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After the University of Redlands made a statement on June 9 committing to address systemic racism, a group of alumni is demanding an immediate fulfillment of that promise with a boycott.

Emma Wade, a class of 2017 alumna, says the statement made by University of Redland’s President Ralph Kuncl, outlining the college’s efforts to address racism fell short.

“It said Black Lives Matter, and now all we’re asking is that they implement the structure necessary to make such a claim,” said Wade.

The Redlands City Council moved a step closer to putting a one cent sales tax increase on the November ballot Tuesday evening. 

During the council's first reading of the meausre, the public comments were mostly in opposition to the idea of a sales tax increase. But a presentation of an initial ballot test showed a two-thirds voter approval rating.

A one cent sales tax increase, could provide $10 million a year for police, fire, library and parks which all took funding cuts in the 2020-2021 budget.

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The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has led many people to take up activism of some kind – whether that’s through donating, protesting, or hashtagging. Now, we hear from a local comedian whose street comedy has taken a turn into activism. Aaron Chase is a stand-up comedian from Riverside who regularly performs in Downtown Redlands, and he spoke with KVCR’s Benjamin Purper.

The full interview will air on an upcoming episode of KVCArts. 

University of Redlands football coach Mike Maynard has been placed on administrative leave after a tweet drew backlash on social media. Now, an investigation is underway and some alumni and students are calling for the coach to be fired.

Maynard, the University of Redlands’ longtime football coach, tweeted in response to a video of an explosive device detonating inside a car during protests for racial justice in Riverside last week, “What kind of bomb? I want one of those.”

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The Redlands Police Department is holding a safety enforcement event on May 27. They will be watching for driver, pedestrian and bicyclist violations.

When heading out for essential errands or daily exercise on May 27, be mindful to obey the traffic rules. The Redlands Police Department will be patrolling to enforce driving, bicycle and pedestrian safety during a day-long event.

Police will be looking for violations like drivers failing to yield to pedestrians, pedestrians who cross streets illegally, and bikers not following stop signs and signals.

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Public comments on budget cuts to a centuries old public institution stretched a Redland’s City Council meeting to nearly eight hours. The council met to discuss a proposed budget to handle revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facing a fifteen point seven-million-dollar shortfall for next year’s budget, Mayor Paul Foster led a virtual city council meeting on Tuesday morning. Broadcast online, with city council members calling in remotely, the tone was somber.

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The first zero-emission train line in North America is coming to Redlands, and it’s created a debate over high-density housing and transit-oriented development in the small Inland Empire city.

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The City of Redlands has declared a shelter crisis, and various agencies are figuring out what they can do to continue supporting the homeless.  KVCR's Katie Trojano has more in this feature report.

Meet Justin Burzachiello, a 17-year old senior at Redlands High School. Through collaboration with ESRI, a local high-tech mapping company, Justin developed an app called the Helping Humans application. This app helps assist those struggling with homelessness by compiling a list of hotlines, county services, employment assistance, service providers and provisions.

A former Redlands High School drama teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing four teenage girls.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

Redlands Skate Park Delayed...Again

Mar 13, 2018
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The Redlands City Council last week rejected bids to build a new skate park in the city.  More from KVCR's Benjamin Purper.

Boys & Girls Club Holiday Extravaganza

Dec 19, 2017
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With the holiday season upon us, there are many holiday events and activities throughout the IE. Lillian Vasquez was in Redlands to experience first-hand the joy of children laughing and excited to fill their bag with a toy. 

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Facing a fifth year of drought, Governor Jerry Brown instituted mandatory water cutbacks in April, and this week indicated that the conservation mandates may be extended well into next year. 

Most communities across the state -- including in the Inland Empire -- have met or exceeded  their water reduction targets.  However, three California communities did not: the water district serving the Coachella Valley city of Indio,  the city of Beverly Hills... and, Redlands. 

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The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department has taken the 1891 German play, Spring Awakening - and turned it into a musical.  KVCR's Rick Dulock interviewed director and Department Chair, Chris Beach about this "new" adaptation.