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Jasper’s Corner, a free tutoring program offered by the University of Redlands, is again being offered at the Redlands Community Center.

The University of Redlands, in partnership with the City of Redlands, is pleased to offer “Jasper’s Corner,” a free tutoring service for middle school children in grades 6 to 8 at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave, every week, Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Jasper’s Corner program was started by the University of Redlands to provide free homework assistance from college tutors to children and teens throughout the community, and assists students with a variety of subjects including math, English, and science. 

Redlands City Council members will continue their Coffee with the Council community meetings in 2015. The first meeting of the year will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave.  Mayor Pro Tem Jon Harrison and Council Member Pat Gilbreath will attend.

The monthly Coffee with the Council was begun in February 2011 as part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and promote transparency in City affairs.

The informal meetings are held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, rotating among three local restaurants – Olive Avenue Market, 530 W. Olive Ave; Cuca’s Mexican Food, 1752 E. Lugonia Ave.; and Stell Coffee & Tea Company, 1580 Barton Road, Suite A. Council members rotate attendance, with no more than two members at each meeting.

Council members have held the meetings for the past four years as a way for residents to ask questions or share concerns outside the formal setting of a City Council meeting.

The schedule for this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.

As part of the improvements to the intersection of Redlands Boulevard, Alabama Street and Colton Avenue, the contractor will be performing night work that will require a closure of a portion of Redlands Boulevard.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, crews will close a section of Redlands Boulevard overnight between Kansas Street and Colton Avenue, approximately one-tenth of a mile. Redlands Boulevard will reopen at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, and close again at 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.

The closure will allow installation of a storm drain from the south side of Redlands Boulevard to where the new Colton Avenue intersection will meet with Redlands Boulevard. Detours will be provided and access will remain open to all businesses.

The City of Redlands invites applications from property owners to participate in the Mills Act program, designed to encourage the preservation of historic properties in Redlands.

 Participation by the City in the State of California’s Mills Act Program was approved by the City Council on Nov. 20, 2012.

 The Mills Act is an economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of qualified historic buildings by private property owners. Enacted in 1972, the Mills Act legislation grants participating cities and counties the authority to enter into contracts with owners of qualified historic properties who actively participate in the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and maintenance of their historic properties. Since the costs of doing so can be prohibitive, property tax relief can offset these costs.

Work has begun on construction on a mile and a half of sidewalk and ADA access ramps in Community Development Block Grant areas where no such facilities previously existed.

On Nov. 18, 2014, the City Council awarded the contract for construction of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2014 – Sidewalk and ADA Ramp Improvements. Construction is anticipated to be completed by April. The contractor for the $510,950 project is Golden Valley Construction of Palm Springs. All project costs will be funded by the Community Development Block Grant program. No General Fund dollars will be used to construct this project.

As part of a continuing effort to enhance public facilities and revitalization of Historic Downtown Redlands, the City of Redlands will resurface the parking lot at Ed Hales Park at Redlands Boulevard between Fifth and Sixth streets beginning next week.

In addition to providing public parking for Redlands historic downtown, the parking lot at Ed Hales Park is frequently used for community events, such as the weekly Saturday Morning Farmers Market.

Redlands Police have resolved to start the New Year with a series of foot and vehicle patrols dedicated to preventing alcohol-related problems in the downtown area.

“Maintaining a safe, welcoming downtown business district where our residents and visitors enjoy spending time is a priority for us,” said Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia. “These extra patrols are aimed to help us do just that.”

The new patrols – set for the first three Friday and Saturday nights of 2015 - will focus on preventing and responding to DUIs, public intoxication and other alcohol-related problems downtown. The patrols will provide an additional complement to party patrols, DUI checkpoints, minor decoy operations and saturation patrols Redlands Police conduct as part of the Responsible Redlands initiative.

Redlands Police Department arrested two people for driving under the influence during a sobriety/drivers license checkpoint Friday, Dec. 26.

A total of 155 vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the eastbound lanes of Redlands Boulevard at 7th Street. One driver who failed to yield for the checkpoint was stopped a few blocks away and arrested for DUI. Two drivers were also cited for driving on suspended licenses.

Redlands Firefighters battled a pair of unrelated structure fires Monday. No injuries were reported in either blaze.

At about 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, firefighters responded to a structure fire at a mobile home park at 450 Judson St.

Firefighters arrived to find a double-wide mobile home well involved with fire. An aggressive interior attack was initiated, but heavy fire and smoke conditions drove firefighters out until the flames could be beaten back from the outside. Firefighters then re-entered the structure and were able to bring the flames under control within 20 minutes.

Redlands Police donated nearly two dozen bicycles Tuesday, Dec. 23, to an organization that pairs needy veterans with bicycles, providing them with transportation to medical appointments and employment as well as physical exercise.

The bicycles, unclaimed property which have been released for disposition, were donated to the Bikes 4 Vets Project, an organization founded by Redlands resident Joseph Mena to empower veterans living in the Inland Empire. Mena is a member of the San Bernardino County Veterans Advisory Committee 5th District, the VA Hospital Advisory Council, DAV Chapter 12 Past JR Vice Commander in San Bernardino and U.S. Vets Advisory Committee member.

The organization depends on donations of bicycles from the community and an agreement with the Inland Empire Biking Alliance to inspect and repair bicycles at cost. Working with the Veterans Administration hospital in Loma Linda, Bikes 4 Vets identifies veterans without reliable means of transportation and provides the bikes for free. The only requirement the organization makes is that the recipient attends a road safety course.

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