March 31, 2020
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SACRAMENTO - Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order aiming to expand the state's health care workforce in hopes of staffing at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds.
Confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. have climbed past 153,200, with a death toll of over 2,800, while around 5,000 have recovered from infection, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
WASHINGTON - In the midst of some state and local authorities moving to close gun shops during the coronavirus emergency, the Trump administration stepped in Saturday to make clear that such outlets are “essential.”
Macy’s and Kohl’s said Monday that they will most furlough employees as the department store chains cope with significant sales losses during the coronavirus pandemic.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Inland residents are not doing a very good job of social distancing in this time of the coronavirus, at least by one measurement.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Dozens more cases of COVID-19 are being reported daily across the 2-county inland region.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County has put out an urgent call for medical supply donations and medical volunteers.
HEMET – (INT) – A suspected mail thief accused of dipping into curbside deposit boxes at five Inland Empire Post Offices has been arrested.
ONTARIO – (INT) – Operations at Ontario International Airport (ONT) are being scaled back.
WASHINGTON – (INT) - Congressman Paul Cook (R-San Bernardino County) provided these details on Recovery Rebate Eligibility.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – More first-responders are being stricken by the coronavirus.
YUCAIPA – (INT) – Health professionals have launched an all out effort to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 at two nursing facilities.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The number of new coronavirus cases is spreading into the western portions of Riverside County.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – In spite of the coronavirus, the 2020 Census is being launched.
LAKE ELSINORE – (INT) – Testing for the coronavirus is being expanded in Riverside County.
LA QUINTA – (INT) – There’s growing evidence that the coronavirus is not selective on who and where it strikes.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The latest jobless figures issued Friday showed a 4 percent rate for February before the coronavirus inflicted layoffs amid the economic downsizing.
FONTANA - (INT) – Another case of fraud has surfaced as renters make deposits on bogus housing units.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – As the 2020 Census gets underway, new figures show that since 2010 Riverside County was among the ten fastest-growing in the nation.
INDIO – (INT) - A federal medical station (FMS) is being set up at the Inland Empire’s epicenter for the coronavirus.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
REDLANDS – (INT) - Law enforcement agencies throughout the Inland Empire are ramping up to protect lives and property.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Senior and disabled shoppers are moving to the front of the line at some stores in Riverside County.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Mother Nature is escorting March out the back door on a much quieter note than it began.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California now has 5,763 confirmed cases.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - More and more California students were switching to online classes even before the coronavirus struck.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – With the nation’s movie theaters shuttered because of the coronavirus, the small screen is taking center stage.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Public access to all of California’s 280 state parks is being limited.
SUNNYVALE – (INT) – California is meeting the demand for more ventilators.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline below 3-dollars-a-gallon could be in the near future.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Metrolink cut its train service 30% beginning Thursday in response to a sharp reduction in ridership because of the coronavirus pandemic.
WASHINGTON - The requirement for Americans to obtain a Real ID for travel will be delayed one year.
There are Californians at elevated risk of exposure to the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - A consumer alert has been issued about deceptive advertising related to novel coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Regional food bank operations in the Coachella Valley will be supported by 25 men and women from the California National Guard starting Monday.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Gavin Newsom took the unprecedented action late Thursday of issuing a stay-at-home order for all Californians as the coronavirus outbreak surges.
MENIFEE – (INT) – Eyeglasses are disappearing from optical shops that have been burglarized throughout California.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Californians won’t have to worry about the tax man, at least for now.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Economists at UCLA have proclaimed that the nation is in a recession.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Friday ensuring California public school districts retain state funding because of the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is continuing its work to facilitate a safe, healthy food supply during the coronavirus emergency.
The City of Redlands has launched an interactive map to help residents locate local businesses that are open and providing necessary services available during the current stay-at-home order. Redlands Open for Business is available on the City’s website at https://www.cityofredlands.org/post/open-businesses. (INT)

Work is beginning on a $42 million project to replace the #3 and #4 lanes of the I-15 between the Riverside-San Diego County line and the Temecula River Bridge. The upgrades will be done at night. (INT)

A man found bloody and not breathing at the side of a Woodcrest street Monday died before help arrived. The California Highway Patrol was investigating the incident on Washington Street at Sage Street. (INT)

San Bernardino County has begun a drive-thru specimen collection for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing will be available for the public by appointment only. Appointment sign-up and details is available on the COVID-19 webpage (wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus). County Public Health will also publish a ‘dashboard’ on current data on the COVID-19 webpage. (INT)

An air and ground rescue came too late Friday to save a hiker who fell on the Pacific Crest Trail near Mountain Center in the San Jacinto Mountains. Cloudy weather hampered initial efforts to reach the hiker. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was finally able to lower rescuers to the scene, but the victim had died. In another incident Saturday, two hikers who became stranded in ice and snow on the Pacific Crest Trail in the same area were rescued by helicopter and brought to safety. (INT)

San Bernardino police are not looking for any suspects in a Saturday shooting that claimed the life of a 19-year-old youth and sent a female to a hospital in critical condition. A motive for the incident on North Little Mountain Drive that killed Justin Davis is under investigation. (INT)

The Redlands City Council voted unanimously Thursday to place a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for failure to pay rent. The moratorium will be in effect through May 31st. Under the ordinance, no landlord shall evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent if the tenant demonstrates that the tenant is unable to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19. In a related action, Governor Gavin Newsom Friday issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31st. (INT)

The California Department of Motor Vehicles will close all field offices in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the DMV announced on its website Thursday night. All appointments have been canceled. There was no information on when offices would reopen. (INT)

Closures of developed recreation facilities are being put in place until at least April 30th in the San Bernardino, Cleveland and Angeles National Forests an attempt to discourage groups of people and promote social distancing of staying more than six feet apart. The general Forest area including the extensive trail system will remain open and available to the public. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one's health. (INT)

Veteran Riverside photojournalist Fred Bauman has died. Bauman retired in 1960 after a 36 year career at the Riverside Press Enterprise (PE). Bauman’s photography career included photos for “Life” and “Time” magazine. He died March 19th of natural causes at the age of 94, according to the PE. (INT)

Seniors age 60+ and disabled persons in Moreno Valley have some help supplementing their food supplies with the launch of a new service in Moreno Valley called "MoVal Meals." The free service, which provides both pick-up and delivery options, will offer a week's supply of mostly staples. Participants must register either by phone at 951-413-3749 or email at MoValMeals@MoVal.org. (INT)

The May 12th special election in the 28th State Senate District of Riverside County will be entirely by mail. Governor Newsom declared Friday that because of the coronavirus, there will be no polling places. Melissa Melendez and Elizabeth Romero will face off in the election to decide who will replace Jeff Stone who quit to work in the US Department of Labor. (INT)

Governor Newsom signed an executive order Monday that will provide tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for California businesses. It puts in place a 90-day extension for tax returns and tax payments for all businesses filing a return for less than $1 million in taxes. That means small businesses will have until the end of July to file their first-quarter returns. (INT)

Riverside County homicide detectives are piecing together circumstances involving the gunshot death of a man and the wounding of two females in Homeland. The survivors were found in a vehicle on Ritter Avenue early Monday. The suspect(s) fled before sheriff’s deputies arrived at the crime scene. (INT)

Riverside police jailed a suspected DUI driver whose passenger died in a Sunday morning crash on Pachappa Drive at Jurupa Avenue. Their car failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a light pole. Killed was Dennis Reed, Jr., 35, of Corona. (INT)

The Town of Apple Valley is attempting to manage the local effects of the coronavirus pandemic by issuing a second executive order restricting the sale of essential products in large quantities. Due to never before seen stay-at-home requirements, many shoppers are panic buying and hoarding, resulting in shortages of essential goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and bleach. (INT)

John Callahan, who had a starring role on television’s ‘All My Children’ for 13- years, has died. Callahan was best known for his role as Edmund Grey on the soap opera. Callahan was 66 when he suffered a stroke at his Palm Springs home on Friday. (INT)

Colton police are seeking information about an early Saturday morning shooting on North Sperry Drive that left one man dead and another wounded. Both had been sitting in a vehicle when they were hit with gunfire. (INT)

A physician at Riverside Medical Clinic’s Day Street office has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Health officials are tracking down patients and staff who may be at risk of infection. The physician, who is not being identified, is expected to recover. Riverside Medical Clinic has begun testing for patients who were possibly exposed. The clinic remains open. (INT)

Work begins April 1st on a $30.4 million project to rehabilitate the pavement on Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County from Sierra Avenue to Glen Helen Road. Initial pavement grinding will be on the northbound and southbound #2 lanes. The work hours will be at night Monday through Friday. The project is expected to be complete in February 2021. (INT)

Regulators in California have deemed some marijuana dispensaries as life-sustaining businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis. Some states, however, are halting adult use altogether. (INT)

Governor Newsom is ordering a temporary halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities. Those inmates and youth will remain in county custody for the next 30 days. (INT)

Eastvale is demonstrating why it’s become Riverside County’s epicenter for illegal indoor marijuana ‘grow houses’. The epidemic began a few years ago in the county’s newest city and has continued unabated. On Monday, marijuana eradication search warrants were served at two more homes. More than 2-thousand-600 plants were recovered. No arrests were reported. (INT)

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