Hemet City Council unanimously approves partnership between HPD and the Department of Behavioral Health

■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter At the March 28 Hemet City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a cooperative agreement between the City of Hemet and Riverside University Health Systems, Department of Behavioral Health, to establish a Joint Crisis Intervention Team. The effort will be funded by the California Board of State and…

Coffee with Karlee

Transparency, crime & homeless ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter “The operation of government should be open and plain to see,” so says Hemet City Councilwoman Karlee Meyer. More plainly put, it should be as crystal clear as a pristine Canadian lake. She does not discriminate or favor one kind of government over another.…

City of Hemet audit Where are we now? Part 2

Understaffed fire department, unforeseen expenditures plague city ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Reporter [Editor’s Note: In Part I, published March 30, we discussed City Manager Alex Meyerhoff’s hiring and contract specifics, and also the continued turnover of key positions.] The issues regarding the underfunding of the Hemet Fire Department can be addressed with the passage…

Hemet fills commission seats

Lake Hemet Board seeks replacement of Schouten ■ Staff Reports / Reporter Several commissions named new members at the recent Hemet City Council meeting. Hemet’s Traffic and Parking Commission reappointed Steve Covington, who is now chairman; Farrah Fowler, and Donald Funkhouser. The Planning Commission received Tiffany Smith as the replacement for the seat previously held…