InlandPolitics: Politically-Divided city council emerges in San Bernardino

San Bernardino Seal

Monday, September 29, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

Rookie San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis continues to stumble out of the gate.

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GOP

Monday, September 29, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

The San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee has endorsed Former County Supervisor Neil Derry for a seat on the Redlands City Council.

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Veto

Eastvale, Menifee, Wildomar and especially Jurupa Valley have struggled since vehicle license fee revenue was diverted in 2011

Published: Sept. 28, 2014 Updated: 11:44 p.m.

Jurupa Valley’s hopes of getting a budget boost from the state were dashed Sunday when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have restored funding diverted in 2011 from the state’s four newest cities, all of which are in Riverside County.

To read story by Nikie Johnson in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Drone

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
September 28, 2014

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants to use drones for surveillance.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014 – 12:00 am

What’s in a word? A lot.

Criminologist Michael Maltz defines “recidivism” as “the reversion of an individual to criminal behavior after he or she has been convicted of a prior offense, sentenced and (presumably) corrected.”

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Ontario International

Terminal 2 at Ontario International Airport is virtually empty amid a severe decline in passengers since 2007. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

By Dan Weikel
September 28, 2014

Accusing Los Angeles of breaking agreements to foster a network of regional air centers and build up L.A./Ontario International, Inland Empire officials went to court last week to regain control of the struggling airport.

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Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney addresses a crowd of supporters while introducing New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown at a farm in Stratham, N.H., in July. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Post Politics
By Hunter Schwarz
September 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM

 

Mitt Romney has been adamant about not running for president again in 2016 for the better part of two years, but beginning late this summer, his answers have become more “probably not” than just a straight “no.”

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InlandPolitics: What a mess for Apple Inc.

iPhone 6 - Bent

Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The heralded rollout of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be about to go in the tank.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana schedules two candidates forum

Fontana Seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 09/27/14, 8:32 PM PDT |

Candidate forums for the City Council and mayoral election will be held next week in a race that pits a long-time mayor against a former U.S. congressman.

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Ballot Measures

By Patrick McGreevy
September 28, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday approved a bill that would give proponents of initiatives a chance to work with lawmakers on compromise legislation to address their concerns without having to go through an expensive election campaign.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014 – 12:00 am

Recently released voter registration figures show that a years-long trend in the makeup of California’s electorate – one that already has fundamentally altered the state’s political dynamics – is continuing.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014 – 12:00 am

It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables.

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PoliticoMagazine: Bill in a Box

Bill Clinton+Hillary Clinton

Politics – Hillary Clinton’s biggest asset is also her greatest potential liability.

By TODD S. PURDUM
September 25, 2014

Hillary Clinton’s campaign-in-waiting has a priceless asset, a super weapon strong enough to strike fear in her most determined rival. It also has a dangerous liability, a burden able to drag her into dead ends and drive her to distraction. It’s Clinton’s peculiar fate that both just happen to be her husband.

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The PE: ONTARIO: Riverside judge asked to rule on ONT suit

ontario airport

Ontario’s lawyers want her to uphold its right to sue for the return of local control of airport. Owner L.A. says it’s too late.

Published: Sept. 26, 2014 Updated: 11:08 p.m.

Ontario is asking a judge to unwind the city’s agreement with Los Angeles that gave L.A. control of Ontario International Airport, saying Ontario officials in 1967 and 1985 had no right to give up the airport forever and provide no way out of the contract.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot a Republican candidate for the 31st Congressional District, which represents part of San Bernardino County, poses for a picture at Starbucks in Rancho Cucamonga, CA., Monday, April 28, 2014. (Photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:51 PM PDT |

Colton >> Republican candidate Paul Chabot believes his military and public safety background will give him the edge among voters in the 31st Congressional District this fall.

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Pete Aguilar

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar has his portrait taken on Friday, September 19, 2014 in Redlands, Ca. Aguilar is running as a Democratic candidate for Congress in California’s 31st district. (Photo by Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts)

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/26/14, 5:46 PM PDT | Updated: 13 secs ago

Redlands >> After eight years on the Redlands City Council and four years as its mayor, Pete Aguilar wants to take tackle the issues facing the Inland Empire from a national perspective, including improving education and the economy.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council candidates forum set Oct. 6

Upland seal

Posted: 09/26/14, 5:03 PM PDT |

A City Council candidates forum will be held Oct. 6 at 7 to 9 p.m. at City Hall, 460 N. Euclid Ave.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown mum on tax pledge

Jerry Brown

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 4:26 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 5:04 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown declined to say Friday if he will maintain the pledge he made in 2010 not to raise taxes without a public vote if – as is widely expected – he wins re-election in November.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs mail-by ballot bill

mail-in-ballot-voter

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 5:58 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation allowing mail ballots to be counted in elections if they are postmarked by Election Day and received within three days afterward, his office said Friday.

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Perris

By Ryan Parker
September 27, 2014

A Perris, Calif., city councilman was charged with multiple felonies Friday relating to a June drug incident at a Red Lion Inn.

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GDP

The second-quarter economic rebound was stronger than initially thought at 4.6% annual rate.

By Jim Puzzanghera contact the reporter

The U.S. economy grew at a 4.6% annual rate this spring, rebounding more strongly than initially estimated from a weather-related winter contraction, the Commerce Department said Friday.

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Apple Inc.

By DAVID E. SANGER and BRIAN X. CHEN
SEPT. 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: GOP candidate embraces voter registration trend

Marc Steinorth

Steinorth

September 25th, 2014, 12:06 pm

A recent voter registration trend has a Republican state Assembly candidate feeling optimistic.

The GOP now leads the Democratic Party by 152 voters in the 40th Assembly District, which includes Rancho Cucamonga, Loma Linda, Highland, Redlands and part of the city of San Bernardino. Democrats held a 1,467-voter edge over Republicans as of May.

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

Resignation

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/25/14, 6:38 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Thursday was the last day at City Hall for David Cain, the man responsible for the city’s finances and administrative services.

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The PE: IMMIGRATION: DMV revving up for driver’s licenses

DMV Illegal License Format

Published: Sept. 25, 2014 Updated: 10:20 p.m.

California will begin issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in the next few months. Here’s what you need to know.

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

The PE: REDLANDS: Council candidates debate

Redlands City Council Forum

All six canddiates running for three seats on the Redlands City Council participated in a forum Tuesday night presented by the Chamber of Commerce (Photo by Erin Waldner)

Published: Sept. 25, 2014 Updated: 3:02 p.m.

Attracting new businesses and supporting the small ones that exist were among the topics at a Redlands City Council candidates forum Tuesday night.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

VVDailyPress: Parker’s wife halts legal action

SBSO Sheriff

Family will wait to see who ‘a case should be filed against’
ANNELI FOGT
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 25, 2014 @ 4:41 pm
Updated Sep 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

VICTORVILLE — The wife of a Victorville man who died after being stunned with a Taser multiple times last month told the Daily Press on Thursday that she is no longer pursuing legal action in the death of her husband, and is waiting to see exactly how she should approach a case.

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National Community RenaissanceSan Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/25/14, 4:58 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The first phase of revitalizing the affordable housing at Waterman Gardens is clear to begin after it received $12 million in state tax credits Thursday.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 10:50 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 11:14 pm

When California taxpayers voted two years ago to sharply – albeit, temporarily – raise income taxes on the state’s highest-income residents, they touched off a debate over whether it would spur the rich to flee to low- or no-tax locales, such as neighboring Nevada.

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Kamala Harris

Harris

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014 – 11:35 am
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014 – 12:23 am

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said she plans to remain in her current job following speculation she was on the short list to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who resigned Thursday after six years in the post.

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CapitolWeekly: A rise in voters who shun party affiliation

Capitol Weekly

By JOHN HOWARD
Posted 09.25.2014

Increasingly, California voters are giving a thumbs down to both major parties when they register to vote, with those who decline to state a party affiliation now comprising nearly a fourth of the electorate.

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Politico: Why Holder Quit

Eric Holder

Politics
The backstory of how Obama lost his ‘heat shield.’
By GLENN THRUSH
September 25, 2014

It’s oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder – a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by Barack Obama’s advisers for having lousy political instincts— would nail his dismount.

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InlandPolitics: So just how is business done at Redlands City Hall?

Redlands

Thursday, September 25, 2014 – 09:00 a.m.

So just how is business actually done at Redlands City Hall?

The question is now being asked following the publication of a story in Thursday’s Redlands Daily Facts.

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vote

Published: Sept. 24, 2014 Updated: 10:39 p.m.

Tallying the results of the Nov. 4 election in Riverside County could take twice as long as the June primary because the ballot is twice as big.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino County adopts new logo

SBCO

This is the new San Bernardino County logo adopted Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:05 PM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

After 30 years, San Bernardino County has a new logo.

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Neil Derry

Neil Derry, a former county supervisor, is being opposed by a new political action committee in his bid to be elected to the Redlands City Council. (Courtesy photo)

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/24/14, 12:04 PM PDT | Updated: 1 hr ago

A political action committee opposing Neil Derry’s candidacy to the City Council has filed with the city and state.

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Big Bear Ski Resorts

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, owner of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake, California. Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain, pictured here, and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts that host nearly 800,000 winter visits annually. (Staff file photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/14, 11:23 AM PDT | Updated: 51 secs ago

BIG BEAR LAKE >> In what will make it part of one of the nation’s largest ski companies with more than 2 million visitors per year, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have been bought by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the northern California-based company announced Wednesday.

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CHP logo

Curtis Skinner
Thu Sep 25, 2014 3:33am EDT

(Reuters) – A woman who was repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer has settled her lawsuit for $1.5 million, police said on Wednesday, and the money will be used for her long-term care.

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City of Los Angeles Seal

By David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
September 24, 2014

Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers — one of the highest minimum-wage requirements in the country.

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Apple Inc.

Associated Press
Sept. 25, 2014 | 1:31 a.m. EDT
By BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s new iPhones have run into some glitches as users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending.

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Drought

By Veronica Rocha
September 24, 2014

Northern and Central California typically receive 30% to 40% of their precipitation over the next three months, but this year, forecasters say the upper two-thirds of the state can expect to miss out on much of that badly needed moisture.

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InlandPolitics: Redlands: Foster has Derry on the brain at council forum

Paul Foster

Councilman Paul “Crotchety” Foster

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The Redlands Chamber of Commerce held a City Council candidate forum Tuesday night.

Six of seven candidates on the ballot appeared for the ninety minute event held in the Council Chambers at Redlands City Hall.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande, Ruiz to debate Oct. 5

Raul Ruiz+Brian Nestande

Congressman Raul Ruiz left. Assemblyman Brian Nestande right.

BY JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER
Published: Sept. 23, 2014 1:22 p.m.

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and Republican challenger Brian Nestande will participate in a televised debate at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5.

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Neil Derry

Derry

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/23/14, 8:18 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> City Council candidate Neil Derry called Tuesday for the city to ban outdoor growing of medical marijuana after a high school student was killed apparently trying to cut marijuana from a man’s yard.

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Redlands

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 09/24/14, 1:26 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

REDLANDS >> The six candidates running for City Council on Tuesday participated in their first forum of the campaign season hosted by the Redlands Chamber of Commerce.

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PPIC

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014 – 9:00 pm

The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Victoria Kim
September 23, 2014

A federal judge on Tuesday lambasted what he called a “corrupt culture” within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as he sentenced six current and former members of the department to prison for obstructing a federal investigation into abuse and corruption at the county jails.

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Notice

LAPD warn of a fake ad posted on Twitter claims the iOS 8 will allow you to charge iPhones in a microwave, but don’t fall for it – it’s a hoax.

By Ryan Parker
September 23, 2014

No, the latest iPhone software does not allow for the device to be quickly charged by heating it up in the microwave, despite some convincing, but very fake online ads.

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Politico

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 9/23/14 7:12 PM EDT Updated: 9/24/14 12:32 AM EDT

Just over a year ago at the request of the White House, Hillary Clinton worked the phones with about a half-dozen senators, trying to sell Congress on authorizing military strikes against Syria. Weeks later, at the Clinton Global Initiative, the former secretary of state defended President Barack Obama against Republican efforts to defund his health care overhaul.

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InlandPolitics: SEIU preparing to weigh-in for Negrete-McLeod

SEIU

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.

All signs show the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is preparing to enter-the runoff election for San Bernardino County’s Fourth Supervisorial District.

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Money

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 02:00 p.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is making it clear it’s spending to win in CD-31.

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InlandPolitics: California GOP has bigger problems

GOP

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 10:00 a.m.

Well let’s just say the California Republican Party has bigger issues than democrats running the show in Sacramento.

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Redlands

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – 09:30 a.m.

The Redlands Chanber of Commerce has scheduled a candidate forum for Tuesday night.

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Published: Sept. 22, 2014 Updated: 4:09 p.m.

Republican congressional candidate Paul Chabot is demanding that Time Warner Cable pull a Democratic ad that portrays him as do-little state bureaucrat who earned a six-figure salary while advocating for cuts to school spending.

To read story in The P-E Political Empire Blog, click here.

The PE: HEMET: Assemblywoman to meet with constituents

Melissa Melendez

Melendez

Published: Sept. 22, 2014 Updated: 4:33 p.m.

Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez will meet with constituents at a community coffee from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Seven Hills Golf Course in Hemet.

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The Sun: Colton finance director appointed

Colton-seal

By Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
POSTED: 09/22/14, 5:13 PM PDT |

COLTON >> After the departure of its finance director and manager, the city has hired a much-needed director who is expected to start next week.

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Upland seal

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/22/14, 10:00 PM PDT | Updated: 35 secs ago

UPLAND >> Even before City Manager Rod Butler began his first hour on the job, he had already issued his first assignment for all employees.

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 Veto

Posted on Monday, September 22 at 5:21pm | By Bob Egelko

A bill to add $35 to fines for traffic violations in school zones sailed through both houses of the Legislature without any opposing votes. The money was earmarked for school safety programs. Who could possibly be against that?

Gov. Jerry Brown. And he had a reason.

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SacBee: GOP Texas gubernatorial candidate riding California

Texas Flag + California Flag

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 – 11:37 am
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 22, 2014 – 11:47 am

That Texas-California rivalry may not be going away for some time.

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CPR: California Property Taxes Could Skyrocket

taxes

Katie Orr
Monday, September 22, 2014 | Sacramento, CA |

Proposition 13 regulates property tax values in California by limiting increases to 2 percent annually. But homeowners could see larger increases this year thanks to another, lesser-known proposition.

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Los Angeles Register

Orange County Register co-owner Aaron Kushner, announced Monday night the closure of the 5-month-old Los Angeles Register.

By Andrew Khouri
September 22, 2014

The Los Angeles Register, which launched in April as part Aaron Kushner’s bold bet on print newspapers, will cease publication, effective immediately.

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InlandPolitics: National Democrats ramping up on Chabot

DCCC

Monday, September 22, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

The heat is slowly inching up in the race between Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands). Both men are vying to represent the 31st Congressional District.

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GOP

Monday, September 22, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Some person, or persons, is taking aim at signs of republican candidates in the Redlands area.

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VVDailyPress: Cook, Conaway differ on water rules

By WIRE & STAFF REPORTS
Posted Sep. 21, 2014 @ 5:48 pm
Updated Sep 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

A bill approved this month blocking the federal government from asserting regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands was heralded by Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, for protecting control of local waters.

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SacBee: California GOP endorses water bond, rainy-day fund

By Christopher Cadelago
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 21, 2014 – 10:30 am

LOS ANGELES — California Republicans have given their blessing to a pair of measures on the Nov. 4 ballot heavily favored by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats.

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By Ed Mendel
September 22, 2014

Three years ago CalPERS investment earnings hit bottom in a Wilshire consultants report that ranks the performance of big pension funds — dead last among its peers over the previous five years.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisor wants more details on lawsuit costs

Riverside-County-Seal

Published: Sept. 20, 2014 Updated: 4:52 p.m.

Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries wants county department budgets to more clearly reflect the cost of lawsuits stemming from their actions.

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

San Bernardino

Downtown San Bernardino. (File Photo)

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/20/14, 8:57 PM PDT | Updated: 58 secs ago

Hearings have begun on Detroit’s plan to exit bankruptcy, slightly more than a year after the distressed Motor City filed for bankruptcy — and at least six months before San Bernardino, which filed for bankruptcy a year before Detroit, expects to even come up with a plan.

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Goodman Birtcher Logistics Center

An artist’s rendering of the Goodman Birtcher logistics center planned in Fontana. (Courtesy of Goodman Birtcher)

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/20/14, 6:32 PM PDT |

Two new large warehouse distribution centers are planned for Fontana and Eastvale that would bring thousands of new jobs to the Inland Empire.

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Tim Donnelly

Outgoing State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly talks about his experiences in Sacramento and his campaign for governor during one of his last visits to the High Desert before he leaves office. (James Quigg, Daily Press) |

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Sep. 20, 2014 @ 12:01 am
Updated Sep 20, 2014 at 9:34 PM

One booming voice could be heard over all others reciting the Pledge of the Allegiance during a recent Hesperia Chamber of Commerce luncheon as if the pledge were his personal mantra.

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LATimes: A show of disunity at California GOP convention

GOP - Shooting Itself in Head

By Michael Finnegan and Seema Mehta
September 20, 2014

It was a double indignity for Neel Kashkari this weekend when not just one but two fellow Republicans on November’s statewide ballot declined to endorse his campaign to oust Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Jim Brulte

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte center.

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 11:25 pm

LOS ANGELES — California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte said in an e-mail to party leaders Saturday that he never thought the party should hold a convention so close to the general election and that he wants fewer conventions in the future.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 7:32 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 10:41 pm

By word and deed, the state’s politically dominant Democrats have demonstrated that they want to substantially alter California’s century-old initiative system that allows voters to legislate directly through the ballot box.

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UTSanDiego: Deadlines keep passing for AG’s reports

Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris visited San Diego in March, as her office prepared to launch a report on transnational crime. [U-T file] — David Brooks

Harris is late on nine volumes this year, several for years past
By Ashly McGlone11:13 a.m.Sept. 20, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris is responsible by law for a number of periodic reports on criminal justice issues in California, and is late on at least nine of them covering 2013.

Harris is also late on three reports for 2012 and one from 2011.

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Politico: Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The party has lost confidence in her as a unifying leader and a party spokesperson.

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 9/17/14 5:46 PM EDT Updated: 9/20/14 3:59 PM EDT

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

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The Sun: Bankruptcy judge scales back San Bernardino’s proposed order

San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/19/14, 4:12 PM PDT | Updated: 23 secs ago

RIVERSIDE >> U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury on Friday slightly dialed back the city’s declaration of victory at its previous hearing here, issuing a scaled-down order that still allows the city to reject its current contract with the firefighters union.

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Chabot+Aguilar

Paul Chabot(R-Rancho Cucamonga) left. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) right.

Published: Sept. 19, 2014 – Updated: 1:48 p.m.

The race for the 31stCongressional District in San Bernardino County is a toss-up, according to a Virginia-based government and public affairs consulting firm.

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

AP: GOP pushes diverse candidates, but will it matter?

GOP

Juliet Williams | AP
September 19, 10:05 AM

The California Republican Party is promoting one of its most diverse, youthful sets of candidates in years for this November’s election. The question heading into this weekend’s state party convention is whether it will matter in an overwhelmingly Democratic state.

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SacBee: End-of-session fundraising tops $3 million

money

By Jim Miller
jmiller@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:53 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 10:50 pm

The last weeks of the legislative year are a traditional time for California lawmakers to collect campaign money. With hundreds of bills awaiting final action, breakfast, lunchtime and evening fundraisers crowd a busy end-of-session calendar.

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By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:46 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

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SacBee: License plate scanner networks capture movements

License Plate Scanner

By TAMI ABDOLLAH and ELLIOT SPAGAT
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 – 10:44 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014 – 8:28 am

LOS ANGELES — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.

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LATimes: California adds 44,200 jobs in August

Jobs

California jobs
By Tiffany Hsu and Chris Kirkham
September 19, 2014

California outpaced its recent job growth as employers added 44,200 nonfarm positions in August — far more than any other state.

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Politico: Democrats eye $10M loan to boost campaigns

Campaigns

Democrats believe that the election outcome remains unpredictable just 46 days out.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/19/14 5:41 PM EDT Updated: 9/19/14 9:05 PM EDT

House Democrats are considering taking out a $10 million loan to help fund TV ads and get-out-the-vote operations in the run-up to Election Day, according to Democratic sources.

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NYTimes: Republicans Switch Firm Handling Obama Suit

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By ASHLEY PARKER
SEPT. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday replaced the firm handling their lawsuit against President Obama after the lawyer representing them pulled out over what was said to be political backlash among his colleagues at the firm, Baker Hostetler.

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The PE: DECISION 2014: Nestande ad portrays Ruiz as tax-and-spend liberal

Published: Sept. 18, 2014 – Updated: 10:07 a.m.

A TV ad from Republican congressional candidate Brian Nestande portrays his Democratic opponent as a liberal lover of big government in contrast to Nestande’s belief in the free market economy.

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