Two new Redlands Firefighter/Paramedics received their badges and the department named its 2014 Firefighter of the Year during a ceremony in the Redlands City Council Chambers last week. After opening remarks by City Manager N. Enrique Martinez, the following personnel were recognized:
Capt. Michael McMath was named the Firefighter of the Year as Fire Department members, City staff, friends and family gathered in the Council Chambers Thursday evening, April 9.
McMath started his emergency services career as an emergency medical technician ambulance driver in 1990. He attained additional experience as a reserve firefighter with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department and as a paid-call Running Springs firefighter before joining the Redlands Fire Department in January 2000. With more than 24 years of emergency services experience, Captain McMath brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to his work.
The City of Redlands Development Services and Quality of Life Departments are pleased to continue the popular Movies in the Park, this month featuring “Into the Woods” on Friday, April 17, at Ed Hales Park on the corner of 5th and State streets in Historic Downtown Redlands.
This free event begins at 6 p.m. and will include free activities for children and entertainment provided by the Sixth Street School of Music. The movie begins at dusk. Feel free to bring your own blanket and chair.
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 the remainder of this year’s Coffee with the Council meetings is included below.
As part of the City of Redlands’ application for grant funding through the Active Transportation Program to implement new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements, the City has scheduled a public meeting to describe proposed infrastructure projects and seek public input.
The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the City Council Chambers, located at 35 Cajon St.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, a replica of Lincoln’s casket, created by the Batesville Casket Company, is on display in the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands through April 19.
Following Lincoln’s assassination on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, a casket was custom built to hold the president’s remains. After lying in state in the East Room of the White House and the U.S. Capitol, a special train carried Lincoln and the remains of his son, Willie, who died in 1862, back to Springfield, Ill. Lincoln’s open casket was viewed by hundreds of thousands of mourners in 11 cities before it arrived at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.
Staff from the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department will deliver an update to the City Council next week on the City’s efforts to reduce water usage and adjustments that may be required following new mandatory restrictions announced by the governor on Wednesday.
Mayor Paul Foster requested the update on the status of water conservation measures and a timeline for implementing changes that may be required under the new restrictions included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order announced Wednesday, April 1. Staff will provide the update during the April 7 City Council meeting.
The City of Redlands invites nominations for the City’s inaugural Beautification and Redlands Heroes Awards. Winners will be honored at the State of the City event at noon on Thursday, June 25, at the University of Redlands Orton Center, 1200 E. Colton Ave.
Beautification Awards will be presented in four categories:
- New Construction with Landscaping
- Existing Development with Landscaping
- Adaptive Reuse of Historic Property
- Sustainable Design and Innovation
One winner will be named in each category, recognizing buildings and non-residential facilities within the City of Redlands that capture outstanding landscape, cleanliness and curb appeal.
Come and enjoy Rumba lessons in a comfortable and fun setting. Rumba lessons will be taught on Mondays beginning April 6 through April 27. Class runs from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration fee is $8 per person; partners are not required.
Space is limited, so sign up today at the Redlands Community Center or online at www.cityofredlands.org/recreation/classes. For more information, please call Joe Sidor at (909) 792-6076.
The City of Redlands invites residents to apply for openings on the Airport Advisory Board, Cultural Arts Commission, Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.
Deadline for filing applications is April 13. Members are appointed by the City Council.
Residents interested in applying for the non-salaried positions may request application forms from the City Manager's Office, City Hall, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200, by phone at 798-7510, or download an application on-line at www.cityofredlands.org.
RPD sees a 13 percent decrease in party calls for service
The Redlands Police Department has seen a 13 percent drop in party-related calls for service two years into enforcing the Social Host ordinance, a law that targets underage drinking at house parties. Redlands joined more than 50 cities and eight counties in California, including many within San Bernardino County and the County itself, who had already adopted the law.
The Social Host ordinance gives enforcement authorities the tools to hold accountable “social hosts,” anyone who knowingly provides a location on property that they own or control in which minors can gain access to alcohol.