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Over the past 20 years, the population in the city of Beaumont has nearly quadrupled.  That prompted KVCR listener Mario Gonzalez to ask us: with all of the people moving to Beaumont, what are the plans to build more schools and infrastructure to keep up?  In Part 1 of a series, we're looking at Beaumont's plans to build more schools, and the challenges they've been facing. KVCR's Danielle Fox has the story.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors yesterday (Tuesday) narrowly voted to impose a labor contract on union employees, in spite of opposition from union officials.  Details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

In this segment, Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist John Husing defends his disdain for California's rapid push for mostly renewable energy sources by the middle of the century, and gets some pushback from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente began a 5-day strike yesterday (Monday), calling for more staffing and shorter wait times.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

Outside the Kaiser building in Fontana, mental health professionals are chanting and holding signs that say “Kaiser, Don’t Deny My Patients Mental Health Care.”

It’s the first day of a five-day long strike. Over 4,000 mental health workers across California are demanding Kaiser increase their staffing to provide shorter wait times for clients.

The Riverside County Board Of Supervisors is expected to vote today (Tuesday) on whether to unilaterally impose a contract on one of its employee unions.  More form KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is likely to approve limited antibiotic use in citrus trees.  Capital Public radio's Julia Mitric has more on what this could mean for California's $3.4 billion citrus industry.

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Even though large wildfires have become common in California, they are still taking many by surprise.  They are often deadly, like the Camp Fire that killed 85 people.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, Some people didn't evacuate... and survived.

Ever wonder where the phrase "canary in the coal mine" came from ?  Coal miners used to take canaries underground with them... so that if toxic gases like carbon monoxide got too strong, the canaries would die first.  That would give the miners the chance to get out safely before suffering th esame fate.  Well. California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte says his state party is the "canary in the coal mine" for the national GOP.  He spoke late Friday with Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler.


The Camp Fire destroyed homes and lives across Butte County.  It also wiped out local government's ability to pay for basic services, from roads to law enforcement, right when those communities need it most.  Capital Publci Radio's Chris Nichols reports on efforts at the state Capitol to help these local governments recover. 

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:


The second rainstorm in a week swept across Southern California yesterday, drenching the Inland Empire with a couple of inches of rain, and causing concern about potential damage to homes in Holy Fire burn areas.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors this week held a public forum on cooperation between the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


After years of lawsuits against it, California's 2012 overhaul of the public employee pension system has finally reached the state Supreme Court.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Inland Empire state Senator Connie Leyva is re-introducing legislation that could require certain California universities to provide abortion pills on campus.  KVCR's Katie Trojano has more.

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A highly controversial bill designed to increase housing near transit stops in California died quickly last spring.  Now, it's back in the fall with a new name and more support.  Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains.

Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom praised his "cradle-to-career" education plan throughout his campaign.  One of his goal: establish a data systemthat tracks California kids from early childhood through college and into the workforce.  It's been a topic of conversation for more than a decade, yet a system still doen't exist.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explains.

California Assemblymember Kevin McCarty - a Democrat representing Sacramento - introduced three pieces of legislation yesterday (Tuesday) aiming to provide 100,000 more children from low and middle-income households with free preschool.  Programs like this are already operating in other states -- but could it work in California?  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai reports.

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Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom claimed the temporary clousre of a border crossing south of San Diego led to millions of dollars in economic loss, and that future shutdowns rusk billions more.  Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols fact-checked that claim.


In this segment, KVCR's Ken Vincent challenges the assertions of John Husing, Chief Economist for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership,  that California's relentless policy push to replace fossil fuels with renewable sources is making the cost of energy more expensive than other states, and harming the IE's manufacturing economy.


Now, an alternative view to Inland Empire Economist John Husing’s assertions that renewable energy is too expensive for the IE’s economy to maintain a competitive manufacturing sector.  This morning (Tuesday) on the Marketplace Morning Report, host Sabri Ben-Achour talked with a Paula DiPerna, an international consultant who advises businesses and governments on how to plan for and manage climate change impacts.  DiPerna says in the following interview that we can continue to resist renewable energy here in the U.S., and we’ll lose out to the rest of the world.


The new California Legislature is now in session.  Lawmakers took their oaths of office yesterday (Monday) at the state Capitol... with promises to fight poverty, homelessness, and wildfires.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.

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The trial date for the Perris couple accused of torturing and imprisoning their 13 children has been set.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


The 93rd session of the California Legislature begins today (Monday).  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, Democrats will hold wide supermajorities in both houses after their victories in last month's midterm elections.

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San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis is refusing to concede the election... although he has reportedly applied for a new political job.  KVCR's Katy Trojano has more.

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:

1.     Ballot counting in the Nov. 8 election continues, with recent counts changing some results.2.     The transition to a new Riverside County sheriff is hitting some bumps in the road.3.     Ontario International Airport continues to report gains, after two years under local control.4.     And the key witness in the Colonies corruption trial has been sentenced to prison 11 years after pleading guilty.

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The Inland Empire was pelted by rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains yesterday (Thursday), as a Pacific storm passed through the region.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this report on how Inlanders fared through the storm - including residents who were wathcing for mudflows and flooding in neighborhoods near wildfire  burn areas. 

Democratic Member of Congress Raul Ruiz - who represents the areas of the Coachella Valley including the Salton Sea - was joined by lawmakers from across the state yesterday (Thursday) in calling on Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to make saving the declining Salton Sea a priority upon taking office.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

A new report puyt out by UC Riverside shows that the tech sector has a limited presence in the Inland Empire - and gives some recommendations on how to grow it.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

California workers without a plan to save for retirement have a new option: a unique state-operated program.  Capital Public Radio's Nick Miller explains.

November 29: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Nov 29, 2018
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This week on Lifestyles, Lillian speaks with Julie Edwards-Matanga, Musical Director for the San Bernardino Valley College Theatre, and Aaron Saenz who plays the lead role in the upcoming musical production of “In the Heights.”
“In the Heights” is a musical about a Hispanic-American community in New York City and will play in the SBVC Auditorium from December 6-9. She also visits the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary and chats with Rose Bowl CEO Darryl Dunn. While at the Flea Market, she shopped for sunglasses.