County blueprint calls for spending cuts averaging 19%

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County’s 2010-11 fiscal year blueprint calls for county departments to absorb spending cuts averaging 19 percent and reserves to be drawn down by tens of millions of dollars to make up for revenue shortfalls. ”Without question, we face two more difficult budget years,” county Executive Officer Bill Luna wrote in a forward […]

Hemet City Council poised to support Arizona’s illegal immigration law

RIVERSIDE – The Hemet City Council is poised to express its support for Arizona’s illegal immigration law because it reaffirms federal laws, a city councilman said today. On Tuesday, the Hemet City Council directed the City Manager’s Office to draft a resolution voicing the city’s approval of Senate Bill 1070, signed into law by Arizona […]

County agencies faced with layoffs

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County public safety agencies are faced with laying off several hundred employees and closing facilities because of fiscal restraints that the Board of Supervisors refused to ease today by dipping into the county’s reserves. Sheriff Stan Sniff, District Attorney Rod Pacheco, Chief Probation Officer Alan Crogin and Fire Chief John Hawkins were […]

Economists report on recovery for Riverside County

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County will lurch toward an economic recovery, but getting there won’t be easy, and factors rooted in state and national policies are bound to get in the way, economists told the Board of Supervisors today. As part of its third-quarter 2009-10 fiscal year update, the board received two economic reports, both painting […]

County Executive Office reports reducing deficit will require cutting over 300 jobs, closing fire stations

RIVERSIDE – Reducing Riverside County’s budget deficit will require cutting more than 300 jobs and lowering service levels in the county, including closing two fire stations, according to the Executive Office. Ahead of Tuesday’s final budget impact hearing, county officials released the tentative budget outlook for fiscal year 2010-11, showing that 10 percent cuts in […]