Archive for July 1st, 2012

InlandPolitics: This and that!

Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

Here’s some news from across transom this week.

Unemployment numbers continue in the tank

This weeks report on first-time jobless claims dropped by 6,000. But the previous weeks number was revised upwards by essentially the same number.

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InlandPolitics: Grand Jury report just the start

Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

One shoe has finally dropped in the long-running saga over Victorville’s finances.

On Friday, the San Bernardino County Grand Jury issued a scathing report on its findings that politicos and bureaucrats, past and present, plundered the city’s coffers in order to aid certain benefactors.

In other words, all the rules went out the door.

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The PE: JURUPA VALLEY: Money woes dampen city’s birthday


Published: 30 June 2012 01:02 PM

As Jurupa Valley blows the candle out on its first birthday cake, it’s hard not to think of Riverside County’s newest municipality as the “hard luck city.”

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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 06/29/2012 10:22:47 AM PDT

CHINO – Chino Valley Unified School District finance officials have learned they need to cut their multiyear projection by another $500,000 for each of the next three years.

Officials disclosed the amount during the district’s board meeting Thursday night before the adoption of the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 budgets.

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VVDailyPress: State budget cut looms over Victorville court


June 30, 2012 4:00 PM
Tomoya Shimura, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • San Bernardino County Superior Court is seeking ways to deal with massive cuts in state funding, which could lead to layoffs and delays in the already jammed Victorville courthouse.

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 Sunday. That’s nearly 20 percent of their 2011-2012 budget, according to San Bernardino County Court Executive Officer Stephen Nash.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The lawsuit that civil rights attorney Molly Munger has filed, alleging that Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax increase ballot measure was given preferential treatment over her rival tax proposal, is important unto itself.

She’s challenging a bill that Brown and the Legislature enacted to elevate the governor’s sales and income tax measure to the top of the November ballot and also election officials’ signature-validation procedures that, she says, gave Brown preferential treatment.

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As the deadline loomed for verifying signatures for his tax initiative, Gov. Jerry Brown called some county officials to check the status. Critics are crying foul.


By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2012

SACRAMENTO — With the fate of his tax initiative hanging in the balance, Gov. Jerry Brown was in a tight spot.

So he called Dave Macdonald, the top elections official in Alameda County, for a conversation about Macdonald’s progress in verifying thousands of petition signatures needed to help move Brown’s measure onto the November state ballot.

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By Kevin Yamamura
Published: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 1, 2012 – 9:01 am

Gov. Jerry Brown rejected the Legislature’s first budget proposal in June because he said it was “not structurally balanced and puts us into a hole in succeeding years.”

The final 2012-13 budget agreement, however, didn’t do much to deepen the cuts. Instead, the negotiated changes focused on bridging philosophical differences and appealing to voters in November.

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