IE Business Daily: San Bernardino is Right to Ask for Help

March 25, 2017

The City of San Bernardino has problems. The city, despite having exited bankruptcy, remains broke. The police department is undermanned and underfunded. Increased pension obligations to CalPERS threatens to consume any additional revenue to the department and the city.

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By Monica Solano, Staff Writer
Posted:     Mar 23, 2017 at 3:43 PM
Updated:  Mar 23, 2017 at 3:47 PM

VICTORVILLE — Forty-eight hours after a City Council meeting that featured threats of legal action, heated arguments on the dais and the request for more law enforcement to help maintain order, city officials didn’t mince words in offering their reactions.

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By Rene Ray De La Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted:    Mar 23, 2017 at 3:28 PM
Updated: Mar 23, 2017 at 4:44 PM

HESPERIA — Mayor Paul Russ said he doesn’t remember much of last week after a medical emergency put him into a coma and a local hospital.

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Natalie Kitroeff
March 24, 2017

California’s unemployment rate ticked down to 5% in February, reaching a 10-year low on eight consecutive months of job growth.

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By Jeff Horseman / Staff Reporter
Published: March 21, 2017 – Updated: 10:09 p.m.

A 17-year senior prosecutor in the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office is challenging his boss’s re-election bid in 2018.

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The Statehouse Capitol, in Sacramento. (Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
March 16, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.

In a rare bipartisan agreement, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the state Senate and Assembly have united to fight a proposal by the state’s campaign watchdog agency to change the test for when a candidate controls a political committee.

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Los Angeles Times: Trump budget would reignite California’s financial strains

Protesters rally in 2013 against cuts to Medi-Cal. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Evan Halper and Sarah D. Wire
March 16, 2016

President Trump’s budget would deliver a painful financial blow to California, with the potential to push a state that has struggled for years to keep its books balanced back into the kind of red ink that consumed it after the housing market collapse a decade ago.

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After a day and a half of deliberations, a federal jury found former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/15/17 – 2:10 PM PDT |

Once the head of the largest law enforcement agency of its kind in the nation, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty by a federal jury Wednesday of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and giving false statements in connection with an investigation into corruption and excessive use of force inside the Men’s Central Jail.

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The Sun: Ed O’Brien to Challenge DA Ramos in 2018

By Jeff Horseman
Posted: 03/14/17 –  4:30 PM PDT

Ed O’Brien, a former prosecutor turned public defender also announced Tuesday he will run for DA.

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Los Angeles Daily News: California’s property tax burden 10th worst in nation

California’s 0.81 percent effective rate, by WalletHub math – that’s 81 cents per $100 of assessed value – was tied for 17th lowest among the states. (Register file photo)

By Jonathan Lansner,
Posted: 03/12/17 – 10:17 PM PDT |

Warning: Property taxes are due April 10.

Before you search for the bill and the checkbook – and perhaps express a few choice nasty words aloud about the financial pinch – let me make you extra grumpy.

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San Bernardino police Sgt. Chris Gray chats with Rene Maldonado, 13, and Isaiah Bustamante, 11, Sept. 25, 2016 in San Bernardino. (Micah Escamilla/Staff Photographer)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/12/17, 9:01 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Shootings in a pair of economically distressed California cities were skyrocketing, leaving the impression of an epidemic, but analysis by California Partnerships for a Safe Community revealed relatively few people are behind many of those shootings.

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The Sun: California gets high grade for medical marijuana access, report says

“The Strain” marijuana dispensary in Chatsworth shows its products. California does a good job of letting medical marijuana patients get their treatment of choice, but some elements of the state’s marijuana laws still fail to protect people with legitimate ailments, according to a report released Thursday. Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

By Brooke Staggs, JournoBrooke on Twitter
Posted: 03/10/17 – 6:01 PM PST |

California does a good job of letting medical marijuana patients get their treatment of choice, but some elements of the state’s marijuana laws still fail to protect people with legitimate ailments, according to a report released Thursday by a patient advocacy group.

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Associated Press: California State Bar bans sex between attorneys and clients

AP Nation / World
By Sudhin Thanawala
Associated Press
Mar 10, 2017 – 6:56 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The State Bar of California approved an ethics rule that would subject lawyers to discipline for having sex with their clients.

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CNBC: US created 235,000 jobs in Feb, vs 190,000 expected

Jeff Cox | @JeffCoxCNBCcom
March 10, 2017

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 235,000 in February and the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in the first full month of President Donald Trump’s term, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and attorney Nathan Hochman are seen outside the U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/09/17 – 12:22 PM PST |

After almost two weeks of testimony by more than a dozen witnesses, the prosecution and defense rested their cases Thursday in the federal jail corruption re-trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

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The Sun: San Bernardino city manager drops out of Reno race

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/08/17 – 12:19 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino City Manager Mark Scott’s public interview Wednesday to be city manager of Reno, Nevada, didn’t take long, opening with his endorsement of the other candidate.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
March 8, 2017 – 5:37 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown will have another opportunity to shape the state’s highest court after Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar announced Tuesday her plans to retire later this year.

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Joseph Turner
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 4:56 p.m.

Let’s play a game: Savvy Businessman or Illiterate Politician.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is slated to levy a $6,000 fine on San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood at the March 16th hearing after he failed to report numerous sources of income.

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InlandPolitics: A Blog that Tracks Recall Efforts

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 09:00 a.m.

I was doing some research and stumbled upon a blog that tracks nearly every single recall effort in the nation. I would highly recommend you give it a look if you are interested in seeing what sort of stuff is getting people pissed off and all riled up.

It is called “The Recall Elections Blog.

Capitol Alert
By Adam Ashton
March 7, 2017 – 4:41 PM

For the second time in four months, CalPERS is preparing to slash benefits for a group of retirees whose former employer stopped cutting checks to fund their pensions.

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Daily Press: Lovingood fined $6K for failing to disclose business interests

Lovingood said Monday that the violations stemmed from a “disagreement centered on the definition of the word ‘income'” — or net versus gross revenue, of which he believed rules were framed by the former, and the Fair Political Practices Commission, the latter.

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted:     Mar 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM
Updated:  Mar 6, 2017 at 7:04 PM

San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood violated Fair Political Practices Commission rules by failing to timely disclose income sources of $10,000 or more to his staffing company in 2013 and 2014. He was fined and paid $6,000 to settle four counts lodged against him.

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Esmeralda Bermudez
March 6, 2017

A San Bernardino County supervisor has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine for not disclosing part of his earnings in state filings.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/06/17 – 7:06 PM PST

The state Fair Political Practices Commission has fined San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood $6,000 for failing to properly report various sources of income over a 4-year period.

According to a stipulation published on the commission’s website, Lovingood, of Apple Valley, agreed to pay the fine in connection with four violations of the Political Reform Act – all for failing to timely disclose sources of income on statement of economic interest forms, also known as Form 700s. Lovingood was fined $1,500 for each violation, according to the document published on the FPPC website. The commission is scheduled to ratify the action at its March 16 meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Business trip to China could lead to large mall near Ontario airport

Ontario International Airport Authority commissioner Curt Hagman (left) and OIAA CEO Kelly Fredericks recently returned from a trip to China to foster economic partnerships for growth. Here they sit in a China Airlines simulator cockpit in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/05/17 – 9:38 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> A recent trip to China connected a San Bernardino County supervisor and a top Ontario International Airport official with a developer who’s considering vacant land near ONT as an ideal spot for a large indoor mall.

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The Orange County Register: Driverless trucks: Coming soon to a road near you?

Rachel Uranga / Staff Writer
March 6, 2017 – Updated 8:02 a.m.

For decades, trucking has provided big-rig driver Frank Mora and his family a decent living. He doesn’t expect that will last forever.

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By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 03/03/17 – 2:16 PM PST |

Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire saw heavy job losses in January following the meager gains that were posted in December, but California still managed to add nearly 10,000 jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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California saw a net gain of 9,700 jobs in January while its unemployment rate fell to 5.1%. (Source: Employment Development Department and Los Angeles Times graphics)

Natalie Kitroeff
March 3, 2016

The California economy started 2017 on a strong note, with employers adding a net 9,700 jobs in January and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.1%, according to data released by the Employment Development Department.

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Associated Press: Court: Officials’ emails on private accounts are public

By Sudhin Thanawala
March 03, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government employees in California cannot keep the public from seeing their work-related emails and texts sent on personal devices and through private accounts, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, closing a loophole that justices said could have allowed the “most sensitive and potentially damning” communications to be shielded.

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Attorney Michael Schwartz, left, joins San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies Michael Phelps, 29, Nicholas Downey, 33, and Charles Foster, 34, all three of whom have been charged with felony assault by a public officer against Francis Jared Pusok, stand in court during an arraignment September 8, 2015 at San Bernardino Superior Court. (File)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/02/17 – 10:19 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were looking to get some “cheap shots” when they allegedly assaulted an Apple Valley man following a nearly three-hour chase, a prosecutor said during his opening statement Thursday at the deputies’ trial.

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By Dan Walters
March 2, 2017 – 3:59 PM

Late Wednesday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority dispatched a report to the Legislature, crowing about progress in building a statewide bullet train system.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/01/17 – 5:56 PM PST |

CLAREMONT >> President Donald Trump’s tough talk on potential tariffs — which has some fearing a trade war — also concerns a leading regional business and economy expert.

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Politico: Was this the Trump that could win in 2020?

Forty days into his term, the president won acclaim for delivering a presidential speech.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere
03/01/17 – 05:04 AM EST

President Donald Trump cleared a low bar: He read proficiently off a teleprompter, he looked human as he spurred long applause for the widow of the Navy SEAL killed in the raid he ordered, he didn’t get into a shouting match with any Democrats or slip off into a rant about reporters as the enemy of the people.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Rising cost of crude oil pushes gas prices above $3

Gas prices in the Los Angeles/Orange County region topped $3 a gallon Monday.

By Hannah Madans,, @HannahMadans on Twitter
Posted: 02/27/17 – 7:30 PM PST |

An increase in oil prices and the upcoming implementation of California’s proprietary summer blend has pushed gas above $3 a gallon across much of Southern California.

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Calpensions: CalPERS investment priority shifts to avoiding loss

Ed Mendel
February 27, 2017

Despite a low funding level little changed since massive investment losses nearly a decade go, CalPERS is focusing on avoiding another big loss, not risky attempts to maximize investment earnings.

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Sun Feb 26, 2017 | 10:11 pm EST

The White House will send federal departments a budget proposal on Monday containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said.

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Daily Bulletin: Paul Avila may be gone, but intrigue continues at Ontario City Council

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 02/25/17 – 3:51 PM PST |

In Ontario, the normally routine process of naming people to city committees last week took on elements of — ooooh — intrigue.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/25/17 – 5:29 PM PST |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Psalms Zuniga spent his third birthday protesting outside West Valley Detention Center, where family members were demanding answers into his mother’s in-custody death a year ago.

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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra, seen during a confirmation hearing in January, has emerged as the leading candidate for the post in the 2018 election. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
February 26, 2017

The race for California attorney general in 2018 has been shaken up by the so-called “Trump factor,” with the state’s newly appointed top lawyer, Xavier Becerra, seeing his profile boosted to the national stage by legal challenges to the Republican president.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 04:30 p.m.

The Trump stock market rally, which, according to the numbers, has added more that $2 trillion in value to market capitalization, is also helping the San Bernardino County, California pension fund.

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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/24/17 – 5:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A letter signed by all of the city’s policy makers asks President Donald Trump for help fighting crime and the use of drugs in the city, including marijuana, which majorities in the state and city voted to allow.

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J.C. Penney at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Friday, February 24, 2017. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

By Fielding Buck, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 02/24/17 – 9:58 AM PST |

JCPenney will close 130-140 stores in coming months and move its Southern California warehousing from Buena Park to the Inland Empire, the company announced Friday.

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The Sun: Attorneys file notice to appeal San Bernardino bankruptcy confirmation

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/23/17 – 5:47 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Three alleged victims of police beatings whose judgments would be reduced by 99 percent under the terms of the bankruptcy plan approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury have filed notice that they will appeal that ruling.

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Chairman Jim Brulte leads a meeting at the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame in May. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Phil Willon and Christine Mai-Duc
February 24, 2017

Jim Brulte hopes to keep a job few would envy: As chairman of the California Republican Party, he’s tasked with trying to steer his party out of the wilderness in one of the bluest states in the nation.

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Capitol Weekly: Bar exam failure rates draw scrutiny

By John Howard
February 23, 2017

California’s law-school students are failing the daunting State Bar exam in surprising numbers — and experts are trying to figure out why.

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By Anita Kumar and Rob Hotakainen
McClatchy Washington Bureau
February 23, 2017 – 3:24 PM


President Donald Trump’s administration said on Thursday for the first time that it will crack down on marijuana sales in states that have approved recreational pot use.

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By Richard K. DeAtley
Posted: 02/23/17 – 9:45 PM PST |

San Bernardino County could pay $48 million for the property of one of the few remaining Chino dairy farmers after the family complained in a lawsuit that most of their spread, located under a landing pattern for Chino Airport, had been turned into a no-build zone without compensation.

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Former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich could face disbarment, suspension and other sanctions, depending on what the State Bar Court recommends.

Frank Shyong and Joel Rubin
February 22, 2017

The State Bar of California is seeking to discipline former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, claiming that as a county prosecutor he suppressed important evidence and allowed a witness to give false testimony during a 1985 murder case.

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By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/22/17 – 8:11 AM PST |

L.A. County’s manufacturing sector has suffered massive job losses over the last decade, but a new report points to worse news — those positions have been replaced by jobs that pay less than half as much.

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Maya Lau
February 20, 2017

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has collected the names of about 300 deputies who have a history of past misconduct — such as domestic violence, theft, bribery and brutality — that could damage their credibility if they testify in court.

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The Sacramento Bee: Once again, poll finds voters are ignorant on budget

By Dan Walters
February 19, 2017 – 4:00 PM

It’s been said that ignorance is bliss.

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Department of Water Resources personnel, left, inspects a hole was torn in the spillway of the Oroville Dam while releasing approximately 60,000 cubic-feet-second of water in advance of more rain on February 7, 2017 in Oroville, California. (Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime, Special To The Chronicle)

By Joaquin Palomino and Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle
February 19, 2017
Updated: February 19, 2017 – 12:05pm

The dam burst on a warm afternoon, unleashing nearly 300 million gallons of muddy water on a Los Angeles neighborhood. Five people died and dozens of homes were swept off their foundations and destroyed.

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Water & Drought
Sacramento Bee Staff
February 18, 2017 – 10:20 AM

These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Saturday, February 18, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service.

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The Press-Enterprise: Ethics hearings for Riverside mayor, councilmen delayed

A resident’s complaint against five officials is pending while the city works out bugs in new procedures.

By Alicia Robinson / Staff Writer
Published: Feb. 16, 2017 – Updated: 10:34 p.m.

Hearings on ethics complaints filed against Riverside’s mayor and four councilmen have been postponed indefinitely while the city prepares materials for the hearing board.

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By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 02/16/17 – 8:11 PM PST |

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, is among a group of Congressional Hispanic Caucus members who said Republicans kicked them out of a meeting with the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday, Feb. 16.

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By Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle
Published: February 16, 2017
Updated:   February 16, 2017 – 6:34pm

California legislators are fighting a resolution in Congress that could derail plans to create a state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees who don’t have one at work.

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Christine Mai-Duc
Feb. 15, 2017 – 1:55 p.m.

The Republicans have named their top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, and three Californians are among them.

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Paige St. John
Feb. 14, 2017 – 4:59 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for assistance in dealing both with the Oroville Dam crisis and damage from record storms that hit the state in January.

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Don Lee
February 14, 2017

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen on Tuesday painted a largely upbeat picture of the economy, telling lawmakers that somewhat faster wage growth is in store for workers, even as she signaled that the central bank would consider raising interest rates as early as next month.

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The Sacramento Bee: Feds order independent review of Oroville Dam spillway problems

By Ryan Sabalow
February 13, 2017 – 6:56 PM

The federal agency that issued the license for the troubled Oroville Dam on Monday ordered state officials to convene an independent panel of five experts to assess the damaged dam and issue recommendations.

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By Dan Walters
February 12, 2017 – 4:00 PM

After last November’s elections were over, the combatants filed year-end reports on what they had spent for and against legislative candidates and ballot measures and it was close to $700 million – nearly two-thirds more than spending during the previous election cycle.

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CalPERS is one of a handful of California government departments that in 2012 added more staff than usual in the last week of the year. Those new hires were the last to accrue pension benefits under a generous formula that the state began to phase out on Jan. 1, 2013.

By Adam Ashton and Phillip Reese
February 12, 2017 – 12:01 AM

On the eve of major pension changes that would crimp retirement benefits for new hires, a handful of California government agencies went on a holiday hiring spree.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Foreign nationals were arrested on Feb. 7, 2017 in Los Angeles during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/10/17 – 8:26 PM PST |

The day after reports of immigration sweeps spread through six Southern California counties, federal authorities acknowledged Friday that there was a “surge” in the number of people detained, but almost all were convicted felons or those with multiple misdemeanors living in the country illegally, they said.

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The Sacramento Bee: Brown’s big legacy projects could be Trump’s targets

By Dan Walters
February 9, 2017 – 2:51 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown devoted most of last month’s State of the State address to excoriating Donald Trump, who had been president for just four days.

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Chris Nichols
Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Sacramento, CA |

The share of California home buyers who could afford the state’s median priced home remained at just 31 percent during the last quarter of 2016, according to a new report.

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Xavier Becerra (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Patrick McGreevy
Feb. 9, 2017 – 9:40 a.m.

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Thursday formally announced his bid to run for election to the post in 2018, telling supporters he is ready to continue to battle the Trump administration when he thinks the president is trampling on rights.

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The Sacramento Bee: State Bar settles one fight, but is embroiled in another

By Dan Walters
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 PM

The legislative skirmishing over the future of the State Bar appears to be nearing an amicable resolution.

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By Dan Walters
February 6, 2017 – 2:53 PM

Whenever the U.S. Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch – or some other Donald Trump nominee – to the U.S. Supreme Court, it will face a plethora of issues, and those involving California will be among the most controversial.

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The December edition default index suggests local borrowers may need to monitor their 2017 household budgets more carefully. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Lansner
Posted: 02/06/17 – 5:04 PM PST |

It might not have been the year-end bonus you expected, as Southern California pay raises dipped to a one-year low as 2016 ended.

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Daily Bulletin: Revised North Fontana development plan going to city council

Westgate project site in Fontana (Courtesy Map)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 02/05/17 – 11:09 AM PST |

FONTANA >> For about eight years, a revised plan for 964 acres in North Fontana has been winding through public meetings, workshops, and appearances before the planning commission and city council.

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Robert Lovingood (File photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/05/17 – 3:41 PM PST |

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood presented a plan for regional economic growth including the fast-tracking of development projects, bolstering funding for public safety, increasing infrastructure, and expanding technical training.

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In this Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia. . (AP Photo/Matt Rourke File)

Politics & Government
By Sean Cockerham
February 5, 2017 – 5:17 PM

Washington —

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal funds from “out of control” California if the state declares itself a sanctuary state.

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John Myers
February 5, 2017

During the depths of California’s budget crisis, talk in Sacramento about how many tax dollars were sent to Washington, compared with what the state received in services, generally sparked anger. But these days, it’s triggered fear.

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Rick Anderson and Jaweed Kaleem
Feb. 3, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked President Trump’s order to halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown, legislators headed for budget clash?

By Dan Walters
February 2, 2017 – 4:52 PM

State budgets have been easy-peasy political exercises in recent years, thanks to hefty increases in revenue from an expanding economy.

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The Sacramento Bee: Acknowledging lower returns, CalSTRS drops investment forecast

Business & Real Estate
By Adam Ashton
February 1, 2017 – 5:50 PM

The fund that manages pensions for California teachers on Wednesday voted to lower its investment forecast by half a percentage point, a decision that will have many educators stepping up their payroll contributions for their retirement plans by several hundred dollars a year.

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Snow covers the Sierra Nevada and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.

By Paul Rogers | |

PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am |
UPDATED: February 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t likely to amend or rescind the state’s emergency drought declaration until April

After a month of huge blizzards and “atmospheric river” storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades.

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Marv Owen, a delegate from Los Angeles, left, listens to state GOP Chairman Jim Brulte at the California Republican Convention at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento in 2013. Randall Benton

Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
January 30, 2017 – 2:19 PM

For Democrats enraged and taking official action Monday to denounce President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte has a message: “This is purely hypocritical, political posturing.”

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Calpensions: Government policy hurts pensions: low interest

By Ed Mendel
January 30, 3016

The two big state pension funds have been on very different paths since both had large surpluses in 2000. But they will have identical funding levels if CalSTRS, like CalPERS last month, adopts a recommended lower investment earnings forecast this week.

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Associated Press: California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy

By Michael R. Blood and Don Thompson
Associated Press
Jan 29, 2017 – 3:00 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The future of California’s legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising “USA Home Grown” dangles from a wall.

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Reuters: Judge confirms San Bernardino, California’s plan to exit bankruptcy

By Jim Christie | San Francisco
U.S. | Fri Jan 27, 2017 | 6:36pm EST

San Bernardino, California, won final court approval on Friday for its financial restructuring plan, clearing the way for the city to wrap up the bankruptcy case it launched more than four years ago when its leaders learned it was facing insolvency.

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The Sacramento Bee: Memo to politicians: Don’t ignore California problems

By Dan Walters
January 26, 2017 – 2:22 PM

By devoting most of Tuesday’s State of the State address to denouncing Donald Trump and his policies, Gov. Jerry Brown fed rhetorical red meat to fellow Democrats.

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Capitol Alert
By Jim Miller
January 25, 2017 – 1:52 PM

California faces a $76.67 billion cost to provide healthcare and dental benefits to retired state employees, state Controller Betty Yee reported Wednesday, an increase of $2.49 billion over the previous year’s estimate.

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Associated Press: When will soggy California drop water restrictions?

AP Nation / World
By Scott Smith
Associated Press
Jan 25, 2017 – 1:59 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter, but the state’s top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the drought.

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Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago and Alexei Koseff
January 24, 2017 – 10:44 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown, plunging into position as a Democratic bulwark against Donald Trump’s presidency, warned Tuesday of looming battles with Republican-controlled Washington, using his State of the State address to assuage fears that California would turn its back on progressive policies.

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The Sacramento Bee: Feel-good efforts won’t solve California’s housing crisis

By Dan Walters
January 23, 2017 – 12:01 AM

Two new documents – a report by the state housing agency and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget – focus harsh economic reality on fanciful political “solutions” to the state’s severe housing crisis.

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