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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.

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

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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June 24, 2014 by Jeff Horseman

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.

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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Judge sides with state in redevelopment battle

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March 17, 2014; 03:26 PM

Riverside County supervisors must decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that blocks the use of millions of tax dollars for certain projects authorized by the county’s now-dissolved redevelopment agency, including a plan to revitalize a rundown Jurupa Valley shopping center.

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

The PE: POLITICS: Plenty of choices on June 3 primary ballot

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford. (File Photo/Staff Photo)

March 10, 2014; 03:12 PM

There will be contested races for every Inland county supervisorial seat up for election in the June 3 primary, candidate filings show.

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

The Sun: Colonies’ prosecutors withheld evidence from grand jury, defense alleges

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/18/14, 7:44 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> An Upland attorney’s allegation that prosecutors withheld key evidence from the grand jury in the Colonies corruption case, which he said would have cleared his client of any wrongdoing, has long been a sticking point among defense attorneys since certain court reforms were passed in 1990, a criminal law expert said Tuesday.

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The PE: CAMPAIGN FINANCE: John Benoit’s opponent gets $45K from Pechanga

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Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.

February 3, 2014

It’s safe to say the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians wants someone else to represent the 4th district on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: REGION: Supervisor touts district accomplishments

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone addresses a crowd of 370 people at the ninth annual Third District Economic Development Forum on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Pechanga Resort & Casino. (Craig Shultz/Staff)

January 22, 2014; 04:04 PM

Jeff Stone went fishing and horseback riding and stuffed his mouth with grapes Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Riverside County supervisor wasn’t taking the day off, he was just poking a little fun at himself in a video highlighting the region as part of the ninth annual Third District Economic Development Forum.

To read story by Craig Shultz in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jeff Stone named Board of Supervisors chairman

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January 07, 2014; 04:48 PM

As expected, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone on Tuesday, Jan. 7, was named Board of Supervisors chairman for 2014.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Perris woman files papers to run for supervisor

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Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley.

January 6, 2014 by Jeff Horseman

A second candidate has filed papers to run against Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: New chairman for Board of Supervisors in 2014

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January 5, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 7 is the first meeting of 2014 for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and one of the first orders of business is to name a board chairman and vice chairman for the new year.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Leave policy for employees to be examined

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Riverside County supervisors want to see how the county’s policy of letting employees cash out unusued leave compares with other government agencies and the private sector.

December 03, 2013; 10:45 PM

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, Dec. 3, directed staff to study how other government agencies and the private sector let employees cash out unused leave as part of a comprehensive review of the county’s accrued leave policy.

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

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November 27, 2013

Riverside County needs tighter controls on the amount of leave employees can accrue before they leave, county supervisors said following news of a payout exceeding $900,000 to the former hospital CEO.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Ex-hospital CEO’s payout more than $900K

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Doug Bagley, who planned to retire by June, is out now. His total compensation includes $410,720 from a special retirement account and 1,756 hours of accrued leave

November 25, 2013; 06:32 PM

The former CEO of Riverside County’s hospital, which was losing $1 million a week during the final months of his tenure, will receive a payment of more than $900,000 and a public pension as he walks out the door, county officials announced Monday, Nov. 25.

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

The PE: Political Empire: CONGRESS: Riverside County supervisors endorse Steve Adams

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November 18, 2013

Riverside County supervisors are backing Riverside City Councilman Steve Adams in his bid to unseat Rep. Mark Takano.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s department faces possible $39 million shortfall

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November 04, 2013; 04:00 PM

Raises guaranteed to Riverside County law enforcement are a major driver in a projected $39 million shortfall in the sheriff’s budget, county officials say.

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

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Riverside County supervisors voted to hire Lowell Johnson to head Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

November 05, 2013; 06:20 PM

Riverside County supervisors agreed to spend $23 million on consultants who have promised to stem the financial hemorrhage at the county hospital, which is losing an estimated $1 million a week.

To read story by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Consultant could get $25.9M to fix hospital

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

October 31, 2013; 06:02 PM

Riverside County officials are willing to spend more than $20 million on a consultant they’re confident will heal the county’s financially stressed hospital.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials worry Indio jail expansion could be delayed

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An artist’s rendition of the East County Detention Center, which will expand the Indio jail by more than 1,200 beds. (File Image)

October 25, 2013; 04:43 PM

Riverside County’s master plan to add thousands of jail beds to stop the early release of inmates faces a setback unless state officials move faster on a project to expand the Indio jail, county officials warn.

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

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Riverside County Auditor-Controller Paul Angulo

October 28, 2013

Riverside County Auditor/Controller Paul Angulo hasn’t been content to let his spreadsheets do the talking.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Troubled hospital makes offer to industry veteran

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

October 22, 2013; 08:57 PM

A health care industry veteran who has built a career on restoring troubled hospitals is the Board of Supervisors’ pick to become interim CEO of Riverside County Regional Medical Center.

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

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Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. (File Image)

October 18, 2013; 05:26 PM

A former prosecutor who sued Riverside County over alleged violations of his constitutional rights has agreed to settle his case for $150,000, according to the prosecutor’s lawyer.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jail spending will eat up future money

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October 12, 2013; 11:00 AM

Adding jail beds and boosting deputy patrols in Riverside County could eat up projected gains in revenue over the next few years, leaving little or nothing to restore code enforcement, animal control and other departments hit hard by the economic downturn.

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

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 10/09/13, 6:52 PM PDT | Updated: 2 hrs ago

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire experienced major losses in the manufacturing and construction sectors during the Great Recession, the unemployment gap is closing, economic output is steadily increasing and the housing sector is showing signs of recovery, a Claremont McKenna College professor said Wednesday,

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Special Board of Supervisors workshop Monday

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September 20, 2013

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is having a special workshop Monday, Sept. 23 to go over some weighty topics.

Starting at 9 a.m. at the County Administrative Center, the board will hear about a five-year plan to pay for all the tasks supervisors want to accomplish, including adding jail beds. There’s another, separate study of the county’s jail space needs. I haven’t had time to review either but expect more in the coming days.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Police union rallies against councilman’s recall

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September 16, 2013; 10:07 AM

San Bernardino Councilman John Valdivia is getting support from a familiar ally in his fight against a recall election.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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September 15, 2013

Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Benoit will be among the speakers at the 2013 State of Riverside County event slated for Sept. 25 in Palm Springs.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: Political Empire Blog: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Full agenda for supervisors’ meeting

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September 9, 2013

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 10, will meet for the first time since Aug. 20 and there’s plenty of business before them.

The board will be asked to give final approval to the $4.7 billion budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which started July 1. Every year, county officials ask for preliminary approval of the budget until the revenue picture clears up.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: Political Empire Blog: JEFF STONE: Poll favorable for state Senate campaign

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone

August 28, 2013

Jeff Stone’s state Senate campaign released a poll that bodes well for the Riverside County supervisor.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Taking the supes show on road

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A Riverside County supervisor’s plan to hold sessions in remote locales will be tested Oct. 1

August 25, 2013; 10:01 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants to take county government on a trip to places he hopes will send him to Sacramento.

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

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Sunday, August 4, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this week. In case you missed it!

Cummings reportedly running for San Bernardino Mayor

Cliff Cummings, owner of Toyota of San Bernardino, is reportedly running for Mayor of bankrupt San Bernardino.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Heading to the Holy Land

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August 02, 2013; 06:42 PM

Two Inland congressmen are spending next week in the Holy Land.

Reps. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, and Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, will be in Israel Aug. 5 through 11 as part of a tour sponsored by a foundation with ties to a pro-Israel lobbying group.

To read column by Imran Ghori and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors approve older homebuyer tax incentive

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July 30, 2013; 04:35 PM

Riverside County supervisors took another step toward reviving a property tax incentive intended to lure homebuyers 55 and older.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s union sues over retirement benefits

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In a lawsuit, the union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies contends the mposition of a new formula for pension benefits violates the union’s contract with the county.

July 26, 2013; 06:39 PM

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies is taking the county to court over what it contends is an improperly applied formula for determining retirement benefits.

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

The PE: STATE SENATE: Stone to run for 28th District seat

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone

July 25, 2013; 06:01 PM

SACRAMENTO – Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who lost a state Senate race in 2010, is making another run.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Voice of OC: FBI Spearheads Task Force to Probe OC Political Corruption

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The FBI says it’s formed a task force to investigate political corruption in Orange County.

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:00 am | Updated: 2:31 pm, Thu Jul 25, 2013.
By TRACY WOOD and NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

The FBI, Internal Revenue Service, district attorney and U.S. attorney’s office have formed a task force to investigate reports of political corruption in Orange County, the FBI confirmed Wednesday.

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In all, the project could cost more than $300M since county offices will have to be moved to make way for the East County Detention Center

July 24, 2013; 04:51 PM

Expanding Riverside County’s jail in Indio to ease a jail bed shortage could cost taxpayers $30 million more than expected, county documents show.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $172 million radio network remains offline

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July 23, 2013; 09:22 PM

Technical problems continue to delay the launch of a $172 million radio network intended to bring Riverside County’s public safety communications into the 21st century.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Creativity in Assembly race’s final days

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July 20, 2013; 03:35 PM

Tuesday is a special Election Day in the Pomona-to-Fontana 52nd Assembly District, where nine candidates are on the ballot: seven Democrats, a Republican and a no-party preference.

The race has gotten a lot more interesting in its closing days. Apparently spooked by private polling, Democrats and their allies have poured money into a district that President Barack Obama carried by a 2-to-1 margin last fall.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors change how agendas are put together

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July 16, 2013; 04:02 PM

Hoping to make their decision-making more transparent and easy to understand, Riverside County supervisors approved changes to how supporting information is presented on agenda items for their meetings.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors weigh loan for public hospital

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Riverside County supervisors are being asked to loan up to $40 million to the county hospital in Moreno Valley to cover a cash shortfall for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

July 01, 2013; 04:44 PM

With five months left until a major phase of health care reform starts, Riverside County’s public hospital needs tens of millions of dollars to cover a cash crunch and could face an even bigger budget shortfall down the line.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Stone kidded for white suit

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June 28, 2013; 06:07 PM

No, that wasn’t Colonel Sanders at the June 25 Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Supervisor Jeff Stone, known for making bold comments, made a bolder fashion statement by wearing an all-white suit and light blue tie. According to Stone, it’s an annual tradition his staff expects him to honor.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, David Olson and Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Republican money for ex-Republican

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Ontario Mayor Paul Leon

June 21, 2013; 05:59 PM

Like its counterparts elsewhere, the San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee is all about electing Republicans.

Last week, though, the party reported giving $9,000 to a committee controlled by Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, a former Republican who recently lost an election for the state Senate and now is running for the Assembly as an independent.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors approve jail expansion plan

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June 10, 2013; 03:26 PM

Riverside County supervisors have endorsed a strategy that could double the size of three existing jails and restart planning for a Palm Springs-area mega-jail.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors well-off even without public salaries

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May 28, 2013; 08:31 PM

Take away their $143,000 salaries and other taxpayer-funded benefits and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors would still be a wealthy lot.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors’ meeting broadcasts end early

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Maybe it’s not must-see TV. But at least some TV broadcasts of Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ meetings have been cut short.

To read post by Jeff Horseman on The Press Enterprise Watchdog Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Redevelopment lawsuit filed against state

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April 22, 2013; 03:43 PM

Riverside County is taking the state of California to court over roughly $40 million in funds the county believes it needs to pay off debts of its now-defunct redevelopment agency.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Pre-election restrictions proposed for giving away funds

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April 17, 2013; 05:33 PM

Several Riverside County supervisors want to avoid the impression they’re using taxpayer money to buy votes by imposing new restrictions on six-figure funds doled out annually to charities and community groups.

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

The PE: CONGRESS: Stone won’t run against Calvert in 2014

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.

April 15, 2013; 05:11 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone ended months of speculation by announcing Monday, April 15, that he will not run for Congress against Rep. Ken Calvert in 2014.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Greater disclosure of campaign donations sought

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April 05, 2013; 04:01 PM

Donations of $1,000 or more to candidates for Riverside County offices would have to be disclosed year-round under a proposal by Supervisor Kevin Jeffries.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Budget gap could approach $102 million

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Riverside County Finance Officer Ed Corser warned the Board of Supervisors the county could face a budget shortfall of around $50 million next fiscal year, and that’s not counting the hospital’s money troubles.

April 01, 2013; 05:10 PM

Riverside County’s budget shortfall could approach a combined $102 million after July 1, a chasm fueled in party by a projected $39 million gap between what the Sheriff’s Department requested and what county administrators say they can afford.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors commit to hiring more deputies

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Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, March 26, committed to a plan to add more deputies over the next five years to boost patrols in unincorporated areas.

March 26, 2013; 10:23 PM

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, March 26, committed to hiring more deputies over the next five years to enhance law enforcement in unincorporated areas, saying they wanted to reaffirm their dedication to public safety.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Will prisoners pay room and board?

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Riverside County officials want to ramp up efforts to recoup the expense of keeping convicted criminals jailed at facilities like the Robert Presley Detention Center.

March 25, 2013; 01:48 PM

Riverside County’s probation department wants to collect room and board from those convicted of misdemeanors, even though officials so far have collected less than 1 percent of what felony convicts owe for the cost of their jail stays.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital faces shortfall as health reform nears

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March 18, 2013; 05:45 PM

If Riverside County’s public hospital were a patient, it might qualify for intensive care.

Right now, Riverside County Regional Medical Center is expected to end the fiscal year with a budget shortfall of around $10 million. The hospital’s shaky footing worries county officials already anxious about how national health care reform will be implemented in California.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Congressman’s missed vote targeted

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Dark clouds hang over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Feb. 28.(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

March 01, 2013; 06:03 PM

Having identified Rep. Gary Miller as a target for defeat in 2014, Democrats are taking every opportunity to go after the Rancho Cucamonga Republican.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Jeff Horseman and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Riverside County: Public Defender decision expected by month end

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Friday, March 1, 2013 – 08:15 a.m.

The winding road to the selection of a new Riverside County Public Defender has an end in sight.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Landfill funds could pay for jail beds

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Riverside County supervisors want to learn more about whether privatizing county landfill operations makes sense as they look for more ways to raise revenue.

February 27, 2013; 08:35 PM

Riverside County may have found a way to help pay for new jail space and other public services by transferring millions of dollars from a special fund that pays for landfills.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Democrats oust party leader despite gains

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February 22, 2013; 07:15 PM

You lead a party that picks up four competitive seats in the November election. And for your labors you’re tossed four months later?

To read column by Jeff Horseman, David Olson and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: REGION: County to consider financial aid for new cities

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February 21, 2013; 06:59 PM

Aid packages aimed at stabilizing the finances of two of the county’s newest cities — and staving off the fiscal collapse of Jurupa Valley — will go to Riverside County supervisors next week.

To read story by Sandra Stokley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Some offices still closed Fridays

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February 02, 2013; 06:40 PM

In 2009, Riverside County furloughed workers and closed non-emergency offices on Fridays to cut costs in the face of gaping budget deficits.

The furloughs are over. But a number of county departments remain shuttered on Fridays, including most Board of Supervisors’ offices, the department responsible for processing building permits and workforce development centers. The County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside is closed to the public on Fridays.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Jeffries enjoying new gig as supervisor

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January 13, 2013; 08:18 PM

Kevin Jeffries is still settling into being a Riverside County supervisor. But he’s already enjoying it.

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

The PE: CONGRESS: Stone’s colleagues back Calvert

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Congressman Ken Calvert

January 09, 2013; 05:39 PM

Take that, Jeff Stone.

Days after the Riverside County supervisor announced that he might challenge incumbent Rep. Ken Calvert in 2014, Calvert counterpunched, announcing that all of Stone’s colleagues on the Board of Supervisors have endorsed him.

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

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this week.

San Bernardino County Supe’s elect Rutherford chair

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously elected Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford as it’s new chairperson. Second District Supervisor Gary Ovitt will be vice-chair.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants higher reimbursements to wine, dine

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Posted on | January 5, 2013

Wining and dining influential public officials is serious business, according to a Riverside County supervisor who wants to up reimbursement limits for meals in four cities.

To read post by Jeff Horseman on The Press Enterprise Watchdog Blog, click here.