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Judge declines to block fire department shift

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Hemet’s plan to outsource its fire prevention and paramedic services to Riverside County has cleared one legal hurdle. Superior Court Judge John D. Molloy has denied a motion by the Hemet Firefighters Association that would have prevented the city from eliminating its 106-year-old department, according to a report in The …

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Brown signs plastic bag ban

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California is now the only state with an outright prohibition on single-use plastic bags. Gov. Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will remove the bags from large grocery stores starting next summer, followed by convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016, according to an Associated Press report. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, …

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Hemet takes fire department battle to the media

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Hemet is launching a counteroffensive in its effort to eliminate its fire department. The city, which wants to do away with the 106-year-old department and begin contracting with Riverside County for its fire and paramedic services, is using newspapers and the U.S. Mail to take its case to the public, …

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Brown nixes bill that would have helped new cities

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Gov. Brown has vetoed a bill that would have returned much-needed funds to the four newest cities in California. Those cities – Eastvale, Wildomar, Menifee and Jurupa Valley, all in Riverside County – have lost money since 2011, when the state diverted revenue from vehicle-license fees from cities and into …

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Long November ballot for Riverside County

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Election night in Riverside County this November could turn into the late show. Counting the ballots on Nov. 4 could take twice as long as it did in the June primary because the November ballot is much longer, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise. The upcoming ballot will include …

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Hemet firefighters take their battle to the voters

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Members of the Hemet Fire Department are taking their fight to keep the department alive to the voters. Firefighters are collecting signatures that would put a referendum on the city ballot that, if approved, would reverse the Hemet City Council’s decision to do away with the department, according to a …

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