After sharing his opinion about immigration at the June 28 school board meeting, member Andrew Cruz referenced “60 million unborn that are separated from their mothers.” He had expressed his anti-abortion sentiments March 1 while commenting about school shootings and on May 3 while speaking about sex education. 


The Chino Hills Branch Library will celebrate one million circulations at the end of the month with a party that is open to the public. The library’s goal was to issue one million items in one year’s time. 


A blood drive held July 7 at Starbucks in Chino was described as a “shining star” by LifeStream blood bank spokesman Don Escalante in the wake of low turn-outs throughout the Inland Empire because of the oppressive heat and the July 4 holiday. The Starbucks on Central Avenue north of the freeway had 20 donors. LifeStream and the Red Cross both seek donations in this area.


Chino Hills public works director Nadeem Majaj again received kudos from the community and councilmembers during Tuesday’s council meeting for his leadership, the bond he has forged with residents, and keeping city streets and parks “immaculate.” The public works director receives community praise on a regular basis. 


It’s poison oak season and the California Poison Control System reminds residents to be on the watch for it on trails and hillsides. The climbing vine contains leaves consisting of three leaflets. 


Although the law enforcement contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has crept up to $13.9 million for fiscal 2018-19, the City of Chino Hills is still getting a great deal, according to Councilman Art Bennett during the budget adoption. He said the City of Chino pays three times as much for its police department. Police costs rose to $39,214,926 for fiscal year 2018-19 compared to last fiscal year’s $37,861,993. 


Ontario issued 40 fireworks-related citations on July 4, less than half that issued by Chino. Fireworks have been illegal there for more than 35 years, but officials say residents still ignore the law. Chino Valley Fire Department Chief Tim Shackelford thanked “the vast majority” of Chino Hills residents for abiding by all local regulations and celebrating the holiday responsibly. He grew somber when speaking about a Chino resident in his 40s who lost several finger tips when fireworks exploded in his hands, a 21-year-old male who sustained multiple fractures to both thumbs while using a legal firework in a bottle that exploded, and a 16-year-old who sustained some burns.


Three-digit temperatures are not unusual in Chino Valley. A July 1933 Champion tells of thermometers going to 107. “Discomfort, everyone has experienced,” reported the paper, which said that novel ways of keeping cool were being devised. Two firms ran water on their floors with a garden hose. This being before the days of air conditioning and back yard pools, the old established cooling methods were a fan, ice cream, the swimming hole and cold showers.

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