Archive for July 24th, 2012

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supervisors’ alternative to big pay cut

San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

Published: 23 July 2012 06:40 PM

Faced with a November ballot measure that could reduce their pay by 73 percent, San Bernardino County supervisors are considering putting a competing measure before voters that would keep their compensation in line with neighboring counties.

If the board agrees to go forward with the proposal, it could head off efforts backed by county employee unions to cut $92,000 from supervisors’ yearly pay. The county proposal would give voters two measures to choose from. The one with the largest number of majority votes would take effect.

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The Sun: Editorial: Stage set for SB County pension reform


Posted: 07/23/2012 04:07:32 PM PDT

Momentum is building toward needed reforms of San Bernardino County’s pension system.

Today the Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss proposals by 2nd District Supervisor Janice Rutherford related to capping benefits, restricting pension spiking and requiring voter approval for any increases to pension benefits.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2012 08:48:27 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s decision to file for bankruptcy protection has reignited the debate about whether the city, as a potential cost-cutting measure, should dissolve its police and fire departments and contract with the county for those services.

Last week, the City Council declared a state of fiscal emergency and directed staff to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. It came a week after city officials said a $45 million budget deficit and cash-flow quagmire could leave the city unable to meet its Aug. 15 payroll.

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The Sun: San Bernardino to consider short-term cuts

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/24/2012 01:00:00 AM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The first steps toward fixing a shortage of cash that would otherwise leave city employees unpaid on Aug. 15 are scheduled to be decided at a special City Council meeting today.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/23/2012 06:13:16 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Bankruptcy reorganization may lead to a literal reorganization of city government. Early proposals to restore the city to financial health include the outsourcing of some city functions or merger of city departments.

Potential moves include outsourcing Animal Control to San Bernardino County or merging Parks and Recreation with the Library Department.

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Published: 23 July 2012 05:47 PM

A resolution that would encourage candidates for two Redlands City Council seats in November to adhere to voluntary fundraising or spending limits likely will be considered at the council’s first September meeting.

The council last week, over the objections of Councilman Jerry Bean, asked city officials to prepare the resolution. Council members didn’t decide whether the limits would be on spending, contributions or both, or precisely what those limits would be.

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Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Created: 07/23/2012 12:02:08 PM PDT

A number of Inland Empire cities are planning to continue posting discussion agendas for the public to review well ahead of meetings, despite the state’s suspension of that Brown Act requirement.

Redlands has already passed a resolution saying it will continue to follow the open-meeting rules, while Rancho Cucamonga’s City Council plans to consider a similar resolution at its next meeting.

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DailyBulletin: Upland delays evaluation of city manager

Sandra Emerson
Created: 07/23/2012 09:57:54 PM PDT

UPLAND – The Upland City Council on Monday decided to table the closed session evaluation of the city manager as well as approval of his contract.

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On politics in the Golden State
July 23, 2012 | 1:16 pm

Two of California’s leading good-government groups joined with some of the state’s most powerful labor unions Monday to denounce Proposition 32, the November ballot measure that promises to eliminate special-interest money in politics.

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Dan Walters

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Warring factions will spend untold millions of dollars on political propaganda to sway California voters on Proposition 32 this year, and while each denounces the other as a pack of scoundrels, neither likes the media’s capsule description, “paycheck protection.”

Twice before, in 1998 and 2005, voters rejected measures that would restrict unions from collecting political funds via payroll deductions, so backers came up with a new wrinkle in 2012.

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