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Answers to Sue Savage’s questions

Dear Editor, I am a voting resident of Hemet District 1. My neighbors and I have been discussing the blatant personal animosity between an individual named Sue Savage and the Hemet city council, city employees, and other elected officials. Frankly, we are appalled by what we are reading in the local paper and hearing at council meetings. The questions below posed by Sue Savage are answered italicized: Question 1. Resolution R-4588 Item H requires Hemet’s investment policy be reviewed annually to ensure compliance with new laws. The Investment Policy is dated July 8, 2014. Four years without an update. Is there a legal liability here? I looked at the City of (more…)
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Know your elected representatives: July 4 makes us aware of our citizen responsibilities

■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter After enjoying fireworks and barbeque cookouts over the holiday, citizens everywhere should be reminded to take advantage of the independence we are celebrating. We the people have the advantage of electing representatives to create and implement policies for a better way of life. Elected officials work for the people and it’s an American responsibility to be knowledgeable about the work they’re doing. Having information about local, state and national officials gives citizens the power to help regulate our government. From the City of Hemet and San Jacinto councils to U.S. Congress, below is information for most offices and tips on how to contact each of (more…)
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Mayor clarifies position on last week’s city budget vote

<strong>Mayor clarifies position on last week’s city budget vote</strong>
Minority council votes still consistent with Measure U mandate File PhotosMayor Michael Perciful. Mayor Pro Tem Karlee Meyer. ■ Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Hemet Mayor Michael Perciful issued a statement this week following the City Council’s passage of the 2018-2019 budget clarifying his and Mayor Pro Tem Karlee Meyer’s votes on the use of Measure U funds. Perciful took issue with press coverage of the budget discussion saying that it was never made clear in published reports that both he and Meyer believe that the original proposed budget presented by City Manager Allen Parker was consistent with both the intent and language of Measure U, an assertion confirmed at the (more…)
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Hemet officials break ground on Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership

<strong>Hemet officials break ground  on Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership</strong>
Pictured with shovels at the ready at the groundbreaking ceremony for Pedder Auto Group’s Hemet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership are, from left, John Siepker, Pedder Auto Group director of sales; Hemet Mayor Michael Perciful; Joe Hinojoza, general manager Hemet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram; City Councilman Russ Brown; and Russ Ward, vice president Pedder Auto Group. Photos courtesy Pedder Auto GroupA picture is worth 1,000 words, and this one says it all – Coming soon! A new Hemet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram showroom is being built at the Hemet Auto Mall by the Pedder Auto Group. ■ Chronicle news Service Hemet city officials joined representatives of Pedder Auto Group in turning (more…)
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Filing window approaches for city council candidates

<strong>Filing window approaches for city council candidates</strong>
Two seats are up for voter review in this fall’s election City of HemetTwo seats in Districts 2 and 5 are up for election. ■ Chronicle News Staff Anyone considering to run for city council can register during the filing window, July 16 – Aug. 10. The next municipal election will be held in Hemet on Nov. 6. Several of the city’s councilmanic districts are up for election this year, including Districts 2 and 5 currently held by at-large Councilmembers Linda Krupa and Russ Brown. Brown, a retired police officer, was appointed to serve out the remainder of Paul Raver’s term, which expires in December 2018. Like Raver, Brown lives in (more…)
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City forms investment committee to oversee city funds

City council members passed motion to create advisory committee for Hemet taxpayer dollars ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter The City of Hemet has passed a motion to establish a committee to oversee the city’s investments. At a special meeting held on June 20, the city council voted to establish a committee to oversee the City of Hemet’s investments. Membership on the Investment Advisory Committee for Management Investment of the City’s surplus funds will include City Treasurer Judy Oltman, City Finance Director Lorena Rocha, Councilmembers Karlee Meyer and Linda Krupa, and a soon to be appointed finance advisor. The council also adopted a resolution approving the City’s Investment Policy for Fiscal (more…)
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11 questions for the City of Hemet

Sue Savage address to the city council on June 12 meeting ■ Sue Savage / Contributed In a regular meeting of the Hemet City Council on June 12, Hemet resident Sue Savage addressed the council with a series of questions regarding the city’s policies on investing taxpayer money. The three-minute speech raised a number of issues about how City Treasurer Judith Oltman is managing the city’s investments. Mayor Michael Perciful later told citizens attending the meeting that the city is planning on forming an oversight committee to create more transparency regarding how Hemet invests its funds. Following is Savage’s speech posing a list of questions to the council. No answers were (more…)
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Can Hemet balance the budget without Measure U funds?

Council wrestles with proposal shining light into a dark tunnel ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The City of Hemet has a balanced budget! Well, more precisely, it could have a balanced budget for the first time in years. That is, if – and it’s a big “if” – city council can eat the frog when it comes to using Measure U funds to help close the existing $3.4 million gap between next year’s anticipated revenues and expenses. At this point, however, part of the council is balking at the prospect of that unpleasant task. At last Tuesday night’s council meeting the council heard, once again, from Measure U Oversight (more…)
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Mayor proposes committee to oversee city investments

City treasurer under the gun to defend her investment policies ■ Taj Shorter / Reporter On Tuesday night at a city council meeting, Mayor Michael Perficiul suggested the implementation of a finance committee to oversee the city’s investment portfolio. The announcement followed by a report by City Treasurer Judith Oltman explaining her position on the city’s investments. Oltman is being challenged by a citizen’s group that is leading a recall of the city treasurer because of their disappointment in her handling of taxpayers’ dollars. Local Hemet resident Sue Savage and her husband Pat Savage are leading the petition drive to recall the city treasurer published in The Valley Chronicle’s May 17 (more…)
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June 5 primary county and state results

<strong>June 5 primary county and state results</strong>
Outstanding votes pending to be counted, mostly mail-in ■ Chronicle News Staff It seems the results of the current elections are coming to a head. There are 27 candidates for Governor in the June 5 primary, 11 for Lieutenant Governor, and 8 candidates for Secretary of State. For statewide candidates the top two will move to the general election in November. Outcomes for Riverside county and local offices will be final except for Sheriff and Superintendent of schools where there were four candidates a piece. Some five measures were submitted to voters covering everything from park bonds to rain capture systems. Preliminary results are published below. Approximately 102,000 vote-by-mail, 14,000 provisional (more…)