Inland Edition

Wednesdays at 2:00 and 6:30pm

With a focus on the coronavirus pandemic, 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 and resources in ​Inland Southern California.

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4/7/21 - Jodie Holt Discusses UCR Botanic Gardens

Apr 7, 2021

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Jodie Holt, Director of the UCR Botanic Gardens. Jodie shares the history of the expansive and diverse gardens and how they have shifted operations during the pandemic, but continue to grow.

For more information about UCR Botanic Gardens, visit gardens.ucr.edu/gardens 

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Evita Tapia-Gonzalez, Director of Communications for Corona-Norco Unified School District. Evita talks about reopening schools safely and the unique, fun video one of the District’s schools shared with parents and students to educate them about safety measures when they return.

For more information about the Corona-Norco Unified School District, visit cnusd.k12.ca.us

Today on Inland Edition, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez has a conversation with 91.9 KVCR Program Manager Rick Dulock, as they reflect on Inland Edition and KVCR production during the pandemic, one year after it began. Rick and Lillian discuss how Inland Edition was launched and the topics featured, working with limited staff, and TV projects including At-Home Learning and airing local graduation ceremonies and graduates. They also share updates on some of the small businesses highlighted last year during the Small Business Spotlight.

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. Manfred Keil, Chief Economist for Inland Empire Economic Partnership, or IEEP. He's also the Associate Professor of Economics at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. Dr. Kiel shares information about local employment numbers and opening up the economy, now that there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. 

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Julie Baker, Executive Director of Californians for the Arts. Julie talks about the $50 million dollars in California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grants now available for non-profit cultural institutions. She shares who can apply and how some of the grant funding might be used to help with opening things up, for the benefit of all small businesses in the state of California.  

Today on Inland Edition, Lillian Vasquez speaks with Heidi Arthur, Chief Campaign Development Officer for the Ad Council. Heidi shares some of the strategies and information her organization included in the Covid-19 vaccine education campaign called, “It’s Up To You.”

If you have questions about coronavirus vaccines, visit getvaccineanswers.org

Today on Inland Edition, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez speaks with Karen Zirkle, Assistant Vice President of Business Development at Redlands Community Hospital, to find out how they are working with local entities and the public to get people vaccinated.

To learn more about Redlands Community Hospital, visit redlandshospital.org

For information on vaccination sites and when you can get yours, here are the websites and phone numbers:

Today on Inland Edition, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez speaks with Dr. April Summitt, Provost with La Sierra University. La Sierra University plans to reopen for in-person classes in Fall 2021 and Dr. Summitt shares the plans and precautions in place to make that happen safely. 

For more information about La Sierra University, visit lasierra.edu

  

What happens when an ambulance arrives at the nearest hospital and there's no room? Today on Inland Edition, KVCR's Lillian Vasquez speaks with Jason Sorrick, Public Information Officer and Spokesperson for American Medical Response, to learn about the challenges facing the companies and the people who transport patients in ambulances.

For more information about American Medical Response, including employment opportunities, visit their website at www.amr.net

Today on Inland Edition, it's an hour-long education special. KVCR's Lillian Vasquez speaks with students and one parent from around the Inland Empire as they share how the pandemic and distance learning has affected their education experience. Dr. Keith Drieberg is a Licensed Neuropsychologist and Professor in Charge of Teacher Education at La Sierra University. He responds to the concerns, suggestions, and reflections of each student. 

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

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