Chino councilman Earl Elrod, who has one more meeting to go on Dec. 18 before his last term expires, plans to make it a quick one prior to turning his seat over to Mark Hargrove. Mr. Elrod missed the Nov. 26 meeting because he was holding a farewell bash for his friends and followers.  He has spent 20 years on the council.

“Ma Chino” Reva Salter, a longtime contributor to Chino organizations and events, celebrated her 97th birthday at the end of November. Recognized as an Outstanding Citizen and for Spirit of Achievement by the city, Mrs. Salter is physically confined to a care center but continues to be mentally alert, according to her daughter Sandra Rose.

Samples of Christmas advertising from past Chino businesses will be displayed at the Old Schoolhouse Museum at 11th and B in Chino, at its once-a-month Saturday opening today (Dec. 8) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on display will be quilts from the Yorba-Slaughter Adobe.

The state has removed its historic agricultural inspection station from the I-15 near Yermo, east of Barstow, and relocated it to just west of the Nevada state line, eliminating a growing delay for motorists using the key highway.

Several trails in the Chino Hills State Park are closed because of the recent rain. The paved road that leads to the campground at the Chino Hills entrance, off Soquel Canyon Parkway at Elinvar Drive, will remain open. 

Ray Moors of Joey’s B-B-Q is inviting men to join the #Men Too Association. His ad in last Saturday’s Daily Bulletin states that while some women do get taken advantage of for sex, men have been taken advantage of for sex and money for thousands of years. He said unlike the #Me Too movement, the #Men Too Association will “show class” by not naming names or filing lawsuits. 

Installing lights at the Chino Hills skate park on Fairfield Ranch Road near Big League Dreams probably won’t happen anytime soon--if at all. The Chino Hills Parks and Recreation Commission decided there wasn’t enough need to justify the estimated cost of $180,000. City staff said only a handful of people have requested lights

Chino’s new councilman Mark Hargrove was presented with a plaque Dec. 5 during a rededication ceremony for the refurbished diver training center at the California Institution for Men. Mr. Hargrove, a public relations officer at the prision from 2005 to 2011, supported the development of the program. 

SoCalGas has launched a “Dial It Down” program to alert and encourage customers to conserve natural gas during the winter. The program, which began Dec. 1, is similar to the Flex Alerts that call on customers to conserve electricity for a specific period of time. If a Dial It Down is issued this winter, SoCalGas will announce the duration of the conservation effort.

Higher-paying professional jobs are making their way to the Inland Empire, according to a report that shows that San Bernardino and Riverside counties have created nearly 350,000 jobs since the economic recovery began in 2011. The jobs are largely concentrated in the region’s core industries of logistics, health care and construction. “One significant shift is the growth in the professional, management and scientific employment sector, buoyed by an increase in workers with college degrees,” according to the report issued by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

The historic Yorba-Slaughter Adobe in Chino remains closed as the County Museum, which is caretaker for several such sites, while it seeks to pass off operation to local organizations. It has recently turned over operation of the Asistencia in Redlands to the Redlands Conservancy which is strong and has lots of volunteers to help with money producing tours and events such as weddings and family gatherings. The Asistencia traces its history back to the Spanish mission days. Other historic sites run by the Museum are the Rains house in Rancho Cucamonga, the Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery in Colton and the Yucaipa Adobe. The City of Chino and the Chino Valley Historical Society are aware of the problem but not ready to take on the responsibility in addition to the Old Schoolhouse Museum here. 

Metrolink has launched an online ticketing portal that allows the public to purchase and print one-way train tickets at home. Tickets purchased at the Metrolink Ticket Web Portal contain a secure barcode that is scanned onboard by inspectors. It allows the option of sending tickets to mobile devices. Transfer to other transit systems, such as Metro buses or Amtrak require separate tickets. The portal is at tickets.metrolinktrains.com.

There are hardly any dairies left here to get a piece of the $10.5 million in emergency federal funds handed out in California to partially offset the recent loss from exports because of tariffs imposed on steel and other products. Dairy farms, now concentrated in the San Joaquin Valley, will find little solace from this money because of the drop in milk prices which has given them little edge over production costs. Soy farmers in the Midwest received the largest share of the farm subsidies.

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