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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.

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: 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: 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: REGION: Supervisor touts district accomplishments

Jeff Stone

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: New chairman for Board of Supervisors in 2014

Riverside-County-Seal

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

Steve Adams

Adams

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

Jeff Stone

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.

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

Jeff Stone

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.

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: 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 well-off even without public salaries

Riverside County BOS Income

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

Jeff Stone

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: CONGRESS: Stone’s colleagues back Calvert

Ken Calvert

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.

The PE: CONGRESS: Jeff Stone considers running against Calvert

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is considering running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona.

January 04, 2013; 09:29 PM

Angered by U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert’s vote on the fiscal cliff bill, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone said he’s forming an exploratory committee to pursue a possible run for the veteran Republican’s congressional seat.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: New policy cracks down on delinquent developers

Published: 03 August 2012 04:13 PM

Developers behind on their property taxes to Riverside County will have to pay up before their zoning applications can be processed under a new policy adopted by county supervisors.

To read entire story by Jeff Horseman, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Raises given to top-level managers

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 31 July 2012 06:25 PM

Senior staff in the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, district attorney’s office and other departments will get raises to prevent them from earning less than the people they supervise.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 31, voted unanimously to approve the raises, which will cost about $1.6 million this fiscal year. The raises will be absorbed in the current budget and won’t require additional spending.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors feuding over revised plan

Supervisor John Benoit/(File Photo)

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 26 July 2012 07:31 PM

A rift has developed between two Riverside County supervisors over re-submitted plans for the Liberty Quarry.

Supervisor John Benoit, who represents desert cities, is supporting efforts to fast track plans for the Temecula-area open pit gravel mine.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Meaning of Waterloo debated in San Bernardino

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Published: 20 July 2012 07:26 PM

It’s been a grim couple of weeks for San Bernardino as city officials decided to declare a fiscal emergency and file for bankruptcy due to a cash-flow crisis and budget deficit. Still, even amid serious discussions, the council found a few moments to debate 19th Century military history at its July 10 meeting.

Echoing a phrase used by one public speaker, Councilman Fred Shorett suggested that this could be a “Waterloo opportunity” allowing the city to get its financial house in order.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Pension changes expected to save $856M

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 26 June 2012 04:36 PM

Changes to Riverside County’s public pension system should save $856 million over 10 years and after that, the system’s assets might cover its billions of dollars in liabilities, according to county officials.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 26, received an annual report from the Pension Advisory Review Committee, a 9-year-old panel consisting of Treasurer/Tax Collector Don Kent, finance chief Ed Corser and Human Resources Director Barbara Olivier.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors adopt pension reform

Riverside County’s board says delays would be costly; the sheriff wanted time to study the effects on recruiting if employees pay more

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 19 June 2012 09:17 PM

After months of sometimes rocky talks with organized labor, Riverside County supervisors moved to reduce county pensions for new employees despite concerns from the sheriff, who wanted more time to consider how those changes would affect his ability to recruit and retain deputies.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 19, voted 4-0 with John Benoit absent to submit an amendment to the county’s contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The amendment allows for reduced pension benefits for newly hired employees and deputies.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Votes came at premium in congressional upset

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Published: 10 June 2012 06:45 PM

Rep. Gary Miller and his financial backers spent almost $100 for every vote the Republican lawmaker collected on his way to a first-place showing in last week’s primary election in California’s 31st Congressional District.

The contest for the San Bernardino-area seat continues to reverberate around the country. Democrats who hoped to snag the seat on their way to retaking the House majority were shut out of the race entirely, as Miller and state Sen. Bob Dutton claimed the top two spots in the primary.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Pay hike requests likely dead on arrival

Dead on arrival to the Riverside County supervisors’ desks, that is. Even raises for lower-level management appear iffy now

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 04 June 2012 07:16 PM

Riverside County’s sheriff and one of the county’s largest unions have joined other critics — including most county supervisors — in attacking a plan to raise elected leaders’ pay amid ongoing layoffs.

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The PE: REGION: Unions spend heavily in both counties

BY IMRAN GHORI
ighori@pe.com

Published: 01 June 2012 05:58 PM

Employee unions are among those spending heavily to support candidates they back in both the San Bernardino and Riverside County supervisorial races.

Mike Soubirous, who is one of two challengers running against Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster in the 1st District, has been the largest beneficiary of union support, according to campaign reports.

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BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 01 June 2012 11:21 PM

Though Riverside County is in the midst of laying off nearly 230 employees to balance its budget, its supervisors are poised to consider giving county elected officials salary hikes of more than 25 percent over the next three years.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors pledge help for budget-battered cities

BY DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITER
dbegley@pe.com

Published: 27 March 2012 07:49 PM

Four Riverside County cities that took a financial hit in last year’s state budget might get a helping hand from the county, supervisors said Tuesday. But California lawmakers need to solve the problem they created, supervisors added.

Menifee, Wildomar, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley all face fiscal challenges as a result of the state budget passed last summer. The four cities lost $15 million, part of $200 million in vehicle-license fee revenue that the state redirected to pay for local law-enforcement grants.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors turn down mine, 3-2

BY JEFF HORSEMAN AND DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITERS
jhorseman@pe.com | dgang@pe.com

Published: 16 February 2012 07:05 AM

Seven years of debate over a proposed Temecula-area rock quarry came down to a tense hearing and a swing vote as Riverside County supervisors voted 3-2 Thursday to reject one of the most divisive land-use projects in recent memory.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors set to vote this morning

JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 16 February 2012 07:05 AM

Whether a proposed Temecula-area rock quarry gets built hinges on a vote scheduled for this morning by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

The board will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Riverside to conclude its hearings on the Liberty Quarry, which raised questions about how to balance economic development, the environment and quality of life.

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The PE: LIBERTY QUARRY: Supervisors face political backlash

Riverside County supervisors John Benoit, at left, and Marion Ashley go over their notes during the Jan. 30 hearing on Liberty Quarry in the Riverside Convention Center.(KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY DUANE W. GANG AND JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITERS
dgang@pe.com | jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 11 February 2012 04:03 PM

A political rock-and-a-hard-place scenario faces Riverside County supervisors as they decide the fate of a proposed Temecula-area quarry.

Approve Liberty Quarry, and the five supervisors will anger a wide range of opponents, including a politically active Indian tribe. Deny the open-pit mine, and they risk the wrath of business groups and union members desperate for jobs.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: County, SEIU reach deal

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 10 February 2012 05:38 PM

Riverside County has reached a tentative deal with its second-largest union, less than two weeks after Service Employees International Union Local 721 held a one-day strike to push the county back to the bargaining table.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: SEIU pushes supervisors to reopen talks

Supervisors’ second-largest union argues it was asked to give up too much before terms were imposed; terms reached with biggest union

BY DUANE W. GANG AND DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITERS
dgang@pe.com | dbegley@pe.com

Published: 31 January 2012 09:15 AM

More than 1,000 Riverside County workers took to the streets Tuesday protesting benefit reductions and warning that additional strikes could be on the way if county officials don’t reopen contract negotiations.

The 24-hour work stoppage was expected to last until 6:59 a.m. today and marks the latest escalation between county management and the Service Employees International Union Local 721, the county’s second-largest employee group.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Court bans most challenged workers from strike

Riverside County officials have gone to court in an effort to stop a one-day strike by health care professionals.

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 30 January 2012 11:33 AM

A judge Monday barred 248 health-care workers from joining a one-day strike by members of Riverside County’s second-largest union.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Union, county prepare for strike

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 27 January 2012 08:34 PM

Riverside County will go to court Monday seeking to keep nearly 300 nurses and other health professionals from taking part in a day-long strike planned by the county’s second-largest union.

County officials this week appealed to a state labor relations board for help after the Service Employees International Union Local 721 informed officials at Riverside County Regional Medical Center that nurses planned to participate in the strike Tuesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Nurses set for raise

Supervisors will take up an agreement Tuesday to provide raises to nurses at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.(FILE PHOTO/2008)

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 06 January 2012 06:01 PM

In an effort to make Riverside County Regional Medical Center nursing pay more competitive, supervisors Tuesday will take up a deal to provide the hospital’s nurses with significant raises.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Deal reached with district attorneys’ union

BY DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITER
dbegley@pe.com

Published: 20 December 2011 08:50 PM

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday warily approved a four-year deal with a union covering various lawyers, setting the stage for a larger face-off with the county’s largest union next year.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors finalize jail fee

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 16 November 2011 11:21 AM

Anyone convicted of a crime and sentenced to Riverside County jail will soon have to pay for their stays in the lockup.

Riverside County supervisors gave their final approval Tuesday to a measure aimed at recovering the $142.42 per day it costs to keep someone behind bars.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors will pay own pension costs

Supervisors, managers and employees not represented by unions will pay 8 percent of their salaries toward retirement

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 15 November 2011 07:25 PM

Riverside County’s elected leaders and management will begin paying their own pension costs in a move designed to save money and show employees that they are willing to lead by example.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors consider paying toward their pensions

The county board already favors contributing to their own pensions to save $14 million over 3 years

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 13 November 2011 08:20 PM

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday will take up a measure requiring all county elected officials and management to pay their own retirement contributions.

Supervisors earlier this month voted in favor of the concept but had yet to work out the details.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Pay for stays in jail, supervisors say

Riverside County supervisors are moving ahead with a plan to charge inmates for their stays in jail, including at facilities such as the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 02 November 2011 10:35 AM

Riverside County is moving ahead with a plan to charge people for their jail time.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Three key posts vacant

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 06 October 2011 06:03 PM

An estimated $80 million budget gap for next fiscal year is only the start of the challenges Riverside County supervisors face in the coming months.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supes want employees paying toward pensions

Riverside County supervisors debated pension changes on Tuesday.
BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 04 October 2011 09:55 PM

Riverside County supervisors said Tuesday that county employees must start contributing more toward their own retirements, a move that would translate into immediate, long-term savings for the cash-strapped county.

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The PE: Riverside County CEO Luna resigns

10:22 PM PDT on Thursday, September 22, 2011

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

PDF: Read Bill Luna’s resignation letter as Riverside County CEO

Riverside County supervisors accepted the resignation of CEO Bill Luna on Thursday and are expected to hire a search firm next week to help find a new top executive.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Workers speak against retirement benefit revisions

10:04 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BY DUANE W. GANG and DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITERS
dgang@pe.com | dbegley@pe.com

Negotiations between labor unions and Riverside County moved from the bargaining table to the Board of Supervisors chambers Tuesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Amid acrimony, supervisors OK new boundaries

10:30 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Riverside County supervisors approved new district boundaries Tuesday amid heated debate and accusations of gerrymandering between supervisors Bob Buster and John Tavaglione.

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10:10 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Riverside County officials voiced support Tuesday for a more efficient way to dispatch 911 calls and get ambulances to medical emergencies more quickly.

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The PE: Stone takes rebellion online

By PE Politics
July 20, 2011 9:19 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who proposed that 13 counties secede from California, has taken his effort online.

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LATimes: Attempts to divide California have multiplied over the years

Supervisor Jeff Stone, a Republican pharmacist from Temecula, called California an “ungovernable” financial catastrophe and proposed that 13 conservative counties break away to form a separate state of “South California.” (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / July 8, 2005)

By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
July 16, 2011

If California State Assemblyman Andres Pico had gotten his way more than a century ago, the college football team that plays its home games in downtown Los Angeles would be known as the University of Colorado Trojans.

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OCRegister: ‘South California’ secession effort recedes

Jeff Stone

July 13th, 2011, 11:49 am · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

A Riverside County supervisor backed off of his call for 13 counties to secede from the state when fellow supervisors threw cold water on the idea Tuesday night.

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DailyBulletin: Restating the priorities

South California
Supervisor urges 13 counties to secede
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 07/11/2011 08:10:22 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE – A local lawmaker has called for much of Southern and Central California to secede from the Golden state.

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LATimes: ‘South California’ for 51st state?

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
July 11, 2011

Accusing Sacramento of pillaging local governments to feed its runaway spending and left-wing policies, a Riverside County politician is proposing a solution: He wants 13 mostly inland, conservative counties to break away to form a separate state of “South California.”

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Registrar seeks new vote-counting machines

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County should purchase four additional ballot scanners to speed vote counting during next year’s presidential elections, the county’s top election official said.

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The PE: Riverside County supervisors: Donations won’t impact quarry vote

11:03 PM PDT on Saturday, June 18, 2011

By JEFF HORSEMAN
The Press-Enterprise

Since 2001, the company proposing a quarry near Temecula has donated more than $59,000 to political candidates in Riverside County — including at least $38,000 to county supervisors who will decide if the project gets built.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Redistricting is nearly complete

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Determining which Riverside neighborhood will be shifted to a new supervisorial district is the only unresolved issue in redrawing Riverside County lines, officials said Tuesday.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

One has to wonder why there is such a disconnect in the way San Bernardino and Riverside County governments conduct business respectively.

Riverside County seems to be able to maintain a sense of order and cohesiveness.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Proposed budget includes $55 million in cuts

10:01 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County’s top executive has recommended a spending plan for next year that includes $55 million in cuts, resulting in additional layoffs and reductions in core county services.

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The PE: POLITICS: Served jail time? Pay up, supervisor proposes

By PE Politics
June 7, 2011 4:44 PM

Riverside County will begin researching how to recoup costs from people sentenced to county jails under a measure supervisors approved 4-0 today.

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The PE: Stone faces $16,000 FPPC fine

Stone

 

By PE Politics
May 26, 2011 4:42 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone has agreed to pay $16,000 for failing to properly report $84,052 in contributions to his 2010 campaign for state Senate.

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The PE: Sheriff’s union imposed contract includes pay, benefit cuts

By PE Politics
May 25, 2011 10:06 AM

Riverside County declared an impasse last week with the Riverside Sheriff’s Association and will impose contract terms on the union starting June 2.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors to consider two redistricting proposals

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

A Riverside County committee helping to draft new supervisorial districts will forward two proposals to the Board of Supervisors after failing Tuesday to reach agreement on how best to divide the city of Riverside.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday declared their support for public safety and said imposing pay cuts and pension changes on the union representing sheriff’s deputies is unfortunate but will save money and jobs.

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The PE: POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Bono Mack supports Chaz Bono

Bono Mack

 

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack is standing behind her stepson, Chaz Bono. But it remains unclear whether Chaz and his fiancé will stand before Bono Mack on their wedding day.

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10:48 PM PDT on Sunday, May 15, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

One of Riverside County’s largest employee unions allows any member to attend contract talks, raising concerns in recent weeks from at least two supervisors that the open-door policy isn’t productive.

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The PE: Riverside County supervisors shift jail focus

11:21 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to put on hold a proposed regional jail in Whitewater that would have cost $300 million to build.

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The PE: Grand jury criticizes Riverside County’s legal defense contract process

11:13 PM PDT on Sunday, April 24, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors failed to follow their own policies when awarding a new criminal defense contract earlier this year, a newly released grand jury report concludes.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors want to halt Whitewater jail

 

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors Marion Ashley and John Benoit announced Wednesday that they will seek to halt planning for a regional jail in rural Whitewater.

The move marks a reversal for supervisors and comes amid growing community opposition to the jail.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public safety chiefs outline budget woes

10:33 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside Board of Supervisors meet about county budgets
Published: 3/29/2011 07:18 PM

Riverside County’s four public-safety departments painted a bleak picture Tuesday of their finances, saying they face significant budget shortfalls for next fiscal year.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor seeks pension reform support

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, March 24, 2011

By GAIL WESSON and DUANE GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone urged business and civic leaders to support the county supervisors’ efforts at pension reform at an economic development forum in San Jacinto on Thursday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors back governor’s plan to localize services

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Riverside County supervisors approved a measure supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shift some state services to California’s 58 counties.

Supervisor John Tavaglione requested the resolution.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Community forums on redistricting set

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County will hold three community meetings next month to gather input from residents on how officials should redraw supervisorial district boundaries.

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REGION: County supervisor says union campaigning against him

DAVE DOWNEY
ddowney@californian.com North County Times
The Californian | Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:53 pm

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone accused a law enforcement employees union Tuesday of orchestrating a telephone campaign to plant negative impressions of him in advance of his 2012 re-election bid.

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The PE: Census will change county supervisors’ territories

10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG and JIM MILLER
The Press-Enterprise

Thousands of Inland residents will soon have a different county supervisor to represent them.

Riverside and San Bernardino county officials must begin redrawing their district boundaries based on census 2010 data released Tuesday.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

March 3, 2011 | Chase Davis

Once the grand jury got together, it didn’t take long for Larry Minor to fold.

Less than 24 hours after his indictment last month, the Southern California agribusiness mogul pleaded guilty to charges that he funneled money through friends and family to circumvent the state’s campaign contribution limits.

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The PE: Family members describe illegal campaign donations

10:00 PM PST on Friday, February 18, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Sarah Minor wasn’t sure what Jeff Stone did in politics — she thought the Riverside County supervisor was a state senator — but in 2009 she wrote a $3,900 campaign contribution check to him because her father-in-law and Agri-Empire chief Larry Minor asked her to do it.

He reimbursed Sarah and husband Andy — Larry’s son — who also made a $3,900 contribution.

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The PE: Minor-linked donations came during lucrative month for Stone

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By PE Politics
on February 16, 2011 11:04 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone’s unsuccessful Senate campaign raised almost $204,000 in June 2009, when authorities allege that “potato baron” Larry Minor arranged contributions to Stone and illegally reimbursed the donors.

Minor reached a plea deal Wednesday. Stone has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

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The PE: JUST IN: Minor reaches plea agreement

By PE Politics
on February 16, 2011 11:30 AM

PDF: Read the indictment of Larry Minor

Larry Minor, 70, of San Jacinto, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors this morning to charges that he laundered campaign contributions and conspired to violate the state’s Political Reform Act.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors agreed Tuesday to research how much public-safety retirements cost and what options are available to send a pension-reduction proposal to voters.

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The PE: Campaign finance plan is withdrawn

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors are likely to pursue tighter disclosure requirements.

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone withdrew his proposal Tuesday to impose campaign contribution limits on board and countywide candidates.

Stone’s decision came as colleagues voiced concern that the plan would unleash a torrent of independent expenditures not subject to limits.

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The PE: Stone proposes pension reductions

08:37 PM PST on Saturday, February 12, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone wants to put the heat on one of the county’s largest and most powerful unions.

In a proposal headed before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Stone is asking county staff to analyze public-safety pension costs and gather information about a potential ballot measure that would reduce retirement benefits.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor proposing limits on campaign giving

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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, February 10, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is proposing campaign contribution limits for the board and countywide officials.

Stone, a Republican, will ask his colleagues Tuesday to support a measure to limit how much any person can donate to county campaigns.

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