Archive for January 8th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County pension costs climb

Saturday, January 8, 2011 – 09:55 a.m.

San Bernardino County has finally received the expected bad news on the pension front this week.

County Supervisors are scheduled to approve new contribution rates to the county pension system at their meeting this Tuesday.

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Lewis

By PE Politics
on January 7, 2011 1:07 PM

House Republicans on Friday announced key leadership positions within the powerful House Appropriations Committee. And while Inland Rep. Jerry Lewis lost his race for the committee’s top spot, he’ll get to be second in command on five of the panel’s 12 subcommittees as “chairman emeritus.”

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Bono Mack

By PE Politics
on January 7, 2011 11:40 AM

A celebrity gossip website on Friday posted a photo that it claims shows Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack in a “playful, but compromising” position.

In the photo posted on RadarOnline.com, a woman is seen with her tongue extended toward the chest of another woman. Both women are clothed in the image, which the website said is four years old.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Revised ethics code is ready to use

11:47 PM PST on Friday, January 7, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

As soon as next week, sharing an ethics concern about a Riverside city official will be as simple as using the city website to fill out an online form.

The new form, the way complaints are handled, and the deadline for filing them came out of several months of deliberation and a last-minute tug-of-war by the City Council. Taken together, they’re the most significant revisions made to the city’s ethics code since it was written in 2005.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/07/2011 07:11:02 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will appoint a new leader, and Supervisor Janice Rutherford looks to be the swing vote that will determine whether Supervisor Josie Gonzales will chair the board.

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DailyBulletin: Upland to carry on with interim city manager

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 01/07/2011 09:00:36 PM PST

UPLAND – The city will continue to push forward despite having temporarily lost its city manager.

City Manager Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence Tuesday for undisclosed reasons, but his duties will be carried out by Finance Director Stephen Dunn.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 7, 2011

State revenues ended $562.5 million below budget expectations for the month of December, or 5.8 percent, according to Controller John Chiang.

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WSJ: Bernanke Rejects Bailouts

Fed Chief Says State and Local Governments Shouldn’t Expect Federal Loans

JANUARY 8, 2011
By JON HILSENRATH And NEIL KING JR.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday ruled out a central bank bailout of state and local governments strapped with big municipal debt burdens, saying the Fed had limited legal authority to help and little will to use that authority.

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The unemployment rate fell to 9.4% in December, the Labor Department reports, but employers added only 103,000 jobs, far below what had been expected. The numbers suggest that the drop comes from workers’ giving up looking for jobs.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2011

Reporting from Washington —

The U.S. economy created fewer new jobs last month than expected, a painful reminder of just how slow the overall recovery may be despite recent signs of stronger consumer spending and hiring by some employers.

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Although the unemployment rate dropped dramatically to 9.4% in December, the government reported, employers added only 103,000 jobs, below many analysts’ expectations. The report on average weekly work hours was also disappointing.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2011

Reporting from Washington —

The nation’s unemployment rate dipped last month to the lowest level since the spring of 2009. Still, the economy created substantially fewer new jobs than had been expected – a painful reminder of just how slow the jobs recovery may continue to be.

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