Archive for April, 2011

InlandPolitics: Crude Oil hits 2 1/2 year high, Gold breaks record

Saturday, April 30, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

Inflation pressure continued to build on the U.S. economy this week.

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InlandPolitics: Supervisor Neil Diamond?

Jason Abbott, Staff Writer
Saturday, Aprl 30, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Anybody who thinks that California Attorney General Kamala Harris oversaw any type of “impartial” investigation of Third District Supervisor Neil Derry can put that thought to rest. By reading the filed criminal complaint, there is not one single reference to state investigators. As discussed here earlier, this was an investigation initiated by San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, and Kamala Harris had little to do with it.

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The PE: Riverside County grew most in 2010

By PE Politics
April 29, 2011 10:23 AM

Riverside County grew by 1.7 percent during 2010, the highest rate of any California county, according to new estimates from the state Department of Finance.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Dispensary ban challenged

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 29, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Opponents of San Bernardino County’s medical marijuana ordinance filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming that the ban on dispensaries was approved illegally.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: City officials dispute favoritism claims

Hudson

 

10:24 PM PDT on Friday, April 29, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON and DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside officials are disputing allegations that management staff bypassed city procedures to steer contracts to City Manager Brad Hudson’s friends, and that employees who spoke out were berated and threatened with termination.

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Officer Michael McDonagh sits in front of his locker at the Colton Police Department on Tuesday. McDonagh s layoff goes into effect today. He is one of eight officers in Colton being laid off. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer )

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2011 06:06:19 PM PDT

COLTON – In four years of police work, Officer Nellie Johnson has often felt her heart thump as she chased criminals, drew her gun or stared down threatening suspects.

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The Sun: San Bernardino teachers voting on furloughs

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2011 01:17:59 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Teachers were voting Friday on a plan that would save the school district millions by furloughing teachers and shortening the school year.

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10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 29, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

POMONA – Officials from throughout the Inland region implored a group of state senators Friday to put aside partisan politics and find a compromise to solve California’s budget crisis.

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By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2011 07:01:09 PM PDT

POMONA – Possible cuts to schools and universities have been the main focus of this spring’s state budget debate, but public safety programs are on the chopping block too, Inland Empire leaders told a group of state senators on Friday.

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Burton

 

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
April 29, 2011 | 8:45 pm

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton said President Obama has failed to justify his policies, and said he would fare worse in the state next year than he did in 2008.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
April 29, 2011 | 4:21 pm

California Democrats are moving toward enacting a plan that allows small groups of party insiders to decide which candidates get party endorsements, an attempt to do an end-run around the spirit of the “top-two primary” system adopted by voters.

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InlandPolitics: SB County: Sheriff payroll case sanitized

Friday, April 29, 2011 – 11:25 a.m.

InlandPoltics.com has provided limited coverage of the investigation and case surrounding the falsification of training records within the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Primarily out of respect for the rank and file members within the department.

That is until now.

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Friday, April 29, 2011 – 10:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 – 12:17 p.m.

The not-so-bright idea to require all San Bernardino County employee unions to uniformly agree to benefit concessions has blown up in Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux’s face.

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James Rufus Koren and Joe Nelson, Staff Writers
Created: 04/28/2011 09:50:02 PM PDT

All of San Bernardino County’s elected officials, except for District Attorney Michael A. Ramos and Sheriff Rod Hoops, have agreed to the same benefit cuts being asked of all county employees.

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DailyBulletin: Quincey cashes out 9 months of leave time

By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 04/28/2011 05:12:27 PM PDT

UPLAND – City Manager Robb Quincey recently cashed out nine months’ worth of leave time, totaling nearly $140,000 in take-home pay.

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By Mike Cruz Staff Writer
Posted: 04/28/2011 06:55:28 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – While Bob Page repeatedly advised county departments not to give any special favors to a Fifth District campaign contributor’s development in Bloomington, he was named in nearly 100 emails as he checked on status updates as the project traversed the building permit process, according to Superior Court testimony.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace city attorney resigns

By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 04/28/2011 06:44:24 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – City Attorney John Harper, who has provided legal advice for the city since it incorporated and served as city attorney since 1988, resigned Thursday.

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, April 28, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Grand Terrace City Council will consider lifting restrictions on the posting of campaign signs.

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The PE: Today’s budget hearing crosses a line

Negrete-McLeod

 

By PE Politics
April 29, 2011 7:36 AM

State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, represents all of the city of Pomona. And a press release this week from Cal Poly Pomona describes the school as being in Negrete McLeod’s district.

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April 28, 2011 9:05 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • When Amy Lyn De Zwart opted for an early retirement from the Victor Valley Water District in 2005, it was with the comfort that her health insurance premiums would be covered for life.

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VVDailyPress: A.V. council approves Walmart Supercenter

April 28, 2011 8:49 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The Victor Valley’s first Walmart Supercenter could break ground in Apple Valley by fall, after a split Town Council approved the project without sending it to the ballot at taxpayers’ expense.

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Brown

 

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 29, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Jerry Brown is letting convicted killers leave prison on parole at a far higher rate than previous governors, only rarely using his power to block decisions of the parole board.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
April 28, 2011 | 11:45 am

The state Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would dissolve the city of Vernon.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 28, 2011

Updated at 3:40 p.m. to include Department of Finance comments.

To buy negotiating time for Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax extensions, lawmakers are seeking to halt Department of Motor Vehicles notices for drivers whose vehicle registration expires in July and later.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

When Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to the California Democratic Party at their convention this weekend in Sacramento, it’s time for Krusty to lay out to his fellow Democrats just how he intends to lead the state out of its budget impasse and what role liberals, labor unions, environmentalists, minorities, women and civil rights advocates must play in the process.

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LATimes: Oil companies are making more money and less fuel

Valero Energy, the nation’s biggest independent oil refiner, had “record exports coming from the United States” during the last three months of 2010, Chief Executive Bill Klesse recently told investors and analysts. Above, Valero’s Wilmington refinery in October. (Christina House, For The Times / April 29, 2011)

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2011, 7:08 p.m.

Gasoline prices are skyrocketing — and so are oil company profits.

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InlandPolitics: Let’s not forget this one –From the archives

Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:35 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 02:20 p.m.

Former San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dennis Hansberger has been busy these days trying to re-emerge in local politics.

Taking every opportunity to criticize and Monday night quarterback.

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MarketWatch: New requests for U.S. jobless benefits surge

Economic Report
April 28, 2011, 10:17 a.m. EDT
Applications jump to 429,000, the highest level in three months
By Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months, potentially a sign that recent improvement in hiring trends may have slowed.

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MarketWatch: First-quarter U.S. economic growth slows to 1.8%

Economic Report
April 28, 2011, 10:29 a.m. EDT
Inflation measures pick up
By Greg Robb, MarketWatch

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. economy slowed markedly in the first quarter and inflation accelerated, clear evidence of the double whammy on the economy from higher gasoline prices.

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The Sun: Campaign disclosure charges called rare

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2011 08:44:36 PM PDT

When the state Attorney General’s Office filed criminal charges Tuesday against Supervisor Neil Derry for allegedly laundering money through a political action committee, it marked the second time in two years that a San Bernardino County official was hit with charges for campaign disclosure violations under the Political Reform Act.

But experts say the action – which highlights various facets of campaign law – isn’t that common.

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DailyBulletin: Derry reviewing charges

Derry

 

If mistake, says he will correct it
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/27/2011 09:36:16 PM PDT

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry reacted Wednesday to state charges that he laundered a campaign contribution, saying that if he made a mistake, he’ll correct it.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County should achieve changes to its pension system through collective bargaining, and supervisors should refrain from publicly discussing the details of the ongoing labor talks, the Board of Supervisors decided in a 3-2 vote Tuesday.

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The PE: Supervisor Neil Derry said he will review charges

11:49 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI and DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section S.B. County Probe

In his first public statement since he was accused of trying to disguise a campaign contribution, San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry said Wednesday that he’s always tried to comply with campaign reporting laws.

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Lorson

 

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside Development Director Deanna Lorson on Wednesday was named an assistant city manager, becoming one of three executives with that title.

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The PE: Some Ethics Champion

*Administrator’s Note: MacDuff’s dislike for Derry and fondness for ousted Supe Dennis Hansberger shows here. No surprise though! Obviously, MacDuff has forgotten about Hansbergers problem from a few years back. InlandPolitics.com will give a reminder later.

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Cassie MacDuff

The man who made ethics and transparency the cornerstones of his service as a San Bernardino County supervisor is charged with hiding the true source of a campaign contribution during his 2008 race.

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The Sun: Lawyer invokes Derry case in trial

Garagos

 

Judge rejects effort to get D.A. recused from Kouladjians’ bribery prosecution
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2011 06:03:50 PM PDT

The criminal charges filed this week against San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry could affect the trial of two Los Angeles-area businessmen accused of bribing the former chief of staff for Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Josie Gonzales.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 27, 2011

Most California voters still support Gov. Jerry Brown’s special election to resolve the state deficit, but they send mixed messages when it comes to approving taxes on the ballot, the latest Public Policy Institute of California survey shows.

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SacBee: Steinberg considers cuts targeting GOP districts

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 27, 2011

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg today said he is willing to consider calls to target GOP districts with steeper cuts if legislative Republicans will not vote for taxes or to put taxes on a statewide ballot as part of a budget solution.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 27, 2011

A top adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Wednesday the governor would veto legislative tax proposals that do not require voter approval, but the California Teachers Association remains steadfast in its belief that lawmakers should pass taxes without going to the ballot.

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By John Howard | 04/28/11 12:00 AM PST

Next year, the first time since 1992 that legislative and congressional candidates will run in districts not drawn by politicians, there likely will be races in which more districts are competitive, local GOP fundraising efforts are hampered and organized labor may get heavily involved in Republican primaries.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
April 27, 2011 | 6:53 pm

A proposed law that would have ended “dual track” foreclosures in California failed to win a key vote in Sacramento on Wednesday.

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A copy of President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate after its release by the White House. (Olivier Douliery, MCT / April 27, 2011)

By James Oliphant and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
April 27, 2011, 6:19 p.m.

Reporting from Washington— President Obama’s decision to release of his long-form Hawaiian birth certificate after more than two years of ignoring calls to do so reflected White House frustration with incessant questions about his birthplace and a political calculation that it was time to settle the matter for any wavering voters in the middle of the electorate.

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InlandPolitics: District Attorney handled Derry investigation

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 08:10 p.m.

Why all the effort to make it look like Attorney General Kamala Harris handled the investigation leading to the charges filed against San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry?

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InlandPolitics: It only took a few hours

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 02:45 p.m.

The ink wasn’t even dry on the ‘filed’ stamp affixed to the criminal complaint against San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry before the recanting started.

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InlandPolitics: So Granlund was right

Granlund

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – 02:30 p.m.

It looks like Brett Granlund was correct after all.

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry was going to be charged.

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The PE: Neil Derry charged in corruption case

Neil Derry and Bill Postmus

 

10:44 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Special Section S.B. County Probe

PDF: Charges against Neil Derry

PDF: Declaration in support of the complaint

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry is accused of laundering campaign contributions through a political action committee controlled by former Assessor Bill Postmus, according to a felony complaint filed Tuesday.

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The Sun: Derry faces state charges

Supervisor accused of hiding campaign donation
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/26/2011 10:33:07 PM PDT

The state Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday filed criminal charges against San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry, accusing him of laundering a campaign contribution through a political action committee controlled by former county Assessor Bill Postmus.

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The Sun: Derry waged campaign to weed out corruption

Supervisor now facing charges
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/26/2011 10:33:08 PM PDT

Supervisor Neil Derry, who faces felony charges for allegedly laundering a campaign contribution, is a former U.S. Marine and Desert Storm veteran who first charged into public office by taking nearly 70 percent of the vote in the 2001 race for San Bernardino’s 4th Ward City Council seat.

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The Sun: San Bernardino’s first black councilwoman dies

James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/26/2011 10:34:23 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Valerie Pope- Ludlam, who was the first black woman elected to the City Council and later pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a developer, has died. She was 78.

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DailyBulletin: CVUSD faces huge shortfall

$66.5M by ’13 now possible
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 04/26/2011 10:36:33 PM PDT

CHINO – Chino Valley Unified may face a nightmarish $66.5 million deficit in three years, according to a possible scenario presented to school board members at a recent budget meeting.

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Qunicey

 

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/26/2011 03:40:06 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council will hold a special meeting on May 4 regarding City Manager Robb Quincey’s employment.

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DailyBulletin: Upland mulls new methods to pick panels

Finances, ethics also discussed
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/26/2011 06:28:14 PM PDT

UPLAND – Two members of the City Council will review the way the council selects members of city commissions and committees.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino City Council on Tuesday took a step toward eliminating three commissions that were characterized as inactive or having fulfilled their purpose.

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InlandPolitics: The wayward lobbyist?

Granlund

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – 02:20 p.m.

How does that saying go? Never throw rocks from a glass house.

Here’s one for the books.

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InlandPolitics: San Manuel’s Ramos in likely run for BOS

James Ramos

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – 02:00 p.m.

It looks like San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos is setting the stage to take on Third District Supervisor Neil Derry in June 2012.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Corruption case hearing delayed month

08:59 AM PDT on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge agreed Monday to delay a preliminary hearing on corruption charges against former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin for a month.

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The PE: ICB Financial ekes out $50k profit in Q1

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, April 25, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

ICB Financial, the Ontario-based parent company of Inland Community Bank, eked out a profit of $50,000 in the first quarter, or a penny per diluted share. That’s down from $187,000, or 4 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

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The Sun: Hearing delayed in Erwin case

Out-of-state witness holds up conspiracy, bribery trial
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2011 07:35:25 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Monday granted a prosecutor’s request to delay a preliminary hearing for former county Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin.

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The Sun: Deputy not yet charged

Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2011 05:55:21 PM PDT

No charges have been filed against a sheriff’s deputy who allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old female Explorer, officials said Monday.

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The Sun: Labor groups willing to talk with council

Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2011 08:12:51 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Some city employee bargaining units are still willing to work with the City Council subcommittee negotiating with them over the past few months.

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The Sun: Testimony in county bribery case begins

Defense attorneys put focus on emails, role of supervisor’s aide
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2011 08:40:03 PM PDT

Defense attorneys for two Los Angeles-area businessmen accused of bribing a San Bernardino County official in 2008 to get past hurdles facing their Bloomington development focused much of their attention Monday on a stack of emails involving the recipient of the alleged bribe.

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DailyBulletin: Chino may go out for trash bid

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 04/25/2011 05:16:27 PM PDT

CHINO – Officials are evaluating whether to stay with the city’s longtime trash hauler or open up the contract to bid.

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April 25, 2011 4:11 PM
Brooke Edwards, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Three city managers and two of Victorville’s attorneys were among those subpoenaed for testimony by the San Bernardino County Grand Jury as part of a two-year investigation into the city’s finances and management practices.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
April 25, 2011 | 4:31 pm

In another swing at the judge who declared Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional, backers of the measure Monday asked that his decision be voided because he failed to disclose that he was gay and in a long-term relationship.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Budget nut remains uncracked

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown’s insider attempt to crack California’s budget nut has been no more successful than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s outsider attack.

Both relied on unrealistic assumptions about Capitol reality – Schwarzenegger because he was a newbie and Brown for reasons known only to him.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
April 25, 2011 | 4:12 pm

One of the nation’s leading credit-rating agencies continues to hold a “negative” outlook for California, citing the state’s sizable deficit and its leaders’ persistent inability to close that gap.

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LATimes: Pump prices continue relentless climb

A motorist pumps gas in New York, one of six states, including California, where gasoline is averaging more than $4 a gallon. (Peter Foley, Bloomberg / April 26, 2011)

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2011

Memorial Day fun probably won’t stretch to the fuel pump this year: The relentless surge in gasoline prices means the traditional start of the summer driving season could test records set in 2008, analysts said.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Submitted by Louis Freedberg on April 26, 2011

The likelihood is growing that many school districts will have to cut the number of days students spend in class in response to the state’s deepening budget crisis, according to state education leaders and experts.

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InlandPolitics: Judge grants prosecution delay in Erwin matter

Monday, April 25, 2011 – 02:58 p.m.

A superior court judge granted a short delay requested by county and state prosecutors in the case involving former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin.

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11:13 PM PDT on Sunday, April 24, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County supervisors failed to follow their own policies when awarding a new criminal defense contract earlier this year, a newly released grand jury report concludes.

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11:17 PM PDT on Sunday, April 24, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside will cut $6.5 million and nearly 40 percent of the jobs from its development department because of expected state-level reforms to redevelopment, city officials said.

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DailyBulletin: Quincey’s future to be discussed

Quincey

 

Week ahead

Metro Gold Line workshop Tuesday
Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 04/24/2011 10:16:15 PM PDT

It could be a late night for the Upland City Council.

Leaders will meet in closed session tonight to discuss Robb Quincey’s job performance. The city manager has been on paid leave since Jan. 4.

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DailyBulletin: Police commission vote set

Decision on ballot in Pomona in 2012
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 04/24/2011 07:02:39 AM PDT

POMONA – The city’s Charter Review Commission has decided that Pomona voters should determine if the city will have a police commission.

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The PE: Investor buys San Bernardino warehouses

By PE Business
April 25, 2011 7:00 AM

KTR Capital Partners, a New York City-based investor, has closed on the purchase of two warehouse buildings in San Bernardino totaling more than 1 million square feet, according to a statement. The buildings are a short drive from Interstate 215.

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A cap on pensions and a later retirement age — even for current public employees — are supported by the poll’s respondents.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2011, 4:23 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento— California voters want government employees to give up some retirement benefits to help ease the state’s financial problems, favoring a cap on pensions and a later age for collecting them, according to a new poll.

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Published: Monday, Apr. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 25, 2011 – 6:27 am

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has released a report that highlights its investments in the state, which accounted for about $17 billion of the system’s $200.5 billion in assets last year. “CalPERS for California” notes that the largest slice of Golden State investment, approximately $6.1 billion, was in public companies. Of those, 644 have California headquarters that accounted for an estimated 700,000 workers statewide. The report is a snapshot of CalPERS investments in the state as of June 30, 2010.

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InlandPolitics: Happy Easter

 

Happy Easter from InlandPolitics.com

InlandPolitics: Judge likely to grant delay in Erwin case

Sunday, April 24, 2011 – 09:15 a.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge on Friday acknowledged a District Attorney request to delay the preliminary hearing for defendant Jim Erwin scheduled to start Monday morning.

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The Sun: Pension quagmire

Leaders didn’t think CalPERS increases would be a problem
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/23/2011 08:03:04 PM PDT

Unions wanted them. Pension managers said they were affordable. Elected officials approved them.

But improved pension benefits granted to public employees over the past 12 years are now costing local governments dearly. And for that, officials acknowledge, there’s plenty of blame to go around.

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Jeff Burum

 

Jeff Burum
Created: 04/23/2011 07:07:31 AM PDT

It is clear to me that prosecutors want to re-create the history of the Colonies settlement without the facts and have no intention of clearing my name. Over the last two and a half years, they have not only ignored the facts of multiple court rulings but they have demonstrated a total disregard for the truth and the law.

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The Sun: Upland project pays off

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/23/2011 03:25:50 PM PDT

The Upland development at the heart of a countywide scandal has been beneficial to the city, despite years and millions of dollars spent on litigation surrounding the Colonies project.

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The Sun: Redlands ends talks with labor

City says unions won’t take cuts
Chantal M. Lovell, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/23/2011 03:17:40 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Negotiations between the City Council and the city’s nine employee unions have come to a halt as city officials said it became clear some did not want to renegotiate their contracts to the terms proposed by the mayor and mayor pro tem.

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DailyBulletin: Diamond Bar housing plan facing hurdles

Juliette Funes, Staff Writer
Created: 04/23/2011 09:48:30 PM PDT

DIAMOND BAR – City officials recently approved a housing plan that will allow for the development of nearly 500 low- and very-low income homes on an undeveloped site near Diamond Ranch High School.

But that doesn’t mean the housing will be built.

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VVDailyPress: Walmart Supercenter may not go to ballot

Staff asks Town Council to approve project rather than send it to voters
April 23, 2011 2:03 PM
Brooke Edwards

APPLE VALLEY • Residents may not have a chance to determine the fate of a planned Walmart Supercenter after all, with staff recommending that the Town Council approve the project rather than send it to the ballot.

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By Daniel Borenstein
Staff columnist
Posted: 04/23/2011 04:00:00 PM PDT

THAT CLANGING sound you hear is Jerry Brown kicking the can further down the road.

The governor touted his budget plan as an honest forecast of revenues and expenditures. Indeed, his accounting avoids the smoke and mirrors of his predecessor, who was willing to budget imaginary income, pushing off the day of reckoning.

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