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July 29, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials arrested two men for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S. after Riverside police officers on Tuesday discovered a "drop house" with 60 immigrants packed inside. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said the suspects, identified only as nationals from Mexico and El Salvador, were spotted outside the Pleasant Street house in Riverside and appeared to be serving as lookouts.
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May 18, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
With the memory of deadly wildfires still fresh, Riverside voters overwhelmingly approved a $20-million bond in November to replace four fire stations and other facilities. But it now appears the measure will pay for only three stations, and City Council members are fuming. Today the council will consider stopping all design work on the stations and referring the matter to a council committee to figure out what to do next. "When we sold the bond, we said four fire stations.
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April 16, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A man was attacked and killed Thursday behind a Wal-Mart in Riverside, police said. Riverside police found the unidentified man shortly before noon while investigating a report of a man with a gun near the store in the 2600 block of Canyon Springs Parkway, said Felix Medina, a police spokesman. The man was found lying on the pavement near the truck loading area behind the store, he said. Although there was blood, there was no evidence that he had been shot, Medina said.
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April 1, 2004 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge has ruled that the city of Riverside must allow a group of anti-abortion protesters to continue to display large signs on the sidewalk outside a clinic. City code enforcement officials had confiscated the signs twice, saying they violated the city's sign ordinance. District Judge Robert J. Timlin, ruling that the ordinance violated the protesters' constitutional rights, granted a preliminary injunction preventing the city from enforcing the ordinance.
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February 4, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Striving to meet increased energy demands on sweltering summer days, the Riverside City Council voted Tuesday to build two power plants. While most cities and counties are looking to cut costs at a time of fiscal uncertainty, there was little discussion and no controversy before the council's 7-0 vote to spend $75 million to build the 50 megawatt "peaker" plants and a transmission line. The plants will be off Payton Avenue north of the airport.
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January 28, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Riverside wants a more upscale image, but is getting little help from the Banana Republics of the world. The city badly wants to lure higher-end shops and restaurants to the area, including Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware and P.F. Chang's, but has found the effort to be a tough sell. Those retailers depend on market studies when deciding where to open shops, and Riverside rarely makes the cut.
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January 9, 2004 | Sandra Murillo and Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writers
In a brazen robbery before scores of shoppers, a gunman stole a sack of money from an armored car guard inside a Riverside supermarket Thursday morning, shot the guard, fled through a back door and drove off down a busy thoroughfare. The Brinks armored car guard was in grave condition, though stable, at Riverside Community Hospital late Thursday. Riverside police spent the day searching the city for the getaway car, a late-model red Ford Taurus.
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November 10, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
After tallying absentee ballots from Tuesday's election, county officials have announced the top two Riverside City Council candidates who will face off in a January runoff election for the 7th Ward, which includes the city's westernmost areas. Former mayor and councilwoman Terry Frizzel will compete Jan. 13 with retired police officer Steve Adams. Frizzel, a 75-year-old real estate agent, said her experience makes her the right person for the job.
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November 4, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Riverside residents will head to the polls today to decide four City Council races and a $20-million citywide bond measure to build new fire stations, training facilities and an emergency operations center. The council races may not all be decided today. Three of the four races -- wards 1, 3 and 7 -- have a total of 18 candidates vying for open seats because the incumbents are retiring.
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October 23, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The race to represent Ward 5 on the Riverside City Council pits an incumbent with a big campaign war chest and a string of endorsements against an insurance agent who is waging a door-to-door campaign to topple him. Councilman Ed Adkison, a land surveyor, is among the top fund-raisers in all of four council district races on the Nov. 4 ballot, but he said he is taking nothing for granted. "I'm out hustling door to door, making calls, trying to shape the campaign.
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