Archive for March 16th, 2011

The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Community forums on redistricting set

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County will hold three community meetings next month to gather input from residents on how officials should redraw supervisorial district boundaries.

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The PE: Poll finds support for Brown’s budget solutions

06:32 AM PDT on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Most California voters share Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach to solving the state’s budget mess, backing his call to extend higher taxes in a special election, according to a new poll.

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The Sun: Colton, union OK cuts

Firefighters agree to pay for own benefits
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2011 07:55:59 PM PDT

COLTON – Firefighters’ take-home pay will decrease by 9 percent as they begin paying their share of retirement benefits under a package of concessions the City Council approved Tuesday evening.

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The Sun: Wurl resigns post as chief

Wurl

 

Less than a year spent on the job
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2011 06:34:00 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Wurl will retire at the end of the month after serving less than a year as the county’s top firefighter.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/15/2011 04:54:09 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an option to enter into a long-term lease agreement with a Costa Mesa-based power company to develop a solar plant at the Victorville Sanitary Landfill.

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DailyBulletin: State budget vote given no chance to pass

GOP lawmakers stand firm in opposition
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Created: 03/15/2011 05:02:04 PM PDT

State lawmakers will vote on a budget package today, though legislators of both parties agree it won’t pass.

Republicans say it’s a drill, an exercise aimed to pressure them or make them look like they’re holding up the process.

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Stone

 

REGION: County supervisor says union campaigning against him

DAVE DOWNEY
ddowney@californian.com North County Times
The Californian | Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 10:53 pm

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone accused a law enforcement employees union Tuesday of orchestrating a telephone campaign to plant negative impressions of him in advance of his 2012 re-election bid.

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DailyBulletin: Escobar charge reduced

Escobar

 

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 03/15/2011 02:57:20 PM PDT

POMONA – A councilwoman’s theft charge for allegedly stealing a campaign sign has been reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

With the charge reduced, Pomona Councilwoman Ginna Escobar faces a maximum penalty of a $250 fine.

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VVDailyPress: Victor Valley growth could spur redistricting

Mitzelfelt

 

1st District may have to give up 60,000 residents
March 15, 2011 5:33 PM
Brooke Edwards

With the Victor Valley’s rapid growth over the last decade, local leaders now represent some of the most populated territories in the state — a distinction that will make them prime targets for redistricting.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By JEFF HORSEMAN
The Press-Enterprise

Residents may soon have more time to speak their mind to Temecula’s City Council.

The council on Tuesday is expected to consider granting a third minute for speakers at council meetings who want to talk about topics that are not on the agenda or part of the consent calendar, a collection of agenda items passed by the council with one vote.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

With CalPERS wrapping up the in-house investigation into its bribery scandal, the pension fund began bracing Tuesday for the next phase: criminal prosecutions.

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By Norberto Santana, Jr.
Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:54 pm | Updated: 6:41 pm, Tue Mar 15, 2011.

Ever since he was elected last summer, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has been trying to get rid of pensions for local elected officials.

It hasn’t been easy.

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Five Republicans whose votes are crucial to passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s spending proposal demand sweeping changes in the California Environmental Quality Act. Environmentalists are outraged.

By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2011

The handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to provide crucial votes for Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan are threatening to withhold their support without a dramatic rewriting of state environmental law.

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LATimes: Legislature to vote on Brown’s budget Wednesday

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
March 15, 2011 | 3:40 pm

State lawmakers have scheduled a Wednesday vote on Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget package, though there remains no agreement with Republicans to ensure its passage.

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LATimes: Bill on earlier primary elections advances

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
March 15, 2011 | 6:44 pm

California moved a step closer Tuesday to pushing its 2012 presidential primary back from February to June.

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SacBee: CalPERS board rejects lower yield forecast

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 8B

For months, CalPERS has been leaning toward reducing its forecast of annual investment returns – a move that would have forced state and local governments to pour millions more into the troubled pension fund.

Now CalPERS is backing away from the idea.

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By John Howard | 03/15/11 2:00 AM PST

As the debate intensifies over the fate of California’s redevelopment agencies, competing proposals swirled through the Capitol, including a new plan from the agencies themselves in which they would voluntarily suspend putting money set aside for housing and shift those funds instead to schools.

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SacBee: California prison guards union reaches contract

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

After years without a contract, the union that represents California’s prison officers and parole agents has a new labor deal.

If approved by union members and lawmakers, the tentative agreement would end the furloughs for the 32,000 members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association that have cut their pay by roughly 15 percent.

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