Archive for May 23rd, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

EconomicPolicyJournal.com has learned that 32 states have run out funds to make unemployment benefit payments and that the federal government has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed. In some cases, states have borrowed billions. As of May 20, the total balance outstanding by 32 states (and the Virgin Islands) is $37.8 billion.

The state of California has borrowed $6.9 billion. Michigan has borrowed $3.9 billion, Illinois $2.2 billion.

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One things for certain.

San Bernardino County doesn’t want any bad news made public. And when it does go public by way of internal leaks, the course of action is to downplay or deny.

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10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, May 22, 2010

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

A law enforcement union will not release the results of a rank-and-file evaluation of the district attorney’s office’s chief investigator until after the June 8 election, a move that is politically motivated, the district attorney’s challenger says.

Chief investigator Vern Horst was appointed in 2008 by District Attorney Rod Pacheco, who has been endorsed for re-election by the Riverside Sheriffs’ Association.

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RivPE: Riverside sues to close med marijuana facilities

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, May 21, 2010

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Operators of a medical marijuana clinic and collective in Riverside said Friday both facilities will stay open in spite of a lawsuit the city of Riverside filed this week to shut them down.

Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos said he’s seeking an injunction against the clinic, which issues doctor recommendations for marijuana, and the nearby dispensary, a members-only collective where patients can purchase marijuana, because city zoning bans distribution of the drug.

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DailyBulletin: GOP challengers face tall task

Reps. Dreier, Miller in races before fall election
Rebecca Kimitch, Staff Writer
Created: 05/22/2010 10:25:14 PM PDT

Amid the campaign signs that have sprouted up in the 42nd Congressional District are ones that take a negative tone unusual for a lawn sign.

“Don’t elect tax fraud Phil Liberatore,” the signs read.

They are the work of Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea.

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Johns

May 23, 2010 5:09 AM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • On Dec. 8, a representative from Inland Energy stood before the Victorville council and pledged to raise $25 million in loans for the city by mid-May through the federal EB-5 Visa Investor program.

To date, Victorville has received $3 million.

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SBSun: Candidate Kurth lashes out at HMO attack ads

Kurth

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/22/2010 07:09:10 AM PDT

REDLANDS – Don Kurth, a Republican candidate for the state Assembly seat in the 63rd District, took a public stand Friday against an HMO attack campaign launched against him.

Kurth said he would fight the for-profit HMOs in Sacramento and told voters to do the same.

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SBSun: School busing cut

Redlands Unified

Many area districts forced to reduce transportation costs
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/22/2010 07:09:26 AM PDT

Five days a week, bus driver Jacalyn Condley-Jennings picks up 40 students in the East Highland area and transports them to two of Redlands high schools.

It has been a way of life for years for the veteran bus driver. But by the next school year, those students will have to get to class on their own.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 05/22/2010 07:32:30 PM PDT

CLAREMONT – The City Council met Saturday to discuss its 2010-11 operating budget and after more than three hours of talks agreed with changes made based on new budget projections.

Council members also said they were satisfied with revisions made to address the 2011-12 deficit.

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Meg Whitman                Steve Poizner

THE WEEK

By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2010

Television dominates every California political campaign, and this one is certainly no exception, with two wealthy Republican candidates for governor gobbling up television time at a record pace. But there is a parallel campaign going on as well, one being waged mailbox by mailbox and phone by phone.

By the millions of pieces, candidates stuff mailboxes trying both to correct impressions left by television ads and to denigrate their opponents. Usually, mailers employ harsher denunciations than television ads, on the theory that negative visuals can boomerang against the author if voters tire of the mudslinging. With millions of telephone calls, candidates use the same tough tactics to entreat voters to their side.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, May. 23, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Has California’s recession-wracked economy finally touched bottom and begun to recover?

The consensus among government and private economists who chart the world’s eighth-largest economy appears to be a qualified “yes” – qualified because even if recovery has begun, they also believe it will be slow, especially in employment.

Even if the nation’s recovery is brisk, California is likely to lag because the housing meltdown hit the state particularly hard. As it did, it adversely affected other major sectors of the economy, such as retail trade.

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SacBee: Ballot Watch: Attorney General

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, May. 23, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 23, 2010 – 1:18 am

The race for California’s chief law enforcement officer is among the state’s most hotly contested in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

The field includes four legislators, two district attorneys, a former city attorney, a constitutional law expert and a former Facebook legal counsel who has spent nearly $10 million of personal funds on his campaign.

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Teachers, parents: Funds will disappear, but the need won’t

Michelle Mitchell • The Desert Sun • May 23, 2010

Coachella Valley school districts last year received a combined $45.8 million in federal stimulus funds, part of which was used to save or add nearly 240 jobs this school year, including about 180 teaching jobs.

The cash provided a financial lifeline to districts struggling with budget shortfalls of $8 million to $16 million for next school year.

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