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

1. The apparent winners have emerged in Tuesday’s Riverside City Council election.

2. It looks like a ballot measure has enough signatures to qualify to limit the height of new buildings along the light-rail train route in Redlands.

3. Thanks to a voter-approved one-cent sales tax increase, San Bernardino may soon be able to resurrect some city jobs that were cut in previous budgets.

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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 Executive Editor Stephanie Williams about a new recruitment effort to hire more black teachers and teachers of color in San Bernardino County schools through a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

A joint taskforce between local and federal law enforcement authorities announced charges Tuesday against 21 people allegedly involved in a drug trafficking and distribution scheme in the Inland Empire.

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With the June 15 re-opening of California only a week away, inland county officials are waiting on specifics for what this will mean for public spaces and the workplace.

There could be some changes in guidance between now and California’s re-opening,  but “essentially it’s business as usual or business pre-COVID," said San Bernardino County Interim Public Health Director, Andrew Goldfrach.

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The 9th circuit court heard oral arguments in Pasadena Monday for a second attempt to overturn a new California law that phases out private, for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers. 

The appeal by the Biden Administration and GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, comes after a lawsuit by GEO and the Trump Administration failed last year.

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

Spanish Town Heritage Foundation

Riverside’s Trujillo Adobe, is now nationally recognized as one of America’s most endangered historic places. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports, this recognition is part of an effort by descendants of the region’s early pioneers to preserve history before it’s too late.

Right now, it’s impossible to see what’s left of the over 150-year-old Trujillo Adobe that sits near the corner of West Center Street and Orange, because of the protective structure that’s been built around it. Nancy Melendez, President of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation hopes to change that. 

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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 Executive Editor Stephanie Williams about police use of force in the city of San Bernardino against members of the Black community.

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The summer travel season is here and with it gas prices that are more expensive than normal. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with a Scripps College economist about one important factor, the global oil market, plus the opportunity to change our energy future.

  

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR news contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Rick Dulock review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week:
1- Rep. Ken Calvert has agreed to stop blocking his critics on his social media accounts.
2- The only candidate for Riverside City College student body president is a registered sex offender.
3- The Temecula councilwoman who compared herself to Rosa Parks for refusing to wear a mask is defending her comments.
4- The Inland Empire has lost two longtime civic leaders. We remember them.

Knotts Berry Farm

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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 reporter Cheetara Piry about about her profile of the city of San Bernardino's three newly elected Black council members who took on their roles in January.

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CAL FIRE / RCOFD

Authorities announced all evacuation warnings for the Jurupa Valley brush fire also known as the Lake Fire have been lifted as of 11:00 am Tuesday. Returning residents should obey road closures and yeild to working crews and equipment.

First reported Monday morning, windy conditions helped spread the fire to 150 acres threatening around 400 homes near the Santa Ana River. Over 160 crew members and air crews worked through Monday to contain it. After gaining control, evacuation orders were downgraded to an evacuation warning late Monday evening.

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A Jurupa Valley brush fire, which started around 11:00 a.m. Monday, is now 105 acres and 10 percent contained. The evacuation zone west of Van Buren Boulevard was downgraded to an evacuation warning Monday evening. Evacuation orders remain in place for people living north of Jurupa Avenue and west of Fremont Street and Industrial Avenue south of the Santa Ana River bottom. Over one-hundred-and-fifty firefighters and two water dumping helicopters were working to put out the flames.
An evacuation center is open at Patriot High School - 4355 Camino Real, Jurupa Valley, CA 92509.

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Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer travel season, and KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports Ontario International Airport is expecting passenger traffic at near pre-pandemic levels during the summer months.

Airport officials credit a strong inland economy and growing population for the predicted summer travel rebound.

According to a news release, between Memorial Day and Labor Day one-point-four million passengers are predicted to travel through Ontario Airport. Also, 75 percent of seats are expected to be filled on the airport’s more than 66 flights per day.

For the past 13 years, Torta Sinaloa has been in the same corner of a small retail center off the 91 in Corona. In the windows, are posters advertising their steak sandwich and juices. Inside it’s quiet, with only a family of three waiting for their order.

 

 

  

 

Owner Sergio Desantido was working the kitchen. Like many small businesses in the region, he has been hit hard by the lockdowns. “At the beginning of this whole COVID-19 we dropped the sales by 60 percent,” said Desantido.

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

1.       Two women who were Redlands PD officers are alleging gender discrimination.

2.       The former Upland city manager will receive severance of about 10 months pay.

3.       The city of Riverside has reached a $24m settlement over utility fees.

4.       Remembering prominent Inland Empire attorney and philanthropist, Bruce Varner.

Riverside University Health System

A Riverside County plan to shift resources to mobile vacciation teams, means two area clinics will be closing.

The Beaumont based vaccine clinic at Chatingy Senior Center will close on May 22, and the Menifee clinic at Heritage High will close on May 28.

According to a county news release, the focus on mobile vaccination teams will allow for quicker service for communities in need.

The only county operated brick and mortar site that will remain open will be the Moreno Valley Mall. It can serve several thousand people per day.

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 speaks with Phyllis Kimber Wilcox about the story of a local domestic violence organization that quickly pivoted during the pandemic to handle a spike in violence. 

"Danny Trejo" by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

A recent survey conducted by Men’s Health showed that out of 1100 people, approximately 75% of respondents said they are close to someone struggling with addiction and 40% reported an increase in cravings for addictive substances or behaviors. One of the main reasons was that they didn’t have other people around to keep them feeling connected, grounded, and upbeat. This according to Chief Medical Officer Dr.

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

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

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