Several residents in Chino have complained to the Chino Police Department about motorists parking their cars in public alleys. “No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle in any alley for any purpose other than the loading and unloading of materials,” police said. Violators can receive a ticket. 

 

The Chino Valley YMCA is offering games and instruction in pickleball, 4 p.m. Mondays at the Y, 5665 Edison Ave. Pickleball, considered one of the fastest growing sports in the country, is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. 

 

On another pickleball note, the consultant working on the expansion of Prado Park in Chino said pickleball courts are being suggested because of the growing demand for the game. 

 

A Chino Hills resident suggested to the planning commission on Tuesday that the word “transient” not be used when referring to the tax imposed on hotel guests who “bless our city with tax revenues.” The resident was referring to the TOT tax that came up during a discussion. He may be out of luck on a less offensive word. TOT stands for transient occupancy tax. 

 

The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce grew by 47 members in 2018, according to executive director Zeb Welborn. The chamber started 2018 with 332 members and had 379 by Dec. 31. Mr. Welborn said event participation and attendance was up 29 percent from 2017. The annual Business Expo in October had 80 businesses participating. There were only 16 business booths at the event four years earlier. 

 

Some residents wonder about the fate of the Egyptian restaurant under construction in Chino Hills if it goes out of business, leaving behind the ruins of a temple and 16-foot pharaohs. The city had the foresight to ensure the Egyptian motif is a façade over a standard building shell that will be easy to convert to a more typical use should the restaurant not work out. 

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has purchased 315 acres to expand Riverside National Cemetery. The VA purchased land adjacent to the cemetery, which includes the General Old Golf Course at March Air Reserve Base. Riverside National is becoming the most utilized national cemetery in the country. 

 

Theme of this year’s LA County Fair is “LA County Fair Goes Pop!” a celebration of pop culture. Admission prices will remain the same and fair officials are bringing back the $6.60 value meals that were available at concession stands last year. Gone are exhibits of exotic animals like giraffes. New will be arts and music festivals each weekend. The competition entry period begins mid-February. The fair runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 22.

 

For nearly a year, the blood banks that serve Southern California – LifeStream and the Red Cross – have had a critical shortage of blood products. They are encouraging donations to help people facing surgery and cancer. Information: LifeStream at (800) 879-4484 or the Red Cross at (800) 733-2767. 

 

Trade rumors were hot and heavy this week surrounding Chino Hills High School graduate Lonzo Ball and his future with the Lakers. The second-year guard was offered as part of a multi-player deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, with the Lakers taking back All-NBA forward Anthony Davis. By mid-week, the Lakers had removed themselves from the trade talk after the Pelicans didn’t respond. By Thursday, the NBA’s trade deadline, no deal was reached involving Ball. He is in the second-year of a four-year Laker contract. 

 

Citing a report from the state auditor, local assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez recently introduced AB 294 to assist prison facility staff who are victims of “gassing attacks,” which are described as assaults in which inmates throw bodily fluid. The report states that internal investigations at the Chino prison take an average of 99 days to complete.

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