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 Pete 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
The Redlands Human Relations Commission invites residents of Redlands and surrounding communities to attend its 12th Annual César Chávez Scholarship Breakfast, beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, March 27.
The annual scholarship breakfast recognizes and provides awareness of the efforts of the late civil rights and farm labor leader, celebrating César Chávez’s legacy of compassion, education, and equality for all Americans. Last year’s event raised enough funds to provide $1,000 scholarships to several Redlands Unified School District students that the committee felt exemplified the spirit of Chávez.
This year’s breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 27, at the American Legion Post 650, 1532 North Church St. A stirring program is planned, followed by an auction of various goods, including art work, and community business packages.
The Fourteenth annual Faith and Justice Summit sponsored by the Cops and Clergy Network Inc. takes place March 20, beginning at 8 a.m. This year the summit is being hosted by Cops and Clergy Network, Yucaipa Chapter, and the City of Yucaipa. The summit will be held at Yucaipa Christian Church, 12954 Bryant St. in Yucaipa
This year’s theme is “Curb Crime: Save Our Children,” including the additional themes “Save a Life” and “Protect Our Children.” A panel discussion by participants will explore: “How an effective coalition of community members and leaders, school officials and various civil authorities can be brought together to work in the best interest of our children’s well-being on an ongoing basis rather than just attempting to do so in crisis mode.”
Responsible Redlands operation to target social host violations
Redlands Police will be out in force conducting special party patrols Saturday, March 15, during the University of Redlands Beta Afterglow weekend as part of the department’s Responsible Redlands enforcement efforts. The party patrols are part of an ongoing initiative aimed at creating a healthier, safer community through enforcing alcohol laws.
In an effort to keep the St. Patrick’s Day weekend safe and fun for everyone, Redlands Police officers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and targeted “saturation patrols” looking for anyone who may have been tempted to drink and drive.
Police will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the northbound lanes of Church Street at Brockton Avenue, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.
Officers on grant-funded overtime will conduct saturation patrols Saturday, March 15, and Monday, March 17, looking for alcoholimpaired driving patterns. The St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement actions are part of an ongoing initiative aimed at creating a healthier, safer community through enforcing alcohol laws.
The City of Redlands currently has openings on three City commissions. Deadline for filing applications to any of the three commissions is March 24. Commissioners are appointed by the City Council. Except where noted, commission meetings are held in the Redlands City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon St.
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
For kids who love LEGO, the Redlands Community Center will provide Pre-Engineering classes for children ages 5 to 6.
Classes begin Monday, March 10, and continue daily from 9 a.m. to noon through March 14. The cost is $126 and scholarships are available. Kids will learn how to design and build projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars. Come and explore the endless creativity in the world of LEGO.
Due to a number of people placing items that are not allowed in the pharmaceutical drop-off box, the Redlands Police Department has discontinued the use of a secure pharmaceutical drop-off box in front of the Police Annex, but Redlands residents who wish to dispose of prescription drugs, used needles and other pharmaceutical items still have a number of safe options.
Improper disposal of prescription drugs, used hypodermic needles and other pharmaceutical items can create serious health and safety issues. Medications should never be flushed down the drain or thrown away in household trash.
Redlands police arrested two women caught stealing from a grave at Hillside Memorial Park Monday night and recovered additional items taken for the past several months from graves at the cemetery.
The suspects’ vehicle was stopped in the 1200 block of Olive Avenue, several blocks from the cemetery, located at 1540 Alessandro Road, at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 3. Inside the vehicle police located a pink child’s purse, wind chimes and decorative metal art taken from the gravesite minutes earlier.
The National Weather Service reports a change in the weather pattern through the end of the week, the City will have emergency sandbags available for Redlands residents or local businesses which are being flooded or in imminent danger of flooding.
Sandbags are available at all Redlands Fire Stations. Fill sand will be available in the vacant lot across the street from the Redlands Corporation Yard, located at 1270 W. Park Ave.