take questions live via the Redlands Police Department’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/RedlandsPoliceDepartment. Questions will be answered live online as time permits.

A joint special meeting of the City Council ad hoc Citrus Committee and the Citrus Preservation Commission Subcommittee will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the A.K. Smiley Library Assembly Room, 125 W. Vine St., to discuss recommendations for replanting 10.7 acres of citrus groves at Prospect Park.

Paul Barich and John James, Redlands newest City Council members, will meet with the public for the February Coffee with the Council beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave.  

The monthly Coffee with the Council was begun in February 2011 as part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs.

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 Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Council members have held the meetings for the past four years as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

The schedule for this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

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