San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk seeks California Assembly seat

San Jacinto City Councilman and former Mayor Andrew Kotyuk announced his intention to run for the 42nd Assembly District seat against embattled Yucca Valley legislator, Chad Mayes, a few days before the Assemblyman was ousted from his California Republican Party leadership role. In a news release announcing his candidacy, Kotyuk wrote, “My priority will be […]

Renovations are coming to the Capitol

As a member of the Joint Rules Committee, we have been tasked with directing an upgrade or replacement for the rapidly deteriorating State Capitol building annex. The building was designed in the late 1940s and was completed in 1952 at a cost of $7.5 million. Originally intended to house a part-time legislature, the annex is […]

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 […]