Archive for May 3rd, 2011

DailyBulletin (AP): Americans rejoice

Revelers gathered at the fence on the north side of the White House, posed for photographs, chanted “USA! USA!” and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” as President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden late Sunday in the East Room of the White House. Bin Laden had been killed in a mansion near Islamabad, Pakistan, almost a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, and his body was buried at sea. A DNA match confirmed the terrorist leader s identity. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The death of Osama bin Laden

Information from detainees in CIA prisons key to success
Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, The Associated Press
Posted: 05/02/2011 07:54:12 PM PDT

WASHINGTON – After nearly a decade of anger and fear, America rejoiced Monday at the demise of Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind behind the horrific Sept. 11 attacks. Navy SEALs who killed the world’s most-wanted terrorist seized a trove of al-Qaida documents to pore over, and President Barack Obama laid plans to visit New York’s ground zero.

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San Bernardino City Attorney Jim Penman, foreground, argues with Mayor Pat Morris at the City Council meeting. (Brian Rokos / The Press-Enterprise)

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, May 2, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and City Attorney Jim Penman, continuing their years-long feud, twice tried to shout each other down at Monday’s City Council meeting.

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The Sun: Testimony focused on paid consultant

Brothers asked for help with stalled project
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/02/2011 09:11:12 PM PDT

Witnesses in the trial of two Los Angeles area businessmen accused of bribing a San Bernardino County official pointed Monday to problems with a Fontana consultant the defendants hired to usher them through the permit process for their Bloomington development.

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LATimes: GOP grumbles as Senate OKs state contracts

State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton ( R-Rancho Cucamonga), left, talks with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg ( D-Sacramento), as the Senate debates Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget package at the Capitol in Sacramento. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / March 17, 2011)

By Patrick McGreevy and Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2011, 9:05 p.m.

Reporting from Sacramento— Despite complaints by GOP lawmakers that Gov. Jerry Brown did a poor job of negotiating labor contracts covering 51,000 public employees, the state Senate approved the agreements Monday.

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Published: Tuesday, May. 3, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

The Senate on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill to delay DMV vehicle registration forms so lawmakers can buy a little more time closing California’s $15.4 billion budget gap.

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SacBee: State worker retirement rate slows

The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
May 2, 2011

The rate at which state workers drew their first pension checks in the first four months of this year slowed dramatically compared with the same period in 2010, according to CalPERS most recent data.

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BusinessWeek: California, Texas, and State Workers’ Pay

As California tries to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, state workers—who earn 25.2 percent more than their counterparts in Texas—face cuts

By David Mildenberg and James Nash
BW Magazine
May 2, 2011

Seriously?

California’s prison guards make more than twice their counterparts in Texas—$71,000 a year, compared with $31,000. That difference is true for state workers in general: While in 2009 the average private-sector worker in California made 12.5 percent more than in Texas, the disparity among state workers was 25.2 percent, according to Commerce Dept. figures. The difference underlines the benefits—and taxpayer costs—of working in a union-friendly state and may help explain why California has more intractable fiscal difficulties than Texas. Although Texas has a budget deficit of $4.3 billion this year, it has the second-highest credit rating from Standard & Poor’s (MHP). California has the lowest rating of any state and is struggling to close a deficit of $15.4 billion this year.

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By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2011

It may be in their backyard, but for many South Bay students, a seat at Cal State Long Beach has become one of the toughest tickets in town.

Families in Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Torrance and elsewhere have become casualties of a confluence of circumstances that include education funding cuts, limited space and a local admissions preference that considers them outsiders.

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