Archive for March 24th, 2011

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



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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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
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%



By Michael Doyle
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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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 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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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
March 23, 2011

A federal judge has reduced a $10 million punitive damages award leveled against the California Correctional Peace Officers Association last year, although the plaintiffs in the case can appeal the reduction or seek a new trial that focuses on what the award should be.

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