By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: January 9, 2019 at 12:12 pm | UPDATED: January 10, 2019 at 9:22 am A 4-year-old who had not been vaccinated for the flu is Riverside County’s first pediatric influenza-related death since the current flu season began Oct. 1, Riverside University Health System-Public Health reported Wednesday, Jan. 9. The child lived in southwest Riverside County, but health officials were withholding disclosure of name, gender and hometown in order to protect the child’s identity. Exactly when and where the child died also remained undisclosed for reasons of confidentiality. “This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill, and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness,” County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a press release. Common signs of the flu: sudden fever, chills, muscle aches or pain, headache, fever, cough, sore throat, dehydration, vomiting and … [Read more...] about 4-year-old from southwest Riverside County dies from the flu
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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
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
By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: June 12, 2018 at 6:22 pm | UPDATED: June 12, 2018 at 6:24 pm Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel has padded her lead over Penny Newman for the second and final spot in a November runoff for a seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Updated results posted by the county Registrar of Voters on Tuesday night, June 12, showed Spiegel with a 311-vote lead over Newman, who founded a local environmental justice organization. Spiegel’s lead was 186 votes on Friday, June 8. Countywide, about 14,000 vote-by-mail ballots, 14,000 provisional ballots and 4,000 damaged ballots requiring duplication remained to be counted as of Tuesday night. The next update is set for 6 p.m. Friday, June 15. Former GOP Assemblyman Eric Linder finished first in the five-candidate race for the Second District seat, which represents part of Riverside along with Corona, Norco, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley. Sign up for The Localist, our … [Read more...] about Karen Spiegel’s lead over Penny Newman grows in District 2 Riverside County supervisor race