Metrolink Routes Newest Target In Vandalism/Theft Spree

Commuters and the public at large are being put in danger as a result of the latest trend in vandalism and thievery targeting train signaling systems in the Southland.

Within the last week, at a multitude of stops along the Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County Line, traffic and signaling equipment for the Metrolink trains – primarily wire and copper-laden electrical connections – has been stolen.

This can result in the crossing gates and signals of the roads where the trains cross to fail or become dysfunctional. That could cause collisions with the trains, which can reach speeds of upwards of 40 miles per hour and as high as 50 miles per hour along the route.

Overall yesterday, precautions taken at spots where the trains intersect major roads along the Metrolink route entailed nearly an accumulated six hour delay. The trains would slow to a near stop or craw, with Metrolink personnel jumping from a lead car to serve as traffic officers at the road crossings, after which the trains would again pick up speed, only to slow at the next crossing.

Not all or even a majority of the electronic boxes near the intersections had been breached, but enough had been so that Metrolink officials out of an abundance of caution initiated the crossing stops or near-stops.

The thefts at what were at least two crossings happened in the early a.m. of September 22 in Orange County along the Metrolink track that ultimately extends into Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

An emergency crew did repairs to the electrical/electronic signal boxes between the Orange and Santa Ana stations to replace wiring that had been removed.

September 23 SBC Sentinel Legal Notices

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner: NGA CUU NGUYEN 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: OCTOBER 3, 2022
Time: 08:30 AM
Department: S-16
The address of the court is
Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino,
247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415,
San Bernardino District-Civil Division
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.
Filed: August 15, 2022
Judge John Pacheco
Eduardo Hernandez, Deputy
Clerk of the Superior Court.
Published in the San Bernardino County Sentinel on September 2, 9, 15 & 23, 2022.

The following person(s) is(are) doing business as: SOLUTIONS LABOR RELATIONS CONSULTING, 5489 STAGECOACH DR, FONTANA, CA 92336,
Mailing Address: CARLOS ORTIZ, 5489 STAGECOACH DR, FONTANA, CA 92336,
State of Inc./Org./Reg. ,
Inc./Org./Reg. No.
Business is Conducted By: AN INDIVIDUAL
Signed: BY SIGNING BELOW, 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 17913) I am also aware that all information on this statement becomes Public Record upon filing.
This statement was filed with the County Clerk of SAN BERNARDINO on: 08/03/2022
I hereby certify that this is a correct copy of the original statement on file in my office.
Began Transacting Business: 01/01/2010
County Clerk,
NOTICE- This fictitious business 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 name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14400 et. Seq. Business & Professions Code).
09/02/2022, 09/09/2022, 09/16/2022, 09/23/2022

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Barstow Council Votes To Ban Mayor Courtney From City Hall

Based upon the preliminary findings of an internal investigation, Mayor Paul Anthony Courtney has been temporarily barred from having direct access with anyone at City Hall other than City Manager Willie Hopkins.
By a 4-to-0 vote of the city council during a closed session of the city council Monday night, September 12, a decision to end Courtney’s privileges as an elected official at City Hall was made. His office was sealed off and his key and passcode disabled.
No authorized statement regarding that action has been publicly made, although a written statement was, according to an employee within the city manager’s office, under preparation on Tuesday. That statement has yet to be provided to the press or public. The city attorney is to make a public report of the situation at the next meeting of the city council. Continue reading

Board Of Supervisors Settles On Chris Wilhite As Dutton’s Replacement As Assessor

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday chose Christopher Wilhite to replace the late Robert Dutton as county assessor for the next three-and-a-half months.
Dutton died July 23, a month and 16 days after he was reelected assessor for the second time without opposition to the position of the county’s highest-situated taxing authority.
Dutton was heavily involved in real estate speculation and development in the 1980s and 1990s, primarily in Rancho Cucamonga where he acceded to the position of chairman of the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce. In 2000, largely on the strength of his family fortune and the support of the development and business community, he was elected to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council. Two years later, he successfully vied for the California Assembly. After a single term in California’s lower legislative house, in 2004, he ran to replace Jim Brulte, the Republican leader of the California Senate who was being termed out.
Once in place in California’s upper legislative house, Dutton served, essentially, as Brulte’s surrogate, effectively extending the latter’s tenure as a legislator not in name but in effect. Over the next eight years, Dutton followed Brulte’s instructions and in 2010, under an arrangement engineered by Brulte, Dutton assumed the position of Republican Senate Leader, heading that 40-seat legislative body’s 15-member GOP delegation. Continue reading

$446,000 In Legal Work Later, Mayor Valdivia And His Lawyer Pacheco Part Company

The relationship between lame duck San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia and Rod Pacheco, the attorney who defended him so passionately against a bevy of lawsuits and accusations of sexual harassment, abuse of his official authority and political corruption, has apparently gone south.
Pacheco, who a generation ago waged a battle to establish a niche for Hispanic politicians within the Republican Party, is credited by some with having created or at least partially created the atmosphere within which Valdivia was able to establish what just a few years ago appeared to be a promising political presence as arguably one of the more significant Latino officeholders in San Bernardino County.
A San Bernardino native who went onto a successful legal career, initially as a deputy prosecutor in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Pacheco in 1996 was elected to the California Assembly. In November 1998 he was chosen by his colleagues as the Republican Assembly leader, marking the first time in the state’s history that a Latino had served in that capacity. He narrowly missed out on becoming assembly speaker as a consequence of the Republicans having lost a net five Assembly seats in that month’s election rather than picking up two seats as had been the GOP’s hope going into that election cycle. In 2002, he was termed out of the Assembly and went back to being a lawyer. In 2006, he was elected Riverside County District Attorney, serving a single term in that role. Continue reading

Erick Jimenez Vying For City Council In Rancho Cucamonga

His intent in running for a position on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council is to prevent the burgeoning city from losing its quaint character, Erick Jimenez said.
“I moved to the city when I was in elementary school,” Jimenez said. “And even though the orange groves and grapevines have been replaced by tract homes and shopping centers, it still maintains its small-town values. I know that’s true of my community in Alta Loma, where my daughter can still play outside, and neighbors look after each other. That’s why I’m running for city council, so that my daughter can grow up in the same safe and prosperous community I was raised in.”
Jimenez is vying against Floyd Clark, Mary Hannah, Lawrence Henderson, Ashley Stickler and Rose Stephens Olmsted to replace the late Sam Spagnolo as the city’s District 1 councilman and serve out the remainder of his term through 2024. Spagnolo died in May, leaving the council at four-fifths strength.
“I have been active in our community for over a decade now,” Jimenez said, “involved with different civic organization in the city. I understand how local government works and I’m ready to start working for our community on day one. We need to address the specific issues of District 1, such as development and fire protection in our foothills and lack of services in our parks, trails, and facilities.”
Jimenez said, “I’m the only candidate with school age children, and if you are a middle-class family like mine, you know how expensive childcare can be. Childcare can run thousands of dollars a month for families. Currently, the city does not have a single, city-financed daycare center. There is one from the county for lower income families, but nothing for middle-income families. I want to propose we use our parks, city facilities and recreational department to establish a city-run daycare center in every district of the city, for those folks that qualify in the middle-class category of $50,000 to $120,000 in household income per year.” Continue reading

Erik Sahakian In Dynamic Quest For Berth On Yucaipa Council

It is the hope of preserving the conservative social milieu in Yucaipa that has motivated Erik Sahakian to enter the political fray in Yucaipa. 
“As a husband, father, and proud citizen, my desire to be the Yucaipa City Councilman for District 1 is founded on my vision to secure the future of our great city for its citizens, businesses, children, and all future generations who will call Yucaipa their home,” Sahakian said. “Yucaipa truly is a special place—a conservative, family-oriented community—and I plan to keep it that way.”
Together with Mark Taylor, Matt Garner and Sherilyn Long, Sahakian is seeking to replace District 1 Councilman David Avila, who is not seeking reelection this year. 
Sahakian said “My combination of experience, education, and management skills qualify me well for this position. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in public administration from California State University, Fullerton. I also graduated from the University of Redlands with a Master of Business Administration degree. With nearly 30 years of management experience, in both the public and private sectors, self-employment as an entrepreneur, as well as working for a non-profit, I know my background will be an asset on the council.” Continue reading

Tropical Storm Kay Deluge Wreaks Havoc & Death In The Southeast San Bernardino Mountains

The flooding and severe mud flows in Forest Falls, Oak Glen and other spots around the San Bernardino Mountains that followed in the wake of Tropical Storm Kay on Monday, September 12 have claimed at least one life and prompted the county to declare a state of emergency.
As excessive sheetflow was general all over the south-central area of the county, the burn areas created by 2020’s Apple and El Dorado fires experienced a rapid accumulation of water that contributed to a flash flood circumstance.
In Forest Falls, power was knocked out early and no one was able to get in or out of the area as the deluge began and authorities advised residents caught there to hunker down, as it was deemed too dangerous to brave the intense flows across Valley of the Falls Drive. Debris and mud flows rushing down the natural drainages and creek beds proved an overwhelming force throughout in Forest Falls. As the Lower Canyon was threatened by both cascading water and mud flows, an evacuation order for Forest Falls from Canyon Drive to Prospect Drive was given followed by another. Continue reading