Archive for February 22nd, 2011

LATimes: Jerry Brown taps two for state campaign finance watchdog agency

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
February 22, 2011 | 12:48 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday appointed a high-level federal attorney to become chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission, which oversees and enforces the state’s campaign finance and ethics laws.

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InlandPolitics: Like getting the news a day early?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 11:45 a.m.

At 11:02 AM today, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/San Bernardino Sun “broke” the news that Upland Mayor JP Pomierski resigned his elected position. The announcement likely caught many county residents by surprise.

But not readers of Inlandpolitics. This site broke the news of Pomeriski’s resignation yesterday – a full 14 hours before the local dailies reporting this “news’ development.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

Don’t be fooled! It’s not working.

Efforts by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve to prop up investment markets, known as QE2 (Quantitative Easing – 2nd phase), doesn’t appear to be working.

Why you ask?

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Home prices fall to lowest level since housing bust in most major US cities

Derek Kravitz, AP Real Estate Writer,
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 11:37 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices in a majority of major U.S. cities tracked by a private trade group have fallen to their lowest levels since the housing bubble burst, and analysts expect further declines this year.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Ward 1 race harks back to 2007

10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 21, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

With the filing period for candidates in Riverside’s June 7 city council elections officially open, Ward 1 voters could see a partial replay of 2007.

That year, four candidates vied for the seat that represents downtown, and two of them were then-Councilman Dom Betro and challenger Mike Gardner, who ended up winning the seat by seven votes in a November runoff.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Nine chosen for charter review group

By PE News
on February 21, 2011 4:38 PM

Former Riverside city administrator and Western Municipal Water District board member Tom Evans will lead a nine-member committee to review Riverside’s city charter and discuss possible changes. The City Council appointed the committee Friday after interviewing 17 applicants.

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DailyBulletin: A voice in solving budget crisis

Carter

Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter
Created: 02/21/2011 08:38:16 PM PST

We are at a pivotal point in legislative discussions regarding the budget. The governor has outlined a plan that severely cuts programs and extends some temporary tax measures. No one is happy with the steps needed to balance the state’s budget.

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DailyBulletin: Firm ditches Chino

Blaming state regulations, Bing takes Florida’s offer
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 02/21/2011 08:41:31 PM PST

CHINO – A high-tech company that originated in this city expects to employ hundreds of people in a bid to create a new kind of energy.

Unfortunately, Bing Energy has opted to do business in Florida rather than the Inland Valley.

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DailyBulletin: Chaffey avoids layoffs

District’s past cuts spare jobs
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 02/21/2011 03:36:24 PM PST

ONTARIO – The Chaffey Joint Union High School District will not issue preliminary layoff notices in March to teachers as well as other certificated employees.

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VVDailyPress: Expert: Local gas to hit $4 by Memorial Day

Middle East turmoil jacks up gas prices
February 21, 2011 6:45 PM
Tomoya Shimura

VICTORVILLE • Buckle up.

Gas prices in California will reach $4 by Memorial Day, according to Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst or GasBuddy.com.

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By Sharon Noguchi
snoguchi@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/21/2011 07:00:22 PM PST
Updated: 02/22/2011 05:27:26 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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Posted: Monday, February 21, 2011 6:24 pm | Updated: 8:22 pm, Mon Feb 21, 2011.
NORBERTO SANTANA, JR. Voice of OC

Tuesday, February 22, 2010 | The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into whether contacts former State Senator Dick Ackerman made with current legislators on behalf of the Orange County Fair Board constituted illegal lobbying.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
February 21, 2011 | 2:36 pm

Special interest groups with business before the state government spent $538 million on professional lobbyists to influence the passage or defeat of bills during the 2009-10 legislative session.

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The PE: Temecula looks to keep redevelopment funds

10:00 PM PST on Monday, February 21, 2011

By JEFF HORSEMAN
The Press-Enterprise

Determined to save the city’s redevelopment dollars, Temecula’s City Council tonight will consider several measures to counter Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to end California’s redevelopment agencies.

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