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The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in order to select a candidate to fill the City Council vacancy left by the resignation of Pete Aguilar from the council last month. Thirteen candidates have applied for the open seat.

Prior to the 5 p.m. meeting, the City Council will hold a special meeting beginning at 4 p.m. in order to address its regular agenda. There will be no closed session Tuesday.

At its regular 5 p.m. meeting, the council will hear in alphabetical order from each of the 13 candidates who applied to fill the vacant council seat. Following an explanation of the procedure and a public comment period, each candidate will be given three minutes to make an initial presentation to the council.

Following each three-minute presentation, the council will have up to 10 minutes to ask questions of the candidate. The candidates will then have an additional two minutes to provide closing comments to the council.

Once all 13 candidates have made their presentations, the council members will each select his or her top four candidates to move forward to a second round of nominations. Results will be tallied and visible for the public on a spread sheet. Candidates receiving at least one nomination will move forward to Round 2. Those receiving no nominations will be eliminated from the selection process and may not be considered at a later point.

In Round 2, each council member will identify his or her top two candidates for appointment. Nominations will be tallied in public view. To move forward to Round 3, candidates must receive at least two nominations from members of the council.

In Round 3, each council member will identify his or her top candidate. The candidate who receives three nominations will be selected for appointment to the City Council. Following a short recess, the successful candidate will be sworn in by the City Clerk.

The candidates for appointment to the City Council are:

The City of Redlands has scheduled another three-day Community Emergency Response Team training beginning in March. The free 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

Redlands Firefighters and Paramedics responded to a four-vehicle collision on Interstate 10 Wednesday, Jan. 14, treating two people for injuries sustained in the crash.

First units arriving to the noon crash in the eastbound lanes of I-10 between California and Alabama streets found four vehicles blocking two outer lanes. Two vehicles sustained major damage with one partially off the freeway onto an embankment.

The Redlands Community Center and the Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals will host a Pet Adoption Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Community Center.

The Redlands Animal Shelter and the Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA) work together to save the lives of animals at the Redlands Animal Shelter. The non-profit REDFOSA assists the Redlands Animal Shelter with a number of activities such as fundraising to pay for medical needs for the animals, organizing and participating in offsite adoption events, finding rescues for special needs/behavioral needs animals, networking adoptable animals, finding fosters for medical needs/underage animals, creating awareness in the community, applying for grants, and raising funds for special projects. 

Redlands year-round Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market will temporarily relocate to the northwest corner of the Redlands Mall parking lot Saturday, Jan. 24, in order to accommodate next week’s repaving of the Ed Hales Park parking lot.

As part of a continuing effort to enhance public facilities and revitalization of Historic Downtown Redlands, the City of Redlands will resurface the parking lot at Ed Hales Park at Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets beginning Jan. 20. The repaving is expected to take one week, barring unforeseen circumstances.

In addition to providing public parking for Redlands historic downtown, the parking lot at Ed Hales Park regularly hosts the weekly Saturday Morning Farmers Market.

The Redlands Community Center is pleased to offer Volleyball Skills, a youth volleyball clinic for boys and girls ages 6 to 9 years old, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 4. Participants may register for one of two sessions, from 6 to 6:45 p.m., or from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Registration is $59 per child, and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Jasper’s Corner, a free tutoring program offered by the University of Redlands, is again being offered at the Redlands Community Center.

The University of Redlands, in partnership with the City of Redlands, is pleased to offer “Jasper’s Corner,” a free tutoring service for middle school children in grades 6 to 8 at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, every week, Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Jasper’s Corner program was started by the University of Redlands to provide free homework assistance from college tutors to children and teens throughout the community, and assists students with a variety of subjects including math, English, and science. 

Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings in 2015. The first meeting of the year will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave.  Mayor Pro Tem Jon Harrison and Council Member Pat Gilbreath will attend.

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.

As part of the improvements to the intersection of Redlands Boulevard, Alabama Street and Colton Avenue, the contractor will be performing night work that will require a closure of a portion of Redlands Boulevard.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, crews will close a section of Redlands Boulevard overnight between Kansas Street and Colton Avenue, approximately one-tenth of a mile. Redlands Boulevard will reopen at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, and close again at 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.

The closure will allow installation of a storm drain from the south side of Redlands Boulevard to where the new Colton Avenue intersection will meet with Redlands Boulevard. Detours will be provided and access will remain open to all businesses.

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.

 Participation by the City in the State of California’s Mills Act Program was approved by the City Council on Nov. 20, 2012.

 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.

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2015 Redlands Heroes
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Nominations Due May 15th

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Nominations Due May 21st

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