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Punx in the Park down – but not out!

<strong>Punx in the Park down – but not out!</strong>
Group’s attempt to feed homeless sparks clash of values Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe group of young Hemet residents who call themselves Punx in the Park pose for a photo after making a sign declaring that “Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege.” The group was the object of wrath from some members of the community when they attempted – unsuccessfully – to feed the homeless in Weston Park, a frequent hangout of the homeless and indigent. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The city’s confusion over how to deal with the homeless population bubbled to the surface over the holidays as a group of young people (more…)
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Our ‘angel’ is dead, killed in downtown

<strong>Our ‘angel’ is dead, killed in downtown</strong>
Courtesy of the Romero family and GoFundMe.comJuan Ernesto Romero, dead at 28. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A shooting that happened just three days after Christmas has left a 28-year-old Hemet man dead and his family grieving. Juan Ernesto Romero died Dec. 29 in Riverside University Medical Center after being shot in the chest and arm, according to authorities. He was found wounded about 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in the 100 block of N. Tahquitz Avenue, just north of Florida Avenue near the Circle K gas station. Police responded when witnesses called 911 reporting that someone had fired gunshots nearby. A passerby reportedly drove Romero to Hemet Valley (more…)
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Evidence supports murder-suicide, say police

<strong>Evidence supports murder-suicide, say police</strong>
Did niece take aging aunt with her in deadly Sierra Dawn fire? Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe house fire at 1645 W. Johnston Ave. in Sierra Dawn Estates that killed two women also burned up the residents’ parked car. Neighbors saw the sedan burning and called the fire department even before the house went up. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Arson investigators are piecing together bits of information and evidence gathered at the scene of a deadly fire in Hemet’s Sierra Dawn Estates that police believe involved a murder-suicide. The 8 p.m. fire Saturday, Dec. 29, that consumed a double-wide manufactured home at 1645 W. Johnston Ave., between (more…)
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Chronicle, EZ-Ad, and PIP: One-stop marketing

<strong>Chronicle, EZ-Ad, and PIP: One-stop marketing</strong>
Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe PIP Printing offices are co-located with The Valley Chronicle at 135 E. Florida Ave. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor After having a newspaper publish his obituary, Mark Twain is said to have stated: “The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” While rumors of the demise of Hemet’s long-standing PIP Printing shop have circulated recently on social media, the business is alive and well and operating from a new location – 135 E. Florida Ave., next door to Shooters. “We’re up and running and serving customers,” says John Mullany, owner for the past 45 years of Hemet’s PIP print shop, which has (more…)
Political

Federal government orders California to clean voter rolls

■ By Jason Miller / Contributed On Friday, Jan. 4, the state of California settled a lawsuit with the Election Integrity Project. In the lawsuit, which was filed in August of 2017 with EIPCa as a primary plaintiff, they (EIPCA) alleged that the defendants (State of California) were not following the requirements of Section 8 of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA requires states to reasonably maintain state and county voter registration rolls. According to EIPCa, “since the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of Justice has given California a pass on following the NVRA voter roll maintenance mandate.” The result was that California has not been held accountable (more…)
Political

Pension funds, meet the “Super Bubble”

<strong>Pension funds, meet the “Super Bubble”</strong>
Photo by California Policy Center / Depicted on the chart is the performance of the Dow Jones Index from 1995, when the markets began first showing signs of “irrational exuberance,” to the extremely exuberant present day. ■ Edward Ring, California Policy Center / Contributed Earlier this month, outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown predicted “fiscal oblivion” if California’s state and local agencies are not granted more flexibility to modify pension benefits. As if to help Governor Brown make his point, U.S. stock indexes took an obliging plunge. The Dow Jones average cratered in December, dropping nearly 16 percent in three weeks, from 25,826 on Dec. 3 to a low of 21,792 on (more…)
Opinion

Homeless event at Weston Park goes viral

Facebook comment thread reveals public’s true thoughts on local charity ■ Chronicle News Staff Editor’s note: Because an upcoming event was submitted for publication by a reader – but it didn’t make the week’s newspaper prior to the event – The Valley Chronicle’s Christopher Smith, the paper’s Advisory Editor, placed the following on the newspaper’s Facebook page and also on the page of “Hemet Eye News.” Below is an edited comment thread from the public in response to those posts. Feed-the-homeless event, Weston Park, Saturday, Dec. 29 If you’ve thought about helping the homeless but weren’t sure what to do, come on down to Weston Park, 700 E. Florida Ave., from (more…)
Opinion

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – January 10, 2019

Dear Editor, I just read your front page article, “City Hires New Principal Engineer.” What kind of journalism is this? Not one mention of Robert Vestal’s qualifications, previous applicable job experience, or the other candidates he beat out for the job. It’s all very nice that he likes to watch movies with his kids and enjoys hiking, but is this your idea of investigative journalism? Really, I couldn’t care less if he enjoys movies. I want to know what talents and abilities he brings to the job. The city is not paying for a movie critic! Mark Dunn, Hemet Mark, Good points. We picked this up from the city newsletter but (more…)
Crime

Tire theft suspect arrested

<strong>Tire theft suspect arrested</strong>
San Jacinto man allegedly stole $700 worth of tires Photos by HPDThe recovered vehicle after Les Schwab Tire Center retrieved the stolen tires. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A San Jacinto resident was arrested after being identified as a suspect in a tire shop robbery. On Dec. 28, the Les Schwab Tire Center in Hemet reported to the Hemet Police Department that someone had stolen more than $700 worth of tires. The suspect, who was later identified as 27 year-old Jesse Moll, allegedly gave the store false information and had fake plates on the vehicle when he ordered tires for the vehicle. Moll allegedly returned later after the tires were (more…)
Crime

Aggressive panhandler arrested

<strong>Aggressive panhandler arrested</strong>
Photo by HPD54 year-old Patrick Bradley of Palm Springs. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A San Jacinto resident was arrested after being identified as a suspect in a tire shop robbery. On Dec. 28, the Les Schwab Tire Center in Hemet reported to the Hemet Police Department that someone had stolen more than $700 worth of tires. The suspect, who was later identified as 27 year-old Jesse Moll, allegedly gave the store false information and had fake plates on the vehicle when he ordered tires for the vehicle. Moll allegedly returned later after the tires were put on and took the vehicle without paying by using a spare key. When (more…)