Archive for June 14th, 2012

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Thursday, June 14, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

Here’s some news echoing across the transom this morning.

First-Time unemployment claims rise

In a sign of a weakening U.S. economy. First-time claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed by 6,000 last week to 386,000.

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BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com

Published: 13 June 2012 06:22 PM

WASHINGTON Fresh off their primary victories, Democratic Rep. Joe Baca and Republican Rep. Gary Miller may face a shared opponent in their respective House races this fall.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a new Super-PAC dedicated to ousting certain incumbents from both sides of the aisle, is focusing on the two lawmakers as potential targets in November, Curtis Ellis, the committee’s spokesman revealed.

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By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 06/13/2012 11:29:27 AM PDT

COLTON – Carrying signs that said “Some Cuts Don’t Heal,” hundreds of nurses picketed in front of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, seeking higher pay and more staff at the trauma center.

Members of the California Nurses Association have been trying to reach an agreement with San Bernardino County for more than three months, but the county hasn’t agreed to several demands made by the nurses.

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The Sun: Foreclosures highest in Inland Empire

Region has most in the nation
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/13/2012 11:37:10 PM PDT

The Inland Empire’s housing prices climbed a bit last month, but the region also has the most foreclosure activity of any major metropolitan area in the United States.

Taken together, numbers and analysis from two Southern California companies that examine the housing suggest it may be reasonable to expect a gradual recovery but not a rapid improvement in market conditions.

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The Sun: California taxable sales on the rise

Andrew Edwards
Posted: 06/13/2012 11:43:46 AM PDT

The Board of Equalization estimates that taxable sales up and down the state rose 9.3 percent during the opening months of this year.

The Board of Equalization, which collects sales and use taxes, released the estimates Wednesday. The board also reported final numbers for the first quarter of 2011 that show a 9 percent in taxable sales for the first quarter of last year.

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By Ryan Hagen, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 06/13/2012 04:38:06 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The school board approved a contract Wednesday night for the superintendent who is scheduled to take office July 1, but incoming Superintendent Dale Marsden has not yet signed it.

Until he does, the details of that contract are private, board members said, but they indicated his pay would be more than the previous superintendent and in line with other districts close in size to San Bernardino City Unified School District.

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Created: 06/13/2012 07:13:03 PM PDT
By Neil Nisperos
Staff Writer

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – City officials announced budget plans for the fiscal year 12-13, which include reductions to facility operations, program reductions, and the elimination of economic development services.

Projected general fund expenditures for fiscal year 2011-12 are about $63 million. The figure is an increase of about $238,000 from the last fiscal year, officials said.

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DailyBulletin: Montclair budget includes no new layoffs

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/13/2012 05:17:01 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – When the City Council approves its budget for the new fiscal year next week, it will do so without having to do any more layoffs or ask personnel to take pay cuts.

As proposed, the budget identifies the long-term revenue sources to pay for the city’s bond payments, which are about $1.92 million annually.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 – 9:51 am

Legislative Democrats are poised to send Gov. Jerry Brown a budget that avoids deep new cuts in safety-net programs while reducing state worker pay and taking funds from courts and counties.

To help bridge a $15.7 billion deficit, the Democratic governor has asked his own party’s lawmakers to overhaul welfare-to-work, slash in-home care and require low-income students to earn higher grades for scholarship aid.

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