Archive for June 20th, 2012

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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