RCCD decision to add college cops to county radio system raises questions

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Community College District police force today was granted access to Riverside County’s public safety communication system at minimal cost under a contract that received extra scrutiny before being approved by the board of supervisors. In a 3-0 vote, with Supervisors John Tavaglione and Chuck Washington absent, the board authorized the Department […]

Lawmaker says Hillary Clinton indictment ‘long’ overdue

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker weighed in Friday, Jan. 29 on the email-gate scandal swirling around Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she believed it was “long past the time for indictment” of the former secretary of state. “Everything about my job in the U.S. Navy was classified,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake […]

Local lawmakers react to governor’s State of State address

RIVERSIDE – Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address Jan. 21 lacked a “real world” view of California’s future, a Riverside County lawmaker said, while another criticized the governor’s tax policy, and a third felt his priorities fell short on higher education. “The Legislature was listening to how rosy the state’s economic outlook was,” […]

Lawmaker: Hillary Clinton indictment ‘long’ overdue

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside County lawmaker weighed in today on the email-gate scandal swirling around Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she believed it was “long past the time for indictment” of the former secretary of state. “Everything about my job in the U.S. Navy was classified,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore. “I’d be facing a court martial […]

Governor’s budget proposal gets modest reviews

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County lawmakers offered a tepid response to the $122.6 billion budget blueprint released by Gov. Jerry Brown, lauding his desire to restrain spending but questioning some of his other goals. “I am pleased the governor continues to demonstrate moderate fiscal restraint in his 2016-17 spending plan,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), […]

Supervisors unanimously adopt positions on federal, state issues

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors unanimously approved a legislative platform for 2016, stating the county’s position on frivolous lawsuits, environmental regulations, the Salton Sea, drones, veterans services and other issues. Both federal and state priorities were on the agenda during the Board of Supervisors’ first meeting of the year. County staff from multiple agencies drew […]

Drought, crime, politics central themes in 2016

RIVERSIDE – Heading into 2016, Riverside County was bracing for the mixed blessings that El Nino may bring, looking for continued — albeit slower — economic expansion and hoping for a drop in crime. In November, the Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency to preemptively put resources in place to contend with the severe weather widely […]