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Governor signs teacher discipline bill

The California Teachers Association applauded the governor’s signing of Assembly Bill 215 last week, a bill that updates and streamlines California’s teacher discipline and dismissal process. “For California’s educators, keeping children safe in our classrooms is always a top priority. We have long supported streamlining the dismissal process so we are pleased to see this […]

Suit filed to protect flying squirrel

Suit filed to protect flying squirrel

Among the nine species in the suit is the San Bernardino flying squirrel

Whooping cough reaches epidemic levels: Vaccines urged

Pertussis, or whooping cough, has reached an epidemic level in California, according to Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health and state health officer cases. In the past two weeks more than 800 new cases have been reported. As of last week, nearly 3,500 cases of pertussis had been reported to […]

DA-elect Mike Hestrin discusses transition

DA-elect Mike Hestrin discusses transition

After a convincing win that will oust his boss from office in January 2015, Riverside County District Attorney-elect Mike Hestrin is already involved in planning the transition. Asked how he felt about the election results, Hestrin said, “It feels great. Relief is the biggest emotion.” He said he was not surprised about his win. “We […]

Measles cases reach 20-year high: Many cases in California

Measles cases reach 20-year high: Many cases in California

Perhaps complacency and youthful ignorance of the olden days, when measles was a more common illness, have combined to permit the virus to gain a new stronghold in the U.S, particularly in Ohio and California. A record number of verified measles cases have occurred since January. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed […]

Governor revises 2014-15 state budget: Medi-Cal and education major beneficiaries

Gov. Edmund G. Brown released his revised budget request for fiscal year 2014-15 that begins July 1. Health care and debt retirement remain high priorities in Brown’s proposal. This action follows on his agreement with legislative leaders to modify the criteria and use of a Rainy Day Fund that will appear on the November ballot. […]

Don’t be Scammed: Beware of credit scams …

Debt-relief assistance is big business for scammers, and the Federal Trade Commission charged Irvine-based company DebtPro 123 with deceptive claims that it would repair credit within three years or less. The company, despite promising refunds, failed to do so in many cases. Consumers should avoid companies that (a) charge fees before settling debts, (b) advise […]

More aircraft to fight wildfires

In preparation for the 2014 fire season, the U.S. Forest Service has added four more aircraft to its next-generation firefighting fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft to 21 large air-tankers and more than 100 helicopters. The new aircraft will enter service in the coming weeks and support more than 10,000 firefighters for the 2014 […]

Don’t mail ballots for next week’s election after tomorrow; drop them at polls or registrar’s office

To ensure that ballots reach election officials in time to be counted in Tuesday’s election, voters should not return their ballots by mail after tomorrow (May 28). After tomorrow, voters are encouraged to return their ballots to drop-off boxes in participating city clerks’ offices through Monday (June 2) or at any polling place in the county […]

Fern Valley directors review next budget

A slim version (three directors) of the Fern Valley Water District Board of Directors reviewed the proposed fiscal 2014-15 budget at the May 16 meeting. For next fiscal year, which begins July 1, the proposed expenditures are significantly less than the initial forecast for the current year and less than the current projections. The reduction […]

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