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Flu deaths above normal

Flu deaths above normal

County, state and federal health officials intensified their admonishments to the public to obtain flu vaccines. State officials confirmed seven deaths already this season, as cases of influenza are well ahead of normal. “For this time of year, seasonal influenza activity continues to rise in California. This week it reached the level of activity considered […]

New scam targets Spanish-speaking women

The Federal Trade Commission is alerting the public to a telemarketing scam targeting Spanish-speaking women. The women are offered the opportunity to purchase brand-name clothing, purses and perfumes at below-market prices for resale. Once the order is placed, the items are shipped C.O.D. to the purchaser who is unable to verify the contents of the […]

Stone is new chair of board

Stone is new chair of board

Third District Supervisor Jeff Stone was chosen as the new chair of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week. At its first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, the board unanimously elected Stone chair and Supervisor Marion Ashley (5th District) vice chair. “I consider it a tremendous honor,” Stone said to his colleagues after the […]

State majority favors legalized marijuana use

State majority favors legalized marijuana use

In recent years, voters in Colorado and Washington have approved legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana under state regulation. Coloradans may begin purchasing pot at stores in 2014. Unsurprisingly, the attitude of Californians toward legalizing marijuana also has evolved over the years. In a Field Poll released in December, nearly 55 percent of […]

State and county still growing, but slower

California grew by 332,000 people between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, to total more than 38.2 million, according to official population estimates the California Department of Finance released. The growth rate of 0.9 percent and the 332,000 numeric gain are the largest for California since the pre-recession year of 2003-04. Riverside County’s population […]

Don’t be scammed

The holidays may be over, but thieves are as active as ever in planning their next scam. McAfee, one of the leading computer security software companies globally, recently released its annual “12 scams of Christmas,” which lists popular scams along with advice on how to spot them that is helpful and relevant any time of […]

Deadly virus affecting dogs

It kills within days. There is no easy way to diagnose it. There is no vaccine to stop it. Only three states have reported cases of circovirus – California, Michigan and Ohio. Until 2012, the circovirus had only been detected in pigs, chickens and some pet bird species (parakeets, parrots, and cockatoos) when it suddenly […]

Assembly Democrats send budget ideas to governor

Nearly a month before Gov. Jerry Brown releases his budget for fiscal year 2014-15, which begins July 1, Assembly Democrats offered their “2014-15 Blueprint for a Responsible Budget.” “By following this budget blueprint we can ensure fiscal stability in California by establishing a real rainy-day fund and building the state’s budget reserve,” Speaker John Pérez […]

State laws that go into effect in 2014

During the 2012-13 legislative session that ended Sept. 30, the State Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed nearly 800 bills or laws. Most of these are effective Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Several bills fall specifically within the jurisdiction of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The following laws go into effect on January 1, […]

Court rules for fire fee refund process

Earlier this month, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge sided with Cal Fire regarding property owners’ rights to a refund if the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee is deemed unconstitutional. Property owners who have not filed a timely Petition for Redetermination will not be eligible for refunds of the fee payment if the court […]

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