By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: February 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm Paul Angulo, the top financial watchdog for Riverside County, recently lamented the high cost of settling civil litigation against county government, telling supervisors in a public meeting that the county spends too much and settles too easily in the face of such claims. Angulo has seen this firsthand. Since 2015, the county has spent $435,000 to settle two lawsuits from former employees who accused Angulo of workplace retaliation, while a third suit involving Angulo is pending. All three cases are tied to a string of three unsigned emails that in 2014 criticized Auditor-Controller Angulo, and former Assistant Auditor-Controller Frankie Ezzat, for using county money to pay for their graduate degrees. The emails spurred a domino effect of workplace retaliation that included a demotion and two firings, according to the three … [Read more...] about Did one email cost Riverside County $435,000 (and maybe more)?
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By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: January 8, 2019 at 6:29 pm | UPDATED: January 8, 2019 at 6:36 pm Chad Bianco became Riverside County’s 14th sheriff Tuesday, Jan. 8 in an inauguration ceremony in which he promised to increase patrol staffing with current funding and change the culture and direction of the county’s largest law enforcement agency. A former sheriff’s lieutenant and 15-year department veteran, Bianco, 51, was sworn in by his brother, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brett Bianco, in a ceremony attended by hundreds who gathered and cheered the new sheriff around the steps of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Riverside. Chad Bianco’s wife, Denise, presented the Bible he used to take his oath of office. Two of their children, Tyler Bianco and Tori Kimsey, presented the new sheriff his badge and stars. “This election has not, is not, was not ever about me,” Chad Bianco said. “It’s … [Read more...] about Chad Bianco sworn in as Riverside County sheriff
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: October 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm | UPDATED: October 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm Riverside County is set to pay nearly $11.4 million to settle two lawsuits that accused the county’s social services department of failing to protect a girl who became pregnant by her mother’s boyfriend and a toddler found holding her infant sibling’s mummified corpse. The rape case involving “Jacquelyn H.,” who is now 15, will be settled for $10 million, Torrance-based attorney Roger Booth said Wednesday, Oct. 24. The “Gail C.” case involving the toddler will be settled for $1.375 million, he added. Both settlements are pending court approval, Booth said, adding he didn’t expect the court to reject either settlement. The deals were reached in August during mediation and required Board of Supervisors approval. County spokesman Ray Smith declined to comment, saying both cases are still pending … [Read more...] about Riverside County will pay more than $11 million to settle claims against social services
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: 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?