Tag: Riverside County

County awards Sheriff’s Department multi-million dollar grant, bolstered salary

By Jessica Lopez  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was awarded a $3.3 million grant, despite public backlash, to assist with reentry services after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Board of Supervisors sanctioned the department to apply for the grant in January and voted unanimously April 27 to accept the federal funding. The grant

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NAACP forum covers Johnson and Johnson and other vaccination concerns

By Isabel Whitsett Riverside County medical professionals are continuing to encourage vaccinations as skepticism rises due to recent issues with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The Riverside chapter of the NAACP partnered with the UC Riverside Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on April 24, bringing health professionals together to discuss concerns with community members. The Johnson

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OPINION: Riverside is in dire need of more immediate greenhouse gas reductions

By Sigifredo Macias Riverside is an average-sized town by California standards. It can be hard to think a city of its size could have an effect on greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions are very important to recognize due to the effects they have on the climate crisis. It’s no surprise that the city of Riverside has

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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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Workers react to moving into the orange tier

By Isabel Whitsett Riverside County has moved into the orange tier and, while worry lingers, many workers are looking forward to more hours on the clock. The orange tier allows some indoor business operations to open with modifications.  The moderate risk level lessens capacity restrictions for most social settings, such as gyms and restaurants. There

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Riverside community stands against anti-AAPI hate crimes

By Cheetara Piry Several dozens gathered in solidarity in downtown Riverside to denounce xenophobia and hate against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The diverse crowd converged at the memorial for Dosan Anh Chang-Ho, a Korean independence activist, at the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue at midday March 27. Rep. Mark

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WARD 2 CANDIDATE: Clarissa Cervantes, former union organizer, legislative representative

By Jessica Lopez As a former legislative representative for Ward 3 councilman Andy Melendrez, Clarissa Cervantes has worked with residents in the UC Riverside area for years.  Cervantes met directly with neighborhood groups every month. She has worked with Riverside’s Public Works Department, addressing traffic in the city and other constituents’ needs. She said she

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Citrus disease cripples Riverside agricultural sales

By Jacob Quezada Quarantine, infection, social distancing and disease have become an all too common part of our lexicon. Measures to take a hold of viral infections have shaped our lifestyle and industry. For Southern California citrus growers and essential agricultural workers, quarantine protocols for the infectious bacterial disease huanglongbing (HLB) antedates COVID-19. The incurable

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EDITORIAL: Law enforcement must be held accountable for Ernie Serrano’s death

By The Viewpoints Editorial Board “I can’t breathe.” Eric Garner in New York City, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hector Arreola in Columbus, Georgia, Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin in Phoenix, Arizona, Rodney Brown in Cleveland, Ohio. Up to 70 people have said those words before dying in police custody, according to The New York Times.  And

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