Supervisor seeks to uncover county’s liabilities

RIVERSIDE- Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries next week will be asking his colleagues to support lifting the veil on the county’s liability fund so that taxpaying residents have a better understanding of what’s being paid out to settle lawsuits and which agencies are the sources of civil actions. ”It’s a transparency issue because these kinds […]

New groundwater management law gets mixed reactions from farmers and water agencies in Riverside County

RIVERSIDE – Farmers and water agencies in Riverside County offered conflicting views today on newly enacted legislation mandating stricter guidelines for the use of groundwater throughout the state. ”Effective groundwater management is the best way to responsibly use what can be a region’s most reliable source of water,” Coachella Valley Water District General Manager Jim […]

Supervisors Give Selves, Other Elected Officials Pay Raises

RIVERSIDE – In a split vote, Riverside County supervisors today approved pay raises for themselves and five other elected officials, making the sheriff and district attorney better paid than their counterparts in several neighboring counties. Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Jeff Stone opposed the increases, while Supervisors Marion Ashley, John Benoit and John Tavaglione supported them. […]

County Responds to Report Recommending Public Safety Improvements

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County sheriff’s and probation departments agree with most — but not all — of a grand jury’s recommendations on how to improve operations impacted by public safety measures imposed by the state nearly three years ago, according to a report to be reviewed next week by the Board of Supervisors. Sheriff’s […]

Ignoring critics, supervisors hike salaries of five elected officials

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors today tentatively approved hiking the salaries of five elected officials by an average 16 percent, despite criticism that the salary boosts were ”insulting” and ”abominable” given the stagnation or loss of wages that many workers experienced during the recent economic downturn. In a 3-1 vote, with Chairman Jeff Stone absent […]

Sykes found guilty in slayings of French Valley Marine sergeant and wife

Sykes found guilty in slayings of French Valley Marine sergeant and wife

RIVERSIDE – A man who joined three cohorts in killing a Marine sergeant and his wife at their French Valley home was convicted Tuesday of two counts of first-degree murder. A Riverside jury deliberated less than six hours before finding 27-year- old Kesaun Kedron Sykes guilty of the 2008 slayings of 26-year-old Quiana Faye Jenkins-Pietrzak […]

Prosecutor: Defendant has no ‘humanity left in him’

RIVERSIDE – A man accused of joining three cohorts in murdering a Marine sergeant and his wife at their French Valley home demonstrated a ”complete lack of conscious” in setting up and carrying out the crime, a prosecutor said today, while the defendant’s attorney argued that his client did not play a direct part in […]

Supervisors move forward with plan to criminalize marijuana cultivation

Supervisors move forward with plan to criminalize marijuana cultivation

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors unanimously agreed today to draft regulations aimed at deterring large-scale marijuana growing operations in the unincorporated communities. ”We have an explosion of grow yards in the First District, and they’re not small insofar as the numbers of plants go,” said Supervisor Kevin Jeffries. ”My goal is to go after the […]

County aims for higher standards in awarding discretionary funds

RIVERSIDE – In response to a grand jury report that cited lax standards in the awarding of funds from each supervisor’s discretionary budget, the board today directed Riverside County Executive Office staff to strengthen accountability measures tied to the process. ”The program was inappropriately criticized,” said Supervisor John Benoit. ”But there are things that can […]

Report recommends ‘standardized’ process for use of discretionary funds

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors next week will consider recommendations in a staff report that calls for strengthening accountability measures connected with allocations from each supervisor’s discretionary budget. The Executive Office posted a 31-page analysis in response to grand jury findings published in early May on the Board of Supervisors’ use of community improvement designation […]