Archive for July 29th, 2012

InlandPolitics: Brown administration imperils its own tax measure

Sunday, July 29, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

It’s either arrogance, incompetence or stupidity.

California Governor Jerry Brown and his own administration would appear to be doing everything possible to blow up a proposed tax increase  measure slated for the November ballot.

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The sheriff and district attorney make the case that their senior staffs stand to earn less than their unionized subordinates

BY JEFF HORSEMAN
STAFF WRITER
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 28 July 2012 06:04 PM

Raises for top-level prosecutors and senior sheriff’s department staff are needed so managers don’t earn less than the people they supervise, according to Sheriff Stan Sniff and District Attorney Paul Zellerbach.

They’re backing proposals before the county Board of Supervisors to raise non-union managers’ pay so there’s a wider salary gap between them and their subordinates. The board will consider the raises at their Tuesday, July 31, meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. in the board chambers at the County Administrative Center, 4080 Lemon St. in Riverside.

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SAN BERNARDINO’S FINANCIAL CRISIS

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/28/2012 02:39:43 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

View: Annotated Charter

SAN BERNARDINO – Momentum may be growing to repeal the section of the city’s charter that sets salaries in the Police and Fire departments, although a deadline is fast approaching and officials who previously championed the idea now say any call for change must come from residents.

Some of those residents say the city’s economic troubles are worsened by Charter Section 186, which sets police and firefighter salaries as the average of 10 similarly sized California cities.

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Supervisor Neil Derry

BY NEIL DERRY

Published: 29 July 2012 01:00 AM

Sugarcoating medicine works for children, but it is counterproductive in situations requiring mature dialogue and communication. San Bernardino County has a public pension problem — a big problem that continues to grow unabated. Our pension fund is currently underfunded by more than $1.7 billion. To put that in perspective, our general fund budget is approximately $2.3 billion.

On Thursday, I will bring before the Board of Supervisors a pension reform proposal that will:

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The PE: REDLANDS: City pays state $3 million under protest

BY JAN SEARS
STAFF WRITER
jsears@pe.com

Published: 28 July 2012 06:10 PM

Redlands had to loan more than $3 million from its general fund to its redevelopment successor agency on Thursday, July 26, to cover an unexpected demand for more money from the state.

The money to cover the $3.1 million loan came from the city’s water department and was transferred, with City Council approval, to Redlands’ former redevelopment agency, now referred to as the successor agency. The agency needed the money to cover a bond payment due this month.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario Convention Center faces deficit

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/28/2012 12:13:59 PM PDT

ONTARIO – Each year the city-owned Convention Center has operated at about a $1.6 million deficit, but the economic impact the city receives from the facility provides a greater return to its coffers, officials said.

City officials said they don’t necessarily view the $1.2 million figure and another $400,000 it invests for building improvements as a drain on the city’s general fund.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jul. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 29, 2012 – 8:22 am

When June’s employment data were released last week, some analysts quickly hailed them as indicators of a strong California recovery from the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

Steve Levy, who directs the Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy, was particularly upbeat, to wit:

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