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Work has begun on construction on a mile and a half of sidewalk and ADA access ramps in Community Development Block Grant areas where no such facilities previously existed.

On Nov. 18, 2014, the City Council awarded the contract for construction of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2014 – Sidewalk and ADA Ramp Improvements. Construction is anticipated to be completed by April. The contractor for the $510,950 project is Golden Valley Construction of Palm Springs. All project costs will be funded by the Community Development Block Grant program. No General Fund dollars will be used to construct this project.

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 next week.

In addition to providing public parking for Redlands historic downtown, the parking lot at Ed Hales Park is frequently used for community events, such as the weekly Saturday Morning Farmers Market.

Redlands Police have resolved to start the New Year with a series of foot and vehicle patrols dedicated to preventing alcohol-related problems in the downtown area.

“Maintaining a safe, welcoming downtown business district where our residents and visitors enjoy spending time is a priority for us,” said Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia. “These extra patrols are aimed to help us do just that.”

The new patrols – set for the first three Friday and Saturday nights of 2015 - will focus on preventing and responding to DUIs, public intoxication and other alcohol-related problems downtown. The patrols will provide an additional complement to party patrols, DUI checkpoints, minor decoy operations and saturation patrols Redlands Police conduct as part of the Responsible Redlands initiative.

Redlands Police Department arrested two people for driving under the influence during a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Dec. 26.

A total of 155 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street. One driver who failed to yield for the checkpoint was stopped a few blocks away and arrested for DUI. Two drivers were also cited for driving on suspended licenses.

Redlands Firefighters battled a pair of unrelated structure fires Monday. No injuries were reported in either blaze.

At about 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, firefighters responded to a structure fire at a mobile home park at 450 Judson St.

Firefighters arrived to find a double-wide mobile home well involved with fire. An aggressive interior attack was initiated, but heavy fire and smoke conditions drove firefighters out until the flames could be beaten back from the outside. Firefighters then re-entered the structure and were able to bring the flames under control within 20 minutes.

Redlands Police donated nearly two dozen bicycles Tuesday, Dec. 23, to an organization that pairs needy veterans with bicycles, providing them with transportation to medical appointments and employment as well as physical exercise.

The bicycles, unclaimed property which have been released for disposition, were donated to the Bikes 4 Vets Project, an organization founded by Redlands resident Joseph Mena to empower veterans living in the Inland Empire. Mena is a member of the San Bernardino County Veterans Advisory Committee 5th District, the VA Hospital Advisory Council, DAV Chapter 12 Past JR Vice Commander in San Bernardino and U.S. Vets Advisory Committee member.

The organization depends on donations of bicycles from the community and an agreement with the Inland Empire Biking Alliance to inspect and repair bicycles at cost. Working with the Veterans Administration hospital in Loma Linda, Bikes 4 Vets identifies veterans without reliable means of transportation and provides the bikes for free. The only requirement the organization makes is that the recipient attends a road safety course.

More than 100 local children will have a brighter holiday after Redlands Police partnered with Target, the Redlands Unified School District and community volunteers to Shop With a Cop Monday.

Police, volunteers and 104 children and their families gathered at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Target store, 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. for a Christmas shopping spree. Each child was paired with a volunteer and given more than a $125 shopping budget.

Redlands Police and community members raised more than $15,600 to provide the holiday shopping spree to underprivileged children. The Redlands Unified School District helped the department identify several families in need and district employees, their families and Redlands school board member Neil Waner volunteered their time to shop with the children. Other volunteers included 31st District Congressman-elect Pete Aguilar, County Supervisor James Ramos, Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia and his wife Carolyn, members of the Redlands Police Department, Citizen Volunteer Patrol and Citizen Volunteer Park Rangers units, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and County Probation Department and Redlands Human Relations Commissioners Gail Howard and Carole Coley.

The Redlands Police Department is working to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for drivers and their families. Officers will conduct a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street, continuing through 3 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to checking for drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol and those driving without a valid license, officers will be handing out brochures from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to motorists passing through the checkpoint.

The Redlands Fire Department fields a total of four front-line fire engines on a daily basis.  These engines are either exceeding or close to exceeding their anticipated lifespan and are showing signs of excessive wear and tear.  The reserve fleet of fire engines has dwindled down to only one.  The reserve fleet essentially is the back-bone of the fleet from the perspective that if the reserve fleet is insufficient and front-line units fail, then emergency response is jeopardized.

With the poor condition of the reserve fleet and the front-line fleet showing signs of wear the department requested the city to purchase two new fire engines to replace the aging front-line fleet.  Two of the existing front-line engines will be moved into reserve status to increase the number of reliable available reserve engines. 

Candidates interested in appointment to the Redlands City Council to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Pete Aguilar may pick up or download application packets beginning Dec. 17. Packets are available in the Redlands City Clerk’s Office at 35 Cajon St., Suite 4 or on the City’s website at http://cityofredlands.org/citycouncil.

The original application must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. No postmarks or faxes will be accepted. Only fully completed application packets will be accepted.

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