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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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