Chaffey College campus in Chino nears reality

CHINO - Years of planning and occasional distractions have not deterred the vision of a community college in Chino.

It's almost here.

"Welcome to the college town of Chino," said Mayor Dennis Yates on Friday about the groundbreaking ceremony for the 100-acre Chaffey College Chino campus.

The event was attended by city, college and county officials.

The new campus, whose construction has already begun, will have more to offer than campus buildings; it will mean a shorter drive for local college students, and a potential increase in college-goers.

"It will be in our backyard," said Michelle Sliwa, Chino Hills High School counselor. "It will mean access. It will mean (students) won't have to travel to get something."

That "something," is education, and with a campus closer to home, the potential increase in college attendance is prevalent.

Chili cooks sought in Chino

Fire department musters were never this fun.

Visitors to the 12th annual Chino Valley Fire Foundation's annual fun muster and chili cook-off can eat their fill of the spicy concoction, watch firefighters try to outmaneuver each other on the playing field and contribute to the welfare of local children in the process. Before the yearly fundraiser gets going on Oct. 21, though, more sponsors and cooks are needed.

The Chino Valley Fire Foundation and the Chino Professional Firemen's Association will present the all-day family event at the Chino Fairgrounds, 5410 Edison Ave. Admission is free. Parking will be $5.

"I think this is one of the largest events in Chino," said Karen Haughey, muster public relations chairwoman. "We usually have about 5,000 people come out for the day of fun. The money that is raised is needed to continue the foundation's public safety programs. And every year the educational programs go into more classrooms and grades. That all takes money."

Measure 1 Street Projects in the Inland Empire Your Tax Dollars at Work

In addition to freeway projects, Measure I provides funds for major street improvements throughout the San Bernardino Valley. These funds are used for major rehabilitation, construction or reconstruction of main thoroughfares, also called arterial streets. A Measure I Arterial Program Five Year Plan is adopted each year to allocate funds for these streets.

The following streets have been improved or identified for improvement since Measure I's passage:

Widening of Baseline, City of Highland

Widening of E Street, City of San Bernardino