A WIN FOR LOCAL WATER, JUDGE ORDERS CHANGE IN STATE CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS

In a ruling that will save Morongo Basin water agencies and their customers literally millions of dollars, a Superior Court judge ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to implement a new drinking water standard for chromium-6 that considers the limitations of disadvantaged communities. The court said the Department of

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TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER THREATENS THREE REGIONAL NATIONAL MONUMENTS

President Trump signed an executive order yesterday to investigate whether one president can overturn a previous president’s creation of national monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the Interior Department’s review of all national monuments over 100,000 acres created since 1996 could threaten 10 of

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A METEOR LIGHTS UP THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SKIES

Did you see it? A bright light, a meteor, lit up the skies Monday night over Southern California. A weather spotter reported around 9 p.m. seeing a fireball above Interstate 15 near Hesperia north of Cajon Pass, said the National Weather Service. A resident of San Juan Capistrano said the

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CALIFORNIA CIGARETTE TAX GOES TO $2.87 A PACK STARTING SATURDAY

The cost of smoking cigarettes and vaping nicotine in California is going up Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff gets out her calculator… If you’re a smoker, the cost of your habit is going up on Saturday, April 1. Last November, California voters approved Proposition 56, an extra $2 per pack

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TOMORROW IS CAESAR CHAVEZ DAY HOLIDAY IN CALIFORNIA

Friday, March 31, is Cesar Chavez Day, a legal holiday in California but not a federal holiday. Here’s a roundup of what’s open and what’s closed: Most state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the county courthouse will be closed. The post office will be open, Morongo Unified

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STATE ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES VOICES MISGIVINGS ON IMMIGRATION BAN

State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley Monday joined several GOP leaders voicing misgivings about President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring refugees from some majority-Muslim countries from entering the country. “Religious liberty is a core value of our nation. My ancestors immigrated to America to flee religious persecution,”

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SENATOR JEAN FULLER NAMED ELECTED WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller was recognized Wednesday at the California Women Lead reception as “Elected Woman of the Year.” The annual event honors leaders in the political, business, and government communities. Senator Fuller is the first woman in California history to serve as Senate Republican Leader and represents Senate

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WE CONCLUDE OUR LOOK AT NEW LAWS FOR 2017

As we enter a new year, we conclude our look at new laws that took effect January 1. Employers are prohibited from paying women less than male colleagues, based on prior salary. Companies, including Uber and Lyft, can no longer hire drivers who are registered sex offenders, have been convicted

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PART 3 IN OUR LOOK AT NEW LAWS FOR 2017

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Low-Level felons serving sentences outside of state prison get to keep their right to vote. It will now be legal for motorcycle riders to split lanes. Law enforcement have

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CALFIRE FIRE FIGHTERS LOOKING FOR SUBSTANTIAL RAISE

CalFire firefighters are looking at a proposal that would give them a hefty raise. The state-employed firefighters, some of the lowest-compensated in their profession in California, are preparing to vote on a contract offer that would increase their base pay by 9.29 percent to 22.55 percent over four years. Union

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NEW STATE LAWS FOR 2017, PART 2 OF 5

As we welcome a new year, we continue our look at several new laws that took effect as of January 1. Employers will be prohibited from asking job applicants to disclose arrests made while they were juveniles, if the arrest didn’t result in a conviction. If you’re stressed by your

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ANY DRIVERS’ HANDHELD CELLPHONE USE IS NOW ILLEGAL

It’s now illegal for California drivers to even hold their phones while behind the wheel, no matter the reason. The new law is expected to cut down on distracted-driving accidents and deaths, in which eight out of 10 accidents involve inattentive driving, and talking or texting on a mobile phone

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CALIFORNIA IMMIGRANTS SCRAMBLING TO GET DOCUMENTS IN ORDER

Some Californians are scrambling to get their identification and work documents in order by January 20. As Kirby Davis reports, they are immigrants—concerned about President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deport some 11 million undocumented people… Immigrants in California are gathering their documents in anticipation of the new president’s swearing-in

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SALES TAX DROPPING STATEWIDE, EXCEPT IN YUCCA VALLEY

Lots of new laws went into effect on January 1. While some may be cause for concern, others are the harbingers of good news. Reporter David Haldane tells us about one change likely to draw applause in the Morongo Basin… The State of California has a New Year’s present for

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SWARM OF 250 EARTHQUAKES HITS NEAR BRAWLEY

Residents near the California-Mexico border are feeling a little uneasy after a swarm of more than 250 earthquakes have struck the Brawley area since Saturday. The strongest earthquake was measured a 3.9-magnitude quake, directly underneath Brawley. The temblors are in the Brawley Seismic Zone, which connects the San Andreas and

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NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS FOR A NEW YEAR

As we welcome a new year, we conclude our look at several new laws that take effect January 1. Employers are prohibited from paying women less than male colleagues, based on prior salary. Companies, including Uber and Lyft, can no longer hire drivers who are registered sex offenders, have been

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NEW CALPERS EXPECTATIONS WILL COST LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES

The state’s public pension system, Calpers, recently lowered its sights regarding future investment returns. That could cost California cities and public agencies—including those in the Morongo Basin—lots of money. Reporter David Haldane explains…

If you work for a California municipality or public agency, your employer may have to pick up

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FEDERAL WATER BILL COULD CHANGE HOW WATER FLOWS IN CALIFORNIA

Anyone monitoring recent attempts by the U.S. Congress to enact meaningful water legislation may have suffered a serious case of whiplash. For the moment, at least, the matter seems to have been resolved. Reporter David Haldane has more… California’s two Democratic senators faced off on water over the weekend, and

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN’S CONVICTION FOR RAPING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL UPHELD

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld a former Yucca Valley resident’s conviction for breaking into a Claremont home and raping a 12-year old girl. The three-justice panel rejected the defense’s contention that the trial court’s failure to grant Joseph Chandler Davall’s motion for a change of venue from Pomona deprived

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CALIFORNIA JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM BENEFITTING FROM REFORM

California stands out for its work in turning young lives around, according to a new report on youth prisons. The report recommends closing all youth prisons and reinvesting in other types of programs. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more… The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows youth correctional

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