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Tue Apr 25 16:02:00 PDT 2017

Tue Apr 25 16:02:00 PDT 2017 Tue Apr 25 16:02:00 PDT 2017

Art and Creative Writing Festival Supports Talent of Mental Health Community

The 15th Annual Desert Mental Health Arts Festival, a free community event that showcases art and poetry, and features community resources from mental health providers, will take place at the Riverside County Fairgrounds from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.

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Wed Mar 29 09:14:00 PDT 2017 Wed Mar 29 09:14:00 PDT 2017

Public Invited to Celebrate Mayflower Park Improvements

Riverside County and City of Blythe officials invite the community to come out to Mayflower Park and celebrate the renovated boat launch ramp and dock, new restrooms and other improvements to this Blythe area county park.

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Tue Mar 28 12:05:00 PDT 2017 Tue Mar 28 12:05:00 PDT 2017

Ripley Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated Blythe area community of Ripley will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, April 1.

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Wed Mar 22 11:29:00 PDT 2017 Wed Mar 22 11:29:00 PDT 2017

Community Clean-Up and Free Trash Disposal Set for Saturday, with Locations in Mecca and North Shore

All residents of Riverside County have the opportunity to bring their non hazardous household waste, including tires, for free disposal at two locations in the eastern Coachella Valley on Saturday, March 25.

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Mon Mar 20 16:46:00 PDT 2017 Mon Mar 20 16:46:00 PDT 2017

Coachella Valley Cities, County to Celebrate 11 Extraordinary Seniors Friday

All nine Coachella Valley cities and the County of Riverside will honor 11 outstanding senior citizen volunteers at the 25th annual Senior Inspiration Awards at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 24.

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Wed Mar 15 14:29:00 PDT 2017 Wed Mar 15 14:29:00 PDT 2017

North Shore Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of North Shore will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, March 18.

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Mon Mar 06 16:25:00 PST 2017 Mon Mar 06 16:25:00 PST 2017

North Shore Mobile Health Clinic Switches to Wednesdays

Riverside County’s mobile health clinic in North Shore will switch its schedule from Fridays to Wednesdays, beginning this Wednesday, March 8.

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Thu Mar 02 16:31:00 PST 2017 Thu Mar 02 16:31:00 PST 2017

Mesa Verde Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated Blythe area community of Mesa Verde will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, March 4.

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Thu Mar 02 16:30:00 PST 2017 Thu Mar 02 16:30:00 PST 2017

Bermuda Dunes Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of Bermuda Dunes will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, March 4.

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Wed Mar 01 15:03:00 PST 2017 Wed Mar 01 15:03:00 PST 2017

Woman and Young Lady of the Year Award Nominations Sought

The County of Riverside Commission for Women is requesting nominations of women and young ladies to receive special honors for their efforts to help make Riverside County a better place for women.

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Tue Feb 28 14:16:00 PST 2017 Tue Feb 28 14:16:00 PST 2017

Tickets on Sale for 2017 Senior Inspiration Awards Luncheon

Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Senior Inspiration Awards, the 25th annual event honoring 11 outstanding volunteers, senior citizens 65 years and older, who inspire others through their volunteerism and contributions to the community.

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Fri Feb 03 08:45:00 PST 2017 Fri Feb 03 08:45:00 PST 2017

Fifty Dogs Impounded in North Shore Animal Services Sweeps

In an effort to improve the safety of neighborhoods, county animal control officers conducted two early-morning sweeps that resulted in the impound of 50 dogs in North Shore.

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Tue Jan 31 16:12:00 PST 2017 Tue Jan 31 16:12:00 PST 2017

Community Clean-Ups in Desert Edge, Indio Hills and Sky Valley on Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated communities of Desert Edge, Indio Hills and Sky Valley will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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Thu Jan 26 09:42:00 PST 2017 Thu Jan 26 09:42:00 PST 2017

Application Deadline Extended for Battle of the Bands

Applications for local bands vying to perform in the seventh annual Battle of the Bands will be accepted until 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

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Wed Jan 25 14:10:00 PST 2017 Wed Jan 25 14:10:00 PST 2017

Thousand Palms Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of Thousand Palms will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Sat Jan 14 15:15:00 PST 2017 Sat Jan 14 15:15:00 PST 2017

Riverside County’s Best Young Bands Sought for 2017 Battle of the Bands Competition

The search is on for Riverside County’s top young bands, to be featured in the seventh annual Battle of the Bands competition at the 2017 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.

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Mon Jan 09 12:21:00 PST 2017 Mon Jan 09 12:21:00 PST 2017

John J. Benoit Memorial Services Information

A funeral Mass for Supervisor Benoit will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta, 47-225 Washington St. The service is expected to last two hours, and a reception will immediate follow in the courtyard at St. Francis.

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Fri Jan 06 14:02:00 PST 2017 Fri Jan 06 14:02:00 PST 2017

Benoit Memorial Service to be Broadcast Online

Anyone wishing to watch Tuesday’s funeral service for Supervisor John J. Benoit online can view it live at www.rivcocob.org/bos-video. The service begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to last two hours.

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Thu Jan 05 15:54:00 PST 2017 Thu Jan 05 15:54:00 PST 2017

Satellite Location, Parking Information for Benoit Memorial Service

Due to limited parking and seating capacity at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, public parking and a satellite location to view Tuesday’s funeral service for Supervisor John J. Benoit will be set up at Southwest Church in Indian Wells.

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Thu Dec 29 17:28:00 PST 2016

Thu Dec 29 17:28:00 PST 2016 Thu Dec 29 17:28:00 PST 2016

Supervisor Ashley to Serve as Steward for the Fourth District

Supervisor Marion Ashley will provide supervisorial oversight of Riverside County’s Fourth District until Gov. Brown acts on the vacancy created by this week’s passing of Supervisor John J. Benoit, Vice Chairman John Tavaglione announced Thursday.

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Wed Dec 28 16:30:00 PST 2016 Wed Dec 28 16:30:00 PST 2016

Supervisor Benoit’s Funeral Scheduled for Jan. 10 in La Quinta

A funeral Mass for Supervisor John J. Benoit will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in La Quinta.

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Mon Dec 26 22:58:00 PST 2016 Mon Dec 26 22:58:00 PST 2016

Supervisor Benoit Dies Following Pancreatic Cancer Battle

John J. Benoit, Riverside County Fourth District supervisor, passed away peacefully this evening at his home in Bermuda Dunes. He was 64.

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Wed Nov 23 17:57:00 PST 2016 Wed Nov 23 17:57:00 PST 2016

Statement from Supervisor John J. Benoit Regarding his Biopsy Results

Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on his biopsy results:

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Fri Nov 18 16:13:00 PST 2016 Fri Nov 18 16:13:00 PST 2016

Grand Opening Set for New Mental Health Center in Palm Springs

A new 24-hour urgent care facility in Palm Springs is open to help adults in mental health crisis situations, serving to bridge a gap in mental health care in the region and provide a resource to the community.

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Fri Nov 18 10:19:00 PST 2016 Fri Nov 18 10:19:00 PST 2016

Supervisor John J. Benoit to reduce workload due to illness

This morning, Supervisor John J. Benoit notified colleagues and friends of the following information:

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Tue Oct 11 15:55:00 PDT 2016 Tue Oct 11 15:55:00 PDT 2016

Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting Postponed to Honor Fallen Palm Springs Police Officers

Out of respect for the families of the Palm Springs Police Department officers killed in the line of duty Saturday, Tuesday’s (10/18) Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting in the Coachella Valley has been postponed.

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Tue Oct 04 13:44:00 PDT 2016 Tue Oct 04 13:44:00 PDT 2016

County to Develop Sustainable Transportation Plan for Thermal and Oasis

The Riverside County Transportation Department will lead the development of a plan to expand bicycling, walking and public transit in the Thermal and Oasis communities, utilizing a $150,000 state grant accepted by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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Wed Sep 28 16:58:00 PDT 2016 Wed Sep 28 16:58:00 PDT 2016

County Hospital Expands Transportation Service to Mecca

A van that picks up Coachella Valley residents in Palm Springs and Indio and transports them to their appointments at the county hospital in Moreno Valley has added a new stop in Mecca.

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Tue Sep 20 11:14:00 PDT 2016 Tue Sep 20 11:14:00 PDT 2016

County Mobile Health Clinic to Expand Health Services to North Shore

Starting Friday, Riverside County’s mobile health clinic will be stationed in North Shore monthly to provide health services, free of charge, to Riverside County residents.

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Thu Sep 01 13:52:00 PDT 2016 Thu Sep 01 13:52:00 PDT 2016

Benoit Family to Sponsor Free Pet Adoptions in Coachella Valley Sept. 9-10

Supervisor John J. Benoit and his wife, Sheryl, will pay the adoption fees for the first 50 pets at the county’s desert shelter adopted during #Benoit50, an event they are spearheading to place shelter animals into loving, forever homes.

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Fri Aug 26 13:27:00 PDT 2016 Fri Aug 26 13:27:00 PDT 2016

New Business Center Aims to Foster Business Success, Advance Economic Development

Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the public to join him Monday in inaugurating the Coachella Valley Business Center, a one-stop hub to assist entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes.

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Thu Jul 28 09:42:00 PDT 2016 Thu Jul 28 09:42:00 PDT 2016

County Project to Maintain Eastern Coachella Valley Road

An extensive stretch of Harrison Street through the Thermal and Oasis communities will undergo maintenance this fall to enhance the road’s condition, safety and pavement life.

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Tue Jul 19 12:00:00 PDT 2016 Tue Jul 19 12:00:00 PDT 2016

Grants Available for Air Quality Improvement Projects

Nonprofit organizations, tribes, school districts and other government agencies with ideas for enhancing air quality in the Coachella Valley can apply for up to $50,000 for their projects.

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Tue Jul 05 17:01:00 PDT 2016 Tue Jul 05 17:01:00 PDT 2016

County Seeks Explanation of 911 System Outage

At Supervisor John J. Benoit’s request, the Riverside County executive officer today sent letters to state and federal regulatory agencies seeking explanation of the 911 system outage that occurred June 27 and affected residents from Whitewater to Blythe.

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Tue Jul 05 13:54:00 PDT 2016 Tue Jul 05 13:54:00 PDT 2016

Benoit Seeks Applicants for Ripley-Mesa Verde Community Council

Ripley and Mesa Verde residents who are interested in issues in their community and wish to be advocates for the Palo Verde Valley are encouraged to apply to serve on the Ripley Mesa Verde Community Council.

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Thu Jun 23 00:01:00 PDT 2016 Thu Jun 23 00:01:00 PDT 2016

Cool Centers for Riverside County’s Desert Areas

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP) has partnered with senior and community centers to provide cool centers, drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, the disabled and seniors in need of temporary relief from the summer heat.

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Mon Jun 20 16:27:00 PDT 2016 Mon Jun 20 16:27:00 PDT 2016

Bridge Over Thermal Railroad Crossing Opens to Traffic

A new overpass, built to improve traffic and safety at the intersection of Airport and Grapefruit boulevards in Thermal, is completed and was open to traffic Monday morning.

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Fri May 27 14:13:00 PDT 2016 Fri May 27 14:13:00 PDT 2016

Benoit to Distribute Laptops to Coachella Valley Families Completing Life-Skills Program

Twenty Coachella Valley families who learned the benefits of financial fitness, improved health, self-sufficiency and other life skills will be honored and will receive laptops upon their completion of a new county program.

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Wed May 18 11:29:00 PDT 2016 Wed May 18 11:29:00 PDT 2016

County to Manage Future Palm Desert Freeway Project

While construction is still a minimum of five years away, Riverside County will take the lead role in building a new Interstate 10 interchange in Palm Desert, one of several freeway improvements planned to meet the Coachella Valley’s long-term transportation needs.

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Thu May 05 14:14:00 PDT 2016 Thu May 05 14:14:00 PDT 2016

Video Publicizes Local Need, Positive Impact of Foster Parents

Supervisor John J. Benoit and the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) are appealing to Coachella Valley residents to consider fostering children in need, with a video that highlights the local need and ways to help.

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Fri Apr 29 14:46:00 PDT 2016 Fri Apr 29 14:46:00 PDT 2016

Project to Extend Sidewalk to Desert Hot Springs Area School to Begin in Summer

Riverside County will begin construction this summer on sidewalk improvements that will enhance safety for students and parents who walk to Bubbling Wells Elementary School near Desert Hot Springs.

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Thu Apr 28 11:00:00 PDT 2016 Thu Apr 28 11:00:00 PDT 2016

Bermuda Dunes Community Clean-Up Scheduled May 7

All residents within the unincorporated community of Bermuda Dunes will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, May 7.

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Thu Apr 21 11:42:00 PDT 2016 Thu Apr 21 11:42:00 PDT 2016

Benoit to Send Off Volunteers at Saturday’s Day of Service

More than 300 volunteers will paint, clean up and participate in service projects at schools, senior centers and community facilities throughout the Coachella Valley on Saturday, April 23, as part of the 8th Annual Community Just Serve Day.

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Fri Apr 01 14:40:00 PDT 2016 Fri Apr 01 14:40:00 PDT 2016

New Blythe Freeway Ramps to be Dedicated Wednesday

New on- and off- ramps at the Hobsonway/Riviera Drive Interstate 10 interchange in Blythe will improve traffic flow and allow vehicles to enter and exit the freeway safely at California’s busy entrance point.

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Thu Mar 24 16:30:00 PDT 2016 Thu Mar 24 16:30:00 PDT 2016

Chairman Benoit Praises Decision to Bring High-Tech Workforce to Riverside

Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) selection Thursday of the University of California, Riverside campus for construction of a new air emissions testing facility and the new home of the agency

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Wed Mar 23 10:40:00 PDT 2016 Wed Mar 23 10:40:00 PDT 2016

Coachella Valley Cities, County to Celebrate 11 Extraordinary Seniors Friday

All nine Coachella Valley cities and the County of Riverside will honor 11 outstanding senior citizen volunteers at the 24th annual Senior Inspiration Awards at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 25.

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Thu Mar 17 18:51:00 PDT 2016 Thu Mar 17 18:51:00 PDT 2016

Statement from Chairman Benoit on Passing of Former Supervisor Venable

Supervisor Benoit offers the following statement on the passing of James Venable, who served as Riverside County Third District Supervisor from 1996 to 2005

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Fri Mar 04 15:20:00 PST 2016 Fri Mar 04 15:20:00 PST 2016

Ceremony, Tours Highlight Eagle Canyon Dam Completion

Supervisor John J. Benoit and the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District invite the public to join them on a special tour of the dam and newly completed storm drain system that protects Cathedral City from heavy storm runoff.

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Thu Mar 03 11:08:00 PST 2016 Thu Mar 03 11:08:00 PST 2016

Supervisors Adjourn Meeting in Memory of Earl Greif

On Supervisor John J. Benoit’s motion, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 1 was adjourned in memory of Earl Greif, a Holocaust survivor and founder of the Desert Holocaust Memorial at Palm Desert Civic Center Park and the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage.

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Tue Feb 23 11:31:00 PST 2016 Tue Feb 23 11:31:00 PST 2016

Tickets on Sale for 2016 Senior Inspiration Awards Luncheon

Tickets are on sale for the 2016 Annual Senior Inspiration Awards, the 24th annual event honoring 11 outstanding volunteers, senior citizens 65 years and older, who inspire others through their volunteerism and contributions to the community.

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Mon Feb 08 15:36:00 PST 2016 Mon Feb 08 15:36:00 PST 2016

Benoit to Open the 70th Annual Date Festival Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will welcome fairgoers at the opening of the 70th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

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Wed Feb 03 12:14:00 PST 2016 Wed Feb 03 12:14:00 PST 2016

Community Clean-Ups in Desert Edge, Indio Hills and Sky Valley on Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated communities of Desert Edge, Indio Hills and Sky Valley will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, February 6.

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Thu Jan 28 10:23:00 PST 2016 Thu Jan 28 10:23:00 PST 2016

Thousand Palms Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of Thousand Palms will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, January 30.

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Tue Jan 26 16:22:00 PST 2016 Tue Jan 26 16:22:00 PST 2016

County Adopts Rules for Short-Term Rentals

Rules aimed at protecting county residents from adverse effects of short-term rentals were adopted Tuesday by a 4-1 vote of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

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Thu Jan 07 14:34:00 PST 2016 Thu Jan 07 14:34:00 PST 2016

Benoit Commends Governor’s Budget Proposal on Increased Funding for Salton Sea

Salton Sea Authority Chairman John J. Benoit released the following statement on the inclusion of $80 million for Salton Sea projects in Gov. Brown’s state budget proposal Thursday.

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Tue Jan 05 12:28:00 PST 2016 Tue Jan 05 12:28:00 PST 2016

Benoit Takes Reins as Board of Supervisors Chairman

Supervisor John J. Benoit officially started his second term as chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors today.

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Tue Dec 15 15:56:00 PST 2015

Tue Dec 15 15:56:00 PST 2015 Tue Dec 15 15:56:00 PST 2015

County Parks District to Begin Improvements to Mayflower Park Boat Ramp

Construction will begin in January on the second phase of improvements to Mayflower Park.

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Fri Dec 11 17:12:00 PST 2015 Fri Dec 11 17:12:00 PST 2015

Benoit Responds to Suspicious Fire at Coachella Mosque

Supervisor John J. Benoit this afternoon visited the Islamic Society of the Coachella Valley mosque, where federal authorities have taken the lead in investigating a possible arson fire.

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Thu Dec 10 10:20:00 PST 2015 Thu Dec 10 10:20:00 PST 2015

Meeting to Prepare Sun City Palm Desert Residents for El Niño

Representatives from Riverside County and the Coachella Valley Water District will bring a presentation to Sun City Palm Desert on Friday, Dec. 11 to help residents prepare for El Niño.

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Wed Dec 09 11:41:00 PST 2015 Wed Dec 09 11:41:00 PST 2015

County-City Partnership to Establish Mental Health Homeless Outreach Team in Palm Springs

Riverside County and Palm Springs will establish a team of mental health workers to provide services to the city’s homeless population under a partnership approved Tuesday by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

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Tue Oct 27 15:49:00 PDT 2015 Tue Oct 27 15:49:00 PDT 2015

Conference to Help Local Agriculture Companies Grow Their Businesses

Helping local agriculture companies find new markets and grow their businesses through international trade is the focus of next week’s “Exporting Agriculture” Southern California International Trade Summit.

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Tue Oct 20 10:57:00 PDT 2015 Tue Oct 20 10:57:00 PDT 2015

Taxpayers Can Get Information, Property Tax Questions Answered at Thursday’s Seminar

Supervisor John J. Benoit and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Peter Aldana invite the public to attend a free property tax seminar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Palm Desert Library, 73-300 Fred Waring Dr.

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Tue Oct 13 16:46:00 PDT 2015 Tue Oct 13 16:46:00 PDT 2015

Animal Services Returns to North Shore and Mecca, Impounds 34 Dogs in Sweep

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services today returned to the eastern Coachella Valley to conduct another early morning sweep of stray animals that roam the unincorporated communities of North Shore and Mecca.

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Thu Oct 08 09:59:00 PDT 2015 Thu Oct 08 09:59:00 PDT 2015

Mecca Comfort Station to be Dedicated

Supervisor John J. Benoit and Galilee Center founders Gloria Gomez and Claudia Castorena invite the community to celebrate the completion of the Mecca Comfort Station, a permanent shower, restroom and laundry facility for migrant farmworkers in the eastern Coachella Valley.

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Wed Sep 30 16:55:00 PDT 2015 Wed Sep 30 16:55:00 PDT 2015

Grants Available for Youth Organizations to Clean Up Communities

Youth can raise up to $2,000 for their local organization by participating in a community clean-up program sponsored by Supervisor John J. Benoit and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.

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Mon Sep 28 19:26:00 PDT 2015 Mon Sep 28 19:26:00 PDT 2015

Animal Services Impounds 29 Dogs in Sweep of North Shore and Mecca Communities

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services today conducted an intensive sweep aimed at capturing stray animals that roam the unincorporated communities of North Shore and Mecca.

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Thu Sep 24 15:57:00 PDT 2015 Thu Sep 24 15:57:00 PDT 2015

MISP Application Assistance Available in Mecca Monthly

Starting Sept. 28, registration for the county’s MISP health program will be available at Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Mecca office on a monthly basis.

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Tue Sep 08 07:55:00 PDT 2015 Tue Sep 08 07:55:00 PDT 2015

Benoit to Showcase New Clean-Fuel Vehicles at Badlands Landfill Wednesday, Sept. 9

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources recently added three clean-fuel trucks to its fleet, and is offering media an opportunity to see them at the Badlands Sanitary Landfill on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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Fri Sep 04 15:06:00 PDT 2015 Fri Sep 04 15:06:00 PDT 2015

Benoit to Address Mecca-North Shore Community Council

Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a county update and swear in community councilmembers at the Mecca-North Shore Community Council meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 9.

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Wed Sep 02 16:39:00 PDT 2015 Wed Sep 02 16:39:00 PDT 2015

Benoit Praises Gov. Brown’s Appointment on Salton Sea

Salton Sea Authority Chairman John J. Benoit praised Gov. Brown’s appointment Wednesday of Bruce Wilcox as the assistant secretary for Salton Sea policy at the California Natural Resources Agency.

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Wed Jul 22 19:06:00 PDT 2015 Wed Jul 22 19:06:00 PDT 2015

State Declares Emergency for Riverside County on Day Officials Tour Interstate 10 Repair Site

Supervisor John J. Benoit praised the declaration of a state emergency proclamation Wednesday, which he says will help expedite reconstruction of the Tex Wash overcrossing on Interstate 10.

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Tue Jul 21 17:17:00 PDT 2015 Tue Jul 21 17:17:00 PDT 2015

County Proclaims Local Emergency Following Bridge Collapse on Interstate 10

Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency Tuesday following damage from Hurricane Dolores, which brought more than six inches of rain to the Desert Center area and brought down a bridge on Interstate 10.

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Tue Jul 07 15:32:00 PDT 2015 Tue Jul 07 15:32:00 PDT 2015

Improvements to Desert Hot Springs School Crossing Get County Support

A project to enhance safety for school children and pedestrians near Cabot Yerxa Elementary School in Desert Hot Springs received financial support Tuesday from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

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Tue Jul 07 12:27:00 PDT 2015 Tue Jul 07 12:27:00 PDT 2015

Detention Center Breaks Ground Thursday

A modern and efficient detention center that will add critically needed detention center capacity while creating hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs will begin construction with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, July 9.

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Tue Jun 16 14:03:00 PDT 2015 Tue Jun 16 14:03:00 PDT 2015

County Approves Detention Center Construction Contract

A modern and efficient detention center that will add critically needed detention center capacity while creating hundreds of temporary and permanent jobs is set to begin construction this summer.

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Tue Jun 16 00:01:00 PDT 2015 Tue Jun 16 00:01:00 PDT 2015

Cool Centers for Riverside County’s Desert Areas

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP) has partnered with senior and community centers to provide cool centers, drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, the disabled and seniors in need of temporary relief from the summer heat.

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Thu Jun 04 11:08:00 PDT 2015 Thu Jun 04 11:08:00 PDT 2015

Benoit Seeks Applicants for Date Festival Board Opening

Coachella Valley and Blythe area residents who have a deep appreciation and knowledge of the Date Festival are encouraged to apply to serve on the board that helps produce this long-running tradition.

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Wed May 13 09:05:00 PDT 2015 Wed May 13 09:05:00 PDT 2015

(Riverside County News Release) Deadline to file for unclaimed property-tax refunds is Aug. 3

People who own residential or business property in Riverside County have until Aug. 3 to file for unclaimed property tax refunds.

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Tue May 12 11:00:00 PDT 2015 Tue May 12 11:00:00 PDT 2015

Law Building Certified as County’s 1st LEED Platinum Facility

The new County Law Building in Indio has become the first County of Riverside facility to receive the platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of certification.

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Wed May 06 17:06:00 PDT 2015 Wed May 06 17:06:00 PDT 2015

Youth Invited to DUI Prevention Event Friday Night

High school and college aged youth are invited to “Think Before You Drink,” a free event aimed at making teens aware of the dangers of drunk driving.

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Tue Apr 07 13:26:00 PDT 2015 Tue Apr 07 13:26:00 PDT 2015

Students to Shadow County Employees at 12th Annual Youth in Government Day

High school students from the Coachella Valley will shadow Supervisor John J. Benoit and more than 55 county employees who are based in the Coachella Valley at Thursday’s 12th Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day.

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Fri Apr 03 14:41:00 PDT 2015 Fri Apr 03 14:41:00 PDT 2015

Coachella Valley Cities, County to Celebrate Extraordinary Seniors Friday

All nine Coachella Valley cities and the County of Riverside will honor their most outstanding senior citizen volunteers at the 23rd annual Senior Inspiration Awards at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 10.

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Thu Mar 19 14:25:00 PDT 2015 Thu Mar 19 14:25:00 PDT 2015

Jefferson Interchange Breaks Ground

A modernized Jefferson Street freeway interchange that will improve mobility and ease traffic issues in and around Indio will begin construction with a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 20.

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Tue Mar 17 11:27:00 PDT 2015 Tue Mar 17 11:27:00 PDT 2015

Original “Freedom Writer” to Inspire Riverside County Students at Thursday’s Youth Summit

Five hundred teens from across Riverside County will gather Thursday, March 19 to learn about self defense, driver’s safety and tolerance and hear an inspirational speaker who overcame enormous challenges to get an education.

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Sat Mar 14 13:27:00 PDT 2015 Sat Mar 14 13:27:00 PDT 2015

Benoit to Speak at Palm Desert Rotary Tuesday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will share a county update with the Rotary Club of Palm Desert on Tuesday, March 17.

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Tue Mar 10 16:42:00 PDT 2015 Tue Mar 10 16:42:00 PDT 2015

Thermal and Oasis Roads to be Resurfaced

Three eastern Coachella Valley roadways with moderate damage and cracked surfaces will be resurfaced this spring.

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Fri Feb 13 17:21:00 PST 2015 Fri Feb 13 17:21:00 PST 2015

East County Detention Center Plans Approved

The State Fire Marshal today approved plans for the East County Detention Center, a major step that will allow Riverside County to put the project out to bid within a month.

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Tue Feb 10 13:20:00 PST 2015 Tue Feb 10 13:20:00 PST 2015

Jefferson Interchange Ready to Begin Construction in Spring

A modernized Jefferson Street freeway interchange that will improve mobility and ease traffic issues in and around Indio is set to begin construction this spring, with today’s approval of the project’s $42.3 million construction contract.

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Tue Feb 10 08:41:00 PST 2015 Tue Feb 10 08:41:00 PST 2015

County Law Building Completed Early, Under Budget

The new three-story office building for the district attorney, public defender, county counsel and Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library has been completed four months early and about $2 million under budget.

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Wed Jan 14 09:52:00 PST 2015 Wed Jan 14 09:52:00 PST 2015

New Standards Adopted for Future Composting Operations in Riverside County

Riverside County has enacted stronger controls over future organics waste processing and composting facilities to better address odor and water quality issues associated with these facilities and avoid negatively impacting residents.

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Tue Jan 13 17:27:00 PST 2015 Tue Jan 13 17:27:00 PST 2015

More Road Paving Improvements in Eastern Coachella Valley to Begin Construction

Eastern Coachella Valley residents will have cleaner air and healthier lives as the Riverside County Transportation Department commences the second, final phase of paving dirt roads to 35 mobile home parks in Mecca, Thermal and Oasis.

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Mon Jan 05 11:20:00 PST 2015 Mon Jan 05 11:20:00 PST 2015

Riverside County, City of Blythe to Celebrate Renovation of Blythe Community Center

Senior citizens in the Blythe community will have a safe, accessible and vital place to gather for meals, programs and functions for years to come, thanks to the renovation of the Blythe Community Center, a joint project of Riverside County and the City of Blythe.

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Tue Dec 09 20:06:00 PST 2014

Tue Dec 09 20:06:00 PST 2014 Tue Dec 09 20:06:00 PST 2014

Supervisors Approve Mecca Farmworker Rest Station

The Board of Supervisors today voted 4-0 to approve an agreement with the Galilee Center to construct and operate the Mecca Comfort Station, a permanent shower, restroom and laundry facility for migrant farmworkers, in early 2015.

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Fri Nov 21 13:10:00 PST 2014 Fri Nov 21 13:10:00 PST 2014

Taxpayers Can Get Information, Property Tax Questions Answered at Monday’s Workshop

Supervisor John J. Benoit and Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward are providing the public an opportunity to learn more about property taxes and ask questions at a free workshop at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.

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Fri Oct 24 18:00:00 PDT 2014 Fri Oct 24 18:00:00 PDT 2014

Palm Springs Air Museum and Riverside County Join Forces for Aviation Career Training in Thermal

Riverside County and the Palm Springs Air Museum are teaming up to develop a vocational program in the eastern Coachella Valley to train people for careers in the aviation industry.

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Fri Oct 17 13:23:00 PDT 2014 Fri Oct 17 13:23:00 PDT 2014

Coachella Valley, Blythe Students Get Valuable Experience at College Voc-Tech Night

More than 2,500 high school students attended a college and career fair in Indio to help plan for their futures beyond high school, including 110 students from Blythe who attended for the first time.

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Tue Oct 14 14:58:00 PDT 2014 Tue Oct 14 14:58:00 PDT 2014

County Center for Mental Health, Nutrition and Health Education Services Opens in Desert Hot Springs

Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the public to the ribbon cutting of the new Riverside County center for mental health, nutrition and health education services in Desert Hot Springs on Wednesday.

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Wed Oct 08 17:04:00 PDT 2014 Wed Oct 08 17:04:00 PDT 2014

Bus Transportation Available for Palo Verde High School Students to Attend College and Career Fair

Supervisor John J. Benoit is offering Palo Verde High School students free bus transportation to attend a long-running college and career fair in the Coachella Valley next week.

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Wed Oct 08 17:03:00 PDT 2014 Wed Oct 08 17:03:00 PDT 2014

Dog Walker Watch Program Comes to Bermuda Dunes

A new crime awareness program to train people walking their dogs to effectively observe and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement is coming to the Bermuda Dunes community.

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Fri Sep 26 09:54:00 PDT 2014 Fri Sep 26 09:54:00 PDT 2014

Benoit Seeks Youth Advisory Council Coordinator

College students interested in working with youth and learning about county government are encouraged to apply for a part-time position in Supervisor John J. Benoit’s office.

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Wed Sep 17 09:58:00 PDT 2014 Wed Sep 17 09:58:00 PDT 2014

County Proclaims Local Emergency for Storm Damage

Riverside County proclaimed a local emergency on Tuesday, an initial step to assist local governments seeking recovery funds for damages to public infrastructure caused by the latest storms and flash flooding.

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Fri Sep 12 15:41:00 PDT 2014 Fri Sep 12 15:41:00 PDT 2014

Access to Thousand Palms Businesses, Animal Shelter Restored

Major thoroughfares in heavily-flooded Thousand Palms were open again Friday, allowing businesses to function and customers to return.

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Wed Sep 10 16:34:00 PDT 2014 Wed Sep 10 16:34:00 PDT 2014

County Directing Massive Efforts to Quickly Clean Up Flood Aftermath

The Riverside County Transportation Department is directing all its efforts to clear major roads of debris and mud in Thousand Palms and elsewhere in the Coachella Valley, and open them to traffic over the weekend.

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Mon Sep 08 11:44:00 PDT 2014 Mon Sep 08 11:44:00 PDT 2014

Citizens on Patrol Program Established in Desert Edge

Desert Edge residents, with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, have organized a Citizens on Patrol program to enlist volunteers to help keep the community safe.

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Fri Aug 01 16:09:00 PDT 2014 Fri Aug 01 16:09:00 PDT 2014

Eagle Canyon Dam Provides Flood Protection to Cathedral City

The Coachella Valley has a new dam and debris basin to protect residents and businesses, especially those on East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City, when flash floods hit the region.

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Sun Jun 15 00:01:00 PDT 2014 Sun Jun 15 00:01:00 PDT 2014

Cool Centers for Riverside County’s Desert Areas

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP) has partnered with senior and community centers to provide cool centers, drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, the disabled and seniors in need of temporary relief from the summer heat.

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Tue Jun 10 16:31:00 PDT 2014 Tue Jun 10 16:31:00 PDT 2014

Some Parking near Larson Justice Center to be Closed for Construction of New Parking Structure

Beginning Wednesday, June 11, a lot used for overflow parking for visitors to the Larson Justice Center in Indio will be closed for the construction of the East County Parking Structure.

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Wed May 21 12:19:00 PDT 2014 Wed May 21 12:19:00 PDT 2014

Benoit Expresses Sympathy and Condolences to Victims of Blythe Bus Crash

Supervisor John J. Benoit expressed sympathy and offered support to the families and friends of those killed and injured in the bus crash on Interstate 10 near Blythe early Wednesday.

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Fri May 16 11:47:00 PDT 2014 Fri May 16 11:47:00 PDT 2014

State-of-the-Art Emergency Operations Center to Aid Emergency Response in Eastern Riverside County

Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the public to a special opportunity to see inside the new state-of-the-art center for emergency response for the cities and communities in eastern Riverside County.

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Mon May 12 16:38:00 PDT 2014 Mon May 12 16:38:00 PDT 2014

Saturday’s Palm Desert Car Wash to Benefit Jill Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund

On Saturday morning, high school students will wash cars to raise funds for a scholarship honoring the life of Jill Thomas Grant.

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Wed May 07 13:50:00 PDT 2014 Wed May 07 13:50:00 PDT 2014

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Wellness Fair to be Held Thursday

The Coachella Valley’s second annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Wellness Fair will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, 47-470 Van Buren St.

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Mon May 05 13:23:00 PDT 2014 Mon May 05 13:23:00 PDT 2014

Benoit Highlights Services, Projects Made Possible by Community Improvement Designation Funds

Supervisor John J. Benoit says the county’s community improvement designation (CID) fund supports valuable services and worthy projects, an undertold story in Riverside County that he feels was omitted in a recent grand jury report.

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Tue Apr 22 15:53:00 PDT 2014 Tue Apr 22 15:53:00 PDT 2014

Emergency Turnarounds under Construction at 5 I-10 Locations

Caltrans has started work on five permanent median gate barriers on Interstate 10 that will allow the California Highway Patrol to safely turn around traffic in the event of an emergency that shuts down the freeway.

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Mon Apr 21 09:54:00 PDT 2014 Mon Apr 21 09:54:00 PDT 2014

Supervisor Benoit Brings Assessment Appeals to Coachella Valley

Starting Monday, June 2, Riverside County homeowners appealing their property valuation will no longer have to travel to Riverside to have their appeal heard.

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Mon Apr 14 12:38:00 PDT 2014 Mon Apr 14 12:38:00 PDT 2014

County Law Building Reaches Topping Out Milestone

Supervisor John J. Benoit and the City of Indio will celebrate a major construction milestone for the County Law Building, the future three-story offices for the county’s legal departments and the Indio branch of the law library.

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Fri Apr 11 18:00:00 PDT 2014 Fri Apr 11 18:00:00 PDT 2014

Youth, Volunteers to Help Clean Up Lake Cahuilla and Mayflower Park Saturday

High school students in Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Coachella and Palo Verde Valley Youth Advisory Councils will team up with community volunteers from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 to clean up Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area in La Quinta and Mayflower Park in Blythe.

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Tue Apr 08 16:48:00 PDT 2014 Tue Apr 08 16:48:00 PDT 2014

Youth in Government Day to Group County Mentors with Students

High school students from the Coachella Valley will shadow Supervisor John J. Benoit, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward and about 35-40 county employees who are based in the Coachella Valley during Thursday’s 11th Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day.

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Tue Apr 08 12:54:00 PDT 2014 Tue Apr 08 12:54:00 PDT 2014

County Modernizes Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment Policy

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved an updated county policy regarding discrimination, harassment and retaliation in the workplace.

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Wed Apr 02 11:17:00 PDT 2014 Wed Apr 02 11:17:00 PDT 2014

Construction Begins This Week on Lake Tamarisk Clubhouse Renovations

Construction begins this week on the refurbishment of the Lake Tamarisk Clubhouse, which has served residents of Desert Center since 1968.

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Tue Mar 25 10:07:00 PDT 2014 Tue Mar 25 10:07:00 PDT 2014

Scam Stopper Seminar to be held in Desert Hot Springs Thursday

Senior citizens are invited to Supervisor John J. Benoit’s scam stopper seminar at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 27 to learn how to protect themselves from crimes that target the elderly.

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Mon Mar 24 10:05:00 PDT 2014 Mon Mar 24 10:05:00 PDT 2014

Indio High School, Desert Sands Staff to be Honored for Assisting County in Response to TB

As part of World TB Day, the Riverside County Department of Public Health and Supervisor John J. Benoit today will honor staff at Indio High School and Desert Sands Unified School District for their efforts to test the entire student body for tuberculosis.

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Fri Mar 21 12:40:00 PDT 2014 Fri Mar 21 12:40:00 PDT 2014

North Shore Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of North Shore will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday, March 22.

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Mon Mar 17 21:30:00 PDT 2014 Mon Mar 17 21:30:00 PDT 2014

Amy Blaisdell to be Honored as Woman of the Year Tuesday

Amy Blaisdell, president of the Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley and communications director for the City of Palm Springs, will receive the Riverside County Commission for Women’s Woman of the Year Award for the Fourth District tomorrow.

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Fri Mar 14 10:29:00 PDT 2014 Fri Mar 14 10:29:00 PDT 2014

Demolition of County Administrative Center Begins Monday

The County Administrative Center will soon be demolished to clear the way for the 1,626-bed East County Detention Center, the principle objective in the county’s $375 million series of improvements in downtown Indio.

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Wed Mar 12 13:03:00 PDT 2014 Wed Mar 12 13:03:00 PDT 2014

Benoit to be Honored as Palm Desert Rotary Citizen of the Year

Supervisor John J. Benoit will be honored as the Citizen of the Year at the Palm Desert Rotary Club Foundation’s annual scholarship benefit Thursday.

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Tue Mar 11 17:23:00 PDT 2014 Tue Mar 11 17:23:00 PDT 2014

Riverside County Approves McCoy Solar Energy Project

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved permits and a development agreement for the McCoy Solar Energy Project, which will create jobs in the Palo Verde Valley, revenue for Riverside County and renewable energy to the power grid.

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Mon Mar 03 17:05:00 PST 2014 Mon Mar 03 17:05:00 PST 2014

Renovated Desert Hot Springs Library Re-Opened Today

The Desert Hot Springs library re-opened Monday after the installation of a new floor and other improvements during a two-week closure.

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Fri Feb 28 13:36:00 PST 2014 Fri Feb 28 13:36:00 PST 2014

Access Roads in the Blythe Area to be Repaved

Four access roads outside Blythe city limits will get resurfaced by the Riverside County Transportation Department.

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Thu Feb 27 12:05:00 PST 2014 Thu Feb 27 12:05:00 PST 2014

Tickets on Sale for Senior Inspiration Awards Luncheon

Tickets are selling fast for the 22nd Annual Senior Inspiration Awards, a beloved Coachella Valley tradition recognizing senior citizens who are role models for all ages.

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Wed Feb 26 09:52:00 PST 2014 Wed Feb 26 09:52:00 PST 2014

Repaved Streets, Sidewalks and Curbs Approved for Mecca

Sidewalks near Mecca Elementary School, repaved streets and improved drainage are major benefits of a Riverside County project due to start soon in the Mecca community.

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Mon Feb 24 12:19:00 PST 2014 Mon Feb 24 12:19:00 PST 2014

Bilingual Emergency Response Training Class Offered in Mecca

Eastern Coachella Valley residents interested in training and equipping themselves to help their neighbors in the event of disaster should register for a free bilingual class in Mecca, to be held this weekend.

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Fri Feb 21 18:35:00 PST 2014 Fri Feb 21 18:35:00 PST 2014

Dog Adoptions Become Tremendous Success at County Fair

The Riverside County Department of Animal Services’ first-ever dog adoptions at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival have been a stunning success, with an astounding 130 adoptions completed through Friday.

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Sun Feb 16 21:06:00 PST 2014 Sun Feb 16 21:06:00 PST 2014

Seven Bands to Perform in Battle of the Bands Monday

Seven local bands will compete Monday to be the best local band in Riverside County.

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Thu Feb 13 17:01:00 PST 2014 Thu Feb 13 17:01:00 PST 2014

Marriage Licenses, Ceremonies Coming to Palm Springs City Hall

Beginning Feb. 21, couples can come to Palm Springs City Hall on Fridays to submit and pick up their marriage licenses and have their civil marriage ceremonies performed, the city and county governments announced Thursday.

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Tue Feb 11 21:18:00 PST 2014 Tue Feb 11 21:18:00 PST 2014

Sidewalk for Students in Desert Hot Springs Area Approved

Bubbling Wells Elementary School students and residents in the adjacent neighborhood in an unincorporated part of Riverside County near Desert Hot Springs will soon have a safer pedestrian path.

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Tue Feb 11 18:02:00 PST 2014 Tue Feb 11 18:02:00 PST 2014

Benoit to Open the 68th Annual Date Festival Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will welcome fairgoers at the opening of the 68th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

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Wed Jan 29 13:05:00 PST 2014 Wed Jan 29 13:05:00 PST 2014

Scam Stopper Seminar to be held in Indio Thursday

Senior citizens are invited to Supervisor John J. Benoit’s scam stopper seminar at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 to learn how to protect themselves from crimes that target the elderly.

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Thu Jan 23 17:40:00 PST 2014 Thu Jan 23 17:40:00 PST 2014

Bermuda Dunes Curbside Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of Bermuda Dunes will have the opportunity to dispose of their bulky trash items at the curb for free on Saturday.

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Thu Jan 23 14:12:00 PST 2014 Thu Jan 23 14:12:00 PST 2014

Information on Food Trucks to be Presented to Cities Monday

Supervisor John J. Benoit has arranged for Blythe and Coachella Valley city officials to learn about Riverside County’s new food truck ordinance, which allows food trucks to operate throughout the county starting April 8.

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Sat Jan 18 14:10:00 PST 2014 Sat Jan 18 14:10:00 PST 2014

Construction to Begin on Airport Boulevard Bridge over Thermal Train Tracks

The Riverside County Transportation Department will break ground on an overpass at the intersection of Airport and Grapefruit boulevards in Thermal, a $29.5 million project to improve traffic and safety at the railroad crossing.

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Fri Jan 17 15:03:00 PST 2014 Fri Jan 17 15:03:00 PST 2014

Benoit to Speak at Palm Springs SunUp, Cathedral City Rotary Clubs Tuesday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will share a county update with the SunUp Rotary Club of Palm Springs and Rotary Club of Cathedral City on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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Thu Jan 16 16:05:00 PST 2014 Thu Jan 16 16:05:00 PST 2014

Law Library Remodeled into Two Courtrooms at Larson Justice Center

Two brand new courtrooms are now in use for probate, small claims and traffic proceedings at the Larson Justice Center in Indio in the space formerly occupied by the Indio branch of the Riverside County Law Library.

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Wed Jan 15 13:29:00 PST 2014 Wed Jan 15 13:29:00 PST 2014

County to Break Ground on New Law Building Thursday

The County Law Building is the latest project in Riverside County’s nearly half-billion-dollar plan for public safety and infrastructure enhancements in the city of Indio to start construction.

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Tue Jan 14 11:26:00 PST 2014 Tue Jan 14 11:26:00 PST 2014

Seminar to Protect Senior Citizens from Crimes

Senior citizens are invited to Supervisor John J. Benoit’s scam stopper seminar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 to learn how to protect themselves from crimes that target the elderly.

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Wed Jan 08 13:42:00 PST 2014 Wed Jan 08 13:42:00 PST 2014

Thousand Palms Community Clean-Up Scheduled Saturday

All residents within the unincorporated community of Thousand Palms will have the opportunity to dispose of bulky trash items, including tires, for free on Saturday.

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Sat Dec 07 11:40:00 PST 2013

Sat Dec 07 11:40:00 PST 2013 Sat Dec 07 11:40:00 PST 2013

Ceremony for Fred Waring Drive Widening Set for Monday

The Riverside County Transportation Department, in coordination with the city of La Quinta, will soon embark on improvements to Fred Waring Drive that will make the major arterial road six lanes from Palm Desert to Indio.

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Thu Nov 14 13:33:00 PST 2013 Thu Nov 14 13:33:00 PST 2013

New Financing Available to Assist Mobile Home Park Owners in Eastern Coachella Valley

Owners of mobile home parks in the eastern Coachella Valley can get help financing improvements to their parks due to a new county partnership announced today by Supervisor John J. Benoit.

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Fri Nov 08 16:55:00 PST 2013 Fri Nov 08 16:55:00 PST 2013

New Benefits for Riverside County Veterans Take Effect on Veterans Day

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the National Guard and federal and state reservists living in Riverside County will have their service honored with free admission into the Date Festival and Edward-Dean Museum and numerous benefits that go into effect on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

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Thu Nov 07 15:28:00 PST 2013 Thu Nov 07 15:28:00 PST 2013

Affordable Care Act Presentations to be Held in Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs

Supervisor John J. Benoit is holding two presentations to inform Riverside County residents about health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.

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Thu Nov 07 12:00:00 PST 2013 Thu Nov 07 12:00:00 PST 2013

Taxpayers Can Get Information, Property Tax Questions Answered at November 12 Seminar

Supervisor John J. Benoit and the elected officials who administer Riverside County’s property tax system will provide an overview of property taxes and answer questions at a free seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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Sat Oct 19 14:19:00 PDT 2013 Sat Oct 19 14:19:00 PDT 2013

Presentation Monday to Help Residents Navigate New Health Insurance Options

Riverside County residents can get informed on health insurance options for themselves and their families by attending a free presentation at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Fullenwider Auditorium of the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, 46-350 Arabia St.

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Fri Oct 11 12:07:00 PDT 2013 Fri Oct 11 12:07:00 PDT 2013

Sun City Palm Desert to Dedicate Emergency Radio Station, 1620 AM

Sun City Palm Desert will be one of the first homeowner associations in the nation to have its own emergency broadcast radio station, which will be dedicated at 9:35 a.m. Oct. 17, minutes before the state’s annual earthquake simulation.

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Thu Oct 10 10:12:00 PDT 2013 Thu Oct 10 10:12:00 PDT 2013

County Helps Blythe Repair Community Center

Riverside County will help the City of Blythe pay for much-needed repairs to the Blythe Community Center, where the Riverside County Office on Aging provides daily meals to seniors, the two governments announced Thursday.

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Wed Oct 02 15:38:00 PDT 2013 Wed Oct 02 15:38:00 PDT 2013

Seminar to Help Businesses, Consumers Stop Intellectual Property Crime

Businesses and consumers are invited to a seminar at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 to learn how to protect themselves from intellectual property crimes, such as trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

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Wed Sep 25 15:26:00 PDT 2013 Wed Sep 25 15:26:00 PDT 2013

Supervisors Give Final OK to County’s Film-Friendly Ordinance

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a revised film ordinance that makes permitting easier and eliminates virtually all fees for producers of movies and TV shows made in unincorporated areas of Riverside County.

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Tue Sep 24 15:26:00 PDT 2013 Tue Sep 24 15:26:00 PDT 2013

Thousand Palms Community Fair to Feature Local Businesses & Resources

The community is invited to the Thousand Palms Community Center, 31-198 Robert Rd., from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 for a free fair that will showcase Thousand Palms businesses and available resources for residents.

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Thu Sep 19 15:31:00 PDT 2013 Thu Sep 19 15:31:00 PDT 2013

Desert Permit Assistance Center Moves to New Office within Desert Business Park

The Coachella Valley office for Riverside County’s planning, building and safety, transportation and code enforcement departments moved this week into a new location within the Desert Business Park complex north of the Washington Street Interstate 10 exit.

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Thu Sep 19 11:38:00 PDT 2013 Thu Sep 19 11:38:00 PDT 2013

State of Riverside County, Featuring Goldenvoice, Set for Sept. 25

The State of Riverside County annual event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25 and will feature Goldenvoice, a company that has put eastern Riverside County on the world stage with the production of the Coachella and Stagecoach musical festivals.

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Tue Sep 17 11:26:00 PDT 2013 Tue Sep 17 11:26:00 PDT 2013

Tax Incentive for New County Residents Takes Effect This Week, Information Available Online

California seniors or disabled homeowners who are new to Riverside County will be eligible for property tax relief starting Thursday thanks to a measure approved last month by the Board of Supervisors.

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Mon Sep 09 14:12:00 PDT 2013 Mon Sep 09 14:12:00 PDT 2013

Riverside County Remembrance Ceremony to Mark 12-Year Anniversary of 9/11

The County of Riverside will honor the memories of those lost on September 11, 2001 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

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Sun Sep 01 10:44:00 PDT 2013 Sun Sep 01 10:44:00 PDT 2013

Benoit to Speak at Coachella, Blythe Rotary Clubs This Week

Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and longtime Rotarian Supervisor John J. Benoit will share a county update on economic development, business opportunities, clean air projects and other happenings with the Coachella East and Blythe Rotary Clubs this week.

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Thu Aug 22 14:34:00 PDT 2013 Thu Aug 22 14:34:00 PDT 2013

Riverside County Supervisors to Meet in Palm Desert October 1

Riverside County Board Chairman John J. Benoit has scheduled a rare Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting in the Coachella Valley for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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Thu Aug 01 16:55:00 PDT 2013 Thu Aug 01 16:55:00 PDT 2013

Paving Project to Improve Air Quality for Residents of Eastern Coachella Valley Mobile Home Parks

Low-income residents in the eastern Coachella Valley, many of them agricultural workers with an annual household income less than $15,000, will be able to breathe in cleaner air as a result of a dirt paving project.

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Thu Aug 01 11:09:00 PDT 2013 Thu Aug 01 11:09:00 PDT 2013

Supervisors Request State and Federal Funds for Mountain Fire, Flooding Emergencies

At the request of Supervisors Jeff Stone and John J. Benoit, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors formally declared two local emergencies for the Mountain Fire and added recent and future potential flood damages to the county’s request for recovery funds.

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Tue Jul 30 10:30:00 PDT 2013 Tue Jul 30 10:30:00 PDT 2013

Supervisor Benoit’s Sky Valley "Dog Camp" Update for July 30


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Thu Jul 25 11:54:00 PDT 2013 Thu Jul 25 11:54:00 PDT 2013

Emergency Operations Center Under Construction

Supervisor John J. Benoit will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Eastern Riverside County Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday, marking the start of multiple county public safety construction projects in downtown Indio.

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Tue Jul 23 10:03:00 PDT 2013 Tue Jul 23 10:03:00 PDT 2013

Benoit Announces Selection of AQMD Summer Interns

A Desert Christian Academy high school student and a college graduate from Moreno Valley are working as summer interns with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), marking their second time in the program.

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Mon Jul 22 17:37:00 PDT 2013 Mon Jul 22 17:37:00 PDT 2013

Tax Seminar for Non-profit, Exempt Organizations to be Held Wednesday

The California Board of Equalization is holding a free seminar Wednesday to teach representatives of non-profit organizations and people interested in forming non-profits about a wide range of topics related to taxes and filing requirements.

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Tue Jul 16 16:49:00 PDT 2013 Tue Jul 16 16:49:00 PDT 2013

Supervisors Recommend Naming Armory for Local General

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to name the National Guard Armory in Moreno Valley after Lt. Gen. Herbert R. Temple Jr., a resident of Palm Desert.

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Thu Jul 11 16:30:00 PDT 2013 Thu Jul 11 16:30:00 PDT 2013

Tonight’s Movie in Mecca Postponed Due to Weather

Due to weather conditions, the Desert Recreation District is postponing tonight’s movie at the Mecca Community Center Park. The Movies in the Park series was originally scheduled to start tonight with a screening of “Madagascar 3” sponsored by Supervisor John J. Benoit.

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Thu Jul 11 15:53:00 PDT 2013 Thu Jul 11 15:53:00 PDT 2013

Benoit Condemns Elimination of Enterprise Zones

Gov. Brown’s decision to sign legislation eliminating California’s Enterprise Zone program will kill jobs and likely chase away businesses in the Coachella Valley’s poorest communities, said Supervisor John J. Benoit.

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Mon Jul 08 14:00:00 PDT 2013 Mon Jul 08 14:00:00 PDT 2013

Mecca Movies in the Park Start Thursday

Children and their families are invited to free family movie nights at the Mecca Community Center Park as part of the Desert Recreation District’s Movies in the Park series, taking place on Thursday nights through Aug. 8.

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Wed Jul 03 13:52:00 PDT 2013 Wed Jul 03 13:52:00 PDT 2013

Benoits Welcome “Taxi,” from Guide Dogs of the Desert, into Home

The newest member of the Benoit family is “Taxi,” a 16-month-old golden Labrador retriever adopted from Guide Dogs of the Desert.

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Wed Jul 03 13:09:00 PDT 2013 Wed Jul 03 13:09:00 PDT 2013

Benoit to Ride in Fourth of July Parade as Grand Marshal

Supervisor John J. Benoit will serve as grand marshal in the Fourth of July parade presented by La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, the city of La Quinta and the Desert Recreation District.

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Sat Jun 29 10:39:00 PDT 2013 Sat Jun 29 10:39:00 PDT 2013

County Completes Odor Pile Clean-Up on Schedule

Riverside County’s expedited operation to remove the foulest-smelling material from a recycling facility in Vista Santa Rosa, west of Thermal, has been completed on schedule, to the relief of Trilogy residents in nearby south La Quinta.

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Wed Jun 26 15:33:00 PDT 2013 Wed Jun 26 15:33:00 PDT 2013

Supervisor Benoit Responds to Supreme Court Rulings

As chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors I will work to ensure that Riverside County moves expeditiously to fully comply with today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

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Tue Jun 25 18:36:00 PDT 2013 Tue Jun 25 18:36:00 PDT 2013

Supervisors Approve Dedicating Solar Money to the Communities Nearest Solar Plants

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved measures by Board Chairman John J. Benoit that will make sure communities near solar plants, such as Desert Center and Blythe, receive some of the monies paid to Riverside County by solar developers.

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Thu Jun 20 17:45:00 PDT 2013 Thu Jun 20 17:45:00 PDT 2013

Benoit, Longtime Ham Radio Operator, to Join Saturday’s Field Day

More than 35,000 ham radio operators will set up radio stations at field days this weekend throughout the United States and Canada in the annual demonstration of amateur radio’s instantaneous world-wide communications.

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Wed Jun 19 10:26:00 PDT 2013 Wed Jun 19 10:26:00 PDT 2013

Benoit to Address Thursday’s Event for Youth Ages 16-25

Approximately 100 organizations that provide services to transitional age youth, ages 16-25, will gather at a daylong forum Thursday to build awareness of the resources they provide in eastern Riverside County.

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Sat Jun 15 00:01:00 PDT 2013 Sat Jun 15 00:01:00 PDT 2013

Cool Centers for Riverside County’s Desert Areas

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP) has partnered with senior and community centers to provide cool centers, drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, the disabled and seniors in need of temporary relief from the summer heat.

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Mon Jun 03 16:53:00 PDT 2013 Mon Jun 03 16:53:00 PDT 2013

Supervisor Benoit Announces New Board Assistant Patricia Cooper

Supervisor John J. Benoit today announces that Patricia Cooper, a longtime assistant to former state senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, has joined his staff as a board assistant.

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Thu May 16 11:00:00 PDT 2013 Thu May 16 11:00:00 PDT 2013

Supervisor Benoit Praises Settlement of Solar Industry Lawsuit

Riverside County Board Chairman John J. Benoit today praised a proposed agreement that would end the solar industry’s lawsuit against the county while making sure solar developers pay for using Riverside County’s property.

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Wed May 01 15:53:00 PDT 2013 Wed May 01 15:53:00 PDT 2013

Residents have until August 1 to file for unclaimed property tax refunds

Chairman of the Board and Fourth District Supervisor, John J. Benoit, along with Treasurer-Tax Collector, Don Kent, would like to notify Riverside County property owners and businesses that they have until August 1, 2013 to file claims for unclaimed property tax refunds.

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Tue Apr 30 17:41:00 PDT 2013 Tue Apr 30 17:41:00 PDT 2013

Benoit Celebrates Grand Opening of Desert Meadows Apartments

Supervisor John J. Benoit celebrated the grand opening of Desert Meadows, an 80-unit affordable apartment community developed by National Community Renaissance in partnership with the county that has revitalized the corner of Fred Waring Drive and Clinton Street in Indio.

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Fri Apr 26 18:03:00 PDT 2013 Fri Apr 26 18:03:00 PDT 2013

Federal Government Agrees to Supervisor Benoit’s Request for Greater Role in Salton Sea Stabilization Efforts

Assistant Interior Secretary Anne Castle announced Friday that the federal government will take a more active role in helping stabilize the Salton Sea by signing a memorandum of agreement with the Salton Sea Authority.

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Tue Apr 23 16:05:00 PDT 2013 Tue Apr 23 16:05:00 PDT 2013

Supervisors Approve 56-Day Solution to Odors Affecting La Quinta Trilogy Residents

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today approved a plan brought forth by Board Chairman and Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit to start a two-month expedited operation to remove the foulest-smelling material at Cal Bio-Mass, a Thermal-based organic material recycling company.

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Thu Apr 11 15:12:00 PDT 2013 Thu Apr 11 15:12:00 PDT 2013

11 Inspiring Seniors to be Honored Friday Before Sold-Out Crowd

Eleven extraordinary seniors will be honored Friday, April 12 before a sold-out crowd of more than 570 people at the 21st annual Senior Inspiration Awards lunch.

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Wed Apr 10 10:58:00 PDT 2013 Wed Apr 10 10:58:00 PDT 2013

Expansion of SunLine Bus Service to North Shore Approved

The Riverside County Transportation Commission this morning unanimously approved the expansion of SunLine Transit Agency’s bus service to North Shore, providing a critical transportation link for residents of the Salton Sea community.

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Tue Apr 09 14:51:00 PDT 2013 Tue Apr 09 14:51:00 PDT 2013

10th Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day to Pair County Staff with Students

High school students from the Coachella Valley will shadow Superior Court Judges Victoria Cameron and James Hawkins and 43 other county employees that are based in the Coachella Valley during Wednesday’s 10th Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day.

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Tue Mar 26 19:37:00 PDT 2013 Tue Mar 26 19:37:00 PDT 2013

Improved Transportation Services for North Shore Residents Nears Final Approval

By September, residents of North Shore will likely have a new public transportation link to Mecca, Thermal, Coachella and Indio, and the ability to connect to other Coachella Valley locations by bus, as a result of a federal grant set for Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) approval April 10.

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Mon Mar 25 16:48:00 PDT 2013 Mon Mar 25 16:48:00 PDT 2013

Riverside County Joins Forces with Burrtec and Community Volunteers to Lead Major Duroville Clean-Up

Riverside County is partnering with Burrtec Waste and Recycling Services, LLC and community volunteers to lead a significant community clean-up to remove trash and prevent illegal dumping at Desert Mobile Home Park, known as Duroville, on Saturday, March 30.

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Tue Mar 19 17:27:00 PDT 2013 Tue Mar 19 17:27:00 PDT 2013

Riverside County Planning Commission to Meet in Coachella on County Housing Goals

The Riverside County Planning Commission is holding a meeting in a unique location, at the Coachella Valley Water District in Coachella, to encourage eastern Coachella Valley public participation in the development of the county’s housing goals.

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Fri Mar 15 13:14:00 PDT 2013 Fri Mar 15 13:14:00 PDT 2013

Benoit Requests that Federal Representatives Protect Funds for Rural Communities

Rural Riverside County communities that have historically qualified for grants and loans to improve water quality and build affordable housing are set to lose their eligibility to apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development funding.

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Tue Mar 12 17:04:00 PDT 2013 Tue Mar 12 17:04:00 PDT 2013

Pegasus Riding Academy President Lori Sarner Honored as Woman of the Year

Lori Sarner, president of the Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped, today was presented with special woman of the year honors by the Riverside County Commission for Women and the Board of Supervisors.

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Tue Mar 05 15:23:00 PST 2013 Tue Mar 05 15:23:00 PST 2013

Riverside County, Burrtec Lead Duroville Trash Removal Effort

The Riverside County Waste Management Department and Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. will lead a major effort tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9 a.m. to remove trash piles that have accumulated at Desert Mobile Home Park, known as Duroville.

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Tue Feb 26 16:28:00 PST 2013 Tue Feb 26 16:28:00 PST 2013

Supervisors Urge Governor, State Officials to Support Enterprise Zone Program

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today urged state officials to support California’s Enterprise Zone program and to not enact sweeping regulatory changes that would increase costs to businesses that hire workers in communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment.

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Thu Feb 21 17:09:00 PST 2013 Thu Feb 21 17:09:00 PST 2013

Supervisors Ashley, Benoit Support Bipartisan Immigration Reform

Supervisors Marion Ashley and John J. Benoit today announced their support for comprehensive immigration reform and unveiled a resolution in support of a bipartisan plan put forward by a group of U.S. senators.

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Tue Feb 19 11:59:00 PST 2013 Tue Feb 19 11:59:00 PST 2013

New Roundabout Improves Traffic Safety in Mecca

Riverside County’s newest roundabout is providing drivers a safer, more efficient and smoother flow through Mecca’s main intersection at Fourth Street and Hammond Road.

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Thu Feb 14 10:48:00 PST 2013 Thu Feb 14 10:48:00 PST 2013

Benoit to Open the 67th Annual Date Festival Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will welcome fairgoers at Friday’s opening of the 67th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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Mon Feb 11 15:36:00 PST 2013 Mon Feb 11 15:36:00 PST 2013

Supervisors to Meet Wednesday to Propose Reward in Christopher Dorner Case

Chairman John J. Benoit is convening a special meeting of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to consider offering $100,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of Christopher Dorner.

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Tue Feb 05 11:55:00 PST 2013 Tue Feb 05 11:55:00 PST 2013

Nominations Accepted for Riverside County Women of the Year

The Riverside County Commission for Women is seeking nominations for its Women of the Year Awards.

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Thu Jan 31 17:04:00 PST 2013 Thu Jan 31 17:04:00 PST 2013

Grants Available for Youth Organizations to Clean Up Coachella Valley

Youth can raise up to $1,500 for their local organization by participating in a community clean-up program sponsored by Supervisor John J. Benoit, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.

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Thu Jan 31 08:25:00 PST 2013 Thu Jan 31 08:25:00 PST 2013

New Medical Volunteer Clinic Fills Gap in Region’s Health Care

The Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine now operates from a new clinic built by Riverside County to serve patients who cannot afford health insurance and do not receive medical care through government programs.

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Mon Jan 28 10:39:00 PST 2013 Mon Jan 28 10:39:00 PST 2013

Public Welcomed to Tour, Celebrate Major Renovation of Palm Desert Library

The Palm Desert Library, the second busiest of 34 branches in the Riverside County Library System, will celebrate the completion of improvements, including computers and self-check out, that bring high-tech access for the more than 20,000 monthly visitors it serves.

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Fri Jan 25 17:12:00 PST 2013 Fri Jan 25 17:12:00 PST 2013

Community Leader Rudy Gutierrez to Represent Coachella Valley Environmental Justice Areas

Eastern Coachella Valley community leader Rodolfo “Rudy” Cruz Gutierrez II began service today as the Coachella Valley’s first representative on the local air district’s Environmental Justice Advisory Group.

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Fri Jan 18 12:35:00 PST 2013 Fri Jan 18 12:35:00 PST 2013

Benoit’s Goals for 2013 Focus of Tuesday’s Indio Rotary Lunch

New chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and longtime Rotarian Supervisor John J. Benoit will share his goals for 2013 with the Indio Rotary Club at their lunch 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Fantasy Springs Convention Center in Indio, 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy.

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Fri Jan 04 15:21:00 PST 2013 Fri Jan 04 15:21:00 PST 2013

More Than $50 Million Approved for Air Quality Improvement Projects in Coachella Valley

Supervisor John J. Benoit praised public engagement, outreach and the open process that resulted in more than $50 million in investment in the Coachella Valley unanimously approved today by the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board.

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Thu Jan 03 14:14:00 PST 2013 Thu Jan 03 14:14:00 PST 2013

Duroville Replacement Housing Project to be Celebrated Jan. 5

Riverside County officials invite the community to celebrate the grand opening of Mountain View Estates, an affordable housing community in the eastern Coachella Valley, at 10 a.m. Saturday at 68-990 Harrison St. in Oasis.

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Thu Jan 03 10:24:00 PST 2013 Thu Jan 03 10:24:00 PST 2013

Less-Polluting School Buses, Salton Sea Odor Monitoring on Air Board’s Agenda Friday

The South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board will vote Friday on proposals to replace and upgrade school buses at the Coachella Valley and Desert Sands school districts and to install hydrogen sulfide monitoring stations at the Salton Sea.

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Wed Dec 19 17:08:00 PST 2012

Wed Dec 19 17:08:00 PST 2012 Wed Dec 19 17:08:00 PST 2012

Mecca Agricultural Firm Launches Advanced Solar Energy System

Richard Bagdasarian, Inc. today launched an advanced solar energy system that will efficiently generate sustainable energy for its agricultural operations in Mecca.

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Tue Dec 18 15:27:00 PST 2012 Tue Dec 18 15:27:00 PST 2012

Benoit to Distribute Food to Eastern Coachella Valley Families

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join in the distribution of turkeys, chicken, canned goods and other foods to 600 needy eastern Coachella Valley families at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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Fri Dec 14 20:33:00 PST 2012 Fri Dec 14 20:33:00 PST 2012

Benoit Invites Federal Government to Join Salton Sea Authority

Supervisor John J. Benoit today extended an invitation for U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to join the Salton Sea Authority.

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Fri Dec 14 15:20:00 PST 2012 Fri Dec 14 15:20:00 PST 2012

Benoit to Shop with Children in “Shop with a Firefighter” Sunday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join the men and women of CAL FIRE to chaperone about 30 children in the “Shop with a Firefighter” program at Walmart in La Quinta, 79-295 Highway 111, at 8 a.m. Sunday.

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Mon Dec 10 10:07:00 PST 2012 Mon Dec 10 10:07:00 PST 2012

Benoit’s District Tour Video Now Online at www.RivCo4.org

Supervisor John J. Benoit’s video tour of his district, taking viewers from the “Forever Marilyn” Monroe sculpture in Palm Springs to a water treatment plant on the far eastern end of Riverside County, can now be seen on his Web site, www.rivco4.org.

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Fri Dec 07 15:32:00 PST 2012 Fri Dec 07 15:32:00 PST 2012

Classic Cars, RVs and Model Trains to Provide Fun-Filled Saturday at Fairgrounds in Indio

Many activities for a fun-filled Saturday, including a classic car show, can be found at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio at 9 a.m. Dec. 8.

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Wed Nov 21 10:31:00 PST 2012 Wed Nov 21 10:31:00 PST 2012

Martha’s Village to Receive $40,000 from County on Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, Martha’s Village & Kitchen, a full-service homeless shelter in Indio, will receive $40,000 from Riverside County to fund shelter, food and other basic needs.

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Thu Nov 15 20:18:00 PST 2012 Thu Nov 15 20:18:00 PST 2012

First Residents of Mountain View Estates to Move in Friday

At 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 32 families from Duroville will move into new modular homes at Mountain View Estates.

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Thu Nov 15 14:18:00 PST 2012 Thu Nov 15 14:18:00 PST 2012

Benoit Responds to Announcement by Granite Construction Inc., Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on today’s news of an agreement between Granite Construction Inc. and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.

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Fri Nov 09 16:25:00 PST 2012 Fri Nov 09 16:25:00 PST 2012

Benoit to be Honored at Patton Museum’s Veterans Day Ceremony

Supervisor John J. Benoit will be presented with the Founder’s Award at the General Patton Memorial Museum’s 24th Veterans Day ceremony Sunday.

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Mon Nov 05 14:29:00 PST 2012 Mon Nov 05 14:29:00 PST 2012

County to Seek Construction Bids for Eagle Canyon Dam Project

The Eagle Canyon Dam and Debris Basin, a flood control project to protect East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City from heavy storm runoff, is on Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors agenda to start seeking bids for a construction contractor.

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Thu Nov 01 12:18:00 PDT 2012 Thu Nov 01 12:18:00 PDT 2012

Benoit to Open Saturday’s Jacqueline Cochran Air Show

Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide welcoming remarks to open the 2012 Jacqueline Cochran Air Show at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal (56-850 Higgins).

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Mon Oct 22 15:28:00 PDT 2012 Mon Oct 22 15:28:00 PDT 2012

Mosaic Mural at Thousand Palms Library to be Unveiled Thursday

A mosaic mural made of recycled tile and inspired by the artwork of Thousand Palms children will brighten the entrance to the Art Samson Community Library in Thousand Palms, 31-189 Robert Rd.

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Thu Oct 18 16:23:00 PDT 2012 Thu Oct 18 16:23:00 PDT 2012

Bill Sanchez Takes Office as Planning Commissioner

Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr. was sworn into office Wednesday as Supervisor John J. Benoit’s appointee to the Riverside County Planning Commission.

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Tue Oct 16 09:35:00 PDT 2012 Tue Oct 16 09:35:00 PDT 2012

New Affordable Apartment Homes to be Dedicated Wednesday

Legacy, an 81-unit affordable apartment community in Thousand Palms, will celebrate its official grand opening at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 72-490 El Centro Way.

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Mon Oct 15 15:28:00 PDT 2012 Mon Oct 15 15:28:00 PDT 2012

County Succeeds in Appeal for Millions to Complete Duroville Replacement Housing Project

State finance officials have approved Riverside County’s appeal to use $9.9 million in bond proceeds to complete Mountain View Estates, a replacement housing project for the dilapidated “Duroville” mobile home park in Mecca.

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Fri Oct 05 19:57:00 PDT 2012 Fri Oct 05 19:57:00 PDT 2012

Benoit Praises AQMD’s Thorough Review of Air Quality Improvement Projects

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit on Friday thanked the South Coast Air Quality Management District for its thorough review of 75 applications for $53 million in air pollution reduction credits from the CPV Sentinel power plant mitigation fund.

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Tue Oct 02 15:22:00 PDT 2012 Tue Oct 02 15:22:00 PDT 2012

Benoit Selects Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr. for Planning Commission

Supervisor John J. Benoit announces the selection of Guillermo “Bill” Sanchez Jr., 38, a retail development manager and Coachella Planning Commissioner, as his appointee to the Riverside County Planning Commission.

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Fri Sep 21 16:13:00 PDT 2012 Fri Sep 21 16:13:00 PDT 2012

Hot line established for Mecca flood-damage reports

Continuing the shift from emergency response to recovery, Riverside County broadened damage assessment efforts and set up a hotline that residents and businesses in and around Mecca can use to report damage caused by last week's floods.

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Fri Sep 14 16:04:00 PDT 2012 Fri Sep 14 16:04:00 PDT 2012

Larger New Mecca Fire Station Enhances Service to Community

Members of the community are invited to join Supervisor John J. Benoit, Fire Chief John R. Hawkins and county and CAL FIRE officials at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 for the grand opening of Mecca Fire Station #40, located at 91-350 66th Avenue.

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Wed Sep 12 17:06:00 PDT 2012 Wed Sep 12 17:06:00 PDT 2012

Benoit, County Officials to Address East Valley Flooding Concerns at Tonight’s Mecca Community Council Meeting

Supervisor John J. Benoit and county officials will share information about coordinated efforts and resources available to residents affected by the recent eastern Coachella Valley flooding at tonight’s Mecca Community Council meeting.

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Wed Sep 12 08:38:00 PDT 2012 Wed Sep 12 08:38:00 PDT 2012

Shelter opens in Thermal for flood evacuees; community meeting planned Wednesday at 10 a.m.

An emergency shelter has been opened at Desert Mirage High School in Thermal to house residents from Duroville mobile home park and others who evacuate because of damage caused Tuesday by floodwaters.

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Wed Sep 05 14:09:00 PDT 2012 Wed Sep 05 14:09:00 PDT 2012

County, City Officials Vow to Expedite Eagle Canyon Dam

Riverside County and Cathedral City officials pledged Tuesday to work together to begin building Eagle Canyon Dam within a year in an attempt to prevent the kind of flooding that closed East Palm Canyon Drive in Cathedral City last week.

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Wed Aug 29 15:19:00 PDT 2012 Wed Aug 29 15:19:00 PDT 2012

Benoit to Share County Insights at Sun City Palm Desert Tuesday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will make a special “State of Riverside County” presentation and answer questions from Sun City Palm Desert residents at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Tue Aug 28 19:19:00 PDT 2012 Tue Aug 28 19:19:00 PDT 2012

Supervisors Fast-Track Expansion of Health Clinic in Oasis

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today granted fast-track status to expedite the expansion of a health clinic serving low-income, uninsured migrant workers and families in the agricultural communities of Oasis and Thermal.

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Tue Aug 14 13:46:00 PDT 2012 Tue Aug 14 13:46:00 PDT 2012

Funeral Service for Jim Porras to be Held Saturday

The funeral for Jim Porras will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at Destiny Church in Indio, 82-625 Showcase Pkwy., Ste. 100.

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Wed Aug 08 15:47:00 PDT 2012 Wed Aug 08 15:47:00 PDT 2012

Benoit to be Guest Speaker at Friday’s Veterans Breakfast

Supervisor John J. Benoit will present an update on county initiatives pertaining to veterans at the Riverside County Veterans’ Advisory Committee legislative breakfast at 9 a.m. Friday.

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Fri Aug 03 15:13:00 PDT 2012 Fri Aug 03 15:13:00 PDT 2012

Long-time county Planning Commissioner Jim Porras dies suddenly

County Planning Commissioner Jim Porras, 59, died suddenly Friday morning after he awoke early complaining of chest pains.

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Mon Jul 30 09:30:00 PDT 2012 Mon Jul 30 09:30:00 PDT 2012

Workshop to Discuss Allocation of $14 Million+ in New Clean Transportation Funding

A regional committee that funds air pollution control projects is gathering feedback and project ideas to grant approximately $14 million to clean transportation projects in Southern California.

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Thu Jul 26 14:29:00 PDT 2012 Thu Jul 26 14:29:00 PDT 2012

Benoit to Address Young Aviators Saturday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide opening remarks Saturday at the Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program, a three-week session that will put the high school students on a fast track to receiving a FAA private pilot’s certificate.

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Wed Jul 18 11:55:00 PDT 2012 Wed Jul 18 11:55:00 PDT 2012

$300 Million Investment Coming to Downtown Indio to Develop Two County Projects

County officials will make a presentation to the Indio City Council tonight highlighting the $300 million investment coming in two county projects that will – barring any unforeseen circumstances – bring construction activity within six months, more than 350 permanent, professional jobs by 2017 and architecturally pleasing structures to downtown Indio.

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Fri Jul 13 15:38:00 PDT 2012 Fri Jul 13 15:38:00 PDT 2012

State Denies Funds to Complete Duroville Relocation Project

The state Department of Finance has denied Riverside County’s appeal for redevelopment funds to complete Mountain View Estates, a housing project designed to relocate residents from the notorious, hazardous living conditions at the so-called Duroville mobile home park, Supervisor John J. Benoit said Friday.

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Tue Jun 19 15:56:00 PDT 2012 Tue Jun 19 15:56:00 PDT 2012

California Bio-Mass Agrees to Changes to Minimize Odor Impacts from Liquid Waste

California Bio-Mass, Inc., a Thermal-based agricultural recycling and organics company, has agreed to reduce the amount of grease waste it accepts and to make other changes to its operation, as the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health continues to investigate odors affecting Trilogy residents in south La Quinta, Riverside County officials announced Tuesday.

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Mon Jun 18 14:59:00 PDT 2012 Mon Jun 18 14:59:00 PDT 2012

Benoit Visits UAE to Open Door for Trade Opportunities

Supervisor John J. Benoit met Thursday with trade representatives at the U.S. Consulate in Dubai to explore potential importing and exporting opportunities between Riverside County and the United Arab Emirates.

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Thu Jun 07 09:29:00 PDT 2012 Thu Jun 07 09:29:00 PDT 2012

Cool Centers for Riverside County's Desert Areas

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP) has partnered with senior and community centers to provide cool centers, drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, the disabled and seniors in need of temporary relief from the summer heat.

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Mon May 07 11:19:00 PDT 2012 Mon May 07 11:19:00 PDT 2012

Benoit to Host Emergency Preparedness Seminar May 16

Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a disaster planning seminar for seniors, in conjunction with the Riverside County Office on Aging, at 8:30 a.m. May 16 at the Workforce Development Center in Indio, 44-199 Monroe St., Rm. 403B.

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Thu May 03 14:36:00 PDT 2012 Thu May 03 14:36:00 PDT 2012

Future Alignment of Mecca’s Avenue 66 to be Discussed Wednesday

An informational meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mecca Elementary School (65-250 Coahuilla St.) to discuss a grade separation project planned near Avenue 66 (State Route 195) and Grapefruit Boulevard (State Highway 111) in Mecca.

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Wed May 02 13:16:00 PDT 2012 Wed May 02 13:16:00 PDT 2012

Registration Open for Electric Lawn Mower Exchange

Coachella Valley residents can reduce air pollution and save money by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawn mower for a new battery-electric model.

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Thu Apr 26 13:20:00 PDT 2012 Thu Apr 26 13:20:00 PDT 2012

Benoit Seeks Two Youth Advisory Council Coordinators

Supervisor John J. Benoit has two paid positions available for college students to coordinate and oversee the Blythe and Coachella Valley high school students on the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

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Thu Apr 12 14:36:00 PDT 2012 Thu Apr 12 14:36:00 PDT 2012

New Sheriff’s Station Serves Growing Eastern Coachella Valley

The new Thermal Sheriff’s Station will be open to the public for tours following the dedication ceremony 10 a.m. Thursday at 86-625 Airport Blvd., just west of Polk Street.

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Tue Apr 03 14:55:00 PDT 2012 Tue Apr 03 14:55:00 PDT 2012

World-Class Motorsports Venue to Break Ground Thursday

A unique motorsports venue, made up of a couple hundred private garage lots built around a 4.5-mile racetrack, is set to break ground Thursday and become the latest world-class attraction in the Coachella Valley.

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Tue Apr 03 11:16:00 PDT 2012 Tue Apr 03 11:16:00 PDT 2012

Chinese Officials Look to Riverside County for Trade, Investment

County officials met with 22 government and business leaders from Beijing recently to establish diplomatic relations and are scheduled for a second meeting with Chinese representatives later this month, paving the way for increased Riverside County exports to China.

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Wed Mar 28 17:26:00 PDT 2012 Wed Mar 28 17:26:00 PDT 2012

Inspiring Seniors to be Honored Friday Before Sold-Out Crowd

Twelve extraordinary seniors will be honored Friday before a sold-out crowd of more than 550 people at the popular Senior Inspiration Awards lunch, marking the event’s 20th year.

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Mon Mar 19 16:52:00 PDT 2012 Mon Mar 19 16:52:00 PDT 2012

Bea Main to be Honored as Woman of the Year Tuesday

The Riverside County Commission for Women will present five women with special women of the year honors at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday during the Board of Supervisors meeting in Riverside.

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Wed Mar 14 15:27:00 PDT 2012 Wed Mar 14 15:27:00 PDT 2012

Benoit to Speak to Desert Hot Springs Rotary Club Thursday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide a county update before the Desert Hot Springs Rotary Club at their lunch at noon Thursday at Aqua Soleil Hotel and Spa in Desert Hot Springs, 14-500 Palm Dr.

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Wed Mar 14 12:03:00 PDT 2012 Wed Mar 14 12:03:00 PDT 2012

San Jose Community and Bea Main Learning Center to be Dedicated Friday

A community center providing after-school programs to children and services to residents of three dozen mobile home parks will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Friday.

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Thu Mar 08 16:00:00 PST 2012 Thu Mar 08 16:00:00 PST 2012

Office Hours, Bidders’ Workshop Available to Assist Air Quality Project Applicants

PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit announced Thursday the availability of local office hours and a bidders’ workshop by South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) staff to answer questions about proposed air pollution reduction projects.

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Wed Mar 07 16:59:00 PST 2012 Wed Mar 07 16:59:00 PST 2012

County Medical Center Mobile Clinic Visits Oasis Thursday

General medical exams, sick child visits and vision screenings are some of the health care services available free of charge to all Riverside County residents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at San Felipe Community and Housing at 67-305 Harrison, Old Highway 86, in Oasis.

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Tue Mar 06 10:03:00 PST 2012 Tue Mar 06 10:03:00 PST 2012

Palm Drive/Gene Autry Trail and Indian Canyon Drive Interchanges to be Dedicated March 9

Visitors and local motorists will soon see major traffic relief with the completion of two more interchanges along Interstate 10’s Coachella Valley corridor.

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Thu Mar 01 13:38:00 PST 2012 Thu Mar 01 13:38:00 PST 2012

Benoit’s Fair Purchases Help Youth Agriculture Programs

Representing Riverside County, Supervisor John J. Benoit placed winning bids on two show animals at the junior livestock auction held Saturday at the 66th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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Mon Feb 27 18:31:00 PST 2012 Mon Feb 27 18:31:00 PST 2012

Public Invited to Tour New Mesa Verde Water Treatment Facility Wednesday

After spending $11.6 million to provide Mesa Verde residents with an adequate water supply, local officials will join community leaders and members of the public Wednesday afternoon to celebrate.

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Fri Feb 24 13:51:00 PST 2012 Fri Feb 24 13:51:00 PST 2012

Thermal Fire Station #39 to Open Wednesday

Members of the community are invited to join Supervisor John J. Benoit and county and CAL FIRE officials in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday celebrating the grand opening of Riverside County’s newest fire station, Thermal Fire Station #39, located at 86-911 58th Avenue.

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Wed Feb 15 07:14:00 PST 2012 Wed Feb 15 07:14:00 PST 2012

Benoit to Open the 66th Annual Date Festival Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will welcome fairgoers at Friday’s opening of the 66th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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Tue Feb 14 17:50:00 PST 2012 Tue Feb 14 17:50:00 PST 2012

Date Festival Adds Canada Day: February 23

The County of Riverside is honoring its friends from the north next week with the addition of Canada Day at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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Thu Feb 09 14:54:00 PST 2012 Thu Feb 09 14:54:00 PST 2012

AQMD Releases RFP for Coachella Valley Air Quality Projects

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) today issued a request for proposals for $53 million in air pollution reduction projects, to be funded by mitigation fees from the Sentinel Energy Project under construction near Desert Hot Springs.

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Wed Feb 08 11:04:00 PST 2012 Wed Feb 08 11:04:00 PST 2012

County to Conduct Community Clean-Ups Saturday

Residents will have opportunities to dispose of bulky trash items and household hazardous waste at events in Bermuda Dunes and in the Blythe area Saturday.

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Tue Feb 07 14:37:00 PST 2012 Tue Feb 07 14:37:00 PST 2012

County Medical Center Mobile Clinic Returns to Oasis Thursday

General medical exams, sick child visits and vision screenings are some of the health care services available free of charge to all Riverside County residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at San Felipe Community & Housing at 67-305 Harrison (Old Highway 86) in Oasis.

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Tue Feb 07 09:54:00 PST 2012 Tue Feb 07 09:54:00 PST 2012

Celebrity Golf Tournament Will Showcase Special Canada-County Relationship

This weekend, Riverside County will welcome its top trading partner for the Canada California Business Council Celebrity Golf Classic, held for the first time at the Desert Dunes Golf Club near Desert Hot Springs, 19-300 Palm Dr.

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Fri Feb 03 14:15:00 PST 2012 Fri Feb 03 14:15:00 PST 2012

Supervisor Benoit Announces Appointment Vacancies

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit is seeking residents interested in serving on county councils, boards, and commissions.

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Tue Jan 24 14:06:00 PST 2012 Tue Jan 24 14:06:00 PST 2012

Ninth Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day to Pair County Staff with Students

High school students from the Coachella Valley will shadow Supervisor John J. Benoit, Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Larry Ward, Superior Court Judge John G. Evans and 29 other county employees during Wednesday’s Ninth Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day.

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Wed Jan 11 12:46:00 PST 2012 Wed Jan 11 12:46:00 PST 2012

County Medical Center Mobile Clinic Returns to Oasis Thursday

General medical exams, sick child visits and vision screenings are some of the health care services available free of charge to all Riverside County residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at San Felipe Community & Housing at 67-305 Harrison (Old Highway 86) in Oasis.

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Tue Jan 10 14:36:00 PST 2012 Tue Jan 10 14:36:00 PST 2012

Volunteers in Medicine to Begin Construction Jan. 17

The Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, which serves the medical needs of an under-served population in the Coachella Valley, will break ground on a permanent clinic at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 in Indio, 82-915 Avenue 48.

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Tue Jan 10 08:20:00 PST 2012 Tue Jan 10 08:20:00 PST 2012

Workshops to Focus on Transportation Needs and Planning

The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is gathering feedback to help plan projects and public transit services to address the mobility needs of older adults, people with disabilities and low-income individuals.

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Thu Dec 29 15:56:00 PST 2011

Thu Dec 29 15:56:00 PST 2011 Thu Dec 29 15:56:00 PST 2011

Benoit Statement on Elimination of Redevelopment Agencies

Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on today’s California Supreme Court decision eliminating redevelopment agencies

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Tue Dec 20 12:03:00 PST 2011 Tue Dec 20 12:03:00 PST 2011

CAL FIRE Brings “Spark of Love” to North Shore Wednesday

Firefighters at Station 41 in North Shore will distribute gifts to more than 125 children in the North Shore community at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club Community Center, 99-155 Sea View Dr.

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Sat Dec 17 15:27:00 PST 2011 Sat Dec 17 15:27:00 PST 2011

Supervisor Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council to Spread Holiday Cheer to Foster Children Sunday

Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council members will assist For The Children, a nonprofit that supports foster children, in a Christmas party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton in Palm Springs, 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way.

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Wed Dec 14 14:42:00 PST 2011 Wed Dec 14 14:42:00 PST 2011

Santa to Visit Blythe Area for Special Event Saturday

Families can enjoy a pancake breakfast, a craft workshop and a special visit by Santa Claus at Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Roy Wilson Community & Child Care Center in Mesa Verde, 13341 Mesa Dr.

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Tue Dec 13 15:56:00 PST 2011 Tue Dec 13 15:56:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Address California Transportation Commission Visit

Local transportation projects will be highlighted by Supervisor John J. Benoit in welcoming remarks to the California Transportation Commission during the commission’s special visit Wednesday to Riverside.

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Mon Dec 12 20:54:00 PST 2011 Mon Dec 12 20:54:00 PST 2011

Workshop to Discuss County Housing Goals Wednesday

The Riverside County Planning Department is seeking public input on the county’s housing goals at an informational workshop to be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the City of La Quinta’s City Council Chambers, 78-495 Calle Tampico.

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Mon Dec 05 09:15:00 PST 2011 Mon Dec 05 09:15:00 PST 2011

Benoit to be Honored by Alma Mater, Cal State San Bernardino

Supervisor John J. Benoit will be honored by California State University San Bernardino at a dinner benefiting student scholarships at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Eagle Glen Clubhouse in Corona.

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Thu Dec 01 16:53:00 PST 2011 Thu Dec 01 16:53:00 PST 2011

New Mecca Boys & Girls Clubhouse to Open Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials, community leaders and representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley at the grand opening of Mecca’s Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse, in a ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. Friday at 91-391 Avenue 66.

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Wed Nov 30 11:01:00 PST 2011 Wed Nov 30 11:01:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Ride in Two Holiday Parades Saturday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will ride in the 20th Annual Indio International Tamale Festival Parade and the 20th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday.

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Tue Nov 29 14:53:00 PST 2011 Tue Nov 29 14:53:00 PST 2011

Free Flu Vaccine Available in Thermal Tomorrow

A free flu vaccination clinic for seniors and persons with disabilities will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Jerry C. Rummonds Memorial Community & Senior Center in Thermal, 87-229 Church St.

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Mon Nov 28 11:40:00 PST 2011 Mon Nov 28 11:40:00 PST 2011

Community Council Training to Offer Education about County Planning Process, Brown Act

Supervisor John J. Benoit will host a Fourth District Community Council Training Seminar from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Workforce Development Center in Indio, 44-199 Monroe St., Rm. 402.

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Tue Nov 22 15:08:00 PST 2011 Tue Nov 22 15:08:00 PST 2011

Busy Railroad Crossing Gets Initial Funding to Eliminate Vehicle Delays

Riverside County now has funding to complete design and engineering of a grade separation at Avenue 66 and the Union Pacific line in Mecca.

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Tue Nov 22 11:04:00 PST 2011 Tue Nov 22 11:04:00 PST 2011

Office on Aging Moves to La Quinta

In order to provide more efficient and centrally located services, the Riverside County Office on Aging has moved its desert satellite office to 78-900 Avenue 47, Suite 200 in La Quinta.

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Wed Nov 09 11:10:00 PST 2011 Wed Nov 09 11:10:00 PST 2011

County Medical Center Mobile Clinic Returns to Oasis Tomorrow

General medical exams, sick child visits and vision screenings are some of the health care services available free of charge to all Riverside County residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at San Felipe Community and Housing at 67-305 Harrison (Old Highway 86) in Oasis.

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Tue Nov 08 19:41:00 PST 2011 Tue Nov 08 19:41:00 PST 2011

Riverside County News Release: Supervisors unanimously approve solar policy with $450 per-acre payment

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to approve a comprehensive solar power plant policy requiring large-scale solar developers to pay a $450 per-acre payment to compensate the county for the use of its property and for committing vast tracts of land exclusively to solar development.

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Wed Nov 02 18:15:00 PDT 2011 Wed Nov 02 18:15:00 PDT 2011

New Coachella Valley Rescue Mission to be Dedicated Monday

rvisor John J. Benoit will speak at the ribbon cutting of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission’s new shelter at 11 a.m. Monday, located in Indio at 47-470 Van Buren St.

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Wed Nov 02 11:33:00 PDT 2011 Wed Nov 02 11:33:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Open Saturday’s Jacqueline Cochran Air Show

Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide welcoming remarks to open the 8th Annual Jacqueline Cochran Air Show at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal (56-850 Higgins).

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Wed Oct 19 15:42:00 PDT 2011 Wed Oct 19 15:42:00 PDT 2011

Supervisors Pass Online Campaign Finance Disclosure Reform

On a vote of 5-0, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor John J. Benoit’s measure to require political committees and candidates that meet certain financial thresholds to file their campaign reports online.

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Wed Oct 19 14:07:00 PDT 2011 Wed Oct 19 14:07:00 PDT 2011

Benoit’s Aerial District Tour Now Online at www.RivCo4.org

A video featuring captivating aerial and on-site highlights of key local economic development projects, and an update on the county’s pending solar policy, can now be seen on Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Web site, www.rivco4.org.

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Wed Oct 12 15:13:00 PDT 2011 Wed Oct 12 15:13:00 PDT 2011

County Medical Center Mobile Clinic Returns to Oasis Tomorrow

General medical exams, sick child visits and vision screenings are some of the health care services available free of charge to all Riverside County residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at San Felipe Community and Housing at 67-305 Harrison (Old Highway 86) in Oasis.

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Mon Oct 10 15:06:00 PDT 2011 Mon Oct 10 15:06:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Address Tri-Community Council Meeting Tuesday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will present an update on the budget and efforts to establish a solar policy at Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Indio Hills, Desert Edge and Sky Valley community councils at 6 p.m. at the Indio Hills Community Center, 80-400 Dillon Rd.

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Thu Sep 08 08:16:00 PDT 2011 Thu Sep 08 08:16:00 PDT 2011

County Medical Center to Bring Health Care Services to Oasis

General medical exams, sick child visits and vision screenings are some of the health care services available free of charge to all Riverside County residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at San Felipe Community and Housing at 67-305 Harrison (Old Highway 86) in Oasis.

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Wed Sep 07 09:07:00 PDT 2011 Wed Sep 07 09:07:00 PDT 2011

Foreign Trade Zone Proposed for Eastern Coachella Valley

The Four Winds Tribal Coalition is proposing a 4,500-acre Foreign Trade Zone to serve the eastern Coachella Valley.

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Tue Aug 30 11:56:00 PDT 2011 Tue Aug 30 11:56:00 PDT 2011

Appointees Sought for Desert Mental Health Board

The Riverside County Department of Mental Health is seeking residents living in the Coachella Valley, Blythe area and the Pass area to fill four vacancies on the Riverside County Desert Board of Mental Health.

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Wed Aug 24 14:39:00 PDT 2011 Wed Aug 24 14:39:00 PDT 2011

Economic Development Focus of Friday Rotary Lunch

Local economic development, including the Thermal Motorsports Track and Club, redevelopment projects and the county’s efforts to set the standard on solar policy will be the focus of Supervisor John J. Benoit’s presentation before the Rotary Club of La Quinta at their lunch at noon Friday at Cliffhouse Restaurant (78-250 Highway 111).

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Thu Aug 11 17:24:00 PDT 2011 Thu Aug 11 17:24:00 PDT 2011

Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station Becomes County’s First LEED Gold Building

The new Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station, located at 73-700 Gerald Ford Drive, is the first building constructed by Riverside County to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification.

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Fri Jul 22 10:37:00 PDT 2011 Fri Jul 22 10:37:00 PDT 2011

Informational Meeting on Mecca Roundabout to be Held Wednesday

A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Saul Martinez Elementary School (65-705 Johnson St.) to discuss upcoming construction of a modern roundabout at Fourth Street and Hammond Road in Mecca.

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Wed Jul 20 18:34:00 PDT 2011 Wed Jul 20 18:34:00 PDT 2011

Supervisor Benoit to Announce Support for Lawsuit to Overturn Legislation Eliminating Redevelopment Agencies

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join community leaders to announce support for the lawsuit filed by the League of California Cities and California Redevelopment Association in the California Supreme Court to overturn legislation eliminating redevelopment agencies

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Fri Jul 08 17:49:00 PDT 2011 Fri Jul 08 17:49:00 PDT 2011

Riverside County, Solar Developer Reach Franchise Agreement

Riverside County staff and Desert Sunlight have reached a 30-year agreement to give the solar developer access to county rights-of-way near Desert Center in exchange for annual payments of $600,000, adjusted yearly for inflation, Supervisor John J. Benoit announced Friday.

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Tue Jul 05 16:12:00 PDT 2011 Tue Jul 05 16:12:00 PDT 2011

Cool Centers for Riverside County’s Desert Areas

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County (CAP) has partnered with senior and community centers to provide cool centers, drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, the disabled and seniors in need of temporary relief from the summer heat.

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Thu Jun 16 16:53:00 PDT 2011 Thu Jun 16 16:53:00 PDT 2011

Supervisor Benoit Announces Selection of AQMD Interns

Supervisor John J. Benoit announces the selection of Vanessa Tanik, Ashley Vo and Kylee Chang who will begin internships with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

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Fri Jun 10 13:50:00 PDT 2011 Fri Jun 10 13:50:00 PDT 2011

Firefighter Concessions Keep Blythe Station Open

Riverside County’s fire station in Blythe, which had been slated for closure at the end of this month, will remain open thanks to union concessions that are saving the county $1.6 million, Supervisor John J. Benoit and Fire Chief John R. Hawkins announced today.

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Thu May 26 15:59:00 PDT 2011 Thu May 26 15:59:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Commemorate Memorial Day at East Valley Memorial

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will remember the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country Monday at the Coachella Valley Cemetery in Coachella (82-925 Avenue 52).

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Tue May 17 09:50:00 PDT 2011 Tue May 17 09:50:00 PDT 2011

Economic Blueprint Focus of Thursday Breakfast Program

Supervisor John J. Benoit and Thomas Flavin, president and chief executive officer of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), will discuss the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint at the “Breakfast with the Supervisor” Thursday at Embassy Suites Palm Desert (74-700 Highway 111).

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Fri May 13 16:53:00 PDT 2011 Fri May 13 16:53:00 PDT 2011

Supervisor Benoit to Present Awards at Saturday’s 17th Annual Rotary Math Field Day

Supervisor John J. Benoit will acknowledge the winners of the 17th Annual Rotary Math Field Day Saturday at John Glenn Middle School in Indio (79-655 Miles Ave.).

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Fri May 13 13:39:00 PDT 2011 Fri May 13 13:39:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Address Emergency Volunteers Saturday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will reiterate the value of emergency preparedness at the annual Riverside County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Field Day for the Coachella Valley at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, to be held at the Roy Wilson Fire Station and Training Center in Thousand Palms (31-920 Robert Rd.).

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Thu May 12 16:01:00 PDT 2011 Thu May 12 16:01:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Break Ground on Date Palm Drive Interchange

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join state legislators and representatives from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), Riverside County Transportation Commission and the City of Cathedral City at the groundbreaking ceremony on the Date Palm Drive Interchange Improvement Project at 9 a.m. Friday on the northeast side of the interchange.

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Tue May 10 15:00:00 PDT 2011 Tue May 10 15:00:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Tout Teamwork at Annual Park Volunteers Luncheon

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak on the theme of teamwork in local government at Wednesday’s annual gathering of volunteers and staff of the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District.

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Fri May 06 16:57:00 PDT 2011 Fri May 06 16:57:00 PDT 2011

Torres-Martinez, Riverside County to Sign Land-Use Agreement

The County of Riverside and the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Council will sign a groundbreaking land-use agreement at 9 a.m. May 18 at the Torres-Martinez Tribal Hall (66-725 Martinez Rd., Thermal).

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Tue May 03 20:20:00 PDT 2011 Tue May 03 20:20:00 PDT 2011

Board Vote Removes Hub Jail Priority

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to remove the regional detention center as the No. 1 priority on the capital improvement plan, directing staff to look at adding much-needed and less-costly jail beds most likely in Indio and elsewhere in the county.

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Tue May 03 14:02:00 PDT 2011 Tue May 03 14:02:00 PDT 2011

Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Kicks Off Saturday in Palm Desert

Coachella Valley residents can reduce air pollution and save money by exchanging a working gasoline-powered lawn mower for a new battery-electric model.

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Tue May 03 11:44:00 PDT 2011 Tue May 03 11:44:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Engage Students in Government during Coachella Valley High School Career Week

Coachella Valley High School seniors will participate in a mock legislative committee hearing chaired by Supervisor John J. Benoit during CVHS Career Week.

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Tue Apr 19 14:26:00 PDT 2011 Tue Apr 19 14:26:00 PDT 2011

Traffic Solution to Interstate 10 Tie-Ups Configured

Caltrans has completed work on two Interstate 10 median breaks that will allow the California Highway Patrol to safely turn around traffic in the event of an emergency that shuts down the freeway.

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Tue Apr 12 16:21:00 PDT 2011 Tue Apr 12 16:21:00 PDT 2011

Board Vote Sets New Direction on Jail Plans

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to pursue smaller, cheaper jail expansion plans and took steps to remove the regional detention center as the No. 1 priority in the county’s capital improvement plan.

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Wed Apr 06 16:29:00 PDT 2011 Wed Apr 06 16:29:00 PDT 2011

Benoit to Participate in North Shore Clean-Up, Activities Saturday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will visit a community clean-up and fair in North Shore at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Wed Apr 06 13:57:00 PDT 2011 Wed Apr 06 13:57:00 PDT 2011

Construction Begins at Thermal Interchange

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began construction this week on a new $6.1 million interchange in Thermal at Airport Boulevard on State Route 86S.

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Wed Apr 06 09:20:00 PDT 2011 Wed Apr 06 09:20:00 PDT 2011

Benoit, Ashley to Ask for Halt to Whitewater Jail Planning

Faced with budget shortfalls that could delay a proposed Whitewater detention center for years, Supervisors John J. Benoit and Marion Ashley today announced they will ask board members to halt planning and reconsider options that could add jail beds faster and at a lower cost.

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Sat Apr 02 10:01:00 PDT 2011 Sat Apr 02 10:01:00 PDT 2011

Salton Sea Art on Display in April at Renovated County Landmark

Unique art inspired by the Salton Sea will be displayed throughout April at the Salton Sea History Museum, with an opening reception from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday inside the county’s renovated North Shore Beach and Yacht Club Community Center.

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Wed Mar 30 14:55:00 PDT 2011 Wed Mar 30 14:55:00 PDT 2011

Two Exceptional Role Models for Women Named Riverside County Women of the Year

The Riverside County Commission for Women has selected six women of the year who will be presented with special honors at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Riverside.

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Tue Mar 29 16:15:00 PDT 2011 Tue Mar 29 16:15:00 PDT 2011

Benoit Announces Vacancies on County Boards and Commissions

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit is seeking residents interested in serving on county councils, boards and commissions.

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Tue Mar 29 14:21:00 PDT 2011 Tue Mar 29 14:21:00 PDT 2011

10 Days Left to Buy Senior Inspiration Award Tickets

Tickets are selling fast for the 19th Annual Senior Inspiration Awards, a beloved Coachella Valley tradition recognizing senior citizens who are role models for all ages. The luncheon will be held at the legendary Riviera Palm Springs Resort (1600 North Indian Canyon Drive) at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 8.

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Thu Mar 24 11:55:00 PDT 2011 Thu Mar 24 11:55:00 PDT 2011

Riverside County to Update Public on Community Involvement in Regional Detention Center Project

Supervisor John J. Benoit and other county officials will speak Saturday at a community forum on the proposed Riverside County Regional Detention Center, providing a timely update on the county’s partnership with the hospitality industry to further study the project.

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Thu Mar 03 16:54:00 PST 2011 Thu Mar 03 16:54:00 PST 2011

AQMD Steps Up Odor Investigation in Mecca

In response to odor complaints received from Mecca residents, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has launched an intensive air monitoring and analysis effort to further determine the source and chemical constituents of foul odors in and around the community.

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Wed Mar 02 10:29:00 PST 2011 Wed Mar 02 10:29:00 PST 2011

Benoit Presses Transportation Priorities to Federal Officials

Supervisor John J. Benoit is advocating for Riverside County’s transportation priorities during a visit this week to Washington, D.C.

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Thu Feb 24 15:58:00 PST 2011 Thu Feb 24 15:58:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Dedicate Major Mayflower Park Improvements Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Blythe area officials and Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District staff in the dedication of the first phase of improvements in a generation to Mayflower Park at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Thu Feb 17 18:14:00 PST 2011 Thu Feb 17 18:14:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Speak at Open House of Volunteers in Medicine

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at the open house of the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine at 2 p.m. Tuesday at its Indio clinic (81-880 Dr. Carreon Blvd. Ste. B-103).

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Fri Feb 11 09:12:00 PST 2011 Fri Feb 11 09:12:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Open the 65th Annual Date Festival Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will welcome fairgoers at Friday’s opening of the 65th Annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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Thu Feb 10 11:20:00 PST 2011 Thu Feb 10 11:20:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Speak at Palms to Pines Rotary Breakfast

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak before the Palm Desert Palms to Pines Rotary Club at their breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert (1111 Desert Falls Parkway).

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Wed Feb 09 17:52:00 PST 2011 Wed Feb 09 17:52:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Highlight Redevelopment Successes to Local Legislators

Continuing his call for state lawmakers to preserve redevelopment agencies, Supervisor John J. Benoit will highlight redevelopment’s benefits at a public hearing held by Assemblyman Brian Nestande and Senator Bill Emmerson at 1 p.m. Friday at the Palm Desert City Council Chambers (73-510 Fred Waring Drive).

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Tue Feb 08 10:57:00 PST 2011 Tue Feb 08 10:57:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Speak at Dick Kelly Bridge Dedication

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join local leaders and members of late Palm Desert City Councilman Richard S. Kelly’s family for the dedication of the Portola Bridge at 10 a.m. Friday.

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Mon Feb 07 08:48:00 PST 2011 Mon Feb 07 08:48:00 PST 2011

Supervisor Benoit to Again Testify on Redevelopment before Assembly Hearing Today

At a joint hearing on enterprise zones and redevelopment, Supervisor John J. Benoit will offer testimony on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies

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Thu Feb 03 14:59:00 PST 2011 Thu Feb 03 14:59:00 PST 2011

Benoit Calls on State to Preserve Redevelopment

Supervisor John J. Benoit implored legislators today to refrain from stripping local governments of their redevelopment funds and look at trimming state spending instead.

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Wed Feb 02 12:54:00 PST 2011 Wed Feb 02 12:54:00 PST 2011

Supervisor Benoit to Provide Testimony on Redevelopment before Senate Budget Panel Tomorrow

At the request of his colleagues on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor John J. Benoit will offer testimony on Gov. Jerry Brown’s redevelopment proposal

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Tue Feb 01 11:09:00 PST 2011 Tue Feb 01 11:09:00 PST 2011

Nominations Accepted for Riverside County Women of the Year

The Riverside County Commission for Women is seeking nominations for its Women of the Year Awards. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 14.

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Tue Feb 01 09:52:00 PST 2011 Tue Feb 01 09:52:00 PST 2011

Supervisor Benoit Announces Battle of the Bands Finalists

Supervisor John J. Benoit today announced the seven finalists that will perform in the Battle of the Bands on the fair’s opening day, Feb. 18.

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Mon Jan 31 16:21:00 PST 2011 Mon Jan 31 16:21:00 PST 2011

Benoit Resolution Raises Awareness of Heart Disease

Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a resolution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting proclaiming February as American Heart Month and Feb. 4 as Riverside County “Wear Red Day.”

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Wed Jan 26 14:40:00 PST 2011 Wed Jan 26 14:40:00 PST 2011

Supervisor Benoit to Observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at a ceremony observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Holocaust Memorial in the Palm Desert Civic Center Park (northeast corner of Fred Waring Drive and San Pablo Avenue).

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Wed Jan 26 11:16:00 PST 2011 Wed Jan 26 11:16:00 PST 2011

County, CVA to Partner on Detention Center Location Study

Riverside County and the Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority (CVA) will partner on commissioning a destination impact study on the proposed location of the Riverside County Regional Detention Center.

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Tue Jan 25 12:03:00 PST 2011 Tue Jan 25 12:03:00 PST 2011

Meeting to Discuss Strange Odors in Mecca to be Held Feb. 16

A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at Saul Martinez Elementary School (65-705 Johnson Street) with the Environmental Protection Agency, Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and local representatives to discuss the problem of strange odors reported recently at the Mecca campus.

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Wed Jan 19 15:50:00 PST 2011 Wed Jan 19 15:50:00 PST 2011

Five Firefighters with Mecca Roots to be Honored at Thursday’s Fire Station Groundbreaking

Five local firefighters who grew up in Mecca and graduated from Mecca Elementary School and Coachella Valley High School will be honored at the groundbreaking of Mecca Fire Station #40 at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Mecca (91-350 66th Ave.).

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Wed Jan 12 19:03:00 PST 2011 Wed Jan 12 19:03:00 PST 2011

Youth in Government Day to Pair County Mentors with Students

High school students from the Coachella Valley will shadow Supervisor John J. Benoit and 27 county employees Thursday in the Eighth Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day program.

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Tue Jan 11 15:07:00 PST 2011 Tue Jan 11 15:07:00 PST 2011

Supervisor Benoit Takes Oath of Office for New Term

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit was sworn into a full, four-year term of office by retired Riverside Superior Court Judge Bill Bailey at the Board of Supervisors meeting this morning.

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Thu Jan 06 18:38:00 PST 2011 Thu Jan 06 18:38:00 PST 2011

Residents Have Until Jan. 18 to Claim Property Tax Refunds

Riverside County property owners and businesses have until Jan. 18 to claim old property tax refunds.

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Tue Jan 04 16:29:00 PST 2011 Tue Jan 04 16:29:00 PST 2011

Changes to Thermal’s Airport Boulevard to be Discussed

A special Thermal Community Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss improvements to Airport Boulevard. The meeting is open to area residents and will be at John Kelley Elementary School in Thermal (87-163 Center St.).

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Tue Jan 04 10:48:00 PST 2011 Tue Jan 04 10:48:00 PST 2011

Benoit to Speak at Groundbreaking of Mecca Fire Station

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the groundbreaking of Mecca Fire Station #40 at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20.

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Mon Jan 03 14:47:00 PST 2011 Mon Jan 03 14:47:00 PST 2011

Riverside County’s Best Young Bands Sought for 2011 Battle of the Bands Competition

The search is on for Riverside County’s best young bands to be featured at the Second Annual Battle of the Bands at the 2011 Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival.

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Mon Dec 27 13:40:00 PST 2010

Mon Dec 27 13:40:00 PST 2010 Mon Dec 27 13:40:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Seeks Community Input on Future of First 5

Supervisor John J. Benoit invites residents to share their vision of the Riverside County Children and Families Commission (First 5 Riverside). The meeting, to be held at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the Cathedral City Library (33-520 Date Palm Drive), will help the agency create its new strategic plan.

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Thu Dec 16 19:16:00 PST 2010 Thu Dec 16 19:16:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council to Spread Holiday Cheer to Foster Children Sunday

Supervisor John J. Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council members will assist For The Children, a nonprofit that supports foster children, in a Christmas party fundraiser at noon Sunday at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs (150 South Indian Canyon Drive).

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Wed Dec 15 16:08:00 PST 2010 Wed Dec 15 16:08:00 PST 2010

December 15, 2010 - Notice from the Treasurer-Tax Collector

Unclaimed Property Tax Refund deadline extended until January 18, 2011.

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Tue Dec 14 15:09:00 PST 2010 Tue Dec 14 15:09:00 PST 2010

Supervisors Repeal Plan to Regulate Marijuana Collectives

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today halted a plan to regulate medical marijuana collectives, leaving in place an existing ban on dispensaries that allows code enforcement officers to crack down on storefront operations popping up around the county.

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Fri Dec 03 17:58:00 PST 2010 Fri Dec 03 17:58:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Dedicate Blythe Animal Shelter

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the grand opening of the Blythe Animal Shelter at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 at 245 S. Carlton Ave.

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Fri Dec 03 17:57:00 PST 2010 Fri Dec 03 17:57:00 PST 2010

AQMD Awards $1.4 Million to Desert Sands for Bus Upgrades

This morning, Supervisor John J. Benoit voted with his colleagues on the South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board to award $1,356,192 to the Desert Sands Unified School District to replace eight old diesel school buses with new compressed natural gas buses.

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Fri Dec 03 17:56:00 PST 2010 Fri Dec 03 17:56:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Announces Gifts for Guns Exchange

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Palm Springs Police Chief David Dominguez, Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Lee Weigel and Assemblyman Manuel Perez at the Gifts for Guns exchange program at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the parking lot immediately north of the Palm Springs Police Department training center (200 South Civic Drive).

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Tue Nov 30 17:18:00 PST 2010 Tue Nov 30 17:18:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Speak at Groundbreaking of Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Shelter

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at the groundbreaking of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission shelter at 1 p.m. Dec. 8. The site of the new shelter is 47-470 Van Buren St., Indio.

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Mon Nov 29 17:39:00 PST 2010 Mon Nov 29 17:39:00 PST 2010

Benoit Comments on Animal Services Staff Reductions

Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following comments regarding decreased staffing levels at the Department of Animal Services' Coachella Valley Animal Campus

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Mon Nov 29 12:01:00 PST 2010 Mon Nov 29 12:01:00 PST 2010

Benoit to Share Goals, Insights at American Council of Engineering Companies Breakfast

Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide “State of the County” remarks before members of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Riverside-San Bernardino Chapter, at a breakfast to be held at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Desert Willow Golf Resort (38-995 Desert Willow Drive).

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Thu Nov 04 10:01:00 PDT 2010 Thu Nov 04 10:01:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Open Saturday’s Thermal Air Show

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at the opening ceremony of the 7th Annual Jacqueline Cochran Air Show at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal (56-850 Higgins).

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Wed Nov 03 13:41:00 PDT 2010 Wed Nov 03 13:41:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Comments on Registrar of Voters

Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on the election:

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Mon Nov 01 18:04:00 PDT 2010 Mon Nov 01 18:04:00 PDT 2010

Benoit to Address Annual Agriculture Dinner

Supervisor John J. Benoit will be the keynote speaker at the 93rd Annual Riverside County Farm Bureau Meeting at 6 p.m. Friday at Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert (1111 Desert Falls Parkway).

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Thu Oct 21 14:42:00 PDT 2010 Thu Oct 21 14:42:00 PDT 2010

Benoit to Host Community Council Training Program

Supervisor John J. Benoit will host a Fourth District Community Council Training Seminar from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Workforce Development Center (44-199 Monroe Street, Indio), Rm 402.

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Wed Oct 20 15:04:00 PDT 2010 Wed Oct 20 15:04:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Speak at Thursday’s Groundbreaking of Coachella Valley I-10 Interchange Project

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join state legislators, representatives from the California Department of Transportation, Coachella Valley Association of Governments and other dignitaries at the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Indian Canyon Drive Interchange Improvement Project at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at 20th Avenue, just east of Indian Canyon Drive (north of I-10) in Desert Hot Springs.

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Tue Oct 19 14:12:00 PDT 2010 Tue Oct 19 14:12:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit Offers Remarks at Thursday’s Indio Job Fair

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak to employers at the 15th Valley-wide Employment Expo at 8:45 a.m. Thursday at the Fullenwider Building of the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio.

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Tue Oct 19 09:55:00 PDT 2010 Tue Oct 19 09:55:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit, Planning Director to Address Builders

Supervisor John J. Benoit and Planning Director Carolyn Syms Luna will be the featured speakers in the first-ever “Public Officials Luncheon” by the Desert Valleys Builders Association (DVBA) to be held at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Desert Willow Golf Resort.

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Thu Oct 07 17:37:00 PDT 2010 Thu Oct 07 17:37:00 PDT 2010

Salton Sea Restoration Focus of Tuesday Breakfast Program

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at the “Breakfast with the Supervisor” hosted by the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (CVMACC) at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at Embassy Suites in Palm Desert (74-700 Highway 111).

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Wed Oct 06 09:35:00 PDT 2010 Wed Oct 06 09:35:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Dedicate New Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Sheriff Stan Sniff, Supervisor Marion Ashley, county officials and community leaders at the grand opening and open house of the new Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12.

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Tue Sep 28 15:58:00 PDT 2010 Tue Sep 28 15:58:00 PDT 2010

Two Events Scheduled Saturday to Beautify East Valley

Coachella Valley residents will have multiple opportunities Saturday to clean up the region and dispose of hazardous waste.

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Tue Sep 28 12:31:00 PDT 2010 Tue Sep 28 12:31:00 PDT 2010

Cathedral City’s Sphere of Influence to be discussed at Thursday’s Thousand Palms Community Council Meeting

Cathedral City’s sphere of influence (SOI) will be discussed at the regularly scheduled Thousand Palms Community Council meeting, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Thousand Palms Community Center (31-497 Robert Road).

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Mon Sep 20 11:06:00 PDT 2010 Mon Sep 20 11:06:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Invites Businesses, Residents to Air Quality Briefing Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the business community and Coachella Valley residents to attend an air quality briefing to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center (75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive), Room B200.

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Thu Aug 26 11:40:00 PDT 2010 Thu Aug 26 11:40:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Dedicate Roy Wilson Community and Child Care Center

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the ribbon-cutting of the Roy Wilson Community and Child Care Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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Thu Aug 19 17:38:00 PDT 2010 Thu Aug 19 17:38:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Address AmeriCorps Graduates Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak to 25 AmeriCorps graduates at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Indian Wells Country Club (46-000 Club Drive).

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Fri Aug 13 10:30:00 PDT 2010 Fri Aug 13 10:30:00 PDT 2010

New County Loan Program to Attract Business Investment

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved a program to provide up to $2 million in loans to businesses who develop or rehabilitate property or capital equipment used for commercial, industrial, or manufacturing purposes within a redevelopment project area.

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Thu Aug 12 13:57:00 PDT 2010 Thu Aug 12 13:57:00 PDT 2010

Benoit to Speak at ‘Spirit Of '45’ Day Ceremony Saturday

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at a ceremony commemorating “Spirit of ’45 Day” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mission Hills Senior Living in Rancho Mirage (34-560 Bob Hope Drive).

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Mon Aug 09 17:00:00 PDT 2010 Mon Aug 09 17:00:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Hold Tri-Palms/Shenandoah Community Meeting Tuesday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will brief community residents about Riverside County Transportation Department road improvements to the Boca Chica Trail/Varner Road intersection at a special meeting to be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Tri-Palms/Shenandoah Clubhouse (32-700 Desert Moon Drive).

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Thu Jul 29 18:04:00 PDT 2010 Thu Jul 29 18:04:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit to Address Family Preservation Court Graduates Friday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak to 13 graduates of Riverside County’s Family Preservation Court at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the jury assembly room of the Larson Justice Center in Indio (46-200 Oasis Street, second floor).

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Tue Jul 27 17:25:00 PDT 2010 Tue Jul 27 17:25:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Appoints Beverly Mays to Palo Verde Healthcare District Board

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today appointed former Blythe City Councilwoman Beverly Mays to the Palo Verde Healthcare District Board.

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Tue Jul 27 14:46:00 PDT 2010 Tue Jul 27 14:46:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Appointed to South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today appointed Supervisor John J. Benoit to the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Governing Board.

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Thu Jul 22 15:25:00 PDT 2010 Thu Jul 22 15:25:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Resolution Commemorates ‘Spirit Of ‘45’ Day

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a measure at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to commemorate “Spirit of ’45 Day,” recognizing the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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Thu Jul 22 08:15:00 PDT 2010 Thu Jul 22 08:15:00 PDT 2010

The Benoit Bulletin

July 22 edition of The Benoit Bulletin

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Thu Jul 01 11:30:00 PDT 2010 Thu Jul 01 11:30:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit Announces Michelle DeArmond As Chief of Staff

Supervisor John J. Benoit today announces that he has appointed Michelle DeArmond as his Chief of Staff.

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Mon Jun 28 08:49:00 PDT 2010 Mon Jun 28 08:49:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Provide Testimony At Today’s Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing

At the request of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit is in Sacramento today to offer testimony on Assembly Bill 2098 (Jeff Miller) at the Assembly Committee on Transportation hearing (State Capitol, Room 4202 at 1:30 P.M).

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Mon Jun 21 14:44:00 PDT 2010 Mon Jun 21 14:44:00 PDT 2010

Benoit To Be Honored As Legislator of the Year Tuesday

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be recognized as Legislator of the Year by the American Red Cross of Riverside County at their 93rd Annual Meeting and Recognition Event on Tuesday, June 22 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens (78-200 Miles Avenue).

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Mon Jun 14 14:04:00 PDT 2010 Mon Jun 14 14:04:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Wednesday’s Palm Springs Rotary Luncheon

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak before the Palm Springs Rotary Club at their luncheon at 11:45 AM on Wednesday, June 16 at the Agua Bar and Grill at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs (100 North Indian Canyon Drive).

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Thu Jun 03 09:51:00 PDT 2010 Thu Jun 03 09:51:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit Urges: Beat the Heat in Cool Centers

Supervisor John J. Benoit today announced the availability of cool centers in Riverside County’s desert areas and encouraged residents to consider using them during peak afternoon hours starting June 15 to relax in a cool environment and decrease electrical use in their homes.

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Mon May 17 16:12:00 PDT 2010 Mon May 17 16:12:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Mark Completion Of First Phase In Mecca Downtown Street Revitalization Project May 19

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders in a ceremony marking the completion of the first phase of the Mecca Downtown Street Revitalization Project to be held Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00 PM at 91-279 Second Street in Mecca.

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Fri May 14 23:47:00 PDT 2010 Fri May 14 23:47:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Present Awards At Saturday’s 16th Annual Rotary Math Field Day

INDIO – Supervisor John J. Benoit will acknowledge the winners of the 16th Annual Rotary Math Field Day this Saturday, May 15 at John Glenn Middle School in Indio (79-655 Miles Avenue). The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.

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Wed May 12 23:49:00 PDT 2010 Wed May 12 23:49:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit, Assemblyman Nestande To Honor Nurses At Friday’s Fifth Annual Notable Nurses Awards

In recognition of National Nurses Week, Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit and Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R-Palm Desert) will honor 70 nurses with a breakfast and awards ceremony at the Annenberg Center Friday, May 14 at 7:30 AM

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Tue May 11 14:49:00 PDT 2010 Tue May 11 14:49:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Dedicate Roy’s Desert Resource Center Thursday

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join Fifth District Supervisor Marion Ashley, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, county and Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) officials in a ceremony dedicating Roy’s Desert Resource Center Thursday, May 13 at 2:00 PM at 19-531 McLane Street in Palm Springs.

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Wed May 05 11:39:00 PDT 2010 Wed May 05 11:39:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Host Next Scam Stopper Seminar Friday In Palm Springs

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will host his next Scam Stopper Seminar, with presentations from the Palm Springs Police Department, Riverside County Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (C.A.R.E.) Program, and the Department of Consumer Affairs at the Mizell Senior Center (480 South Sunrise Way) on Friday, May 7 at 9:30 AM.

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Mon May 03 13:06:00 PDT 2010 Mon May 03 13:06:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Resolution Commemorates May 11 As Travel Rally Day

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a measure at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 4 proclaiming May 11 as U.S. Travel Rally Day and the week of May 8-16, 2010 as Travel and Tourism Week.

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Wed Apr 28 11:34:00 PDT 2010 Wed Apr 28 11:34:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Dedicate North Shore Beach Yacht & Club Community Center May 1

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the dedication and grand opening of the North Shore Beach & Yacht Club Community Center and Salton Sea History Museum to be held on Saturday, May 1 at 10:00 AM. The center is located by the Salton Sea on 99-155 Sea View Drive in North Shore.

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Tue Apr 27 16:08:00 PDT 2010 Tue Apr 27 16:08:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Warns About Grant Deed Solicitation Letters

Supervisor John J. Benoit today is warning about a mailing received in the Coachella Valley this week from the “Title Compliance Office” informing residents that, per a recommendation of the U.S. Government Federal Citizen Information Center, they should obtain an official copy of their Grant Deed by a deadline of May 24, 2010.

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Tue Apr 27 16:05:00 PDT 2010 Tue Apr 27 16:05:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Wednesday’s Solar Energy Class

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join students and representatives of College of the Desert (COD) and First Solar to celebrate the region’s first utility-scale solar training class held on Wednesday, April 28 from 3-4 PM at COD’s Desert Energy Enterprise Center in Palm Springs (3301 Micro Place, I-10 exit Gene Autry).

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Tue Apr 13 12:09:00 PDT 2010 Tue Apr 13 12:09:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Host Home Preservation Summit

Supervisor John J. Benoit will host a home preservation summit on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Fullenwider Building of the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio.

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Mon Apr 12 11:48:00 PDT 2010 Mon Apr 12 11:48:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Groundbreaking Of New Thermal Fire Station

Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials and community leaders at the groundbreaking of Thermal Fire Station #39 in a ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 15 at 10:00 AM. The site is located in Thermal, just off of Polk Street where the proposed “58th Street” road will soon be built.

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Wed Apr 07 12:22:00 PDT 2010 Wed Apr 07 12:22:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit Launches Redesigned County Website, www.RivCo4.org

PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit today announces the launch of his redesigned and enhanced Riverside County web site, www.RivCo4.org. The site was significantly overhauled to offer members of the public helpful information on county projects, county services and important contacts, and events around the district. The comprehensive redesign includes better organization of information, updated graphics and layouts, a Spanish language translation feature, and drop-down menus to provide easier navigation.

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Tue Apr 06 12:21:00 PDT 2010 Tue Apr 06 12:21:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Groundbreaking Of New Mecca Boys and Girls Clubhouse

MECCA – Supervisor John J. Benoit will join county officials, community leaders, and representatives of the Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley (BGCOFCV) at the groundbreaking of the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse, in a ceremony to be held in Mecca on Monday, April 12 at 3:30 PM. The site is located at 91-391 Avenue 66, adjacent to the Mecca Family Service Center and Community Health Clinic and across the street from the Mecca Library and Sheriff Substation.

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Mon Apr 05 14:26:00 PDT 2010 Mon Apr 05 14:26:00 PDT 2010

Benoit Resolution Proclaims April 2010 as DMV/Donate Life California Month

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will present a measure at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting proclaiming April 2010 as DMV/Donate Life California Month and encouraging residents to become organ and tissue donors. Debbie Morgan, Chairman/CEO of the United Organ Transplant Association, and Ana Lopez, manager of the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) Riverside-Brockton office will accept the resolution.

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Thu Apr 01 15:30:00 PDT 2010 Thu Apr 01 15:30:00 PDT 2010

Supervisor Benoit Announces Internship Opportunities

PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit is seeking full-time college students interested in pursuing challenging, real-life opportunities to serve the citizens of the Fourth Supervisorial District as volunteer interns in his Palm Desert Office.

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Mon Mar 22 10:55:00 PDT 2010 Mon Mar 22 10:55:00 PDT 2010

Services Announced For Barry Nestande

Services for Barry Nestande are as follows: Friday, March 26 at 10:00 AM Memorial Service in the Main Worship Center at Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells. Reception immediately to follow.

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Sat Mar 20 10:49:00 PDT 2010 Sat Mar 20 10:49:00 PDT 2010

Statement On The Passing Of Barry Nestande

On Friday afternoon, Barry Nestande, Chief of Staff to Supervisor John J. Benoit, passed away at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center. Supervisor Benoit offers the following statement:

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Wed Mar 17 10:39:00 PDT 2010 Wed Mar 17 10:39:00 PDT 2010

Benoit To Keynote Thursday’s Hospitality Association Luncheon

PALM SPRINGS –Supervisor John J. Benoit will be the keynote speaker at the Palm Springs Hospitality Association's luncheon, to be held tomorrow, March 18 at the Hilton Palm Springs (400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) at 11:30 AM.

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Wed Mar 10 10:35:00 PST 2010 Wed Mar 10 10:35:00 PST 2010

Benoit To Bring Representative Government To Westfield Shopping Mall Saturday

PALM SPRINGS –Supervisor John J. Benoit will be the keynote speaker at the Palm Springs Hospitality Association's luncheon, to be held tomorrow, March 18 at the Hilton Palm Springs (400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way) at 11:30 AM.

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Tue Mar 09 10:32:00 PST 2010 Tue Mar 09 10:32:00 PST 2010

Four Hundred Riverside County Students To Explore Problems, Look For Solutions At Thursday's Youth Summit

CATHEDRAL CITY – Supervisor John J. Benoit will present opening remarks at the Tenth Annual Youth Summit to be held Thursday, March 11 from 9:00 AM-3:30 PM at Cathedral City’s Doral Desert Princess Resort (67-967 Vista Chino). Four hundred students from across Riverside County will participate in activities encouraging participants to live healthy and happy lifestyles, make good life choices, and prepare for success. They will also learn about peer pressure, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, depression, and suicide.

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Mon Mar 08 10:08:00 PST 2010 Mon Mar 08 10:08:00 PST 2010

Benoit To Speak At Community Events Tuesday

PALM DESERT – In the absence of a Tuesday meeting of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor John J. Benoit will be speaking at community events, starting with a breakfast at 7 AM at the Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Club at the Palm Springs Holiday Inn (1800 East Palm Canyon Drive). A longtime Rotarian and Past President of the Indio Rotary Club, Benoit will share an update about his new duties as County Supervisor.

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Wed Mar 03 10:05:00 PST 2010 Wed Mar 03 10:05:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Announces Line-Up Of Scam Stopper Community Events

PALM DESERT – Building on the success of similar recent events in Thousand Palms and Palm Desert, Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will continue his series of Scam Stopper Seminars throughout the Fourth District. Each will feature presentations on identity theft prevention, senior scams, elder abuse, consumer fraud, and county services for victims of elder abuse from partnering agencies – such as the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (C.A.R.E.) Program, and the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

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Thu Feb 25 10:02:00 PST 2010 Thu Feb 25 10:02:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Friday's Groundbreaking Of Coachella Valley I-10 Corridor Projects

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will join representatives from the California Department of Transportation, Coachella Valley Association of Governments, Riverside County Transportation Commission, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and other dignitaries at the groundbreaking of significant I-10 improvements Friday, February 26 at 10:00 AM at the southwest corner of Bob Hope Drive and Ramon Road.

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Tue Feb 23 09:57:00 PST 2010 Tue Feb 23 09:57:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Speak At Community Gatherings This Week

PALM DESERT – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be speaking at the Thousand Palms Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00 PM at Shenandoah Springs’ Tri Palms Clubhouse (32-610 Desert Moon Drive) and will be hosting a community coffee with the Coachella Chamber of Commerce at 8:00 AM Thursday, February 25 at the Starbucks at Jackson Square (83-073 Avenue 48 C-1).

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Mon Feb 22 17:53:00 PST 2010 Mon Feb 22 17:53:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Invites Residents To Open House March 1st

PALM DESERT – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the community to join him for the open house of his Palm Desert Office, 73-710 Fred Waring Drive (Suite 222) on Monday, March 1 from 5:00-7:00 PM.

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Thu Feb 18 17:57:00 PST 2010 Thu Feb 18 17:57:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Announces Vacancies

PALM DESERT – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit is seeking residents interested in serving on county councils, boards, and commissions. There are currently vacancies on each of the following boards: Commission for Women, County/City Arroyo-Watershed Committee, Mecca Community Council, Mental Health Board, Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District Advisory Commission, Veterans Advisory Board, Vista Santa Rosa Community Council, and two vacancies on the County Service Area 104 Advisory Council (Sky Valley CSA) and the IID Energy Consumers Advisory Committee.

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Tue Feb 16 11:36:00 PST 2010 Tue Feb 16 11:36:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council To Present Another New County Fair Event Thursday

INDIO – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit announced today that six high schools will be competing in an inaugural event, to be held Thursday, February 18, from 4-7 PM, at the Grandstand Arena at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival. The “Best Coachella Valley High School Competition” will feature six-member teams from River Springs Charter, Coachella Valley, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Palm Springs, and Palm Desert High Schools who will compete for the Date Cup Trophy in a variety of athletic and academic contests.

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Thu Feb 04 13:42:00 PST 2010 Thu Feb 04 13:42:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Organize Fourth District Census Committee

THOUSAND PALMS – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit is seeking volunteers in the Western Coachella Valley unincorporated communities to assist in U.S. Census outreach as part of Benoit’s new Complete Count Committee (CCC). The first meeting will be held Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00 PM at the Thousand Palms Community Center (31-189 Robert Road).

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Wed Feb 03 09:51:00 PST 2010 Wed Feb 03 09:51:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit, YMCA Launch February Drive To Collect Emergency Cell Phones For Seniors

PALM DESERT – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit today launched a month-long drive to collect cell phones to benefit seniors in the Riverside County Office on Aging 911 Emergency Cell Phone Program. Through Supervisor Benoit’s partnership with the YMCA and Riverside County Office on Aging, donated cell phones will be collected and delivered to at-risk elders for emergency 911 use only. The program will reach seniors who are 60 years of age or older, who live alone or with caregivers, and are no longer able to drive and may have difficulty reaching a stationary phone.

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Tue Feb 02 15:22:00 PST 2010 Tue Feb 02 15:22:00 PST 2010

Benoit Resolution Proclaims February 5 Riverside County “Go Red For Women” Day

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit today announced the introduction of a measure to recognize February 2010 as the American Heart Month and February 5, 2010 as Riverside County “Go Red For Women” Day.

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Mon Feb 01 08:53:00 PST 2010 Mon Feb 01 08:53:00 PST 2010

Next Supervisor Benoit Scam Stopper Seminar Scheduled February 16 In Palm Desert

PALM DESERT – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will host a Scam Stopper Seminar, with presentations from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (C.A.R.E.) Program, and California Department of Consumer Affairs on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 AM, at the Joslyn Senior Center (73-750 Catalina Way). A complimentary lunch will be served following the presentation.

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Tue Jan 26 13:23:00 PST 2010 Tue Jan 26 13:23:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Calls For Relief From AB 32’s Job-Killing Regulations

RIVERSIDE – At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit called upon his colleagues to review the impact of California’s global warming legislation (AB 32) on Riverside County’s economy and draft a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger requesting its repeal and/or suspension. The Board decided to assess the impacts on Riverside County’s economy and revisit the issue on February 9. Yesterday, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, which Supervisor Benoit now serves on, agreed to send a letter to the same effect.

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Tue Jan 19 17:53:00 PST 2010 Tue Jan 19 17:53:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Dedicate COD’s Desert Energy Enterprise Center Wednesday

PALM SPRINGS – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will speak at the grand opening of the College of the Desert’s Desert Energy Enterprise Center tomorrow, January 20, at 11 AM. The Desert Energy Enterprise Center is located in Palm Springs at 3301 Micro Place.

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Wed Jan 13 11:53:00 PST 2010 Wed Jan 13 11:53:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Address Identity Theft, Elder Abuse, Senior Scams In Thousand Palms Thursday

THOUSAND PALMS – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be addressing a community presentation on identity theft prevention, senior scams, and elder abuse at the Thousand Palms Library (31-497 Robert Road) Thursday, January 14 at 10:30 AM. The free seminar, hosted by the Riverside County Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (C.A.R.E.) Program, will also cover consumer fraud and county services for victims of elder abuse.

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Wed Jan 13 08:59:00 PST 2010 Wed Jan 13 08:59:00 PST 2010

Benoit Statement On Passing Of Rancho Mirage Leader Alan Seman

RANCHO MIRAGE – Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit today offered the following comments in regards to the untimely passing of Rancho Mirage City Councilman Alan Seman:

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Tue Jan 12 11:46:00 PST 2010 Tue Jan 12 11:46:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit Announces Battle of the Bands Finalists

PALM DESERT – Supervisor John J. Benoit today announced the five finalists for the Battle of the Bands contest, to be held on Friday, February 12 from 12-4 PM. The local bands, selected by the Fourth District Youth Advisory Council, will compete at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival for a $1,000 grand prize.

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Tue Jan 12 10:50:00 PST 2010 Tue Jan 12 10:50:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Dedicate New Bermuda Dunes Community Service Center Thursday

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be officially dedicating the Bermuda Dunes Community Service Center (78-400 Avenue 42) at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, January 14 at 5 PM.

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Thu Jan 07 19:58:00 PST 2010 Thu Jan 07 19:58:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Participate In Vista Santa Rosa Community Clean-Up Saturday

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be thanking volunteers and participating in a clean-up effort Saturday, January 9 at 10:30 AM in the Vista Santa Rosa community. The site is located on the corner of Avenue 62 and Van Buren (from the 86 Expressway, South, exit Avenue 62 to the right).

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Thu Jan 07 19:49:00 PST 2010 Thu Jan 07 19:49:00 PST 2010

Supervisor Benoit To Attend, Listen To Community Concerns At Thermal and Oasis Community Councils Meeting

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be formally welcomed as he presents opening remarks before both the Thermal and Oasis Community Councils at a special joint meeting to be held Monday, January 11 at 6 PM in auditorium M-8 of Toro Canyon Middle School in Thermal (86-150 Avenue 66).

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Mon Dec 21 17:15:00 PST 2009

Mon Dec 21 17:15:00 PST 2009 Mon Dec 21 17:15:00 PST 2009

Commission seeks countywide nominations for Women of the Year

Nominations are being accepted for the third annual Women of the Year Awards for each of the five county supervisorial districts.

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Wed Dec 16 18:25:00 PST 2009 Wed Dec 16 18:25:00 PST 2009

All Riverside County Residents Can Now Get H1N1 Flu Vaccine

Starting Monday (Dec. 21), all Riverside County residents can walk into 10 county family care centers without an appointment and get the H1N1 flu vaccine.

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Tue Dec 15 17:34:00 PST 2009 Tue Dec 15 17:34:00 PST 2009

Mecca Street Paving to Get Under Way Next Week

The County of Riverside, with its contractor Matich Corporation, will begin the highly anticipated Mecca street paving project on Monday, Dec. 21.

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Thu Dec 10 19:17:00 PST 2009 Thu Dec 10 19:17:00 PST 2009

New 4th District Supervisor John J. Benoit Tours Mecca Area

Supervisor John J. Benoit toured the Mecca area Wednesday, experiencing first hand both the challenges and the available services in the bustling unincorporated community.

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Thu Dec 10 09:58:00 PST 2009 Thu Dec 10 09:58:00 PST 2009

Household Hazardous Waste Event Dec. 12 at Fairgrounds in Indio

The County of Riverside, Waste Management Department is pleased to announce the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, which is open to all Riverside County residents. This event will be held at the Riverside County Fairgrounds 46-350 Arabia St., Gate 6, in Indio.

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Mon Dec 07 15:04:00 PST 2009 Mon Dec 07 15:04:00 PST 2009

Coachella Valley Water District issues Stormwater Alert

With rain and thunderstorms pelting the valley today, the Coachella Valley Water District is reminding everyone of the potential danger when water flows down the Coachella Valley and Whitewater River stormwater channels.

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Wed Dec 02 11:21:00 PST 2009 Wed Dec 02 11:21:00 PST 2009

John Benoit Sworn in as County’s Fourth District Supervisor

The County of Riverside has five Supervisors again.

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Wed Nov 04 16:21:00 PST 2009 Wed Nov 04 16:21:00 PST 2009

Governor Appoints John Benoit to Riverside County Board

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Senator John Benoit of Bermuda Dunes to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the Fourth District.

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