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Bono Mack plans for ninth campaign

Local Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack is planning her re-election strategy. Redistricting resulted in some adjustments to her old 45th District, but the foundation of the desert and Hill communities remained together and unchanged. “I’m really not worried right now,” she said Thursday. Ten months prior to the election, Dr. Raul Ruiz is the announced candidate […]

State budget balances depend on new taxes

Public safety and education in jeopardy Gov. Jerry Brown announced his proposed 2012-13 budget last week. The $92.5 billion budget is balanced and could produce a $1.1 million surplus for future reserves. Both the projections and plan are delicately balanced on the assumption that state voters will approve his proposed tax increases on upper-bracket taxpayers […]

New initiatives could swamp California’s 2012 ballot

Although it is unlikely all will qualify, it is possible that 83 ballot initiatives and referenda could wind up on the November 2012 ballot. Were that to happen, voters could be swamped with choices and, in frustration, wind up nixing all initiatives and referenda, a possibility State Senator Bill Emmerson (R-37) suggested. “I support the […]

Attorney general announces new state e-crime unit

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced a new state e-crime unit designed to investigate and prosecute multijurisdictional cybercrimes. Prior to formation of the unit, according to Harris, many e-crimes in the state went unprosecuted because the crimes crossed jurisdictional lines and required resources that many counties did not possess. Harris made the announcement at a […]

Many new California laws for 2012

The California Legislature enacted about 750 laws during 2011. Some counted 745 and other reports say 760 laws were passed and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Most of these became effective Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, although some are delayed until July 1, 2012. Below is a list of some of the new laws which Californians […]

Half-off traffic fines began Jan. 1

Who: For drivers with outstanding traffic tickets that were due to be paid in full before Jan. 1, 2009. All of the following also must apply: You either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full. The last date you made a payment was on or before Jan. 1, 2009. You don’t […]

Supervisors decline to regulate recycled water

At the urging of Chairman Bob Buster (1st District), the Riverside County Board of Supervisors considered getting involved in future regulation of the use of recycled water, particularly for citrus groves. But in a November 4-1 vote (Buster opposing), his colleagues agreed to leave the issue alone and simply refer it to the county’s water […]

U.S. Forest Service 2012 budget passed

U.S. Forest Service 2012 budget passed

After a quarter of the federal fiscal year has transpired, President Barack Obama signed Public Law 112-74, which authorizes funding for federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2012, the end of the federal fiscal year. Congress passed the appropriations bill on Dec. 17. Six days later, on Dec. 23, the President signed it. Although funding for […]

Riverside County previews Hemet Service Center

Riverside County previews Hemet Service Center

At a dedicatory ceremony, 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone and other county officials lauded the many community needs that would be filled by the new Hemet Service Center at 749 State Street. The new center will serve many purposes, but foremost will be to provide assistance to local job seekers to improve their chances of […]

County Corner: Dec. 22, 2011

County executive The search for a replacement for former County Executive Bill Luna is ongoing. Luna’s predecessor, Larry Parrish, has been the interim executive since Sept. 27. He had agreed to serve for three months without salary. Since no permanent choice has been made, the board has asked Parrish to continue to serve as interim […]

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