Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Animating Local Development

Trulia Hindsight is web site that shows the growth of U.S. towns by animating spots representing the year properties were built. The truliaHindsight map for the Yucaipa area clearly shows the cycles of development that began after WWII and the big boom over the past few years.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Restaurant Review: China Bowl

D. Cohen of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reviews China Bowl in Von's shopping center. His verdict: good food with big portions. He especially recommends the Teriyaki Chicken and Barbecue Pork, but gives thumbs up to the House Chicken, Hot Spicy Garlic Shrimp, Mongolian Beef and Curry Chicken.

I'll admit that we haven't given the China Bowl a try because the restaurant looks like a Panda Express-type place that serves mounds of greasy Chinese-style fast food. It sounds like we should give it a chance.

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Weekly News Roundup: May 26 Edition

City News

The News Mirror reports that the price tag for the extension of Sandalwood Drive to the as-yet-unopened Mesa View Middle School will be $5.75 million, plus the cost of environmental studies. Those studies will take four to six months, and construction will last six to eight months.
According to Alejandre, “In the best case environment, we could open up some time during the 2008/09 school year. If the timeline slips for any reason, then we may have to push back until the 2009/10 school year.”
The News Mirror reports on rising gas prices and found a lot of variation on price even within Yucaipa. Their findings:
  • gas is cheaper in Redlands and even, on average in Beaumont, than inYucaipa
  • the Valero station on Yucaipa Blvd. near 13th Street (map) sells gas for at least 10 cents a gallon less than the station on the corner of California and Wildwood Canyon (map)
  • the Arco station on Hampton Road near the Yucaipa Blvd/I-10 intersection (map) sells gas for two cents a gallon less than the station on Yucaipa Blvd near 2nd St (map) and 3rd St. (map). The stations along Redlands Blvd. are even cheaper.
The gas companies aren't explaining the difference in prices in stations. According to the cheapest gas in Yucaipa can be found at the Arco and Mobil stations near the Yucaipa Blvd. / I-10 interchange. The most expensive is at the 76 Station at Yucaipa Blvd. and Bryant. It seems worth a drive down the hill to save 16 cents a gallon.

The Press-Enterprise reports that the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District is planning to beef up its libraries.

In some ways, the district is an information pacesetter -- a collaboration with the technology committee aims to teach technology skills in the context of subjects students already are studying.

In other ways the district lags -- the benchmark library at Yucaipa High School has 7,400 volumes, about half of the state per-student standard, said Margaret Updike, the district librarian and Yucaipa High librarian.

The library improvement plan could be approved by the district as early as June 5.

Meanwhile, in the Fontana Herald News, Yucaipan Bob Otto explains why he prefers to drive to the Hemet Public Library (54,000 square feet, completed in 2003) than a few blocks to the Yucaipa Public Library. It's not just that it's bigger, the Hemet Library has computer and internet resources, and even a community room with live music.
The children's section would nearly fill the entire Yucaipa library. It has a children's reference section, several aisles of fiction and non-fiction books, reading areas, play areas, a craft room, and four computers just for the kids.

And there's a section just for teenagers. "I've gotten better grades because of all the research material they have," said Natalie Campos, 15, of West Valley High School.
The new Fontana public library, opening next spring) will be almost double the size of Hemet's and have just as many amenities.

The Press-Enterprise reports on the battle of Inland Empire supermarkets for shoppers. A new player on the scene is the UK retail giant Tesco, which is opening up to 20 Fresh & Easy food markets in the Inland Empire, including one slated for Yucaipa.

Tesco has been mostly mum on its product and pricing plans. What's known is that Fresh & Easy stores will range from 10,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet in size, about the size of a Trader Joe's.

Fresh & Easy will offer a mix of prepared and ready-to-cook foods, along with basic grocery staples, catering to time-strapped customers.

The Yucaipa Planning Commission has approved a permit for commercial development on the corner of Calimesa Blvd and Avenue G (map). Oak Tree Industrial plans two buildings of 16,500 and 8,500 square feet. The permit included a variance from Yucaipa's hillside and ridgeline regulations that allows the developer to set aside only 6,500 square feet of open space at the top of the hill on the southeastern side of the property.
The only person to speak in opposition to this development was Bill McEwen, a member of Yucaipa's Parks and Recreation Commission. Noting that I Street Park was not all that far east of this proposed site, McEwen was concerned that the southern most section of the Oak Tree Industrial development site encompasses a path, running east and west, that could be used at some point as part of a trail head connecting Calimesa Boulevard with I Street Park.
The planning commission also approved development of a storage facility on Dunlap Blvd.

You can read the entire agenda of the May 16th planning commission meeting. When the agenda for the next meeting, scheduled for June 6, is available, it will show up on the planning commission web page.

The City of Yucaipa has reached a tentative agreement to adjust the salaries of its General Employees, so that they are paid at or near the average rate for comparable employees in other local cities. That means a 2.5% to 5% raise for most employees. All General Employees will also receive a 4% cost of living salary increase beginning in July. California Teamsters Local 911 represented the General Employees during negotiations.

Other Bits:

Yucaipans in the News

The Yucaipa Animal Placement Society will be holding a charity golf tournament at the Yucaipa Valley Golf Club on June 1.

Congratulations to the 311 students who graduated from Crafton Hills College today! This year's commencement speaker was Jose Jara, president and founder of Jose's Mexican Food restaurants. The Redlands Daily Facts talked to some of the graduates and graduation attendees:

Yucaipa resident Carol Burris was among the horde of family and friends on hand to watch their loved ones stride across the stage to receive their degrees. Burris was there to see her sister-in-law, Julie Lamoureaux, graduate at age 42.

"I'm so proud of her," Burris said. "It's such an accomplishment to graduate at a later stage in life."

Lamoureaux started at Crafton 2-1/2 years ago after being laid off from a job she held for nearly two decades.

"This feels outstanding," she said. "I'm very proud. I hope seeing someone like me graduate will encourage kids not to wait so long."

See the article for the full list of grads.

The Redlands Daily Facts also profiles the Crafton Hills College professors of the year: counselor Debbie Bogh, psychology instructor Diane Pfahler and Spanish instructor Ray Gonzalez. You can read more on the CHC web site.

Crafton Hills College respiratory care students Ryan Pope, of Colton; Sherleen Modhu, of Highland; and Tyson Schafer, of Yucaipa, won first place in the California Society for Respiratory Care Chapter II regional competition. This is a "four-peat" for Crafton Hills College in the competition.

Mesa Grande Academy will hold its 8th grade graduation on May 31. See the article in the News Mirror for the list of graduates. High school graduation will be held on June 3. Mesa Grande Academy is a K-12 parochial school operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Yucaipa High School Theatre Department members received special honors at the California State Thespian Festival. Honorees include Laura Smith for solo musical, Townsend Gallinger-Scholz, solo acting; and Analise Staudt and Nicole Smith, All State Show Tech. Both Smith and Gallinger-Scholz qualified for the national Thespian Festival, to be held in Nebraska. The Theatre Department has also been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 - I hope they get to go!

Yucaipa High School grad Jason Martinez will be graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this spring. According to an article in the Press Enterprise, Martinez struggled to earn his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. When he was profiled as a freshman in 2000, and he proclaimed "I plan to mix in social times and look for the right fraternity." His freshman year turned out to be harder than he expected, though. After being placed on academic probation, he took a year off to reassess his goals. He returned to Yucaipa and enrolled at UC Riverside, then, after getting straight A's, reapplied to MIT. He finished his classwork last year and is currently employed by the UK office of Barry-Wehmiller. If you run into him when he's home for a visit, ask to see his brass rat.

The News Mirror has a nice article about the Yucaipa Pee Wee All-Star Cheer Squad. Their winning season gave them a spot at the Sharp International National Competition in Las Vegas where they took first place in the Elementary Cheer division, despite the injury of one of their team members.
In Las Vegas, while the girls were warming up their final stunt, about 15 minutes before they were scheduled to perform, Tyler Morris (one of the flyers) fell from a high-level stunt and broke her arm. The team was devastated. The girls were hysterical. There were many tears and doubts. The team was able to think of ways to alter the performance to cover up the loss. With no practice running through the new changes in the routine, and with Tyler on her way to the hospital, the Yucaipa Pee Wee All Stars got in line to wait for their turn on the mat. As the team was walking out, they decided that the performance was for Tyler and that they would not let her down. When their performance was over, and they stepped off the mat, there wasn't a dry eye to be found.
The Yucaipa Midget All Stars took first place in the Jr. Youth Cheer division.

The Pee Wee All-Stars put on a special show for the father of one of their members. Jessica Hernanedez' father, Sgt. Hernandez, had missed all of Jessica's competitions while on duty in Iraq. So, when he returned to Yucaipa on leave, a special event was held in his honor. The May 16 event included the Pee Wee All-Stars, the Yucaipa High School Air Force Junior ROTC, and two special motorcycles from Phat Choppers. Desserts were donated by Michell's Fine European Bakery and the Claim Jumper. Hernandez returned to duty the next morning.

The Redlands Daily Facts takes a look back at the service of Marine Cpl. Robert David Ward who was fatally wounded in battle in Viet Nam on January 9, 1966. The Redlands High School graduate and Yucaipa resident wanted to help others.
According to Jack Dangermond, owner of Redlands-based company ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute), Ward enlisted in the Marines to go overseas and help others during the war. "While he was a pacifist, he still volunteered to go to Vietnam," Dangermond said in an e-mail. "He helped in village assistance programs where he was killed."
"His death was a significant loss to his friends and humanity in general," Dangermond said. "He was a great person and he had a big heart."
Thunderbird Sports
  • The News Mirror reports on week-before-last's CIF baseball playoffs, with Yucaipa High School's win over Chino Hills, followed by the loss to El Toro. The Yucaipa boys finished third in the Citrus Belt League. The leaders in the stats: third baseman Cory Tossetti was the top hitter with a 0.448 batting average, pitcher Matt Davidson was the top home run hitter with six, the top in RBIs with 30, and top pitcher with a 1.21 ERA.
  • The News Mirror reports that the Yucaipa high school varsity softball team was knocked out of the CIF playoffs in a 12-inning battle with Chino Hills. The Yucaipa girls tied for second place in the Citrus League with Redlands. The leaders in the stats: Alycia Romea was the top hitter with a 0.507 batting average; Katie Miller was the top home run hitter with three; Ashley Kivett had 25 RBIs and the top pitcher was Jessica English with a 1.67 ERA.
  • The boys' varsity volleyball team lost in the second round of CIF playoffs to Loara, ending their undefeated season.
  • The News Mirror reports on the CIF Master's championship swim meet. See last week's news roundup for details.
Redlands Daily Facts reports that the Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel of Redlands and Yucaipa has acquired a motorcycle hearse from Hawg Heaven Hearse. (You might have seen it on display at last weekend's Iris Festival). Families who want their loved one carried to the cemetery in biker style can use the hearse for $250.

Finally, Daily Bulletin writer Andrew Edwards snarks about Yucaipa in his reminiscence about Star Wars.
Obviously, I didn't follow Lucas into the world of super-rich filmmakers. I wound up going to college to take political science and history classes that often drew lessons from the Cold War. In my current assignment, my degree might become useful if Yucaipa ever gets The Bomb.
Little does he know . . .

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Yucaipa Music & Nightlife: May 25-31

Here is the musical entertainment you can find in Yucaipa for May 25-31. If you know of any other events, feel free to leave a comment. You can find more information in the links at the the end of the post. For theater and family activities, see the Yucaipa entertainment calendar.

Note: all entries subject to change. Call to confirm the bands and cover price.

Friday, May 25
Saturday, May 26
  • White Rabbit: Denny Breeze, 7-9pm
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill (formerly Iggy's Roadhouse): karaoke
  • Angel's Roadhouse: Southern Spirit, with ???, 21+ $$
Sunday, May 27
Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day)
  • Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 AM at the Yucaipa Community Park.
Tuesday, May 29
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke "2 for Tuesday", with 2 tacos/$2 and domestic draft beer $2.
Wednesday, May 30
  • Angel's Roadhouse: open mic jam with BoXKutters
  • Bailey's: karaoke
Thursday, May 31
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill: karaoke
Where to find Yucaipa nightlife (MAP)
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Local Web Site: Ruminations

Cyndi Holman, President of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Educators Association, has an excellent personal blog, Ruminations, which she uses to post recipes, photos and, personal thoughts.

Check out her recipe for whole wheat pumpkin pancakes, inspired by the pumpkin pancakes served by the Kopper Kettle Kafe ( 34848 Yucaipa Blvd). They sound delicious.

Now that there is a settlement between the teachers' union and the school district, she'll probably have more time for blogging . . .

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Weekly News Roundup: May 19 Edition

It's a beautiful sunny day - go to the Iris Festival! It's OK, the news will wait.

City News

Members of the Yucaipa Teachers Educators Association voted Monday to ratify Friday's tentative settlement agreement. According to the Press-Enterprise the deal is "far sweeter" than the one rejected by teachers last June. Both sides seem happy:

"It's fabulous," union President Cyndi Holman said of the agreement.

"The difference is more than numbers. There's no unknowns. It's competitive and it's comparable" to contracts other districts have, she said.

Both sides compromised to produce the agreement, said Sherry Kendrick, assistant superintendent of human resources and the district's chief negotiator. Approving a three-year contract instead of a two-year one makes it easier for the district to map out its financial future, she said.

What's more, Kendrick added, the long-term deal "is going to give us a year of relationship-building" with the union.

Related articles:

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District has also settled a lawsuit with Calimesa, providing for a one-mile access road off Sandalwood Drive that will provide access to the Mesa View Middle School. According to the Press-Enterprise, the school may be open for the 2008-09 school year.

Related articles:

The head of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified school district, Mitch Hovey, is the front-runner for the top Fullerton school district position. According to the Press-Enterprise, Hovey believes the recent settlement with the teacher's union will let his successor start with a clean slate.

"I don't know that there's ever a good time," he said of his potential departure, but "we've done a lot of great things."

Cyndi Holman, president of the teachers' union, said Hovey "worked long and hard to get this settlement and I wish him the best. It gives us a chance to start fresh with a new superintendent."

Related article:
The Yucaipa City Council met on Monday night:
  • They approved demolition of a house on the northwest corner of Fifth and Wildwood Canyon (map) to allow improvements to that intersection. At Mayor Dick Riddell's insistence, the City Council agreed to allow Habitat for Humanity to buy the house for a dollar and move it, as long as they do it in a timely manner at no cost to the city.
  • They approved a trash collection rate increase. The cost for residential curbside collection of a 60-gallon trash barrel will jump from $21.65 to $22.93 a month, while 30-gallon trash barrels will cost $12.36 per month, only a 9 cent increase. The message is clear: trash less, recycle more. Members of the community who attended the hearing voiced a number of concerns, including that residents in mobile home parks have no choice as to the number and type of bins they are provided, and that Yucaipa Disposal is requiring people who live on long and steep private rodes to move the trash cans to the nearest public road.
  • The city council also approved several park landscaping contracts.
  • The American Legion will be using the Community Park amphitheater on Memorial Day.
Our representative in the California Senate, Bob Dutton, has issued the May 2007 Dutton Report. Read it for more on what he's up to in Sacramento and subscribe to his e-mail list for regular updates.

Yucaipans in the News

Kent Colby, owner and operator of Law's Oak Glen Coffee Shop, was named the 2007 California Small Business Owner of the year by the California Small Business Association.
Kent and Karen bought Law's Oak Glen Coffee Shop in 1972 from his parents and have operated the popular spot since. He is renowned for his cinnamon sauce, French toast and chicken pot pies.

Both Colbys have been active in the community. Karen was a leader in the PTA and Band Boosters for many years.

Kent is a long-time Yucaipa Rotarian and a member of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society. He is a board member of the Oak Glen School House museum. His historical work focuses on preserving the history of Oak Glen. He is a San Bernardino County Flood Control Commiussioner. He is also an avid collector, cabinetmaker and welder.
The Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis club will be celebrating their 60th anniversary on June 23 at the Mill Creek Cattle Club in Mentone. Kiwanis Club president Richard Rios is asking the public for more information about the original members:

Here is the list of some of the charter members taken from the installation program:

H. William Acuff, G. Olda Barnett, Martin K. Barnett, (secretary), Elmer O. Bise, Frank Bunn, Hadley Burklow, John M. Cooley, Ralph W. Davenport, Roscoe R. Deaton, Robert W. Emmerson, Ben F. Fugate, William D. Fuller, Anthony R. Gazzo (president), Ed B. Gilmore, Gordon A. Greenslade, John P. Greven, Philip J. Greven, Elwein G. Hale, S. Leroy Hansberger; Bert Ivers, Allen Jamar, John T. Jamar, J. Lloyd Leer, D.O.S., A. W. Lund and Jack G. Spurlock.

Also on the list are Harold Lockwood, Joseph W. McKenney, J. Wilson McKenney, Jim H. Mann, Clarence A. Martin, Horace W. Miller, Joseph P. Monroe, Herbert W. Morrison, Jack C. Muirhead, Monroe A. Neiswender; Wilson P. Parker, B. M. Schim, Harry Sheppard, James R. Stader, Lavoy R. Stater, Ferdinand L. Sturtevant, Harry E. Teazle, Harlan R. Waite, Wilbur F. Walck, Floyd F. Ward; Cliford H.Wilcox, Jesse B. Wilcox and Albert W. Young.

Do you recognize any names in that roster? It contains many community businessmen and area pioneers. Names like Bunn, Greenslade, Hale, Ward, Stater, Hansberger (father of current Third District Supervisor Dennis Hansberger) Congressman Harry Shepherd and many others.
If you are one of those original members, or a relative or spouse, contact the Yucaipa Valley Kiwanis Club.

On May 9, the San Bernardino County Chapter of the Commission on the Status of Women honored 15 locals at their Annual Herstory Luncheon, including Yucaipan and News Mirror editor Claire Marie Teeters.

After moving to Yucaipa, she adopted the community as the hometown she didn't have when she was growing up. She continued working in the medical field until meeting Third District Supervisor Barbara Riordan through the Yucaipa Municipal Advisory Council, where she served as secretary and field representative for 13 years. Teeters became an editor than more 10 years ago after Riordan stepped down.

As many already know, her latest accomplishment has been in the recent publication of the book, "Yucaipa,” which was the product of 15 years of work and collaboration with other members of the Yucaipa Historical Society.
The other two
District 3 honorees were Nancy Bailey, former commissioner for the San Bernardino County Committee on the and current board member and director of the capitol campaign for "Lets Build a Clubhouse" for the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands; and Ellen Weisser, who has served as a trustee on the San Bernardino County Board of Retirement

The Press-Enterprise talked to 17-year-old Yucaipan Cody Blackshear about his experiences in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets program. Cody's dad, Tom Blackshear, is the associate regional director for the Point Divide division of the Sea Cadets, based in Moreno Valley. The program not only inttroduces teens to military life, it also gives them travel opportunities.
Groups typically visit a variety of military bases, hospitals and colleges, and can participate in an exchange program. Cody's twin sister, Callie, for example, spent several days in Scotland as part of an exchange.
Park View Middle School had their own Renaissance fair on Friday, complete with costumes, and demonstrations of blacksmithing and archery. The celebration is a 10-year-old tradition, the culmination of what the seventh graders have been learning in their social studies classes all year.
Twelve-year-old Camree Harriman, dressed in a long tan-and-white satin dress, said she learned about a lot of interesting people through her studies, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sir Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth.

Da Vinci interested her the most.

"He's a true Renaissance man. He does a lot of things," Camree said. "He paints, he sculpts and he does anatomy."

Sounds like fun!

According to the Sun, a recent study by Glencrest Investment Advisors places 9.3 percent of the Inland Empire's wealthy in the "Redlands, Yucaipa, Pass area."

Thunderbird sports

According to the Sun, there was nearly a packed house of cheering fans at Tuesday's CIF-Masters swimming finals. Yucaipa's Karl Drug took seventh place in the 200 freestyle and and Trevor Hoyt took third in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 breastroke. The Yucaipa boys also took fourth place in the 200 medley relay. The Press-Enterprise's High School Insider has a play-by-play (so to speak) and slide show from the meet. Get all the top times and scores.

On Tuesday the Yucaipa boys baseball team beat Chino Hills in the Division wild card game. They lost to Lake Forest El Toro Thursday in their first first-round playoff game.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Yucaipa Music & Nightlife: May 18-24

Here is a round of the musical entertainment you can find in Yucaipa for the fine spring week of May 18-24 If you know of any other events, feel free to leave a comment. You can find more information in the links at the the end of the post. For theater and family activities, see the Yucaipa entertainment calendar.

Note: all entries subject to change. Call to confirm the bands and cover price.

Friday, May 18
Saturday, May 19
Sunday, May 20
Monday, May 21
  • nada
Tuesday, May 22
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke "2 for Tuesday", with 2 tacos/$2 and domestic draft beer $2.
Wednesday, May 23
  • Angel's Roadhouse: open mic jam with BoXKutters
  • Bailey's: karaoke
Thursday, May 24
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill: karaoke
Where to find Yucaipa nightlife (MAP)
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Local Web Site: Gary Richards Real Estate Yucaipa Page

Do you have a Yucaipa-related web site or blog? I'd be happy to give you a shout out. Just leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.

For example, the Gary Richards Real Estate web site has a page devoted to Yucaipa with local info, demographics, and, of course, real estate listings. Take a look.

(Not a paid advert, just a friendly link exchange)

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Weekly News Roundup: May 12 Edition

City News

The big story of the week has to be the tentative settlement between the Yucaipa-Calimesa Educators Association and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District in the wee hours of Friday morning. Not surprisingly, the news was out first on the Yucaipa-Calimesa Teachers blog. By the time I get the next issue of the News-Mirror it will be old news (why don't they have a breaking news blog?). The Teachers' blog will post the details of the settlement after 5:00 PM tonight (Saturday, May 12). A summary of the settlement agreement has been posted (pdf).
Here are related posts and stories:
The second biggest story of the week was that San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found 1,500 marijuana plants growing in a Chapman Heights house (33000 block of Old Trail Drive). According to the Press-Enterprise, Hoi Lam (20), Huaiwen Zhu (24) and Minghua Liang (29) were busted because the neighbors noticed the distinctive marijuana odor and complained that water runoff from the house was spilling into their yards.
Related stories:
The next Yucaipa City Council meeting is on Monday, May 14 at 6:00 PM. There will be a hearing on the proposed refuse collection rate increase. Download the agenda for the meeting (pdf).

The Public Works Department has also posted their construction update for May (pdf).


The Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror reports that there is "No end in sight for freeway construction between Yucaipa and Redlands."
The newly-constructed inside lanes on the freeway are all but completed. Just as these lanes open, however, the outside lane each way is going to be closed for the next year while sound walls are constructed from roughly Sixth Street to Highland Avenue.
Seven of the eleven bridges that span this bit of freeway will need to be reinforced to hold the sound walls. SANBAG (cutely referred to as "SANDBAG" by the News Mirror) says that they are on schedule to complete the project by May 2008, meaning lane closures for up to a year.

The Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror reports that the Yucaipa and Calimesa police departments will be "stepping up enforcement" of the California seat belt law from May 14 to June 3. The effort is part of the Click It or Ticket campaign. Fines for seat belt violations run $80-$91 and up to $350 for not properly restraining a child under 16. As the campaign says "It only takes two seconds to buckle up. Two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. " Just do it!

Locals in the News

May 10, San Bernardino County Sun, "The play is deBaun's thing"

Linda deBaun has been teaching theater and American literature to Yucaipa High School students for 27 years.

deBaun is the director of the drama productions at YHS. The students and teachers who work with her say she's able to help the students relate to the various characters of their productions.

"Her eyes are drawn immediately to the kids that are struggling to have their emotions become the character," said Drew Pulver, vocal music director at YHS. "Sometimes the greatest work she does is pulling them aside and letting them know."
deBaun said working with her students is something that she will continue and her goal is to help them reach their best.

"They're such fun to work with," deBaun said. "I find them fascinating. They're wonderful, alive and vibrant."

May 10, Press-Enterprise, "Aspiring firefighters form 'deep-seated brotherhood'"

Sue Morse was recognized as Yucaipa Branch Library Friend of the Year.

May 10, Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror, "Canyon encourages creativity, critical thinking and individuality. Canyon Middle School students participate in Destination ImagiNation, a creative problem-solving program.
According to Canyon Middle School teachers (who also serve as team managers) Karla Christie, Rick LeVan and Karen Hanley, it's a program that excites and motivates kids to want to learn more. It's also gives educators a renewed zest for teaching.

Christie, LeVan and Hanley all agree that the program has made them better teachers and has developed leadership qualities in the kids. Christie, citing the way the challenges are structured said “If I could teach our regular curriculum like we do this, I would. It's an exciting, fun way to learn.” With the short time they have to solve the challenge, the kids apply what they know or are good at and collaborate. They push the limits of their imagination, which goes far in broadening their educational horizons.
Crafton Hills College

On April 27, thirty firefighters graduated from the 66th 12-week Basic Firefighter Academy at Crafton Hills College.

Cadet David Lopez of Banning, president of the Academy Association, said the group was a particularly strong one.

"Academy 66 is one of the most unique, goal-oriented, hard-working, genuine groups of people I have ever met in my life, and I am blessed to say that I was honored to be a part of it," Lopez told the group at their graduation, which was held late last month. "If you are ever interviewing someone, and they say they are from Academy 66 at Crafton Hills College, I am betting my reputation that the candidate will be one of the best investments you will make in your career."

According to the Crafton Hills College newsletter, Yucaipa graduates include: Shawn Raae-Nielsen, Eric Parker, Dean Kowalski, David Aten, and Bryan Preston.

Crafton Hills College named the 2007 Professors of the Year: Counselor Debbie Bogh, Psychology Instructor Diane Pfahler and part-time Spanish Instructor Ray Gonzalez.

The San Bernardino County Sun also had an article about the CHC class "Oral Interpretation Through Literature" .

Yucaipa High School Sports - Go Thunderbirds!

  • Yucaipa High School athletic director Jim Taylor is retiring after 33 years.

    Year after year, Yucaipa had one of the finest all-around programs in the county, highlighted by its back-to-back Large-School County Program of the Year awards in 1998 and `99.

    "I think the bottom line is we've got good coaches and good kids," Taylor told The Sun at the time, neatly deflecting praise from himself.

    Taylor couldn't totally escape the plaudits. In 1993-94, he was named the CIF-State Athletic Director of the Year.

    As a coach, Taylor was not a screamer nor one to berate. As an athletic director, his stable of coaches mirrored his dignified image.

    In later years, Taylor became the wise sage that coaches and athletic directors sought out for advice.

  • With Thursday's win over Eisenhower, the boys' baseball team to clinched one of the Citrus Belt League's four playoff spots.
  • The boys varsity tennis team finished the season undefeated in Citrus Belt League play. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs started Thursday.
  • A week ago, at a meet in Colton, two boys' track team members won individual Citrus League titles. Zak Weinberg won the 3,200 meters and Nik Embernate won the shotput. Both will advance to the CIF competition.
  • Boy's varsity swim team lost to Redlands to place second in the Citrus Belt League Championship. Trevor Hoyt won the league title in the 200 meter individual medley and Karl Krug won the title for the 500 meter freestyle. Girl's varsity swim team also competed, with Holly Marksbury winning the 100 meter breastroke.

    The CIF Southern section swimming and diving championships were completed yesterday. The results: Yucaipa boys placed fourth, behind Mission Viejo, Redlands and El Toro; girls placed 30th out of 33 teams. In individual events: boys took 2nd place in the 200 yard medley relay and 400 yard freestyle relay, junior Karl Krug placed 1st in the 100 yard freestyle and 8th in the 200 yard freestyle, sophomore Trevor Hoyt placed 2nd in the 200 yard individual medley and 4th in the 100 yard breastroke, Mike Perry placed 5th in the 100 yard 'fly and 6th in the 100 yard backstroke. Freshman Holly Marksbury took 6th in the 100 yard breaststroke.
  • The varsity golf team placed second in the Citrus Belt League, behind Redlands.
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Yucaipa Music & Nightlife: May 11-17

Here is the musical entertainment you can find in Yucaipa for May 11-17 If you know of any other events, feel free to leave a comment. You can find more information in the links at the the end of the post. For theater and family activities, see the Yucaipa entertainment calendar.

Note: all entries subject to change. Call to confirm the bands and cover price.

Friday, May 11
  • Crafton Hills College Music Department: The Last 5 Years, a "A contemporary song-cycle musical that ingeniously chronicles the five year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up... or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it." (MySpace Event notice)
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill (formerly Iggy's Roadhouse): call for info
  • Hickory Ranch Steakhouse: karaoke
  • Angel's Roadhouse: FIRED and ???, 21+, cover
Saturday, May 12
  • Past Pleasures Car Show (Yucaipa High School): Oldies provided by Double Eagle DJ, 8am-3pm
  • Crafton Hills College Music Department: The Last 5 Years
  • Riley's Farm: Mother's Day Barn Dance, with dinner, dancing, quilting and more. Buy tickets and see photos from last year's dance on the Riley's Farm web site.
  • White Rabbit: Mike Ochs, 7-9pm
  • Angel's Roadhouse: KISSES (female Kiss tribute band), Clyde, Dyer, $10, 21+
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill: karaoke
Sunday, May 13 - Mother's Day
Monday, May 14
  • nuthin' I know of
Tuesday, May 15
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke "2 for Tuesday", with 2 tacos/$2 and domestic draft beer $2.
Wednesday, May 16
  • Angel's Roadhouse: open mic jam with BoXKutters
  • Bailey's: karaoke
Thursday, May 17
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill: karaoke
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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Weekly News Roundup: May 5 Edition (2 weeks' worth!)

My folks were in town last weekend, so I postponed the weekly news roundup until today. So, here forthwith is all the Yucaipa news from the past two weeks.

City News

April 25, The Record Gazette, "Judge threatens to shut down State Water Project delta pumps in 60 days"
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch denied a request by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) for a hearing to present additional information in order to address compliance methods with the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
Watershed Enforcers, a group of sport fishermen, brought the original case that claims that the DWR "takes" protected fish species from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta without a state permit. The judge's April 18 ruling started a 60 day clock for the DWR to rectify the situation (a process that normally can take up to two years), which could result in the Delta pumps being shut down. San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (SGPWA), which delivers water to parts of Yucaipa, Calimesa, Banning and Beaumont water districts, is only due to receive 60% of it's alloted water for 2007, due to a dry rainy season. If the Delta pumps are shut down, SGPWA will only receive 20-30% of its allotment. The article did not indicate whether the Yucaipa Valley Water Agency would be affected, and if so, whether there are contingency plans in place. The DWR is appealing the ruling.

April 26, San Bernardino County Sun, "New school signals younger city"

On Tuesday, April 24, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified Chool officials broke ground for the district's eighth elementary school, Chapman Heights Elementary.
`God's Waiting Room' doesn't need schools," Calimesa Mayor John Chlebnik quipped at the new school's groundbreaking ceremony. "Things have changed. Our population is getting younger."
400 to 500 students are expected to initially enroll in the school, which has a maximum capacity of 800.

Related: Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror, "YCSD names and breaks ground for new school"

April 26, San Bernardino County Sun, "Area schools awarded academic achievement award"

On April 16, several San Bernardino County schools were awarded the Title I Academic Achievement Award, including Calimesa Elementary in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Unified School District.

Besides having to meet certain poverty-level requirements, it gets more difficult each year to qualify academically for the award, according to a CDE press release.

Just said that 95 percent of students at a school must participate in regular testing, barring some minor exemptions. Then an "appropriate amount" of students have to score "proficient" on their California Standards Test, which measures grade levels in reading, language, arts and mathematics.

"These schools keep the basic things going well, and they contribute to enhancing what they're doing for the kids," Just said. "What makes them remarkable is that... the principles and staff take the challenge to look very closely at the instructional program of the students. Everything was measured against the standards of: `How will this help our kids learn and perform well?"'

May 2, San Bernardino County Sun, "Teachers from two school districts picket"

On May 1 - May Day - about 300 of the 450 Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District teachers rallied at the intersection of Oak Glen and Yucaipa Blvd. to publicize the fact that they were in their 629th day of contract talks.

The Yucaipa-Calimesa district has offered teachers 9 percent in salary and health-benefits increases over two years, said school board member Patty Ingram.

She said district officials believe that's fair given needs in areas such as school safety. Money will be necessary, for example, to install security devices such as a schoolwide intercom system at one campus that would allow administrators to notify everyone quickly in an emergency.

According to district numbers, the district's offer would make Yucaipa-Calimesa educators some of the area's best compensated teachers.

[Yucaipa-Calimesa Teachers' Association President Cyndi] Holman said teachers want annual salary hikes that roughly match the cost-of-living increases the district received from the state - about 6percent in 2006-2007. The district's offer, in percentage points, is lower than what teachers in nearby districts have received, she said.

The Yucaipa-Calimesa Teachers blog has photos here and here.

  • April 24 (related): 22-year-old Michael Rodriguez and a 17-year-old were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a 15-year-old, in a shooting incident that happened at Sixth Place & Wildwood Canyon Road, behind the Wildwood Canyon Mobile Estates.
  • April 24: The defense for Earl Venton Buchanan, accused of kidnapping a 5-year old boy were able to get a tape admitted into evidence that they say proves the boy went willingly and with his grandmother's permission. Buchanan was accused of molesting two girls, ages 11 and 12, in a Yucaipa home in 2000.
  • May 5: There has been a marked increase in indoor-pot-farm busts in the past few months, including one in Yucaipa.

Yucaipans in the News

April 25, Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror, "Two Yucaipa educators honored by peers"

Two Yucaipa-Calimesa school district administrators were given awards at the Association of California School Administrators San Bernardino County region Spring Celebration awards ceremony. Sherry Smith, principal of Yucaipa High School Ninth Grade Campus, was named "secondary principal of the year."
Her award cited Smith for “outstanding performance and achievement” and for “boundless energy and ability to lead and motivate others to put forth their best efforts to provide the best of education for all students.”

The award also praised her for developing “a program that considers the needs of the whole child by addressing both the social and academic needs of students.”
Assistant superintendent of educational services Lucia Hudec received the "valuing diversity" award.
“Mrs. Hudec had the opportunity to live in South America where she learned about being a new student who does not speak the classroom language,” her award said. This led to “her life-long passion of working in support of those who are often overlooked in American society.”
The News Mirror was given a statewide award for the Outstanding Media Coverage of Public Education. (As an aside, I have to admit that that award surprises me, at least based on the reporting I've seen in the News Mirror - there seems to be a lack of fact checking and details in some of the articles, which suggests that they have room for improvement in their news coverage.)

Related story: Redlands Daily Facts, "Daily Facts reporter honored by local school administrators"

April 22, San Bernardino County Sun, "Back to Yucaipa's days of yore"

This is an interesting article about the writing of the newly released book, Yucaipa, from the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society.

The project was joyful, [YVHS President Claire Teeter] says, always full of surprises.

Many generous people came forward willing to share grandma's school mementos. There were lots of amazing stories - like Crafton Hills gold mining in the 1870s.

The book will be specially promoted at the Yucaipa Iris Festival (May 21-23).

April 26, Press-Enterprise, "A Slugger's Palace"

The walls of the Yucaipa Batting Cages (34199 Yucaipa Blvd) are lined with plaques commemorating donations to local teams made by owner Chuck Moore.

There are photographs, baseball cards and other baseball-related artifacts. There's a photo of Moore standing next to Hall of Fame baseball star Billy Williams, the former Chicago Cubs outfielder.

In a strong baseball-oriented community like Yucaipa, it may be the most popular place for youths throughout the city, Moore said. "It's the only thing for kids in town."

Moore is trying to sell the place on, but has been unsuccessful so far.

April 26, San Bernardino County Sun, "'Radio Gals' takes audience to 1920s"

Yucaipan Diana Combs is directing a play called "Radio Gals" ("Mayberry meets the 'Golden Girls") at the Rialto Playhouse.

April 30, Press-Enterprise "Inland veteran's injuries keep his war alive" (with video)

Calimesan and Yucaipa High School graduate Marcos Chavez, Jr. suffered severe facial injuries while serving in Iraq in 2005.
Chavez, 21, won't get a Purple Heart because his injuries weren't the result of enemy action. The U.S. Army, which provided some initial treatment, says he's not injured enough to warrant disability payments.
He says the Department of Veterans Affairs has shown a cavalier and dismissive attitude toward his long-term dental treatment. He's not the first veteran to complain about the federal department responsible for ongoing care of injured soldiers after they are discharged from active duty.
Dean Stordahl, director of the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda says that the hospital is "well-prepared to meet the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans" and blames Chavez's lack of treatment on "a "regrettable" misunderstanding between Chavez and the hospital's dental staff."

May 1, San Bernardino County Sun, "Elderly man's trek baffling"

84-year old Ernesto Gomez, suffering from Alzheimer's, went missing from Braswell Family Senior Care on 2nd Street on Sunday, April 29.

More than 25 search-and-rescue volunteers and Citizens on Patrol members combed the streets of Yucaipa for any sign of the missing man.

No park, store or fast-food restaurant was left untouched.

Searchers even checked abandoned buildings known to house squatters.

Calls went out to transportation centers, hospitals and senior centers. Dozens were looking for the 4-foot-7-inch, gray-haired man who moseyed off.

Gomez was found by Riverside County sheriff's deputies on Sunday night 60 miles away in Perris. He was transferred to Rosemead hospital Monday morning.

May 3, Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror, "The incredible shrinking woman lives in Yucaipa"

Yucaipa Debby Hampton lost 80 pounds to giver her a chance to donate a kidney to her brother-in-law Carl Hampton.
Sadly, after she was tested, it was determined that she too was not a good tissue match. Needless to say, she was extremely disappointed. Carl knew how bad she felt and sent her flowers to cheer her up. He's still on the years long transplant list, waiting for a new kidney.
Despite that disappointment, Hampton continued to lose weight and has lost 113 in 8 months. She had lots of support from friends and family, and her boss at County Line Cleaners altered her clothes as she dropped in size.
She agreed to talk to the media at this time for several reasons. First, she wants people to realize that they too are potential kidney donors for someone they are close to or love. Living donors can't donate their kidney to just anyone, you have to be connected somehow to the person in need. But if that need comes, she hopes that family and close friends will realize they have the potential to save a life.

Second, if her weight loss inspires someone else, even if it's just one person, to lose weight and have a healthier life, it's worth talking about it, even if it's hard for her. And lastly, now that people know about the weight loss, she won't be able to back slide with her weight. She wants to be held accountable.
The National Kidney Foundation has more on kidney donation.

Last, but not least, congratulations to local sports teams:
  • Yucaipa High School varsity volleyball, winners of the Citrus Belt League title with a record of 14-0. The News Mirror doesn't say if it was the girls' team or the boys' team. This Press-Enterprise article about junior volleyballer Ashton Hippenstiel, makes me think it was probably the boys. I apologize to the girls team if I got that wrong.
  • Both the "Pee-Wee" (6th-7th grade) and "Midget" (8th-9th grade) Junior All-America Football cheer squads won national titles at the Sharp National Competition in Las Vegas (April 21-22). Yucaipa Thunderbird cheerers also won the Spirit Trophy "given to the group that best exemplifies enthusiasm and sportsmanship during the competition." The teams will perform at the Yucaipa Iris Festival, May 21-22.
  • The Tumble City Hawks cheer team also won big in Las Vegas, being awarded first place, and member Miranda Siegersma won the Junion Hip Hop Solo competition.
  • Yucaipa High School tennis also won the Citrus Belt League title - again the article has no indication if it was the girls team or boys team (nice reporting there, News Mirror). I'll assume both the girls and the boys won the title and say "congratulations" to both.
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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Yucaipa Music & Nightlife: May 4 - 10

Here is the musical entertainment you can find in Yucaipa for May 4-10 If you know of any other events, feel free to leave a comment. You can find more information in the links at the the end of the post. For theater and family activities, see the Yucaipa entertainment calendar.

Note: all entries subject to change. Call to confirm the bands and cover price.

Friday, May 4
  • Hickory Ranch Steakhouse: karaoke
  • Angel's Roadhouse: The Who Show (Who tribute band), Frater, All Marbles, 21+, call for cover
  • Iggy's Roadhouse - now called Shorter's Bar & Grill: Hit Men, no cover
Saturday, May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
  • Crafton Hills College:music department recital, 1 pm
  • Park View Middle School: Jazz Showcase, with musicians from Yucaipa High School, Colton High School, YHS Ninth Grade Campus and Park View Middle School. 2pm, $5.
  • Old Ways Days @ Los Rios Rancho: activities for the whole family, old-time band organ music, 10am-5pm. Followed by Farmers' Jamboree barn dance with Riley's Mountaineer Band. Get more info about tickets and times.
  • Angel's Roadhouse: Ultra Lux, Idasas, Lividity, singlefaze, 2012, 21+, call for cover
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill (Iggy's): karaoke (assuming they keep the same schedule as Iggy's)
Sunday, May 6
  • Old Ways Days @ Los Rios Rancho: activities for the whole family, old-time band organ music, 10am-5pm. Get more info about tickets and times.
Monday, May 7
  • all quiet
Tuesday, May 8
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke "2 for Tuesday", with 2 tacos/$2 and domestic draft beer $2.
Wednesday, May 9
  • Angel's Roadhouse: open mic jam with BoXKutters
  • Bailey's: karaoke
Thursday, May 10
  • Angel's Roadhouse: karaoke
  • Shorter's Bar & Grill: karaoke (assuming they keep the same schedule as Iggy's)

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