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Facing steep revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic economy, the city of Riverside is considering increasing its fees for trash and recycle pickup. 

In the proposal, monthly costs for residential pick-up services would increase by 15 percent in October. Which means standard curbside pick-up would go up by a little over $4 and backyard pickup by almost $7. Yearly increases would continue for four years at around a 3 percent rate.

Menifee Builds Its Own Police Force... And Police Culture

Jul 24, 2019

Menifee is the second fastest-growing city in Riverside County, and the seventh fastest-growing in the state – and now, it’s building its own police force. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.

Menifee incorporated in 2008 with a population of 65,000. Menifee City Manager Armando Villa says that number has increased significantly since then.

Villa: “Today, ten years forward, we've become a very desirable city for the developer community and for the new families, new residents. We are sitting about 94,000 residents now, we continue to grow about 3 and a half percent.”

New San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia wants the city to pay for additional staff positions in the Mayor's office, according to a report in the San Bernardino Sun.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Governor Jerry Brown is in the Inland Empire today to hold a bill-signing ceremony that will restore funds to 4 IE cities.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

MoVal Councilmember Didn't Disclose Prior Felony

Jun 20, 2016

Moreno Valley City Councilwoman LaDonna Jempson was arrested for embezzlement 34 years ago.  Jempson is facing critiscism and calls to resign for not disclosing the prior felony when she ran for her council seat in 2014.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

6 months after a joint local/federal municipal corruption task force raided Beaumont City Hall, the California State Controller's Office has finished its review of the city of Beaumont's finances.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains, the Pass community's financial records may be in shambles, but the State Controller has hope that things can turn around.

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Just like in Beaumont a few months ago, the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney's Office raided Palm Springs City Hall and the apartment of Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, as part of an investigation by the Inland Empire Public Corruption Task Force.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

Beaumont Issues $32 Million in Bonds

Jul 27, 2015

Last week, the Pass community of Beaumont approved 32 million dollars in new bonds. The decision comes in the wake of an investigation by the FBI and an audit by the State Controller's Office. KVCR's Matt Guilhem looked into the type of bonds being issued and produced this report.

The eastern Inland Empire community of Beaumont will be audited by the state controller's office due to some big discrepancies in the city's finances.  The announcement from the state controller comes as Beaumont is still figuring out how to manage a recent raid by the FBI.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports,