Archive for December 21st, 2011

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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