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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Accusations, no punishment at councilman Soubirous’ hearing

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Riverside council members voted Tuesday not to take action against Councilman Mike Soubirous after an investigation of complaints against him was inconclusive.

Published: July 22, 2014
Updated: July 23, 2014 12:48 a.m.

An investigation of Councilman Mike Soubirous ended Tuesday with no council action against him, but City Hall still was not a friendly place to be.

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

KPCC: Inland Empire aquifer at record low, officials say

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The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District announced Friday, July 18, that the aquifer beneath the Bunker Hill Basin — an important source of drinking water — was at a record low. Grant Hindsley/AP

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July 18, 2014

An underground aquifer that is an important source of drinking water for the Inland Empire is at a record low, local water officials reported Friday.

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OCRegister: Full $1 million Dorner reward won’t be paid

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Not all donors have made good on their pledges; recipients say city of L.A. isn’t making good on pledge to make up the difference.

BY BRIAN ROKOS / STAFF WRITER
Published: July 15, 2014 Updated: 10:23 p.m.

The entire $1 million reward offered for the capture of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner will not be paid out because some donors canceled their pledges when the terms – arrest and conviction – were not met, the Los Angeles mayor’s office said.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council, residents want to fix ‘broken’ ethics process

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Public meetings in September will take community input before council’s decision on whether to make changes to 9-year-old code.

Published: July 12, 2014 Updated: 7:41 p.m.

Riverside residents and council members are asking for changes to the city’s ethics code to make the complaint process more fair and to address concerns about a possible conflict of interest.

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

InlandPolitics: This and That!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

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

Riverside ends red-light cameras

The Riverside City Council has now fallen in-line with pretty much every other Inland city.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Third city investigation seeks alleged secret recordings

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A councilman’s trial testimony suggests the former city manager was covertly taped at a staff meeting

Published: July 6, 2014 Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside is investigating whether someone covertly recorded former City Manager Brad Hudson’s comments nearly five years ago and then shared the tapes with others, including Councilman Paul Davis.

That brings the number of probes at Riverside City Hall to three in the past three months, putting officials in an unprecedented – and likely uncomfortable – situation.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Probe of councilman inconclusive

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The next step will be a City Council hearing on the investigation report, but it isn’t clear what action, if any, could result against Mike Soubirous.

Published: June 25, 2014 Updated: June 26, 2014 10:59 a.m.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous was unable to determine whether he violated the city charter and ethics code. The council will hold a hearing on the findings July 22.

An investigation into complaints against Riverside Councilman Mike Soubirous was inconclusive, finding that “it would be speculation” to say whether Soubirous did anything wrong.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City investigating second councilman

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Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis is under investigation for allegedly violating the city charter, which he denies. (File Photo)

May 02, 2014; 06:35 PM

In an unprecedented situation, Riverside is investigating complaints that two city councilmen “created a hostile work environment” and violated a part of the city charter that bars the council from interfering with the city manager’s authority.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Complaints against Councilman Soubirous spark probe

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Riverside is investigating allegations that Councilman Mike Soubirous interfered with city employees, a violation of the city charter. Soubirous has denied any such activity.

April 25, 2014; 03:13 PM

Riverside is investigating complaints that Councilman Mike Soubirous violated the city charter by interfering with employees, allegations he said are puzzling but that he nonetheless denied.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Fired deputy city attorney loses suit against city

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A federal jury ruled in favor of Riverside last week in a lawsuit filed by fired deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling that alleged wrongful termination.

April 15, 2014; 04:17 PM

Former Riverside deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling, who alleged wrongdoing by city officials and was fired in 2011, failed to prove accusations in a 2012 lawsuit that the city violated her civil rights in dismissing her.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Councilman Adams cleared in ethics complaint

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Riverside Councilman Steve Adams was cleared of an ethics complaint by a special city panel on Friday, March 28. (File Photo)

April 02, 2014; 03:30 PM

Riverside Councilman Steve Adams did not violate the city’s ethics code, a special panel found after investigating residents’ complaint.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mid-year report shows budget reserves down

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February 22, 2014; 04:28 PM

Riverside could increase spending this fiscal year by more than $5.8 million, in part by tapping the general fund reserve, but finance officials are cautioning the council about growing costs in 2014-15.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Retired fire chief got six-figure leave payout

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Former Riverside Fire Chief Steve Earley received a six-figure payout of leave time after he retired in December.

January 24, 2014; 07:10 PM

Retired Riverside Fire Chief Steve Earley, who the city manager decided Jan. 7 not to rehire as a consultant, received a quarter-of-a-million-dollar payout for leave time he accumulated on the job.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor pledges progress on economic front

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January 23, 2014; 09:18 PM

Riverside is a globally competitive, big city that is poised for economic success with assets like the UC Riverside medical school, the soon-to-open renovated convention center, and a public utility that helps fund city services, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey told a crowd of more than 800 people at his “State of the City” address Thursday, Jan. 23.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City backs off rehiring fire chief

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Riverside will not pursue a plan in which retired Fire Chief Steve Earley, seen at the opening of Station 1 in October, would be re-hired as a fire administrator at $100 an hour.

January 07, 2014; 08:13 PM

Retired Riverside Fire Chief Steve Earley will not be rehired as a $100-an-hour consultant to mentor three acting chiefs who were to take turns heading the department, city officials said late Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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

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January 5, 2014

Some readers dashed to the nearest hydrant to spray cold water on a scheme to bring the retired Riverside fire chief back into the fold as a $100 per hour consultant.

To read column by Dan Bernstein in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City to get more revenue from utility

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December 16, 2013; 06:12 PM

As part of a lawsuit settlement, Riverside officials agreed in April to pay back $10 million to the city’s water utility over three years, but they didn’t know until now where they would get the money.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor’s first year earns mixed reviews

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December 13, 2013; 06:48 PM

When William “Rusty” Bailey was sworn in as Riverside’s 17th mayor a year ago, he knew he’d be doing the usual speeches, handshakes and ribbon cuttings that come with the job.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council OKs contract with SEIU workers

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The Riverside City Council voted Tuesday, Dec. 3, on a new contract with workers represented by the Service Employees International Union

December 03, 2013; 09:12 PM

Riverside officials got one new contract with city workers squared away Tuesday, Dec. 3, but negotiations are far from over — and may get tougher.

The City Council approved a contract with about 800 employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 721, the first group to the bargaining table this year. The three-year pact will cost the city $2.1 million and gives all SEIU members raises of 1 percent.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council gives raises to city clerk, attorney

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November 19, 2013; 09:25 PM

Two of Riverside’s three charter officers will get raises, the City Council decided Tuesday, Nov. 19, after acknowledging concerns about the message it might send during contract talks with employees.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City attorney, clerk may get raises

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November 18, 2013; 04:16 PM

Riverside’s city clerk and city attorney have not had merit raises since 2007, and the City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 19, will discuss whether now is the time to boost their pay.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Elections bring new faces to cities, schools

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Riverside City Councilman-elect Mike Soubirous.

November 06, 2013; 05:08 PM

Voters ended Chuck Beaty’s long career in elected office, cemented the majority on Norco’s City Council and replaced a convicted felon in Moreno Valley with a former Air Force officer in local elections held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Soubirous holds lead over Hill in Riverside’s Ward 3

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November 05, 2013; 08:16 AM

Riverside Ward 3 City Council candidate Mike Soubirous looks likely to have beaten runoff opponent Valerie Hill by several hundred votes, according to incomplete election returns announced late Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City errors found by CalPERS audit

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A routine compliance audit by the California Public Employees Retirement System found the city of Riverside incorrectly reported some information regarding employee pay and benefits.

October 30, 2013; 05:42 PM

Riverside made 13 types of errors in reporting employee pay and benefits to the California Public Employees Retirement System, a routine audit by the state retirement agency has found.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Is there a doctor on board? Yes – Raul Ruiz

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October 25, 2013; 05:23 PM

Rep. Raul Ruiz’s day job came in handy thousands of feet above the air.

Ruiz, a Harvard-educated medical doctor, came to the aid of a stricken passenger during an Oct. 24 flight from Washington to Fort Worth, Texas. Ruiz and a fireman tended to a man in his 60s who fainted in his seat about 30 minutes into the American Airlines flight, The Desert Sun reported.

To read column by Jeff Horseman, Alicia Robinson and Dayna Straehley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City fires lobbyist over new client

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October 24, 2013

Politics often make strange bedfellows, but recently Riverside’s bed got crowded enough that someone is going to be sleeping on the floor.

To read post by Alicia Robinson in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Forum for council, school board seats is Wednesday

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October 08, 2013; 04:42 PM

Two candidates for a Riverside council seat and two vying for a Riverside Unified schools trustee seat will answer questions at a forum Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Janet Goeske Center, 5251 Sierra St., Riverside.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City backs logistics center on San Bernardino land

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September 27, 2013; 06:16 PM

Riverside officials have agreed to a deal that would allow a developer to build a 1 million-square-foot logistics center on land the city utility owns in San Bernardino — and that could ultimately yield a total of more than $48 million for Riverside’s water utility.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Candidates hearing, telling opposite stories about city

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September 20, 2013; 06:00 PM

Are most Riverside residents happy with life in their city, or do they see room for improvement?

If you asked the two candidates vying for the Ward 3 City Council seat, you’d likely get distinctly contradictory answers to that question.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City hires former Moreno Valley counsel

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September 19, 2013; 12:39 PM

Former Moreno Valley City Attorney Robert Hansen will be a deputy city attorney for Riverside starting Oct. 1, Riverside officials announced Thursday, Sept. 19.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Ontario airport is focus of city talks

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August 26, 2013; 04:32 PM

Spotlights are shining on Ontario International Airport from many directions these days.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey got a visit from Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey and ONT’s part-time General Manager Jess Romo in mid-June to talk about the status of the airport.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff, in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: UCR: School of Medicine opens its doors

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The new School of Medicine Education Building is ready to open its doors on Monday, Aug. 5, for the first class of 50 students.

August 02, 2013; 06:27 PM

When the first class of students enters UC Riverside’s new School of Medicine on Monday morning, it will mark not only a new beginning, but the end of a long road.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City should be repaid for redevelopment loans, court rules

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The city of Riverside was correct in arguing that loans from the city to its former redevelopment agency were legitimate and should be repaid, according to a recent court ruling. The state Department of Finance, which objected to the loans, plans to appeal.

July 09, 2013; 06:33 PM

Riverside should be fully repaid for $18.5 million in loans it made to the city’s former redevelopment agency, according to a court ruling on the city’s suit against the state Department of Finance.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: UCR medical school gets $15 million guarantee

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June 27, 2013; 11:48 AM

UC Riverside officials and local lawmakers were jubilant Thursday, June 27, after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state budget providing $15 million a year in continuous, guaranteed funding for the university’s long-awaited medical school.

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

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June 27, 2013; 05:48 PM

Riverside City Council members did not violate the city’s ethics code when they voted to place a water fund transfer measure on the June 4 ballot, a special panel decided Thursday, June 27.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor defends meeting arrest, others question it

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June 26, 2013; 07:11 PM

Applause may be a welcome end to a play, awards show, or opera performance, but Riverside’s mayor thinks it’s not the way to follow up comments at a public meeting.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Utility tax questioned

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June 14, 2013; 04:59 PM

Riverside City Hall critics who opposed the water fund transfer that voters approved this month are now taking aim at another source of city revenue: the utility users tax.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters approve Measure A, water fund transfer

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June 04, 2013; 08:19 PM

Riverside officials and Measure A supporters were finally able to relax Tuesday night, June 4, after voters supported the continued transfer of water utility money to cover other city expenses.

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

June 04, 2013; 08:31 PM

Riverside voters elected Jim Perry to represent Ward 6 and put two retired law enforcement officers in a runoff for the chance to represent Ward 3 on the City Council.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Measure A, council seats on mail-in ballot

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In an election Tuesday, June 4, Riverside voters will choose council members in Wards 3 and 6 and decide on Measure A, a citywide ballot issue. Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez and Ward 4 Councilman Paul Davis are running for reelection unopposed.

June 03, 2013; 06:11 PM

A low-key election cycle in Riverside draws to a close Tuesday, June 4, the final day to cast votes in a citywide mail-in election.

Council seats in Wards 2, 3, 4 and 6 are on the ballot, as is Measure A, a charter amendment regarding water utility revenues. Voters who haven’t mailed their ballots have until 8 p.m. to put them in one of 10 drop boxes around the city.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Councilman Adams ponders run for Congress

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Riverside Councilman Steve Adams has announced plans to run for Congress against incumbent Mark Takano, D-Riverside.

May 28, 2013; 06:09 PM

After two and a half terms on the Riverside City Council, Steve Adams is hoping to move into a congressional seat.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Who’s funding City Council campaigns?

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Posted on | May 27, 2013

The campaigns for Riverside council seats in wards 3 and 6 are drawing to a close, and they’ve mostly been pretty low-key. But that doesn’t mean no money has been spent. So who’s funding the candidates?

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

The PE: REDEVELOPMENT: State audit faults Riverside on asset transfers

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The city of Riverside says the state report will allow it to go forward with title transfers

May 16, 2013; 12:41 PM

SACRAMENTO — A new state audit identifies $94.6 million worth of former Riverside redevelopment assets that it says have not been properly transferred to the agency in charge of settling the debts of the former program.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City to repay $10 million to water utility

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The city has agreed to pay $10 million back to its water utility to settle a lawsuit over the transfer of funds from water customers to the general fund.

April 15, 2013; 06:12 PM

Riverside will repay $10 million to the city utility’s water fund to help settle a lawsuit that contended officials illegally transferred millions of dollars from that account into the general fund over 16 years.

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

LATimes: Dorner reward: New conditions ‘extraordinary’ LAPD says

By Louis Sahagun and Joseph Serna
April 5, 2013, 5:36 p.m.

Three retired judges will determine who gets the $1-million Christopher Dorner reward, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. People have until April 19 to claim their portion of the money.

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LATimes: Dorner: Riverside defends rescinding $100,000 reward

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March 27, 2013, 7:31 p.m.

Riverside’s mayor on Wednesday defended the city’s decision to pull back a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.

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LATimes: Riverside says its Dorner reward is off the table

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By Ari Bloomekatz
March 25, 2013, 9:41 p.m.

As the manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner heated up last month, several municipalities and organizations offered large cash rewards for information leading to his capture. Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa even announced a $1-million reward.

But now that Dorner is dead, at least one city says its offer is off the table.

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The PE: UCR MEDICAL SCHOOL: Funding bill passes committee

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March 19, 2013; 06:29 PM

SACRAMENTO – For several years, the state’s deep budget problems have thwarted attempts by supporters of a school of medicine at UC Riverside to get the Legislature to appropriate $15 million for the school.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Ballot packed for Ward 3, 6 council seats

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The field of candidates for open Ward 3 and 6 seats on the Riverside City Council were finalized on Wednesday, March 13.

March 13, 2013; 06:55 PM

Voters in Riverside council Ward 3 will choose from among five candidates and Ward 6 voters will see six candidates when they get their June ballots.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Two councilmen face no opponents in June

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March 08, 2013; 05:40 PM

Riverside Councilmen Andy Melendrez and Paul Davis will face no opponents on the June 4 ballot, making their paths to re-election much smoother.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City sues state over redevelopment debt

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March 01, 2013; 06:33 PM

After months of limbo over $32.1 million in former redevelopment debt, Riverside officials have sued to try to resolve their dispute with the state.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Derry fine with being GOP “second-in-command”

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February 09, 2013; 12:33 PM

While former San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry lost his bid for chairman of the San Bernardino County Republican Party, he plans to remain active as its vice-chairman.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: New mayor focuses on economic development, education

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January 24, 2013; 09:35 PM

In a speech that started with thanks and ended with a challenge to Riverside residents to help improve their city, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey gave the 36th annual State of the City address on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council rejects appeal of ethics complaint

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January 22, 2013; 05:14 PM

A second decision that Riverside Councilman Chris Mac Arthur did not violate the city’s ethics code in handling alleged misconduct by his aide has ended the matter.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council to discuss its own pay

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Riverside City Council members on Tuesday, Jan. 8, will discuss whether to raise their pay.

January 04, 2013; 01:38 PM

Riverside City Council members have the power to set their own pay, but they’re unlikely to change the status quo when they discuss the issue Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Ethics complaint against Councilman Mac Arthur dismissed

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December 13, 2012; 04:25 PM

Riverside City Councilman Chris Mac Arthur did not violate the city’s ethics code by failing to address complaints about his aide’s behavior, a special panel found on Thursday, Dec. 13.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor Loveridge leaves legacy after 32 years

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November 30, 2012; 06:35 PM

If retiring Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge’s career is looked at in terms of numbers, it’s somewhat staggering.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City projects, loans back in limbo

November 27, 2012 – 05:47 PM

Nearly a year after Riverside’s redevelopment agency was dissolved, and after several months of hearing no objection from state officials, city leaders are again finding millions of dollars in planned projects and previous loans up in the air.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: New mayor Bailey names his staff

Published: 21 November 2012 – 06:24 PM

Incoming Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, who will be sworn in Dec. 11, has picked some members of his staff.

So far, the lineup resembles that of outgoing Mayor Ron Loveridge, who is retiring after five terms as mayor.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Clinton clout helps Inland candidates

Published: 11 November 2012 – 08:56 PM

He may not weigh as much thanks to a vegan diet. But former President Bill Clinton can still throw his weight around politically, at least in Southern California.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor-elect Bailey ready to work

Published: 07 November 2012 – 05:57 PM

Riverside Mayor-elect William “Rusty” Bailey’s agenda for his four-year term will include plans for streetcars to connect the city’s universities and commerce centers, more “action parks” for skateboards and BMX riders, and continuing his predecessor’s policy of making his schedule public and keeping his door open to residents.

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

LATimes: UC Riverside gets preliminary OK to open med school

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October 2, 2012 | 8:00 pm

A national accrediting agency has approved UC Riverside’s plan to open a full medical school and to start enrolling future doctors next summer. It would be the sixth medical school in the University of California system and the first to open since the late 1960s.

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The PE: REAL ESTATE: Riverside Plaza sells for $84 million

Published: 27 September 2012 – 04:03 PM

A real estate company that specializes in open-air shopping centers has acquired Riverside Plaza, the city’s oldest shopping center and one of its most popular retail destinations.

To read story by Jack Katzanek in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council finally approves new ward boundaries

Published: 18 September 2012 – 08:49 PM

Riverside officials managed to resolve several controversies Tuesday, Sept. 18, over proposed ward boundary changes and agree on a new map that determines which areas each council member represents.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayoral runoff candidates debate

Published: 13 September 2012 – 09:32 PM

Riverside mayoral candidates Ed Adkison and William “Rusty” Bailey grilled each other about the city budget, transparency and potential conflicts of interest at a candidates forum Thursday, Sept. 13.

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

The PE: Riverside cutting jobs that exist only on paper

More than 12 percent of vacant jobs on the books have no funding, so city officials plan to pare them

Published: 07 September 2012 – 06:40 PM

Riverside has more than 300 of what might be called “ghost jobs” — unfunded and unfilled positions — that are listed in the city budget.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Pension bill could spur new round of union negotiations

Published: 04 September 2012 – 09:29 PM

Riverside officials are still evaluating how city employees will be affected by a pension reform bill that state legislators approved last week.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City has resolved nearly all disputed debt

City of Riverside officials say most of $158 million in former obligations now has been OK’d by the state

Published: 31 August 2012 – 06:20 PM

About four months ago, Riverside faced a $158 million list of debts the state said weren’t eligible to be paid with remaining redevelopment funds.

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

The PE: REGION: SB County, Ontario leave out Riverside County in airport authority

Published: 17 August 2012 – 10:59 AM

The city of Ontario and San Bernardino County will vote to create an Ontario International Airport Authority with the ultimate goal of taking control of the Inland airport from Los Angeles.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayoral campaigns well into six figures

 

Published: 03 August 2012 06:14 PM

Inland political donors, get your checkbooks ready … again.

Riverside mayoral candidates Ed Adkison and William “Rusty” Bailey have already raised a combined total of nearly $325,000 in this campaign, and they’ve got at least six more fundraisers planned between them.

To read entire story by Alicia Robinson, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: New bonds will save money on old debt

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 24 July 2012 06:21 PM

Riverside will save about $300,000 per year, for a projected total of $2.3 million, by borrowing money to repay older debt, officials said.

The City Council voted Tuesday, July 24, to issue up to $48 million in bonds that will pay off debt issued in 2003. The new bonds will be at a better interest rate, saving about 5.27 percent when compared with the existing debt, according to a staff report.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor Loveridge endorses Councilman Bailey for mayor

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, who will retire this fall after 32 years in office, has announced his endorsement of a successor: Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey.

 

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 18 July 2012 11:23 AM

Riverside councilman and mayoral candidate William “Rusty” Bailey said he could hardly find words to describe how he felt about getting the endorsement of five-term Mayor Ron Loveridge.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: New ward boundaries delayed

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 10 July 2012 09:43 PM

After more than an hour of impassioned comments from residents, Riverside City Council members postponed a decision on new ward boundaries to allow further discussion.

The changes were intended to even out the populations of the seven wards, but many speakers on Tuesday, July 10, objected to a plan to move businesses in the Marketplace from Ward 2′s Eastside into Ward 1.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Vote set on red light cameras

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 06 July 2012 12:09 PM

Riverside’s red light camera program, which appears to have lost about $1.72 million over the past six years, could be scrapped on Tuesday, July 10.

The city first signed a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems in 2006, and officials agreed to a five-year extension in November 2011. There are now 30 cameras at 21 intersections around the city.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council redraws ward boundaries

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
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Published: 19 June 2012 11:29 PM

After 13 meetings with residents and community and business groups, Riverside council members agreed to move council ward boundaries to even out their populations based on census data.

The changes, which the council approved Tuesday, June 19, in a 6-1 vote, mostly affect wards 1, 2 and 4. Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez cast the dissenting vote.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Gardner endorses Bailey for mayor

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
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Published: 15 June 2012 09:35 AM

Riverside Councilman Mike Gardner is throwing his support to mayoral candidate and Ward 3 Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey, Gardner announced Friday, June 15.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City manager delivers budget, rebuts concerns

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 12 June 2012 09:43 PM

As if to emphasize the differences in style between Riverside’s old and new leadership, City Manager Scott Barber used the annual budget hearing to deliver a detailed rebuttal of residents’ allegations of fiscal mismanagement and impropriety.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayoral candidates already planning for runoff

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 09 June 2012 04:12 PM

The dust has barely settled after the election, but the two Riverside mayoral candidates who won the most votes already are gearing up for a November runoff.

Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey was in first place and former Councilman Ed Adkison in second place out of seven candidates, positioning them for a five-month battle for the mayor’s seat.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: It’s on to mayoral showdown for Bailey, Adkison

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
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Published: 05 June 2012 08:29 PM

Riverside City Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey took the top spot in the Riverside mayor’s race but didn’t get enough votes to avoid a November runoff with second-place candidate Ed Adkison.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Voters say no to most charter changes

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 06 June 2012 05:57 PM

Supporters of seven proposed changes to Riverside’s city charter are scratching their heads over why five of the measures crashed and burned at the polls.

The proposals that passed were Measure H, which removed the city manager’s authority over employees of the city clerk and city attorney, and Measure K, a “cleanup” proposal that made minor language changes and allowed the city to post budget and audit information online instead of in paper form at libraries.

But on Tuesday, June 5, residents rejected the rest of the measures that would have changed the document that governs city operations:

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Mayor’s hectic days winding down

Loveridge

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
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Published: 02 June 2012 05:48 PM

For anyone hoping to follow in the footsteps of Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, a little advice: Go to bed early when you can, and be sure to wear walking shoes.

Your days will be long, your schedule unpredictable. You may be asked to speak publicly or appear on TV on short notice. It will help if you like people, because you’ll be seeing lots of them from morning to night, in meetings and events both formal and casual. Be sure to set goals, but be willing to accept disappointment.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Election changes expected to spike voter turnout

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 25 May 2012 07:15 PM

Riverside’s mayoral election will enter a brave new world on June 5, the first time in at least half a century that it has been held along with a presidential election.

The high visibility of the presidential race and the first election with new state and federal legislative district boundaries are expected to bring more voters out for the mayor’s race, which has often seen low turnout when held in odd years.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City likely won’t recoup $49 million for parcels

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 22 May 2012 05:09 PM

Riverside officials say they expect to recover only a portion of the $49.44 million that the former redevelopment agency spent to buy 80 pieces of land that are now up for sale.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Campaign goofs, ballot shenanigans and more

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Published: 20 May 2012 07:52 PM

You know that old political joke, “Vote early, vote often”?

Yeah, Riverside City Councilman Mike Gardner’s heard it. And he’s been hearing it more lately, after his first mailer in his mayoral campaign assured people their vote counts … on June 4. (The election is June 5.)

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Seven charter changes on June 5 ballot

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 18 May 2012 05:39 PM

Besides choosing one of seven candidates for mayor, Riverside voters on June 5 will say yea or nay to seven proposed amendments to the city charter.

The proposals include creating a sustainability commission, changing to whom the city auditor reports, shortening the time between council elections and runoffs, and a number of minor adjustments.

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