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October 15, 2015


Despite bipartisan support, legislation to protect small business owners and enhance compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 251, proposed by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, took a sensible, balanced approach to the problem of widespread noncompliance with the ADA’s often confusing and minute requirements.

October 14, 2015

It’s understandable if Sen. Richard Roth feels the cold shoulder these days from Gov. Jerry Brown.

In recent weeks, the governor has vetoed three bills authored by, and important to, the Riverside Democrat. One would have restored vehicle license fees to four Riverside County cities, another would have provided money for more Inland judges and the third would have given small businesses tax credits to enhance their access for disabled customers.

In veto messages, Brown, a Democrat, wrote that the vehicle license fee bill would have been a drain on the state’s general fund. He said a more system-wide approach is needed to apportion judges and that California’s budget couldn’t afford tax credit bills like the one for disability access.

Roth, a retired Air Force general elected in 2012, said he learned Brown vetoed his judgeship bill, SB 229, through the media. He said he was disappointed he didn’t have the chance to talk about the veto with the governor’s staff.

October 13, 2015

A Fourth District Court of Appeal justice who heads a major committee in the judicial branch expressed disappointment yesterday with Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to fund additional judgeships, but said work on the issue would continue.

Justice Douglas Miller of Div. Two, the chair of the Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning Committee, reacted in a statement to the governor’s rejection Thursday of SB 229, which had passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously.

“We are disappointed that the Governor didn’t sign the bill, but we’re encouraged that he recognizes that the need for judges is indeed ‘acute,’” Miller said. “He asked that the Judicial Council work with him to look at a ‘systemwide approach’ as to how we can balance judicial workload throughout the state. I’m hopeful that we can work with the Governor to find a practical solution to meet an urgent need.”

The bill, by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, would have funded 12 previously authorized judgeships, including one in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

October 12, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill by State Sen. Richard Roth, a Riverside Democrat, that would have given small business owners tax credits for costs of bringing their businesses up to code with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The bill, SB 251, provided 10 percent of access-compliance expenditures up to $10,250 annually for defined small businesses.

Brown said in his Oct. 10 veto statement that he could not support providing additional tax credits against a state budget that he called “precariously balanced due to unexpected costs and the provision of new services.”

The bill was one of nine that carried tax credits which the governor vetoed over the weekend.

Roth said in a statement Monday, Oct. 12 that he was “baffled” by the initial voice mail Saturday from Brown’s office that the bill, SB 251, would be vetoed and “confused” by the governor’s statement.

October 09, 2015

From the Kids' Zone to the Undeading, medical students, staff and faculty contribute to region's premier cultural event

The UC Riverside School of Medicine was well represented at Thursday’s Long Night of Arts and Innovation in downtown Riverside.

In the Kids’ Zone at Riverside City Hall, Interim Dean Neal Schiller and about a dozen medical students visited with children and their parents, answered questions about medical school, demonstrated how stethoscopes work, and let the young ones try on white coats.

A short distance away, School of Medicine faculty members David Lo and Monica Carson made presentations on their research, as did Founding Dean G. Richard Olds, who will soon begin his appointment as president and chief executive officer at St. George’s University.

October 09, 2015

Zombies and insects and robots, oh, my. The arts and sciences came alive Thursday during the 2015 Long Night of Arts & Innovation, complete with an exotic stick-and-leaf bug, zombie CPR dummies and even a Formula race car.

Zombies were out in force in downtown Riverside on Thursday.

But on the 2015 Long Night of Arts & Innovation, so were exotic insects, robotic arms, jazz musicians and Edgar Allan Poe.

They were all part of a giant science and art fair brought together on the Main Street pedestrian mall by the city, community organizations, businesses, and teachers and students from universities, colleges and schools.

October 09, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown late yesterday vetoed a bill that would have funded 12 previously authorized judgeships, including one in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

“I am aware that the need for judges in many counties is acute—Riverside and San Bernardino are two clear examples,” the governor wrote in a message accompanying his veto of SB 229, by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside.

“However, before funding any positions, I intend to work with the Judicial Council to develop a more systemwide approach to balance the workload and the distribution of judgeships around the state,” the governor wrote.

October 08, 2015

Inland educators are sounding an alarm over a bill that aims to expand the state preschool program to all eligible low-income children.

While lauding the goal, local officials worry about having to open slots for more kids without additional dollars to educate them.

Assembly Bill 47, the Preschool for All Act, passed the legislature and sits on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has until Sunday, Oct. 11 to sign or veto it. The bill would set a framework to ensure every 4 year old in California can attend preschool, but it has no funding attached.

October 03, 2015

As the city of Eastvale celebrated its fifth anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 3, the 80-voice Howlin’ Wolves Choir from Ramirez Intermediate School sang that “a rural land of pastures, once filled with dairy farms, is now a place of family.”

It was the school’s anthem, but the sentiment could be applied to the city as well.

The anniversary celebration began with a run in the morning and continued through the evening in front of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Police closed Scholar Way to accommodate the party.

October 01, 2015

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell heard more than a few complaints Wednesday from Long Beach area business owners who are concerned that existing laws leave their companies too vulnerable to frivolous lawsuits.

Business owners and others who attended the gathering spoke of having to pay thousands to settle lawsuits filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires that disabled persons have equal access to public spaces. Others claim the businesses are in violation of Proposition 65, a 1986 California measure mandating consumers be informed when products contain chemicals causing cancer or reproductive problems.