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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Millions spent on outside consultants

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As Riverside County faces budget crunch, some wonder why pricey specialists are needed to cut spending.

Published: April 15, 2016
Updated:   April 17, 2016 – 2:25 a.m.

Riverside County’s budget shortfall next fiscal year could approach $100 million. But it still found $44 million to spend on outside consultants.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials work to close huge budget gap

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Shortfall could reach $100 million if cost-cutting measures aren’t adopted

Published: March 30, 2016 – Updated: 11:07 p.m.

Freezing spending, holding the line on across-the-board raises and shifting existing money are key to Riverside County’s plan to stop escalating costs from drying up reserves and causing a $100 million shortfall.

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County faces a potential $100 million shortfall and is seeking ways to cut costs. “The KPMG report clearly outlines that CEO’s Office has been operating in a vacuum and providing inaccurate and misleading information about County departments to the Board,” the statement said.

Published: March 24, 2016 – Updated: 5:58 p.m.

Changes in how the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responds to calls and deploys its deputies and corrections officers can save taxpayers money and improve service, according to a much-awaited outside review of the county’s public safety spending.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Candidates qualify for supervisor races

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Challengers in June 7 contests include elected officials from Hemet, Murrieta

Published: March 15, 2016 – Updated: 10:51 p.m.

The field is set for two Riverside County supervisorial seats on the June 7 primary election ballot now that the candidate filing deadline has passed.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Overtime costs soaring

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Eight departments spent at least $1 million on OT last fiscal year, a new report finds.

Published: March 11, 2016 – 05:27 p.m.

Eight Riverside County departments spent at least $1 million on overtime during fiscal 2014-15, and five of those departments have seen overtime costs rise 52 percent or more in the past five years, according to a new report from the county auditor-controller.

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InlandPolitics: Let the games begin. Election filing period arrives.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

Let the games begin.

The filing period for the California Primary Election, set for June 3, is officially open.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tavaglione tells sheriff to cooperate

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Supervisor says firm hired to review public safety spending has complained about sheriff’s office.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016 – 3:48 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione this week called out Sheriff Stan Sniff, saying the sheriff’s office has been less than forthcoming with information for an ongoing review of public safety spending.

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Published: Feb. 4, 2016 – Updated: 10:08 a.m.

Is Shellie Milne the most prolific fundraiser in the race for Riverside County supervisor? Or is it Chuck Washington?

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Supervisor Marion Ashley presents 16-point plan to address financial challenges, which the board agrees to have staff look more into.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 3, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Employee furloughs, Friday office closures and a hiring freeze are among the ideas suggested by a Riverside County supervisor Tuesday, Feb. 2 to deal with the county’s ongoing financial challenges.

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The Press-Enterprise: 2016 ELECTION: Which Inland races will be extra-competitive?

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Published: Jan. 7, 2016 – Updated: 10:24 p.m.

Most if not all of the elected offices on the 2016 Inland ballot will have a choice between two or more candidates.

But right now, a handful of races for assembly, state senate and congressional seats appear to be more competitive than others. Incumbents tend to have a big advantage because they can raise more money and enjoy greater name recognition than their opponents, and many legislative districts are drawn in a way that favors one party.

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County supervisors disagree over whether department heads with top compensation should receive additional taxpayer-funded education.

Published: Nov. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 6, 2015 – 7:23 a.m.

Since 2008, at least six Riverside County department heads, all earning six-figure salaries, have received thousands of dollars though a partially taxpayer-funded program that reimburses employees for education costs.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jail project ties up county cash

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Building funds are being eaten up by Indio detention center.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated: 8:59 p.m.

If you compared Riverside County’s ability to build new public facilities to a credit card, it would be almost maxed out.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Current spending unsustainable, report warns

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Officials say the county’s $239M in savings could be exhausted if changes aren’t made

Published: Nov. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:47 p.m.

If nothing is done, Riverside County’s $239 million in savings could be wiped out in a few years, according to a new county budget report.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Soboba tribe backing Randon Lane

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Riverside County supervisor candidate and Murrieta Mayor Randon Lane.

Published: Oct. 21, 2015 – Updated: 1:20 p.m.

A candidate for Riverside County supervisor is getting support from an Indian tribe with a history of giving big and often to political campaigns and causes.

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Cost rises to $31.1 million on troubled project to renovate building, which public defenders and probation staff will move into.

Published: Oct. 9, 2015
Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 6:35 p.m.

It will now cost $31.1 million — almost $12 million more than expected — to renovate the former Riverside County district attorney’s headquarters in downtown Riverside, adding expense to a project that’s been plagued by delays and structural problems.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Audit to cost $761,600

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Officials expected to OK hiring firm to review public safety spending.

Published: Oct. 2, 2015 – 5:18 p.m.

Riverside County is poised to spend $761,600 on a top-to-bottom review of public safety spending to ensure that the biggest part of the county’s budget is being spent wisely.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Effort to recall Kevin Jeffries fails

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Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries.

Published: Oct. 1, 2015 Updated: 11:05 a.m.

If voters remove Kevin Jeffries from office, it won’t be until at least next June.

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The county is the first to announce legal action over the massive warehouse, but the city of Riverside won’t go to court.

Updated: Sept. 16, 2015 – 7:28 a.m.

Riverside County supervisors have voted to sue Moreno Valley over the World Logistics Center, saying plans for the massive warehouse complex don’t adequately address traffic concerns.

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Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers reject measure expanding county boards of supervisors

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L.A. County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis speaks during a board hearing in June. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
September 10, 2015

The Senate on Thursday failed to muster the two-thirds vote to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot requiring large California counties, including Los Angeles, to expand their five-member boards of supervisors to at least seven members.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors get automatic pay raise

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State judges get raise, so supervisors also get more money thanks to formula tying their pay to judicial wages.

Published: Sept. 8, 2015
Updated:   Sept. 9, 2015 – 6:57 a.m.

Riverside County supervisors got a raise this summer. And they didn’t have to do a thing, not even announce it to the public.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. Up first, they discuss Riverside County’s search for alternatives to jailing those who commit crimes.

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What happens could be an indicator for negotiations with other labor units whose deals expire next year.

Published: Aug. 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Members of a union representing Riverside County prosecutors and other county lawyers have been working since the end of June without a new contract and the county is taking a firm line on pay raises, according to the union’s president.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors weary of grand jury drama

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Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated:  Aug. 23, 2015 – 9:32 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors are ready to move on from a feud that has pitted the county’s top lawyer against a court-appointed watchdog panel and led to an ongoing legal fight and dueling accusations of unethical practices.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Shellie Milne plans to run for supervisor

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Hemet Councilwoman Shellie Milne.

Published: Aug. 5, 2015 – Updated: 9:21 a.m.

Hemet Councilwoman Shellie Milne has filled out paperwork to run for a Riverside County supervisorial seat in 2016.

To read expanded post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Chuck Washington out-raises 2016 opponent

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Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington.

Published: July 31, 2015 – Updated: 4:42 p.m.

The election is almost a year away. But in terms of fundraising, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington has taken the lead over his opponent in his bid for a four-year term.

To read expanded post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

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The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors would grow to seven members under Senate Constitutional Amendment 8.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/15 – 1:10 PM PDT |

Proposed legislation that would require San Bernardino County and other California counties with populations of 2 million or more to increase their number of elected supervisors from five to seven is gaining momentum in the state Legislature.

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Lamon Haslip, 18, was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy while he was handcuffed and facing the ground. Riverside County has agreed to pay his mother $500,000.

By Veronica Rocha
July 15, 2015

Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a Moreno Valley deputy while handcuffed face-down on the ground, his family’s attorney said.

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The sheriff has been wary of the study, which would be done by an outside party.

Published: July 13, 2015 – Updated: 11:58 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors and Sheriff Stan Sniff continue to differ over the value of a planned review of the county’s public safety expenses, with supervisors calling it a fresh look to find savings and the sheriff blaming board-approved pay hikes for boosting his costs.

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Officials say settling cases is cheaper than going to trial. The families who sue say they want justice, not cash.

Published: July 10, 2015
Updated: July 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

More than bullets are spent when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shoots a suspect.

Wrongful death lawsuits filed against the county Sheriff’s Department have cost taxpayers at least $8.39 million since 2003, a Press-Enterprise analysis found.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $8M helpful, but more needed, DA says

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Supervisors approve $51 million worth of adjustments to the new Riverside County budget.

Published: July 7, 2015 – Updated: 6:43 p.m.

Riverside County’s district attorney said he appreciates the additional $8 million in his budget, but it’s not enough to close a projected budget shortfall in his office.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More money found for DA, animal services

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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Published: July 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:27 p.m.

Riverside County should tear up its contract with its top lawyer and search for a new county counsel, according to a civil grand jury report released Thursday, July 2.

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Grand Jury report said lack of oversight allowed supervisors to promote themselves, dine at taxpayer expense.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 28, 2015 9:16 p.m.

Spending from a special Riverside County pool of funds intended to help worthy community endeavors would be subject to enhanced scrutiny under rules being considered by the county Board of Supervisors.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Grand jury, officials at odds

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Published: June 19, 2015 – 6:12 p.m.

John Tavaglione remembers sitting at large conference tables with grand juries and cordially discussing issues concerning Riverside County government.

This year was different, said Tavaglione, a county supervisor since 1995.

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Published: June 19, 2015 – 3:51 p.m.

With public-safety-spending absorbing an ever-growing piece of Riverside County’s budget pie, supervisors want a closer look at how the sheriff and district attorney spend taxpayer dollars.

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Department heads seek additional funding during budget workshop, saying money is desperately needed.

Published: June 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Even though Riverside County’s revenues are projected to grow, it’s not enough to pay for major new spending obligations.

For years, many county departments have absorbed higher labor costs with no additional funds from the county budget. The district attorney and animal services chief said their departments are at the breaking point.

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Supervisors are being asked to approve a budget for the project, including a huge construction contract.

Published: June 12, 2015
Updated: June 14, 2015 – 10:23 p.m.

After years of planning, Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, May 16, are poised to sign off on a $330.35 million plan to add more than 1,200 beds to the county’s chronically crowded jail system.

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Published: May 22, 2015 – 9:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s newest supervisor needs a new planning commissioner.

Citing “the readily apparent incompatibility” with Supervisor Chuck Washington, John Petty resigned from the Planning Commission this week, effective immediately.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

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Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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Also among the county’s financial challenges are the sheriff’s and fire departments.

Published: May 8, 2015
Updated: May 10, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Riverside County officials want to take $1.5 million ticketed for UC Riverside’s medical school and spend it on equipment needs at the county-run hospital.

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Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington

Published: May 8, 2015 – Updated: 2:18 p.m.

Chuck Washington went from gubernatorial pick to Riverside County supervisor in less than week. His campaign to retain his seat is off to a fast start as well.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

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Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

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Published: April 16, 2015 – Updated: 4:04 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley’s chief of staff wants to succeed his boss in 2018.

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Published: April 9, 2015 – Updated: 4:46 p.m.

The family of a Moreno Valley man who died following a videotaped altercation with police outside a fast-food restaurant is set to receive $5.55 million to settle a civil lawsuit against Riverside County, according to court records.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors agree to lobbying changes

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Published: March 24, 2015 – 1:54 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday, March 24 not to renew a contract with a Sacramento lobbying firm, but to employ another lobbyist through the summer.

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Two Riverside County contracts with Sacramento firms should not be renewed, according to county analysis.

Published: March 23, 2015 – 5:03 p.m.

Riverside County should reduce its lobbying team but still needs some outside help in the high-stakes competition for state and federal dollars, according to a review of the county’s lobbying efforts.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries

Published: March 18, 2015 – Updated: 5:21 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is the target of a recall campaign that accuses him of “bullying tactics” and abusing his power.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Press Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $6.4 million spent on lobbyists in past decade

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Published: March 13, 2015
Updated: March 15, 2015 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County has spent more than $6 million on outside lobbyists since 2004, records show.

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Press-Enterprise: INDIO JAIL: Price tag now $331 million

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Cost for Riverside County facility increases almost 40 percent from 2012 estimate of $237M.

Published: March 10, 2015 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

Ground has yet to be broken on the long-awaited expansion of the Riverside County jail in Indio. But the estimated cost continues to grow.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The P-E: POLITICS: Three months, no details about appointment process

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Gov. Brown’s office declines to release any details about who applied for Riverside County Board of Supervisors post.

Published: March 8, 2015 Updated: 11:39 p.m.

It took three months for Gov. Jerry Brown to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors created when Jeff Stone was elected to the state Senate in November.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: SEIU backed Washington’s bid for supervisor

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Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: 4:12 p.m.

The pick of Chuck Washington to be Riverside County supervisor comes with the support of a major public employee union.

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The PE: POLITICS: 2 to run for supervisor’s seat in 2016

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Published: March 5, 2015 – Updated: 6:17 p.m.

Chuck Washington has yet to sit for his first meeting as a Riverside County supervisor and he already faces at least two challengers in next year’s election.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Jerry Brown finds Democrat to fill Riverside seat

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/04/2015 5:22 PM

Riverside is one of the few big California counties where Republicans outnumber Democrats.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public-safety needs squeezing budget

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Spending on additional sheriff’s deputies, guaranteed pay raises and other public safety priorities is expected to put pressure on future Riverside County budgets, officials said this week.

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Hiring new sheriff’s deputies, funding guaranteed pay raises, staffing a bigger jail and other public safety demands are expected to put pressure on Riverside County’s budget for the next few years, officials said this week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More names surface as potential Jeff Stone replacements

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Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Councilmen from San Jacinto and Murrieta are among those seeking to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors as the wait continues for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a replacement for Jeff Stone.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Updated – Jan. 31, 2015 9:16 a.m.
By MEGHANN M. CUNIFF / STAFF WRITER

Andrew Do was elected to the 1st District Board of Supervisors seat by 43 votes after the vote-counting wrapped up Friday, leaving Lou Correa, one of Orange County’s longest-standing politicians, jobless for the moment.

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Published: Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated: 2:08 p.m.

He just started a new term. But Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit is already thinking about his next one.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Counties appoint board leadership

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The Boards of Supervisors for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have selected new leadership to start off the new year.

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Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
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11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Take your raise, supervisor is told

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Kevin Jeffries sought to be excluded from recent pay raises, which he voted against, but the county HR director says that would go against state law.

Published: Nov. 14, 2014 Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 12:56 a.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is getting a raise, whether he wants one or not.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves raises along with other top elected officials. They extended a previously set formula that ties supervisors’ salaries to 80 percent of what a Superior Court judge makes.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants more details on lawsuit costs

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Published: Sept. 20, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries wants county department budgets to more clearly reflect the cost of lawsuits stemming from their actions.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The Sun: San Bernardino/Riverside county supervisors to meet on regional issues

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/14, 8:39 PM PDT |

A joint public meeting between supervisors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside County Administrative Center.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital’s budget balanced after years of shortfalls

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 11:18 a.m.

After several years of deficits and financial struggles, Riverside County Regional Medical Center should have a balanced budget this fiscal year, the county-run hospital’s interim CEO said Tuesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Top elected officials getting raises

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Supervisors also vote to keep linking their pay to what state’s judges make.

Published: Aug. 5, 2014 Updated: 8:49 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday approved raises for elected officials who head some county departments after tweaking pay hikes suggested by the county’s human resources department.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: Top Riverside County officials could get big raises

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Five elected leaders could get pay hikes approaching 25 percent. A separate item would tie supervisors’ salaries to judges’ earnings.

Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: 9:53 p.m.

Riverside County’s sheriff, district attorney and other elected officials who earn six-figure salaries would get raises approaching 25 percent under a proposal before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Bid to shift power fails

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Legislation to transfer appointment authority to Riverside County supervisors is stalled in a state Senate committee

Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: 9:55 p.m.

The latest attempt to let Riverside County supervisors fill vacancies in their ranks appears to be dead, potentially giving the governor the chance to appoint a supervisor by year’s end.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tavaglione regrets past realignment support

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July 2, 2014

Three years ago, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione sponsored a resolution in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan, which shifted responsibility for low-level offenders from the state to counties.

It’s a move Tavaglione regrets. Using blunt language at times, he made his misgivings known during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Priamos officially named county counsel

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Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday, June 24 to have Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos lead the county’s legal team.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Layoffs could be ahead for hospital, IT department

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County’s chief financial officer brings up prospect of job cuts during a Board of Supervisors budget workshop.

Published: June 17, 2014 Updated: June 18, 2014 8:35 a.m.

Riverside County may be forced to lay off dozens of workers from its regional hospital and information technology department, the county’s budget chief said this week.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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The PE: STATE SENATE: Garcia calls for another AG investigation of Stone

Campaigns

May 28, 2014

State Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia is once again calling on California’s attorney general to investigate rival Jeff Stone, this time over the Riverside County supervisor’s alleged use of an official-looking badge during a road rage incident last December.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.

Similar honorary badges were recalled after state attorney general found they might be illegal in 2007; issue resurfaces after Supervisor Jeff Stone uses one.

Published: May 25, 2014 Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Seven years after the California attorney general said it might be against the law to issue honorary police-style badges to people who aren’t sworn officers, three Riverside County supervisors still have them.

To read story by Sarah Burge in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More criticism of civil grand jury report

Jay Orr

Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr

May 9, 2014

It’s clear a civil grand jury struck a nerve in Riverside County government with a report critical of how county supervisors run a program intended to help worthy causes.

County Executive Officer Jay Orr used part of the Board of Supervisors’ May 6 meeting to critique the process leading to the report about Community Improvement Designation funds, which are allocated equally to each supervisor and typically spent on nonprofits and community events.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s Department budget shortfall narrows

Riverside County Sheriff

May 05, 2014; 05:19 PM

The projected budget shortfall for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has dropped by $10 million, and officials want to use $10 million from a contingency fund to further shrink the gap.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Former DA Trask to guide report response

Riverside-County-Seal

May 2, 2014

Riverside County will pay a former district attorney up to $25,000 to help guide its response to a grand jury report critical of how supervisors use a special fund for donations for nonprofits and community events.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

A civil grand jury issued a report critical of how Riverside County supervisors spend money intended to help nonprofits and community groups. The expenditures allow supervisors to promote themselves using taxpayer dollars, the jury found.

April 29, 2014; 04:33 PM

Discretionary funds doled out by Riverside County supervisors to community groups have little oversight and allow supervisors to promote themselves and dine using taxpayer dollars, according to a new grand jury report.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Campaigns

April 29, 2014; 04:36 PM

Questions have arisen about the background of Mark Orozco, a candidate for Riverside County supervisor, in the wake of a lawsuit accusing him of falsely claiming he was a lawyer with an advanced business degree.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors face ballot challengers

Riverside-County-Seal

Voters on June 3 will decide who will fill three seats on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors

April 28, 2014; 06:04 PM

The changing face of Riverside County is reflected in this year’s election for the county’s top elected jobs where three Latinos, including two Democrats, are challenging three white Republican incumbents.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICS: Stone changes online biography after challenge

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who is running for state Senate, changed his online biography after questions surfaced about his employment status with a Cal State university.

April 18, 2014; 05:18 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone revised the biography on his state Senate campaign website after questions arose about his employment history at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors criticize hospital OT report

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

April 10, 2014

Riverside County supervisors weren’t happy to hear of massive overtime costs at the county hospital. But at least two were even less pleased with how those costs were reported by the county auditor-controller.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Sarcasm was the mother of this “intervention”

Politics

April 07, 2014; 11:16 AM

Rep. Mark Takano used the recently concluded “How I Met Your Mother” TV show to mock House Republicans.

On April 2, Takano, D-Riverside, took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a How-I-Met-Your-Mother-style “intervention.” Characters in the long-running CBS sitcom would stage interventions for everything from bad behavior to an ugly hat.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital went $28M over budget for OT, per diem staff

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley overspent its budget for staff overtime by almost $28 million over a five-year period, according to a report by the county auditor-controller. (File Photo)

April 04, 2014; 10:40 PM

Riverside County’s hospital exceeded its budget for overtime and per diem staff by almost $28 million over a five-year period, the county’s auditor-controller said in a report that gives insight into the depth of the financially struggling medical center’s problems and the challenge facing those tasked with fixing them.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Riverside County: Campaign finance update

Money

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest numbers from campaign finance disclosure reports filed in Riverside County this week.

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