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This North Bench home owner would like to send a big thank you to Yucaipa City Councilmembers Greg Bogh and Jon Thorp for having the good sense not to be blinded by grape vines. It has been made very clear at the planning commission meeting and the city council meeting that the underlying cu…

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One of my greatest joys as a husband and father is to work together as a family. There is something about gathering together for a common purpose with your loved ones that just fills my heart with joy. Back when he was a little boy, I would especially get a kick out of my son, Maksim. If I w…

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I’ve shared before that when my son, Maksim, was younger he enjoyed dressing just like me.

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A shiny new fire truck is all it took to hypnotize the city council of Calimesa who just approved 2.25 million square feet of high intensity industrial warehouse space on the West side of I-10 at Singleton Road and Cherry Valley Boulevard. Unbelievably, an environmental analysis from a 2005 …

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The greatest climate bill was just passed, spending $369 billion on climate change prevention.

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The traffic in this area is well beyond out of control, and after reading about the recent vote by the Calimesa City Council to allow warehouses into our city, I'm wondering who is actually profiting/benefiting here? Three members vote yes, one abstains, and the other....doesn't vote because…

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YCJUSD lost a hidden hero a few weeks ago. Norman Pierce played an outsized role of creating and maintaining computer networks for the school district. If you had a child who attended a YCJUSD school or have worked for the district, Norman's work behind the scenes kept data safe and informat…

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Have you ever waited for a promise to be fulfilled that God gave you and it seemed like you were waiting forever? I’m reminded of all the years I waited for the day when I would finally meet my beautiful wife, Juanita. As a youth, I looked forward to being married one day. Growing up, I gave…

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I am sure most readers are tired of reading about someone having to be rescued from a fall at Forest Falls or any area that is properly signed warning against the area.

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Yucaipa is a precious jewel in Southern California. We have a general plan that helps keep it that way. We are hearing about the changes that some developers want to make to it. When folks move to Yucaipa to build their homes, their lives, they take into account what area they want to be in.…

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I am writing in opposition of this higher density non-rural designated development proposal on the north bench. By sleight of hand and smokescreen the developer says they are building 50 homes on 50 acres. In reality they are building 50 homes on less than 20 acres because the rest is unbuil…

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On my 37th birthday one of my best friends presented me with a gift that was ridiculously valuable! You see, I’ve had my Bible since I got married and so it contains all those years of notes, thoughts, and observations. It dawned on me that my Bible would be a wonderful treasure to one day p…

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I want to address the city’s plans for development in the North Bench. Yucaipa has been a rare gem allowing for rural living in a beautiful environment. Many people have lived on lots large enough to keep horses and other farm animals on their own property. To allow that, a property has to b…

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In my neighborhood, right next door in fact, a proposed 200 unit apartment complex was “on the agenda” at the commissioners meeting. Interested parties were invited to speak and express their opinions and ideas.

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I would like to encourage voters in the Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District, District 4, to reelect Sharon Bannister to the School Board.

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At any given point in life we may find ourselves in a season of difficulty or perhaps everything is coming together just as planned. Regardless of where we’re at right this moment, I can guarantee that at some point in the near future we will find ourselves in the opposite scenario. That’s w…

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Citizens of the city of Calimesa need to wake up. Especially the senior citizens and families with children. We are being ignored by the Planning Commission and may be on Sept. 6, when our Mayor and the other members of the Calimesa City Council if they vote in favor of four more warehouses.…

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Do you remember back when you were a child and you imagined what you would one day grow up to be? A firefighter, police officer, doctor, soldier … movie director? Uh, that was me. I imagined that I would go to USC film school — where many of the “greats” attended — and eventually become Stev…

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I had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Rita Taylor for nearly 35 years of my life. She was the queen of offering excellent customer service for all the customers that entered Rita’s Hallmark Shop. Her smile was infectious and she greeted everyone warmly.

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Back in the days when I worked for county government, I was blessed to have several promotions which allowed me the opportunity to relocate to different offices throughout the region. One of those relocations occurred right before my annual two-week vacation, and the move was to our central …

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What have we really learned from the Jan. 6 Congressional hearing? To many, it was just a political show trial. Its purpose was to preclude Mr. Trump from running for president, again. Was the former president guilty of fomenting an insurrection, as the Democrat apologists insist? No! Most o…

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I am a living testimony of Christ’s miraculous work in a broken life. Looking back, I can only boast in His amazing love and grace. You see, I had a chip on my shoulder and I was a very angry person in my youth. After years of having to fight to survive the abundance of schoolyard bullies, I…

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In my letter, entitled “No to warehouse” printed by the News Mirror on Friday, July 22. After forwarding the letter to the News Mirror, I realized I had stated on the first paragraph, second sentence “Calimesa City Council has approved a 1.5 million square foot warehouse to be built” etc. Th…

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The Jan. 6 hearings have wound down for the moment but I won’t forget what I learned — that what happened that day wasn’t an isolated attack on our Capitol. It’s part of an ongoing criminal conspiracy to undermine our freedom to vote and to choose our elected leaders.

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Quakes, tornados, rains, flooding, erosion, hurricanes, sea level rise, high heat waves around the world …

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I was riding my bike recently from Seventh Street Park down to Colorado Street to Oak Glen Road. I take this route and always thought they should have more lighting along Colorado Street. It was pretty dark. Some of the street lights were on for 15 second and then off. I guess, to save money…

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It’s time to make some serious changes around Yucaipa, starting with recalling the entire city council. We need people who will not waste tax dollars on roundabouts (when the entire town needs sidewalks on every street) and striping city streets and supporting projects from an ancient city p…

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My brother, a retired state worker, lives in a small town in the foothills of the Sierras. He and his wife live in a triple-wide mobile home on 3.5 acres. Just recently, the town’s only water well has gone dry. Water is now being hauled in by truck. A new deeper water well is slated to be dr…

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As I look back on my life, I see the influence of many godly people, but the four men that stand out from the rest are the ones that the Lord anointed to demonstrate to me what it means to be a godly man.

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Last week the city council completed the biennial rent review for this year. There were 15 items from the rent control ordinance to be considered for possible changes.

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Have you ever wondered if God’s promises no longer applied to you because of past failures? I remember when I was in high school the Lord spoke some profound promises into my life through His Word and the Holy Spirit. Then I made some poor choices and the next thing I knew, I was wallowing i…

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Singleton Heights, JP Ranch, Rancho Calimesa and Sharon-dale Senior Mobile Home residents will be shocked to learn that the Calimesa City Council has approved a 1.5 million square foot warehouse to be built on the 81 acres of land and other property located right next to the Rancho Calimesa …

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My family and I went to the first summer concert series on Sunday and it was packed. The vibe was fun and relaxing. My daughters are already asking me if we could go next week.

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I am sorry to see so many people in this country who are so eager to take our country backward. Many of them don’t remember or choose not to remember this country’s past attempt (and ultimate failure) of prohibition. Today, the prohibition is on abortion. But taking away someone’s legal righ…

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Many years ago in high school, when I was first learning to play guitar, some classmates and I decided it would be fun to form a worship band. Everybody in the band was just learning how to play an instrument or sing, so needless to say we sounded awful. Not long after, I received an invitat…

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We attended Yucaipa Animal Placement Society’s Fourth of July, Paws and Stripes.

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Local power company, what were you thinking on June 29, 2002? Yes, you sent several notifications that there would be a power outage in my area ( Hidden Meadows). You “estimated” the outage to start at 5:45 a.m. and estimated it to end at 3 p.m. Your reason was “pole replacement.”

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To make positive change, the city council needs to be aware of the issues with roundabouts.

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July 15, 2019, President Trump called Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelen-sky, to presser him into saying FMR Vice President, Joe Bident's son, Hunter Biden, should be investigated; trying to make Joe Biden his running mate look bad.

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Back when I owned my own business I had a dispute with a former client who also was a believer. He hired me as a consultant to help mediate a disagreement between him and his landlord. I performed my side of the agreement but when it came time for him to pay me, he refused on the grounds tha…

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I have found that many locals of Yucaipa and Calimesa are not aware of the Yucaipa Historical Society or of the Mousley Museum on the corner of Bryant Street and Panorama Street, where they are housed.

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I was at an eatery here in Yucaipa, enjoying a delicious hot fresh brew of coffee. I looked up, surprisingly and unexpected this happiest couple danced their way through the door, smiling as they greeted people before taking a seat. Their hair was the shade of a silvery moon, his hair a litt…

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I would like to respond to the letter last week about the “Reality of roundabouts.” I understand that to many people, the roundabouts are a little scary because they are not used to them.

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I represent Yucaipa Valley Water District in Division 5 which includes Calimesa. I would like to thank all the water agencies, board members, dignitaries, city Council members and the community for attending.

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Quick Quack Car Wash opened for business with a fundraiser for the Yucaipa Woman’s Club. The funds that were donated by members and others who had their cars washed on July 13, were matched by the Car Wash company. This will all go towards a new roof for our 100-year-old historic clubhouse. …

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This is all about roundabouts. I love them! I travel Avenue E quite frequently and go through the roundabouts on Second and Third Streets. I have noticed in the last three or four more months, the weeds have gotten higher and higher. I decided to call the city and said, “hey, what’s up?”

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Have you ever considered the “natural” behavior of a young child? No different than an adult, a child’s inherent tendency is to manifest sin. I remember years ago when my son, Maksim, was a toddler, he got into some craft paint when he thought no one was looking. Instinctively, he took the p…

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I understand that 20 million people watched the first showing of the Insurrection Investigation on TV Democrats are charging former President Trump of causing.

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As I read the letter concerning anti-gun protest I noticed the word “satire” in the title. I was expecting humor and boy was I not disappointed. The letter laughingly stated that dying in a mass shooting was a once-in-billion chance. Actual statistics are closer to one-in-12,000. I almost di…

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Did you know our Yucaipa Planning Division is considering plans to build a 200 multi-family apartment complex on eight acres located between Second Street and Third Street near County Line Road? The project consists of nine apartment units of which seven units are THREE STORIES HIGH! The sur…

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It’s sobering how we behave when we’re walking in the flesh and not in the Spirit. I remember this one time I was driving a company vehicle, performing building inspections for a former employer, when suddenly this huge, burly guy stepped right in front of my car as I was exiting the drivewa…

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Many thanks to the News Mirror for printing that comprehensive coverage of the meeting of the Rent Review Commission to conduct the biennial review of our local rent control ordinance. Nice reporting by Michelle Lopez. Hopefully more mobilehome residents will read and absorb the information …

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Vice President Joe Biden, when referring to former president George W. Bush, declared, “No one is above the law.” As our current president, Joe Biden is, above the law.

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I’m troubled by the virulent anti-gun protests that have emerged from the Uvalde school shooting. I’m sure that if a deranged, mentally ill teenage intruder got into a Yucaipa elementary school and slaughtered perhaps twenty third graders, we Yucaipans would understand that his dastardly act…

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Wow. It was a great honor to attend the Yucaipa-Calimesa Memorial Day event at Desert Lawn in Calimesa. The keynote speaker, Justn Crabbe, was an excellent choice to share the message of loss. He shared a sad story about his buddy who served with him in Afghanistan and said that he recently …

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I didn’t want to write on the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. I also will not forget them.

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Valley Elementary School presented the most awe inspiring and heartwarming tribute for the dedication of the Tyler Davis Memorial Garden. It was an honor to attend. Students and adults did a great job. Applause for all.

Photos will appear on our website and possibly in our newspaper.