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Wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes, tsunamis. I am trying to come up with a list of natural disasters we live with in Southern California. Not that I am hoping to experience any of them, but after the pretty big trembles in the beginning of July, it makes you wonder if you got your act togeth…

This month, students across the Inland Empire head back to the classroom to start the school year. It can be a hectic time for young people and their families to be meeting new teachers, attending new schools and often adjusting to a new routine.

An interesting spat came out in our letters to the editor in the past two weeks on whether school grounds should be open to the public.

I recently returned to Redlands from speaking at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Recycling your cans, bottles, plastic, paper and other disposables through routes that avoid landfills is virtuous, especially for those of us who believe climate change is real and care about sea creatures.

A possible solution to the homeless: Let’s take one of the many empty warehouses in San Bernardino, put cubicles and cots in them with a few port-a-potties and a couple of showers. Allow the homeless to live there.

Recently, I started receiving from my son-in-law, Brian Tunnel, a copy of the Redlands Community News. Both of us are former Redlands residents.

Today, Redlands faces a serious homeless crisis and many are asking the question: Where are the churches?

I hope our community knows that last week Our Town lost an important supporter with the death of Ken King, who even after his move several years ago to San Diego, kept giving to Redlands as a former Redlands Man of the Year.

As the Legislature finishes out this year’s session in the coming weeks, one bill that deserves increased scrutiny is AB 5 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, which, if passed, would threaten the livelihoods of 2 million Californians.  

Re: “Redefining Redlands,” Redlands Community News editorial, June 28.

The city wasted opportunity to have open additional Redlands parks this summer. For just a micro-fraction of the cost that has been paid for the painting and maintenance of all of the Redland's bike lanes, we could have opened our school's lawns and playgrounds to the community during the su…

"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now,” says a Chinese proverb sometimes attributed to Confucius.

Over the past several years I have noticed that people living in or passing through Redlands no longer seem to respect the traffic laws.  

Re: “Legislation threatens to derail county inmate welfare, rehabilitation efforts,” by Sheriff John McMahon, June 28.

One of the community service projects of the Redland’s Sunrise Rotary Club is our Read For Life program. We give children books at no cost.

I’m thrilled about the Redlands Passenger Rail Project. I have been ever since I heard about it at a booth atop the city’s parking garage during the Redlands Bicycle Classic several years ago.

Today, more than ever, we must restore the motto and restore the pledge.

In the 17 weeks of the young life of the Redlands Community News, we’ve been impressed by the generous and caring people of this grand old city. Story after story has revealed citizens with a heart.

Re: “How many will use the new train?” Ardis Beckner, July 5.

I missed two earthquakes last week. My daughter felt both the 6.4 on Thursday and the 7.1 on Friday. She was house-sitting in Highland, 5 miles closer to the epicenter in Ridgecrest.

I live in the Smiley Historic District and have seen 10 years go by the abandoned apartment house on Olive Avenue — we all know the one — watching the poor old thing get worse and worse with the passage of time.

Law enforcement and emergency medical technicians face a difficult situation when they respond to help someone experiencing a psychiatric episode. Thankfully, with the creation of crisis stabilization units individuals can receive treatment without clogging our emergency rooms or crowding ou…

Summer is officially here, with temperatures hovering just under the triple digits and the last June gloom behind us. The kids are off on break and so are some of us adults. My kids and I dream of having our own swimming pool. If you are one of the lucky ones, we might be over to cool off.

Recently, there has been a lot written about the train coming to Redlands and the transit villages and how good all this will be for our town, and all the problems it will help solve — as in, less traffic, more community green spaces, convenience, etc.

Add this to our list of what makes Redlands special: Its history and frequent celebration of houses that established the city’s rich character so many years ago.

There are 249 days until the March 3 election, when Redlands voters will decide whether to exempt property within a half mile of three new train stations from growth-control measures approved decades ago.

Many things make Redlands special — the city’s history and the way residents cherish our rich past, State Street, the mansions and their generous owners, the bike race, the Run Through Redlands, the 28 miles of trials and conservancy that maintains them, and so much more.  

I love that the proper term for graduation is commencement. It sends a message: Graduates, everything you’ve done so far was practice for the real world, for life as we know it. Can you turn what you’ve learned into a worthwhile career?

I am writing to express my excitement and support for the Redlands transit village. I strongly believe that the kind of mixed-use development likely to occur in the transit villages will greatly contribute to Redlands citizens' quality of life and is right for the city at this time.

Re: “Mayor calls for compassion, derides social media,” May 24.

I am frequently asked about the City Council’s plans to fill the vacant city manager’s position.

Despite being a simple bugle call, taps is one of the most moving tunes that we hear on patriotic holidays. There are only 24 notes — nine G’s, eight C’s, six E’s and one high G.

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Redlands planning commissioners recently gave mixed reviews to a proposal to build 207 homes on 37 acres on property presently zoned commercial between Citrus Valley High School and the site for a planned Walmart.

The Redlands Symphony concert on Saturday, May 18, was amazing. “Cantus Articus” was just such a gift. What an amazing piece of music. I could SEE the tundra and the hills and the environment where the composer lived. What love he had for his home!

You have to love springtime in Redlands, especially this year.

The Redlands Community News is proud to see that Redlands still has relationships with three sister cities — Hino, Japan; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; and Linli County, China.