May 18, 2021
WASHINGTON - The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for legislation aiming to combat violence against Asian Americans, notching a rare bipartisan victory in an effort to address the rise in discrimination against the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration will soon allow up to 250 “particularly vulnerable” immigrants into the U.S. each day, said a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, an exception to the current policy.
Dozens of air raids pounded Gaza on Tuesday as President Joe Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
SEATTLE - Amazon is extending its ban on police use of its facial recognition technology until further notice, the company confirmed Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration announced Tuesday it would repeal the changes made by the Trump administration to an important law made to stop banks from discriminating against racial minorities and the poor.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Cal Fire is seeking the origin of two small fires that combined into a larger one that sent huge clouds of smoke over the east end of Moreno Valley.
ANAHEIM – (INT) – Random shootings along the 91 freeway are becoming more numerous as the California Highway Patrol (CHP) steps up its investigation.
REDLANDS - (INT) - The San Bernardino County Grand Jury is launching a probe into suspected inappropriate contact or behavior between students and staff in the Redlands Unified School District.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Low-income families could pay a lot less for their cable-Internet service under the FCC’s broadband subsidy.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - County officials and many business owners are hesitant about dropping coronavirus mask mandates.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – At least seven persons were fatal victims of weekend vehicle accidents across the inland Empire.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – County health officials are launching “Operation Flip” to get more people vaccinated.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – March Air Reserve Air Base (MARB) is in the running as a main operating base for the KC-46A Pegasus air refueling tankers.
FONTANA – (INT) – In a preliminary report, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) says a Tesla Model 3 was on autopilot when the car crashed.
INLAND EMPIRE – Area colleges and universities will receive millions under the American Rescue Plan.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Appointments are no longer necessary to get a COVID-19 vaccination in San Bernardino County.
SALTON SEA – (INT) – The Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is upgrading and expanding the monitoring and notification system for odors emanating from the Salton Sea.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – There’s another positive outlook for the region’s post-COVID economy.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Those bent on firing off fireworks in Riverside County will be facing stiffer consequences.
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SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Another shift in Southern California’s weather is shaping up.
LOS ANGELES - Actor Charles Grodin, who charmed audiences with his droll, understated and awkward humor, has died.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,666,591 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
LOS ANGELES - A person is being detained in connection with the 1,325-acre Palisades Fire in the Santa Monica Mountains has been arrested.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California will keep the existing guidance around masks in place until June 15th.
HOLLYWOOD - Angelina Jolie’s survival action thriller “Those Who Wish Me Dead” didn’t do much to revive the box office.
LOS ANGELES - Vanessa Bryant, the wife of the late Kobe Bryant, accepted her husband's admission into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The widely anticipated release of enrollment numbers for 2020–21 confirmed what California school districts have known for months.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) Federal authorities Thursday announced 11 criminal cases against alleged drug dealers.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Governor Newsom is proposing the highest level of state school funding in California history.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) says it can meet expected water demands even under drought conditions for the next quarter century.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Newsom is setting forth a so-called ‘Comeback Plan’ as part of the state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
DIAMOND BAR – (INT) – The Air Quality Management District is moving to limit the amount of pollutants trucks produce around warehouses in Southern California.
California is struggling to recover from new unemployment claims.
A new study shows California is the No. 8 Best state for older adults.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials are touting California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest in the nation.
The arrest of a murder suspect wasn’t the only result of a search warrant served Monday at a San Bernardino apartment complex. Ten people were rounded up as officers recovered an assortment of firearms, ammunition, high capacity magazines, serialized and un-serialized gun parts, including a suppressor, plus cocaine, methamphetamine, PCP, and marijuana consistent with street-level sales. One of the apartments at the target location on North Mountain Avenue was being operated as an illegal Internet café and casino. (INT)

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning about a new scam involving job openings being posted to websites by scammers, pretending to be actual businesses. The scam is aimed at stealing personal information submitted by the applicants. The fake job openings have been posted on Upwork, a job/business networking website, and on Linkedin. (INT)

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to burn off 60 acres of public lands in the Lake Mathews-Estelle Mountain Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat Reserve southeast of Riverside between Tuesday and Thursday. The prescribed burn is for “teaching, fuels reduction and ecology”, the BLM said. (INT)

The State of California has opened a new COVID-19 testing and vaccination center at Indio especially for immigrants seeking asylum. It operates 7-days a week. The immigrants are being dropped off by the Border Patrol before being reunited with other family members in the US. (INT)

Caltrans is about to begin replacement of the Washington Street bridge across the I-215 in Colton. The height of the bridge will be raised with sidewalks, guardrail upgrades and safety fencing. The cost of the project is estimated at $34.4 million. (INT)

Governor Newsom visited Los Angeles County Tuesday to launch a new initiative in partnership with local governments to clean California’s streets and revitalize neighborhoods with public arts and cultural projects. (INT)

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, marketer, and distributor is expanding its Corona-based operation. FMIC first arrived to Corona in 1985 with the mission to inspire every player at every stage of their musical journey. Currently located on Cessna Circle, the nearly 200,000 sq. ft. facility employs close to 1,000 employees. The new facility nearby will add hundreds of jobs, according to an announcement by the city Thursday. (INT)

Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County who have unclaimed property tax refunds may file to receive reimbursement through August 2nd. Almost 600 refunds totaling more than $540,000 remain unclaimed. Most refunds stem from valuation reductions by the county assessor and are related to corrections or cancellations to the tax roll after taxes were already paid. (INT)

A Chino police officer is recovering from minor injuries he suffered Tuesday when his patrol car and a freight train collided at a grade crossing near Chino. The officer was responding to a nearby traffic accident when he encountered the Union Pacific train at the Roswell Avenue crossing. Details and the officer’s identity were withheld. (INT)

No injuries were reported in the latest local, officer- involved shooting that climaxed a police chase. Riverside police have identified Jeremy Blue Martinez, 31, as the motorist who bailed out of his sedan and dashed into a house on the city’s north side Sunday evening. As Martinez’ car rolled backward down a steep driveway, officers shot at it. Martinez eventually surrendered and was jailed for violating his post-release supervision. (INT)

Homicide detectives in Riverside are saying little about a fatal Friday afternoon shooting in the Wood Streets area. Officers who responded to reports of gunfire found the male victim in the 5500 Block of Olivewood Avenue. Investigators initially withheld the victim’s identity and circumstances of the incident. (INT)

There’s a new municipal code in Riverside that now requires a permit for the sale and distribution of tobacco products within the city. This new permit is in addition to the state retailer’s license and seller’s permit already issued to local businesses. Tobacco retailers currently operating within the city will have until August 30, 2021 to submit an application for a Tobacco Retail Establishment Permit. (INT)

A new vaccine clinic is in operation at the Hemet Valley Mall, within the former Sears building. The clinic is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Sunday. Additionally, the clinic site at Alessandro High School in Hemet has closed. More than 1.6 million vaccine doses have been administered to Riverside County residents between the county operated clinics and those run by the community partners and providers. (INT)

San Bernardino school officials are preparing to resume in-person instruction for summer school and the 2021–2022 school year that opens in August. Virtual information meetings about high schools will by on line between May 17–24. All SBCUSD middle schools will hold an informational meeting on May 19, and elementary school meetings will be on May 20th. There will be new safety routines for students including mask-wearing, temperature checks, and hand washing at every school. (INT)

Ontario is conducting a study to identify location(s) for a Multimodal Transportation Center (MTC). The Study’s vision is to create an iconic, convenient, and intuitively-designed multimodal transportation center at or near the Ontario International Airport. A community online workshop is scheduled for May 12th at 5 PM via Zoom. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30th. (INT)


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