Why are Riverside County government employees leaving?

Riverside County is having problems recruiting and retaining employees, with some departments seeing turnover rates of 30% and job vacancy rates of 40%, a report states. Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and V. Manuel Perez, who wrote the report, want county officials to look into the labor shortage and respond in 90 days. Their proposal is on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for Tuesday, May 10. County government isn’t alone in its struggle to find workers. In January, the U.S. had 11.3 million available jobs and not enough employees to fill them, CNN reported in March. The shortage has its roots in the coronavirus pandemic that idled millions of American workers. More than 47 million Americans quit their jobs in 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a trend observers said was fueled by workers seeking a better work-life balance and better wages and working conditions after getting a fresh perspective from life in a pandemic. Related Articles Local News | Hemet city manager evaluated by council; police chief cited as next in line Local News | Ban on smoking in apartments in Riverside could take…

Sports on tap: May 10-14

RED BLUFF — The following is a rundown of varsity high school sports for the week of May 10-14 Red Bluff Baseball: 6 p.m. Tuesday No. 3 Spartans (18-10) vs. No. 6 Shasta (12-13) to open Division 2 playoffs. Winner to face No. 2 Foothill Friday Softball: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday Spartans (0-13) vs. Enterprise (5-12) Track & Field: 5 p.m. Friday Spartans at Division 1 Championships, 901 Esplanade, Chico Corning Softball: 5 p.m. Tuesday Cardinals (9-9) vs. Orland (6-15) at Roosevelt Avenue and East Street, Orland; 4 p.m. Thursday vs. Orland Track & Field: 3:30 p.m. Thursday hosting  Div. 2 Championships Los Molinos Baseball and softball: Playoff brackets not yet released

Former 49ers corner Richard Sherman ‘deep in talks’ to broadcast, per report

During the latter half of Richard Sherman’s Hall of Fame-caliber career, there’s been widespread chatter the former 49ers corner would extend his career with a move to safety. As the 2022 season approaches, it’s possible Sherman will potentially cut his career short with a different type of move. The versatile defensive back could be headed to the broadcast booth. According to a NFL Network report, Sherman, 34, is “deep in talks” with Amazon to play a central role on their broadcast team for the upcoming season. It’s unclear whether Sherman would fit in as a studio analyst, offer insight from the sideline or assist in a new type of role for the streaming platform, but there’s little doubt the Stanford product would be a natural fit for Amazon, which is hoping to establish credibility with NFL fans this year. Sources: All-Pro CB Richard Sherman is deep in talks with Amazon for a key role in their programming this coming season. He’ll stay in shape for a possible NFL opportunity, but as of now, all eyes on his broadcasting future. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9,…

Where are you on right-left scale?

“In a world where…” (movie trailer voice-over artist Don LaFontaine’s line) medical professionals, who must “do no harm” (Hippocratic Oath), accept a fallacious concept called “transgenderism” as a rationale for using drugs and irreversible surgeries to “correct” a supposed biological “mistake”; In a world where… the “CDC bought harvested phone location data to track COVID lockdown compliance,” (“citizen control” not disease control). “[It’s] purposefully created an open-ended list of use cases…monitoring curfews, neighbor to neighbor visits, visits to churches, schools and pharmacies…data specifically focused on ‘violence.’ (Leslie Eastman, legalinsurrection.com) In a world where… “insurrection” is some out-of-control protesters at our nation’s Capital who injured some, destroyed little and only delayed the counting of electors—but not thousands of rioters, arsonists, murderers and destroyers/occupiers of precinct stations and federal buildings; In a world where…such protests/riots are called “protected free speech” but actual “words” are called “violence” subject to government-endorsed propaganda, through a “Misinformation Governance Board” within the Department of Homeland Security with thousands of taxpayer-funded weapons, lawyers, judges (and jail cells) to police “speech”; In a world where… our Constitution says not one word about “privacy,” let…

Taking a moment to focus on some good news

So much bad news in the world today. The war in Ukraine. The Supreme Court possibly doing away with Roe vs. Wade. Gas prices and food prices rising. Carbon dioxide is at 419 parts per million, well above the safe level of 350 parts per million with the United States doing absolutely nothing to avoid the deadly consequences of climate change on current and future generations. With all that bad news, a guy like me has to revel in some good news. It is trivial compared to the ugly nature of the world right now but the Minnesota Twins are in first place in the American League Central Division. Having been a Twins fan my whole life, I have to bask in the sunlight of the Twins actually winning some games. Minnesotans lovingly call our team the “Twinkies” as the Twins often aren’t all that good of a ball club. They have this nasty habit of trading away good players making them more of a farm team for other big market organizations like the Yankees or the Dodgers. Smaller market teams just can’t afford to…

Bands sought for Wednesday night farmers market in Red Bluff

The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday night farmers market is looking for bands to play 5:30-8 p.m. through the summer and spots are filling up. Our summer concert season runs June 1 through Aug. 31. For questions or an application to be considered for the Summer Concert Series, call Jason Bauer at 530-527-6220 or write to jason@redbluffchamber.com. It’s going to be a great summer of produce, kid’s activities, merchandise, special events and live music. Downtown markets Registration is open for Wednesday and Saturday farmers markets. The Wednesday market will be 5-8 p.m. starting June 1. Looking forward to a great year with lots of great farmers, vendors, live bands, kid’s activities by Parks and Recreation and special events starting in June. The Wednesday market is at Washington and Pine streets in Downtown Red Bluff. We are adding demonstrations and education on fruits and vegetables this year, as well as increased EBT, WIC and credit card services. For questions, to register or more information, visit www.redbluffchamber.com or you can call Jason. If you’d like to be a market sponsor, write to dave@redbluffchamber.com. Chairwoman’s Corner…

Man Sentenced For Fatally Stabbing Chihuahua In Thousand Palms

THOUSAND PALMS (CNS) – A man was sentenced today to nearly a year in prison for stabbing a Chihuahua to death in Thousand Palms. Alfredo Leon Ruiz, 38, pled guilty to one felony count of cruelty to an animal and was sentenced Monday to 364 days behind bars, plus two years of formal probation. He was taken into custody on April 13 on suspicion of animal cruelty for killing a Chihuahua, according to Riverside County Animal Services. The charges against him stemmed from an incident that occurred at a property on Arbol Real Avenue in Thousand Palms, where Animal Services Sgt. Miguel Hernandez said his department responded to a report of a dead canine. A sheriff’s deputy who was the first on the scene determined that the dog — a male with tan fur — had been tossed over a fence and into a backyard at the location. The Chihuahua was approximately 10 months to 18 months old. “The dog was covered in blood and appeared to have large lacerations on its head and chest that appeared to be inflicted with a sharp object,” Hernandez…

CEO Retires From Palm Desert Area Chamber Of Commerce

PALM DESERT (CNS) – Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Randy Florence announced his retirement today. “It has been an honor to run the Palm Desert Area Chamber over this past year,” said Florence, who took on the role in June 2021. “It is such a historical organization in a historical city.” Florence, who was a career mortgage banker before his time leading the Chamber, said he will be focusing on spending more time with his family, on his health and seeing new things. “Time to get on the ‘current’ of this river of life, and (spend) less time trying to control the direction,” he said, noting that he’s proud of the chamber’s accomplishments this past year as the organization has been reinvigorated and supplied many post-pandemic benefits to the business community. Erin M. Sullivan, the Chair of the Board — on behalf of the Chamber’s board members — said, “Randy’s dedication and investment to our local business community is a true testament to his care and passion of our valley… We wish him well in his retirement.” The Chamber’s announcement about…

CVS, Walgreens limiting sales of baby formula amid shortage

CVS and Walgreens are among the retailers limiting sales of baby formula amid the ongoing, nationwide shortage. Citing challenges with supply, both chains are capping purchases to three baby formula products per transaction. Parents around the U.S. hoping to buy baby formula are being met with empty shelves due to the shortage, which only got worse in February when a major baby food manufacturer, Abbott Nutrition, recalled powdered baby formula products manufactured at a Michigan plant. The recall, which affected the Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brands, was issued after four babies were hospitalized with bacterial infections, and two died after taking powdered baby formula, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall exacerbated already existing baby formula supply issues caused by pandemic-snarled supply chains and shortages of ingredients. Now, companies are limiting how much baby formula customers can buy at once. “Following supplier challenges and increased customer demand, we currently have a limit of three baby formula products per purchase in our stores and online,” CVS spokeswoman Monica Prinzing said in a statement. “We’re continuing to work with our baby formula vendors to…

2000 Cedars-Sinai Service Workers Begin Strike This Morning

Citing “unfair labor practices as well as employee and patient safety concerns, short-staffing and low wages,” members of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West started a planned weeklong strike Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.The union, which has been bargaining with hospital management over a new labor contract since March 21, represents some 2,000 certified nursing assistants, surgical technicians, sterile processing technicians, transporters, environmental service workers, plant operation workers and food service technicians. The hospital has about 14,000 employees in all.Doctors, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are not part of the union and would not be among those walking off the job. Sally A. Stewart, Cedars-Sinai’s associate director of media relations, said in a statement to City News Service that the union had given the hospital notice of the strike and that the hospital is prepared to maintain patient safety.“Cedars-Sinai Medical Center nurses, physicians and researchers are not part of the union,” Stewart said. “Our nurses and physicians will continue to provide the high level of patient care for which we are known.”Union spokesperson Renee Saldaña told City News Service that workers planned…

LA Times Photographer Wins Breaking News Pulitzer for Afghanistan Coverage

Marcus Yam – Photo courtesy of @yamphoto on Twitter Los Angeles Times photographer Marcus Yam won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography Monday, honoring his coverage of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul.The win is the 49th Pulitzer Prize won by The Times since 1942, including six for public service, according to the paper.The Pulitzer committee honored Yam “for raw and urgent images of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan that capture the human cost of the historic change in the country.” Yam has been with The Times since 2014. According to the paper, he was part of the Pulitzer-winning breaking news for The Times that covered the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015. He was also part of a Pulitzer-winning team for the Seattle Times covering a deadly landslide in Oso, Washington, in 2014.According to the paper, Yam and reporter Nabih Bulos earned “extraordinary access” to the conflict in Kabul through their contacts with civilians and combatants.While covering a battle between the Taliban and the outgoing regime, Yam was struck repeatedly in the head by one of…