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June 5, top two open primary — an explanation

On June 5, California holds its primary election. While the Republican presidential primary race will command most of the attention, primary elections will also be on the ballot for Senator, Congressional representatives, state Assembly and state Senate. But this year, the results will affect the November elections differently. California will no longer vote strictly by […]

CAL FIRE concerned about Forest Service aircraft strategy

On March 7, CAL FIRE Director Ken Pimlott wrote a letter to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell outlining the state’s worries about the Forest Service’s aircraft strategy, including the number of aircraft …

Anza names members to water committee

The Anza Municipal Advisory Council selected the members of the Anza Area Groundwater Steering Committee at its Wednesday, March 14, meeting. The group will develop ground rules for how it seeks funding for a comprehensive water study and provide advice on local groundwater management planning. Members serve voluntarily and are not compensated. The 14 members […]

Future looking brighter says Stone at Econ Forum

Future looking brighter says Stone at Econ Forum

At his 7th Annual Economic Development Forum, Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone cited figures that show the county’s unemployment rate is declining, sales taxes are increasing, and the housing market is stabilizing. “All in all,” said Stone, “we are on the mend in Riverside County and moving forward. The future is looking brighter.” […]

Opposition to fire fee forms

Republican state lawmakers, a significant minority of the California Legislature, will try to repeal the state fire fee. Various legislators have proposed its repeal within days of its passage in July. On Thursday, Republican legislators from both the Assembly and the Senate held a joint press conference to call attention to the levy, which they […]

SCE submits smart meter opt-out proposal to state

The California Public Utilities Commission, after approving a smart meter opt-out plan for Pacific Gas and Electric, directed the state’s other power utilities to submit their own plans. Southern California Edison submitted a proposal, which is different in a number of respects. The CPUC asked SCE to provide information on all opt-out alternatives, not just […]

Riverside County jail system gets $100 million grant

Riverside County received a $100 million grant to expand its jail system, only one of three California counties to receive the maximum grant from the California Corrections Standards Authority. The grant will be used for construction, not staffing, and requires the county to come up with a 10 percent or $10 million match in cash […]

Groundwater steering committee forms in Anza

The Anza Municipal Advisory Council was set to review 16 applications for a new Groundwater Management Steering Committee at its Wednesday, March 14, meeting. The Council would review, recommend or reject applicants for an 11- to 15-member committee, balanced to include representation from residents, agriculture, community groups, tribes, business development, and water and utilities in […]

Forest Service air fleet aging

Forest Service air fleet aging

In its air tanker modernization strategy plan submitted to Congress in February, the Forest Service reported that it expects 10 of its 11 air tankers to be retired by 2021 …

Hemet Unified School District budget teetering

Difficult and sensitive subjects were discussed at the recent Hemet Unified School District meeting. Bill Sanborn, president of the Hemet Unified School District trustees, began the meeting by addressing the Hemet High School teacher recently charged with sex with a minor. He issued the following statement: “The district was informed last Wednesday night, Feb. 29, […]

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