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Refugio Jimenez Jr. and Angelina Jimenez made a huge mistake when they set off fireworks at a gender reveal party in a grassy field last September in Yucaipa’s El Dorado Park. However, we don’t believe there was criminal intent that would justify a punishment of up to 20 years in prison such…

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Once upon a time in the beautiful city of Redlands, a city council approved a high-rise building downtown. It is the only one of its kind that intrusively interrupts the landscape.

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The University of Redlands has shaped my life. I graduated 21 years ago with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, married my college sweetheart and am now raising a family here in town. I have also devoted much of my career to the university, where I lead enrollment and finance op…

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As a walker of downtown Redlands, I have observed a disturbing trend on the streets adjacent to State Street, and also our beloved Umbrella Alley. Due to the rise of outdoor dining, I am alarmed at the increase of food-related dirt and grime embedded in our sidewalks.

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I found the recent commentary from City Council about how it would cost too much money to have a special election confirming Redlands’ height restrictions to be insincere. This is only the latest event in a long pattern of foot-shuffling when the city does not want to do something.

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Friends of Redlands and Redlanders for Responsible Growth Management collected 7,700 signatures and qualified a citizens’ growth management initiative to give the voters of Redlands a say in the future of our city. This initiative is now before the City Council to determine what action is to…

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Re: “Moving beyond polarized divides,” Keith Osajima, July 16.

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Being a member of a city council is always a challenge, but it seems extra hard to be serving on the Redlands council this year.

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Thanks to the Redlands Community News for this opportunity to share thoughts in response to pieces by Donna West and Harriett Clark that have appeared in recent issues. They brought important attention to the vexing issues of race, equality and education American society. They spoke from dee…

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Instead of spending yet another Earth Day bemoaning grim news about our endangered environment, I walked out to my garage, grabbed my gripper tool — the one with the trigger and the arms at the end like the cleanup crews use at Disneyland — and spent a couple of hours thinking globally while…

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The proposed development of the England Grove Estate is on the City Council’s agenda for Tuesday, July 20. It is like the bottom of the ninth in this game, whether you are counting city meetings or speaking metaphorically.  

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There may not be a more special place in all of Redlands than the quad between the Administration Building and Memorial Chapel at the U of R.

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Is the Redlands City Council really going to spend $655,000 on an election it will lose?

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Thanks to the Redlands Community News for this opportunity to share thoughts in response to pieces by Donna West and Harriett Clark that have appeared in recent issues. They brought important attention to the vexing issues of race, equality and education in American society. They spoke from …

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Thank you, Donna West for your encouragement to “be vigilant about what happens in your children’s classrooms.”

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I, too, join the numerous signers of letters to the RCN Editor who object to the extreme right-wing views of Donna West. I am relieved she is no longer on the board. Yet now, another right-wing commentary by Harriett Clark.

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Ok, I get it.  Local educators are upset that many citizens are upset at educators. What is missing from the outrage at being questioned is a clear, concise description of exactly what is being taught and how it’s being taught.   

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No matter what your views on current migration policy might be, you must feel some patriotic pride when you see immigrants being sworn in as U.S. citizens.

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 As we approach the Fourth of July, our thoughts turn to fireworks, picnics, flags furling in the breeze, parades with bands playing patriotic music and gatherings with family and friends.  

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Re: “Be vigilant about what happens in your children’s classrooms,” Donna West, June 25.

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I was saddened to read Donna West’s recent comments because Redlands Community News is publishing outrage pieces about Critical Race Theory (CRT) so uncritically. What do West and others think CRT actually means?

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Parking has been a problem for years. I have no idea why the city won’t address the problem. It’s obvious something is wrong in planning. But you know the saying: You can’t beat City Hall.

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Thank you so much for the outstanding contributions to the 2021 Redlands Community Day of Service!

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One more sign that reopening has arrived: The Redlands Community News “Stay safe” overline is gone.

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Redlands Federal Savings and Loan had the office building at the corner of Citrus Avenue and Fifth Street with the banking done downstairs and offices up. Edward Harp was the president of Red Fed and put together the deal to build the 300 E. State Street building. There was never the require…

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Re: “With ‘friends’ like these …,” Dan Otter, June 18

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Monday was Flag Day, established by President Woodrow Wilson by proclamation on May 30, 1916. After an act of Congress, President Harry S Truman made June 14 an official national holiday on Aug. 3, 1949.

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Pandemic caution certainly isn’t over, but easing of the COVID rules on Wednesday means California health experts believe the often-deadly disease has abated enough for us to relax a bit.

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It isn't really a surprise that a federal judge would overturn the AR-15 assault rifle ban. The gun is the most lethal weapon we have. It was used in the Pulse Nightclub assault in Florida, the mass shooting in the church in Texas, the Pittsburgh synagogue, the music festival massacre in Nev…

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I am strongly against high-rise buildings in downtown Redlands. I am even more strongly against the disingenuous ballot initiative foisted on the city by the so-called Friends of Redlands and Redlands for Responsible Growth Management.

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Thanks to Dina Colunga for her hard work covering important local issues! As I read the recent front-page story on the special election petition, a few questions came to mind.

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With regard to the petition against tall buildings downtown, I'm afraid the horse is already out of the barn.  This happened when that ugly cube, now housing Citibank (temporarily closed), was built years ago.  What's the story about how that monstrosity ever was approved?

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When I moved the family from Temecula in 1998, I was excited about our new life in Redlands. I had commuted to the San Bernardino County Sun for 18 months. Enough!

When did openly supporting this repressive country become acceptable? After 17 years and trillions of dollars since our invasion of the Middle East, why haven’t we freed the woman living this real “Handmaid’s Tale”?

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We love your publication. It’s exactly what Redlands needs and has needed for a long time. I’ve lived in Redlands 42 years and reading about our history and what’s happening in the community among other things is what makes me continue to look forward to each week’s edition.

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Monday is a milestone day in several ways.

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Your current online poll is misleading and perpetuates the falsehood being used to disingenuously gain support for the “Stop High-Rise” initiative. The initiative uses the term “high-rise” to try to prevent a development that does not actually include high-rise buildings.

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I want to voice my strong feelings against what the City Council (not Paul Foster, of course, he rightly voted against an exemption for the State Street developer) has done by approving an exemption to allow 3, 4, 5 or 6 stories in the mall area.

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Dedeaux Properties, a Los Angeles-based company that specializes in that development of logistics-oriented real estate, has sold a fully leased 155,000-square-foot Class A industrial distribution complex off Alabama Street in Redlands to LBA Realty for $16.9 million.

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Five Crafton Hills College Honors Institute students and one Honors faculty member have been awarded the 2021 national President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing over 100 hours of community service during a 12-month period in 2020-21.