Call if you can – text if you can’t’
Dec. 15, 2015 - SAN BERNARDINO. – Hearing- and speech-impaired members of the community, or those in a situation where it is too dangerous to dial 9-1-1, as of today, have another option to call for help in an emergency – Text to 9-1-1.
“Call if you can -- text if you can’t” is the slogan developed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the new technology makes its debut in parts of California.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and State Emergency Communications 9-1-1 officials announced today that effective immediately, local San Bernardino County law enforcement agencies and fire agencies Public Safety 9-1-1 Centers (dispatch) will be equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone SMS Text-to-9-1-1 messages. This service is available for use by the deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired, and in situations where it is too dangerous to make a voice call to 9-1-1. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan to send a text to 9-1-1.
Dec. 10, 2015 - The Redlands Police Department has been awarded a $153,604.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Redlands Police will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.
“With support from OTS, through traffic safety grants such as this, the Redlands Police Department has greater opportunities to improve the safety of our community through both additional enforcement efforts and improved educational initiatives,” said Redlands Chief of Police Mark A. Garcia.
Dec. 10, 2015 - Most Redlands City Hall administrative offices will be closed for the week of Christmas through New Year’s weekend. Essential City services, including public safety and utilities and the A.K. Smiley Public Library will be in full operation.
City offices, including City Hall, will close on Friday, Dec. 18, and reopen Monday, Jan. 4. The Redlands Community Center, Redlands Community Senior Center and Joslyn Senior Center will close Saturday, Dec. 19, and reopen Monday, Jan. 4.
In addition to public safety, solid waste and recycling pickup, the Redlands Animal Shelter, Hillside Memorial Cemetery, and City parks and water treatment facilities will remain open and in operation.
Dec. 10, 2015 - The City of Redlands is celebrating Christmas with the community with its 18th annual Christmas Block Party scheduled Saturday, Dec. 12, with the arrival of Santa Claus at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., at 10 a.m. and continuing until noon.
For the past 18 years, the Redlands Police Department along with other city departments have joined with local community organizations to host the free annual Christmas party. There will be many fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Dec. 3, 2015 - The City of Redlands has contracted for an assessment of the City’s development review process. This survey, conducted by the Matrix Consulting group, will evaluate opportunities to make improvements and improve customer service.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to take the survey before the Dec. 15 deadline.
Dec. 3, 2015 - As the year comes to a close, the Redlands Animal Shelter is looking for donors who can help subsidize the rising cost of spaying and neutering animals for adoption.
In 2014 the shelter found homes for 831 dogs and 431 cats. Adoptions so far in 2015 are 561 dogs and 470 cats. While space at the shelter, located at 504 N. Kansas St. is limited, the Animal Shelter – a division of the Redlands Police Department -- endeavors to find homes for every adoptable animal it takes in.
Market Night will be open as scheduled tonight in Historic Downtown Redlands.
Dec. 2, 2015 - For more than two decades, firefighters across Southern California have collected new toys and sports equipment for children in need. Last year, more than 450,000 toys were collected and distributed during the holiday season.
Redlands firefighters are again honored to contribute to this effort. All toys and equipment collected in Redlands will be distributed locally. Some toys will be brought by firefighters to the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands Christmas event held at the Burrage Mansion.
Dec. 1, 2015 - This holiday, the Redlands Senior Services Division invites everyone to be Santa’s Elf to a senior citizen. This program collects Christmas gifts for senior citizens, living in Redlands, without anyone to look after or visit them. We want to make their Christmas bright with a gift of a set of pajamas, robe, lap blanket, non-skid socks, and /or slippers.
Donations will be collected from individuals and businesses. Individuals wishing to participate in this program can visit either the Redlands Senior Center or the Joslyn Senior Center, through Dec. 11, 2015.
Dec. 1, 2015 - The Redlands Police Department will provide motor escort for more than 100 elementary school children, along with members of a local church during the annual “Souled Out for Kids” Christmas shopping spree Thursday, Dec. 3.
Redlands Police Department Officers will be on hand at 9 a.m. as members of Pathway Church take a group of underprivileged children from Lugonia and Mentone elementary schools on the $100 Christmas shopping spree at the Redlands Wal-Mart, 2050 W. Redlands Blvd.
The annual event was started by the Youth Ministries at Pathway Church in Redlands. Staff and members of the church will escort the elementary school children on the shopping spree. Money for the shopping spree was donated by members of the congregation.