Archive for March 27th, 2011

InlandPolitics Commentary: S.B. County rain of dirty laundry continues

Sunday, March 27, 2011 – 12:40 p.m.

It just keeps on raining dirty laundry in San Bernardino County political circles these days.

The latest revelation of a superior court judge being unduly influenced doesn’t seem to be surprising to anyone who’s familiar with the inner workings of San Bernardino County governmental, legal and political circles.

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The Sun: SB wins battle in court

Police union denied back pay from forced furloughs in ’09
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/26/2011 08:08:11 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city has won a court skirmish against the police union over back pay during city-imposed furloughs.

A fight with the firefighters union continues.

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DailyBulletin: Quincey contract revealed

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Amendments will give boost to pension of city manager
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2011 07:06:53 AM PDT

UPLAND – The city manager has received several amendments to his contract that will boost his pension considerably and that removed all limitations on his use of accrued leave.

Robb Quincey was placed on paid leave of absence on Jan. 4 and has since been collecting his compensation and benefits while away from the job.

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DailyBulletin: Chino considers employee pension changes

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 03/26/2011 07:06:52 AM PDT

CHINO – The City Council last week viewed cost-saving options in reducing pension contributions for all new employees or having employees pay all their pension share.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 10:24 am

Gov. Jerry Brown is no stranger to spending caps. He served as governor when voters last approved a strict limit on expenditure growth, in 1979.

That law, known as the “Gann Limit” for anti-tax activist Paul Gann, has since been watered down by voters.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown faces new political game at Capitol

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
March 26, 2011 – 04:00 AM

Democrat Jerry Brown, in his 2010 gubernatorial campaign for a third term, argued that California’s fiscal meltdown demanded an experienced player in the bare-knuckles game of Sacramento politics – someone who knew the teams and playbooks and could put together a winning budget deal.

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 9:29 am

Gov. Jerry Brown’s political courtship of Republican senators to vote for his budget plan was an on-again, off-again affair last week.

Earlier in the week it appeared that negotiations on whether billions of dollars in taxes would be submitted to voters had reached an impasse, and Brown let it be known he might seek a tax vote next fall via initiative petition.

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SacBee: Dan Morain: Republicans seize on public pension issue

By Dan Morain, Senior editor
dmorain@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1E
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 – 10:09 am

There are many reasons why Gov. Jerry Brown has failed to win Republican support for his plan to close the $26.6 billion budget deficit. But the issue of public employee pensions is fundamental.

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A new deduction for self-employed workers, multiple home buyer credits and an expired break for the jobless are among the vexing issues this tax season.

By Kathy M. Kristof Personal Finance
March 27, 2011

Welcome to tax season — the most dreaded time of year.

It’s not just that preparing a tax return is time-consuming and costly — although it’s clearly both. The Internal Revenue Service estimates that it takes roughly 23 hours and costs about $300, on average, to compile and file a Form 1040.

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