Archive for March 31st, 2011

InlandPolitics: Crude oil resumes climb

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

The price of West Texas Intermediate Light Sweet Crude resumed its climb this morning with a vengence.

 

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Contract talks between Riverside County and the union representing sheriff’s deputies took a public turn this week.

The Riverside Sheriff’s Association released a statement Tuesday saying the county rejected multiple offers that would have saved as much as $28 million over the next three years.

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The PE: Plea Bargain for Postmus

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

Now that former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus has pleaded guilty and promised to tell all he knows, will the rest of the defendants in the public-corruption cases tumble like a house of cards?

Will his five unindicted co-conspirators be charged?

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DailyBulletin: Lawyers to discuss impact

Postmus’ guilty plea
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/30/2011 08:53:17 PM PDT

The repercussions of a guilty plea to corruption charges by former San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus are expected to be discussed Tuesday when county attorneys brief the Board of Supervisors in a closed-door session.

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The PE: Nestande co-authors presidential popular vote bill

By PE Politics
March 30, 2011 1:56 PM

California would award its 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who won the national popular vote under bipartisan legislation co-authored by Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert.

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DailyBulletin: Colleges prepare for cuts

Budget impasse will add to already imposing shortfalls
James Rufus Koren and Neil Nisperos, Staff Writers
Created: 03/30/2011 05:39:14 PM PDT

California State University campuses and local community colleges, already in line for budget cuts, are bracing for what leaders are calling unprecedented additional cuts, following a breakdown in negotiations over the state budget.

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The Sun: No prayers before Yucaipa meetings

Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/30/2011 02:19:33 PM PDT

YUCAIPA – Sitting in front of a wall with “In God We Trust” on it, the City Council could not come to a consensus about an agenda item on having an invocation, or nondenominational prayer, before each meeting.

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NEWS ANALYSIS

Several major Republican priorities were within reach as four GOP lawmakers negotiated on Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan. When talks broke down, they lost a rare window of opportunity.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to reporters March 24 after signing bills to cut billions from California’s budget. Talks with Republicans to seek votes for his budget plan crumbled Tuesday night. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / March 24, 2011)

By Evan Halper and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — After years of sitting on the bench, watching much of the state’s business being conducted with little regard for their input, California Republicans in recent months had an opportunity to share the reins of government.

Now, that appears to be gone.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown faces tricky budget options

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The collapse of budget negotiations leaves a temporary vacuum as state leaders decide where to head next.

This much is known: the state needs to solve a remaining $15.4 billion deficit, and lawmakers have exhausted many options in the realm of spending cuts and fund transfers.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Sure as deadlocks follow budget talks, here’s a rumor that surfaces whenever California government suffers fiscal convulsions: The state is going to offer “golden handshakes.”

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SacBee: State’s drought officially ends

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 3:14 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 – 5:55 pm

California’s drought is over. But don’t get carried away.

That was the basic message in a proclamation issued today by Gov. Jerry Brown, which rescinds a statewide drought emergency declaration adopted in February 2009 by his predecessor.

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A city administrator warns that the ‘true nature of the city’s cash deficit was buried for many years’ by various accounting maneuvers.

By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011

Montebello is so short on cash it may have trouble making payroll or paying its bills in the near future if officials don’t take “immediate corrective action,” a city administrator warned this week.

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