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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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My family and I, which included seven adults and six children, purchased 11 tickets, a total of $275, for the Sheriff’s Rodeo in Glen Helen on Sept. 25. My family came from Orange County, Beaumont, Calimesa and Redlands to see a rodeo. We were so disappointed.

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The next time you see a petition for a recall on a governor, please read it and understand it , think with your brain and ask yourself is this justified. It’ll save us over $250 million in taxpayers money!

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Re: “The real threat: overpopulation,” Peter Coonradt, Sept. 17.

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This photo taken at the Walmart and Food 4 Less shopping plaza at California Street is an example of the blight that has overtaken this complex. I hope someone in the city can take appropriate measures with the property owner to demand better.

As we near the end of this summer of devastating storms, wildfires and heat waves, and the closure of our local forest, there is glimmer of hope from the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, with a report that a carbon price and dividend is under consideration for inclusion in the reconciliatio…

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The Casa Loma Hotel of yesteryear cannot be considered a “high-rise” building. It was three stories plus towers at the front cornices. If you care to check, there are numerous articles online. I saw it every day growing up years in Redlands. When I was a teenager, there were 15,000 residents…

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Regarding the "75 to 100 times the cops stopped Larry Elder in his first year as a licensed driver," August 22, 2021, let me say "hooray!"

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Re: “REV grad struck and killed by freight train in San Timoteo Canyon,” Aug. 27.

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The news reports show rising numbers of COVID victims. New mandates for city workers to be vaccinated. New restrictions on large group gatherings. New Delta variants are faster spreading, questioning the efficacy of our COVID-19 vaccines. Schools have reopened.

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Everyone seems to enjoy hearing a pleasant love story, and I was happy to recently share with Redlands Toastmasters Club 8950 club members how a couple that I have known for several years fell in love with a home.

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Re: “Nearly two-thirds of staff at Redlands Community Hospital are vaccinated,” Aug. 20.

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At last week’s Redlands Unified School District meeting, audience behavior was outrageous, insulting and disruptive. Never in my 60 years in Redlands have I witnessed the boorish behavior exhibited at last Tuesday’s meeting. A few vocal audience members interrupted speakers, shouted “LIAR!” …

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Re: “Judge us by our progress, not our ugly past,” Donna West, Aug. 6.

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The Aug. 6, commentary by Donna West does not provide a factual narrative that  links “Judge us by our progress, not our ugly past.”

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I am fully in support of Donna West’s commentary in the Aug. 6 edition. I admire her for her honesty.

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I find Donna West’s commentary in the most recent Redlands Community News issue a serious misrepresentation of a trend to teach our students the truth about racial disparities. Her examples of the harm resulting from critical race theory (CRT) distort the positive effects of honestly represe…

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Re: “NIMBYs can’t have it both ways,” Dan Otter, Aug. 6.

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I hope we can encourage the city to do more to take care of the landscape in Prospect Park.

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Re: “The horrible mistake was stupid but not criminal,” Redlands Community News editorial, July 30

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Re: “Find a compromise to replace the mall,” Redlands Community News editorial, July 16.   

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The Venn diagram comparing the proposal to redevelop the dead mall and the proposal to develop the 9-acre grove at the England/Atwood Estate registers an interesting entry in the middle section: NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yard!) are against both proposals.

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The Redlands Community News four pages of coverage (including an editorial) of the sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team raids in the high desert struck me as inappropriate for these reasons:                  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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On Tuesday, May 18, the Redlands City Council is set to vote on a resolution to establish a mid-block crosswalk on Eureka Street between Vine Street and Olive Avenue.

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The current disagreement between Coyote Aviation and the city of Redlands is a disappointing example of our contemporary obsession with presuming evil intent in our opponents and assuming unassailable pure-mindedness in our own actions.