Archive for July, 2011

InlandPolitics: More drama at S.B. International Airport

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 11:45 a.m.

There’s more drama at the troubled San Bernardino International Airport.

On the heels of a scathing Grand Jury report questioning the airport management’s decision-making and expenditures comes another little bombshell.

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InlandPolitics: U.S. Economy deteriorates towards recession

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 11:25 a.m.

For months InlandPolitics.com has been warning of a second recession. A recession that will be even worse than the previous.

And last weeks report on the U.S. economy should be taken as a precursor to such a recession.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Grandstanding at its finest

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 09:25 a.m.

The demand for campaign finance reform in San Bernardino County has reared its head once again.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County – BOS 3: A trinket campaign?

Ramos

Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 09:00 a.m.

The election contest to represent the Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is going to be an expensive race, not to mention full of entertainment.

A campaign fueled by Indian casino money.

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10:00 PM PDT on Saturday, July 30, 2011
By IMRAN GHORI and DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

Over the course of San Bernardino County’s four-year legal battle with Colonies Partners, county officials say the company’s settlement demands escalated from an initial $25 million to a combination of cash and land that included a parcel potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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The Sun: Tribes fight casino plan

Groups argue Los Coyotes have no ties to Barstow
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/30/2011 10:12:54 PM PDT

BARSTOW – San Bernardino County’s two American Indian tribes – both of which operate casinos – oppose a north San Diego County-based Indian tribe’s plan to open a $160 million casino here.

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The Sun: County ends IEERC pact

Agency fixes up foreclosed homes
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/30/2011 07:11:33 AM PDT

San Bernardino County has terminated its financial relationship with the Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corp., an entity the county government subsidized during the worst of the recession to rehabilitate foreclosed homes.

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DailyBulletin: Voters get their say

Upland election
Mail-in campaign seeks to fill vacant City Council seat
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/30/2011 07:07:50 AM PDT

UPLAND – As residents begin to decide which of the 11 candidates running for City Council will get their vote, they may also be thinking of the actions that led to the election being held in the first place.

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DailyBulletin: No documents to support damages

Witness blasts Colonies settlement
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/30/2011 10:12:55 PM PDT

San Bernardino County doled out $102 million to a Rancho Cucamonga developer to settle a land-rights lawsuit based on inflated damage estimates by the developer with no documentation to justify the figures, according to Grand Jury witness testimony.

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WashPost: Why any debt-ceiling deal will squeeze the states

Posted at 08:52 PM ET, 07/30/2011
By Suzy Khimm

No matter how the debt-ceiling fight is resolved in Congress, it’s going to end poorly for the states.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

We humans tend to crave predictability and fear uncertainty, if for no other reason than the former implies security and the latter insecurity, which largely explains why those in and around California politics despise legislative term limits.

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Bloomberg/Businessweek: Why the Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think

The National Debt Clock on 44th Street in New York just off Times Square on July 26. (Mark Peterson/Redux)

by Peter Coy
Friday, July 29, 2011

 

If Washington is deadlocked now, how will it deal with the much bigger debt problems that lurk in the decades to come?

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10:19 PM PDT on Friday, July 29, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

SAN DIEGO – A public corruption case in San Bernardino County is becoming increasingly intertwined with a related lawsuit, and some lawyers in the civil case accused the county counsel’s office of cooperating with one of the felony defendants.

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By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2011 04:37:30 PM PDT

A judge will continue to review a request to delay the San Bernardino County Flood Control District’s lawsuit against three public agencies seeking to recoup part of a $102 million settlement at the center of bribery allegations.

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10:35 PM PDT on Friday, July 29, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

PDFs: See the contract for John Peukert

PDFs: See the contract for Mel Albiso

In a summer in which the San Bernardino City Unified School District laid off teachers and negotiated pay cuts for other employees, the school board gave two veteran administrators thousands of dollars in new retirement benefits out of fear they would retire — even though board members said the pair never announced plans to do so.

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The PE: Preliminary maps point to close races in region

10:18 PM PDT on Friday, July 29, 2011

By JIM MILLER
Sacramento Bureau

SACRAMENTO – Inland Southern California voters’ mailboxes, TV sets and newspapers would get a lot more campaign-season action under preliminary political maps approved Friday by the state’s independent redistricting panel.

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The Sun: Lewis, Baca could face off

By Mediha Fejzagic DiMartino Staff Writer
Posted: 07/29/2011 06:57:10 PM PDT

The Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday voted to adopt the state’s new political boundaries, sealing its decision to bind the fate of two longtime congressmen.

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The PE: March ARB wants some company

08:59 PM PDT on Friday, July 29, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

The commander of March Air Reserve Base between Riverside and Moreno Valley was clear: The Air Force doesn’t mind sharing its runway with general aviation flights.

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By Neil Nisperos Staff Writer
Created: 07/29/2011 10:18:37 PM PDT

The Republican-controlled House approved Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit plan on Friday only to have Senate Democrats scuttle the measure without so much as a debate on its merits.

Boehner’s plan included a requirement for the submission of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget.

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July 29, 2011 5:50 PM
Don Holland

Brand-new congressional district boundaries sent a shock through the High Desert on Friday as longtime congressmen Jerry Lewis and Howard “Buck” McKeon were “re-districted” out of the Victor Valley, setting the stage for local politicians to jockey for the open congressional seat.

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SFChronicle: Debt deal could devastate California budget

Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Washignton– California gets $79 billion a year from the federal government – nearly 40 percent of what it spends. The money goes to everything from highways to universities. So when the federal government sneezes, California catches a cold.

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LATimes: California moves presidential primary back to June

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
July 29, 2011 | 3:55 pm

California’s next presidential primary will be one of the last in the nation thanks to a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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NYTimes: New Data Shows Sharp Slowdown in Growth Rate

By CATHERINE RAMPELL
Published: July 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — The economy slowed to a snail’s pace in the first half of 2011, underscoring a growing risk that the recovery itself may hang in the balance with budget and debt decisions in Washington.

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LATimes: Apple has more cash than the U.S. Treasury

Apple is sitting on a pile of money that’s bigger than the Treasury’s dwindling balance.
By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2011, 9:10 p.m.

Apple Inc. may not have more money than God. But it’s got more cash than Uncle Sam.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County – BOS 3: Ramos campaign in full swing!!!!

James Ramos and Former County Supervisor Dennis Hansberger

Friday, July 29, 2011 – 09:45 a.m.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos is wasting no time spending all that casino gaming cash trying to unseat incumbent San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry.

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10:46 PM PDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County should be able to proceed with its attempt to share the burden of a $102 million legal settlement without waiting for a related criminal case to be resolved, a judge said Thursday.

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The PE: Final draft redistricting maps unveiled

By PE Politics
July 28, 2011 11:15 PM

Democrats would outnumber Republicans by at least five percentage points in 51 Assembly, 26 Senate and 36 congressional districts in final draft remaps to be voted on today by the state’s redistricting panel.

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The PE: RC Democrat declares congressional candidacy

Warner

By PE Politics
July 28, 2011 12:47 PM

Rancho Cucamonga businessman Russ Warner, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he will run for a proposed congressional district stretching from Upland to Redlands.

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The PE: COLTON: 43 laid off teachers hired back

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Colton school district has hired back 43 of the 57 teachers it laid off in May as it prepares for the opening of the new school year next week.

A nurse and 21 secondary school teachers were re-hired this week, Colton Joint Unified School District spokeswoman Katie Orloff said, joining 22 elementary school teachers rehired over the last two weeks.

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The PE: LOMA LINDA: City to revive redevelopment

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011

By DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
The Press-Enterprise

The Loma Linda City Council is serving notice that it wants to revive the city’s redevelopment agency.

That could cost the city $2.8 million this year and another $668,000 a year in the future.

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10:46 PM PDT on Thursday, July 28, 2011

By DAVID DANELSKI
The Press-Enterprise

Jim Erwin, the one-time sheriff’s deputy who rose in the tumultuous world of San Bernardino County politics to be a union boss, developer’s consultant, political operative and supervisor’s chief of staff, saw himself as “a consummate insider,” former Supervisor Bill Postmus testified to a grand jury this spring.

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DailyBulletin: Judge to make final ruling on indemnity case

Staff Report
Created: 07/28/2011 09:45:21 PM PDT

A judge is expected to make a final ruling today on whether to delay San Bernardino County Flood Control District’s effort to recoup $102 million connected to a legal settlement tainted by bribery allegations.

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By Joe Nelson Staff Writer
Created: 07/28/2011 08:05:07 PM PDT

District Attorney Michael A. Ramos on Thursday again called on San Bernardino County leaders to set limits on campaign contributions to thwart political corruption that has plagued the county for at least 20 years.

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July 28, 2011 10:34 AM
FROM STAFF REPORTS

VICTORVILLE • In his State of the County address to the Victorville Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt will discuss county issues including transportation, education, economic development and the Countywide Vision.

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SacBee: Harris backs rollback of city agencies

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 29, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

California Attorney General Kamala Harris told the state Supreme Court this week that it should allow the state’s elimination of redevelopment agencies to proceed.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jul. 29, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Tired of presidential candidates treating California like an ATM, raising vast sums of money here but spending it in states where campaigns cost less and matter more, state officials four years ago agreed to hold the 2008 primary in February.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 28, 2011

Bracing for litigation, California’s independent redistricting commission has decided to temporarily retain most of its key aides after acting on the state political districts it was formed to create.

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July 27th, 2011, 11:16 am · posted by Ramon Solis, Staff Writer
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State lawmakers can’t get paid for giving a speech. But they can get money for nothing.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
July 28, 2011

The number of state workers joining the CalPERS retirement roll was almost 40 percent lower in July 2011 compared to July 2010.

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InlandPolitics: Airport Authority paid for university study

Thursday, July 28, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that a study performed to evaluate the viability of the San Bernardino International Airport was actually commissioned and paid for by the facility’s governing authority.

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Director Don Rogers, left, argued that the hiring of developer Scot Spencer, right, did not violate a federal ban following Spencer’s fraud conviction. Kurt Miller/The Press-Enterprise

10:22 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

Officials with the San Bernardino International Airport Authority spent nearly three hours Wednesday dismissing what they called errors in a civil grand jury report. Officials defended the price paid for used aviation equipment and refuted claims that the airport developer’s federal ban from aviation would affect airport operations.

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Joe Nelson and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Posted: 07/27/2011 08:31:48 PM PDT

Allegations of judicial misconduct against two San Bernardino Superior Court judges contributed to county attorneys’ refusal to settle a land- rights lawsuit with Rancho Cucamonga developer Colonies Partners LP for $102 million, according to Grand Jury testimony.

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10:33 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By JIM MILLER
The Press-Enterprise

PDF: PACs that prosecutors say were manipulated by corruption suspects

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Corruption Probe

Lorene “Kitty” Stennett was a loyal foot soldier in San Bernardino County Republican politics. When a fellow activist asked her to become an officer in a new campaign committee, she readily agreed.

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The Sun: Barstow touts casino as cure for joblessness

Mayor says project has 1,000 jobs
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 10:14:20 PM PDT

BARSTOW – A proposed $160 million casino will alleviate high unemployment, a high rate of welfare and high poverty level, Mayor Joe Gomez said Wednesday night at a public hearing hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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The Sun: Rialto votes to keep RDA

City will pay $6 million to state to maintain agency
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 03:35:43 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council has voted unanimously to stay in the redevelopment game and pay the state what was described as a $6 million “ransom” early next year.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace to keep agency

City will appeal payment to state
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/27/2011 03:30:39 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – Calling the Redevelopment Agency a vital revenue source, City Council members have agreed to pay the state more than $2.8 million in what they consider “extortion payments” to keep access to the agency and also hired a consultant to appeal the payment amount.

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DailyBulletin: Redraw splits block

Upland’s dividing line
Some would be moved into Baca’s district
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/27/2011 07:52:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – Residents in the 1400 block of Ukiah Way and Victoria Avenue may soon find themselves divided along party lines.

The block running north and south between 14th Street and 15th Street will join citizens living below 14th Street in the district of Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, according to a preliminary draft of Congressional, Assembly and state Senate districts released last week by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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VVDailyPress: Water storage project to create 6,000 jobs

July 26, 2011 5:29 PM
KRISTINE MCGOWAN, Special to the Daily Press

CADIZ • A massive water delivery and storage system in the works for eastern San Bernardino County is projected to create nearly 6,000 jobs and spur more than $878 million in economic activity.

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YahooFinance: (AP): Press-Enterprise parent loses $6.8 million in 2nd quarter

AH Belo’s second-quarter losses widen amid less ad revenue, larger accounting charges

On Wednesday July 27, 2011, 7:08 pm EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Newspaper publisher A.H. Belo Corp.’s losses grew in the second quarter as a slump in advertising worsened.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – 09:45 p.m.

The Editors and Publisher of the Riverside Press-Enterprise appear to be getting a little full of themselves these days.

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DailyBulletin: Ovitt: I’m in charge

Supervisor Gary Ovitt

Supervisor says Kirk didn’t control his office
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/26/2011 05:28:51 PM PDT

Grand Jury testimony released Friday does not accurately portray who was in charge in the county’s 4th District, according to Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

By DUG BEGLEY and DAVID DANELSKI
The Press-Enterprise

Lawyers who thought San Bernardino County supervisors were making a mistake in settling with Colonies Partners over a flood control easement had few options other than the vigorous opposition they expressed in meetings, letters and memos to officials, legal experts said.

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The Sun: SEBA fund at issue

Testimony says union middleman for cash
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/26/2011 08:12:12 PM PDT

As president of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, Jim Erwin used the union’s political action committee to bolster his clout and launder campaign contributions from a powerful Rancho Cucamonga developer, according to Grand Jury testimony.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Interim city manager named

10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

By ALICIA ROBINSON
The Press-Enterprise

The Riverside City Council chose Community Development Director Scott Barber to serve as interim city manager while it seeks a permanent replacement for Brad Hudson.

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Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sacramento — Seeking to avert the fallout if Congress fails to raise the country’s borrowing limit, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Tuesday took out $5.4 billion in short-term loans to cover the state’s bills in case money stops flowing from Washington, D.C.

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WSJ: California Counties Reel From Tax Hit

ECONOMY
JULY 27, 2011
By JUSTIN SCHECK

SAN ANDREAS, Calif.—Declining home prices are starting to slam California harder than the rest of the nation, in part due to a state law that sets a ceiling—but no floor—on property taxes.

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LATimes: Dollar gets trashed as U.S. debt fears deepen

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.

July 26, 2011 | 6:00 pm

The strongest sign of worry about the U.S. debt drama may be showing up in the dollar, which is on track for its third straight weekly decline.

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YahooFinance (Reuters): U.S. likely to lose top rating: economists

‘AA’ ?

On Tuesday July 26, 2011, 3:11 pm EDT
By Pedro da Costa and Andy Bruce

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The United States will lose its top-notch AAA credit rating from at least one major rating agency, according to a Reuters poll that also found wrangling over the debt ceiling has already damaged the economy.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 – 01:30 p.m.

Local newspaper circulation continues to dwindle these days and rumors of more job cuts at Los Angeles News Group publications has once again surfaced.

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10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

By DUANE W. GANG
The Press-Enterprise

When Colonies Partners first sued San Bernardino County in 2002 over flood-control improvements on its Upland development, they faced a Board of Supervisors unwilling to settle the dispute, recently released grand jury transcripts show.

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The PE: COLONIES: China trip turning point for Postmus

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

In fall 2005, then-San Bernardino County Supervisor Bill Postmus returned from a trip to China a changed man.

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The PE: Emmerson bill linked to LA stadium fight

Emmerson

Administrator’s Note: Legislator carrying water for Majestic Realty……..

By PE Politics
July 25, 2011 4:39 PM

State Sen. Bill Emmerson’s Riverside County district is a good ways from downtown Los Angeles.

A weekend newspaper story, though, links an Emmerson bill to an effort to undercut a proposed NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

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Jenkins

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

By BRIAN ROKOS
The Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino police and fire unions contributed $32,763 in cash and services to Robert Jenkins in the final weeks of the City Council Ward 2 campaign, an election that Jenkins won with almost twice as many votes as his nearest challenger.

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The PE: Inland lawmakers’ bills signed

By PE Politics
July 25, 2011 3:33 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation that would shrink a local water board and make it easier for firefighters to get special driver licenses.

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The PE: Candidates begin to file for election on Nov. 8

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, July 25, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Candidates for city councils, school boards and special districts have until 5 p.m. Aug. 12 to file candidacy papers for the Nov. 8 election.

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Grand Jury papers reveal tensions
Mike Cruz and Sandra Emerson, Staff Writers
Created: 07/25/2011 08:23:19 PM PDT

In San Bernardino County’s 4th District, the chief of staff ran the show, according to Grand Jury testimony released last week.

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VVDailyPress (AP): Postmus says he leaked info to developer

Postmus

July 25, 2011 2:13 PM
ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN BERNARDINO (AP) • Former San Bernardino County supervisor Bill Postmus says he leaked confidential information about negotiations to settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with a developer.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011 – 12:06 am

An independent California commission has set the stage for what could be the largest shake-up of the state’s political system in decades – and potentially give Democrats a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California’s evolution into one of the planet’s most economically, culturally and ethnically diverse societies sparks ceaseless political debate, touching everything from illegal immigration to the plight of public education.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
July 25, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown signed several dozen bills into law this afternoon, including a measure to allow college students who are undocumented immigrants to qualify for scholarships funded with private donations.

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By Michael B. Marois – Jul 25, 2011 9:00 PM PT

California will borrow $5 billion today through a temporary loan as U.S. states make plans to cope with any credit-market disruption should lawmakers fail to raise the federal debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline.

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By James Nash – Jul 25, 2011 9:01 PM PT

Overseers of 10 public pension funds with combined assets topping $1 trillion joined a call for a deal on raising the U.S. debt ceiling, warning that a failure by leaders in Washington would have “devastating” consequences.

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Politics Blog
Posted By: Carla Marinucci | July 25 2011 at 10:21 AM

California’s 2011 statewide Republican convention has suddenly become a must-see media event — now that Tea Party darling and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann has agreed to give the keynote opening address.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
July 25, 2011 | 10:49 am

Motorists will likely find little relief at the gasoline pump in the coming weeks. Prices are rising again after consumers experienced only modest decreases in costs in May and June. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is far above levels seen last summer, and the gap may not decrease anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics Commentary: Gov’t cutback in spending a death blow to economy

Monday, July 25, 2011 – 10:15 a.m.

It’s coming!

A massive diet for the U.S. Government that will reverberate throughout the country.

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The Sun: Airport officials to reply to negative report

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/24/2011 02:47:35 PM PDT

Airport officials on Wednesday are expected to continue to chip away at what they say are factual errors in a Grand Jury report on their work at the former Norton Air Force Base.

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The Sun: Study backs airport work

Universities’ findings conflict with Grand Jury report
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/24/2011 09:12:10 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Efforts to transform the former Norton Air Force Base into a civilian airport and bring businesses to the surrounding area could reverse the devastating economic impact of the base’s closure on the region, according to a new report.

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Selection detailed to Grand Jury
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/24/2011 09:11:11 PM PDT

Despite objections from San Bernardino County attorneys, Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and two county supervisors negotiated who would mediate a legal settlement over a land rights dispute that netted the developer $102 million, according to Grand Jury testimony.

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VVDailyPress: VVWRA deal for Victorville’s plant advances

July 24, 2011 11:43 AM
Brooke Edwards
Staff Writer

It appears Victorville is closer to striking a deal with the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority to sell its distressed wastewater plant.

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LATimes: Debt-ceiling standoff grinds on

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
July 24, 2011, 10:13 p.m.

Reporting from Washington— Congressional leaders missed a self-imposed weekend deadline for reaching a debt agreement that would stave off federal default, leaving Democrats and Republicans aligned behind competing proposals as financial markets watched closely for signs of progress.

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TIMES/USC DORNSIFE POLL

Nearly 60% of those polled support changing state law to allow voters to approve local taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil pumped from the ground.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento— Californians would let local officials put new taxes on cigarettes, sugary drinks, liquor and oil pumped from the ground if voters in their communities said it was OK, a new poll shows.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
July 24, 2011 | 7:03 pm

The top Democrat in the state Senate said he is shelving until 2012 one of the year’s most explosive legislative gambits: a proposed law to grant cities, counties and more than 1,000 school districts broad new taxing authority.

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Monday, July 26, 2011
By Ed Mendel

A local ballot measure in San Jose and a statewide initiative, both only proposals at this point, would attempt to cut the cost of public pensions promised current workers, believed by many to be “vested rights” protected by court decisions.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jul. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Thousands of California public employees have put down big money on what amounts to a bet with the government that they will live long enough to recoup their investment – and then some.

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InlandPolitics: He can’t run a coffee shop, but wants to run a county!

A shuttered GFE Coffeee House on the Northwest corner of University Parkway and Kendall Drive next to California State University at San Bernardino.

Sunday, July 24, 2011 – 09:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 25, 2011 – 06:05 a.m.

Already heating up as a hot election contest for June 2012 is the race to represent the Third District on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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