Archive for July 14th, 2011

LATimes: California may join probe of Wall Street’s role in mortgage meltdown

“If it will result in real accountability and real results, no option will be off the table,” California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris told The Times. Above, Harris in May. (Mario Anzuoni, Reuters / May 24, 2011)

By Nathaniel Popper and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
July 14, 2011, 5:48 p.m.

Reporting from New York and Los Angeles— California is considering joining New York and Delaware in a wide-ranging investigation into Wall Street’s role in the mortgage meltdown that could lead to criminal charges against financial executives.

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David Zamora

Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 05:00 p.m.

Colton Mayor David Zamora passed away of an apparent heart attack following a single-car car accident Thursday.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County pensions – $150,000 +

Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.

The following is a list of recipients of San Bernardino County retirees receiving annual pension payments in the amount of $150,000 and greater.

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Thursday, July 14, 2012 – 06:15 a.m.

San Bernardino County leaders have a unique opportunity coming their way.

A bill working its way to passage is likely to cause a large number of retirements before January 1, 2012.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 – 05:50 a.m.

One thing is for certain.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos is going to spend a lot of money to try and unseat San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry.

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The PE: Report questions amounts paid for airport equipment

The main hallway of San Bernardino International Airport. A recent grand jury report questions whether public money was spent wisely.

10:28 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

Eleven jet bridges, five baggage carousels and hundreds of seats, all hand-me-downs from American Airlines’ JFK terminal, are a key issue between San Bernardino International Airport officials and a civil grand jury.

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10:27 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

By KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
The Press-Enterprise

Development in and around San Bernardino International Airport has the potential to replace most of the jobs lost when Norton Air Force Base closed in 1994, according to a study commission by the airport authority and conducted by the California state universities in San Bernardino and Fullerton.

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The Sun: Airport officials lay out rebukes of Grand Jury

Report questioned management
Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 07:59:18 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Airport officials on Wednesday continued to push back against a scathing Grand Jury report that casts doubts on whether they are properly managing the transformation of the former Norton Air Force Base.

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Ramos

By PE Politics
on July 13, 2011 4:33 PM

James Ramos has started his bid for San Bernardino County supervisor by bringing in more than $420,000, according to his newly filed campaign finance reports. He has $404,370 cash on hand.

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The Sun: PG&E wants Hinkley water order lifted

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 08:18:06 PM PDT

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has asked a water quality board to reconsider its order requiring the utility to provide permanent replacement water for many Hinkley residents for all indoor uses including drinking, cooking and bathing.

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The Sun: Rialto’s financial future bleak without cuts

Even with one-time fixes city facing a $5M deficit
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 08:18:15 PM PDT

RIALTO – Two weeks ago, residents flooded the Council Chambers when the controversial contract with American Water Works Co. Inc. was up for a vote.

Sharp rate increases were at stake and public input forced a decision that ended a move to contract out the city’s water department.

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DailyBulletin: Pension reforms made in Chino

Employees will pay into system
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 07/13/2011 05:18:18 PM PDT

CHINO – San Bernardino Public Employees Association members working here have joined a growing list of city employees who have agreed to new pension terms.

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DailyBulletin: Pomona adjusts benefits

Employees will pay into plan; 2-tier system OK’d
Monica Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/13/2011 08:19:11 PM PDT

POMONA – City Council members have unanimously approved adjustments to some city employees’ retirement benefits.

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The Sun: Grand Terrace reviews sign limits

Changes could help campaigns
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/13/2011 08:18:09 PM PDT

GRAND TERRACE – In what some are framing as a battle between freedom of speech and freedom of vision, the City Council will decide whether to remove restrictions on the posting of political signs that court rulings indicate could run afoul of the First Amendment.

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Board to appoint new member in August
July 13, 2011 3:51 PM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

ADELANTO • Less than eight months since her reelection, Elaine Gonzales abruptly resigned from her seat on the Adelanto School District Board of Trustees.

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July 13, 2011 3:26 PM
Tomoya Shimura
Staff Writer
Related stories:

VICTORVILLE • A Victorville sheriff’s deputy accused of engaging in sexual acts with a teen Explorer took a plea bargain Wednesday afternoon and faces nine months in jail.

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OCRegister: State treasurer says taxes on rich high enough

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer

July 13th, 2011, 2:58 pm · posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

Democrat Bill Lockyer, the state treasurer, echoed Republicans today when he said that California has to be concerned about raising taxes on the rich.

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OCRegister: ‘South California’ secession effort recedes

Jeff Stone

July 13th, 2011, 11:49 am · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

A Riverside County supervisor backed off of his call for 13 counties to secede from the state when fellow supervisors threw cold water on the idea Tuesday night.

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By Greg Lucas | 07/14/11 12:00 AM PST

California’s $3.7 billion court system is another of this year’s budget victims, grappling with its highest single-year reduction since the state began paying trial court costs 14 years ago.

Overall, California’s judicial branch – the largest in the nation with nearly 1,700 judges – must reduce costs by $350 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.
And continue doing so each year thereafter.

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CapitolNotes: Redistricting’s Final, Controversial, Push

Capital Notes — From KQED’s John Myers
July 14, 2011, 12:01 am • Posted by John Myers

As California’s bold experiment with independent redistricting enters the homestretch, it’s clear that drawing political boundaries is neither simple nor without controversy.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
July 13, 2011

A group looking to abolish collective bargaining rights for all of California’s public sector employees filed three proposed ballot initiatives this week that would hit the pocketbooks of state and local government workers.

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WashingtonPost: Top Republicans clash over debt-limit plan

Debate heats up between Obama, lawmakers over debt limit: Negotiations are in limbo as the clock is ticking toward an Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling.

By Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery
Published: July 13, 2011

Two top Republican leaders clashed Wednesday over a plan that could allow the government to avoid a potentially catastrophic default but would not ensure the deep cuts in federal spending that party members seek.

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