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?
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By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: September 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm | UPDATED: September 11, 2018 at 6:05 pm The director of child protective services in Riverside County has left her job amid accusations of botched investigations that led to horrific outcomes for endangered children. No reason was given Monday, Sept. 10 for why Susan von Zabern is no longer director of the Department of Public Social Services. The move comes in the wake of two recent lawsuits that raise questions about the department’s ability to shield children from abuse and neglect. The civil lawsuits, filed on behalf of the alleged victims and not previously disclosed publicly, claim county social workers mishandled cases involving a 3-year-old found hugging her infant sibling’s mummified corpse and a 13-year-old raped repeatedly and eventually impregnated by her mother’s live-in boyfriend. County spokesman Ray Smith declined to comment on the von … [Read more...] about Riverside County’s top social services official leaves; lawsuits allege her office allowed a girl to be raped, another to live with dead baby
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