By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: February 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm | UPDATED: February 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm A surge in enrollment for public assistance has forced Riverside County officials in recent months to add more than $10 million to the budget for the Department of Public Social Services. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 5 added $4.4 million in contingency funds to social services’ budget, which stood at roughly $1 billion entering this fiscal year. That’s on top of $6 million added to the budget in December, bringing the total infusion to $10.4 million for the fiscal year ending June 30. Most of that money will come from federal and state sources. About $42 million of Riverside County’s social services’ budget comes from county government. The extra money was needed to cover changes to the county’s “General Relief” program, which is run by social services, county spokeswoman Brooke Federico said. … [Read more...] about Riverside County adds $10.4M to social services budget
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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
By Ryan Hagen | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: December 27, 2018 at 7:58 am | UPDATED: December 28, 2018 at 6:39 am Tyisha Miller, a 19-year-old Rubidoux resident, was shot and killed by Riverside police as she sat unresponsive in her car with a handgun in her lap on Dec. 28, 1998. (Courtesy photo) A Riverside police investigator peers into the car in which Tyisha Miller was sitting when she was fatally shot Dec. 28, 1998, in Riverside. (File photo by William Wilson Lewis III, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsA Riverside police investigator looks under the car in which 19-year-old Tyisha Miller was fatally shot by police on Dec. 28, 1998, in Riverside. Police say they were responding to a report of an unconscious woman in a car, who awoke and shot at the officers, but Miller’s relatives claim the victim never fired her gun. (AP Photo/William Wilson Lewis III) Pallbearers carry the casket of Tyisha Miller at her burial in … [Read more...] about 20 years after Tyisha Miller was killed by Riverside police, what is her legacy?
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