Archive for October, 2012

InlandPolitics: S.B. County: Roelle not fairing well in First District contest

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – 08:00 a.m.

Apple Valley Town Councilman Rick Roelle seemed to have the wind at his back following his strong showing in the June primary, which propelled him into a November runoff against High-Desert businessman Robert Lovingood.

But, appearances can be deceiving.

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Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, is trying to fend off a challenge from Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Springs, in California’s 36th Congressional District.

Published: 30 October 2012 – 07:38 PM

Industry groups, wealthy activists, unions and other interests have pumped almost $10 million worth of independent expenditures into Inland Southern California congressional and legislative races since the June primary, an unprecedented amount that in some cases dwarfs what candidates’ own campaigns have spent.

To read story by Jim Miller and Ben Goad in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 30, 2012

A Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively ruled Tuesday that an obscure Arizona nonprofit must document the source of its $11 million initiative contribution, siding with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: What to do if Proposition 30 fails?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As the political odds turn against Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measure, political insiders are turning their attention, however reluctantly, to the fallout should, indeed, voters reject the sales and income tax hike on Tuesday.

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The Sun: Op-Ed: Ramos turned tax-free dollars into political empire

Ramos

Admin Note: To some surprise this opinion editorial was published in the Monday edition of The Sun newspaper. The author has released his work to InlandPolitics.

John Berry
Monday, October 29, 2012

Few stories, in my 20 years as a newspaper reporter, ever electrified readers more than one I wrote for The Press-Enterprise in 2008 when a pair of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians got house arrest for crimes that would have sent anyone else to prison.

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Admin Note: Supervisor Derry has indicated he returned the reporter’s phone call. The reporter never called back.

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/29/2012 08:30:49 PM PDT

Job growth, public safety and zero tolerance for government corruption are among the key issues for candidates vying for the 3rd and 1st district San Bernardino County supervisor seats as the Nov. 6 election nears.

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By Brian Charles, SGVN
twitter.com/JBrianCharles
Posted: 10/16/2012 09:50:19 PM PDT
Updated: 10/17/2012 09:29:56 AM PDT

PASADENA – Tea Party darling Donna Lowe and longtime Pasadena Councilman Chris Holden are vying for the newly drawn 41st state Assembly seat this fall.

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DailyBulletin: Upland candidates discuss employee pensions

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2012 04:24:46 PM PDT
Updated: 10/29/2012 11:19:57 PM PDT

UPLAND – Employee pensions have become a highly contested issue as city leaders continue to look for ways to cut their costs.

Candidates running for City Council and mayor next week may be faced with the issue once elected.

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Mixed messages about Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax-hike initiative underscore his struggle pitching Prop. 30 to voters and have provided fodder for foes.

By Michael J. Mishak and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2012, 8:45 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown still has not settled on a central sales pitch for his tax-hike initiative, even though support is shaky and election day is fast approaching.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: CSU plunges overboard into politics

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California State University system has traditionally been the steady workhorse of California higher education, generating the engineers, teachers, accountants and middle-managers that any society needs.

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By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 – 8:12 am

Attorneys representing an obscure Arizona nonprofit that spent $11 million this month on California initiative wars told a court Monday that the federal Citizens United campaign-speech ruling is one reason the group can shield its donors.

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The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
October 29, 2012

With just over a week before Election Day, the interests backing Proposition 32 and fighting Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, have raised $58 million, including a recent six-figure donation from a Texas oil man.

Meanwhile, the union-backed No on 32 side has raised $66 million.

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TheWeeklyStandard: New Projection of Election Results: Romney 52, Obama 47

The Blog
5:00 AM, Oct 29, 2012 • By FRED BARNES

The bipartisan Battleground Poll, in its “vote election model,” is projecting that Mitt Romney will defeat President Obama 52 percent to 47 percent. The poll also found that Romney has an even greater advantage among middle class voters, 52 percent to 45 percent.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2012 06:09:41 PM PDT
Updated: 10/28/2012 07:48:03 PM PDT

A dispatch of negative ads in the congressional race between two Republican candidates, Rep. Gary Miller and state Sen. Bob Dutton, has the state’s top GOP official on record that California Republicans need to reaffirm their adherence to the “Eleventh Commandment.”

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Published: 28 October 2012 – 07:32 PM

More than two-dozen voters who recently re-reregistered as Republicans never gave permission for the switch, the Riverside-area voters told The Press-Enterprise.

To read story by Jim Miller, Imran Ghori, Jeff Horseman and Ben Goad, in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/28/2012 07:06:10 AM PDT
Updated: 10/28/2012 11:22:13 PM PDT

The competition between Mike Morrell and Russ Warner for an Inland Empire Assembly seat has turned into a the kind of race in which one side has wrung an endorsement from a family dispute and the other claimed in an email to supporters that his opponent has “promoted domestic terrorism.”

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 – 7:18 am

One reason several months ago to think Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to raise taxes might have a better chance of passing than previous, failed tax initiatives was its potential to look more like a local issue than a statewide one.

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Calpensions: San Bernardino, Compton stop paying CalPERS

By Ed Mendel
Monday, October 29, 2012

CalPERS filed court actions against two financially troubled cities, San Bernardino and Compton, after they stopped making legally required payments to the big pension fund, a rare default not made in the Stockton and Vallejo bankruptcies.

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InlandPolitics: Legal conflicts problematic for candidate

Ramos

Sunday, October 28, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA– A new wrinkle is surfacing in a hotly-contested race for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The legal requirements surrounding the 2011 resignation of San Bernardino City Councilman Jason Desjardins due to his business, Big Z towing, having a tow rotation contract with the San Bernardino Police Department is now emerging in the race between Third District Supervisor Neil Derry and San Manuel Tribal Member James C. Ramos.

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Published: 27 October 2012 – 03:48 PM

A dog lover and avid hunter, one might think congressional candidate Bob Dutton would be well-positioned to pick up endorsements from the Humane Society and the National Rifle Association.

To read column by Ben Goad and Alicia Robinson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

ELECTION 2012

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/27/2012 11:59:51 AM PDT

New districts and a revised elections system that allows candidates of the same party to compete in the general election are two new dynamics affecting this year’s elections for the state Legislature.

Here’s a summary of races affecting the Inland Valley, San Bernardino area and High Desert:

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/27/2012 05:42:59 PM PDT

Developer Scot Spencer’s affiliation with San Bernardino International Airport should be a thing of the past within the next two weeks, the airport’s interim executive director said Friday.

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By Mike Rosenberg
mrosenberg@mercurynews.com

Posted: 10/27/2012 05:00:03 PM PDT
Updated: 10/28/2012 07:29:46 AM PDT

In TV commercials and campaign stops, Gov. Jerry Brown has told Californians that voting against his tax-hike measure, Proposition 30, will mean devastating cuts for public schools. Yet the governor’s finance team concedes that state spending will go up next year regardless of your vote.

So what’s a voter to think? Does the state of California really need more of your money?

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California’s economy is still shaky

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The Bee recently published a monograph by Mike Rossi, Gov. Jerry Brown’s economic adviser, in which he sought to debunk criticism of California’s business climate.

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By Kelly Puente, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2012 09:58:23 PM PDT

When Elizabeth Zamora received a letter from Cal State Dominguez Hills stating that her application for the fall semester was on hold pending the outcome of Proposition 30, the prospective student said she was shocked.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2012 07:57:59 PM PDT
Updated: 10/26/2012 11:11:04 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – It’s getting ugly.

The City Council race, which has centered around pension costs, has become a contentious battle for two open seats.

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Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/26/2012 04:06:13 PM PDT
Updated: 10/26/2012 05:25:13 PM PDT

More changes are coming as a result of the Chino courthouse closure scheduled at the beginning of the year.

Not only will cases be reassigned to the courthouses in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, but three judges who officially had retired but continued to serve will be let go to make room for transferring employees.

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October 27, 2012 9:00 AM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer

The two Republican candidates hoping to represent the 8th Congressional District — Paul Cook and Gregg Imus — are working with very different campaign budgets, including contributions from very different types of donors.

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VVDailyPress: Government employee pay soars past average Joes

October 27, 2012 10:00 AM
From Staff Reports

SACRAMENTO • Salaries and pension benefits for California state workers grew three times as fast as the per capita personal income of all Californians, according to a new study released by the Center for Government Analysis and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 26, 2012 | 1:09 pm

California tax revenue continues to lag behind projections, according to details released Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.

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L.A. NOW
Southern California — this just in
October 26, 2012 | 6:18 pm

Support for the three-strikes measure, Proposition 36, has held relatively steady in recent weeks, with 63% of voters in favor, 22% opposed and 15% undecided or not answering, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll released this week.

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Quincey

By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/25/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT
Updated: 10/25/2012 06:18:05 PM PDT

UPLAND – Before filing criminal charges last week, investigators with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office interviewed officials about former City Manager Robb Quincey’s statements during an arbitration hearing with the city and a settlement he made with a police sergeant. Quincey, 52 of Upland, has been charged with three felonies including, misappropriation of public funds, gaining personal interest from an official contract and perjury.

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Munger Jr.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 25, 2012

Wealthy heir Charles Munger Jr. has ponied up another $13 million to kill off Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increase and to pass the anti-union Proposition 32, according to new campaign finance reports.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 25, 2012

A Sacramento Superior Court judge scheduled a court date for Tuesday — one week before the Nov. 6 election — to consider whether an Arizona-based nonprofit must provide transaction data related to an $11 million donation made this month.

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Nearly $42 million has been spent, with more than half the money going to three districts. In some cases, the amount exceeds that raised by candidates.

By Jean Merl and Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2012

But a little-known group called America Shining recently started spending money — more than $610,000 so far — to oppose Royce and help Chen, drawing attention to the race in ways the Chen campaign couldn’t afford. The outlay by the 3-month-old America Shining, whose only donor is Chen’s brother Shaw, is a fraction of the nearly $42 million in independent spending poured into unusually competitive California congressional races this year.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The governor of California may not be toast – yet – but, one might say, he’s turning browner by the moment in the heat of a political campaign he hoped would be his legacy achievement.

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The Sun: San Bernardino ineligible for bankruptcy, argue CalPERS, mid-managers union

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2012 08:23:54 PM PDT

Document: San Bernardino Public Employee Association’s Objection (.pdf file)

The city of San Bernardino is not eligible for bankruptcy protection, argue court papers filed Wednesday by CalPERS and other creditors.

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The PE: ELECTION 2012: State GOP slams Dutton in mailers

Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and state Sen. Bob Dutton,R-Rancho Cucamonga, are squaring off in the 31st Congressional District.

Published: 24 October 2012 – 06:05 PM

SACRAMENTO — The latest hit pieces in San Bernardino County’s all-Republican race for the 31st Congressional District offer further proof to the old saying, “If you want a friend in politics, get a dog.”

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

ELECTION 2012

New York City mayor affiliate spent $65,000 to back state senator’s bid against Rep. Joe Baca
Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2012 06:00:34 PM PDT

A Super PAC affiliated with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent nearly $65,000 on political mailings to support state Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod in her congressional campaign against Rep. Joe Baca.

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The Sun: Founder, chair of Citizens Business Bank dies

Staff Reports
Posted: 10/24/2012 07:34:14 PM PDT

ONTARIO — The founder and chair of Citizens Business Bank and CVB Financial Corp., George Borba, has died, according to CVBF board members.

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DailyBulletin: Council races heat up in the Inland Valley

Staff Report
Posted: 10/24/2012 08:47:32 PM PDT
Updated: 10/24/2012 10:43:37 PM PDT

To assist voters in the Nov. 6 election, the Daily Bulletin has asked municipal candidates questions about issues concerning their respective cities.

In some cases, the responses have been edited for space.

To read entire story, click here.

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 24, 2012

Public support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot measure to raise taxes has fallen below 50 percent two weeks before Election Day, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Derry gets OK for mailer

One-term incumbent Neil Derry, left, is facing former San Manuel tribal chairman James Ramos for the 3rd supervisorial district.

Published: 23 October 2012 – 05:59 PM

San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry won support Tuesday, Oct. 23, from his colleagues to send a mailer to constituents in the days before the Nov. 6 election despite criticism from his opponent who called it political.

To read entire story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/24/2012 12:00:00 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Today is the deadline for any of the city’s thousands of creditors to file papers arguing the city is not eligible for bankruptcy protection, a battle that added months and millions of dollars to the bankruptcy proceedings in Vallejo and is expected to do the same in Stockton.

City officials – and the judge handling the case, Meredith Jury – have said they expect objections.

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VVDailyPress: Supervisor candidates raise similar totals

Source of funding significantly different
October 23, 2012 4:50 PM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories looking at funds raised by candidates in local races.

VICTORVILLE • The two candidates for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor are both working with hefty campaign contributions, though each has received their funding by very different means.

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By Steven Harmon
Bay Area News Group

Posted: 10/24/2012 06:19:52 AM PDT
Updated: 10/24/2012 06:20:09 AM PDT

SACRAMENTO — With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he is doing everything he can to overcome what he called the “Orwellian propaganda” of big-monied opponents to his tax-hike measure.

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LATimes: Jerry Brown discouraged by ‘the non-TV voter’

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 23, 2012 | 2:15 pm

Before a campaign stop at a San Diego school Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown stopped by a coffee shop for a cappuccino — and an impromptu focus group.

In the cafe, located in the shadow of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Brown asked employees whether they had heard of Proposition 30.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Political mailers are filling mailboxes all over California, thanks to a bumper crop of contentious ballot measures and the most competitive array of legislative and congressional seats in decades.

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Former President Bill Clinton (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2012, 3:07 a.m.

Former President Clinton used a Tuesday night appearance in Irvine to rip Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and GOP congressional leaders for putting America’s middle class, women’s rights and the country’s environmental health at risk, and urged Californians to send Democrats to Washington in next month’s election.

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InlandPolitics: Romney lead continues to build lead

Mitt Romney

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 -11:45 a.m.

Undecided voters appear to now be laying down the gauntlet in the race to decide who will be the next President of the United States.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney looks to be consolidating his lead over President Barack Obama in two highly-respected national polls.

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InlandPolitics: Derry to speak at Cal. State San Bernardino

Derry

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – 11:30 a.m.

The California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is hosting a private discussion with San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor, Neil Derry. The discussion, titled “Setting the Table”, is to be held on the CSUSB campus in the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater on Wednesday October 24, 2012 at 6:00p.m.

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James Ramos, former San Manuel tribal chairman, is a candidate for 3rd District San Bernardino County supervisor.

Published: 22 October 2012 – 07:08 PM

A proposal by San Bernardino County Supervisor Neil Derry to spend about $50,000 in county funds to mail his constituents information on a new state fire fee is being criticized as a political move by his election opponent.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/22/2012 09:58:51 PM PDT

The third meeting of the Homeownership Protection Program Joint Powers Authority, composed of San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario and Fontana to address the county’s foreclosure crisis, has been canceled due to a lack of quorum.

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Morrell

Andrew Edwards
Posted: 10/22/2012 09:27:39 PM PDT

The increasingly personal competition between Republican Mike Morrell and Democrat Russ Warner for the 40th Assembly District seat took a new turn today when Morrell’s camp issued a press release touting the endorsement of his opponent’s sister.

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/22/2012 09:50:22 PM PDT
Updated: 10/22/2012 09:50:49 PM PDT

UPLAND – City Manager Stephen Dunn on Monday had a clear message for residents regarding the city’s dire financial situation.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

As Election Day – and Halloween – approach, Jerry Brown may be getting spooked that his tax increase, Proposition 30, won’t make it.

The California governor once exuded confidence that voters would endorse a sharp increase in income taxes on the wealthy and a token, quarter-cent boost in sales taxes that everyone would pay, portraying it as a way of shoring up support for schools, the single most popular way government spends money.

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The Sun: San Bernardino not paying CalPERS, pointing to future fight over pensions

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2012 12:38:03 PM PDT

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – City officials were somewhat puzzled by national media attention after CalPERS’ announcement last week that the city hadn’t made any of its required payments to the state pension system since filing for bankruptcy in August.

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Republican Rep. Mary Bono Mack is trying to fend off a challenge from Democrat Raul Ruiz in California’s 36th Congressional District. 2012

Published: 21 October 2012 – 07:28 PM

The two main proponents of a measure to reduce the salaries of San Bernardino County supervisors spent $100,000 to qualify the initiative earlier this year, but now that it’s on the Nov. 6 ballot, they’re saving their cash.

To read column by Imran Ghori, Ben Goad and Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2012 07:07:05 AM PDT
Updated: 10/21/2012 10:23:42 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city’s non-safety employees are willing to discuss potential concessions as long as upper level management is willing to take a hit as well, according to a representative for the employees.

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Election 2012

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2012 07:07:04 AM PDT
Updated: 10/21/2012 05:37:38 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – If there is any question how contentious the City Council race has become, just look to the campaign being run by the city’s police and fire unions in an effort to unseat the incumbents.

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/21/2012 12:48:03 PM PDT
Updated: 10/21/2012 05:36:37 PM PDT

MONTCLAIR – The committee for City council candidate Richard Beltran and the city’s two public safety associations have been accused by a resident of running a coordinated campaign.

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California Governor Jerry Brown (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 21, 2012

OAKLAND – For the second time in as many days, Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday said his ballot measure to raise taxes is about jobs, seeking just more than two weeks before Election Day to broaden its appeal.

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Calpensions: Pension debt: ticking time bomb or myth?

By Ed Mendel
Monday, October 22, 2012

A new study of the 100 largest U.S. public pension funds shows CalSTRS reports a below-average funding level and the CalPERS funding level is a wobbler — higher than average if its assets are radically “smoothed,” much lower if assets are at market value.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

So far this year, three California cities have filed for bankruptcy protection, and it’s likely they will be joined by at least a few others in the not-too-distant future.

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SFChronicle: Business outspending labor on campaigns

Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
Published 8:55 p.m., Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thanks to Proposition 32 – the measure that would bar unions from automatically deducting members’ dues for political purposes – the role of special-interest money is a front-and-center issue in the current campaign.

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Posted by Aaron Blake on October 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The presidential race appears to be getting closer just two and a half weeks before voters will cast the deciding ballots.

And more and more, political analysts are suggesting that it’s a very real possibility that nobody will win on Election Day — i.e. the Electoral College vote will wind up knotted at 269.

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InlandPolitics: Romney lead back at 7-points in Gallup tracking poll

52%                      45%

Sunday, October 21, 2012 – 02:00 p.m.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s lead over President Barack Obama as moved back to 7-points in the latest update to the Gallup 7-Day Tracking Poll of 2,700 likely voters.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012 – 01:45 p.m.

Now it’s the Investors Business Daily/TIPP Poll that has taken on the standard bearer role for the Democratic Party.

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InlandPolitics: California’s Brown foolish on tax measure

Sunday, October 20, 2012 – 07:30 a.m.

California Governor Jerry Brown is somewhat foolish in his push for voters to pass his Proposition 30.

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Six candidates running for two seats on the City Council talk about things they see as crucial

Published: 20 October 2012 – 08:12 PM

Attracting new business to Redlands, the city’s budget and keeping the community safe as more parolees are released from prison are key topics for the six City Council candidates.

To read story by Jan Sears in The Press Enterprise, click here.

State Senator Bob Dutton left. Congressman Gary Miller right.

Election 2012

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/13/2012 01:12:30 PM PDT
Updated: 10/20/2012 06:39:33 PM PDT

The competition to represent the 31st Congressional District is a race between two Republicans with lengthy careers in elected office.

State Sen. Bob Dutton is challenging Rep. Gary Miller, who is running to represent a new district created through the redistricting process, which takes place every 10 years. The newly-drawn 31st Congressional District includes Rancho Cucamonga and extends eastward to San Bernardino and Redlands.

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ELECTION 2012

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/20/2012 07:25:24 PM PDT

In a year when new elections rules make it possible for candidates of the same party to compete in the general election, the race for the 33rd Assembly District seat is actually a match-up between a Democrat and a Republican.

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October 20, 2012 2:00 PM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer

David Murphy worked as an independent contractor at the Fort Irwin military base in Barstow for 13 years before the economy slowed down and the jobs stopped coming.

Today, Murphy, who holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, is unable to repay his student loans, says he has almost completely drained his savings and has dipped into his 401K.

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California Governor Jerry Brown (AP/Reed Saxon)

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday accused opponents of his Nov. 6 ballot measure to raise taxes of illegal money laundering, saying the committee that accepted an $11 million donation from an out-of-state group is shielding the identities of its donors because it is ashamed of them.

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InlandPolitics: This and that!

Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 10:15 a.m.

Here’s some news of interest flowing across the transom this weekend.

Unemployment claims rise sharply

First-time claims for unemployment benefits climbed sharply last week.

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Rep. Gary Miller, R-Rancho Cucamonga and state Sen. Bob Dutton,R-Rancho Cucamonga are squaring off in the 31st Congressional District. 2012

Published: 19 October 2012 06:15 PM

It’s Republican vs. Republican in the race for a Democratic-leaning seat, as state Sen. Bob Dutton and U.S. Rep. Gary Miller battle to represent the San Bernardino Valley’s new 31st Congressional District.

To read story by Ben Goad in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Robert Lovingood, left, and Rick Roelle are running for the 1st supervisorial district in San Bernardino County in the Nov. 6, 2012, election. (Contributed Image)

Published: 19 October 2012 – 06:22 PM

The race for San Bernardino County supervisor in the sprawling 1st District has turned into a contest of whose resume voters trust more.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg (Jon Super/AP)

Published: 19 October 2012 – 04:23 PM

State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod’s congressional campaign could get a big boost from the Big Apple.

To read story by Ben Goad in The Press Enterprise, click here

Published: 19 October 2012 – 06:40 PM

SACRAMENTO — Democrats have regained their registration lead in Riverside County’s battleground 31st Senate District, according to new county figures.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Spencer

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2012 03:13:04 PM PDT

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Friday evicted embattled San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer from his remaining hangar and office space after Spencer let the liability insurance policies on his companies lapse.

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Quincey

By Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2012 12:29:42 PM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2012 07:33:05 PM PDT

UPLAND – The former Upland city manager faces felony corruption charges filed Friday by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

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Congressman Joe Baca left. State Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod right.

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2012 07:20:42 PM PDT
Updated: 10/19/2012 08:37:29 PM PDT

Inland Empire voters living in the new 35th Congressional District have a choice between two members of the Democratic Party – Rep. Joe Baca and state Sen. Gloria Negrete-McLeod.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
October 19, 2012 | 3:32 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown took aim Friday afternoon at the secret donors behind an $11-million contribution to a campaign fund working against his tax measure on the November ballot.

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InlandPolitics: Ramos to CSUSB, No thanks!

Ramos

Friday, October 19, 2012 – 10:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Candidate James Ramos is still ducking crowds these days.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Member and lifelong Democrat is running against Republican Third District Supervisor Neil Derry.

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Published: 18 October 2012 – 07:43 PM

SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers in competitive races Nov. 6 spent the summer sending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer-funded mailers to parts of their districts that overlap areas where they are on the ballot, a review of legislative records shows.

To read story by Jim Miller in The Press Enterprise, click here.