The homeless: Contrasts in treatment

<strong>The homeless: Contrasts in treatment</strong>
How other cities are addressing their tent cities Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe homeless camp in Minneapolis is one of the largest in the state with some 200 residents, but officials have no plans to raze it. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series on homeless outside Hemet and how cities are dealing with it. When one travels to the Midwest, as I had occasion to do recently, one thinks of wheat fields, clean parks, and The Mall of America. As it turns out, however, other parts of the country have the same challenges of crime and homelessness (more…)

Rent-seeking opponents of repealing the gas tax are getting desperate

<strong>Rent-seeking opponents of repealing the gas tax are getting desperate</strong> use of taxpayer dollars for political advocacy is strictly prohibited by law. ■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed There’s an old saying in business: Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. But not everyone builds their success on creating better products or providing better services. There are some that specialize in manipulating the laws and the government as a strategy for increasing profits. This has sometimes been called “rent seeking,” in the sense that it might apply to a storybook troll under a bridge, collecting “rent” as if he owned the right of way. There are trolls under the bridges in California this (more…)

Is the United States mostly populated by racists?

■ Chronicle News Staff Of course, the answer to the question is no. Quite the opposite. Most Americans are peace loving, law abiding, God fearing people who live their lives by the Golden Rule: do unto others as you want done unto you. There’s no doubt that tolerance is practiced by most Americans as it relates to diverse people and customs that constitute the fabric of our country, educating their children to be respectful, polite and considerate to all. This behavior should not be confused with condescension but rather as a sincere desire to learn and understand these differences and perhaps even become a part of a very important segment of (more…)

Taxpayer danger lurks beneath California’s employment numbers

<strong>Taxpayer danger lurks beneath California’s employment numbers</strong>
Pixabay.comCalifornia’s labor force has seemingly hit a plateau — an unusual occurrence given the strength of the national economy. ■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed On a superficial level, things look pretty good in California. Sure, we have big problems with wildfires and other periodic disasters, but the state’s finances have made a strong recovery since the depths of the recession. Indeed, Gov. Brown has repeatedly touted the multi-billion-dollar surplus and the state’s balanced budget. But objective assessments from government experts and academicians have warned of troubling aspects of the state’s financial condition. These include mega projects we can’t pay for, business flight out of California, unfunded pension obligations in the (more…)

Joel Lopez joins race for San Jacinto City Council

<strong>Joel Lopez joins race for San Jacinto City Council</strong>
Candidate vying for one of two open seats discusses his plans in interview Joel LopezJoel Lopez and his wife Sabrina pose in front of Los Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant in Hemet. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed In a live online interview with Eddie George of Hemet Eye News, a news group on Facebook, Joel Lopez spent over a hour describing his views on his community as a candidate for the San Jacinto City Council. Joel Lopez and four other candidates are running for two seats that are open for the San Jacinto City Council. Council seats occupied by Alonso Ledezma and Scott Miller are open for election. Steven DiMemmo, Jeremy Fontes, Brian (more…)

By all means, let’s educate the voters about Proposition 13

<strong>By all means, let’s educate the voters about Proposition 13</strong>
Pixabay.comProp. 13 limits the tax rate on all real estate in California to 1 percent. ■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed This week, progressive interest groups announced they had sufficient signatures to qualify an initiative for the 2020 ballot that is a direct attack on Proposition 13. Specifically, this so-called “split roll” initiative would raise property taxes on the owners of business properties to the tune of $11 billion every year, according to the backers. Because many small business owners rent their property via “triple net” leases, they too would be subject to radical increases in the cost of doing business. Although there is a statewide election this November, the “split (more…)

Rise shows compliance trend growing

<strong>Rise shows compliance trend growing</strong>
Cannabis tax revenue increases in 2nd quarter of 2018 Pixabay.jpgIf the City of Hemet decides to implement tax regulations on local cannabis businesses they will be subject to the two new cannabis taxes. ■ California Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) released revenue numbers for cannabis sales for the 2nd quarter of 2018. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $74,240,257 from April 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018, which includes state cultivation, excise and sales taxes. It does not include tax revenue collected by each jurisdiction. California’s excise tax on cannabis generated $43,490,668 in revenue during the second quarter of calendar (more…)

District offices filing deadline is past

<strong>District offices filing deadline is past</strong> photo shows one of the districts mentioned above “Hemet Unified School District” ■ Registrar of Voters / Contributed As we approach the fall season, elections are also around the corner. Anyone who was interested in running for office in the Nov. 6 general election could have filed papers for candidacy until 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10. If an incumbent failed to file, the deadline was extended for that office – for non-incumbents only – until 5 p.m. on Aug. 15. The following special districts and school districts had open seats: Special Districts Jurupa Community Services District Rubidoux Community Services District Idyllwild Fire Protection District Desert Healthcare District Palo Verde Healthcare (more…)

$150 million bond measure would max out district’s credit

<strong>$150 million bond measure would max out district’s credit</strong>
Citizen oversight committee to keep tabs on spending Robin Underwood / The Valley ChronicleBoard members voted on a $150 million bond measure to be put on the ballot to repair and upgrade HUSD schools. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed The Governing Board of the Hemet Unified School District has recently approved placing a $150 million dollar school-bond measure on the November 6 ballot. The amount was arrived at after an evaluation of the needs of all the schools in the district. It also happens to meet the cap for what the district can sell in the way of bonds. Despite the size of the voter-approved amount, the district has decided to (more…)

Hemet City Council puts cannabis measure on ballot

<strong>Hemet City Council puts cannabis measure on ballot</strong>
Voters will decide future of cannabis-related businesses in Hemet cityofhemet.orgCouncil members discussed three different resolutions before voting to place two before voters in the Nov. 6 election. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter This November, Hemet residents will be able to vote on whether or not the city will have a stake in local commercial cannabis businesses. During a special meeting held by Hemet City Council on Aug. 7, a decision was reached on potentially regulating cannabis revenue from non-retail operations. City Council passed motions to adopt two different resolutions – one placing cannabis on the ballot and the other enabling a temporary cannabis prohibition. The council’s actions were in (more…)