Today’s paper is the 131st birthday edition of the Champion, established Nov. 11, 1887 by Richard Gird, founder of the town, to let the world know about his new development. He purchased the Chino Ranch in 1881 from the heirs of the original land grantee, Antonio Maria Lugo, and his son-in-law Isaac Williams. More about them wil be found in Paul Spitzzeri’s history column on this page.                     

None of San Bernardino County’s elected officials had to face voters Tuesday, all having been approved by majority vote in the June Primary. The Riverside County sheriff lost his position, and the Los Angeles sheriff faces the same fate. In Orange County, the district attorney was losing. In both cases numerous ballots remained to be counted.

San Bernardino county voters bucked the state trend by giving a majority to John Cox, Republican governor candidate, along with most of California’s rural counties, and voted for Kevin De Leon for U.S. Senator. They disagreed with state results on Prop. 1 (housing bonds which passed), Prop.  3 (water bonds which were defeated), Prop. 4 (children’s hospital bonds which passed), Prop. 5 (property tax transfers which was defeated), and Prop. 6 (vehicle tax “recall” which was defeated). 

The Postal Service is apparently seeking to fatten the mail. The price of first-class postage will go up 10 percent to 55 cents for the first ounce on Jan. 27, so you might think about loading up on Forever stamps. However, the cost of a two-ounce envelope will go down as the second ounce is reduced from 21 cents to 15 cents, or a total of 70 cents compared with the present 71. Additional ounces are 15 cents instead of 21 cents. Post cards remain at 35 cents. 

In August, the Champion reported that the county museum is looking for partners to help it re-open historic sites like the Yorba-Slaughter Adobe in Chino, which has been closed four years. County officials said that historic sites don’t get many visitors these days and a method is needed to make them economically viable. The county announced today it is conveying the historic San Bernardino Asistencia in Redlands to the non-profit Redlands Conservancy to operate. Keeping the Chino adobe going continues to be a dilemma.

The Chino Basin Watermaster is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the judgment that governs one of the largest groundwater basins in southern California, which includes Chino and Chino Hills. As part of the judgment in 1978, the San Bernardino Superior Court set water rights for the hundreds of parties and assigned water users specific rules on pumping water. The court also created the Chino Basin Watermaster to administer the Basin’s adjudicated water rights and provide for governance of groundwater resources within the Chino Basin. The legal action compels water users to cooperate on issues such as water quality, data monitoring and the amount of groundwater that can safely be extracted. 

Included in the Chino Valley school district’s Safe Schools Plan updated for all 35 schools last spring were suicide prevention trainings for administrators and teachers of grades 7-12. School district spokesperson Imee Perius confirmed this week that all trainings were completed within the first month of the school year.  

After losing his bid for a seat on the school board, Chino city planning commissioner Brandon Blanchard said he would like to get a message out to the younger people to volunteer for local boards, PTA’s, service organizations, etc.  “The ranks are starting to thin out and there are many opportunities to continue with worthy causes,” he said. 

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