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Re: “Environmental costs slam the brakes on bikeway connections,” Hector J. Hernandez Jr., Dec. 24

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On this Martin Luther King Day, I'd like to recommend a book I treasure. It was presented to me when I gave the keynote address at the United Nations Day commemoration in Birmingham, Alabama, several years ago.

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It’s a wonderful day in the neighborhood — sunny, 71 degrees and clear, unless you live near the Redlands Municipal Airport (FAA designated REI). This morning and again this afternoon there has been a helicopter hovering constantly over the west end of the airport. This happens regularly — w…

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I urge the Redlands City Council to put development approval for the West Palm England Estate on hold and promote negotiations among the developer, Diversified Pacific, the Redlands Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land, and the City itself to find an agreement that preserves the entire pro…

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U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar has issued the following statement in response to the House of Representatives passing the bipartisan Guard and Reserve GI Parity Bill of 2021:

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We salute the Redlands Conservancy for launching the second year of the Fresh Air Challenge, which invites residents to hike, ride bikes or horses throughout January.

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We join the American Public Works Association’s Southern California in saluting Redlands leaders who led the campaign to improve Redlands roadways during the past decade.

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Another year — another, “Wow! Am I glad that’s over?”

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On the anniversary of the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol I’d like to extend my gratitude to those who saved our electoral system of government:

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Re: “Thai restaurant still going strong after 30 years,” David Cohen, Dec. 31.

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We’re big fans of the Upper Santa Ana River Wash Plan and its Habitat Conservation Plan. It is an ambitious strategy to protect habitat of endangered species between Redlands and Highland such as the slender-horned spineflower, Santa Ana River woolly-star, cactus wren, California gnatcatcher…

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Even Pope Francis cares about orange groves. In an October 2020 conference on environment and climate change, he said, “Earth cannot be squeezed ‘like an orange’” and issued an “urgent call to action to defend the planet,” according to Vatican City Associated Press.

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Regarding the coverage about Sen. Joe Manchin’s stand on the $1.75 trillion social and environment bill proposed by President Biden and the Democratic Party. Sen. Manchin was criticized by the White House Press Secretary for his stand and saying he could not support it as written, that his s…

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Re: “Initiatives can halt a housing calamity,” John Berry, Dec. 24.

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Thank you to the Luminary Angels who set up hundreds of paper bags with sand Christmas Eve afternoon on both sides of the sidewalk from Highland Avenue north.

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Beginning Jan. 1, your next-door neighbor can build a 10-unit apartment in his backyard — and you can’t do anything to stop it. You can’t ask for additional parking. You can’t demand a zoning variance. You can call the city, but, like you, they’re powerless.

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hen I was writing editorials for the Desert Sun a few years ago, a frequent topic was stranded hikers in the hills. The Coachella Valley has terrific trails, but it gets kind of hot out there. Almost every week, we’d have a story about hikers who needed to be rescued, usually with helicopters.

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The 1939 ”Wizard of Oz” is a classic book and film that portrayed a young girl, during those harsh times and in a harsh place, grappling with life’s tribulations.

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Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to publish my first article and photograph in a newspaper!

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We join San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Dawn Rowe in applauding the Light Trespass Ordinance, designed to reduce light pollution in the vast desert within her Third District.

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When we moved to Redlands eight years ago I had only one regret: Leaving my best friend. Thankfully, we are not so far away that we can't get together for visits.

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While the California Legislature has been on recess these past few months, I’ve enjoyed getting to focus on one of my favorite parts of the job — serving the people of Senate District 23.

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Despite an unprecedented drought that has led to dozens of wildfires throughout the west and reduced reservoirs to record lows, the vast underground aquifers in the East Valley are at 80% capacity.

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“Suburbs: a place where they cut down the trees and then name streets after them.”

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I read with interest the City Council debate concerning parking requirements. The Planning Commission swallowed the city staff report that recorded transit-oriented developments near train stations found substantial reductions for vehicle trips near train stations.

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It was with sadness that I read of Clara Mae Clem’s passing. Miss Clem was my fourth-grade teacher in the late 1960s. She was a dedicated teacher who envisioned the best future for all her students. Miss Clem’s students received a quality education and some extraordinary bonuses. Every March…

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A significant figure leaving Redlands is longtime City Council member Paul Foster. We don’t know how wealthy he is, but we did notice he’s a cosponsor of one of the homes on Sunday’s YMCA Holiday Home Tour.

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Redlands is great in large part because of its generous rich people and leaders with a vision. Clara Mae Clem fits both categories.

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It is dangerous but fun. If I squint my eyes just a bit, the swarm of young lodgepole pines coalesce into a matcha-like blur of green. Focus is important on a motorcycle. I am leaning through serpentine curves at 100 feet per second along the Bitterroot, Lochsa and Clearwater Rivers walled b…

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We can’t help but be excited about the news that the new diesel multiple-unit trains to be used in the Redlands Passenger Rail project are on their way.

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Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to pause and think about what the holiday, and every day really, means to so many. For us, we are grateful to be in this caring and generous community — one we have been part of for more than 120 years!

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Better roads mean lower mileage, less car maintenance, safer roads and, God willing, less congestion. Having low-emission alternatives such as energy-efficient alternatives, such as electric car or hydrogen-powered trains could lead to a healthier environment for the Inland Empire.

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Redlands City Council is considering a utility bill subsidy program that would provide a $20 a bimonthly benefit for up to roughly 832 low-income city utility customers in its first year. Councilwoman Denise Davis requested that city staff develop a possible subsidy program, and city staff c…

The city of Redlands designated as “terminated” Coyote Aviation’s 20-year lease five months early on a technicality. The Sept. 5, 2000, contract called for Coyote to express, in writing, its desire to extend its lease. Coyote submitted that request 77 days before that date, but according to …

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Every day, school principals head to work, thinking of one thing: the success of their students. Principals are champions for kids, and they work tirelessly to ensure students have everything they need to learn, thrive and grow.

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By most measures the new Packinghouse District is a ringing success. It connects the city’s past with the present. Where once there were vacant brown lots and dilapidated buildings, there are now bustling eateries and shops.

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The city of Redlands and other local institutions will join the Great American Shakeout precisely at 10:21 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.

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I think it’s time, in my 80s, to express the moral outrage I feel, along with so many others, about our planetary climate crisis and especially about the cruelty of leaving this mess for our grandkids to handle.

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The Keyser Marston Associates (KMA) financial analysis commissioned by the Redlands City Council evaluated the feasibility of a version of the Village Partners plan that would meet the requirements of the citizens’ initiative.

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For many Americans, a single-family home has always been the dream — a place to call your own, a place to welcome family and friends or a place to enjoy the solitude with your loved ones.

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When it comes to October, most people think about fall colors in the trees and Halloween. Some get excited thinking about the return of pumpkin spice lattes to Starbucks. What I’d like you to think about is October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good opportunity to remind people that…

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It was nice to see photos and notes (somewhat overdue) construction of the new parking garage in Redlands.

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Congratulations to Assemblyman James Ramos and thanks to Gov. Gavin Newsom for the passage of six new laws to protect Native Americans in California.