Corona, CA: Fugitive sought in counterfeit rifle sights scheme


Authorities are seeking the co-owner of an Anaheim online gun equipment business who is charged, along with his business partner and an office manager, in a scheme to sell counterfeit high-tech rifle sights over the Internet.

Yongming "Steven" Sui, 53, the chief executive officer of Field Sport, Inc., faces two felony counts – manufacturing and selling a trademarked product and possession of an assault weapon. An arrest warrant was issued Friday for the Corona resident, who authorities believe is in China.

His office manager, Pao Sheng Yang, 34, also of Corona, and co-owner, Isaac Cheuk Hang Tse, 65, of Rowland Heights, face the same charges. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison. Tse is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and Yang is free on $20,000 bail.

The criminal charges stem from a probe that began in early March after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers conducting a routine mail inspection discovered approximately 700 counterfeit sights and 200 magnifier systems in a shipment sent from China to Field Sport's headquarters in Anaheim, authorities said.

Tse, Sui, and Yang are each accused of manufacturing and advertising the counterfeit goods. EOTech, a United States-based corporation, holds the trademark on the manufacturing and sales of the weapon components, according to news releases. The shipment authorities found has a retail value of approximately $475,000.

Last Wednesday, ICE and Anaheim police detectives arrested Tse and Yang at Field Sport's Anaheim headquarters. A search at 3325 Mira Loma, Suite 122, yielded two assault rifles and an additional 778 counterfeit gun sights, with an approximate retail value of more than $400,000, authorities said.

The case was investigated by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Anaheim Police Department. The Orange County District Attorney's Office is prosecuting.

"Any time you purchase a knockoff or pirated product, it's a virtual certainty the quality and reliability will be inferior to the genuine article. When you're talking about counterfeit gun sights, the implications are frightening," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, in a statement.

Tse and Yang are scheduled for a continued arraignment April 22 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

Corona, CA: Fender Museum Coming Attractions (5th Annual Woodie Johnson Summer Music Festival and Jammin' For Japan)


Corona, CA: AUSTRALASIAN RALLY READIES


Corona, CA: Alexander Smith, Pike’s Peak veteran and aspiring rally racer, was among the first American entrants for this year’s Australasian Safari in Western Australia. Billed as the “Australian Dakar” the 26th running of the action-packed competition starts on September 23rd. The Safari is set to run seven straight days with motorcycles, ATVs and 4x4s going head-to-head until the race finishes on the 30th.

Son of the legendary Malcolm Smith, first man to win the Baja 1000, Alexander is a chip off the old block, working in the family motorcycle dealership when not racing events on any Sunday, such as the Tecate Enduro in Mexico or the Catalina Grand Prix. “It is great that someone with Alexander’s proven ability and lineage has decided to come race the Safari with us,” says U.S. Team Manager Justin Maley. “His enthusiasm is contagious and the whole team can benefit from his expertise, not to mention Malcolm’s invaluable input!”

In fact, there has even been some talk of Malcolm racing as well (after all, he is a former Roof Of Africa Rally winner as well as winning the Atlas Rallye in Morocco in an off-road buggy). Malcolm is on a ride in Baja and unavailable to confirm his participation at this point, however Alexander says he is in for sure! “I have heard my Dad’s stories about doing big rallys and I am really looking forward to doing it myself,” he adds with the famous family grin.

The U.S. Navy has also been in discussions about the possibility of sending a team of Navy SEALS to compete in the Safari. “With interest in Team U.S.A.’s participation in the event continuing to grow, there is a possibility that we will able to send three teams,” Maley claims. “An A team lead by Alexander, a B team and a SEAL team would be awesome!”

In addition to Alexander Smith, KLeN Laundry has also confirmed its participation and support of Team U.S.A. They are donating a portion of all sales generated between now and the Safari, using coupon code “USA”, to the team. Check out their website at www.klenlaundry.com for details of their innovative products and commitment to the Australasian Safari effort.

The 2011 Australasian Safari is routed through some of Western Australia’s most remote and unforgiving landscape. “It will be spectacular,” Maley says. “Every moment of the Safari is set to a backdrop of the vast, picture perfect Outback.” To that end, Tourism Western Australia has also ramped up its support of the Safari through its major events division, Eventscorp. Click on www.australiansafari.com.au for more details.”

Australasian Safari Dates: September 23-30, 2011 – Western Australia

Corona, CA: MSR's Amateur riders shine at Oak Hill


The 35th annual Answer/MSR/Pro Taper GNC Final held at Oak Hill Raceway is a wrap. MSR would like to thank all our amateur riders who came out and put on a great show. The crew took home a total of six podium finishes and nine top five's. Leading the way was Joey Savatgy who took home 2-second place finishes and unfortunately in his other classes he ran into some bike problems. Savatgy was rocking the new Spring Burst and Fusion color ways en route to his runner up positions. Newly signed MSR rider Beau Hudson had an awesome ride in the talented 250 Pro class taking home the 2nd place spot.

Moving over into the little bike classes, Derek Drake rode great all week and came home with a 2nd and 3rd place finish in the 65 10-11 stock and Mod. Chase Sexton who has now moved up to the 85cc class, rode great for a 2nd overall in the 85 7-11 mod. Darian Sanayei walked away with a 4th & 5th finish and last but not least John Short took home a 4th.

MSR would again like to thank everyone for attending the Oak Hill national making it a great success for the brand! We look forward to coming back in 2012 and making the event even better.

Corona, CA: Teen Ambassador Program Deadline

Attention High School students who will be Juniors or Seniors during the 2011-2012 school year. Dos Lagos is accepting applications for the new Teen Ambassador program. The 15 selected male and female Teen Ambassadors will gain community service experience, serve as their school teen advisors, and earn money as event hosts at the shopping center. The application is available online or at Dos Lagos management office. Deadline to submit completed application is April 29, 2011.

Deadline: Friday, Apr 29 5:00p

Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos
2780 Cabot Dr.
Corona, CA 92883
(951) 277-7601

Price: Free

Age Suitability: Teens
 

Corona, CA: Charlie Gets $$$ Advice From Lenny Dykstra ... Really?


If you needed someone to drive you somewhere, would you pick the guy who crashed his car into a tree the week before? Of course not ... so why then did Charlie Sheen enlist financial help from bankrupt former baseball star Lenny Dykstra?

According to real estate records, Sheen closed Friday on a $7 million house located in the exclusive Mulholland Estates ... near where he lives now.

Sources close to Sheen tell TMZ ... when it came to getting financing, he asked none other than Lenny Dykstra for help. Lenny worked as Charlie's middleman to secure a loan.

Remember ... Lenny filed for bankruptcy in 2009 after declaring he was between $10 million and $50 million in debt.

And ironically ... Lenny's $17.5 million home went into foreclosure. His Rolls Royce and jet got repossessed, etc. etc.

Oh yeah, it got so bad, one of his creditors tried to repo his dog.

Corona, CA: The Mira Loma Five Guys is open! (Corona coming SOON)


Courtesy of this tweet, we learned that the Mira Loma Five Guys Burgers and Fries, at 6285 Pats Ranch Road, Suite A, opened today!

As with the recently-opened Rancho Cucamonga location, the Mira Loma location will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Besides the Rancho Cucamonga location, the Mira Loma store joins the current I.E. locations in Temecula and La Quinta.

Future Inland Empire locations include: San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley and Corona.

Click here to read Andrew Edwards' story on the chain's expansion into the Inland Empire.

Corona, CA: Corona Veterans' Memorial Division hosts motorcycle ride and car show


A motorcycle ride and car show were held on Welcome Back Home Vietnam Veterans Day March 26 by the Corona Veterans’ Memorial Division. The Division was founded by Ruben Rasso who is also the CEO and President of the Division. The Division was formed for two reasons: to honor and recognized all Corona and Norco Veterans no matter what war they served in, and to raise funds for the construction of phases one and two of the Corona Veterans’ Memorial.

The car show was held at Quality Toyota in Corona, California. This was the final stop of a motorcycle ride that started at Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson in Riverside. The riders then went to Riverside National Cemetery for a ceremony and then rode to the car show at Quality Toyota.

The was a lot of activity at the car show, there were 30 cars of different makes and types ranging from a Chevrolet ton-and-a-half Army truck from World War II. Several custom cars made by Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge were also on display.

The vendors consisted of a food tent as well as a motor home from the Department of Veterans Affairs-Temecula Vet Center. They had counselors on hand to assist any veterans needing help. Down from them was American Legion 262 with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that will be raffled off at the upcoming Casa Colina Event. Next to them was Abate Local 27 of Riverside with pamphlets of information and flyers of upcoming events.

The Corona Boxing Club was also on hand, and the last vendor was Chris Sneed of Pinstriping by Chris, who was actually across the lot painting a motorcycle along with pin striper Chilin also known as Isidro Aguilera of Pinstriping by Chilin. In the middle of the lot was Stella Pierre's Gourmet Grub, andthe food from them must have been good as there was a constant line of people at the order window.

Ruben Rasso gave thanks to all those that attended and donated to the memorial. He was followed by Seventy First District Assemblyman Jeff Miller who also gave his personal thanks.

One of the highlights of the event was the performance by singer Amy Scruggs. Amy is officially endorsed by AmVets or American Veterans, a service organization for California Veterans.

This was the first time for this event, many of the participants are looking forward to attending next year.

For more information:

Corona Veterans' Memorial Division www.cvmdivision.org

Department of Veterans Affairs - Temecula Vet Center www.vetcenter.va.gov

Quality Toyota of Corona www.qualitytoyota.com

Abate Riverside Local27 www.abatelocal27.org

American Legion 262 www.calegionpost262.org

Pinstriping by Chris www.pinheadlounge.com/pinstripingbychris Phone: 909.208.7016

Pinstriping by Chilin isidroaguliera@sbcglobal.net Phone: 951.205.1179

Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson of Riverside www.skipfordyce.com

Stella Pierre's Gormet Grub www.stellapierresgourmetgrub.com

Amy Scruggs www.amyscruggs.com

Corona, CA: Big Spender?


A new report on congressional spending placed Inland Rep. Ken Calvert among the top House members in terms of the amount of cash they shelled out last year for things such as staff salaries, travel expenses and official mailers.

Calvert's 2010 expenditures through his "Member Representational Allowance" totaled $1,474,444.48 -- more than the vast majority of the House's 435 members, according to the report issued by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington-based group that promotes transparency in government.

Rebecca Rudman, a spokeswoman for Calvert, R-Corona, attributed the number to multiple factors. She noted that Calvert's district, which includes Corona, Riverside, Norco and part of Orange County, has grown faster than all but one California district since representational lines were last drawn 10 years ago.

The growth has left the district with roughly 140,000 too many people, which has resulted in "intensive constituent outreach," Rudman said. Also, she said, Calvert travels from Washington to the district virtually every week, racking up plenty of travel expenses. The long distance is one reason why several California lawmakers are near the top of the list.

Calvert has trimmed his office's budget by 5 percent, and he hasn't given his staff a raise in 2010 or 2011, Rudman said.

Corona, CA: DataStream Medical Imaging Systems Announces Corporate Relocation

DataStream Medical Imaging Systems, Inc., a privately held company that develops medical imaging software applications, today announced relocation of its corporate offices to 125 Business Center Drive, Unit H, Corona, CA. The move is designed to afford the Company with ample space to develop value-added diagnostic applications for integration into digital x-ray platforms, such as CR/ DR, digital mammography and digital dental devices.

The Company's solutions add value to existing imaging devices by coupling diagnostic technology with the existing platform’s imaging capability to deliver increased utility, often adding valuable reimbursable testing.

DataStream’s comprehensive knowledge of image processing techniques and platform integration make the Company a perfect partner to develop proprietary applications for medical/dental imaging or clinical trial providers.

About DataStream:

DataStream Medical Imaging Systems, Inc. is an emerging medical software company focused on the development and marketing of high resolution imaging software to aid clinicians in the diagnosis of diseases of the bone and other organs.
The Company's solutions add value to existing imaging devices by coupling diagnostic technology with the existing platform’s imaging capability to deliver increased utility, often adding valuable reimbursable testing.

DataStream’s comprehensive knowledge of image processing techniques and platform integration make the Company a perfect partner to develop proprietary applications for medical/dental imaging or clinical trial providers.

Corona, CA: America's Next Top Model Cycle 16...Exclusive Interview with Dalya


Last night on Top Model, Dalya, the 21-year-old from Corona, CA with prior modeling experience, was sent home. Despite having walked in LA Fashion Week and modeling since the age of 16, she was unable to pull off a faux fur photo shoot or give a convincing commercial performance, and the judges decided she should not continue on in the competition. We spoke to Dalya about her time in the competition, what REALLY went on during DiaryGate '11, and what's coming up next for her.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: On last night's episode, it was revealed that you've been modeling since you were 16, and have walked in LA Fashion Week. Having prior experience in the modeling world, do you think that ANTM prepares girls for what it's really like out there?

A. Dalya: Um, in a way yeah, they do. They prepare you for coming across with a fantastic personality, for dealing with photo shoots, and they do somewhat prepare you for it. I can say that some of the challenges - I've never done anything like walking on a runway of fire in the real modeling world, so that didn't really relate.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Since you were present for it, I'm going to ask - what was your opinion of DiaryGate '11? Did anything happen that the cameras didn't catch?

A. Dalya: [Laughs] DiaryGate?? Oh my gosh, that was so uncalled for! I did not agree with it at all, and I did not want any part of it at all; that was drama for yo' mama! It was ridiculous; I tried to stay out of it. The cameras pretty much captured everything, there wasn't much that they left out.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Which photo shoot or challenge was your favorite?

A. Dalya: My favorite challenge was the runway challenge with fire! But I didn't like the giant ball runway, and I could have done that without it so well! I wasn't scared of the fire, but it was really amazing! My favorite photo shoot was definitely the bee shoot, I think Mike Rosenthal was amazing.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: If the winner of this competition were up to you, whom would you pick?

A. Dalya: If it was up to be, I'd pick miss Brittani! I love her, she's amazing, and I'd choose her.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Did you make any lasting friendships with any girls in the house?

A. Dalya: Yes I did, Nicole was a really good friend of mine, and we still talk. I love Jaclyn as well, but if I had to pick one girl I'm close to, definitely Nicole.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: Looking back on your time in the competition, is there anything at all that you would have done differently?

A. Dalya: Um...personally no. I went into it just being myself the whole time, I kept my cool, I wasn't trying to be anything I wasn't. I don't think I would have changed any of my actions or how I carried myself.

Q. Mike, RealityWanted: What's coming up next for you?

A. Dalya: Definitely looking at some of the great agencies here in LA, and weighing my options., I want to sign with a great high fashion agency, because I know I can do it...I feel like I can definitely go out there and that ANTM opened a lot of doors for me. I definitely want to make it in New York as well, I feel like there's more opportunity there than here in LA. Definitely searching for agencies and seeing who'd like to take me on!

Corona, CA: LADIES “DAY INTO NIGHT” OUT

WHAT
Ladies are invited for a day and evening of pampering, fun and freebies at Ladies Day into Night Out at The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos in Corona. The first 300 participants will receive a free cosmetic bag filled with merchant coupons.

“Day into Night” FREEBIES include custom photo flip books, bang trim at Mon Esprit Aveda and Lee Spa Nails pampering hand massage. Shoppers will enjoy live music as they stroll through the center for exclusive 15-20% off discounts at over 20 participating stores including LOFT, Clarks, Sur La Table, Windsor Fashion, Z Gallerie and others. Gal pals can end their day of pampering and shopping with drink specials at participating restaurants.

WHEN
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Ladies Day Out: Noon – 4 p.m.
Ladies Night Out: 4 p.m. – Close

WHERE
The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos*
2780 Cabot Drive, Corona 92883

Corona, CA: Tie For First Place In Riverside Spelling Bee


Two students tied for first place at the 34th annual Riverside County Spelling Bee in Moreno Valley today.

Thirty students from public and private schools across the county competed in the bee at the Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center but after 3 1/2 hours and 18 rounds, only two survived. Eanna Mejia, who attends Corona Ranch Elementary School, squared off against Raymond Galloway, of Vista Verde Middle School.

“Judges finally called the match a draw after what they said was the longest one-on-one showdown in memory,” said Rick Peoples of the Office of Education, with the kids sounding out such words as sequacity and impuissant.

According to the County Office of Education, Galloway, who has been competing in spelling bees since he was five, was selected to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.. Mejia will represent Riverside County in the California Spelling Bee in Stockton on April 16.

Chino Hills, CA: The Shoppes At Chino Hills Adding Two New Restaurants


Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill and Dripp, Coffee Boutique and Ice Cream Sandwich Shop, New to Chino Hills

The Shoppes at Chino Hills is adding popular Los Angeles restaurant, Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill, and Dripp, a new concept coffee boutique and ice cream sandwich shop, to its lineup. These new restaurants join the growing list of dining options available at The Shoppes such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Chipotle Mexican Grill, California Pizza Kitchen, Yard House, and Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill.

"We are excited to be bringing two firsts to Chino Hills," said The Shoppes General Manager Rick Jones. "Dillon's and Dripp add to our increasing list of dining choices offered to visitors."

Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill will occupy an 8,000-square-foot space near H & M, with an anticipated opening date scheduled for fall 2011. Just like its sister restaurant, Dillon's Irish Pub & Grill in Hollywood, Dillon's will feature quality comfort food, as well as a wide variety of draft beers in a warm, authentic pub environment, all at affordable prices. For more information, please visit http://www.dillonsirishpub.com.

New concept coffee boutique, Dripp, is preparing to open this summer across from California Pizza Kitchen. Dripp is the first of owner Rabih Sater's new concept coffee boutiques, which he plans to open in multiple locations in the future. Utilizing a unique Japanese slow drip technique, Dripp hand brews one cup of coffee at a time, to order, using specialty-roasted, ground daily coffees and espressos from all over the world. An array of ice cream flavors and freshly baked cookies will also be offered that can be combined for made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. For more information, please visit http://www.dripp.com

Corona, CA: Former Corona mayor pleads guilty to lying to the FBI during bank fraud probe


A former Corona mayor and developer of the Nature’s Recipe dog food brand pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to FBI agents during a bank fraud investigation into his dog food company, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Jeffrey Bennett, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements and could face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

Federal authorities were investigating Bennett’s company, Earth Elements Inc., which developed the Nature’s Recipe brand. Investigators were trying to determine if Bennett had committed bank fraud or bankruptcy fraud related to his company’s $9-million line of credit with City National Bank.

In 2009, Bennett told FBI agents that his company had been inactive since the dog food brand was sold to the H.J. Heinz Co. in 1996 and had been filing “zero dollar” tax returns. But in court Thursday, Bennett admitted that his company received millions of dollars in 2002 and 2003 from lawsuit settlements from legal actions filed before the sale, and that he had not filed tax returns since 2001, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

As part of his plea agreement, Bennett has promised to pay all back taxes owed.

Corona, CA: Airman dies in overseas non-combat incident


A 24-year-old airman was killed during a deployment in a non-combat-related incident.

Senior Airman Michael J. Hinkle II of Corona, Calif., died March 16 while on deployment to the Middle East. He was assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The Pentagon did not provide further details about the incident.

Hinkle was a cyber transport systems journeyman who enlisted in December 2005 and arrived at Ellsworth in November 2008, base officials told the Rapid City Journal.

The newspaper reported Hinkle was assigned to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, which is widely known to operate out of Ali al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our fellow airman,” the Journal quoted base commander Col. Jeffrey Taliaferro. “Mike will be missed by all of us, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Corona, CA: Lucky Greek Burgers St. Patrick's Bike Night


The St. Patrick’s Day Bike Night at Lucky Greek Burgers in Corona California was well attended.

Hosted by the Riding Club Heart-N-Soul Riders. Several other groups were in attendance including Evolution, Splitting Lanes MC so cal, Regulators and E-Legal Riders.

Abate local 27 of Riverside supported the event by setting up their trailer and tables and giving out their newsletter the Bailing wire and flyers for upcoming motorcycle events.

A special on Green Beer was offered by Lucky Greek Burgers.

Free raffles tickets were given to bike night participants each person was given an arm lengths of tickets.

The prizes consisted of items such as green socks, green mugs, a green blanket, and several boxes of cereal and t shirts.Green cupcakes,Browies and other baked goods were for sale.

One of the Heart –N-Soul Riders celebrated his birthday on this night.

A little about Heart-N-Soul Riders, it was started by Robert Rinaldi aka Bob-O in 2007 with six members they now number 21. Base in Corona, its a club to go riding, to attend motorcycle related events; they support other clubs and their events and most importantly is to just have fun, that can be summed up by their club motto “Live to Ride,Ride to Eat”. Heart-N-Soul Riders bike night is at Lucky Greek Burgers every Thursday night from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. They can also be found at Zorbas bike night on Tuesdays.

Lucky Greek Burgers
2490 Wardlow Road
Corona CA 92880
951-737-3162

For those who use GPS the coordinates are 33.881938, 117.612446

For Information on Heart-N-Soul Riders:


Facebook: Bikerfamily4@sbcglobal.net http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000849778653

Corona, CA: Teacher's aide who sought sex with girl gets probation

A former Corona-Norco Unified School District teacher's aide who sought to have sexual relations with a teenage girl he met on MySpace.com was sentenced today to three years probation and nearly six months in a work-release program.

Paul Benjamin Records, 28, was convicted Feb. 8 of attempted lewd or lascivious acts on a child. He was also charged with communicating with a minor with the intent to solicit sex, but jurors deadlocked on that count, leading Riverside County Superior Court Judge Michael Donner to dismiss it.

After considering a probation officer's pre-sentencing report and letters of support from Records' family, Donner decided to impose probation and a 180-day jail sentence. However, the judge granted the defendant the option of participating in a labor program managed by the sheriff's department, rather than serving time behind bars.

Records was a substitute class aide at the time of his arrest in July 2009. The Lake Matthews man came to the attention of Corona police after the parents of a 15-year-old girl -- referred to in court papers as "Brittany" -- alleged the defendant had been carrying on an inappropriate relationship with her via the Internet and telephone.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Romney told jurors that Records persuaded the teen to send him lingerie and topless pictures of herself and encouraged her to masturbate, instructing her on "where to put her hands and fingers."

The defendant sent explicit photos of himself to the teen in exchange for the nude ones of her, according to the prosecutor.

"This case is exactly how kids end up with nude photos in cyberspace," Romney said.

According to Romney, Records also solicited explicit photos from five other girls, one of whom sent a picture of herself masturbating.

Defense attorney Frank Peasley acknowledged his client's behavior was "downright disgusting" at times, but argued most of the violations alleged by the prosecution did not occur.

According to the attorney, Records told the girl up-front that he was in his 20s and that their relationship could not go beyond friendship.

Peasley said Records had several opportunities to meet Brittany in person to complete the attempted lewd acts alleged, but he consistently turned down the invitations.

"He (was) foolin' around on the Internet," the attorney told jurors.

Inland Empire, CA: The Inland Empire's first ever (I think) food truck festival is coming


Newly-elected 2nd District County Supervisor Janice Rutherford is looking to bring the rapidly expanding food truck industry to San Bernardino County.

She has asked San Bernardino County Environmental Health Services staff members to look into other nearby jurisdictions' (i.e. L.A. and Orange counties') food truck regulations and operations to examine reversing a long-standing prohibition.

She has also announced what I believe is the first ever (apart from a few smaller events) food truck festival in the Inland Empire.

The Chino Valley Foodie Festival is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Don Lugo High School, 13400 Pipeline Ave., Chino.

It's a great idea, and it'll be the first exposure for lots of folks to these gourmet mobile eateries.

Another big plus: It's a fundraiser for the Chino Valley Unified School District.

We've all read the stories about their budget woes.

Confirmed to roll in for the event:

The Buttermilk Truck: Breakfast any time
Frysmith: Fresh fries and delicious toppings
India Jones Chow Truck: Indian street food
The Greasy Wiener: Jersey-style fried hot dogs and curly fries
Don Chow Tacos: Chinese Mexican fusion
Fishlips Sushi: Rolls and temari
The Sweets Truck: Cookies, cakes, bars and coffee drinks
BACON MANia: Bacon, bacon and more bacon!

The only one of these trucks I've tried is Frysmith, and I'm looking forward to exploring other items on their menu.

Apparently the event is being allowed because (according to Rutherford), even though the food trucks are currently illegal in San Bernardino County, the trucks will remain stationary.

Go figure.

Admission to the event is $6 in advance or $8 at the door. Children age 5 and under are free. You're encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to sit on.

Because this is at a school, there is no smoking.

To purchase advance tickets, call Angela R. Turner from Launch Lady Marketing Group at 909-569-1818 or Julie Gobin from the Chino Valley Unified School District at 909-628-1201, Ext. 1616.

Corona, CA: Corona man, city square off over police altercation


A Corona man and the city have sued each other in connection with an altercation during which, the lawsuits say, the man was bitten by a police dog and the man broke a police officer's hand.

A judge in Superior Court in Riverside has ordered mediation. Both sides are preparing their cases, and a hearing on the attempt to resolve the dispute has been scheduled for June.

Theodore Bracamontes, 24, alleged negligence, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false arrest and false imprisonment. The city, in its countersuit, said it had to pay for Officer Edward Tizcareno's medical bills and overtime to officers who filled in for him.

Neither side said how much money it wants.

Bracamontes' lawsuit gave this account:

On Nov. 6, 2009, Bracamontes had an altercation with other men after leaving Alibi, a bar/restaurant at the Dos Lagos shopping center. As police dispersed the crowd, Tizcareno "violently grabbed" Bracamontes by an arm. He shouted at the officer to let him go, but Tizcareno threw him down.

Next, the complaint said, after Tizcareno put his foot on Bracamontes' back and Officer Chris Espinoza handcuffed him, officers kicked Bracamontes, even though he was not resisting. Officer Jeff Bennett's dog, Marko, then bit Bracamontes on his shoulder. Bracamontes was then taken to a hospital.

The city, the officers and Police Chief Richard Madory submitted a response that said that the force used was "reasonable and necessary" and that any injuries Bracamontes suffered were as a result of him resisting.

The countersuit said Bracamontes "violently assaulted and battered" Tizcareno and committed the crimes of resisting an executive officer, resisting a peace officer, assault and battery.

Bracamontes was charged with assault and resisting a peace officer, but the assault charge was dismissed. He was convicted of resisting and was sentenced to 40 days in jail to be served on weekends and three years probation, court records say.

Bracamontes' attorney, Samer Abbas, said he doubted prosecutors could have proved that Bracamontes broke the officer's hand.

"The assault and battery filed against him was used to intimidate him, because he never assaulted an officer that day," Abbas said in a phone interview.

Corona is also defending itself against an unrelated lawsuit in which a motorist alleges that police used excessive force against him during a traffic stop.

"The city of Corona has received both claims," Madory said in an e-mail. "We as a Police Department, and as the city as a whole, take these claims very seriously and each one is looked into thoroughly. Both of these claims have been denied. Unfortunately, due to pending litigation, we are unable to discuss any further details involving either matter."

Corona, CA: Northbay Networks Awarded Anchor Blue Assets


Northbay Networks, Inc., an asset management and remarketing company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, was awarded the hard assets of teen apparel store Anchor Blue.

Brandon Curran, VP of Sales & Acquisitions states, “The assets, mostly consisting of Apple, Dell and Cisco products, are to be sold in various retail channels from Northbay’s Emeryville warehouse.”

Anchor Blue shut down operations at their headquarters in Corona, CA earlier this year after filing for bankruptcy in May 2009.

For more information on how Northbay Networks’ services with hard asset sales, please contact Doug Cain at 510-903-8994 or dcain@northbay-networks.com

Corona, CA: TEAM HUSQVARNA SURVIVES 6 HOUR TORTURE TEST

Stock Dual Purpose Bike Race Ready, Staff Not So Much!
Corona, CA: As the Fred Andrew’s Husqvarna Team raged at the GNCC in Georgia, the boys on the West Coast Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna Team took a well-deserved break from racing action. However Team Husqvarna was still in action this past weekend as the corporate crew stepped up for the annual Glen Helen Raceway 6 Hour Endurance Race.

There is certainly no lack of riding talent at Husqvarna’s newly established Corona, California, HQ. Husky President Kris Odwarka has been shaking the cobwebs off of his riding skills after a long absence from off-road riding – but the skills acquired during a miss-spent youth working in dealerships and riding moto are quickly coming back. However, moving from the other side of the globe has its challenges and meant no 6 Hour for the Husky headman this time out. National Sales Manager Revelle Harrison is also an absolute terror at both moto and off-road events. However, Rev’s busy travel schedule meant no race for him.

So who would carry the corporate torch for Team Husqvarna? Husky’s hopes rested firmly on former Pro-Circuit Husqvarna phenom and current National After Sales Manager, Andy “The Original Bro Show” Jefferson! With that, the seeds were sown for a very amateur effort at the industry class for this year’s GH 6 Hour torture test. With literally no better options available, National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman was drafted onto the team after a hiatus from racing. Eastman’s big return to endurance racing was joined by Jay “Big Bro” Eastman who was returning after his last attempt at racing Glen Helen ended 15 seconds into last year WORCS race with a broken shoulder, seven cracked ribs and a very annoyed wife who found herself with a half-finished master bedroom remodel. Pit crew duties fell to a couple of Eastman kids, helping to keep the old guys on track.

Bike prep was minimal. A bone stock TE449 Husqvarna dual-purpose machine was pressed into action. Jefferson changed the oil, swapped the shock and fork springs to handle a team of such extreme substance and spooned on a fresh set of Dunlop knobbies. The race was on, turn signals, horn and all!

The Eastman strategy was obvious: Keep Andy Jefferson on the bike as long and as often as possible. The 9+ mile course was an absolute blast and a great combination of all that Glen Helen has to offer. From fast desert-type sections, tight single track, to an entertaining section of the Endurocross course, the TE449 performed flawlessly. Six hours later, the riders were all moving a bit slower, but the 449 was just as fast with turn signals and other street legal bits still intact – save for the handguard that Corey snapped off when his stubby legs became too short to find the ground in one of the single track sections.

At the end of the day, the race was not about position or lap times, but good times. “It is about riding more, enjoying friends, family and fellow enthusiasts,” says Eastman. “We all need to ‘Ride More’ in 2011.” Through Andy’s heroic stints in the saddle and despite Corey’s valiant efforts to slow things down, Team Husky netted 3rd place in the industry class and created some great memories. “I doubt Ty will be calling and asking for us to fill in for Nick Burson, Jamie Lanza and Cory Graffunder anytime soon, but it was a blast to simply get out and ride!”

“Congratulations to our GNCC riders and we look forward to cheering on the Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna team as they resume racing action next week,” concludes Corey.

Next GNCC Race: March 26-27, 2011 – The Steele Creek GNCC, Morganton, NC

Next WORCS Race: March 25-27, 2011 – Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Lake Havasu City, AZ

Inland Empire, CA: No Risk of Radiation From Japan in Riverside County


Even though California is thousands of miles away from Japan, some people here are still rushing to buy iodide pills.

"We had people coming in and calling asking for Potassium iodide...and the phone was off the hook," said Aron De La Campa, an employee at Nature's Health Food and Cafe in Palm Springs.

Nature's is all out of Potassium iodide right now. That's because some in the valley are stocking up, worried about radiation exposure from Japan's leaking nuclear plant.

Once the Potassium iodide ran out, De La Campa said many customers started buying supplements and dozens of packs of Kelp noodles which have naturally occurring Potassium iodide in them.

"I got some kelp that doesn't have Potassium-- only iodine," said Doug Jung.

Jung says he's worried about winds blowing harmful radiation exposure to California.

"It's quite serious because it looks like they're losing control of the reactor," said Jung.

Apparently, the concern over possible radiation making its way to the Southland is so great, the Riverside County Department of Public Health was prompted to issue the following statement Wednesday:

The current crisis at Japanese nuclear plants poses no increased risk of harmful radiation exposure in Riverside County or elsewhere in the United States, Riverside County Health Officer Eric Frykman said Wednesday.

Frykman cautioned residents against ingesting potassium iodide out of fear about “possible” radiation exposure, the subject of recent reports in the U.S. media.

“Current radiation levels pose no risk to our residents and taking potassium iodide when levels are normal could cause side effects,” Frykman said.

Riverside County and other local, state and federal agencies nationwide are monitoring systems that detect changes in radiation levels, which remain in the normal range. If at some point residents need to take potassium iodide as a protection against radiation exposure, that recommendation will be made publicly by county health officials and other local, state and federal agencies. We do not anticipate that step will be needed.

Instead, residents should ensure they are prepared for earthquakes or other potential emergencies that could occur here at any time. A basic emergency preparedness kit should include:

Enough water to last at least seven days

Food for at least seven days

Cash and important documents

Clothes

Flashlights

First-aid kit

Prescription medication

Radio

Toiletries

Tools

These essential items will help ensure that people have basic essentials that might not be available during an emergency. It is also vital that families develop a plan to deal with emergencies before they strike. Plans should include a pre-planned meeting place and a designated out-of-state contacts, in case family members are separated or at work or school when an emergency strikes.

More information on earthquake and disaster readiness can be found at http://www.rivcophepr.org or http://www.rvcfire.org/opencms/functions/oes

Inland Empire, CA: Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) Signs Huge Lease


Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) has leased a distribution center in San Bernardino.

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) plans to lease a 1.4 million-square-foot distribution center in San Bernardino in accordance with a seven-year-deal.

The company is consolidating its operations and will move into the two-building Cajon Distribution Center this summer.

The deal indicates the return of large corporations’ interest in the industrial real estate market in the Inland Empire.

“It’s certainly a global name, a tech-based company, so it’s clearly a positive and another example of how global companies view the importance of Southern California and the Inland Empire in particular,” said Chuck Belden, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Inland Empire office.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ) shares were at 40.14 at the end of the last day’s trading. There’s been a -1.5% change in the stock price over the past 3 months.

Corona, CA: Perry Ellis International, Inc. Completes Purchase of Intellectual Property of Anchor Blue and Miller’s Outpost


Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PERY) (“the Company”) announced today that it has completed the purchase of all intellectual property assets of Anchor Blue, Inc.

The Company made a successful $500,000 bid in a March 3rd, 2011 auction for the Anchor Blue and Miller’s Outpost trademarks, and all other intellectual property holdings associated with Anchor Blue, Inc. The intellectual property assets were purchased free and clear or any liens, claims or encumbrances. The transaction was approved by the bankruptcy court in the state of Delaware and closed on March 11, 2011.

“As the Anchor Blue name continues to have a loyal consumer following, especially within the denim category we feel the benefit of adding these brands to our current portfolio is two fold. First, it will allow us to further develop our current denim business across all brands and second, as Anchor Blue continues to be very well known along the West Coast and among the younger Hispanic community, we feel it will allow us to continue developing our connection to a younger demographic.” commented Oscar Feldenkreis, President and Chief Operating Officer of Perry Ellis International.

Anchor Blue, Inc. was a Corona, CA based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories for the teenage market. As of December 31, 2010 the company operated 115 stores primarily located along the West Coast. After what was a series of operational challenges and a difficult 2010 holiday season for the company, it liquidated all of its inventory, and on January 11, 2011 filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 with the bankruptcy court of Delaware.

Streambank, LLC of Needham, MA served as an advisor to Anchor Blue, Inc. in connection with the auction of all Intellectual property rights of the company.

Corona, CA: Zumiez sales climb nearly 18% in Fourth Quarter


Zumiez reported net income of $8.8 million

Zumiez Inc. total net sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 29 increased 17.9% to $156.2 million from $132.4 million in the quarter ended Jan. 30, 2010. The company posted net income for the quarter of $15.0 million, or 49 cents per diluted share. In the prior year period, Zumiez reported net income of $8.8 million, or 29 cents per diluted share, which included a non-cash charge of $1.8 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, associated with the impairment of store related assets.

Comparable store sales increased 13.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to a 1.7% decrease in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Total net sales for fiscal 2010 increased 17.5% to $478.8 million from $407.6 million in fiscal 2009. The company posted net income of $24.2 million, or 79 cents per diluted share, including costs of $2.4 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, associated with the relocation of the Company's distribution center to Corona, CA from Everett, WA, and $2.1 million, or 4 cents per diluted share, for the settlement of a previously disclosed lawsuit.

In the prior year, net income was $9.1 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, including a non-cash charge of $2.5 million, or 5 cents per diluted share, associated with the impairment of store related assets, and a charge of $1.4 million, or 3 cents per diluted share, associated with the settlement of a previously disclosed lawsuit.

Comparable store sales increased 11.9% in fiscal 2010, compared to a decrease of 10.0% in fiscal 2009. As of Jan. 29, 2011, the company had cash and current marketable securities of $128.8 million, compared to cash and current marketable securities of $108.1 million as of January 30, 2010. "We are very pleased with the strength of our fiscal and fourth quarter 2010 sales, up over 17%, and the significant increase in earnings for both the year and the quarter," commented Rick Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Zumiez.

"Our record fourth quarter earnings reflect great execution by our team and underscores the uniqueness of our concept. We believe the actions we are taking by focusing on a wide selection of brands and strong customer service, combined with the people and infrastructure investments have us well positioned to carry this momentum forward and pursue our growth initiatives."

2011 Outlook: The company is introducing guidance for the three months ending April 30, 2011 of a net loss per diluted share of approximately 3 cents to 0 cents. This guidance is based on an anticipated comparable store sales increase in the mid to high single digit range for the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

Corona, CA: Motorist seeks $600,000 from Corona for police altercation


A 45-year-old Corona man seeks more than $600,000 in damages from the city after he said a police officer broke his jaw and ribs during a traffic stop.

Jorge Reyna De La Cruz has sued the city, alleging false imprisonment, civil rights violations and excessive force. The lawsuit, filed in February, says De La Cruz, a janitor, had two jaw surgeries and suffered lost earnings.

He put in a claim for $500,000 in general damages and $63,817 in medical bills. His attorney, Gary Bennett of Laguna Hills, said Friday that his client's bills have now exceeded $100,000.

The city is also defending itself in an unrelated lawsuit in which a Corona man alleged that police used excessive force on him during an altercation last year at the Dos Lagos shopping center.

"The city of Corona has received both claims," Police Chief Richard Madory said. "We as a Police Department, and as the city as a whole, take these claims very seriously and each one is looked into thoroughly. Both of these claims have been denied. Unfortunately, due to pending litigation, we are unable to discuss any further details involving either matter."

De La Cruz's lawsuit gave this account of the incident:

On April 2, 2010, he was pulled over by Officer Robert Wilfert on Sixth Street because De La Cruz's car had a burned-out headlight.

De La Cruz had trouble rolling down the window because the crank was broken. Wilfert tried to open the door from the outside, but that handle was broken, too.

De La Cruz eventually partially rolled down the window but, because he doesn't speak English, was unable to communicate with Wilfert.

The officer then reached inside and opened the door, pulled De La Cruz out and threw him on the pavement, breaking his jaw.

Wilfert then hit him in the ribs.

De La Cruz was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. He was never charged with resisting arrest, court records show. He was convicted of the license violation.