Both Riverside and San Bernardino County announced Tuesday April 13 that they are following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration(FDA) recommendation to pause the use of the Johnson & Jonson vaccine. This follows the report of six patients developing a rare and serious type of blood clot after the one dose shot.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:


Five Inland Empire non-profits received grants to support their affordable housing projects from the Southern California Association of Governments in March. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports that the association called SCAG for short, says these awards are part of a commitment to elevating policy solutions with a racial equity lens.

“It’s been a difficult history in America with housing policy," said President of SCAG and Vice Mayor of Long Beach, Rex Richardson. "You can’t point to the good old days of housing policy. It’s an area that needs to continue to improve.”

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Benjamin Purper review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week:

1. The Upland city Council placed the city manager on paid administrative leave.

2. Riverside's new mayor wants the area along the Santa Ana River to be the focus of new development.

3. It will cost San Bernardino about $2,000,000 to clean up a giant pile of concrete left by a developer.

4. Elon Musk's SpaceX has been hired to bring fast internet service to rural parts of San Bernardino County.

California Redistricting Commission Seeks Public Input

Apr 8, 2021
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The California Redistricting Commission, which is responsible for determining district boundaries for the State Senate and State Assembly, is seeking public input on its work. 

The California Redistricting Commission, or CRC, uses census data to redraw government districts across the state.

Ray Kennedy is a commissioner with the CRC. He brings to the position decades of experience both domestically and internationally with election assistance, including time at the United Nations and work in several countries including Haiti, Mexico and Afghanistan.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1.  As case rates drop and vaccinations increase, more Californians are attending live events.
  2. California high school sports are back in full swing, but after a year long break, some coaches and health experts are worried about injuries.
  3. Traffic lanes and a connector bridge will be shut down beginning tonight on the 91 Freeway in Riverside and Corona between Van Buren Blvd and La Sierra Ave.

The Voice on KVCR is a weekly discussion with the Black Voice News editorial team about important issues in the inland region. This week KVCR's Megan Jamerson spoke with Alex Reed a Digital Coordinator with Mapping Black California, a Black Voice News initiative about a data centered series called Black California: Reporting on the Impacts of COVID-19.


In California, it can be hard to keep track of county level elections because not all races require runoffs and the timing of when elections happen varies. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports that a proposed state senate bill aims to reduce confusion for voters across the state including here in the inland region.

Monday through Thursday at lunchtime, KVCR News has your daily news rundown. Stories highlighted today include:

  1. Riverside County expands vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older.
  2. Riverside County moves into the less-restrictive COVID-19 orange tier today.
  3. California is aiming to fully reopen its economy on June 15, ending the state’s county-by-county color tier system of business restrictions.

Benjamin Purper / KVCR

Riverside County has expanded vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older, and the Riverside University Health System celebrated this milestone with a vaccination event at their medical center in Moreno Valley today.

About 1,100 people are expected to come through the Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley today, Apr 6, to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

There are balloons, photo booths, and signs that say “pandemic finish line.”

Heather Jackson, Senior Public Information Specialist with RUHS, says it's a day to celebrate.


Just In From NPR:

Johnson & Johnson Halt Isn't Just A U.S. Problem

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The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause in the U.S. – because of reports of rare cases of potentially fatal blood clots in a small number of vaccinated women – could have global ramifications.

Even though the J&J vaccine so far has had very limited distribution outside of the United States, it's slated to provide more than a billion doses to the global fight against COVID.

J&J is authorized in, among other countries, Brazil, Canada, Peru, Chile and New Zealand (although none of those countries have received shipments yet).

The Sackler family has spent decades making a name for itself in philanthropic circles with sizable donations to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, the British Museum, Harvard and Yale, among other institutions.

But as the public began to scrutinize the source of the family's money, many museum wings and buildings that once displayed the Sackler name have removed it.

Bernie Madoff, who carried out one of the most notorious Ponzi schemes in history, has died while serving his prison sentence in North Carolina. He bilked thousands of investors out of their savings.

Bernie Madoff, the financier who orchestrated one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history, has died. He was 82.

He died Wednesday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed, and had been serving out a 150-year sentence.

As a money manager, Madoff defrauded thousands of investors out of tens of billions of dollars. The former NASDAQ chairman pleaded guilty to 11 criminal counts in 2009 at the age of 71.

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