Archive for March 11th, 2011

InlandPolitics: Taxpayer group issues alert – Here we go again!

Friday, March 11, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) has issued an alert over the possibility that some or all of a group of five GOP senators may cut a deal to place $55 billion of tax increase extensions on a June special election ballot.

Unfortunately, another Inland Empire lawmaker is once again involved.

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By Wendy Leung Staff Writer
Posted: 03/10/2011 05:37:27 PM PST

FONTANA – Inland Empire mayors unveiled an online campaign on Thursday urging voters to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to do away with local redevelopment agencies.

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Staff Reporters
Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 11:07 PM PST

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry spoke to community members and city officials at a special joint town hall meeting of the Yucaipa City Council and Derry on March 1.

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10:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Riverside City Councilman Steve Adams turned in his city-issued Chrysler 300C early this month, so now just three of the seven council members are driving city-owned cars.

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The PE: Suburban boomtown moves up fast

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WHAT’S NEXT?: Now the largest community in southwest Riverside County, it’s trying to respond to that growth.

11:01 PM PST on Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

In a town that had nary a stoplight when he moved in, it now takes Murrieta resident Mike Kulow nearly 20 minutes to drive three traffic-clogged miles from his house to Sam’s Club.

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The Sun: Public employees, unions not ‘villains’

By Benjamin Y. Gonzales
Posted: 03/10/2011 06:24:06 PM PST

It has unfortunately become fashionable to berate public employees regarding their pension benefits. The Sun’s Feb. 28 editorial, “Blame belongs to officeholders,” did so once again, categorizing public employees and their unions as “villains.”

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DailyBulletin: Drug activist won’t take down Upland




By Paul Chabot
Created: 03/10/2011 05:53:35 PM PST

The audacity of an admitted illegal drug seller to threaten a recall against Upland’s council members who don’t support drug legalization is beyond absurd. On March 7 I read such a story in the Daily Bulletin, titled, “Papers filed to oust Willis” – the headline should have read “Drug legalizer wants to oust anti-drug legalization council member.” The only “filing papers” involved in this story are those used to roll the so-called “pot-medicine” being smoked by pot heads who have nothing better to do with their lives.

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By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Created: 03/10/2011 03:58:06 PM PST

Within the next few years, Latinos will likely become San Bernardino County’s new majority – a milestone that has some Republicans concerned.

As the county’s white population shrinks and its Latino population continues to grow, Republicans will have to either compete for Latino votes – something the Republican Party hasn’t done well – or become an even smaller part of California’s political landscape, said Jim Brulte, a political consultant and former state legislator.

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By Canan Tasci Staff Writer
Created: 03/10/2011 04:26:39 PM PST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Alta Loma School District officials approved a report saying it may not be able to meet its financial obligations over the next three years.

Board members approved their second interim financial report as “qualified” Wednesday night due to postponement of funds by the state. Districts must submit this report to the county Superintendent of Schools Office by Tuesday stating its financial condition.

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The PE: Public safety tax will go before Canyon Lake voters

Police, fire: Backers say the measure would raise $960,000 annually for five years.

11:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Canyon Lake residents will decide on June 7 whether to support a public safety tax to help pay the cost of police and fire services.

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The PE: MURRIETA: Teachers agree to furloughs

By PE News
on March 10, 2011 4:59 PM

Teachers in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will take 10 furlough days in the 2011-12 school year under a concession agreement announced today.

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VVDailyPress: McKeon condemns Obama’s gay marriage policy



March 10, 2011 5:51 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • Following the Obama Administration’s decision to stop defending portions of the Defense of Marriage Act Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon joined fellow Republicans in signing a congressional resolution to protect the law.

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By Michael B. Marois – Mar 10, 2011 9:01 PM PT

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $12.5 billion in budget cuts won’t prevent California’s spending from increasing 31 percent during the next five years, according to figures from his budget office.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 10, 2011

With today’s deadline for budget action delayed by Gov. Jerry Brown, there’s a major question bubbling under the dome: How late will be too late for lawmakers to put Brown’s tax extension proposal on the ballot in a June special election?

Democrats and Brown are shooting for a June 7 vote, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants floor votes on Monday.

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WSJ: Covert Maneuvers Grease California Budget Talks

March 11, 2011


California’s top lawmakers have publicly distanced themselves from budget talks between five Republican senators and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. Behind the scenes, they have played key roles moving them along, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Published: March 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES — When Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed his plan of tax extensions and deep cuts to close the $26 billion shortfall California is facing, he said it needed to pass the Legislature by March 10, so the taxes could be put before voters in a referendum in June, a key part of his plan.

That deadline passed on Thursday amid signs that Mr. Brown, a Democrat, might be making progress in persuading some Republicans to sign on to the bill and with Mr. Brown saying that the deadline was not that hard.

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You soon may not be able to judge your cost for healthcare by the name on the PPO insurance plan. For example, the PPO Share 500 plan will have a $550 deductible. State regulators are looking into it.

By David Lazarus
March 10, 2011, 8:06 p.m.

If you bought a Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s, you’d expect it to contain at least four ounces of meat. If you bought a 32-ounce Big Gulp at 7-Eleven, you’d expect it to be, well, a big gulp of beverage.

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