March 22, 2023
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – In hard-hit San Bernardino County, authorities say they were prepared for the latest storm.
China's peace plan for Ukraine could be used as a basis to end the war, Vladimir Putin has said. But Putin said the plan could be put forward only when they are ready "in the West and Kyiv".
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen tried to reassure the nation’s bankers on Tuesday that their industry is safe and sound, with the support of the federal government, as a banking crisis threatens the economy.
A fungus that is often resistant to drugs has spread at an “alarming rate” through health-care facilities in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Obesity has often been thought of as a problem of the developed world, with wealthy countries eating themselves into a state of ill-health with an abundance of ultraprocessed foods, and poorer ones more often suffering from food insecurity. But that’s no longer true.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - The Winter of 2022-23 seems to be on extended play as Pacific storms continue to pummel Southern California.
CHINO – (INT) – There were no survivors in two cars that collided head-on early Sunday on freeway 71 in Chino Hills.
MENIFEE – (INT) – There’s more proof that guns and teenagers don’t mix.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A rash of in-custody deaths is growing.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Two days after it was reopened, there is a partial closure of the San Bernardino National Forest.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – (INT) – The developers’ appetite for siting more industrial warehousing in the Inland Empire is being kicked up a notch.
The rebalancing of the housing market has been felt the most in areas where affordability is stretched.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The end of a wet and cold winter may not follow the calendar. With more storms likely, local authorities stress preparedness.
RUNNING SPRINGS – (INT) – There is contact information for mountain residents coping with the the recent snow storms and consequences of incoming ones.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A newly released report confirms increasing household expenses. But, those in Riverside may be getting a better deal.
YUCAIPA – (INT) - The federal EPA and the Yucaipa Valley Water District have signed $150 million in loan documents to fund 11 new water and energy projects.
HEMET – (INT) – The Wildflower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet is open.
MOUNT BALDY – (INT) - A 71-year-old man is the latest hiker to be rescued from the treacherous, icy slopes of Mt. Baldy.
California has weathered the so-called “Great Resignation” better than most other states.
The primary driver of California’s population loss over the past few years has been its residents moving to other states.
LOS ANGELES - A planned, three-day strike by service workers employed by the nation's second-largest public school district is underway.
HOLLYWOOD - Shazam isn’t the magic word at the box office.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Nearly 3-years after the start of the pandemic, California has 11,162,835 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) will no longer mandate emergency restrictions on water use.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - The amount of water that’s set to be rerouted under a plan is more than the annual supply for the city of Los Angeles.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – La Nina’s influence on California’s climate and drought the past 3-years is ending.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California added enough new jobs in January to account for 18.7 percent of the nation's overall job gains for the month.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – There are signs that upward trends in gasoline prices may be leveling off or declining.
Much of the West remains in drought but conditions are improving, according to maps from NIDIS.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - State School Superintendent Tony Thurmond is addressing the rise of disproportionate discipline.
BLYTHE – (INT) – Construction has started on the Desert Quartzite solar project.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Recent immigrants to California are among the most educated residents of the state.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – One of the first bills to hit the hopper in Sacramento as the new Legislative year opens is aimed at reducing the cost of living.
With Southern California telephone numbers running out, a new area code 738 is coming. The so-called ‘overlay’ will cover downtown Los Angeles and the immediate suburbs that now are included in area codes 213 and 323. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the change. The 213 area code was created in 1947 and was one of the original three area codes in California. (INT)

Seventeen homeless are leaving the streets of Rancho Cucamonga. One military veteran was connected with a veteran service and one senior met the criteria for Project RoomKey. (INT)

A pandemic of potholes has descended on the Inland Empire, a sidebar of the winter rains. Caltrans has joined street crews throughout the Metro area to patch-up the worst of the pot holes until a more permanent fix when the weather warms and the roads dry out. (INT)

Authorities in Adelanto are saying little about a Friday evening assault that left a 30-year-old man dying in the street. A 17-year-old boy is under arrest on suspicion of shooting Donald Sullivan on Clemson Court. (INT)

Riverside is spending funds from the federal American Rescue Plan for some major improvements. They include an improved fire department Emergency Operations Center, $13 million worth of parks and recreation improvements and new trash trucks. (INT)

Police in Menifee say that distributing videos on social media showing fights at school can lead to continued violence. A recent fight involving two girls at Heritage High School sent one to the hospital and the other is facing charges of felony assault. Police contend that taking videos at school is not productive. (INT)

Candidates for local elections in 2024 are announcing their bids. Western Municipal Water District board member Gracie Torres will campaign for First District Riverside County supervisor. Incumbent Kevin Jeffries is not seeking re-election. Etiwanda Schoolboard member Robert Garcia has announced his candidacy for the California State Assembly in 2024. The 50th District includes Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Loma Linda, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, and San Bernardino. (INT)

The Hemet City Council has awarded a building contract of $2,216,687 to construct a skatepark plaza at Gibbel Park. A March 28th groundbreaking is scheduled. Construction should be complete this fall. (INT)

There have been few reports of price gouging as the result of the epic snowstorm in the San Bernardino Mountains and the rains that have followed. California law prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10%, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. Such an emergency exists in San Bernardino County. (INT)

CalFresh emergency benefits for households ended February 28th. The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department says a final emergency allotment will be issued March 26th. The benefits stem from the COVID-19 pandemic. (INT)

A 19-year-old drug dealer is facing several charges after shooting at a vehicle occupied by two officers of the Riverside Police Department’s Park and Neighborhood Specialist (PANS) Unit. When Jean Marcos Jimenez was apprehended in Norco, he had a handgun, ammunition, a large amount of cash and drugs including fentanyl and a 16-year-old girlfriend. The officers were uninjured. (INT)

Corona police are trying to learn circumstances in the death of an individual found Sunday near the BNSF railroad tracks. There were no signs of foul play but investigators did not say if the victim had been struck by a passing train. (INT)

Authorities have identified five people killed in a series of unrelated vehicle incidents. A resident of Blue Jay, Kevin James White, 64, was the victim of a hit-run driver as he walked along Highway 189. In Yucaipa Thursday, Behrooz Gazvini Akbari, 40, of Redlands died in a collision on Yucaipa Boulevard. In San Bernardino, a multi-vehicle crash claimed the life of Ronald Anton Dieffenbacher, 65, of Highland. Near Cabazon, Martin Garcia, 34, of Yucca Valley perished in a crash on Interstate 10. In Perris, early Saturday, a pedestrian, Justin Torres, 24, of Temecula, was struck and killed on the I-215. (INT)

A major gateway to the east end of Moreno Valley is closed from Monday March 20th for nine days. Construction has closed Moreno Beach Drive and all the ramps at Route 60. The freeway itself is open. (INT)

Governor Newsom announced Thursday the state’s largest mobilization of small homes for the homeless, especially those living in encampments. The California National Guard will assist in the preparation and delivery of 1,200 small homes to Los Angeles, San Diego County, San Jose and Sacramento. (INT)

Water treatment in Chino is getting a boost. A Community Projects Funding appropriation from Washington will re-open two City-owned water facilities and construct a new water treatment plant. (INT)

Finding an affordable place to live in the Coachella Valley may be a little easier. Riverside County Supervisors Tuesday March 14th allocated $1.3 million towards the creation of 108 apartments in the City of Coachella. They will be situated on 3-acres of vacant land on Cesar Chavez St. (INT)

Riverside County Supervisors voted Tuesday March 14th to provide $1 million in funding for the expansion of FIND Food Bank. It covers the entire Coachella Valley region and extends to the Morongo Basin as well as Anza and Blythe, with plans for a new building in Indio to support its growing operations. (INT)

With inflation making life more expensive and Californians finding it more difficult to make ends meet, tax refunds will provide a much-needed financial cushion. The latest IRS tax data finds Californians can expect to receive the 10th-largest refunds averaging $4,030. (INT)


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