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UPDATE – PAVING PROJECT WORK CONTINUES ON SR-38.  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is continuing a project to mill and overlay current pavement and improve ramps per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on State Route 38 (SR-38) between Agate Street in Mentone to Valley of the Falls Drive, Forest Falls (post mile 15). The project is expected to be completed in late 2018.

Paving will begin on October 8th, 2018. During the project there will be a one-way-reversing traffic control. Motorists may expect delays due to traffic control between the hours of  5:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Please reduce your speed in the work zone and for the work crews. Thank you for your patience.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to www.caltrans8.info and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov and lane closures at https://lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov.
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NEW! Electric Lawn Mower Rebate Program


Receive a rebate of up to $250 with the purchase of a cordless, battery electric lawn mower. Purchase must include mower, battery and charger. Eligibility is limited to residents of Southern California who reside within the South Coast AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction. Participants must also scrap a working gas mower in order to qualify for the rebate. For eligibility and program details, please visit www.aqmd.gov/lawnmower. Thanks for mowing down air pollution.

What You’ll Need: Proof of purchase and signed scrap certificate.

The rebate program is first-come, first-served and rebates will continue until all program funds have been exhausted. For questions, please call the SCAQMD toll-free (Tuesday-Friday) at 888-425-6247 or email lawnmower@aqmd.gov.

Deadly Plant Disease Threatens California Citrus


A fatal plant disease – Huanglongbing – has been found in California and without support from California residents it could be a death sentence to California’s backyard and commercial citrus trees.

While Huanglongbing (HLB) is not harmful to humans, there is no cure and once a citrus tree is infected it will die. The disease has decimated Florida citrus, and now that HLB is here, California’s beloved citrus trees are also at risk. The disease is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, which can be found throughout California – the number one fresh citrus fruit producing state in the nation. By working together, we can all save our citrus trees. California homeowners – 60 percent of whom own citrus trees – play an important role in protecting citrus in our state and are being asked to protect their backyard trees by searching for signs of the pest and disease.

California Citrus Threat PSA

 



Residents Can Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Via Text Message and VoIP


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA – Features of the County’s emergency notification system allows public safety personnel to reach more residents than ever before during disasters.

The Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) uses listed and unlisted numbers in the region’s 911 database to alert residents of life-threatening emergencies and San Bernardino County updates this database every six months. TENS is a proven success, and has placed hundreds of thousands of calls during wildfire and flood events since its creation in 2004. However, the 9-1-1 database only includes landline telephones, so other numbers must be registered. If a resident wishes to receive an emergency alert text message on their cell phone or an emergency call on their Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone they must register the number in the system.

TENS is only used in potentially life-threatening incidents such as an evacuation during a wildfire or earthquake. When the County deems it necessary to activate TENS, it will call the numbers in the 9-1-1 landline database in the affected area, and another separate alert will also go out via text message to the cell phones of those residents who have signed up for these alerts. In addition, a call will also be placed to any VoIP numbers that have been registered. The TENS system is currently TTY and TDD capable, however, residents who use these devices are encouraged to enter their numbers using this new feature so that the County can ensure they receive a message appropriate for their device.

To sign up, please visit www.sbcounty.gov and click on the “Sign Up for Emergency Alerts” icon or from the home pages of the County Fire and Sheriff’s departments at www.sbcfire.org or www.sbcsd.org. Thanks to the partnership with San Bernardino County’s 2-1-1 Social Services Hotline, residents who do not have internet access may register by dialing 211 to sign up.

Since many households do not have landlines these days, we hope that this additional method will go further towards alerting residents and enhancing the overall safety of even more San Bernardino County citizens.

Be Prepared BEFORE disaster strikes. Learn more by visiting www.sbcfire.org.

The County of San Bernardino Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department utilize multiple ways to notify residents of impending danger, but residents should not wait for or rely exclusively on any single notification system. If you are concerned about your safety and welfare, please evacuate.

Prescription MedReturn Receptacle


The City of Yucaipa, the Yucaipa Valley Water District, and Yucaipa Police Department are making it easy to dispose of excess and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.  A new MedReturn receptacle has been installed at the Yucaipa Police Station thanks to funding from the City of Yucaipa and Yucaipa Valley Water District.  This drop off  box will be available to Yucaipa citizens all year round, during Yucaipa Police Department’s regular business hours of  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What can be dropped off:

  • Excess and expired prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medication for pets
  • *Syringes will not be accepted

COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH


Partner with the City of Yucaipa and our Police Department to protect your neighborhood!  Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. If you have an interest in forming a neighborhood watch program, please contact Sherrie O’Connell, Assistant Coordinator for the City of Yucaipa, at 909 797-2489 x 260.

Mailbox Tampering / Mail Theft


The Yucaipa Police Department is currently investigating mailbox tampering, as well as mail theft, in both privately owned and community shared mailboxes.  Although this crime has been observed and investigated by law enforcement for many years, there has been an increase in the number of reported incidents in the City of Yucaipa in the past few weeks.

The United States Postal Inspectors recommend the following tips to lower the chances that you will become a victim of this crime.

  • Retrieve your mail as soon as possible after it is delivered.  Don’t leave your mail unattended for extended periods.  Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.
  • If you cannot regularly retrieve your mail promptly, consider installing a lockable mailbox or obtaining P.O. Box service from your local post office.
  • If you will be away from home temporarily, you can notify your post office to hold your mail with the online hold mail service on the US Postal Service website:  https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/.
  • Always deposit your mail in a mail slot at your local post office, or hand it to your letter carrier.
  • Monitor your bank account statements regularly, and report any charges or checks you did not authorize.
  • Monitor your credit report and report any accounts you did not authorize.
  • Ask your bank for “secure” checks that can’t be altered.

Please call the Yucaipa Police Department dispatch line at 909-790-3100 if you believe you are a victim of mail theft, or to report any suspicious activity at or near any mail receiving or distributing locations.

 

Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips


Even with today’s busy schedules, we need to stay diligent when it comes to preventing car related crimes.  Auto theft is almost always classified as a crime of opportunity.  As such, we need to practice good preventative measures in order to eliminate this opportunity and make our cars less desirable to criminals.

  • Always lock your doors, even when you plan on only being gone from your vehicle briefly.  It is not uncommon for thieves to walk down a row of parked vehicles checking the doors to see who has left their vehicle unlocked.  Do not leave any windows open including vent/wing windows or sunroofs.
  • If you have an alarm on your vehicle, use it!  It is an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar who often chooses the easiest targets.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.  Although that sounds like “common sense” most of the reports that we take happen when the driver or passenger has done just that.  Your car is an automatic target when doing so.
  • When you are out and about, please items out of sight before reaching your destination or move them inconspicuously.
  • Do not leave any sign that there may be valuables hidden in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables.  Covered up items that are left on the floorboard are an invitation for a criminal.  Not doing this may prevent your from having to spend money on broken windows.
  • Park in busy, well lit areas whenever possible.  Well traveled areas with plenty of vehicle and pedestrian movement are less likely to invite criminal activity.
  • As a last line of defense and to aid in the recovery process, mark your valuables.  Engrave them with a “personal identifier” that is something other than your social security number or drivers license.
  • Report suspicious persons seen wandering around in parking lots or neighborhoods that are looking into vehicles.  Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you sense there is a theft that is about to occur.

Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Boulevard
Yucaipa, CA  92399
(909)918-2305 Business
(909)790-3100 Dispatch