Archive for January, 2013

Bill Postmus

Postmus

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/30/2013 08:24:55 PM PST
Updated: 01/30/2013 08:49:52 PM PST

A San Diego Superior Court judge on Wednesday tentatively dismissed a nine-year-old lawsuit by San Bernardino County against three public agencies in which the county sought to recoup a portion of a $102 million legal settlement the defendants say was corrupt.

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Mike Ramos

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/30/2013 08:39:47 AM PST
Updated: 01/30/2013 10:28:07 PM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos sent a hand-delivered letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asking that pending immigration reforms include provisions allowing immigrants’ DNA samples to be cross-checked against the FBI’s database in order to prevent criminals from obtaining U.S. citizenship.

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VVDailyPress: Donnelly unveils school marshal plan

January 30, 2013 5:28 PM
LYNNEA LOMBARDO, Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly formally introduced his California School Marshal Plan Wednesday. Assembly Bill 202 would authorize school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to use general purpose funds to provide training to qualified school employees who wish to carry concealed firearms on campus.

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SacBee: State analyst: California now $5 billion ahead

California Seal

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 30, 2013

California’s top fiscal review office said today the state is now poised to finish January $5 billion ahead for the month in the wake of state and federal tax changes.

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Bloomberg Logo

By Michael B. Marois – Jan 30, 2013 5:01 PM PT

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System was flooded last month with applications by government workers seeking to buy additional years of service that can be counted toward their pension when they retire.

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Calpensions: How much do big pensions widen funding gap?

pensions

By Ed Mendel
Thursday, January 31, 2013

As local governments scrambled to meet a Jan. 1 reform deadline for giving lower pensions to some new hires, a top target was a big increase bargained by police and firefighters during the last decade.

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InlandPolitics: Economy contracts 0.1% in Q4. Drop comes before payroll tax rise

economy

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

The U.S. economy contracted at a rate of 0.1% in the 4th quarter of 2012 according to the Commerce Department. The unexpected drop follows a positive rate 0f 3.1% in Q3.

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San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2013 07:02:26 PM PST

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Finance Director Jason Simpson has resigned, leaving the city without its top budget officer shortly after the interim city manager took another job.

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Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/29/2013 07:39:24 PM PST

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Relations between the city and its employees are strained, most of those involved in Monday’s decision to impose cuts on several unions said Tuesday, but they see no viable choice.

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State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

Andrew Edwards
Posted: 01/29/2013 05:45:08 PM PST
Updated: 01/29/2013 06:32:35 PM PST

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly plans to introduce a bill that would allow teachers or other school personnel to receive publicly-funded training to carry weapons on campus as a deterrent against future mass shootings.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Bark beetle threat is over

SBCO Seal

January 29, 2013; 06:00 PM

More than a decade after San Bernardino County declared a local emergency because of increased fire risk resulting from a bark beetle infestation in the San Bernardino Mountains, officials say the emergency is over.

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

money

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 7:32 am

Nearly a dozen state departments have allowed hundreds of employees to hold more than one job, confirming CalPERS officials’ claims that the practice is widespread, according to January state jobs data The Bee obtained.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 7:36 am

Californians have the nation’s toughest gun control laws, but also own about 40 million pistols, rifles and shotguns.

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U.S. judges give California six more months to cut inmate population
By Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh
sstanton@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 7:33 am

Three weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown declared the state’s prison overcrowding crisis over, a court of three federal judges said Tuesday that state officials can have six more months to reduce the inmate population to the previously ordered level.

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SacBee: Dry January shrinks snowpack

water-dam

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 – 6:36 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 – 8:28 am

A dry January has shrunken the snowpack across the Sierra Nevada, a vital water resource for many California farms and cities.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Agency seeks dismissal of Colonies civil case

Legal

January 29, 2013; 12:32 PM

Three agencies being sued by San Bernardino County in connection with a controversial $102 million settlement are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming they should not be held responsible for an alleged corrupt agreement.

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

San Bernardino Seal

Police, fire departments included in decision
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2013 07:09:41 PM PST

Special Section: San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Contract negotiations with seven city employee groups ended Monday as the City Council voted to accept new contracts that cut nearly $26million in pay and benefits, in some cases without agreement from those unions.

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Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2013 08:13:20 PM PST

RIALTO – Citing the need to present a united front as well as save the taxpayers money that would’ve been spent on a special election, the City Council in a 4-0 vote on Monday night appointed Lynn Hirtz to fill the vacant seat on the dais.

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Bob Dutton

Andrew Edwards
Posted: 01/28/2013 02:35:03 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2013 06:05:01 PM PST

By Andrew Edwards
Staff Writer

Former Sen. Bob Dutton will not be fined for having a Chevrolet Tahoe registered in his own name as well as a political committee he formed to pay for expenses related to his work in the Legislature.

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DailyBulletin: ONT passenger traffic continues to decline

Ontario International Airport

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2013 06:26:51 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2013 06:33:45 PM PST

ONTARIO – It was a dismal Christmas for LA/Ontario International Airport which had 7.3 percent fewer travelers using the airport in December from the same period in 2011.

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fined

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/28/2013 05:51:32 PM PST
Updated: 01/28/2013 06:14:17 PM PST

CHINO – California labor officials assessed more than $1.3 million in penalties against Quetico, a distribution center firm that California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su accused of committing wage theft.

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Hmmm

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 – 6:58 am

Three months after lawmakers enacted public pension rollbacks, a new measure has surfaced that would exempt thousands of public transportation workers from the law.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
By Jeff Gottlieb
January 28, 2013 | 6:18 pm

A joint Assembly and the state Senate committee will conduct a hearing to determine the extent that California agencies are using off-budget accounts to hold money outside the state system.

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SEIU

Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as an SEIU leader, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial in Los Angeles.

By Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2013, 10:33 p.m.

A onetime rising star in national labor circles who headed California’s biggest union local was convicted Monday on federal charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his low-income members.

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Barack Obama

The president needs to lead from behind on immigration reform.

By Matthew Cooper
Updated: January 28, 2013 | 8:37 p.m.
January 28, 2013 | 2:41 p.m.

Anyone with a kid or a boss knows that one of the most important things you can do is back off. Hovering over your kid is not the best way to get them to put on their coat, and it’s not the best way to get a raise.

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InlandPolitics: Unemployment still a problem

Jobs

Monday, January 28, 2013 – 09:45 a.m.

Is U.S. unemployment really improving?

At this point not really. Even though the headline unemployment (U-3) number is at 7.8%.

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Home-Sales-R

Monday, January 28, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

We’re hearing it everywhere.

The housing market has healed, and there’s no inventory for buyers, is the proclamation of the month.

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DailyBulletin: Upland to pull out of risk-management pool

Upland seal

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/27/2013 06:10:31 AM PST
Updated: 01/27/2013 05:42:16 PM PST

UPLAND – The City Council has given staffers approval to withdraw the city from its risk-management pool to potentially save the general fund $150,000 annually.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has reported – with no small elation – that it has recouped virtually all of the $95 billion in investment losses it sustained during the global financial crisis.

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SBCO Sheriff Badge

Sunday, January 27, 2013 – Noon

Since there’s much back and forth on the original story. Let me expand a little further.

The point being expressed is that newly-appointed Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, who’s been at the helm less than one month, has to choose his course.

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Norma Torres

Torres

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2013 06:56:50 PM PST

BLOOMINGTON – Assemblywoman Norma Torres won the California Democratic Party’s endorsement in her bid to win a vacant state Senate seat.

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Medical Marijuana

Sixteen years after Californians approved medical marijuana, the state’s highest court is poised to decide whether cities and counties can ban cannabis dispensaries.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2013, 8:15 p.m.

Sixteen years after Californians approved medical marijuana, the state’s highest court is poised to decide whether cities and counties can ban cannabis dispensaries.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown’s state won’t be what it was

Joe Garofoli
Updated 10:39 pm, Saturday, January 26, 2013

With the state budget balanced for the first time in years, Gov. Jerry Brown is roaring that “California is back,” painting a rosier future for California with gauzy predictions of its “rendezvous with destiny.”

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Barack Obama

Sending a bill with his name on it could automatically alienate Republicans who might otherwise support an overhaul.

By Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons and Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
January 26, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON — As President Obama settles on a strategy to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, he faces a quandary that speaks volumes about the bitter nature of politics in a divided capital: The very fact that a plan has Obama’s name on it might be enough to kill it.

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NationalJournal: Sarah Palin and the End of an Era

Sarah Palin

The former Alaska governor’s split from Fox News highlights the fade of the Tea Party as well as her own diminishing role.

By Jill Lawrence
Updated: January 27, 2013 | 12:48 p.m.
January 26, 2013 | 9:23 a.m.

The news that Sarah Palin will no longer be a paid contributor to Fox News puts an exclamation point on the end of an era, or at least a chapter, in U.S. political history. She could land somewhere else, and she still has her Facebook friends, but it’s hard to imagine she’ll find a more visible or influential platform than Fox.

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Bob Huff

Huff

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/25/2013 03:39:12 PM PST

Gov. Jerry Brown has been among the most iconic Democrats in one of the nation’s most Democratic states over the course of four decades, but his State of the State speech on Thursday suggested that some of his plans may actually be in line with Republican priorities.

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gavel

By DONOVAN SLACK |
1/25/13 11:14 AM EST

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday ruled that recess appointments made by President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional.

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Politico: Obama’s recess appointments bet sours

Obama’s appointments were ruled unconstitutional Friday.
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 1/25/13 10:03 PM EST

President Barack Obama made a big gamble last January when he issued four recess appointments during a three-day break between meetings of the Senate — and with the court ruling Friday broadly undercutting his ability to make such appointments, he may have lost even bigger.

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InlandPolitics: Hagman gains clear path to GOP central committee chairmanship

SBGOP

Friday, January 25, 2013 – 04:00 p.m.

State Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) has gained a path to become chairman of the San Bernardino County Republican Central Committee next week, courtesy of current Chairman Robert Rego.

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Joe Baca

Baca

Friday, January 25, 2013 – 10:10 a.m.

Here comes the rematch.

As expected, Former Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) is making plans to challenge Gloria Negrete-McLeod (D-Chino).

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SBCO Sheriff Badge

Friday, January 25, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

Another embarrassing incident for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Another Deputy alleged to have had sex with a inmate. This time at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore. The incident follows a similar event made public just a week or so before.

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city-of-riverside-seal

January 24, 2013; 09:35 PM

In a speech that started with thanks and ended with a challenge to Riverside residents to help improve their city, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey gave the 36th annual State of the City address on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino, unions at impasse in mediation

San Bernardino Seal

Staff
Posted: 01/24/2013 06:36:23 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Mediation between the city and its police and fire unions broke down after only one meeting, leading the City Council to call a special meeting for Monday.

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SBSO Sheriff

Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/24/2013 06:06:36 PM PST
Updated: 01/24/2013 07:06:17 PM PST

A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was arrested this week on accusations of having sex with a female jail inmate – making him the third jailer to be reportedly linked to such instances in the Inland Empire.

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California Governor

Gov. Jerry Brown says California has averted fiscal collapse. He calls for investing in water and rail programs, but warns: ‘Fiscal discipline is not the enemy of our good intentions but the basis for realizing them.’

By Anthony York and Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013, 5:40 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Seeking to reclaim the state’s identity as an innovator and engine of growth, Gov. Jerry Brown declared in a sweeping State of the State address that “California did the impossible” in emerging from financial crisis poised to lead again.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Gov. Jerry Brown uttered more than 3,000 words in just under 25 minutes Thursday, telling the Legislature – and 38 million other Californians – that the state is in good shape, getting better every day and can look forward to a bright future.

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Karl Rove

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 24, 2013

The California Republican Party is turning to GOP strategist Karl Rove, the “architect” of former President George W. Bush’s political campaigns, as it works to rebuild its own brand in the Golden State.

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SBCO Seal

The plan to use eminent domain to seize troubled mortgages and write down debt for homeowners failed to garner public support.

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013, 4:53 p.m.

San Bernardino County and two of its cities abandoned a plan that would use eminent domain to seize troubled mortgages and write down debt for homeowners.

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SBCO Seal

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2013 07:01:29 PM PST

A joint powers authority including San Bernardino County and the cities of Ontario and Fontana will meet Thursday to consider proposals to fix the county’s foreclosure crisis.

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Rialto-Seal

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2013 05:15:02 PM PST

RIALTO – A vacant seat remains on the City Council after the four members couldn’t agree on whom to appoint Tuesday night.

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Fontana USD

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/23/2013 11:27:30 AM PST
Updated: 01/23/2013 07:18:31 PM PST

FONTANA – Fontana Unified School District police have bought 14 military-style rifles to protect students and faculty in the event of a shooter on campus.

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By Steven Harmon
Bay Area News Group
Posted: 01/23/2013 02:36:42 PM PST
Updated: 01/23/2013 02:57:31 PM PST

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown will take center stage Thursday morning when he gives his State of the State address. But he’ll have to keep his eye on restless Democratic lawmakers — fresh off winning two-thirds majorities in both chambers of the Legislature — who consider themselves equal partners in a brand new era of political dominance.

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PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State
January 23, 2013 | 8:00 am

A bipartisan group of California lawmakers concerned by the past rushing of legislation has proposed asking voters to require all bills to be in print and online for 72 hours before final passage.

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LATimes: California foreclosures drop sharply

By Alejandro Lazo
January 23, 2013, 9:50 a.m.

California witnessed a steep fourth-quarter decline in the number of homes pushed into the repossession process, indicating California’s foreclosure mess will continue to fade in 2013.

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InlandPolitics: Mickelson and California Taxes

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 – 11:45 a.m.
Last modified: January 23, 2013 – 05:30 p.m.

Professional Golfer Phil Mickelson ignited an uproar, when he suggested he may move out of California because of high taxes plaguing the Golden State.

An action that is his right.

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city-of-riverside-seal

January 22, 2013; 05:14 PM

A second decision that Riverside Councilman Chris Mac Arthur did not violate the city’s ethics code in handling alleged misconduct by his aide has ended the matter.

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

ivda

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2013 06:49:09 PM PST

San Bernardino International Airport officials are negotiating with two companies to extend their lease agreements and also preparing to launch a marketing campaign in hopes of attracting a tenant for a hangar previously occupied by a corporate jet refueling facility.

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Ontario

Liset Márquez, Staff writer
Posted: 01/22/2013 10:58:57 PM PST
Updated: 01/22/2013 10:59:58 PM PST

ONTARIO – The Ontario Planning Commission Tuesday night recommended a substantial plan, which will change land use designation, go to the city council for approval.

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Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2013 06:33:54 PM PST
Updated: 01/22/2013 07:48:14 PM PST

ONTARIO – A major donor to the Democratic Party is supporting the city’s Republican mayor in his campaign to fill a vacancy in the state Senate.

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SacBee: California sees a revenue bump after tax changes

By Kevin Yamamura
kyamamura@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 – 7:53 am

After years of budget agony, California is seeing something strange this month: a heap of excess cash.

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AP: Unions suffer sharp decline in membership

Jan 23, 12:17 PM EST

By SAM HANANEL
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, led by losses in the public sector as cash-strapped state and local governments laid off workers and – in some cases – limited collective bargaining rights.

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SFChronicle: Jerry Brown reigns in political arena

Carla Marinucci
Updated 11:03 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In an age of caustic partisan division, Gov. Jerry Brown sits in the political catbird seat as he prepares to lay out the agenda for the rest of his term in a State of the State address to Californians on Thursday in Sacramento.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

When members of the California Legislature pass legislation, they are, in effect, writing rules they expect everyone to obey.

It’s particularly strange, therefore, that legislators skirt, or even ignore, the rules they are supposed to follow.

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The PE: SENATE: Redistricting leaves some without a state senator

california_state_senate

Lawmakers have been assigned to areas that, due to a redistricting quirk, lack a senator for 2013-14

January 18, 2013; 09:58 AM

SACRAMENTO – State Sen. Richard Roth’s Riverside County constituency grew by more than 139,000 people last week, and his 31st Senate District now figuratively includes Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and the Woodcrest community.

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

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Bloomberg News
January 21, 2013, 6:53 p.m.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is poised to top a record $260 billion in assets, the market value it held before the global financial crisis wiped out more than a third of its wealth.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 – 8:03 am

During Jerry Brown’s first governorship three-plus decades ago, no political issue burned more hotly than transportation, particularly a marked slowdown in highway construction.

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UTSanDiego: More pension reform not on tap yet

By Christopher Cadelago
Jan. 21, 2013 – 12:44 p.m.

When Gov. Jerry Brown last year signed legislation to trim public pension costs, he signaled that he would build on the momentum.

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National Journal: Is Obama Trying to Destroy the GOP?

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By Jill Lawrence
Updated: January 22, 2013 | 6:30 a.m.
January 21, 2013 | 2:34 p.m.

At least 10 times during his second inaugural address, President Obama made unmistakable allusions to Republican ideas that he rejects and wants the country to reject – even as he wrapped the critiques in a call for togetherness.

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InlandPolitics: Brulte right for GOP

Jim Brulte

Jim Brulte

Monday, January 21, 2013 – 10:45 a.m.

The California Republican Party is in shambles.

Let’s face it. It’s true!

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The Sun: San Bernardino police, fire unions enter mediation

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/20/2013 05:32:15 PM PST

The unions representing San Bernardino’s police and firefighters have agreed to nonbinding mediation with the city as part of its bankruptcy process, after months of stalled contract negotiations.

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Staff Reports
Posted: 01/20/2013 03:47:15 PM PST
Updated: 01/20/2013 06:23:26 PM PST

The Inland Empire’s legislative delegation is well-represented in committee assignments announced earlier this month. Several local members have been chosen for leadership positions on key panels.

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DailyBulletin: Upland hiring finance manager

Upland seal

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/20/2013 06:06:03 AM PST
Updated: 01/20/2013 05:47:34 PM PST

UPLAND – The city is on its way to hiring a finance manager to help keep track of city finances.

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money

By DON THOMPSON and JUDY LIN – Associated Press
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 | 12:33 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers adjourned Friday for the long holiday weekend, but they will keep getting daily expense payments even while they’re not in Sacramento.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California is overdue for tax reform

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Mention “tax reform” to a liberal Democrat, and the talk immediately turns to raising more revenues. Mention it to a conservative Republican, and he or she sees it as a way to cut taxes.

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By Rosalind S. Helderman,
Published: January 20

As President Obama begins his second term, he faces a difficult, if familiar, conundrum: Much of the ambitious agenda he has laid out for the next four years requires action from a sometimes hostile Congress.

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DailyBulletin: Cost-cutting measures save Ontario airport carriers $7 million

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/19/2013 01:20:06 PM PST
Updated: 01/19/2013 10:56:49 PM PST

ONTARIO – Cost-cutting measures in the 2011-2012 fiscal year resulted in $7million savings for carriers at L.A./Ontario International Airport, officials said.

The news comes as officials welcomed the airport’s first new air service in 18 months – a nonstop daily flight to Reno – last week.

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By Steven Harmon
San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 01/20/2013 06:57:46 AM PST
Updated: 01/20/2013 06:57:57 AM PST

SACRAMENTO — As he prepares to deliver the third State of the State speech of his third term on Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown will be peering down from a lofty political perch that he may never ascend to again.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 – 8:14 am

Sacramento’s city manager, John Shirey, delivered a sobering report to his City Council the other day, telling members that the capital city is nearly $2 billion in debt and that handling it will be an ongoing challenge.

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The Sun: Jobless rate unchanged in California, state loses 17,500 jobs

unemployment

By Kevin Smith and Greg Wilcox, Staff Writers
Posted: 01/18/2013 05:37:15 PM PST

Unemployment rates held steady in California and Los Angeles County last month but the Inland Empire saw a decline, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

California’s jobless rate remained stuck at 9.8 percent in December – level with the previous month’s reading but well below the year-ago rate of 11.2 percent.

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San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/18/2013 07:17:56 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – A new city manager will be in place one month from now when Acting City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller leaves, Mayor Pat Morris pledged Friday.

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Campaigns

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/18/2013 07:11:43 PM PST
Updated: 01/18/2013 09:58:42 PM PST

A half-dozen established Inland Empire politicos will look to represent the largely blue-collar 32nd state Senate District.

The field of four Democrats and two Republicans – all currently holding political offices locally with some having been elected to multiple posts – are seeking to win the seat previously held by Gloria Negrete-McLeod, who was elected to Congress in November.

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By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

The California Legislature acted unconstitutionally when it approved a bill moving Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise taxes to the top of the November ballot, an appeals court ruled Friday.

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UTSanDiego: Remaking the Republican Party

brulte

Brulte

Experienced hand seen as key to revitalizing a wounded GOP
By Mark Walker6:34 p.m.Jan. 18, 2013Updated6:23 p.m.

Jim Brulte likens the California GOP to the San Diego Chargers.

“Like the Republican Party, they didn’t have a very good year,” says Brulte, a Charger season ticket holder and the man in line to become GOP state chairman in March.

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SFChronicle: Marijuana-dispensary court ruling stands

judges-gavel

Bob Egelko
Updated 8:57 pm, Friday, January 18, 2013

The state Supreme Court has denied prosecutors’ request to review a ruling to allow large nonprofit dispensaries to sell medical marijuana, a case that could affect the federal government’s attempt to shut down the giant Harborside dispensary in Oakland.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 18, 2013

Manufacturing is staging a big comeback in the United States, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, but a new state employment report indicates that manufacturing is continuing its years-long slide in California.

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