California Legislature passes the pension

Unfunded pension crisis in the state demands action and reform ■ Jon Coupal / Contributed In truth, Sacramento politicians are very dependable. You can depend on them to raise your taxes, pass meaningless resolutions attacking President Trump, and hurt the private sector by eliminating workplace arbitration and enacting even more burdensome regulations. And finally, they are very dependable in avoiding the most important threats to California’s financial solvency, especially dealing with unfunded pension liabilities. Much has been written about California’s unfunded pension crisis. By 2024, normal contribution payments by cities and counties to CalPERS are estimated to total nearly $3 billion, and the unfunded contribution payments are estimated to total $5.5 (more…)

Free classes offered for caregivers

<strong>Free classes offered for caregivers</strong>
County to offer series of 12 classes to support those caring for the elderly county is offering a series of 12 classes on how to care for the elderly. ■ Riverside County Office on Aging There is good news for family and friends who are caring for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other chronic conditions. A new series of the Riverside County Office on Aging’s “Care Pathways” programs is beginning this summer at key locations of the county including – Riverside, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Hemet, Perris and the Coachella Valley. The program provides a series of weekly workshops designed to offer information and support to family caregivers who face challenges (more…)

The Mind Reels

Confusion over Trump’s representation of national interest ■ Winslow Myers / Contributed “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” —Winston Churchill Equally enigmatic is how Mr. Trump went about representing the national interest of the United States at Helsinki. Until Mr. Mueller is ready to provide possible clarification, the fog around the president’s motivation persists: narcissistic ineptitude almost surely; perhaps also kompromat, collusion, and/or fear of money laundering becoming exposed. All the confusion provides an object lesson in the plasticity of enemy-imaging. As someone old enough (more…)

Miller, Ledezma city council seats up for election in San Jacinto

<strong>Miller, Ledezma city council seats up for election in San Jacinto</strong>
Nomination documents available until Aug. 9 Photos by City of San JacintoScott Miller. Alonso Ledezma. ■ Chronicle News Staff There are two San Jacinto city council seats up for election in the November general election, and each carries a term of four years. Official nomination documents are available at the San Jacinto City Clerk’s office until Aug. 9. The general municipal election will be held in the City of San Jacinto on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 for the seats on city council currently held by Alonso Ledezma and Scott Miller. Official nomination documents for any qualified person wishing to file for either of these offices will be available at the City (more…)

Hemet Unified considers $150 million bond measure

<strong>Hemet Unified considers $150 million bond measure</strong>
School district discusses a possible November ballot Photos by HUSDSchool officials say that payment of the bonds would not raise property taxes but only extend taxes that property owners already are paying. ■ Robin Underwood / Reporter Hemet Unified School District may be looking into putting a school bond measure on the upcoming November ballot. The proposal would be for $150 million to upgrade school properties. On Tuesday July 17, HUSD held a study session open to the public to discuss the possible bond measure. The district will be making a final decision to move forward with the bond at its next board meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 31. Alexandria Sponheim, (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)