Archive for April, 2013

The PE: MORENO VALLEY: FBI, IRS serving search warrants

FBI

April 30, 2013; 08:32 AM

Federal and local agents served search warrants throughout in Moreno Valley on Tuesday morning, April 30, raiding the homes of the city’s mayor, all five City Council members, a businessman with close political connections and the corporate offices of development company Highland Fairview.

To read story by Lora Hines, Jeff Horseman, Richard K. De Atley and John Asbury in The Press Enterpise, click here.

LA County Seal

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2013 11:10:55 AM PDT
Updated: 04/29/2013 07:05:51 PM PDT

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Special Section: Ontario airport Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are recommending that the agency that oversees LA/Ontario International Airport return it to local control.

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VVDailyPress: SEC accuses Victorville officials of fraud

SCLA

April 29, 2013 8:40 PM
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Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday filed a fraud complaint against the city of Victorville, a securities underwriting firm and others involved in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 29, 2013

A bipartisan handful of legislators is trying to stop the Sacramento tradition known as the “gut-and-amend” bill — the last-minute, late-night law-making that has become the summertime norm in the Capitol.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 – 7:57 am

Senate Bills 491, 492 and 493 won approval of a Senate committee Monday and we should all be afraid – very afraid – because once again, state legislators are voting on “scope of practice.”

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U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court upholds Virginia laws that deny public records to residents of other states. The trend has been for states to open their records on an equal basis.

By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — Americans do not have a right to obtain public records from states other than their own, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, dealing a setback to businesses and researchers who gather data across the nation.

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InlandPolitics: A shoe finally drops in Victorville, SEC files fraud suit

U.S. SEC

Monday, April 29, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

A shoe has finally dropped in the ongoing financial escapades of Victorville, California.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), announced in a press release Monday, that it has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against the city of Victorville and investment banking firm Kinsell, Newcomb and DeDios (KND).

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InlandPolitics: Did anyone expect a different outcome?

Lakers

Monday, April 29, 2013 – 08:30 a.m.

The Los Angeles Lakers were blown out of the NBA playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget contains no provision for a reserve. Without a financial cushion, some say, California may be more vulnerable to drops in revenue.

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
April 28, 2013, 4:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Arnold Schwarzenegger persuaded voters nine years ago that if they let him borrow money to cover the budget deficit, California’s financial woes would end for good. A key part of his plan was a new rainy-day fund to insulate the state from further crisis.

“It will be a whole new ball game,” Schwarzenegger said. “Trust me.”

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California Assembly Seal

AB 10, which would give California its first minimum wage increase since 2008, was approved by the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on a party-line vote.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
April 29, 2013

SACRAMENTO — California’s $8-an-hour minimum wage needs to go up, says Watsonville Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo. And he may be getting the votes he needs to make it happen.

But don’t count on it; Alejo has tried this before.

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health-care-reform

By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 29, 2013

With pensions presumably shored up by Gov. Brown’s reform and a CalPERS rate hike, will the problem-solving trend spread to what is, by some measures, an even bigger retirement debt: health care promised state workers?

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Politico: Democrats ask: What debt crisis?

Politico

By BEN WHITE and TARINI PARTI | 4/28/13 2:29 PM EDT

Call them the debt crisis dissenters.

The two parties are miles apart on how to cut the deficit and national debt: Republicans want to slash spending even more. Democrats want to raise revenue.

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The Sun: Still no trial date for ‘voluminous’ charter school case

Scales of Justice

California Charter Academy
By Beau Yarbrough
Posted: 04/26/2013 04:57:27 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — The two men who allegedly misappropriated $5.5 million in taxpayer funds meant for California charter schools may be inching toward a trial date, five and a half years after they were indicted.

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The Sun: OpEd: James F. Penman

Jim Penman

San Bernardino City Attorney James F. Penman

Point of View
San Bernardino is making progress against bankruptcy
Posted: 04/28/2013 08:00:12 AM PDT

For the past seven years, the City Attorney’s Office, along with the council members from the Seventh and Fifth wards, have been the most vocal critics and opponents of the direction in which San Bernardino was moving. On Aug. 23, 2010, our office predicted the city would go bankrupt if the pending budget was adopted. Those same two council members agreed.

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Ontario

San Bernardino Seal

Route 66 Rendezvous loss another fiscal crisis black eye
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2013 06:22:32 PM PDT

The announcement that San Bernardino’s signature Route 66 Rendezvous – or at least the essentials that made it a local mainstay – was leaving for Ontario struck many San Bernardino residents as sad but almost inevitable.

It’s not that Ontario didn’t have the resources to do a good job, many said. Far from it.

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Acquanetta Warren

Warren

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2013 05:20:37 PM PDT
Updated: 04/27/2013 06:24:37 PM PDT

FONTANA — A recall campaign for two school board members is heating up even though the election is more than two months away.

Mayor Acquanetta Warren has been busy posting on her Facebook page – and others – posters made by proponents of recalling Fontana Unified school board members Leticia Garcia and Sophia Green. The election is July 16.

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Campaigns

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/27/2013 06:58:39 PM PDT
Updated: 04/27/2013 10:48:21 PM PDT

A chance to pick up a vacant state Senate seat and demonstrate the California Republican Party and their allies are serious about backing Latino candidates may seem like a golden opportunity for the state’s GOP, but the party seems to be setting its sights elsewhere than the 32nd state Senate District.

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VVDailyPress: VVC to receive award in Sacramento

Victor Valley College

April 26, 2013 7:19 PM
Jose Quintero, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The California Community Colleges Board of Governors announced that Victor Valley College was among the winners of the Energy and Sustainability Awards.

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Hmmm

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 – 10:56 am

At first glance, the role interest groups play in crafting laws in California seems easy to spot.

Unlike in many states, legislative analyses list “sponsors” for many bills, indicating that a lobbyist suggested – perhaps even wrote – and martialed forces for the measure.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 – 7:25 am

David Crane, a businessman who advised former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on financial matters – particularly long-term public pension deficits – recently wrote an I-told-you-so piece for the Bloomberg news service about the State Teachers Retirement System.

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Photo: IRS Form 1040

By Lori Montgomery
April 27, 2013

With another fight over the national debt brewing this summer, congressional Republicans are de-emphasizing their demand for politically painful cuts to retirement programs and focusing on a more popular prize: a thorough rewrite of the U.S. tax code.

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question-mark

By Mark Gutglueck
sbcsentinel@yahoo.com
Republished from Friday, April 19, 2013

(April 19) The California Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney have overstepped their prosecutorial authority and are engaging in “an impermissible charging scheme” in the pursuit of a bribery and conspiracy case against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former public officials, according to a defense brief filed with the Supreme Court on April 15.

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AP: Calif. bill would let non-citizens serve on juries

jury_box

Apr 25, 8:09 PM EDT
By JUDY LIN
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.

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The PE: RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Public employee pensions well-funded, report says

Riverside-County-Seal

April 26, 2013; 05:35 PM

Riverside County’s public employee pension costs are expected to rise more than $20 million next fiscal year, but the long-term pension fund outlook is positive, a new report states.

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

Campaigns

Greg Cappis, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/26/2013 09:05:14 PM PDT
Updated: 04/26/2013 09:54:17 PM PDT

Last year, voters in the 31st Congressional District chose between two Republicans in the general election.

Next year, their choice could be between two Democrats.

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California Assembly Seal

Senate next takes up the proposal, which would apply to legal residents. One of the bill’s authors says it would expand jury pool and help immigrants integrate.

By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2013, 10:30 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — California would allow noncitizens to serve on juries under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers, potentially expanding a fundamental obligation of American life to millions more people.

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calpers

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 – 6:21 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 26, 2013 – 11:45 pm

CalPERS is back – sort of.

Slowly, sometimes painfully, America’s largest public pension fund has erased the nearly $97 billion worth of investment losses it suffered in the market crash. Its portfolio swelled to a record $261.7 billion Friday, surpassing the pre-crash high in 2007.

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WashPost: Big banks cutting billions from reserve funds

Bank of America

Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES – Cutting reserves is not nefarious, bankers say. If a bank has fewer bad loans, it makes sense to have less money set aside to cover them.

By Danielle Douglas
Published: April 26, 2013

Megabanks made a bundle this earnings season, with the top five firms alone pulling in $19.5 billion in profits. But a closer look at the books shows they have been moving money out of rainy-day funds to boost earnings.

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WashPost: The Democrats have lost on sequestration

airplane-sequester

Posted by Ezra Klein
April 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

The Democrats have lost on sequestration.

That’s the simple reality of Friday’s vote to ease the pain for the Federal Aviation Administration. By assenting to it, Democrats have agreed to sequestration for the foreseeable future.

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Health Insurance Rates

Cantor’s approach blew up this week. Conservatives who want repeal might have the upper hand — over Democrats, too.

By Michael Catalini
Updated: April 26, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.
April 26, 2013 | 11:27 a.m.

The influential conservative website Red State does not score key-vote legislation.

But Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Helping Sick Americans Now Act nearly changed that. The bill would have insured thousands of Americans with pre-existing conditions who would be dropped because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act, Cantor argued. The bill was supposed to be a savvy way to make the GOP seem softer and score political points by tweaking Obamacare.

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The Sun: San Bernardino International Airport Authority planning marketing study

SBIA

San Bernardino International Airport officials seek a study to market the airport property to non-commercial-aviation businesses at the airport. (LaFonzo Carter/ Staff Photographer)

By Joe Nelson
joe.nelson@ inlandnewspapers.com @SBCountyNow on Twitter
Posted: 04/25/2013 07:28:25 PM PDT

The San Bernardino International Airport Authority has authorized a request for qualifications from companies interested in providing marketing services to the airport.

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Riverside-County-Seal

Posted on | April 25, 2013

Maybe it’s not must-see TV. But at least some TV broadcasts of Riverside County Board of Supervisors’ meetings have been cut short.

To read post by Jeff Horseman on The Press Enterprise Watchdog Blog, click here.

Medical Marijuana

April 25, 2013; 07:30 PM

SACRAMENTO — Legislation to impose statewide regulation on the storefront sale of medical marijuana advanced this week, but it’s unclear how it would affect local ordinances in Inland Southern California and elsewhere that seek to ban the dispensaries.

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

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

Secretary of State Debra Bowen has rebuffed a request from advocacy and news organizations to allow direct, daily Internet access to her office’s campaign finance database, citing legal hurdles that would make it prohibitively expensive.

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Scales of Justice

Justices rule that Los Angeles County prosecutors failed to produce key evidence showing defendants in a favorable light during grand jury hearings.

By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013, 8:28 p.m.

Los Angeles County prosecutors failed to present grand jurors with evidence favorable to Irwindale officials before seeking an indictment in connection with lavish business trips that city officials took to New York, a panel of state appellate justices said Thursday.

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U.S. Senate

Adam Clark Estes
Apr 25, 2013

In a marathon session before a weeklong recess, Senators finally found a way to agree on something Thursday night, when they passed a bill to end flight controller furloughs.

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George W. Bush library
President Obama is joined by, from left, former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press / April 25, 2013)

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013, 6:22 p.m.

DALLAS — The five men who have held the title of president gathered to celebrate the dedication of George W. Bush’s presidential library at Southern Methodist University on Thursday, a rare reunion that focused on praising his achievements and made only passing reference to the controversies that divided the country during his administration.

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By Jim Puzzanghera
April 25, 2013, 4:25 p.m.

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday failed to pass bipartisan legislation that would allow states to collect sales taxes from larger Internet retailers, but the bill cleared a key procedural hurdle and is on track for approval after lawmakers return from a recess.

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United-States-Treasury-Check

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Published: April 25, 2013

The next battle over the federal debt limit appears to be further away than many expect — and perhaps not until well into autumn.

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DailyBulletin: Democrats fight each other in congressional race

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Aguilar, Baca make accusations each other
By Greg Cappis
gregory.cappis@ inlandnewspapers.com @TheFactsGreg on Twitter
Posted: 04/24/2013 06:00:25 PM PDT
Updated: 04/24/2013 06:00:37 PM PDT

Two high-profile Democrats vying for the 31st Congressional District seat in 2014 – Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and former Rep. Joe Baca – are concentrating on each other, not the man they want to challenge.

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By Ryan Hagen
ryan.hagen@ inlandnewspapers.com @sbcitynow on Twitter
Posted: 04/24/2013 06:55:45 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — A second outsider to City Hall announced his candidacy for mayor on Wednesday, one with two mayoral campaigns already under his belt.

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By Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 – 5:16 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 – 3:45 am

WASHINGTON — As part of a new push to broaden the way economic growth is measured, government statisticians will soon begin using a new accounting method that’s likely to spotlight the problem of underfunded pension funds, particularly those managed by state and local governments across the nation.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown urges budget restraint despite strong revenue

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 23, 2013

Despite relatively robust income tax returns and a projection that the state will finish April billions of dollars ahead of estimates, Gov. Jerry Brown today dismissed a reporter’s suggestion he must be “pretty happy,” suggesting any overage may be tied up by Proposition 98, California’s school-funding guarantee.

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Ontario International Airport

An Alaska Airlines jet takes off from Ontario International Airport near the Ontario Convention Center. (File photo)

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/23/2013 09:32:22 AM PDT
Updated: 04/23/2013 07:52:33 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES — With Ontario threatening to sue for control of LA/Ontario International Airport, Los Angeles council members were warned by the city’s top administrator on Tuesday that it could be in for a long legal battle before a resolution is reached.

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InlandPolitics: Area ‘economist’ back at it again

Pom-Poms

Sunday, April 23, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.

A local Inland Empire ‘economist’ is back at again this week.

It must be time to drum up some business for the area’s paid cheerleader John Husing.

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Riverside-County-Seal

April 22, 2013; 03:43 PM

Riverside County is taking the state of California to court over roughly $40 million in funds the county believes it needs to pay off debts of its now-defunct redevelopment agency.

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

The Sun: San Bernardino passes ‘survival budget’

San Bernardino Seal

Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/22/2013 08:56:31 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — The city passed a “survival budget” Monday evening that continues to defer millions of dollars it owes, with frequent and substantial changes expected later.

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SBCO Seal

Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/22/2013 11:24:13 AM PDT

Property values in parts of San Bernardino County are on the rise, a sign that the regional economy could be on the mend, county officials said Monday.

But it comes with a catch: higher taxes.

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Upland seal

Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/22/2013 10:09:35 PM PDT
Updated: 04/22/2013 10:09:47 PM PDT

UPLAND – The City Council, after several months of discussion, agreed Monday night to revise the city’s campaign contributions limit ordinance.

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Yahoo News (AP): Flight delays pile up amid FAA budget cuts

Ontario International Airport

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Associated Press – 10 hrs ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Flight delays piled up across the country Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers began taking unpaid days off because of federal budget cuts, providing the most visible impact yet of Congress and the White House’s failure to agree on a long-term deficit-reduction plan.

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The Atlantic: Are Student Loans Destroying the Economy?

Money

No. But by trading cars for college (and homes for homework), some young people are investing in themselves rather than in the economy’s biggest-ticket items

Derek Thompson
Apr 22 2013, 9:17 AM ET

Recoveries are powered by two things. Houses and cars. And young people aren’t buying either.

That’s the conclusion from a new study out of the New York Fed, via Brad Plumer, that can be easily read as blaming student debt for holding back the recovery by squashing home and auto sales.

The share of 30-year-olds with student debt who have taken out a mortgage has collapsed since the recession struck (ditto those without student debt).

And the share of 25-year-olds with student debt who also have an auto loan has fallen since the crash, as well (ditto again those without student debt).

This study seems to feed into a familiarly scary story about student debt as a dangerous bubble that is piling unprecedented levels of debt on young people, and is wrecking the economy by preventing them from starting their lives.

There’s two problems with that story. First, as Jordan Weissmann and I wrote for The Atlantic, there are so many reasons that cars and houses are falling out of favor with young people beyond student loans (and even beyond the miserable economy) that it’s impossible to pick a single culprit. For example, companies like Ford are vocally worried that smartphones are replacing cars as symbols of grown-up sociability, and young people are bunching in urban and urban-lite areas with many apartments and good public transit.

Second, it’s a myth that college graduates have more debt than they used to. In fact, they have less. Total debt for 20-somethings has fallen since its peak in 2008, as it has for every age group in this period of deleveraging. Families that feasted on credit in the last decade have spent the last few years paying back what they owe and cutting back their excessive spending. Young people, with and without student loans, have done the very same.

To read entire story, click here.

Roll Call: GOP Pins Airport Delays on Obama

By Nathan Hurst
Roll Call Staff
April 22, 2013, 3:44 p.m.

“Why is President Obama unnecessarily delaying your flight?” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tweeted as part of GOP lawmakers’ social media offensive. “FAA can reprioritize.”

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Gary Miller

Among those not on the list is Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), whom the Cook Political Report rates as the most vulnerable Republican in the country.

Posted by Aaron Blake on April 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

House Republicans on Monday will name 11 members to a program designed to protect their most vulnerable incumbents, Post Politics has confirmed.

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InlandPolitics: Harris Poll Looking for Males 18-39

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By William Cutting
Monday, April 22, 10:30 p.m.

You all are undoubtedly familiar with the Harris Poll/Harris Interactive polling company.  They have been around for over 50 years I believe and conduct numerous well known polls.  From presidential elections and other assorted public policy issues to the weekly college football poll every fall, they do it all.

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UCR
UCR’s med school funding, others, must compete with plans to expand treatment duties for non-physicians

April 19, 2013; 05:51Com PM

SACRAMENTO — Supporters of spending $15 million in state money on a medical school at UC Riverside point to a critical need for primary-care doctors as the federal Affordable Care Act kicks in next year.

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

Legal

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press
Updated 10:12 am, Saturday, April 20, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A second round of bureaucratic bickering has begun over the dismantling of California’s community redevelopment agencies.

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Calpensions: How much can pensions squeeze other programs?

pensions

By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 22, 2013

The question of whether pensions are “sustainable” may get an answer as a CalPERS board action last week ratchets up annual state and local pension costs during the next seven years.

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By Michael A. Fletcher
Published: April 21, 2013

MIAMI — Big investors are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into real estate hard hit by the housing crash, bringing those moribund markets back to life but raising the prospect of another Wall Street-fueled bubble that won’t be sustainable.

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By KENNETH P. VOGEL and MAGGIE HABERMAN | 4/22/13 5:04 AM EDT

The GOP didn’t have an answer for Big Democratic Data in 2012, costing them in close races from Congress to the White House.

Now, they’ve got lots of answers — possibly too many — and a feisty rivalry is brewing between tea party upstarts, nonpartisan data geeks, operatives linked to the Koch brothers and insiders like Karl Rove.

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InlandPolitics: An American fraud – Foreclosure review fleeces borrowers

Treasury

Sunday, April 21, 2013 – 01:00 pm.

The situation surrounding the now highly-publicized Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) heated to a boiling point this past week, when affected homeowners started receiving checks meant to help offset improper and illegal foreclosure practices leveled at them by banks.

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Magnifying Glass

By Jon Ortiz
jortiz@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 – 7:19 am

Despite the Brown administration’s edict last year to sweep out nearly all retirees from the state workforce, more than two dozen departments still use them to fill some of the highest-paying positions in government, according to state data reviewed by The Bee.

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METRO

Daniel Borenstein

By Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 04/19/2013 09:00:00 AM PDT
Updated: 04/21/2013 05:10:33 AM PDT

City officials try to have it both ways.

They blame their pension woes on the mighty California Public Employees’ Retirement System. But when CalPERS tries to do the right thing, as we just saw, cities drag their feet like petulant children.

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By AMY CHOZICK
Published: April 20, 2013 325 Comments

Three years ago, Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and supporters of libertarian causes, held a seminar of like-minded, wealthy political donors at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo. They laid out a three-pronged, 10-year strategy to shift the country toward a smaller government with less regulation and taxes.

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By Lew Sichelman
April 19, 2013

The lending landscape shifted measurably this month when the standard-bearer for first-time buyers and low-to-moderate income borrowers became more expensive than its private business counterpart.

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InlandPolitics: Former Riverside County Sheriff Larry Smith dies

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Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.

Retired Riverside County Sheriff Larry Smith passed away Friday.

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SBCO Seal

April 19, 2013; 05:04 PM

San Bernardino County is proposing to award a multimillion-dollar contract to operate its landfills to a company that has drawn criticism from an environmental group over its safety record.

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

California Supreme Court

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/19/2013 11:31:16 PM PDT

A defense attorney, in a motion filed with the state Supreme Court, alleges that state and San Bernardino County prosecutors are asking the high court to overturn a century of established case law and reinstate bribery charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

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VVDailyPress: Victorville hires lawyer for SEC probe

Victorville

April 19, 2013 10:15 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The city is now being represented by international law firm Arent Fox in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, city attorney Andre de Bortnowsky confirmed Friday.

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VVDailyPress: Husing among reform supporters

Economist: Americans won’t do some jobs
April 19, 2013 11:33 PM
Jose Quintero, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Research economist John Husing called for immigration reform at a conference Friday, saying Americans simply won’t do some jobs that undocumented citizens would.

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LATimes: Good tax news brings more questions

PolitiCal
On politics in the Golden State

By Chris Megerian
April 19, 2013, 7:00 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — By now it’s a safe bet that California tax revenue will surpass expectations during the current fiscal year. But the question of what that means for the state’s bottom line is far from settled.

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California Assembly Seal

The program would confiscate firearms because of criminal convictions or serious mental illness. Lawmakers reject bill to let school districts arm teachers.

By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly approved $24 million Thursday to speed up the confiscation of guns from Californians who are not allowed to own them because of criminal convictions or serious mental illness.

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CCPOA

The State Worker
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers
By Jon Ortiz
April 19, 2013

After fighting and twice losing in court, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association is poised to pay off a $5 million federal defamation judgment.

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Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris

By Carla Marinucci
April 18, 2013 – 10:41 a.m.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has made lots of headlines in the last month for getting “best-looking” praise from POTUS, but today, Time Magazine is giving her a real honor. Harris has been named to the Time 100, the list of the most influential people on the planet.

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question-mark

By Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, Los Angeles Time
April 19, 2013, 8:50 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — As Gov. Jerry Brown returned this week from his trade mission to China, his decision to have his travel and that of 10 staffers paid for by special interests was raising eyebrows.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Jerry Brown’s big issues have stalled

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

Jerry Brown spent the first two years of his second governorship dealing with a chronic budget crisis and finally persuaded voters to raise sales and income taxes to narrow the budget gap.

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By Kevin Smith Staff Writer
kevin.smith@sgvn.com @SGVNBiz on Twitter
Posted: 04/19/2013 06:24:28 PM PDT
Updated: 04/19/2013 06:39:18 PM PDT

Unemployment rates fell throughout Southern California in March but job creation slowed from the previous month, state officials reported Friday.

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InlandPolitics: Debt Collectors Masquerade as Local DAs with Their Blessing

By William Cutting
Friday, April 19, 2013 – 07:30 p.m.

I stumbled upon this story over at MousePrint.org and thought our readers over here at Inland Politics might have an interest in it.

According to this blog posting, District Attorney offices across the nation are allowing debt collectors to use District Attorney stationary to go after bad check writers.  Presumably, the DA’s office receives a cut of some kind, be it a slice of the collected funds or perhaps a licensing fee to use the stationary.

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Joe Baca

Former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Fontana

April 18, 2013; 06:14 PM

Former Rep. Joe Baca said he is the only Democrat who can defeat Rep. Gary Miller next year and criticized a Democratic rival who has hit Baca for his past support of Miller.

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

SBCO Seal

By Joe Nelson
joe.nelson@ inlandnewspapers.com @SBCountyNow on Twitter
Posted: 04/18/2013 07:35:56 PM PDT

The president of the union representing San Bernardino County’s prosecutors, deputy public defenders and child support attorneys has threatened a strike if the county continues imposing concessions he said are not on par with other counties.

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John Husing

Husing

By Liset Marquez
liset.marquez@ inlandnewspapers.com @DBOntarioNow on Twitter
Posted: 04/18/2013 07:20:56 PM PDT
Updated: 04/18/2013 09:15:38 PM PDT

Special Section: ONT

ONTARIO — Inland Empire economist John Husing is not backing down from his harsh criticism of Los Angeles World Airports – the agency that operates L.A./Ontario International Airport – saying Thursday LAWA has deliberately run operations at the midsize airport down to the ground.

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VVDailyPress: Valles’ request quashed by council

Victorville

April 18, 2013 9:07 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • Troubled by what she sees as the city’s failure to respond to a grand jury’s financial recommendations, Councilwoman Angela Valles requested a public update on the issue but was rebuffed by the City Council.

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

A day after Congress rejected a package of bills aimed at tightening restrictions on gun ownership, California lawmakers moved in the opposite direction, increasing funds for a program that confiscates weapons from people who are prohibited from owning them because of mental illness or violent criminal pasts.

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High-Speed Rail

The changes made it possible for Sylmar-based Tutor Perini to be ranked as the top candidate despite having received the lowest technical rating among bidders.

By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013, 8:10 p.m.

State high-speed rail officials acknowledged Thursday that they changed their rules for selecting a builder for the bullet train’s first phase in the Central Valley, a shift that subsequently made it possible for a consortium led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini to be ranked as the top candidate despite receiving the lowest technical rating.

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unemployment

The system, which helps 525,000 jobless Californians, is more than $10 billion in the red. A fix would involve raising employer costs, cutting benefits or both.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2013

SACRAMENTO — A rescue effort is underway for the state’s financially troubled unemployment insurance program, an economic lifeline that currently provides weekly monetary support for 525,000 jobless Californians.

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Money

First-quarter total of $507.6 million is the lowest amount raised since the second quarter of 2009 and underscores the venture-capital industry’s struggles nationwide.

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2013

Southern California is a hotbed of young and innovative companies, but you wouldn’t know it by following the money.

Venture capital funding, the lifeblood of start-ups, has fallen sharply in the region this year, according to a report released Thursday.

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