Parks and Recreation Commission Opening

The City of Redlands invites residents to apply for a position on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission recommends to the City Council policies for the acquisition, development, maintenance and improvement of parks, public trails and open space areas, and for the planting, care and removal of landscaping and amenities in all parks, public trails and open space areas. In addition, this commission’s duties relating to recreation include; using the Commissioners’ skills, knowledge and experience to assist and advise the City Recreation Division staff; keeping the public informed about the city’s recreation program; serving as a forum for the promotion of activities for the Recreation Division and the City’s community center; and serving as a forum for resident’s suggestions, reactions, opinions, interests and needs regarding the City’s Recreation Division and its programs.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m.

Deadline for filing applications is Feb. 23.

Residents interested in applying for this non-paid position may request an application form from the City Manager’s Office, Civic Center, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200,  Phone:  (909) 798-7510, or by downloading an application from the City’s website at

Street Tree Committee Opening

Redlands residents are invited to apply for an opening on the Street Tree Committee. The deadline for filing applications is Feb. 11. Members are appointed by the City Council.

The committee meets bi-monthly at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of even-numbered months at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 35 Cajon St.

Residents interested in applying for the non-salaried position may request application forms from the city manager’s office, City Hall, 35 Cajon St., Suite 200, by phone at (909) 798-7510, or download an application on-line at

State Street Promenade outdoor dining will resume Feb. 11

Following the lifting of public health orders and the resumption of outdoor dining by the State of California Public Health Department last month, the City of Redlands worked with local downtown restaurants to resume its popular State Street Promenade outdoor dining event, closing portions of East State Street and Fifth Street, beginning Feb. 11.

On Jan. 25, California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders that had restricted outdoor dining along with other business sectors.

The City of Redlands worked with local downtown restaurants to resume outdoor dining in Historic Downtown Redlands beginning Feb. 11 on East State Street between Orange Street and Sixth Street, and Fifth Street, from Redlands Boulevard to Citrus Avenue, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and on one block of East State Street between Orange and Fifth streets from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, the expanded area, including East State Street and Fifth Street will be available for outdoor dining.

Participating restaurants include the Tartan, Caprice Café, Darby’s, Don Orange, Rok n Fondue and the State. Some restaurants may not participate each day. Diners should call ahead to confirm hours.

In addition, the Tartan will offer outdoor dining from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 4-6, on a block of Fifth Street between Redlands Boulevard and East State Street.

The outdoor dining event is intended to allow Redlands restaurants to reopen safely, promoting physical distancing and safety consistent with State and County public health orders and recommendations.

On June 16, the Redlands City Council approved a resolution authorizing agreements with restaurant owners to set up outdoor dining and food service in designated closed street areas on State and Fifth streets.

Outside dining will be set up adjacent to each participating restaurant. Each restaurant will provide full dining service to their respective dining areas, including serving alcoholic beverages, with the approval of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, COVID-19 Temporary Catering Authorization Application.

Tables will be spaced at least six feet apart to comply with social distancing recommendations. Restaurant employees will be required to wear facial coverings. Patrons should also wear facial coverings when not dining.

Holiday Window Decorating Program Kicks Off Shop Small Saturday

Saturday, November 28th, 2020 is the eleventh annual Shop Small Saturday. Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Shop Small Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers.

Just as last year, the Redlands Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the City of Redlands to champion our local businesses and encourage the community to support the local economy by shopping locally. This year, more than ever in recent years, our businesses need your patronage. Covid-19 continues to impact how we conduct business and personal interactions; however, it doesn’t have to stop all of our traditions and support of our community.

To help kick off the season, The Redlands Chamber of Commerce, Redlands Visitors Center, About Redlands, and the City of Redlands have partnered to encourage downtown businesses with storefront windows to light up the holidays and participate in the Holiday Window Decorating Program.

This family-friendly program is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season, create a festive and beautiful downtown, attract visitors, and showcase our local businesses. To make it even more fun for families, businesses have incorporated snowflakes in their decorations to be counted. Counting slips will be available at the Visitor’s Center for families to pick up. Participants need only go around to the participating businesses and try counting all the snowflakes in the window display and decorations. Slips can be returned to the Visitor’s Center and a participant’s returned slip will be randomly selected to win a prize! (Random winner will be selected and notified on December 29th). One business will also have an orange hiding in the display! All participants who find the window with an orange will be entered into a second opportunity drawing!

Participating businesses include:

Rok N Fondue, Daryl’s Pets and Grooming, Dirtbag Shop, Nichos Ice Cream, Swoon Home, Pacific Premier Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Wells Fargo, Provident Bank, Martha’s Greens, Oscar’s, Frugal Frigate, Hatfield Buick, MacGuyz, Harlo & State, Citrograph, Jacks Toys, Board Game Paradise, Fleur de Lis, Redlands Art Association, Bank of Southern California (formerly CalWest), Laura’s Travel’s, Darrel Olson Insurance Solutions , Joss Collective, Visitors Center


Redlands Chamber of Commerce Endorses Measure T

The Redlands Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse Measure T. The Measure would impose, commencing April 1, 2021, an additional 1-percent sales tax on each dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City of Redlands, and on the storage, use or consumption in the city of goods purchased from a retailer. Measure T will be on the November 3, 2020 statewide ballot and requires approval of a majority of the City’s voters (i.e., 51%). The sales tax would be deposited into the city’s general fund to be used for general municipal governmental purposes. Although Measure T does not obligate the city to use the proceeds of the sales tax for any particular services, facilities, or programs, the use of the funds would be overseen by an independent citizens’ advisory committee and subject to a financial audit. The city’s Finance Department estimates that the annual revenue to the city generated by the sales tax would be approximately $10.7 million.

The Board’s endorsement came after a month of various meetings with proponents both for and against the measure, as well as review of all documents and arguments relating to the Measure. The Chamber’s Government Review Committee also played an extensive role in researching and evaluating the Measure.

There are several reasons for the Board’s endorsement. First and foremost, the City finds itself facing a $5.6 million deficit after budget cuts of over $10 million. Although the City has a reserve to draw from, it is projected to be exhausted in two to three years without more budget cuts. Without the passage of Measure T, it is the Board’s conclusion that quality of life in Redlands will be negatively affected. Homelessness issues, police protection, and community safety needs would suffer. Further, the current sales tax rate of 7.75 % is relatively low compared to surrounding communities. The 1-percent increase would place the City approximately in the middle of sales tax rates compared to other communities.

This endorsement, however, does come with the expectation that our City leaders will undertake a concerted effort to rein in costs and look for opportunities to generate revenue. There is, in the Board’s opinion, a true need for this Measure. However, we do not want this sales tax increase to disincentivize our leaders from making politically difficult, but necessary choices, such as addressing the costly pensions that burden our City budget. Additionally, we would hope to see a compensation review based on today’s environment, comparative to other same-sized, southern California cities, which will affect tomorrow’s pension issues.
There is never a good time for a tax increase, but the austere measures required without the passage of Measure T would create a loss for all citizens and businesses in Redlands. We endorse Measure T but hope we can also begin to address growing concerns shared by businesses and residents alike.

Add Your Programs to the Chamber Calendar

The chamber wants to help promote member events and programming!

The chamber calendar will be updated once a week, on Thursdays. Please use the form below to submit your information.

Bulldog Endeavors: micro-projects to help your business

Bulldog Endeavors: Brief Projects. Big Results.
With many U of R students having job and internship offers withdrawn, and students in need of professional projects to gain experience, the University of Redlands Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) has launched a new program, called Bulldog Endeavors.  This is a great opportunity for businesses to gain some additional support on a variety of projects, and for students to gain experience and do something meaningful this summer. The program is partnering university students (and recent 2020 graduates) with alumni and local businesses to work on micro-projects throughout the upcoming months.

Micro-projects are meant to be focused on a single initiative, are short-term, and remote.  Micro-projects do not need to be paid, but can be.  If interested, please fill out this brief form, so that the U of R OCPD may evaluate the proper pairing from available and interested students.

Thank You To Our April Renewing Members!

Thank you to our members who renewed in April 2020! Please see the April 2020 Renewal Listing

From 2 year members to 62 year members, it’s quite a list! Thank you for your continued partnership.




Adding Your Event to the Chamber’s Community Calendar

Community Calendar of Events

The chamber wants to help promote member events and programming, so we’ll be implementing a structure to add to our community calendar.

You may email your program and event details to

The community calendar will be updated once a week, on Thursdays. Please keep descriptions brief. You are welcome to provide a link to your website, event registration, etc. to be included in the calendar posting.

APRIL 2020 – Chamber members renewing March 2020

Keith & Jan Kahn
1150 Brookside Avenue, Suite A
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  335-8181

Shaune Nicols
1030 Nevada Street, Suite 106
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  307-6076

Vangie Kent
555 No. Eureka Suite 100
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-=4450

Yucaipa, CA  92399

Jim Kawas
P. O. Box 802
Highland, CA  92346
Phone:  793-7400

Jacquelin Belcher
1620 Laurel Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-4701

J. Jeffrey Dill
18 E. State Street
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  809-8181

Shay Lawrey
47 1st Street, Suite 1
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  307-5633

David Maupin
310 E. Citrus Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  798-1712

Mark Edwards
1806 Orange Tree Lane, Suite C
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  793-0200

Lydia Snyder
720 Carnegie Drive, Suite 150
San Bernardino, CA  92408
Phone:  951-260-9493

Sandy Vanhassel
535 W. Redlands Blvd
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  793-2168

Michael Stephens
707 Brookside Avenue
Redlands, CA  92373
Phone:  375-3030

Del & Pam Armstrong
1006 No. Wabash Avenue
Redlands, CA  92374
Phone:  435-4351

Sera Florek
449 E. Park Center Circle
San Bernardino, CA  92408
Phone:  799-1010

Tim Shoffeitt
35154 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA  92399
Phone:  797-0101