Denials of public records

T■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter he City of Hemet has been stonewalling The Valley Chronicle and its readers for months on legitimate requests for information that normally would be a matter of public record. Public records are broadly defined to include “any writing containing information relating to the conduct of a public’s business…

Community comes out to Relay for Life

Cancer survivors bring strength, hope to others ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Relay for Life’s opening ceremony June 10 at the track of San Jacinto High School was one of strength, perseverance, celebration and hope. It brought together a crowd of all ages and backgrounds. Communities like our valley come together every year…

City of Hemet fixes the books

Prior budget work study revealed negative attorney services fund balance ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter Administrative Services Consultant Joy Canfield’s revelation that the city’s attorney fund balance is negative by $1.23 million resulted in a corrective plan that she presented to the Hemet City Council June 20. Canfield’s revelation stunned Hemet’s City Council…

HUSD recognized for reducing absenteeism

New laws on books regarding truancy ■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor The school attendance program at Hemet Unified School District (HUSD) was recognized for its innovative practices in reducing suspensions, expulsions and chronic absenteeism. Hemet’s program was one of 27 in the state to receive this recognition by the California Department of Education’s…