Funding shortfalls plaguing realignment program

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County agencies are carrying heavier burdens stemming from state public safety realignment enacted six years ago, partly because funds provided by the state to cover increased costs borne by the county are shrinking annually, Chief Probation Officer Mark Hake said to the board of supervisors, Nov. 1. “I have cautiously warned over […]

NAACP, Murrieta town hall addresses economic development, immigration

NAACP, Murrieta town hall addresses economic development, immigration

Various dignitaries from the Murrieta City Council, police department and members of NAACP Branch No. 1034 led a community discussion at the Murrieta Public Library, Sept. 28. Vice president of the branch and former Murrieta city councilman, Harry Ramos, coordinated the discussion and brought together 100 community members who attended the open forum. Topics of […]

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. […]

Temecula’s Measure S about maintaining quality of life

Dear Editor, I feel strongly that I must share accurate and factual information regarding the City of Temecula, which has operated like a business since 1989. I know something about the financing, construction and decision to locate our Civic Center in what was to become the civic heart of our great City (Old Town Temecula).  […]

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 […]