Archive for June 28th, 2011

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

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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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