Archive for March 19th, 2013

InlandPolitics: An unintended consequence?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

One has to really wonder just how unhappy San Bernardino County officials are these days.

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March 18, 2013; 05:45 PM

If Riverside County’s public hospital were a patient, it might qualify for intensive care.

Right now, Riverside County Regional Medical Center is expected to end the fiscal year with a budget shortfall of around $10 million. The hospital’s shaky footing worries county officials already anxious about how national health care reform will be implemented in California.

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

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/18/2013 09:15:27 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city’s plan to preserve properties from its defunct Economic Development Agency may have it on the hook for $2.9 million, according to a memo from City Attorney James F. Penman.

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VVDailyPress: SB County Supervisor sees mining threat

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Superisor Robert Lovingood wants discussion on Feinstein’s desert protection bill

March 17, 2013 9:04 AM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Desert Protection Act is kicking up more dust in the High Desert as the pending bill threatens to shut down future mining prospects, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said.

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SacBee: Two former CalPERS officials indicted

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 – 8:20 am

It was the biggest scandal in CalPERS’ history, with allegations of top officials trading pension fund investments for junkets, jobs and other favors.

What made it a criminal case, prosecutors say, was a handful of phony letters.

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The Assembly moved swiftly to OK the addition of $2 million to the California secretary of state’s budget to speed up the processing of business paperwork.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2013, 5:33 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly moved swiftly to OK the addition of $2 million to the secretary of state’s budget to speed up the processing of business paperwork.

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High-Speed Train

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The latest on California politics and government
March 18, 2013

The California High-Speed Rail Authority, brushing aside questions about their legality, Monday approved two major steps toward construction of a north-south bullet train system.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 – 8:27 am

The agency charged with building the nation’s first bullet train system in California took two big steps Monday.

However, the legality of both is under fire, thanks to some very specific conditions imposed on the controversial project by the 2008 ballot measure that authorized its construction with nearly $10 billion in state bonds.

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The state’s jobless rate, unchanged in January for the second straight month, is tied with Rhode Island. But California is No. 2 in payroll job growth.

By Don Lee and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2013, 5:37 p.m.

California’s jobless rate was unchanged at 9.8% in January for the second straight month, and that lack of improvement put the Golden State in a tie with Rhode Island for the worst unemployment in the U.S.

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By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

One of the two reactors at the darkened San Onofre nuclear plant could be restarted at full power and operate safely for almost a year, Southern California Edison officials said Monday.

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Politico: Assault weapons ban loses steam

FEINSTEIN GLOBAL WARMING

Dianne Feinstein says she’s concerned, yet mindful of the speaker’s decision.

By JOHN BRESNAHAN and MANU RAJU | 3/18/13 8:10 PM EDT

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month.

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By Aaron Blake and Philip Rucker
Published: March 18, 2013

The Republican Party ended months of self-criticism Monday with a wide-ranging plan to transform itself into a modern, welcoming home for a rapidly diversifying American electorate.

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