Archive for March 26th, 2013

InlandPolitics: Blind Husky and Seeing Eye Dog Companion Rescued

By William Cutting
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 11:45 p.m.

When you have grown up and spent your entire life in the Inland Empire you sometimes forget how big it is.  It doesn’t help that we lack our own media market and we constantly live in the shadow of moronic Los Angeles newscasters.  Every now and then I come across a story and figure it is happening in some place hundreds and thousands of miles away.

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Eight Ball

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 09:15 a.m.

Is San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos finally behind the eight ball?

Could a chain of events finally be in-play that has many local politicos, movers and shakers, and campaign contributors cringing?

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InlandPolitics: Did columist get her chain jerked?

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Did Press Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff get her chain jerked by newspapers editors over her initial column on the arrest of San Bernardino International Airport Developer Scot Spencer?

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Handcuffs

Andrew Edwards, Ryan Hagen and Joe Nelson, Staff Witers
Posted: 03/25/2013 08:59:57 AM PDT

Bios: Scot Spencer | Felice Luciano
Photo Gallery: D.A. files charges against Scot Spencer
View: Criminal complaint | Statement from 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales | 2010-11 Grand Jury report
Timeline: SBIA and Scot Spencer
Related stories: Grand Jury questions management practices at SBIA

Scot Spencer, the former airline executive and convicted felon who was nonetheless entrusted with leading the development of San Bernardino International Airport, faces five years in prison after being charged with an alleged associate with conspiring to steal more than $1 million in public funds.

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March 25, 2013; 09:25 AM

A long-running investigation into business dealings at the San Bernardino International Airport Authority resulted in criminal charges and the arrest of former airport developer Scot Spencer, District Attorney Michael Ramos announced Monday, March 25.

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

Robert Presley Detention Center

Riverside County officials want to ramp up efforts to recoup the expense of keeping convicted criminals jailed at facilities like the Robert Presley Detention Center.

March 25, 2013; 01:48 PM

Riverside County’s probation department wants to collect room and board from those convicted of misdemeanors, even though officials so far have collected less than 1 percent of what felony convicts owe for the cost of their jail stays.

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

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 25, 2013

The proportion of Californians eschewing party politics continued to gradually increase over the past two years, with nearly 21 percent of the electorate now registered to vote with no party preference, according to a report today by the California secretary of state.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013 – 6:10 am

Ostensibly, the trial that opened Monday in a federal courtroom was about whether Stockton is eligible to file for bankruptcy.

But the real issue – what one attorney called “the 800-pound gorilla in the room” – is whether public employees’ pensions, long thought to be legally untouchable, could be reduced via bankruptcy.

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By Dan Weikel
March 25, 2013, 2:47 p.m.

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer on Monday expanded his request for a legal opinion to determine if some local education officials and the financial underwriters they hire are violating state law by campaigning for school bond measures.

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LATimes: Riverside says its Dorner reward is off the table

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By Ari Bloomekatz
March 25, 2013, 9:41 p.m.

As the manhunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner heated up last month, several municipalities and organizations offered large cash rewards for information leading to his capture. Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa even announced a $1-million reward.

But now that Dorner is dead, at least one city says its offer is off the table.

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California drivers are spending $13.9 billion in repairs from diving on the state’s bad roads.

By Ronald D. White
March 25, 2013, 9:26 a.m.

The woeful condition of California’s road surfaces is costing drivers $13.9 billion a year in repairs and operating costs, according to a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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U.S. Supreme Court

By Robert Barnes
Published: March 25 | Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 7:07 AM

A four-year legal battle to extend the right of marriage to same-sex couples no matter where they live gets its moment before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in historic oral arguments difficult to imagine even a decade ago.

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