County agencies contend with red ink in first months of fiscal year

Riverside County’s chief financial officer told the board of supervisors that “fiscal discipline” is a must to avoid deeper deficit spending and eating up reserves, even though multiple agencies are already struggling with budgetary challenges in the first half of the current fiscal year. “We are on an unsustainable trajectory,” CFO Don Kent said during […]

County to submit electricity buying plan to state

A divided Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to take the next step toward establishing a “Community Choice Aggregation” program that would enable Riverside County to buy electricity on the open market, with the goal of delivering power to residents in unincorporated communities at lower rates. In a 3-2 vote – with Supervisors Kevin Jeffries […]

Board prepares to move ahead with energy purchasing plan

RIVERSIDE – A divided Riverside County Board of Supervisors tentatively scheduled a Nov. 7 public hearing to weigh the pros and cons of creating a “Community Choice Aggregation” system under which Riverside County would purchase electricity on the open market, competing with utilities to deliver power to residents in unincorporated communities at, ideally, lower prices. […]

Supervisors declare deadlock in talks with deputies, impose contract

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to impose a one-year contract on the union representing Riverside County sheriff’s deputies after nearly 16 months of negotiations failed to produce a collective bargaining agreement that both sides could accept. “Time is wasting, and we’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get […]

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 hole, sparking a testy exchange about how funds are prioritized. The supervisors held a nearly three-hour […]

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 […]

Bill to extend state’s cap-and-trade system passes committee

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker’s proposal to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system – aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions – by another decade was approved late last week by a state Senate committee. The passage of Assembly Bill 398 by the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality on a 5-2 party-line vote prompted warnings from […]

Board approves sheriff’s rate hike request

RIVERSIDE – Despite some pushback from officials in one city, the Board of Supervisors today approved Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff’s request to hike the rates charged to 17 municipalities and other contract entities for the use of patrol deputies. The rate increase will be retroactive to July 1, 2016, and is needed to recoup […]

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