Kim Summers takes the reins in Murrieta

Kim Summers takes the reins in Murrieta

Three weeks in, Kim Summers is settling into her new job as Murrieta city manager. She replaced longtime city leader Rick Dudley, who retired at the end of June. She’s got a lot of experience. But some things still take getting used to. “When something comes across my desk, I’m the final say,” Summers says. […]

Re-entry services bill for inmates signed by governor

COACHELLA – A Coachella Valley lawmaker’s bill to establish a mentorship and job training program for jail inmates in seven California counties is now law. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 683 into law Monday, June 10. The bill by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, authorizes the implementation of inmate re-entry pilot programs in Riverside, Alameda, […]

Luring people back to fishing is time well spent

As you know, I am an outdoors enthusiast, and that enthusiasm includes fishing. Anything we can do to get people out of doors, especially our kids, will lure people away from electronic distractions and expose more people to the outdoors. This session I am a very proud co-author of Senate Bill 187, introduced by Sen. […]

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 […]

Salary figures released for top paid officials

RIVERSIDE – The top 10 highest paid officials in Riverside County government last year were mainly in healthcare, though several county executives also made the list, according to data published Tuesday, June 27, by the California State Controller’s Office. State Controller Betty Yee released the 2016 “Government Compensation in California” report to show how taxpayer […]

Governor signs state budget; Republicans criticize spending decisions

RIVERSIDE – Gov. Jerry Brown signed a record $125 billion state budget Tuesday for fiscal year 2017-18 that Republican lawmakers from the Inland Empire generally criticized as pork-barrel spending with minimal accountability and Democrats praised as a sound financial blueprint that funds critical needs. “California is taking decisive action by enacting a balanced budget,” Brown […]

Neighborhood Healthcare

Last week at the Legislature’s “Non Profit Day” I was happy to recognize Neighborhood Healthcare of Escondido as my nonprofit of the year. Joining me at the Sacramento Convention Center ceremony were Tracy Ream, Neighborhood Healthcare’s Chief Executive Officer, Elmer Cameron, board member, and Terri Vise Director of Strategy and Compliance. Committed to providing quality health […]

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 […]

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