Archive for the ‘ Paul Zellerbach ’ Category

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

Scales of Justice

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

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

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

The 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.

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

Hestrin+Zellerbach

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: 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.

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: 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: DA race turns into ‘Game of Signs’

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.

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: 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.

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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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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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: 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: 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 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.

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

Tom Hollenhorst+Paul Zellerbach

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.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Corruption probe expands

Moreno Valley seal

October 22, 2013; 09:44 PM

The federal political corruption probe in Moreno Valley widened as the FBI on Tuesday, Oct. 22, subpoenaed the city for a vast number of records that go far beyond what the public already knows about the investigation.

To read story by Suzanne Hurt, David Danelski and Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

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Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. (File Image)

October 18, 2013; 05:26 PM

A former prosecutor who sued Riverside County over alleged violations of his constitutional rights has agreed to settle his case for $150,000, according to the prosecutor’s lawyer.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE: DA political letter and photos under investigation

Mike Hestrin

Mike Hestrin

August 27, 2013; 05:56 PM

Federal authorities are investigating a political letter using the Riverside police union’s letterhead and claiming to include racy photos of a district attorney candidate’s wife.

To read story by John Asbury in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Councilman Marcelo Co arrested on fraud charges

Marcelo Co

Marcelo Co

August 12, 2013

Embattled Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co has been arrested on eight felonies, including fraud and grand theft, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach confirmed.

To read story by Richard Brooks in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: The Insider: Political entertainment abounds

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Sunday, July 14, 2013 – 11:30 a.m.

It seems scuttlebutt and dirt is creeping back into local politics. The 2014 election cyle is going to be filled with it! Therefore it would only be appropriate to bring back the insider column.

District Attorney’s office provides ample entertainment

Could it be?

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos running for State Attorney General?

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriffs’ Association Endorses Hestrin

Michael Hestrin

Michael Hestrin

June 27, 2013

Riverside County prosecutor Michael Hestrin has received the endorsement of the 3,400-member strong Riverside Sheriffs’ Association in his challenge to incumbent District Attorney Paul Zellerbach in the June 2014 election.

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Mayor claims grand jury probe underway

Moreno Valley seal

May 06, 2013; 06:38 PM

Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings put out a statement late Monday asserting he had reason to believe a grand jury will begin to collect testimony Wednesday, May 8, as part of a wide-ranging investigation into corruption by federal enforcement agencies.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Contentious Riverside County DA contest ahead

Riverside-County-District-Attorney

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

A little more than two-years ago it was then-Superior Court Judge Paul Zellerbach who ousted Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco in a very public and heated battle.

Now it’s Zellerbach’s star that may be falling.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Prosecutor Hestrin will run for district attorney

Michael Hestrin

Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Hestrin looks over the case file in April 2007 as Raymond Lee Oyler enters the courtroom during a post-preliminary arraignment at Riverside County Superior Court in Riverside. (Amanda Lucidon/Press Enterprise)

March 21, 2013; 08:06 PM

Michael A. Hestrin, a prosecutor in the Riverside County district attorney’s office who has handled many of its high-profile death-penalty cases, announced Thursday, March 21, that he will run for district attorney next year.

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

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Management raises back before supervisors

The sheriff and district attorney make the case that their senior staffs stand to earn less than their unionized subordinates

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 28 July 2012 06:04 PM

Raises for top-level prosecutors and senior sheriff’s department staff are needed so managers don’t earn less than the people they supervise, according to Sheriff Stan Sniff and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

They’re backing proposals before the county Board of Supervisors to raise non-union managers’ pay so there’s a wider salary gap between them and their subordinates. The board will consider the raises at their Tuesday, July 31, meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. in the board chambers at the County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St. in Riverside.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Pay hike requests likely dead on arrival

Dead on arrival to the Riverside County supervisors’ desks, that is. Even raises for lower-level management appear iffy now

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 04 June 2012 07:16 PM

Riverside County’s sheriff and one of the county’s largest unions have joined other critics — including most county supervisors — in attacking a plan to raise elected leaders’ pay amid ongoing layoffs.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Sheriff makes case for more deputies

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 29 March 2012 07:18 PM

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff asked county supervisors Thursday for more money in next fiscal year’s budget so he can hire deputies to patrol unincorporated areas, where he said crime is rising.

The ratio of deputies assigned to areas outside of cities has dropped from 1.2 deputies per 1,000 residents in 2009 and 2010 to 0.90 per 1,000 today.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Group admonishes Zellerbach actions as judge

A state judicial watchdog agency has publicly admonished Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. )DAVID BAUMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
rdeatley@pe.com
Published: 03 November 2011 12:12 PM

A state judicial watchdog agency has publicly admonished Riverside Count District Attorney Paul Zellerbach for actions he took as a judge involving the district attorney’s office, then run by Rod Pacheco, the man Zellerbach would defeat in an election.

The state Commission on Judicial Performance’s admonishment Thursday was prompted by complaints filed by Pacheco’s office before he left.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Officials plan for new offenders

10:56 PM PDT on Monday, August 15, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
Staff Writer dgang@pe.com

Riverside County’s Probation Department will hire 100 new staff — including 73 sworn officers — to handle more than 1,600 low-risk offenders headed into local supervision this year.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Six tough months for Zellerbach

Paul Zellerbach

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 4, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Six months after he took over the job almost no one expected him to get, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach is running an office with fewer people, less money and greater challenges than he could have guessed.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE CO.: DA says state inmate realignment too hasty, poses problems

Zellerbach

 

11:43 PM PDT on Thursday, April 14, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The Sacramento tax stalemate and Gov. Jerry Brown’s unfunded plan to put thousands of state prisoners back in county jails are front-burner issues faced by local law enforcement, Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach said Thursday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public safety chiefs outline budget woes

10:33 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside Board of Supervisors meet about county budgets
Published: 3/29/2011 07:18 PM

Riverside County’s four public-safety departments painted a bleak picture Tuesday of their finances, saying they face significant budget shortfalls for next fiscal year.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: DA faces deficit, blames Pacheco

Pacheco and Zellerbach

 

10:16 PM PST on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

By RICHARD K. De ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Former Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco knew his office faced a multi-million-dollar shortfall, misled county supervisors about it, and increased costs by $4.9 million with unchecked spending, his successor said Tuesday.

Now Paul Zellerbach said he is looking at a $5.9 million shortfall that he hopes to reduce a bit more before going to supervisors to ask for reserve money to fill in the gap.

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The PE: POLITICS: Potato baron accused of fraud

10:18 PM PST on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Larry Minor, whose San Jacinto-based Agri-Empire Corp. is one of the nation’s largest potato growers, was indicted Tuesday on charges he made $66,400 in laundered campaign contributions through family members, friends and business associates.

Three of the 14 charges — conspiracy, perjury and filing a false document — are felonies. The rest are misdemeanors.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Death cases under review

Zellerbach

09:42 PM PST on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enteprise

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has started his review of the pending death penalty cases he inherited from predecessor Rod Pacheco, and he already has removed at least one from the list of about 40.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Freeze Sheriff’s Department hiring, supervisors advised

10:36 PM PST on Sunday, January 30, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County’s top executive is calling for a hiring freeze and possible patrol cutbacks to help the Sheriff’s Department overcome a $13.5 million budget shortfall.

A report before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday outlines the financial picture for the department and all of county government halfway through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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The PE: SAN JACINTO PROBE: Challenge to DA withdrawn

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 21, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Defense attorneys in the San Jacinto corruption case withdrew a motion to remove the Riverside County district attorney’s office from the matter, saying they will trust new head prosecutor Paul Zellerbach’s word that he will review the case fairly.

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The PE: Riverside County DA: Chief Investigator resigns

11:14 PM PST on Sunday, January 16, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Vern Horst, who served as chief investigator for the Riverside County district attorney’s office under Rod Pacheco, has resigned from the post.

Horst was among a handful of Pacheco-appointed executives eligible to remain for 90 days after new District Attorney Paul Zellerbach took office on Jan. 3.

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The PE: New DA urges dialogue with defense

Zellerbach

06:27 AM PST on Friday, January 14, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The theme of the evening was “Access to Justice,” but for young attorneys gathered in the Riverside County district attorney’s office, it was more than the speeches by Public Defender Gary Windom and new District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

On the 10th floor of the district attorney’s office on Orange Street, some watched the sunset from an outdoor balcony, ate catered burritos, and chatted — deputy public defenders and a handful of prosecutors, the former almost in disbelief.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Ten layoffs at DA office

10:54 PM PST on Thursday, January 6, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

District Attorney Paul Zellerbach has sent dismissal notices to 10 employees since taking office on Monday, including several workers in the executive division created by Rod Pacheco.

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The PE: New DA takes office and problems aplenty

Paul Zellerbach

09:19 PM PST on Monday, January 3, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Paul Zellerbach was sworn in Monday as Riverside County district attorney, facing a $5 million deficit, layoffs, managers he didn’t choose but must work with for at least three months, and an office he wants to reorganize.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: New DA Zellerbach sworn in

12:13 PM PST on Monday, January 3, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Paul Zellerbach was sworn in today as Riverside County District Attorney, taking the office from Rod Pacheco, whom he defeated in the June election after one term.

Zellerbach, 57, of Riverside was sworn in by 4th District Court of Appeal Associate Justice Tom Hollenhorst in the ceremonial Court Room 1 at the Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Zellerbach steps into DA’s office Monday

Zellerbach

10:49 PM PST on Saturday, January 1, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

On Monday, six tumultuous months after he was elected Riverside County’s top prosecutor, Paul Zellerbach will be sworn in, walk from the downtown Historic Courthouse to the nearby district attorney’s office, and go to work.

Zellerbach will become the first Riverside County district attorney in more than a century to take office by defeating an incumbent. He beat one-term DA Rod Pacheco in an upset win June 8.

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The PE: Pacheco petition: Judge delays hearing to Dec. 30

10:27 PM PST on Tuesday, December 14, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

In a final-days legal fight between Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and county executives over his office’s hiring practices, seven young attorneys are “being left out to dry,” their lawyer said.

A judge declined to rule Tuesday on Pacheco’s bid to force the county to open 12 jobs in his department that had been declared frozen because of tight budget restrictions. He set the next hearing for Dec. 30.

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DesertSun: Rod Pacheco suing for his right to hire

Pacheco

Cash-strapped county says DA leaving office deficit; he says there will be surplus

Kate McGinty • The Desert Sun • December 11, 2010

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco filed a lawsuit against the county on Friday, demanding he be allowed to hire or promote employees to fill vacancies in his office.

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InlandPolitics: Riverside County: “There will be blood”

Thursday, November 18, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.

Looks like Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco is still taking his loss to Superior Court Judge Paul Zellerbach pretty hard.

Pacheco is reportedly dragging anyone, who he believes had a hand in his electoral defeat, before a grand jury.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Benoit to testify before grand jury

Benoit

10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County district attorney’s investigators have called Supervisor John Benoit to testify before a grand jury.

Benoit confirmed Tuesday that he received the subpoena last week and is scheduled to appear before the panel in Riverside on Friday morning.

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The PE: Pacheco-Zellerbach summit a no go

Pacheco                          Zellerbach

By PE Politics
on October 28, 2010 11:11 AM

What became of that planned Tuesday meeting between Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco and district-attorney elect Paul Zellerbach, overseen by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors chairman Marion Ashley?

Didn’t happen.

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The PE: Riverside County: Not all courts for criminal cases

10:33 PM PDT on Monday, October 25, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The California Supreme Court on Monday turned down Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco’s bid to use specialized courts such as family law, juvenile, and probate to hear criminal cases at risk of being dismissed because of speedy trial guarantees.

The 7-0 decision was written by Chief Justice Ronald George. He said that while the disputed statute cited by the district attorney does give criminal cases precedence over civil matters, it is not absolute.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors approve contract with deputy DAs

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors signed off on a new contract Tuesday with the union presenting prosecutors, despite concerns by some board members that they may have been taken advantage of during labor talks.

Approved on a 4-1 vote, the new agreement with the Deputy District Attorneys Association and its 241 members is retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30, 2011. It does not increase county costs.

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The PE: DA Pacheco calls Zellerbach’s claims ‘false’

Pacheco                    Zellerbach

11:31 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Pacheco’s letter to the Board of Supervisors refuting Zellerbach’s allegations

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco blasted claims by Paul Zellerbach, the district attorney-elect, that he is spending his final months in office exercising unchecked hiring, promotions and spending.

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The PE: Riverside County supervisor not thrilled about brokering district attorney peace

Ashley

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Press-Enterprise

It wouldn’t involve jetting off to Cairo or Belfast, but Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley is cool to the idea of playing peacemaker at the county district attorney’s office.

At a recent meeting, supervisors discussed concerns raised by District Attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach that incumbent DA Rod Pacheco was not cooperating with his transition. The two fought a bitter campaign and nothing has indicated they have spoken to each other since Zellerbach defeated Pacheco in the June 8 election.

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The PE: County exec says no mega-hiring at DA’s office

11:20 PM PDT on Thursday, September 9, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read County Executive Officer Bill Luna’s report on DA-elect Paul Zellerbach’s allegations

Riverside County district attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach’s concerns about large numbers of new hires and promotions being made by outgoing District Attorney Rod Pacheco are unsupported, County Executive Officer Bill Luna reported.

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PE: Cassie MacDuff: Pacheco on Hiring Spree?

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cassie MacDuff

Is Riverside County DA Rod Pacheco being coy again?

His elected successor, Paul Zellerbach, told the Board of Supervisors he hears Pacheco’s on a hiring spree — and promoting dozens of employees — despite a $9 million budget cut.

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PE: DA-elect: DA thwarting transition

Pacheco                    Zellerbach

10:02 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: Read DA-elect Paul Zellerbach’s letter to supervisors

Riverside County supervisors ordered an investigation Tuesday into claims by district attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach that current District Attorney Rod Pacheco is hiring and promoting liberally during his last months in office, despite a $9 million budget reduction.

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InlandPolitics: The Insider: Pacheco taking it personal

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 – 1:45 pm

Sources say outgoing Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco is really taking things personal these days.

Yes, it does hurt to lose.

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RivPE: Zellerbach ends district attorney race with $214,000 debt

Zellerbach

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, August 9, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County District Attorney-elect Paul Zellerbach ended his campaign more than $214,000 in debt, while incumbent Rod Pacheco finished owing more than $26,000, according to campaign financial reports.

Zellerbach said he will hold fundraisers to pay off the debts. His campaign finance report shows his ending cash balance as just over $1,100. Pacheco’s ending balance was placed at nearly $22,800.

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