Archive for February, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County budget cuts???

Monday, February 28, 2011 – 09:50 a.m.

Where are San Bernadino County’s budget cuts?

It’s March already, which means two-thirds of the current fiscal year has slipped away, with still no meaningful reductions other than a hiring freeze.


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The PE: POLITCAL NOTEBOOK: Baca vs. Lewis in 2012?



10:00 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

As a new independent panel prepares to draw new political lines and congressional districts in time for the 2012 elections, a pair of veteran Inland House members are already sparring over the possibility they could be fighting over a seat.

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11:06 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

People looking to stand outside a Riverside County government building and sell their goods or services could soon be out of luck.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will discuss whether to draft a local law banning unauthorized solicitation on county property.

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The PE: Issa team’s ties draw scrutiny




WATCHDOG: An expert says it’s not unusual for staffers to be close to subjects being examined.

10:35 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Watchdog Institute

WASHINGTON – First as ranking minority member and now as chairman of one of the most powerful watchdog committees in Congress, Inland Rep. Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investigations.

Issa, R-Vista, took control of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last month, and asked companies, nonprofit organizations and industry associations for guidance on federal regulations. The committee has broad powers to subpoena and investigate government and industry.

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The PE: Inside Rep. Darrell Issa’s Investigation Machine

10:42 PM PST on Sunday, February 27, 2011

Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – It’s shortly after 9 a.m. on a Tuesday. The day’s first signs of life emerge on Capitol Hill, as staffers trudge to work with newspapers tucked underarm and their eyes glued to smart phones.

But inside the offices that house the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, the Darrell Issa investigation machine is in full swing. Phones are continually ringing. Men and women with huge stacks of reports and thick binders dart in and out of meetings in still-undecorated conference rooms.

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The Sun: Jobs in holding pattern

Companies likely to retain current workers
Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/27/2011 08:14:31 PM PST

People can begin to feel some relief after recent reports suggest that layoffs have declined for now.

Economists agree that businesses are less likely to make staff cuts, while unemployment figures are not expected to drop.

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DailyBulletin: On Upland agenda: picking a new mayor

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/27/2011 07:02:28 AM PST

Who’s going to replace the Upland mayor who stepped down last week with almost two years left in his term?

On Tuesday, the City Council will discuss the options now that John “JP” Pomierski has resigned. The council, led by interim Mayor Brendan Brandt, has 60 days to decide whether to appoint someone or hold a special election.

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DailyBulletin: Level pay pushed for subs



Dutton: Bill would save schools millions
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/27/2011 07:02:29 AM PST

Sen. Bob Dutton has introduced a bill that would save money for local school districts by creating a statewide pay scale for all substitute teachers.

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Public input sought on new transmission corridor through Hesperia, Lucerne
February 27, 2011 2:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

HESPERIA • Southern California Edison is planning a $750 million project to enable new renewable energy development in the Mojave Desert to connect to the power grid.

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Posted at 12:58 PM on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011
By DON THOMPSON – Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After weeks of political maneuvering in the Capitol, the coming month will go a long way toward determining how California’s massive budget deficit will be resolved.

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Capitol and California – Dan Walters
By Dan Walters The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Transparency is a bedrock principle of effective governance and consumer protection; one cannot make rational political, personal or financial decisions unless one has information about their potential consequences.

That’s why we have open election, meeting and records laws, that’s why food and over-the-counter drug packages have extensive data about their contents and that’s why banks must tell borrowers what interest rates they will be paying, to cite just a few obvious examples.

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By Ed Mendel
February 28, 2011

After the stock market crash punched a big hole in their CalPERS investment funds, a new report says 26 local government agencies reduced pension benefits — but nearly 200 cities, counties and fire and water districts increased pension benefits.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County to seek dismissal of lawsuit


Sunday, February 27, 2011 – 10:40 a.m.

San Bernardino County appears confident in its defense of a lawsuit filed by it’s former chief executive Mark Uffer.

They probably have every right to be.

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The Sun: Op-Ed: Rebuilding SB Valley economy



Mayors Pat Morris, Pete Aguilar, Larry McCallon, David Zamora and Rhodes Rigsby
Posted: 02/26/2011 07:09:41 AM PST

As the mayors of five cities in the heart of the east San Bernardino Valley, it is our collective responsibility to ensure we make the strategic investments required to rebuild our regional economy and ensure its vibrancy and sustainability for the 21st century. Our highest priority has been modernizing our region’s transportation infrastructure to ensure our valley is economically attractive to businesses, jobs and residents.

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The Sun: A complex picture lies in I.E.



City officials often differ on the use of RDA funds
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 04:08:51 PM PST

After Gov. Jerry Brown proposed eliminating redevelopment agencies, a seemingly unanimous chorus of city and county leaders up and down the state called Brown’s plan a bad idea.

But officials in San Bernardino are singing a slightly different tune. They say the state should keep some redevelopment agencies and eliminate others.

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Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz, who took over in July, is getting consistently good reviews from a variety of people.

11:36 PM PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Conversation with Sergio Diaz, Riverside Chief of Police
Published: 2/26/2011 09:14 PM

The Riverside Police Department has been through its share of turmoil in the past year, from the sudden departure of the chief after a notorious drunken driving stop last February to the November slaying of an officer on duty.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:54:51 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – As cities statewide argue that eliminating redevelopment agencies would jeopardize vital infrastructure and job creation, officials here worry it could claim another victim: the city itself.

Grand Terrace might have to disincorporate within a year if it loses its Redevelopment Agency, fears Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz.

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The Sun: Mello-Roos an alternative to redevelopment

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/26/2011 03:30:41 PM PST

Inland Empire cities can and have used redevelopment agencies to build freeway interchanges, storm drains and other big public infrastructure projects that aim to open land to new development.

But there are other ways to pay for those projects. One way, said Redlands-based regional economist John Husing, is to create community facilities districts or CFDs – also known as Mello-Roos districts.

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DailyBulletin: Teacher pension system on brink


Taxpayers may face larger costs
Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:29 AM PST

As California school districts anticipate possibly the worst budget crisis in a generation, many will try to lighten their burden by enticing older teachers into retirement.

But as more and more teachers retire – with a pension averaging 55 percent to 60 percent of salary – they will be straining a system that already can’t meet its obligations.

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DailyBulletin: Budget dents service


Lack of overtime funds idles paramedic squad
Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

MONTCLAIR – The Fire Department has depleted most of its overtime budget and will take a paramedic unit out of service whenever a firefighter is ill or on vacation.

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DailyBulletin: 8 at the plate


Vote 2011 | Claremont City Council

Rivals try different tactics to stand out
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 07:05:23 AM PST

CLAREMONT – With eight people running for three open City Council seats, the candidates’ toughest fight has been separating themselves from the pack in time for the March 8 general election.

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Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 02/26/2011 09:48:05 PM PST

CLAREMONT – Mayor Linda Elderkin is not through with the city even after she has decided to leave her city post in order to spend more time with her family.

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The PE: BEAUMONT: Ban on nonprofit pot shops proposed



11:50 PM PST on Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives will be prohibited in Beaumont if a proposed ordinance is adopted by the City Council.

The ordinance, which is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Beaumont City Council meeting, also would allow the city to regulate the establishment of collectives and cooperatives if the courts determine it is unconstitutional to ban them.

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By David Siders
Published: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown, traveling to Los Angeles to meet with business leaders Friday, sat with The Bee to talk about his prospects for a budget deal, his place in politics and life back at the Capitol. The Democratic governor is still jogging, working long hours and keeping his negotiating options open.

You’ve said the partisan divide at the Capitol was maybe more than you’d expected. Do you think you underestimated Republican resistance?

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Bloomberg: Bank of America, Wells Fargo May Face Fines on Foreclosures



By Dakin Campbell
Feb 26, 2011 11:07 AM PT

Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. mortgage firms, said they may face fines or enforcement actions from regulators amid investigations into foreclosure procedures.

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By Daniel Indiviglio
Friday, February 25, 2011

Provided by

Generally, more democracy has a positive effect on the global economy. Freer people have the ability to buy, sell, and innovate as they please. But the political unrest in the Middle East is having a negative effect on the markets thus far. What makes those revolutions different? The Middle East is a major source of the world’s oil. Political uncertainty in the region leads to oil supply uncertainty. For that reason the recent events in nations like Egypt and Libya have been worrying investors and businesses: if less oil flows out of the region to the rest of the world, fuel prices will rise.

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Growing state and local spending cuts pose latest challenge to US economic recovery

Michael Sandler and Jeannine Aversa, AP Business Writers
On Friday February 25, 2011, 7:09 pm EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep spending cuts by state and local governments pose a growing threat to an economy that is already grappling with high unemployment, depressed home prices and the surging cost of oil.

Lawmakers at state capitols and city halls are slashing jobs and programs, arguing that some pain now is better than a lot more later. But the cuts are coming at a price — weaker growth at the national level.

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The PE: Changes on Pension Panel

10:00 PM PST on Friday, February 25, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

A new appointment to the San Bernardino County retirement board signals the county is serious about curbing pension costs.

The fund faces a $115 million deficit over the next five years due to investment losses and increasing payouts to retirees.

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The Sun: San Bernardino aims to improve service to residents


By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 09:15:41 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The city is moving forward with its efforts to clear out a backlog of service calls that have stretched work crews and left residents frustrated.

The City Council has approved a call center to serve as a one-stop shop for non-emergency requests for service and information.

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The Sun: Retroactive accounting cuts Grand Terrace debt



By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 03:48:03 PM PST

GRAND TERRACE – A month-long review of more than a decade of decisions has chipped more than $1million off what was once a $4.6million debt.

The city owes the money to its Redevelopment Agency, a city-controlled body that former City Manager Tom Schwab often borrowed from to balance the city’s general fund, officials said.

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By Molly Davis Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 05:09:55 PM PST

REDLANDS – Dozens of citizens came out to protest Rep. Jerry Lewis’ support of Republican-proposed cuts to the federal budget., a national political action group, organized protests around the country Thursday. In Redlands, about 35 people came out to speak against Lewis’ support, according to protest organizer Zoe Lane.

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The Sun: Highland to use volunteer reserve firefighters

By Jesse B. Gill Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 05:24:31 PM PST

HIGHLAND – The city will soon make the switch from paid-call reserve firefighters to volunteer firefighters.

The City Council voted Tuesday evening to establish a volunteer unpaid firefighter reserve program.

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By Canan Tasci Staff Writer
Created: 02/25/2011 07:41:57 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Superintendent Michael Whisenand has never had to plan for two budgets or consider laying off teachers.

That changed on Thursday.

Alta Loma School District board members approved sending out 18 layoff notices in March to teachers as well as other certificated employees.

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DailyBulletin: Torres moves office to Chino




By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 02/25/2011 07:41:53 PM PST

CHINO – Assemblywoman Norma Torres this week moved into a new district office in this city’s downtown to cut costs and to upgrade facilities.

The new 2,600-square-foot office is on the ground floor of the city-owned Chino Chaffey Information Technology Center at 13179 Seventh St.

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The PE: Mayor: Murrieta will be an economic force



10:40 PM PST on Friday, February 25, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Mayor Randon Lane said Friday that Murrieta has “weathered the storm” of the recession and that public and private investments have the city poised to recover strongly from the recent economic bust.

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By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 02/25/2011 09:07:13 PM PST

Last week, as the House of Representatives debated a bill that would fund the federal government from March through September, Republicans voted to block federal money from being used to implement the new health-care law, to enforce some environmental laws and to fund Planned Parenthood.

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Capitol and California – State Budget
By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 – 12:24 am

The Legislature’s lawyers have told Republicans that Democrats could put taxes on the ballot with a majority vote under narrow circumstances.

The opinion, sought by Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton, does not specifically address Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to extend higher income, sales and vehicle taxes for five years at a June election to help solve a $26.6 billion deficit.

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After a 10-year borrowing binge, the upcoming budget is expected to spend more on debt than public universities or state parks. Next year’s repayments — $7.65 billion — could make up a quarter of the deficit.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
February 26, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

Closing California’s deficit this year would be immeasurably easier if the state weren’t paying for a 10-year borrowing binge.

Without that tab, officials could scrap plans to close state parks, force nearly a million low-income children to go without eye care and take in-home aid away from hundreds of thousands of elderly, blind and disabled residents.

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Published: Feb. 25, 2011
Updated: 8:04 p.m.


Unlike Wisconsin, California stands virtually no chance of stripping public school teachers and other unionized employees of their collective contract-negotiating rights. But like Wisconsin, the economic downturn has put increasing pressure on state workers to accept deep concessions in their health and retirement benefits, experts say.

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The amount of the settlement — from $5 billion to $20 billion — and how best to use the money are at the center of negotiations.

By Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
February 25, 2011, 6:11 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles —

Federal and state officials are analyzing proposals that could help people who lost their homes or missed mortgage payments as a key part in resolving a multibillion-dollar case over botched foreclosure paperwork.

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InlandPolitics: Some Inland Republicans may cave on tax vote

Friday, February 25, 2011 – 4:00 p.m.

Well, it’s finally started.

The republican kabuki dance to sell out the people of California has began in earnest.

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InlandPolitics: Oil Prices: A Breather?


Friday, February 25, 2011 – 07:35 a.m.


The price of crude oil paused Friday morning hovering between $96 and $99 per barrel.


Growth slightly slower at year’s end than first thought; states cut spending more deeply

Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer
On Friday February 25, 2011, 9:19 am EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deeper spending cuts by state and local governments weighed down U.S. economic growth in the final three months of last year. The government’s revised estimate for the October-December quarter illustrates how growing state budget crises could hold back the economic recovery.

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LATimes: Fourth-quarter economic growth revised downward

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
February 25, 2011 | 6:18 am

Economic growth for the final three months of last year was revised downward to an annualized rate of 2.8% by government statisticians Friday, another indication of the struggling recovery from the recession as turmoil in the Middle East threatens further problems.

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Gov. Jerry Brown had pointed words for state lawmakers Thursday, as he testified before a budget committee at the state Capitol. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / February 24, 2011)

By Anthony York and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
February 25, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he would hold out for a budget that cuts more than $25 billion from state services if voters and lawmakers do not approve more taxes.

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The PE: YUCAIPA: Supervisor Derry to conduct town hall




By PE News
on February 24, 2011 11:27 AM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry will hold a town hall meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at Yucaipa City Hall.

Following a presentation on what’s going on at the county, Derry will open the floor to questions. No subject is off limits.

City Hall is located at 34272 Yucaipa Blvd.

DailyBulletin: Rocky roads ahead on tax extension ordeal

Staff and wire reports
Created: 02/24/2011 08:14:29 PM PST

The battle to get a tax extension on a June ballot is heating up in Sacramento.

Just a day after a majority of Republicans in the Legislature formed a “Taxpayers Caucus” – basically refusing to put the measure on the ballot – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday attempted to convince GOP lawmakers to leave it up to the voters.

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Rep. Mary Bono Mack at her press conference on her new role as Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade February 4, 2011. / Wade Byars, The Desert Sun

11:12 PM, Feb. 24, 2011 |
Written by PAUL C. BARTON
Desert Sun Washington Bureau

A man indicted on a charge of illegally funneling political contributions to two California legislative candidates also gave to past campaigns of Rep. Mary Bono Mack.

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DailyBulletin: Chino city attorney pleads not guilty to DUI

By Will Bigham Staff Writer
Created: 02/24/2011 08:13:30 PM PST

WEST COVINA – Chino City Attorney Jimmy Gutierrez pleaded not guilty this week to two misdemeanor drunken driving charges.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville’s public works director resigns



February 24, 2011 5:47 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Public Works Director Amer Jakher this week resigned from Victorville’s staff for a second time, as he prepares to take a similar position in another city.

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OC Watchdog ~ Your tax dollars at work
February 24th, 2011, 1:34 pm·
Posted by Tony Saavedra, Register investigative reporter

Two high-ranking officials at the Orange County Employees Retirement System have been placed on paid leave in connection with a $228 million mistake that has resulted in multi-million dollar pension catch-up bills for agencies countywide.

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Calpensions: New criticism of CalPERS: rate hike too small


By Ed Mendel
February 25, 2011

CalPERS bent the rules to avoid hitting state and local governments with a big rate increase after heavy losses in the stock market crash. Now it’s being criticized for passing some of the cost for today’s workers to future generations.

The president of a new group working on a pension reform initiative, Dan Pellisier, said in a newspaper article last week that a CalPERS decision to remain underfunded is a “Ponzi scheme” and “intergenerational theft,” legal but immoral.

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By Jon Ortiz
Published: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

California’s state and local governments should roll back pensions for existing employees, dump guaranteed retirement payouts and put more of the burden for pension benefits on workers, a bipartisan watchdog commission said Thursday.

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By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Were Gov. Jerry Brown’s deficit workout plan to become reality, its spending cuts and additional revenues would probably bring the state budget into balance for at least a few years – but the fiscal picture then becomes much cloudier.

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A rendering of the Boeing NewGen Tanker. Boeing has said that its winning bid would mean about 4,500 jobs in California. (Boeing via EPA)

By W.J. Hennigan Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
February 24, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

Chicago-based Boeing Co. has won the $35-billion contract to build a fleet of aerial refueling tankers, possibly the culmination of a dramatic decade-long battle that the aerospace world has been following.

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LATimes: State to collect sales tax on medical marijuana



Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
February 24, 2011 | 1:17 pm

California’s tax collectors want their share of the burgeoning medical marijuana business.

The state Board of Equalization announced Thursday that medical marijuana dispensaries are not exempt from paying sales tax.

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InlandPolitics: Crude oil prices continue climb

Thursday, February 24, 2011 – 07:26 a.m.


The price of crude oil continued it’s erratic, but steady, climb this morning over tensions in the Middle East.

The price for a barrel of light sweet crude hit $103.

InlandPolitics: Is this a joke?



Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 11:00 p.m.

Just when you thought you had seen it all comes San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s ethics committee.

A committee of individuals Rutherford saw fit to advise her on ethical reform in county government.

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InlandPolitics: A lesson in blog statistics


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: February 24, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.

Inquiring minds want to know…….

So let’s give a lesson.

Continuing the discussion about how blog statistics are computed and tracked, we here at in a concerted effort to deliver timely and accurate information, without spin, seek to dispel hyperbole as to this website credibility.

Gathering accurate blog statistics requires technical programs and adequate financing.

Financing not derived by way of a “PayPal” account.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A special election will be held July 12 to fill the San Bernardino City Council seat vacated by the resignation of Councilman Jason Desjardins.

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10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Redevelopment money intended for a five-year economic development agreement between Grand Terrace and Stater Bros. was safeguarded by the City Council on Tuesday.

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James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2011 06:16:20 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Expecting a shortfall of $25 million next year, the school board has approved big budget cuts, including an across-the-board pay cut and the second increase in class sizes in as many years.

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Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2011 06:14:22 PM PST

POMONA – Members of the Pomona Unified School District Board of Education this week authorized issuing preliminary layoff notices to more than 400 teachers.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2011 06:44:11 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – It’s time for the public to help save redevelopment funding, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren told a group of city staff members and elected officials meeting here Wednesday morning.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/23/2011 04:55:31 PM PST

UPLAND – The resignation of Mayor John “JP” Pomierski has left the City Council with the task of filling his vacancy.

Pomierski tendered his resignation without explanation on Tuesday, leaving the city’s highest elected office empty.

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By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

More than two-thirds of the Republicans in the Legislature took a hard-line stance Wednesday against Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan, forming a new group and pledging to block the governor’s efforts to let voters extend tax hikes.

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Politics Blog
Posted By: Marisa Lagos | February 23 2011 at 05:39 PM

Looks like Gov. Jerry Brown’s office has a contingency plan for all those cities around California that have been rushing to approve redevelopment money before the state can kill the program. (Eliminating redevelopment is a key part of Brown’s plan to solve the state’s $26 billion budget deficit.)

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On politics in the Golden State
February 23, 2011 | 1:49 pm

Adding a new wrinkle to the already-hot-though-still-unofficial contest to replace retiring Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice), a minor-party candidate has filed suit in federal court over California’s new “top two” elections system.

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Capitol and California – The State Worker
By Jon Ortiz The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Get ready for a new round of debate over public pensions that could shape California’s intensifying budget talks and even wind up putting some sort of rollback on the legislative agenda.

The bipartisan Little Hoover Commission plans to release a report today on California’s public pensions, complete with suggested changes.

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LATimes: Rising fuel prices could cramp economic recovery

Increases prompted by overseas turmoil have a ripple effect.

By Alana Semuels and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
February 24, 2011

Consumers are already seeing the fallout from turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa every time they fill their gas tanks. It’s what they don’t see that’s the bigger worry for the U.S. economy.

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LATimes: Report: GOP budget cuts would hit U.S. economy

By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
February 23, 2011, 5:14 p.m.

Reporting from Washington —

Spending cuts approved by House Republicans would act as a drag on the U.S. economy, according to a Wall Street analysis that put new pressure on the political debate in Washington.

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On politics in the Golden State
February 23, 2011 | 11:05 am

Two-thirds of Republicans in the California Legislature announced Wednesday that they were forming a new group and pledged not only never to vote to raise taxes but also to block efforts to place a tax-hike measure before voters.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 05:45 a.m.

Sources are telling that Upland City Manager Robb Quincey may become a possible casualty of the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into activities within the city.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 05:40 a.m.

Expect more bad news on the crude oil / gasoline front today as conflict in the Middle East worsens.

A continued blow to the U.S. and World economy.

InlandPolitics: Blog viewership continues expansion


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 05:40 a.m. has experienced an explosion in growth this month, now that the website platform and database is configured to handle the higher traffic.

Yesterday the site had a new record of 78,121 hits. This puts the February total at 1,276,104.

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DailyBulletin: Upland Mayor Pomierski resigns

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2011 05:11:30 PM PST

UPLAND – John “JP” Pomierski resigned as mayor on Tuesday amid a federal investigation.

Pomierski, who has been under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, filed his resignation after clearing out his office at City Hall. He offered no explanation for his decision.

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Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2011 05:46:50 PM PST

UPLAND – Few in the city, including members of the City Council, knew Mayor John “JP” Pomierski would step down on Tuesday. But his resignation, under the cloud of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and IRS, was not entirely a surprise.

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The PE: UPLAND: Mayor resigns while under investigation

06:27 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Upland Mayor John Pomierski, who has been under investigation by the FBI, resigned from office Tuesday.

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The PE: San Jacinto councilman announces Assembly run

Di Memmo

By PE Politics
on February 22, 2011 2:09 PM

San Jacinto Councilman Steven Di Memmo will be a candidate for state Assembly, he announced in a recent news release.

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The PE: EASTVALE: Council to mull posting motto

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

On Feb. 16, Norco became the first Riverside County city to post the national motto “In God We Trust” in its council chambers.

The city of Eastvale may soon follow suit.

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Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 02/22/2011 05:47:10 PM PST

REDLANDS – City officials say they will continue to follow the transparency provisions of the Brown Act regardless of whether the state reimburses the city for doing so.

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DailyBulletin: Ethics panel holds first meeting


Supervisor seeks to rebuild public trust
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 02/22/2011 10:00:03 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford on Tuesday convened her first meeting of her Ethics Advisory Working Group, which will work to restore public trust in county government through new policies and practices.

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10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The Murrieta Valley Unified school board will consider cutting more than 100 teaching positions and furloughing dozens of non-union employees at a special meeting Thursday.

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The PE: PERRIS: City strives to exhaust redevelopment money

10:27 PM PST on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A Perris councilman is suggesting exhausting his city’s redevelopment funds before the state can.

Mark Yarbrough called on his City Council colleagues and city staff to use up Perris’ redevelopment money before a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate redevelopment agencies can take effect. Billions of redevelopment dollars not already committed to projects would be redirected to other priorities.

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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:58 pm | Updated: 12:59 pm, Tue Feb 22, 2011.

Wednesday, February 2, 2010 | Last October, when District Attorney Tony Rackauckas cleared former State Senator Dick Ackerman of any illegal lobbying on the proposed sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds, his report stated that Ackerman didn’t violate a state ban on lobbying former colleagues because “his contact was not with state legislators.”

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