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‘Steely discipline’ is called for as officials try to rein in costs and build up savings.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 29, 2016 – Updated: 6:41 p.m.

With expenses outpacing income, departments starved for money and savings dipping to uncomfortable levels, Riverside County officials want to put county government on a strict diet.

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The Sun: Public employees’ pay packages questioned

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Joe Nelson, The Sun
Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 10:09 PM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday.

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Greg Devereaux

In 2015, San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s total compensation was $549,803, up about $60,000 from the previous year, according to website Transparent California.

By Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 06/21/16 – 8:21 AM PDT |

Inland public employees aren’t just earning a paycheck, but collecting hefty compensation packages that often dwarf their base salaries, an open-records advocacy group announced Tuesday, June 21.

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Both made the case for public safety spending as supervisors stress need for savings.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 20, 2016
Updated:   June 21, 2016 – 6:59 a.m.

In recent years, Riverside County supervisors have given the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices extra money on top of the millions they get to protect the public, even as other departments went without new county funding.

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InlandPolitics: Inland Empire governments renewed financial worries

Budget Woes

Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 12:00 a.m.

The economy is supposed to be doing just fine. Property taxes have all but fully recovered along with real estate prices.

But Inland Empire governments are expressing caution when discussing their finances.

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Money Squeeze

By Cassie MacDuff, The Press-Enterprise
and Cassie MacDuff, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 06/18/16 – 6:56 PM PDT |

Calimesa is just the latest city to hit the wall with Riverside County’s demands for more spending on public safety contracts.

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Despite big funding shortfall, no employee layoffs or furloughs are planned.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 17, 2016 Updated: June 18, 2016 6:27 a.m.

Riverside County’s budget plan calls for using reserve funds to close a $60.9 million shortfall, but no layoffs or furloughs are planned, according to a report from the county executive office.

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The Press-Enterprise: COURTS: Inland judgeships stalled by state

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Governor wants to shift positions; Legislature wants more spots. Either way, Inland Empire loses.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: June 13, 2016
Updated:   June 14, 2016 – 9:12 a.m.

The Inland region’s chronic shortage of judges is now caught in a political tug-of-war between a plan favored by Gov. Jerry Brown and another favored by Democratic lawmakers.

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InlandPolitics: Jeffries cruises to victory, Washington in runoff

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Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries has won another term.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 – 09:30 a.m.

Riverside County First District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries easily won reelection Tuesday night.

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Elections

With the June 7 primary election approaching, the county Republican Party chairman is highly critical of the office, which saw a delay in the mailing of sample ballots.

Published: May 27, 2016- Updated: 7:24 p.m.

It’s been a rough month for the Riverside County Registrar of Voters as the office prepares for California’s June 7 primary.

Late last week, the office, led by Registrar Rebecca Spencer, said a “large group” of missing sample ballot books were recovered from the warehouse of a longtime vendor who missed a contractual mailing deadline. The registrar summoned police to help remove the sample ballots, according to a news release.

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

Randon Lane

Published: May 26, 2016 – 12:09 p.m.

The Riverside Sheriffs’ Association has not endorsed anyone in the race for the Third District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. But it’s pretty clear who they don’t like.

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

The Press-Enterprise: MARCH BASE: County approves move to end JPA

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The proposal suggests giving the county authority to divide the property.

Published: May 24, 2016
Updated: May 25, 2016 8:21 a.m.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion Tuesday, May 24, to pursue largely dissolving the March Joint Powers Authority, the agency that oversees land around March Air Reserve Base that once was part of the larger March Air Force Base.

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

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A proposal would begin the process of eliminating much of the agency’s authority.

Published: May 23, 2016 – Updated: 9:44 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors Marion Ashley and Kevin Jeffries are sponsoring a measure asking the Board of Supervisors to take the first steps in restructuring the March Joint Powers Authority, eliminating much of its jurisdiction.

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

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin talks about the Beaumont investigation during an interview with The Press-Enterprise in his office in Riverside on Monday. (Stan Lim — Staff Photographer)

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/23/16 – 11:28 PM PDT |

After laying out documents from hundreds of boxes seized from Beaumont City Hall and other locations during raids in April 2015, members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit began the task of poring over the papers, looking for evidence of corruption.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016 – Updated: 6:22 a.m.

In April 2015, anti-corruption investigators from the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney’s office raided Beaumont City Hall and other locations.

The investigation led to seven former city officials facing charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and conflict of interest, which Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced in a press conference on Tuesday, May 17.

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

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Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

Published: May 13, 2016 – 4:01 p.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Friday, May 13 that he has returned all campaign contributions from a donor whose chain of auto repair businesses was fined six figures after state officials said customers paid for faulty and unneeded work.

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

The Press-Enterprise: ELECTION: Vote-by-mail ballots delayed by vendor problem

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Riverside County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer said about 376,000 sample ballots remain to be mailed to voters.

Published: May 10, 2016
Updated: May 11, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Riverside County elections officials will delay sending out vote-by-mail ballots that were supposed to hit mailboxes starting Monday, May 9, because thousands of voters have not received sample ballots for the June 7 election.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Millions spent on outside consultants

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As Riverside County faces budget crunch, some wonder why pricey specialists are needed to cut spending.

Published: April 15, 2016
Updated:   April 17, 2016 – 2:25 a.m.

Riverside County’s budget shortfall next fiscal year could approach $100 million. But it still found $44 million to spend on outside consultants.

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

The Sun: Proposal could increase number of Inland judges

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By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 04/14/16 – 1:21 PM PDT |

A state judicial panel has proposed redistributing vacant judgeships from counties where there are too many to counties where there are too few, including Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where a lack of judges has caused hundreds of cases to be dismissed.

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Mike Hestrin

The DA is returning contributions from an auto repair business that’s been penalized for fraud.

Published: April 12, 2016 – Updated: 11:02 p.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin on Tuesday, April 12, said he would return donations made to his campaign by Certified Tire & Service Centers and its owner, Jeffrey Alan Darrow, after news surfaced of past penalties for defrauding customers that cost the company at least $750,000.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials work to close huge budget gap

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Shortfall could reach $100 million if cost-cutting measures aren’t adopted

Published: March 30, 2016 – Updated: 11:07 p.m.

Freezing spending, holding the line on across-the-board raises and shifting existing money are key to Riverside County’s plan to stop escalating costs from drying up reserves and causing a $100 million shortfall.

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

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County faces a potential $100 million shortfall and is seeking ways to cut costs. “The KPMG report clearly outlines that CEO’s Office has been operating in a vacuum and providing inaccurate and misleading information about County departments to the Board,” the statement said.

Published: March 24, 2016 – Updated: 5:58 p.m.

Changes in how the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responds to calls and deploys its deputies and corrections officers can save taxpayers money and improve service, according to a much-awaited outside review of the county’s public safety spending.

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

Courts

Published: March 11, 2016
Updated:   March 13, 2016 – 7:48 p.m.

Between 1989 and 2012, Riverside and San Bernardino counties paid a combined $10,653,000 in settlements and legal fees in 193 cases where defendants claimed they were wrongfully arrested or prosecuted.

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

The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Overtime costs soaring

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Eight departments spent at least $1 million on OT last fiscal year, a new report finds.

Published: March 11, 2016 – 05:27 p.m.

Eight Riverside County departments spent at least $1 million on overtime during fiscal 2014-15, and five of those departments have seen overtime costs rise 52 percent or more in the past five years, according to a new report from the county auditor-controller.

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

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

Randon Lane

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.

Lou Desmond

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

Stan Sniff

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mike Hestrin

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.

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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.

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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.

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

Tax Cut

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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