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I agree with Councilman Ray Marquez’s statement that the Chino Hills Council should have looked harder at the selection process for a future refuse collection company. Sometimes you have to look for a bias in any recommendation. It may be as simple as a sure bet, not caring about the cost of…

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After reading the article in last week’s Champion, I learned about the negotiations involving our trash service contracts. It looks to me that Councilman Ray Marquez is somewhat standing alone in the fight for the people of Chino Hills. 

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The Ayala High School Class of 2001 will have an informal high school reunion at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26 at Roscoe’s, 14700 Pipeline Ave., Chino Hills. The free event does not have an admission cost. Participants can purchase their own food and drink. More information can be found on the Ayal…

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The August 2020 “History of the Hills” column featured Margaret Brewer Fowler, a key figure in the development and management of Boys Republic from its founding in 1907 until her death almost a quarter century later.  In 1916, the well-known architect Myron Hunt designed a substantial house,…

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Reporter Marianne Napoles’ story on the suicide of Casandra Pastora while incarcerated and in the throes of psychosis (“Daughter’s Mental Crisis Leads to Jail Death,” Oct. 30) was heartbreaking but not unprecedented. 

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I am writing this letter on behalf of the Pastora family, my family, the family who is still grieving the loss of our lovely Casandra Pastora, our beautiful young niece, daughter, cousin, sister, granddaughter, and mother-to-be.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) believes in minimizing justice system response to people with mental illness, while ensuring that any interactions preserve health, well-being and dignity. 

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Another death was reported at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga by the sheriff’s department this week, the seventh this year and the fifth in the last two months. According to a press release, the victim was found by deputies on the floor of his two-person cell shared with…

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The Oct. 21 school board meeting was the most contentious in recent memory, but regardless of which side of the issue attendees were on, there was one thing all could agree on: We all care deeply about our children and the safety of our schools. 

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We, here in Chino Hills, are very blessed that each of our City Council members devote endless hours of time and effort to benefit all of us. 

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In case residents are wondering what a pedestal is doing between McCoy Equestrian Center and the Chino Hills Community Center, it is the beginning of an electronic marquee for the City of Chino Hills, funded by COVID money, to keep residents informed of emergencies and other goings-on in the city.

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At the school board meeting on Oct. 21 and the study session on Oct. 26, the main focus of the agendas was how we are going to spend Esser III funds. 

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Why does losing a pet hurt so much? Many of us have experienced the loss of our beloved companions who have brought so much comfort and unconditional love to our lives.

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The City of Chino Hills was incorporated in 1991 through the enormous efforts of the community. 

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The new flagpole was installed near the Chino Hills military monument at the Community Center without fanfare. The Chino Hills 55+ Club and the city have decided to hold off on a ceremony until the Veterans Day event Wednesday, Nov. 10 at the community center from 8 to 10:30 a.m. 

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I read with dismay, although not surprise, the article in last week’s Champion regarding the 13-year-old male student accused of sexually assaulting four girls from the Cal Aero Preserve Academy school located in the district where I taught for 35 years.

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As mentioned in August’s column, Los Serranos Country Club went through several owners in its first 23 years before Melville and Consuelo Rogers took ownership in spring 1948.  After about a year, however, they were ready to sell and Mel’s brother, Ken, a golf pro, and Los Angeles realtor Cl…

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I just love living in Chino. I was driving south on Monte Vista Avenue last evening. Approaching the corner of Walnut Avenue, I noticed a car stopped with its flashers blinking.  

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The Chino City Council adjourned its meeting on Tuesday in memory of Rodelo’s Towing owner Robert Rodelo. Mr. Rodelo began the business as a family-owned full-service gas station in the 1950s at Sixth and D streets, where the civic center is currently located. Mr. Rodelo and his son Pablo st…

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I often wonder why time moves by quicker as we age. I look at myself in the mirror and think back to when I was younger. I always wondered what I was going to look like in 40 years. Now I know. 

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My only musical talent is having the uncanny ability to crank up the music to levels that annoy my neighbors. In particular AC/DC, Foghat, and the Rolling Stones where a minimum of eight is required on the volume dial that goes up to 10. A lot of people have compared me to a younger, albeit …

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The Champion welcomes expressions of opinion from its readers regarding matters appearing here, or other matters of interest or concern. 

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With one swoop of a pen, Governor Newsom has threatened the suburban lifestyle so many of us worked so hard and saved so carefully to enjoy. Like many others, my family moved to Chino over a decade ago in order to have a single-family home on a large lot. 

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When medical professionals hear the words “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” this October, the concern that is weighing heavily for many of them is the delay of screening mammograms. 

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate — and will benefit every member of this community. 

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At the Sept. 16 school board meeting, board member Andrew Cruz pushed for ‘civil war’ and misled about the vaccine and variants. He shows he has no knowledge of viruses and how they mutate, blaming the vaccine for causing the variants.

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A closed session meeting was held by the Chino City Council Tuesday night to begin the annual performance review of City Manager Matt Ballantyne per the requirements of his contract. As part of the evaluation, the council is establishing goals for Mr. Ballantyne for the coming year. A follow…

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There are two words that strike fear into our four-legged canine friends: “vet” and “bath.”   Both stand out among the 200 or so words that Walter understands. These 3-letter words are probably the most alarming words in his vocabulary or as I refer to it, his Petsaurus. The mention of eithe…

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The first two censuses, 1930 and 1940, taken in Carbon Canyon offer a bit of interesting history concerning the early years of Sleepy Hollow, Mountain View Park (Canon Lane) and other parts of the Canyon.  In 1930, census-taker Roy Sebring visited on May 10 and stopped at 17 households, coun…

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The Chino Hills Post Office isn’t the only facility with poor landscaping. Numerous post offices in California and across the country have been going through the same situation, citing budget shortfalls. In one city, new landscape was being installed when the project was halted by the United…

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When lockdowns arrived in the middle of our busy lives in March 2020, we were hopeful that it wouldn’t last long. But as the pandemic dragged on, motivation began to wane, especially the motivation to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle. 

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The President and other government officials can’t figure out why people won’t get a COVID-19 vaccination (full disclosure: I am vaccinated). 

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State leadership in Sacramento took two steps forward recently to bring new and much mandated housing to the Chino Valley. 

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Don’t forget to vote in the Gov. Newsom recall election. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. Dropboxes are located in front of the Chino Hills Library, Chino City Hall, Chino Police Department, and the Chino Airport. If you have not registered to vote yet, go to …

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I commend Chino Hills Mayor Brian Johsz for opposing overdevelopment of housing in our city. 

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Editor’s note: Chino Memories Roundup columist Kerry Cisneroz said he has enjoyed writing a column for the Champion every week, but has decided to no longer continue. He wanted to thank Champion readers for supporting his columns the past several years. This week’s column first appeared in t…

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Many thanks to Melanie Schlotterbeck for her history and update on our beautiful state park alternative to the ongoing development surrounding us in Chino Hills. We owe much to her mother, Claire Schlotterbeck, as well. May their efforts continue to benefit us.

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Twenty-five dogs from overcrowded animal shelters in California were flown to Chino Airport last Saturday to be housed by Priceless Pet Rescue and put up for adoption. Three planes carrying the dogs from Hayward and Tulare counties and the city of Porterville were piloted by Amelia Air Anima…

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Life was a whirlwind of activities, school, and family time when I was raising my two boys while working full time and attending school. As much as I wanted to be with them all the time, I gave them all of me with the time I had.  Every experience was a first and every problem had to be solv…

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I’m against having masks being worn in school for several reasons.  It is hard to hear when others are speaking. The masks make it hard to understand what the person is saying let alone hear them talk. I don’t quite understand the need for the mask as I have the vaccination. 

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I’m all for giving dissenting voices a forum, but not so much so when it’s a question of public health while a pandemic is raging. 

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I always wanted to buy my lunch from the school cafeteria. I would take the paper lunch menu home, circle some of the foods I hoped to enjoy, and would post it on the front of the refrigerator. Yet, each morning I awoke to a brown bag lunch that mom had prepared, filled with a boloney sandwi…

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Once again, we see the Chino Hills City Council’s feet being held to the flames regarding their ‘ridiculously exorbitant’ pay increase.  

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A mail ballot drop box at 1627 Holt Blvd. in Ontario was vandalized between 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18 and 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Voters who deposited their ballot during that time period should contact the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. One undamaged ballot was recovered. The …

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A few years back, I wrote a letter to the editor for the Champion’s public forum about how the City of Chino Hills is unjustly charging its citizens for trash collection. The size of the home, property, number of families, number of containers and how frequently they put them out for pick up…

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I was five years old when I first viewed the hills and valleys that would later become part of Chino Hills State Park. At the time, my mom, Claire Schlotterbeck, was redirecting her life’s work toward preserving these gently rolling grasslands, oak dotted hillsides, and sycamore-lined streams.