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Proposed Redlands polling places for 2020 Presidential Election

As a result of the public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California enacted a series of executive orders and bills aimed to ensure the 2020 Presidential General Election is accessible, secure and safe for voters and election workers alike.

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Cooling centers will be open this weekend, beginning Friday

In response to a local heat advisory from the National Weather Service, the City of Redlands will expand hours this weekend at its cooling centers, located at the Redlands Community Senior Center and the Joslyn Senior Center, beginning at noon Friday, Sept. 4, and extended through 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7.

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Applicants sought for opening on Planning Commission

The City of Redlands invites individuals to apply for an open position on the Planning Commission.

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Community Center to host virtual watercolor classes

The City of Redlands Recreation Division will offer virtual watercolor classes for adults 18 and older at 10 a.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 14 and continuing through Oct. 5.  Classes will be taught by Cindy Sullivan. The fee is $37 for all four classes. 

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A.K. Smiley Public Library to reopen to the public on Sept. 9

The A.K. Smiley Public Library, which has been closed to the public for nearly six months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume in-person services on Wednesday, Sept. 9, with new public health measures in place to protect patrons and employees.

“All of us here at the Smiley are eager to welcome our patrons back into the building,” said Library Director Don McCue.  “We have taken many steps to keep everyone as safe as possible.”

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Redlands Senior centers to provide Cooling Center hours

The City of Redlands Recreation Division will offer Cooling Center hours for the public at the Redlands Community Senior Center and the Joslyn Senior Center on days when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory.

During those days, when temperatures are expected to reach at least 100 degrees, the Redlands Community Senior Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave. and the Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St., will open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Designated cooling areas with restricted occupancy to encourage social distancing will be available.

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Possible Rotating Power Outage

The City of Redlands has received a warning from Southern California Edison and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) that could lead to potential rotating customer power outages today.  If these CAISO rotating outages occur, they typically last about an hour. This warning expires tonight at midnight. Please reduce energy use to help avoid CAISO rotating outages.

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City, Bowl host virtual theater workshop with Stars of Tomorrow

The City of Redlands Recreation Division offers a free virtual theater workshop sponsored by the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts and taught by Stars of Tomorrow. The workshop theme is the classic story, “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” and is designed for children ages 6-16.

Enrollment is now open and students may choose one of six workshop times at 9, 10 or 11 a.m. on Aug. 5 or 6. The workshop will be conducted online via Zoom.

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Community Gardens reopen with health and safety guidelines

The City of Redlands Recreation Division’s three community garden sites — Lugonia Gardens, Smiley Gardens, and Clement Gardens – have reopened with new health and safety guidelines in place for all gardeners.

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Water transmission main leak FAQ

HIGHLAND AVENUE WATER COMPLEX (HAWC) LEAK FAQ

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Water main leak may affect up to 23,000 water customers

Image shows a map of the water outage area

City of Redlands water customers are asked to conserve water, especially during the peak morning hours after the City’s Water Division experienced a major leak in a water transmission line at a pumping station near Ford Park Monday, July 13, spilling up to an average of 5 million gallons of water per day.

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Redlands to host blood drives with LifeStream, Red Cross

The City of Redlands is partnering with LifeStream and the American Red Cross to host separate blood drives next week. The City and LifeStream will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Redlands City Hall, 35 Cajon St. A second blood drive with the American Red Cross will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Redlands Community Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

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State Department of Public Health issues new closure orders

This guidance and the Statewide Public Health Officer Order, dated July 13, 2020:

Closes, on a statewide basis, indoor operations for certain sectors, and both indoor and outdoor operations for bars and similar establishments, consistent with the June 28 and July 1 restrictions on counties on the County Monitoring List.

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Rail project paving to temporarily close Orange Street Friday

A map displays the detour around a section of Orange Streeet that will be closed for paving. The detour goes west on Redlands Boulevard from Orange Street to Eureka; north on Eureka to Stuart; and east on Stuart to Orange Street. Southbound traffic on Orange Street follow this in the other direction, beginning west on Stuart.

To better coordinate with the City of Redlands pedestrian crossing improvement project on Orange Street, contractors for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s are moving up plans to pave Orange Street at the railroad tracks south of Stuart Avenue as part of the Redlands Passenger Rail Project.

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Weekend outdoor dining to begin on State Street July 9

Following State of California Public Health guidance that prohibit indoor dining at all restaurants in San Bernardino County as of July 1, the City of Redlands, working with local downtown restaurants, will begin closing portions of East State Street and Fifth Street on weekends to facilitate outdoor dining, beginning July 9.

On July 1, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the new restrictions on indoor dining, along with other business sectors, effective immediately. The restrictions are in place for at least three weeks.

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New public health restrictions put in place at Community Park

A sign at one of Community Field's baseball fields announces that the field is closed to organized sports.

The City of Redlands has closed seven ballfields located in Community Park. The closure comes in response to new restrictions on youth sports and social-distancing guidelines adopted by San Bernardino County and the State of California.

Under the new restrictions, recreational team and youth sports of any kind, including for purposes of conditioning, drills and exercise activities, are not permitted in City parks. Until further notice, the ballfields located in Community Park will be locked and will not be available to the public.

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Pedestrian safety improvements installed at first intersections

New crosswalk improvements at Redlands Boulevard and Fifth Street

The City of Redlands has completed two pedestrian crossing improvements along Redlands Boulevard at Fifth and Seventh streets. Five more crosswalk improvements will be constructed on Redlands Boulevard at Ninth, State and Clark streets; on Orange Street and Shoppers Lane; and on Citrus Avenue at Central Avenue.

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Don’t blow it this 4th of July; fireworks are illegal in City limits

While most professional Fourth of July fireworks shows have been canceled locally this year due to public health restrictions on public gatherings, the Redlands Fire Department and the City of Redlands are reminding residents that all other fireworks – including so-called “safe and sane” fireworks – are still illegal in the City of Redlands.

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City of Redlands to host Redlands Kids Care Poster Contest

The City of Redlands is pleased to offer the Kids Care Poster Contest for Redlands school and pre-school students of all ages. Have fun and help our community stay safe by entering the contest now through June 19. This contest is co-sponsored by the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, Citrograph Printing Co. and the Rochford Foundation.

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Skatepark reopens; other facilities also set for reopening

A young man rides his scooter at the Redlands Skatepark.

In keeping with State and County public health recommendations, City staff are working on plans to reopen several City facilities and loosen restrictions on others. Users are encouraged to continue to maintain appropriate physical distancing and wear face coverings when in close contact with people outside their own household.

On Wednesday, May 27, the Redlands Skate Park was reopened after more than two months. Basketball courts at several Redlands parks will be reopened by the end of the week.