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Legislators working to keep state parks open

Legislators working to keep state parks open

Recreation to develop an action plan to increase revenues and collection of unpaid user fees at state parks, while maintaining the character and values of the state park system.   The bill establishes a State Park Enterprise Fund. The fund’s monies will be held in trust and used exclusively for construction and installation of new […]

Supervisors focus on vacation rentals

This week, the Riverside County Board of Supervisor’s began to discuss the potential of enacting a county ordinance to regulate the rental of private homes for vacation use. On May 8, the board asked the county counsel to prepare a report on the potential of an ordinance. The counsel’s response was the basis of Tuesday’s […]

Assemblyman Jones discusses election

Assemblyman Jones discusses election

This was Jones’ first visit to Idyllwild and he plans to return again late this summer. Jones, his wife Heather, and three children reside in Santee. He is a former Santee City Councilman and was elected to the California Assembly in 2010.

Supervisors consider layoffs and salary raises

Riverside County’s new Executive Officer, Jay Orr, pulled his proposal to raise the compensation of the county’s elected officials, e.g., Sheriff and District Attorney, from Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s agenda. He plans to re-submit it in the future. But the proposal to increase pay between seven and 15 percent for subordinate managers in these departments […]

Cawthon named HUSD’s temporary superintendent

Cawthon named HUSD’s temporary superintendent

Dr. Sally Cawthon is the acting superintendent of the Hemet Unified School District. Cawthon is replacing Dr. Steven Lowder, who left to become the Stockton Unified School District Superintendent.   Cawthon has been with HUSD since 2002. From the Banning district, she joined Hemet as the Bautista Creek principal. She served as an Area Manager, […]

State fire fee moving forward

The California Board of Forestry approved regulations that will begin the implementation of the State Regulated Area Fire Fee. The California State Senate Budget and Fiscal committee approved funding for additional staff for the Board of Equalization in order for the agency to begin collecting the fee. At its June 5 meeting, the Board approved […]

Riverside County budget balanced; revenue still falling

Riverside County budget balanced; revenue still falling

County supervisors held hearings for the 2012-13 budget on Monday. County Executive Jay Orr has proposed a balanced budget without relying on any reserves. However, the County’s financial condition continues to deteriorate. Orr avoided $40 million of reductions because of carryover from this year into the next fiscal year. Nevertheless, county departments were trimmed $39 […]

Election yields few surprises

For Riverside County and Hill voters, the results of the June 5 primary election were essentially approval of past performance. Neither upsets nor other surprises occurred after most of the ballots had been counted. On Friday, June 8, the county’s Registrar of Voters estimated about 18,500 more ballots remain to be counted. This includes damaged […]

Public speaks against SRA fees

The pending State Regulatory Area fee regulations were the subject of public hearings last month. Speakers came to San Diego on May 16 and to Shasta a week later to oppose the fee’s imposition. No representatives from Riverside County or the Idyllwild Fire District spoke at either session. Local public officials from throughout the state […]

Supervisors face layoffs and salary raises: Proposal to raise pay

Supervisors face layoffs and salary raises: Proposal to raise pay

On Tuesday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors will review proposals to raise the compensation of the county’s elected officials, e.g., sheriff and district attorney, as well as senior career management who are not represented by any labor association. Supervisors’ salaries are not part of any of these proposals. Jay Orr, the county’s new executive […]

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