Supervisors set meeting schedule for 2018

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors approved their 2018 schedule, designating days on which no meetings will be held. Incoming Chairman Chuck Washington, who will take over from current Chair John Tavaglione Jan. 1, proposed no board meetings on 19 Tuesdays — the day of the week when the board is in regular open session. Unlike […]

Board formally adopts Riverside county budget

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors formally adopted the $5.5 billion budget, Sept. 26, which it tentatively approved in July, locking in additional funding support for county public safety agencies that began the fiscal year projecting multimillion-dollar shortfalls. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board finalized appropriations levels for 2017-2018, while still […]

Riverside County’s anti-cannabis regulations remain in force

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Sept. 12, to reinforce the county’s current prohibitions against any type of commercial marijuana activity in unincorporated communities while work continues on a regulatory framework that will set the stage for legalization of commercial sales and distribution. In a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Marion Ashley […]

County to consider facilities districts in unincorporated areas to combat budget shortfalls

RIVERSIDE – As a possible solution for covering the extra costs of services in unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the board of supervisors approved a plan to analyze the creation of specially designated districts Tuesday, Aug. 29. “This is simply asking staff to dive in a little further to see what options there are going forward,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, […]

Supervisors take step toward permitting commercial marijuana

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors directed the Office of County Counsel and other agencies to draft an ordinance that will create a permitting process for the sale and commercial cultivation of marijuana in Riverside County’s unincorporated communities. “We have lost the war on cannabis in Riverside County,” Supervisor Kevin Jeffries said. “You knock one […]

Union puts supervisors on strike notice

Members of a union representing custodians, nurses, social workers and other occupations in Riverside County government temporarily brought the Board of Supervisors’ meeting to a halt Tuesday, Aug. 29, chanting and formally serving the county notice of an imminent strike.

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 […]

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