Archive for April 18th, 2013

InlandPolitics: Another San Bernardino County task force? Really!!

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San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos says he wants to form a special unit to handle crimes against peace officers.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

Another unfunded special unit being created by San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos?

Looks like it.

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Jeff Burum

Developer Jeff Burum during a break in an August 2011 court appearance in San Bernardino County Superior Court.(Stam Lim/Staff Photographer)

April 17, 2013; 04:08 PM

A defense attorney accused prosecutors of attempting to “radically change” state bribery law in its California Supreme Court petition to restore charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

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

Scales of Justice

April 17, 2013; 11:00 AM

Former San Bernardino airport manager Scot Spencer and a business investor of his appeared in court Wednesday, April 17, on corruption charges and both were ordered to return on May 29 for a status hearing.

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

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April 17, 2013; 05:33 PM

Several Riverside County supervisors want to avoid the impression they’re using taxpayer money to buy votes by imposing new restrictions on six-figure funds doled out annually to charities and community groups.

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

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By Andrew Edwards
andrew.edwards@ inlandnewspapers.com @InlandGov on Twitter
Posted: 04/17/2013 05:43:00 PM PDT

REDLANDS — The Inland Empire’s unemployment rate may finally escape double-digit territory this year, said regional economist John Husing, predicting the jobless rate will improve to 9.5 percent this year.

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By Ryan Hagen and Eric Bradley
Staff Writers
Posted: 04/17/2013 07:09:43 PM PDT
Updated: 04/17/2013 07:09:53 PM PDT

Many cities will be required to pay more to the state pension system for at least a few years because of changes the system’s board approved Wednesday, stretching its already-thin finances.

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LATimes: Jobless to feel pinch of federal cuts

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Payments to the state’s long-term unemployed will soon be trimmed 17.7%.

By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013, 7:34 a.m.

SACRAMENTO — An estimated 400,000 Californians who have been unemployed for more than six months soon will be feeling the bite of federal spending reductions.

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Southern California’s median home price in March rose 8% from February and 23.4% from the same month in 2012, to hit $345,500, the highest level since July 2008.

By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
April 18, 2013

The median home price in Southern California rose about $25,000 in March alone to hit $345,500, underscoring the region’s fast-paced recovery.

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Photo: CalPERS board

CalPERS picked four new HMO plans for five-year health insurance contracts starting next year, a blow to incumbent carrier Blue Shield of California.

Los Angeles Times
April 17, 2013, 4:44 p.m.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System picked four new HMO plans for five-year health insurance contracts starting next year, a blow to incumbent carrier Blue Shield of California.

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WashPost: Gun-control overhaul is defeated in Senate

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By Ed O’Keefe and Philip Rucker
Published: April 17, 2013

President Obama’s ambitious effort to overhaul the nation’s gun laws in response to December’s school massacre in Connecticut suffered a resounding defeat Wednesday, when every major proposal he championed fell apart on the Senate floor.

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WashPost: Gun vote shows gulf between Washington, country

By Dan Balz
Published: April 17, 2013

If there was ever a moment that symbolized the difference between the power of public opinion and the strength of a concerted minority, it came Wednesday when the Senate defeated a bipartisan measure to expand background checks on gun purchases.

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