Board authorizes expanded contract for reform program

RIVERSIDE – Despite one member’s criticism over spending limited funds, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved extending a contract with a professional services firm to stay on track with reforms intended to make multiple county agencies more efficient and cheaper to run. In a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Kevin Jeffries dissenting, the board signed […]

Countywide jobless rate rises

RIVERSIDE – With seasonal losses in multiple sectors of the regional economy, the unemployment rate in Riverside County climbed more than one percentage point last month, state officials reported. The jobless rate in June, based on preliminary estimates, was 5.7 percent, compared to 4.6 percent in May, according to the California Employment Development Department. Agency […]

Re-entry services bill for inmates signed by governor

COACHELLA – A Coachella Valley lawmaker’s bill to establish a mentorship and job training program for jail inmates in seven California counties is now law. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 683 into law Monday, June 10. The bill by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, authorizes the implementation of inmate re-entry pilot programs in Riverside, Alameda, […]

Supervisors ratify hospital rate hikes

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, July 11, approved a range of fee increases for diagnostic procedures, health records searches and other services provided by the Riverside University Health System. In a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Marion Ashley away from the dais, the board of supervisors authorized what will be the first such fee adjustments […]

Board authorizes abatement-related fire department assessments

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors signed off Tuesday, July 11, on a Riverside County Fire Department request to add unpaid fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of individuals with properties throughout the county. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board approved tacking the costs onto the property tax bills of […]

Applicants sought for Riverside County Archives Commission

FRENCH VALLEY – Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington is seeking residents interested in serving on the County Archives Commission. County Archives Commission members will advise and make recommendations to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors concerning the development of the County Archives and the preservation of County historical records, documents and objects. There […]

Board approves rubbish collection fees increase for contractors

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors Tuesday, July 11, approved a Riverside County Department of Environmental Health request to increase fees for trash collection in unincorporated communities and to apply unpaid waste collection fees to delinquent ratepayers’ property tax bills. Before its 5-0 vote, the board held a brief hearing, during which Department […]

Board to OK funds for Zika detection equipment

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors Tuesday, July 11, authorized the Emergency Management Department to accept a $35,956 grant intended to cover the cost of laboratory equipment that permits early identification of the Zika virus. The California Department of Public Health is providing the funds, which originated under a federal program, as part […]

Board ratifies new Cal Fire contract

RIVERSIDE – The board of supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $595.38-million contract with Cal Fire for firefighting and other services throughout the unincorporated areas of Riverside County and 21 cities over the next three years. The board’s 5-0 vote came just two weeks before the county’s existing five-year contract with the state ended. Under the […]

Caltrans has begun emergency work to repair sinkhole on State Route 243

RIVERSIDE – The California Department of Transportation began work Monday, June 11, to repair a sinkhole and other damaged areas of State Route 243 near Idyllwild and Poppet Flats. Water runoff from heavy snow fall and rain this past winter continued to damage a culvert and erode slopes on this section of SR 243. A $1.5 million […]