A video screen contains a tribute to the late Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.

By Jeff Horseman | jhorseman@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise
April 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm

The continued lack of a fifth Riverside County supervisor has caused cancellation of a board meeting.

Due to the lack of a quorum, the April 25 Board of Supervisors meeting has been canceled, board Chairman John Tavaglione announced Tuesday, April 11. Tavaglione will be in New York City for a transportation commission matter while Supervisor Chuck Washington will be on vacation, leaving just two supervisors available to meet – one short of the minimum.

The board – Tavaglione, Washington and supervisors Marion Ashley and Kevin Jeffries – has been one member short following Supervisor John Benoit’s Dec. 26 death following a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

By law, Gov. Jerry Brown has the sole right to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Benoit’s term, which runs through the end of 2018. Benoit represented the Coachella and Palo Verde valleys and Ashley has been overseeing Benoit’s district until someone is appointed.

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