Weekend of milestones for HHT

<strong>Weekend of milestones for HHT</strong>
Photos by Pam FlumerfeltJim Curry was in town to perform his famous tribute to the music of John Denver. ■ Susan Carrier / Contributed Last weekend, the Historic Hemet Theatre celebrated a series of special milestones, further elevating the profile of the valley’s vintage movie house turned community arts center. On Saturday, Jim Curry was in town to perform his famous tribute to the music of John Denver. The sellout crowd included fans from all across Southern California and Arizona, celebrating the music of “America’s Troubadour.” John Summers at the Hemet Historic Theatre. Curry has appeared four times at HHT, but this time, the show included a very special guest appearance. (more…)

Can Newsome housing campaign succeed?

■ Thomas D. Elias / Contributed It turns out Gov. Gavin Newsom was deadly serious when he insisted as a candidate last year that California needs to build 3.5 million new housing units each year for the next ten in order to solve its affordable housing crisis. That’s a total of 3.5 million, more than double what builders around the state have put up in any of the last few decades. Newsome resent that message a few weeks into his new job, when he successfully urged Attorney General Xavier Becerra to sue the Orange County city of Huntington Beach for allegedly failing to allow enough new housing to handle its population (more…)

Veteran Warriors compete at Wheelhouse

US Power Soccer Association wheelchair tournament comes to Hemet ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter A local, all-Veteran wheelchair soccer team will be competing in a U.S. Power Soccer Association wheelchair competition at the Wheelhouse located on 2860 West Florida Avenue, in Hemet on Mar. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All players, coaches and team management for Veteran Warriors, the local team, are military veterans and this is the first all-Veteran soccer team to join the U.S. Power Soccer Association nationwide. Cloverlane Foundation, under the aegis of Gerald Chase, was instrumental in developing the partnership to bring the Veterans Mobility Projects adaptive sport program to be realized. Mr. (more…)

Valentine’s Day floods prompt multiple rescues

<strong>Valentine’s Day floods prompt multiple rescues</strong>
First responders provide aid to numerous San Jacinto-area victims Courtesy Danny Smelthurst and Hemet Eye NewsA drone’s eye view of flooding near Ramona Expressway and Sanderson with Lambs Canyon in the distance from an online posting by Danny Smelthurst on Hemet Eye News. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor This past Valentine’s Day proved to be less than lovely this year for several victims and first responders involved in swift-water rescues caused by the recent heavy rain plaguing Riverside County, specifically in the San Jacinto area. Last Thursday, dozens of emergency responders conducted multiple rescue missions to aid victims caught in rain-swollen areas throughout the valley. Several motorists became trapped (more…)

San Jacinto grieves for Baby Anthony

<strong>San Jacinto grieves for Baby Anthony</strong>
Toddler playing in driveway is run over and killed Courtesy of the family of Anthony Carreon & GoFundMe.comAnthony Carreon was on the ground behind a vehicle whose driver backed up and struck him, causing fatal injuries. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A 1-year-old toddler playing in a San Jacinto driveway was run over and killed last week by a vehicle as the driver backed into the street. The victim was identified as Anthony Carreon, who suffered multiple serious injuries during the incident, which occurred at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, according to the Riverside County coroner. The child was rushed by ambulance to Hemet Valley Medical Center, but (more…)

Chaudhuri enhances his medical kingdom

<strong>Chaudhuri enhances his medical kingdom</strong>
KPC Group buys four new hospitals in California thekpcgroup.comDr. Kali P. Chaudhuri ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri and his KPC Group, owners of hospitals in Hemet, Menifee and other cities around the world, have bid to acquire four California hospitals for the sum of $6.1 million. The four hospitals that KPC Group has bid on, all owned by Verity Health Systems, are: – St. Vincent Medical Center, in downtown Los Angeles, is a 366 bed hospital. It was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1856. In 2002, Catholic Healthcare West, with whom St. Vincent Medical Center became affiliated, sold the hospital to the newly (more…)

Valentine’s Day vibes at Sweet Baby Jane’s BBQ

<strong>Valentine’s Day vibes at Sweet Baby Jane’s BBQ</strong>
Tom Hickey for The Valley ChronicleValentine’s Day diners celebrated Feb. 14 by listening to Mondo A Go Go at Sweet Baby Jane’s BBQ. Regular gigs include Wednesday, Gary Watson; Thursday, Mondo A Go Go; Saturdays Reed Searl & the Feral Katz; and Sunday and Monday Rocky Zharp. Upcoming special guests include, Feb. 22 Psycohbillies, March 1 Rocky Zharp, March 8 Pyscohbillies, and March 15 Satellite. Sweet Baby Jane’s BBQ is located at 124 S. Harvard St. in Hemet. (951) 652-4227. (more…)

California Democrats: Are they really democratic?

■ Thomas D. Elias / Contributed It was one of the biggest disconnects in last year’s elections. In early 2018, three months before the June primary election, 54 percent of delegates to a convention of the California Democratic Party voted to desert longtime U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and endorse the termed-out former president of the state Senate, Kevin de Leon of East Los Angeles. Voters demurred. In the primary, rank-and-file Democrats backed Feinstein by about a 70-30 percent margin. But the party organization ignored them. Its executive board voted to endorse de Leon anyway in their Democrat-on-Democrat November runoff election. Again, Feinstein won. This proved the state party organization comes nowhere (more…)

Council approves 11 new police and fire vehicles

<strong>Council approves 11 new police and fire vehicles</strong>
Assigned cars said to increase police ‘boots on the ground’ File photos ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed The Hemet City Council recently authorized the purchase of seven new police vehicles and four emergency response vehicles for the police and fire departments. The fully equipped police cars are to be purchased under an assigned patrol vehicle plan, first implemented in 1994, that increases police visibility, patrol time and useful life of each vehicle. By assigning vehicles rather than using pooled patrol cars, down time at the beginning and end of shifts is eliminated allowing officers to stay in-service for the entire length of a shift adding about 60 minutes per day, (more…)

Report from newly elected DB42 member

<strong>Report from newly elected DB42 member</strong>
Francisco Ramos joins Executive Board of California Democratic Party File PhotoFrancisco Ramos joins Executive Board of California Democratic Party. ■ Francisco Ramos / Contributed Editor’s note: This report was filed by Francisco Ramos, recently elected to the California Democratic Party Convention for District 42. What a huge day Saturday was! The results are in. Our Deep Blue 42 ticket won 5 out of 7 of the “Other than self-identified female” spots, with two of our DB42 members becoming first alternates. Also, DB42 won three self-identified female seats. I am proud to announce, that I came in number one for the Executive Board and also in the “Other than self-identified female“ category. (more…)