Chino police chief Karen Comstock has announced she will retire in July after 4 ½ years in the position. She became Chino’s 17th chief when she was sworn in on Dec. 11, 2014. Chief Comstock, a 1987 Don Lugo High School graduate, joined the department as a Police Explorer while in high school and became a sworn officer in 1990. 

From a report in the Feb.-March edition of The Hispanic Outlookon Education magazine, Chaffey College enrolled 14,794 Hispanic students in 2017 and awarded degrees and certificates to 1,364 Hispanics. In the same year, Chaffey enrolled 7,714 non-Hispanic students; 1,017 non-Hispanic students completed degrees or certificated programs. 

Due to the progression of a virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) outbreak in parts of Southern California, the state has ordered mandatory euthanasia of birds in neighborhoods within or near Ontario, Eastvale, Riverside, Norco, Riverside, Fontana, Menifee, Mira Loma/Jurupa Valley, Nuevo, Perris, Hesperia, Highland, Muscoy, Compton and Whittier. A vND quarantine in the unincorporated area of north Chino was lifted last fall after hundreds of backyard birds were euthanized or quarantined. The virulent Newcastle Disease is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that can affect poultry and other birds. 

The Chino Hills Council has held at least three closed-door meetings to discuss the hiring of a new city manager, two of them with the city’s labor negotiator. There has been no public discussion about retaining a recruitment agency, indicating the city is likely going to hire from within city hall. When asked whether the council would discuss the hiring methods in public, City Attorney Mark Hensley said if the council takes an action that must be reported publicly, then it will be reported publicly. 

City Manager Rad Bartlam may have dropped a clue during Tuesday’s Chino Hills council meeting about the future city manager. When Councilman Peter Rogers asked if a matter he asked about some time ago has moved off his desk yet, Mr. Bartlam replied, “Yes, it has moved. It’s on Ben’s desk now.” He was referring to assistant city manager Ben Montgomery who he has been grooming to become the next in charge.

The new Rincon shopping center in south Chino Hills isn’t fully occupied and parking is already a problem, according to Chino Hills resident Lee Guenveur who told  the planning commission he went out to lunch on a Saturday and couldn’t find a place to park. He questioned what it will be like if the city approves a Holiday Inn Express.

Residents reported flooding along Fairway Boulevard and Monterey Avenue in Chino Hills during the Feb. 14 rainstorm. The public works department referred to Los Serranos as a “drainage-challenged” area and will soon recommend hiring an engineering consulting firm to prepare a master plan of drainage for Los Serranos. 

Beginning Monday, March 4, four alleys in Chino will be closed for repair: east of the intersection of Monte Vista and Schaefer avenues, east of the intersection of Second Street and Chino Avenue, east of the intersection of Third Street and Chino Avenue, and east of the intersection of Fourth Street and Chino Avenue. 

Chino police continue to look for a person who threw a large rock through a St. Margaret Mary Church window, shattering stained glass panels. Church officials reported the vandalism at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 14. 

A 15-year-old autistic boy was found unharmed after going missing in Chino Wednesday afternoon. He was reported missing at 4:45 p.m. from the 5900 block of Notre Dame Avenue. With help of bystanders and officers hovering above in a helicopter, the boy was found minutes later.

The Chino Hills City Council adjourned its meeting Tuesday in memory of former Councilman Bill Kruger who died early that morning at 73 (see obituary, page A9) and 28-year-old off-duty sheriff’s deputy Nicholas O’Loughlin of Chino Hills who died Feb. 17 after an alleged drunk driver crashed into his vehicle.

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