Archive for June 21st, 2012

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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