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June 29, 2016 - Redlands Fire Department Engineer Shawn Corbett was named Firefighter of the Year and several department personnel received recognition, including lifesaving and CPR awards during a ceremony at the downtown Redlands Fire Station Monday, June 27.

In presenting the Firefighter of the Year Award, Redlands Fire Chief Jeff Frazier noted Corbett’s critical duties as a fire apparatus driver and operator, his role as coordinator and lead instructor of the department’s swift water rescue program and his initiative in earning certification as an instructor for the State Fire Marshal’s Office Fire Engineer Driver/Operator training.

Once he obtained his certification, Corbett coordinated and instructed state-authorized classes for RFD as well as other agencies across Southern California. He customized the training to include guest presenters from the California Highway Patrol and the City of Redlands Fleet Maintenance Division. He later developed a similar course for drivers in the City’s Municipal Utilities and Engineering and Quality of Life departments.

June 27, 2016 - Redlands Police arrested two people during a DUI/Driver License checkpoint Thursday, June 23. 

A total of 262 drivers passed through the checkpoint on Citrus Avenue near Church Street between 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday. Two drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. In addition, one of those drivers was cited for driving with a suspended license and arrested on an additional outstanding warrant.

Another driver was cited for driving on a suspended license after he drove over the traffic cones and barricades to avoid the checkpoint.

June 27, 2016 - Every year Americans head out on our nation’s highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. Unfortunately for many, the celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year.

From 2010 to 2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. There were 397 people killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California during the holiday, an average of six people are killed and 110 are seriously injured each year.

June 22, 2016 - Adults and children are invited to have fun, meet people and improve their fitness through the Healthy Redlands Summer Walking Program.

The Healthy Redlands Summer Walking Program is an 8-week step club meant to promote healthy lifestyles for adults and children during the summer. Participants can come and walk at their own time and pace around the perimeters of Sylvan Park.

June 16, 2016 - The Redlands Community Center and the City’s Senior Centers are the coolest places in town! As temperatures heat up this weekend, the Joslyn Senior Center, Community Senior Center and the Community Center are cooling down.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the Inland Empire beginning Sunday, June 19, through Tuesday, June 21. High temperatures of 105 to 113 degrees are predicted for the Inland Empire and High Desert. Heat related illness is likely for those involved in strenuous outdoor activity or those with health conditions that do not have adequate access to air conditioning. If untreated, heat illness events could be fatal.

June 16, 2016 - The City Council will consider a conceptual plan for the proposed Redlands Skate Park at their meeting Tuesday, June 21. The City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Redlands City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon St.

Upon approval of the conceptual plan, staff in the City’s Quality of Life Department will begin finalizing design, setting criteria for a naming competition, completing the environmental review and identifying funding sources to construct the skate park. This project was designed with input from the community over several public workshops and will accommodate all variations of riders and levels of experience. 

The planned skate park will be located at Sylvan Park, at the site of the old Sylvan Plunge.

June 15, 2016 - Redlands Police cited 16 drivers and three pedestrians during a crosswalk safety enforcement detail on Monday, June 13.

Police conducted the enforcement detail at the following intersections: Redlands Boulevard at State Street and at Seventh Street; Orange Street at Shoppers Lane; Cajon and Vine streets; San Bernardino Avenue and Lassen Street.

Officers cited 15 drivers for failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk.  Another driver was cited for failure to stop at a red light. Three pedestrians were cited for jaywalking, or failure to use an available crosswalk while crossing the street.

June 14, 2016 - The Redlands Police Department is seeking input from the Redlands community to name the department’s new K9 dog. The dog, a two-year old, 70-pound male German shepherd will be working with Officer Joseph Valdivia and joins Chewy as part of the RPD K9 force.

The RPD is asking the community to suggest a name for the newest K9. When thinking of names, it is important to keep in mind that these are working police dogs, not pets.

The winning contestant will get to meet the newest K9 officer, along with Chewy and their handlers, officers Joseph Valdivia and Jaimeson Liu. The contest rules are simple:

  • Contestants may suggest up to two names.
  • The name must be for a male dog.
  • The name must have no more than nine (9) letters. 
  • The name must be one or two syllables. 
  • Contestants must live in Redlands, work in Redlands or attend a school within the Redlands Unified School District.
  • Entries must be received by June 27, 2016.
  • The top 10 finalists will be announced June 29, 2016. The winning finalist name will be announced on June 30, 2016. 

June 14, 2016 - Dollars for Dogs, a fundraiser at The Mexico Café in San Bernardino, raised $20,000 Monday, June 13, in support of the Redlands Police Department’s K9 Unit. 

Since 2008, ongoing training, medical costs, equipment and lodging for the department’s canines have been supported entirely by private donations with no cost to the City’s General Fund. The department recently revealed plans to expand the K9 Unit with the addition of an another dog, using some of the funds raised Monday.

In December 2008, the Redlands Police Department began its drug-sniffing K-9 program with Radar, a black Labrador mix, and his handler, Redlands Police Officer Dan Figgins, using only private donations. In 2012, Radar retired as a working police canine and the department acquired a trained 3-year-old chocolate Labrador named Kass, who worked with his partner Officer Patrick Estrada.

June 13, 2016 - The City of Redlands Quality of Life Department Recreation Division and Development Services Department invites the community to a free screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the next Movies in the Park Friday, June 24, at Ed Hales Park, at the intersection of East State and Fifth streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.

Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early and bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. The movie begins at dusk (approximately 7:45-8:15 p.m.), with activities beginning at 6 p.m. There will be free entertainment and activities for the children to enjoy, such as costumed Star Wars characters and music provided by Kids Party DJ.

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