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County corner: Oct. 20, 2011

The Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to make local campaign finances more transparent and consistent with state law. John Benoit, 4th District supervisor and also a former state assemblyman and state senator, proposed a resolution that would require candidates or their campaign committees to file the currently required reports online, rather than as a paper document.

County has $21 million and 5,000 inmates coming

Riverside County’s Corrections Partnership committee met last week and allocated the $21.8 million from the state to implement the new statewide policy realigning felon imprisonment. The County Sheriff’s Department, which will have to accommodate an additional 5,700 inmates, was granted $10.1 million. The Probation Department, whose workload will also significantly increase, was granted $5.7 million, […]

Anza continues pursuit of water study

Anza continues pursuit of water study

For many years, residents of the Anza valley have struggled with the question of water adequacy and ownership. Residents of the largely undeveloped valley acknowledge that further development and population growth are predicated on knowing how much water is available. The 2005 Anza Valley Vision and Goals Statement developed by the community in a yearlong […]

Medicare enrollment period changes

Individual plan changes depend upon drug regimens Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, during which individuals can either enroll in Medicare or make changes to their current Medicare coverage, began earlier this year — on Oct. 15 — and will end earlier, on Dec. 7, rather than on Dec. 31 as in previous years it ended. […]

Hemet-Ryan displays firefighting aircraft

Hemet-Ryan displays firefighting aircraft

On Friday, Oct. 14, CAL FIRE invited the media to the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack base. Many of the air attack vehicles were available for photographs and touring. At left is a Bell Helicopter with a 360-gallon capacity and its bucket (on right), which can scoop another 324 gallons.

Low-income representatives sought

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County is seeking candidates to serve on the Community Action Commission. The commissioners will be elected at Community Forums to be held in Supervisorial Districts 2, 3 and 5. The forums will take place in low-income neighborhoods between Oct. 25 and Nov. 10, 2011. The candidates should be members of […]

California earthquake warning system years away

A 1995 earthquake near Kobe, Japan pushed government and industry to develop an earthquake early warning system (EWS) that helped save lives in the massive March 11, 2011 quake. California is only now beginning development of a similar but smaller scale system, which won’t be ready for four or five years. The 1995 Kobe earthquake […]

CPUC orders Smart Meter delay

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Peevey directed Southern California Edison (SCE), along with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and San Diego Gas and Electric, to establish programs to allow customers to delay installation of controversial Smart Meters, which the utility companies are using to replace analog meters statewide. SCE […]

HUSD Superintendent Lowder and Trustee Sanborn talk education

Last week, both Lowder and Sanborn talked about the trend toward increasing class sizes as a result of less money to hire teachers. “I don’t expect class size to go back [to 20 students per teacher] anytime soon,” Sanborn lamented.

Hemet High evacuated for ruptured pipeline

A rupture in a natural gas pipeline caused the temporary evacuation of Hemet High School. Construction crews near the high school hit a gas pipeline about 9:20 a.m. Thursday morning, Oct. 6. “I made the decision to evacuate to the football stadium [on the opposite side of Stetson Avenue from the class rooms],” said Principal […]

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