Archive for March 17th, 2011

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/16/2011 06:58:46 PM PDT

Some San Bernardino County employees may have to pay a greater percentage of their retirement costs if a proposal expected to go before the Board of Supervisors next month is approved.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/16/2011 07:28:34 PM PDT

UPLAND – Although Upland’s city manager has been away from his job since January, his salary and benefits are still taking a chunk out of the city budget.

Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence on Jan. 4 by the City Council, which has yet to decide whether to bring him back or let him go.

In the meantime, he’s costing the city about $38,000 a month in total salary and benefits.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: DA accuser provides more details

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

A former San Bernardino County district attorney’s employee is seeking to revive her sexual harassment suit against District Attorney Mike Ramos that a judge threw out earlier this month.

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The PE: BANNING: Supervisor Ashley to address local group



10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Submitted to The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley will give a mini State of the County presentation to members and guests of the San Gorgonio Pass Republican Women at a luncheon March 23 in Banning.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/16/2011 06:02:52 PM PDT

COLTON – The city is pursuing further legal action to shut down two medical marijuana distributors that have announced they intended to remain open despite two judges’ orders to temporarily shut down, said City Attorney Dean Derleth.

The city filed papers Wednesday in support of contempt-of-court hearings because of the refusals.

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The effort to reduce California’s budget shortfall of $26 billion had bipartisan support. Gov. Jerry Brown is still working to secure votes on more contentious parts of his plan.

By Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — State lawmakers Wednesday approved billions of dollars in cuts to welfare, medical programs for the poor and in-home care for the elderly and frail, among other services, moving forward key pieces of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget reduction package.

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LATimes: CalPERS bets it can earn at least 7.75% a year

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

March 16, 2011 | 10:34 pm

The state’s largest public pension fund is sticking with the assumption that it can earn at least 7.75% a year on its investments, on average, over the next 20 years.

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Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Even in California, where union-funded support led to a Democratic sweep of statewide offices last year, voters support reforms in how public-employee pensions and health benefits are funded – a major shift from two years ago, a new survey by UC Berkeley and the Field Poll found.

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Reduced class offerings and staff layoffs are expected next year even as spending is slashed at the Oakland headquarters to help ease reductions at all 10 campuses.

By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011

Reporting from San Francisco — The University of California regents Wednesday heard grim predictions on how proposed state budget cuts would affect students and faculty even as officials sought to soften the blow by slashing spending at the UC headquarters and shifting the savings to the system’s 10 campuses.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Health and Welfare
March 17, 2011 | Lance Williams

Citing a California Watch story, a state Senate leader has called for a public health investigation into “alarming” malnutrition rates among Medicare patients at the Prime Healthcare hospital chain.

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SacBee: Blue Shield drops latest California rate hike

By Darrell Smith
Published: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 6B

Angry ratepayers found some relief Wednesday when Blue Shield of California dropped its plan to further raise insurance rates on hundreds of thousands of its customers in 2011.

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Very low levels of radioactive isotopes from the damaged Japanese nuclear plant are expected to reach California as soon as Friday, but experts say the amount will be well within safe limits. A network of radiation monitors is keeping close watch.

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011

Small amounts of radioactive isotopes from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant are being blown toward North America high in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean and will reach California as soon as Friday, according to experts.

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