Temecula sets change in city council election method

The threat of costly litigation has prompted Temecula City Council members to shift from at-large elections to geographic districts. By taking that action, Temecula joins an array of public agencies throughout the region and the state to change the way their leaders are elected. The change – slated to take effect in November 2018 – […]

Hemet Measure U tax oversight committee in place

Seven Hemet residents determined to keep the Measure U general sales tax money going only to the police, fire and public safety services were appointed to a Measure U Oversight Committee by the Hemet City Council Feb. 14. The seven Oversight Committee members were selected out of almost three dozen applicants after extensive ad hoc […]

Special election approved for Lake Elsinore’s Alberhill Villages Initiative

In a specially called meeting Lake Elsinore City Council has approved a special election to be held May 2, regarding the Alberhill Villages Initiative. With no discussion, council approved the motion to put the sometimes controversial initiative before voters for a decision. The resolution calls for the city attorney to prepare an impartial analysis and […]

Proposed Measure U public safety expenditures Jan. 1 to June 30, 2017, approved by Hemet City Council

The Hemet City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the deputy city manager of administrative services director to adjust the 2016-17 revenue budget by adding $2,239,243 in revenues expected to come in from the new Measure U sales tax to be used by the police and fire departments. The resolution approval followed the presentation of “Measure […]

Washington names Comerchero new chief of staff

Washington names Comerchero new chief of staff

Diane Sieker [email protected] Temecula City Councilman Jeff Comerchero has accepted an appointment by Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington to the position of Chief of Staff. Comerchero replaces Verne Lauritzen, who retired from the position after serving both Washington and previous supervisor, now Senator Jeff Stone. Washington was named as Supervisor in March 2015 by Governor Jerry […]

In light of Measure U funding, Hemet City Council to hear police and fire department expansion plans for 2017

In light of Measure U funding, Hemet City Council to hear police and fire department expansion plans for 2017

Hemet’s police and fire chiefs have begun the process of recruiting new firefighters and police officers even though the recently passed Measure U one-cent sales tax collections won’t begin until April 1. The sales tax revenues are to be used only for city public safety departments, specifically for the fire and police departments. Police Chief […]