Archive for January, 2011

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Freeze Sheriff’s Department hiring, supervisors advised

10:36 PM PST on Sunday, January 30, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County’s top executive is calling for a hiring freeze and possible patrol cutbacks to help the Sheriff’s Department overcome a $13.5 million budget shortfall.

A report before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday outlines the financial picture for the department and all of county government halfway through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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10:00 PM PST on Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The next election is never far off and two Inland Southern California lawmakers already are taking steps toward a possible future candidacy.

Last week, Assembly members Wilmer Amina Carter and Paul Cook opened campaign committees to run for state Senate.

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By PE News
on January 31, 2011 8:50 AM

Jurupa-area residents will have two chances in February to hear city council candidates share their vision for a proposed city of Jurupa Valley.

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10:23 PM PST on Sunday, January 30, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside City Council members could take another step Tuesday toward scaling back the cost of employee pensions and benefits, including their own.

A week after approving a two-tiered pension agreement with firefighters, the council will consider a similar deal with management and executive employees, a group that includes the council and mayor.

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The Sun: Saying no to charter schooling

Denials common in SB, Rialto
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/31/2011 03:43:14 AM PST

In January, the San Bernardino City Unified school board denied the petition for Optimo Preparatory Academy, a proposed charter school focused on preparing students for college. It also denied the Le Ta’iala International Language Immersion Academy.

Such denials are becoming more common at a time of budget cuts and concerns over the long-term future of charters, advocates for charter schools said.

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Governor’s plan would save state millions per year
Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 01/30/2011 07:01:27 AM PST

Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a major shift of state prisoners to the county jail system, a plan aimed at saving money, reducing overcrowded prisons and attempting to better handle juveniles and low-level offenders who cycle through the justice system at great cost.

Brown’s plan would eliminate altogether the state’s juvenile prison system, sending offenders to their home counties and reducing costs that have reached more than $200,000 annually per youth inmate.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council takes on claims job

Settlements formerly job of city manager
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/31/2011 05:03:20 AM PST

UPLAND – There were 22 claims against the city listed on last week’s City Council agenda.

And, until recently, City Manager Robb Quincey would have been tasked with resolving claims against the city.

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DailyBulletin: City submits its proposal to run ONT

Ontario stays quiet about bid
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 01/30/2011 07:01:26 AM PST

ONTARIO – A proposal for the city to regain control of LA/Ontario International Airport has been given to Los Angeles World Airports, but city officials are not forthcoming about just how it would work.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 – 8:38 am

It’s been, by most accounts, a good first month for Jerry Brown.

The third-term governor settled into a trendy Sacramento loft, took in a corgi named Sutter, drafted a team of advisers and issued his first executive order: a popular, if heavily symbolic, measure recalling thousands of state- issued cell phones.

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By Howard Mintz
hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 01/30/2011 09:00:00 PM PST
Updated: 01/31/2011 08:32:30 AM PST

When California’s judicial leaders decided in 2009 to close courthouses one day per month to save money, it provoked an unprecedented backlash around the state.

Judges who usually keep their criticisms under wraps howled in protest, some forming a rebel group to resist the move. Others, such as court employee unions, took dead aim at the court system’s ever-growing bureaucracy and spending on a $2 billion technology program.

But for the largest state court system in the country, that tempest may just be a prelude to what is coming next.

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By Ed Mendel
January 31, 2011

A leading credit-rating agency, Moody’s, has begun treating unfunded pensions like bond debt, giving California a combined tax-supported debt of $136.9 billion that is well beyond other states but also may be understated.

The decision to add pensions to bond debt announced by Moody’s Investors Services last week reflects concern about public employee pension costs, which are growing as state budgets plunge deep into the red during a lengthy economic downturn.

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Biane

Sunday, January 30, 2011 – 12:55 p.m.

Paul Biane did indeed have a rough 2010.

Biane, a republican, formally represented the second district on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. He was narrowly defeated by Janice Rutherford in a runoff election last November.

After his defeat, Biane indicated he would stay involved in county politics, and it appears he’s keeping his word.

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LATimes: Op-Ed: Better off bankrupt

States should have the option of bankruptcy protection to deal with their budget crises.
By Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich
January 27, 2011

During the 2008 financial crisis, the federal government reacted in a frantic, ad hoc fashion, tapping taxpayers for bailouts galore, running roughshod over the rights of bondholders and catching the American people unaware and unprepared. In contrast, we still have time to prepare for the looming crisis threatening to engulf California, Illinois, New York and other state governments.

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The PE: Volunteers pound the pavement for incorporation

10:05 PM PST on Saturday, January 29, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Dozens of community volunteers took to the sun-drenched streets of the Jurupa Valley on Saturday morning, preaching the gospel of incorporation.

The goal over the next four weeks is to knock on the doors of 4,000 likely voters to get them to support cityhood for the Jurupa Valley in the March 8 special election, said Rachel Lopez, community organizer for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice.

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The Sun: Redistricting panel to meet

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2011 10:27:44 PM PST

CLAREMONT – The Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold its first public meeting Feb. 10-13 at the Claremont Colleges’ Honnold/Mudd Library.

The 14-member commission, which includes former Claremont Councilman Peter Yao, will draw the state’s districts to conform with nonpartisan lines to make the districts equal in population for fair representation of Californians, state officials said.

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04:02 PM PST on Saturday, January 29, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

A judge agreed to hold a preliminary hearing April 25 on conspiracy charges against former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus and his former assistant assessor, Jim Erwin, related to the county’s approval of a lawsuit settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer.

Superior Court Judge Duke Rouse noted in court Friday morning that Erwin has made all of his court appearances, allowing Erwin to be released on his own recognizance without posting bail until his case is decided.

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The Sun: RUSD preps for best, worst

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2011 10:27:45 PM PST

REDLANDS – More than a month into its budgeting process, the Redlands Unified School District is still unsure how much money it will receive from the state in the 2011-12 school year.

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The PE: CB&T closes San Bernardino bank branch

By PE Business
on January 28, 2011 5:00 AM

California Bank & Trust is closing its San Bernardino office today.

The news is listed on the bank’s website. Efforts to reach bank representatives for additional information Thursday afternoon were unsuccessful.

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DailyBulletin: ONT comeback

Operating agency is hopeful about the future
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 01/29/2011 07:07:43 AM PST

ONTARIO – An era of watching LA/Ontario International Airport lose droves of passengers could be coming to an end – at least that’s what officials are hoping for at Los Angeles World Airports.

For the first time since 2008, ONT’s annual drop in passenger traffic is less than what other airports in the region are enduring.

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DailyBulletin: Airport’s staff size surfaces as an issue

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 01/29/2011 07:07:43 AM PST

ONTARIO – Officials here are questioning whether the LA/Ontario International – which employs 296 people – is overstaffed.

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January 29, 2011 2:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Two more city officials will be questioned by the grand jury this week, as the county’s citizen investigative group continues its nearly two-year investigation into Victorville’s finances and government practices.

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January 29, 2011 1:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • It would cost Victorville $1.2 million to fill nine positions that have been left vacant with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station, according to a memo from Capt. Cliff Raynolds.

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By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
January 30, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

Gov. Jerry Brown wants voters’ nod to revive billions of dollars in expiring taxes to help balance the state budget, but he has yet to spell out exactly what will happen if lawmakers put the question on the ballot and voters say no.

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By Kathy M. Kristof
Saturday, January 29, 2011; 5:17 PM

In an era of meager yields, a 7 percent-plus return on a seemingly safe municipal bond might appear irresistible. But if you’re an investor in California tax-free bonds, you know firsthand just how resistible that deal can be.

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NYTimes: Political Blogs Ready to Flood Campaign Trail

By JEREMY W. PETERS
Published: January 29, 2011

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor who is flirting with a bid for president, has none of the usual campaign accoutrements. No tour bus, campaign manager or yard signs. Few Americans, in fact, even know his name.

What Mr. Pawlenty does have is a beat reporter from Politico chronicling every utterance and movement of his noncampaign: a 25-year-old named Kendra Marr, who followed him through subzero temperatures last week equipped with a salt-coated Chevrolet Malibu rental, a laptop and a hand-held video camera.

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The Sun: Contract could cause San Bernardino councilman to resign

Desjardins

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2011 07:34:28 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Councilman Jason Desjardins may have to resign because of a contract his company has with the city.

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10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 28, 2011

By BEN GOAD
Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – As the GOP looks to improve the party’s image among the nation’s burgeoning Hispanic community, area House Republicans are pressing forward with legislation meant to fight illegal immigration.

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10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 28, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Someday, a Hemet resident sitting at a home computer will be able to enter the name of a local company and get a list of every political donation the business has made — not just to local candidates but to others around the state.

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By Michael J. Sorba Staff Writer

Posted: 01/28/2011 06:57:03 PM PST

FONTANA – The Fontana Unified School District would be forced to cut more than $25 million from its budget if voters don’t approve five-year extensions of several tax increases the Legislature imposed two years ago, officials say.

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The Sun: San Bernardino County GOP chairman stays put

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2011 01:50:46 PM PST

Robert Rego was re-elected Thursday evening as chairman of the San Bernardino County Republican Party.

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The Sun: Preliminary hearing scheduled in Colonies case

Erwin’s bail reduced to nothing, released on own recognizance
By Mike Cruz
Posted: 01/28/2011 03:53:30 PM PST

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in late April for former county assessor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus and Jim Erwin in the controversial 2006 Colonies lawsuit settlement.

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The Sun: Former Redlands bank officials have 2 months to respond to FDIC suit

By Joy Juedes Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2011 11:51:17 AM PST

REDLANDS – Fourteen former directors and officers of 1st Centennial Bank have about two months to respond to a lawsuit filed against them by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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The PE: Redevelopment agencies’ filings contradict jobs claims

10:23 PM PST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Many redevelopment agencies’ recent reports to the state list few, if any, jobs created and little in the way of new construction or building rehabilitation, according to state data.

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Joy Juedes, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 06:29:10 PM PST

REDLANDS – Fourteen former directors and officers of 1st Centennial Bank have been sued for negligence by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

The complaint, filed Jan. 14 in the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California, stated the former directors and officers “utterly failed to manage the Bank and its commercial real estate lending division in a prudent, safe and reasonable manner.”

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 07:56:54 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The District Attorney’s office has opened an investigation into a possible conflict of interest involving 2nd Ward Councilman Jason Desjardins and a business transaction requiring city approval.

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Bono Mack

By PE Politics
on January 27, 2011 7:35 AM

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack this week laid out a plan to pave the way for job creation across the nation and signaled key parts of her agenda as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

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The PE: Cook files for possible state Senate run

Cook

By PE Politics
on January 26, 2011 5:16 PM

Assemblyman Paul Cook has filed the necessary paperwork to start raising money to run for the state Senate in 2012.

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The Sun OpEd: Goals to turn a vision into a reality

Point of View

Councilman Chas Kelley
Posted: 01/26/2011 07:05:36 PM PST

Two months ago, I wrote a guest column in this newspaper (“More leadership and less politics,” Nov. 11) calling on Mayor Pat Morris to present a specific plan for job creation to the citizens of San Bernardino.

Unfortunately, the response to my request from the mayor has been a deafening silence. Two months later, our city is still without any comprehensive plan for economic success.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside officials’ approval of a two-tiered retirement system for firefighters went off without a hitch Tuesday, but early indications suggest pension talks with some other employee groups may not go as smoothly.

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The Sun: Loma Linda raises wastewater fees

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 05:54:10 PM PST

LOMA LINDA – San Bernardino’s increase to treat wastewater will be coming out of the pocketbooks of residents here too.

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The Sun: Boxer, Feinstein call for chromium limit

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 03:11:01 PM PST

California’s U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on the amount of hexavalent chromium in drinking water.

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Obama approves money to help repair county rainstorm infrastructure damage
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 06:39:27 PM PST

President Barack Obama has signed a declaration that will help San Bernardino County pay for some of the damage recent storms dealt to its infrastructure.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that Obama has signed the declaration for 10 California counties that sustained heavy damage in storms that caused flooding, debris and mud flows between Dec. 17 to Jan.4.

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Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 01/26/2011 06:43:27 PM PST

Local cities are trumpeting the importance of redevelopment funds in hopes of preventing the state from taking their share of property tax revenue.

Faced with a $25 billion budget deficit, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed doing away with redevelopment agencies and diverting their funds – more than $5 billion – to pay for basic services such as education and public safety.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Created: 01/26/2011 06:16:40 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted this week to add another $13.2 million in redevelopment funds to widen and modernize the interchange of Cherry Avenue and the 10 Freeway in Fontana.

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Decision would mean spending $100 million-plus to take over private water companies
January 26, 2011 6:51 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • The town is once again looking at buying Apple Valley’s two private water companies to form a municipal water district, with mounting concern from residents over rates that have risen an average of 12 percent per year for the past two decades.

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Proposed signs would resemble Fontana’s freeway signage
January 26, 2011 6:43 PM
Beau Yarbrough

HESPERIA • Freeway advertising similar to Fontana’s iconic towering sign on Interstate 15 could be coming to Hesperia’s freeway interchanges.

The multi-business signage was discussed at a joint workshop of the Hesperia City Council and the city’s Planning Commission on Tuesday night.

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January 26, 2011 4:45 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • As redevelopment agencies across California fall under intense scrutiny, the town is eyeing new affordable housing projects to quickly spend millions in earmarked funds and ensure Apple Valley’s program is in compliance with state and federal laws.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown says bid for budget deal ‘on track’

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 26, 2011

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Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that his bid to reach a budget deal by March is “on track.”

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The Sun: Eyler will pay $25K to county

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/25/2011 08:52:11 PM PST

After agreeing to a $25,000 settlement Tuesday, former assessor’s official Greg Eyler is no longer a defendant in a lawsuit brought by San Bernardino County.

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YahooFinance (AP): Home prices fall in major US cities

Home prices falling faster in major US cities; 8 hit lowest point since housing bust

Alex Veiga, AP Real Estate Writer, On Tuesday January 25, 2011, 12:39 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Home prices are falling across most of America’s largest cities, and average prices in eight major markets have hit their lowest point since the housing bust.

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The PE: State to review 18 redevelopment agencies

11:00 PM PST on Monday, January 24, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

State Controller John Chiang launched a review Monday of 18 redevelopment agencies, including Riverside County’s.

The audit is intended to gather facts and determine how well local redevelopment agencies comply with the law, Chiang’s office announced.

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Postmus

09:06 AM PST on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Former San Bernardino County assessor and supervisor Bill Postmus is asking the county to pay for his defense against criminal charges that he received bribes to approve a $102 million lawsuit settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer.

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The PE: YUCAIPA: Council fills slew of commission seats

10:00 PM PST on Monday, January 24, 2011

By ERIN WALDNER
The Press-Enterprise

The Yucaipa City Council made numerous appointments Monday night.

There were multiple vacancies on the Yucaipa Planning Commission, the Trails and Open Space Committee, the Mobilehome Rent Review Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Critics want more time to discuss agenda

10:00 PM PST on Monday, January 24, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

When Riverside City Council members meet tonight, they will consider spending $220 million on plans including a new park and fire station and 20 years’ worth of affordable-housing projects — all on a nearly 20-item agenda that could be decided with one vote.

Those projects and promises are on the consent calendar, a block of matters that are “considered routine” and not discussed separately unless someone on the council or staff requests it, according to the agenda.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, January 24, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside officials are poised to commit $220 million over 20 years to redevelopment projects, joining cities around the state in flouting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to phase out redevelopment agencies to help balance the state budget.

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The Sun: Penman sees threat

Penman

SB city attorney blasts code-enforcement reform
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2011 05:49:05 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The city attorney believes the City Council’s decision to look into revamping the code-enforcement process is an attempt to chip away at his authority.

And it could be costly – to the tune of $1 million a year, James F. Penman said.

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The Sun: Inland Regional Center responds to state probation

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2011 07:39:12 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The head of the Inland Regional Center on Monday outlined steps to comply with its probation, saying she expected such restrictions after complaints of fiscal mismanagement, improper bidding and a hostile work environment.

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DailyBulletin: Republicans, Dems to sit side by side

Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 01/24/2011 04:28:16 PM PST

With calls for more civility in Congress and less partisanship after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, two Inland Valley lawmakers will join some of their peers in pledging to break with a tradition during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

Democrats and Republicans usually sit with fellow members of their parties during the annual speech in the House chamber.

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First quarter over quarter increase in four years
January 24, 2011 5:06 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Net sales tax revenue to the city was up more than 5 percent for the third quarter, officials said Monday — the first time Victorville has posted a quarter-over-quarter increase in four years.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Bankruptcy for states a bad move

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Should California declare bankruptcy?

In virtually every discussion of the state’s fiscal crisis, the b-word pops up sooner or later – even though federal law doesn’t allow states to wipe out their debts through bankruptcy.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County supes decline pay boost

Monday, January 24, 2011 – 11:10 a.m.

All five members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have now declined a two percent pay increase as prescribed by Charter Measure P.

A good move on their part considering the county budget deficit, their current benefits package, and demands the county will be placing on employees later this spring.

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Monday, January 24, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

It’s too late.

California, a financial train wreck, is pretty much done.

Spending addicted democrats, who control the state legislature, resist making hard budget cuts to social programs and want to raise taxes.

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The PE: Carter files paperwork for 2014 Senate run

Carter

By PE News
on January 24, 2011 8:37 AM

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter has filed paperwork to raise money for a possible state Senate candidacy in 2014.

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11:09 PM PST on Sunday, January 23, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – The state has put the Inland Regional Center on probation following months of scrutiny into the operations at the San Bernardino-based facility, the largest of 21 nonprofit agencies that contract with the state to arrange services for developmentally disabled residents.

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The Sun: Rialto projects at risk

Plan by Gov. Brown may prevent developments
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2011 09:18:23 PM PST

RIALTO – A state plan to take local tax dollars could cancel an expansion of Pepper Avenue and alter a plan to bring an In-N-Out Burger to the city.

Last week, city officials said Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shut down local redevelopment agencies likely would not hurt a redevelopment project that would help build an In-N-Out on Riverside Avenue just south of the 210 freeway.

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The Sun: Highway’s closure takes toll on area

Repairs to road may take a year
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2011 09:18:27 PM PST

In an attempt to help businesses stung by the closure of Highway 330, the Running Springs Chamber of Commerce has begun a marketing campaign to let mountain-bound drivers know that taking Highway 18 instead of the closed Highway 330 only adds a few extra miles to their journey.

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The Sun: Residents give county a report on performance

Joe Nelson and Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writers
Posted: 01/23/2011 09:20:13 PM PST

To some, San Bernardino County is a place with ample trails along the Santa Ana River, quality infrastructure and plenty of space for future development and growth.

On the other hand, the county has failed to eliminate blight, improve the county’s image, limit corruption and lure more college graduates.

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DailyBulletin: Panel swaps out members

Controversy swirls over timing
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 01/23/2011 03:36:09 PM PST

POMONA – For nine months, members of Pomona’s Charter Review Commission have been reviewing and developing proposed changes to the city’s charter.

Last week the group learned two commission members have been replaced.

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Politico: Jerry Brown takes a big risk

By ANDY BARR | 1/23/11 2:46 PM EST

After spending nearly 20 years working his way back to the pinnacle of California politics, Jerry Brown is risking it all with an opening gambit that will either lead his distressed state to solvency or leave him in political ruin.

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VVDailyPress: SCLA bonds downgraded, placed on negative watch

Rating agency questions airport’s ability to make debt payments
January 22, 2011 12:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Moody’s Investors Service has dropped the rating on $51 million in bonds for Southern California Logistics Airport, placing that debt plus another $40-million set on a watch list for possible further downgrades.

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VVDailyPress: Hesperia demands answers from Victorville

Regional redevelopment group steps up efforts to take control of SCLA
January 22, 2011 8:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom and Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Members of a regional redevelopment agency are ramping up efforts to take control of Southern California Logistics Airport away from Victorville, with Hesperia demanding details on how its neighbor has been handling the agency’s $300 million in outstanding debt.

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10:00 PM PST on Saturday, January 22, 2011

By SANDRA STOKLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Six months into his tenure as chief administrator of the newly minted city of Eastvale, interim City Manager Robert Van Nort said he will soon give council members a status report to help them decide on a timetable for hiring his permanent replacement.

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Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2011 07:10:05 AM PST

A lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court by a national environmental group has the potential to shut down two major San Bernardino County projects.

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The Sun: City mulls shielding its funds

Redevelopment proposal drawing fire from critics
James Rufus Koren and Ryan Hagen, Staff Writers
Posted: 01/22/2011 09:57:47 PM PST

The California Redevelopment Association on Thursday asked its members – cities and counties with redevelopment agencies – not to do anything to give redevelopment a black eye as they look for ways to keep the state from taking redevelopment funds.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
January 22, 2011 | 3:09 pm

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer warned Saturday that California could face the unwelcome prospect of issuing IOUs in April or May if legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown do not act quickly to solve the state’s fiscal problems.

The severity of California’s yawning budget gap, estimated at $25.4 billion, is widely known. But Lockyer’s comments, at a conference at UC Berkeley, were the first to suggest that the state government is staring at a more immediate cash crisis that could require IOUs.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Buried in Gov. Jerry Brown’s new state budget proposal – one aimed at closing chronic operating deficits – is a decision to suspend sales of state bonds, at least for six months, this coming spring.

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CNBC: Accounting Tweak Could Save Fed From Losses

Published: Friday, 21 Jan 2011 | 4:58 PM ET

Concerns that the Federal Reserve could suffer losses on its massive bond holdings may have driven the central bank to adopt a little-noticed accounting change with huge implications: it makes insolvency much less likely.

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InlandPolitics: Now comes the backlash

Saturday, January 22, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

The month of January has proven to be a very entertaining month in San Bernardino County government circles.

The highlight, so far, was the election of Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales as Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors.

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Charles and David Koch

Protests planned; Supreme Court justices’ involvement with Koch questioned
10:42 PM, Jan. 21, 2011
By Erica Felci

A private meeting of elite Republican donors in Rancho Mirage is sparking a nationwide discussion about the influence money has on politics and governing.

The four-day gathering that starts Jan. 29 is organized by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who are known to back conservative causes.

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The PE: SAN JACINTO PROBE: Challenge to DA withdrawn

10:00 PM PST on Friday, January 21, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Defense attorneys in the San Jacinto corruption case withdrew a motion to remove the Riverside County district attorney’s office from the matter, saying they will trust new head prosecutor Paul Zellerbach’s word that he will review the case fairly.

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By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 01/21/2011 08:55:54 PM PST

CHINO HILLS – The Chino Valley Unified school board on Thursday made $14 million in cuts, which included employee layoffs and pay cuts.

But the board of education decided to delay taking action on an additional $8.7 million in cuts recommended by Superintendent Wayne Joseph.

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Collection to continue
By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Created: 01/21/2011 09:23:49 PM PST

A water technician began a battery of water tests in the High Desert town of Hinkley on Friday, gathering 13 samples that will be tested for the cancer-causing chemical hexavalent chromium, or chromium 6.

Results from the tests, commissioned by environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, should be available by the end of next week and are part of an effort by Brockovich and her team to determine the size of a contaminated groundwater plume imperiling Hinkley residents.

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Politico: David Dreier: We’ll negotiate on spending

Dreier

By JONATHAN ALLEN | 1/21/11 8:13 PM EST

A high-ranking House Republican acknowledged Friday that next week’s spending-cut vote is a message to the president, Senate Democrats and the public about where the GOP stands but not an indelible line in the sand.

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YahooFinance (NYTimes): A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Debt Burdens

MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, On Thursday January 20, 2011, 8:56 pm EST

Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.

Unlike cities, the states are barred from seeking protection in federal bankruptcy court. Any effort to change that status would have to clear high constitutional hurdles because the states are considered sovereign.

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