Archive for June 19th, 2012

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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SacBee: Dan Walters: California now has a half-budget

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 19, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

So does California have a new state budget, or not?

It has about a half-a-budget, or perhaps more accurately, a half-baked budget.

The Legislature passed a budget bill last Friday, thus meeting the constitutional deadline and also preserving lawmakers’ salaries, along with a handful of minor “trailer bills” to implement its provisions.

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