Archive for July 31st, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 – 01:00 p.m.

Will San Bernardino County Supervisors send two pension reform measures to the November Ballot?

Probably not?

Why? Egos and ineptitude.

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BY JEFF HORSEMAN
jhorseman@pe.com

Published: 31 July 2012 11:04 AM

Riverside County supervisors voted unanimously this morning to give raises to upper-level managers who aren’t represented by unions.

Sheriff Stan Sniff said the raises, which pertain to 11 executives in his office, were critical to his ability to attract employees to executive posts and keep his department running.

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San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford.

BY IMRAN GHORI
STAFF WRITER
ighori@pe.com

Published: 30 July 2012 07:14 PM

San Bernardino County officials are hoping to get a handle on rising retirement costs with a pair of pension reform proposals that could move forward this week.

What remains uncertain, however, is whether it will be accomplished at the ballot box or the bargaining table.

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SAN BERNARDINO’S FINANCIAL CRISIS

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/30/2012 06:21:46 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s bankruptcy is not the only major financial challenge for local officials.

Recent decisions in Sacramento effectively neuter the attempt to preserve redevelopment by creating a nonprofit called the Economic Development Corp.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 07/30/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT

ONTARIO – Passenger traffic at LA/Ontario International Airport continued its downward trend in June, falling 4.3 percent compared to the same month in 2011.

Overall, numbers of passengers flying in and out of ONT have dropped 6.3 percent for the first six months of 2012 compared to the previous year, according to figures released Monday by Los Angeles World Airports which manages ONT.

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 07/31/2012 11:38:00 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The city is unlikely to file a lawsuit over not being able to receive money from the state to complete its redevelopment projects.

The game changer: new legislation – Assembly Bill 1484 – allows development agencies to apply for bond proceeds they would otherwise have been denied after the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.

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The Upland Professional Fire Fighters Association and the city have reached agreement on a new contract.

By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 07/30/2012 11:45:54 AM PDT

UPLAND — After a year of negotiations, firefighters and city officials have reached a contract agreement.

The Upland Professional Fire Fighters Association’s new two-year contract, which is already set to expire in June 2013, does not include increases in salaries and benefits, but does give firefighters options for using their vacation time.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012 – 8:18 am

California’s borrowing from special fund accounts has reached nearly $4.3 billion, more than five times the amount from June 2008, according to a semiannual report issued Monday by the state Department of Finance.

Since the depths of the recession, state leaders have relied heavily on borrowing from special fund accounts that generate money from user fees and regulated industries, among the many patchwork solutions to avoid deeper program cuts in the general fund budget.

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As the governor and lawmakers make ever-deeper cuts, accounting discrepancies mean that large sums, such as $113 million in a recycling program, may be untapped.

 

By Chris Megerian and Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2012

SACRAMENTO — California may have had hundreds of millions of dollars more on hand than the governor and lawmakers knew about as they struggled to close the budget deficit this year, a Times analysis shows.

Officials are scrambling to explain discrepancies in about two dozen state funds identified in a comparison of balance sheets from the controller’s office and the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2012 – 8:18 am

Gov. Jerry Brown released an Internet ad the other day, asking voters to embrace his multibillion-dollar tax increase.

But the word “tax” is nowhere to be found. The closest Brown or other speakers in the tightly scripted ad come to the T-word is “new revenues.” Mostly, it touts Brown’s efforts to cut state spending and declares – wrongly – that the state’s credit rating has improved.

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