Missing Service Poodle Returned Just in Time for Valentine's Day

He once was lost, but now is found!

Kramer, Nik Glaser’s proclaimed noodle-loving golden doodle, disappeared from his Venice, Los Angeles apartment over the holiday break under suspicious circumstances.

For the past nearly 2 months, Glaser launched a ferocious campaign by foot, flier and social media to sic his missing service dog that treats his anxiety.

Glaser also filed a police report and set up an anonymous tip line, begging for the safe return of his dog, no questions asked.

The tips poured in, ranging from claims of witnesses seeing the dog being sold on Craig’s List to sightings everywhere from Runyon Canyon to South Los Angeles. Glaser would get his hopes up as he chased down each lead, the heartbreak mounting.

Yesterday a woman named Linda Zlot Pearson posted a message on the Bring Kramer Home Facebook page asking “Could this be your Kramer at the South L.A. Shelter?”

A few hours later, Glaser was on a plane from Seattle, where he has since relocated to accept a new job, and from where he had been making trips down in his continued desperate search to find Kramer.

This time, the identification was pawsitive.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, their reunion was nothing short of the epic love fest you’d expect – check out the adorable video here: https://www.facebook.com/BringKramerHome13/

For more information, visit  https://www.facebook.com/BringKramerHome13/

Update 2/10/16 – 1:30pm: Sorry to keep you all on the edge of your seats. Quick update, Kramer and I have just stepped off the plane safe and sound in Seattle. My phone is nearly dead so please bear with us just a little longer smile emoticon Feel good content to follow shortly. — at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac).

Lovingood Presents a New Life for Old Route 66

Route 66 once was the High Desert’s sole connection to the San Bernardino Valley and the Los Angeles basin. Then the 1950s ushered in Interstate 15 and the era of the freeway.

As every local commuter well knows, Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass is undergoing a major upgrade, including widening, resurfacing and new transition roads. The $324 million project is set to be complete in mid-2016.

But what most people don’t know is that segments of old Route 66 in San Bernardino County will soon have new life.

The first is a partial bypass road in the Cajon Pass.

Cajon Boulevard (as Route 66 is known in the Cajon Pass) runs from Kenwood Avenue in Devore, up the pass until a couple of miles below the Highway 138 junction. At that point, I-15 obliterated old Route 66. Building a road to reconnect Cajon Boulevard to Highway 138 would require bridging the railroad tracks and traversing a long section of Cajon Creek and would be hugely expensive. Bulldozing a new roadway might be physically possible, but environmental obstacles would be daunting.

To the south, Cajon Boulevard currently proceeds three-quarters of a mile south of Kenwood Avenue where it again dead ends into I-15. However, the I-15/I-215 Interchange project currently under construction will, based on the County’s recommendation, rebuild Cajon Boulevard from this current terminus, underneath the new interchange. It will then connect with the existing portion of Cajon Boulevard that ends just north of Devore Road. From this point, Cajon Boulevard continues south into San Bernardino.

Nearby, Caltrans is planning to straighten many of the hairpin curves on Highway 138 going east of I-15 into Summit Valley. That could start as soon as next spring. This project will improve traffic flow for those interested in using Summit Valley Road from Hesperia as an alternate to the portion of I-15 above Highway 138.

Elsewhere in in the County, Route 66 is being also being restored.
In the spring, the County will begin work on almost six miles of National Trails Highway, from the Victorville City Line to Bryman Road. This is in addition to six miles of paving work on National Trails Highway from the Victorville city limits to Bryman Road. In 2013, the County completed a four-mile resurfacing project on National Trails in the Helendale/Oro Grande area. And on Dec. 15, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution of support for the California Historic Route 66 Needles to Barstow Corridor Management Plan. It’s the first step toward seeking National Scenic Byway designation for the segment.

Out in the East Mojave, storms last year did significant damage along National Trails Highway to 40 bridges and even washed away sections of pavement, making segments of Route 66 impassable. County work crews quickly repaired 12 areas of roadway and all but three of the bridges allowing us to reopen the segment of National Trails Highway between Barstow and Cadiz Road. Repairs on the more heavily damaged bridges was recently completed, allowing us to reopen the section between Cadiz Road and Essex Road, reconnecting National Trails Highway to Interstate 40.

While freeways are essential to our transportation network, old Route 66 in San Bernardino County is seeing new life.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace March Held at Victorville City Hall

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held their 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Peace March on the morning of Monday, January 18. This year’s theme was “All Lives Matter, asking people to recognize that everyone is equal.

Several hundred people marched down Civic Drive in Victorville to honor the dream of Dr. King. Participants sang and carried banners, and the scene was reminiscent of the 1963 march on Washington, DC in which Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

A ceremony followed the march, with Frances Lewis acting as master of ceremonies, pastor Larry Brown giving the opening prayer, and a welcome address by Llawanna Carroll, president of the Delta Sigma sorority.

The Academy for Academic Excellence Air Force ROTC Color Guard posted the colors and led the flag salute, and the National Anthem was sung by Rachelle Ellison.

Pastor Randy Ponce of Abundant Living church was the guest speaker, who spoke of compassion and searching for a heart full of grace as Dr. King had dreamed.

Other ceremony participants included sorority members Eloise Gibson and Peggy Moore.

After the march, Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia unveiled two new bronze plaques, recognizing Dr. King and A Philip Randolph, another civil rights leader. The plaques are located at the City of Victorville’s Civil Rights Memorial.

Randolph was selected to be honored with a plaque by 7th grade student and civil rights essay contest winner Reiner Yabut, along with Victor Elemenary School District Superintendent Jan Gonzales. The child was too shy to read the essay, so his mother, Roseanna read it for him.

Rev. Dr. James Munyi of Transformation Multicultural Fellowship said a closing prayer to end the program.

Stanton, Robinson lauded for public service with awards

Apple Valley Mayor Barb Stanton and Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson were awarded the 2015 Larry Chimbole Public Service Awards at a dinner in Palmdale on December 11.

The awards are the top recognition for public service given by the Desert/Mountain Division of the League of California Cities, made up of elected officials and administrators from 15 cities. The occasion marked the first time in three years that a city manager was included, and the first time since the award’s inception that two honorees were from the same city.

The Larry Chimbole Public Service Award was established in 2006 and presented to the award’s namesake, who passed away this November at the age of 95 after an impressive career in local and state government. Each year since, the Division recognizes one outstanding elected official and, on occasion, a city manager, who share Chimbole’s high personal character as well as his dedication to outstanding service to municipal government, leadership and activism with the League of California Cities.

Since being elected to the Apple Valley Town Council in November 2010, Stanton has served on several local and regional boards and commissions. She currently serves on the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, Victor Valley Transit Authority, Apple Valley Road Ad Hoc Committee, Southern California Association of Governments and San Bernardino Associated Governments.

“Barb is a devoted servant to the high desert and advocates heavily for issues and concerns facing our Town and our region,” said Scott Nassif, mayor pro tem of Apple Valley. Nassif is also vice president of the Desert/Mountain Division, and recipient of the Larry Chimbole Award in 2011.

Additionally, she personally devotes her time and energy to causes that ensure “A Better Way of Life” in Apple Valley and beyond, including the Phoenix Foundation, Relay for Life, No Drugs America and Donate for Life. She was recognized as a “Most Inspiring Woman of the Victor Valley” in 2009, for which she received official recognition from San Bernardino County and the California State Assembly.

Town Manager Frank Robinson received the Desert/Mountain Division Public Service Award, in recognition for lifetime achievement in municipal government. Nominated by City Managers in Hesperia, Big Bear Lake, Victorville and Barstow, Robinson was lauded for navigating the difficult transitional period of post-redevelopment agencies.

Among his many accomplishments, he is a leader of the high desert retail marketing collaboration known as Opportunity High Desert, an initiative that has joined all of the region’s cities together to attract new business instead of competing for limited sales tax revenue.

Robinson is an outspoken advocate of higher education and empowering others to achieve their goals. Under his leadership and encouragement, 15 Town employees have completed or are currently enrolled in college degree programs. He also serves as a volunteer mentor for the inaugural High Desert Leadership Academy.

“Without a doubt, it is Frank’s exemplary community spirit that qualified him to be honored as a Larry Chimbole award winner,” said Doug Robertson, Victorville City Manager

Employees of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company Give During Holidays

Like many local businesses, Ranchos has a tradition of holiday giving. In recent years, the company has partnered with the Apple Valley Fire Protection District to sponsor a Secret Santa program for local under-privileged children. This year the company decided to ask the employees: “How should Ranchos give back to our community for the holidays?”

The employees responded enthusiastically with a variety of suggestions for charities close to their hearts, with an emphasis on veterans, the elderly, and especially children in need. Then, the “wish list” of holiday caring was put into action.

With guidance from their colleagues, a small team of Ranchos employees, headed by Business Administration Manager Kristin Huffman, arranged partnerships and donations to benefit a variety of local community organizations. The spirit of giving even extended beyond the company’s giving to Ranchos’ employees personally contributing toys and cash for various children’s causes.

“Our employees brought us the community needs that are most important to them,” said Huffman. “We were able to reach out to hundreds of people this year in small ways, with meals or shoes or toys and we hope we’ve added some joy to their holidays. It was certainly rewarding for us.”

Ranchos’ employees contributed to a number of community organizations and holiday events, including the CHiPs 4 Kids toy drive, the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, Apple Valley Unified School District’s New Shoe Bank, the Barstow Sheriff’s station toy drive, and the United Way programs benefitting veterans and the elderly.

The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation’s Cooper Home cares for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect. Margaret Netcell, Operations Manager for the Foundation, noted that the holidays are an emotional and difficult time for the children at Cooper Home. “It’s a time when you want to be with your friends and family, and unfortunately, most of these kids can’t go home,” said Netcell.

Through the efforts of Ranchos employees, each of the children will receive gift cards for a shopping trip.

Earlier this year, Ranchos officially took over operation of the water system in Yermo, a small community east of Barstow. The Sheriff’s station in Barstow, in connection with the local fire department, holds a holiday toy drive, and Ranchos employees coordinated a special donation of toys for distribution in Yermo. Analeah Leon-Guerrero, a Sheriff Custody Assistant at the Barstow Station, helped coordinate Ranchos’ involvement.

Additionally, Ranchos employees randomly selected 40 customers with various hardships in Apple Valley to receive holiday food baskets containing items for a traditional holiday dinner, as well as a grocery store voucher.

Taxpayer Advocate Ourania Riddle is HJTA Taxfighter of the Year

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has named Ourania Riddle as HJTA Taxfighter of the Year. When Ourania, a 30 year member of the Solano County Taxpayers Association, witnessed the unelected State Water Resources Control Board running roughshod over the rights of taxpayers in her hometown of Dixon, she got involved.

The board had ordered Dixon to spend millions upgrading its sewer treatment plant, or else face penalties of $10,000 per day. It made no sense because the supposed “pollutant”–salt from water softeners–was not harmful to human health, and decades of test data proved that Dixon’s drinking water did not even contain salt.

After consulting with experts, Ourania was convinced the state’s science was faulty. She testified before the Little Hoover Commission about the board’s bullying tactics, and met with state legislators to introduce a bill that lete cities ban salt-based water softeners. In 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1366 (Feuer) into law.

Armed with the new state law, the Dixon City Council adopted an ordinance requiring all new water softeners to be salt-free and all existing salt-discharging softeners be removed and surrendered to the City. The ordinance included a buy-back program.

Notwithstanding the progress the city had made with Orania’s leadership, it still wasn’t enough to satisfy the state water board. Under renewed threat of daily fines, the City Council approved the expensive treatment plant upgrade, and a hefty rate increase to fund it. Ourania wanted the City to fight for more time so that the remaining illegal water softeners, estimated at over 500, could be removed. She and her friends circulated an initiative petition to repeal the rate increase. They collected signatures totaling more than 15% of the City’s registered voters, enough to force a special election. Instead of placing the initiative on the ballot, however, the City sued to invalidate it. Ourania’s group, represented by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation, defended the initiative in court.

While the Court subsequently ruled that the taxpayers’ effort to use the power of initiative was invalid, Ourania and her crew succeeded in changing state law and put the City of Dixon on notice that its taxpayers are organized and are carefully watching costs.

Ourania has served as the president, secretary and treasurer of the Solano County Taxpayers Association. She is on the Board of Advisors for the California League of Bond Oversight Committees, which provides training and help to the local oversight committees that police the expenditure of school bond funds. Ourania has served on the Solano County Grand Jury and on the Board of Directors of the California Grand Jurors Association. She is also an active member of Californians Aware, an organization that helps journalists and others enforce California’s open meeting laws. And of course, she is a long-time member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

HJTA President Jon Coupal praised Ourania for her contributions to her state and community, “We want to recognize Ourania and all those unsung taxpayer heroes who improve our lives by volunteering their time and energy to act as watchdogs over government spending and who prod government to make more efficient use of taxpayers’ dollars.”