Fontana Now The Next San Bernardino County City To Ask Its Residents For Additional Sales Tax

Fontana is the latest of San Bernardino County’s cities to propose a sales tax increase within its city limits.
On July 9, the city council will discuss and vote upon a proposed resolution to place on the November ballot a measure to impose an additional 1 percent sales tax on all retail transactions to take place in the city, with the exception of those for non-prepared food and medicine. The tax would be applicable to all other items sold, including food sold in restaurants.
There is an issue extending to food which is to be sold by vendors in the city. While the tax would technically apply to such sales, the city does not have a ready mechanism to enforce the collection of the tax. Sales tax imposed by the State of California and the County of San Bernardino already , applies to sidewalk and street vendors in Fontana, but virtually none of them collect it.
In the March primary election, voters in Chino approved imposing a one-cent per dollar sales tax in that city. On June 24, the Yucaipa City Council voted to place an initiative on the November 2024 ballot asking that city’s residents to approve a one cent per dollar sales tax override. Yucaipa’s’ voters in 2020 rejected a half-cant sales tax proposal. Continue reading

Actions Meriting 25 Community Members, Deputies & Public Safety Personnel Commendations Described

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department recognized 25 individuals during the Sheriff’s Exceptional Service Awards for 2022 and 2023 in Highland.
Sheriff Shannon Dicus, who played a central role in refining the list of those to be honored for their demonstrated courage, bravery and quick and decisive action in keeping the community safe, was unable to present the awards, as was planned, due to a family emergency but expressed gratitude to all those who had been selected for the recognition. In his place, Assistant Sheriff Rick Bessinger made the presentations.
The Sentinel has obtained and assembled the following narratives which accompanied the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s recommendation of valor and extraordinary service on the part of the 25 community members, public safety personnel, and Sheriff’s Department members who distinguished themselves during the eleven incidents in which their immediate action saved lives or otherwise averted disaster.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at approximately 4:15 p.m., John Kraus, a 53-year-old Yucaipa resident, watched as the driver of a Mazda Protégé lost control while driving on Calimesa Boulevard in Yucaipa. The Mazda slid sideways onto the shoulder of the roadway, then impacted a wood railing and the pony wall to the flood control channel.
The Mazda was nearly torn in half and the driver was trapped inside. Kraus approached the wreckage, realizing as he did no that the driver suffered a traumatic amputation of his right leg above the knee along with other significant injuries and a major loss of blood.
Recognizing he needed to stanch the driver’s further blood loss, Kraus utilized his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding until medical arrived.
“If it wasn’t for John’s quick thinking and immediate action, the driver would have succumbed to his injuries before medical aid arrived,” according to the sheriff’s department.
On the morning of Thursday, June 29, 2023 at approximately 6:30 a.m., while Detective Shaunna Ables was driving to work at the Morongo Sheriff’s Station through the Twentynine Palms area, she noticed black smoke billowing in a residential neighborhood. Heading in the direction of the smoke, Ables came across a vehicle and a fence on fire in the 72300 block of Sunnyslope Drive. The fire was quickly spreading to the roof of a nearby residence.
After notifying the Sheriff’s dispatch center, Ables knock on the door to awaken the sleeping residents. Ables assisted the family out of the house which consisted of four children and an elderly disabled woman.
Before the responding fire company arrived and while Ables was evacuating the first residence, the fire spread to a neighboring house. Informed by a resident that an elderly male lived in the neighboring residence, at that point approaching being 70 percent engulfed in flames.
Deputy Brandon Narcisse arrived at the scene and both Narcisse and Ables yelled into the residence, to which the faint voice of the elderly man could be heard responding. The fire having consumed the front of residence and advancing toward the rear, Ables and Narcisse, without any protective equipment or gearn ran through the front door and, despite the heat and smoke, were able to locate the elderly man and evacuate him from the midst of the fire rapidly spreading through the residence to safety.
“If not for the quick thinking and heroic actions of both Shaunna and Brandon, several lives would have been lost that day to the fire,” according to the department.
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 29, 2023, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Jose Pulido, the chef at a local restaurant in Chino Hills, was in that establishment’s kitchen when a gunman entered and shot a staff member. Several of the kitchen personnel ran to safety, but Pulido, who was a few feet from the suspect, disregardful of his own safety launched himself toward the assailant, tackling him and then grappling with him after they both went to the floor. During the struggle, the suspect lost control of the firearm.
While Pulido and the shooter were thus engaged, the victim, who was shot once, was able to escape and seek medical treatment.
Pulido continued to wrestle the suspect and was able to pin him down until sheriff’s deputies arrived.
According to the sheriff’s Department, “Jose’s courageous and decisive actions were directly responsible for the preservation of the victim’s life and the lives of everyone else inside the restaurant that day.”
On the morning of Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the sheriff’s dispatch center received a call for service for a fire at a residence located in the Jess Ranch Retirement Community in Apple Valley. Deputy Ernesto Madrigal was the first to arrive and saw the front of the residence and garage were already engulfed in flames, and explosions could be heard coming from the residence.
Madrigal jumped the fence to the back yard and found the rear door to the residence. When he opened it, black smoke billowed out, making it impossible to see inside. To Madrigal’s shouts, a faint male voice called back.
Without hesitation, Madrigal entered the residence and located a disabled elderly man who had difficulty walking. Madrigal evacuated the man from the residence and got him to medical aid personnel who transported the man to a nearby hospital for fire related treatment.
According to the department, “If it wasn’t for the swift decisions followed by the selfless actions of Ernesto, the Jess Ranch Retirement Community would be morning the loss their friend.”
In July of 2022, Mike Ball and Severin Christensen witnessed a vehicle lose control and drive off the side of the mountain on Highway 38. The vehicle went down about 30 feet and ultimately crashed into a tree.
Ball and Christensen ran down the embankment as the vehicle started to catch on fire. They reached the driver who was unwilling to leave the vehicle due to her disorientation. Ball and Christensen knew they had to get her out of the vehicle as the fire was getting worse.
Together, Ball and Christensen pulled the driver from the vehicle and were able to get her a safe distance away from the fire. By the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene, the vehicle was fully engulfed, and a rescue would not have been possible.
“Thankfully Mike and Severin did not take no for an answer and their quick thinking and teamwork saved the driver’s life,” according to the sheriff’s department.
On January 20, 2023, at approximately 3:00 p.m., hiker Dean Colbert, a retired Riverside County sheriff’s deputy, was hiking in the San Antonio Falls area of Mt. Blady when he observed a group of hikers frantically waiving for help. Colbert climbed down an icy and steep mountainside to reach them and found one of the hikers had a severe head injury due to falling debris. Colbert directed one of the hikers to leave the area and call for help while he stayed and tended to the injured hiker.
Deputy Chris Henry is assigned to the Mt. Baldy resident deputy position and received the call for help. Henry, along with Firefighters Cary Mitchell and Adam Salveson arrived and located the victim about 150 yards down the icy and treacherous trail. When they reached the victim, they saw she had an open wound to her head, exposing a portion of her brain. They knew they had limited time to get her the medical treatment she desperately needed.
Henry made arrangements to have the victim hoisted out of the canyon by a sheriff’s department helicopter, but as the weather was severe and winds were too high, the helicopter was unable to reach them. Henry, Mitchell, Salveson and Colbert made the decision to evacuate the victim themselves. During the evacuation, Henry fell in the icy conditions, and became injured, but he was able to continue moving the victim to safety where additional emergency personnel could reach them. The victim was transported to a local hospital and received emergency medical treatment.
“Had it not been for the bravery, skill, and dedication of Chris, Cary, Adam and Dean, the victim’s chances of survival would have been grim,” according to the sheriff’s department. “Instead, after a few days in the hospital, the victim made a full recovery.”
On the evening of Thursday, February 23, 2023, Captain Ross Tarangle was just getting off work from the Colorado River Station and noticed heavy smoke from a nearby residential area in Needles. Tarangle drove toward the smoke and found a residence was on fire.
Tarangle was the first responder on the scene, and he notified sheriff’s dispatch center of the fire. A neighbor told Tarangle he heard someone from inside the residence screaming for help. The garage was fully engulfed and the fire was spreading to the rest of the residence. Several rounds of ammunition and multiple cans of gasoline that were stored in the garage began to explode.
Hearing a woman screaming for help from inside the residence, Tarangle did not wait for the fired department, and immediately entered the residence. Tarangle found the female, a bed-ridden quadriplegic and her elderly father, who was too weak to escape. Tarange carried the woman to safety and without hesitation re-entered the burning residence. He was able to help the man to safety and reunite him with his daughter.
“Ross’s quick reactions and courageous measures were instrumental in saving the lives of the father and daughter, proving no matter how high the rank, deputy sheriffing never goes away,” the department stated.
On the afternoon of Monday, August 14, 2023, Deputy Jeremy Deruiter was on patrol at the Colorado River Station, Parker Dam area when he conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. The driver was identified as a violent wanted subject and he fled, leading Deruiter on a high-speed pursuit.
After 22 miles, the suspect slowed his vehicle, headed it toward the aqueduct, and jumped from the moving vehicle. The suspect fled on foot and the vehicle came to rest in the water-filled aqueduct. Deruiter lit out after the suspect but his attention was arrested by something else.
“As he exited the vehicle, the vehicle went into the canal,” Deruiter said. “I could see the kid banging on the windows.”
Realizing there was a young child in the vehicle, Deruiter went back to the sinking vehicle and could see what turned out to be a 6-year-old child strapped into a car seat and unable to escape the vehicle that was quickly filling with water. Deruiter jumped into the flowing aqueduct in full gear and used his rapid containment baton to break the vehicle’s window. Decruiter was able to rescue the child just as the passenger compartment filled with water.
Upon ensuring the child was safe, Deruiter coordinated the efforts to locate the wanted suspect and the suspect was apprehended a short time later.
“Jeremy’s ability to remain calm during the high-speed pursuit, coupled with his ability to continuously observe his surroundings led him to the discovery of the child which was instrumental in saving the child’s life,” according to the department.
On the afternoon of Sunday, May 15, 2022, Deputy Larry Torres was dispatched to a residential fire in Adelanto. As the first responder to arrive, Torres was immediately approached by a frantic mother who told him her nine-year-old son was trapped inside the residence.
Without hesitation Torres entered the burning, smoke-filled residence. Searching the home room by room, Torres located the child with his dog in the rear bedroom of the residence. The child was insistent that he was not going to leave without his dog.
Torres forced open the bedroom window and helped the dog through the window. Knowing the dog was safe, the child was willing and Torres helped the child out of the window and was able to get both the child and his dog to safety.
The child was transported to a nearby hospital for fire related treatment.
“Larry’s decision to enter the burning residence without due regard for his own safety is the reason the child will have many more years to spend with his best furry friend,” according to the department.
On the afternoon of Monday, January 16, 2023, Deputies Larry Torres, Jacob Delano, and Kevin Konior were on patrol at the Victor Valley Station and responded to a fire in an apartment complex. Delano was the first to arrive and noticed one of the apartments was fully engulfed. Kevin arrived on scene seconds after Delano and they both entered the burning complex to start evacuations.
Delano and Konior located a resident who was bedridden and could not evacuate on her own. They entered her smoke-filled apartment and carried her to the courtyard where they were met by Torres. With Torees’ assistance they were able to carry her out of the complex to safety.
The three deputies went back into the burning complex and evacuated 12 more residents to safety.
One of the residents had to be transported to a nearby hospital for fire related treatment.
“If it wasn’t for the selfless act of the three deputies and a disregard for their own safety, the apartment fire could have resulted in the tragic loss of several lives,” according to the department.
On Saturday, July 16, 2022, Deputy Marcus Mason from the Rancho Cucamonga Station responded to a suspicious person call. Mason arrived in the area and located the suspect, seated in a vehicle. Mason found the suspect was on active parole and had the suspect exit the vehicle to comply with his conditions of parole.
As Mason began to search the suspect for weapons, the suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband and Mason and the suspect began to fight for control of the firearm. As the two struggled, the suspect shot the firearm several times, striking Mason in the chest and waist for times. As Mason was critically wounded, he was able to radio pertinent information to dispatch and his partners.
Deputies Casey Allen, Eric Rebollar and David Johnson were working a traffic enforcement detail nearby and immediately responded to Mason. Working together, the deputies utilized their shooting trauma kits and began to give life saving medical treatment to Mason while reassuring him that he would be okay, and they were going to take care of him. Rebollar requested a helicopter to nearby Chaffey College in order to transport Mason to the hospital.
Simultaneously, Rancho Cucamonga Fire District Battalion Chief Chad Comeau and the Ontario Police Department’s helicopter crew, consisting of Pilot/Officer Derrick Alatorre and Flight Observer/Officer Michael Ayala were monitoring the patrol channel and heard Mason’s radio transmission that he was shot.
Comeau immediately dispatched his station’s medic engine crew and gave them the direction to enter the scene instead of waiting for the assistance call which accelerated their response time. Comeau’s quick actions saved valuable time and enabled Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Wherry to reach Mason and assume life saving measures within minutes.
Officers Alatorre and Ayala were on aerial patrol and not set up for medical transport, but they knew they were the closest helicopter. They landed at Chaffey College and immediately began taking out their back seats and prepared their helicopter for the medivac transport.
Meanwhile, Allen, Rebollar, and Johnson loaded Marcus into the backseat of their patrol car and transported him to the college while Wherry continued to provide medical treatment. Once at the college, the helicopter was already prepared for the transport. The deputies helped load Marcus into the helicopter and Wherry continued the in-flight medical care until they reached the Pomona Valley Hospital.
Trauma Surgeon Onaona Gurney and a team of trauma personnel were waiting for Mason to arrive and rushed him into surgery. Mason underwent several hours of complicated surgery to assess and repair multiple internal injuries. Dr. Gurney’s experience and determination were key to successfully repairing the extensive damage Marcus sustained from the gunshots.
From the time Mason advised he was shot Communications Dispatcher Heather Lassiter was a constant voice on the other side of radio assuring Mason he would be okay. She focused her attention on coordinating the efforts to ensure he received the urgent response needed to save his life. Lassiter remained calm and collected during one of the most difficult situations for a dispatcher to experience. Her experience displayed confidence as she controlled the communications amongst multiple personnel and agencies responding to Mason’s aid. Lassiter continued to organize the rapid response of additional personnel who began the dauntless search for the suspect.
The suspect was apprehended a short time later.
“The actions of the aforementioned resulted in a collective and rapid response that led to saving Marcus’ life,” according to the sheriff’s department. “From the first deputies to arrive on scene who began rendering critical aid, to the firefighters who risked their own safety by entering an active scene to provide patient care, to the helicopter crew that was determined to make the urgent needed transport to the surgeon who expertly performed lifesaving surgery and the dispatcher who led the way with calmness and clarity, all of this greatly contributed to what continues to be a successful outcome for Marcus, his family, his friends, his co-workers and all who know him.”
Sheriff Shannon Dicus said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the heroes we honored from our department and the community. Putting yourself in harms way to save another is what make these heroes exceptional.”
According to the department, “Each recipient made a significant impact on our community.”

July 5 SBC Sentinel Legal Notices

CIV SB 2419105
Petitioner PATRICIA TERESA DUARTE filed with this court for a decree changing names as follows:
THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing.
Notice of Hearing:
Date: September 6, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Department: S14
The address of the court is Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, 247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a copy of this order be published in the San Bernardino County Sentinel in San Bernardino County California, once a week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing of the petition.
Gilbert G. Ochoa
Judge of the Superior Court.
Filed: June 14, 2024 by
Abrianna Rodriguez, Deputy Court Clerk
Patricia Teresa Duarte
1723 Crebs Way
Upland, CA 91784
(909) 200-7441
Published in the San Bernardino County Sentinel on June 14, 21 & 28 and July 5, 2024.

FBN 20240004489
The following person is doing business as: 4D CONSTRUCTION. 7549 VISTA RIO HIGHLAND, CA 92346;[ MAILING ADDRESS 7549 VISTA RIO HIGHLAND, CA 92346];
The business is conducted by: A CORPORATION.
The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A
By signing, I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime (B&P Code 179130. I am also aware that all information on this statement becomes Public Record upon filing.
Statement filed with the County Clerk of San Bernardino on: MAY 13, 2024
I hereby certify that this copy is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office San Bernardino County Clerk By:/Deputy
Notice-This fictitious name statement expires five years from the date it was filed in the office of the county clerk. A new fictitious business name statement must be filed before that time. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see Section 14400 et seq., Business and Professions Code).
Published in the San Bernardino County Sentinel 05/17/2024, 05/24/2024, 05/31/2024, 06/07/2024 CNBB20202401MT

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Former Marine Combat Center Commander Mullen Found Dead At 29 Palms Base

Retired Marine Major General William F. Mullen died late last week at the Twentynine Palms Marine base, which he once commanded, under circumstances that are not clear.
Mullen was found dead within his living quarters at the base on Saturday. It is not known how long he had been deceased when his body was found.
Mullen was 60. His body is undergoing an autopsic examination by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, which is a division of the sheriff’s department.
It is customary within the U.S. Military for retired officers who achieved general or admiral rank to be given living accommodations at military installations, generally of their own choosing. Mullen, who was then a one-star brigadier general, took on the assignment of the commanding general of the Twentynine Palms base, known officially within the Marine Corps as the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in July 2016. While he was in that assignment, Mullen promoted to two-star major general status. On June 8, 2018, he left Twentynine Palms to serve as the Commanding General, Training and Education Command in Quantico, Virginia. He took official retirement from the Marine Corps in 2020.
The Sentinel was given confirmation of Mullen’s death by both the Marine Corps and the sheriff’s department. Continue reading

Rats With Bubonic Plague-Bearing Fleas In North Upland?

Lackadaisical trash pick-up in neighborhoods of northern Upland has resulted in the proliferation of rats, which are reportedly beset with bubonic plague-bearing fleas.
City officials are loath to acknowledge the depth of the rat problem where it exists within certain city quarters because of the city’s image as a prestigious bedroom community, the northern half of which is considered to be one of San Bernardino County’s four most affluent areas.
At the basis of the rapidly deepening morass is the inconsistency on the part of the city’s franchised trash hauler to engage in uniform refuse removal on a timely basis throughout the 15.62-square mile, 78,562-population city. Burrtec Industries has held the city’s trash-hauling franchise since 2001 under a ten-year automatic rollover arrangement. While the company has provided and continues to provide adequate service to keep most of its customers and the city’s decision-makers in the form of the city council satisfied enough to have maintained that citywide franchise contract overall for more than two decades, possibly because of underperformance by a handful of its trash truck operators, the garbagemen who collect the city’s trash, recyclables and greenwaste on a weekly basis, at certain points within the city garbage has remained in place for weeks and on occasion months at a time.
Rather inexplicably, the locations where this neglect has been most common is on the city’s north side, in neighborhoods where the average household or individual annual income dwarfs that of the more modest neighborhoods on the southern end of the city. Continue reading

Forest Ecology Advocates Sue USFS Over Continued Arrowhead H2O Diversions

Three years after the California State Water Resources Control Board issued a tentative order to BlueTriton brands to discontinue diverting water from Strawberry Canyon at 5,200-foot to 5,600-foot elevation in the San Bernardino Mountains for use in its Arrowhead Spring Water bottling operation and nine months after that order was finalized, the Save Our Forest Association has sued the US Forest Service in an effort to force it to prevent the company from drafting any water from that mountain source.
Water originating in the San Bernardino Mountains and using the Arrowhead brand in one form or another had been marketed at least since 1909. Questions have long existed, however, as to whether the water rights originally claimed, attributed or granted to Arrowhead Puritas, the corporate predecessor to Arrowhead Spring Water, pertain to the current source of the water drawn at the 5,200-foot elevation level from Strawberry Creek in what is known as Strawberry Canyon rather than water drawn farther down the mountain at around the 2,000-foot above sea level. In 1929, the California Consolidated Waters Company was formed to merge three Los Angeles-based companies that bottled and distributed “Arrowhead Water,” “Puritas Water” and “Liquid Steam.” The property, bottling operations, water distribution and administration of Arrowhead Springs Company, Puritas of California Consumers Company and the water bottling division of Merchants Ice and Storage were all administered by California Consolidated Waters Company. In August 1930, California Consolidated Waters, on the basis of a single pipeline permit that was not based on any water rights and without having obtained a diversion permit or any further valid authorization or rights, started diverting spring water from a single “bedrock crevice” spring in the San Bernardino National Forest along Strawberry Creek at an elevation of 5,600 feet. Continue reading

Forsaking Salary Reductions To Balance Budget, Yucaipa Officials Propose Sales Tax

By Mark Gutglueck
Rejecting Councilman Chris Venable’s previous call to first examine a strategy of reducing city staff salaries to overcome Yucaipa’s growing institutional budget deficit, the Yucaipa City Council voted on Monday June 24 to instead ask the voters in the 55,008 population city to consider a one-cent sales tax override in November to redress the disparity between the municipalities revenues and expenditures.
In May, Yucaipa Finance Director Phil White, in previewing the city’s 2024-25 budget, which covers income and outgo from July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025, said he anticipated that there would be a total of $40.1 million expended from the city’s general fund in the upcoming year and that approximately $35.7 million in revenue would come into the city from all sources. That immediately apparent $4.4 million deficit would be compounded by the consideration that within the general fund’s public safety subfund, the city would suffer a $2.9 million shortfall in covering its $7.4 contract for the provision of fire protection and paramedic operations with the California Division of Forestry and Fire Protection, known by its acronym CalFire, which serves as the city’s contract fire department. The city will have just $4.5 million in its fire fund for 2024-25. To cover the $2.9 million needed to shore up safety operations and the $4.4 million to fill the gap with regard to basic municipal operations, the city will, White said, utilize $7.3 million from its reserves, which were accumulated over the course of the city’s 35-year history since its 1989 founding. In addition, according to White, the city engaged in $2 million of deficit spending during the now nearly completed 2023-24 fiscal year. Continue reading