Archive for October 28th, 2011

The PE: INLAND: LAO calls pension plan excellent start

Mac Taylor


Published: 27 October 2011 08:20 PM

California’s nonpartisan legislative analyst praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s pension plan Thursday and said it deserves consideration by the Legislature.

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Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/27/2011 03:16:03 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – After accepting a top administrative post with the school district, Diego Ochoa has changed his mind.

Ochoa was hired Oct. 18 to fill a newly created position of administrative director curriculum/instruction and accountability and research (secondary education).

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Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 10/27/2011 03:54:21 PM PDT

Advocates of public employee pension reform are currently collecting petition signatures for three ballot initiatives that would significantly overhaul public pensions.

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Wendy Leung, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/27/2011 09:46:26 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Political pundit and provocateur Ann Coulter dropped by the Barnes and Noble bookstore Thursday night to meet fans, sign her newest book and share some political insight about the Republican presidential primary.

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Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 10/27/2011 11:26:41 AM PDT

UPLAND — An item regarding the process by which the council refers items to it’s advisory committee may not have been on Monday’s agenda, but is far from being resolved.

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LATimes: Gov. Jerry Brown risks backlash on pension plan

Gov. Jerry Brown unveils his 12-point proposal to overhaul the state retirement system. (Max Whittaker / Getty Images / October 27, 2011)

By Anthony York and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a sweeping overhaul of California pensions that would require public employees to pay more for their retirement and cut benefits for those hired in the future, setting the stage for a fierce battle with fellow Democrats and some of his main political supporters: unions representing government workers.

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LATimes: The retirement system overhaul at a glance

Questions and answers about Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed changes to the state’s retirement system

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2011

What is Gov. Jerry Brown proposing?

Among other revisions, Brown wants to:

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A few years ago, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s chief actuary gave what he assumed was a private briefing and described the huge system’s liabilities as “unsustainable.”

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

A Republican-backed coalition that failed to persuade the California Supreme Court to kill the state’s newly drawn Senate maps is now asking the federal government to reject the lines as a dilution of Latino voting power.

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Occidental Petroleum’s earnings rose 50% and its revenue was up 26%, Exxon Mobil saw increases of 41% in profit and 32% in revenue, and Royal Dutch Shell says its earnings doubled and revenue rose 36%.

By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2011

With energy prices high, most oil companies are once again seeing profits rise like an old-style gusher.

Occidental Petroleum Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported healthy gains in earnings and revenue despite production problems in Libya and other oil-rich areas.

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LATimes: California gets OK for large cuts to Medi-Cal

California plans to reduce payments to many Medi-Cal providers by 10%. The federal government’s approval of the budget-cutting measure raises concerns from doctors and others.

By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
October 28, 2011

The Obama administration will allow California to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from Medi-Cal, a move doctors and experts say will make it harder for the poor to get medical treatment.

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By John Hoeffel Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 27, 2011, 2:52 p.m.

A medical marijuana advocacy group has sued the U.S. attorney general and the top federal prosecutor in Northern California, asking a federal court to halt recent raids and threats of prosecution that have significantly stepped up the Obama administration’s assault on the state’s 15-year-old program.

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