The Associated Chino Teachers Union (ACT) won a lawsuit against the Chino Valley school district earlier this month when the Fourth District Court decided that documents from an investigation into allegations of student bullying by a former Ayala High girls’ volleyball coach are barred from release under the California Public Records Act because the coach’s privacy interests outweigh the public’s interest in their disclosure. ACT president Brenda Walker said, “ACT is greatly pleased that the California Court of Appeal indicated important privacy rights that all Californians enjoy, and recognized that employee personnel matters ― particularly regarding minor and here even meritless complaints about an employee’s conduct ― are in fact confidential personnel records involving substantial privacy interests.”  


A new lane on the westbound 91 Freeway between Green River Road near Highway 71 and the 241 toll road in Orange County, important to commuters, has received the blessing of the Riverside County Transportation Committee. Environmental studies are underway for the $42 million 2-mile project, which could be completed in the fall of 2021.


The San Bernardino County board of supervisors now has a female majority. Dawn Rowe of Yucaipa Valley was named Tuesday to fill the seat of James Ramos who was elected to the state assembly, in the Third District. She was chosen from a list of 48 who sought it. The selection ran into trouble when the board was charged with violating the Brown Act in the way it was done, so it was done over. Ms. Rowe was a Yucaipa Valley councilwoman and has been an aide to Congressman Paul Cook of that district.


Monte Vista Water District, serving unincorporated area of north Chino, has received the District Transparency Certificate from the Special District Leadership Foundation for completing eight requirements, including ethics training for board members, properly conducting public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner. Monte Vista also fulfilled 19 website requirements, including readily available information to the public.


Volunteers from Isaiah’s Rock Ministry packed more than 1,800 baskets of donated food and toys at its Fairplex warehouse in Pomona, for 5,000 Chino area children, to be distributed tomorrow, Dec. 23 at Chino City Hall. Among the volunteers were State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval and Fairplex CEO Miguel Santana. Isaiah’s Rock founder Charleen King is coordinating the volunteers and the giveaway. 


Newly elected Chino Hills councilmen Ray Marquez, Brian Johsz, and Peter Rogers said after they were sworn in Dec. 11 they would represent the entire city when making decisions, not just the district they represent. Councilman Johsz said although the city was forced into having district elections, residents don’t see boundary lines and neither does the council.


Twenty-eight homeless people living in Chino were counted in The San Bernardino County 2018 homeless count last January.  In Chino Hills, six were counted. Both cities will participate in the 2019 count from 6 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. 


The U.S. population grew by 0.6 percent and Nevada and Idaho were the nation’s fastest-growing states between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018, according to the Census Bureau. Both states’ populations increased by about 2.1 percent. Following Nevada and Idaho for the largest percentage increases in population were Utah (1.9 percent), Arizona (1.7 percent), and Florida and Washington (1.5 percent each).


Local motorists have been enjoying gasoline prices up to 50 cents a gallon lower than earlier this year, at some stations under $3. 


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