Archive for May 20th, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks to reporters as he announces his proposed budget at the California State Capitol on January 10, 2011, in Sacramento, California. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

By Michael B. Marois and James Nash
May 19, 2011 9:01 PM PT

Robb Quincey made $460,000 last year as city manager of Upland, California, a middle-class suburb east of Los Angeles at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. His duties included overseeing 325 employees, a police department with 25 cars, four fire stations and a library for the community of 76,000.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 19, 2011

Standard & Poor’s said Thursday that California sits at an “important crossroad” for its credit rating depending on how it deals with its structural deficit problems in the coming weeks.

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The PE: Dozens of charges dropped in corruption case

10:49 PM PDT on Thursday, May 19, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY and DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Jacinto Corruption Probe

A judge dismissed dozens of charges Thursday from a sweeping San Jacinto corruption indictment, but scores of counts remain and none of the nine defendants, including four former San Jacinto City Council members, was dropped from the case.

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The Sun: John Husing delivers “State of the Region”

**Administrator’s Note: Last year didn’t this gentlemen say the Inland Empire economy would turn around this year? And don’t forget in 2007 Husing said things would be just fine.

John Husing speaks to local business leaders about the Inland Empire s economy Thursday in Ontario. One of his top concerns was the lack of a college-educated work force in the Inland Empire. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Andrew Edwards Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2011 09:06:11 PM PDT

ONTARIO – John Husing, who has for years taken on the role of the Inland Empire’s unofficial economic spokesman, mixed strong criticisms of the region’s status quo with a call Thursday for the area’s private- and public-sector leaders to come together to reverse the region’s economic slide.

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The Sun: Cook defends savings in new union contracts

Cook

 

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2011 11:33:23 PM PDT

Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, was one of two Assembly Republicans who crossed party lines this week to approve new contracts for several state employee groups.

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By Wendy Leung Staff Writer
Created: 05/19/2011 05:30:15 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Not wanting to turn away future funds for city projects, the City Council on Wednesday decided to maintain its naming rights policy and not add restrictions that would prohibit naming public facilities after politicians.

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DailyBulletin: Ovitt to set up new field office in hometown

Ovitt

 

By Liset Marquez Staff Writer
Created: 05/19/2011 09:30:02 PM PDT

ONTARIO – It was an offer San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt could not refuse: open a field office in his hometown.

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Wesley G. Hughes, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2011 05:16:01 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The California School Employees Association and its local chapter have filed a lawsuit against the San Bernardino City Unified School District asking the court to to reinstate the district’s Personnel Commission’s authority and pay all court costs related to the suit..

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Republican state senators confer in Sacramento. Before a voter initiative passed last fall, a state budget bill could be approved only with a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, which required some GOP support. That requirement is gone now. (Associated Press)

By Evan Halper and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — Voters were assured that a ballot measure they passed last fall would punish lawmakers when the state budget is late, docking their pay and perks for every day that a spending plan is overdue.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, May. 20, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

The state’s nonpartisan budget analyst agreed Thursday with Gov. Jerry Brown’s rosier view that California will take in $6.6 billion more than once thought through June 2012, assuring that the revenue bump will factor into the state’s fiscal solution.

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By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
May 20, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — A top state budget analyst Thursday criticized Gov. Jerry Brown’s push for a referendum on taxes later this year, saying such a vote would create instability for schools and spook Wall Street investors who are critical to keeping the state afloat.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 19, 2011

Legislation to ban most employers from conducting credit checks on job applicants cleared the Assembly today.

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Published: Friday, May. 20, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

Legislation passed by the Assembly Thursday could allow a presidential candidate to win California’s electoral college votes without finishing first in the statewide balloting.

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