Archive for December 30th, 2012

The PE: S.B. COUNTY: Corruption, bankruptcy cases to continue


Former San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul,Biane, left, Jim former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt during a San Bernardino Superior Court hearing in July 2011. The county corruption case will continue winding its way through court in 2013.

December 28, 2012; 03:41 PM


A San Bernardino County corruption case that prosecutors call the most far-reaching in county history will keep making its way through the courts in 2013, though it is not known when it will go to trial.

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By Steven Harmon

Posted: 12/29/2012 04:07:10 PM PST
Updated: 12/29/2012 05:43:02 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — The third rail of California politics may not be as deadly as once thought.

Three and a half decades after the passage of Proposition 13 shook the political landscape in California and sparked a taxpayer revolt across America, voters appear to be warming up to the idea of reforming the initiative as long as protections for homeowners stay intact.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
Published: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When California’s political historians look back on 2012, they might well conclude that it was one of those years that mark the end of one era and the beginning of another.

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By JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press
Updated 1:06 pm, Saturday, December 29, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown checked off most of the items from his 2012 to-do list. He persuaded a majority of voters to pass his tax initiative in November, pushed changes to the public pension system through the Legislature and put California on stronger financial footing.

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