Past Stories

Behind the Times

The news that the Boy Scouts of America is reconsidering its perspective on gay scouts and leaders has been hailed as a noteworthy and progressive step forward. Little do they know is that they’re behind the curve and Redland...


“Someday, my people will be free.”

Photo by Kristopher Christensen The times they are A-changin‘, medical cannabis godfather Dennis Peron assures In the world of medical cannabis activism, Dennis Peron’s name looms large. For decades, he’s been a tireless...


Failure to Launch?

Though the phrase may be “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” for Lake Elsinore it’s more “If it’s broken, just toss money at the problem and expect change.” The city’s officials have been less than impressed wit...



Tickets to Salvation

Got a red-light ticket in San Bernardino last year?—don’t pay it! When San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy last August, residents and city officials might not have been able to foresee an unintended consequence: Goodbye, re...


Message in a Bottle: Don’t Drink

It’s a good principle never to accept gifts from strangers, but does that have to be extended to power companies as well? Pacific Gas & Electric has been giving out bottled water to the residents of Hinkley that exceeds t...


Pious Pioneer

Groundbreaking (and gay) bishop coming to show Palm Springs that all are equal in the eyes of God As anyone who has ever been in a relationship can tell you, love is one of the most complex things a human…



Another Birther Movement

Chinese women are going to have to find a new path to American citizenship for their kids, because Chino Hills isn’t silently cooperating anymore. The city recently shut down an alleged “maternity hotel” via a temporary r...


Policing the Police

Cato Institute’s police misconduct project names Rialto and Riverside departments among the top 10 offenders A first-of-its-kind effort by libertarian think tank Cato Institute to compile reputable media accounts of police mi...


No More “Gotcha!”

San Bernardino’s got problems. Lots of problems. Crime, filing for bankruptcy, crime, bankruptcy . . . crime. But here’s one thing residents in that city don’t have to worry about anymore: red-light cameras! Whoo-hoo! The...



All About Timing

Paul Chabot A day after the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rancho Cucamonga Drug Warrior Paul Chabot pitches shooter training A training course designed to teach how to protect yourself during—and possibly stop—a deadly shoot...


Ware(house) Is That Pollution Coming From?

Really, Moreno Valley, you sure you want to become the next Ontario or Mira Loma? That’s sort of the message regional air-quality guys are sending MoVal in the form of a letter the South Coast Air Quality Management District ...


SOS for MLK

San Berdoo’s money problems are bad—it can’t even fix its statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To say that the city of San Bernardino is having financial difficulties would be the year’s biggest understatement. The city...



That Presidential Touch

Surprise! Hollywood got the facts wrong again. The only people shocked by this are the historians of the A.K. Smiley Library and Lincoln Memorial Shrine in Redlands, according to the The Press-Enterprise. They even came togethe...


What Lies Beneath

Barstow’s polluted water problems are over . . . for now Two years ago, the Golden State Water Co.—which serves Barstow—alerted its customers to some startling news: high levels of perchlorate, a potentially hazardous roc...


What Dream May Come

Photo courtesy of Dameron Communication San Bernardino is putting a whole new spin on the phrase “go for broke.” It’s no secret that the city has been having financial difficulties, but you think they would do something ...



The Power of Words

San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman Was San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman wrong or right to tell citizens to arm themselves? At a time when the city of San Bernardino is already going through the difficulties of bank...


No Miracles Here

The case of an alleged “maternity hotel” in Chino Hills hit the blogosphere this week—so much so that Next Media Animation—those crazy CGI animators from Taiwan who love riffing off of current events. Local residents ar...


Collateral Damage

Photo courtesy of Cop Watch An activist who documents instances of police misconduct has her own horror story to tell The Nov. 15 conviction of a police-misconduct activist for blocking a sidewalk near a DUI checkpoint on Mark...



Gobble, Gobble . . . Maybe Not

You Might Want to Go Vegan This Turkey Day, An Animal Rights Group Says This Thanksgiving, as millions of families gather to celebrate with a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixins’, one Los Angeles-based animal rights...


Hurray for the Underdog

No mailers, no phone banks, no splashy campaign ads—that’s no problem for Julio Rodriguez. The 27-year-old politically inexperienced resident just got elected to the Perris City Council, getting more votes than any other ca...


Working Man’s Blues

Photo courtesy of Warehouse Workers Speaking up for workers’ rights gets you straight-up fired, warehouse employees say A September full of direct action and progress for workers’ rights group Warehouse Workers United (WWU...



Laundry Day

Neil Derry While California re-elected Obama and Feinstein, it seems Election Day in the Inland Empire was all about cleaning house. Most notable among these changes was in San Bernardino County, where incumbent Third District...


Taking Out the Garbage

There’s something fishy about a Pomona waste-hauling deal and the mayor’s campaign contributions, activists say For some, there’s a pungent stench lingering in the city of Pomona, but this time it isn’t due to winds, su...


An Inconvenient Truth?

Because politics hasn’t been enough of a mess this week, it seems that Riverside will be playing host to its own scandal. Brian Smith, head of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association, has just written an open letter to t...



Upsetting the Apple Cart

On Election Day, the Weekly offers a radical presidential candidate Jill Stein as an alternative to, well, those two other guys “Is is not only okay to vote for a third party—it’s essential for the survival of our democra...


Suicide Silenced?

Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence (Facebook Suicide Silence) Riverside Metalcore Band Suicide Silence frontman dies from motorcycle injuries Heavy music fans everywhere are devastated by the recent death of Mitch Lucker, the ene...


The Rundown

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Several attendees at the Riverside Community Review Commission meeting criticize an episode at the Riverside City Council meeting 24 hours before, when Riverside police handcuffed 60-year-old Karen Wright,...



Victimless Crime?

In an effort to target sex traffickers, Proposition 35 brings protection—and problems?—to the table A vote for “yes” on Proposition 35—also known as the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act—seems as s...