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Hemet City Manager terminated

<strong>Hemet City Manager terminated</strong>

Majority of city council expresses dissatisfaction with performance ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed In a special meeting held by the Hemet City Council on Tuesday, Mar. 19, councilmembers voted to terminate the employment contract of City Manager Allen Parker on a 3-to-2 vote.The special meeting was held at a secondary location possibly to avoid […]

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Boxing for Christ block party

<strong>Boxing for Christ block party</strong>

A new community event made for everyone ■ By Jenna Robinson / Contributed Nestled behind Monte Vista Middle School in San Jacinto is the hidden gem that is Sallee Park, a spacious and beautiful venue for the first annual Boxing for Christ Community Block Party and where the organization is located. From a well-coordinated car […]

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Local NAMI Mt. San Jacinto holds ‘Recognition Fiesta’

<strong>Local NAMI Mt. San Jacinto holds ‘Recognition Fiesta’</strong>

Over 20 volunteers praised for mental health services to the community ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The second annual Recognition Fiesta by NAMI Mt. San Jacinto took place last month at the Golden Era Golf Course with an enthusiastic audience of volunteers and other residents of San Jacinto, Hemet, Perris and Banning. NAMI is […]

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Elks Lodge, Home Depot recognize Hemet veterans

<strong>Elks Lodge, Home Depot recognize Hemet veterans</strong>

Brookdale Sunwest site of new veterans memorial park ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A new veterans memorial park was dedicated at Brookdale Sunwest assisted living facility in Hemet with the help of Hemet Elks Lodge 1740 and Home Depot. The memorial park is also a memorial garden that will allow residents of Brookdale […]

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Library talk addresses historic U.S. and local disasters

<strong>Library talk addresses historic U.S. and local disasters</strong>

Part 1 explores historic disasters and preparedness strategies ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The last time the First Friday program was held at the Hemet Library, Penelope Engard focused on historic natural disasters in the U.S. and Carol Frances presented the history of Saint Patrick’s Day. Engard led a fascinated audience, including members of […]

Political

Change in electricity rates

<strong>Change in electricity rates</strong>

Solar, still great for the planet, not as great for your wallet ■ By Jacob Doane / Contributed The talk at a recent San Jacinto City Council meeting was about electricity. Southern California Edison is one of the largest electric companies in the nation as well as the nation’s single largest purchaser of renewable power. […]

Political

McSweeny Farms gets new funding

<strong>McSweeny Farms gets new funding</strong>

Council approves new acquisition agreement for phases 2 and 3 of project ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed The Hemet City Council unanimously approved a resolution for revised construction funding and an acquisition agreement for McSweeny Farms. This resolution is in regards to infrastructure construction and acquisition for phases two and three of the 673-acre […]

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Envision 2040: SJ General Plan Visioning workshops

<strong>Envision 2040: SJ General Plan Visioning workshops</strong>

■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed San Jacinto’s mayor, Russ Utz, worked with citizens to develop a plan to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure at the second of three Envision 2040 San Jacinto General Plan Visioning workshops held this first quarter of 2019. The first in this series of workshops was held Feb. 21 where […]

Opinion

Should 17 year-olds have the right to vote?

■ Thomas D. Elias / Contributed No one protested back in the 1970s, when first Congress and then every state granted 18 year-old citizens the right to vote. If they were old enough to die for their country, went the reasoning, they were also old enough to help make its decisions. Now a top-ranking Democratic […]