Category: politics

Oregon senator’s legislative director recounts aftermath of Capitol breach

By Erik Galicia Lingering chemicals burned Isaiah Akin’s eyes as he walked through the halls of the United States’ Capitol, observing the fallout of the building’s first breach since the War of 1812. He was unsure if the stinging residue was a result of tear gas used by police or of some of the weaponry

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Riverside inaugurates new mayor

By Erik Galicia After eight years in office, Riverside’s outgoing mayor said his goodbyes and handed the mayoral gavel to the city’s new leader. Patricia Lock Dawson took Rusty Bailey’s seat and presided over the Riverside City Council for the first time Dec. 8. “Our new chapter starts today,” Dawson said. “The city has sizable

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Riverside County voting operations run smoothly, spokespeople say

By Erik Galicia Voting center operations in Riverside County ran smoothly on Election Day despite having less than half of the locations and workers available than in previous years, according to county officials. Brooke Federico, Riverside County Executive Office public information officer, reported that the county offered 600 polling places and employed 3,500 poll workers

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Dawson closes in on Riverside mayoral race win

By Erik Galicia Over a week after Election Day, it seems Patricia Lock Dawson, Riverside Unified School District trustee, will be the next mayor of Riverside. Dawson led Andy Melendrez, Ward 2 City Councilman, by a wide margin as soon as counting began. Her lead widened by Nov. 12 with 55,895 votes to Melendrez’s 38,834

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State propositions, local measures results

In a previous version of this story, we incorrectly switched the “yes” and “no” percentages for Propositions, 14, 15 and 16. The percentages seen now reflect the correct status of these propositions. By Joyce Nugent California Proposition 14 – Passed Authorizes $5.5 billion bonds for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to educational, nonprofit,

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County, state prepare for mail-in voting

By Rolinda Espinoza COVID-19 has changed the way we do a lot of things this year. Voting is no exception. Some states have implemented measures intended to increase mail voting in the upcoming election, which will be held Nov. 3. Some residents of Riverside County who have never voted with absentee ballots are now relying

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Riverside County Board of Supervisors votes against defying state on reopening businesses

By Cheetara Piry The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted against a fast-tracked timeline to reopen businesses before Halloween and bypass state guidelines. Supervisor Jeff Hewitt first presented the plan Sept. 22, but it required further revision and was rescheduled for discussion Oct. 6.  The proposal was rejected 4-1, with only Hewitt dissenting.  The board

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Editorial: Voting is especially crucial this election

By The Viewpoints Editorial Board Statistically, the 18-24 age group has been the least active in voting since 1964.  According to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report, America’s youngest voters have moved toward less engagement over time. Voting rates among the 18-24 age group dropped from 50.9% in 1964 to 38% in 2012. The numbers

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Riverside mayoral candidates talk homelessness, city budget, jobs

By Erik Galicia Riverside voters will choose between a city council member and a school board official when they elect their next mayor. Andy Melendrez, Ward 2 representative, and Patricia Lock Dawson, Riverside Unified School District trustee, advanced to a runoff election after beating four other candidates during the city’s initial mayoral election March 3.

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Proposition 16 aims for affirmative action

By Chloe Hunter California voters will decide whether or not to lift the state’s ban on affirmative action in the public sector this year. Proposition 16, on the ballot this election,  attempts to balance the demographic representation of public workers by repealing a 1996 law that disallowed the public sector from affirmative action hiring practices.

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