Theft of more than a dozen fire hydrants from northwest Redlands created a serious public safety threat last week and will cost the City tens of thousands of dollars in replacement and repairs.
Sometime between the evening of Sept. 11 and early morning of Sept. 12, thieves stole 16 fire hydrants along West Lugonia Avenue, Research Drive, Almond Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue in the northwest part of Redlands.
Staff from the Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department estimate the cost in labor and material to replace the 16 stolen hydrants at approximately $40,000. The City is currently working with a contractor to order and install replacement hydrants.
Even greater than the financial burden may be the public safety risk the thefts represent. Because of the lack of water to fight fires and the large area affected, the ability to suppress fires in the area has been severely reduced, causing a significant risk to lives and property.
A 38-year-old Redlands man was arrested for attempted murder after he stabbed another man during a birthday party in the 600 block of West Western Avenue Saturday.
Police received the call of the stabbing at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. When they arrived at the residence they found a 36-year-old male victim with multiple stab wounds. Redlands paramedics treated the victim who was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and expected to recover.
Police set up a perimeter and located the suspect, Anthony Arthur Urbano Jr., of Redlands, a few minutes later.
“Being Deliberate,” a free career education and planning workshop for teens and their parents, will be held at the A.K. Smiley Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Lack of exposure means lack of choices. In her presentation Jamie Beck, former CSU Career Counselor and frequent presenter of “Career Vision: An Employment Bootcamp” at the Smiley Library and other local libraries in Southern California, encourages students to be deliberate in all areas of their lives as a way of creating their own career education curricula in order to increase their exposure as a way of expanding their options and choices in life.
Through her nontraditional techniques rooted in a holistic view of work in which work is not separate from who we are, students from eighth grade through college freshman will develop strategies to make school a living and breathing experience in career exploration rather than random fact memorization in order to gain a piece of paper.
The City of Redlands was selected as the winner of two 2012 Helen Putnam Awards for Excellence at last week’s League of California Cities Annual Conference in San Diego. Established in 1982 by the League of California Cities, the California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements by California's 482 cities.
Redlands was selected for the Helen Putnam Award for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation for its Redlands 311 smart phone app. The City also received the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government for the Redlands Emergency Services Academy. The Ruth Vreeland Award is one of the categories within the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence.
This is the first time the City of Redlands has been selected for the Helen Putnam Award. Redlands was the only City selected in 2012 for more than one award.
City Manager Enrique Martinez has scheduled another public forum at the Redlands Community Center on Thursday, Sept. 13. The forums are held as part of the City’s continuing efforts to increase interaction with residents and local businesses and promote transparency in City affairs.
The forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. All residents and other interested parties are invited to attend. The City Manager will answer questions from anyone in attendance.
A 60-year-old Redlands man was arrested Sunday for arson shortly after a residential structure fire was reported.
Firefighters responded to the fire in the 400 block of Mulvihill Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9. Upon arrival they found the fire had already been extinguished by a resident of the home. While checking the area and doing mop-up, firefighters noticed evidence of several additional fires in and around the structure.
A Redlands Fire Department investigator interviewed another resident, 60-year-old Mazhar Hussein Mahmood, and determined he had started the fires. Mahmood was arrested and transported to Redlands Community Hospital for a medical evaluation before being booked for arson.
Plans for the City’s yearlong celebration of its 125th Anniversary are continuing with a volunteer citizens’ committee meeting regularly to plan events, observations and activities themed around the quasquicentennial.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the City Council approved a marketing agreement with local company Pennington Designs to produce commemorative products and memorabilia for the celebration. Pennington was chosen following a Request for Proposal and review by a committee that consisted of Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster, City staff and community members, who recommended the company’s proposal to the council.
In addition to producing merchandise and memorabilia, including clothing, keychains, jewelry, coffee mugs, plaques, sculptures and other items in a variety of price points, company owner Richard Pennington has proposed an ambitious marketing strategy that will allow non-profits, clubs, companies and retailers in Redlands to co-brand the approved City 125th Anniversary logo with their own color palette and unique design elements, providing sponsorship opportunities to local businesses and sharing a portion of all proceeds to be used for 125th Anniversary related expenses.
Redlands Police are investigating following an armed robbery at a cell phone store in downtown Redlands Sunday.
Police responded to the robbery call at the T-Mobile store in the 500 block of Orange Street shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.
Redlands Firefighters rescued a pair of kittens from a burning garage Saturday morning.
At 10:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Redlands Firefighters responded to a structure fire involving a detached garage in the 900 block of Sixth Street. It took 16 firefighters 15 minutes to control the fire.
Firefighters rescued two kittens from the burning building. The kittens were turned over to Redlands Animal Control to be cared for until they can be adopted.
No injuries were reported. Damage is estimated at $25,000 for the structure and $10,000 to the contents of the garage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Anyone with information on the cause of the fire is asked to call the Redlands Fire Department at (909) 798-7600.
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a man suspected in two thefts at Grove School in late August and again last weekend.
Police have identified 39-year-old Patrick Sean Mitchell, of Lake Arrowhead, as a suspect in the thefts of metal and wood shop tools, a pickup truck and a riding mower from the school’s farm in the 11000 block of Iowa Street.
The first theft occurred during the night or early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 27, or Tuesday, Aug. 28 when the thief forced entry into the school’s metal and wood shop, stealing a welder, drill press, drills, routers, saws and other miscellaneous power tools, valued at more than $4,000.
About a week later, during the night or early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 1, or Sunday, Sept. 2, a thief stole a yellow 1973 International pickup belonging to an instructor at the school and a riding mower from the same location. San Bernardino Police recovered the stolen truck on Sept. 4 at a residence on 44th Street in San Bernardino and notified Redlands Police.