Mayor Pro-Tem Karlee Meyer says city council doesn’t “get no respect!”

<strong>Mayor Pro-Tem Karlee Meyer says city council doesn’t “get no respect!”</strong>
Meyer responds to public commentary raising concerns over budget Courtesy Reelrundown.comRodney Dangerfield: “I don’t get no respect!” City of HemetKarlee Meyer: “A little bit of respect would be great!” ■ Chronicle News Staff Hemet City Council held a special meeting last Thursday, May 24, to discuss the preliminary fiscal year 2018-2019 operating budget. What should have felt like a normal city council meeting turned into something akin to a Rodney Dangerfield stand up, whose famous catchphrase was, “I don’t get no respect!” Towards the end of the Thursday evening agenda, after a few presentations from members of the public, City Manager Allen Parker addressed the sense of mistrust between the public (more…)

Hemet city council struggles to balance budget

<strong>Hemet city council struggles to balance budget</strong>
Measure U Oversight Committee challenges a grab for Measure U money Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleA member of the public addresses the city council regarding the 2018-2019 operating budget. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Hemet City Council is struggling. It’s struggling over a $3 million shortfall in the 2018-19 budget. It appears the idea of moving Measure U money into the general fund may be a political dead duck. The irony is that the money raised by Measure U is beyond what was estimated. There seems to be some “extra money” that is about equal to the shortfall in next year’s general fund. Well, maybe a third of the shortfall. (more…)

Fear and opportunity in immigration politics

<strong>Fear and opportunity in immigration politics</strong>
Trump politics give immigration rights advocates new challenges Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of AmericaAs the midterm elections draw nearer, Trump and company will rev up the fear machine, but the champions of immigrants’ rights have a unique opportunity not only to challenge lies with facts, but also to move the discourse in a new direction. ■ By Andrew Moss / Contributed With each passing week, the battle of words over immigration intensifies, as Trump administration officials continue honing their favorite rhetorical weapon: fear. This past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that people crossing the border illegally will be charged with criminal offenses instead of facing civil deportation (more…)

5 candidates for Assembly District 42, and 3 are Republicans

<strong>5 candidates for Assembly District 42, and 3 are Republicans</strong>
Photo source: Gary Jeandron for State Assembly34-year public servant Gary Jeandron. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Assemblyman Chad Mayes, 42nd District, has four other candidates vying for his seat. Last week, The Valley Chronicle covered the Democratic and Green Party candidates, DeniAntionette Mazingo (Democrat) and Carol A. Bouldin (Green Party) running to replace Mayes. Now, we will cover the three Republicans, Gary Jeandron, San Jacinto Councilman Andrew Kotyuk and incumbent Chad Mayes. All five candidates are competing for one of the top two spots for November’s general election. Meet Gary Jeandron In his candidate statement, Jeandron talks about his roots consisting of the Banning/Beaumont Pass and the San Jacinto (more…)

Meet the Democratic and Green Party candidates running for the 42nd Assembly District

<strong>Meet the Democratic and Green Party candidates running for the 42nd Assembly District</strong>
Photo courtesy of Deni For AssemblyDemocratic candidate DeniAntionette Mazingo. Carol A. Bouldin Facebook pageGreen Party candidate Carol A. Bouldin ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor In addition to the three Republicans in the race for the 42nd Assembly District, there are two other candidates: DeniAntionette Mazingo (Democrat) and Carol A. Bouldin (Green Party). Mazingo and Bouldin are two newcomers running on progressive platforms. The 42nd Assembly District includes cities encompassing parts of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties including Hemet and San Jacinto. Meet DeniAntionette Mazingo Mazingo is a Hemet resident. She has been a practicing attorney for the last 16 years and also provides pro bono services. According to her (more…)

Caucus to examine potential health risks associated with exposure to burn pits

<strong>Caucus to examine potential health risks associated  with exposure to burn pits</strong>
Dr. Ruiz and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) launch bipartisan Congressional Burn Pits Caucus to raise awareness and find solutions Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D.Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA). ■ Chronicle News Service On May 1, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) announced the creation of a bipartisan Congressional Burn Pits Caucus. The caucus will serve as an organizational unit for members of Congress to increase awareness about burn pits, provide information about the potential health effects of exposure to burn pits, and to advocate for solutions to protect the health of service members and veterans. The caucus currently has 21 bipartisan members—10 (more…)

Emergency Medical Dispatch in Hemet is on the horizon

<strong>Emergency Medical Dispatch in Hemet is on the horizon</strong>
Photo courtesy of the City of HemetFire Chief Scott Brown. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The much needed Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) training was approved by the Hemet City Council at its last meeting on April 24. EMD is the next phase and “single most important step the Hemet Fire Department (HFD) has made,” said Hemet’s Fire Chief Scott Brown. “Other fire departments that have implemented EMD have seen a 25-40 percent reduction in [HFD] call volume.” The staff report states that the training is being funded through the general fund, but that is not accurate says Brown. Training is being funded by the fines generated by the late (more…)

Dr. Ruiz introduces bill to tackle opioid epidemic

<strong>Dr. Ruiz introduces bill to tackle opioid epidemic</strong>
Bill increases access to comprehensive addiction treatment programs for seniors through Medicare Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D.Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) ■ Chronicle News Service On April 24, Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) introduced the Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, a bill that will increase access for seniors on Medicare to comprehensive addiction treatment services such as care management, treatment planning, and support services. The bill would also reward and support treatment programs with the best outcomes, fostering innovations in care to successfully help patients. The legislation is supported by the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction (more…)

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…)