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Garcia winning SD 28 contributions race

Garcia winning SD 28 contributions race

California’s 28th State Senate District has been vacant since its creation after the 2010 Census. In 2011, in advance of the 2012 elections, the California Citizens Redistricting Committee revised the boundaries of the state’s congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization seats. In 2012, the odd-number senate districts were on the ballot. Consequently, Senate District […]

Ruiz campaign balance dwarfs Nestande’s

In November 2012, Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz, a democrat, was elected to Congress and he intends to stay there. In an expensive, multi-million dollar contest, Ruiz unseated incumbent Mary Bono Mack and this year will likely face State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-42). During 2013, Ruiz collected more than $1.5 million in contributions, much of it […]

Beware of Affordable Care Act scam

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, Jan. 23, announced a lawsuit against one of the biggest scammers involved in an Affordable Care Act scam. The company, according to the FTC, played on public fears about impending deadlines for obtaining health care coverage. Messages announcing, “Today is the deadline,” and “Activate here before it’s too late,” […]

Triple homicide still unsolved

The father of one of the victims in a 2006 triple homicide in Pinyon Pines remains unsatisfied with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation of the crime. The night of Sept. 17, 2006, Becky Friedli, 18; her mother, Vickie Friedli, 53; and Vickie’s boyfriend, Jon Hayward, 55, were found dead. Becky’s body was found burning […]

ACA confusing to medical providers, consumers

The Affordable Care Act that took effect on Jan. 1, 2014, continues to be a source of confusion and consternation to local medical providers and consumers. The website, with on-again, off-again features — a doctor list is there one day, gone the next — and ever-changing deadlines, have the public confused and medical providers scratching […]

Rain falls, but drought continues

Rainfall during the past two weeks was not sufficient to rescind Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought declaration. Less than an inch of rain fell on the Hill since Jan. 31. The Keenwild Ranger Station recorded just 0.28 inches on Friday, Jan. 31, and another 0.6 inches from Thursday night, Feb. 6, through Friday morning, Feb. 7. […]

Mountain Folk: Gray wins Bee, Schelly ups certification

Third-place finisher for Hemet Unified School District’s 37th-annual Spelling Bee is Joshua Gray, a seventh grader at Idyllwild School … The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners has certified Dr. Charles “Chip” A. Schelly, an Idyllwild chiropractor, as a medical examiner. He is authorized to provide medical examinations to commercial motor vehicle drivers in accordance […]

Tax Tips: Are all payments received income?

I often get questions as to whether payments a client has received are taxable and the answers are often surprising. Many taxpayers are receiving Form 1099-C reporting cancellation of debt income. In general, cancellation of debt is taxable. Several exclusions are available that you will want to discuss with your tax preparer. Often Form 1099-C […]

Fire & Forest: Public safety and caution …

Like a lot of people, I was fascinated by the almost complete shutdown of Atlanta from 2.3 inches of snow last week. It was a failure of government to manage a threat to public safety, which cost millions of dollars and some people their lives. But the actors were not irresponsible people. They thought they […]

Flu deaths unabated in California

The number of people dying from influenza continued to grow last week. In California, 52 more deaths were attributed to this season’s flu called H1N1. Nationwide the mortality in 122 U.S. cities exceeded the epidemic threshold. For California, 147 deaths have been confirmed as influenza-related and another 44 deaths are under investigation, according to county, […]

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