By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: January 8, 2019 at 10:16 am | UPDATED: January 8, 2019 at 10:17 am Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco greets Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin after he took the oath of office for his second term in Dept. 1, of the Riverside Historic Courthouse in Riverside on Monday, January 7, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin tries to calm his son Luca Hestrin, 3, as he cries during wife Benilda Hestrin’s opening remarks before taking the oath of office for his second term in Dept. 1, of the Riverside Historic Courthouse in Riverside on Monday, January 7, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRiverside County DA Mike Hestrin speaks after taking the oath of office for his second term in Dept. 1, of the Riverside Historic Courthouse in Riverside on Monday, January 7, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The … [Read more...] about Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin takes oath for second term
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By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: October 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm | UPDATED: October 9, 2018 at 5:06 pm Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin and some of senior staff are getting pay raises. The increases, which range from about 7 percent to nearly 20 percent, will put leaders in the district attorney’s office on par with their peers in the Sheriff’s Department and correct what Hestrin’s office says is an imbalance between managers and those they supervise. Hestrin’s raise brings his salary to $273,463, the same as Sheriff Stan Sniff. Hestrin’s salary had been $251,964 since July 2015. The Board of Supervisors also recently approved a contract extension for County Executive Officer George Johnson. His employment agreement now runs through the end of 2020 and the extension does not include a pay increase for Johnson, whose salary is $343,200. The moves come as the county prepares to receive two new supervisors … [Read more...] about Why Riverside County DA Mike Hestrin and his senior staff are getting raises
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: June 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm | UPDATED: June 6, 2018 at 3:03 pm An expensive and heated race for Riverside County sheriff will continue into November – and there are signs voters are willing to consider a change in leadership of the county’s top law-enforcement agency. Unofficial results posted Wednesday, June 6 by the county Registrar of Voters show sheriff’s Lt. Chad Bianco leading Sheriff Stan Sniff, 35 to 33 percent – a 3,330-vote gap. Retired Hemet police chief Dave Brown was third with roughly 20 percent of the vote. Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Garcia was last with just under 12 percent. Sniff’s fellow incumbent, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin, easily won a new four-year term, gaining 67 percent of the vote in defeating opponent Lara Gressley. Treasurer/Tax Collector Jon Christensen, Auditor-Controller Paul Angulo and Assessor/County Clerk/Recorder Peter Aldana and … [Read more...] about Why Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff could be in trouble in November runoff
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] and Brooke Staggs | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: June 5, 2018 at 5:06 pm | UPDATED: June 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s first re-election bid rests in the hands of voters today, who will choose between the incumbent and a Temecula appellate attorney running on a platform of social justice. Hestrin and Lara Gressley are the only candidates on the ballot. A former deputy prosecutor and the son of a Palm Springs police officer, Hestrin, who defeated incumbent DA Paul Zellerbach in 2014, is seeking a second four-year term. The race features different visions of how criminal justice should operate. Hestrin, who has the support of many in law-enforcement, has touted his work to shrink the DA office’s financial shortfall while cracking down on gang violence and emphasizing programs to prevent youth offenders from becoming career criminals. Sign up for The Localist, our daily email … [Read more...] about Who will be Riverside County’s district attorney?