The Board of Supervisors will meet in Palm Desert tomorrow, taking its regular Board meeting out of the county seat for a rare meeting in another location within Riverside County.
Approximately 223,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets will start going out to voters tomorrow (Sept. 26) for the general election on Nov. 5. About half will be mailed initially, with the remainder sent to voters by sometime early next week.
A community workshop for people who suffered losses to homes or personal property in the recent Mountain and Silver fires will be held Thursday (Aug. 29) at Beaumont City Hall.
The meeting, scheduled in cooperation with Supervisors Jeff Stone and Marion Ashley, follows the Board of Supervisors’ decision last week (8/20) to help fire victims by waiving many county permit and development fees, as well as landfill fees for cleanup of affected properties. The Board also agreed to fast-track county approvals for those who are rebuilding.
Members of the public who suffered losses in the fires are encouraged to attend the meeting, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Beaumont City Hall, 550 E. Sixth St. County officials will be on hand to provide information about possible assistance and to answer residents’ and property owners’ questions.
The Mountain Fire started July 15 on private property near Highway 243 and Highway 74 in Mountain Center. It burned 27,531 acres and destroyed seven homes and 12 other structures. The Silver Fire started Aug. 7 and burned more than 20,292 acres before it was contained. The blaze destroyed 26 homes and damaged more than 25 other structures. A report that the Board of Supervisors received last Tuesday (8/20) noted that some property owners devastated by the fires might lack insurance, or have insufficient coverage, to afford the county permits needed to rebuild.
For questions about the meeting, contact Riverside County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services at (951) 955-4700.
A community workshop for people who suffered losses to homes or personal property in the recent Mountain and Silver fires will be held Aug. 29 at Beaumont City Hall.
The meeting, held in cooperation with Supervisors Jeff Stone and Marion Ashley, follows the Board of Supervisors’ decision today (8/20) to help fire victims by waiving many county permit and development fees, as well as landfill fees for cleanup of affected properties. The Board also agreed to fast-track county approvals for those who are rebuilding.
The Mountain Fire started July 15 on private property near Highway 243 and Highway 74 in Mountain Center. It burned 27,531 acres and destroyed seven homes and 12 other structures. The Silver Fire started Aug. 7 and burned more than 20,292 acres before it was contained. The blaze destroyed 26 homes and damaged more than 25 other structures. A report that the Board of Supervisors received today (8/20) noted that some property owners devastated by the fires might lack insurance, or have insufficient coverage, to afford the county permits needed to rebuild.
Tomorrow (Aug. 27) is Election Day. The mail ballot election includes voters in the Idyllwild Fire Protection District and Rancho California Water District. It will be conducted completely by mail, so there will be no established polling places.
You also may cast a ballot in the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Registrar of Voters office is located at 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside.
All ballots must be in the possession of the Registrar of Voters by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Ballots with postmarks before the deadline are not accepted and cannot be counted if they reach the registrar’s office after tomorrow’s 8 p.m. deadline.
Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil encourages every eligible voter to cast a ballot in the election.
The Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and District Attorney are teaming up to prevent real estate fraud spurred by the volume of foreclosures in the region. Beginning in September, Riverside County Assessor-County Clerk–Recorder Larry Ward and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach will issue property owners an advisory letter on foreclosures and loan modifications whenever a notice of default is recorded.
“We are committed to protecting residents from scam artists who offer bogus loan modifications, taking advantage of people already in financial trouble,” Ward said.
Zellerbach hopes the new notice will quickly alert homeowners to possible fraud and help prosecutors investigate questionable activity, limiting the number of innocent victims.
“The notices also should help deter real estate fraud and reduce losses from these crimes,” he said.
A notice of default is the first stage of the foreclosure process. Unscrupulous individuals use this information to target victims, offering loan modification services at extremely high costs without performing any services. Some will ask the homeowner to transfer the property to them or to a third party, offering to rent it back to the homeowner until they can make up the payments.
The new letter will explain that a notice of default was recorded and will include a copy of the first three pages of the recorded document. It will warn residents to be cautious of people who offer to assist in real estate matters especially those who seek payment in advance of performing services. Contact information for the Riverside County District Attorney’s real estate fraud unit also will be included, in case property owners suspect fraud.
For more information, visit www.RiversideACR.com or www.RivCoDa.org.
To ensure that ballots reach election officials in time to be counted in Tuesday’s election, voters should not return their ballots by mail after tomorrow (Aug. 21). The mail ballot election includes voters in the Idyllwild Fire Protection District and Rancho California Water District, and will be conducted completely by mail, so there will be no established polling places.
After tomorrow, voters are encouraged to return their ballots to the Registrar of Voters office at 2724 Gateway Drive in Riverside. Ballots can be deposited in the 24-hour drop box located outside the front entrance to the Registrar of Voters office.
Ballots must reach the registrar by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Ballots with postmarks before the deadline are not accepted and cannot be counted if they reach the registrar’s office after the 8 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.
A construction contract for the second phase of the Gilman Springs Road safety project phase was approved today (9/10) by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
Construction on the 1.7 mile stretch from State Route 60 to Jack Rabbit Trail, in and near Moreno Valley, is expected to begin in early October. The nearly $4 million project includes realigned curves, wider shoulders, a new southbound passing lane, a left turn pocket at Alessandro Boulevard, pavement rehabilitation, and drainage and safety improvements. Gilman Springs Road will be closed between SR 60 and Bridge Street, and Alessandro Boulevard will be closed from Theodore Street to Gilman Springs Road, for 45 days. The public will receive advance notice before the roads are closed.
This is the second of five phases to improve safety along Gilman Springs Road from Highway 60 near Moreno Valley to Soboba Road in the San Jacinto area. The first phase was completed last month and included roadway safety improvements between SR 79 and Soboba Road. For more information about the entire project, check online at http://rcprojects.org/gilmanspringsroad/ or call (877) 672-7765.
Riverside County plans to hold a Board of Supervisors meeting away from the normal Riverside location on Oct. 1, and is considering plans for a videoconference that would provide for public participation in both Palm Desert and Riverside during that meeting.
Weekly Board meetings are held in the County Administrative Center in Riverside and meetings in other locations are extremely rare. But Supervisor John J. Benoit had proposed that the Board meet in Palm Desert and, at today's (8/20) meeting, supervisors agreed to meet Oct. 1 at the Coachella Valley Water District headquarters, 75-525 Hovley Lane East in Palm Desert.
Board members asked the county staff to determine the cost of carrying live video of the Oct. 1 meeting on the internet. The county streams live internet video when the Board meets in Riverside, where the necessary equipment already is in place. The county staff will determine whether streaming, as well as videoconferencing, can be made available on Oct. 1. If both can be accomplished, people with an internet connection could watch the Oct. 1 meeting online and the public could watch the meeting and comment via a videoconference link between Palm Desert and the Board chambers in Riverside, 4080 Lemon St.
Supervisor Jeff Stone also proposed today (Tuesday) that the Board meet in locations around the county once every four months. Board members decided Tuesday to use the Oct. 1 meeting as a test to help determine the costs. Thoughts of meeting outside Riverside again or further use of teleconferencing could be considered after the Oct. 1 meeting, Board members said.
Wildomar – A new I-15 interchange at Clinton Keith Road – with wider ramps, new safety features and improvements to reduce traffic congestion – will have its official opening tomorrow (8/23).
Riverside County and the City of Wildomar will host a ceremonial opening celebration to highlight safety improvements at the interchange, including the widening of Clinton Keith Road and wider on ramps and off ramps. The project increased the number of lanes on the bridge from three to eight and also added HOV lanes and meters to control traffic flow at on ramps. The bridge is now 288 feet long and 122 feet wide - about 74 feet wider than the original.
The $23 million project was almost entirely funded through transportation uniform mitigation fees (TUMF), regional road and bridge construction funds, development impact fees, and the City of Murrieta. The project was a collaboration among numerous agencies, including the Riverside County Transportation Department, the City of Wildomar, the City of Murrieta, CalTrans, the Western Riverside County Association of Governments, the Riverside County Transportation Commission and the Federal Highway Administration.
Speakers at tomorrow’s ceremony include Riverside County 1st District Supervisor Kevin Jeffries; Wildomar Mayor Tim Walker; Wildomar Councilman Ben Benoit; Juan Perez, director of the Riverside County Transportation Land Management Agency; Ruthanne Taylor Berger, deputy executive director of the Western Riverside County Association of Governments; and Anne Mayer, executive director of the Riverside County Transportation Commission. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at 23905 Catt Road in Wildomar.
The contractor, Griffith Company, began construction on the project in April 2012 and finished just over 16 months later. URS Corporation designed the interchange, which remained open throughout the major improvement project despite some lane closures. For more information about the grand opening, contact Nathan Hultgren at (951) 201-3483.
Facts and other information about the potentially fatal Ebola virus are available on a new web page from Riverside County health officials.
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