Witness: Alleged Shooter Pulled Gun on Kids Exiting Party

RIVERSIDE – A man accused of shooting into a crowd of teenagers and killing a 13-year-old boy during a gang-related attack in Corona had several distinct characteristics that made identifying him easy, a witness testified today. Brittany Baltazar was one of the guests at a ”Sweet 16” birthday party where Daveon Lee was gunned down […]

Official: Pension Plan Changes on Hold Pending Union Agreements

RIVERSIDE – Changes to the pension plans for new Riverside County employees will result in sizable savings once they’re fully implemented, which is proving to be a challenge because of union resistance, a county official told the Board of Supervisors today. During an update on the county’s pension reform efforts, Department of Human Resources Director […]

Case Against Military’s Now-Defunct Gay Ban Declared Moot

RIVERSIDE – The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today voided a gay activist group’s lawsuit, in which a Riverside judge ruled that the ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against open homosexual military service was unconstitutional. In a 21-page decision, a three-judge panel ruled that the Log Cabin Republicans’ 2004 suit against the federal government […]

Workers Tell Supervisors: We Can’t Afford More Wage or Benefit Cuts

RIVERSIDE – Nurses, engineers and other unionized workers urged the Board of Supervisors today to leave their pay and benefits alone in balancing Riverside County’s budget, while a supervisor contended that ”shared sacrifice” among employees was the only way to maintain the county’s financial health. ”Our budget projections are dire,” said board Chairman Bob Buster. […]

Supervisors back plan for fifth foreign trade zone

RIVERSIDE â“ The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted on Sept. 13 to support plans for a tax-advantaged foreign trade zone â“ most of it on Native American land â“ in the southeast Coachella Valley. The Four Winds Tribal Coalition won the boardâ’s endorsement in a 4-0 vote â“ Supervisor Jeff Stone was absent â“ […]

Groups Sue Feds over Accommodations for Tiny Gnatcatcher Bird

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside-based property rights group and other parties filed a lawsuit today seeking to compel the Obama administration to reassess whether a bird species should remain federally protected — with tens of thousands of acres reserved as ”critical habitat” — even though its nesting grounds extend well into Mexico. The Property Owners Association […]

Board of Supervisors to Consider Tax on Solar Energy Plants

RIVERSIDE – Solar energy providers planning to build plants in Riverside County may have to pay more than they bargained for if the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approves the imposition of a development fee that critics derisively call a ”sun tax.” The board will consider requiring solar power developers to pay the county 2 […]

Bill introduced to change presidential election rules

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker recently joined a colleague from the other side of the aisle in introducing legislation that would change how California’s electoral votes are distributed during a presidential election. Assemblymen Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, and Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, are sponsoring AB 459, which calls for awarding all of the state’s […]

Federal appellate court panel temporarily suspends “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” injunction

RIVERSIDE – A federal appellate court panel today temporarily suspended an injunction — issued by a Riverside judge — barring the U.S. military from continuing its ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy” against open homosexual service. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a Justice Department request to allow the policy to […]

Riverside federal judge bars “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy

RIVERSIDE – A federal judge in Riverside today barred the U.S. military from continuing to enforce the ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevents open gay service. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips cited violations of gay service members’ first and fifth amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution in granting the permanent injunction. The Log Cabin […]

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