The owner of the New Orleans Saints said she will seek changes in National Football League policies to promote more “fairness and integrity” after her team was “unfairly deprived” of a trip to the Super Bowl by failure of officials to call a pass interference at a key time in the game won by the Los Angeles Rams. Maybe she should start by pushing for a rule that penalizes a team whose fans deliberately make so much noise the opposing team can’t hear its signals.  

Although it was on the closed session agenda Tuesday night, the Chino Hills city council apparently made no progress on how to select a new city manager. The topic of how to proceed is not legitimate for closed session discussion anyway.

The unemployment rate in Chino Hills went down and Chino’s remained the same from October to November, according to data released by the state Economic Development Department in late December. Chino Hills’ unemployment rate went from 2.6 percent in October to 2.4 percent in November. Chino’s rate was 3.2 percent in both months. Statewide, the rate was 4.10 percent in both months, and nationwide, 3.7 percent.

The City of Chino processed 63 new business licenses from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31. Twenty-three of those were located within the city, and 27 were outside companies performing services for city businesses and residents. 

Residential housing is robust in Chino. 451 single family homes and 654 multi-family units have been under construction and another 468 units have been approved for construction.

The retail vacancy rate in Chino was 6.1 percent for December, the same as in November, according to a monthly report in the Jan. 15 city council agenda. 

Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona), whose 35th District includes Chino, has been named vice chairwoman of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, a coalition of members of the House of Representatives working to protect and advance women’s reproductive rights. She was also named to three key subcommittees on the House Appropriations Committee: Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Financial Services and General Government. 

Trustee Andrew Cruz repeated at the Jan. 17 school board meeting his past warnings that immunizations are potentially harmful to children. The Chino Valley Unified School District and state require immunizations and make exceptions only for certain verified medical cases. 

Newly elected fire board member Winn Williams of Chino introduced himself to the Chino Hills city council Tuesday. After stating he has been married for 50 years, Councilman Ray Marquez remarked, “She must be an angel.” Mr. Williams praised his wife, then added: “She did a good job raising me and the kids.” 

Chino Hills is working to attract a large user to occupy the bankrupt Toys R Us store in the Commons shopping center on the southeast corner of Chino Hills Parkway and Ramona Avenue. Another chain that went bankrupt, the Gymboree Group, will close its Gymboree and Crazy 8 children’s clothing stores at The Shoppes at Chino Hills.Councilman Brian Johsz, the only one on the council with young children, noted he had some Gymbucks he had to use. 

If you see somebody with a pink shovel, it may have been stolen from the Chino Valley Fire Department. Deputy Chief Scott Atkinson said the fire department provides shovels for residents to use when filling sandbags but they disappear on a regular basis. The fire department paints the shovels pink to deter theft, he said.

Chino Valley’s neighbor Ontario will hold a citywide yard sale Friday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 3. If it rains, the sale will be the following weekend. 

Girl Scout cookie season kicks off Sunday, but sales in front of Chino Valley markets and other businesses  will begin Feb. 8 and last through March. A second gluten-free cookie – Caramel Chocolate Chip – will be sold for the first time this year. The other gluten-free offering is Toffee-tastic. Cost for the cookies is $5 a box. The gluten-free version sells for $6. 

A two-hour documentary titled “Was Kevin Cooper Framed?” will air from 9 to 11 tonight (Jan. 26) on CBS Channel 2. The show, “48 Hours,” will look at the Chino Hills murder case and conviction after four people were killed in June 1983. The documentary will focus on “Can new DNA technology save the life of a man on death row for killing four people in California?” 

Chino Valley community leaders plan to attend the 29th annual District 5300 Rotary Peace Conference 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the University of La Verne. Keynote speaker is Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013. The conference features youth-oriented programming,  an Art for Peace Student Contest, Youth Peace Champions and a Peacemaker of the Year Award. Zeb Welborn, Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, is organizing the event. Information: https://district5300.org/peace-conference/ 

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