By Richard K. De Atley | PUBLISHED: September 8, 2018 at 10:55 pm | UPDATED: September 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm More than two dozen guests at a theme-venue wedding celebration became ill, five of them seriously, and the incident became the focus of a criminal investigation Sunday, Riverside County authorities said. Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department crews were sent to the venue just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 31100 Block of San Timoteo Canyon Road, in an unincorporated area north of Moreno Valley. There is one wedding venue in the area of the address given by Cal Fire/Riverside County, Country Feels Ranch, which has a Redlands mailing address. The agency reported five guests had what were considered major injuries, nine with moderate injuries and 12 with minor injuries. All of those conditions were at the time of the incident. Once the patients are transported, law enforcement and fire officials cannot provide updates on their health status because of privacy laws. Some … [Read more...] about Criminal investigation starts into large-scale illness at Riverside County wedding celebration
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By Nikie Johnson | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: August 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm | UPDATED: August 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm Here are the restaurants and other food facilities closed by health inspectors in Riverside County between Aug. 3 and 9, 2018, according to the county’s Department of Environmental Health. If no reopening date is mentioned, the department had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication. Pupuseria Guacamoles, 4773 Tyler St. Suite 2A, Riverside Closure date: Aug. 9 Grade: 94/A, passing, issued Aug. 7 Reason for closure: No air conditioning. Inside temperature was over 100 degrees during Aug. 7 inspection. Facility told to provide working air conditioner or face closure. Super Taco, 68171 Ramon Road Suite B, Cathedral City Closure date: Aug. 9 Grade: 75/C, failing Reason for closure: Lack of refrigeration and air conditioning. Other critical issues contributing to low score were lack of sanitizer and handwashing … [Read more...] about Roaches and broken air conditioners: Riverside County restaurant closures, Aug. 3-9
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: August 9, 2018 at 3:09 pm | UPDATED: August 9, 2018 at 3:09 pm The two candidates for the Fifth District supervisor seat in Riverside County are taking very different paths when it comes to financing. For former Republican assemblyman Russ Bogh, who finished first out of five candidates in the June 5 primary, the top donors include unions representing thousands of county employees. He also got $150,000 from his family in the form of loans to his campaign. Bogh’s opponent, Calimesa Mayor Jeff Hewitt, has fewer donors but their checkbooks are just as large. His biggest benefactor is a tomato magnate and champion of Libertarian candidates, Chris Rufer; Hewitt sits on the Libertarian Party’s National Committee. Bogh and Hewitt, who finished second in the primary, are in the Nov. 6 runoff because neither got a majority of the vote in June. Combined, Bogh and Hewitt took in more than $647,000 … [Read more...] about How unions and a tomato tycoon factor into a Riverside County supervisor race
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: June 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm | UPDATED: June 29, 2018 at 4:21 pm About one in three Riverside County government employees could face a tougher wage climate in coming years if the Board of Supervisors takes its expected next step in an ongoing dispute with a key labor union. But that step – the imposition of the county’s final contract offer – isn’t yet clearly an option. On June 26, with Supervisor Marion Ashley out sick, the board put off a proposal to impose terms of its final contract offer to Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 777, or LIUNA, which represents more than 7,000 workers. Supervisors could take up the matter as soon as July 17. But on Friday, a judge granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the county from imposing terms on employees represented by Service Employees International Union Local 721. The injunction comes about a month after the state … [Read more...] about Will Riverside County limit raises for 7,000-plus union members?
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: June 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm | UPDATED: June 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm A year ago, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff warned that the county’s proposed budget left him $50 million short of what was needed to adequately protect the public. It was a different story this week. Sniff says the budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 is “the best” he’s seen in recent years. And while there’s an $8 million gap between what Sniff requested and what he’s getting, it’s not insurmountable, he said. Sniff, who is running for re-election in November, might get even more money from the county Board of Supervisors — money that might be used to increase the number of deputies on patrol in unincorporated communities. In those areas, Sniff said, there’s often just two deputies for hundreds of square miles. Just don’t expect new hires right away. The process of recruiting, … [Read more...] about Unlike last year, Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff is happy with the county budget