Traditionally Republican Chino Hills will have a Democratic representative in Congress. Gil Cisneros has come from behind to beat Republican Young Kim with 50.8 percent of the vote as of Monday. Mr. Cisneros’s mainly Orange County district represents Chino Hills and a small portion of Chino in the Yellowstone Circle area. They were running for longtime Republican Ed Royce’s seat. 

Chino Hills resident Jim Gallagher, who actively worked for Mr. Cisneros’ campaign, observed vote counting at the San Bernardino County Registrar for two days and said the process is amazing and that people should have faith in the election system. Mr. Gallagher, who has been active in the “Save Tres Hermanos” effort, said Mr. Cisneros has committed to keeping the 2,400-acre ranch as open space.

Former school board member Sylvia Orozco reported in a farewell to the school board that during her 12 years on the board she only missed one public meeting. The reason, she said, was to attend a funeral.  

Starting Jan. 1 Food for Life Ministry will no longer be able to drive one of its trucks due to changing smog regulations. A refrigerated vehicle will need to be replaced for the same reason. Many sources who donate food require refrigeration, said founder Al Vande Steeg. The non-profit regularly distributes food from its Chino warehouse, local area schools, churches and other locations. Anyone with a truck to donate may call 553-6189.  

Chino Valley Fire District firefighters will collect new and wrapped toys and sports equipment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 in front of Walmart at 3943 Grand Ave., Chino. The items will be given to Chino and Chino Hills charities and organizations for distribution to needy families. Suggested items include earphones, gift cards, cellphone cases, sunglasses, skateboards, scooters, basketballs, footballs, blow dryers and other hot iron tools. Donations can also be made at any of the seven Chino Valley Fire District stations. 

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