Archive for February 15th, 2011

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Another month cashing in!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Well it’s been another month and a name is still conspicuously missing from San Bernardino County retirement rolls.

Ruth E. Stringer, the allegedly retired county counsel, seems to be once again missing.

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By PE Politics
on February 14, 2011 1:45 PM

Riverside County supervisors Tuesday are set to approve their state and federal legislative platforms.

The two reports outline the legislation county officials and lobbyists will pursue — both for and against — with lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

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The PE: Cook bills target sex offenders

Cook

By PE Politics
on February 14, 2011 12:42 PM

Joined by the father of murdered teen Amber Dubois, Inland Southern California Assemblyman Paul Cook on Monday introduced a four-bill package meant to toughen rules on sex offenders and strengthen victims rights.

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10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 14, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux is recommending a series of budget and staffing changes in a midyear budget review going to the Board of Supervisors today.

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The PE: Editorial: Settlement stealth?

10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 14, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

The documents behind San Bernardino County’s 2006 legal settlement with developer Colonies Partners should be public records. County taxpayers have every right to know why supervisors shelled out $102 million in public funds in a deal now at the center of a corruption investigation.

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11:08 PM PST on Monday, February 14, 2011

By LAURIE LUCAS
The Press-Enterprise

The Moreno Valley City Council took action recently to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to phase out redevelopment throughout the state.

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DailyBulletin: Cities unite to fight state

Leaders speak up for redevelopment
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 02/14/2011 09:01:46 PM PST

Strategies are taking shape for a two- county group that’s lobbying to save redevelopment funding in the Inland Empire.

Letters from children, resolutions from cities, testimonials on Facebook were all part of strategies advanced by the group that began shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to abolish redevelopment agencies.

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Lewis

February 14, 2011 5:52 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON • President Barak Obama’s proposed federal budget would double the national debt to $26.3 trillion in 10 years, sparking opposition from fiscal conservatives.

Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, said while the president has called for reducing deficits, the reality is this budget would cause the biggest deficit in history at $1.65 trillion and result in many more years of trillion-dollar deficits.

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VVDailyPress: Judge upholds $52M settlement to Victorville

Foxborough designer has until Feb. 24 to appeal verdict
February 14, 2011 4:14 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • A Riverside judge Monday upheld a $52 million settlement in favor of the city of Victorville, which could help the city recover an estimated 40 percent of its losses for the failed Foxborough power plant.

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VVDailyPress: Ashburn gets pricey perk from Schwarzenegger

Ashburn

February 14, 2011 3:40 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

SACRAMENTO • Before landing a cushy state government job last month, former state Sen. Roy Ashburn served for a month as an “assistant to the governor,” the Sacramento Bee reported.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 – 6:36 am

The Legislative Analyst’s Office provides a sobering take on how to solve the state’s $26.6 billion deficit without new tax dollars in a memo released Monday.

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The formal vote comes amid a gradual change by the giant pension fund after losing 42% of the value of its real estate portfolio during the recession.

Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento —

After losing 42% of the value of its extensive real estate portfolio during the recession, the state’s biggest public pension fund has approved a formal plan to pursue a less risky investment strategy.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 – 6:57 am

CalPERS officials acknowledged Monday that federal prosecutors are investigating the bribery scandal at the California pension fund.

The scandal, which involves CalPERS investment activities, has so far produced a state lawsuit and several pieces of legislation, but no criminal charges.

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LATimes: Obama’s budget would trim funds to California

The president’s plan would give less energy assistance for poor households and less money for reducing neighborhood blight and beach pollution. But the House’s new GOP majority wants to cut much deeper.

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2011

Reporting from Washington —

For struggling California, President Obama’s proposed budget will provide less money for a state government awash in its own red ink, less energy assistance for tens of thousands of poor households and less funding for projects such as those aimed at reducing beach pollution and neighborhood blight.

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