RIALTO - Want to know what's happening with the new utility-tax bill?

Neighbors' parties keeping you up late at night?

Want to start a Neighborhood Watch Program?

If any of these topics spark an interest or if there are other questions about Rialto you want answered, then Area Command meetings are where you should be.

Beginning tonight, the first- quarter Area Command meetings will provide residents an opportunity to share and gather information with the Police Department's area commanders and other city personnel.

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate.

"We want to be able to interact with the community and its citizens more so than we have in the past," said Lt. Joe Cirilo, commander of Area 1.

Issues to be discussed include area-specific crime statistics, new city policies and information on public works, traffic and construction.

"Even if someone from the community attends the meeting and doesn't have a problem they want to talk about, this will give them a chance to know what the future holds in Rialto," said Lt. Reinhard Burkholder, commander of Area 2.

He said that since the community meetings began in July 2006, citizens have been very receptive. The meetings average 30 to 40 people.

"(When) more citizens attending the meetings, we get a better feel of what problems are in the area, and we're able to give them answers and provide a possible solution," Burkholder said.

"It's a win-win for everyone."


(909) 987-6397, Ext. 425


Area 1 meeting:

7 to 8:30 tonight at Preston Elementary, 1750 N. Willow Ave. Information: (909) 820-2594

Area 2 meeting:

7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Curtis Elementary, 451 S. Lilac Ave.

Information: (909) 820-2669

Area 3 meeting:

7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Boyd Elementary, 310 E. Merrill Ave. Information: (909) 820-2647