Inland Edition

Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:00 and 5:30pm

Inland Edition ​brings you the latest information from community leaders, officials, and experts, on everything from health to education, housing, nutrition, e​conomics, and other issues affecting ​Inland Southern California.

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Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Michael Osur, Assistant Director for Riverside County Public Health. Michael is one of the key people working on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Riverside County. He shares the latest important information. Also on the show, Lillian talks with Ryan Hagen, a reporter with Southern California News Group which includes The Sun. Ryan shares information about restaurants and the requirements connected to Stay at Home orders.

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Jennifer O’Farrell, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire. Jennifer shares how the non-profit has been weathering the pandemic and how mentoring looks different now that in-person outings have halted.

You can learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire at https://www.iebigs.org/aboutus/

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Denise Woods, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Health Counselling and Wellness at UC Riverside. Dr. Woods talks about California COVID Notify, a smartphone app that notifies the user when they’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Presently, students and others connected to the University of California system are testing this technology.

You can learn more about California COVID Notify at  https://campusreturn.ucr.edu/california-covid-notify

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez talks with Ryan Shaw, Director of Water Resources for the Western Municipal Water District. Ryan shares some new ideas for STEM-focused water education. One component is the development of a new video game that teaches students as they work their way through the levels. The game should be available to implement into virtual and classroom learning in the spring. Also on the show is Ava DeGrave, a 13-year-old from Murrieta who recently had the chance to test the new water education video game, called Drippy’s Journey.

On this Veterans Day in the midst of a pandemic, Lillian Vasquez speaks with two Inland Empire veterans. Frank Donahoe is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Murrieta Rotary Club. He shares about a learning opportunity for 5th graders in the community that is online this year. Also on the show, Lillian speaks with Lt. Colonel Gordon Fawcett, Retired, a Board Member of the Murrieta Veterans Memorial Foundation. He talks about the creation of war memorials in Murrieta.

Today on Inland Edition, because flu season has arrived and many health professionals are concerned about a double pandemic, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Karen Hansberger of the Inland Empire Health Plan. Dr. Hansberger discusses how to help protect our lungs and keep them healthy.

For more information about IEHP, visit www.iehp.org 

 

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez has a conversation with Kimberly Starrs, Vice President of External Affairs for Inland SoCal United Way. Kimberly shares how Riverside County residents can apply for rent relief through United Lift. Also on the show, Lillian speaks with David Luff, the creator of Fright Farms- a drive-thru Halloween activity designed for safety and fun during the pandemic.

Riverside County residents can find out about United Lift rental assistance online at UnitedLift.org or by calling 211.

Today on Inland Edition, KVCR’s Benjamin Purper speaks with Este Geraghty, the Chief Medical Officer and Health Solutions Director at ESRI, the Redlands-based geographic information systems company. Dr. Geraghty talks about the logistical and planning challenges involved in distributing a potential vaccine for COVID-19 and the role GIS mapping technology plays in doing so.

For more information about Dr. Geraghty and ESRI, visit https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/author/estella-geraghty/

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez has a conversation with Corey Jackson, CEO of SBX Youth and Family Services, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and youth development services in the Inland Empire. Corey talks about the challenges of finding affordable child care services during the pandemic.

For more information about SBX Youth and Family Services, you can find them on Facebook or Twitter @SigmaBetaXiinc

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Beth Burt, the Executive Director for the Autism Society Inland Empire. Beth talks about special challenges families are facing during the pandemic and what teachers are facing with their special need students.

For more information, visit ieautism.org

9/16/20 – Michael Osur Discusses Contract Tracing

Sep 16, 2020

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Michael Osur, Assistant Director and Chief Health Strategist for Riverside County Public Health. He talks about contact tracing- what it is, who does it, and why it’s needed during the pandemic.

For more information, visit RivCoPH.org

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with travel expert, author, radio and television host Rick Steves. Rick shares how the coronavirus has impacted travel, how to remain an explorer in your own neighborhood, and how travelers might restart their adventures in the future.

For more information about Rick Steves, visit ricksteves.com

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Loralee Olejnik, Specialist on the Health Promotion team with The American Lung Association. Loralee talks about lung disease prevention, lung health impacts amidst recent wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, and shares how those with chronic lung disease can protect themselves. 

For more information about the American Lung Association, visit lung.org 

For the American Lung Association hotline, call 1 800 586 4872 

Today on Inland Edition, it’s all about fun activities to enjoy safely during this pandemic. Lillian Vasquez speaks with Erin Von Schonfeldt, Vice President of Talent at Levity Entertainment Group. Erin shares information about the Improv Live Comedy Drive-In at the Improv in Irvine. Guests will be able to enjoy live comedy from their cars by dialing in on their radios. Then Lillian speaks with one of the upcoming performers at the Comedy Drive-In, comedian Maz Jobrani.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with returning guest Alan Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority. Alan shares how things are going regarding transportation in the Inland Empire, especially when safe travel by air is required. Also on the program, San Bernardino Community College District Trustee Members discuss upcoming opportunities for local small business owners in the Inland Empire region to learn about and bid on projects that will upgrade SBCCD facilities.

8/5/20 – Dr. David Lo Discusses Vaccines

Aug 5, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. David Lo, a Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences and the Senior Associate Dean for Research at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Lo reviews the history of vaccines and discusses the vaccine situation regarding COVID 19.

For more information about Dr. Lo, visit profiles.ucr.edu/app/home/profile/davidlo

7/29/20 – Dr. Patrick Porter Discusses Sleep

Jul 29, 2020

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Patrick Porter, a neuroscience expert and founder of BrainTap. Dr. Porter discusses the importance of sleep and some of the challenges faced when it comes to sleeping.

For more information, visit braintap.com

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Robert Villegas, spokesperson for Southern California Edison, and Kristine Scott, Senior Public Affairs Manager for SoCalGas, about relief programs in place to help customers pay utility bills during the pandemic.

For more on reduced electricity rates, call the Customer Service number on your electric bill or visit sce.com

For more information on assistance programs and more from SoCalGas, you can visit socalgas.com or call 1-800-427-2200.

Lillian Vasquez speaks with returning guest Dr. Manfred Keil, Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Chief Economist. Dr. Keil talks about trends and new data related to business and employment in our region.

For more information about IEEP, visit ieep.com

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Blanco Castro, California Advocacy Director for AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons. She talks about how AARP is looking at the coronavirus pandemic, having reported more than 50,000 senior deaths so far due to COVID-19.

For more information, visit AARP.org/nursinghomes

On this episode of Inland Edition Lillian Vasquez has a conversation with Alex Padilla. Padilla is serving his second term as California's Secretary of State. 

Lillian speaks with veterinarian and pet happiness expert Dr. Rolan Tripp. Dr. Tripp shares how the stay at home order has had an effect on pets, specifically how pets will cope once their owners return to work.

To learn more about Dr. Rolan Tripp and pet happiness, visit behaviorvet.net

Lillian speaks with author and domestic abuse expert Mannette Morgan about domestic violence as it Relates to COVID-19. Mannette shares how the pandemic has affected domestic violence and how to stop the cycle of abuse.

To learn more about Mannette Morgan, visit mannettemorgan.com

6/24/20 – Jose Arballo Discusses COVID-19 Testing

Jun 24, 2020

Lillian speaks with Jose Arballo, the Public Information Specialist for Riverside County Department of Public Health. Jose talks about COVID-19 testing sites, the process of getting tested, and future plans for testing.

To learn more about The Riverside County Department of Public Health, visit www.rivcoph.org

 

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Sam Zidovetzki, an emergency room doctor who volunteered to serve on the front lines. Dr. Z shares his experience of volunteering for a hospital in the South Bronx in New York. He also teaches medical students at UC Riverside.

To learn more about Dr. Sam Zidovetzki, visit gme.riversidecommunityhospital.com/Faculty/Samuel-Zidovetzki-MD-MPH.aspx

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Lieutenant Governor of California Eleni Kounalakis. She discusses the coronavirus pandemic and her part in the battle, and also talks about recent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.

To learn more about Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, visit ltg.ca.gov

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Bill Higgs, Co-founder and former CEO of Mustang Engineering and author of Culture Code Champions: 7 Steps to Scale and Succeed in Your Business. Bill talks about what businesses should be doing now to emerge stronger from this pandemic.

To learn more about Bill Higgs, visit culturecodechampions.com

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Dan O’Brien, a medical futurist and sports fan. Dr. O’Brien discusses the future of professional sports in a post-Covid19 era, including testing for athletes and when fans will return to the stands. Also on the show, KVCR's Benjamin Purper has a conversation with Dr. David Puder, psychiatrist with Loma Linda University Health about depression and suicide concerns.

To learn more about Dr. Dan O’Brien, visit DrDanMd.com

Lillian Vasquez speaks with Lavinia Mitroi, a student at the UCR School of Medicine, who sits on the COVID-19 Student Taskforce at UC Riverside. Lavinia shares how the student volunteers in the Taskforce provide help to those in need. Lillian also has a conversation with Frank Tiessen, President of Carrera of America. Frank discusses how slot car racing provides a way for families to spend time together during the pandemic.

Lillian Vasquez has a conversation about serving others with Kimberly Starrs, Chief Development Officer with United Way of the Inland Valleys. Lillian also speaks with Donna Elliot, a local KVCR listener and president of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, about how her life and plans have changed during the pandemic.

To learn more about United Way of the Inland Valleys, visit UWIV.org

To learn more about the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, visit artinidyllwild.org

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