The people’s right to recall

The two-thirds super-majority held by Democrats in Sacramento has allowed them to pass the largest gasoline tax increase in state history. This huge tax and fee increase has proven to be extremely unpopular. Recent polls suggest that 58 percent of registered voters disapprove. In fact, 72 percent of the Inland Empire, which is part of […]

Cities make plans for returning VLF Funds

The cities of Menifee and Wildomar will soon see the return of vehicle licensing fee funding that was taken away in 2011. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill sponsored by Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) restoring the VLF funds May 12, in a ceremony in Jurupa Valley. The funding is earmarked for newly-incorporated cities, all of […]

Democrats kill legislation to preserve billions in federal funding

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced that Democrats in the Assembly Judiciary Committee killed her bill, Assembly Bill 536, designed to protect billions of dollars California counties currently receives in federal funding. “Sacramento Democrats began waging a political war against the president months before he even took office, and now they are jeopardizing […]

Nominations open for 2017 Women of Distinction awards

RIVERSIDE – Each year, Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, hosts the annual Women of Distinction Awards ceremony and dinner to recognize extraordinary women from around the 23rd Senate district who have positively impacted their community. The nomination window for this year’s event is now open through Aug. 1. Acknowledging remarkable women for their contributions to California has […]

The clock is ticking

This year over 2,800 bills, an excessive number in my view, were introduced in Sacramento. Many have a fiscal impact, which means they must be referred to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop for fiscal bills before they are presented to the full Assembly or Senate for a final floor vote. With so many bills […]

Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget gets mixed reviews from lawmakers

RIVERSIDE – Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, released last week seeks to increase spending on various programs over what was proposed earlier this year, but several Inland Empire lawmakers said the appropriations will only feed bureaucratic pursuits, while others were more optimistic. The governor’ s May Revise boosts appropriations by […]

Transparency in government is not optional

Recently, the California state auditor revealed that the office of the president of the University of California did not disclose to the University of California board of regents, to the Legislature or to the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-2016. The report reveals that the office of […]

Melendez introduces ‘Campus Free Speech Act’

SACRAMENTO –Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, announced Monday, May 1, she introduced legislation to ensure the First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech is protected and preserved throughout all of California’s college campuses. “The First Amendment is a cornerstone to this country’s founding document.  Our Constitution is clear, all persons, despite race, religion, or […]

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