Politics

Friday, April 18, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

In a surprise turn of events, the union representing San Bernardino County prosecutors, public defenders and child support lawyers has decided not to pursue legal fees from the only candidate challenging incumbent District Attorney Mike Ramos.

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Upland seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/14, 9:53 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city will receive $4.75 million from one of its insurers to end a lawsuit alleging the insurance company failed to defend the city in another case relating to the Colonies flood-control dispute.

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Pension Reform

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/17/14, 10:54 PM PDT | Updated: 16 secs ago

CLAREMONT >> Skyrocketing pension costs threatened San Jose’s ability to pay for services and will have the same effect in cities and counties up and down the state if changes aren’t made, that city’s mayor told students and others at Claremont McKenna College on Thursday night.

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DailyBulletin: Inland Empire poised for economic growth

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/17/14, 7:46 PM PDT |

After languishing for several years, the Inland Empire economy is starting to look a lot brighter.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 10:47 pm

When the Legislature returns next week from spring break, it will pick up with the drudgery of its shortcomings right where it left off, with ethics training in the upper house.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 17, 2014

The board of California’s political ethics watchdog Thursday postponed action on a recommended $40,000 money-laundering penalty against state Sen. Tom Berryhill, his brother and Republican central committees in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

Even if lawmakers limit spending, rising employee costs will drive deficits, analyst tells City Council members.

By David Zahniser
April 17, 2014, 9:21 p.m.

Los Angeles faces budget deficits through 2018 even if elected officials keep a lid on spending and secure new concessions from the workforce, the top financial analyst at City Hall warned Thursday.

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Gas Nozzle

The statewide average for a gallon of regular has surged 13 cents in a week. Analysts differ on when prices will begin to drop.

By Shan Li
April 17, 2014, 6:08 p.m.

Problems at some of the state’s fuel refineries have sent gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the kickoff of the busy driving season.

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InlandPolitics: CD-31: Money flows into congressional race

Campaigns

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

Money continues to flow into the contest to replace Gary Miller in the 31st Congressional District.

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InlandPolitics: Spin borders on the ridiculous

 Spin Zone

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The ongoing management implosion at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has taken on its own reality in the spin zone.

The disconnect and excuses are bordering on the ridiculous and absurd.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/14, 9:26 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> A second special meeting to discuss City Manager Stephen Dunn’s future will not happen until the next council meeting, the mayor said on Wednesday.

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stater Bros

April 16, 2014 5:10 PM
Staff Reports

BIG BEAR • Stater Bros. Charities will present a check for more than a half-million dollars to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to fight against heart disease and stroke.

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From left, Rachel Luna, Paul Penzella, Jim Steinberg and Jessica Keating.

Posted: 04/16/14, 4:48 PM PDT |

Four Los Angeles News Group staff members were honored with two prestigious Sigma Delta Chi awards Wednesday for excellence in journalism.

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Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 7:44 am

Proposition 13 may be the third rail of California politics, but state voters appear to have some appetite for making changes to the tax-limiting measure, according to a new Field Poll.

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By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 – 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014 – 7:49 am

Gov. Jerry Brown called Wednesday for a special session of the Legislature to take up his proposal to create a rainy-day fund, and for the first time since 2011 he will have to negotiate a major budget deal with Republicans.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 16, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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SacBee: Tim Donnelly fires legislative chief of staff

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 16, 2014

One month after splitting with his campaign manager in his run for governor, Republican Tim Donnelly has fired Alex Vassar, his legislative chief of staff, sources said.

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calpers

By Ed Mendel
Thursday, April 17, 2014

The CalPERS board approved a major rate hike yesterday, $459 million, to replenish state worker pension funds that remain low, even though the stock market has rebounded from a post-crash low five years ago.

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US+Russia Flags

By Katie Zezima
April 17 at 9:05 am

[This post has been updated with additional excerpts from the interview.]

Russia doesn’t want a military confrontation with the United States, President Obama said Wednesday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Fired deputy city attorney loses suit against city

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A federal jury ruled in favor of Riverside last week in a lawsuit filed by fired deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling that alleged wrongful termination.

April 15, 2014; 04:17 PM

Former Riverside deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling, who alleged wrongdoing by city officials and was fired in 2011, failed to prove accusations in a 2012 lawsuit that the city violated her civil rights in dismissing her.

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

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/15/14, 10:08 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The citizen committee studying possible changes to the city charter picked the issues Tuesday to review by May 19 so they can potentially be on November’s ballot, including the controversial Section 186 and timing of elections.

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Stephen Dunn

Dunn

By Doug Saunders, San Bernardino Sun
and Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/15/14, 10:30 PM PDT |

Stephen Dunn was still Upland’s city manager Tuesday, a day after the City Council met in closed-session to discuss his future.

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Stephen Dunn Office

Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn’s walls are bare Monday after he cleaned out his office. He’s officially said to be on vacation. David Allen — Staff

By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/15/14, 5:53 PM PDT |

To Uplanders curious about whether their city still has a chief executive, let me offer this definitive statement: Maybe.

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SacBee: State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 15, 2014

State tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday.

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LATimes: Southland home prices surge but sales plummet

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The median price reaches $400,000 in the Southland. But would-be buyers of low- and mid-priced properties are increasingly priced out amid tight lending standards and stagnant paychecks.

By Tim Logan and Andrew Khouri
April 15, 2014, 7:50 p.m.

Southern California home prices are surging as the spring buying season heats up, with the median price in March hitting $400,000 for the first time in six years.

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BusinessInsider: Google Warns: We Are Scanning Your Email

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Julie Bort
Apr. 15, 2014, 8:20 PM 11,116 21

On Tuesday Google updated its privacy policies to make it absolutely clear that it is scanning your email.

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DailyBulletin: West Valley Detention Center focal point of inmate abuse probe

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West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/14/14, 9:24 PM PDT |

Federal and local law enforcement officials on Monday said they were unaware of any other allegations of inmate abuse by deputies in San Bernardino County jails, and that pending criminal and administration investigations are exclusive to West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/14, 9:21 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> Redevelopment of Rialto Airport land, which began a decade ago and slowed down considerably during the recession, is just about ready for take off.

Just ask developer Randall Lewis.

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Sheriff

Three deputies dismissed; no charges filed yet
April 14, 2014 3:27 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

RANCHO CUCAMONGA • Three San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to West Valley Detention Center have been relieved of their duties amid two concurrent investigations into possible inmate abuse there, but FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller on Monday called it “premature” to say any federal charges would be filed.

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Upland seal

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/14, 11:17 PM PDT |

The Upland City Council voted 5-0 Monday to hold the city’s first town hall meeting May 10 at Foothill Bible Church to resolve mounting questions and concerns of the community on a range of issues.

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Prem Reddy

Dr, Prem Reddy

California University of Science and Medicine expects to welcome first class in 2016
April 14, 2014 12:59 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

COLTON • A local group of doctors and community officials announced plans Monday to develop a privately-funded, nonprofit medical school in Colton.

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Field Poll

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014 – 12:00 am

California voters remain intensely disapproving of the work conducted on their behalf on Capitol Hill, but they continue to offer a more upbeat assessment of the efforts of their own representatives, according to the latest Field Poll.

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LA County Seal

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/14/14, 11:15 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Los Angeles County’s budget officials on Monday unveiled a proposed $26.1 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2013-2014 that calls for hiring about 1,300 new employees — mostly nurses and social workers — as well as funding for reforms in the troubled jail and child welfare systems.

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LASO Badge

Interim Sheriff John Scott, who is running the department until Lee Baca’s replacement is elected, says he is ending the era of political connections and stressing merit.

By Cindy Chang
April 14, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

At the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis.

Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout.

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SBSO Sheriff

Monday, April 14, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.
Last Modifeid: Monday, April 14, 2014 – 12:50 p.m.

A new lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Riverside makes scathing allegations against San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, and others.

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The PE: CONGRESS: More on Lesli Gooch

Campaigns

April 14, 2014

Here are a couple noteworthy blogs on Lesli Gooch, one of the Republicans running for a San Bernardino County congressional seat.

To read post by Jeff Horseman in The PE Political Empire Blog, click here.

Texting

Use of electronic devices by local officials during meetings has exploded across the Inland region in recent years. The trend has sparked concerns about the potential for city council and school board members to be, at best, distracted by messages and, at worst, politically influenced by them as they vote. (Bloomberg)

April 13, 2014; 02:25 PM

After Rick Gibbs handed the gavel to newly installed Murrieta Mayor Alan Long in December, the former mayor noticed something.

To read story by David Downey in The Press Enterprise, click here.

By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
April 13, 2014, 5:15 p.m.

Bobby Shriver, the first Los Angeles County supervisorial contender in 18 years to opt out of voluntary campaign spending limits, is calling for a major overhaul of county election laws, including lifting fundraising restrictions on candidates who use personal wealth to help pay for their campaigns.

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March ARB

As Defense changes loom, the base aims to leverage its versatility and location near the Pacific.

By MARK MUCKENFUSS / One in an occasional series
Published: April 10, 2014 Updated: April 14, 2014 8:48 a.m.
March Air Reserve Base

RIVERSIDE – Two decades ago, the Pentagon shrank March Air Force Base to half its size and cut down its effect on the Riverside-area economy.

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By Kevin Roderick | April 14, 2014 1:10 AM

The Orange County Register on Sunday published a staff photo from this week’s new addition to the Los Angeles County newspaper scene — the LA Register, due Wednesday — and a story detailing some of the plans: 50-60 pages weekdays, 80-90 pages on Sundays, with Register sports coverage and a staff of 40 covering news in the Los Angeles area. The paper will be sold in 5,500 retail locations, the OCR story says, “including grocery and convenience stores and on news racks. The paper will cost $1.50 weekdays and $2 on weekends. Home delivery is expected to begin in May.” The story is outside the pay wall — as I have to assume LA coverage will be, at least at first.

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By Soumya Karlamangla
April 13, 2014, 6:26 p.m.

For nearly two decades, Barbara Garnaus maintained a modest, delicate life balance: keeping her part-time Orange County school district job and juggling her bills and credit card debt.

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The Hill: Senators warn of Bush fatigue if Jeb runs

The Hill

By Alexander Bolton – 04/13/14 06:00 AM EDT

Senate Republicans are warning that “Bush fatigue” could weigh on GOP chances of capturing the White House in 2016 if Jeb Bush wins the nomination.

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DailyBulletin: Upland leaders may further roil City Hall

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By David Allen, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/12/14, 3:02 PM PDT |

Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn is on the firing line. His performance evaluation is the subject of a special 5 p.m. closed session City Council meeting Monday, to be followed by the regular 6 p.m. closed session, at which one of the topics is the “discipline/dismissal/release” of an unspecified employee.

Ooooh, intrigue.

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SacBee: Darrell Issa: Relentless watchdog or over-the-line?

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Rep. Darrell Issa (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By William Douglas
wdouglas@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — From the plush chairman’s seat on the dais in the cavernous hearing room of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Darrell Issa peered down at Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and offered a rhetorical pat on the shoulder, followed shortly by a swift verbal kick in the pants.

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DOJ

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/12/14, 5:50 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> In addition to four sheriff’s deputies who already have lost their jobs at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, the FBI and sheriff officials are investigating several other deputies in the San Bernardino County jail system for alleged inmate abuse, according to a document obtained Saturday by this newspaper.

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Spin Cycle

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

The Federal Buruea of Investigation (FBI) is conducting a criminal civil rights investigation at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Is anyone really surprised?

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Marc Steinorth

Rancho Cucamonga City Councilman Marc Steinorth (R), is one of four candidates competing in the 40th Assembly District.

April 11, 2014; 04:59 PM

The 40th Assembly District wasn’t supposed to be an open seat this year.

That changed when incumbent Assemblyman Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, ran in a special election to serve out the unexpired term of state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands. Morrell won in March, leaving the district covering all or parts of Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone and the city of San Bernardino without an assembly member.

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

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/14, 7:18 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The FBI is investigating the alleged abuse of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center involving at least three San Bernardino County deputies no longer working for the Sheriff’s Department, officials said Friday.

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SacBee: Republican leads controller’s race in Field Poll

Campaigns

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014 – 12:35 am

In the state controller’s race, Republican Ashley Swearengin holds an early lead over a pair of better-known Democrats vying to advance to the general election in November, according to a new Field Poll.

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Tribune

Tribune Publishing, which will own the L.A. Times and seven other newspapers, will pay a dividend of up to $275 million to parent Tribune Co. when it is spun off this year.

By Walter Hamilton and Jim Puzzanghera
April 11, 2014, 10:42 p.m.

Tribune Co.’s newspaper unit will pay a dividend of up to $275 million to its parent when it is spun off later this year, according to a government filing.

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By Hector Becerra
April 11, 2014, 9:37 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is cooperating with the FBI in a civil rights investigation over allegations that inmates have been mistreated at a jail facility, sheriff’s officials said Friday evening.

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InlandPolitics: FBI coming to town?

Sheriff

Friday, April 11, 2014 – 02:30 p.m.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice took-on Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, it sent a message that everyone, no matter how bulletproof they think they are, is fair game.

You knew it would only be a matter of time before San Bernardino County would fall under the microscope.

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InlandPolitics: SBIA fraud case delayed again

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Friday, April 11, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

The case of former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer and alleged accomplice Felice Luciano has been delayed again.

The reason is a familiar tune with local prosecutors.

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Dinesh DSouza

Dinesh D’Souza

April 11, 2014

As if Ann Coulter wasn’t enough to entice Inland conservatives to an upcoming gathering, now comes news that author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza will join Coulter at the United IE Conservative Conference on May 17.

To read entire story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/10/14, 11:03 PM PDT |

An employee at a private investigation firm lied under oath about the actions of a San Bernardino County district attorney’s investigator during a raid last year at the business, a deputy district attorney said in a court motion.

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VVDailyPress: Prime hospitals defend Medicare practices

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Amended whistle-blower lawsuit adds dozen more examples of alleged fraud
April 10, 2014 5:16 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

LOS ANGELES • In response to an amended whistle-blower lawsuit filed last week, Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. this week continued to defend its hospitals’ Medicare practices, reiterating its earlier claim that accusations the chain systematically reports inflated billings and defrauded the federal government of millions of dollars were without merit.

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AP: Assembly passes change to campaign disclosure bill

California Assembly Seal

AP California News
Apr 10, 7:51 PM EDT
By FENIT NIRAPPIL
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would force political nonprofits to reveal the names of campaign donors no longer applies retroactively under an amendment pushed by Republican lawmakers and approved Thursday by the Assembly.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 – 9:56 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 – 12:01 am

When the Legislature’s 2014 session began about three months ago, the Capitol’s dominant Democrats and their allies had high hopes that it would bear legislative fruit – with good reason.

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By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
Friday, April 11, 2014

With Gov. Jerry Brown in a commanding position to be re-elected in November and with transparency and integrity in office thrust into the news by scandal in Sacramento, the most interesting statewide contest – one in which a Republican has at least a shot at winning a constitutional office — is the race for Secretary of State.

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Boeing plans to increase workforce in Long Beach, Seal Beach

The addition of highly skilled engineering jobs is expected to provide an economic boost to the Southland and Long Beach. Above, a 787 Dreamliner sits on the tarmac at the Boeing plant in Long Beach. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / March 14, 2012)

By W.J. Hennigan
April 10, 2014, 5:22 p.m.

After years of eliminating jobs in Southern California, aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions.

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Colonies

From left, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt. former assistant assessor Jim Erwin and former supervisor Paul Biane in San Bernardino County Superior Court in June 2011. They’ve asked a judge to dismiss corruption charges. (File Photo)

April 09, 2014; 03:28 PM

Prosecutors are accusing defendants in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case of false accusations and personal attacks while trying to get charges thrown out.

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

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

Riverside County Regional Medical Center

April 10, 2014

Riverside County supervisors weren’t happy to hear of massive overtime costs at the county hospital. But at least two were even less pleased with how those costs were reported by the county auditor-controller.

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

California Legislature Poll - 041014

Melody Gutierrez
Updated 7:01 am, Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sacramento– Public opinion of the California Legislature has taken a sudden, negative turn since a San Francisco senator was charged with corruption and arms trafficking, according to a Field Poll released Thursday.

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Tim Donnelly

Republican candidate for governor Tim Donnelly, third from left, makes a campaign stop in Watsonville, Calif., this year. Donnelly made waves this week when a video came to light of a 2006 speech in which he said illegal immigration would lead to a fight comparable to the Civil War. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times / February 6, 2014)

By Seema Mehta
April 9, 2014, 8:16 p.m.

As Republicans seek to improve their standing among Latinos and women, fresh controversies in California could further damage the party with both groups.

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In this photo taken Feb. 22, 2008, Charles Munger Jr. of Santa Clara, a major donor to Proposition 32 on the California ballot is seen at the California Republican Party convention in San Francisco.  Munger, the son of wealthy investor Charles Munger Sr., is on the opposite side of the political isle as her half sister, Molly Munger, a wealthy civil rights attorney  who is major donor behind Proposition 38, which increase taxes for education. Both Mungers have spent millions in this election year to transform California's political landscape.  (AP Photo/Sacramento Bee, Brian Baer)

Charles Munger Jr., pictured here in 2008, is helping Republicans campaign for Assembly seats in Democratic districts. (Brian Baer / Associated Press / February 22, 2008)

By Chris Megerian
April 9, 2014, 3:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Charles Munger Jr., one of California Republicans’ biggest donors, is chipping in some of his wealth to ensure his party has candidates on the ballot in more Assembly districts.

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federal reserve

Minutes from the central bank’s last meeting suggest Fed policymakers aren’t as eager to start raising interest rates as investors expected.

By Don Lee
April 9, 2014, 7:01 p.m.

WASHINGTON — An account of the Federal Reserve’s last meeting suggests that policymakers aren’t as eager to take away the punch bowl as the market thought.

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InlandPolitics: No settlement in San Manuel murder-for-hire case

SanManuel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 05:00 p.m.

An attempt to settle a long-running civil case against two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission failed at a court hearing in San Bernardino on Wednesday morning.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/09/14, 2:57 PM PDT |

After more than two and a half years, a federal judge has closed the books on an FBI probe into San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case with no charges filed.

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InlandPolitics: It’s finally started!

Campaigns

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

It’s going to be an interesting election season.

Full of venom, recriminations and denials.

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The Sun: Mayor Carey Davis comments criticized

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/14, 6:16 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Mayor Carey Davis cut off public comment after one hour of speakers at Monday’s City Council, a decision in line with city policy and state law that nonetheless kicked off hundreds of complaints across social media the following day.

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DailyBulletin: GOP House candidates to debate April 23

Debate

Posted: 04/08/14, 7:04 PM PDT |

A debate between the two Republican candidates for the 31st Congressional District will be held April 23 by the Chaffey Community Republican Woman, Federated.

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Field Poll

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 – 12:24 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s public approval rating has risen to a new high, as he pummels a crop of little-known Republicans in his bid for re-election, according to a new Field Poll.

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Politics

Posted on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:40pm | By John Wildermuth

Think last week’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision, where the Supreme Court said rich guys could give to as many congressional campaigns as they like, is, to quote San Francisco’s own Nancy Pelosi, “a very existential threat” to our system of government?

Cheer up. Things could be worse. It could be California.

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Uncle Sam - Money

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 8, 2014

California’s tax revenues jumped by $18.2 billion in 2013, thanks to an improving economy and the impact of a temporary sales and income tax increase approved by voters, a new Census Bureau report shows.

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LATimes: Regulators act to require stronger bank capital

General Views Of Wells Fargo Locations Ahead Of Earns Figures

Wells Fargo and seven other banks will have to add about $68 billion in capital to their reserves to meet new requirements. (Bloomberg News / October 10, 2012)

Associated Press
April 8, 2014, 3:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Regulators are acting to require U.S. banks to build a sturdier financial base to lessen the risk that they could collapse and cause a global meltdown.

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LATimes: Beef prices hit all-time high in U.S.

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Extreme weather has thinned the nation’s cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant.

By David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu
April 8, 2014, 6:05 p.m.

Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock.

Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. and aren’t expected to come down any time soon.

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The Sun: Colonies defendant Jeff Burum a possible suspect in phone hacking case

Scales of Justice

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/08/14, 6:11 PM PDT |

A file that surfaced during a raid at a private investigation firm led prosecutors to believe that Rancho Cucamogna developer Jeff Burum may be tied to the illegal phone hacking of a witness in his San Bernardino County public corruption case, according to a court motion.

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Los Angeles Daily Journal

State prosecutors are moving forward with case over $102 million San Bernardino deal
By Katie Lucia
Monday, April 7, 2014

Defense lawyers in one of the state’s biggets public corruption cases are celebrating a federal judge’s recent decision that effectively closes the book on all federal activity related to the matter.

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Barack Obama+Jerry Brown

With Gov. Jerry Brown next to him, President Barack Obama discusses California’s drought crisis during a February visit. A new Field Poll found the president continues to be popular with the majority of California voters despite his overall negative image nationwide. (File Photo)

April 08, 2014; 06:01 AM

President Barack Obama’s popularity among California voters remains high even as a majority of Americans disapprove of him, according to a Field Poll released Tuesday.

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

Politics

April 07, 2014; 11:16 AM

Rep. Mark Takano used the recently concluded “How I Met Your Mother” TV show to mock House Republicans.

On April 2, Takano, D-Riverside, took to the U.S. House of Representatives floor to stage a How-I-Met-Your-Mother-style “intervention.” Characters in the long-running CBS sitcom would stage interventions for everything from bad behavior to an ugly hat.

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

Merritt+Ramos

April 07, 2014 11:20 AM
SHANE NEWELL, FOR THE DAILY PRESS

Despite outraising incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos by almost $15,000 in the first 11 weeks of 2014, challenger Grover Merritt still possesses a considerably smaller war chest.

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Posted: 04/07/14, 9:03 PM PDT |

All seven candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff will debate at Loyola Marymount University at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Ahmanson Auditorium in University Hall. The event at the Westchester campus is free and open to the public.

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Carla Marinucci

Posted on Monday, April 7 at 10:17pm | By Carla Marinucci

Republican guru Karl Rove warned a Sacramento crowd Monday that if California Republicans “have to lose to Jerry Brown,” they should at least pick someone who won’t damage their future with Latinos.

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AP: California Senate erases websites of 3 lawmakers

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Apr 7, 8:11 PM EDT
By JUDY LIN
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

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Politico: California Republicans seek new blood

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Republicans are desperate for anything to help their standing in California.

Politico
By BYRON TAU | 4/7/14 5:00 AM EDT

Republicans are hoping that a bitter education fight in California will convince Asian-Americans to give the party another chance.

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