Board OKs additional funding requests

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to increase appropriations to Riverside County agencies unable to meet all of their expenses in the current fiscal year, though the sheriff’s department was still left with a $30 million negative balance, sparking a testy exchange about how funds are prioritized. The supervisors held a nearly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

County selects Chief Assistant Executive Officer George Johnson to be new CEO

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors appointed George A. Johnson as county executive officer, effective June 8. The announcement came after the board appointed Johnson, 56, to the position in closed session following the regular board meeting. The terms of his employment contract will return to the board sometime in June. Board Chairman […]

Supervisors to wrestle with budget woes in June

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors last week scheduled hearings in June to iron out spending priorities and decide whether some agencies should be spared cuts and receive appropriations to fill holes in their budgets. “We have less and less flexibility as we draw down our reserves, so we must do more to […]

County fees for food, waste permits going up  

RIVERSIDE – The board of supervisors voted to increase fees charged by the Department of Environmental Health for permits to sell food, operate tattoo parlors, store public waste and conduct other activities that require the county’s stamp of approval. In a 4-0 vote without comment, the board approved Environmental Health Director Steve Van Stockum’s request […]

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