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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.

San Bernardino National Forest Increases Fire Restrictions


SAN BERNARDINO, California, August 29, 2016 – The San Bernardino National Forest will increase the current seasonal fire restrictions effective Friday, September 2, 2016.

Continued hot and dry conditions, coupled with a long-term outlook that predicts no change in weather trends and normal fall winds, have prompted local fire mangers to implement additional fire restrictions on the National Forest. Designed to prevent accidental wildfires, these restrictions will affect additional recreation sites and become more restrictive in areas already in restrictions.

“The Blue Cut and Pilot Fires are good examples of how fast new fires are likely to spread this year,” said Forest Supervisor Jody Noiron. “It is prudent to do everything we can to prevent unwanted wildfires that have the same potential for rapid growth. The safety of the public and our neighboring communities is our primary concern and this is one measure we can take that will address that concern.”

The fire restrictions that are effective on all San Bernardino National Forest lands are as follows:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or stove fire. (No wood or charcoal fires)
  • Individuals with a valid California Campfire Permit may use either a propane, gas cooking stove or lantern.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation sites, or while in a cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
  • Recreational shooting, including within the public shooting ranges that are operated under special use permit issued by the Forest Service is also prohibited.  Persons engaged in lawful hunting are exempt from this prohibition.
  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.
  • An approved spark arrester is required for all off-highway vehicles.

Fire Management Officer Jaime Gamboa said that everyone can play a role in keeping our community safe. “The community and all forest users can help in the prevention of fires by being careful when using your public lands and by remaining vigilant in reporting illegal and inappropriate behaviors within the forest and our community.”

The US Forest Service will be aggressively citing those who do not comply with the posted restrictions. Violation of these prohibitions is subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than six months or both, as Class B misdemeanors under federal law. Persons may also be responsible for resource damage, suppression costs and any injuries that occur if they are found liable for causing a wildfire.

Forest visitors are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” and call ahead to the local Ranger Station to check on location conditions and restrictions at the following offices:

San Bernardino National Forest Supervisor’s Office
602 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino
(909) 382-2600

Big Bear Discovery Center
41397 North Shore Drive / Highway 38, Fawnskin
(909) 382-2790

San Jacinto Ranger Station
54270 Pine Crest, Idyllwild
(909) 382-2922

Front Country Ranger Station
1209 Lytle Creek Road, Lytle Creek
(909) 382-2851

Mill Creek Visitor Center
34701 Mill Creek Road, Mentone
(909) 382-2881

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
51-500 Highway 74 Palm Desert
(760) 862-9984

About the U.S. Forest Service:

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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

Yucaipa Farm Share


The City of Yucaipa and the Healthy Yucaipa Committee have partnered with Old Grove Orange to provide locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to Yucaipa residents through the Farm Share program.

Old Grove Orange is a group of more than thirty Southern California small farmers. They have banded together to offer the Yucaipa community an incredible variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. By eating local, you can help keep farms in the area, support local jobs, preserve citrus heritage, reduce the carbon footprint, and enjoy the freshest fruits and vegetables.

Yucaipa Farm Share is a weekly pre-paid subscription of locally grown produce from local farmers. Resident farm shareholders will be able to pick-up their produce from the Yucaipa Community Center in a Farmer’s Market style environment. Farm shareholders must pay ALL six/thirteen weeks in advance to participate. Farm shareholders may subscribe to either a full share (good for a family of four) or a medium share (good for singles and couples). The full share costs $364 (13 weeks) or $168 (6 weeks) and the medium share costs $234 (full share) or $108 (medium share).

Full shares will generally have a selection of five different kinds of fruits, five different kinds of veggies, and an herb each week.  Medium shares will have half counts on the five fruits, and half counts on four of the veggies, and no herb. On a week to week basis, the fruits, vegetables and herbs are 80% to 85% certified or transitional organic.

Yucaipa Farm Share will begin on Tuesday, August 4th at the Yucaipa Community Center (34900 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa). Pick up times will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

To register please visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Yucaipa Farm Share in the upper left hand corner.

For more information, please contact Todd Gutjahr, Community Services Supervisor, at 909-797-1177 or healthyyucaipa@yucaipa.org.

Kaiser Award of Healthy Eating Active Living to City of Yucaipa


The City of Yucaipa is the proud recipient of a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Grant from the Kaiser Permanent Foundation Hospitals, Community Benefit Program. A $7,500 award will be used to bolster the Healthy Communities initiative currently championed by the Healthy Yucaipa Committee (HYC) and the Community Services Department.

The City and HYC have launched an ambitious health and wellness education campaign in an attempt to inform residents on the importance of healthy eating and active living. In the past, this has included: securing the services of a Registered Dietitian, publishing healthy menus, providing recipe ideas, and conducting community trainings and workshops on healthy living. This year the Kaiser Grant fund will be used to provide residents of Yucaipa with daily recreational swim and allow over 240 children to participate in the “Learn to Swim” program.

The Kaiser HEAL application may be obtained at the Yucaipa Community Center. The Community Services Department staff will review/approve scholarship requests based on eligibility and on a first come first serve basis until funds are exhausted. The funding “cycle” will correspond with the City’s Fiscal Year: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Grant scholarships are based on the following:

  1. Income eligibility
  2. Space in requested program and/or activity
  3. Approval from Community Services Director or designee

The Healthy Yucaipa initiative is designed to assist residents in understanding the benefits of a healthy lifestyle; while teaching skills for preventative care through various programs offered throughout the Yucaipa community.

Jennifer Resch-Silvestri, Public Affairs Director for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Fontana states, “Kaiser Foundation Hospitals’ social mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve, and we recognize the positive impact of your organization in helping to achieve this goal. We anticipate that this contribution will allow your programs and services to help many in need.”

According to the Mayor of Yucaipa, Denise Hoyt, “through the efforts of Healthy Yucaipa, receiving the Kaiser Foundation grant award will allow the aquatic programs to demonstrate to young children and their families the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through swimming, while enhancing quality of life through good preventive care for Yucaipa residents”.

For more information regarding the Healthy Yucaipa Committee and the Healthy Yucaipa activities, please contact Community Services Supervisor, Megan Wolfe at (909) 790-4760 x24.

City of Yucaipa Community Garden


The City of Yucaipa, the Healthy Yucaipa Committee, Green Valley Village, and CBH Inc. are sponsoring Yucaipa’s first Community Garden. The Community Garden will be located at Green Valley Village Senior Apartments located at 34955 Yucaipa Blvd.  The Yucaipa Community Garden consists of garden plots to be used by seniors, individuals, families, or groups to grow fresh produce, herbs, and ornamental plants. Each raised plot is 11.5’ x 2.5’ in dimension. The Yucaipa Community Garden is intended to be a beautiful, safe, and peaceful oasis amidst the fast-paced life of the Inland Empire. The gardening season for 2015 will begin in May.

Garden plot fees are as follows: Yucaipa residents: $30/year; Yucaipa Seniors: $25/year. There will also be a $10 key deposit for the entry of the garden gates for all growers. No admittance will be permitted without a key.

Gardeners are also encouraged (but not required) to join the Yucaipa Garden Club. The Garden Club will meet monthly and will be hosting guest speakers, offer gardening tips, and much more. The registration for the Yucaipa Garden Club is free to all participants of the garden.

For more general or registration information, please contact the City of Yucaipa at (909) 797-1177 or visit www.healthyyucaipa.org.

End Water Waste


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California Alternate Rates for Energy


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