Archive for April 19th, 2013

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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