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Long Beach small business owners bemoan plethora of lawsuits

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.

JURUPA VALLEY: City says it will survive, after all

September 29, 2015

Freed from the burden of about $22 million owed to Riverside County by a one-time infusion of state funds, Jurupa Valley officials are ready to declare they won’t dissolve the city and aren’t “going anywhere.”

City council members on Thursday, Oct. 1, are set to vote to repeal a 2014 resolution that stated their intent to start disincorporation. They would have been the first city in the county –and the state – to do so since Cabazon in 1972.

Roth hosts higher education conference

September 23, 2015

Jurupa Unified School District is co-hosting the event

BY SANDRA STOKLEY / STAFF WRITER

California Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, and the Jurupa Unified School District will co-host a free “Pathways to Higher Education” conference on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Patriot High School.

Also taking part will be representatives from UC Riverside, California State University, San Bernardino and Riverside City College and U.S. Congressman Mark Takano, D-Riverside.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Split decision for four cities

September 22, 2015

It’s the same story with a twist for four relatively new Riverside County cities that were hit hard by a state budget maneuver four years ago.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, Sept. 22, announced his veto of SB 25, a Senate bill that would have restored vehicle license fee revenue to Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee. The governor vetoed similar bills in 2012 and 2014.

However, Brown signed into law a bill, SB 107, that reduces what Riverside County owes Sacramento for Cal Fire services with the aim of helping the four cities. That provision was part of a larger bill tied to the 2011 dissolution of redevelopment agencies, and related legislation signed by Brown sets up an alternative to redevelopment.

JURUPA VALLEY: City to honor Roth for his help

September 17, 2015

BY SANDRA STOKLEY / STAFF WRITER

Published: Sept. 17, 2015 1:28 p.m.

Jurupa Valley leaders announced this week that they will present California Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, with a proclamation honoring his work on behalf of Riverside County’s four newest cities.

The presentation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Jurupa Valley State of the City address at Patriot High School.

Roth worked to pass Senate Bill 107 which provides financial relief for the county’s four newest cities, particularly Jurupa Valley.

Jeff Stone, Richard Roth differ on bill that helps Riverside County cities

September 17, 2015

State Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Temecula was so outraged when state lawmakers stripped vehicle license fee revenue from cities in 2011, he called for California to be split in two.

But as the state legislative session wound down last week, Stone voted against a bill that would have provided relief to four cities – Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Wildomar and Menifee – that were especially hard hit by the fees’ diversion. His opposition put him at odds with another Inland senator, Democrat Richard Roth of Riverside.

EDITORIAL: Fix the VLF bait-and-switch

September 16, 2015

PRESS-ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL

Had the citizens of Wildomar, Menifee, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley known a decade ago what they know today, they might have had second thoughts about becoming, respectively, Riverside County’s 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th incorporated cities.

LEGISLATURE: Last-minute frenzy has Inland impact

September 14, 2015

Two options to help Riverside County’s newest cities -- Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar -- are still alive and on the governor’s desk.

The first, SB 25, would restore vehicle license fee revenue to the four cities, all of which incorporated after 2007. State lawmakers diverted that money in 2011, a move that hit the cities especially hard, since newer cities relied on vehicle license fees to a greater degree than more established municipalities.

Bill to restore Inland cities' funding on governor's desk

September 13, 2015

Same issue. Different year.

A bill that would restore funding diverted in 2011 from the state’s four newest cities – all in Riverside County – has landed on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Again.

Officials in Eastvale, Wildomar, Menifee and Jurupa Valley, stung by Brown’s two previous vetoes of bills that would have restored state funding to them, were pragmatic about whether the governor would sign SB25 into law.

EDITORIAL: Victory for small businesses

September 11, 2015

Business owners and the disability community scored a notable victory last week. The California Assembly approved Senate Bill 251 Thursday, expanding protections of small business owners from frivolous lawsuits and providing greater opportunities for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

“I am pleased the Assembly approved my commonsense measure to increase compliance with the ADA law,” said the bill’s author, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, in a statement. “SB251 gives businesses the tools, resources and education necessary to comply with the law and increase access for all Californians.”