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Several charges dropped in corruption trial

Colonies corruption trial

Two felony counts against a pair of defendants in the Colonies Crossroads corruption trial were dismissed this week. San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith on Thursday threw out a forgery charge against Jim Erwin, former assistant assessor with the county and one of four defendants in the …

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Riverside museum to get help from state

California’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes $1 million for the planned Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry in downtown Riverside. Assemblyman Jose Medina, D- Riverside, led the effort to set aside state funding for the proposed museum, which will be made up of Marin’s private …

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Moreno Valley cracks down on fireworks

Fireworks Show Saved

Moreno Valley is scheduled to hold a Fireworks Surrender Event Saturday. For the first time in its 33-year history, the city will provide residents with a safe and convenient way to dispose of illegal fireworks, “no questions asked”, according to a statement on the city’s website. All fireworks are illegal …

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“Swap zone” established for internet purchase

The Moreno Valley Police has set up a swap zone for city residents who make online transactions. The zone, located at the police department headquarters, 22850 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, is equipped with security cameras, according to a statement. It is meant to be a safe alternative to …

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Inland Empire bus maker lands LA County contract

A Riverside company will manufacture transit buses for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. ElDorado National-California will make 295 40-foot transit buses for the authority, which provides light rail, heavy rail, and bus rapid transit services throughout Los Angeles County, according to a statement released Thursday. The contract is …

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Palm Springs to take up leaf blower ban

The Palm Springs City Council will discuss its proposed ban on leaf blowers at its July 19 meeting. The session, which will be the council’s second regularly scheduled meeting next month, was postponed because of audio and visual upgrades to the city council chamber at Palm Springs City Hall, according …

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