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Wildfire season is here and bi-lingual resources are available online for Riverside County residents to become prepared. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports one local non-profit is using trusted community messengers to prepare the Latino community for natural disasters.

Martha Carrasco, a retired civil servant, regularly canvasses her Jurupa Valley neighborhood handing out emergency preparedness information. Carrasco said for some in the Latino community, communicating in Spanish is preferred and there is also the benefit of receiving it from a trusted messegner.

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  1. Some of Sacramento’s top elected leaders are pushing back against plans by county officials to close three Project Roomkey motels this spring.
  2. San Jose State University says ex-trainer improperly touched athletes.
  3. Regulators rebuke PG&E for neglect in reducing wildfire risk.
  4. The pandemic has upended the Oscars, but producers say it’s good and presents an opportunity to finally rethink the awards show.

Last week, KVCR-News reported on a series of grants awarded by the Southern California Association of Governments to non-profits working toward affordable housing solutions with a racial equity lens. Now, the five Inland Empire non-profits who received a combined $425,000, are sharing more about their affordable housing projects and what they hope to acheive.

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Two U.C. Riverside physicists are working to understand the rules for how viruses build themselves, something that could drive the development of new drug therapies for COVID-19. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with them ahead of a free virtual event Tuesday, April 20 where they will discuss how their research can help us better understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Are viruses alive? And why do physicists study them? These are two questions Dr. Roya Zandi is often asked.

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

1. A Riverside county supervisor who says he might run for governor, was the target of a sexual harassment claim that was settled this week for $50,000.

2. It looked like the pile of concrete in a San Bernardino neighborhood was finally going to get cleaned up, but the mayor put a stop to that. What happened?

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This year marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, and the San Bernardino County Museum is marking that milestone with the Inland Empire City Nature Challenge. 

The museum is partnering with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District to create the City Nature Challenge which will “encourage families to become citizen scientists whilst exploring the outdoors.”

Other partners include the Redlands Conservancy, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, and more.

Inland Empire Asian American leaders on Wednesday spoke out against hate crimes locally and nationally during a telephone town hall that was attended by 2,600 community members. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports, the event focused on the unique traumas faced by the AAPI community during the COVID-19 pandemic

The use of offensive words to describe COVID-19 like “Kung-Flu” and “Wuhan Virus” played a role in stirring up mass resentments and blame said Riverside’s Congressman Mark Takano, a Japanese American and vice chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

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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 her coverage of an anti-racism summit hosted in March by the Moreno Valley based Center Against Racism and Trauma.

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  1. Riverside and San Bernardino County announced that they are pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, following CDC and FDA recommendations.
  2. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors signed off on a plan to expand crisis intervention teams.
  3. California will spend $536 million to reduce wildfires before the worst of fire season strikes later this year.

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Passengers traveling to Hawai’i can now bypass the state’s mandatory quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test when flying through Ontario International Airport. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports the airport is the first in Southern California to receive this exception.

Instead of a 10-day quarantine, travelers must show proof of a negative COVID test taken by a trusted partner within 72 hours of departure, according to the announcement from the governor of Hawai’i.

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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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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San Bernardino made the move to open up COVID-19 vaccinations immediately to people age 16 and older who live and work in the county Tuesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports on this and other recovery news.

Nine days before the state guidance to do so, Board of Supervisors Chair Curt Hagman said it is time to fully expand vaccine eligibility. The county is currently receiving 60,000 doses of vaccine per week and is expecting that number to continue to increase weekly by 10,000.

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The city of Riverside is accepting items for a time capsule that will be buried at the new Main Library in downtown Riverside.

Residents can bring items like photographs, documents and objects no bigger than two inches through April 30.

“We are excited to bring the new main library to our Riverside community,” said the City of Riverside’s Library Director, Erin Christmas in a news release. “This time capsule is a fun way to show the future stewards of our libraries what it was like to be a Riversider in the 21st century.”

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.       Votes in the Eastvale special election were certified despite a mailing error that kept ballots from being sent in time for voters to cast them.

2.    Nine candidates will be on the ballot in the Riverside City Council election this June.

3.       Amazon tripled the number of warehouses it operates in Southern California.

One in ten Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders reported hate crimes and hate incidents in 2021, according to survey results released by AAPI Data and SurveyMonkey Tuesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports, this rate which is higher than the national average is driven by a specific harmful stereotype.

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Riverside County partners gave the one millionth COVID-19 vaccination dose at a clinic in Beaumont Wednesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports.

The milestone dose was given to 65-year-old retired nurse Shirley Ann Gruenke of Cherry Valley.

“It was a surprise, but I sure thank you all,” said Gruenke, in a news release. “You know, I went back and forth saying I was not going to get the shot, but when I got COVID in December and I felt sick, I said I’m ready for it. I’m getting my shot.”

City Council Offers Up $30k Reward

Apr 1, 2021
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Earlier this week, the Riverside City Council approved a reward of $30,000, for the duration of 60 days, for information that leads to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Keith Allen.

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

  1. The Riverside University Health System has a system in place that they say improves patients’ experience and treating colon cancer.
  2. A new police chief has been appointed to lead the Corona Police Department.

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