Archive for June, 2011

The PE: S.B. International Airport exec denies unpaid taxes, rent

10:31 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

A developer whose companies have been paid more than $2 million in taxpayer funds, so far, to build an airport at the former Norton Air Force Base, owes at least $681,917.24 in taxes, has reportedly not paid rent since March and has other outstanding debts, according to records.

Turning the former Norton base into San Bernardino International Airport has cost taxpayers nearly $142.5 million at this point.

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The PE: UCR medical school postponed

10:26 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

By LORA HINES
The Press-Enterprise

UC Riverside officials announced Wednesday that the opening of their proposed medical school will be postponed a year because they did not secure the ongoing state funding needed to gain accreditation.

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The PE: Riverside County property values drop 1.45 percent

By PE Politics
June 29, 2011 10:08 AM

Riverside County’s property assessments dropped in value by a combined $3 billion this year, Assessor Larry Ward told supervisors Tuesday.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside County should purchase four additional ballot scanners to speed vote counting during next year’s presidential elections, the county’s top election official said.

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The Sun: Severe citation for SB hospital

Resident’s death triggered inquiry
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2011 08:57:57 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The state’s Public Health Department on Wednesday announced an $80,000 fine and a “severe” citation slapped on Community Hospital of San Bernardino, after finding that a nursing facility resident died in 2008 because staffers failed to ensure proper assisted breathing.

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The Sun: Officials unite to support Vision

Area leaders to endorse direction for SB County
Staff Reports
Posted: 06/29/2011 04:04:49 PM PDT

San Bernardino County leaders will meet this evening in Rancho Cucamonga to endorse a county vision plan – a sort of long-term goal list for the county.

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The Sun: McKenna aims for new role as city attorney

Hopeful moved to area 2 weeks ago
Jesse B. Gill, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2011 05:28:13 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – City attorney hopeful David McKenna said he only made the decision two weeks ago to move here and challenge longtime incumbent Jim Penman.

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The Sun: Loma Linda bans marijuana dispensaries

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2011 07:01:17 PM PDT

LOMA LINDA – Despite uncertainty over whether courts will later invalidate the move, the city has become one of many in California to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace council balances city budget

2011-12 spending plan includes $533,692 in cuts
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/29/2011 08:58:05 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – It’s not the budget city officials hoped for, but it’s the one they expected and one they can live with.

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Mike Antonovich

 

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Created: 06/29/2011 08:30:33 PM PDT

Democrat and Republican governors across the country are working to cut costs and lower taxes, but Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to level California’s $26 billion deficit – the result of several years of out-of-control government spending – is a “realignment” proposal that not only extends the previous administration’s ineffective tax hikes, but also irresponsibly shrugs the state’s financial burden onto the shoulders of cash-strapped county and municipal governments, creating a real threat to California’s economic recovery and public safety.

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DailyBulletin: Candidates take the tour

Upland City Council election
City officials handle queries
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/29/2011 08:35:48 PM PDT

UPLAND – In order to address requests by City Council candidates to meet with department heads, city officials held an informational meeting Wednesday at City Hall.

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DailyBulletin: Marijuana clinic wins

Court rules that Upland shop can reopen
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/29/2011 05:10:00 PM PDT

UPLAND – Aaron Sandusky has a lot to celebrate this holiday weekend.

The president of G3 Holistic, a medical marijuana cooperative, is reopening his Upland shop thanks to a decision made last week in the Fourth District Court of Appeals.

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By Kevin Yamamura and Diana Lambert
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 30, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Teachers win layoff protection while school finance officials see their powers curtailed in the state budget package Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign today.

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By John Howard | 06/30/11 12:00 AM PST

California’s redevelopment agencies are taking their fight for survival directly to the California Supreme Court, saying Gov. Brown and the Legislature ignored the voters’ will and violated the constitution by dismantling hundreds of local agencies.

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SFChronicle: Meg Whitman speaks out against governor, Obama

Meg Whitman appears with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown during the 2010 California gubernatorial campaign won by Brown.
(Getty Images)

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
Thursday, June 30, 2011

— Republican Meg Whitman, stepping back into the political limelight after her failed, $180 million bid for governor, took her first public jabs at Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators Wednesday – calling their budget a gimmick-filled plan that lacks “real reform.”

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Workers push carts full of merchandise at the Amazon.com Phoenix Fulfillment Center in 2010. (Joshua Lott, Bloomberg / June 30, 2011)

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Shopping at Amazon.com Inc. and other major Internet stores is poised to get more expensive.

Beginning Friday, a new state law will require large out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases that their California customers make on the Internet — a prospect eased only slightly by a 1-percentage-point drop in the tax that also takes effect at the same time.

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The increase of at least 10% comes in response to deeper cuts to education in the new state budget. The opening of UC Riverside’s new medical school will be delayed by a year. Student leaders express disappointment.

By Larry Gordon and Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2011

Students at the University of California and Cal State University systems are likely to face a second round of tuition hikes this fall in response to deeper funding cuts in the new state budget, officials and student leaders said Wednesday.

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DailyBulletin: Upland may lay off as many as 15 workers

City departments to combine
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/28/2011 04:08:41 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city’s government will soon be shrinking.

To address $3.1 million in cuts to the 2011-12 fiscal year budget, City Manager Stephen Dunn has developed a plan to combine city departments and lay off up to 15 people.

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LATimes: Democrats pass austerity budget for California

Republican Senate Caucus Chief of Staff Kevin Bassett, left, talks with Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Sen. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) at the state Capitol as work on the new California budget proposal went on. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / June 28, 2011)

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — The Legislature passed an austerity budget Tuesday night that would cut from universities, courts and the poor, shutter 70 parks and threaten schools but would not — by officials’ own admission — restore California’s long-term financial health.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County quietly shrinking payroll, but not fast enough

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 08:00 a.m.

San Bernardino County amazingly has 535 vacant positions likely to be deleted in Tuesdays final budget hearing.

The county may even layoff 233 filled positions!

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InlandPolitics: Another sham state budget

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 07:45 a.m.

Another week, another sham California budget.

A budget allegedly balanced by the ‘hope’ of higher revenues to come and a smattering of cuts.

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The PE: First half of 2011 a bust for region

05:48 AM PDT on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

By JACK KATZANEK
The Press-Enterprise

Circumstances way outside the control of anyone in Inland Southern California ground the region’s economy to a virtual halt in the past few months, leading to what some see as six months of lost recovery.

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The Sun: SB looks at smaller budget

Council to review plan at its meeting tonight
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2011 05:19:01 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The City Council will get budget presentations from the leaders of city departments this evening as the council prepares to adopt a 2011-12 budget.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, June 27, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

The president of the San Bernardino Teachers Association has called on the board of trustees to hire interim and permanent superintendents with strong backgrounds in curriculum and instruction.

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LATimes: Brown, Democrats reach budget deal without taxes

The Democratic budget plan is based on an expectation of $4 billion in extra revenue in addition to $6.6 billion in unexpected revenue that was forecast last month. “That’s nearly $11 billion in new revenue that the Democrats assume will magically appear,” said Senate Budget Committee Vice Chairman Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar). (Associated Press)

By Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Abandoning negotiations with Republican lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown struck a deal with Democrats for a budget that assumes billions of dollars in fresh revenue — but could lead to major service cuts if the money doesn’t materialize.

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SacBee: Details on the Democratic budget

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

Democratic aides provided details this afternoon on the handshake budget deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders to bridge a $9.6 billion deficit.

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Dan Walters

 

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When governors and legislators face seemingly big budget deficits, they often turn to gimmicks to balance income and outgo on paper.

The most creative have been what Capitol cynics call “rosy scenarios.”

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By Michael B. Marois and James Nash
Jun 27, 2011 3:45 PM PT

California Governor Jerry Brown dropped his plan to extend expiring taxes to close a budget deficit and will back a new proposal based on $4 billion in higher-than-forecast revenue, additional spending cuts and a tax initiative requiring voter approval next year.

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By Michael Doyle
mdoyle@mcclatchydc.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday undercut states’ negotiating clout with Indian tribes, effectively upholding a decision that the state of California overreached when it sought to compel general fund payments in exchange for casino approvals.

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LATimes: CalPERS’ $11-million legal bill raises eyebrows

Some experts are surprised by the high price of an internal review of the public pension fund. CalPERS says it used the review’s findings to negotiate $215 million in fee reductions.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— The California Public Employees’ Retirement System paid $11 million to a Washington, D.C., law firm and its advisors to conduct an internal review, an amount that has some of the fund’s own directors proposing more stringent oversight of outside legal fees.

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Voters tend to fume about the Legislature, but here’s one consequence of the Capitol budget dance that might make some people smile:

A tax cut.

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InlandPolitics: New S.B. County pension fund chief has tough job ahead

Monday, June 27, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.

Norman Ruggles has a tough job ahead of him.

You see, Ruggles is the new chief executive officer of the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA).

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Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, June 27, 2011

Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown has spent the first six months since taking office focused on solving California’s chronic budget deficit, and this week his efforts – and his campaign pledge to avoid accounting gimmicks – will face perhaps their toughest test as the new fiscal year begins Friday.

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The Dodgers announce they have filed for bankruptcy protection for the financial good of the team. If the court approves interim financing, owner Frank McCourt could meet Thursday’s payroll and remain in control of the Dodgers through bankruptcy proceedings.

By Bill Shaikin
June 27, 2011, 7:24 a.m.

The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection Monday in a move that owner Frank McCourt said would stabilize the financial future of the team. The move also could extend the battle for ownership of the Dodgers well beyond this season.

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10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, June 26, 2011

By DAYNA STRAEHLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Ten of the 23 school districts in Riverside County and 11 of the 33 districts in San Bernardino County may not be able to pay their bills in the next couple of years, according to a recent state report.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario to use its reserves

Council OKs plan to take $7.1 million
Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/26/2011 10:26:47 PM PDT

ONTARIO – For the third straight year, with city officials expecting little or no growth in revenues, the City Council has agreed to dip into its reserves.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
June 26, 2011 | 9:29 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown delivers a keynote address during the 2011 Pacific Coast Builders Conference Thursday in San Francisco.

With California’s new fiscal year starting Friday and no compromise with the GOP on a budget in sight, Gov. Jerry Brown’s chief spokesman called Sacramento Republicans “basically moronic” for failing to strike an agreement.

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Dan Walters

 

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com The Sacramento Bee
Published: Monday, Jun. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 27, 2011 – 7:04 am

Sir Walter Scott wasn’t writing about politics when he sagely observed two centuries ago, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

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Calpensions: Public pension debt: How big is it?

Monday, June 27, 2011
By Ed Mendel

While not complying with an apparently flawed state law, CalPERS is opposing a similar federal bill calling for a report showing how pension debt could soar if long-term investment earnings are well below average.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Cloud over Sheriff’s union contract vote

Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 12:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 26, 2011 – 03:10 p.m.

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) appears to be going the way of the San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) when it comes to contract ratification votes.

SEBA has somehow set up a process for changing one’s secret closed ballot vote.

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DailyBulletin: Dutton’s GOP brick wall

“The only time they want us is to go up on taxes,” said state Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga. “That’s when they’ve done only outreach. We are pretty much ignored.” (Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino/Staff Photographer)

Minority leader demands reforms for extension vote
Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino, Staff Writer
Created: 06/25/2011 10:21:45 PM PDT

As a leader of the minority party in the Legislature, state Sen. Bob Dutton took on the budget fight with his hands tied behind his back.

Hence, he is lauded not for what he’s done but for what he didn’t do, observers say.

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The Sun: Growing jails secure jobs

High Desert
Adelanto reaps giant ‘benefit’
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2011 10:20:38 PM PDT

ADELANTO – With expansion under way at two jails and a third one set to reopen soon, this High Desert city appears to be experiencing a housing boom of a different sort.

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DailyBulletin: Pension cuts ease Chino funding gap

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/25/2011 10:23:53 PM PDT

CHINO – City officials expect to see savings in the new fiscal year by enacting a two-tier pension reform system, paying off pension costs and leaving jobs vacant.

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California Dems likely to pick up handful of U.S. House seats
June 25, 2011 1:11 PM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

Proposed redistricting maps should frighten California’s Republicans, according to national GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who argues they’re in danger of losing even more footing in their Democrat-controlled state.

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VVDailyPress: Apple Valley to start year without a budget

Council weighs cuts to employee compensation to avoid dipping further into reserves
June 25, 2011 1:00 PM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY • The town will likely be the only local municipality to start the coming fiscal year without an approved budget, as Apple Valley’s Council asks for more time to weigh controversial issues such as funding the golf course and potential cuts to employee compensation.

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The Sun: Efforts to legalize pot go national

Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2011 10:23:17 PM PDT

Marijuana legalization has been moving ahead recently with the introduction of a California state ballot initiative and national legislation to change its federal designation.

A 2012 ballot initiative to tax and regulate marijuana like wine has been sent to the state, its backers said on Friday.

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FresnoBee: Democrats’ squeals reverberate statewide

Posted at 02:12 PM on Friday, Jun. 24, 2011
By Jim Boren

As cynical as I have become about the California Legislature, I was still stunned by the reaction to Controller John Chiang’s decision not to pay lawmakers for not passing a balanced budget. Democrats had no idea that the controller wouldn’t play along with their phony budget.

Some lashed out like children, while others suggested that Chiang’s decision had caused a constitutional crisis in California over the separation of powers. Never mind the crisis caused by not passing a balanced budget by the date set in the state Constitution.

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From left, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, President Obama and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. All have recently visited or will soon visit California to raise funds for their 2012 races. (Wire images)

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2011, 6:43 p.m.

California voters will play a nominal role in the presidential campaign. But a steady stream of candidates is circling the state, wooing wealthy donors who will probably spend well over $100 million on the 2012 election.

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Dan Walters

 

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

On June 17, the California Employment Development Department reported a tiny decline – just two-tenths of 1 percent – in the state’s unemployment rate to 11.7 percent in May.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County moves to dismiss suit by former official

Uffer

 

Saturday, June 25, 2011 – 01:30 p.m.

San Bernardino County has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by its former chief executive on Friday.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Sewer plant design bid under scrutiny

10:41 PM PDT on Friday, June 24, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside public works management might have influenced the bid award process for a $10.5 million sewer design plant contract, according to a city-ordered investigation.

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The PE: SAN JACINTO: Nancy Ayres enters her plea

10:39 PM PDT on Friday, June 24, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Entrprise

Special Section: San Jacinto Corruption Probe

Former San Jacinto School Board member Nancy Jo Ayres pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of falsifying a 2008 elected official’s statement by not reporting $14,000 worth of income from the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce.

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By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2011 07:17:41 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s financial challenges are the most severe ever seen, a consultant has told the City Council, adding that budget cuts alone likely would not solve the problem.

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By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2011 04:35:50 PM PDT

The message delivered to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors was clear: Mountain residents want to be represented by a single supervisor.

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DailyBulletin: Don’t split Upland, leaders say

By James Rufus Koren Staff Writer
Created: 06/24/2011 08:49:32 PM PDT

Upland leaders have told the county Board of Supervisors that they don’t want their city cut in half when the county draws new supervisorial districts.

Preliminary maps recently presented to the board show Upland split down 13th and 14th streets.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jun. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown’s office said in January that any money left over from his inaugural ceremony account would be donated to a nonprofit.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
June 24, 2011 | 9:13 pm

Despite the city’s ongoing fiscal woes, Los Angeles police officers will receive a considerable pay raise in the coming years, according to a tentative contract agreement reached Friday.

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The PE: S.B. Airport: Losses to hit almost $1 million next year

A year ago, airport officials said they were close to luring an airline.

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, June 23, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino International Airport will spend more than it makes in its next fiscal year and that’s even if it lands an airline that starts flying by November or December, bringing in passengers that buy food from concessions, pay to park or rent cars.

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The PE: Bono Mack endorses Romney for president

Mitt Romney

 

By PE Politics
June 24, 2011 9:39 AM

Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack is throwing her support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House, the Palm Springs Republican announced.

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The PE: SAN JACINTO: Ex-councilman pleads guilty

10:11 PM PDT on Thursday, June 23, 2011

By RICHARD K. DE ATLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Jacinto Corruption Probe

A 155-count San Jacinto corruption case against developers and now-former elected officials appeared headed for conclusion with the guilty pleas Thursday of one key defendant and more expected today from another.

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By Ryan Hagen Staff Writer
Posted: 06/23/2011 06:20:46 PM PDT

COLTON – The city’s lawyers had hoped that today they could begin fining the president of a medical marijuana collective $1,000 per day for defying a court order to shut down.

Instead, Judge Donald Alvarez – who issued a preliminary injunction in April ordering the dispensary to shut down because it was violating Colton’s ban – said in San Bernardino Superior Court on Thursday that the contempt hearing scheduled for that day was moot.

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The Sun: Inland Valley Development Agency passes budget

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer
Posted: 06/23/2011 05:06:13 PM PDT

The agency in charge of redevelopment around the former Norton Air Force Base has approved its budget for the next fiscal year.

The board of the Inland Valley Development Agency – a joint-powers authority comprising San Bernardino County and the cities of San Bernardino, Colton and Loma Linda – approved a $27.3million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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State Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, announces Thursday that Republicans will support a public vote on extending taxes if a cap on spending and pension reform also go up for a vote. (Associated Press)

By Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino Staff Writer
Created: 06/23/2011 06:13:36 PM PDT

A week before vehicle and sales tax increases are set to expire, Senate Republicans said they will let people vote on the issue – as long as they also get to have a say on spending cap and pension cuts.

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, June 23, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

A ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Loma Linda may become permanent law by the end of July.

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Warren

 

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Created: 06/23/2011 09:31:02 PM PDT

FONTANA – In action that city officials say will halt progress in the city, a group of business and property owners unleashed a two-pronged attack on the City Council this week.

On Thursday, a group calling itself Fontana United filed a notice of intent with the City Clerk’s Office to file a recall petition for Mayor Acquanetta Warren and the entire City Council.

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By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Created: 06/23/2011 06:34:02 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court Judge on Thursday rejected a request to dismiss criminal charges against county Supervisor Neil Derry, whose attorney then entered a not-guilty plea for him at the scheduled arraignment proceedings.

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CapitolWeekly: Leadership fight in Senate GOP caucus

Dutton

 

By John Howard | 06/23/11 9:00 PM PST

The state’s uncertain budget future grew even murkier Thursday amid reports of a leadership battle in the Senate Republican Caucus.

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Speaking to a group of apartment owners and developers Thursday in San Francisco, Gov. Jerry Brown said he is increasingly skeptical that a tax deal can be struck by July 1. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images / June 23, 2011)

By Anthony York and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
June 24, 2011

Reporting from San Francisco and Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he was increasingly skeptical that a tax deal could be struck before the July 1 beginning of the new fiscal year, as Democrats and Republicans heatedly blamed each other for the impasse.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
June 23, 2011 | 4:04 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Thursday that if the budget talks with Republicans break down, the initiative fight that would follow would not be limited to Brown’s plans to raise sales, vehicle and income taxes. He said he expects labor groups to pursue changes to Proposition 13, tweaking the current caps on commercial property taxes, if no bipartisan deal can be reached.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

By the spring of 1981, Gov. Jerry Brown’s relationship with Democratic lawmakers had become so sour that the Senate leader ordered sergeants-at-arms to remove him from the chamber.

Brown left before an escort was required.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 24, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 24, 2011 – 12:37 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown is using private donations to pay the $3,000 monthly rent at his Sacramento loft, officials said Thursday, an arrangement similar to that of his predecessors.

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YahooFinance (AP): Layoffs, housing data point to chronic problems

Martin Crutsinger and Derek Kravitz, AP Business Writers
Thursday June 23, 2011, 12:28 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sour reports Thursday on the number of people who sought unemployment benefits and buyers of new homes illustrate what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged Wednesday: Many factors weighing on the economy are proving to be more chronic than first imagined.

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YahooFinance (CNNMoney): New home sales fall in May

Blake Ellis,
Thursday June 23, 2011, 11:19 am EDT

Sales of new homes fell 2.1% in May, after rising for two months in a row, as the housing market continues to struggle.

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Aaron Smith
Thursday June 23, 2011, 12:25 pm

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to alleviate Libyan supply disruptions — driving already sinking prices lower.

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InlandPolitics: Derry dismissal motion denied

Thursday, June 23, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 – 09:39 a.m.

A San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge overruled a demurrer filed by lawyers representing Third District Supervisor Neil Derry on Thursday morning.

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10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Highland City Council has approved a spending plan that is balanced without layoffs or cuts in service and includes $155 million in planned public improvements over the next five years.

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The Sun: Redistricting lines would split Redlands

Molly Davis, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/22/2011 06:45:35 PM PDT

REDLANDS – Local officials are voicing concern over a plan to divide the city between two congressional districts.

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The Sun: Board to discuss search for SB schools chief

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/22/2011 07:10:53 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The search for someone to fill the gap between outgoing and incoming superintendents of San Bernardino’s public schools will officially begin on Tuesday, as the district’s board holds a special meeting to discuss the issue.

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The Sun: Cuts still pending for Grand Terrace

Budget efforts hit with uncertainty
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/22/2011 06:34:25 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – After its second budget-specific meeting in as many weeks, the City Council still isn’t sure what cuts it will have to make to pass a balanced budget at its meeting Tuesday evening.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair seeks permanent solution

Workers will be asked to pay into retirement
Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/22/2011 04:48:14 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – Public safety and other city employees will be asked to permanently contribute to their pension benefits to help the city deal with a long-term shortfall in its bond payments.

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DailyBulletin: School tax defeated

Fontana voters reject effort to restore funds
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 06/22/2011 06:31:20 PM PDT

FONTANA – Measure E, the parcel tax initiative that would have brought $16 million in additional funding to the Fontana Unified School District, was defeated in a special election Tuesday.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 23, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget plan has eight days of shelf life left.

After that, the Democratic governor will have to move on to Plan B, however reluctant he may be.

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By Shane Goldmacher and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — As a high school kid in Illinois, John Chiang ran for student council on a populist platform: ridding the lunchroom jukebox of disco music.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council OKs budget amid worries about state action

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside has a balanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, but City Manager Brad Hudson cautioned the council that state legislation on redevelopment could cut a multimillion-dollar hole in it.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside council members will put off appointing an interim city manager until July 12 and may not appoint one even then, officials said after a closed-door discussion Tuesday.

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