Archive for April 30th, 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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