Corona, CA GIVE Receives $50,000 Grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

The Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE) today received a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation in support of ongoing policy, education and economic development programs promoting balance between the way people live and the impact those decisions have on the environment.

The grant funding will support GIVE’s monthly symposiums, community events, Green Valley Earth Festival, and the Green Valley Initiative, a regional economic development plan designed to bring green technologies and jobs to the Inland Empire,

Al Arguello, Inland Empire Market President for Bank of America, praised GIVE for its efforts to galvanize Riverside and San Bernardino counties under the Green Valley Initiative to bring green jobs to the Inland Empire.

“GIVE’s efforts to bring together the region’s most influential leaders to develop comprehensive approaches to educate and promote sustainable strategies is to be commended,” Arguello said. “By working with our business and community leaders, GIVE is demonstrating how green technology can be an economic driver in the Inland Empire.”

The grant is part of Bank of America’s $20 billion environmental initiative to support the growth of environmentally sustainable business activity to address global climate change. Bank of America’s 10-year initiative encourages development of environmentally sustainable business practice through lending, investing, philanthropy and the creation of new products and services.

Les Hamasaki, Executive Director of GIVE, thanked the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its generous support.

“Bank of America is leading by example, showing the world that it makes good business sense to support the environment, support community and to support initiatives designed to benefit others,” Hamasaki said. “GIVE is pleased to partner with such an organization in the efforts we take so closely to heart.” For information, visit

Inland Counties See Sharp Rise In Food Stamp Use

State Seeks More Sign Ups; Drug Felons are now Eligible
Inland Empire families, already reeling from the housing meltdown and soaring energy costs, are taking another hit to household budgets as food prices increase at the fastest rate since 1990. If there was any doubt that rising prices and a souring economy are pummeling the region, more proof has arrived.
The number of households using food stamps is up 23 percent in San Bernardino County since April of last year and up 16 percent in Riverside County, according to data released by the California Department of Social Services. And government officials expect those numbers to grow.

"We're in the midst of an economic tsunami. You take all these issues: the cost of gas, the cost of food and the lack of affordable housing," said Dave Paradine, president/chief executive officer for Find Food Bank, Inc. "The people seeking food assistance used to be the homeless, and the unemployed. Now, in the last few years, the shift we've seen is to the working poor, particularly mothers with children."

The trend is statewide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between February 2007 and February this year, the number of California households using food stamps jumped 21 percent.

Behind these numbers are real people, like Bernard Moore of Riverside, a single father with two jobs and three kids. On a recent day this spring Moore who lost his wife to cancer in 2007 reluctantly applied for public assistance. As he shopped for food at a big box warehouse store, he explained that his income selling luxury cruises which depends largely on commission, has plummeted as Americans have cut back on spending. And his long commute to work in Orange County is decimating his paycheck.

Moore said he tried to avoid applying for food stamps for months by buying rice by the 10-pound bag and saving on a $40-a-week "meat plan" that provided him with discount ground beef. He can no longer afford the ‘luxury' of eating out. Last week he left his church's food pantry clutching a bag of oranges, carrots, 2 loaves of bread, a block of cheese and a gallon of milk.

Moore is sitting on a $33,000 hospital bill the result of his late wife's lengthy illness and to make matters worse he is bracing for the adjustable arm on his mortgage to soar within a year.

In the last year, the price of food items consumed at home has gone up by 5 percent nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The price of milk and rice has risen by 13 percent; the cost of eggs by 30 percent.

In the coming year, USDA is predicting retail food prices will go up another 5 percent; some analysts say it could rise by as much as 10 percent.

Although the increase in food stamps usage is a symptom of an ailing economy, state officials are trying to turn the increased demand into a positive opportunity by using newspaper, radio and television ads to educate residents about the help available and get more people who need aid to sign up.

In San Bernardino the number of people on food stamps has climbed to almost 166,000 clients - authorities estimate that 320,000 people qualify for the assistance but don't use it, either because they don't know they can get it, are daunted by the application process, or don't want the stigma. In Riverside County nearly 200,000 people are eligible but don't use the benefits.

That was before Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). California no longer uses those tell-tale paper coupons. To help enhance security and reduce the stigma often associated with receiving food stamps, benefits are transferred electronically into a special account on a monthly basis. Families are given a debit card. They can access their benefits by using their EBT card at point-of sale (POS) machines located right at the checkout counter at grocery and retail locations across the state.

Benefits cannot be used to buy nonfood items like toothpaste, household supplies, personal care products, alcohol or medicine.

To qualify applicants must be U.S. citizens or meet special non citizen criteria. Most applicants between 16 and 60 must work, be looking for work or be enrolled in employment training unless they meet special exemptions. Applicants must be deemed financially needy based on federal poverty limits, family size and living expenses, such as the cost of housing.

Individuals who are convicted of using or possessing drugs are now eligible to receive food stamps as long as they meet certain requirements.

Applications for food stamps are available by phone, in person, by fax by mail or online.

Call (951) 358-3000 Riverside County Department of Public Social Services; (909) 386-9502 San Bernardino County Human Services.

In the WTF File: Calif. Senate approves balloon ban

Send in the clowns – just make sure they're not carrying balloons.
The California Senate on Thursday voted to ban helium-filled metallic balloons because they too frequently fly away and get tangled in electrical lines. That has caused hundreds of power outages in recent years and led to costly repairs for utilities.

Starting in 2010, anyone caught selling the popular party supplies faces a $100 fine under a bill the Senate sent to the state Assembly.
Sen. Jack Scott, D-Altadena, says the balloons are a growing cause of outages when they break free and cause power lines to arc.

Stray balloons caused more than 200 power outages last year in Northern California, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the region's major utility. Southern California Edison reported nearly 400 outages from balloons and kites in 2005.

Scott says the outages cost millions of dollars in damages each year. He said a 1990 California law requiring the balloons to come attached with weights has not been effective in controlling fly-aways.

State Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula, says lawmakers are overreacting by banning an item popular with children. He also claims the utility companies are overstating the problem.

The bill passed on a 22-17 vote after failing on an earlier attempt.

Who had Sex last Wife did and she loved it!

Ok...get your minds out of the gutter! My Wife, her Mother and Sister attended the 'Sex & the City' 11:59 PM showing at the Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos Krikorian Theater (way past my bedtime) and they loved it! In fact, there were SO MANY PEOPLE that a 2nd venue theater had to be added to accommodate everyone.

Now, back to your dirty thoughts...

TONIGHT ONLY 5/29: Exclusive 11:59 PM Showing of 'Sex & the City' at Dos Lagos Krikorian Theater.

TONIGHT ONLY 5/29: Exclusive 11:59 PM Showing of 'Sex & the City' at Dos Lagos Krikorian Theater.

The Shoppes at Chino Hills Now Open

Opus West Celebrated Grand Opening of Lifestyle Center

Opus West celebrated the grand opening of The Shoppes at Chino Hills in California on May 23, 2008. The 400,000-square-foot open-air lifestyle center, located at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Peyton Drive in Chino Hills, features a long list of national specialty retailers and restaurants, including Barnes & Noble, H&M, Jacuzzi's world headquarters, California Pizza Kitchen, and many more. The center is part of a 750,000-square-foot master planned project that will include civic, office, restaurant and residential uses in addition the retail space.

BREAKING NEWS: actor Harvey Korman has died.

UCLA Medical Center spokeswoman says actor Harvey Korman has died.

Local Scouts to design I.E. patch

Local Boy Scouts and Scout leaders have a chance to exercise their creative muscles and create a special patch that will represent the Inland Empire at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree in Virginia.

The California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America is looking for local members with creative design ideas for the shoulder patch.

The winning design will be worn by approximately 144 Scouts and 16 Scout leaders who will represent the Inland Empire at the 2010 jamboree.

All design entries must include the Boy Scouts of America "fleur de lis" emblem or the lettering "BSA," they must be the size of a typical uniform shoulder patch and they must include the name "California Inland Empire Council."

All entries must be submitted to the Inland Empire Jamboree Committee, CIEC, P.O. BOX 8910, Redlands, CA 92375, by Sept. 30.

"The entries are usually pretty colorful and the competition can get pretty stiff," said Robert Camerota, the Inland Empire Boy Scouts' promotion and publicity chair. "But, we've (Inland Empire Boy Scouts) been pretty successful in other (patch) competitions."

For more information on the patch competition call the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America at (909) 793-2463.

BREAKING NEWS: Same-Sex Marriage Licenses to be issue SOON!

California officials: Counties can start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples beginning June 17, 2008.

Corona Police Department hosts free drivers program to educate young drivers on collision prevention

Corona Police Department hosts free drivers program to educate young drivers on collision prevention

The no-cost event promotes public safety

The Corona Police Department’s Traffic Bureau will host “Drive 4 Life,” a teen-driver safety program on Saturday, June 21. The interactive program teaches young drivers about the causes and prevention of fatal traffic collisions.

Drive 4 Life will feature interactive role playing (field sobriety tests and a mock traffic trial), comedy, static displays, short movies, a dynamic Power Point presentation and guest speakers.

The four most common factors that lead to fatal traffic accidents involving young drivers will be covered during the program. They include drunk driving, speeding, street racing and driving laws.

Drivers with or without licenses are welcome.

The city of Corona provides this monthly community service to promote traffic safety on city roadways and to prevent fatal traffic collisions. As a top civic priority, Corona heavily invests in public safety, which has helped rank the city as one of the nation’s top 100 safest communities by the F.B.I.

Saturday, June 21, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Corona Public Library
650 S. Main St .
Corona , CA 92882

For more information or to register for Drive 4 Life, contact the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2355.

How to make homemade fudgesicles; thanks Martha in Corona, CA!

It is super easy to make your own fudgesicles at home! Mix 1 box of Chocolate Pudding (any brand will do) with 3 1/2 cups of milk (skim works best) until smooth. Pour mixture into cups, and insert a popsicle stick (these are available at any art store). Freeze for approx. 4 hours. When you take them out, they will pop right out of the cup, and you can enjoy your home-made treat!

Southern California homes sales jump 22 percent in April; I.E. shows sign of life!

Home sales surged 22 percent in Southern California during April as bargain-hunters bought lower-end homes in areas hardest hit by foreclosures, a research firm said Monday.
Sales of new and resale homes and condos reached 15,615 in April, up from 12,808 in March and the highest monthly total since August, according to DataQuick Information Systems.

The monthly increase of 22 percent in the six-county region is well above the average gain of only 1.2 percent from March to April since DataQuick began keeping statistics in 1988.

Homes under $500,000 accounted for two-thirds of the monthly gain, DataQuick said. Riverside County, which the firm calls the “epicenter” of foreclosures and price declines in Southern California, posted the region's only annual sales increase, its first in two years.

“Quite a few more buyers stepped off the sidelines last month to snap up homes at substantial discounts relative to the market's short-lived peak,” said DataQuick President Marshall Prentice.

Foreclosures drew buyers, according to DataQuick. Nearly 38 percent of homes resold in April were in foreclosure at some point during the previous 12 months, compared to 36 percent in March and only 5 percent in April 2007. In Riverside County, foreclosures accounted for 53 percent of resale homes sold.

April's median home price in Southern California was $385,000, down 24 percent from $505,000 in April 2007.

Despite the sales surge since March, April sales were down 19 percent from 19,269 in the same period last year, marking the weakest April tally since 1995, DataQuick said.

“We continue to look for evidence of a sales bounce in the mid-priced and higher-end markets along the coast,” Prentice said.

Restaurant: Anchos Southwest Grill & Bar

Fabulous food!! The fajitas are exquisite, the Santa Fe Salad is marvelous, the chile rellenos are incredible and the burritos, tacos, and everything else are just great. However, the topper is the tortillas. They are made fresh in a "tortilla machine" right in the center of the restaurant and served very hot and delicious. Watching them being made is a real show. Service is great. Pepe, the man who makes the dining room work, is friendly, vivacious, meticulous and makes sure everything goes perfectly. They are ALWAYS very busy at dinner time so plan on a brief wait for a table. It's definately worth the wait. I visit Riverside once a year and always make sure I go to Anchos. Don't miss this great restaurant if you get anywhere near Riverside.

The Riverside Blues Club event at Dos Lagos.

The Riverside Blues Club event at Dos Lagos.

Memorial Day 2008 - A Tribute

Memorial Day 2008 - A Tribute

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe & 3-Day Forecast!


2 pounds maple sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lemons, zested
1/4 cup olive oil
4 (3 pound) racks of pork spareribs

Cooking Directions:
  1. Combine sugar, salt, paprika, pepper, thyme, garlic, and zest; spread on a sheet pan; let stand at room temperature overnight so sugar will be hard and dry. Grind in food processor to fine powder.

  2. Brush ribs with oil; lightly coat with sugar mixture.

  3. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium hot; grill ribs, fat side down first, until meat is just coming off the bone, 20 to 30 minutes per side. Cool slightly. Slice into individual ribs, and serve.
    Yield: 16 servings

Still Hungry:

Maple sugar, which is available at specialty-food stores, adds a distinctive taste to this dish, but light-brown sugar can be substituted.

3-Day Forecast:

  • Tomorrow: Partly cloudy with afternoon thunderstorms. High 68F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
  • Tomorrow night: A few clouds from time to time. Low 51F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
  • Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 69F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
  • Sunday: Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 50s.

Great Picture of Dos Lagos Golf Course in Corona, CA

Great Picture of Dos Lagos Golf Course in Corona, CA.

The INLAND EMPIRE prepares for the BBQ weekend: BBQ 101

We are about to enter the summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it's the only type of cooking a 'real' man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:


(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it o n a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:


More routine....

(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:


More routine....

(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:
(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off” and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women....

Riverside County: 10-year plan to END Homeless!

In response to the 4,500 people who were homeless in Riverside in 2007, the county created a ten year strategy to end homelessness. This plan targets three primary populatons: chronically homeless persons, episodically homeless persons and persons at risk of becoming homeless.

Cannes 08: "Changeling." Mira Loma gets its spotlight!

A cloche-wearing madonna, Angelina Jolie is the porcelain personification of trembling courage and devoted motherhood in "Changeling." As Christine Collins, entire scenes exist solely for the world's most famous collector of international orphans to allow her eyes to well up as, clutching her hands over her mouth, she gives in to despair of ever finding Walter, her kidnapped son. Other times, the facade shatters and she shrieks "He's not my son! He's not my son!" Or "Did you kill my son?! Did you kill my son?!" Or "No! No! No!" Someone actually refers to her as having "moxie," which is something you were allowed to say without airquotes in the 1920s, when the film is set, but which isn't so accurate — mostly she picturesquely suffers and droops and then lifts her chin and enlists the help offered her by those who'd like to use her case as a weapon against the corrupt Los Angeles Police Department.

"Changeling" is director Clint Eastwood at his most manipulative, leagues beyond "Million Dollar Baby." The film's based on the actual Wineville Chicken Murders, in which Gordon Stewart Northcott kidnapped and killed at least three boys on his ranch in what's now Mira Loma. One of the boys was 10-year-old Walter Collins, who was at the heart of a scandal surrounding the case — after he was reported missing, the L.A.P.D. found another child who claimed to be Walter. When Christine Collins, Walter's mother, denied that boy was her son, the police had her sent to the county psych ward. It's an intriguing set-up, none the least because, as the film shows it, Christine at first dazedly lets herself be convinced that the boy could hers after all. But "Changeling" can't allow its characters to appear to be made of flesh and blood — Jeffrey Donovan, as the police captain who finds "Walter" eventually has Christine committed, might as well be vamping in a black cape. John Malkovich is ever a-tremble with indignation as the crusading Reverend Briegleb, who comes to Christine's rescue. Christine is a saintly single mother with a spotless house and a modish but demure wardrobe who wakes up already in full make-up, who tirelessly dotes on her darling child and who supports them both as a skillful supervisor at the phone company switchboard. "Changeling" doesn't want to tell a story — it wants to be a portrait of a conquering heroine trampling on injustice, and not that of a realistic and wronged woman who was in danger of getting ground in the gears of a dishonest and powerful organization. Given that Christine's great moments of triumph are those of enduring mistreatment, however, the intermittent faux feminist sentiments seem drearily misplaced. And like most true stories, "Changeling"' has no clean ending, struggles through what feels like an anticlimax in search of closure and settling on an ill-favored exchange of dialogue that I'd have called the worst in the festival until I saw "Surveillance" this morning (more on that in a bit).

With its star, its varnished vintage appearance and the ability to generate bewildering reviews like this one, "Changeling" is a picture all but created to win Academy Awards. Maybe it will, but hell if it deserves any. For the awards show clip, I'd suggest the scene where Christine visits the killer in prison, unnecessary to the plot and the film as a whole except as an opportunity to show off more of Jolie's histrionic emoting. It might as well be useful for something.

"Changeling" will be released in the U.S. by November 7th.

The NAR can't do math

The Press Enterprise is reporting that housing affordability is soaring due to the rapid fall in prices brought on by the foreclosure crisis. Even so the IE still ranks as the 19th least affordable metro area (down from the 14th).

According to the report 57% of Riverside county households can afford the median entry level home of $244k. According to the article you need an income of $46k for qualify to buy that $244k house, assuming a 10% down payment and a 5.65% loan. These numbers come straight from the National Association of realtors by the way.

First of all, how many entry level buyers making $46k per year have $25k in the bank for that down payment? I’m sure a few do but most people I know making $46k per year can’t even afford to buy good beer. Second, where can you get a 5.65% loan? And finally how is buying a home that is 5.3 times your income a good idea. When did the National Association of Realtards start recommending spending 5.3 times your income.

When we bought our first home in 1988 our income was about $45k. The home (we just barely got into) cost $110k. Granted the interest rate was 10.5% for the first few years so the payments were higher than they would be today, but never the less we just made it. And after paying the mortgage and other bills we had very little left at the end of the month. Back then gas was a buck a gallon, a new car was $10k to $15k and you could fill up a shopping cart at Vons for $100. So tell me how is a person making $46k going to live if they buy a $244k home. After taxes they are probably bringing home around $3000 to $3200 per month The monthly payment with tax and insurance would run at least $1500 (assuming you could get a 5.65% loan and a low tax rate). That’s at least $500 a month more than my payment was back in 88. With the added expense of food, gas, clothing, utilities and such today there is NO WAY you can swing that on $46k per year unless you eat to ramen and walk to work. List your expenses and see if you can live on $3k per month

It's amazing that the NAR is still trying to get people to buy more than they can afford. Have they learned NOTHING? That sort of thinking is a large part of the reason we are in this mess. People should buy what they can afford with a safety factor for emergencies. The old 2.5 times your income is still a good number! Using that ratio if you make $46k, you should not spend more than $115k. We obviously still have a way to go.

First Cases of West Nile Reported in San Bernardino Area

Steven Cuevas: West Valley Vector Control, which covers hundreds of square miles in western San Bernardino County, found the dead birds in Ontario earlier this month. Both tested positive for the virus.

Humans can contract it through mosquitoes, too. The elderly and people with compromised immune systems are most at risk. In severe cases, West Nile can be fatal, but most people infected with the virus get symptoms that feel like a really, really bad case of the flu.

Brian Reisinger: You know, we're seeing this kind of resurgence of mosquito populations, which is a little bit earlier than normal.

Cuevas: Brian Reisinger is the outreach coordinator for West Valley Vector Control. He says the virus turned up a little earlier than usual because mosquitoes did, too.

Reisinger: Typically we see June and July, into August, is when we see our biggest populations. But the way it's looking on our graphs now, it shifted to a lot earlier. So we're thinking it's going to be a pretty big year for mosquitoes, as far as their populations are concerned.

Cuevas: The biggest sources of mosquito breeding this year are neglected backyard swimming pools. In the last couple of months, Vector Control air surveillance has spotted about 400 pools ripe for breeding. Home owners who don't clean up their stagnant pools can face fines of a thousand dollars a day.

Crazy in the Inland Empire ( Riverside County,CA)

Hi Bloggers,

Here in Riverside County in Southern California the county next to Orange County CA , trying to put in offers on REO is getting a bit crazy. I mean 21 offers on an REO property is crazy. Especially areas like Corona/Eastvale. Buyers are driving the price . It's not safe to put in one offer. In this particular area, If you want to be successful at getting an offer accepted you better be ready to offer 20 to 50k over the banks listed price.

Is this going on anywhere else in the country?

Visit the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

The 25th Annual Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is coming to Lake Skinner in Winchester, CA from June 6th - 8th, 2008. The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival offers top-name entertainment, wine tasting in the Wine Garden, a Kids Faire, Arts & Crafts and Commercial exhibits and the Food Court. Wine tasting features different premium wines from numerous Temecula Valley wineries as well as others from Southern California.

Enjoy a memorable experience and book a hot air balloon flight. Your journey will begin at sunrise as the balloon lifts gently into the sapphire skies above Lake Skinner.

For 2,500 points: What is without a doubt the festive part of the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival? Click the link below to find the answer.

Dos Lagos Golf Course

I went to go play golf today for the first time since last summer. It felt good to get out but my score showed how much I need to go practice!!!

Boy taken from North Las Vegas found unharmed in Riverside, CA

A local boy reported missing over the weekend was found Monday in Riverside, California and the man accused of taking him is in police custody. A traffic stop by California Highway Patrol led to the boy being found.

Police say 9-year-old Patrick Rimsey, Jr. is in good health and was not harmed. News 3's Maria Silva has reaction from the young boy's family.

"She says 'Mom, they found him!' I said 'Where?' "He's okay, they found him in California.'"

It was news about her grandson Marjorie Finks had been anxiously awaiting. "I never thought we would go through this... you see kids missing, you're like wow," Finks said.

The call from her daughter came Monday morning letting her know Patrick was in the custody of southern California authorities and not in the hands of the man accused of taking him: 19-year-old Farid Bermejo.

"Common sense he would have brought him back home, but he didn't, he took him on joy ride took him to California," Finks explains.

Finks says the ordeal began on Saturday evening when Patrick, who was spending the night at the home of his paternal grandmother while his mother was out of town, did not come home. "He's a good kid. He doesn't do things out of the ordinary, so this was really shocking," Finks said.

The family was under the impression an Amber Alert had been issued. But North Las Vegas Police say an Amber Alert was never issued. While they felt the child was in some sort of danger, that danger did not meet the strict criteria set and did not warrant an activation of an Amber Alert. Even so, the family's praising the quick work of both local police and California authorities

Finks says she's been in contact with Bermejo's family who lives just a few houses down. "They don't have any idea why he would do it," Finks said, "it was a shock to them for him to do that." And Finks says Bermejo's family has cooperated with police.

This case remains under investigation. North Las Vegas Police tell us they're not ready to call it a kidnapping. It will be a few days before they know what charges Bermejo will face and when he'll be brought back to southern Nevada.


Construction crews continue the paving project on I-15 between Murrieta Hot Springs Road in Temecula and Main Street in Lake Elsinore. Crews will be surface grinding northbound I-15 between California Oaks Road in Murrieta and Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore.

This is a continuous operation requiring intermittent lane and ramp closures within the scope of work. One ramp will be closed at a time and reopened as soon as grinding operations are completed in the immediate vicinity.

Northbound I-15 between California Oaks Road and Nichols Road
Mon.- Thurs. May 19 – May 22
7 PM to 5 AM
Lane and intermittent ramp closures

Northbound I-15 between California Oaks Road and Nichols Road
Friday May 23
8 PM to 8 AM
Lane and intermittent ramp closures

Lake Elsinore man found dead in Newport Beach jail

A 50-year-old Lake Elsinore man arrested for warrant violations was found dead in his Newport Beach jail cell during a routine check, authorities said.

The man, whom police have not identified, apparently hung himself Thursday, police said.

The man was arrested around 10:15 a.m. Thursday, and found in his cell around 2 p.m., police said.

The custodial officer tried to give him aid, and Newport Beach Fire Department paramedics were unable to resuscitate the man, police said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

This is the first in-custody death at the jail, police said.

The Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure, said Farrah Emami.

Scrapper's Yard Sale - Corona CA

Hi everyone just wanted to share the great news, Several So Cal Scrap members are getting together to put on a SCRPABOOKING YARD SALE.

June 7th Scrapper's Yard Sale in Corona...

533 San Miguel Dr.
Corona, CA

There will be 13+ local scrappers, each with a table full of scrap goodies priced to sell. Items are both New & Gently Used. If you love scrapping, then you will love our sale! No need to RSVP, just come on by & bring your friends.Items include totes, carts, stamps, embellishment, albums, page & project kits, cutting tools, paper, cardstock, ribbon & LOTS, LOTS more!We have a few spots left for those who would like to sell. The fee is $5 if you need a table or FREE if you bring your own. Hope to see you all there!

******All sales will be cash only.********

Signs of the times (Inland Empire)

Over the last couple of weeks I've noticed more and more signs from our slowing economy. Just yesterday I was filling up the gas tank ($84!) when a car pulled in across from me. It was a nice Chevy Avalanche with pimpin rims driven by a young Latino gal. She hops out and runs credit card number 1 through the card dice. Back to the purse she goes for credit card number 2....nope, that one doesn't work either. Back to the purse, there must be one more in here somewhere. She tries a third card and cannot get that one to go through either. Then she opens the door and I think she asked her man for some cash. That started a short argument during which she hopped into the car slammed the door shut and then squeeled off out of the gas station.

On Thursday I visited Moss Bros. Dodge to take my wifes car in for some service. The place was a ghost town! There were NO customers except people getting cars serviced. I strolled through the showroom and briefly through the lot. There were zero people working deals in the showroom and no one looking at cars. On Saturday afternoon we went and picked up the car and it was the same. I saw one couple working a deal in the showroom and another looking at cars in the lot. That was it, 2 couples looking on a Saturday afternoon. The other dealers didn't look much busier either, the whole auto mall was dead.

Anyone else notice the freeway is lighter these days?

Many of the local golf courses have lowered their fees... about time too!

My favorite sushi bar must be hurting. Every time I've been in lately it's only been half full (or less). We go every week and it's been like this for the last few months.

Signs of the times I'm afraid!

Mountain Gate...Petition Gate! Corona Residents BEWARE!



Mountain Gate residents voted 'NO' on the August 28th, 2007 election proposing an increase in the annual assessment.
  • Increase annual assessment rate from $180.00 to $360.00 per benefit unit NO: 363 YES: 296
  • Include an inflation factor in the assessment not to exceed 2% rate NO: 397 Yes: 269
Sierra Del Oro residents voted 'NO' on the August 28th, 2007 election proposing an increase in the annual assessment.

  • Increase annual assessment rate from $335.61 to $540.00 per benefit unit NO: 435 Yes: 278
  • Include an inflation factor in the assessment not to exceed 2% rate NO: 468 Yes: 236

Current Status:

On April 2, 2008, the City Council took action and approved a petition and re-ballot process to allow property owners to re-vote on a proposed landscape maintenance increase.

Petition Process:

The City of Corona needs the following to get the measure back before the residents:

  • Mountain Gate (621); City has 475 as of May 1st, 2008...not completed!
  • Sierra Del Oro (745): City has 845 as of May 1st, 2008...completed!

The Problem:

  • The City of Corona is WORKING HARD TO OVERTURN the vote of the residents who voted NO!
  • The City of Corona is SPENDING YOUR TAX DOLLARS that could be used towards landscaping.
  • The City of Corona IS RELYING on a 'Yes' vote to curb re-alignment of City funds.
  • PETITION SIGNATURES are being solicited at the Foothill Albertson's by pushy, non-residents PUSHING A CITY AGENDA!


The remaining four of 12 players cast on "The Mole" have been confirmed Liz (Whitefish, MT), Marcie (Corona, CA), Alex (Haverford, PA) and Craig (San Diego, CA). Dubbed television's smartest reality show, the new season of "The Mole" premieres MONDAY, JUNE 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. The series returns with all-new missions, locations and music, plus online and mobile interactivity, enabling more viewer participation over its 10 episodes. Jon Kelley ("Extra," "The National Sports Report") is host.

"The Mole," based on the hit Belgian format, is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and follows a group of players as they try to figure out who among them is The Mole, a saboteur trying to keep them from winning money. Players must decide who they think The Mole is and then learn as much about him or her as they can, because, at the end of each one-hour episode, the player who knows the least about The Mole is immediately "Executed" from the game. In the final dramatic episode, The Mole is revealed and one of two final players wins a substantial cash prize.

The highly-rated ABC unscripted series aired in various time periods during its four-season run, and was a consistent draw with key young adult viewers opposite established network competition, including NBC's "Law & Order" and the inaugural season of Fox's "American Idol." "The Mole" ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in its respective slots each season with Adults 18-34, and took second place in each of its time periods among Adults 18-49. Despite facing stiff demographic competition, "The Mole" improved each of its time periods among Adults 18-34.

Additional information about the show and players can be found at Below are mini-bios for the latest players announced:

LIZ Age: 60
Occupation: Retired
Whitefish, MT
Education: Associate's Degree, New Mexico Tech.

Liz has more energy than people half her age, lives life to the fullest and doesn't let age stand in her way. Nor will she hesitate to shock people with her outlandish sense of humor. When Liz' husband passed away, she decided to adopt two children and raise them on her own. She has an 18-year-old daughter, a senior in high school, and a 20-year-old son in the army, who recently gave her a grandchild. Her son may be deployed to Iraq at any time. She suffers a bit from the empty nest, so she's eager to have this adventure to bring some excitement into her life. Liz feels that her age will be an asset in the game because with age comes wisdom, especially when dealing with younger people.

MARCIE Age: 31
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
Corona, CA
Education: High School graduate, West High, Torrance, CA

Marcie got pregnant in high school, married her high school sweetheart and is a devoted wife and mother of three sons. Married to a police officer, she devotes her entire life to raising her family, but sometimes feels she has missed out on the opportunity to do something just for herself. She believes stay-at-home moms have the most important jobs anyone can have; they're not people who can't do anything else, they just choose to raise their families rather than pursue a career. Playing this game will be Marcie's big adventure and an opportunity to prove she is more than "just a mom." She feels that others will underestimate her, and she'll use that to her advantage. Spanish is her first language and she speaks it fluently.

ALEX Age: 31
Occupation: Musician
Haverford, PA
Education: Attended University of Colorado, Boulder

Alex grew up in the suburbs outside Philadelphia and has been drawn to music his whole life. In high school he was president of the jazz band, and now he's an aspiring musician, the lead guitarist for a fledgling rock band. He doesn't want to compromise his musical aspirations, so he works odd jobs and lives at home with his parents while waiting for his big break. He says he communicates best through his music. He plans on bringing his guitar to help entertain his fellow players with a song he wrote especially for "The Mole." His strategy is to be the "nice guy," but he says he can play dirty if he needs to. He learned to speak Spanish from his mother and lived in Costa Rica for five years. He considers himself an expert marksman.

CRAIG Age: 30
Occupation: Graphic designer
San Diego, CA
Education: B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University

Craig has been overweight his entire life so he developed a sense of humor in order to make friends. He's a lovable prankster with a big heart, and his magnetic personality has gotten him through life. Craig plans on using his endearing nature and non-threatening appearance to win the players' trust and then manipulate them. He knows his physical limitations, but says this can be an asset in the game because everyone will underestimate him. He hopes to surprise people with his abilities. Craig has sleep apnea, so he has to sleep with a special machine to help him breathe. Craig has traveled extensively and worked as a humanitarian disaster relief aide worker in Turkey and Thailand.

Thee complete list of all 12 players -- Kristen (Santa Monica, CA), Victoria (Bishop, TX), Clay (Philadelphia, PA), Paul (Yonkers, NY), Nicole (Chicago, IL), Ali (St. Louis, MO), Bobby (Philadelphia, PA), Mark (Mukwonago, WI), Liz (Whitefish, MT), Marcie (Corona, CA), Alex (Haverford, PA) and Craig (San Diego, CA).

ULI Inland Empire addresses the effects of climate change on real estate development

ULI Inland Empire addresses the effects of climate change on real estate development

Conference will discuss the impact of climate change laws on approval processes

The Urban Land Institute Inland Empire presents, “The Implications of Climate Change on Future Real Estate Development in California ,” a conference that will evaluate the impact of climate change on the real estate industry.

A panel will overview the science of climate change used as the basis of global warming concerns, the legislative and regulatory efforts implemented to address those concerns and the implications of the existing and future lawmaking efforts on the entitlement and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance processes.

The discussion will:

· Provide a proper framework for addressing climate change in CEQA

· Identify ways to prepare an adequate carbon footprint quantification of a proposed project

· Suggest a cost-effective approach to design low-carbon emission projects and how to integrate this design into the CEQA process to minimize future legal challenges


William Devine, partner, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, LLP Steven Kellenberg, principal and vice president, EDAW/AECOM Chris Pyke, Ph.D, director of climate change services, CTG Energetics, Inc.

Friday, May 30, 2008 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside , CA 92501

The cost of the event for ULI members is $55, for non-members $75. Media attendance is complimentary.

Dakar Champion Chris Blais Benefit at Pole Position Raceway. May 23, Corona, CA.

When RiderDown Foundation decided to help Dakar Champion Chris Blais in his recovery effort, Man and Machine, Racer X Virtual Trainer, and Concept2 Indoor Rowers couldn’t help but want to be a part of it! In addition to the support that RiderDown has provided to Chris since his injury last year while pre-running for the Vegas to Reno desert race we’ve come up with a very unique project.

The TX-IV is the most advanced fitness rower and workout system yet! This is a full WORKS Limited Edition, 2008 Transformx TX-IV Moto Endurance System. Man and Machine, Concept2Indoor Rowers, Racer X Virtual Trainer and RiderDown will be presenting Chris with his own personally customized edition.

Canyon Lake News Update!

A penguin party tomorrow!
Norma Horrocks will sign her full-color pictorial children’s book, “Early Bird – Late Bird,” tomorrow, May 17, from noon to 6 p.m. at Canyon Lake Nails and Spa in the Towne Center (located next to Dominoes Pizza). The story is a fictionalized, fact-based story about the lives of a penguin family on an Antarctic peninsula.

According to Norma, salon owner Lesa Bellows is going all out to create a festive “penguin” atmosphere with decorations and refreshments for tomorrow’s event. Norma will also sign her recently released travel book, "I Haven't Been Everywhere – But It's On My List."

Armed Forces Day
Residents are invited to attend Armed Forces Day tomorrow, May 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 26800 Newport Rd. in Menifee. There will be various activities, food and a concert to salute veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Bingo this Sunday
The Canyon Lake Lions and Lioness Clubs host Bingo on the first and third Sundays of each month starting at 1 p.m. and ending at approximately 4 p.m., in the City Multi-purpose Room. The next session will be held May 18. Bring a new guest and receive a $10 game card for free.
All proceeds are donated to charities. For more information, contact Sharon Timms at 244-3555 or Joanna Spiller at 244-1553.

Rotary Rumble fundraiser
The second annual Lake Elsinore Rotary Rumble motorcycle ride will take place tomorrow, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. The ride will start at 520 Chaney St. in Lake Elsinore and, after touring the Santa Rosa area, will end at Quaid Temecula Harley Davidson for lunch and drawings for prizes. The grand prize is a 2008 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle valued at over $22,000. Tickets for the drawing are $20 each and are available at the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce or from any Lake Elsinore Rotary member. For more information contact Chance Edmondson at 674-5589.

DAR meeting
The Daughters of the American Revolution, Luiseno Chapter, will meet on Tuesday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m., at the Sizzler Restaurant, 40489 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd., Murrieta.
Mrs. Paula-Jo Cahoon, a member of the California State Society of the DAR Speakers Staff, will present “Women in the Korean War.” Everyone is invited to the luncheon, especially those who are interested in tracing their heritage to ancestors of the American Revolution. Applications and instructions for documenting lineage are available at the luncheon.
For information contact Joyce Hohenadl at 674-2159 or March Timberlake at 677-7443.

Goetz Hill project meeting
A group of residents led by Mike Miller have begun meeting bi-monthly to discuss the proposed Goetz Hill project. To learn more about the purpose of the meetings as well as the schedule and location, contact Mike at 259-9009.

Caregiver support group
Caregiver Connection Support Group meets at Canyon Lake Community Church on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 10 a.m. to noon in room D 140. Because of the holiday, the next meeting is May 19. The Caregivers Connection is a support group for caregivers and their patients. There are activities planned for both the caregiver and those for whom they are caring. For more information, call Chris Aiken at 301-3997 or JoAnn Wickerath at 679-3396.0

Dance donations wanted
The Canyon Lake Middle School PTSA 8th Grade Dance Committee is looking for donations for its annual 8th Grade Promotion Dance. It is in need of food, drinks, decorations, prizes and/or gift cards to purchase the needed items. For more information or to make a donation, contact Tammy Howard at 244-2123.

Capital Lights concert
The Onstage Outrage Tour featuring “Capital Lights” will be presented at Cornerstone Community Church, 34570 Monte Vista Dr. in Wildomar, on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The cost is $10. Tickets are available online at

Child advocates needed
The local organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children is seeking volunteers for its program, which speaks for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courts. It promotes and supports quality volunteer representation for children to provide safe, permanent, nurturing homes.

As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. No special education or background is needed – just a desire to help abused and neglected children. Volunteers must pass a background check, followed by a 30-hour training course.
For more information contact Deborah Sutton at 304-5220 or visit

Tennis scholarships
The Canyon Lake Tennis Club will once again be awarding two $500 scholarships this year, one each to a male and female high school senior. To be eligible for the scholarships, the seniors must be 2008 graduating students at Temescal Canyon, Lakeside or Elsinore High School, as well as a member of the school’s tennis team.

To apply, seniors are asked to submit an essay (two pages minimum) describing what tennis has meant to them during their high school years, what their plans are for the future and how they will use the scholarship money. Scholarships will be awarded at the Temescal Canyon awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 28.

Essays should be e-mailed no later than today, May 16, to the Canyon Lake Tennis Club President Ed Basubas at

Home Owners Club scholarships
Applications for Canyon Lake Home Owners Club scholarships can be obtained at the TCHS Career Center. The deadline to return the applications to the Career Center is Thursday, May 22.

Join an investment club
Parties interested in joining an investment club in Canyon Lake should call 951-848-9122 for a three-minute recorded message. According to organizer Ron Emshoff, the Canyon Lake Investment Club will be a member of the National Association of Investors Corporation, a non-profit association with a membership of over 12,000 clubs. The club will take direction and bylaws from that association, along with the Better Investing Community and Bivio.

Each member must sign a partnership agreement and participate in decisions of the club, which is in need of several officers to fill vacancies. There is also a need for persons to do research. Each partner needs an e-mail address as most meetings and communications will be over the Internet.

Dyslexia workshop
A workshop and symposium sponsored by the Inland Empire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association will be held on Wednesday, May 21, at 6:45 p.m., at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Temecula, 42240 Camino Romo Rd. The free workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about the problems students with dyslexia and other learning differences face in the conventional classroom. It will also provide the opportunity to network with others who have learning differences. For more information call 686-9837.

Water Ski Hall of Fame
Canyon Laker Mike Murphy has been nominated for the Water Ski Hall of Fame because of his accomplishments as an inventor of the kneeboard and sit-down hydrofoil, among other innovative water ski-related products. He is best known as the “original hot-dogger” according to his nephew, Tony Klarich, who has created a 35-minute DVD that he hopes will get his uncle into the Hall of Fame. The DVD is available at Pack, Wrap and Post for a $5 donation, which will be given to the Heart to Heart Foundation.

Free Fiesta Day booth
The Canyon Lake Twirlers Square Dance Club is offering a well-built hexagon-shaped booth with an attractive blue canopy free to any local club or organization. The booth measures approximately 11 ft. across the flats of its six-sided shape and has narrow counter encircling the entire booth. The Twirlers used it for many years on Fiesta Day. For details, please contact Ray Kellett at 244-8236.

Community carnival
The celebrate Recovery Ministry at Cornerstone Community Church in Wildomar is hosting a community carnival for all ages on Friday, June 27 from 5 to 10 p.m. Live music, food, games, a petting zoo, climbing wall, bounce houses and prize drawings are planned. Proceeds will benefit the Celebrate Recovery Teen program as well as the Men’s Prison Ministry. For more information call Pastor Dave Peters at 674-8661.

Host families needed
Residents can add an international flavor to their household by hosting a foreign exchange student. The Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) is seeking host families for the upcoming school year. All exchange students attend the public high school, speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. There is no fee to participate, other than that of feeding and housing an additional family member. For more information, visit

Enrolling kindergartners-to-be
Kindergarten registration is taking place at the Centralized Enrollment Center, 545 Chaney St. Children who are or will be 5 years old before December 2, 2008, can enroll in kindergarten for the 2008-09 year. For more information about the registration process or to download registration forms, please visit

Cookbooks still available
The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club still has copies of its cookbook, “Tastes of Paradise,” a creative gift for friends and family. The cookbooks are on sale at Pack, Wrap and Post in the Towne Center or by calling Rita Wacker at 244-1881, Barbara Weatherman at 244-1618, Audrey Barrows at 244-5550, Barbara Duncan at 244-7513 or Sherry Attig 244-5378. The price is $20; proceeds benefit the Woman’s Club’s philanthropic endeavors in the community.

‘Operation Recognition’
“Operation Recognition” allows residents of Riverside County who missed completing high school because of military service in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War – or because of internment in WWII Japanese-American relocation camps – to receive high school diplomas.
Sponsored by ROCE with assistance from the Riverside County Department of Veteran’s Services, diplomas will be awarded at a ceremony on May 21. An application can be submitted by a family member or qualified individual and is available by calling 826-6570.

Bosom Buddies
Bosom Buddies is a volunteer support organization dedicated to helping women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Women receive support and resources from other breast cancer survivors. Contact Bosom Buddies if you or a loved one has received the diagnosis of breast cancer. For more information contact Janelle Basham at 515-0500 or Kimbo Slingerland at 609-4044.

Hospital volunteers needed
Menifee Valley Medical Center is seeking hospital volunteers. Only four hours of volunteer service per week qualifies as an active member of the hospital volunteer team. No experience is necessary; training will be provided. The minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. For more information call 679-8888, ext. 7254 or 925-6389.

Donate a mammogram
The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on its site daily to meet its quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to the site, and click on “donating a mammogram” for free (pink window in the middle). This doesn’t cost one a thing. Corporate sponsors /advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising.

Computer Club
The Computer Club of Menifee Valley welcomes all who have an interest in computers. Club members meet at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month and offer presentations, guest speakers, Q&A sessions, a computer lab and computer classes. It is a free club with no dues. Meetings are two hours long and are held at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 29885 Bradley Rd. in Sun City. For more information, e-mail or visit

H O T...T A M A L E!

101 Degrees at 1:48 PM...don't forget the sunscreen!


Firefighters have contained a five-acre brush fire near Corona today.

The blaze was burning on a ridge behind a gated community near the Eagle Glen Golf Course.

Airplanes and helicopters attacked the fire from above, putting out most of the flames within an hour.
A large plume of smoke could be seen for miles.

Corona police to explain limitations of Jessica's Law after sex offender moves near school, parks...BE AWARE!

The legal debate over a state law aimed at keeping sex offenders away from schools and parks is hitting Corona residents close to home this week.

Today, the Corona Police Department will hold a town hall meeting to explain the legal limbo of Jessica's Law to residents alarmed that a convicted sex offender moved into their community near a school and two parks.

Passed by voters in 2006, Jessica's Law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools or parks. However, through a series of legal challenges, the courts are still trying to decide whether the law can be applied retroactively to offenders convicted and released before the law took effect.

Robert Keith Tyner, 47, is one of those offenders. Convicted and placed on probation five years ago for lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, Tyner is one of the sex offenders who can't be forced to move by Jessica's Law, said Corona Police Department Chief Richard Gonzales.

It is the first time since the law passed that the city has had to deal with a situation like this, added Gonzales. However, he added, "All cities and counties are in the same position."

Tyner recently moved into a quiet northern Corona neighborhood near Corona Ranch Elementary and Creste Verde and Village parks.

Patricia and Don Lacher live with their two children just down the street from Tyner.

"I think this is a terrible risk that our children have to suffer for," said Don Lacher, a retired police captain who teaches criminal justice at two colleges. "It's a sad commentary that we as a society can't really protect our children from these people."

Since Tyner moved into the neighborhood, Lacher's 11- and 14-year-old aren't allowed to play outside without supervision, and some of the parents of their friends won't allow their children to stay over, he said. Lacher said he and his wife have considered moving to get away from the situation.

"My daughter is sick to death over this. When she is out front, she has to look up and down the street, scanning her environment," said Lacher. "The fact that I've seen life's seedier side -- because of what I did for a living -- affects how I see this situation, but I've talked to a lot of parents who feel the same way."

Tyner, who answered the door at his Corona home, declined to comment.

He was convicted in October 2003 and sentenced to six months in jail. In December 2003, he was placed on five years probation, court documents show. Probation expires in December. As part of his probation, he was ordered not to associate with female minors unless an adult or probation officer was present and not to take a job in a business where minors are present.

Ingrid Wyatt, spokeswoman for the Riverside County district attorney's office, said Tyner would find himself in trouble if he failed to register with the state if he moves or commits another similar crime. "Doesn't sound to me like that's happened yet," Wyatt said. "It sounds like he's abiding by the rules."

Corona Police Department Town Hall

What: City leaders, Corona police and an official from the district attorney's office will talk to residents about Jessica's Law and why it can't be applied to a sex offender who recently moved into a Corona neighborhood.

When: 6 p.m. today

Where: Corona Ranch Elementary, 785 Village Loop Road