Archive for December, 2011

The PE: REGION: Military reuse agencies say they shouldn’t dissolve

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 30 December 2011 07:21 PM

Leaders with three Inland groups overhauling former military bases say legislation that would dissolve the state’s redevelopment agencies doesn’t apply to them.

The legislation was upheld by the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday.

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Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/30/2011 12:17:57 PM PST

UPLAND – The city experienced a number of controversies in 2011 and will continue to deal with some of the legal ramifications in 2012.

Former Mayor John Pomierski’s federal trial is set for April, which may occur during the city election when the mayor’s seat and a council seat is up for re-election.

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From left to right: Colonies scandal defendants Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, Jim Erwin, and Paul Biane stand during a motion to delay their arraignment hearing in a San Bernardino Superior Courtroom

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/30/2011 11:37:49 AM PST

Investigations into corruption in San Bernardino County advanced in fits and starts over the past year.

Prosecutors gained ground when former Supvervisor-turned-Assessor Bill Postmus agreed in March to plead guilty to bribery, conflict of interest and misappropriation of public funds and to cooperate with the ongoing investigation.

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DailyBulletin: ONT’s struggles in 2011

Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 12/30/2011 03:05:45 PM PST

ONTARIO – It’s been a tumultuous year for city officials in their quest to take over and operate LA/Ontario International Airport.

For several years, Ontario officials have lobbied for local control, claiming they would be able to convert the medium-hub facility into a competitive regional airport. Los Angeles World Airports operates ONT and Los Angeles International Airport.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
The Sacramento Bee
Published: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 – 12:29 am

For 11 months Gov. Jerry Brown raised almost no money and conducted few political exercises outside the Capitol.

But in a spate of private meetings and fundraisers in recent weeks, his political apparatus stirred. Brown quietly raised more than $1.2 million in two weeks for his campaign to raise taxes.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
December 30, 2011 | 1:13 pm

In just a couple of weeks, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s campaign to convince voters to raise taxes has raked in $1.2 million from deep-pocketed donors.

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SFChronicle: Calif. wins OK to abolish redevelopment agencies

Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, December 30, 2011

The California Supreme Court dealt a deathblow to the state’s 60-year-old redevelopment program, ruling Thursday that lawmakers had the authority to eliminate the economic development program and striking down a law that would have allowed the agencies to exist in smaller form.

The ruling was the worst-case scenario for cities, which argued they needed the program to spur economic development in blighted areas and create jobs – but it was a win for Gov. Jerry Brown.

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BY DUANE W. GANG
STAFF WRITER
dgang@pe.com

Published: 29 December 2011 07:21 PM

Riverside County imposed pension changes on its largest union Thursday afternoon, a move that means 7,000 employees will begin paying more toward their own retirements starting next month.

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The Sun: Issues will keep new SB City Council busy

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/29/2011 11:26:57 PM PST

It was a year packed with news.

As the roughest economy in decades continued, cities and school districts were hit with severe budget cuts, affecting teachers, counselors and ultimately students. A corruption scandal involving top former county officials continued to unfold. Cities and school districts gained new leaders and lost old ones.

Today, we look at what’s to come in San Bernardino and take stock of where it’s been.

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

Attorney General Kamala Harris’ first year in office saw her dive into a massive financial crisis by ordering an investigation into mortgage meltdowns, attracting a national spotlight for California’s top cop.

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SacBee: California high court says state can eliminate redevelopment

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 29, 2011

In a significant budget win for Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday the state can eliminate the local agencies that subsidize construction in blighted areas.

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Southern California Logistics Airport seen in Victorville Thursday, July 28, 2005./STAFF PHOTO

A technical payment mistake hits the city and the Southern California Logistics Airport
BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com
Published: 28 December 2011 08:29 PM

Victorville has defaulted on two of several municipal bonds used to make improvements to the Southern California Logistics Airport, according to letters from the Bank of New York Mellon.

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Wright

Jermaine Wright campaigns on social media, but hasn’t officially declared
December 28, 2011 3:30 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Though Jermaine Wright Sr. appears to be campaigning online to run for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, the Adelanto School District trustee said he’s still only pondering a bid in the June election.

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BY JANET ZIMMERMAN
STAFF WRITER
jzimmerman@pe.com

Published: 28 December 2011 01:56 PM

Riverside County officials said Wednesday they have begun legal action to close about three dozen medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas.

Attorneys filed for an injunction and issued legislative subpoenas against two of the stores, the latest volley since the Board of Supervisors authorized crackdowns on Dec. 13.

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

The California Supreme Court will rule Thursday on a case with huge implications for the state budget and the future of some 400 local redevelopment agencies.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown on triumph and tiptoes

Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders
Thursday, December 29, 2011

“You don’t normally end on a triumphant note. You enter in triumph and you leave on tiptoe,” quoth Jerry Brown at a Tuesday press conference to sum up the first year of his second stint as California governor.

For one hour, Brown was highly quotable: “I’m a reformed reformer,” he offered. And: “Just because a bill is useless doesn’t mean I should veto it.”

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Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 – 12:11 am

More than 250 Assembly employees received pay hikes this month under the sweeping authorization granted by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez recently for aides whose pay had not risen in three years.

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By Torey Van Oot
tvanoot@sacbee.com
The Sacramento Bee
Published: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

What to expect in 2012?

Jon Coupal is preparing for “nuclear war.”

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VVDailyPress: Victorville gets two default notices from bank

December 27, 2011 6:15 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The city has defaulted on two bonds after trying to use restricted funds for a $535,000 payment due Dec. 1, according to a notice from the Bank of New York Mellon.

As a result, if a majority of bondholders agree, the bank notice states they could demand full and immediate payment of the outstanding balance on $173 million in bonds taken out in 2007 and 2008 for improvements at Southern California Logistics Airport.

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The PE: ELECTION 2012: House races beginning to take shape

Redistricting and the state’s new primary system are shaking up Inland congressional election scenarios

BY BEN GOAD AND JIM MILLER
STAFF WRITERS
bgoad@pe.com | jmiller@pe.com

Published: 27 December 2011 09:10 PM

WASHINGTON — Days away from a pivotal election year, Inland Southern California’s congressional races are beginning to take shape.

The region is seen as a vital battleground between Republicans, who have long dominated traditionally conservative Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and Democrats, who want to pick up some of the 25seats they need to wrest control of the House from the GOP.

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BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
STAFF WRITER
rdeatley@pe.com

Published: 27 December 2011 05:41 PM

Riverside County got its first Latina judge Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Raquel A. Marquez to the bench.

Also named to judgeships by the governor were Riverside County Commissioner John W. Vineyard and Supervising District Attorney Otis Sterling III.

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DailyBulletin: Former Upland police chief dropped from case

Adams

Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/27/2011 10:24:01 AM PST

UPLAND – Former Police Chief Steve Adams is no longer being accused of extortion by operators of a closed restaurant.

Adams was dismissed from Chronic Cantina’s civil case against the city earlier this month.

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The Sun: Rialto approves increases in development fees

By Jim Steinberg Staff Writer
Posted: 12/27/2011 08:31:41 PM PST

Rialto City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to approve sweeping increases in development impact fees, many for the first time in more than a decade.

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Aaron Sandusky, president of the now closed medical marijuana co-op G3 Holistic, speaks to the Upland Rotary Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at the Landecena Community Center in Upland. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Staff Photographer)

Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/27/2011 10:12:57 AM PST

UPLAND — Aaron Sandusky has found another way to fill his time while his medical marijuana cooperative is no longer open for business.

Sandusky, president of G3 Holistic in Upland, has gone on a speaking circuit at various clubs and groups in the community.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
The Sacramento Bee
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 – 7:49 am

Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he expects the first half of the new year to be dominated again by California’s budget problems, as he proposes more spending cuts and tries to clear the November ballot of tax measures that might compete with his.

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LATimes: Hospital is facing a bleak prognosis

Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris in September killed the proposed takeover of a struggling Victorville hospital by a nonprofit arm of Prime Healthcare Corp., saying it was “not in the public interest.” (Paui Sakuma, Associated Press / December 13, 2011)

By Michael Hiltzik
December 28, 2011

In September, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris killed the proposed takeover of a struggling Victorville hospital by a nonprofit arm of Prime Healthcare Corp., saying it was “not in the public interest.”

Her ruling was anything but casual. Basing the decision on what she said was her own department’s investigation, as well as testimony at a marathon public hearing in August, Harris indicated that the takeover would result in the reduced availability of healthcare in the High Desert.

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The PE: LEGISLATURE: New lines indicate hard contests in 2012

Redrawn inland Assembly and State Senate districts could foster competitive Democrat vs. Republican contests

BY JIM MILLER AND BEN GOAD
STAFF WRITERS
jmiller@pe.com | bgoad@pe.com

Published: 26 December 2011 08:59 PM

SACRAMENTO – For the past 20 years, most legislative elections in Inland Southern California have been ho-hum affairs.

Republicans dominated the region, and Democratic caucuses had better prospects elsewhere.

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VVDailyPress: Adelanto city finance director steps down

George Harris to take Rialto position
December 26, 2011 1:21 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • George Harris, Adelanto’s finance director, is leaving one of the city’s top posts to take over as director of administrative and community service for the city of Rialto. His resignation takes effect Jan. 5.

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Gov. Jerry Brown outlines proposals to roll back public employee pension benefits during a news conference at the Capitol in October. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / October 27, 2011)

News analysis

By Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
December 27, 2011

Reporting from Sacramento — In swing states across the country this year, an emboldened group of new Republican governors teamed with GOP legislatures to remake government from top to bottom.

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Rep. Ron Paul greets supporters in Dubuque, Iowa, last week. Paul has surged past his rivals to take the lead in the state.

Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is barreling into Iowa and New Hampshire with surprising strength as the first 2012 presidential contests approach – a position that comes, in part, from the unconventional ground games and fundraising strategies being waged by impassioned supporters like Alex Beltramo.

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Politico: Iowa: Who will survive?

Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney are pictured in Iowa in this composite. | AP Photos

By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS | 12/27/11 4:29 AM EST

No matter who wins, Iowa will reshape the Republican presidential race one week from today — and almost certainly in ways that don’t adhere to any semblance of a traditional political script.

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LATimes: New year brings new risks for California politicians

The ‘top-two’ primary system and legal challenges to redrawn districts have created much uncertainty. But experts say the new election environment will help keep officeholders and candidates on their toes.

By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
December 26, 2011

Ask most people what’s significant about Dec. 30 and you may get a puzzled look. But politics junkies know that’s the official start of California’s next election season.

It opens on a markedly altered stage, set with a new primary system and different voting districts. Lingering uncertainties about some of those districts, thanks to a federal lawsuit and a possible state referendum aimed at overturning them, are adding to the drama.

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 26, 2011

Gov. Brown’s proposal to give new state and local government employees a hybrid retirement plan is part of a national trend, joined by Rhode Island last month and Utah last year.

A typical hybrid combines a smaller monthly pension, guaranteed for life, with a more risky and unpredictable 401(k)-style investment plan, whose value can rise and fall with the market.

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InlandPolitics: Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

InlandPolitics.com would like to wish everyone a safe and Merry Christmas.

Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/24/2011 06:11:58 AM PST

San Bernardino County’s imposition of labor terms on a law enforcement union could have longstanding ramifications on its relationship with the bargaining group.

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DailyBulletin: Light pre-Christmas traffic at LA/ONT

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 12/23/2011 01:55:45 PM PST

ONTARIO – The light traffic at L.A./Ontario International Airport Friday was a boon for trucker Barry Culley, who was awaiting a stand-by flight to Reno and a chance to visit his daughter.

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December 23, 2011 1:41 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • A federal appeals office upheld the termination of Victorville’s EB-5 visa investor center, leaving the city with no option but to pursue a pricey lawsuit or say goodbye to millions in funding they’d hoped to borrow through the program.

City officials got the news Thursday afternoon, with plans to discuss next steps during the Jan. 17 city council meeting.

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The Sun: Rialto could raise fees for developers

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/23/2011 06:38:05 PM PST

RIALTO – The city of Rialto will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to raise development impact fees for general civic facilities, such as police, fire, park, storm drain and water and sewer facilities.

Increases could be approved at the conclusion of the public hearing.

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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, one of the high court’s more conservative members, says the death penalty is no longer working for the state.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
December 24, 2011

Reporting from San Francisco— Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who heads the state’s judicial branch and its highest court, said in an interview that the death penalty is no longer effective in California and suggested she would welcome a public debate on its merits and costs.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 23, 2011

Responding to concerns by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and budget stakeholders, civil rights attorney Molly Munger today submitted a new version of her initiative to increase income taxes for California schools.

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Sen. Bob Dutton, left, discusses pension reform at a Capitol news conference in November. With him is state Sen. Tom Harman. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
December 23, 2011 | 12:58 pm

Republicans in the state Senate will get a new leader to go with the new year.

Senate Minority leader Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga announced Friday that he will step down after the Republican caucus chooses a new leader in January.

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) have qualified for the Virginia primary ballot.

Posted at 03:40 AM ET, 12/24/2011

By Anita Kumar

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening and early Saturday.

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By Phil Kuntz and Bob Ivry – Dec 22, 2011 9:01 PM PT

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) — Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, talks about Bloomberg News’ response to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s letter to four senior lawmakers yesterday that said recent news articles about the central bank’s emergency lending programs contained “egregious errors.” Winkler speaks with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance Midday.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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InlandPolitics: An interesting holiday decoration

Friday, December 23, 2011 – 12:20 p.m.

A novel idea to say the least.

InlandPolitics: Gnanadev appointed to state medical board

GnanaDev

Friday, December 23, 2011 – 12:15 p.m.

From the press office for California Governor Jerry Brown.

Governor Brown Announces Appointments.

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Pomierski

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/22/2011 06:24:24 PM PST

Special Section: Upland Watch

UPLAND – Former Mayor John Pomierski may file a lawsuit against the city for refusing to represent him in a civil suit filed by the former Chronic Cantina restaurant and bar.

A claim was filed with the city this week by Pomierski’s civil attorney, Robert Schauer, demanding the city represent Pomierski or face a lawsuit seeking attorney’s fees and other damages.

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The PE: SENATE: Democrats may have a candidate in SD-31

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 22 December 2011 04:52 PM

SACRAMENTO – Riverside business attorney Richard D. Roth said this week that he is “very, very strongly” weighing a candidacy for Riverside County’s redrawn 31st Senate District.

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Jannise Johnson, Staff Writer
Created: 12/22/2011 05:33:53 PM PST

MONTCLAIR – The Montclair City Council decided 3 to 1 Wednesday night to require members of the Montclair Fire Fighters Association to continue their 6 percent individual contribution toward their retirement fund.

Negotiators for the city and the association (MFFA) had been at an impasse since February.

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DailyBulletin: GOP folds on payroll tax

Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 12/22/2011 01:48:53 PM PST

House Republicans on Thursday folded to the demands of President Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans for a short-term extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

The deal spares workers an average of $20 a week tax increase and the truncation of jobless insurance.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 12/22/2011 12:55:33 PM PST

CHINO HILLS – The state Supreme Court has denied a city petition to review its case against the installation of high-voltage power lines in the city.

The city’s attorney was informed that the Supreme Court declined to review a Court of Appeal’s decision on the city’s efforts to fight the route on which Southern California Edison has plans to build 200-foot transmission towers through the city.

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The Sun: Tea Party rallies against ‘Dream Act’

Molly Davis, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 12/22/2011 03:28:34 PM PST

REDLANDS – When it comes to fighting against an unwanted assembly bill, the Redlands Tea Party Patriots are working the old fashioned way – going door to door to gather signatures against AB 131.

The new legislation, AB 131, would give undocumented students in California the opportunity to apply for financial aid.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

California political junkies are all atwitter about an article on the website ProPublica about a clandestine campaign by Democratic apparatchiks to influence the state’s redistricting commission congressional map-drawing.

Republicans are crying foul, while Democrats say it’s pure fiction.

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House Speaker John Boehner arrives at a news conference to announce an agreement for a two-month extension to the payroll-tax cut on Thursday. The payroll-tax debacle was arguably his biggest defeat as speaker.

ANALYSIS

Staff negotiations, defections, and an inability to compete against Obama.
By Major Garrett
Updated: December 22, 2011 | 10:18 p.m.
December 22, 2011 | 7:40 p.m.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story misidentified the House majority leader. It is Eric Cantor.

There was no formal cease-fire.

Speaker John Boehner didn’t even call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to offer up his payroll-tax sword of surrender.

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InlandPolitics: As usual, S.B. County can’t get stories straight

Thursday, December 22, 2011 – 10:00 a.m.

Once again San Bernardino County can’t line up its stories.

Or should we just say lies?

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FinancialTimes: US growth revised down for third quarter

Last updated: December 22, 2011 3:20 pm
By Johanna Kassel in New York

The US economy grew at a slower rate than initially thought in the third quarter after personal spending was less than expected, according to the final gross domestic product reading for the period.

The economy expanded at a rate of 1.8 per cent, the US Department of Commerce said on Thursday. The economy grew by 1.3 per cent in the second quarter.

The downward revision was mainly attributed to lower personal consumption.

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The Sun: Million Air to host State of County address

A Baby Grand Piano (Pictured) currently sits in the lobby at the publicly-funded Million Air Terminal

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/21/2011 07:01:53 PM PST

San Bernardino County will hold its annual State of the County Address in February at the Million Air jet refueling facility at San Bernardino International Airport, where federal agents served a search warrant in September.

County spokesman David Wert said the county held the event at Million Air this year to much success, and therefore decided it was the ideal location to hold it again.

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 12/21/2011 10:31:20 AM PST

A union representing San Bernardino County public- safety employees has agreed to labor terms proposed by an arbitrator in June that averts 14 percent pay and benefits cuts to certain employees, the county announced Wednesday.

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By Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson
ProPublica, Dec. 21, 2011, 3:38 p.m.

This spring, a group of California Democrats gathered at a modern, airy office building just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The meeting was House members only — no aides allowed — and the mission was seemingly impossible.

In previous years, the party had used its perennial control of California’s state Legislature to draw district maps that protected Democratic incumbents. But in 2010, California voters put redistricting in the hands of a citizens’ commission where decisions would be guided by public testimony and open debate.

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Carla Marinucci

Politics Blog
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Carla Marinucci

California Democratic Party chair John Burton, asked moments ago for his comment about the new ProPublica story that contends Democrats here manipulated the state’s redistricting process, was pretty direct: “It’s complete bull…t, an absolute f…ing fabrication.”

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InlandPolitics: A tale of two counties

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – 11:00 a.m.

A stark contrast has emerged between San Bernardino County and neighboring Riverside this week.

A contrast in how each county deals with collective bargaining and budgeting.

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The PE: GAMBLING: Feds silent on California’s push, for now

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 20 December 2011 08:48 PM

SACRAMENTO – Last summer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The unlikely pair – Reid, a Democrat, is allied with gaming interests in his home state, and Kyl is a gambling critic and powerful Republican – asked that Holder “reiterate the (Department of Justice’s) longstanding position that federal law prohibits gambling over the Internet, including intra-state gambling” or else explain what the department thinks.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: New fees explored

A firm has been hired to look at the benefits of imposing a standard fee on new building projects

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 20 December 2011 08:46 PM

San Bernardino County has hired a consultant to prepare a study on whether it should impose fees on developers to pay for streets, parks and other improvements.

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BY DUG BEGLEY
STAFF WRITER
dbegley@pe.com

Published: 20 December 2011 08:50 PM

Riverside County supervisors on Tuesday warily approved a four-year deal with a union covering various lawyers, setting the stage for a larger face-off with the county’s largest union next year.

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Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/20/2011 06:07:01 PM PST

Related story: SB Valley College president to leave for Illinois job

SAN BERNARDINO – A fourth administrator at San Bernardino Valley College has been placed on paid leave, a district human resources executive confirmed Tuesday.

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The Sun: San Bernardino City Council roundup

Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/20/2011 08:47:54 PM PST

Here’s a list of some actions taken at Monday’s San Bernardino City Council meeting:

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By Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 12/20/2011 05:45:43 PM PST

Editor’s note: The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin will report each day through Dec. 31 on the state of one of our local cities. We will address what is in store for that city in 2012 while also running down the city’s top stories of 2011. Today: Chino Hills, Thursday: Claremont, Friday: Diamond Bar.

CHINO HILLS – The fight in this city to take down 200-foot towers will continue into the new year.

Chino Hills officials said the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project is the most significant thing their city will be dealing with in 2012, especially come January.

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LATimes: With payroll tax cut unresolved, Congress packs up

House lawmakers prepare to follow their Senate colleagues on a holiday recess, with no sign of a compromise that would save the expiring tax break for workers.

By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
December 20, 2011, 8:50 p.m.

Reporting from Washington— The Senate is gone, the House is packing up, and for now that means working Americans will see their taxes rise in January.

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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

California gambling tribes have given $275,000 toward Gov. Jerry Brown’s new 2012 ballot initiative to raise taxes on sales and the wealthy, the first known major contribution to his effort.The California Tribal Business Alliance and two of its member tribes have written checks to help Brown’s cause, said the group’s political director, David Quintana.

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Calbuzz: Memo to Jerry: Time to whack other tax proposals

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Electoral history in California tells us that if the ballot is cluttered with overlapping or competing measures, voters throw up their hands and reject them all. It’s an entirely rational response: After electing people to run the government, why should we have to do their job?

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LATimes: California sues Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
December 20, 2011 | 2:43 pm

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has filed suit against mortgage titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for refusing to answer subpoenas issued to the companies this year.

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By Peter Wallsten,
Published: December 20, 2011

As the first votes in the Republican presidential race approach, Rep. Ron Paul has become a serious force with the potential to upend the nomination fight and remain a factor throughout next year’s general-election campaign.

Although few think the congressman from Texas has a realistic shot at winning the GOP nod, he has built a strong enough base of support that he could be a spoiler — or a kingmaker.

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InlandPolitics: You gotta love it!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 11:15 a.m.

You gotta love it!

San Bernardino County has announced the location of its always much anticipated State of the County event to be held in February 2012.

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The PE: BALLOT: Americans Elect qualifies for ballot

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 19 December 2011 02:29 PM

SACRAMENTO – For the first time since 1995, a new political party has been certified for the California ballot.

The secretary of state’s office announced Monday that Americans Elect had turned in 1.09 million valid voter signatures to qualify for the June 2012 ballot. It needed 1,030,040 valid signatures.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Charter group makes recommendations

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 19 December 2011 09:10 PM

Proposals to create a commission on sustainability, have Riverside’s internal city auditor report to the council, hold council runoff elections sooner, and a handful of less substantive changes have passed the first hurdle to getting into the city charter.

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McNeely

Josh Dulaney, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/19/2011 01:55:21 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – City Manager Charles McNeely on Monday denied rumors swirling around City Hall that he will leave his post in January.

When reached by telephone and asked if he intends to step down, McNeely said, “At some point, yeah, but not now.”

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Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 12/19/2011 05:22:30 PM PST

Seven current and former employees of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, accused of forging training documents for increased pay in a decade-long scam, appeared briefly in San Bernardino Superior Court Monday for a pre-trial hearing.

Lawyers agreed to another continuance and set a new pretrial date for March 23.

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DailyBulletin: Chino voters to fill 3 seats, mayor included

Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/19/2011 09:14:29 AM PST

CHINO – Although it’s months away, the city’s mayor and two councilmen have their eyes set on the prize – being re-elected to the City Council in the November elections.

Chino’s Mayor Dennis Yates – who will be entering his 20th year on the council – said the elections this year will be significant.

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VVDailyPress: 8th District congressional candidates face off

December 20, 2011 8:58 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • There were more friendly nods of approval exchanged than competitive sparks flying Monday night as candidates for the High Desert’s new 8th Congressional District faced off at a public debate.

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The PE: HIGHLAND: City Council meeting canceled

DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 19 December 2011 11:05 AM

The Highland City Council has canceled its Dec. 27 meeting.

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InlandPolitics: Too late to runaway from airport debacle

The aircraft pictured above, now valued as worthless, was used as collateral for a $500,000 public loan to contractor Scot Spencer.

Monday, December 19, 2011 – 10:15 a.m.

Nice try. But it’s too late!

Too late, for those involved, to runaway from the mess at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) and Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) that is.

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THE PRESS-ENTEPRISE
Published: 18 December 2011 06:55 PM

CHABOT NAMED

Heading into an important election year, The Republican Party of San Bernardino County has a new woman at the helm.

The group named Brenda Chabot, a longtime political activist and wife of former Assembly candidate Paul Chabot, as its executive director, the party’s first since July 2009.

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December 18, 2011 8:00 PM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • With just three weeks left to collect nearly 505,000 signatures, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is working to rally support to repeal the California Dream Act, a controversial new law that grants state financial aid to illegal immigrants.

A handful of Stop AB 131 volunteers spent Thursday afternoon gathering several dozen signatures in the parking lot of the Mall of Victor Valley.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Even those in the Capitol have great difficulty making sense of California’s chronically imbalanced state budget, so it’s no wonder the outside public finds its big numbers so bewildering.

The availability of raw data on the Internet has, if anything, increased confusion because the numbers come with differing meanings that are not apparent to the casual observer.

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Calpensions: Outgoing CalPERS board member rips earnings

By Ed Mendel
Monday, December 19, 2011

Over the last 10 years CalPERS investment earnings are below the median among institutional investors. Are money managers being paid for poor performance?

In a feisty farewell last week, an outgoing CalPERS board member, Lou Moret, called attention to the below-median earnings as Wilshire consultants delivered a quarterly earnings report.

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InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Ramos poll has unwanted results

Ramos

Sunday, December 18, 2011 – 01:00 p.m.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos, candidate for the Third District seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, received some unwanted results from a poll he recently commissioned.

One would think a poll revealing problem results would be kept quiet. Especially if the candidate was on the receiving end of bad news.

But in this case, it appears the Redlands political crowd can’t keep anything under wraps.

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