WashTimes: Mitt Romney: Obama worse than even I expected

Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands with supporter Mary Jo Pitzer at Tamarack during the Working for Jobs Rally in Beckley, W.Va., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

By S.A. Miller – The Washington Times
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BECKLEY, W.Va. — When Mitt Romney stumped here Tuesday for a trio of Republican candidates for Congress, the event had all the trappings of a “Romney for President” rally.

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Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 – 12:00 am

A California initiative on the fall ballot requiring that health insurance rate changes be approved by the elected insurance commissioner is receiving strong support from voters statewide, according to the latest Field Poll.

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LATimes: Measure to withhold pay from suspended legislators misses 2014 ballot

too-late

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

Amid criticism over three state Senators continuing to collect salaries as they serve suspensions, a ballot measure that would allow lawmakers to suspend colleagues without pay has missed the deadline for the 2014 ballot.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:16 am

When schoolchildren visit the Capitol, they often receive sheets of paper purporting to describe how a legislative bill becomes law.

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calpers

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 – 12:00 am

More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking, the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.

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free tickets

By Patrick McGreevy
August 18, 2014

The state Assembly on Monday approved a measure that would lower the gift limit to elected officials from $440 to $200 and prohibit them from accepting free entry to professional sports and entertainment events, golf tournaments, spa treatments and amusement parks.

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Rick Perry

It lets him play victim, among other things.
By Lucia Graves
August 18, 2014

After the schadenfreude surrounding news of Rick Perry’s indictment subsided on Friday night, America awoke this weekend to a general consensus that the case against the Texas governor was overblown. Obama adviser David Axelrod deemed it “sketchy,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz dubbed it “outrageous,” and MSNBC’s Tim Noah tweeted, “I’m no fan of Rick Perry & I’m no lawyer. But this indictment looks pretty thin to me.”

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The PE: MORENO VALLEY: Spending in recall, upcoming election detailed

Moreno Valley seal

Spending in the recall election against former Mayor Tom Owings was around $86,000 while four candidates have begun campaign spending for the fall race.

Published: Aug. 17, 2014 Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 1:33 a.m.

Candidates and committees spent a combined $86,000 in the June recall election in which former Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings lost his seat, according to the latest campaign finance statements.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: Study: JPA a complicated undertaking

Calculator

Many questions unanswered as cities seek to save money

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am
Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

APPLE VALLEY — Council members from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville still had several questions this week after they were presented with the findings of a feasibility study for the creation of a joint powers authority to manage the Victor Valley’s police and fire services.

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Jim Brulte

A path above superminority status seem well-lit, but either way, party leader Jim Brulte sees to have a formula for rebuilding the party one voter at a time.

By MATTHEW FLEMING / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: Aug. 17, 2014 6:45 p.m.

When Jim Brulte ran for California Republican Party chairman, he campaigned on three things: Help maintain the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, eliminate the Democrats’ supermajority in the Assembly and rebuild the party from the ground up.

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California Money

By Marc Lifsher
August 17, 2014

California is one of the most expensive states for businesses to operate, mainly because of high pay and related labor costs, says a new report commissioned by an arm of the state Chamber of Commerce.

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Politico: Poll: Reelection rating at 20-year low

Gallup

Politico

By JONATHAN TOPAZ | 8/18/14 6:17 AM EDT

Less than 20 percent of voters believe most members of Congress deserve reelection, on track for the lowest mark in at least two decades, a new poll says.

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The PE: FONTANA: Joe Baca’s comeback bid in politics continues

Joe Baca

Baca

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 6:31 p.m.

The man they call “Working Joe” is working on another comeback.

Joe Baca is running to become mayor of Fontana, where he and his wife bought a home two years ago. The campaign follows an unsuccessful bid earlier this year to return to Congress, where the Democrat served seven terms representing part of San Bernardino County.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Campaigns

Published: Aug. 16, 2014 Updated: 8:19 p.m.

In a way, the 2014 Inland congressional races are about what happened two years ago.

Democrats gained ground in 2012 by capturing an open seat and ousting a veteran Republican incumbent. Those first-term Democrats are now running for re-election in a test of how much the Inland Empire is changing politically.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am

In a Capitol where contentious lobbying battles are de rigueur, the $14 billion hedge fund that goes by the name Pershing Square Capital Management has picked a most unusual fight.

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Politico: The (maybe) trial of Rick Perry

Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New Orleans

Perry has been trying to remake his image in apparent anticipation for a presidential bid. | Getty

By TARINI PARTI | 8/16/14 8:22 PM EDT

Rick Perry is in trouble — or is he?

Even for Texas, a state that prides itself on super-sizing everything, a grand jury’s decision to indict the governor was a big deal, shocking political observers and raising questions about the Republican’s 2016 plans.

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The PE: ELECTION 2014: Takano, Adams agree to debate

debate

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:51 p.m.

At least one Inland congressional race will feature a debate now that Democratic Rep. Mark Takano and Republican challenger Steve Adams have tentatively agreed to appear at an October forum.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: November ballot contests

Politics

The fall ballot will feature a contest for county supervisor between two longtime legislators and more than a few political comeback attempts.

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 Updated: 10:14 p.m.

The Nov. 4 ballot will feature a battle between a state legislator and a member of Congress plus a few political comeback attempts in San Bernardino County.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Cassie MacDuff

Published: Aug. 15, 2014 – Updated: 10:38 p.m.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s willingness to transfer control of Ontario International Airport from the city of L.A. to a local airport authority gave Inland residents reason to cheer.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

unemployment

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/15/14, 8:55 PM PDT |

The Inland Empire unemployment rate rose slightly to 9.2 percent in July, the California Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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ACLU

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/15/14, 8:31 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The American Civil Liberties Union has opened an office here for a boots-on-the-ground offensive in the San Bernardino-Riverside county area — home to more than 4.3 million people.

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SacBee (AP): Court: Silence can be used against suspects

California Supreme Court  justices

By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 9:44 am

To read the published opinion, click the following link: People v. Tom

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

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money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 3:27 pm

With the fall campaign season fast approaching, candidates and ballot measure campaigns will raise money as fast as they can spend it in the coming weeks.

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unemployment

By Chris Kirkham
August 15, 2014

California added more than 27,000 jobs in July, but the state unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4% as the size of the labor force shrank slightly from last month’s estimates.

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Prime Healthcare Services

By Chad Garland
August 15, 2014

Prime Healthcare Services Inc., a hospital chain that has come under fire for billing and patient privacy issues, is facing opposition over its potential acquisition of six California hospitals, including two medical centers in Los Angeles County.

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The Sun: San Bernardino, police union reach contract deal

San Bernardino Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:29 PM PDT | Updated: 49 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city and the San Bernardino Police Officers Association announced to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury that they have reached a tentative long-term agreement, officials said.

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The PE: REGION: November ballot complete

Elections

In some districts, an insufficient number of candidates filed, which will lead to appointments of new governing board members.

Published: Aug. 14, 2014 Updated: 9:35 p.m.

The fields are complete for the Nov. 4 ballot and several competitive races have developed for Inland elections.

Wednesday was the last day for candidates to qualify for the ballot in city council, school board and specials district races throughout Riverside County. Friday was the initial deadline, but races in which incumbents chose not to run were extended to allow challengers to join.

To read story by Gail Wesson and Craig Shultz in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Home for sale

A for-sale home in the 3200 block of Hacienda Drive in Duarte is shown here. Southern California home sales hit a three-year low for the month of July, hampered by rising prices, a limited supply of homes and a decrease in investor activity. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/14/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

Southern California home sales hit a three-year low for the month of July and the region’s median home price dipped to $413,000, industry tracker CoreLogic DataQuick reported Wednesday.

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VVDailyPress: Grand jury focused on Taser use

grand_jury

Report called for enhanced training, greater communication

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 14, 2014 @ 7:28 pm
Updated Aug 14, 2014 at 7:33 PM

A little more than a year before Dante Parker died while in San Bernardino County Sheriff’s custody after having been stunned with a Taser multiple times, a county grand jury committee urged the Sheriff’s Department to implement enhanced Taser training while calling for greater communication among on-scene deputies.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 9:19 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 6:42 am

The state Supreme Court – or at least five of its members – got it right by declaring that an advisory measure on campaign finance placed on the Nov. 4 ballot by the Legislature is legally suspect and should be removed.

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interest_rates

By E. Scott Reckard
August 14, 2014

The cost of getting a home loan has slipped back to the lowest level of the year, with Freddie Mac pegging the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage early this week at 4.12% compared to last week’s 4.14%.

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Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is trading above $200,000 for the first time.

By Andrew Khouri
August 14, 2014

Shares of billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway traded above $200,000 for the first time — nearly eight years after topping the $100,000 mark.

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California Drought Levels

The latest U.S. Drought Map shows the level of drought in California remains unchanged. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Veronica Rocha
August 14, 2014

After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now.

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InlandPolitics: Sterling appeal denied

Gavel

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

For our readers who happen to be Clipper fans.

The California Second District Court of Appeal has put a fork in Donald Sterlings last minute attempt to reverse the sale of his former team.

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InlandPolitics: LGBT Group slams Takano

Mark Takano

Thursday, August 14, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Can you say ouch!

The LGBT website Queer Nation NY is scorching Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside).

The issue is also covered on the P-E Political Empire Blog.

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VVDailyPress: UPDATED: Sheriff’s probe in-custody death

Sheriff

ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 13, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

VICTORVILLE — Contrasting pictures emerged Wednesday of a Daily Press employee who died Tuesday night in the custody of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies after being stunned with a taser multiple times.

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SacBee: Water bond headed to voters

water-dam

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 – 9:40 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 12:15 am

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.

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LATimes: Southern California home sales plunge in July

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By Andrew Khouri
August 13, 2014

Southern California home sales plunged in July and show little signs of rebounding. And that, economists say, could stunt the region’s economic growth.

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The Sun: Colton City Council considering city manager’s fate

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/12/14, 8:42 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

COLTON >> For two months the City Council waited for results from a personnel investigation into its city manager.

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VVDailyPress: Report underscores need in local courts

Scales of Justice

CASE OVERLOAD
County ranked last in concluding felony cases within 12 months

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 12, 2014 @ 6:49 pm
Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Likely reinforcing the need for more support in local courts to deal with heavy caseloads, a state judiciary report on Tuesday said San Bernardino County kept more of its felony cases on the docket after 12 months than any other reporting county in California during fiscal year 2012-13.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 10:27 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 11:30 pm

Chances are that sometime Wednesday the Legislature will place a new water bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The $2-billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was finalized Tuesday.

By Ben Bolch, Nathan Fenno and Melissa Rohlin
August 12, 2014

The NBA announced that Steve Ballmer’s $2-billion purchase of the Clippers had closed on Tuesday, making the former Microsoft CEO the undisputed owner of the team.

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LA County Seal

Los Angeles County’s five supervisors took a step Tuesday — over the objections of labor groups — toward approving a new set of rules that would require a four-fifths vote for any salary or benefit increases in union contracts.

By Abby Sewell
August 12, 2014

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By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/12/14, 6:31 PM PDT |

The city reached a tentative agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Police Protective League over a portion of its new proposed contract that deals with the 1,000 officers hired over the past three years who were paid less than their counterparts.

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NRCC Screen Shot

A screen shot of an NRCC-created website meant to look like a local news site.(National Republican Congressional Committee)

By Shane Goldmacher
August 12, 2014

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino unions waste little time

Police - Fire Logo

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

Last week the San Bernardino, California City Council, on a split 4-3 vote, agreed to place a charter reform measure on the November ballot. A measure aimed directly at its public safety employees.

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Elections

Prospective candidates have until Wednesday to get their names on the November ballot in locations where incumbents did not file by the Friday deadline.

Published: Aug. 11, 2014 Updated: 7:05 p.m.

Local elections for Nov. 4 in Riverside County are shaping up, but the field for several city council races, six of 18 school board elections, a community college and eight special districts will not be know until later this week with extension of candidate filing deadlines.

The extension to 5 p.m. Wednesday occurs because incumbents did not file by a Friday deadline.

To read story by Gail Wesson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Bernardino Seal

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 08/11/14, 7:57 PM PDT | Updated: 53 secs ago

Top San Bernardino city officials and some of the city’s creditors met with a court-appointed federal mediator in Reno, Nev., all day Monday with discussions continuing into the evening.

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Jobs

By Chris Kirkham
August 11, 2014

The U.S. economy earlier this year recovered all the jobs lost during the recession, but those new jobs pay an average of 23% less than the ones lost in the downturn, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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LAPD

By Joel Rubin, Ben Poston and David Zahniser
August 11, 2014

The Los Angeles Police Department’s civilian watchdog said Monday he would launch a broad inquiry into the accuracy of the agency’s crime statistics after a Times investigation revealed that the LAPD understated violent crime in the city.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

When Capitol insiders talk about a “bag bill,” it refers to something for which an interest group is willing to spend big money – legally, it’s presumed – to see done.

Senate Bill 270, one might say, is a double bag bill.

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SacBee: California state revenue beats expectations in July

california_state_flag

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 10:10 am

California’s improving budget outlook has continued into the new fiscal year, with revenue last month beating estimates by about $232 million, or 4.5 percent, the state controller said Monday.

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By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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San Bernardino Seal

Monday, August 11, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

Only in backwards and bankrupt San Bernardino can this type of politics continue unabated.

Once again the city council, under new Mayor Carey Davis, is split down a 4-3 divide. A decades-long problem affecting the beleaguered city’s government.

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Mapp Bio

Monday, August 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

One has to wonder.

The current scare over the Ebola virus is well taken. You know, that virus that causes out-of-control internal hemorraging and organ failure, and ultimately death in ninety-percent of those infected.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: GOP pounces on Ruiz missed vote

Raul Ruiz

Ruiz

Published: Aug. 10, 2014 Updated: 10:43 p.m.

A missed vote by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, has opened up a line of attack for Republicans.

To read column by Jeff Horseman in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 – 6:34 am

With just three weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session and the official deadline for placing issues on the Nov. 4 ballot long since passed, one might think that the Capitol’s politicians would be working night and day to write a new water bond.

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Op-Ed
By Heather Mac Donald
August 9, 2014

Prosecutors’ offices are finally joining the intelligence revolution that has transformed policing since the 1990s. That revolution dates to 1994, when William J. Bratton took over the New York Police Department and declared that his goal was to prevent crime, not just respond to it. Bratton’s new proactive mission for the NYPD required the department to closely analyze crime data on a daily basis and to refine its tactics and deployment according to what the data showed. Bratton’s paradigm shift, known as Compstat, quickly spread through police departments across the country.

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NYTimes: Print Is Down, and Now Out

newspaper-future

Media Companies Spin Off Newspapers, to Uncertain Futures

By DAVID CARRAUG. 10, 2014

A year ago last week, it seemed as if print newspapers might be on the verge of a comeback, or at least on the brink of, well, survival.

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InlandPolitics: This and That!

Edit

Sunday, Augusr 10, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news flowing across the transom last week. In case you missed it!

Unemployment claims drop by 18,000

First-Time Jobless Claims dropped by 18,000 to 289,000, according to Thursday’s report by the Labor Department. The four-week moving average of 293,500 is the lowest since 2006. The claims estimate was for 305,000.

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SBCO Seal

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 10, 2014 – 10:15 a.m.

A shady agreement from San Bernardino County’s past reared its ugly head this week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City Hall tiffs hamper council

city-of-riverside-seal

Published: Aug. 9, 2014 Updated: 9:33 p.m.

It’s looking less and less likely that Riverside officials will be able to quickly work through their differences, now that Councilman Paul Davis has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

The PE: INLAND: Home construction industry building momentum

Home Construction

Builders are reviving Inland housing projects in master-planned developments derailed by the recession. Development areas include Riverside, Chino, Temecula, Ontario, Banning/Beaumont, Coachella, Calimesa, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Rancho Cucamonga, San Jacinto, Redlands.

BY DEBRA GRUSZECKI / STAFF WRITER
Published: Aug. 9, 2014 Updated: 7:57 p.m.

Across the Inland region, developers are looking with renewed interest at thousands of acres where residential communities were approved or under construction when the recession hit – but never finished.

From Temecula and Riverside to Redlands and Ontario and beyond, construction crews are at work on developments that had languished for years as the Inland region crawled through economic hard times.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 – 12:00 am

Attorney General Kamala Harris will not lose re-election in November, and shouldn’t.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:15 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 – 11:55 pm

The Sacramento Suburban Water District, which supplies water to some older neighborhoods outside the city, is engaged in a decades-long project to replace its aged, undersized water mains and install meters as required by a new state law.

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Barack Obama

By Jeff Mason
OAK BLUFFS Mass. Sat Aug 9, 2014 7:06pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave Americans an update on U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Saturday from a podium on the White House lawn with Marine One, the presidential helicopter, parked in the background.

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Campaigns

Politics

By Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold
August 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Ask voters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle what November’s midterm elections are about and one will tell you drones. A second will say closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Yet another, the middle-class squeeze.

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IEBusinessDaily: Here we go again.

Inland-Empire-Political-News-Political-Whispers

By IE Business Daily
August 9, 2014

The City of San Bernardino voted Thursday to place two city charter amendments on the November ballot.

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Home-Sales-R

While home prices have rise risen, income gains have not kept pace

Published: Aug. 8, 2014 Updated: 10:31 p.m.

Home affordability is a growing concern in Southern California, so much so that some real estate analysts are watching for signs of a post-recession housing bubble.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/08/14, 6:36 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> An arbitration panel has awarded the city $2.23 million from one of its insurers, after city claimed the company acted in bad faith and breached of contract for failing to defend it in the 2004 Colonies lawsuit.

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Scales of Justice

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 08/08/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES>> The arraignment of three current and former Irwindale city officials accused of public corruption was postponed Friday at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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VVDailyPress: Council races shaping up

Campaigns

GARY BRODEUR
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 8, 2014 @ 6:10 pm
Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 6:15 PM

The fields for council elections in three Victor Valley municipalities firmed up at the Friday filing deadline, according to information from city and town officials and the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

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LATimes: New FICO criteria could help borrowers

Credit Cards

FICO changes could make it easier for some consumers to get loans and credit cards at lower rates. (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)

By E. Scott Reckard and Tim Logan
August 8, 2014

The nation’s dominant credit-scoring system is being revised in a way that could save consumers nationwide billions of dollars, especially in qualifying for mortgages, auto loans and credit cards at lower interest rates.

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Los Angeles Clippers

By Nathan Fenno
August 8, 2014

An appeals court denied Donald Sterling’s petition late Friday to stay last month’s probate court ruling against him, the latest round of legal wrangling over the proposed $2-billion sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer.

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Politico: House GOP to combine energy, jobs efforts

Politico

By JAKE SHERMAN | 8/8/14 4:13 PM EDT Updated: 8/8/14 5:05 PM EDT

House Republicans will package together all their energy and “jobs” legislation and send it to the Senate, an election-year move to try to highlight a contrast with Democrats.

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InlandPolitics: Change regarding discussion and content

Notice

Friday, August 8, 2014 – 03: 00 p.m.

Since its inception in 2009, InlandPolitics.com has attempted to foster open dialogue on a broad spectrum of issues affecting the Inland Empire.

InlandPolitics.com was created to bring a fresh perspective to politics and news in our region and, in doing so, has always respected the First Amendment rights of those who have joined in the conversation to express his or her unfettered opinion on a wide range of subject matters. As of today, InlandPolitics.com has 16,526 posts, with 34,756 comments since its creation, a most commendable achievement.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/07/14, 8:56 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Voters in November will get to determine how police and firefighter salaries are determined after the City Council on Thursday night approved a ballot measure proposing to repeal a longstanding formula used for determining those wages.

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Elections

August 8, 2014

The race for the 28th state Senate District has turned into a game of anything you can do, I can do better.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

V Manuel Perez

Perez

August 7, 2014

Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez has set his sights on another public office in wake of his unsuccessful campaign for Riverside County supervisor.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in the P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

DailyBulletin: Upland announces new city manager

Upland seal

Rod Butler has been selected as the new city manager of Upland. courtesy photo

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/07/14, 12:42 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> After a relatively short search, Rod Butler has been chosen to be the new city manager effective Sept. 29, the City Council announced Thursday.

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MacEachron+Valles

Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron left. Council Member Angela Valles right.

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Aug. 7, 2014 @ 5:07 pm
Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

VICTORVILLE — Councilwoman Angela Valles, the most vocal proponent of increasing new single-family residential lot sizes to quell concerns linked to the city’s high-density makeup, agreed this week to be part of a joint focus group tasked with tackling the issue.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 – 9:06 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 – 12:07 am

When the Legislature adjourns this month, it will likely leave Assembly Bill 69 still sitting in the Senate Rules Committee, thereby avoiding an election-year debate on whether California motorists should cough up billions of extra dollars when they buy gas.

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Alfred Villalobos

Alfred Villalobos is accused of conspiring with and bribing a former CalPERS executive to close a $3-billion deal with a Wall Street private equity firm. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

By Marc Lifsher
August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury Thursday handed down new and expanded corruption charges against investment deal “placement agent” Alfred J.R. Villalobos, a central figure in the 2009 influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country’s largest public pension fund.

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Paul Tanaka
Retired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, with wife Valerie Tanaka, speaks to reporters while awaiting results of the California primary race for Los Angeles County sheriff. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Times)

By Cindy Chang
August 7, 2014

In a stinging final rebuke, the longtime civilian watchdog for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accused top leaders of letting their worst employees run rampant, causing a series of scandals that tarnished the agency.

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LATimes: Many Americans are still struggling financially

economy

By Don Lee
August 7, 2014

Four in 10 U.S. households are straining financially five years after the Great Recession — many struggling with tight credit, soaring education debt and profound issues related to savings and retirement, according to a new Federal Reserve survey.

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