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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: 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.

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

Janice Rutherford

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 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

Marion Ashley

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

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: Taking the supes show on road

Campaigns

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

Campaigns

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 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: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Democrats oust party leader despite gains

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
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: 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: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Trade group calls condemnation plan illegal

San Bernardino County Administrative Officer Greg Devereaux is the chairman of a joint powers authority looking at proposals to aid homeowners with underwater mortgages.(Stan Lim/The Press-Enterprise)

 

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 17 July 2012 06:15 PM

A banking industry group continued to press its opposition to a proposal to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages, claiming the tactic would not withstand legal scrutiny and could end up costing San Bernardino County.

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a Wall Street trade group, released a legal memo from its law firm on Tuesday, July 17, that attacked the proposal as impermissible under the federal and state constitutions and the county charter.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors trade raises for pension cuts

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 07 July 2012 06:12 PM

Pay raises for pension changes. To the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, it’s a fair — if costly — trade.

To get the county’s labor unions to agree to an overhaul of the public employee pension system, supervisors authorized more than $730 million in raises over the next four years. In exchange, officials expect savings of $856 million over the next 10 years as new employees earn lesser pensions and current workers pay more toward their retirement.

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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: 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: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Pay hikes for elected officials, management proposed

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 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: POLITICS: Re-maps, Bono Mack and taxes

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Published: 30 October 2011 08:05 PM

The California Supreme Court felt otherwise, but part of the unsuccessful court challenge to the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s state Senate plan centered on complaints about what the maps do in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

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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: 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: 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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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: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public can weigh in on redistricting map

08:54 AM PDT on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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

Riverside County grew the fastest of any California county during the past decade, and now officials have the task of dividing 2.19 million people into five supervisorial districts.

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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: 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: BANNING: Supervisor Ashley to address local group

Ashley

 

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Submitted to The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley will give a mini State of the County presentation to members and guests of the San Gorgonio Pass Republican Women at a luncheon March 23 in Banning.

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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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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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The PE: Jeffries files papers for county run in 2012

Jeffires

By PE Politics
on February 4, 2011 10:45 AM

Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries has filed paperwork to raise money for a possible candidacy for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in 2012.

Jeffries, R-Lake Elsinore, lives in the district of Supervisor Bob Buster, who is up for re-election next year.

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InlandPolitics: Riverside Co. Supes drained coffers in 10′

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – 04:45 p.m.

Members of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors raised slightly less and spent significantly more campaign money than their San Bernardino County brethren last year.

They also reported significantly depleted warchests.

And I mean significant.

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The PE: Inland counties prepare for their own redistricting

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, December 30, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission has ushered in a new era in California, heralded by supporters as a way to take politics out of the drawing of legislative and congressional boundaries.

But a political tug-of-war among elected officials could still play out at the local level next year as counties, cities and school boards redraw their own district lines.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Legal defense contract back on table

11:05 PM PST on Sunday, December 5, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

After new bids were sought in September, a contract to handle criminal defense for those who cannot afford lawyers goes before the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

A committee of public defenders from three Northern California counties reviewed the proposals and recommended that Riverside-based Blumenthal Law Offices receive the $8.8 million contract.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Standalone fire department would be costly

10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 29, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: Inland Wildfires

Severing ties with Cal Fire and creating an independent Riverside County fire department would increase costs by $46.6 million a year, a new report concludes.

In addition, setting up a stand-alone agency would require the county to replace three state-owned fire stations at a one-time cost of $11.9 million, the analysis found.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors study possible landfill sales

11:45 PM PST on Saturday, November 27, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Cash-strapped Riverside County is considering a plan to sell or lease two of its landfills in an effort to generate as much as $100 million in new revenue.

“We have to look at everything,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Marion Ashley said. “We have to figure out how to maximize our revenues.”

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors favor open recruitment for registrar

10:00 PM PST on Thursday, November 25, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

A majority of Riverside County supervisors favor opening the recruitment for a new registrar of voters to applicants from outside the county with the hope of attracting an experienced candidate.

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The PE: Riverside County supervisor not thrilled about brokering district attorney peace

Ashley

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

It wouldn’t involve jetting off to Cairo or Belfast, but Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley is cool to the idea of playing peacemaker at the county district attorney’s office.

At a recent meeting, supervisors discussed concerns raised by District Attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach that incumbent DA Rod Pacheco was not cooperating with his transition. The two fought a bitter campaign and nothing has indicated they have spoken to each other since Zellerbach defeated Pacheco in the June 8 election.

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PE: Three county supervisors dispute use of signatures in mailer

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The politics of pension reform took center stage among Riverside County supervisors Tuesday.

An invitation mailed last week to raise money to oppose the Riverside Sheriff’s Association-backed Measure L on the November ballot included the names and signatures of all five supervisors.

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PE: CD44: Most supes back Calvert for Congress

Ken Calvert

By PE Politics
on August 17, 2010 11:23 AM

Four out of five Riverside County supervisors recommend another term for Inland Rep. Ken Calvert.

The Corona Republican, who is seeking his 10th term in office this November, announced today that he has the backing of John F. Tavaglione, Jeff Stone, John J. Benoit and Marion Ashley. All four are registered Republicans.

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PE: Call for pension reform criticized

09:16 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors, currently grappling with pension reforms, themselves have decades of combined service and will receive substantial retirements when they leave the board.

Supervisor Bob Buster is in his 17th year on the board and served eight years on the Riverside City Council before that.

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RivPE: Funds OK’d to fix election mishap

10:56 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday to purchase $650,000 worth of additional equipment designed to speed future vote-counting operations.

The recommendations came as part of a sweeping probe into how Registrar of Voters Barbara Dunmore handled the June 8 primary.

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Riverside County supervisor John Tavaglione has defeated challenger Herb Higgins. Marion Ashley who ran unopposed has officially won. Supervisor John Benoit is in a tight race with Gary Jeandron.

RivPE: Unions donate heavily in Riverside County races

11:04 PM PDT on Sunday, May 30, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County faces a $131.5 million budget shortfall, and supervisors are seeking deep cuts — and as many as 1,600 layoffs — to bridge the gap over the next two years.

But as they seek those reductions, the county’s three largest employee unions have made more than $450,000 in campaign donations to supervisors, candidates for the board and other elected officials who wield influence in county politics, campaign finance figures released late last week show.

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RivPE: Three incumbents running unopposed in Riverside County

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, May 17, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Three incumbent Riverside County officials face no opposition as they seek new terms in the June 8 election.

Marion Ashley is running unopposed for a third term on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

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In getting the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to approve their massive 11,350-home Villages of Lakeview project, did the Lewis Group of Companies hang the board out to dry?

This just might be the case.

Since the project’s approval Riverside County has been slammed by three separate lawsuits filed by the City of Riverside and a combination of four environmental groups over impacts of the project.

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RivPE: Three lawsuits target Riverside County for approving large housing project

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, April 22, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The city of Riverside and four environmental groups sued Riverside County on Thursday, challenging its approval last month of one of the region’s largest housing developments.

The Villages of Lakeview would put 11,350 homes between Perris and San Jacinto. The project, next to the state’s San Jacinto Wildlife Area, could add more than 30,000 new residents to the region and its already clogged roadways.

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RivPE: Ashley among those in Riverside County backing Fiorina

By PE Politics
April 1, 2010 6:01 AM

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, Riverside City Councilman Rusty Bailey and Menifee City Councilman Scott Mann are backing U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina.

Fiorina’s campaign announced the endorsements. In a statement, Fiorina praised the three elected officials for their commitment to their communities.

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RivPE: Ashley, running unopposed, declares victory

Marion Ashley

By PE Politics
March 22, 2010 3:03 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley is running unopposed for a third term on the board and already is dancing in the end zone.

Ashley is holding an election victory celebration and party March 25 at the Morongo Casino & Resort in Cabazon. “Your overwhelming support has helped Marion Ashley run unopposed!” the invitation reads. The event requests $100 donations.

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RivPE: Riverside County supervisors want a more public bid process

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors took steps Tuesday to put in place a policy aimed at making the bidding process for county contracts more public.

The policy would include a provision to publicly unseal bids of at least $100,000 at the weekly Board of Supervisor meetings.

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InlandPolitics: Lewis Group of Companies and the 11,150 home development

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One has to ask why would the Riverside County Board of Supervisors vote to approve a project that will eventually lead to the construction of 11,150 homes, with an ongoing major recession not likely to end anytime soon?

Yes, I wrote 11,150.

This very approval happened last Tuesday. The beneficiary of course was the Lewis Group of Companies.

Lewis will be the master developer for the development known as the Villages of Lakeview.

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RivPE: 11,150-home development approved between Perris, San Jacinto

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

By DAVID DANELSKI
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday approved one of the county’s largest developments ever, the 11,150-home Villages of Lakeview, which is expected to eventually bring 30,000 residents to an area between Perris and San Jacinto next to a state wildlife preserve where hunting is allowed.

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11:43 PM PST on Saturday, February 20, 2010

By DAVID DANELSKI
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday again will consider a plan to build 11,150 homes in a scenic valley between Perris and San Jacinto, creating a new community of some 30,000 people on what is now mostly farmland.

The supervisors held a public hearing in December but postponed a decision on the proposed Villages of Lakeview. They asked staff to answer questions about a buffer zone between the homes and the neighboring San Jacinto Wildlife Area, where hunting is allowed, and to gather information about the county’s existing stock of homes and approved developments.

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11:48 PM PST on Saturday, February 20, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

A public-private partnership designed to ease the Inland region’s foreclosure crisis has just sold its second house and is rehabbing seven more, the group’s executive director said.

But as the Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corporation moves toward its goal of renovating and selling 100 houses this year, challenges remain.

The nonprofit public-benefit corporation must find two new board members; it could lose Riverside County as a partner this week, and it must deal with any potential fallout from an ongoing corruption investigation that has put its chairman and two of the businessmen that lobbied for its creation under scrutiny.

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InlandPolitics: Riverside County supervisors rake in the campaign cash

The campaign finance disclosure statements for members of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors show healthy sums for all members with the exception of Jeff Stone who is seeking state legislative office.

Here is the annual summary for all five supervisors who collectively raised $ 1,048,448.90 in 2009.

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RivPE: Tens of thousands raised for spring and fall elections

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 2, 2010
By JIM MILLER, DUANE W. GANG and BEN GOAD
The Press-Enterprise

Most candidates for Inland local, legislative and congressional seats headed into the election year with well-fortified campaign treasuries, new filings show.

Campaign-finance reports due this week show that Inland candidates raised more than $2.2 million during the final months of 2009 for ballots in the spring and fall.

Riverside County is home to the 37th state Senate District, where there will be a special April 13 primary election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Sen. John Benoit.

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