Home sales drop, prices stay put

RIVERSIDE – The median price of a single-family home in Riverside County barely budged last month, while sales of existing homes dropped by double digits, the California Association of Realtors reported today. The median home price countywide in July was $385,500, compared to $385,000 in June, according to CAR. On a year-over-year level, the price […]

Countywide jobless rate rises

RIVERSIDE – With seasonal losses in multiple sectors of the regional economy, the unemployment rate in Riverside County climbed more than one percentage point last month, state officials reported. The jobless rate in June, based on preliminary estimates, was 5.7 percent, compared to 4.6 percent in May, according to the California Employment Development Department. Agency […]

County agricultural commissioner to hold public meeting on “citrus greening disease”

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner Ruben Arroyo will hold a public meeting today to spotlight the potential danger of  “citrus greening disease” and how residents can help stop it before it affects the county’s $187 million-per-year commercial citrus crops. “This disease threatens all citrus trees, whether they are grown by citrus farmers or in […]

‘Citrus greening disease’ found in Riverside tree

RIVERSIDE – The presence of the potentially devastating “citrus greening disease” was confirmed in a tree in east Riverside, prompting agricultural officials to implement a containment strategy to prevent the disease from spreading to crops throughout the area. According to the Riverside County Office of the Agricultural Commissioner, tests performed Tuesday, July 25, on a […]

County supervisors may continue contract with firm for public safety improvements

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors will consider Tuesday whether to extend a contract with a professional services firm for another two years – at an estimated cost of about $20 million – to stay on track with operational reforms intended to make multiple departments more efficient and cheaper to run. Netherlands-based KPMG was retained by […]

County unemployment rate rises by over 1%

RIVERSIDE – With seasonal losses in multiple sectors of the regional economy, the unemployment rate in Riverside County climbed more than one percentage point last month, state officials reported today. The jobless rate in June, based on preliminary estimates, was 5.7 percent, compared to 4.6 percent in May, according to the California Employment Development Department. […]

Man’s body found beneath freeway bridge east of Desert Center

DESERT CENTER – A man’s body was found today beneath a freeway bridge east of Desert Center. The discovery was reported by a passerby around 10:30 a.m., near the eastbound side of Interstate 10, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. A death investigation was underway, but authorities did not disclose whether foul play was believed to be involved.

Health investigators say filtration issue led to 13 falling ill at Palm Desert hotel pool

PALM DESERT – County health officials today were investigating how a seemingly routine filtration cleaning process at a Palm Desert hotel swimming pool apparently led 13 people to fall ill, including nine children who were transported for hospital treatment. County fire personnel were sent around 3 p.m. Monday to the Marriott Shadow Ridge Resort on a report of a […]

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 […]

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