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Help for caregivers

A series of the Riverside County Office on Aging’s “Care Pathways” program begins in October at key locations in Riverside County; classes are taught in both English and Spanish. This program provides a series of weekly workshops designed to offer information and support to family caregivers who face challenges managing their caregiving responsibilities for a […]

Range Fire burns 360 acres near Banning

Range Fire burns 360 acres near Banning

Saturday evening, Sept. 29, the Range Fire, on the Old Banning Idyllwild Road, at the bottom of the Hill was reported. By Sunday afternoon, the fire had spread to 360 acres.   As of Monday evening, Riverside County Fire Department reported the fire was 100 percent contained and controlled Tuesday morning, Oct. 2. Recreational shooting […]

Proposition 31 seeks to change state budgetary process

Proposition 31, titled “The California Performance and Accountability Act,” seeks to make constitutional changes in the state budgetary process. Proponents claim the changes will make the state budget process more accountable to constituents and more efficient. The measure would also provide flexibility for local governments to modify how they implement state-funded programs and regulations. A […]

Forest Care grants ending

The Forest Care grant program is coming to an end. Since 2006, the reimbursement program has helped property owners create healthier, more fire-safe forests on their property. Landowners within the San Bernardino National Forest still have a chance to meet with one of Forest Care’s professional foresters for a free property evaluation and voluntary enrollment […]

California State Parks receive reprieve

Last Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown gave the California Department of Parks and Recreation several early Christmas gifts when he signed Assembly bills 1478 and 1589. Most importantly, AB 1478 prohibits the governor or the Department of Parks and Recreation from closing, or even proposing the closure, of any state park this fiscal year or next […]

Free Rabies shots Sept. 28

World Rabies Day is Friday, Sept. 28, and the disease is still a factor. It’s not as rampant as it once was, thanks to the ongoing efforts of animal control agencies nationwide. Rabies is the number one reason why animal control organizations exist in the first place. In California, the law requires people to have […]

Proposition 38, one of two new tax proposals to fund education

Proposition 38, Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs, financed largely by L.A. lawyer Molly Munger, is one of two initiatives that proposes to raise taxes to fund education. The other, Proposition 30, is Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal. Both cannot pass since each contains language that only the measure with the greatest number of […]

School board backs Proposition 30

School board backs Proposition 30

Last week, Hemet Unified School District directors confronted two separate state budget issues. Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-64) addressed the board about his legislation to abolish deferring state educational payments. Later the board reconsidered and approved its support for Proposition 30, which would increase state revenues.   Nestande asked the board to support his proposal for […]

Proposition 35 increases penalties for human traffickers

Little opposition has coalesced around Proposition 35, an initiative statute that increases penalties for human trafficking in California. From the middle of July through Sept. 13, support for Proposition 35 has hovered above 80 percent, according to survey conducted by the California Business Roundtable. Proposition 35 defines more crimes related to the creation and distribution […]

During disaster, the county has their paws

During disaster, the county has their paws

Large animals and pets, specifically their safety and rescue, during an emergency was the topic for last week’s MEMSCOMM (Mountain Emergency Services Committee) meeting.   Rita Gutierrez, the county’s commander of field operations for the Department of Animal Services, spoke to attendees about the agency’s rescue efforts and organization. REARS, or Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue […]

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