Candidates Running for County Offices to be Required to File Campaign Statements Online

RIVERSIDE – Citing the need for greater transparency in elections, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors today tentatively approved an ordinance requiring all candidates for a county office to file campaign finance disclosures electronically whenever contributions exceed $5,000. Supervisor John Benoit proposed the measure, which was approved in a 5-0 vote and is slated to […]

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 […]