Hemet City Manager terminated

<strong>Hemet City Manager terminated</strong>
Majority of city council expresses dissatisfaction with performance Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe special meeting was held at a secondary location possibly to avoid public scrutiny. ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed In a special meeting held by the Hemet City Council on Tuesday, Mar. 19, councilmembers voted to terminate the employment contract of City Manager Allen Parker on a 3-to-2 vote.The special meeting was held at a secondary location possibly to avoid public scrutiny. The action was taken on a “not for cause” basis meaning that Parker will receive severance compensation equal to seven months pay, or $115,657, along with any accrued vacation or other benefits. Parker has been (more…)

Boxing for Christ block party

<strong>Boxing for Christ block party</strong>
A new community event made for everyone Photos by Jenna RobinsonThe main attraction inside the gym was the sparring ring. ■ By Jenna Robinson / Contributed Nestled behind Monte Vista Middle School in San Jacinto is the hidden gem that is Sallee Park, a spacious and beautiful venue for the first annual Boxing for Christ Community Block Party and where the organization is located. From a well-coordinated car show to vendors selling delicious hot dogs, tacos, burritos and more, the event was successful in its message, keeping the youth off the street and bringing together the supportive community. Boxing wasn’t the only creative youth-advocating organization at the event. Supporting youth involvement (more…)

Local NAMI Mt. San Jacinto holds ‘Recognition Fiesta’

<strong>Local NAMI Mt. San Jacinto holds ‘Recognition Fiesta’</strong>
Over 20 volunteers praised for mental health services to the community Gena Estrin for the Valley ChronicleLeft to right: Board members at the Recognition Fiesta at the Golden Era Golf Course are Dr. Ijeoma Ijeaku, Jasmin Rubio, Brenda Scott (Executive Director), Mark Faber, Rosa Alvarado (Board President), Cheryle Steddom (Treasurer). Not shown, Ishmael Bribesca, Terri Handy, Andrea Morgan, Jessica Oakes (Vice President), Caitlyn Ruiz. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The second annual Recognition Fiesta by NAMI Mt. San Jacinto took place last month at the Golden Era Golf Course with an enthusiastic audience of volunteers and other residents of San Jacinto, Hemet, Perris and Banning. NAMI is the National Alliance (more…)

Elks Lodge, Home Depot recognize Hemet veterans

<strong>Elks Lodge, Home Depot recognize Hemet veterans</strong>
Brookdale Sunwest site of new veterans memorial park Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe dedication of the new veterans memorial park was an opportunity to recognize local veterans, and four received quilts from the local chapter of Quilts for Veterans. Displaying their quilts sewn by Hemet-area quilters are, from left, veterans Richard Powell, Tony Colston, William Becker and Ron Loomis. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A new veterans memorial park was dedicated at Brookdale Sunwest assisted living facility in Hemet with the help of Hemet Elks Lodge 1740 and Home Depot. The memorial park is also a memorial garden that will allow residents of Brookdale to plant and tend (more…)

Library talk addresses historic U.S. and local disasters

<strong>Library talk addresses historic U.S. and local disasters</strong>
Part 1 explores historic disasters and preparedness strategies Gena Estrin / The Valley ChroniclePenelope Engard addresses audience at First Friday lecture at Hemet Public Library on historic natural disasters in the U.S. As its name implies, the First Friday talk is presented at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of every month in the Hemet Library. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The last time the First Friday program was held at the Hemet Library, Penelope Engard focused on historic natural disasters in the U.S. and Carol Frances presented the history of Saint Patrick’s Day. Engard led a fascinated audience, including members of a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) team in (more…)

Pharmacy open for business

<strong>Pharmacy open for business</strong>
Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe new United Family Pharmacy building at 1221 S. San Jacinto Ave., San Jacinto, was severely damaged Nov. 11 when a driver plowed into the building and fled the scene. The driver later was cited for leaving the scene of an accident, but it took months for business owner Steve DiMemmo to have the damage to his pharmacy business repaired, not to mention recapture the lost business and customers that missed coming in during the building’s reconstruction. Today, the business is open and up and running again, albeit with morning-only hours from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. (Note the steel pylons in front to prevent the unlikely (more…)

Hemet city manager placed on paid administrative leave

Chris Lopez named acting city manager ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed The city council has placed City Manager Allen Parker on paid administrative leave while the council continues the process of his evaluation following a closed-door session Tuesday night, March 12. The council appointed Deputy City Manager Chris Lopez as acting city manager. Parker was appointed city manager in 2017. Hemet’s history of losing city managers for one reason or another is bleak and high turnover actually was a subject of concern in the State Auditor’s report after the state stepped in a few years ago identifying Hemet as an at-risk city. Parker’s predecessor, former City Manager Alex Meyerhoff, left (more…)

Hemet gets a taste of Hollywood

<strong>Hemet gets a taste of Hollywood</strong>
Idyllwild Film Festival holds awards ceremony in downtown Hemet Photo by Dennis FletcherFilm Festival founder Stephen Savage ushers filmmakers into one of the classic cars provided by the Classic Car Club of Hemet for a ride from the pre-awards event at the Public Library over to the Hemet Historic Theatre for the official awards ceremony was held.. ■ Chronicle news Staff Hemet got a taste of Hollywood when the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema chose to celebrate it’s awards ceremony at the historic Hemet Theatre on Sunday, March 10. Founded by independent filmmaker Stephen Savage, the festival, now in its 10th year, is slated to become Oscar accredited in time for (more…)

Culling the herd

<strong>Culling the herd</strong>
Far-From-Perfect Mustang Rescue gives horses a second chance Far-From-Perfect Mustang RescueJoel Sapperfield, mustang trainer, prepares Star, one of their newest wild mustangs, for training. ■ By Ann Hoffman / Contributed When you were a kid, did you have dreams of riding the range, maybe rounding up wild mustangs, maybe even “breaking” them to ride? Or maybe you just have a thing for horses? What if you could actually go see and touch one of these magnificent creatures that began life as a free-roaming and spirited animal? Would that be right up there on your adventure list? Well, you can. So how is it that mustangs end up in places like the (more…)

SJHS Annual Golf Tournament

<strong>SJHS Annual Golf Tournament</strong>
Local high school hosts 11th annual ‘Match Play’ at Golden Era Golf Course Muriel DufresneCoach Corky Cloud, winner Jeffrey Winkler, and organizer Ryan George. ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed The 11th annual San Jacinto “Match Play” Tournament was hosted at the Golden Era Golf Course from Feb. 25-27. This competition is for high school golfers and is played differently than a regular golf tournament. Match Play was started by Coach Steve Simpson when he was the boys’ golf coach at San Jacinto High School. Simpson is currently the Assistant Principal of the school. As explained by the SJHS PE teacher and current organizer, Ryan George, “Match Play is (more…)