Talk show host rebukes Republicans who back Richard Roth

By JEFF HORSEMAN / The Press-Enterprise

Republicans who endorsed state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside are the focus of scorn by a Palm Springs conservative radio talk show host and her husband.

Elise Richmond and her husband Bob, a former Riverside County GOP chairman, describe Roth as a “progressive, liberal Democrat” in calling out local Republican politicians for backing the senator, who is defending his seat next year.

Roth, whose 31st Senate District includes Riverside, Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Moreno Valley and Perris, has been busy gathering support for his re-election bid. Republicans who have endorsed Roth include Sheriff Stan Sniff and county supervisors Marion Ashley, John Tavaglione and John Benoit.

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Judge shortage to persist with governor's veto

By CASSIE MacDUFF / The Press-Enterprise

California’s penny-pinching governor has stiffed the Inland Empire again.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill by state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, to allot $5 million for seven seats on the bench in Riverside and San Bernardino counties , where judicial caseloads are staggeringly high, and five elsewhere in the state.

According to a recent study, Riverside County needs 127 judges, but has only 76; San Bernardino County needs 143 judges, but has only 86. Judge-rich Santa Clara County, meanwhile, needs only 70 but has 89.

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Access disability threat still hangs over small business

By REED FUJII / The Stockton Record

Small businesses in San Joaquin County and the rest of California remain vulnerable to thousands of dollars in penalty and legal fees for violating disability access rules since Gov. Brown’s recent veto of an Americans with Disabilities Act reform bill.

“It’s unbelievable,” Stockton business owner Jerry Brannon said over the news. “We need some help … so we can stop the extortion of money from small business.”

Senate Bill 251, authored by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, was among nine bills targeted by Brown because they provided state tax credits.

In his veto message, the governor did not consider the specific merits of the legislation but focused on his concern the state could face $1 billion in budget cuts next year.

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EDITORIAL: Governor vetoes bill protecting businesses from ADA abuses

By The Press-Enterprise Editorial Board / The Press-Enterprise

Despite bipartisan support, legislation to protect small business owners and enhance compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Senate Bill 251, proposed by Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, took a sensible, balanced approach to the problem of widespread noncompliance with the ADA’s often confusing and minute requirements.

Failure to abide by the mandates of the well-meaning disability rights law has too often been exploited by serial plaintiffs for purely financial motives. SB251 would have given small business owners an opportunity to correct some of the most common, and the most minor, violations of the law.

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