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Fire department backers flex their muscle

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Supporters of the Hemet Fire Department struck back this week at the city’s attempt to shut down the department and contract with Riverside County for fire and paramedic services. About 6,000 signatures were submitted to the city clerk’s office Tuesday by residents who want to place a referendum on the …

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GOP candidate meets with women’s group

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A local Republican congressional candidate met recently with the Inland Empire chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Riverside City Councilman Steve Adams, a candidate for the 41st Congressional district seat now held by Mark Takano, D-Riverside , discussed several issues of concern with the group, including too …

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State water use down

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Californian’s are apparently cutting the amount of water they use. The state’s water agencies reported an 11.5 percent decline in use during August compared with August 2013, the largest month-over-month reduction this year, according to an Associated Press report. August was the first full month of mandatory water cuts and …

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Grants will aid homeless vets

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A pair of Inland agencies have received money from the federal government designed to help battle homelessness among veterans. The U.S. Veterans Affairs will give $3 million to the United States Veterans Initiative, located at the former March Air Force Base in Moreno Valley, and $1.5 million to the Lighthouse …

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Colonies defendants to get one trial

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One of four defendants in the Colonies Crossroads corruption trial has been denied his request to be tried separately. An attorney for former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane argued Wednesday that Biane should receive a separate trial because he no longer faces the same charges as developer Jeff Burum, …

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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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