InlandPolitics: The Bill Kristol conservative tantrum

Bill Kristol

Newly-minted Whack-job Bill Kristol, publisher of The Weekly Standard, is one of the last remaining republicans still unhinged over the pending nomination of Donald Trump.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 11:00 p.m.

Hats off to the all-knowing Bill Kristol.

The dead-wood neoconservative is in the midst of a full-blown tantrum over Republican Front-runner Donald Trump’s impending nomination.

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InlandPolitics: SiriusXM suspends Beck for comments

Glenn Beck

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

It was only a matter of time.

Talk Radio Host Glenn Beck has been suspended by SiriusXM Radio for on-air guest comments about Donald Trump that even Beck himself concurred with.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 29, 2016 – 3:05 PM

  • Initiatives must now go on November ballot
  • Top-two primary system also reduces impact
  • Next week’s ballot has just one statewide proposition

Incremental changes in California’s electoral system in recent years have had the effect – intended or inadvertent – of making its June primary elections less decisive.

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InlandPolitics: Memorial Day – 2016

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Monday, May 30, 2016 – 10:45 a.m.

In honor of the men and women who sacrificed to defend this great nation.

Hillary Clinton Logo

By Ryan Hagen, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/29/16 – 6:41 PM PDT |

COLTON >> One of the few California Democrats in Congress who didn’t endorse Hillary Clinton for president earlier this year, Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, threw her support behind the former secretary of state Sunday as she helped open the Inland Empire’s first campaign office.

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The Sentinel

Mark Gutglueck
Posted on May 28, 2016

In recent weeks SEBA, the union representing San Bernardino County’s sheriff’s deputies, has stepped up activity aimed at persuading top county officials to accede to its demands for compensation increases.

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LA County BOS-5 Candidates

Candidates for LA County Supervisor, from top left, Kathryn Barger, Elan Carr, Mitchell Englander, Bob Huff, Raj Kahlon, Billy Malone, Ara Najarian and Darrell Park.

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/27/16 – 6:18 PM PDT |

Political observers are hedging their bets in the high-stakes race to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who is being forced out of his 36-year post due to term limits.

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Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/16 – 11:28 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A defense attorney’s bid to get the San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case dismissed was rescheduled Friday until July 15.

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The Press-Enterprise: RIVERSIDE: City’s deficit looks to grow

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Officials project four years of multi-million dollar deficits, but say with suggested reductions the city would come out ahead by 2017-18.

Published: May 27, 2016
Updated:   May 28, 2016 7:34 a.m.

Riverside faces at least four years of belt-tightening, but proposed across-the-board budget cuts would leave the city with a more than $9 million surplus by 2021.

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

SBCO

Starting Tuesday, May 31, early voting for the June 7 primary will be available at the Ontario Conference Center and at Victorville City Hall.

Published: May 27, 2016 – 1:54 p.m.

With California’s June 7 primary approaching, the San Bernardino County elections office is opening early voting locations Tuesday, May 31 at the Ontario Conference Center, 1947 E. Convention Center Way and Victorville City Hall, 14343 Civic Drive.

To read expanded article by Jeff Horseman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Elections

With the June 7 primary election approaching, the county Republican Party chairman is highly critical of the office, which saw a delay in the mailing of sample ballots.

Published: May 27, 2016- Updated: 7:24 p.m.

It’s been a rough month for the Riverside County Registrar of Voters as the office prepares for California’s June 7 primary.

Late last week, the office, led by Registrar Rebecca Spencer, said a “large group” of missing sample ballot books were recovered from the warehouse of a longtime vendor who missed a contractual mailing deadline. The registrar summoned police to help remove the sample ballots, according to a news release.

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

InlandPolitics: Donald Trump continues march to the Presidency

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stands for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview at his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. According to Trump, Janet Yellen's decision to delay hiking interest rates is motivated by politics. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Capton *** Donald Trump

Friday, May 27, 2016 – 08:00 a.m.

Billionaire GOP Presumptive Nominee Donald Trump is storming his way to the nominating convention.

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Courts

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/26/16 – 3:29 PM PDT |

Another motion seeking dismissal of San Bernardino County’s Colonies public corruption case will be heard Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court, this time on grounds prosecutors with the state Attorney General’s Office did not save e-mails a defense attorney maintains were evidence.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County Deputies pay situation a tragedy

Sheriff

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies have fallen into the ranks of some of the lowest compensated in Southern California.

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Court Filings

Thursday, May 26, 2016 – 02:00 p.m.

Will the third time be the charm for Robb Quincey?

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Amazon

Published: May 25, 2016 – Updated: 5:21 p.m.

Amazon announced today it will open a fulfillment center in Eastvale.

The online retail giant has fullfilment centers in Moreno Valley, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino. It also has a sortation center in San Bernardino.

To read article by Fielding Buck in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Randon Lane

Published: May 26, 2016 – 12:09 p.m.

The Riverside Sheriffs’ Association has not endorsed anyone in the race for the Third District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. But it’s pretty clear who they don’t like.

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

Oops!

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 25, 2016 4:34 PM

  • State had anticipated more than $500 million from sale of allowances
  • The state will see just $10 million from latest auction
  • Shortfall could affect ambitious spending plans, including high-speed rail

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature got some bad news Wednesday about plans to spend more than $3 billion in proceeds from the state’s “cap-and-trade” auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances.

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Red Flag

By Jeff McDonald | May 25, 2016 – 9 p.m.

  • CPUC worked with utility on legal strategy during San Onofre investigation

Even as it was preparing to review a $4.7 billion deal settling costs for the failed San Onofre nuclear plant, the California Public Utilities Commission was working behind the scenes to draft and send subpoenas on behalf of plant owner Southern California Edison.

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Los Angeles Times

A large shareholder of L.A. Times owner Tribune Publishing has questioned the company’s decision to turn down a buyout offer from Gannett and sell millions of new shares to billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.

James Rufus Koren
May 26, 2016

Another major Tribune Publishing investor is crying foul over the company’s rejection of Gannett’s buyout offer — even as two more advisory firms weighed in to give the board cover against a possible shareholder lawsuit.

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Prime Healthcare

Paul Sisson
May 26, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistle-blower case against Prime Healthcare Services, adding significant weight to allegations of widespread Medicare overbilling at 14 of the company’s hospitals in California.

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Bloomberg: Clinton E-Mail Use Violated Rules, Inspector General Finds

Hillary Clinton

Bloomberg Politics

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@HouseInSession
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Ben Brody
@BenBrodyDC
Published: May 25, 2016 — 7:51 AM PDT
Updated:   May 25, 2016 — 9:39 AM PDT

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state violated State Department rules, the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report that will hand Republicans an additional line of attack as the general election campaign gets under way.

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Riverside County Seal

The proposal suggests giving the county authority to divide the property.

Published: May 24, 2016
Updated: May 25, 2016 8:21 a.m.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion Tuesday, May 24, to pursue largely dissolving the March Joint Powers Authority, the agency that oversees land around March Air Reserve Base that once was part of the larger March Air Force Base.

To read article by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Lolita Harper

Lolita Harper, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, the labor union representing county sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators, speaks during a rally Tuesday outside the San Bernardino County Government Center pushing for higher pay for sheriff’s deputies. SEBA has been in labor negotiations with the county for more than a year. (Photo by Joe Nelson)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/24/16 – 11:30 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Dozens of San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies rallied outside the County Government Center on Tuesday, pushing for higher pay after more than a year of stalled contract negotiations.

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City-of-Highland

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/24/16 – 6:23 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The city has achieved much in the past year, Mayor Larry McCallon said at the State of the Community address on Tuesday, but fiscal uncertainties mean there are still some challenges ahead.

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Daily Bulletin: Bernie Sanders visits San Bernardino

Campaigns

By Alicia Robinson, The Press-Enterprise,
Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
and Stephen Wall, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/24/16 – 3:33 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his campaign of unity and diversity to a crowd of more than 5,200 supporters Tuesday at the National Orange Show Events Center.

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Politico

By Carla Marinucci |
May. 24, 2016 – 7:47 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — With his endorsement of California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate race on Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown will likely fuel the growing buzz in Sacramento about a “musical chairs” scenario: will Brown consider appointing his wife and chief counsel, Anne B. Gust, to fill Harris’ shoes?

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California State University

Rosanna Xia
May 24, 2016

The Cal State Board of Trustees approved a plan Tuesday to raise faculty salaries by 10.5% over three years, capping a long-running dispute over pay that threatened to wreak havoc on the nation’s largest public university system.

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Riverside County Seal

A proposal would begin the process of eliminating much of the agency’s authority.

Published: May 23, 2016 – Updated: 9:44 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors Marion Ashley and Kevin Jeffries are sponsoring a measure asking the Board of Supervisors to take the first steps in restructuring the March Joint Powers Authority, eliminating much of its jurisdiction.

To read article by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin talks about the Beaumont investigation during an interview with The Press-Enterprise in his office in Riverside on Monday. (Stan Lim — Staff Photographer)

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/23/16 – 11:28 PM PDT |

After laying out documents from hundreds of boxes seized from Beaumont City Hall and other locations during raids in April 2015, members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit began the task of poring over the papers, looking for evidence of corruption.

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Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gets a round of applause during a rally at Lincoln Park in East Los Angeles. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Cathleen Decker
May 23, 2016

California, the state with a well-earned reputation for disinterest in things political, has been overrun by a vast and historic burst of new voters.

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Patrick Soon-Shiong

Patrick Soon-Shiong (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

James Rufus Koren
May 23, 2016

In the battle for control of Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Publishing, two health tech investors look to be the likely winners, while a massive newspaper company may walk away empty-handed.

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Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members at the union’s 2016 International Convention, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio – AP Photo)

National Politics
By Will Lester – Associated Press
May 23, 2016 5:29 PM

  • Sanders ‘Disturbed’ Clinton Won’t Debate

WASHINGTON —

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton on Monday declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state’s June 7 primary.

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U.S.-District-Court

By Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum)
Washington Examiner
05/19/16 – 5:22 PM

A federal judge has ordered annual ethics classes for Justice Department attorneys as a punishment for being “intentionally deceptive” during litigation over President Obama’s executive immigration orders.

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Loma Linda Seal

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 05/21/16 – 5:55 PM PDT |

LOMA LINDA >> At a time of heightened political interest nationwide, the city of Loma Linda is an apparent outlier. For the third time in six years, the City Council has scrapped the municipal election.

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The much-anticipated Newport Beach Civic Center has its grand opening to the public this Saturday. Event will include tours and open house. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: nb.cityhallpreview.0503 - 5/2/13 - PHOTO BY JOSHUA SUDOCK, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER -- Picture made at Newport Beach City Hall in Newport Beach Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The heaviest loads in Orange County are in older cities, such as Newport Beach, that have had their own in-house police and fire departments for decades. Public safety workers usually get the most expensive pensions. (Joshua Sudock – File Photo)

By Teri Sforza / Staff Columnist
tsforza@ocregister.com
May 23, 2016 – Updated: 6:36 a.m.

So if you don’t live in Irwindale, rejoice: There, even when you look at it through rose-colored glasses, public pension liabilities equal $32,447 for each and every household in the city.

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Pensions

By Ed Mendel
May 23, 2016

Annual rates paid by employers to CalPERS and CalSTRS are going up, pension funding levels haven’t recovered from a big drop during the recession, and Gov. Brown’s pension reform put a lid on pension increases.

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Daily Bulletin: Election 2016: Bill Clinton on campaign trail in Pomona

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton spoke in support of his wife, Hillary, Saturday before approximately 300 people at Ganesha High School in Pomona. The rally was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/21/16 – 8:48 PM PDT |

POMONA >> The 42nd President of the United States was on the campaign trail Saturday, hoping to help his wife become the 45th.

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Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves as he walks onto the stage during a rally May 17 in Carson. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/21/16 – 6:57 PM PDT |

The Inland Empire will be the center of the political universe Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both holding separate public rallies.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 21, 2016 – 1:59 PM

  • Governor reveals concerns about how he will leave
  • Budget looms as the greatest threat to his legacy
  • He shuns tax reform, pins hopes on a small reserve

Obliquely and perhaps unwittingly, Jerry Brown has acknowledged that as his remarkable political career nears an end, he’s concerned with how history will remember him.

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood’s Pension Fairy Tale Continues

Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has developed a new penchant for deceiving voters.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 01:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 23, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

Hats off to San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood for doubling-down on his fantasy pension crack down spin.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton will visit the UC Riverside campus on Tuesday, May 24, according to her official campaign website.

Published: May 20, 2016
Updated:   May 21, 2016 12:05 p.m.

UPDATE (Saturday, May 21): Members of the public can now RSVP for the event.

The Inland Empire is getting its first visit from a 2016 presidential candidate and members of the public will have a chance to attend.

Hillary Clinton will visit the UC Riverside campus on Tuesday, May 24, according to a campaign press release Saturday, May 21. The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination will attend “an organizing event” at the Johnson Family Practice Center, the release read.

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

Beaumont

By Richard K. De Atley, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 05/20/16 – 9:02 PM PDT |

With $122.5 million in possible fines and restitution in the Beaumont corruption case, prosecutors are trying to secure the homes and bank accounts of some defendants — former top city officials charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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Ballot Measures

John Myers
May 20, 2016 – 10:56 A.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown, still awaiting word on the legality of his plan to revamp the state’s parole laws, nonetheless submitted petition signatures on Friday to earn the measure a spot on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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Up Arrow

Job growth picks up in April.

Natalie Kitroeff
May 20, 2016

California employers picked up hiring in April, adding 59,600 jobs during the month, according to state data released Friday.

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The Sun: Colonies defense attorney alleges prosecutors destroyed evidence

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/19/16 – 5:07 PM PDT |

To read filing, click the following link:
Motion to Dismiss – Destruction of Evidence by Attorney General

A defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case has filed a motion in Superior Court seeking dismissal of the case on grounds that prosecutors destroyed evidence.

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Pay Cut

The Associated Press
May 19, 2016 – Updated 5:12 p.m.

SACRAMENTO – The California Transportation Commission has adopted more than $754 million in cuts to planned highway, transit and other projects because of falling tax revenues tied to gas prices.

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California Voter Registration Form

John Myers
May 19, 2016

A new analysis finds nearly 32,000 voters in California’s American Independent Party changed their official registration and left the party in the two weeks after a Los Angeles Times investigation identified widespread confusion among the party’s members.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 3:19 PM

  • Those who don’t follow popular opinions face harassment
  • Rush to enact new gun laws shows trend
  • Another bill would punish free speech

Those who, by word and deed, are out of sync with California’s deeply blue political ethos risk social ostracism.

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Death Chamber

By Bob Egelko
May 19, 2016 Updated: May 19, 2016 5:38pm

Death-penalty supporters submitted signatures on a ballot measure Thursday aimed at speeding up executions in California, setting the stage for voters to decide in November whether to retain and overhaul the state’s death penalty or abolish it.

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Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
tluna@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 11:59 AM

  • The former legislator admitted his part in a campaign finance scheme
  • The Fair Political Practices Commission lowered Strickland’s fine to $40,000
  • Strickland currently serves as the California chairman of the Committee for American Sovereignty, a new pro-Trump super PAC

Former Republican lawmaker Tony Strickland will pay a $40,000 fine under a settlement with campaign finance regulators approved Thursday, with the former lawmaker admitting that he arranged for supporters to bypass voter-approved contribution limits during his 2010 race for state controller.

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Inland Regional Center

Flowers and American flags honoring the victims of the San Bernardino attack a few days after the assault are placed outside the Inland Regional Center where the fatal shooting took place. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

Patrick McGreevy
May 19, 2016

The state Senate on Thursday approved sweeping new restrictions on using guns in California in response to the December mass shooting by two terrorists that left 14 dead in San Bernardino.

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Sad Emoticon

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
May 19, 2016 – 4:00 PM

  • Organizer of anti-Trump effort in California laments Trump’s success
  • Of “Stop Trump” movement, Rob Stutzman says, “It’s not really ‘stop’ anymore. It’s just ‘never.’”
  • California votes on June 7

On a panel next to emissaries from the Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns on Thursday sat Rob Stutzman, the Republican political consultant who had been organizing a “Stop Trump” movement in California.

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InlandPolitics: Lovingood’s Pension Fantasy Land Tale

Dunce

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 08:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is living in a fantasy land.

That’s at least when it comes to the county’s pension fund.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016
Updated: May 19, 2016 6:46 a.m.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged seven former officials with the city of Beaumont with 94 felonies and misappropriation of $43 million in taxpayer funds.

Public records show how Beaumont city officials tapped into millions in bond money.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Child Abuse

Gabriel Fernandez was killed after breakdowns by Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. (Family handout)

Garrett Therolf
May 18, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state’s landmark law requiring child protective services agencies to release records when a youth dies of abuse or neglect. A vote is expected within the next week.

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High-Speed Rail

The supports for a 1,600-foot viaduct to carry high-speed rail trains across the Fresno River are seen under construction near Madera in February. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Ralph Vartabedian
May 18, 2016

The Obama administration threw the California bullet train project another lifeline Wednesday, extending the schedule by four years for construction of 118 miles of rail through the Central Valley, according to congressional officials.

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Power Lines

The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s electric grid, said Tuesday the summer electric supply should meet demand for most of the state but Southern California might lack needed natural gas. (Henry A. Barrios / Associated Press)

Ivan Penn
May 18, 2016

The manager of the state’s electric grid expects current power supplies to meet summer needs for keeping the lights and air conditioning running, except in Southern California, where power plants might lack the needed natural gas.

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Capitol Weekly: Politico sets sights on Sacramento

Politico

By John Howard
Posted 05.18.2016

Politico, a Washington, D.C.-based news outlet, plans to expand its California presence by adding 34 full-time employees by the end of next year and an additional seven by 2020, according to state business officials.

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Beaumont

Published: May 18, 2016 – Updated: 6:22 a.m.

In April 2015, anti-corruption investigators from the FBI and the Riverside County District Attorney’s office raided Beaumont City Hall and other locations.

The investigation led to seven former city officials facing charges of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, conspiracy and conflict of interest, which Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced in a press conference on Tuesday, May 17.

To read Staff Reports in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

San Onofre

Reopening San Onofre nuclear settlement a ‘credit negative’

By Rob Nikolewski |
May 17, 2016 – 2:35 p.m.

It’s not a ratings downgrade, but Moody’s Investor Service on Tuesday called reopening the financial details of the San Onofre nuclear plant shutdown a “credit negative” for the plant’s operator, Southern California Edison.

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Debt

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 17, 2016 – 12:03 PM

  • Pew Charitable Trusts pegged state’s debt at $344.7 billion
  • Most of the debt was for future state employee pensions
  • Unfunded health care and bonds made up the remainder

As a proportion of personal income, California had the nation’s 11th highest long-term state debt in 2013, a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council approves new charter, on one condition

San Bernardino Seal

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 05/16/16 – 11:07 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The City Council on Monday voted 5-2 to approve a new city charter on condition it include a provision that the city have its own police department.

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Los Angeles County BOS-5 Debate

Candidates for the Los Angeles County 5th Supervisorial District seat prepare to debate at the Community Church in Pasadena in April. From left are Kathryn Barger, Elan Carr, Mitchell Englander, Bob Huff, Ara Najarian and Darrell Park. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
MAy 16, 2016

Unions representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters have pumped at least $800,000 into an independent expenditure committee supporting Kathryn Barger, chief of staff to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, in her bid to replace him.

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Taxes

California Elections
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 16, 2016 – 1:36 PM

  • 90 tax measures, 57 bond issues on June primary ballot
  • School bonds would total $6.2 billion if passed

California voters will face just one statewide measure on the June primary ballot, but they will pass judgment on at least 165 local government proposals, according to a compilation by government finance tracker Michael Coleman.

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Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times is owned by Tribune Publishing. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Robert Channick
May 16, 2016

Gannett boosted its all-cash offer to acquire Tribune Publishing to $15 per share, raising the stakes after the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers earlier this month rejected an unsolicited $12.25-a-share bid.

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Tim Donnelly

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly goes over strategy of campaigning door to door on April 23. Donnelly is now running for Congress. (Photo by Sarah Alvarado)

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/15/16 – 7:34 PM PDT |

HESPERIA >> On a recent Saturday morning, former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly rallied the troops — in this case, seven volunteers — just off the 15 Freeway.

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Campaigns

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/15/16 – 11:45 AM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> In a three-car garage, about a dozen people drank wine and ate cheese and crackers — and waited.

Finally, a smiling Paul Chabot hurried up, yard signs advertising his congressional campaign tucked under one arm. His wife, and three of his four children (the fourth was at gymnastics practice) had arrived a few minutes before. They munched on snacks while they watched their father, who’s been running for the 31st Congressional District seat much of their lives, addressed the dozen or so residents gathered there, many of whom had worked to help defeat a proposed citywide tax in 2015.

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Vote

John Myers
May 15, 2016

California voters this fall will likely wade through the longest list of state propositions since Bill Clinton was president, a sizable batch of proposed laws that is likely to spark a record amount of campaign spending.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 15, 2016 – 6:00 PM

  • Developers push $9 billion bond issue despite governor’s criticism
  • Contractors seek to keep payments for illegal contracts
  • Schools, county treasurers joust over control of bond funds

The seemingly mundane matter of issuing bonds to build and fix schools has suddenly morphed into a bubbling stew of highly contentious politics.

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Virgin America

A Virgin America plane taxis past an Alaska Airlines plane waiting at a gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Hugo Martin
May 15, 2016

Executives at Southwest Airlines like to joke that they run a California airline, based in Texas.

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Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state visits key states in her quest to become the Democratic nominee for president.

By Anne Gearan and Dan Balz
May 15, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Hillary Clinton’s declining personal image, ongoing battle to break free of the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders and struggle to adapt to an anti-establishment mood among voters this year have become caution signs for her campaign and the focus of new efforts to fortify her position as she prepares for a bruising general election.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff’s promotional process stirs discord, again

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.

I routinely get myriad emails over issues in San Bernardino County, the local government’s operations in general

The latest one, arriving Friday evening, caught my attention and is deserving of short commentary.

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Donald Trump

Across the country, state party leaders are pushing activists to get in line.

Party leaders this weekend encouraged, coaxed and even browbeat their rank-and-file into a message of unity behind Donald Trump. | AP Photo

Politico

By Kyle Cheney
05/14/16 – 10:56 PM EDT

Republican activists chose party unity over “never Trump” resistance Saturday, with party leaders in one state after another pressuring their members fall in line behind the presumptive nominee — and even punishing those who refused.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 14, 2016 – 1:54 PM

  • State’s economic recovery is beginning to cool off
  • Governor cuts revenue estimate in revised budget
  • ‘Very resolute’ attitude means conflict with liberals

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget on Friday the 13th, which implies that he’s not superstitious.

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Kamala Harris

At this past week’s Senate debate, Kamala Harris said of the utilities commission, “We are concerned about what’s going on there, that’s why there’s an active criminal investigation. And the bottom line is this: We are going to go where the facts lead us.” — (Hayne Palmour IV)

By Jeff McDonald |
May 14, 2016 – 8 a.m.

  • Reports of missed deadlines are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ Harris says

Eighteen months ago, when the Attorney General’s Office served a search warrant on the California Public Utilities Commission headquarters in San Francisco, agents carted away computers, files and other materials by the armful.

It was more than a raid. It was a dramatic message to utility regulators: Attorney General Kamala Harris was serious about investigating government corruption.

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InlandPolitics: Yet another alleged Sheriff’s incident

San Bernardino County Sheriff

Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 09:45 a.m.

The incident-free quiet period within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department didn’t last long.

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Mike Hestrin

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin.

Published: May 13, 2016 – 4:01 p.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said Friday, May 13 that he has returned all campaign contributions from a donor whose chain of auto repair businesses was fined six figures after state officials said customers paid for faulty and unneeded work.

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

Kevin Jeffries

Incumbent Kevin Jeffries faces Britt Holmstrom and Debbie Walsh for the First District seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Published: May 13, 2016
Updated: May 14, 2016 8:45 a.m.

It’s not uncommon for Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries to be on the losing end of a 4-1 vote.

But the former Republican state assemblyman hopes to be on the winning end of the June 7 primary and retain his First District seat on the Board of Supervisors. His opponents are two Mead Valley women, activist Britt Holmstrom and Debbie Walsh, who served as an aide to Jeffries’ predecessor.

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

waterdrop

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/12/16 – 5:30 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and East Valley Water District announced Thursday a joint $2.65 million purchase of 14 acres of land in Highland that will serve as the location of a wastewater treatment plant that will put back millions of gallons of purified water daily into the local groundwater supply.

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Loretta Sanchez+Kamala Harris

U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez left. California Attorney General Kamala Harris right.

By Joe Garofoli
May 13, 2016
Updated: May 13, 2016 – 2:57pm

California’s U.S. Senate race has been overshadowed by the high-profile presidential campaign but that might change a bit Friday when Democrats Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez launched TV commercials.

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Veto

Patrick McGreevy
May 13, 2016 – 1:24 P.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the disclosure of lobbying activities to include those who seek to influence state officials on government procurement decisions. He said it is not necessary.

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Calculator

May. 13, 2016 – 6:54 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $122.2 billion general fund spending plan Friday that sets the stage for a months-long debate with the Legislature over budget priorities.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers in Brown’s plan:

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Elections

Riverside County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer said about 376,000 sample ballots remain to be mailed to voters.

Published: May 10, 2016
Updated: May 11, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Riverside County elections officials will delay sending out vote-by-mail ballots that were supposed to hit mailboxes starting Monday, May 9, because thousands of voters have not received sample ballots for the June 7 election.

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

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

By David Montero, San Bernardino County Sun
Posted: 05/12/16 – 9:47 PM PDT |

California is about to take on the role of general election ATM for Donald Trump.

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