Archive for March 23rd, 2011

YahooFinance (AP): Oil settles above $105, as gasoline demand rises

Oil settles at highest level since Sept. 2008 as gasoline demand continues to rise in the US

Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 4:03 pm EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices made up for a week-long slump following the Japanese earthquake and are now trading at the highest levels since September 2008.

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WSJ: Public Pension-Fund Squeeze

March 23, 2011
It Is Actuaries vs. Local Governments Over Return Rates; ‘We Cannot Afford This’


Some public pension funds are finding themselves caught in a squeeze between actuaries worried about future benefit costs and local governments worried about immediate budgets strains.

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Economic Report
March 23, 2011, 11:30 a.m. EDT
By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sales of new single-family homes collapsed in February, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, as a combination of high unemployment, tumbling prices and a glut of cheaper alternatives brought activity to a near-standstill.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

Upland city manager Robb Quincey has been on paid leave since early January.

Some insiders believe his return to city hall is unlikely.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Riverside County supervisors approved a measure supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shift some state services to California’s 58 counties.

Supervisor John Tavaglione requested the resolution.

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The PE: Riverside County debuts budget website

By PE Politics
March 22, 2011 2:16 PM

Riverside County debuted a new website today detailing its current budget situation, pension costs and ongoing labor negotiations.

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The PE: To ‘Inland Empire’ name, some say no thanks

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10:01 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

When UC Riverside’s business school presented its economic forecast last November, the first for the school since 2003, it took careful consideration to avoid any reference to the “Inland Empire.” As economist and moderator Christopher Thornberg noted, the school thought “Inland Empire” evoked an image of the region’s old economy, not what it could become.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Pot dispensaries banned

10:11 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors vote yes on ban of medical marijuana dispensaries
Published: 3/22/2011 03:00 PM

San Bernardino County became the latest jurisdiction to ban medical marijuana dispensaries following a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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The Sun: SB district warns classified employees

Letter threatens expulsion from meetings
Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/22/2011 06:05:58 PM PDT

On the morning of March 15, Tambra Trujillo was working with students in a classroom at Serrano Middle School, when a call came in asking her to come to the front office.

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The Sun: Chief to be an outsider

Local choices won’t seek job
Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/22/2011 10:05:58 PM PDT

REDLANDS – The city’s next police chief will not come from the city’s own Police Department.

City Manager N. Enrique Martinez announced Tuesday that none of the four police lieutenants is interested in the position, which will now be open to candidates from outside the city.

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The Sun: Official to retire in June

McNeely’s deputy is out as manager insists he’s staying
Josh Dulaney and Ryan Hagen, Staff Writers
Posted: 03/22/2011 10:07:28 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – There’s no truth to rumors swirling around City Hall that City Manager Charles McNeely may be heading out the door, according to city spokeswoman Heather Gray.

But McNeely’s second in command is just about gone, officials said Tuesday.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 03/22/2011 04:05:51 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES – Despite her doubts about a timely transfer of LA/Ontario International Airport, Gina Marie Lindsey is optimistic about its future growth in passengers.

Speaking to the Board of Airport Commissioners on Monday, Lindsey, LAWA’s executive director, predicted a better year for the struggling airport, which hasn’t seen traffic levels so low since the 1980s.

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DailyBulletin: Clinic ban advances

Medical marijuana

Supervisors set to vote in April
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/22/2011 10:07:00 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance banning medical-marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas and restricting the cultivation of the drug by legitimate patients to indoors only.

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DailyBulletin: Scandal addressed

Upland State of the City

Musser says more oversight is needed
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/22/2011 05:05:15 PM PDT

UPLAND – Newly appointed Mayor Ray Musser shared his plans to move the city past recent scandals and reviewed several city accomplishments during his first State of the City address Tuesday at the George M. Gibson Senior Center.

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10:34 PM PDT on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Those wishing to address Temecula’s City Council about items not on the agenda will now have an extra minute to do so.

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By Kevin Yamamura and David Siders
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 – 6:43 am

A new Plan B for balancing California’s budget emerged Tuesday as Gov. Jerry Brown mulled the possibility of a November ballot initiative to maintain higher tax rates.

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Facing an 18% cut in state funding, Cal State plans to reduce enrollment by 10,000, cut $11 million from the chancellor’s office and shrink campus funding by $281 million. No tuition hikes are planned, chancellor says.

By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2011

California State University plans to enroll 10,000 fewer students next year, slash spending in the chancellor’s office and reduce faculty and staff to contend with a proposed $500-million cut in state funding, officials said Tuesday.

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