What’s The Construction At Alabama Street, Redlands Boulevard and Colton Avenue in the City of Redlands?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

My office is on Colton Avenue between Tennessee and Redlands Boulevard. That is confusing to people, because Colton Avenue dead-ends into Redlands Boulevard.  I tell visitors to exit the 10 at Tennessee Street instead of Alabama Street, because getting to Colton from Alabama without mentioning Industrial Parkway.  It is about to become less confusing, and more

Here is a blurb on what’s happening from the City of Redlands’ blog, and I will add detail about the project based on my experience working with the City.

Artist’s conception of the Redlands Boulevard Alabama Street Realignment looking north on Alabama Street, south of Redlands Boulevard

Work to improve traffic on the City’s busiest intersection will begin this month as contractors begin construction on the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street and reconfiguration of Colton Avenue at Redlands Boulevard.

The approximately $4 million construction project will realign the intersection of Redlands Boulevard and Alabama Street, the City’s busiest intersection with more than 24,000 vehicles passing through the crossing daily. The realignment will eliminate a 22-foot offset as Alabama Street crosses Redlands Boulevard and widen both streets adding a third northbound lane and additional left turn lanes in each direction on Alabama Street.

The project will also realign an unorthodox and difficult merger of Colton Avenue and Redlands Boulevard, creating a signalized T intersection just east of the Redlands Boulevard/Alabama Street intersection. In addition, the project will improve drainage in the area and replace all street lighting with energy-efficient LED equipment.

Here’s some background behind the press release.  The press release says “busiest intersection” but it is the worst intersection in the City (with the possible exception of California Street and Redlands Boulevard that has its own challenges). The current level of service (LOS)  is “F.” The challenges to the Alabama/Redlands/Colton Intersection are many.

The first is that the intersection is fairly close to the Alabama Street off-ramps of the Interstate 10 Freeway. On the other side of the freeway is the popular Citrus Plaza, and the two shopping centers on the other side of Alabama Street straddling Lugonia.

The intersection itself is quite busy, with a 7/11 and a K-Mart on the southwest corner, a McDonalds and Del Taco on the northwest corner, a Chevron on the northeast corner, and a Big 5 anchored strip mall on the southeast corner.

Alabama Street is offset at the intersection, and south or northbound  vehicles on Alabama Street have to veer. The realignment should fix this problem.

To compound the problems, the intersection is very near an unused spur line for the BNSF Railroad. Not a great problem at the moment, but the right-of-way is controlled by SANBAG, and it is slated as the site of the proposed San Bernardino-Redlands Passenger Rail Line which is proposed to link Redlands with Metrolink (but not without a transfer at the San Bernardino transit center).

To compound the problems, there is a signalized intersection at Industrial Parkway that can be a busy intersection.  Tri-City Plaza and two car dealerships are nearby.

To compound problems even more, we have what the City’s press release calls “an unorthodox and difficult merger of Colton Avenue and Redlands Boulevard.”

When I started as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Redlands in 2006, the project was alive but not funded. I had a minor role with the project, but by the end of my time in 2010, the project may have been alive, but it was not really progressing. The plans had been drawn earlier (the press release says it was around starting in 2003), and even then the City was using a consultant to obtain right-of-way. By the time the project was bid in 2013, because of difficulty with some landowners, less lanes than originally planned will actually be built.

The City of Redlands badly needs this project because the intersection (at least on Alabama) is a nightmare during the morning and evening rush hours.

For a few months, though it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

I will follow-up with a post regarding a photographic survey of the intersection and its environs today.

Address: 1255 W. Colton Avenue, Suite 104
                   Redlands, CA 92374
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

New Addresses for the San Bernardino Justice Center

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

As you may know, the courts are going to be reorganized in San Bernardino County. Below is the proposed San Bernardino County Local Rule 130, effective July 1, 2014, which gives the new addresses for the San Bernardino Justice Center

For the convenience of the parties, attorneys and the Court, sessions of the Court shall be
heard in Districts, which are based upon the Courthouse location as provided:
The San Bernardino District is the District consisting of the
Family Law and Probate Division, Child Support Division, Civil Division and Criminal
Family Law and Probate Division of the San Bernardino District
351 North Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415
(located in the Historic Courthouse) ;
Child Support Division of the San Bernardino District
655 West Second Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0248;
Civil Division of the San Bernardino District
247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415
(located in the San Bernardino Justice Center); and
Criminal Division of the San Bernardino District
247 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415
(located in the San Bernardino Justice Center).
The Fontana District is the District consisting of the Courthouse located in Fontana.
The Rancho Cucamonga District is the District consisting of the Courthouse located in Rancho Cucamonga.
The Victorville District is the District consisting of the Courthouse located in Victorville.
The Barstow District is the District consisting of the Courthouse located in Barstow.
The Joshua Tree District is the District consisting of the Courthouse located in Joshua Tree.
The Juvenile Court District is the District consisting of the Juvenile Courthouse located in San
Bernardino and the departments of other Courthouses as designated by the Presiding Judge.
(Eff. January 1, 1999. Amended, January 1, 2005, January 1, 2007, and July 1, 2010. As amended,
eff. and July 1, 2013. As amended, eff. July 1, 2014.)


The information you obtain at this blog is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading or commenting on this blog. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

A: 1255 W. Colton Ave. Suite 104,
Redlands, CA 92374
T: (909) 708-6055

Criminal Assignments in the New San Bernardino Justice Center

By popular request, here are the criminal law assignments at the new 247 W. Third Street San Bernardino Justice Center:
Courtrooms 1-4 will be unavailable until the fall (on the first floor)
S6 will be Judge Kenneth Barr (Misdemeanors)
S7 will be Judge Douglas N. Gericke (Preliminary Hearings)
S8 will be Judge Gilbert (specialty courts (drug court, veteran courts, etc) and video arraignments
S14 to S20 will be criminal trial courts, and I don’t have information on assignments yet.
Criminal will be located on floors 1-7.
Address: 1255 W. Colton Ave. Suite 104
                   Redlands, CA 92374
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

The New San Bernardino Justice Center Assignments (as of April 2014)

Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

I recently attended a meeting of GIEMLA and Judge Michael Sachs gave an update on the progress of opening the new Justice Center in downtown San Bernardino.  Here are some of the highlights:

15 Civil Courtrooms are available, of which 13 will be occupied.  Civil Departments will be located on floors 7-10.

20 Criminal Courtrooms are available, 18 will be occupied. Criminal Departments will be on floors 1-7.

There will be no pillars in the middle of the courtrooms.

Civil Assignments will be:

7th Floor:

S22 (Judge Donna Garza)

S23 (Judge Donald Alvarez)

S25 (Judge Keith Davis)

8th Floor

S27 (Judge Thomas Garza)

S28 (Judge Michael Sachs)

S29 (Judge Janet Frangie)

9th Floor

S30 (Judge Brian McCarville)

S31 (Judge John Pacheco)

S32 (Judge Pamela King)

S33 (Judge Joseph Brisco)

10th Floor

S34 (Mediations)

S35 (Judge Bryan Foster)

S36 (Judge Gilbert Ochoa)

S37 (Judge David Cohn)

Law and motion will be four days a week instead of 2

Limited Civil law and motion will be two days a week without a court reporter

Unlimited civil law and motion will be another two days a week

Judge Brisco will be the Supervising Judge for civil.



Address: 1255 W. Colton Ave. Suite 104
                   Redlands, CA 92374
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Update: Why Were The States in the Streets Named After States in Redlands Chosen?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

As an update to this post: I saw retired A.K. Smiley Public Library Director Larry Burgess at Eureka Burger last night, and I decided to ask him how the state-named streets in Redlands got their name.

Mr. Burgess was kind enough to tell me that they were named by the developer, and at least one of them was after his home state. He subdivided the land into roughly 25 acre parcels for orange groves, the remnants of which still exist in the area.  He said the information was not easy to find; he had run across it in years past.

A search of newspapers gives these references to the streets:

Iowa Street: San Bernardino Daily Sun, August 14, 1912, Pg. 9 (crop mortgage)

Alabama Street and California Street: San Bernardino Courier, April 25, 1894, Page 8 (Notice of Sheriff’s Sale on Execution).

New Jersey Street: San Bernardino Daily Sun, December 11, 1906, Page 6 (Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Bernardino responding to a petition of property owners requesting a protection district consisting of the Redlands Storm Water Channel (what appears to be known now as the Mill Creek Zanja).

Kansas Street: San Bernardino Daily Sun, July 9, 1914, Pg. 3 (Boy arrested for sandbagging).

Tennessee Street: San Bernardino Daily Sun, January 31, 1897, Pg. 3 (Petition for Mission School District to the Board of Supervisors)

Nevada Street: San Bernardino Daily Sun, May 2, 1903, Pg. 2 (Petition to have Nevada accepted as a public road to the Board of Supervisors)

New York Street: Daily Sun, January 31, 1897, Pg. 1 (House building permit).

Texas Street: Daily Courier, September 26, 1888, Pg. 3 (Redlands Cannery to be constructed)

He agreed that some were added later to keep up the theme.



Copyright 2014 Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

The New San Bernardino Courthouse: Address And Name

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

I received a notice today from the court on one of my San Bernardino District cases.  It says:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: AFTER May 12, 2014, THIS CASE WILL BE HEARD AT THE SAN BERNARDINO JUSTICE CENTER, 247 WEST 3RD STREET, SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92415-0210. The above-entitled case has been reassigned for all purposes to the new court location as of May 12, 2014.

What does that mean to you, the attorney, the in pro per, the paralegal, litigant or secretary? On your captions, instead of Central District or San Bernardino District, start writing “San Bernardino Justice Center” and instead of 303 W. Third Street, write 247 West 3rd Street on Judicial Council forms or local forms.

Address: 1255 W. Colton Ave. Suite 104
                   Redlands, CA 92374
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Progress on the construction of the new San Bernardino District Courthouse

Here is a link to a photograph that I took on July 3, 2013.

I have taken a series of the photographs during construction every time I go to court (and when I remember to do so).

The construction is continuing apace. According to the Administrative Office of the Courts , the Courthouse is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2014.

One interesting fact that I did not know according to that site is that the address is actually going to be on second street – 247 West 2nd Street to be exact.

Address: 1255 W. Colton Ave. Suite 104
                   Redlands, CA 92374
Telephone: (909) 708-6055

Friday Aside: Why Were The States in the Streets Named After States in Redlands Chosen?

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

I have yet to find an answer.  Some clues are found in the archives of the Fortnightly Club of Redlands, Streets in Redlands, by Dr. Lawrence E. Nelson, January 1974 at the Assembly Room of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.  The best take-away, completely non-related to the subject of this post,  from 1974:

Philip Merlan, the scholarly refugee professor at the University of Redlands and later at Scripps, once remarked that when he came to Redlands he was amazed to find how religious the people were; they even had a patron saint for torn-up streets. Everywhere he went he saw signs set up honoring St. Closed.

What states have streets named after them in Redlands?  Of the north-south streets, from west to east: California Street, New Jersey Street, a very tiny Oregon Street off of Orange Tree Lane, Nevada Street, Idaho Street connecting Plum Lane and Orange Tree Lane,  the solely-south-of-the-10 Iowa Street, Alabama Street, the rump Arizona Street off the anachronistic Coulston Street, Missouri Court (a cul-de-sac off of Park Avenue), Indiana Court, the cul-de-sac off of West Lugonia Avenue, Kansas Street (home of the Animal Shelter), which runs from Barton to Redlands Boulevard, Tennessee Street, the carved-up New York Street, Texas Street,  the somewhat north-south Michigan Avenue, Colorado Street north of Pioneer Avenue, the northside Ohio Street, the probably-not-named after the state Washington Street, and the probably-named-after-the-daughter-of-a-developer Georgia Street.  As far as east-west streets, Pennsylvania Avenue, Delaware Avenue, the way-out-east-may-technically-be-in-Yucaipa Florida Street.

I once answered an interrogatory speaking about Illinois Court (meaning Indiana Court), the location of a fatal motorcycle accident (outside the City limits), and the then-Public Works Director, Ron Mutter, informed me that there was no Illinois Court within the City, despite the fact that a variety of really old streets are named after Chicago streets (such as State Street) in Redlands.

The state-named streets are on the Lugonia grid, and that the original ones were California, New Jersey, Nevada, Iowa, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas Street, New York Street, and Texas Street.  California is an easy one, but why Alabama and Tennessee?

Looking at a 1939 topographical map online, we see California Street, New Jersey Street, Nevada Street, Iowa Street, Alabama Street, Kansas Street, Tennessee Street, New York Street, and Texas Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue.  On the 1899 Redlands Quadrangle map, you can clearly see California and Alabama (the former because of its proximity to Bryn Mawr, the latter because it goes across the Santa Ana wash to Highland, but it doesn’t give street names.  The same on the 1901 Redlands Quadrangle topographical map, available on the USGS website for download, and the Redlands Quadrangle Map of 1908 shows the same.  So for now, the mystery of why certain states and not others is still a mystery.

How to Travel Between San Bernardino and Redlands . . . And Vice Versa

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law.

Redlands and San Bernardino share a border, but it can sometimes be difficult to travel between the two cities.   San Bernardino is the older of the two cities, even if you are talking about San Bernardino’s second incorporation.  San Bernardino was laid out first, on mostly a straight north, south, east, west grid.  Part of Redlands is on a north, south, east, west, grid, the former Lugonia.  Most of south Redlands lies in opposition to San Bernardino’s grid.

Interstate 10 connects the two cities.  Redlands Boulevard, the former Highway 99, enters Loma Linda before it goes through San Bernardino. The same is true for State Route 210:  You have to enter the City of Highland before it connects to San Bernardino.  Though San Bernardino International Airport (formerly Norton AFB) is the border between a large swath of the two cities, the Santa Ana Wash currently prohibits direct access without going to Tippecanoe or Alabama/Palm.

The major streets with a border between San Bernardino and Redlands are Mountain View Avenue and San Bernardino Avenue; Victoria Avenue and Almond Avenue also work.  Lugonia Avenue used to connect to Mountain View, but a development turned it into a cul-de-sac in the 2000s.  While I was at the City of Redlands, there was some talk about a Mountain View Avenue extension across the river, but I have no idea about the status of such plans.

The Results of the San Bernardino County California Election November 6, 2012

Over on sbdpolitics.com, the results, as of about 6:05 a.m. on November 7, 2012, of the election as it pertains to San Bernardino County, with a focus on the City of San Bernardino and surrounding cities.
Here is the abbreviated version:  Gloria Negrete McLeod over Joe Baca in the 35th; Gary Miller over Bob Dutton in the 31st; Cheryl R. Brown over Joe Baca Jr. in Assembly District 47; Gloria Macias Harrison, John Longville, Nick Zumbos, and Kathleen Henry for San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees; James Ramos over Neil Derry in the Third Supervisorial District, Robert Lovingood over Rick Roelle in the First Supervisorial District; City of Highland Council unchanged, Pete Aguilar reelected in Redlands,  Measure Q beats Measure R, and Measure N passes handily.


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