Wednesday, July 5, 2017

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

ONTARIO >> Seven months into locals controlling Ontario International Airport, its CEO, Kelly Fredericks, is stepping down, it was announced Wednesday.

Coming out of a closed-door session Wednesday morning, the Ontario International Airport Authority announced Fredericks’ departure is effective immediately. Mark Thorpe, who was hired in August as chief development officer, will serve as interim CEO.

In a statement, OIAA President Alan Wapner alluded to a conflict between Fredericks and the commission.

“Both the commissioners and Kelly acknowledge that their approaches to the direction and management of OIAA differ and that it would be mutually beneficial to part ways as OIAA moves to the next phase of the airport’s development,” Wapner is quoted as saying.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Proposed Law Could Boost Pay for EMTs and Paramedics

Ambulance companies dismiss proposal as a "double financial penalty".

By Paul Krueger

A state assemblyman has joined the effort to protect rest and lunch breaks for California’s EMTs and Paramedics.

Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, a Democrat from Pomona, is sponsoring legislation that would require ambulance companies to pay their crews an hour’s pay if their required rest or lunch breaks are interrupted by an emergency.

Rodriguez’s proposal would also require the companies to give those employees another rest or lunch break in that same shift, to make up for the interrupted rest time.

Friday, February 24, 2017

By Liset Márquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

POMONA - “This cowardly act does not define us as a city,” Mayor Tim Sandoval said.

That act was a drive-by shooting Monday evening that claimed the life of 8-year-old Jonah Hwang. A crowd of about 100 gathered at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday night to remember the young boy with an infectious smile.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

IRWINDALE >> On most days, Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez puts on a suit and tie and heads off to his office in the state Capitol to craft legislation and represent his constituents in Pomona, Chino, Montclair and Ontario.

But three or four times a month, Rodriguez, D-Chino, puts on a blue uniform and sturdy boots and drives from his home in Pomona to Irwindale, where he reports for duty as an emergency medical technician at American Medical Response, or AMR, an ambulance company.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

POMONA ( — A portion of the 10 Freeway in Pomona was named Saturday for an officer who was gunned down two years ago.

As CBS2’s Laurie Perez reports, it is a sad anniversary — Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond died after being shot in the line of duty.

Perez spoke to friends and family still mourning his loss.

There’s a new sign going up on the 10 through Pomona.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

POMONA >> Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond, who was shot and later died after serving a search warrant related to an outlaw motorcycle gang investigation two years ago, was honored Saturday with a portion of the 10 Freeway being named after him.

The stretch, from the 57 Freeway interchange to Towne Avenue, will now be called the “Pomona Police Officer Shaun Diamond Memorial Highway.” A green highway sign indicating the name of the freeway portion was unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez, D-Chino, who worked toward getting the freeway renamed. The ceremony was held two years to the day of Diamond’s death.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Want evidence that a transfer of Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles to local control has widespread support?

Look no further than last week’s 75-0 vote in the state Assembly to pass Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez’s bill to allow the city of Ontario to issue revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of the struggling airport from Los Angeles World Airways, a department of the city of Los Angeles.