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 […]

Mother of murder victim recalls last conversation with her daughter

Mother of murder victim recalls last conversation with her daughter

RIVERSIDE – The mother of a woman sexually assaulted and killed by members of her husband’s Marine unit testified today that she last spoke with her daughter the night of her death, and everything appeared to be fine before they ended the conversation. ”I could hear her cleaning up the kitchen. I heard her set […]

Lawmaker to Governor: Tell Feds to stop migrant transfers

MURRIETA – A California lawmaker today urged the governor to insist that the Department of Homeland Security forgo future plans to transfer bus loads of migrants to a Murrieta Border Patrol facility, in the interest of public safety and the preservation of ”state sovereignty.” ”Local government, including the County of Riverside, Murrieta and its surrounding […]

Riverside’s red light traffic camera system to be shut down

RIVERSIDE – Riverside will become the second Riverside County city to end its red light traffic camera enforcement program following a 5-2 City Council vote tonight. ”This program isn’t in place for safety; it’s there to fatten pocketbooks,” Riverside resident Karen Wright told the council before the vote. ”There are plenty of steps this city […]

Reform advocate: ‘We are really proud of the folks in Murrieta’

MURRIETA – As federal officials prepare again to send busloads of undocumented immigrants to a Border Patrol station in Murrieta, the head of an immigration reform group today praised area residents who turned back buses in protest earlier this week, saying the action had a ”ripple effect” throughout the country. ”A lot of citizens are […]