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.

A: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

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.
A: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

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.



A: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

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.

A: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

Leaving Your Keys In the Ignition In Your Car In San Bernardino: It’s Against the Law Part Two

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

When I wrote the original Leaving Your Keys In the Ignition In Your Car In San Bernardino: It’s Against the Law article, I did not have the benefit of an article from the San Bernardino Sun.  Here’s the ordinance, which is still in force:

10.16.140 Removal of ignition key.
A. It is unlawful for any person having charge or control of a motor vehicle to allow
such vehicle to stand upon any street, alley or parking lot upon which there is
no attendant, when such motor vehicle is unattended, without first locking the
ignition of the vehicle and removing the ignition key from such vehicle.
B. Any person convicted under this section shall be punished by a fine of not less
nor more than two dollars; and such person shall not be granted probation by
the court, nor shall the court suspend the execution of the sentence imposed
upon such person.
(Ord. MC-460, 5-13-85; Ord.3880 §2 (part), 1980; Ord.2613,1964; Ord. 1652 Art. 4 §14, 1941.)

A story in the San Bernardino Daily Sun on April 20, 1955, Page 13, gives some background to the crime problem in San Bernardino about 15 years after it was already adopted.  The article had a photograph and was headlined “S.B. 20-30 Club Seeks To Reduce Car Thefts.”

Members of 20-30 Club No. 3 have taken on the project of helping to reduce car thefts in San Bernardino.

Hundreds of motorists Saturday will find yellow cardboard key replicas under their windshield wipers with a warning that “keys in the car” is a direct invitation to auto thieves.

“The project is one of the many efforts of the 20-30 Club to help in building a better community,” said Lloyd E. Harmon, second vice president and project chairman.

Club officers pointed to recent statistics indicating that 55 per cent of juvenile crimes in the theft of cars are aided and abetted by persons leaving their keys in cars.

A: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

W: http://michaelreiterlaw.com

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.

A: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

The State of the Courts in San Bernardino County 2013

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

The short answer is that the Courts are not in good shape, according to Presiding Judge Marsha Slough.  The San Bernardino Sun was at the San Bernardino County Bar Association Annual Meeting (the link will probably be good for a week or so after this post).


Because I am Director at Large of the San Bernardino County Bar Association, I sat at the front table.  The Sun online had this picture.  The caption online (once the link didn’t work) is “Presiding judge of the San Bernardino Superior Court Marsh [that’s what it says] Slough, speaks at the Annual Meeting of the San Bernardino County Bar Association Thursday June 27, 2013 at the San Bernardino Hilton Hotel in San Bernardino.”

I am in the picture, and I’m sitting next to Bill Shapiro.

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: 300 E. State St., Suite 517
Redlands, CA 92373-5235
T: (909) 296-6708

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