EMWD recognized for outstanding community outreach

<strong>EMWD recognized  for outstanding community outreach</strong>
■ Chronicle News Service Photo courtesy of the Eastern Municipal Water DistrictEastern Municipal Water District logo. Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) was honored last week with two awards for outstanding community outreach through the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO). During the annual awards event on April 11, EMWD was honored with two Excellence in Public Information and Communications (EPIC) awards – the top prize in each respective category. EMWD was recognized for its Water Bottle Fill Station and Employee Photo Contest programs. EMWD was one of two finalists in the Most Innovative Communications category for its Water Bottle Fill Station program. EMWD has worked to install nearly 80 water (more…)

SJ names two fire battalion chiefs

<strong>SJ names two fire battalion chiefs</strong>
Riverside County Fire Department welcomes Dan Harris and Richard Tovar Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleRichard Tovar, Chief Bill Weiser, and Dan Harris. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter Much to the pleasure of the crowd on Tuesday night, the San Jacinto City Council meeting wrapped up in about an hour. Council issued a proclamation for Mental Health Month (May) and Fire Chief Bill Weiser introduced Dan Harris and Richard Tovar, the two newest battalion chiefs to Riverside County Fire Department, who have been appointed to Battalion 5. “Dan started his career in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter in Wildomar, he worked for the U.S. Forest service for a (more…)

Harris presses Zuckerberg on accountability, transparency failures

<strong>Harris presses Zuckerberg on accountability, transparency failures</strong>
United States Congress, via Wikimedia CommonsSenator Kamala D. Harris ■ By Chronicle News / Service At a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today [April 10], U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his company’s decision not to notify 87 million Facebook users in December 2015 that their data had been stolen and used by a political firm. The public became aware of the stolen data after a New York Times report on March 17, 2018. Facebook began notifying affected users yesterday [April 9]. Harris began her remarks by highlighting the questions that Zuckerberg had failed to answer (more…)

Harris and 24 Senators call for full funding of refugee programs

<strong>Harris and 24 Senators call  for full funding of refugee programs</strong>
United States Congress, via Wikimedia CommonsSenator Kamala D. Harris. ■ Chronicle news Service U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris joined a letter with 24 of her colleagues to Senate appropriators this week, calling for robust funding for programs affecting refugees and other vulnerable migrant populations. The letter follows President Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2019 which seeks to slash funding for critical humanitarian programs. The President’s proposed cuts would underfund key refugee resettlement accounts at a time when the world is grappling with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. “The United States must not falter in its commitment to humanitarian aid when 65.6 million people are displaced worldwide and (more…)

SJ debuts affordable power provider

<strong>SJ debuts  affordable  power provider</strong>
SJPowerSJPower logo. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter On Tuesday night, the San Jacinto City Council approved a rate schedule for its newly launched, locally sourced power provider, SJPower. “We added one more rate to accommodate SJUSD rate that was set with Edison, saving them another 3 percent on their billing,” explained name? So what is SJPower? SJPower, or SJP, is the “clean and modern” power provider exclusive only to those in the San Jacinto Valley, officially launching this month. On Dec. 6, 2016, the city council approved implementation of the community aggregation program. On Jan. 16, 2018, the council established the initial rate schedule for SJP. Under a Community Choice (more…)

Nick Schouten fills vacant Valley-Wide Recreation Board position

<strong>Nick Schouten fills vacant Valley-Wide Recreation Board  position</strong>
Valley-Wide Recreation and Park DistrictValley-Wide Recreation and Park District logo. ■ Chronicle News Service Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District Board of Directors appointed a new director March 19 at the Rancho Bella Vista Community Center in French Valley. Nick Schouten was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Frank Gorman, who served on the board for 11 years. The appointment was done after the review and interviews of five qualified applicants. Schouten has been a committed resident of the San Jacinto Valley since 1969 and continues to be ingrained with community recreation with over 50 years of volunteer coaching. He was instrumental in developing the idea of a Recreation and Park (more…)

San Jacinto introduces first-time world boxing champion

<strong>San Jacinto introduces first-time  world boxing champion</strong>
One of Boxing for Christ’s youngest scrappers brought home gold at national competition Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleLeft to right: San Jacinto City Councilman Alonso Ledezma, Mayor Pro Tem Russ Utz, Sandy Flores, Mayor Crystal Ruiz, Sonia Ramos and George Cortez, and Councilman Andrew Kotyuk. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter “This is something that has never happened in the valley,” said founder of Boxing for Christ, Sonia Ramos, during her public comment at the San Jacinto City Council meeting, Tuesday, March 20. “I’ve been here for six years, and there have been other boxing gyms, but we have never, ever brought back a national champion and a Golden (more…)

Dr. Ruiz’s Tribal Broadband Deployment Act signed into law

<strong>Dr. Ruiz’s Tribal Broadband  Deployment Act signed into law</strong>
Ruiz’s second bill to be signed into law this year helping communities in the 36th Congressional District Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D.Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA). ■ Chronicle News Service On March 23, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that his bill, the Tribal Broadband Deployment Act, was signed into law. H.R. 5007, the Tribal Broadband Deployment Act was included in H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which funds the government through Sept. 31, 2018. The bill requires the FCC to help bring broadband internet to unserved tribal lands, making it easier to also improve connectivity for surrounding rural communities such as those in the (more…)

SJ selects new planning director

<strong>SJ selects new planning director</strong>
Travis Randel comes to SJ after serving 12 years in Riverside City of San JacintoTravis Randel, new planning/community development director for San Jacinto. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter Travis Randel has been selected as the new Planning/Community Development Director for the city of San Jacinto and officially began Monday, March 12. Previously, Randel worked for the City of Riverside for 12 ½ years beginning as a planning technician and working his way up to a position as principal planner for Public Information and Zoning Assistance. San Jacinto City Manager Rob Johnson, who selected Randel, says he is an asset due to his prior knowledge of how to streamline an application (more…)

State Auditor also questions Measure U spending

<strong>State Auditor also questions  Measure U spending</strong>
California State Auditor website, source Fiscal Year 2017-18 General Fund Budget for the city of HemetThe California State Auditor points out that the presentation is misleading. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The California State Auditor added an update to Hemet’s Corrective Action Plan and Assessment pointing out that the city of Hemet seems to be misleading the public on how it intends to spend the funds generated by Measure U, the 1 percent sales tax passed by voters in November 2016. Earlier this month, The Valley Chronicle reported what appeared to be an absorption of Measure U funds into the general fund after the Hemet City Council approved 2017-18 (more…)