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IE Business Daily

March 28, 2015

The City of San Bernardino is in a real bind regarding its bankruptcy proceedings. San Bernardino has a drop dead date to submit its bankruptcy plan by May 30. Management Partners, the organization brought on board to put that plan together has stated that due to staff failures they are likely to miss Judge Jury’s hard deadline, which will require a request to continue the proceedings, again. Reminder: The city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in August, 2012.

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Orange County Seal

By Emily Foxhall, Doug Smith and Anh Do
March 27, 2015

On paper, the race for Orange County supervisor seemed to be Lou Correa’s to win.

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Orange County Population Growth Chart

By Keegan Kyle / Staff Writer
March 27, 2015 – Updated 9:47 p.m.

Orange County’s population growth is little more than a trickle these days, according to figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Blue Shield

By Chad Terhune
March 27, 2015

With billions of dollars in reserve, nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California is facing new pressure to offer better prices for its policies.

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Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during the 2015 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting award in Washington

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Politics | Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:53pm EDT

Washington —

(Reuters) – The Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said on Friday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel’s subpoena for documents in the case.

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Washinton Post: The GOP racing form: First edition

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Opinion
By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
March 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ed Hoffman joins Lou to discuss risk versus reward. What are we willing to take risks for? Also, who has the better scar story, Lou or Ed?

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InlandPolitics: Price tag for newspapers dwindles

The Sun

inland valley daily bulletin

Redlands Daily Facts

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

The price tag for Digital First Media (DFM) is shrinking.

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InlandPolitics: Harry Reid calls it quits

Harry Reid

Friday, March 27, 2015 – 08:30 a.m.

Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has announced he will not run for reelection in 2016.

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Adrienna Wong - ACLU

Adrienna Wong, a staff attorney with the ACLU, has filed a lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff´s Department on Thursday, seeking more information regarding the alleged mistreatment of inmates at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza/The Sun)

By Doug Saunders and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 03/26/15, 1:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> The ACLU sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Thursday, seeking a judge’s order to produce records on its Taser gun policies and practices, in light of controversy over how deputies are using the devices.

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Daily Press: ACLU sues over Taser records

Sheriff

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT: Watchdog group demands more documents to evaluate if concerns spurred change.

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Mar. 26, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 6:48 PM

SAN BERNARDINO — The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department held back requested documents related to its policies and practices on Taser use, impairing the ACLU’s ability to properly evaluate whether the department has taken a 2012 Grand Jury’s concerns seriously.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC set to spend $5.2M on defense lawyers

CPUC

The agency is facing three criminal probes.

By Jeff McDonald
March 26, 2015 – 6:26 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has arranged to spend as much as $5.2 million on criminal-defense lawyers to respond to ongoing state and federal investigations.

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San Bernardino Seal

Reuters

LOS ANGELES | By Tim Reid
Thu Mar 26, 2015 – 6:28pm EDT

(Reuters) – The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino revealed on Thursday details of its deal with the state’s public pension system Calpers, in which the retirement fund will be paid in full under the city’s bankruptcy exit plan.

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GOP

By Jonathan Weisman
March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to discuss Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion yesterday. Moore spent a decade in the military. Hear what he has to say about the matter.

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Riverside County Regional Medical Center

It’s the same facility, but area officials hope that calling it Riverside University Medical Center will attract more business.

Published: March 25, 2015 – Updated: 10:28 p.m.

Those who avoided Riverside County Regional Medical Center can now seek treatment at Riverside University Medical Center.

Just a couple of things worth noting, though.

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

Scales of Justice

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/25/15, 8:39 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Attorneys for Ontario on Wednesday filed a motion asking a Riverside Superior Court judge to reject Los Angeles’ latest legal move aimed at getting the Ontario airport suit dismissed.

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U-T San Diego: CPUC boss had backchannel dealings

CPUC

CPUC President Michael Picker had regular communications with political insider who has Edison contract

By Jeff McDonald
March 25, 2015 – 7:54 p.m.

California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker has had regular backchannel communications with a consultant and political insider who has a West Los Angeles power deal pending before the commission.

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Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, shown last week in Atlanta, will be in California next week for fundraising stops in Newport Beach, Bel-Air and San Francisco. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

By Alice Walton
March 25, 2015

A Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won California since 1988 but that doesn’t stop GOP candidates from visiting the Golden State. That’s because it’s home to so many wealthy donors. (Remember the stat that California has more billionaires than any other state — and almost any other country?)

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David Hawkings

By David Hawkings
Posted at 5 a.m. March 26

Senators readying their patience, their reading material and even their bladders for the annual ritual known as the “vote-a-rama” may rightfully be getting ready to ask, “Will it be worth it?”

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 05;00 P.M.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou’s favorite liberal Georgine Trujillo is on the show to talk about the Middle East. After that the two will talk about automatic voter registration in California. Is it a good idea? Then they talk about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s comments on Sen. Ted Cruz. What kind of leadership is the Republican Party looking for?

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino rough and tumble continues

Rough and Tumble

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

There’s no disputing that San Bernardino County politics functions like no other.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Published: March 24, 2015 – 1:54 p.m.

Riverside County supervisors voted Tuesday, March 24 not to renew a contract with a Sacramento lobbying firm, but to employ another lobbyist through the summer.

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

The Press-Enterprise: HEMET: City manager Wally Hill fired

Wally Hill

Wally Hill, right, as seen in 2013, has been terminated as Hemet’s city manager. Police Chief Dave Brown, left, has been named acting city manager until an interim manager can be named.

Published: March 24, 2015 – 10:32 p.m.

Hemet City Manager Wally Hill was terminated by the City Council on Tuesday night.

To read story by Craig Shultz in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

AeroMexico

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/25/15, 7:42 AM PDT |

ONTARIO >>For the first time in 15 years, international travelers can book a flight from L.A./Ontario International Airport to Mexico City.

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Gas Prices

By Judy Lin, Associated Press
Posted: 03/24/15 – 3:52 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California’s gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 8:44 PM

As its 24.6 million licensed drivers know all too well, California gas prices have been going up and down like a supercharged yo-yo in recent months.

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Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 – 4:08 PM

Every eligible Californian would be automatically registered to vote under legislation Secretary of State Alex Padilla is exploring.

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Lou Desmond

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Ralph Rossum, constitutional scholar and professor, to discuss voter ID laws in Wisconsin, joins Lou. After that, the two discuss freedom of speech and the Confederate flag.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Two Riverside County contracts with Sacramento firms should not be renewed, according to county analysis.

Published: March 23, 2015 – 5:03 p.m.

Riverside County should reduce its lobbying team but still needs some outside help in the high-stakes competition for state and federal dollars, according to a review of the county’s lobbying efforts.

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

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/24/2015 – 8:14 AM

Gov. Pat Brown, when asked a half-century ago when he would declare his intention to run for re-election, famously replied “when the snow flies in the Sierra.”

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Reuters

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 – 5:57pm EDT

(Reuters) – The holdout creditor in Stockton, California’s bankruptcy case filed its opening brief in an appeal of the city’s reorganization plan on Monday, claiming “no bondholder has ever received so little in the history of municipal bankruptcy.”

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NFL

By Sam Farmer
March 23, 2015

Even though no teams have announced plans to relocate, and there have been no formal stadium presentations, several influential NFL owners believe a Los Angeles solution is within reach.

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Lou Desmond

Monday, March 23, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lt. Rich Lawhead, public information officer for the City of San Bernardino Police Department, joins Lou to discuss the disappearance of Sahray Barber. Hundreds of hours went into locating her. Were police intentionally mislead about her condition and whereabouts?

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The Sun: San Bernardino PR contract shot down

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/22/15, 7:11 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO >> In a bankrupt city with no shortage of causes of criticism, multiple reasons to say “no” can often overwhelm a single leader or group trying to accomplish something they consider necessary.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/22/15, 8:45 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Councilman Gino Filippi wants to know why a report about medical marijuana dispensaries failed to consider options to regulate them or present a recommendation more favorable toward the city.

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Adelanto Logo

By BROOKE SELF
STAFF WRITER
Posted Mar. 22, 2015 at 3:50 PM

ADELANTO — About 40 former Adelanto employees and a few City Council members are named on a list of those who were grandfathered into a city policy granting free health care benefits for life, with an additional 26 former employees who stand to qualify but have not yet sought reimbursement, according to city records.

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Tim Donnelly

Donnelly

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
03/22/2015 – 6:36 PM

Tim Donnelly, the former assemblyman and tea party stalwart who ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, is turning to talk radio.

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Calpensions: LAO: consider phasing out retiree health care

LAO

By Ed Mendel
Monday, March 23, 2015

Gov. Brown’s plan to curb the long-ignored debt for state worker retiree health care, now much larger than their unfunded pension debt, may look familiar. It’s similar to the standard state and local government pension reform.

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Overtime Pay

By Judy Lin, The Associated Press
Posted: 03/22/15, 2:06 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> Overtime for California’s state workers rose 20 percent last year and topped $1 billion even though there are 20,000 fewer employees than in pre-recession 2008, the last time the state paid out so much, according to new payroll data.

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California State University

By Josh Dulaney, LA Daily News
Posted: 03/22/15, 5:13 PM PDT |

LONG BEACH >> From hospitality management to cybersecurity, campuses across the Cal State University system are planning to implement new degree programs over the course of the next decade. Trustees for the 23-campus system this week are expected to approve 29 projected degree programs when they modify the CSU Academic Master Plan, amid several discussions and decisions planned for their regularly scheduled session at the Chancellor’s Office.

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New York Post: Israel: Beware of Obama

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US President Barack Obama listens to a question during a town hall meeting at Nashua High School North February 2, 2010 in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By Michael Goodwin
March 22, 2015 | 12:23am

First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

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Kevin McCarthy

Photo by John Shinkle (Politico)

Politico

By Katie Glueck
3/22/15 – 11:47 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday defended a move by House Republicans to urge Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server to an independent third party for investigation.

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Politico Magazine: Jeb’s Talk Radio Problem

Jeb Bush

Forget Meerkat and Snapchat. For the GOP front-runner, the medium that matters was invented in 1895. Lead image by Illustration by POLITICO / Getty Image.

Politico

By Michael Kruse
March 22, 2015

“He’s not a conservative.” That’s Rush Limbaugh talking about Jeb Bush. “The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush. Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.” That, too.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino risks bankruptcy dismissal

San Bernardino Seal

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Just as bankrupt San Bernardino, California is starting to get its act together, comes another possible step backwards.

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Gas Price Watch

Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

California motorists continue to get screwed. Even as Crude Oil prices continue to slide.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015 – 09:45 a.m.

A San Bernardino County resident who wanted to film an officially agendized public meeting received an interesting response.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/22/2015 12:01 AM

California’s prolonged drought drew a bit of official attention last week.

The state Water Resources Control Board tightened, ever so slightly, water conservation rules on local water agencies and users.

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Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
March 21, 2015

The Gallup organization recently recorded another dreary milestone in American politics. For the first time since the polling organization began tracking public impressions of the Republican and Democratic parties back in 1992, neither party has a favorability rating above 40 percent.

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Daily Bulletin: Inland Empire malls see growth as economy improves

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/20/15 – 8:32 PM PDT |

From west to east, as the economy improves, Inland Empire malls and shopping centers are gradually seeing a bit of a resurgence, with once empty spaces being filled, more construction and customers a little more willing to dish out some cash and some credit.

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California Department of Justice

By REX DALTON
March 20, 2015 at 5:41 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office announced today it will conduct “an independent investigation” of alleged misconduct by Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukas’ office in the prosecution of mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai.

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Tony Rackauckas

O.C. Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas’ office has been removed from the Seal Beach murder case. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

By Christopher Goffard
March 20, 2015

For 3 1/2 years, Paul Wilson has waited for his wife’s killer to face trial, a wait protracted by lengthy evidentiary hearings probing the mishandling of the case by authorities.

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democrat_donkey

By Michael Finnegan and Noah Bierman
March 20, 2015

After 14 years in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff of Burbank is finally getting the kind of coverage that ambitious politicians crave: CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, MSNBC and NPR have all come calling in recent weeks.

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unemployment down

California unemployment rate falls to 6.7% in February

By Tiffany Hsu
March 20, 2015

California’s labor market continued to gain strength in February as employers in the state added 29,400 workers.

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Lou Desmond

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Ed Hoffman, president of Wholesale Capital Corporation, to discuss local news and financial news. First, missing San Bernardino Woman Sahray Barber is found safe near Los Angeles. She says she didn’t realize people were looking for her until she watched TV news last night.

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Government Reform

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/19/15 – 7:06 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A proposed realignment of elected officials’ responsibilities and authority will be presented to the City Council for agreement April 6 as the first concrete suggestion from the group that met Wednesday and Thursday to help the city form a longterm strategic plan.

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John Moorlach

State Sen.-elect John Moorlach, the former county supervisor, took 50.3 percent of the vote, winning the majority needed to avoid a runoff in the four-person race. He had 4,600 more votes than Assemblyman Don Wagner, who had 44.1 percent. (File: Mindy Schauer – Staff Photographer)

By MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
March 19, 2015 – Updated 9:29 p.m.

John Moorlach’s successful bid to fill Orange County’s vacant state Senate seat became a mathematical certainty Thursday evening, with all ballots on hand tallied by election workers and only a smattering of late mail ballots expected to arrive today.

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Money

California is set to host a big-money contest over union pensions.(KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

National Journal

State labor unions say they’ll spend whatever it takes to defeat a ballot measure on government pensions.

By Jack Fitzpatrick
March 19, 2015

Last week, pension-reform advocates in California announced plans to again push a 2016 ballot measure that would pave the way for cuts to public employees’ pension plans. The move sets the stage for a clash between organized labor and fiscal conservatives whose price tag could rival even the most expensive of Senate races.

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Hillary Clinton

A spokeswoman said protocol wasn’t followed on disclosure. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

By Rosalind S. Helderman
March 19, 2015 at 5:11 PM

The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation failed to disclose contributors who donated to its health access program for several years while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state, a violation of the foundation’s ethics agreement with the Obama administration, a foundation official told Reuters this week.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Hicks
March 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

A correction to the House Republican budget released this week could mean far deeper cuts for federal employees than the original document suggested, further alarming government workers and their unions already upset about hits they have taken in recent years.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by his favorite liberal, Georgine Trujillo. They talk about Janet Napolitano’s comments in regard to student protestors.

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Death by 1,000 Cuts

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

The union representing the largest block of San Bernardino County employees is dying a death by a thousand cuts.

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Kevin Jeffries

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries

Published: March 18, 2015 – Updated: 5:21 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries is the target of a recall campaign that accuses him of “bullying tactics” and abusing his power.

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

The Sun: Auditor: San Bernardino unlikely to meet deadline

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15 – 6:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The city’s auditor revealed for the first time late Monday that it might be impossible to finish auditing the city’s financial statements in time for them to be used in a bankruptcy exit plan due May 30, potentially opening the city to crippling attacks by creditors.

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gavel

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 03/17/15, 2:59 PM PDT

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge in San Bernardino’s bankruptcy case ruled Tuesday that the city can reject its bargaining agreement with the city’s police union.

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Ontario

More than 800 people attended the business leadership conference, “Made in Ontario,” on March 18, 2015 at the Ontario Convention Center.

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/18/15 – 12:01 AM PDT

ONTARIO >> The spotlight glistened off of Paul Dateh’s violin as he played pop songs, and with a whoosh the black curtain behind him was sucked into a vacuum and suspended from the ceiling, revealing the main stage at 2015 State of the City, illuminated by purple and blue lights.

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John Pomierski

Pomierski

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/17/15, 8:07 PM PDT

UPLAND >> Less than a year after being released from federal prison for bribery charges, former Mayor John Pomierski finds himself in the spotlight again.

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Jon Ortiz

The State Worker
Jon Ortiz chronicles civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
03/18/2015 – 4:27 PM

Unions lined up Wednesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to offer high-deductible medical coverage to state employees, suggesting it could hurt workers’ health instead of improving it.

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Capital Public Radio

Ben Adler
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

California employers would be required to pay their employees double for working on Thanksgiving or Christmas under a bill advancing at the state Capitol. The measure passed its
first committee vote Wednesday.

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The Atlantic: Why Is Al Gore Warming Up?

The Atlantic

Six potential culprits for the former vice president’s sudden reappearance as a rumored presidential candidate

David A. Graham
Mar 18 2015 – 7:00 AM ET

Al Gore, just like the planet, is getting hotter by the hour these days.

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 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton speaks after being inducted into the Irish American Hall of Fame in New York, on March 16, 2015. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

By Anne Gearan and Robert Costa
March 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton is already running her presidential campaign — against the Republican Congress. And the GOP is only happy to oblige.

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Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Ryan Hagen, writer for the San Bernardino Sun, to discuss San Bernardino’s financial woes.

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Sharon Runner

Republican candidate for state Senate Sharon Runner, center, chats with supporters in 2011. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 17, 2015

Voters on Tuesday sent Republican Sharon Runner back to the state Senate three years after she underwent a double lung transplant. She was the only candidate on the ballot for a special election in a district representing parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

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waterdrop

By Bettina Boxall
March 17, 2015

With California heading into another parched year, state officials Tuesday beefed up emergency drought regulations, directing urban agencies to limit the number of days residents can water their yards.

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File photo of cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San Bernardino

Cracked tarmac is seen in the parking lot of a largely abandoned shopping mall in San Bernardino, California in this January 23, 2015 file photo. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Files)

By Tim Reid
Tue Mar 17, 2015 – 10:52pm EDT

Los Angeles —

(Reuters) – The southern California city of San Bernardino has defaulted on nearly $10 million in payments on its privately placed pension bond debt since it declared bankruptcy in 2012, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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Dan Walters

Observations on California and its politics
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/17/2015 – 9:56 PM

California’s unfortunate evolution into a society of haves and have-nots has many root causes, but a highly distorted housing market looms very large.

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Calpers

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s headquarters is in Sacramento. (Carl Costas / For The Times)

By Melody Petersen
March 17, 2015

As millions of private employees lost their pension benefits in recent years, government workers rested easy, believing that their promised retirements couldn’t be touched.

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Digital First Media

By Pete Carey
Posted: 03/16/15, 2:55 PM PDT |

The giant private equity fund Apollo Global Management is the front-runner in negotiations to buy Digital First Media, publisher of this newspaper, according to reports.

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For Sale

By Gregory J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/17/15, 9:43 AM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

Southern California’s consecutive streak of year-over-year home price increases zeroed in on three years during February while the home sales slide moderated, a market tracker said Tuesday.

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U-T San Diego: Committee grills CPUC on San Onofre

CPUC

By Jeff McDonald
March 16, 2015 – 5:41 p.m.

State lawmakers grilled the new California Public Utilities Commission president Monday, asking why utility customers are being charged billions of dollars for the failure and premature shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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Jerry Brown+Bob Huff

State Senate Minority Leader Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), right, stands next to Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a Capitol news conference. Huff has filed papers to raise money for a campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
March 16, 2015

State Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has filed a statement signaling his interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/16/2015 – 9:12 PM

Do as we say, not as we do.

Over the decades, the California Legislature has passed numerous “sunshine laws” to bolster government transparency.

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Tony Rackauckas

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas interviews a witness during the preliminary hearing into Kelly Thomas’ death in 2012. (FILE: Joshua Sudock, Staff Photographer)

March 16, 2015
Updated March 17, 2015 8:23 a.m.
By Tony Saavedra, Kelly Puente and Tom Berg / Staff Writers

One thing about District Attorney Tony Rackauckas: He’s a street fighter who can take a punch.

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California Seal

By Chris Megerian
March 16, 2015

California tax revenue continues to outpace expectations, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced Monday.

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San Bernardino Seal

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
03/16/2015 7:52 PM

Defending its plan to fully repay its debts to CalPERS, the bankrupt city of San Bernardino has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by creditors demanding equal treatment.

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