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SCE offers customers smart meter opt-out option

SCE offers customers smart meter opt-out option

After the California Public Utilities Commission approved an opt-out plan for Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s other utilities, including Southern California Edison, submitted cost proposals for providing their own opt-out plans ..

Riverside County lays off 150; more may follow

More county employee layoffs and service level changes will occur in order to balance the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, which starts on July 1, said Larry Parrish, interim Riverside County executive officer. Nearly five months before the fiscal year begins, Parrish and Ed Corser, county finance officer, told the board to expect an $80 million […]

Governor proposes revising animal shelter law

California Governor Jerry Brown, as a cost saving measure, is recommending deleting parts of the Hayden Animal Shelter Law that had increased stray animal holding times in public and private animal shelters. Specifically, Brown is seeking to repeal provisions of the law that are “reimbursable state mandates.” The animal rights legislation, passed in 1998, required […]

Riverside County employees, SEIU members, strike

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, about 1,400 of the 5,800 county employees, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, walked off the job in response to the board of supervisors having declared an impasse in negotiations. In November, the county had imposed mandatory pay and benefit terms including forcing worker contributions to their […]

Riverside County budget weakens

The Riverside County budget promises little improvement through the end of the current fiscal year (June 30). “There are some signs that economic recovery is accelerating in Riverside County,” Interim County Executive Officer Larry Parish told the board of supervisors. Nevertheless Parish reported that revenue fell during the second quarter of this year. Consequently, his […]

California lists Mountain Yellow-legged Frog as endangered

California lists Mountain Yellow-legged Frog as endangered

The state’s Fish and Game Commission made the unanimous decision Friday …

County offers amnesty to unlicensed canines

County offers amnesty to unlicensed canines

Riverside County’s Animal Services Department has lifted penalties for currently unlicensed dogs …

Congressional candidates chase contributions

The 2012 race for the 36th Congressional District is heating up. At least, the candidates — Rep. Mary Bono Mack and her Democratic challenger, Dr. Raul Ruiz — were beneficial recipients of donors’ largesse during the fourth quarter of 2011. Ruiz raised $100,000 in individual contributions during the latest reporting period. From July 1 through […]

Court order stops health care worker strike

On Monday, Jan. 30, a Riverside County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting 248 nurses and other essential health care workers, members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721, from joining a scheduled one-day strike on Tuesday, Jan. 31. A spokesperson at the union office in Riverside said on Monday […]

Riverside County Supervisors want three-person fire crews

Last week, after significant debate, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors narrowly approved a policy of three-person teams, composed of a captain, apparatus engineer and firefighter for all county engine companies. Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone proposed the policy. He strongly defended it, even in anticipation of limited budget resources again next fiscal year. “We’ve […]

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