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Politics, Government and Business in Southern California's Inland Empire
BY JIM MILLER
Published: 04 July 2012 06:01 AM
SACRAMENTO — Voters are of mixed minds on the level of spending reductions in California’s newly minted budget. Some believe the total was too high, others too low, and some think it was just about right.
But a new Field Poll shows that voters largely agree on a major part of the budget approved last week: They hate the idea of billions in automatic “trigger” cuts to schools and other programs if a tax-increase measure pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown fails at the polls in November.
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/03/2012 07:11:14 PM PDT
Document: Read the Grand Jury report
Victorville officials responded this week to the San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s assertions that it recklessly embarked on high-risk power plant projects solely on the word of contractors with an interest in the projects.
The projects cost the city roughly $90 million in total losses.
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 07/03/2012 07:37:49 AM PDT
The San Bernardino County Probation Department has assigned seven officers to Inland Empire law enforcement agencies to handle offenders released from prison under a state program to reduce inmate overcrowding.
The assignments, effective Saturday, bring the number of probation officers working at police and sheriff’s stations to 25, as the county works to deal with thousands of released offenders, once in state custody.
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 07/03/2012 09:51:27 PM PDT
UPLAND – The city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee has recommended that the City Council adopt the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, which includes layoffs in the Police Department and cuts to services.
Liset Márquez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/03/2012 01:17:40 PM PDT
MONTCLAIR – Addressing recent criticisms by the city’s firefighters union, City Council members on Monday night defended their stance toward public safety.
A report recently released by the city showed its sole paramedic squad was only deployed 15 percent of the time in the 2011-12 fiscal year due to budgetary issues.
By Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Created: 07/03/2012 11:54:51 PM PDT
Chino City Council members approved its General Plan on Tuesday with a requirement that a climate action plan will be required by 2013.
The agreement is part of a lawsuit that was settled with a San Diego-based environmental group – Citizens for Responsible Equitable Environmental Development, or CREED.
On politics in the Golden State
July 3, 2012 | 5:22 pm
Despite a setback on pension reform, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said Tuesday that he expected a plan to be adopted next month and that the Legislature’s proposal would save $40 billion over 30 years.
Those savings would accrue to the California Public Employment Retirement System through changes including an increase in the retirement age for new employees, a requirement that workers contribute more and a cap on the benefits possible in a defined benefit plan.
By Jon Ortiz
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 4, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
When California’s largest public employee union announced Tuesday that its members accepted another year of furloughs, it was one more sign that government labor unions are moving to make concessions.
Although Service Employees International Union Local 1000′s contract doesn’t expire until next year, the union said two-thirds of the voting rank and file supported an agreement reached with Gov. Jerry Brown that mandates 12 unpaid days off over the next 12 months.
By Dan Walters
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 4, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Redevelopment is dead in California, or so we were told last year when the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown erased more than 400 local agencies and seized assets for the state budget.
The dissolution is incomplete, however, as local officials attempt to shelter assets and joust with local oversight boards and state officials over what’s in and what’s out.
By Jonathan Easley – 07/03/12 01:37 PM ET
Mitt Romney has a sizeable lead in 15 battleground states, according to a CNN/ORC poll released late Monday.
The Republican candidate leads President Obama 51 percent to 43 in 15 states that will be critical in determining the outcome of the 2012 election.