Archive for April, 2012

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Published: 29 April 2012 08:19 PM

As the lone Democrat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for several years, Josie Gonzales has often endorsed and contributed funds to her Republican colleagues, a stance that has irritated some of her party cohorts.

On Thursday, the ill will was out in the open: the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee voted on a resolution calling on Democrats to actively not support Gonzales in her bid for re-election as Fifth District supervisor in the June 5 election. Critics cited her backing of former Supervisors Bill Postmus and Paul Biane — both later arrested as part of the county corruption scandal — and said she had failed to help other Democrats.

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The Sun: HIGHLAND: Council renews paramedic tax

There’s council discussion about raising the rate that hasn’t changed in 26 years but it decides against that.

BY DARRELL R. SANTSCHI
STAFF WRITER
dsantschi@pe.com

Published: 29 April 2012 05:28 PM

The Highland City Council voted this week to renew a paramedic tax that has been in place, unchanged, longer than Highland has been a city.

The tax, $19 per residence and $38 per business, will raise about $351,000 in the fiscal year that begins July 1, City Manager Joe Hughes told the council Tuesday night.

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The Sun: Cal State students planning hunger strike

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2012 03:53:26 PM PDT

Cal State San Bernardino student Natalie Dorado and 12 students from other state university campuses plan to go on a hunger strike Wednesday until university officials discuss freezing tuition, reducing administrators’ compensation and other demands.

The students will only consume fluids from then until members of the California State University board of trustees meet with the students and seriously consider four demands that Students for Quality Education said they first made March 20, leaders of the student union said.

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DailyBulletin: Inland Empire industrial market improves

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 04/29/2012 03:43:13 PM PDT

The Inland Empire’s industrial real estate market gathered strength during the first three months of 2012 as vacancies decreased and asking rents increased, according to brokers’ data.

The numbers demonstrate the logistics industry remains a strength for the Inland Empire, but one industry on its own will not be enough to lift the area into overall prosperity after the past recession.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 29, 2012

Four months into his second year in office – still with major parts of his agenda unfulfilled – Gov. Jerry Brown this morning tried a little expectation control.

Asked by Bob Schieffer on the CBS public affairs show “Face the Nation” for any advice he might have for politicians, Brown said, “I’ve learned you don’t get things done overnight. It does take time.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A professional-quality video clip that popped up on YouTube depicts physical deficiencies in California courtrooms and makes the case for building new courthouses and rehabbing old ones.

The video, containing scene after scene of overcrowded courtrooms, mouse traps and water damage, was produced for the Judicial Council, the San Francisco-based policymaking body for California’s court system.

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Calpensions: Elected official pensions: target for reform?

By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 30, 2012

Stockton has enrolled three mayors and 14 city council members in CalPERS since 1991, despite a provision in the city charter that clearly states no council member shall receive retirement or death benefits, the Stockton Record reported last week.

The discovery of $276,954 in unlawful city pension contributions comes as Stockton is in the national media spotlight during a last-ditch attempt to avoid bankruptcy, mainly by getting unions to agree to cuts in retirement and other costs.

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InlandPolitics: Legal Definitions 101 – Intentional Tort defined

Sunday, April 29. 2012 – 01:00 p.m.

As a service to many of our readers. Here is today’s legal definition courtesy of Cornell University Law School.

Intentional Tort defined: A type of tort that can only result from an intentional act of the defendant. Depending on the exact tort alleged, either general or specific intent will need to be proven. Common intentional torts are battery, assault, false imprisonment, trespass to land, trespass to chattels, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Sunday, April 29, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some interesting factoids from across the financial and political transom:

First Quarter GDP Revised Lower

First quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was revised lower last week to 2.2%. The revised number was mainly supported by strong auto sales. A component that may not be sustainable looking ahead.

Why? Consumer spending has been outpacing non-existent wage growth.

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The PE: POLITICS: Munger touts tax plan in San Bernardino

Munger

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 28 April 2012 07:31 PM
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The woman behind a state ballot measure that would raise income taxes to boost public school funding told Inland Democrats on Saturday that her initiative would do more for children than a competing tax plan offered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/28/2012 07:19:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – Former Upland Mayor John Pomierski’s admission to accepting a $5,000 bribe from an Upland business does not worry city officials from a legal standpoint.

Pomierski pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Riverside to accepting a bribe from the owners of Chronic Cantina restaurant as part of a plea agreement.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

One hears a lot of noise these days in and out of the Capitol about “the 1 percent” – those at the top of the income pecking order – and the moral imperative to levy higher taxes on them to support public services.

The narrative from left-wing activists and their political allies is that those at the top have rapaciously gathered more wealth while the poor get poorer and those in the middle class struggle to keep afloat.

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The PE: 2012 ELECTIONS: SuperPac-tion hits race for CD 31

Congressman Gary Miller

By PE Politics
April 27, 2012 9:03 AM

The National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund dropped more than $136,000 in support of Rep. Gary Miller’s bid to represent California’s 31st Congressional District, new Federal Election Commission reports show.

The vast majority of the money — over $118,000 — went for direct mail costs, while the rest paid for polling and consulting expenses.

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

Published: 27 April 2012 03:01 PM

Candidates for Inland Southern California congressional and legislative contests on the June ballot have raised more than $9.4 million, with four-fifths of the money originating from outside the districts they seek to represent.

Every state is represented in the Inland money rush. The amount eclipses what had been raised at this point two years ago and will continue to swell throughout the election cycle. Independent expenditure groups, which are not covered by candidate contribution limits, will inject millions more into the region’s races in the weeks and months ahead.

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Gonzales

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 04:24:06 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee won’t be endorsing the re-election bid of the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, Chairwoman Josie Gonzales, citing her support for Republican candidates over the years, including former county Assessor Bill Postmus.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 07:31:51 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Associate Superintendent Mel Albiso, a 22-year veteran of the school district who in recent years was sometimes the target of heavy criticism from employees, has accepted an early retirement offer.

Albiso, 56, will retire at the end of the school year and receive an annuity for five years based on his salary of $151,188 per year.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2012 06:01:18 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Scratch another $300,000 from the school district budget.

Following its earlier ruling that former Personnel Director Abe Flory was wrongfully terminated and should be given more than $550,000 in back pay and interest, the Personnel Commission decided Wednesday that the San Bernardino City Unified School District must pay Flory’s legal costs – more than $250,000 in attorney fees and nearly $13,000 in court reporter fees.

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SFChronicle: California pension reform proposals shunted off

Wyatt Buchanan
Saturday, April 28, 2012

One of the biggest mysteries at the Capitol these days is whether lawmakers are really going to make any substantive changes in the pension system for public employees.

This week didn’t do much to answer that, even though there were hearings on bills that were taken word-for-word from proposals Gov. Jerry Brown had sent to the Legislature. The apparent problem? Republicans introduced the bills.

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LATimes: U.S. regulators seize Palm Desert bank, sell assets

By E. Scott Reckard

April 27, 2012, 9:35 p.m.

Palm Desert National Bank was seized by regulators Friday and sold to Pacific Premier Bank of Costa Mesa, which promised to be open for business as usual Monday.

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InlandPolitics: Derry cultivating conservative base

Friday, April 27, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

It looks like Supervisor Neil Derry is hard at work cultivating votes.

It’s no secret that San Bernardino County’s Third Supervisorial District is fertile ground filled with conservative republicans, decline-to-state and independent voters.

The recent realignment of district boundaries has made the territory even more conservative.

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Cook

Friday, April 27, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

As expected, two measures proposed by Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) related to pension forfeiture and disqualification from office have stalled in an Assembly committee.

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InlandPolitics: Derry picks up GOP endorsement

Derry

Friday, April 27, 2012 – 08:50 a.m.

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry picked up another important endorsement, in his quest for a second term, Thursday evening.

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Brad Mitzelfelt

By PE Politics
April 26, 2012 9:08 AM

With several hotly contested congressional races in the Inland area this year, SuperPacs — political action committees allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money through independent expenditures — are expected to drop large chunks of cash on local races.

In what would appear to be the first instance of such spending, the Jobs Opportunity & Freedom PAC spent more than $23,000 on radio advertising and production in support of Republican candidate Brad Mitzelfelt, Federal Election Commission records show.

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BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 26 April 2012 09:50 PM

The only punches thrown were verbal, but seven candidates hoping to be Riverside’s next mayor traded jabs Thursday over the city’s policy on ambulance service, the lack of action on the downtown library, and other city issues.

They met at a forum held at California Baptist University and sponsored by the Raincross Group, Charter Communications, The Press-Enterprise and La Prensa.

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Morris

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/26/2012 07:24:56 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Speaking in the sparkling Sturges Center for the Fine Arts – one of many city assets threatened by the abolition of the city Redevelopment Agency, which owned the building – Mayor Pat Morris focused on both challenges and opportunities Thursday evening in his annual state of the city address.

Rather, the states of the two cities.

Like 18th century Paris in the Charles Dickens novel, Morris said, San Bernardino is in the best of times and the worst of times.

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By Joe Nelson
Posted: 04/26/2012 05:53:53 PM PDT

A jury on Thursday ruled in favor of the city of Colton and against its former police chief, Ken Rulon, in a wrongful termination lawsuit Rulon brought against the city in 2007.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger figures down again

By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 04/26/2012 04:28:27 PM PDT

Los Angeles World Airports on Thursday released passenger figures that shows overall traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport is down 6.8 percent from last year.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 26, 2012

A drive to convert the California Legislature to part-time won’t make it onto the ballot this year.

The campaign will continue to collect voter signatures, however, in hopes of placing the issue before voters in 2014, said Ted Costa of People’s Advocate, a co-leader of the drive.

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InlandPolitics: Pomierski enters guilty plea (-Update-)

Pomierski

Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 11:45 a.m.

Former Upland Mayor John “J.P.” Pomierski entered into a plea agreement before Federal Judge Virginia Philips in U.S. District Court in Riverside on Thursday morning.

The plea agreement stems from charges related to influence peddling.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

Here’s some interesting news on the transom this week.

Retirement savings plans under attack.

Yes, it’s finally happening. The feds are discussing the taxation of various retirement savings accounts to generate revenue. As their coffers dwindle, expect federal, state and local government to squeeze taxpayers.

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County Supervisor Neil Derry left. Tribal Member James Ramos right.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 09:00 a.m.

The former leader of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has dropped his clean campaign pledge in his quest to unseat San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry.

Candidate James Ramos is telling mountain constituents he’s ended his desire to run a clean issue-oriented campaign and instead has went negative against Derry.

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Draft report done; findings expected out in June
April 25, 2012 11:37 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Three years after the Daily Press first reported that the San Bernardino County Grand Jury was investigating the city of Victorville, sources confirm a draft report of the citizen group’s findings is complete and will likely be released within the next two months.

City Manager Doug Robertson said he was recently given an opportunity to review the draft report. He was then asked to sign a confidentiality form on April 16, prohibiting him from discussing any of the report’s contents.

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

Published: 25 April 2012 05:56 PM

President Obama has nominated Jesus Bernal, who heads the Inland-area public defender’s office in Riverside, as a judge for the vacant federal court bench in Riverside, Sen. Barbara Boxer’s office announced Wednesday.

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Construction worker Jesus Guerrero works on the KB Homes Development in Fontana on Wednesday. (Rachel Luna / Staff Photographer)

 

Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/25/2012 11:43:21 AM PDT

Take a drive along local freeways on any given day of the work week, and you might see signs of life – economic life.

Developments are popping up – housing and commercial.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 25, 2012

With state revenues slowing to a trickle as the end of April draws near, the state’s top fiscal analyst said late Wednesday that California could be “a few billion dollars” shy of Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget projections through June 2013.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 25, 2012

California voters are inclined to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax increase, but by a less than overwhelming margin, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California has found.

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George Skelton

By George Skelton
Capitol Journal

April 26, 2012

Sometimes an old movie line says it best. Such a line came to mind when I read the Assembly speaker’s assertion that political money doesn’t influence legislative voting.

“I know people love to try to create that impression,” Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) was quoted as saying in a Times article Sunday about AT&T’s wide-ranging lobbying operation.

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By Marc Lifsher
April 25, 2012, 1:24 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Close to 100,000 jobless Californians will lose as many as 20 weeks of federal unemployment insurance benefits in three weeks, state officials warned.

The extra benefits of as much as $450 a week are part of a federal extension to the regular state program known in bureaucratic parlance as FED-ED.

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April 25th, 2012, 3:25 pm
Posted by Teri Sforza, Register staff writer

We told you recently about a stunning study which found that putting a condemned prisoner to death in California cost $308 million per man.

“Executing the Will of the Voters? A Roadmap to Mend or End the California Legislature’s Death Penalty Debacle ” had unusual authority, written as it was by folks from both sides of the debate: U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Arthur L. Alarcon, who has prosecuted death penalty cases, and Loyola Law School professor Paula M. Mitchell, who argues against them.

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InlandPolitics: CD-8: Valles reports campaign finances

Victorville Council Member Angela Valles

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 – 10:45 a.m.

8th Congressional District candidate and Angela Valles (R-Victorville) has finally reported her fundraising results.

For the entire 2011-12 election cycle Valles has raised $32,584 and spent all but $175 of that amount.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/24/2012 06:12:19 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday rejected a proposal to discourage the hiring of illegal immigrants by requiring restaurants to inform customers if they use the federal E-Verify system.

Supervisor Neil Derry proposed amending the county health code to require restaurants to add a green or red overlay to their letter-grading window placards. A green overlay would indicate the restaurant uses the E-Verify system. A red overlay would mean a restaurant does not use the system.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/24/2012 12:32:42 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council on Monday approved a contract with a Chino-based law firm Gutierrez, Fierro & Erickson to provide interim legal services while the city seeks a permanent firm to serve as city attorney.

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VVDailyPress: Red light camera suit bumped to federal court

April 24, 2012 5:41 PM
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Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • The class action lawsuit over Victorville’s red light cameras has been moved from state to federal court, with the city motioning to dismiss the case while a local attorney gears up for a potentially precedent-setting battle.

The venue change came at the request of Redflex Traffic Systems, the private company that operates 10 cameras in Victorville and is a codefendant in the case alongside the city.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
April 24, 2012

A key legislative committee isn’t going to act on a package of public pension reforms proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown and adopted by Republicans in their own bills.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 24, 2012

Post has been updated throughout the afternoon with responses and additional reporting.

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has tentatively ruled that the state controller has no authority to judge whether the state budget is balanced or block lawmakers’ pay as he did last June.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino County supe’s place baffoonery on full display

Gonzales

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 12:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

In a Romper Room fashion, an embarrassing display of incompetence decended on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting just before noon on Tuesday.

Neither Chairperson Josie Gonzales nor County Counsel Jean-Rene Basle knew Robert’s Rules of Order or their own procedures regarding the conduct of voting among the boards members.

Gonzales is of no surprise. But Basle, a licensed and practicing attorney, is a another story.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry has proposed an E-Verify requirement that circumvents the state law preventing it use. (File Photo/2012)

 

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 23 April 2012 06:12 PM

Restaurants in San Bernardino County would be required to inform customers if they perform immigration background checks on their employees under a proposal that will go before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Supervisor Neil Derry is proposing to amend the county’s restaurant grading ordinance so that placards would be color-coded to indicate whether an establishment uses E-Verify, a federal database to check a person’s immigration status.

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The PE: REDLANDS: Occupy members getting closer to goal

BY JAN SEARS
STAFF WRITER
jsears@pe.com

Published: 23 April 2012 07:03 PM

Since December, members of Occupy Redlands have been appearing before the City Council, reading a resolution opposing corporate personhood and urging the council to vote on it.

They have appeared at almost every council meeting in the past four months, taking three-minute turns reading the resolution, and more recently, reciting a long list of U.S. cities and counties that have voted to support it.

They may finally achieve their goal next month.

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Congressman Gary Miller

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Created: 04/23/2012 08:27:17 PM PDT

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, and several other inland legislators are asking the Federal Housing Finance Agency to stay out of Southern California while testing a pilot program in which foreclosures would be sold in bulk to institutional investors.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 23, 2012

Californians voters going to the polls in November will again decide the fate of the death penalty.

A measure to abolish the death penalty and replace it with a maximum sentence of life behind bars without parole has qualified for the Nov. 6 ballot, the Secretary of State confirmed today. The measure, backed by a coalition that includes the American Civil Liberties Union and some law enforcement and victims rights groups, would apply to inmates currently on death row.

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April 23rd, 2012, 5:04 pm
Posted by Pat Brennan, Science, Environment Editor

The operators of the idled San Onofre nuclear plant could restart at least one of its troubled reactor units “in the next few months,” the plant’s chief nuclear officer said Monday.

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By Marc Lifsher
April 23, 2012, 1:10 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Federal securities regulators sued a former chief executive and a former director of the country’s largest public pension fund, accusing them of scheming to defraud an investment firm of more than $20 million in fees.

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed the lawsuit Monday against the former CEO, Federico Buenrostro Jr., and the former CalPERS board member, Alfred J.R. Villalobos, alleging that they fabricated documents provided to Apollo Global Management in New York.

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InlandPolitics: Upland lawyer amends lawsuit to recover Colonies settlement funds

Monday, April 23, 2012 – 03:00 p.m.

A lawsuit filed by an Upland lawyer to force San Bernardino County to recover $102 million it paid Colonies Partners L.P., in a 2006 settlement over a flood control land use dispute, appears to have hit a snag.

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The PE: TRIBAL GAMING: Special fund’s days are numbered

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 22 April 2012 08:12 PM

SACRAMENTO — Throughout much of the past decade, California’s Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund has been a rare revenue bright spot for Riverside County.

Created by the agreements that legalized gambling on tribal lands, the fund has fostered grants to pay for police officers, medical services and other expenses to offset traffic and other consequences of having casinos nearby.

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He’ll be asking the labor unions to let employees pay more for health and retirement benefits

 

BY JAN SEARS
jsears@pe.com

Published: 22 April 2012 06:19 PM

Redlands’ labor negotiator has begun meeting with representatives of employee groups to discuss salary and benefit issues that city officials say could help improve Redlands’ long-term financial health.

The City Council has directed its negotiator, Richard Kreisler, a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, to propose changes in employee retirement and lifetime health care benefits and overtime, city spokesman Carl Baker said in a news release.

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The Sun: OpEd: A supervisor with courage and guts

Michele Derry
Posted: 04/22/2012 07:04:10 AM PDT

I have stood by long enough while my husband is misrepresented by James Ramos and his gambling special interests. Enough is enough.

How can James Ramos, as a tribal chairman of a sovereign nation who receives over $200,000 a month as a tribal member through gambling profits, represent the interests of the average citizen of San Bernardino County?

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Ryan Carter, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/22/2012 04:07:38 PM PDT

A proposal designed to identify restaurants that screen employees for their immigration status will go in front of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, its author said.

Supervisor Neil Derry’s measure would amend the county’s restaurant letter-grading system as a way to identify businesses that use the federal E-Verify system.

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By JUDY LIN
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — It’s been six months since Gov. Jerry Brown put forward his proposals to make the public pension system more affordable, yet action on his 12-point plan has been nearly imperceptible.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS: on the road to ruin or recovery?

By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 23, 2012

An annual look at CalSTRS, the nation’s second largest public pension system, once again raises the question of whether there is an urgent need to begin putting more money into the pension fund.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 23, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

With the state budget mired in deficits, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators, especially his fellow Democrats, are searching under every fiscal rock for money to spend.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Race for mayor quiet so far

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 21 April 2012 06:24 PM

Despite being California’s 12th largest city, Riverside in some ways still operates like a small town, and that extends to politics.

That’s why some residents have been surprised that the upcoming June 5 mayoral election to replace a retiring five-term incumbent hasn’t made more of a splash.

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April 21, 2012 12:29 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Special to the Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose tough stance on criminals and illegal immigration placed him in the national spotlight, will be in Apple Valley to endorse Republican Phil Liberatore’s race for the 8th Congressional District.

Arpaio, 79, dubbed “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” will speak at a public rally at 11:30 a.m. on May 5, at Civic Park near Town Hall, a Liberatore spokesman said by phone.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Legislature has a bad habit of making sweeping decisions in the moment without giving much thought to their long-term consequences.

The syndrome’s most striking example was an immense overhaul in 1996 of the state’s electric power system, misnamed “deregulation,” based on blithe, untested assertions that it would lower power bills.

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Former Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez returned home Thursday after serving his prison term. A jury found him guilty in October 2010 of felony charges of conspiracy, grand theft and presenting a false claim to a public office. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Photographer)

 

Wendy Leung, Staff Writer
Created: 04/21/2012 07:07:01 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Fifteen months in prison have hardly changed Rex Gutierrez.

The former councilman does not look older, thinner or more defeated.

His sense of humor, quirky sensibility and panache for flashy ties have not gone away.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 05:00 p.m.

Campaign money was barely flowing, during the January to mid-March reporting period, in the race to succeed San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, unless of course a candidate funded themselves.

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Donnelly, Derry lag behind
April 19, 2012 5:18 PM
By SAM PEARSON, Staff Writer

Despite the advantages of incumbency, challengers are raking in more funds than the candidates they oppose in two High Desert races.

Both Big Bear Lake Mayor Bill Jahn, who is seeking to defeat Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in the new 33rd Assembly District, and James Ramos, who stepped down from his post as Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Monday and continues to campaign against incumbent 3rd District Supervisor Neil Derry, have significant cash advantages over their rivals.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/20/2012 12:11:17 PM PDT

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday lifted bail for four defendants in the Colonies Partners corruption scandal, freeing them from having to pay an annual bond premium as the one-year anniversary of their arrest nears.

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BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 20 April 2012 11:42 AM

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge agreed Friday to lift bail for three former county officials and a developer facing corruption charges.

Judge Michael Smith agreed to allow the four men to remain free on their own recognizance as the case continues to remain in the pre-trial stage almost a year after the defendants were indicted.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: State says no to some redevelopment debts

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 20 April 2012 05:50 PM

The state Department of Finance has rejected payment of nearly $159 million in projects and debts from Riverside’s former redevelopment agency, potentially leaving the city’s general fund on the hook for at least some of that amount.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 04/20/2012 10:52:11 AM PDT

The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate rose to 12.7 percent in March, with the region adding only 100 non-farm jobs. The rate was 12.5 percent in February.

Professional and business services registered the largest month-over- month drop in employment, falling by 2,900 jobs. Construction dropped by 1,200 jobs.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 20, 2012

Bracing for a flood of independent expenditures for candidates or causes in this year’s elections, California’s political watchdog agency is seeking to tighten state law to require more personal liability.

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InlandPolitics: California Republican Assembly endorses Derry

Friday, April 20, 2012 – 02:15 p.m.

San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry picked up another large endorsement Thursday night.

The conservative California Republican Assembly (CRA) has officially voted to endorse the first-term supervisor.

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The PE: LEGISLATURE: Panel OKs bill to help Inland cities

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 18 April 2012 10:22 PM

SACRAMENTO — Legislation that would restore a critical revenue stream for Riverside County’s newest cities cleared its first committee this morning, the first concrete success for the cities and their supporters following months of efforts to roll back part of last summer’s state budget.

Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Wildomar and Menifee lost a combined $14 million when lawmakers approved an $86 billion budget that diverted vehicle-license fee money to pay for local law-enforcement grants. Officials in the cities warned of fiscal calamity, including possible disincorporation, if there is no fix.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/19/2012 06:17:07 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Attorneys for the bankrupt SBD Airport Services are asking a federal judge to force San Bernardino International Airport administrators to restore the company’s access to the airport’s fueling facilities.

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Grenell

Staff Reports
Created: 04/20/2012 07:49:21 AM PDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has reportedly hired Richard A. Grenell, who has been a spokesman for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, as his national security and foreign policy spokesman.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville sued over ‘promised’ benefits

Employees of water district say city reneging on promises made to fund vested coverage

April 19, 2012 9:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Current city employees and retired employees of the water district absorbed by Victorville in 2007 are suing the city to protect their benefits, arguing the city is reneging on promises made to fund their vested coverage.

The six plaintiffs charge that Victorville is not standing by agreements it made to some 49 employees who’d worked for the former Victor Valley Water District.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 19, 2012

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg pledged today to put forward for the 2014 election a package of major changes to California’s initiative process, including a provision to make it easier for legislators to place tax measures on the ballot.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 20, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Paid political attack dogs always have found safe haven in the free-wheeling anonymity of the Internet, but California is set to challenge that.

The leader of the state’s political watchdog agency said Thursday that she wants bloggers to be required to disclose payments received from campaigns.

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InlandPolitics: Problems building for Ramos in supervisor race

Ramos

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 10:15 a.m.

The former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has some bumps in the road ahead in his quest for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to sources.

James Ramos, who is challenging Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, is about to feel the baggage from underneath the train, all courtesy of his voting record on the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, where he currently serves as an elected member.

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State Senator Bob Dutton

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

Should State Senator Bob Dutton abandon his congressional campaign and support Congressman Gary Miller?

The obvious answer is yes.

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Valles

Thursday, April 19, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

Victorville City Council Member Angela Valles (R-Victorville), candidate for the 8th Congressional District, is the only candidate not to have filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The deadline for her filing was April 14.

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Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/18/2012 08:11:29 PM PDT

As Superior Courts around the state look for ways to grapple with staggering budget cuts in the next fiscal year, San Bernardino County officials say courtroom closures are one option being looked at here.

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DailyBulletin: CVB Financial reports $22.3 million profit

By Andrew Edwards
Created: 04/18/2012 07:10:55 PM PDT

CVB Financial, the Ontario-based parent of Citizens Business Bank, reported a $22.3 million profit for the first quarter of 2012.

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Musser

Sandra Emerson
Created: 04/18/2012 10:46:34 AM PDT

UPLAND – Mayor Ray Musser has thrown his hat in the ring for the city’s mayoral race in November.

Musser was appointed as mayor in February after serving on the City Council since 1998.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 18, 2012

Opposed by powerful business and finance groups, key mortgage reform bills sponsored by Attorney General Kamala Harris are headed for a joint legislative conference committee.

The six-member conference committee will consist of two Democrats and one Republican from each house, according to multiple legislative aides who had been notified of the plan.

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