Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit passed away last night of complications from pancreatic cancer. Benoit, who earlier this year wrapped up a term as Chair of the Board of Supervisors, suddenly announced he was cutting back on his workload last month, after he received what later would be a confirmed case of advanced pancreatic cancer. Benoit had a long career in law enforcement before entering local elected politics. KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on the life and career of John Benoit, and what's next for his vacant seat.
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will finally have its full complement of 5 Supervisors on board, after waiting several weeks for Governor Jerry Brown to appoint former Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington to replace former Supervisor Jeff Stone, who's now in the state Senate. Washington is the first African American Riverside County Supervisor, and the only Democrat to hold the officially non-partisan post in many years. KVCR's Ken Vincent speaks with Paul Young, Riverside County Bureau Chief for City News Service, about how Chuck Washington could change the dynamic on the Board.