In the News

June 01, 2015

Slowly, but surely, the California Legislature is making progress tackling the issue of shakedown lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We saw the first bit of success in 2008 with SB 1608 and more in 2012 with SB 1186. These bills represented the growing acknowledgement among our state’s elected leaders that these trial lawyer shakedown artists are profiting from the abuse of our legal system, and our state’s small businesses are paying the price. However, because the reforms did not go far enough, the lawsuits have kept coming.

May 28, 2015

The Riverside Community College District is slated to receive a $12.8 million boost for programs that steer students into “high-demand fields” of the future, it was announced.

The California Department of Education awarded the grant under the California Career Pathways Trust Program, which was created in 2013 as one tool on the education front to bolster the state’s economic prospects.

May 27, 2015

The Riverside Community College District has received a $12.8 million state grant for career technical education programs, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, announced Wednesday, May 27.

May 27, 2015

State Sen. Richard Roth’s bill to encourage compliance with the American Disabilities Act, while enhancing protections for small-business owners, has passed early hurdles this month, a positive sign in a state wrought with often-abusive lawsuits.

May 14, 2015

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER

Published: May 14, 2015 Updated: 4:24 p.m.

Four cities in Riverside County hit hard by a Sacramento financial maneuver in 2011 could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, May 14.

May 14, 2015

By Deanne Goodman

After years of holding up funding, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday he’s prepared to make revenue available to four Riverside County cities that were shortchanged -- leaving one teetering on the brink of financial ruin -- under a 2011 budget overhaul.

May 14, 2015

Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Wildomar lost millions in state vehicle license fees four years ago.

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER

Four cities in Riverside County still coping with a 4-year-old revenue hit could get relief in the revised state budget offered by Gov. Jerry Brownon Thursday, May 14.

April 26, 2015

By RENEE SCHIAVONE (Patch Staff)

An Inland Empire lawmaker’s bill seeking to boost the number of judicial officers in local courthouses and elsewhere in California cleared its first legislative hurdle this week.

Senate Bill 229, sponsored by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, received a unanimous vote of approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The bill calls for funding 11 new judgeships to alleviate pressure on the criminal justice system.

April 22, 2015

A bill that would fund 10 new superior court judgeships, including one in Los Angeles County, as well as a Fourth District Court of Appeal post, was unanimously approved yesterday by the state Senate Judiciary Committee.

April 09, 2015

By RENEE SCHIAVONE (Patch Staff)

An Inland Empire lawmaker’s bill seeking to restore millions of dollars stripped away from four Riverside County cities under a state budget reorganization cleared its first legislative hurdle this week.

Senate Bill 25, sponsored by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, was unanimously approved by the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance on Wednesday and next goes before the Senate Appropriations Committee.