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

ACLU

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

Elections

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

Money

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

Money
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

Politics
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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Tavaglione

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.

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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

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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.

The PE: STATE SENATE: Garcia calls for another AG investigation of Stone

Campaigns

May 28, 2014

State Senate candidate Bonnie Garcia is once again calling on California’s attorney general to investigate rival Jeff Stone, this time over the Riverside County supervisor’s alleged use of an official-looking badge during a road rage incident last December.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Police chiefs dropping endorsements of Zellerbach

Campaigns

Also, Bonnie Garcia accuses a rival of comparing her to a prostitute and a Democrat gets a very late start in an Assembly race

Published: May 25, 2014 6:58 p.m.

Law enforcement leaders across Riverside County, including Sheriff Stan Sniff, have withdrawn their endorsements for District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the wake of Indio police recommending six criminal charges be filed against Zellerbach in a campaign-sign tampering case.

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

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone.

Similar honorary badges were recalled after state attorney general found they might be illegal in 2007; issue resurfaces after Supervisor Jeff Stone uses one.

Published: May 25, 2014 Updated: 9:50 p.m.

Seven years after the California attorney general said it might be against the law to issue honorary police-style badges to people who aren’t sworn officers, three Riverside County supervisors still have them.

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

InlandPolitics: Commentary: Editorial endorsement intrigue?

Press-Enterprise

The Sun

inland valley daily bulletin

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

We don’t don’t take a much stock in the endorsments and opinions of the local editorial pages.

But one has to wonder about the state of, and reasoning behind, current local political endorsements.

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Zellerbach v Hestrin

May 25, 2014

Riverside artist Donald Herman Collins Gallegos saw a fight coming for the Riverside County District Attorney’s race earlier this spring when he got inspired to make a poster for the race.

To read post by Richard K. De Atley in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Top cops support drops for Zellerbach (UPDATE)

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Incumbent DA Paul Zellerbach debates DA candiate Mike Hestrin at Riverside County Bar Association Friday in Riverside, CA. May 2, 2014. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)
Updates with all endorsements by active law enforcement chiefs now withdrawn

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach lost the last of his endorsements from active law enforcement leaders around the county Thursday in the wake of Indio police recommending six criminal charges be filed against him in a campaign-sign tampering case.

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

InlandPolitics: Charging referral puts fork in Zellerbach

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May 21, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The fat lady is singing on the end of the political career of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

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Paul Zellerbach

Paul Zellerbach

May 20, 2014

Indio police have sent a report to the state attorney general’s office, requesting that six charges — two of them possible felonies — be filed against Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach stemming from an April 23 complaint about campaign sign vandalism.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Settlement gives union $16M in raises

SEIU

The pay hikes for Service Employees International Union members are in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars guaranteed to the county’s 18,000 employees in the coming years.

Published: May 17, 2014 Updated: 7:38 p.m.

Members of a Riverside County public employee union will get $16 million in raises and other benefits over two years to settle grievances the union brought over its 2012 contract.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Attack mailer in DA race denounced, defended

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Riverside County Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin, left, and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach during a May 2 debate.

May 14, 2014

A mailer attacking Riverside County District Attorney candidate Mike Hestrin for a 16-year-old child support case drew criticism Wednesday, with former District Attorney Grove Trask saying current DA Paul Zellerbach should “denounce” the flier.

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

Hestrin+Zellerbach

Mike Hestrin left. Paul Zellerbach right.

Published: May 14, 2014 Updated: May 15, 2014 7:46 a.m.

School truancy can lead to students dropping out, and high school dropouts are more likely to commit crimes, district attorney candidate Mike Hestrin said this week at a community discussion about issues affecting youth.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: More criticism of civil grand jury report

Jay Orr

Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr

May 9, 2014

It’s clear a civil grand jury struck a nerve in Riverside County government with a report critical of how county supervisors run a program intended to help worthy causes.

County Executive Officer Jay Orr used part of the Board of Supervisors’ May 6 meeting to critique the process leading to the report about Community Improvement Designation funds, which are allocated equally to each supervisor and typically spent on nonprofits and community events.

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

Mike Hestrin

Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin

May 09, 2014; 03:25 PM

Paul Zellerbach and Mike Hestrin have both sent men to Death Row, but the fight of their lives is taking place outside the courtroom as the race for Riverside County District Attorney has careened from “Law and Order” to “Game of Thrones” and beyond.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hestrin, Zellerbach candidate forum gets heated

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DA candidate Mike Hestrin speaks during the debate with Incumbent DA Paul Zellerbach at Riverside County Bar Association Friday in Riverside, CA. May 2, 2014. (Terry Pierson/Staff Photographer)

May 08, 2014; 09:21 PM

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach and challenger Mike Hestrin squared off in a sometimes-heated forum Thursday evening, with Zellerbach calling “a stupid mistake” the Indio campaign sign-tampering case for which he is under police investigation, and Hestrin repeatedly challenging Zellerbach’s integrity.

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

Riverside Sheriff Badge

May 08, 2014; 12:31 PM

Two members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are in the June 3 election to head the office – incumbent Sheriff Stan Sniff and Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Bianco.

The men differ on law-enforcement styles. Bianco said he is looking for ways to put more deputies on patrol, and said more effective policing might reduce the need for additional jail space in the county. Sniff said Bianco’s ideas disregard the balance the department needs to serve its several missions.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Ex-DA Trask supports Hestrin, rebukes Zellerbach

Grover Trask

Former Riverside County District Attorney Grover Trask.(Ed Crisostomo/The Press-Enterprise)

May 06, 2014; 06:31 PM

In a sharply worded statement, six-term former Riverside County District Attorney Grover Trask said Tuesday that current District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has shown “a serious lack of legal and ethical perspective” regarding incidents in which he allegedly tampered with the campaign signs of opponent Mike Hestrin.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff’s Department budget shortfall narrows

Riverside County Sheriff

May 05, 2014; 05:19 PM

The projected budget shortfall for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has dropped by $10 million, and officials want to use $10 million from a contingency fund to further shrink the gap.

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

The PE: FROM ZELLERBALK TO ZELLERBACK: DA debates Hestrin after all

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Incumbent DA Paul Zellerbach, right debates DA candiate Mike Hestrin at Riverside County Bar Association Friday in Riverside, CA. May 2, 2014. (TERRY PIERSON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

May 2, 2014

Z is for Zigzag!

DA Paul Zellerbach phoned the RivCo Bar Association Friday morning. Said he’d had a change of heart. He wanted to debate Mike Hestrin after all.

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

Riverside-County-Seal

May 2, 2014

Riverside County will pay a former district attorney up to $25,000 to help guide its response to a grand jury report critical of how supervisors use a special fund for donations for nonprofits and community events.

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

InlandPolitics: Zellerbach reverses course

Zellerbach

Zellerbach

Friday, May 2, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach will now attend a moderated debate with challenger Paul Hestrin, scheduled for today at Noon, at the Riverside County Bar Association.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein

May 1, 2014

This was supposed to be the day I attended the debate between RivCo’s first-term DA and the man who’s trying to oust him.

But DA Paul Zellerbach pulled out of the event, leaving his challenger, prosecutor Michael Hestrin to lament, “I’m disappointed in his judgment.”

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

InlandPolitics: District Attorney dumps debate

Politics

Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

An incumbent District Attorney, whose personal conduct is now the focus of attention, withdraws from a debate with his challenger.

What a shock! We’ll not really.

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A civil grand jury issued a report critical of how Riverside County supervisors spend money intended to help nonprofits and community groups. The expenditures allow supervisors to promote themselves using taxpayer dollars, the jury found.

April 29, 2014; 04:33 PM

Discretionary funds doled out by Riverside County supervisors to community groups have little oversight and allow supervisors to promote themselves and dine using taxpayer dollars, according to a new grand jury report.

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

Campaigns

April 29, 2014; 04:36 PM

Questions have arisen about the background of Mark Orozco, a candidate for Riverside County supervisor, in the wake of a lawsuit accusing him of falsely claiming he was a lawyer with an advanced business degree.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors face ballot challengers

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Voters on June 3 will decide who will fill three seats on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors

April 28, 2014; 06:04 PM

The changing face of Riverside County is reflected in this year’s election for the county’s top elected jobs where three Latinos, including two Democrats, are challenging three white Republican incumbents.

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

InlandPolitics: Campaigns: Riverside County DA to face challenger

Mike Hestrin+Paul Zellerbach

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

Sunday, April 27, 2014 – 11:30 a.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has been making his own press this past week.

The purported sign bandit has been making waves in both the print media, and on local radio and television airwaves.

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IEBusinessDaily: New Ethics Allegations against District Attorney

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IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
April 26, 2014

The election for District Attorney is one of the hot races to watch this June, if for no other reason than because of the history of the two candidates.

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Zellerbach

Zellerbach

Friday, April 25, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

KESQ-TV (Palm Springs) is reporting Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has been recorded on a video surveillance camera removing a campaigns sign of his opponent, Senior Deputy District Attorney Mike Hestrin, and replacing it with his own.

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Paul Zellerbach

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach issued a campaign statement Thursday identifying the witness in his campaign-sign tampering case in Indio. (David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise)

April 24, 2014; 05:20 PM

The strange saga of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach vs. his opponent’s campaign sign got even stranger Thursday when the DA issued a statement identifying the man who reported the incident to Indio police as a district attorney investigator who is the father of a witness in a triple-homicide case.

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

Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein

April 24, 2014 by Dan Bernstein

Snapshot from the 2014 RivCo DA campaign trail:

Paul Zellerbach, the incumbent, gets lost in Indio on the way to a high school.

He and an aide stop at an intersection to reset their GPS.

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

InlandPolitics: Riverside Co: DA Zellerbach steps in it!

Zellerbach

Zellerbach

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Talk about stepping in it at the wrong time.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who is seeking reelection June 3, has a problem this Thursday morning.

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The PE: POLITICS: Stone changes online biography after challenge

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, who is running for state Senate, changed his online biography after questions surfaced about his employment status with a Cal State university.

April 18, 2014; 05:18 PM

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone revised the biography on his state Senate campaign website after questions arose about his employment history at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors criticize hospital OT report

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

April 10, 2014

Riverside County supervisors weren’t happy to hear of massive overtime costs at the county hospital. But at least two were even less pleased with how those costs were reported by the county auditor-controller.

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

The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Sarcasm was the mother of this “intervention”

Politics

April 07, 2014; 11:16 AM

Rep. Mark Takano used the recently concluded “How I Met Your Mother” TV show to mock House Republicans.

On April 2, Takano, D-Riverside, took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a How-I-Met-Your-Mother-style “intervention.” Characters in the long-running CBS sitcom would stage interventions for everything from bad behavior to an ugly hat.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital went $28M over budget for OT, per diem staff

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley overspent its budget for staff overtime by almost $28 million over a five-year period, according to a report by the county auditor-controller. (File Photo)

April 04, 2014; 10:40 PM

Riverside County’s hospital exceeded its budget for overtime and per diem staff by almost $28 million over a five-year period, the county’s auditor-controller said in a report that gives insight into the depth of the financially struggling medical center’s problems and the challenge facing those tasked with fixing them.

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

InlandPolitics: Riverside County: Campaign finance update

Money

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s the latest numbers from campaign finance disclosure reports filed in Riverside County this week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Judge sides with state in redevelopment battle

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March 17, 2014; 03:26 PM

Riverside County supervisors must decide whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that blocks the use of millions of tax dollars for certain projects authorized by the county’s now-dissolved redevelopment agency, including a plan to revitalize a rundown Jurupa Valley shopping center.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Interim elections chief named

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March 13, 2014; 04:26 PM

Riverside County’s assistant registrar of voters will be the interim head of the county’s election-coordinating agency following Kari Verjil’s retirement.

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

The PE: REGION: Ballot statements too costly for some

Sample Ballot

March 12, 2014; 11:11 PM

If you’re like a lot of voters, when you get your official Sample Ballot and Voter Guide in the mail, you flip to the candidate statements to get a bead on who the folks seeking your vote are.

For some voters, it’s the only way they’ll learn about the candidates.

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

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

Janice Rutherford

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford. (File Photo/Staff Photo)

March 10, 2014; 03:12 PM

There will be contested races for every Inland county supervisorial seat up for election in the June 3 primary, candidate filings show.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: No limits mean big campaign donations

Money

March 07, 2014; 09:48 AM

In Riverside County, what you give to a candidate for county office is limited only by your bank account.

With that in mind, about 30 donors contributed at least $10,000 apiece to supervisorial campaigns in 2013. The $10,000 club includes a labor union, a clean-energy magnate, an ambulance company and others with affected by the county.

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

The PE: CALIFORNIA: State judiciary more diverse

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March 05, 2014; 03:18 PM

California’s judiciary has grown more diverse since the California Courts and governor’s office began producing annual reports in 2006 that broke down the state’s justices and judges by ethnicity and gender.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: DA Zellerbach Kicks Off Re-election Campaign

Campaigns

February 27, 2014

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach announced Thursday he has the endorsement of Sheriff Stanley Sniff and several police chiefs as he officially began his campaign for re-election.

To read post by Richard K. De Atley in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

The Sun: San Bernardino councilman’s court case continued

Robert Jenkins

Jenkins

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/26/14, 7:40 PM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins appeared in court Wednesday for a felony settlement conference related to the 30 felony and misdemeanor charges he’s facing, but the conference was postponed until March 28.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Hospital shortfall narrows to $36 million

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center is projected to end the fiscal year in June with a shortfall approaching $36 million, according to the latest estimates. The shortfall stood at $54 million late last year.

February 24, 2014; 05:18 PM

Riverside County’s hospital reduced its current budget shortfall to $36 million, an improvement over the expected $54 million gap for the Moreno Valley facility.

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

SBCO Campaigns

Posted: 02/24/14, 10:15 PM PST |

The departure of two incumbents has tipped the political dominoes in San Bernardino County.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Special Senate election to cost at least $415,000

Special-Election

February 10, 2014

It will cost Riverside County taxpayers $415,000 to hold a special primary next month to fill a Senate vacancy created when Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, resigned last December.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Challenger out-raises incumbent in DA race

Mike Hestrin

Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Hestrin in 2013 out-raised incumbent Paul Zellerbach in the Riverside County District Attorney race, campaign finance records show. (File Photo)

February 05, 2014; 04:11 PM

Thanks in part to law enforcement unions, Mike Hestrin raised more money in 2013 than incumbent Paul Zellerbach in the race for Riverside County district attorney, campaign finance records show.

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

The PE: CAMPAIGN FINANCE: John Benoit’s opponent gets $45K from Pechanga

John Benoit

Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit.

February 3, 2014

It’s safe to say the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians wants someone else to represent the 4th district on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

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

Paul Zellerbach

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach says he doesn’t remember using a swear word during a career day talk at Gage Middle School but said he trusts the teacher who said he did. (File Photo)

BY DAYNA STRAEHLEY
STAFF WRITER
January 31, 2014; 07:39 PM

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach won’t be invited back to Riverside’s Gage Middle School after complaints that he used inappropriate language during a career day talk.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Assessor not seeking re-election

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January 30, 2014

Riverside County Assessor/County Clerk/Recorder Larry Ward announced Thursday, Jan. 30 that he would not seek a third term.

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

Election Junk

Kari Verjil

January 30, 2014; 04:46 PM

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil, tasked with improving an agency maligned for election-night delays in vote-counting, is retiring.

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

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Suit aimed at proposed March medical complex to be heard

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January 28, 2014; 04:19 PM

A judge is expected to issue a decision Friday on a Moreno Valley lawsuit that could short-circuit plans for a medical complex on former March Air Force Base property.

To read story by David Danelski in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: DISTRICT ATTORNEY: If there’s drama, it must be an election year

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Happier Times: Justice Tom Hollenhorst swears in new DA Paul Zellerbach in January 2011. (Staff)

January 23, 2011

It’s not often that a DA calls to discuss a personnel matter, but this is an election year and after decades of humdrum Groverdom, RivCo DA elections are suddenly oh so spicy!

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

Scales of Justice

January 24, 2014; 06:59 PM

Inland courts hope the next fiscal year will bring in enough money to prevent further staff reductions and service cuts.

Both Riverside and San Bernardino County superior courts have had millions sliced from the state portion of their budgets since fiscal 2008-09. Each faced deficits in 2013, which they overcame by emptying reserve funds and using their shares of a small increase from the state, the first upward bump from Sacramento in years.

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

The PE: REGION: Supervisor touts district accomplishments

Jeff Stone

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone addresses a crowd of 370 people at the ninth annual Third District Economic Development Forum on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Pechanga Resort & Casino. (Craig Shultz/Staff)

January 22, 2014; 04:04 PM

Jeff Stone went fishing and horseback riding and stuffed his mouth with grapes Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Riverside County supervisor wasn’t taking the day off, he was just poking a little fun at himself in a video highlighting the region as part of the ninth annual Third District Economic Development Forum.

To read story by Craig Shultz in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Robert Jenkins

Councilman Robert Jenkins Rachel Luna — Staff photographer

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 01/22/14, 10:40 AM PST |

RIVERSIDE >> San Bernardino Councilman Robert Jenkins’ felony settlement conference scheduled for Wednesday was postponed until Feb. 26.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Road, transit projects get $152 million

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January 12, 2014; 02:18 PM

Inland residents may avoid trucks on a steep, twisting grade near Moreno Valley, travel faster by bus through Riverside and drive more easily in congested Southwest Riverside County with last week’s award of $152 million in transportation funds.

To read story by David Downey in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Jeff Stone named Board of Supervisors chairman

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January 07, 2014; 04:48 PM

As expected, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone on Tuesday, Jan. 7, was named Board of Supervisors chairman for 2014.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Tax dispute prompts Agua Caliente lawsuit

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The Agua Caliente Band of Mission Indians, which runs casinos in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, is suing Riverside County over what tribal officials describe as an illegal tax imposed on their reservation.

January 06, 2014; 05:26 PM

An Inland Indian tribe is taking Riverside County to court over what tribal officials say is an illegal tax that doesn’t benefit their reservation.

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

Riverside County Sheriff

January 6, 2014 by Brian Rokos

Riverside County over the weekend rolled out its much-anticipated and long-delayed public safety radio system that officials say will stretch the signal’s reach and streamline communication between agencies during major emergencies.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: New chairman for Board of Supervisors in 2014

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January 5, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 7 is the first meeting of 2014 for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and one of the first orders of business is to name a board chairman and vice chairman for the new year.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Unused leave a growing liability

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Riverside County owes its employees at least $188 million in unused sick and vacation time and other leave, and since 2011, at least 75 employees received leave cashouts worth $100,000 or more.

December 18, 2013; 05:14 PM

Riverside County owed its employees $188.3 million in unused leave as of this summer and in recent years, at least 75 employees got six-figure payouts for unused sick leave and vacation time, county figures show.

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

The PE: BERMUDA DUNES: Governor appoints Benjamini to Riverside County judgeship

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December 27, 2013; 03:09 PM

Dean Benjamini, recently named assistant public defender in charge of the Indio office, was appointed as a Riverside County Superior Court judge by Gov. Jerry Brown, the governor’s office announced Friday, Dec. 27.

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