Archive for February 19th, 2011

By Jason Abbott, Staff Writer
Friday, February 18, 2011 – 05:00 p.m.

The work of California’s Citizen redistricting Commission just cleared a major hurdle as the United States Department Of Justice issued a “pre-clearance” allowing the body to proceed with its work. The commission is entrusted with the task of re-drawing Calfiornia’s state legislative and federal Congressional districts this year, for use in the next ten years.

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The PE: Higgins urges Riverside County to drop legal action

By PE Politics
on February 18, 2011 3:02 PM

Herb Higgins, the former Norco councilman seeking to reduce the pay of supervisors, released a statement today urging Riverside County to drop its legal action against his proposed initiative.

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The PE: Tavaglione to cities: Compromise on redevelopment

Tavaglione

By PE Politics
on February 18, 2011 1:25 PM

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione said this week that a compromise could be reached with Gov. Jerry Brown over redevelopment.

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The PE: Family members describe illegal campaign donations

10:00 PM PST on Friday, February 18, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Sarah Minor wasn’t sure what Jeff Stone did in politics — she thought the Riverside County supervisor was a state senator — but in 2009 she wrote a $3,900 campaign contribution check to him because her father-in-law and Agri-Empire chief Larry Minor asked her to do it.

He reimbursed Sarah and husband Andy — Larry’s son — who also made a $3,900 contribution.

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By PE Politics
on February 18, 2011 4:57 PM

Former Riverside City Councilman Dom Betro apparently plans to try to wrest back the Ward 1 seat he lost to Mike Gardner in 2007, but he’ll face competition.

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The PE: City agency now owns Carousel Mall

08:53 PM PST on Friday, February 18, 2011

By TIFFANY RAY
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino Economic Development Agency has bought Carousel Mall for $13.1 million despite efforts by the shopping center’s most recent owner to prevent the sale, but more legal battles remain.

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By Canan Tasci Staff Writer
Created: 02/18/2011 06:38:51 PM PST

ONTARIO – Ontario-Montclair School District’s superintendent described the district’s $13.2 million budget reductions in two words – gut wrenching.

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By Liset Márquez Staff Writer
Created: 02/18/2011 06:18:26 PM PST

ONTARIO – In an effort to secure its future redevelopment funds, the City Council has agreed to shift the obligation of redevelopment work and the payment of more than $335million in anticipated redevelopment funding to the city.

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By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 02/18/2011 06:37:50 PM PST

CHINO – The Chino Valley Unified school board on Thursday night approved temporary layoff notices for about 95 teachers as well as an elementary assistant principal, a special education coordinator and a program specialist.

Reduction in force – or temporary layoff notices – must be sent out by March 15 to teachers.

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VVDailyPress: Sharon Runner sworn-in to Senate

February 18, 2011 4:54 PM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner was sworn into office Friday, becoming the sixth Republican woman in California history to join the state Senate.

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The Legislature and the governor are still at odds on some healthcare spending and a proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2011, 9:25 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento —

Lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature on Friday gave a preliminary blessing to Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, which calls for deep cuts to state services and counts on voters to approve billions of dollars in taxes later this year.

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SacBee: Housing portfolio boss resigns from CalPERS

Published: Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

Another top investment officer has left CalPERS.

James G. Lasher, who was hired two years ago as senior portfolio manager for housing, resigned effective Friday, according to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

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LATimes: Fiscal mess fuels crisis in Montebello

Two off-the-books accounts and alleged misuse of millions have city officials seeking answers.

By Jessica Garrison and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
February 19, 2011

Millions in Montebello city funds have been mismanaged or drained from off-the-books accounts, leaving officials scrambling for explanations and prompting fears about the city’s solvency.

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WSJ: Public-Pension Fight Surfaces in California

Gov. Jerry Brown talks with reporters Friday. He has called for raising public employees’ pension contributions.

Politics
February 19, 2011
By Jim Carlton

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Fighting over spending on public employees has shut down the state capitol in Wisconsin, sent police officers marching in Hartford, Conn., and sparked the largest public protest ever in Trenton, N.J. Now, it is complicating California Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to close a $26.6 billion budget gap.

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LATimes: Gasoline hits a high for February

A gallon of regular in California soars to an average $3.50 and may continue rising.

By Ronald D. White and Stephen Caesar, Los Angeles Times
February 18, 2011

The average price for regular gasoline shot up to $3.50 statewide, the highest level ever in February, and is expected to rise further as the summer driving season approaches.

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