Archive for June, 2012

VVDailyPress: Details on grand jury’s Victorville investigation

 

June 29, 2012 1:11 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs

The San Bernardino County Grand Jury issued a 100-page report Friday blasting Victorville for decisions that have jeopardized the city’s solvency, including mishandling bond funds, losing track of $13 million and potentially breaking the law by financing failed energy ventures with restricted money. Read more about the report here and read the entire report here.

Here are the five areas of concern cited by the grand jury. Click on the headlines below each section to read related background stories:

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VVDailyPress: VVCH agrees to purchasing deal by KPC

VVCH creditors initiated renegotiation
June 29, 2012 4:50 PM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • In a surprising turn of events, bankrupt Victor Valley Community Hospital agreed to a $33.8 million purchasing offer by Riverside-based KPC Global medical group, who had once failed to close out a deal.

Judge Catherine Bauer approved their agreement Wednesday for the second time at the federal bankruptcy court in Santa Ana. The judge also approved KPC to lend $4 million to keep the hospital open until the deal seals. Now it’s up to California Attorney General Kamala Harris to give the final go sign.

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A coalition of 18 financial industry trade groups warned San Bernardino County that a proposal to use eminent domain to seize mortgage loans could make it harder for others to get loans.

 

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 29 June 2012 05:02 PM

A coalition of financial industry trade groups raised strong objections this week to a proposal being considered by San Bernardino County to use eminent domain to seize underwater mortgage loans.

In a letter to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and Fontana and Ontario city councils dated Thursday, June 28, the groups state that the program intended to help homeowners could actually end up harming them.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jun. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

A Sacramento judge on Friday halted Gov. Jerry Brown’s drive to place his tax initiative atop the November ballot as the court examines recent signature counting and a new law intended to give his measure a leg up.

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By Richard Simon
June 29, 2012, 2:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Congress, in a rare display of bipartisanship, on Friday sent to President Obama a roughly $105-billion transportation bill that lawmakers from both parties touted as perhaps the largest jobs measure of the year.

The measure also would avert a doubling of interest rates for millions of college student loans that was due to take effect Sunday.

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VVDailyPress: Grand Jury slams Victorville

FBI, SEC investigations continue
June 29, 2012 1:03 PM
From Staff Reports

VICTORVILLE • The San Bernardino County Grand Jury issued a 100-page report Friday blasting Victorville for decisions that have jeopardized the city’s solvency, including mishandling bond funds, losing track of $13 million and potentially breaking the law by financing failed energy ventures with restricted money.

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Staff report
Created: 06/28/2012 01:02:25 PM PDT

Passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport continued its downward trend in May, falling 5.74 percent from the same month in 2011.

Overall, numbers of passengers flying in and out of ONT have dropped 6.80 percent for the first five months of 2012 compared to the previous year, according to figures released Thursday.

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By Kristina Hernandez
Posted: 06/28/2012 04:25:37 PM PDT

REDLANDS — The nomination period for those wishing to throw their hats into this November’s city election is still a few weeks away. But buzz is generating around town on who is and who isn’t going to run.

Four positions are up for grabs, including the two council seats occupied by Mayor Pete Aguilar and Councilman Jerry Bean.

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Deal includes less school days, but more teachers

Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/28/2012 11:09:07 PM PDT

CHINO – The Chino Valley Unified District’s teachers union have agreed to a contract that will reduce the school year by five-and-a-half days but bring back a number of teachers.

The announcement was made at Thursday’s school board meeting by Todd Hancock, vice president of Associated Chino Teacher.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville council race heats up

Cabriales may be out, McEachron undecided; committee formed to back three opposing candidates

June 29, 2012 9:20 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Three seats are up for grabs on the Victorville City Council in November — and it appears at least one of them will go uncontested by an incumbent.

Mayor Ryan McEachron, Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales and Councilman Mike Rothschild will each term out this fall.

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Molly Munger

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

After Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would likely put his tax initiative atop the November ballot, a rival tax campaign filed suit Thursday to block his measure from taking first place.

The competing income tax campaign, financed by attorney Molly Munger, wants Brown’s measure to appear below its own initiative this fall, citing problems in the qualifying process that allowed Brown to jump ahead.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown cuts $195.7 million from budget

The governor uses line-item vetoes to eliminate 14,000 children from a care program, reduce Cal Grants college scholarships and trim state park funding.

 

By Chris Megerian and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown sliced $195.7 million from the budget that lawmakers sent him, disappointing fellow Democrats by taking money from child care, college scholarships and state parks and adding more to a rainy-day fund.

In a series of line-item vetoes detailed Thursday, Brown brought general fund spending to $91.3 billion and the overall state budget, including dedicated funds and bond money, to $142.4 billion.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Jun. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

I told you so. Or, more accurately, I was one of several commentators who warned voters two years ago that a ballot measure to reduce the legislative vote margin on the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority could backfire.

From a column before the 2010 election:

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Politico: Health care ruling: Individual mandate upheld by Supreme Court

 

By JENNIFER HABERKORN
6/28/12 10:08 AM EDT
Updated: 6/28/12 11:10 AM EDT

The Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that Congress did not overstep its power by requiring nearly all Americans to buy health insurance.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court’s four liberal justices in the ruling, which says Congress had the authority to impose the law’s individual mandate under Congress’s taxing power.

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By Andrew Edwards, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 06/27/2012 02:55:58 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The San Bernardino International Airport Authority’s board approved a new budget that while outlining about $7 million in general expenses, does not assume any revenue from passenger airline service.

Board members adopted the budget unanimously on Wednesday.

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BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 27 June 2012 09:52 PM

A year after a county civil grand jury criticized the management of the San Bernardino International Airport and questioned the increasingly unchecked role of a private developer, plenty has changed.

The government agencies overseeing the airport have a new director, new legal battles and now a new budget that doesn’t forecast for any commercial flights landing there for the next 12 months. The agencies also plan to seek new legal counsel.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/27/2012 04:31:58 PM PDT

A new policy that could slash the amount of federal funding San Bernardino County receives for housing illegal immigrants at its jails has the Board of Supervisors fighting mad.

On Tuesday, the board authorized a request for funding from the federal government to cover at least part of the costs for incarcerating illegal immigrants suspected of criminal activity, which cost the county more than $17 million last year.

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The governor signs a budget that makes deep cuts to social services and assumes that voters will pass $8 billion in tax hikes in November. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

 

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers finished their work on the budget, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it late Wednesday, ending the haggling over final details of California’s spending plan.

The budget closes the state’s $15.7-billion deficit with cuts in social services and depends on voters approving more than $8 billion in temporary tax hikes at the ballot box in November. Without a higher sales tax and increased levies on the wealthy, the governor says, the state will cut billions from public schools.

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Report finds nearly 100,000 Bay Area homeowners delinquent on mortgages

 

By Aaron Glantz on June 27, 2012 – 12:55 p.m. PDT

California’s housing crisis isn’t over, with 11 percent of borrowers in the state at risk of foreclosure, according to a new report released this week by the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending, a Washington-based think tank.

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The pension fund is preparing to rebid its health insurance business, and two of its current plans, Anthem and Blue Shield, are likely to face intense competition.

 

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2012

California’s biggest healthcare buyer isn’t happy about its $7-billion annual medical bill climbing almost 10% next year, and the state’s big insurers may be feeling the heat.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is preparing to rebid its health insurance business this fall for 1.3 million members, and two of its current plans, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, are likely to face intense competition as the giant pension fund considers its options.

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The Sun: Grand jury findings on Victorville to be released Friday

Findings from an unprecedented three-year Grand Jury investigation into allegations of fiscal mismanagement and corruption in Victorville will be released Friday. The city is also under investigation by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission, official sources say.

 

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/26/2012 01:19:33 PM PDT

Findings from a three-year grand jury investigation into allegations of fiscal mismanagement and corruption in Victorville are expected to be released Friday.

The grand jury concluded its unprecedented investigation in April, but Victorville City Manager Doug Robertson, who reviewed the report, said he signed a confidentiality agreement and cannot discuss any of the findings until its release to the public Friday.

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 26 June 2012 04:36 PM

Changes to Riverside County’s public pension system should save $856 million over 10 years and after that, the system’s assets might cover its billions of dollars in liabilities, according to county officials.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 26, received an annual report from the Pension Advisory Review Committee, a 9-year-old panel consisting of Treasurer/Tax Collector Don Kent, finance chief Ed Corser and Human Resources Director Barbara Olivier.

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The PE: BUDGET Schools could slash year if initiative fails

 

BY JIM MILLER
SACRAMENTO BUREAU
jmiller@PE.com

Published: 26 June 2012 06:59 PM

SACRAMENTO — A package of budget bills going before the Legislature would allow school districts to cut the school year to 160 days if voters reject higher tax levies this fall, a significant drop from the 175-day calendar now authorized.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised spending plan last month called for letting districts reduce the school year by a total of 15 additional days over two years, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

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Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/27/2012 12:07:27 AM PDT

RIALTO – The Rialto City Council on Tuesday voted to end the contentious issue of a whooping rate increase by voting 4-1 for its approval.

The issue, and a related agreement to outsource the city’s water and sewer operations to New Jersey-based American Water Works Co. Inc., have been a boiling point for many residents for over a year.

The council’s action will propel water and sewer rates 114.8 percent by 2016.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario approves budget; dips into reserves

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/27/2012 12:22:34 AM PDT

ONTARIO – Despite the blow of losing its redevelopment agency, and an economy that won’t turn around, the City Council has approved a $396 million operating budget that includes the addition of a new $6 million emergency operations center and replacing 33 police vehicles and three fire engines.

But in order to do so, the city dipped into special reserves – $5.9 million this year – set aside to deal with economic downturn.

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

California voters heading to the polls in November will consider a package of proposed fixes for state governance that includes changes to the budget process.

The constitutional amendment, backed by the California Forward Issue Action Fund, would switch the state to a two-year, performance-based budgeting process and allow the governor to make cuts on his own in times of fiscal emergency. It would also enact legislative transparency measures and let local governments to change or opt out of certain laws and regulations.

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OCRegister: Shenanigans abound as final budget vote nears

June 26th, 2012, 5:15 pm
Posted by BRIAN JOSEPH, Sacramento Correspondent

More legislative shenanigans appear to be in the works as state lawmakers prepare to vote on the final pieces of the state budget Wednesday.

One newly introduced budget trailer bill would create a statewide authority to negotiate union agreements for In-Home Supportive Services workers. The IHSS program is managed at the county level, where collective bargaining agreements are currently negotiated.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012 – 12:13 am

Gov. Jerry Brown knows that it’s difficult to persuade California voters to raise taxes, even those they may not pay themselves, as rejection of a new cigarette tax this month underscores.

In fact, polls indicate that his chances of winning approval of his multibillion-dollar sales and income tax measure in November are, at this moment, no better than 50-50.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 12:30 p.m.

The California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, on Tuesday, upheld a superior court ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought by San Bernardino County against the San Bernardino County Public Attorneys Association (SBCPAA).

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Emmerson

Posted on | June 25, 2012

Legislation by state Sen. Bill Emmerson that would let counties raise recording fees on certain real-estate documents didn’t get a warm welcome Monday from many of his fellow Republicans in the Assembly.

The bill by Emmerson, R-Hemet, would allow counties to increase real-estate recording fees from $3 to $10, with the extra money paying to beef up real-estate fraud protection and prosecution. The California District Attorneys Association sponsored the measure.

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John Tavaglione

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 25 June 2012 04:30 PM

A visit to Riverside by a Louisiana congressman underscores the importance of an Inland congressional race to Republicans as they try to keep and add to their House majority in November.

Steve Scalise, R-La., attended a fundraiser Monday, June 25, for John Tavaglione, a Republican and Riverside County supervisor running for the 41st Congressional District seat in a Nov. 6 runoff against Democrat and Riverside Community College District trustee Mark Takano.

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The Sun: Upland city manager has contract renewed

By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/25/2012 11:48:09 PM PDT

The Upland City Council on Monday agreed to renew City Manager Stephen Dunn’s contract for three more years.

The council met in closed session to review Dunn’s performance and to consider a renewal of his one-year contract.

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June 25, 2012 5:10 PM
KATIE LUCIA, Staff Writer

BARSTOW • County court officials say they are looking at closing the Barstow courthouse among other options as they brace for “staggering” funding cuts from the state.

Under the proposed state budget, California Superior Courts in San Bernardino County could see a projected $21 million in cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1. That’s a fifth of their current operating budget, according to Court Executive Officer Stephen Nash. The cuts would include a one-time reduction of between $14 and $15 million to the court’s reserve — slashing more than half of the $27.5 million currently saved in the fund.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 7:55 am

Two days before California lawmakers were scheduled to vote on a new state budget, details emerged Monday on new provisions that could help Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative at the polls.

One of the biggest surprises was language propelling all bond measures and constitutional amendments to the top of the ballot, likely ensuring that Brown’s tax hike on sales and upper-income earners will take the favorable lead spot on a November ballot chock full of voter questions.

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Marisa Lagos and Wyatt Buchanan
Published 09:50 p.m., Monday, June 25, 2012

Sacramento –As a vote nears on the final details of a 2012-13 budget, Gov. Jerry Brown has persuaded leaders of the state’s largest public employee union to agree to a key portion of his plan to reduce state spending, a nearly 5 percent pay cut.

The governor wasn’t the only one to get a win this weekend. The budget plan now includes a guarantee that tuition at the University of California and California State University systems won’t increase this year or next year – with a caveat.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 – 7:55 am

A few days ago, the Pew Center on the States released a report on the nationwide gap between promises made to public employees for pensions and what states are spending to close the gap.

On paper, California isn’t in awful shape. Its major pension program, with $516.3 billion in liabilities, was reported to be 78 percent financed, just shy of the 80 percent level that actuaries generally advocate.

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The Hill: Supreme Court gives split verdict on Arizona immigration law

By Sam Baker and Jonathan Easley – 06/25/12 10:40 AM ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tossed out most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The court upheld the most controversial part of the law, which allows law enforcement officials to verify a person’s legal status when they’re stopped on suspicion of committing a separate offense.

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By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press
Posted: 06/25/2012 07:27:27 AM PDT

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole for murder.

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THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE

Published: 22 June 2012 04:50 PM

A planned park in Wildomar has become a political battlefield in the race for the First District Riverside County supervisor seat.

The field in question is adjacent to Ronald Reagan Elementary School. In making the case for why voters in the southern end of the district aren’t satisfied with incumbent Bob Buster, Wildomar Mayor Ben Benoit cited the playground as an example of an unkept promise by the supervisor.

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Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 06/24/2012 03:11:16 PM PDT

RIALTO – The City Council will again take up the controversial water and sewer rate hike issue at Tuesday night’s meeting.

The proposal, which would boost water and wastewater rates 114.8 percent by 2016, survived a strong challenge fueled by a door-to-door and mail campaign by the Utility Workers Union of America.

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

The state budget will freeze tuition rates for the state’s two university systems if voters approve tax hikes in November, University of California student groups said this evening.

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SFChronicle: New pro-business super PAC sidesteps state GOP

Carla Marinucci

Carla Marinucci
Updated 10:58 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2012

With the California Republican Party’s registration declining, its prospects dim and major donors panicked, two powerhouse GOP fundraisers have boldly sidestepped the party and launched an independent state super PAC to raise millions in unlimited contributions aimed at electing business-friendly candidates to the state Legislature this year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 25, 2012 – 6:40 am

With the state budget more-or-less completed for the time being, Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators must turn to other business, particularly to three very big and very immediate issues – water, pension reform and the bullet train – that may be even more contentious than the budget.

What the politicians do has potential effects beyond the issues themselves by influencing the November election, particularly the fate of competing tax increases.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Sunday, June 23, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

News from across the transom this Sunday morning.

Arnett to challenge Shorett again

Joe Arnett is going to take another shot at unseating San Bernardino City Councilman Fred Shorett.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Latinos hope to gain representation

BY DAYNA STRAEHLEY
STAFF WRITER
dstraehley@pe.com

Published: 23 June 2012 03:43 PM

Riverside Unified School District hasn’t elected many nonwhites to its board in recent decades despite its history as the first of its size to voluntary desegregate in 1965.

Some people expect the district’s change from at-large elections to election by trustee area to make it easier to elect someone who represents the concerns of Latinos.

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BY JAN SEARS
jsears@pe.com
Published: 22 June 2012 05:14 PM

With Metrolink expecting to begin service to Redlands at five rail stops later this decade, the City Council last week took an early step toward planning for development around the stations.

The city’s planning staff is creating new guidelines for development around the rail stops. Those guidelines eventually will be added to Redlands’ general plan, which guides the city’s development.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Law firm among nation’s most diverse

Administrator’s Note: This appears to be an article written by the firm and published as a reported story. Very interesting!

BEST BEST & KRIEGER
Published: 23 June 2012 03:27 PM

Best Best & Krieger LLP ranked 15th among the nation’s most racially diverse law firms, with nearly 20 percent of its attorneys hailing from minority backgrounds, according to The American Lawyer’s annual Diversity Scorecard, published in the magazine’s June issue.

BB&K, the Inland region’s largest law firm with 200 attorneys who work in Riverside, Ontario, Indian Wells and five other California cities as well as Washington D.C., placed in the Top 20 for the fifth year straight. In all, 233 of the nation’s largest and highest-grossing firms responded to this year’s survey, placing BB&K’s No. 15 ranking in the top 6.5 percent.

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Jim Steinberg,Staff Writer
Posted: 06/23/2012 04:12:21 PM PDT

HINKLEY – The clock is ticking for residents. A deadline looms on Aug. 31.

Everyone faces deadlines: taxes, vehicle license tags, credit card due dates, the last day to get a tag to hunt elk.

But Hinkley residents are facing something much more life altering.

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VVDailyPress: Some A.V. fees to increase by 72 percent

June 23, 2012 12:00 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Special to the Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • Some Apple Valley residents will pay higher fees for a variety of services should the Town Council pass a resolution during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The proposed hikes came during the formation of the town’s 2012-13 budget, which revealed that Apple Valley had not raised permit fees in areas such as home occupation permits, special events and conditional use permits since 2008.

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

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders called their budget deal Thursday a “conceptual agreement” for good reason.

With floor votes planned in three days, Brown officials and lawmakers are still filling out major details of cuts to welfare-to-work and health care for low-income children that will determine exactly how the budget will impact programs.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
June 23, 2012 | 11:01 am

California’s largest state worker union announced Saturday that it reached a deal with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to cut compensation for its members.

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Top contributors to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign spend three days at what is billed as a ‘senior leadership retreat’ in Deer Valley.

(Administrator’s Note: At least one high-profile not-to-be-named Inland resident attended this event.)

By Seema Mehta and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2012, 7:16 p.m.

PARK CITY, Utah — It was the kind of image Mitt Romney has sought to blunt during his campaign for president: a prodigious display of wealth.

At a private retreat this weekend, major Romney campaign donors quaffed 1927 Port they’d brought in for the occasion, mingled in the lobby of a posh resort called the Chateaux at Silver Lake and watched an aerial display of Olympic ski jumpers.

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InlandPolitics: It’s official: Cook, Imus in November showdown to represent CD 8

Saturday, June 22, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

With San Bernardino County election results certified Friday, Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) squeaked by Businessman Phil Liberatore (R-Whittier) and into a runoff with home builder and Tea Party-backed candidate Greg Imus (R-Lake Arrowhead) in the contest to represent the 8th Congressional District.

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City balances budget after layoffs, cutbacks
Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 06/21/2012 08:45:57 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The City Council on Thursday approved a balanced budget plan for the new fiscal year at a special meeting Thursday night.

The city budget proposal involves a number of program cutbacks, including reduced library hours, while officials plan increased spending to reclassify three fire investigator positions to “captain specialists.”

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/21/2012 11:27:17 PM PDT

CHINO – Chino Valley Unified officials said Thursday night the district could be $16.9 million in debt in three years if the governor’s state sales tax initiative doesn’t pass in November.

The announcement came during a budget study session that discussed the district’s multiyear projection through the 2014-15 school year.

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The PE: REGION: Officials lobbying for new tanker for March

BY MARK MUCKENFUSS
STAFF WRITER
mmuckenfuss@pe.com

Published: 21 June 2012 08:06 PM

Local officials say March Air Reserve Base is well positioned to receive a new generation of air refueling tankers and expect the base will be approved for that mission in the next two years.

However, with no guarantee of that approval, they are continuing to lobby and meet with congressional representatives to keep March a vital part of not only the military but of the Inland economy, they say.

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The Sun: Colton Board of Education president resigns

Doug Saunders, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/21/2012 06:59:19 PM PDT

COLTON – Colton Joint-Unified School District Board of Education President Robert Armenta Jr. resigned Tuesday via an e-mail addressed to the school Superintendent Jerry Almendarez.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced a budget deal Thursday that imposes harsher consequences on welfare parents who cannot find work after two years and moves 880,000 low-income children into a cheaper state health care program.

The agreement came nearly one week after Democrats, under threat of losing their pay, sent Brown a $92.1 billion spending plan that avoided severe new cuts to safety net programs for the poor.

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LATimes: Key provisions of the state budget agreement

 

Spending on welfare, child care, home care, Medi-Cal, prisons, courts and state employees would be reduced. For now, education is relatively untouched.

June 21, 2012, 5:32 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown and top Democratic lawmakers announced Thursday that they had reached a deal on state spending. Here are some key elements of the budget agreement:

Social services

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By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 – 7:48 am

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that California’s largest state employee union violated the free speech rights of 28,000 so-called “fair-share” nonmembers by coercing them to finance political campaigns in 2005 and 2006.

The 7-2 ruling highlights the strained relationship between Service Employes International Union Local 1000 and its nonmember contributors and could have implications for a key November initiative that would restrict union fundraising.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Thursday, June 21, 2012 – 08:45 a.m.

News coming across the transom this morning.

No healthcare ruling from Supreme Court

It looks like next week will be the week. Next Monday that is.

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The PE: FAST & FURIOUS: House panel cites Holder

Congressman Darrell Issa

 

BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 20 June 2012 01:24 PM

WASHINGTON — A House panel led by Inland Rep. Darrell Issa voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a rare move that could lead to a criminal probe into the Justice Department’s handling of a botched anti-gun trafficking operation.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s vote to issue a contempt citation came Wednesday, June 20, during a dramatic hearing in which the White House attempted to sidestep the contempt vote by invoking executive privilege.

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Staff report
Created: 06/20/2012 04:23:42 PM PDT

ONTARIO – The city is in no way alone in its push for local control of LA/Ontario International Airport.

On Wednesday, city officials announced their efforts to have ONT be locally controlled has received 110 endorsements.

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The Sun: Vote counting continues on Rialto water rate hikes

 

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/20/2012 07:25:34 PM PDT

RIALTO – City employees on Wednesday continued to count protest ballots opposed to steep increases in water and wastewater rates.

It was not clear Wednesday that there were enough votes to reverse the City Council’s majority vote to enact rates that would hike combined water and wastewater sewage rates by 114.8 percent by 2016.

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BY JAN SEARS
STAFF WRITER
jsears@pe.com

Published: 20 June 2012 06:25 PM

After restoring a few items to Redlands’ general fund for the next fiscal year — including money for fee waivers for groups holding events in town — the City Council approved the $53.7 million spending plan.

The council added about $226,000 to the budget presented to them by City Manager N. Enrique Martinez. Councilmen Jerry Bean and Bob Gardner, who made up the council’s budget committee, said they wanted to add $95,000 to complete a revision of the housing element of the city’s general plan.

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DailyBulletin: Upland, feds deny G3 attorney’s allegation

By Wes Woods II and Sandra Emerson
Created: 06/20/2012 06:08:08 PM PDT

UPLAND – City Manager Stephen Dunn this week pushed back against accusations that the city has asked the federal government to crack down on the G3 Holistic medical marijuana dispensary.

Attorney Roger Jon Diamond has said the city is out to get his client, G3 Holistic President Aaron Sandusky, for continuing to fight Upland over medical marijuana issues in court.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

As Democratic state leaders continue budget negotiations, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax hike on sales and upper-income earners officially qualified Wednesday for the November ballot, as did two other tax measures.

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By Ed Mendel
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Middlemen who help investment funds get money from CalPERS received $1.85 million in fees during the past two years, a sharp drop from the $58 million collected by a former CalPERS board member in a pay-to-play scandal.

A report on “placement agent” fees given to the CalPERS board last week was the first required by reform legislation. Big fees received by Al Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member, prompted a long list of reforms.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Supervisors adopt pension reform

Riverside County’s board says delays would be costly; the sheriff wanted time to study the effects on recruiting if employees pay more

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 19 June 2012 09:17 PM

After months of sometimes rocky talks with organized labor, Riverside County supervisors moved to reduce county pensions for new employees despite concerns from the sheriff, who wanted more time to consider how those changes would affect his ability to recruit and retain deputies.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 19, voted 4-0 with John Benoit absent to submit an amendment to the county’s contract with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The amendment allows for reduced pension benefits for newly hired employees and deputies.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE: Council redraws ward boundaries

BY ALICIA ROBINSON
STAFF WRITER
arobinson@pe.com

Published: 19 June 2012 11:29 PM

After 13 meetings with residents and community and business groups, Riverside council members agreed to move council ward boundaries to even out their populations based on census data.

The changes, which the council approved Tuesday, June 19, in a 6-1 vote, mostly affect wards 1, 2 and 4. Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez cast the dissenting vote.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/19/2012 11:37:24 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Education and political leaders joined more than 200 other community members in welcoming Dale Marsden as incoming superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District on Tuesday.

Officials cited long familiarity with Marsden’s work as leader of various education initiatives and of the Victor Elementary School District, which they said was one of the county’s best.

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The Sun: Supervisors approve plan for underwater homeowners

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/19/2012 06:48:21 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the forming of a joint-powers authority that would look into establishing a program to help homeowners who are upside-down on their mortgages.

The joint-powers authority (JPA) would consist of the county and the cities of Fontana and Ontario, with an opt-in agreement for other cities desiring to join. It would require a vote of approval from each respective city council in order to join the JPA.

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/19/2012 06:16:47 PM PDT

CHINO – The Chino Valley Unified School District and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement that would reduce the 2012-13 school year by five-and-a-half days.

The agreement was sent to Associated Chino Teachers for approval on Tuesday, according to Chino Valley Unified officials.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville presents balanced budget

June 18, 2012 3:31 PM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor
Victorville’s 2012-13 budget: By the numbers:

VICTORVILLE • For the first time in four years, Victorville has balanced its budget without making deep cuts or dipping into reserves.

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

California’s recession-battered economy is improving but at a “slower than desired pace,” says a new overview by Beacon Economics, a private firm that advises both private and public clients, including the State Controller’s Office.

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By Gregory J. Wilcox, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/20/2012 12:00:00 AM PDT

California’s long slow slog out of the Great Recession will continue for at least three more years amid tepid job growth and persistent high unemployment, according to a forecast released today.

And there is a critical component still missing in the state and national economies, said the quarterly UCLA Anderson Forecast.

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InlandPolitics: Public safety endorsement for sale?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – 04:30 p.m.

It looks as though InlandPolitics.com may have been correct in its assumption last year that $250,000 from the San Manual Band of Mission Indians could influence the endorsement process of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA).

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – 04:00 p.m.

A city with no properly balanced budget in sight.

The city of San Bernardino has announced it will operate under continuing resolutions for the foreseeable future.

Why?

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InlandPolitics: Local economist called out

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – 12:30 P.M.

It was only a matter of time.

Too many pie in the sky rosy prognostications that many local governments blind relied upon.

Now Redlands-based economist John Husing has finally taken it on the chin for over estimating the economic impact of a Moreno Valley industrial development.

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By CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Associated Press
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Recession-plagued states diverted scarce money away from pensions to pay for more immediate concerns, leaving a $757 billion hole in the retirement funds covering millions of public employees, according to a study released Monday.

The Pew Center on the States found 34 states failed to maintain safe levels of money in the pension funds, which most experts agree is about 80 percent of long-term obligations. Four states — Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky and Rhode Island — didn’t even have 55 percent of the money they’ll need in the long run.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/19/2012 12:00:42 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The last City Council meeting of Fiscal Year 2011 passed Monday before city staff had time to prepare a budget for the year that starts July 1, so council members approved a one-month spending plan based on last year to bridge the gap.

The vote authorizes all city departments to spend one-twelfth of the amount approved for the 2011-2012 year during July.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Bullying, racism alleged

Two newly released Riverside County grand jury reports describe hostile work environments in the county’s Waste Management and Human Resources departments. Two waste management supervisors allegedly used racial slurs to describe African-American employees.

 

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 18 June 2012 06:35 PM

At least two supervisors in Riverside County’s Waste Management Department used racial slurs against black workers, and employees in another county department were regularly bullied by superiors, according to two grand jury reports that found a pattern of hostile work conditions.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/18/2012 09:20:56 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – A procedural step in the plan to build a high-speed bus line from Cal State San Bernardino to Loma Linda University attracted passionate debate on both sides of the issue Monday.

Acting City Manager Andrea Travis Miller indicated at a City Council meeting that the overall plan for the SBX bus line would be going forward. That prompted residents, business owners and representatives of other organizations to offer sharply divided opinions.

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DailyBulletin: LAWA lowers ONT terminal rates

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/18/2012 12:07:18 PM PDT

Los Angeles World Airports Board of Airport commissioners on Monday agreed to lower terminal rental rates for airlines at L.A./Ontario International Airport.

They voted to maintain current landing fees and to lower the rental rates by 8 percent by dipping into the organization’s reserves.

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

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, defended the Legislature’s deadline passage of a main budget bill Friday without most of the implementing language, responding to critics who suggested lawmakers had rushed through a plan to maintain their pay.

“You know what?” Steinberg said. “I gotta tell you, I work about 15 hours a day. And we passed a budget that is balanced in the budget year, the second year, the third year and with a surplus in the fourth year. So we’re doing our work. And we’re going to continue doing our work.”

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