Archive for December 17th, 2011

The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Union seeks re-vote

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 16 December 2011 09:49 PM

A union representing San Bernardino County public safety employees will vote again on a previously rejected contract as it faces a possible 14 percent pay and benefit cut.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Bribery trial delayed

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 16 December 2011 10:53 AM

A retrial of two businessmen accused of attempting to bribe a top aide to San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales has been postponed until March.

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The PE: S.B. AIRPORT: Feds take back $10 million grant

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 16 December 2011 03:49 PM

The Department of Transportation is taking back $10 million it promised the city of Highland to fund road improvements affecting San Bernardino International Airport, according to a Dec. 8 letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Highland’s public works director.

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The Sun: FBI airport probe costs Highland $10 million grant

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 12/16/2011 03:19:40 PM PST

Highland has lost a $10 million federal grant to widen Fifth Street north of San Bernardino International Airport due to an ongoing FBI investigation at the airport.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario officials reject LAWA’s report

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 12/16/2011 07:19:41 PM PST

ONTARIO – City officials have rejected Los Angeles World Airports’ recommendations aimed to increase air service at LA/Ontario International Airport, calling the suggestions as impractical and unhelpful.

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DailyBulletin: Unemployment rates drop in Inland Empire

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 12/16/2011 05:25:11 PM PST

Unemployment fell and the number of jobs grew in the Inland Empire as the state Employment Development Department on Friday delivered a report with news that will add cheer the coming holidays.

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LATimes: California creates 6,600 new jobs in November

Money & Company
Tracking the market and economic trends that shape your finances.
December 16, 2011 | 11:45 am

California employers added a modest 6,600 new jobs in November, driving the monthly unemployment rate down to 11.3%, its lowest level since the depths of the recession in June 2009.

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LATimes: Judge rejects California execution plan

A ferry passes by San Quentin Prison in 2002. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

By Carol J. Williams Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
December 16, 2011, 12:50 p.m.

A judge on Friday threw out California’s new lethal-injection protocols, which have been six years in the making, because corrections officials failed to consider a one-drug execution method now in practice in other death penalty states.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
December 16, 2011 | 4:07 pm

Two influential Republican lawmakers called Friday for California to slow down the high-speed rail project.

The vice chairs of the Assembly Budget Committee and Appropriations Committee asked the head of a budget panel to reject a request to allocate an additional $18 million for work to buy land for the $98.5-billion project.

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

For months, Attorney General Kamala Harris has warned that a mandated budget cut enacted by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature last July would force her to let go of hundreds of Justice Department employees, most of them sworn officers.

Now, after several cost-cutting moves, Harris told staff this week that she’ll lay off just a third of the 322 jobs originally on the chopping block.

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