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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.