Archive for May, 2012

InlandPolitics: This and that!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 10:00 p.m.

Here’s some news of interesting flowing across transom Thursday evening.

Brown to cut $8 billion from state budget

California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday indicated he will seek to cut $8 billion from the bloated state budget. It appears Brown will force the issue if legislators don’t agree.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 09:30 p.m.

A Super-PAC friendly to County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt (R-Wrightwood) is taking aim at Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) in the contest to represent constituents in the 8th Congressional District.

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InlandPolitics: The fall continues

Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

The stock price of social networking giant Facebook is still searching for a bottom Thursday.

The price fell below $27 this morning.

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InlandPolitics: Not on our land?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 – 08:00 a.m.

The sign flap involving San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate and Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos could have evolved out of another issue.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/30/2012 02:04:14 PM PDT

San Bernardino County stands to lose $60 million in funding for its welfare and food stamp programs and would likely have to eliminate hundreds of positions under Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, officials said.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Budget proposes cutbacks

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 30 May 2012 05:17 PM

San Bernardino County will continue to slash away at a five-year budget deficit in its proposed spending plan for the 2012-2013 fiscal year which calls for reduced employee benefits and county services.

The Board of Supervisors received the proposed budget from County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux on Tuesday, May 29. The full budget document was not publicly available but the county provided a copy of Devereaux’s 80-page executive summary. The board will hold public hearings on the plan beginning June 15.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
May 30, 2012 | 4:41 pm

State lawmakers balked Wednesday at levying a fee against their own campaigns and lobbyists to upgrade the state’s fragile and aging database for campaign finance reporting.

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OCRegister: Governor, legislators’ pay may be cut

May 30th, 2012, 4:56 pm
Posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

It appears the California Citizens Compensation Commission is going to consider a 5 percent pay cut for Gov. Jerry Brown, state lawmakers, constitutional officers like the attorney general and state controller and members of the Board of Equalization at its meeting Thursday.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
May 30, 2012 | 4:57 pm

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge Wednesday afternoon refused to side with a group of California cities in their battle with the state over hundreds of millions of property tax dollars that used to flow to local redevelopment agencies.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
May 30, 2012 | 3:28 pm

Facebook’s stock has nosedived since the social media giant debuted on Wall Street earlier this month, and that’s bad news for California’s budget.

Gov. Jerry Brown was counting on about $1.5 billion in income taxes related to the company’s IPO to help patch the state’s swelling $15.7-billion deficit. But if the stock price remains low, a haul that big becomes unlikely.

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Ramos

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 12:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 04:15 p.m.
Yes, it’s election season indeed!

This time the stupid award goes to Third District Supervisor Candidate and Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 09: 00 a.m.

A political blow has finally been delivered in the contest to represent the 8th Congressional District.

The negative mailer arrived in final days leading up to the June 5 primary election.

Republican candidate Phil Liberatore has taken a swipe at opponents Assemblyman Paul Cook and County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt.

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Romney

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 – 08:10 a.m.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has secured the number of delegates needed to secure the republican nomination for President of the United States.

Romney was declared the winner of the Texas primary Tuesday night.

He has now surpassed the required 1,144 delegates needed for nomination.

Derry

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 – 09:00 p.m.

Another public safety organization endorsed the reelection bid of San Bernardino County Third Supervisor Neil Derry Monday.

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BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 29 May 2012 10:10 PM

Millions of California residents have been essentially cut off from the glossy surveys, town hall invitations, newsletters and other mailers from their state representatives in the months following the redrawing of the state’s political map.

More than half of Assemblyman Jeff Miller’s constituents live in Orange County. But from June 2011 through early April, almost all of the 147,000 mailers from the Corona Republican’s office went to households in his district’s smaller Riverside County portion, where the Corona Republican is running for the new 31st Senate District.

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Late allocations from the state are forcing districts to borrow more; officials say it wastes money on interest payments

 

BY DAYNA STRAEHLEY
STAFF WRITER
dstraehley@pe.com

Published: 29 May 2012 06:27 PM

Inland school and community college districts are borrowing more and paying more interest and fees because their state payments are arriving late, officials said.

The problem is that the late payments, called deferrals, are growing while districts’ cash reserves are shrinking after five years of state budget reductions.

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By Ryan Hagen
Posted: 05/29/2012 05:51:43 PM PDT

From staff reports

SAN BERNARDINO – The School Board has finished interviewing candidates for superintendent and will vote to accept one of three finalists at its next meeting Tuesday, according to board members.

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USC DORNSIFE / TIMES POLL
But skepticism about how lawmakers would use the money could derail the governor’s plan, and winning over independents is key, poll finds.

By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2012

SACRAMENTO — California voters continue to back Gov. Jerry Brown in his call for higher taxes, but distrust of state government could erode that support, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

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By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
May 30, 2012

The city of Adelanto had planned to spend $15 million on affordable housing. Artesia proposed to invest $2.3 million in downtown improvements. Atascadero budgeted $53 million for upgrades including a pedestrian bridge downtown and a better wall at the city zoo.

These municipal projects and many more statewide are in question because of a dispute between cities and the state over what should become of hundreds of millions of dollars in property tax revenues that used to go to redevelopment.

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

The California state Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would legalize sports betting in California if federal law is also amended.

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By Cheryl Miller
The Recorder
May 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO – In a blistering indictment of the state’s judicial administration, a long-awaited report released Friday night concluded that the Administrative Office of the Courts is over-staffed, dysfunctional and less than forthcoming about sensitive issues.

The Strategic Evaluation Committee, comprised almost entirely of judges, said the AOC has “lost its focus” on serving the trial courts and assumed a more dominant, controlling role in its relationship with California’s 58 superior courts. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye created the committee in March 2011 in response to concerns the AOC had grown too large despite an era of lean budgets.

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InlandPolitics: Facebook shares fall below $30

FACEDUMP?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

The shares of social networking giant Facebook fell below $30 Tuesday morning.

A development that can’t be good for general investor confidence.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/28/2012 03:51:48 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – City officials are not yet formally negotiating a sales-tax agreement with Amazon as the Internet retailer prepares to open a distribution center here, but the company has broached the subject of tax concessions.

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Calpensions: GASB pension rules: sticker shock less likely

By Ed Mendel
Monday, May 29, 2012

New public pension accounting rules scheduled to be issued next month, once expected by some to reveal massive hidden debt, now seem less likely to trigger a shake-up and are even getting applause from pension officials.

Under the new rules, experts say, most California pension systems will make little if any use of a lower “risk-free” government bond-based earnings forecast, currently about 4 percent, that causes debt to soar.

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InlandPolitics: Memorial Day – 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

In honor of those who have sacrificed to protect and preserve our great nation.

Election 2012

Neil Nisperos and Benjamin Demers, Staff Writers
Posted: 05/27/2012 02:06:25 PM PDT

One would be hard pressed to find a June 5 primary race where it will be more difficult for candidates to break out from the pack than the 8th Congressional District.

The massive – and strongly Republican – district runs from the Nevada border as far west as Highland and Crestline, as well as south and east from Bridgeport to Needles and the Colorado River. It also includes Twentynine Palms, Fort Irwin and Baker.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Charges fly in judicial contests

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

Published: 27 May 2012 08:01 AM

The down-ballot judicial races in Riverside County are among the harshest campaigns in the June 5 primary election, with charges flying from both sides.

It’s the first time in 18 years that incumbent judges have been challenged in the county. The nonpartisan campaigns in 2012 seem to be making up for lost time.

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Monica Rodriquez, Staff Writer
Created: 05/27/2012 02:05:58 PM PDT

Numerous state and local government agencies are preparing for the possibility of profound budget cuts, and California’s court system is no different.

Courts up and down the state are preparing for $544 million in cuts from the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to the Judicial Council of California, the policy-making body of the California courts.

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Monday, May 28, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

It’s safe to say there’s a plethora of political mail traversing the hotly-contested race to represent San Bernardino County’s Third Supervisorial District.

A race between County Supervisor Neil Derry and Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos.

The third candidate in the contest, Jim Bagley, has been running a sign-only/name identification campaign.

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Sunday, May 27, 2102 – 03:30 p.m.

No one has ever said State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) was the sharpest stick in the pile.

Dutton, who is running in the 31st Congressional District, has taken alot of heat for his endorsement of Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman James Ramos, a Democrat, over Third District Supervisor Neil Derry, a republican.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s safe to say there’s a plethora of political mail traversing the hotly-contested race to represent San Bernardino County’s Third Supervisorial District.

A race between County Supervisor Neil Derry and Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos.

The third candidate in the contest, Jim Bagley, has been running a sign-only/name identification campaign.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Sunday, May 27, 27 – 09:30 a.m.

Here’s some interesting information flowing across transom this weekend.

Gotham City label becoming appropriate once again

San Bernardino is racking up homicides faster than the Los Angeles Angels are racking up wins.

A sad situation to say the least.

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Published: 26 May 2012 12:30 PM

Few legislative races on the June 5 ballot feature the same thicket of independent groups’ money and motives as Riverside County’s 31st Senate District.

Campaign filings last week helped flesh out who’s behind the nearly $700,000 deluge in outside money (so far.) Here’s a quick rundown:

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Two newcomers challenge incumbent

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 26 May 2012 07:30 PM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales would appear to be in a comfortable position as she seeks a third term on the Board of Supervisors.

Gonzales, 59, who won re-election four years ago without an opponent on the ballot, has amassed a significant campaign account that dwarfs her two challengers.

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Tavaglione

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 26 May 2012 07:10 PM

Riverside is about to have new representation in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in two decades.

Last summer’s redistricting process yielded a new Riverside-anchored congressional district with no incumbent, setting the stage for a battle that both Democrats and Republicans say they can win. One thing is all but certain: Voters will send a Riverside resident to Washington.

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May 26, 2012 2:00 PM
From Staff Reports

As the June 5 primary approaches, the Daily Press asked the 13 candidates running for the newly drawn 8th Congressional District representing the High Desert to weigh in on this question, in 100 words or less: What would you do to prevent gridlock in Washington?

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Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Columnist
Saturday, May 26, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown must have been pretty tickled with the results of an independent poll released this week that showed most likely voters willing to support his November tax initiative, a key part of his plan to balance the state budget. But Brown could not have been quite as upbeat after reading a little deeper: Voters are none too pleased with many of the details of his tax hike and budget cuts, particularly those Democrats and independent voters he needs so badly to vote for the ballot measure.

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InlandPolitics: An interesting hit piece in Third District contest

Saturday, May 26, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.

The race to represent San Bernardino County’s Third Supervisorial District has definitely heated up.

A contest where Former San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos is trying to unseat County Supervisor Neil Derry.

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Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs

 

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 25 May 2012 06:36 PM

WASHINGTON — Candidates for Inland Southern California’s newly reshaped congressional districts filed their final fundraising reports before the June 5 primary, shedding new light on the region’s contested House races.

Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione topped all area candidates, collecting more than $177,000 between April 1 and May 16, Federal Election Commission reports show. Tavaglione, a Republican, jumped ahead of his chief rival, Democrat Mark Takano, for the election cycle. Tavaglione has now raised just under $600,000 in his bid for the 41st Congressional District, which includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Derry, Ramos spar in 3rd District race

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 25 May 2012 03:33 PM

Four years ago, San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry ousted longtime incumbent Dennis Hansberger in a contest marked by personal attacks.

Derry’s bid for a second term in the 3rd District also has been defined by negative campaigning.

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Neil Nisperos and Benjamin Demers, Staff Writers
Created: 05/25/2012 09:56:28 PM PDT

When it comes to politics, there is the golden rule: He who has the gold wins.

As the June 5 primary election quickly approaches, the gold – contributions to candidates’ war chests – plays an increased importance in the Golden State’s changing political landscape.

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BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 25 May 2012 07:15 PM

Riverside’s mayoral election will enter a brave new world on June 5, the first time in at least half a century that it has been held along with a presidential election.

The high visibility of the presidential race and the first election with new state and federal legislative district boundaries are expected to bring more voters out for the mayor’s race, which has often seen low turnout when held in odd years.

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BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 25 May 2012 07:40 PM

SACRAMENTO — The campaign trail is mostly quiet in four Riverside County Assembly seats on the June 5 ballot where any potential for major action is in the fall.

Nowhere more so than in the county’s all-new 61st Assembly District, which includes the eastern half of Riverside, Moreno Valley and Perris.

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State taking disciplinary action against Mayer Hoffman McCann
May 25, 2012 3:22 PM
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

State officials are taking disciplinary action against the accounting firm Victorville has used for years after the firm failed to find problems in audits of the financially troubled city of Bell.

Board of Accountancy spokeswoman Lauren Hersh tells the Los Angeles Times that Mayer Hoffman McCann could be fined up to $1 million for failing to find widespread corruption in Bell and its individual auditors could face discipline, too.

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The PE: AIRPORT: State says San Bernardino shouldn’t get $432 million

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 24 May 2012 06:53 PM

The agency developing San Bernardino International Airport shouldn’t count on $432 million it planned to use for airport improvements, incentives and road fixes, says the state’s Department of Finance.

Since the state dissolved redevelopment agencies last year to cover a growing budget shortfall, local governments and joint powers authorities have had to prove why they should get to keep property tax revenue to fund their shuttered agency’s existing contracts and projects.

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By Joe Nelson, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Created: 05/24/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT

The attorney for Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum, accused of bribing public officials in a sweeping San Bernardino County corruption case, said Thursday that his push to obtain additional evidence from prosecutors is winding down.

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The PE: STATE: Measure to help cities fails to advance

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 24 May 2012 08:31 PM

SACRAMENTO Legislation to restore millions of dollars in vehicle-license-fee revenue for four Riverside County cities has stalled in the state Senate and is likely dead for the year.

Friday, May 25, is the deadline for bills to pass their respective houses’ appropriations committees. The Senate Appropriations Committee reviewed dozens of measures that had been parked on its “suspense” file because of the legislation’s perceived impact on the state’s bottom line.

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The PE: SD31 Filing shows Munger involvement in IE wave

By PE Politics
May 24, 2012 12:32 PM

Newly filed campaign-finance reports show that wealthy Republican activist Charles Munger Jr. contributed $100,000 to the California Senior Advocates League independent-expenditure committee.

The committee’s recent sources of money have been a mystery in the days since it began spending the first of what now totals $115,500 in the Democratic primary fight in Riverside County’s 31st Senate District, part of some $577,000 it had spent statewide as of lunchtime Thursday.

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SFChronicle: Calif. lawmakers switch schedule for extra pay

By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Thursday, May 24, 2012

(05-24) 16:38 PDT Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have again adjusted their legislative calendar to accommodate a holiday weekend, allowing them to continue collecting their $142-a-day per diem payments while they are away from the capital during the break.

Both houses of the Legislature moved their regular Thursday sessions to Friday this week. Per diem payments continue as long as the Legislature does not take a break of more than three days.

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DailyBulletin: Pro-development candidate gets big boost from Realtor super PAC

Congressman Gary Miller

Alexandra Duszak, The Center for Public Integrity
Created: 05/23/2012 06:38:11 PM PDT

It’s challenging enough to knock off an entrenched member of Congress in a primary contest. But state Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, probably didn’t count on the fact that he would also be picking a fight with nearly a million Realtors.

Dutton is running against a fellow Republican, Rep. Gary Miller, a 14-year incumbent, and four Democrats in the newly redrawn 31st Congressional District in the June 5 primary. If no one receives a majority of votes, the top two finishers – no matter what party – will face off in November.

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ELECTION 2012

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/23/2012 07:17:03 PM PDT

A former county employee wanting to end nepotism in San Bernardino County and a local activist hope to take the 5th District supervisorial seat away from board Chairwoman Josie Gonzales.

Gonzales, a former restaurant owner and Fontana councilwoman, was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2004 and is seeking her third term as supervisor. She said slashing the county’s staggering unemployment rate of 12.7 percent and creating more high-wage jobs is crucial to the county’s economic recovery.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 24, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 24, 2012 – 7:07 am

The honeymoon is ending for Gov. Jerry Brown.

For the first time in a major California poll since Brown took office, a plurality of likely voters disapproves of the job he is doing, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday.

The margin is pencil-thin – 43 percent disapprove while 42 percent approve – but follows more than a year of relatively favorable marks for the Democratic governor. In April, Brown’s job approval rating among likely voters was 47 percent.

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By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2012

LAKE ARROWHEAD — A hiss rose from the front row as the Republican-turned-independent took a swing at his grand old party.

Voters in Southern California’s vast frontier of mountains and desert can break from the GOP’s “tyranny of the minority” in the June 5 primary, congressional candidate Anthony Adams told the crowd. A hundred or so people, ranging from “tea party” adherents to gay-marriage defenders, had come to hear him and other hopefuls at a forum inside the Lake Arrowhead Resort.

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InlandPolitics: More dollars flow into CD 8 contest

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 09:45 a.m.

More independent money is continuing to flow into the race to represent the 8th Congressional District this week.

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Ramos

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – 09:30 a.m.

It sure looks as if San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Member and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors candidate James Ramos’ campaign is pulling out all the stops in the final days running up to the June 5 primary.

Ramos is seeking to unseat Supervisor Neil Derry in the three-way contest.

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The PE: ELECTION: National spotlight on the race for CD31

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 22 May 2012 06:56 PM

A high-stakes showdown with national implications is brewing in the San Bernardino Valley, where six candidates are vying to represent California’s newly drawn 31st Congressional District.

No House race in the country on the regular 2012 election schedule has attracted more outside spending than the 31st, which stretches from Redlands to Rancho Cucamonga and includes San Bernardino, Loma Linda, Grand Terrace, Colton and parts of Fontana and Rialto. Special interests have pumped more than $900,000 into the race.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/22/2012 04:00:23 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – High unemployment and a staggering number of people underwater on their mortgages continues to vex San Bernardino County, with no relief expected until late 2015, according to a budget report approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The county added 15,600 jobs in the first three months of 2012, but its unemployment rate, as of March, was still hovering at 12.7 percent, higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.4 percent and California’s unemployment rate of 11.5 percent.

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BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 22 May 2012 05:09 PM

Riverside officials say they expect to recover only a portion of the $49.44 million that the former redevelopment agency spent to buy 80 pieces of land that are now up for sale.

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The Sun: OpEd: Seeds of economic recovery planted

Neil Derry

Point of View

Supervisor Neil Derry
Posted: 05/22/2012 02:44:33 PM PDT

The people of San Bernardino County are tired of being unemployed or underemployed. They are tired of feeling like they just can’t get ahead. And they are tired of feeling like nothing is ever going to change.

There is a limit to what a county government can do to improve an economy that is subject to state, national and global pressures. But that doesn’t absolve us from working hard to make a positive impact in areas where we can make a difference.

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Kristina Hernandez, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/22/2012 08:55:18 PM PDT

MENTONE – The economy and possible tax increases under Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration were two hot topics Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro addressed Tuesday night at the Mill Creek Cattle Co.

The talk was part of the party’s bus stop tour to address voters in other counties throughout the state and answer their questions and concerns about government on a state and local level.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 05/22/2012 12:15:41 PM PDT

UPLAND – Planning commissioner and real estate broker Bill Velto has announced his intention to run for City Council in November.

Velto, vice president and managing broker for Tarbell Realtors, is seeking to fill a council seat that will be left vacant when Councilman Ken Willis retires at the end of his term.

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The PE: BUDGET Nestande calls for ban on deferrals

Nestande

By PE Politics
May 22, 2012 12:15 PM

Calling for an “honest conversation” about spending cuts, Assemblyman Brian Nestande and others Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment to prohibit lawmakers from deferring scheduled payments to schools from one fiscal year to another.

The state has built up more than $10 billion in school-funding deferrals as lawmakers try to avoid permanent general-fund cuts.

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Wyatt Buchanan
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sacramento — California’s public schools could see as much as a month of classroom time slashed from the calendar if voters reject a plan to raise taxes in November.

Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed giving school districts the option of cutting up to 15 days from the school year if voters reject his proposed income and sales tax initiative. The significantly shortened year would help offset a multibillion-dollar automatic midyear cut that would be implemented upon rejection of the taxes.

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Dan Walters

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

As the state budget’s deficit widens, Gov. Jerry Brown is being thrust into a three-front political battle.

He must not only persuade voters to pass his sales and income tax package, but, implicitly, persuade them to reject a rival tax measure just for schools.

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InlandPolitics: Second candidate gets Super-PAC help in CD 8 contest

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – 08:30 a.m.

Another Super-PAC committee has weighed in on the hotly-contested 8th Congressional District.

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BY MICHELLE L. KLAMPE
STAFF WRITER
mklampe@pe.com

Published: 21 May 2012 10:14 PM

A record number of California schools, including 31 in the Inland Empire, may not be able to pay their bills in the next couple of years, the California Department of Education announced Monday, May 20.

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The Sun: Seven vie for First District supervisor seat

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/21/2012 07:12:18 PM PDT

There’s no shortage of choices for San Bernardino County voters this election season when it comes to the First District supervisor’s race.

Seven candidates are vying for the seat vacated by Brad Mitzelfelt, who is making a bid for Congress after only one term in public office.

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The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Seven seek High Desert supervisor seat

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 21 May 2012 08:42 PM

For the first time in more than a decade, High Desert voters will choose from a field of candidates without an incumbent in the 1st District San Bernardino County supervisor race.

Seven candidates are vying to replace Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who is running for the 8th Congressional District seat, in the June 5 election.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/21/2012 07:33:38 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Each of three proposals to slightly change the boundaries of the seven wards that make up the city contained problems for some City Council members, leading them to delay a vote on those boundaries until staff members come up with a fourth proposal.

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By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, May. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

One week after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed slicing state workers’ pay by 5 percent, the Democratic governor and legislators find themselves targeted for a “share the pain” salary cut.

Members of California’s Citizens Compensation Commission said Monday that a pay-cut proposal for statewide officeholders will be on the table when the panel meets May 31.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
May 21, 2012

Four months after a California assemblyman was cited and released for carrying a gun into an airport, the Assembly passed legislation today that would require offenders to be taken into custody in such situations.

Democratic Assemblywoman Norma Torres said her Assembly Bill 2182 did not stem from the January incident involving Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, which occurred at an Ontario airport on the first day of this year’s legislative session.

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The PE: POLITICAL EMPIRE: Campaign goofs, ballot shenanigans and more

THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE
Published: 20 May 2012 07:52 PM

You know that old political joke, “Vote early, vote often”?

Yeah, Riverside City Councilman Mike Gardner’s heard it. And he’s been hearing it more lately, after his first mailer in his mayoral campaign assured people their vote counts … on June 4. (The election is June 5.)

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The PE: ASSEMBLY: Campaigns hot in SB County contests

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@pe.com

Published: 20 May 2012 05:38 PM

In San Bernardino County’s safely Democratic 47th Assembly District, Joe Baca Jr. wants to return to the job he held for a single term several years ago.

And in the county’s safely Republican 33rd Assembly District, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is trying to avoid becoming a one-term lawmaker himself.

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BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 20 May 2012 07:31 PM

The San Bernardino City Council must choose between three redistricting plans that will determine council ward lines in future elections.

The plans will go to the council Monday, May 21, for a 4 p.m. public hearing. If one of the options is selected, an ordinance will return to the council for adoption June 4.

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Election 2012

Neil.Nisperos and Benjamin Demers, Staff Writers
Created: 05/20/2012 07:05:00 AM PDT

Donna Lowe will have her work cut out for her if she wants to represent the newly redrawn 41st Assembly District.

The Claremont resident and Tea Party supporter will be going up against three well-connected and better-funded Democrats – Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden, South Pasadena Mayor Michael Cacciotti and businesswoman Victoria Rusnak.

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Wyatt Buchanan
Monday, May 21, 2012

Sacramento– Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal attempts to close a formidable $15.7 billion deficit, but the real debate at the Capitol in the next few weeks probably will be over how to cut just a fraction of the big amount.

That’s because about $2 billion in the governor’s budget represents permanent reductions in spending on state welfare, child care and other programs that Democratic leaders in the Senate and Assembly have pledged to protect.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012 – 03:30 p.m.

An interesting turn of events is unfolding in the taxpayer lawsuit filed by Upland lawyer Corey Briggs on behalf of two groups known as The Inland Oversight Committee and Citizens for Responsible Equitable Government.

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

Published: 19 May 2012 06:16 PM

Fueled by new political boundaries and court rulings, campaign committees representing special interests have revved up spending this election cycle, and much of that largesse is focused on Inland Southern California candidates.

Independent expenditures committees, known nationally as super-PACs, have been a fixture of legislative and statewide elections in California since 2001. The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision brought the same type of unlimited spending to federal contests, from president to Congress.

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Supervisor Neil Derry left. San Manuel Tribal Member James Ramos right.

Election 2012

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/19/2012 06:01:36 PM PDT

Things don’t appear to be slowing down one bit in the contentious race for San Bernardino County’s 3rd District supervisorial seat in the June 5 primary election.

Outspoken incumbent Neil Derry has sharply criticized one of his two opponents, former San Manuel tribal Chairman James Ramos, saying Ramos doesn’t have the political background to serve a constituency of roughly 407,000 people.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Seven charter changes on June 5 ballot

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 18 May 2012 05:39 PM

Besides choosing one of seven candidates for mayor, Riverside voters on June 5 will say yea or nay to seven proposed amendments to the city charter.

The proposals include creating a sustainability commission, changing to whom the city auditor reports, shortening the time between council elections and runoffs, and a number of minor adjustments.

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BY RICHARD K. De ATLEY
STAFF WRITER
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Published: 19 May 2012 05:28 PM

A letter from an attorney to the State Bar of California alleges that Riverside County Public Defender Gary Windom, 62, suffers from memory loss that is affecting his ability to run his office, which represents indigent defendants.

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DailyBulletin: Familiar names lead Assembly District 47

Election 2012

Neil Nisperos and Benjamin Demers, Staff Writers
Created: 05/19/2012 07:08:49 AM PDT

Democrats Cheryl Brown and Joe Baca, Jr. could easily be considered the favorites to make it though June’s primary for Assembly District 47 and face each other in November.

The have name recognition in local communities.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 20, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 20, 2012 – 8:30 am

Legislative Democrats aren’t organizing a bake sale just yet, but they say they will desperately search for cash in the coming weeks to avoid the most severe cuts proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Saying the state’s budget deficit has risen from $9.2 billion to $15.7 billion, the Democratic governor has proposed more cuts to programs that serve the state’s poorest residents.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Saturday, May 19, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

USPS delivery of campaign mail improves

Something must have happened at the USPS earlier this week.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Candidates meet at business forum

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 15 May 2012 06:30 PM

Riverside’s seven mayoral candidates are entering the home stretch, meeting Tuesday for a final forum hosted by a downtown business group.

After the opening stump speeches they’ve been giving for at least six weeks, candidates answered questions about how they’d support the arts, balance eco-friendly goals with economic development, and retool the downtown development plan.

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