10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 8, 2011

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

SACRAMENTO – Attempts to restore millions of dollars for Riverside County’s newest cities will go down to the wire, amid last-ditch legislative maneuvers to allocate the money this year.

State lawmakers are hurrying to finish their work for 2011 before today’s midnight deadline, with dozens of bills still to be considered.

As of late Thursday evening, there was no deal to restore the estimated $14 million hit to the cities of Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar in the June budget package. The money was part of a pot of vehicle license fee revenue shifted to pay for local law enforcement grants. Officials have said its loss threatens the cities’ solvency.

The cities’ supporters in the Legislature plan to propose amendments to include the cities in new legislation that allocates $48 million to Orange County to fill its hole created by the license-fee move.

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