Archive for September, 2011

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Agency must pay newspaper’s attorney fees

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 29, 2011

BY DAVID DANELSKI
STAFF WRITER
ddanelski@pe.com

A judge ruled Thursday that the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association must reimburse The Press-Enterprise for attorney fees incurred during a dispute over public pension records the agency sought to withhold.

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Postmus

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 09:38:47 PM PDT

The attorney for Bill Postmus is concerned that his client, who is cooperating with state and local prosecutors in their investigation of San Bernardino County’s $102 million legal settlement with a Rancho Cucamonga developer, could be in legal jeopardy from a federal investigation into the deal.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 06:08:54 PM PDT

It is too early to speculate on what steps the San Bernardino International Airport will take to find a new top executive, officials said Thursday.

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The PE: Third District: Paul Cook will run for board

10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 29, 2011

BY JIM MILLER and IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITERS
jmiller@pe.com | ighori@pe.com

Promising a “clean break” from the county’s ongoing corruption scandal, Assemblyman Paul Cook announced Thursday that he will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

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The Sun: Assemblyman Cook to run for Derry’s seat

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 10:52:20 AM PDT

Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucaipa, has announced his run for the San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisorial seat now held by Neil Derry.

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The Sun: Officials break ground on SbX bus project

Elected officials applaud the unveiling of the design for the new sbX bus system during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday in San Bernardino. (Micah Escamilla, Correspondent)

Josh Dulaney, Staff writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 12:18:57 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Officials broke ground on the $192 million SbX bus rapid transit line Thursday morning.

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The Sun: CSU faculty organizes strike amid labor dispute

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/29/2011 12:17:44 PM PDT

Misplaced spending priorities on the part of Cal State University leaders has spurred the union representing faculty members to plan work actions, according to a local union leader.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/29/2011 02:33:16 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city’s Fire Department is facing some changes in personnel.

Fire Chief Michael Antonucci is retiring today, but will remain on the payroll for a while longer to help manage the department, which could face the potential of three fire captains retiring as well as a temporary loss of a fire captain due to injury.

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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, September 29, 2011

BY BEN GOAD
STAFF WRITER
bgoad@pe.com

WASHINGTON – A year before Republicans seized on the collapse of the solar energy firm Solyndra as an illustration of politically motivated spending by the Obama administration, Inland Rep. Mary Bono Mack pushed for the expedited review of federal loan guarantee applications for solar projects, including a pair of large ones in her Riverside County desert.

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PG&E will install an agreed-upon system for the polluted area
September 29, 2011 3:03 PM
SARA MITCHELL
Staff Writer

HINKLEY • Out of five water replacement options presented by Pacific Gas and Electric on Wednesday, Hinkley residents with elevated levels of chromium 6 in their water spoke heavily in favor of keeping their wells and against signing up with Golden State Water Company.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 30, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A former Republican congressman and four others filed suit Thursday with the California Supreme Court, alleging that that state’s newly drawn congressional districts are illegal and unconstitutional.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 30, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The Legislature’s budget analyst has waded into the political war between the state court system’s San Francisco-based leadership – including Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye – and hundreds of local trial court judges.

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September 29th, 2011, 3:33 pm
Posted by Kimberly Edds, Staff Writer

The County of Orange was unfair to the Sheriff’s deputies union when it moved deputies out of jailhouse jobs and replaced them with civilian jailers in an attempt to save as much as $34 million a year, a California Court of Appeal ruled.

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LATimes: Groups want ‘John and Ken’ show off the air

The popular KFI radio hosts gave out the cellphone number of an immigrant rights activist, prompting hate-filled calls. Minority and immigrant rights groups say they will boycott advertisers if the show isn’t taken off the air.

John Kobylt, left, and Ken Chiampou host an afternoon show on Los Angeles’ KFI-AM (640). On Sept. 1, they gave out the cellphone number of an immigrants’ rights activist, who then received many angry calls. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2011

Long-time immigrant rights activist Jorge-Mario Cabrera is used to being called to task for his views. But when radio hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou recently gave out his cellphone number on the air in a campaign against the California Dream Act, he found himself unprepared for the barrage of hate-filled phone calls that followed.

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Bank of America, Wells Fargo and PNC Financial’s quick exits from the bailout program raise questions about whether government officials put repayment ahead of ensuring that the banks were financially strong enough to survive on their own.

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2011

Reporting from Washington— Federal regulators bent the rules to allow Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. to repay their bailout money early, missing a chance to force them into further bolstering their finances.

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VanityFair: California and Bust

Business
November 2011

The smart money says the U.S. economy will splinter, with some states thriving, some states not, and all eyes are on California as the nightmare scenario. After a hair-raising visit with former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who explains why the Golden State has cratered, Michael Lewis goes where the buck literally stops—the local level, where the likes of San Jose mayor Chuck Reed and Vallejo fire chief Paige Meyer are trying to avert even worse catastrophes and rethink what it means to be a society.

By Michael Lewis Photograph by Art Streiber

ECONOMIC CYCLE Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Santa Monica. To earn money when he first came to America, in 1968, he built brick walls nearby with fellow bodybuilder Franco Columbu.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County – BOS 3: Cook to run for supervisor

Cook

Thursday, September 29, 2011 – 10:30 a.m.

State Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) has thrown his hat into the ring for San Bernardino County Supervisor.

Cook joins incumbent supervisor Neil Derry and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos to make a current field of three.

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The Sun: San Bernardino airport director resigns

By Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 09/28/2011 03:34:06 PM PDT

Donald L. Rogers, the executive director of San Bernardino International Airport Authority, announced his retirement Wednesday at a meeting of the authority’s board in Loma Linda.

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The PE: S.B. AIRPORT: Leader of embattled agencies resigns

11:04 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

A week after an FBI raid, Donald L. Rogers, executive director of the embattled public agencies that oversee San Bernardino International Airport, resigned Wednesday.

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The PE: S.B. County: Receipts list items from airport raid

10:50 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

PDF: FBI list of seized airport documents

The FBI seized items ranging from a U.S. Treasury check to scrapbooks to invoices from movie shoots when it searched the administrative office and storage space for the two public agencies overseeing San Bernardino International Airport.

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10:40 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Despite court setbacks, a proposed open-air sludge composting facility near the high desert town of Hinkley has once again won approval from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

On Tuesday, the board voted 3-1, with Supervisor Neil Derry absent and Chairwoman Josie Gonzales opposed, to certify the Nursery Products environmental report for the third time.

The Nursery Products project was first approved by the board in 2007, but a Superior Court judge ordered the county to overturn its approval after finding part of the original environmental impact report was flawed.

Supervisors certified the project study again last year after conducting additional environmental reports.

In April, a judge found the report still inadequate.

The sole remaining issue ordered by the court was a water study showing the project would have a proper supply, said Jim Squire, a planning consultant for the county. A water study by a county hydrologist making those findings was part of the board approval.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Safety for Explorers

Cassie MacDuff

10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

Announced changes to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Explorer program in the wake of two deputies charged with having sex with girls in the program seems to put most of the onus on the Explorers.

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DailyBulletin: New campaign finance proposal questioned

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/28/2011 06:48:04 PM PDT

A proposal for campaign finance reform in San Bernardino County has raised the eyebrows of government ethics advocates and experts, who question its reliance on the state to enforce campaign finance limits.

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Gov. Jerry Brown had vowed to rein in pension costs. But some of his appointees are receiving double payments totaling more than $200,000 a year.

By Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — Every month, Ann Ravel gets a paycheck from her salary as chairwoman of California’s ethics watchdog agency and a second, bigger check from her public pension as a retiree.

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SFChronicle: California budget hit with 3 lawsuits

Wyatt Buchanan,Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sacramento –California’s budget, already on shaky footing with tax revenues coming in lower than forecast, was hit with three new problems Wednesday when advocates for public schools, the developmentally disabled and cities filed separate lawsuits challenging the spending plan.

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

The Fair Political Practices Commission will meet Friday to discuss options for helping political committees affected by the arrest of Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee.

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By Greg Lucas | 09/28/11 12:00 AM PST

As a candidate for governor, Jerry Brown sold himself as a can-do, been-there-done-that political veteran – eight years in the Capitol’s corner office already under his belt – who could “knock some heads” and get the J-O-B done.

Any number of times, Brown said he knew how Sacramento worked and how it should work.

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September 29, 2011 | Agustin Armendariz

The Golden State boasts the most billionaires living within its borders among all U.S. states, according to calculations by Forbes to determine the 400 richest Americans.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. Aiport interim director to retire

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 03:50 p.m.

San Bernardino International Airport Authority Interim Director Don Rogers has just announced his retirement.

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InlandPolitics: Political fundraising at S.B. Airport?

San Bernardino Mayor Pat Morris and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales

Wednesday, September 27, 2011 – 10:45 a.m.

Rumors and accusations are starting to swirl in reference to possible political fundraising at San Bernardino International Airport by two of the Airport Authorities own board members.

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos announces the indictment of Paul Biane, former of the Board of supervisors, Mark Kirk, former Chief of Staff for Board member Gary Ovitt, James Erwin, former Chief of Staff for Board member Neil Derry and Jeffrey Burum, General Partner of Colonies Partners, L.P., by the criminal Grand Jury during a press conference at the District Attorneys office on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Al Cuizon/Staff Photographer (Sun file photo)

Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/27/2011 12:07:51 PM PDT

REPORTS FROM COURT: Get updates as they happen. Follow @SBcourts to keep up with the latest developments

Alleging a conflict of interest exists, the attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum wants the district attorney recused from prosecuting his client.

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06:51 AM PDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Special Section: San Bernardino Co. Probe

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to turn over additional evidence to defendants in a corruption investigation, including information their attorneys claim will show that the district attorney has a conflict of interest.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/27/2011 09:43:26 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Accusations flew from both candidates Tuesday night in Council Chambers during a forum that pitted City Attorney James F. Penman against challenger David McKenna.

The two are facing each other in the Nov. 8 election.

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Aaron Sandusky, owner of G3 Holistic in Colton, is being forced out due to citations from the Colton Police Department and an eviction notice from the landlord. (Al Cuizon Staff Photographer)

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/27/2011 05:55:02 PM PDT

COLTON – After months of risking potential jail time, defying orders to shut down, operators of the city’s last medical marijuana dispensaries are now packing up.

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DailyBulletin: Upland gets two new officials

Newly sworn in Upland city council member Debbie Stone takes her seat for the first time as Upland mayor Ray Musser looks on Monday evening September 26, 2011 in Upland. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2011 01:58:38 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city has two new top officials who aim to help the city move past recent allegations of corruption stemming out of the city.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2011 12:42:57 PM PDT

A proposal to limit how much money groups can give to candidates seeking county elected office was unanimously approved Tuesday by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The vote gives staff the go-ahead to prepare an ordinance placing a cap on campaign contributions.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors approve parolee realignment plan

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/27/2011 07:15:14 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $27.6 million plan for the Probation Department to begin monitoring and providing services to low-level parolees beginning Saturday.

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September 27, 2011 5:14 PM
From Staff Reports

BARSTOW • Starting Nov. 1, Barstow will become part of the county’s 3rd District, while surrounding communities like Hinkley, Yermo and Fort Irwin will remain in the 1st.

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The PE: TEMECULA: City will pay to keep redevelopment alive

10:28 PM PDT on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

A frustrated Temecula City Council on Tuesday evening agreed to pay the state government nearly $5 million to keep their city’s Redevelopment Agency alive.

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LATimes: California’s budget faces new legal challenges

Education officials allege that Gov. Brown and lawmakers illegally shortchanged them by $2 billion. And disability rights groups plan to sue to block $100 million in service cuts. The suits add to the headaches facing the Capitol.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — California’s precariously balanced state budget, already teetering in the continuing economic upheaval, came under further siege Tuesday as two groups announced lawsuits challenging the spending plan.

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Dan Walters

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

Jerry Brown, California’s 73-year-old governor, has been showing signs lately of becoming a grumpy old man.

In comments to reporters, in speeches and in bill veto messages, Brown has complained about the quantity (too much) and quality (too little) of legislation reaching his desk, about the intransigence of Republicans on taxes and about the influence that anti-tax groups wield on those Republicans.

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Jarvis

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Few things drive Calbuzz as crazy as seeing phony, cooked-up, biased, bought-and-paid-for alleged survey data get reported and published as if it were the real deal.

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At the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announces a new law that will help speed AEG’s plan to build an NFL stadium downtown. (Katie Falkenberg / For the Los Angeles Times / September 27, 2011)

By Kate Linthicum and Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2011

Tim Leiweke, the chairman and chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group, stood in front of the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday and told a roaring crowd: “Tear it down!”

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The city’s Fire and Police Pensions board has been advised that retiree healthcare benefits are guaranteed, prompting one employee group to ask that a cap on benefits be blocked from going into effect.

By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2011

The cornerstone of L.A. City Hall’s recent plan to fix its finances and rein in soaring retirement costs has been thrown into jeopardy.

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Staff Reports
Posted: 09/27/2011 12:07:51 PM PDT

REPORTS FROM COURT:Get updates as they happen. Follow @SBcourtsto keep up with the latest developments

The attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum alleged in court today that San Bernardino County D.A. Michael A. Ramos has a conflict of interest in prosecuting him on alleged corruption charges.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: Public Dissed at Meeting

Cassie MacDuff

10:00 PM PDT on Monday, September 26, 2011

Cassie MacDuff

The FBI raid on San Bernardino International Airport last Wednesday concerned enough people to pack the room where a special meeting of the airport authority board was held late Friday afternoon.

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The Sun: High court to decide case from Rialto

Associated Press
Posted: 09/27/2011 10:33:32 AM PDT

WASHINGTON – In a case stemming from Rialto, the Supreme Court will decide whether private lawyers hired as outside counsels for governments can be sued.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2011 07:47:46 PM PDT

RIALTO – One well serving residents more than a decade ago might have delivered concentrations of perchlorate high enough to affect the development of fetuses, infants and children, state officials say.

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He sued for disability retirement
Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2011 06:33:04 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Former Police Chief Garrett Zimmon may be entitled to a disability retirement after a recent state court ruling sided with him in his lengthy legal battle with the city.

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The Sun: Campaign finance reform on SB supes’ table

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2011 06:05:23 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors today is expected to take its first step in having an ordinance drafted that would establish campaign-contribution limits for candidates seeking elected office in the county.

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DailyBulletin: Supervisors to vote on redistricting

Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer
Created: 09/26/2011 09:25:30 PM PDT

An overflow crowd is expected today as the Board of Supervisors tackles the once-a-decade task of redrawing Los Angeles County’s voting boundaries and decides whether to give Latinos more political clout.

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VVDailyPress: Prison reform draws a crowd

County readies to implement public safety realignment
September 27, 2011 9:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom
Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Beginning Saturday, California’s prison system will undergo a sweeping overhaul.

Assembly Bill 109, known as public safety realignment, will gradually shift the responsibility for tens of thousands of “low-level” inmates from state prisons to county jails. It’s the cornerstone of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to comply with federal orders mandating the state reduce its overcrowded prison population by some 33,000 inmates.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011 – 9:59 am

FIELD POLL | The economy

David Vargo bought three homes in the Sacramento region within the last 11 years.

He figures the value of his three-bedroom Natomas ranch house has plummeted more than 56 percent from its peak. Though the 64-year-old Vargo owns two of his houses outright, the paper losses were deep enough that he left retirement to work for the U.S. Census Bureau last year.

One in two California voters, including Vargo, say their financial well-being is worse off than a year ago, according to a new Field Poll released Tuesday. It marks the fourth straight year in which at least half of Californians reported a decline in their personal situation, the first time that has happened since Field began asking the question 50 years ago.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
September 26, 2011 | 6:24 pm

Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting (FAIR), a Republican-backed group trying to overturn new state Senate district maps, has announced it has collected more than 200,000 signatures in its campaign to put the maps before voters.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown signs 38 bills, vetoes 4

Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown signed 38 bills and vetoed four others on Monday, including a Republican-sponsored measure that would have mandated that one of the state’s Air Resources Board members be a small-business owner.

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Monday, September 26, 2011 – 10:27 a.m.

The City of San Bernardino has amassed nearly $1 billion in enforceable obligations by way of its fourteen redevelopment project areas according to documents filed with the State of California.

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Ellis

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 2:14 pm | Updated: 10:00 pm, Fri Sep 23, 2011.

NORBERTO SANTANA JR.

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 | Orange County Marketplace swap meet owner Jeff Teller, a driving force behind the two-year fight to stop the sale of the local fairgrounds, has been kicked off the property.

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The PE: CONGRESS: Beleaguered Postal Service at crossroads

09:15 AM PDT on Monday, September 26, 2011

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

WASHINGTON – With the U.S. Postal Service hemorrhaging money and fast approaching insolvency, Inland lawmakers are backing competing plans to overhaul the beleaguered institution.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/25/2011 07:03:17 AM PDT

HINKLEY – Think about this happening to your part of the world.

Eight miles away there are plans for a commercial composting facility that would bring 1,100 tons per day of biosolids – the sludge left over after sewage water is treated – plus a like amount of green materials – like wood chips – and mix them in the open air and allow the mixture to cook in the sun.

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DailyBulletin: GOP aims to improve outreach to Latinos

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 09/25/2011 07:03:04 AM PDT

The GOP in California faces increasing electoral challenge as the numbers of Democratic-leaning Latino voters continue to grow.

As demographics shift in the state, California Republican Party officials acknowledge the party needs to do a better job of communicating its policy goals directly to Latino voters.

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VVDailyPress: Generous benefits for Hesperia school board

Perk may clash with California government code
September 25, 2011 2:33 PM
Beau Yarbrough
Staff Writer

School board members in the Victor Valley’s largest district are getting free medical benefits worth up to $905 a month — a generous perk that may clash with state law.

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LATimes: Democrats scramble to replace cash

With funds missing or frozen, a campaign treasurer facing charges and an election 14 months away, many go looking for money.

By Richard Simon and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2011, 6:29 p.m.

Reporting from Washington and Sacramento— A suspected embezzlement scheme that has ensnared hundreds of campaign accounts of Democrats has sent candidates scrambling for new cash as they prepare for an election season that could reshape California’s political landscape.

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Willie Brown
Sunday, September 25, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown is doing well in the polls right now, but he’s got a problem in the works that could really take him down.

Check in with legislative analysts – the state is on track to run out of money by Thanksgiving.

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Monday, September 26, 2011
By Ed Mendel

In pension-troubled Rhode Island the state auditor general is recommending the end of something that makes California unusual among states: allowing labor unions to bargain for pension and retiree health benefits.

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InlandPolitics: Website fully restored

Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 09:30 p.m.

A hack of the servers of the hosting company for InlandPolitics.com caused the temporary outage of more than 700,000 sites worldwide on Sunday.

Most affected websites incurred a defacement of the main page for up to 17 hours.

The website is now fully operational.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

InlandPolitics: It was only a matter of time

Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 11:30  a.m.

It was only a matter of time before federal officials descended onto the debacle involving the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force Base.

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From left to right: San Bernardino City Council Members Fred Shorett, Virginia Marquez, Tobin Brinker and Mayor Pat Morris.

Sunday, September 25, 2011 – 11:15 a.m.

The recent FBI raid at San Bernardino International Airport has already found its political usefulness.

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The Sun: FBI probes take toll on county

4 investigations in less than year
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/24/2011 07:10:43 PM PDT

The federal raid at San Bernardino International Airport on Wednesday marked the fourth FBI investigation in San Bernardino County in the last year, leaving some public officials wondering when the next shoe will drop.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/24/2011 07:12:48 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city’s newest City Council member will be taking her seat at the dais Monday.

Debbie Stone, a funeral director at Stone Funeral Home, will be sworn into office during a special meeting at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 24, 2011

Days after a Field Poll found a majority of Californians support the concept behind legislation scheduling all ballot measures during the November election, opponents of the bill are pushing back with their own poll results showing voters overwhelmingly oppose Senate Bill 202.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 25, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The state constitution assumes that the governor and the Legislature will pass one state budget each year, and that’s the way it worked for many decades.

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Capitol Notebook By Marisa Lagos
Chronicle Columnist
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown has taken great care in recent weeks to warn his fellow Democrats in the Capitol that his party affiliation doesn’t spell a slam dunk for the hundreds of bills they sent him this month.

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Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
September 24, 2011 | 11:26 pm

Members of Southern California’s grocery union voted to ratify a new contract with Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons on Saturday night, bringing an end to labor negotiations that dragged on for more than eight months and brought tens of thousands of workers to the verge of a strike.

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By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2011

Sacramento native Shawn Lewis knows the value of student financial aid. The son of a struggling single mom, Lewis says he never would have been able to attend UC Berkeley without the $24,000 in annual state grants and private scholarships he receives to pursue his political science degree and dreams of law school.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press / September 23, 2011)

By Paul West
September 24, 2011, 6:06 p.m.

Reporting from Tampa, Fla. — A threatening cloud hung low over the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday evening as top members of Gov. Rick Perry’s brain trust left a place their candidate would love to forget.

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By Philip Rucker and Dan Eggen
Published: September 24, 2011

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — With three debates behind them, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney embarked this weekend on a mad dash for campaign cash, each laboring to sway uncommitted Republican donors off the fence and to convince GOP elites that he would be the party’s best standard-bearer against President Obama.

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The PE: AIRPORT: Following FBI raid, little insight offered at meeting

IVDA board members Pat Morris, left, and co-chair Josie Gonzales address the public at Friday’s special meeting. (Mark Zaleski/Staff Photographer)

10:31 PM PDT on Friday, September 23, 2011

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Just two days after the FBI and others raided San Bernardino International Airport searching for evidence that could be tied to conspiracy, bribery, fraud and money laundering, officials with the two public agencies that govern the airport offered little comment at a special meeting held Friday afternoon to discuss it.

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Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/23/2011 08:52:14 PM P

LOMA LINDA – No comment and the promise of another meeting.

That’s all the public got after airport panelists came out of a 90-minute closed session meeting Friday to address issues related to the FBI raid Wednesday at San Bernardino International Airport.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 09/23/2011 05:29:36 PM PDT

UPLAND – A former City Council candidate is continuing to keep an eye on City Hall.

Maureen Sundstrom, an attorney, has filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office accusing the City Council of violating the Brown Act during its Sept. 12 meeting regarding two agenda items.

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VVDailyPress: Sheriff’s Explorer ride-alongs reinstated

Program had been suspended since spring
September 23, 2011 1:00 PM
Beatriz Valenzuela
Staff Writer

After nearly five months and a full policy review, the ride-along portion of the Sheriffs’ Explorer program has been reinstated with some changes, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said Friday.

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California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, shown in November, has been under increased pressure from advocates who say she has not done enough to battle banks’ efforts to get off lightly. (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles Times / September 24, 2011)

By Nathaniel Popper and Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
September 23, 2011, 7:39 p.m.

Reporting from New York and Los Angeles— California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has emerged as a key player in pursuing a nationwide settlement with major U.S. banks accused of wrongful foreclosures and is facing increased pressure from consumer groups seeking help for homeowners devastated by the mortgage crisis.

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SFChronicle: Feinstein sues bank over alleged embezzlement

Carolyn Lochhead and Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Staff Writers
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Washington — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s campaign filed suit Friday against a small Los Angeles County bank and the Democrat’s former campaign treasurer, alleging that Kinde Durkee and her associates “stole millions” in funds from Feinstein campaign committees in the last two years.

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LATimes: It’s not 2008 all over again — yet

A trader signals an offer on Standard & Poor’s 500 index options at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The S&P 500 is down 16.7% since it peaked for the year April 29 and is down 9.6% year to date. (Scott Olson, Getty Images / September 24, 2011)

By Tom Petruno Market Beat
September 24, 2011

Investors know they’re supposed to look for opportunities in financial markets when things seem bleakest. But that’s the incredibly difficult challenge right now — how to judge where we are on the Bleak-O-Meter.

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InlandPolitics: Breaking News!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

To view an immediate announcement on the impending crash of a NASA space satellite, click here: NASA Crash

Please keep in mind that as of this morning NASA has absolutely no idea as to when or where satellite debris will land.

InlandPolitics: A herd of cows, a flock of chickens…

Friday, September 23, 2011 – 09:30 a.m.

True or not, we like this:

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

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