The national anthem

Hilary Maiberger, who portrayed Aerial in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” presented last week in the Summer Music Festival at the Redlands Bowl, sings the national anthem.

Redlands Mayor Paul Barich delivered the State of the City speech on Friday, outlining the accomplishments of the city over the past year.

Last month, the City Council approved the city’s first two-year budget for the fiscal years 2022-23 and 2023-24. The two-year budget includes enhancements to service levels, replacing aging infrastructure and adding essential staff needed for community services.

Measure T and the additional sales tax have also generated revenues for the city to address long standing community needs.

According to the mayor, violent crime decreased by 7.4% in 2021 and Redlands Police Department detectives have cleared 100% of homicides since 2006 — twice the national average.

In 2022, the department began deploying body-worn cameras, which have recorded more than 10,000 interactions. Redlands police will soon get a new police station with the purchase of the defunct K-Mart on Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street. The entire department will again be housed in the same building for the first time since the 1980s.

The Redlands Fire Department added two custom-built fire engines at Fire Station 261 and Fire Station 263. Planning has started for a remodel of Fire Station 262 on Garden Street. There are also plans to relocate a fire station and build two more.

In October 2021, the city acquired the Citrus Center Building at 300 E. State St. that will become the new City Hall. The move to the Citrus Center Building will happen in phases over the next several years.

The council approved plans to add Emergency Vehicle Preemption Units to all the city’s traffic signals, which allow city emergency vehicles to respond faster. The council also approved plans to replace pedestrian signals with “countdown heads” that provide visual and audio cues for pedestrians that are visually or hearing impaired.

The city has worked to improve water infrastructure to increase conservation and maintain water quality. The city is upgrading customer meters and building an Automated Metering Infrastructure that will allow instantaneous reading of the city’s more than 23,000 water meters.

A point of pride for the mayor, and the other council members, is the city’s homelessness response.

“Probably one of the greatest challenges our city faces is how to help our homeless population, get people off the streets and into shelter and connect them with the resources they need — food, healthcare and financial security,” said Barich.

In November, the city was awarded a $30 million Homekey grant from the state of California. Redlands was one of only 13 projects awarded this year. This grant is funding the conversion of the Good Nite Inn into permanent supportive housing with 98 residential units for Redlands’ homeless population. Redlands created the new position of Homeless Solutions Coordinator last year.

The mayor also touched on the State Street Village project that will replace the Redlands Mall.

Barich said, “These new developments will create a vibrant, walkable shopping and entertainment district in the heart of our city.”

Barich said the council wants what’s best for the city of Redlands.

“Working together with local businesses and our residents, we are building on our successes and looking into a bright future,” he said.

of Fire Station 262 on Garden Street. There are also plans to relocate a fire station and build two more.

In October 2021, the city acquired the Citrus Center Building at 300 E. State St. that will become the new City Hall. The move to the Citrus Center Building will happen in phases over the next several years.

The council approved plans to add Emergency Vehicle Preemption Units to all the city’s traffic signals, which allow city emergency vehicles to respond faster. The council also approved plans to replace pedestrian signals with “countdown heads” that provide visual and audio cues for pedestrians that are visually or hearing impaired.

The city has worked to improve water infrastructure to increase conservation and maintain water quality. The city is upgrading customer meters and building an Automated Metering Infrastructure that will allow instantaneous reading of the city’s more than 23,000 water meters.

Good night, homelessness

Redlands Mayor Paul Barich listed helping the homeless as one of the city’s accomplishments in the past year. The city was scheduled to break ground Thursday on converting the Good Nite Inn into a shelter.

A point of pride for the mayor, and the other council members, is the city’s homelessness response.

“Probably one of the greatest challenges our city faces is how to help our homeless population, get people off the streets and into shelter and connect them with the resources they need — food, healthcare and financial security,” said Barich.

In November, the city was awarded a $30 million Homekey grant from the state of California. Redlands was one of only 13 projects awarded this year. This grant is funding the conversion of the Good Nite Inn into permanent supportive housing with 98 residential units for Redlands’ homeless population. Redlands created the new position of Homeless Solutions Coordinator last year.

The mayor also touched on the State Street Village project that will replace the Redlands Mall.

Barich said, “These new developments will create a vibrant, walkable shopping and entertainment district in the heart of our city.”

Barich said the council wants what’s best for the city of Redlands.

“Working together with local businesses and our residents, we are building on our successes and looking into a bright future,” he said.

The city of Redlands, in partnership with the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, hosted the 2022 State of the City luncheon last Friday at the University of Redlands. The State of the City is an official City Council meeting that is open to the public.

The luncheon, which guests could opt into for a fee, was sponsored by SoCalGas, Alta Vista Credit Union, Barich & Associates, Redlands Community Hospital, Teamsters Local 1932, the Rochford Foundation, Southern California Edison, Redlands Community News and LifeStream Blood Bank. The meal was provided by Harvest Table.

Hilary Maiberger, star of the Redlands Bowl’s “Little Mermaid,” sang the national anthem and local musician Ben Davis provided lunchtime entertainment. The luncheon was called to order by the president of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, Bill Tooke. The Rev. Wylie Smith from Christ the King Lutheran Church gave the invocation.

Beautification Awards

Redlands Public Information Officer Carl Baker presented the 2022 Beautification Awards, which recognize buildings or facilities within the city of Redlands that capture outstanding landscape architecture, cleanliness and curb appeal.

Trimflex

Bob Clark of Trimflex Inc. received a Beautification Award for this building on Park Avenue.

Trimflex building

Bob Clark of Trimflex Inc. won for the Trimflex building on Park Avenue.

Trimflex originated in San Gabriel. Clark moved the business to Redlands in 1992. Clark built the new Trimflex to be compatible with the mission-style to reflect Redlands character. Clark won the award for distinctive aspects of the building's architecture like the genuine clay roof tiles and an 8-foot-high parapet shielding a water tower. The landscaping features 125 Redlands citrus trees along the north, west and south shoulders of the building. The trees use less water than typical landscaping and generate more than $1,000 of profit per year. Clark says, you can’t do that with grass.

Redlands Unified School District Mural

The Redlands Unified School District won a Beautification Award for the way it has improved its headquarters on Lugonia Avenue over the years, including this colorful sign.

RUSD headquarters

Redlands Unified School District was also awarded a Beautification Award for its administrative offices located on Lugonia Avenue. The building was designed in 1960 as a distribution center. The building was converted into the district office in 1972. The layout of the building has not been changed. However, Redlands Unified has made aesthetic improvements to the building including the restoration of wood beams and the addition of stone around the front entrance.

The landscaping now features drought-tolerant plants and a drip-irrigation system. Matthew Cavanaugh designed and painted a series of murals on the facade of the building that features student faces and reads “educating our future leaders.”

Redlands Heroes Awards

The Redlands Heroes Awards are given to those who address community needs to enhance the quality of life for Redlands residents and demonstrate acts of generosity and kindness.

Teddy bear hero

Caden Henderson poses with teddy bears for his Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital fundraiser in 2018.

Teddy bear hero

High schooler Caden Henderson was awarded a Redlands Heroes Award for his work with the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. In 2016, Henderson spent Christmas at the LLU Children’s Hospital. His mother wrapped up a teddy bear for him that comforted Henderson during his hospital visit.

After his hospital stay, Henderson wanted to help comfort other children in the hospital and that’s how Caden’s Teddy Bears for Kids came to fruition. With the support of the community, he started hosting fundraisers to collect enough teddy bears to deliver to children in the hospital on Christmas. Henderson has collected more than 1,000 teddy bears to date.

Senior center helper

Carolyn O’Dowd was awarded a Redlands Heroes Award for her volunteer work at the Joslyn and Redlands Community Senior Centers. O’Dowd assists with a senior bingo program, serving coffee, collecting money, decorating for events and assisting in the kitchen.

“Carolyn always steps in to help serve the disabled seniors and make sure everyone's needs are met,” said Baker.

Tony Mueller

Tony Mueller, director of Community Service Learning at the University of Redlands, poses with his family at the State of City ceremony on July 29.

U of R learning director

Tony Mueller won a Redlands Heroes Award for his role as the Community Service Learning Director at the University of Redlands. Mueller has served in this role for more than 30 years. Mueller dedicates CSL resources to support climate change initiatives and tutor local youth.

Baker said, “This connectedness allows him to stay in touch with our community’s needs and to provide them with available resources.”

The Mayor’s Awards

Bill McCalmon

Barich presented the Mayor’s Awards to several community members. Bill McCalmon was presented with a Mayor’s Award for his myriad of contributions to the Redlands community. McCalmon was the co-chair of the Redlands Centennial Committee, a member of the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation Board, the chair of the Measure P Committee and the former chair of the Redlands Fourth of July Committee among many other accomplishments.

The Mayor's Awards

Steve Stocton accepts a Mayor’s Hero Award for his work with the YMCA and the future Museum of Redlands.

Steve Stockton

Steve Stockton was presented with a Mayor’s Award for his work in Redlands as a board member of the YMCA, the retired general manager of the San Gorgonio Water Agency and current president of the board for the Museum of Redlands.

Barich joked, “If you haven’t seen him asking for money, I’m sure you will.”

Mayor's Award for Ed Torres

Ed Torres poses with his family after winning a Mayor’s Award for his work on the Cold Weather Project and safe shelter for women.

Ed Torres

Ed Torres, the final awardee, won the Mayor’s Award for his work on the Cold Weather Project and safe shelter for women. Torres volunteers his time with local groups of homeless advocates. He serves as the president of the Center for Spiritual Living. Barich attributes Torres with giving him ideas for the upcoming Project Homekey homeless center.

Council presentations

Mick Gallagher

Councilman Mick Gallagher’s speech focused on the financial accomplishments of the city in the 2021-22 fiscal year. Gallagher served as a Redlands city councilman from 2005 to 2010. He was appointed unanimously by the council late last year to fill the vacancy left by former mayor Paul Foster in District 5.

Gallagher emphasized the accomplishments of City Manager Charles Duggan. Gallagher said when he was first on the council during the 2008 recession the general fund was about $53 million. Despite the pandemic recession, the Redlands general fund is now over $100 million.

Gallagher commended city staff on their preparations for the likely recession in the next few months. He said, “We are a city of rich history, inheritance and sound financial management. We should all be so proud.”

Jenna Guzman-Lowery

City Councilwoman Jenna Guzman-Lowery speaks at the lectern.

Jenna Guzman-Lowery

Councilwoman Jenna Guzman-Lowery followed Gallager with a reflective speech. Guzman-Lowery, a therapist, compared her role as a council member to her role as a therapist. She emphasized the importance of active listening to develop relationships to better use the resources available in Redlands.

“We are stronger when we work together and I will continue to do exactly what I said that I would, which is listen and act with integrity,” said Guzman-Lowery.

Denise Davis

City Councilwoman Denise Davis addresses the crowd.

Denise Davis

Councilwoman Denise Davis, who is up for reelection in District 1, commended her colleagues for “an incredibly productive year.”

Davis highlighted the city’s ability to rebound after the economic downturn during the pandemic.

“Our community has rendered homelessness amongst the biggest issues in our homes. And I am so proud of this council and city staff for taking action in a way that will hopefully benefit many people for years to come,” said Davis of Project HomeKey.

Mayor Pro Tem Eddie Tejeda could not attend the gathering because he is recovering from COVID-19.