Proposal puts more than 40 county fire positions on chopping block

RIVERSIDE – The Board of Supervisors expressed general opposition to a proposal by Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins to shutter a fire station to cut costs, but was undecided on other money-saving measures, including de-activation of a hazardous materials unit and reduction of crew strengths. “Public safety is still the number one priority of this […]

RCCD decision to add college cops to county radio system raises questions

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside Community College District police force today was granted access to Riverside County’s public safety communication system at minimal cost under a contract that received extra scrutiny before being approved by the board of supervisors. In a 3-0 vote, with Supervisors John Tavaglione and Chuck Washington absent, the board authorized the Department […]

Economic Outlook, ‘The Future of Southern California is Murrieta’

Economic Outlook, ‘The Future of Southern California is Murrieta’

“The future of Southern California is Murrieta,” said Bruce Coleman, Economic Development Director for the city of Murrieta at the recent 2016 Murrieta Economic Outlook. Coleman was just one of a panel of eight local leaders sharing their views on real estate, education, health care, public safety and economic development. Local business and civic leaders, […]

Vote ‘Yes’ on Measure S

Some of you have lived in Temecula for a long time and remember Measure C in 1997. Our city was in danger of losing funding to maintain its parks. It was a critical measure because passage meant a great park system and failure meant Temecula would become a mediocre city, at best. Everyone was nervous. […]

Resident encourages ‘Yes’ vote on Measure S

Dear Editor, Is one penny per dollar worth having the appropriate levels of police protection? Is one penny worth being able to add police officers as our population grows to address homelessness, early parolee release and increasing crime? Is one penny worth maintaining a paramedic on every fire engine in Temecula? Is one penny worth investing further in road, park and […]

Statewide quake drill set for Thursday

Statewide quake drill set for Thursday

RIVERSIDE – Workers at Riverside County government offices, businesses and schools will stop everything for a minute next week to  “drop, cover and hold on” as part of a statewide earthquake preparedness drill. The Great California ShakeOut of 2016 is scheduled for Thursday at 10:20 a.m. According to organizers, the exercise will provide an opportunity for workers in the […]

Hemet voters urged to support Measure U to enhance needed public safety in the city

Hemet voters urged to support Measure U to enhance needed public safety in the city

Proponents for Measure U, a local one cent sales tax revenue measure that will provide up to $10 million per year to improve much needed public safety and vital city services, are working together to pass the measure, said Howard Rosenthal a community activist and Realtor. The urging came Wednesday morning Sept. 21, at the […]

Hemet San Jacinto Chamber endorses Measure U to address public safety

HEMET – The Board of Directors for the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce (HSJVC) unanimously voted on Wednesday, Aug. 24, to endorse the local public safety initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Measure U, as it has been identified, proposes a one-cent sales tax on certain purchases made within the City of Hemet. […]

Hemet City Council reviews action plan to reduce city ‘at risk’ findings

“The audit cries out for Measure U,” said Hemet Mayor Pro Tem Paul Raver following the detailed response to a state auditor’s report saying the city is “at risk” in public safety, given by City Manager Alex Meyerhoff at the Aug. 23 city council meeting. The council realizing the city continues to face serious financial […]