Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Riverside County has a new chief executive officer;

- The San Bernardino County District Attorney released a report on the police response to the Dec. 2, 2015 mass shooting, and;

- Inland Empire population to grow by nearly 3 million over next 30 years.

Beaumont City Councilman Mark Orozco was slated to be arraigned today at the Riverside Hall of Justice on 10 felony charges involving alleged falsification of campaign funds on government documents and
soliciting a bribe.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Democratic leaders in California are trying to defend Orange County freshman state Senator Josh Newman from a recall effort.  That's after Newman provided a key vote to pass Governor Jerry Brown's gas tax increase.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


An Inland Empire Republican assemblywoman is calling out an IE Democratic congressman for a photo of him wearing a t-shirt that uses an obscenity to criticize the GOP health care bill.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The Coachella Valley community of Cathedral City -- the second-largest of the 8 desert cities behind Indio -- has approved a proposal to make it the first city in Inland Southern  California to declare itself a "sanctuary city."  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A bill making it's way through the California Legislature would expand Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented adults between the ages of 19 and 26.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


A group of juveniles playing with fire torched a blaze that scorched 10 acres of brush in Moreno Valley yesterday (Tuesday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

TV news screenshot from KESQ, Palm Springs

Riverside County's newest supervisor, Manuel Perez, was welcomed onto the Board of Supervisors with a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony before yesterday's regular meeting.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The median price of a home in Riverside County shot up nearly 8 percent over the past year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

With the California Legislature's June 15 constitutional budget deadline just three weeks away, Assembly Democrats are laying out their proposal to spend more than Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal allocates.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Some kidney disease patients and health workers are supporting a bill that they say would address chronic understaffing issues at dialysis clinics.  Capital Public Radio's Sally Schilling reports.

California State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore recently claimed Governor Jerry Brown's budget is diverting 30 percent of the state's new gas tax money for non-road projects, such as building state parks and job training for felons.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out those comments made by the Riverside County Republican.

$400 billion.  That's the first estimate of how much it could cost to create a statewide single-payer health care system in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.


The newest member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors officially begins his first day at work today.   Former state assemblyman V. Manuel Perez was appointed by Gov. Brown to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Supervisor John Benoit last December.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Governor Jerry Brown's latest budget proposal calls for withholding $50 million from the University of California until the UC improves its financial accountability and admits more community college transfers.  It's the governor's way of pushing for change in spite of the UC's constitutional independence.  But the governor has a far more effective tool to overhaul the UC that he has yet to take full advantage of, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

California Democrats elected a new party leader this weekend at their convention in Sacramento.  Even though it's an influential position, choosing a new party leader is typically a dry affair with a predictable outcome.  Not this time, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

- Four Riverside County cities will finally get state funding;

- Beaumont councilman indicted on corruption charges, and;

- Cheech Marin's collection of Chicano art accepted by Riverside City Council.

A fire erupted yesterday (Thursday) in the Santa Ana River bottom in Riverside, scorching 30 acres and spreading into a Jurupa Valley golf course by the time crews began attempting to encircle it.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

There appears to be a growing disconnect between the University of California and state elected officials in Sacramento.  Yesterday's (Thursday's) UC Regents meeting differed sharply in tone from a California legislative hearing earlier this month.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports from San Francisco.

California's Democratic leaders are moving forward with a retirement program for private sector workers in spite of a resolution signed yesterday (Thursday) by President Trump.  Reporter Sally Schilling explains Secure Choice will offer I-R-A's to workers whose employers don't provide them.

Scientists fro the first time have quantified how much groundwater was lost in California's Central Valley in the most recent drought.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, farmers pumped enough water out of the ground to fill Lake Mead.

California will receive $66 million from Volkswagen to help reduce air pollution.  Reporter Sally Schilling explains the funds are part of a second settlement reached yesterday (Wednesday) related to the company's emissions cheating scandal. 

University of California

The spending practices of University of California President Janet Napolitano's office will face new scrutiny today (Thursday).  At their meeting in San Francisco, the U-C Board of Regents is scheduled to publicly discuss for the first time last month's scathing state audit.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

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The Brown administration has plans for an innovative money swap that could pay off billions in pension debt over the next two decades, but nonpartisan analysts say the proposal isn't fully cooked.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford explains.

Some Native American parents are urging California school teachers to stop assigning the mission project.  That's where kids in the fourth grade build replicas of historic Spanish mission.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

Thousands of bee colonies died this winter during almond pollination in Fresno.  The County AG commissioner is leading an investigation to find out what happened.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric visited one beekeeper who's rebuilding hives after a devastating loss. 

YMCA of Riverside County

The Press-Enterprise reports this morning that some school districts in Riverside County are having to cut back or charge parents for after-school programs, because of rising costs and funding from the state that has been stagnant at best.  In Sacramento, backers of California after-school programs are pushing hard for their first state funding increase in a decade, even as the Trump administration has called for cutting federal funding.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

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Governor Jerry Brown says the University of California at Berkeley should "man up" and allow conservatives like Ann Coulter to speak on campus.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A new report that gauges the health of California salmon, steelhead, and trout paints an alarming picture.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, it shows nearly half are likely to be extinct in 50 years if conditions don't change.

UC Cooperative Extension

In Fresno, almond orchards bloom in late winter.  Bee hives are brought in for pollination.  But this year, something went wrong.  Now, county agriculture officials are investigating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of honeybees.  Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric has part one of a two-part story.