Archive for November 28th, 2012

SacBee: Campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee gets eight years in fraud case

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The latest on California politics and government
By Torey Van Oot
November 28, 2012

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller today ordered Kinde Durkee to serve eight years in prison for what has been called California’s biggest case of campaign treasurer fraud.

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InlandPolitics: San Bernardino on verge of collapse?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.

Is San Bernardino, California on the verge of financial collapse?

It sure looks that way!

The city appears to be unable to pay its bills without affecting its ability to make current payroll. City Attorney James Penman said as much in a story published in the Wednesday edition of The Sun newspaper.

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InlandPolitics: Radio tower approval appropriate

Wednesday, October 28, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

The years long saga over the installation of a Spanish-language radio tower in an unincorporated area adjacent to the city of Yucaipa is finally over.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/27/2012 06:35:00 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – The deferred payments to CalPERS and others that make up more than half of the savings in the pendency plan the City Council passed Monday will be paid over a number of years without further cuts being required, officials said Tuesday.

At least that’s the plan.

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/27/2012 07:24:41 PM PST

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized County Counsel to sue the city of San Bernardino for $1.5 million in unpaid landfill service fees.

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Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved a pay-for-performance plan for 601 employees. The plan gives raises for above-average work and pay cuts for poor performance.

November 27, 2012 – 04:35 PM

Roughly 600 Riverside County employees could get annual raises for stellar work – or pay cuts for poor work — as part of a pay-for-performance plan approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: RIVERSIDE: City projects, loans back in limbo

November 27, 2012 – 05:47 PM

Nearly a year after Riverside’s redevelopment agency was dissolved, and after several months of hearing no objection from state officials, city leaders are again finding millions of dollars in planned projects and previous loans up in the air.

To read story by Alicia Robinson in The Press Enterprise, click here.

The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Radio tower approved

November 27, 2012; 05:50 PM

Capping a long-running battle between open-space advocates and a local broadcaster, San Bernardino County supervisors voted Tuesday, Nov. 27, to allow a radio tower to be built near Wildwood Canyon Park in Oak Glen.

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

November 27, 2012; 05:53 PM

SACRAMENTO – An expensive Republican effort to sign up voters in western Riverside County got little bang for its buck, with GOP candidates’ share of the vote trailing party registration in dozens of precincts across the region, final results show.

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

DailyBulletin: Voter turnout fell in Inland Empire, state

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/28/2012 01:03:57 AM PST
Updated: 11/28/2012 01:18:37 AM PST

Elections officials have nearly completed their tallies of the votes cast in the General Election, and the numbers show a notable drop-off in voter turnout from the previous presidential election.

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By Torey Van Oot
tvanoot@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 4A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 – 7:54 am

A new court filing suggests that bad business practices and an inability to confront underperforming employees and nonpaying clients sparked the most extensive campaign treasurer fraud in the history of California.

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California’s largest for-profit health insurer proposes an average rate hike of 18%, but some Anthem customers may see increase of as much as 25% in February.

By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
November 28, 2012

California’s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums.

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