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Category: Regional News

Wildfire control campaign

The U.S. Forest Service and other land management agencies have a new fire safety campaign in California. The One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire campaign provides constant reminders during this fire season to reduce the numbers of human-caused vehicle and equipment wildfires throughout the state. “All the stories we hear about sparks starting wildland fires […]

Fire fee begins court journey

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association lawsuit, which attempts to overturn California’s State Regulated Area Fire Fee will begin Friday, July 19, in the Sacramento Superior Court. The initial proceeding is a hearing in response to the state’s request that the case be dismissed. The Jarvis association filed the litigation in October 2012. The suit alleges […]

Grants to improve traffic safety

To improve traffic safety across California, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency approved 274 state and local applicants to receive about $87 million in federally-funded traffic safety grants the Office of Traffic Safety administers. The grant-funded programs will help combat alcohol and drug-impaired driving, encourage seat belt and child safety seat usage, fight distracted driving […]

Grand jurors are chosen

Last Friday, 19 members and 11 alternates of the fiscal year 2013-14 Riverside County Grand Jury were selected from a drawing held in Department 1 at the Historic Courthouse in Riverside. The grand jurors took their oath the same day. The composition of the 19 members of the grand jury include five females and 14 […]

Fire restrictions increase on forest

As of Friday, June 28, as the seasonal fire danger rises, forest officials are increasing fire use restrictions on the San Bernardino National Forest. This past winter the forest experienced less than average winter snow and rainfall as a result of the second year of a drought, and the seasonal outlook again expects a warmer […]

State budget balanced and on time

Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a balanced budget last Thursday for fiscal year 2013-14 in time to begin July 1. The budget totaled $96.3 billion, including a $1 billion reserve. For the second consecutive year, the budget projects a slight surplus. This is the largest since the $100 billion budgets of 2006-07 and 2007-08. […]

Small majority oppose pit bull spaying

To help draft an ordinance about controlling and limiting the population growth of pit bull and pit bull-type breeds in Riverside County, the Department of Animal Services invited county residents to submit opinions to an online survey. The survey is complete and John Welsh, Animal Services senior public information specialists, shared the results. Of 240 […]

State prisoners strain county jails

State prisoners strain county jails

Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff visited Idyllwild last week and talked about how he and the Board of Supervisors are responding to the raft of public safety issues. The ramifications of reducing state prison populations has the broadest impact and has created a high-priority issue for most California county sheriff offices as well as implementing […]

Riverside County revenues expected to grow

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a $4.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins July 1. However, only $630 million represents funds which the board had discretion to allocate. This year, County Executive Jay Orr projects discretionary county revenue will grow by $17 million, to $586 million, the first revenue boost since […]

Hemet school district optimistic about future

At its June 18 meeting, the Hemet Unified School District board approved a $182.5-million budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins July 1. This is an increase of $6.5 million from the current year’s budget. However, revenues are not expected to equal expenses, thus the district will need $6.7 million of reserves next year. However, […]

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