Archive for April 14th, 2011

SacBee: Commission kills legislators’ cars

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 14, 2011

California lawmakers can say goodbye to their cars provided largely at taxpayer expense.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 – 02:15 p.m.

Is a Superior Court judge, who last month threw out a lawsuit against San Bernardino County and District Attorney Mike Ramos, ready to reverse course?

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 – 02:00 p.m.

After falling from a two-year high of $113  down to the $106 per barrel level Tuesday, light sweet crude oil began marching higher Wednesday afternoon.

The rise continued Thursday, with the black gold is now back approaching $109 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

 

 

Published: Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 9:43 AM ET
By: Reuters

New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, bouncing back above the key 400,000 level, while core producer prices clumbed faster than expected in March, government reports showed on Thursday.

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The PE: A judge’s reasoning

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

The judge whose ruling set the stage for San Bernardino County’s controversial $102 million settlement in the Colonies case defended his decision Wednesday and explained why much of its wording was pulled verbatim from Colonies’ draft ruling.

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The Sun: Judge issues rulings

Bribery case nears selection of jury
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/13/2011 06:14:03 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A Superior Court judge issued several tentative rulings Wednesday about evidence that can be introduced at a trial for two Los Angeles-area brothers accused of bribing a county supervisor’s former chief of staff.

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Dutton

 

From the Office of Senator Bob Dutton
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SACRAMENTO – An effort by Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) to move California closer to making sure that those who receive welfare use those taxpayer funds as effectively and efficiently as possible was killed by Democrats during a hearing of the Senate Human Services Committee this week.

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The Sun: 1st Centennial lawyers file to dismiss suit

Joy Juedes, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/13/2011 08:06:03 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES – Lawyers for former directors and officers of the Redlands-based 1st Centennial Bank on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a suit filed against the ex-officials by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

The city of Riverside has bought $65 million of its own redevelopment debt, after Riverside County backed away from a deal in which the two would have bought bonds from each other.

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The PE: Riverside County sets local redistricting forums

By PE Politics
April 13, 2011 4:21 PM

Riverside County’s redistricting committee will host three public forums starting next week.

The forums are designed to give the committee input on how best to redraw supervisorial district boundaries to reflect the latest census figures. The committee will make recommendations to supervisors, who have the final say on how to reapportion the five districts.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/13/2011 03:14:36 PM PDT

HINKLEY – Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is forming a Community Advisory Committee related to its cleanup of groundwater contaminated with cancer-causing chromium 6.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Dismissed ethics complaint not dead

Adams

 

By PE News
April 13, 2011 4:50 PM

The Riverside city attorney’s recent dismissal of an ethics complaint against Councilman Steve Adams doesn’t appear to be the end of the issue, after another official called for it to be discussed by the council next week.

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DailyBulletin: Controller added to ONT shift

Staff and Wire Reports
Created: 04/13/2011 07:47:11 PM PDT

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday added another overnight controller at L.A,/Ontario International Airport as well as at 25 airports and a radar facility.

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April 13, 2011 5:31 PM
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON • High Desert congressmen took aim at President Barack Obama’s call Wednesday for higher taxes and spending plan that fails to address the key causes of federal deficits.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
April 14, 2011 | 12:45 am

Some of the first baby steps toward a budget deal in California may have occurred late Wednesday evening within the dark-paneled walls of Sacramento’s Morton’s Steakhouse, five blocks from the Capitol.

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Brown

 

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The shifting focus of Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign for taxes was nowhere plainer than in a budget speech to business leaders this week, when in his opening remarks he talked not about business but about public safety, his new offensive.

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SacBee: Brown: Ultimate authority rests with the people

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 13, 2011

In making his case for a public vote on taxes Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown made an interesting reference to a line in the state constitution: “All political power is inherent in the people.” It is in Article II, Section I, a part of the constitution related to laws on the initiative, referendum and recall process.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed two Democrats Wednesday to vacancies on a commission that is meeting today to consider killing the longtime tradition of providing lawmakers with cars.

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California Watch
A Project of the Center for Investigative Reporting
Money and Politics

April 14, 2011 | Chase Davis

California’s campaign watchdog organization handed down one of its larger fines in recent memory earlier this week when it officially approved a $60,000 penalty for potato magnate Larry Minor. Minor pleaded guilty in February to money laundering charges in connection with a scheme to filter campaign contributions through friends and associates.

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SacBee: State worker pay freeze bill put on hold — again

The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
April 13, 2011

The Assembly Appropriations Committee stalled a bill that would freeze the pay of non-union state employees earning more than $100,000 per year.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

After more than two years and $1.6 million spent on outside lawyers and court costs, it looks like the state’s epic furlough court battle with the unions will end like a fistfight between brothers: a final flurry followed by a respectful handshake.

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By Carla Rivera and Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2011

Decrying what they called an assault on higher education, thousands of faculty and students at California State University campuses across the state rallied, marched and held teach-ins Wednesday to protest steep funding cuts and rising tuition.

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