By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: September 21, 2018 at 1:58 pm | UPDATED: September 21, 2018 at 1:59 pm Cities that use the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for their police are happy with the service, but not the price tag. But county officials say if anything, it’s the county that’s been getting a raw deal. County government, they say, isn’t getting enough to cover the cost of sheriff’s services to cities. With that in mind, the Board of Supervisors could change how the rate paid by contract cities is calculated. That could boost costs for cities already upset with the current rates and spur cities to form their own police departments or a multi-city police force – something that’s already being explored. “Cities are being priced out of the sheriff’s market,” said San Jacinto city manager Rob Johnson. “I would say we’re not excited about the concept of being … [Read more...] about Could Riverside County cities leave the Sheriff’s Department over a rate dispute?
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: September 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm | UPDATED: September 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm Riverside County is conducting “an extensive review” of its child and adult protective services divisions following the departure of the county’s social services director and lawsuits alleging botched casework that harmed at-risk children. The review, announced Thursday, Sept. 20, is already underway and “also will provide vital information and recommendations to help strengthen county protective services,” according to a county news release. The county is in talks with a law firm experienced in representing social-services programs to help conduct the review, the release added. “Nothing we do is more important (than child and adult protective services),” County Executive Officer George Johnson said in the statement. “The county has worked hard to reduce attrition and add social workers over … [Read more...] about ‘Extensive review’ of Riverside County social services amid search for new director
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: September 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm | UPDATED: September 19, 2018 at 5:33 pm It soon will be easier to get in and out of the carpool lanes on the 91 Freeway in Riverside County. Beginning in 2019, carpool lanes on the arterial freeway – with the exception of toll lanes – will gradually go from “limited access” to continuous access, the office of Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, announced Wednesday, Sept. 19. That means you’ll be able to enter and exit the 91’s HOV lanes at any point, not just where the yellow lines break. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Cervantes’ bill to study the pros and cons of letting all vehicles, no matter how many passengers, to use carpool lanes on freeways in Riverside County during non-peak hours. Both developments are political wins for Cervantes, whose district includes the commuter-heavy cities of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and … [Read more...] about In 2019, the 91 Freeway’s carpool lanes in Riverside County will be more accessible
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: September 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm | UPDATED: September 18, 2018 at 6:18 pm An audit from Riverside County’s Auditor-Controller, Paul Angulo, matches two registered sex offenders’ names to two employees working for Riverside County’s health care network. But other county officials say the audit names the wrong people, noting there are discrepancies in middle names and that the photographs don’t match. And a sentence within the audit says the employees could not be “positively confirmed” as registered sex offenders. Still, Angulo stands by his audit, noting that even the discrepancy highlights a flaw in the county’s vetting process. An elected official in his third term who ran unopposed in June, Angulo drew a rebuke Tuesday, Sept. 18, from Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley. “His false claims erode the trust in our public institutions,” Ashley said. Angulo … [Read more...] about Sex offenders working for Riverside County? Officials offer conflicting answers
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: September 13, 2018 at 3:27 pm | UPDATED: September 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm Since 2009, Riverside County employees who see waste, fraud or other on-the-job malfeasance have been able to call a hotline or file an online report anonymously. What’s also undisclosed is what waste, fraud, and abuse is uncovered through those reports to “Fraud Hotline 24/7!” The county isn’t sharing that information with the public. On Sept. 5, the county denied a California Public Records Act request from the Press-Enterprise to look at past hot-line information, saying disclosing such records would discourage employees from reporting bad behavior. The specific request was to see reports, correspondence and other paperwork related to completed investigations connected to hotline tips. The county’s refusal to release details about concluded hot-line investigations – information about publicly paid officials … [Read more...] about Riverside County keeps details about public fraud away from public