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The PE: STATE FUNDING: Roth introduces bill to help new cities

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 Updated: 11:20 p.m.

The California legislature’s 2013-2014 session ended Nov. 30 and, with it, any hope of an override of Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fee revenue to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

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

The PE: MENIFEE: Councilman Tom Fuhrman arrested in corruption probe

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BY SARAH BURGE AND TOM SHERIDAN / STAFF WRITERS
Published: Oct. 23, 2014 Updated: 7:23 p.m.

Menifee Councilman Thomas Fuhrman was arrested on suspicion of corruption charges Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

To read story by Sarah Burge and Tom Sheridan in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: POLITICS: Roth seeks override on veto of vehicle fee measure

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Special legislative session would be required to overturn Gov. Brown’s rejection of funding for Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

Published: Oct. 6, 2014 Updated: Oct. 7, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Possibly reviving four Inland cities’ hopes for financial stability, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, is seeking to reverse the veto of a bill that would have restored vehicle license fees to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Angry officials see politics in governor’s veto

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A veto is the latest setback in the effort to restore millions in lost vehicle-license fees to new cities; an override of the veto seem unlikely.

Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Updated: 10:37 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to restore up to $19 million to four fledgling Riverside County cities has some Inland officials questioning if politics played a role in the decision that could lead Jurupa Valley to dissolve.

To read story by Jeff Horseman, Sandra Stokley and Michael J. Williams in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SACRAMENTO: Governor vetoes bill to restore new cities’ funding

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Eastvale, Menifee, Wildomar and especially Jurupa Valley have struggled since vehicle license fee revenue was diverted in 2011

Published: Sept. 28, 2014 Updated: 11:44 p.m.

Jurupa Valley’s hopes of getting a budget boost from the state were dashed Sunday when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have restored funding diverted in 2011 from the state’s four newest cities, all of which are in Riverside County.

To read story by Nikie Johnson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Published: Aug. 21, 2014 – Updated: 1:22 p.m.

California’s Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would restore vehicle license fee revenue to four fledgling cities in Riverside County.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Governor could take up bill to restore cities’ funds

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But it could still be a struggle to get Gov. Jerry Brown to provide millions of dollars to four cities hammered by the 2011 loss of fee revenue.

Published: July 16, 2014 Updated: July 17, 2014 9:18 a.m.

A bill giving millions of dollars to four fledgling Riverside County cities appears headed for the governor’s desk, but there’s no guarantee it will be signed, the county’s lobbyist told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

The PE: STATE REVENUE: Cities still trying to get funds restored

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May 07, 2014; 03:59 PM

With the clock ticking on the 2014 California legislative session, supporters of the state’s four newest cities – all in Riverside County – say they are still committed to getting crucial state funding taken in 2011 restored to Eastvale, Menifee, Wildomar and especially Jurupa Valley.

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

The PE: LEGISLATURE: Region’s lawmakers stayed quiet as cities left behind

September 13, 2013; 07:15 PM

SACRAMENTO – Anyone watching from the gallery or on television as legislation fixing Orange County’s budget problem sped through the Legislature this week might have expected Riverside County lawmakers at some point to ask, “What about us?”

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

The PE: FOUR CITIES: Bid for state help dead for 2013

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September 13, 2013

The 2013 legislative year came to close early today with no action on restoring money for four Riverside County cities sideswiped by a 2011 budget bill.

To read post by Jim Miller on The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: LEGISLATURE: Prognosis looks bad for measure assisting Riverside cities

September 10, 2013; 06:54 PM

SACRAMENTO – A late-night budget deal 4-1/2 years ago is proving to be a valuable chit for Orange County, as the county seeks restoration of a 2011 cut that also hit Riverside County’s newest cities.

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

The PE: LEGISLATURE: Cities, county won’t team up to win back revenue

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Riverside County cities that lost license fee money are still unlikely to partner with Orange County

August 14, 2013; 05:41 PM

SACRAMENTO — Two years ago, lawmakers from Orange County gave a cold shoulder to a frantic attempt by four Inland cities to piggyback on their legislative effort to reverse a June 2011 state budget action that took vehicle license-fee money away from new cities.

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

The PE: CITIES FUNDING: Hearing on assistance bill postponed

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April 16, 2013; 07:12 PM

Legislation to restore millions of dollars in 2011 budget cuts to four Riverside County cities has been pulled from its first committee hearing.

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

The PE: STATE BUDGET: Officials try new way to restore city funds

March 26, 2013; 06:02 PM

SACRAMENTO – Inland lawmakers and local officials have taken a new tack to try to restore lost revenue for four Riverside County cities disproportionately hurt by a state budget shift two years ago.

To read story by 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: REGION: Effort to restore funding to new cities gets support

January 10, 2013; 06:55 PM

Riverside County senators Richard Roth and Bill Emmerson introduced legislation this week stating their intent to restore lost funding for California cities that have incorporated since 2004.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors spell out lobbying priorities

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Getting Sacramento to restore vehicle license fee revenue to new cities such as Jurupa Valley is one of the top lobbying goals for Riverside County supervisors in 2013.

December 31, 2012; 05:02 PM

Restoring funding to four cities and securing money for health-services are among the top lobbying priorities for Riverside County in the new year.

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

The PE: VETO: Governor rejects bill to aid Inland cities

The $14 million to cities harmed by the loss of vehicle-license funds in 2011 would create too big of a hole in the state budget, he says

Published: 19 September 2012 – 09:18 PM

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have allocated $14 million to Riverside County’s newest cities, citing the measure’s impact on last year’s shift of some criminal-justice, mental health and other services to counties.

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

The PE: LEGISLATURE Last-minute effort to restore funding

Published: 30 August 2012 – 06:46 PM

SACRAMENTO – For the second year in a row, a group of Inland Southern California cities and lawmakers are making a last-minute push to restore millions of dollars in budget cuts.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Bono Mack’s gold medal tax relief gains support

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Published: 10 August 2012 05:15 PM

Inland Rep Mary Bono Mack’s legislation seeking to lift taxes on the cash awards received by Olympic medalists gained a key supporter.

To read column in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: STATE: Measure to help cities fails to advance

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 24 May 2012 08:31 PM

SACRAMENTO Legislation to restore millions of dollars in vehicle-license-fee revenue for four Riverside County cities has stalled in the state Senate and is likely dead for the year.

Friday, May 25, is the deadline for bills to pass their respective houses’ appropriations committees. The Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed dozens of measures that had been parked on its “suspense” file because of the legislation’s perceived impact on the state’s bottom line.

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The PE: LEGISLATURE: Panel OKs bill to help Inland cities

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 18 April 2012 10:22 PM

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would restore a critical revenue stream for Riverside County’s newest cities cleared its first committee this morning, the first concrete success for the cities and their supporters following months of efforts to roll back part of last summer’s state budget.

Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Wildomar and Menifee lost a combined $14 million when lawmakers approved an $86 billion budget that diverted vehicle-license fee money to pay for local law-enforcement grants. Officials in the cities warned of fiscal calamity, including possible disincorporation, if there is no fix.

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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: BUDGET: New effort to restore funding for cities

Eastvale is among four new cities that lost vehicle license fee revenue when the state redirected it to local law enforcement grants.(File Photo/2010)

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 02 March 2012 02:32 PM

SACRAMENTO — Inland Southern California lawmakers are making a new push to restore state budget cuts that threaten the solvency of Riverside County’s newest cities.

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The PE: MENIFEE: City attorney resigns

Administrator’s Note: This is the same law firm that represents the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, Inland Valley Development Agency and the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

No reason has been given for quitting, but it comes just as the city resumes a search for a new law firm

BY JOHN F. HILL
STAFF WRITER
johnhill@pe.com

Published: 26 October 2011 04:11 PM

Menifee’s city attorney is stepping down, about two weeks after the city restarted a search for a new law firm.

Karen Feld and her law firm, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, will end their contract with the city Nov. 1.

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The PE: Riverside County cities lose out

By PE Politics
September 10, 2011 2:15 AM

Four Riverside County cities that lost up to one-half of their revenue in the June budget deal failed to recover any of it in the final hours of the 2011 regular session that ended early this morning.

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The PE: Money for four new Riverside County cities in limbo

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 8, 2011

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

SACRAMENTO – Attempts to restore millions of dollars for Riverside County’s newest cities will go down to the wire, amid last-ditch legislative maneuvers to allocate the money this year.

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The PE: Bill restores higher vehicle tax to help cities

10:16 PM PDT on Thursday, September 1, 2011

BY JIM MILLER and SANDRA STOKLEY
STAFF WRITERS
jmiller@pe.com|sstokley@pe.com

SACRAMENTO – New state legislation would reverse deep state budget cuts to four Riverside County cities by partially restoring a higher tax on people’s vehicles.

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The PE: ELECTION: Walmart passes, taxes fail

By PE News
June 7, 2011 11:11 PM

With all precincts reporting, unofficial results show voters in Menifee approved a new Walmart supercenter, while residents in Wildomar and Canyon Lake turned down local tax proposals.

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The PE: ELECTION: Voters in Wildomar, Menifee and Canyon Lake go to polls

11:17 PM PDT on Monday, June 6, 2011

By JOHN F. HILL
The Press-Enterprise

Today is Election Day, and voters in three southwest Riverside County cities have decisions to make about the future of their communities.

Wildomar, Menifee and Canyon Lake voters will go to the polls to decide on local ballot measures. Many already have voted by mail.

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The PE: Menifee councilwoman won’t face battery charge

10:45 PM PDT on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read the sheriff’s report on a battery allegation against Menifee councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi

Prosecutors will not pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against Menifee Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi after a police investigation into a resident’s complaint about a heated exchange in the City Hall lobby.

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The PE: MENIFEE: Critics call for Councilwoman Kuenzi to resign

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

Critics of Menifee Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi called for her resignation Tuesday night, alleging conflicts of interest and possible voter fraud and citing a recent battery complaint against her.

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The PE: Mayor: Murrieta will be an economic force

 

 

10:40 PM PST on Friday, February 25, 2011

By JOHN F. HILL
The Press-Enterprise

Mayor Randon Lane said Friday that Murrieta has “weathered the storm” of the recession and that public and private investments have the city poised to recover strongly from the recent economic bust.

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The PE: Menifee councilman-elect’s sign-burning raises questions

10:31 PM PST on Monday, November 8, 2010

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

Three days after Menifee Councilman-elect Tom Fuhrman torched a pile of other candidates’ campaign signs, some are questioning whether he had a right to do so.

Scott Mann, the Menifee councilman who lost to Fuhrman, said he doubted he would press charges for sign theft.

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The PE: Menifee council members ponder changing travel expense policies

11:18 PM PDT on Saturday, September 25, 2010

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

PDFs: View travel and expense forms from Menifee’s mayor and council members
Councilman John Denver | Mayor Wallace Edgerton | Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi | Councilman Scott Mann | Councilman Fred Twyman

Some Menifee City Council members are calling for tighter controls over travel expenses after being publicly criticized for poor record-keeping and high spending on trips.

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RivPE: Menifee council mulls city attorney replacement

10:14 PM PDT on Monday, May 3, 2010

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read a letter from suspended Menifee finance

The Menifee City Council is set to discuss replacing City Attorney Betsy Martyn with an interim lawyer behind closed doors tonight. Martyn did not return phone messages seeking comment Monday.

The discussion was placed on the agenda by Mayor Wallace Edgerton. He said people should not assume what will happen or that the discussion is related the city’s recent audit of expenditures. When asked why the session was being held, the mayor said the council was going to review the city attorney’s contact.

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RivPE: Menifee audit finds more than $300,000 in errors

11:55 PM PDT on Friday, April 16, 2010

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

City-commissioned auditors released an evaluation of Menifee finances on Friday that showed a severe lack of internal financial controls that has left the new city wide open to potential fraud since July 2008.

The auditors’ review of six of the city’s 31 contracts took issue with more than $300,000 worth of billing errors caused by overbilling, backbilling, delayed billing, double payments or unauthorized subcontractor payments.

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RivPE: Menifee resident pushing petition for City Council term limits

10:00 PM PST on Saturday, February 27, 2010

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

After knocking on doors for five months, John Smelser collected his 5,500th signature supporting term limits for Menifee council members Friday afternoon.

He stopped mid-driveway, checked off the address on his clipboard and modestly pumped his fist before walking to the next house.

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RivPE: Fate of hospitals is in voters’ hands

10:00 PM PST on Friday, December 11, 2009

By GAIL WESSON
The Press-Enterprise

Voters on Tuesday will decide the future of health care in the San Jacinto Valley and Menifee area when they consider whether to allow the sale of public hospital assets to a private doctors’ group.

The hospital board in October approved the sale of assets, including Hemet Valley Medical Center and Menifee Valley Medical Center to Physicians for Healthy Hospitals, a group of 132 local doctors, for an estimated $162 million.

It is the second time in recent years that voters have been asked to weigh in on selling Valley Health System’s assets.

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RiversidePressEnterprise: Petitions in Menifee seek changes in council elections

10:00 PM PST on Saturday, December 5, 2009

By JULISSA McKINNON
The Press-Enterprise

After one year as a city, political reform has become popular in Menifee, where three petition drives aim to change local government.

A yearlong debate over how council members are elected has spawned two rival signature drives.

One supports a change from five council members representing five districts to four council members representing four districts and a mayor elected at large. Since November, the group has gathered about 2,000 of the approximately 3,300 signatures needed to put a measure on the November 2010 ballot, said Anne Pica, a Sun City advocate and frequent council critic who is leading the drive.

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