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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tavaglione tells sheriff to cooperate

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Supervisor says firm hired to review public safety spending has complained about sheriff’s office.

Published: Feb. 10, 2016 – 3:48 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione this week called out Sheriff Stan Sniff, saying the sheriff’s office has been less than forthcoming with information for an ongoing review of public safety spending.

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

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Riverside ‘prosecutor of year’ had San Diego DUI

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By Morgan Cook | Feb. 5, 2016 – 6:18 p.m.

The newly minted 2015 Prosecutor of the Year in Riverside County was honored even though he had a recent drunk driving conviction in San Diego County and an altercation with San Diego police that made the news in 2006.

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Supervisor Marion Ashley presents 16-point plan to address financial challenges, which the board agrees to have staff look more into.

Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Updated:   Feb. 3, 2016 – 8:04 a.m.

Employee furloughs, Friday office closures and a hiring freeze are among the ideas suggested by a Riverside County supervisor Tuesday, Feb. 2 to deal with the county’s ongoing financial challenges.

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

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Rose Institute study puts area base’s annual economic value at $579 million

Published: Jan. 14, 2016 – Updated: 8:11 p.m.

March Air Reserve Base near Riverside gives the Inland area an economic boost worth $579 million a year, an analysis has found.

To read Staff Report in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin (Kurt Miller/Staff)

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Cassie MacDuff

By Cassie MacDuff
Published: Jan. 5, 2016
Updated: Jan. 6, 2016 – 8:48 a.m.

A very disturbing statistic emerged late last year: The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and one judge approved more wiretaps in 2012, 2013 and 2014 than any other county in California.

Not just a little more – a lot more.

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

The Press-Enterprise: POLITICS: Debt battle pits Inland cities against each other

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A lawsuit by Eastvale over relief bill could have ramifications for three other area cities.

Published: Dec. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 20, 2015 – 5:57 p.m.

Jurupa Valley City Manager Gary Thompson is certain Riverside County will prevail in the legal challenge filed by Eastvale concerning a plan to erase millions of dollars in debt owed by Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar — but not Eastvale.

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

Murrieta

State has ordered city to pay county to settle dispute about loans made to the city’s former redevelopment agency.

Published: Dec. 20, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 21, 2015 – 6:53 a.m.

The state’s Department of Finance is forcing Murrieta to pay $4.8 million to Riverside County to settle a dispute about loans the city made to its former redevelopment agency in the mid-2000s.

To read article by Aaron Claverie in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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County supervisors disagree over whether department heads with top compensation should receive additional taxpayer-funded education.

Published: Nov. 18, 2015
Updated:   Dec. 6, 2015 – 7:23 a.m.

Since 2008, at least six Riverside County department heads, all earning six-figure salaries, have received thousands of dollars though a partially taxpayer-funded program that reimburses employees for education costs.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jail project ties up county cash

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Building funds are being eaten up by Indio detention center.

Published: Nov. 23, 2015 – Updated: 8:59 p.m.

If you compared Riverside County’s ability to build new public facilities to a credit card, it would be almost maxed out.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Current spending unsustainable, report warns

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Officials say the county’s $239M in savings could be exhausted if changes aren’t made

Published: Nov. 17, 2015 – Updated: 11:47 p.m.

If nothing is done, Riverside County’s $239 million in savings could be wiped out in a few years, according to a new county budget report.

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

Eastvale

Published: Nov. 16, 2015 – 8:18 p.m.

  • Eastvale voted to sue Riverside County on a 5-0 vote Monday night, Nov. 16.

The Eastvale City Council announced Monday night, Nov. 16, that it intends to file a lawsuit against Riverside County involving a bill that provided for debt relief for Riverside County’s newest cities.

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

The Press-Enterprise: REGION: Three new cities to see debt erased

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But a fourth, Eastvale, won’t get any relief from what it owes the county.

Published: Oct. 29, 2015 – 4:10 p.m.

Riverside County’s four newest cities have been told that a one-time, $23.7 million, infusion of state money will wipe out debts that Menifee, Wildomar and Jurupa Valley owe to the county.

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

The Press-Enterprise: COURTS: Governor’s veto extends chronic Inland judge shortage

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The vetoed SB 229 would have spent $5 million on 12 superior court judges, seven of whom likely would have come here.

Published: Oct. 23, 2015
Updated: Oct. 26, 2015 6:44 a.m.

The Inland Empire’s wait for justice — or its wait for more judges to be precise — continues after the governor’s veto of a bill that would have added judges to this area, which continues to suffer from a chronic shortage.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Soboba tribe backing Randon Lane

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Riverside County supervisor candidate and Murrieta Mayor Randon Lane.

Published: Oct. 21, 2015 – Updated: 1:20 p.m.

A candidate for Riverside County supervisor is getting support from an Indian tribe with a history of giving big and often to political campaigns and causes.

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

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Cost rises to $31.1 million on troubled project to renovate building, which public defenders and probation staff will move into.

Published: Oct. 9, 2015
Updated: Oct. 11, 2015 6:35 p.m.

It will now cost $31.1 million — almost $12 million more than expected — to renovate the former Riverside County district attorney’s headquarters in downtown Riverside, adding expense to a project that’s been plagued by delays and structural problems.

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

The Press-Enterprise: PENSIONS: Public, private gap criticized

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A new report finds that the average taxpayer-funded pension for an Inland government retiree with at least 30 years of service far exceeds the average Inland worker’s pay.

Published: Oct. 6, 2015 – 8:55 a.m.

It pays to retire from an Inland Southern California government job, an open-records advocacy group says.

Many retired Inland public employees receive pensions far exceeding the typical full-time Inland worker’s annual salary, according to a study released today by Transparent California, which has ties to a conservative think tank. But some critics took issues with the group’s findings, saying the math was skewed to reflect the group’s anti-union stance.

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

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Thirteen Riverside County cities, including Temecula, are exploring the possibility of creating a regional police force. Their study is sparked by the rising cost of contracting with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. (Frank Bellino / File)

Published: Oct. 2, 2015
Updated: Oct. 5, 2015 – 8:11 a.m.

  • Frustrated by rising costs, they are studying the idea of ending their Sheriff’s Department contracts and forming a new agency.

A group of 13 Riverside County cities are looking into whether they can save money on law enforcement costs by pooling their resources to form their own police force.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Audit to cost $761,600

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Officials expected to OK hiring firm to review public safety spending.

Published: Oct. 2, 2015 – 5:18 p.m.

Riverside County is poised to spend $761,600 on a top-to-bottom review of public safety spending to ensure that the biggest part of the county’s budget is being spent wisely.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Effort to recall Kevin Jeffries fails

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Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries.

Published: Oct. 1, 2015 Updated: 11:05 a.m.

If voters remove Kevin Jeffries from office, it won’t be until at least next June.

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

The Press-Enterprise: UC RIVERSIDE: DA to address county’s rising crime

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin

Published: Sept. 22, 2015 – Updated: 9:28 a.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Michael A. Hestrin will address the county’s 2015 increase in crime in a discussion at UC Riverside.

To read article by Ali Tadayon in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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The county is the first to announce legal action over the massive warehouse, but the city of Riverside won’t go to court.

Updated: Sept. 16, 2015 – 7:28 a.m.

Riverside County supervisors have voted to sue Moreno Valley over the World Logistics Center, saying plans for the massive warehouse complex don’t adequately address traffic concerns.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors get automatic pay raise

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State judges get raise, so supervisors also get more money thanks to formula tying their pay to judicial wages.

Published: Sept. 8, 2015
Updated:   Sept. 9, 2015 – 6:57 a.m.

Riverside County supervisors got a raise this summer. And they didn’t have to do a thing, not even announce it to the public.

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

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Thursday, September 3, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

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

On the show today, Lou is joined by Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. Up first, they discuss Riverside County’s search for alternatives to jailing those who commit crimes.

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What happens could be an indicator for negotiations with other labor units whose deals expire next year.

Published: Aug. 30, 2015 – Updated: 11:14 p.m.

Members of a union representing Riverside County prosecutors and other county lawyers have been working since the end of June without a new contract and the county is taking a firm line on pay raises, according to the union’s president.

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

The Sun: Ashley Madison data breach spurs investigations statewide

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/24/15 – 6:54 PM PDT |

Public agencies across Southern California have launched investigations into whether their employees secretly accessed adultery website Ashley Madison after hackers leaked hundreds of government e-mail addresses plundered from the site.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors weary of grand jury drama

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Published: Aug. 21, 2015
Updated:  Aug. 23, 2015 – 9:32 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors are ready to move on from a feud that has pitted the county’s top lawyer against a court-appointed watchdog panel and led to an ongoing legal fight and dueling accusations of unethical practices.

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

 

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Union rips into sheriff

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Riverside Sheriffs’ Association says it no longer backs Stan Sniff, citing his “autocratic” leadership.

Published: Aug. 14, 2015 – Updated: 8:52 p.m.

The union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies has pulled its support from Sheriff Stan Sniff and accused him of a dictatorial approach that shunned union input on the deployment of body-mounted cameras and other matters.

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

IE Business Daily: Antidevelopment Fervor Reincarnated in East Valley

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August 1, 2015

New housing construction in east San Bernardino Valley has carefully and methodically reemerged from the recession. Encouraged by record low interest rates, lower developable land prices, and higher housing demand, local leaders in the housing industry are again building houses.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Chuck Washington out-raises 2016 opponent

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Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington.

Published: July 31, 2015 – Updated: 4:42 p.m.

The election is almost a year away. But in terms of fundraising, Riverside County Supervisor Chuck Washington has taken the lead over his opponent in his bid for a four-year term.

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

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.

FBI

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.

Jerry Brown

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.

Campaigns

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

Paul Zellerbach

Zellerbach

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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SBCO

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

Mike Hestrin
Mike Hestrin

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

Mike Hestrin

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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Nestande

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

Jeff Stone

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

Kevin Jeffries

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

Inland Empire

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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