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District Attorney and county supervisors are at odds. And one supervisor had harsh words for his colleague

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 2, 2016
Updated:   Aug. 3, 2016 – 6:27 a.m.

A lack of money is inflaming tensions among Riverside County’s elected leaders.

There’s the rift between District Attorney Mike Hestrin and at least two members of the county Board of Supervisors. Then there’s the discord between supervisors John Tavaglione and Kevin Jeffries, with Tavaglione publicly calling Jeffries’ ideas “crazy” and “stupid.”

Both conflicts were on display during a budget discussion at the board’s Tuesday, July 26, meeting. Hestrin, an elected official who took office in 2015, relies on the board for funding.

In recent years, the board has given the DA and sheriff more money when it’s asked for. But new, ongoing expenses, including raises guaranteed to employees for pension concessions and a lawsuit settlement that will add at least $40 million annually to jail health care costs, are outpacing revenue growth.

The budget for the current fiscal year started with a $60.9 million deficit.

“We have run out of options in cutting non-public safety (spending) unless the board wishes to continue to cut there and jeopardize general government,” County Executive Officer Jay Orr said at last week’s board meeting.

“In doing so, there are certain consequences … in areas like child protective services, adult protective services and so forth.”

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