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Beware of debt collection scam

A debt-collection scam is frightening recipients with official-looking letters, sometimes appearing to be signed by a judge, a lawyer or court officials advising consumers that monies are owed for an unpaid payday loan. Often followed by threatening phone calls, the letters may contain the recipient’s name, address, Social Security number and other personal information, all […]

Flu deaths continue to increase

The number of Californians dying from influenza this flu season has passed 200. Last week, another 56 influenza-related deaths were confirmed for a total of 202, of which four have been children. For California, another 41 deaths are under investigation. For the entire 2012-13 flu season, 106 people died from confirmed flu virus. And nationwide, […]

Assistance for parents of out-of-control children

The Parent Project® is an 11-week program the Hemet Unified School District, Department of Educational Services, offers to educate and assist parents in dealing with out-of-control children. Classes are Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 27 and ending May 22. The classes are offered in English and Spanish. Sign-up sheets are available […]

Garcia winning SD 28 contributions race

Garcia winning SD 28 contributions race

California’s 28th State Senate District has been vacant since its creation after the 2010 Census. In 2011, in advance of the 2012 elections, the California Citizens Redistricting Committee revised the boundaries of the state’s congressional, Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization seats. In 2012, the odd-number senate districts were on the ballot. Consequently, Senate District […]

Ruiz campaign balance dwarfs Nestande’s

In November 2012, Rep. Dr. Raul Ruiz, a democrat, was elected to Congress and he intends to stay there. In an expensive, multi-million dollar contest, Ruiz unseated incumbent Mary Bono Mack and this year will likely face State Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-42). During 2013, Ruiz collected more than $1.5 million in contributions, much of it […]

Beware of Affordable Care Act scam

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, Jan. 23, announced a lawsuit against one of the biggest scammers involved in an Affordable Care Act scam. The company, according to the FTC, played on public fears about impending deadlines for obtaining health care coverage. Messages announcing, “Today is the deadline,” and “Activate here before it’s too late,” […]

Flu deaths unabated in California

The number of people dying from influenza continued to grow last week. In California, 52 more deaths were attributed to this season’s flu called H1N1. Nationwide the mortality in 122 U.S. cities exceeded the epidemic threshold. For California, 147 deaths have been confirmed as influenza-related and another 44 deaths are under investigation, according to county, […]

Jeff Stone new board chair

On Jan. 7, Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone was chosen chair of the Board of Supervisors for 2014. He succeeded Supervisor John Benoit (4th District) as chair. This is Stone’s second chair term. He also served as chair in 2009. The new vice chair is 5th District Supervisor Marion Ashley. This is an […]

Stone announces committee vacancies

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone is seeking residents interested in serving on county councils, boards and committees. Vacancies exist on each of the following: Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse, Advisory Council on Aging, County Service Area 36 (Idyllwild), County Service Area 149 (Wine Country), Community Facilities District Special Tax Review Board, Flood Control Commission, In-Home […]

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

Emergency medical dispatch: remote life-saving

In early October 2013, a 911 dispatcher at the Cal Fire and Riverside received a medical emergency call. But she didn’t simply dispatch an ambulance — she saved a life right over the phone. The caller excitedly told the dispatcher that a person had collapsed and needed help. An engine and ambulance were immediately dispatched […]

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