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The Press-Enterprise: JUDGES: Gov. Brown appoints four to Inland courts

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Two will serve in Riverside County and two in San Bernardino County. They fill vacancies created when judges retired

Published: July 16, 2015 Updated: 10:03 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointments to fill retirement-created judgeship vacancies in Inland area Superior Courts on Thursday, July 16, comprise state and federal prosecutors, a public defender administrator and a sitting court commissioner.

To read expanded story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lou Desmond

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight, Lou is joined by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin to discuss the county’s shrinking budget and rising crime rates. How has Prop 47 affected safety in Riverside?

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$1.285 billion: The estimated value of the county’s unfunded pension liability. More than 80 percent of the county’s pension obligations are already funded.

Published: July 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County officials say changes to the county’s public employee pension system have saved money, but that the county will still pay millions of dollars more to the statewide pension network.

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

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Lamon Haslip, 18, was fatally shot by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy while he was handcuffed and facing the ground. Riverside County has agreed to pay his mother $500,000.

By Veronica Rocha
July 15, 2015

Riverside County agreed to pay $500,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man fatally shot in the back by a Moreno Valley deputy while handcuffed face-down on the ground, his family’s attorney said.

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Officials say settling cases is cheaper than going to trial. The families who sue say they want justice, not cash.

Published: July 10, 2015
Updated: July 12, 2015 10:27 a.m.

More than bullets are spent when a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy shoots a suspect.

Wrongful death lawsuits filed against the county Sheriff’s Department have cost taxpayers at least $8.39 million since 2003, a Press-Enterprise analysis found.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $8M helpful, but more needed, DA says

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Supervisors approve $51 million worth of adjustments to the new Riverside County budget.

Published: July 7, 2015 – Updated: 6:43 p.m.

Riverside County’s district attorney said he appreciates the additional $8 million in his budget, but it’s not enough to close a projected budget shortfall in his office.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More money found for DA, animal services

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin. (Terry Pierson / File)

Published: July 6, 2015 – Updated: 10:39 p.m.

  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 7, will consider $51 million worth of additional spending in the fiscal 2015-16 budget.
  • District attorney: An additional $8 million is ticketed. District Attorney Mike Hestrin has said layoffs are an option unless his office gets more money.
  • Animal services: Director Robert Miller also asked for more funding to avoid the prospect of pink slips. The county executive office proposes giving his department an additional $3.6 million.

Riverside County has found more money for the District Attorney’s Office and Animal Services Department after leaders of those agencies warned of possible layoffs unless their budgets were increased.

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

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Published: July 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:27 p.m.

Riverside County should tear up its contract with its top lawyer and search for a new county counsel, according to a civil grand jury report released Thursday, July 2.

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

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Grand Jury report said lack of oversight allowed supervisors to promote themselves, dine at taxpayer expense.

Published: June 26, 2015
Updated: June 28, 2015 9:16 p.m.

Spending from a special Riverside County pool of funds intended to help worthy community endeavors would be subject to enhanced scrutiny under rules being considered by the county Board of Supervisors.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Grand jury, officials at odds

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Published: June 19, 2015 – 6:12 p.m.

John Tavaglione remembers sitting at large conference tables with grand juries and cordially discussing issues concerning Riverside County government.

This year was different, said Tavaglione, a county supervisor since 1995.

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

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Published: June 19, 2015 – 3:51 p.m.

With public-safety-spending absorbing an ever-growing piece of Riverside County’s budget pie, supervisors want a closer look at how the sheriff and district attorney spend taxpayer dollars.

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

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Department heads seek additional funding during budget workshop, saying money is desperately needed.

Published: June 15, 2015 – Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Even though Riverside County’s revenues are projected to grow, it’s not enough to pay for major new spending obligations.

For years, many county departments have absorbed higher labor costs with no additional funds from the county budget. The district attorney and animal services chief said their departments are at the breaking point.

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

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Supervisors are being asked to approve a budget for the project, including a huge construction contract.

Published: June 12, 2015
Updated: June 14, 2015 – 10:23 p.m.

After years of planning, Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday, May 16, are poised to sign off on a $330.35 million plan to add more than 1,200 beds to the county’s chronically crowded jail system.

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

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin (Kurt Miller/File)

Mike Hestrin is getting some pretty powerful help in erasing the debt from his victorious 2014 campaign for Riverside County district attorney.

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

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Two county transportation officials say a study on the impact of a warehouse project falls short.

Published: June 10, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

As the World Logistics Center faces its first public hearing in Moreno Valley on Thursday, June 11, two county transportation agencies became the latest to say the mega warehouse proposal’s environmental analysis is flawed.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Case Closed

Organizers say the removal of the mayor and a councilwoman were justified.

Published: June 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:08 p.m.

Two former Moreno Valley City Council members blamed a political corruption investigation for their removal from office, saying they were the targets of false allegations.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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In April 2013, searches were conducted in the homes of Moreno Valley’s four City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

Published: June 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

After two years under investigation by authorities and suspicion by constituents, the people whose homes and offices were raided during a public corruption probe in Moreno Valley felt vindicated Monday by the disclosure that no criminal charges would be filed.

To read story by Brian Rokos and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Published: May 22, 2015 – 9:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s newest supervisor needs a new planning commissioner.

Citing “the readily apparent incompatibility” with Supervisor Chuck Washington, John Petty resigned from the Planning Commission this week, effective immediately.

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

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Published: May 12, 2015 – Updated: 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to charge contract cities more for Sheriff’s Department services, despite pleas from several officials unsure of whether their cities can afford the price hikes.

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

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Also among the county’s financial challenges are the sheriff’s and fire departments.

Published: May 8, 2015
Updated: May 10, 2015 6:20 p.m.

Riverside County officials want to take $1.5 million ticketed for UC Riverside’s medical school and spend it on equipment needs at the county-run hospital.

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

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Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington

Published: May 8, 2015 – Updated: 2:18 p.m.

Chuck Washington went from gubernatorial pick to Riverside County supervisor in less than week. His campaign to retain his seat is off to a fast start as well.

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

Campaigns

Published: May 4, 2015 – Updated: 10:46 p.m.

Republicans still hold the upper hand in Riverside County politics. But new pockets of blue are emerging on what has been a solid red map.

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

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The county’s top attorney says the investigative panel doesn’t understand his office’s role. The grand jury was reviewing the county IT department.

Published: May 1, 2015 – Updated: May 3, 2015 9:02 p.m.

A civil grand jury has accused Riverside County’s internal law office of interfering with its review of the county’s information technology department.

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

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Exclusive Care, a Riverside County-run health insurance program for employees, sends patients to the county hospital in Moreno Valley. One supervisor is questioning whether the program pays Riverside County Regional Medical Center enough for patient care.

Published: April 29, 2015
Updated: May 2, 2015 4:20 p.m.

Since 1999, Riverside County employees have been able to get health care through an exclusive, county-run program called, fittingly enough, Exclusive Care.

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

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Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared an update on his first 100 days in office with the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 28. (Kurt Miller/Staff Photographer)

Published: April 28, 2015
Updated: April 29, 2015 1:31 p.m.

After 100 days in office, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin shared a glimpse with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday of the steps he has taken so far and his long-term plans to reshape the organization after years of recession-shrunk budgets, staff and resources.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Beaumont

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/15, 9:55 AM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> Federal and Riverside County authorities on Wednesday raided City Hall and three other locations across the Inland Empire in an investigation into the city’s long-standing business relationship with a local consulting firm, law enforcement and city officials said.

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Published: April 9, 2015 – Updated: 4:46 p.m.

The family of a Moreno Valley man who died following a videotaped altercation with police outside a fast-food restaurant is set to receive $5.55 million to settle a civil lawsuit against Riverside County, according to court records.

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

The Press-Enterprise: REGION: Area braces for dip in road-repair dollars

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A cut to a state gasoline tax means less money for repaving and pothole fixes, Riverside County officials say.

Published: March 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:08 p.m.

Riverside County and its cities stand to lose millions for road repairs after a state board made a deeper-than-average cut to a gasoline tax as part of a complicated maneuver to close a state budget gap.

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

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

It’s the same facility, but area officials hope that calling it Riverside University Medical Center will attract more business.

Published: March 25, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Those who avoided Riverside County Regional Medical Center can now seek treatment at Riverside University Medical Center.

Just a couple of things worth noting, though.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors agree to lobbying changes

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Published: March 24, 2015 – 1:54 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday, March 24 not to renew a contract with a Sacramento lobbying firm, but to employ another lobbyist through the summer.

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

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Two Riverside County contracts with Sacramento firms should not be renewed, according to county analysis.

Published: March 23, 2015 – 5:03 p.m.

Riverside County should reduce its lobbying team but still needs some outside help in the high-stakes competition for state and federal dollars, according to a review of the county’s lobbying efforts.

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

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Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries

Published: March 18, 2015 – Updated: 5:21 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is the target of a recall campaign that accuses him of “bullying tactics” and abusing his power.

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

Press Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: $6.4 million spent on lobbyists in past decade

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Published: March 13, 2015
Updated: March 15, 2015 10:42 p.m.

Riverside County has spent more than $6 million on outside lobbyists since 2004, records show.

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

Press-Enterprise: INDIO JAIL: Price tag now $331 million

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Cost for Riverside County facility increases almost 40 percent from 2012 estimate of $237M.

Published: March 10, 2015 – Updated: 9:41 p.m.

Ground has yet to be broken on the long-awaited expansion of the Riverside County jail in Indio. But the estimated cost continues to grow.

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

The P-E: TRANSPORTATION: Rail link from L.A. to Coachella Valley explored

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Regional agencies are studying the idea of expanding passenger rail service to the San Gorgonio Pass and Coachella Valley.

Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: March 8, 2015 11:02 p.m.

A longtime idea to expand passenger rail service to the Coachella Valley and the San Gorgonio Pass is picking up speed.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Gov. Brown’s office declines to release any details about who applied for Riverside County Board of Supervisors post.

Published: March 8, 2015 Updated: 11:39 p.m.

It took three months for Gov. Jerry Brown to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors created when Jeff Stone was elected to the state Senate in November.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: SEIU backed Washington’s bid for supervisor

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Published: March 6, 2015 – Updated: 4:12 p.m.

The pick of Chuck Washington to be Riverside County supervisor comes with the support of a major public employee union.

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

The PE: POLITICS: 2 to run for supervisor’s seat in 2016

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Published: March 5, 2015 – Updated: 6:17 p.m.

Chuck Washington has yet to sit for his first meeting as a Riverside County supervisor and he already faces at least two challengers in next year’s election.

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

SacBee: Jerry Brown finds Democrat to fill Riverside seat

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/04/2015 5:22 PM

Riverside is one of the few big California counties where Republicans outnumber Democrats.

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The PE: COURTS: Prosecutor accused of lying in 1995 murder case

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Judges say a Riverside County prosecutor gave false testimony in the trial of a man convicted in a 1995 double murder; others say he “was simply confused”

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 – Updated: 10:53 p.m.

Twenty years after a Riverside County man and his partner were fatally shot in their desert home, a third trial has been ordered for the man convicted of murdering them.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public-safety needs squeezing budget

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Spending on additional sheriff’s deputies, guaranteed pay raises and other public safety priorities is expected to put pressure on future Riverside County budgets, officials said this week.

Published: Feb. 13, 2015 – Updated: 3:03 p.m.

Hiring new sheriff’s deputies, funding guaranteed pay raises, staffing a bigger jail and other public safety demands are expected to put pressure on Riverside County’s budget for the next few years, officials said this week.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More names surface as potential Jeff Stone replacements

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Published: Jan. 30, 2015 – Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Councilmen from San Jacinto and Murrieta are among those seeking to fill a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors as the wait continues for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a replacement for Jeff Stone.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s union sues to stop body-camera use

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Published: Jan. 28, 2015 – Updated: 8:49 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has asked a judge to prevent the county from requiring deputies to use body-mounted video cameras, asserting that officials failed to negotiate the use of the new equipment.

To read story by Brian Rokos in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Published: Jan. 26, 2015 – Updated: 2:08 p.m.

He just started a new term. But Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit is already thinking about his next one.

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

InlandPolitics: Former Riverside County District Attorney pleads to misdemeanor

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 01:45 p.m.

Former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has pleaded “No Contest” to a single count of Vandalism (Tampering with Campaign Signs), a misdemeanor.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Counties appoint board leadership

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

The Boards of Supervisors for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have selected new leadership to start off the new year.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: ‘Moment of grace’ as Hestrin sworn in as DA

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Published: Jan. 5, 2015 – Updated: 8:50 p.m.

Expressing humility following a bitter campaign and outlining plans to prevent youth crime and crack down on gangs, Mike Hestrin was sworn in Monday as the 15th district attorney in Riverside County’s 121-year history.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Challenging times for incoming district attorney

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Mike Hestrin in front of the victim’s memorial at the patio area of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office headquarters in Riverside on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Mike Hestrin, who will be sworn in as Riverside County’s District attorney in January after he beat one-term DA Paul Zellerbach in the June primary. (Kurt Miller, Staff Photographer)

Published: Jan. 2, 2015 Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 10:37 a.m.

As Mike Hestrin knocked on doors across Riverside County during his campaign for district attorney this year, he says he learned some important lessons.

To read story by Gail Wesson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Brian Nestande gets government job

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Published: Dec. 18, 2014 – Updated: 3:41 p.m.

Former Inland Assemblyman Brian Nestande needed a job after he lost his congressional race in November.

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

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.

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Published: Nov. 21, 2014 2:53 p.m.

Whoever replaces Jeff Stone as Riverside County supervisor will help guide spending of a $5 billion budget, oversee a district of roughly 1,100 square miles with a population of more than 400,000 people and have indirect authority over 18,000 county employees.

The position has no term limits, no campaign contribution limits, and it’s rare for a sitting supervisor to be defeated at the polls.

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

SacBee: Jerry Brown gets chance to fill antagonist’s seat

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Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who will be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
11/21/2014 2:13 PM

In the nearly four years since he returned to the Governor’s Office, Gov. Jerry Brown has faced few local government antagonists more vocal than Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone. Now Brown gets to fill Stone’s seat following the supervisor’s election to the state Senate earlier this month.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Take your raise, supervisor is told

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Kevin Jeffries sought to be excluded from recent pay raises, which he voted against, but the county HR director says that would go against state law.

Published: Nov. 14, 2014 Updated: Nov. 15, 2014 12:56 a.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is getting a raise, whether he wants one or not.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors voted to give themselves raises along with other top elected officials. They extended a previously set formula that ties supervisors’ salaries to 80 percent of what a Superior Court judge makes.

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

InlandPolitics: Local newsroom troubles again

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Monday, November 10, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

More troubles emerge in a local Inland Empire newsroom.

Once again, pressure is being exerted to kill or undermine stories affecting certain politicos.

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DailyBulletin: Economic Conference: Education key to Inland Empire growth

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/14, 5:01 PM PDT | Updated: 4 mins ago

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire economy continues on the upswing, the growth of high-paying jobs and quality firms continues to be hindered by educational attainment levels.

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The Sun: Ex-councilman Robert Jenkins’ arraignment delayed

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 10/07/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 2 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> After moving through a felony settlement conference and preliminary hearing, former San Bernardino City Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Tuesday for an information arraignment that was continued until Oct. 27.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Ballot counting could take longer, registrar says

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Published: Sept. 24, 2014 Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Tallying the results of the Nov. 4 election in Riverside County could take twice as long as the June primary because the ballot is twice as big.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants more details on lawsuit costs

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Published: Sept. 20, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries wants county department budgets to more clearly reflect the cost of lawsuits stemming from their actions.

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

DailyBulletin: Supervisors discuss Ontario airport, health care and realignment plans

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supervisors from Riverside and San Bernardino counties agreed Tuesday to form a committee to plan strategies to tackle the Affordable Care Act, prison realignment and the future of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

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The PE: Union chief’s lawsuit against Zellerbach, county may end soon

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Published: Sept. 12, 2014 Updated: 8:37 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by the head of Riverside County’s prosecutors’ union, claiming he was transferred to Indio because he supported challenger Michael Hestrin over incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 3 election, may soon be resolved amicably.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino/Riverside county supervisors to meet on regional issues

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/14, 8:39 PM PDT |

A joint public meeting between supervisors in San Bernardino and Riverside counties is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Riverside County Administrative Center.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital’s budget balanced after years of shortfalls

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 9, 2014 Updated: Sept. 10, 2014 11:18 a.m.

After several years of deficits and financial struggles, Riverside County Regional Medical Center should have a balanced budget this fiscal year, the county-run hospital’s interim CEO said Tuesday.

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

The PE: COURTS: Budgets still lean for Inland counties

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Published: Sept. 1, 2014 Updated: 10:11 p.m.

Budgets for Inland superior courts increased from the previous fiscal year by about $6 million for each system, allowing for small improvements – but services and most courtrooms shuttered by recession-era budget cuts will remain closed.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: ACLU comes to the Inland Empire with office in San Bernardino

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/15/14, 8:31 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The American Civil Liberties Union has opened an office here for a boots-on-the-ground offensive in the San Bernardino-Riverside county area — home to more than 4.3 million people.

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The PE: REGION: November ballot complete

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In some districts, an insufficient number of candidates filed, which will lead to appointments of new governing board members.

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 Updated: 9:35 p.m.

The fields are complete for the Nov. 4 ballot and several competitive races have developed for Inland elections.

Wednesday was the last day for candidates to qualify for the ballot in city council, school board and specials district races throughout Riverside County. Friday was the initial deadline, but races in which incumbents chose not to run were extended to allow challengers to join.

To read story by Gail Wesson and Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Top elected officials getting raises

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Supervisors also vote to keep linking their pay to what state’s judges make.

Published: Aug. 5, 2014 Updated: 8:49 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday approved raises for elected officials who head some county departments after tweaking pay hikes suggested by the county’s human resources department.

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

The PE: Top Riverside County officials could get big raises

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Five elected leaders could get pay hikes approaching 25 percent. A separate item would tie supervisors’ salaries to judges’ earnings.

Published: Aug. 2, 2014 Updated: 9:53 p.m.

Riverside County’s sheriff, district attorney and other elected officials who earn six-figure salaries would get raises approaching 25 percent under a proposal before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Bid to shift power fails

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Legislation to transfer appointment authority to Riverside County supervisors is stalled in a state Senate committee

Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: 9:55 p.m.

The latest attempt to let Riverside County supervisors fill vacancies in their ranks appears to be dead, potentially giving the governor the chance to appoint a supervisor by year’s end.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Property values rise significantly

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The increase of roughly 8 percent is the highest since 2007, thanks in large part to higher home prices and fewer foreclosures

Published: July 5, 2014 Updated: 9:55 p.m.

Boosted by higher home prices and fewer foreclosures, the overall value of property in Riverside County will rise almost 8 percent this year, the largest percentage increase since before the Great Recession.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tavaglione regrets past realignment support

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July 2, 2014

Three years ago, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione sponsored a resolution in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s public safety realignment plan, which shifted responsibility for low-level offenders from the state to counties.

It’s a move Tavaglione regrets. Using blunt language at times, he made his misgivings known during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Priamos officially named county counsel

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June 24, 2014 by Jeff Horseman

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday, June 24 to have Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos lead the county’s legal team.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Gov. Brown appoints new judge

Christopher B. Harmon

Christopher B. Harmon

June 18, 2014

Defense attorney Christopher B. Harmon was appointed to a Riverside County judgeship Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Riverside-County-Seal

June 18, 2014

Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos, a leader in the fight against medical marijuana dispensaries in California, has been offered the job as Riverside County’s new chief counsel.

To read story by Dayna Straehley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Layoffs could be ahead for hospital, IT department

Riverside-County-Seal

County’s chief financial officer brings up prospect of job cuts during a Board of Supervisors budget workshop.

Published: June 17, 2014 Updated: June 18, 2014 8:35 a.m.

Riverside County may be forced to lay off dozens of workers from its regional hospital and information technology department, the county’s budget chief said this week.

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

LATimes: $7.8 million awarded to man shot by Riverside County deputy

Riverside County Sheriff

Maya Srikrishnan
June 11, 2014

A jury voted unanimously Wednesday to award about $7.8 million to a man shot in 2011 by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Union money gets mixed results in elections

Mike Hestrin

Union officials said successful support of Mike Hestrin for D.A. was about improving the office.

Published: June 6, 2014 Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Union-backed candidates and ballot measures don’t win every time in Riverside County, but this week’s district attorney race was a lesson in what drives unions to a candidate, and candidates to unions.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: DA’S OFFICE: Hestrin outlines ‘rebuilding’ plan

Mike Hestrin

District Attorney-elect Mike Hestrin says the he wants to change the culture

Published: June 4, 2014 – Updated: 10:34 p.m.

Mike Hestrin asked his fellow prosecutors to support him in his run for Riverside County district attorney, and told them if he won, he was going to ask them to do even more.

“Harder work, more hours, rededication to our core mission and rebuilding this office,” Hestrin said Wednesday as he outlined a few of his priorities for the office he will take over in January.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Riverside County gives Zellerbach the boot

Paul Zellerbach

Outgoing Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Riverside County voters kicked District Attorney Paul Zellerbach out of office Tuesday night.

The election wasn’t even close!

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InlandPolitics: Primary Election recap

Election Results

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Here’s a recap of the June 3 Primary Election results for contests of interest.

Record low, and we mean low, turnout was projected, and it happened!

But no one expected it to be this low.

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The PE: 2014 PRIMARY: No shortage of drama for Inland races

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Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin left. District Attorney Paul Zellerbach right.

ELECTION 2014: Compelling DA drama tops the list of races for Tuesday’s primary election
Published: May 31, 2014
Updated: June 1, 2014 4:45 p.m.

Forget “Law and Order” and “The Good Wife.” The race to be Riverside County’s top prosecutor might be the best legal drama running.

There are angry cops, a deadbeat dad attack ad and a grainy video that supposedly captures illicit deeds. And criminal charges are possible against the incumbent, who admits to using a public resource for political purposes.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials seek to enroll jail inmates in Medi-Cal

Jails+Inmates

The idea is to recoup money spent on providing inmates legally required health care. Inmates can stay on Medi-Cal upon release assuming they still meet eligibility standards.

Published: May 30, 2014 Updated: 10:55 p.m.

Riverside and San Bernardino are joining the rush of California counties seeking to enroll jail inmates in a government-run health insurance program to recoup millions of dollars in medical costs.

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

InlandPolitics: Sniff confirms McMahon didn’t have endorsement

Update

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 08:00 p.m.

Well it didn’t take long for the dust-up over the unauthorized use of Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff’s name on San Bernmardino County Sheriff John McMahon’s campaign literature to gain traction.

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Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 06:30 p.m.

The value of political endorsements is somewhat limited to say the least.

But another fake endorsement fiasco is building for appointed San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

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Published: May 29, 2014 Updated: 7:29 p.m.

Three Superior Court judicial seats are on the June 3 ballot. Two races feature single challengers facing seated judges; the third involves three attorneys vying for an office being vacated by a judge’s retirement.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in the Press-Enterprise, click here.