Archive for March, 2011

InlandPolitics: Crude oil resumes climb

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

The price of West Texas Intermediate Light Sweet Crude resumed its climb this morning with a vengence.

 

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Contract talks between Riverside County and the union representing sheriff’s deputies took a public turn this week.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Association released a statement Tuesday saying the county rejected multiple offers that would have saved as much as $28 million over the next three years.

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The PE: Plea Bargain for Postmus

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

Now that former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus has pleaded guilty and promised to tell all he knows, will the rest of the defendants in the public-corruption cases tumble like a house of cards?

Will his five unindicted co-conspirators be charged?

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DailyBulletin: Lawyers to discuss impact

Postmus’ guilty plea
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/30/2011 08:53:17 PM PDT

The repercussions of a guilty plea to corruption charges by former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus are expected to be discussed Tuesday when county attorneys brief the Board of Supervisors in a closed-door session.

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The PE: Nestande co-authors presidential popular vote bill

By PE Politics
March 30, 2011 1:56 PM

California would award its 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who won the national popular vote under bipartisan legislation co-authored by Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert.

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DailyBulletin: Colleges prepare for cuts

Budget impasse will add to already imposing shortfalls
James Rufus Koren and Neil Nisperos, Staff Writers
Created: 03/30/2011 05:39:14 PM PDT

California State University campuses and local community colleges, already in line for budget cuts, are bracing for what leaders are calling unprecedented additional cuts, following a breakdown in negotiations over the state budget.

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The Sun: No prayers before Yucaipa meetings

Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/30/2011 02:19:33 PM PDT

YUCAIPA – Sitting in front of a wall with “In God We Trust” on it, the City Council could not come to a consensus about an agenda item on having an invocation, or nondenominational prayer, before each meeting.

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NEWS ANALYSIS

Several major Republican priorities were within reach as four GOP lawmakers negotiated on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan. When talks broke down, they lost a rare window of opportunity.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters March 24 after signing bills to cut billions from California’s budget. Talks with Republicans to seek votes for his budget plan crumbled Tuesday night. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / March 24, 2011)

By Evan Halper and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — After years of sitting on the bench, watching much of the state’s business being conducted with little regard for their input, California Republicans in recent months had an opportunity to share the reins of government.

Now, that appears to be gone.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown faces tricky budget options

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The collapse of budget negotiations leaves a temporary vacuum as state leaders decide where to head next.

This much is known: the state needs to solve a remaining $15.4 billion deficit, and lawmakers have exhausted many options in the realm of spending cuts and fund transfers.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Sure as deadlocks follow budget talks, here’s a rumor that surfaces whenever California government suffers fiscal convulsions: The state is going to offer “golden handshakes.”

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SacBee: State’s drought officially ends

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 3:14 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 5:55 pm

California’s drought is over. But don’t get carried away.

That was the basic message in a proclamation issued today by Gov. Jerry Brown, which rescinds a statewide drought emergency declaration adopted in February 2009 by his predecessor.

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A city administrator warns that the ‘true nature of the city’s cash deficit was buried for many years’ by various accounting maneuvers.

By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011

Montebello is so short on cash it may have trouble making payroll or paying its bills in the near future if officials don’t take “immediate corrective action,” a city administrator warned this week.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Jerry Brown’s state budget plan blows up

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

That explosion you heard in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday was the big blowup of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to ask voters in June to extend billions of dollars in taxes to balance the deficit-riddled state budget.

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10:33 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside Board of Supervisors meet about county budgets
Published: 3/29/2011 07:18 PM

Riverside County’s four public-safety departments painted a bleak picture Tuesday of their finances, saying they face significant budget shortfalls for next fiscal year.

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The PE: Emmerson: “It’s over”

Emmerson

By PE Politics
March 29, 2011 3:50 PM

State Sen. Bill Emmerson said Tuesday that budget negotiations with Gov. Jerry Brown are over and won’t restart.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Redistricting gets under way

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By DUANE GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Hunched over large maps — with markers in hand — Riverside County’s redistricting committee began trying Tuesday to figure out how to divide more than 2 million residents into five equal districts.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: No consensus on seeking Colonies money

 

Postmus

 

10:40 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino County Corruption Probe

Prosecutors say a plea deal by former San Bernardino County Assessor and Supervisor Bill Postmus could invalidate a $102 million lawsuit settlement, but they will leave it up to the county Board of Supervisors to decide whether to go after the money.

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DailyBulletin: Quincey’s job under scrutiny

Quincey

 

Council has closed session
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/29/2011 04:55:14 PM PDT

UPLAND – Council members discussed City Manager Robb Quincey’s employment during a closed session meeting on Monday, but didn’t provide much information to the public on his status with the city.

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DailyBulletin: Postmus plea causes stir

Ex-official’s deal has implications for investigations, county lawsuits
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/29/2011 09:23:45 PM PDT

A guilty plea to corruption charges by former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus may have major impacts on an ongoing criminal investigation and a landmark $102 million legal settlement between the county and a land developer.

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VVDailyPress: Rothschild back in City Council race

 

March 29, 2011 3:15 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Mike Rothschild has decided to run for a seventh term on the City Council after all, spurred to change his mind by a mounting recall effort against him and two other council members.

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The PE: HEMET: Mayor warns of tough decisions on horizon

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By KEVIN PEARSON
The Press-Enterprise

Hemet likely will face more cuts as it battles through tough economic times, and residents will have to accept the potential for change, Mayor Jerry Franchville said during an annual address.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown ends talks on bipartisan budget deal

By Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
March 30, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown has abandoned his effort to negotiate a bipartisan budget, charging that Republicans were unwilling to support his plan unless he yielded to “an ever-changing list of collateral demands.”

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 29, 2011

The California Labor Federation is considering a ballot initiative on taxes after budget talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and Republican lawmakers broke down this afternoon.

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The PE: Former S.B. Assessor takes plea deal

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise
Published: 3/28/2011 07:57 PM

PDF: DA statement on plea deal in San Bernardino County corruption case

Special Section: San Bernardino County Corruption Probe

Former San Bernardino County Assessor and Supervisor Bill Postmus pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to corruption charges after more than two years of fighting the allegations in court.

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The Sun: Postmus pleads guilty (Updated)

Postmus

 

Former county assessor to trade testimony for reduction in charges
Joe Nelson and Mike Cruz, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/28/2011 05:27:31 PM PDT

Former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus pleaded guilty on Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court to criminal charges stemming from scandals involving the Assessor’s Office and a legal settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Pension Issue Divides Panel

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, March 28, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

Whether to continue a monthly subsidy to San Bernardino County retirees is going to be a divisive issue.

That became clear at a Board of Retirement committee meeting last week.

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Sniff

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, March 28, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Budget cuts have put Riverside County’s inmate medical care out of compliance with state law, exposing the county to potential lawsuits or court oversight, Sheriff Stan Sniff said.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/28/2011 07:12:43 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A judge on Monday lowered bail by more than $1 million for a former county welfare worker accused of stealing from needy families, despite a prosecutor’s concern she may be a flight risk.

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Cabriales, Rothschild and Kennedy

 

March 28, 2011 5:31 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Three council members are now being targeted for a recall, with developer Dan Tate planning a rally next week to discuss strategies and potential candidates to replace Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales, Councilman Mike Rothschild and Councilman Jim Kennedy.

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Solar system to power 85,000 Los Angeles homes
March 28, 2011 4:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is building an 11.6-megawatt solar plant here that utility officials say will power more than 85,000 Los Angeles homes over 25 years.

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VVDailyPress: A.V. town manager finalist for Iowa job

Marks at least fourth position Frank Robinson has tried for in less than three years
March 28, 2011 2:53 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Town Manager Frank Robinson is a finalist for a city manager position in Iowa, marking at least his fourth attempt to take another job since coming to Apple Valley less than three years ago.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 28, 2011

When Senate Republicans released their list of policy requests late Friday, including notes of where Democrats had agreed, it seemed like the kind of move that typically spells disaster. But conversations continued Monday, albeit without the two Senate Republican leaders who made the list public.

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Debra J. Saunders
San Francisco Chronicle
March 28, 2011 – 04:00 AM

In Sacramento, the knee-jerk response to any crisis is to blame the Republicans. But if Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders can’t cut a deal to win the two GOP votes in the Assembly and two in the Senate needed to qualify Brown’s tax-increase extension for the June ballot, Democrats must take their share of responsibility for fudging a deal.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
March 28, 2011 | 6:29 pm

Hopes were high at the start of this year for a hefty first-quarter growth spurt in the U.S. economy.

But some of Wall Street’s biggest banks now are ratcheting back their growth estimates amid disappointing data in recent weeks.

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LADailyNews: $5-a-gallon gasoline may be on the horizon

By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2011 07:18:54 PM PDT
Updated: 03/29/2011 07:33:14 AM PDT

If you think $4 gas has put a dent in your wallet, prepare for a pothole in your purse this summer, fuel analysts say.

As the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular rose Monday for the sixth consecutive day, some say it could hit $5 before the worst is over.

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The declaration put in place three years ago will be lifted Wednesday after the state conducts its final snow survey. After winter downpours, the state’s reservoirs are at high levels.

By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown is about to make official what a winter of downpours and rising reservoir levels have already made obvious: California’s drought is over.

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The Sun: Postmus pleads guilty

Postmus

 

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/28/2011 05:27:31 PM PDT

Former Assessor and former Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Postmus struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty today to criminal charges stemming from the $102 million Colonies lawsuit settlement and alleged malfeasance in the Assessor’s Office.

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Monday, March 28, 2011 – 11:05 a.m.

With a shortfall of nearly $100 million, San Bernardino County needs to cut deals with all of its unions in an effort to address the start of its July 1, 2011 fiscal year.

Right now the situation doesn’t look good.

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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Friday capped an eye-raising few months in the seating assignments of Assembly members Tim Donnelly and Gil Cedillo.

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11:07 PM PDT on Sunday, March 27, 2011

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

The state’s decision to delay one-fifth of the funding due to schools is forcing Inland districts to take out loans to pay their bills.

The loans will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest, school officials say.

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DailyBulletin: Upland council will assess city manager

Week ahead
Vacant seat also on tonight’s agenda
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 03/27/2011 09:34:32 PM PDT

The Upland City Council will discuss the city manager’s performance in closed session during a meeting tonight at City Hall.

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Calpensions: New pension reform issue: board makeup

 

Monday, March 28, 2011
By Ed Mendel

Should the makeup of the governing boards of the two big state pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, be changed?

The issue edged into the spotlight last week, pushed from the shadows by rising government pension costs and a CalPERS corruption scandal.

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After a contentious battle, Republicans settle on a strategy to blunt the effect of new open-primary law. They’ll survey all GOP voters by mail and the top vote-getter will be the party’s official candidate.

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
March 28, 2011

When the California Republican Party adopted a plan to survey the state’s 5.3 million GOP voters to decide who should be their party’s standard-bearer in future elections, the move provided a compromise ending to a contentious battle over how to blunt the voter-approved “top two” primary system.

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LATimes: Frenzy in Washington grows over nation’s debt

There are signs of bipartisan efforts to tackle deficits, but how will they fare in the partisan heat of the 2012 election cycle?

By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
March 28, 2011

Reporting from Washington—

Not since Ross Perot unleashed his wonky charts has the nation’s heavy debt load received so much attention.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: S.B. County rain of dirty laundry continues

Sunday, March 27, 2011 – 12:40 p.m.

It just keeps on raining dirty laundry in San Bernardino County political circles these days.

The latest revelation of a superior court judge being unduly influenced doesn’t seem to be surprising to anyone who’s familiar with the inner workings of San Bernardino County governmental, legal and political circles.

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The Sun: SB wins battle in court

Police union denied back pay from forced furloughs in ’09
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/26/2011 08:08:11 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city has won a court skirmish against the police union over back pay during city-imposed furloughs.

A fight with the firefighters union continues.

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DailyBulletin: Quincey contract revealed

Quincey

 

Amendments will give boost to pension of city manager
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2011 07:06:53 AM PDT

UPLAND – The city manager has received several amendments to his contract that will boost his pension considerably and that removed all limitations on his use of accrued leave.

Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence on Jan. 4 and has since been collecting his compensation and benefits while away from the job.

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DailyBulletin: Chino considers employee pension changes

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2011 07:06:52 AM PDT

CHINO – The City Council last week viewed cost-saving options in reducing pension contributions for all new employees or having employees pay all their pension share.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 10:24 am

Gov. Jerry Brown is no stranger to spending caps. He served as governor when voters last approved a strict limit on expenditure growth, in 1979.

That law, known as the “Gann Limit” for anti-tax activist Paul Gann, has since been watered down by voters.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown faces new political game at Capitol

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2011 – 04:00 AM

Democrat Jerry Brown, in his 2010 gubernatorial campaign for a third term, argued that California’s fiscal meltdown demanded an experienced player in the bare-knuckles game of Sacramento politics – someone who knew the teams and playbooks and could put together a winning budget deal.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 9:29 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s political courtship of Republican senators to vote for his budget plan was an on-again, off-again affair last week.

Earlier in the week it appeared that negotiations on whether billions of dollars in taxes would be submitted to voters had reached an impasse, and Brown let it be known he might seek a tax vote next fall via initiative petition.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Republicans seize on public pension issue

By Dan Morain, Senior editor
dmorain@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1E
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 10:09 am

There are many reasons why Gov. Jerry Brown has failed to win Republican support for his plan to close the $26.6 billion budget deficit. But the issue of public employee pensions is fundamental.

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A new deduction for self-employed workers, multiple home buyer credits and an expired break for the jobless are among the vexing issues this tax season.

By Kathy M. Kristof Personal Finance
March 27, 2011

Welcome to tax season — the most dreaded time of year.

It’s not just that preparing a tax return is time-consuming and costly — although it’s clearly both. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that it takes roughly 23 hours and costs about $300, on average, to compile and file a Form 1040.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Judge in Ramos case reassigned

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – 04:06 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned the judicial officer, who abruptly dismissed a lawsuit filed against San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos, has been reassigned effective Monday, March 28, 2011.

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InlandPolitics: Upland: Thouvenell to run for city council

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – 12:25 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that former Police Chief Martin Thouvenell will run in the special election to fill the city council seat vacated by Ray Musser.

Musser was appointed mayor last month.

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The Sentinel: Report Circulating That DA Threatened Judge

March 25, 2011

The San Bernardino County legal community finds itself embroiled in contretemps, with a report spreading that district attorney Mike Ramos, or agents of his office acting on his behalf, threatened a Superior Court judge.

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The PE: Calvert tapped for role with intelligence panel

Calvert

 

By PE Politics
March 24, 2011 11:17 AM

Inland Rep. Ken Calvert was among three members of the House Appropriations Committee chosen this week to serve as liaisons to the panel that oversees federal intelligence matters.

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The PE: Jobs: Hiring surge lags locally

10:37 PM PDT on Friday, March 25, 2011

By TIFFANY RAY
The Press-Enterprise

Interactive: Charting the Jobless Rate

California employers added a whopping 96,500 new jobs to the economy in February but the Inland region, dragged down by continued losses in the construction sector, claimed only a small share of them.

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The Sun: No progress as state budget stalemate continues

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 03/25/2011 10:59:52 PM PDT

The past week saw lawmakers come to a standstill over the state budget, with little or no progress being made since March 16 and 17, when legislators approved several bills calling for cuts in state spending.

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Quincey

 

By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 03/25/2011 03:18:17 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council has several items to discuss during their meeting on Monday, including the city manager’s performance.

A performance evaluation of City Manager Robb Quincey is on the agenda for closed session.

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VVDailyPress: Rothschild won’t run for reelection

Decision comes as recall effort moves ahead
March 25, 2011 5:20 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • Councilman Mike Rothschild has decided he won’t be running for reelection next fall, announcing the decision to his Facebook friends Friday morning.

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The PE: Supervisors vacancy bill blocked again

By PE Politics
March 24, 2011 3:19 PM

A legislative committee has rejected an Inland lawmaker’s bill that would give governors 90 days to fill vacancies on boards of supervisors. After that, county supervisors could decide how to fill a vacancy.

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LATimes: Governor balks at GOP demands as budget talks teeter

Republicans give Brown a seven-page list of policy changes they say are needed before they agree to vote on his budget. They include ending seniority system for teacher layoffs and moving the 2012 presidential primary to March. A Brown aide calls it a ‘hodgepodge.’

By Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
March 26, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento—

Gov. Jerry Brown accused GOP lawmakers of paralyzing budget negotiations by introducing dozens of new demands Friday.

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DailyBulletin (AP): Brown to unions: Be open to deals

The Associated Press
Created: 03/24/2011 06:09:59 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that he has told his labor union allies they should be open to concessions that Republican lawmakers are seeking on public employee pensions in exchange for GOP votes on the budget.

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Stone

 

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, March 24, 2011

By GAIL WESSON and DUANE GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone urged business and civic leaders to support the county supervisors’ efforts at pension reform at an economic development forum in San Jacinto on Thursday.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
March 24, 2011 | 6:06 pm

As Gov. Jerry Brown mulls his options on how to bring an election on taxes to the voters, Republicans are readying election measures of their own. GOP operatives filed two initiatives with the attorney general’s office Thursday — one to curb public employee pensions and another aimed at capping future state spending — in the event Brown walks away from talks with Republican lawmakers and opts for a November special election.

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The billions of dollars in cuts to government services signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown address a portion of the estimated $26-billion deficit facing California. Brown is still negotiating with Republicans on a proposal to put tax extensions before voters.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento—

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law billions of dollars in budget cuts Thursday that will mean fewer government services, particularly for the old, the poor and the sick.

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California’s debt to the U.S. for covering its unemployment checks the last two years could reach $13.4 billion by the end of the year. If the loans aren’t repaid by November, a payroll tax will kick in. It starts at $325 million next year and could rise to $6 billion.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011, 5:33 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento—

California employers could face an annual payroll tax increase of as much as $6 billion if California’s unemployment insurance program fails to repay a federal government loan that has kept benefits flowing.

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March 25, 2011

Jerry Brown shifted into full Zen mode this week, offering increasingly cryptic commentary amid a political atmosphere that grows ever more cloudy and gray.

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In California and other Western states, 67.5% of households saw their net worth fall, compared with 62.5% in the U.S. overall. The median decline in the West was 27%, well above the 18.1% national median.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011, 6:45 p.m.

The federal government has for the first time detailed the sharp drop in wealth that the Great Recession caused American households — and it shows that families in California and other Western states took the biggest and broadest hits by far.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County investment pool performing well

Thursday, March 24, 2010 – 10:45 a.m.

San Bernardino County’s investment pool continues to maintain high ratings and stability in its investment choices.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 10:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County’s public employee labor unions appear to be loaded with political cash this year.

A factor surely to play into concession talks with county management.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 11:51 a.m.

With all the justifiable concerns being raised over the state of public pension funds, it seems appropriate to look at San Bernardino County’s pension fund to see just how good or bad the situation is.

What was discovered is not good.

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The PE: Remap commissioner: Republicans will not get rolled

Jodie Filkins Webber

 

By PE Politics
March 23, 2011 3:18 PM

One of the five Republicans on the Citizens Redistricting Commission on Wednesday rejected suggestions by some GOP leaders that the panel is hopelessly skewed toward Democrats.

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The PE: Dutton tax-exemption measure passes

Dutton

 

By PE Politics
March 23, 2011 1:36 PM

A Senate committee signed off Wednesday on an Inland Southern California lawmaker’s bill to exempt manufacturing and research equipment from the state sales tax. A similar measure never made it out of committee last year.

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Penman

 

City to borrow $410K this year
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/23/2011 06:11:55 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The most recent fight over how to finance a budget shortfall in the City Attorney’s Office came to an end this week when officials approved a measure to borrow money from a city fund.

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DailyBulletin: Fontana protects money

City, fearing state cash grab, sets redevelopment spending
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 03/23/2011 08:59:24 PM PDT

FONTANA – The city’s Redevelopment Agency funneled $19 million into 17 projects at a public meeting Tuesday night.

The action to put money to work comes at a time when there is uncertainty about the future of redevelopment agencies in California.

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VVDailyPress: Revenue won’t cover debt payment for SCLA

March 23, 2011 5:35 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city is expected to come up between $2 million and $3 million short in making its debt payment for Southern California Logistics Airport, relying on reserves in its redevelopment agency to cover the gap.

But that funding source is also precarious, as Gov. Jerry Brown pursues a state budget that calls for eliminating redevelopment agencies altogether.

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DailyBulletin: La Verne officials sworn in

2 incumbents join new Councilman Rosales
Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 03/23/2011 09:55:55 PM PDT

LA VERNE – Old and new faces were celebrated at this week’s City Council meeting.

New Councilman Charlie Rosales was sworn into office as were incumbent Councilman Robert Rodriguez and incumbent Mayor Don Kendrick.

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A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows 46% of likely voters backing the governor’s proposed five-year extension on some taxes, a drop from 53% two months ago. The treasurer’s office says delaying a vote on extensions to November could force the state to

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento—

Public support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to solve the budget crisis with a June election is eroding as other officials warn that delaying such a move until late fall, as the governor is considering, could trigger a cash crisis and a fresh round of state-issued IOUs.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 8:52 am

Budget talks remained at an apparent impasse Wednesday, with time running out and Gov. Jerry Brown complaining that he has yet to receive a list of demands from the Republican lawmakers with whom he is speaking.

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By Greg Lucas | 03/24/11 12:00 AM PST

It’s been called California’s other budget deficit. And it certainly hasn’t had near the attention of the state’s $25.4 billion budget gap between revenue and spending commitments.
But it’s almost as dire.

California’s employer-paid Unemployment Insurance Fund is insolvent.

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SacBee: Field Poll says Feinstein backing is below 50%

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By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 8:01 am

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein remains more popular among California voters than her colleague Barbara Boxer, a new Field Poll shows.

But Feinstein can’t rest easy as she prepares for another re-election bid next year. For the first time since her initial 1992 election, less than half of the Californians surveyed consider themselves leaning toward Feinstein.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
March 23, 2011 | 1:06 pm

Gay marriage won’t be allowed to resume until state and federal appeals courts decide the fate of Proposition 8, the voter initiative that limited marriage to heterosexual couples, three federal judges ruled Wednesday.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Feelings are facts – and sometimes they’re the most important facts when you’re talking about resolving conflicts.

How else to explain the nearly three months – and unnecessary furlough days for 60,000 affected state workers – for six unions to reach new labor deals with Gov. Jerry Brown?

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