Day: April 29, 2021

California Big City Mayors ask state for largest homelessness solutions investment in US history

By Erik Galicia A coalition of mayors of California’s 13 largest cities are asking the state’s leadership to commit $20 billion over the next five years to address homelessness. If approved in the state budget, it would be the largest monetary commitment to tackling homelessness in the country’s history. The group, Big City Mayors, urged

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Southeastern California’s unique desert landscape

Photos and story by Angel Peña Located about 50 miles east of Palm Springs lies a protected area of desert that is home to stunning rock formations, unique wildlife and several different types of desert plants.  Named after its iconic trees, Joshua Tree National Park became the 54th national park October 31, 1994. Since then,

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Health experts dispel vaccine conspiracies

By Daniela Ramirez The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Data Tracker indicates the total percentage of the population who has received the first dose of the vaccine is 44.7% and the population that has received both doses is only 32.3% of the population.  According to Tina Winston, a cardiovascular nurse with 11 years

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Chancellor’s town hall answers reopening questions

By Liv Pearson The Riverside Community College District’s enrollment struggles, along with progress in handling the pandemic, played a key role in the decision to reopen campuses in the fall. Community College enrollment has declined across the state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and RCCD is no exception. Wolde-Ab Isaac, RCCD chancellor, said during the first

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Riverside Police chief provides crime stats, oversight report to skeptical public

By Jonathan Ramirez The Riverside police chief provided an update on city crime statistics to a skeptical public at the City Council meeting April 20. Chief Larry Gonzalez’s report indicated that, while crime in Riverside has declined over the last five years, murder in the city has more than doubled since 2015. There were 21 homicides

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Alleged treatment of inmate in county jail sparks controversy within community

By Bianca Macias A ferocious crowd banged on the doors of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Building, demanding solace for who demonstrators say is a disabled inmate. Protestors arrived in downtown Riverside on April 22 to call for the transfer of Darik Schaaf , a 28-year-old Black man, into a mental health diversion program.

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